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Colorado Horse Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Colorado horse rescue chr is a 501 c3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving the disadvantaged horse... One human, one rescue, one home at a time.

Results: Since our founding in 1986, CHR has successfully rehabilitated over 2,100 horses.

Programs: • Equine Crisis Assistance Program – CHR offers assistance to committed horse owners in the community who are temporarily struggling financially. We provide hay, veterinary assistance, and even supported the rebuild of equine facilities after the 2013 flood. For some families, this funding is the support they need to get through a difficult time and avoid having to surrender their horse. • Surrender Program – CHR is often a horse owner’s last chance when faced with illness, foreclosure, divorce, natural disaster, or the inevitability of old age. CHR eases the pain by providing the owner peace of mind in knowing that his/her beloved horse will have a second opportunity to find a loving home. CHR also facilitates the surrender of horses referred by Animal Control due to owner neglect and abandonment. These horses receive the proper care they deserve, and once healthy are provided training so that they may find a forever home. • Field Rescue Program - As resources allow, CHR saves viable horses in the community from dangerous situations. Some of the circumstances where CHR steps in includes: purchasing horses at auction, purchasing from private owners on Craigslist and other online sources, occasionally purchasing horses from feedlots, and networking with other local rescues to bring at-risk horses to safety. • Adoption Program – CHR is dedicated to placing horses in their forever homes, which in turn allows CHR to help more horses. Potential adopters are carefully screened via an application and interview process to ensure the match between horse and human is suitable. CHR retains ownership of the horse for a probationary period of at least six months from the date of adoption. Transfer of ownership is completed after two successful follow-up visits. During this time, CHR monitors the well-being of the horse, and if the horse is not cared for properly, CHR will repossess the horse. • Foster Program – This program allows screened foster families to care for CHR horses, thus alleviating some of the financial burden for CHR. Often a fosterer becomes an adopter, which again allows CHR to help more horses. • Educational Workshops – CHR offers monthly educational clinics to the community with a focus on natural horsemanship. CHR increases and diversifies community involvement by offering clinics focused on equine art and equine photography. In addition to practical horse handling techniques, CHR offers topics like, “From Purchase to Performance”, which teaches individuals about the costs of owning a horse. Colorado State University’s top Veterinarians present lectures covering the latest medical information. CHR hopes to alleviate the unwanted horse issue by educating individuals on the responsibilities of horse ownership and providing them with the tools to manage their horses in order to achieve life-long partnerships. • LeadChange Colorado – Colorado Horse Rescue’s LeadChange program provides businesses and corporations the opportunity to work directly with our breath-taking CHR horses. All exercises take place on the ground and are specifically designed to promote communication, problem-solving skills, and innovation, and as a result increase performance in the work place. LeadChange Colorado has its own website at www.leadchangeteambuilding.org. This innovative program increases our visibility, adds significant revenue, and forges new partnerships with local businesses. • Personal Tours – Children and adults are given hands-on learning experiences as they interact with different types of equines. Visits include personal attention from a staff member who will answer specific questions, and provides the opportunity to observe all aspects of typical rescue operations. • Opportunities for Volunteerism – CHR has over 80 volunteers who commit weekly to the mission of the Colorado Horse Rescue. Barn volunteers, riding volunteers, office volunteers, and volunteer board members all play an active role in promoting positive change in the community. • Sponsorship Program – Monthly donors sponsor a specific horse whereby they are able to spend time with their selected horse, and receive one-on-one instruction in equine safety and care. • Training Program – CHR’s training program works to both directly rehabilitate our horses and train volunteers in the skills of horsemanship. As horses are admitted to CHR they undergo evaluation and a plan is formed to fill in the gaps of their education. This training program reacquaints or introduces our horses to kind and fair handling as they learn ground-manners, trailer loading, as well as skills under saddle. This education results in horses that are more desirable to adopters.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I looked at multiple horse rescues in Colorado before deciding to volunteer at Colorado Horse Rescue. I felt that CHR ran their facility the best. They take excellent care of their horses and property. I was thoroughly impressed with the staff. After over a year at CHR, I’m confident that I made the right choice. I’m truly grateful to be a dedicated volunteer and part of the CHR community.

Rebecca N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to have found this place! I have been a volunteer for the last 9 months, and genuinely look forward to my weekly visits every Saturday morning. The staff is kind, dedicated, and knowledgeable - I am so impressed with the high-quality care and attention they give to each horse.

I've been involved with horses since I was a kid, and was a horse owner for 18 years. I am blown away at the the staff's thoughtfulness, dedication to quality of life, love for the horses, and their kindness & gratitude for all the volunteers. The facility itself is always well maintained, safe, and welcoming. The positive attitude changes I've seen in the horses who arrive from all walks of life - livestock auctions included - are obvious. Many arrive nervous, wary of humans, and keep to themselves or are very standoffish. Thanks to the gentle care from the staff and volunteers, every single horse I've seen come from auction emerges from their shell, develops a more gentle and playful personality, and you can sense their contentedness.

