Endorsements and Testimonials

I must say, out of all the rescues I’ve “liked” so far, you are the only one that’s really interacted with people on a personal basis.  Talk to them individually.  I really like that.  You help them and horses.  With little time for yourself. That makes you very unselfish and a hero in my book.

I just want to say that I don’t know Denise, never met her and yet she has totally has my respect.  It’s very rare that I meet someone so selfless, who not only helps animals, but takes the time to talk to people like they matter too.  Very friendly and helpful.  Takes time out of her day to talk and respond to posts.  Answer questions.  Denise, even if I never get the opportunity to meet you face to face… thank you for all you have done and will do in the future. It’s true.  I know how busy you are but you’ve never tried to make anyone feel like their message weren’t important or that you are better then others.  I have seen it in other rescues posts.  Hats off to you!

Koren M.


Our young horse enthusiasts have come out to IGP several times for the past year and a half as visiting volunteers.  The facility is marvelously kept, the horses genuinely loved and cared for.  A month ago we re-homed 3 of the 4 (labeled) throw away ponies found in Gilmer county earlier this year and rescued by IGP.  Keep up the great work Iron Gait, thanks for being there for us at Victory’s Gait @ Sweet Dreams Farm.

Vicky C.

Ballground, GA

Your devotion is inspiring as you accomplish and do what many of us wish we could do.  Think you’re right, the harvest, the reward from the weariness earned from loving is evident in the horses’ eyes.  Thank you. Carol F.


One of the best, if not the best horse rescue that I personally have came across on Facebook.  It is all about the horses here.. not the money!

Janice C.


It is my belief that animal rescue is one of the most difficult jobs there is.  The people at Iron Gait Percherons Rescue recognize that humans and animals behave much in the same way and everything they do is either an act of love or a cry for love.  The Iron Gait Percherons Rescue team has the ability to put all of the necessary elements into play to achieve successful rescues for the community.  I can only wish that all animal rescues were as successful as Iron Gait Percherons Rescue.


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I have known Denise for over four years, and I have sold horses to her as well.   I would entrust my horses to her care at any time, in any situation; knowing she is a responsible, knowledgeable horse owner and is a credit to the many who are active in the adoption and rescue groups for horses Nationally. Denise is highly educated in the care and handling of horses, and is responsible for educating those around her on the subject of horse abuse.

She is a strong advocate for any action or initiative that will benefit the welfare of horses. Clearly, from one horse lover and owner to another, she truly does what she does for the love of the horse. I would be more than happy to offer any personal/professional references needed for Denise to adopt, foster or operate any type of horse rescue operation.  As an international business woman, working in the horse racing industry, I would recommend her with the utmost respect and admiration as a true horse woman and responsible owner.

Lori C.

Pittsburg, PA

It is a pleasure to recommend DENISE POLYDOR and IRON GAIT PERCHERONS!  Denise has impressed us all with her genuine Love and Passion for Horses.   Her training and interaction with her horses are gentle and kind… yet confident and effective… Natural Horsemanship comes so natural to Denise.  When managing her barn it would be hard to find anyone more self-disciplined.

The facilities are orderly & well maintained… Safety and comfort are first and foremost for the horses to meet their mental emotional and physical needs.  The stables are light, clean, well ventilated with clean water and fresh shavings provided at all times.  The environment is free of clutter and user friendly.

I grew up with horses, yet I always learn something around Denise.  She brings a common sense intelligence and combines it with formal equine education and a strong work ethic.  She is credible as a Business Professional in the Equine World… Yet Denise is fun and friendly with a great sense of humor.  She always takes time to lend a helping hand to someone who needs it.  Her ongoing efforts in Horse Rescue are inspiring… from draft horses to race horses,  there are many who owe her their very lives.  Time with Denise is always time well spent.

Donna B.

Ellijay, GA

I have known Denise for over 15 years and use to work with her taking care of her horses.  She puts her horses above all else.  Horses are Denise’s life.  She loves them and has built her life around caring for them.  She has taught me everything I know about horses.  She is one of the best horsemen I have ever met.  Denise keeps her barns clean and maintains her horses.  Her horses never go hungry…  she would feed her animals before she would feed herself.  She has won many ribbons in shows and barrel racing.  If I was donating a horse I would definitely trust Denise to take care of them. Jodi W.

New Brighton, PA

Your organization will always be in my thoughts and truly represents hope…to have a neglected horse here in little old WNY get all the way to Georgia and be able to have a happy life is pretty darn amazing… you should be proud.  I still can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate what you did for this horse and it makes me so happy to see the photos of him in a real pasture with lots of food. Pamela C.

Olean, NY, SPCA

Enjoyed my time at Iron Gait.  I was happy to do what I could to help Denise out.  She works so hard and you can see in her eyes the love and devotion she has for each and every horse.  If you follow this rescue and are close by maybe you could spare a little time for these wonderful horses.

Thank you all for what you do for these wonderful horses.  Denise Polydor, Founder, is very dedicated and devoted to all the horses she takes in at her rescue.  With her patience and kindness, these starved and abused horses respond to her by building up trust in her and learn that she will always treat them with kindness and love each of them for wonderful horses they are.  Iron Gait Percherons has a need now for help with their hay fund, and a gift of hay would help many wonderful horses.  Please vote for Iron Gait Percherons –Thank you!!

Carolyn C.

Fairmount, GA

A friend of mine brought me up to Iron Gait and as soon as I saw all the beautiful horses and how well they were treated I fell in love with Iron Gait and hope to go back soon!

Felecia M.

Adairseville, GA

Let’s see, where do I start… First of all, I believe truth, innocence and honesty is always at the core of excellence.  I have found that it’s easiest if spoken from the heart, so here goes…  Every once in a while the universe puts all the right particles together and comes up with genuine and kind people.  At “Iron Gait Percherons and Rescue” Denise and all her staff and volunteers stand as an example to everyone as they care for, protect, and give the best quality of life most of their animals have ever had and will ever know.

I’ve seen the owner and staff at IGP continually work through all the trials and tribulations of caring for not just horses, but any and all animal in distress.  No matter the circumstances they never shirk their duties or lose sight of why they quietly go about their business helping, healing and hopefully celebrating their recoveries and victories. You would think at times the astronomical odds against them would render them unable to continue, but as luck would have it they do and continue to give their animals a permanent loving home to live out their lives in happiness, warm, full and healthy at whatever cost.  Even the people that made an error in judgment and were unable to care for their animals/pets are given respect, compassion, forgiveness and help to recover.

This shows just how much compassion this rescue has, something WE all should strive for and never forget.  I write this because of what I see them do, and enjoy sharing their triumphs, happiness and sometimes as life happens, their sadness. I wish them longevity, prosperity and the kindness they show to all God’s creatures.  They really do deserve the publicity, donations, grants and any other assistance required to continue growing and showing the world that humanity still has a few loving people who’s strength, love and happiness is found in the eyes of a horse.

Scott S.

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