Horse Protection Society of North Carolina Inc.


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The Horse Protection Society is located on privately owned land.  The owner as well as founder and Executive Director is Joanie Benson. The large farmhouse is Joanie's private residence. The additional land is rented.
  • All shoes are to be removed before entering the house.  Please take your shoes off before entering the house. Do not bring them into the house unless it is raining.  In this instance, the shoes may remain in the mudroom (located by the backdoor).
  • Bathroom facilities are located in the house, which you may use.  Please do not use the sink in the bathroom.  The counter is not waterproof and damage is likely.  Please use the sink in the mudroom.
  • When you need to wash you hands after working outside, please do so at the sink in the mudroom.    
  • Feel free to donate any snacks or refreshments.  However, we advise that you bring your own lunch, munchies and drinks.  There are sometimes bottles of water in the refrigerator in the feed room for everyone's use.  You are welcome to get a drink of water at the house anytime.   Please recycle all plastic bottles by placing empties in the large trash can outside of barn one.


The land has been fenced off with electric fencing into several general areas.  Each area serves a group of horses.  Some groups have more horses than others, but they have been often placed into specific areas for various reasons.

  • Please do not move any horses from one area to another.  If you are in the Equine Training Program, only work with the horse on training days unless given permission.  
  • All fences are electrified.  Do not be fooled by the fact that you may grab the wire one day and nothing happens.  Be assured, that at some point you will get shocked, and they are hot!
  • Always close any fence, gate or door after yourself.  If you are looking for where you may pass through a fenced area, look for a yellow, plastic handle.  This is the only safe part of the fence you can touch.  Do NOT attempt to pull the looped part of the fence toward the handle in an effort to close it-- once again, you WILL get shocked.

In addition to Joanie's house, there are several outbuildings located on the property.   The buildings which you will most often find yourself in are:  the old tack room, the tool room, the white block building, barn 1 and barn 2.  A brief description of the contents and use of each are as follows:


This building houses the permanent residents and contains a feed room and a tack room. 

  • The interior of the barn is equipped with rubber floor mats.  These should be cleaned with plastic (no metal) rakes and shovels or a broom.  Urine can be soaked up with wood pellets located in a metal trashcan in the tack room.
  • There is a Fire extinguisher in the feed room on the left, the wash bay and the first entrance in Barn 2.
  • Please keep the feed room and tack room doors shut at all times to prevent any horses from getting into the feedbins.
  • Inside the feed room on the right is an electrical box.  Fire code compliance requires that this area be kept clear for safety reasons.
  • There is a refrigerator located in the feed room.  This is where we keep supplements and medicine for the horses. If you would like to bring a snack or lunch for yourself, you may place it in the refrigerator to keep it cool but please label it.  Volunteers may help themselves to bottled water in the freezer or refrigerator.  ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

This enclosure is located next to the old green building, on the left.  It is where metal rakes, pitchforks, metal shovels, and any other tools which may be needed are kept.

  • After using any tools, please rinse them clean then place them back in the tool room as soon as you are done using them.  If the tool was hung on the wall on a hook, return it to that same spot.  Please take good care of our tools as our budget does not allow for replacement of items which have been broken through carelessness.  Also, leaving tools out where the horses can step on them can cause injury to them, as well as to our members.


  •  The left side of the Barn 2 is geldings.  The right side is part of the group of horses in Barn 1
  • Wheelbarrows are kept outside of barn 2 and plastic shovels and brooms and kept behind the large metal container that holds feed.  Please rinse the wheelbarrow & other tools after use then return them to the correct place. 
  • IMPORTANT!   When using the water hoses, please be sure to turn the hose off after you use it.  THIS MEANS TURNING IT OFF AT THE SPIGOT AND LEAVING THE VALVE AT THE END OF THE HOSE OPEN!    Leaving the valve at the end open prevents pressure from building up and wearing out the pump.  The pump costs thousands of dollars and was replaced only a few years ago due to improper treatment!  Please do not leave the hose end in a water tub after you turn the pump off---water will siphon through the hose back into the well, contaminating the water supply.  Also due to the lengthy drought we have had over the last several years, we have a water shortage--please be careful and do not waste the water! Make sure the hydrant tis not leaking.

This building is the white cinder block building located near across from the green shed.  This is where hammers, nails, fencing parts, tarps, and other tools and equipment are located. 

  • All tools are to be returned to the same spot immediately after use.
  • No tools may be borrowed and taken home.

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Horse Protection Society of NC
2135 Miller Rd,  NC 28023
(704) 855-2978
501(c)3 Nonprofit