CHR is truly a magical place that deserves all the recognition in the world. They take such amazing care of the horses, and it shows! I am deeply appreciative for their services and for allowing me to spend time at this beautiful facility with these wonderful animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR) barn volunteer for the past 12 months, I have seen first-hand the quality of this nonprofit organization. CHR's engaged staff and weekly volunteers provide exceptional care to the 50+ horses on site, including: proper nutrition; timely vet and hoof care; well-kept pastures, paddocks, pens and stalls; outstanding training; thoughtful and strategic adoption process; and lots of love and respect to equines in-need.
From the application process and training to working my weekly shifts and participating in educational workshops, I've found the CHR culture and experience to be exceptional.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for 3 years, I can see just how hard Colorado Horse Rescue, as an organization works to find these amazing horses their forever home. They really are doing great things for the horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

We had a horse come in who rated a 2 on the Henneke(?) body condition score and a serious puncture wound in her shoulder. We fed her and she put on weight and after a while she was moved to a pen with a companion. Six or seven months later, in the winter, she got to wear a blanket, probably for the first time. Our vet said that despite appearances she was quite ill and then one day in January her eyes were yellow and she had to be put down. That was a sad thing because she was a horse who seemed to appreciate our company and I liked her. I learned to have some distance and that things come and go. I owe that experience to Colorado Horse Rescue.

Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteered for two years at this amazing horse rescue and make monthly donations. I have never been a part of any not-for-profit organization that is run more smoothly, treats their volunteers with more respect or provides better care for animals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a part of this amazing organization. I can not say enough about CHR and the second chances they give the horses!! As a volunteer, I witness first hand the love and care that each and every horse receives EVERY DAY! Guests and potential adopters are welcomed with open arms. The pride of our staff is evident as they show our guests their top notch facility and introduce them to the horses, who are eager to find their Forever Home.

In addition, CHR supports potential adopters, volunteers and the community by offering one on one instruction, continuing education and clinics.




Amber T.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CHR is amazing. I’ve been volunteering here for over 3 years and it has been such a pleasure. They do so many greats things and take such good care of their volunteers and horses! I would never be able to say enough for this Rescue ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I regularly volunteer for Colorado Horse Rescue. CHR is a sanctuary both for the horses that come there and for the people who visit! The horses are well taken care of and the staff is super friendly! The educational classes they provide are so informative! I would recommend CHR to anyone interested in adopting, volunteering, or learning more!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My relationship with CHR began 7 years ago when I started sponsoring two horses. It was something my granddaughter and I could enjoy together. After that I was hooked.....and when I retired last year I began volunteering (as well as keeping up my sponsorships). I started with one shift, added a second, and fill in whenever they are shorthanded and I am available - long story short, I cannot stay away.
The facility is excellent, and the love and care given to each and every horse is outstanding. I cannot say enough about how wonderful the staff and all the volunteers are!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CHR in a variety of ways: as a foster home for young horses in need of training, as a hoof care practitioners and as a onsite volunteer trainer. I’m impressed with the professionalism that this organization has. They do an amazing job helping as many horses as they can by evaluating them, training them and finding appropriate forever homes for them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The team at CHR is passionate about helping disadvantaged horses in transition. I am impressed at every level - care of the horses, commitment to finding great adoption families, the number of dedicated volunteers, everything works together to help so many horses and people every day. Awesome work CHR team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at The Colorado Horse Rescue for the last 10 years. Words are not enough to convey the professionalism, kindness, and care this organization gives to every person, animal, and mission in their orbit. CHR is truly the best of the best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love volunteering here! The staff are the best! There is a real difference being made by this organization in the area of horses in transition. TY CHR

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Colorado Horse Rescue is an amazing organization! The dedicated staff and volunteers are what make this place so unique. I’ve been volunteering for nearly three years and it has been the best experience! There are many opportunities to learn and the staff truly appreciate the volunteers. The horses receive high quality care and excellent training. This is an incredibly well-run nonprofit where volunteers and donors can make an immediate and clear impact on the mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

CHR's stated mission is to Honor, Advocate, Protect, and Educate. I have seen the CHR team put all of these into sincere action.

As an attendee of clinics and educational events, I value the on-target topics and excellent instructors pulled from the high-quality CHR network. I've learned so much about not only the 'how's and 'what's but also the 'why's of natural horse care and training.

As a volunteer, I love the people, facilities, opportunities for growth and learning, the culture of hard work, and the effort put into setting volunteers up for success. On a weekly basis, I feel confident that my work and time are directly making a difference to the CHR herd.

As a financial supporter, I've seen my donations used with integrity and priority. The passion and care put into each horse that sets hoof onto the property is inspiring and humbling. At the same time, the staff have also demonstrated the ability to making hard decisions and use resources as thoughtfully and efficiently as possible to best support CHR's mission.

I believe in this organization and am grateful for their contributions to the Colorado community. Thanks CHR! :)

Anna F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at CHR for almost 4 years. Every week I have my Monday morning barn shift. I cannot imagine a better way to start my week than with the horses at CHR. The staff is outstanding. The care for the horses, by staff and volunteers, is 2nd to none -- really first rate. When mistakes are made by volunteers, staff and shift leads are quick to correct for the benefit of the horses and patient with people (like me) who are learning how to be around horses. This place is outstanding -- one of the best non-profits that I know of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at CHR for the past 8 months and I keep getting impressed by the team’s professionalism, level of care (for horses but also for people) and super great sense of organization. I love the sense of community that I get thanks to the awesome clinics, open houses, and the emails that keep us informed of what’s going on. CHR is the safe haven that you would wish for every horse when life gets tough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best horse rescue in Colorado! CHR is a great non-profit that truly goes the extra mile for their horses, volunteers and everyone that walks through the door of their office. True hearts of gold...from everyone that works there to the amazing horses they save and rescue! So glad to be able to volunteer at such a top notch facility!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The horses are very well cared for and given a loving home here.