Each month, Coast Monthly chats with locals who are making a difference in ways big and small.
Ginger Barber is an award-winning interior designer who is based in Houston and active throughout the upper Texas Coast. Barber, always an animal lover, became involved with Habitat for Horses after finding a neglected horse on Galveston Island when she was on a birding trip.
Barber took photos of the starving animal that stood tethered to a pole and showed them around, desperately hoping for someone to help. The horse was eventually rescued and brought back to health. Since then, Barber looked for a charity helping neglected horses and now volunteers at the Habitat for Horses sanctuary in Hitchcock.
Barber is a driving force behind the Habitat for Horses’ yearly fundraising events, which help pay to feed the animals and provide them with a safe home.
“To begin with, horses didn’t depend on us,” Barber said. “We chose to ride them. They became our wings as we soared to distant lands.”
Barber believes it is our responsibility to have compassion for all living things, that this world was given to all creatures and we must respect all of creation.
Habitat for Horses allows these animals to have a second chance at life, respect and love.