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Front Range Equine Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Dedicated to stopping the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue and education.

Results: Thousands of horses have been saved through rescue, education, advocacy and legal efforts.

Target demographics: protect wild horses, keep horses from going to slaughter, and end horse abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year: many horses through rescue and adoption, and we continued fighting to end horse slaughter.

Geographic areas served: Florida and Colorado

Programs: rescue program, adoption, Save the Wild Horses campaign, horse-related education programs, and owner assistance programs.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I just visited the Ocala rescue and was blown away by how well treated the horses are. I've visited a few stables around the country but this was, by far, the cleanest. You can tell that Hilary knows exactly what she's doing and has incredibly high expectations when it comes to her horses' care. This is a top-notch organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Hilary and some of the volunteers years ago at a horse expo. It was an honor to finally meet some of the faces behind this great horse rescue whose reputation preceded them. Their work was well-known in our community and soon became legendary in the fight to end horse slaughter. I've worked for many years to fight horse abuse and have never heard a bad thing said about this organization. They are what horse rescue should be!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue has been instrumental in assisting us with programs to help keep horses in good homes. Our efforts to keep horses with responsible owners and connected to equine veterinarians have met with success thanks to support from FRER. Their belief in innovative, positive solutions to equine issues makes them a true leader in horse rescue and advocacy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I volunteered with my parents at Front Range Equine Rescue during my middle school and high school years. We loved meeting all of the horses and became a foster family for a few years once we owned horse property. I took riding lessons and participated in educational events to learn more about caring responsibly for horses. It was a great day when I purchased my first horse! Front Range Equine Rescue inspired me to share my love for horses with others and I now have my own students to teach the joys of responsible ownership and proper riding skills. Thank you Front Range for all you do for abused horses!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted a wonderful older horse from Front Range Equine Rescue several years ago. He was a great addition to our horse family. While he's no longer with us, "Ole Blaze" will always be remembered and cherished. They are wonderful people for all they do for abused horses. Their knowledge, compassion and dedication to improving horses' lives is truly admirable.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My husband and I discovered Front Range Equine Rescue back in 2008 when looking to help raise awareness of horse abuse and help local non-profits at our training barn. We've been impressed since our first contact with them and have not stopped our admiration since! They are professional, knowledgeable and always put the horses first. Their achievements range from helping each horse in the most responsible way to educating the local community about responsible horse ownership and other important issues (such as fire evacuation) to large scale efforts to end horse slaughter and advocate on behalf of wild horse protections. Their legal efforts to keep new horse slaughter plants from opening were precedent setting to say the least. We were honored to assist with rehabilitation of abused horses and help with training evaluations. My husband and I also adopted two FRER horses and helped find homes for several others. Cannot say enough good things here!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For over 10 years we've partnered with Front Range Equine Rescue when possible to help abused horses, especially keeping them from slaughter. It's been a win-win for both of our organizations as we can help additional at-risk horses by working together beyond what our groups can do alone. The work we all do can be emotionally draining so it's great to have like-minded people to share the experience with, as well as the heart-warming part of it! Front Range has made a tremendous difference to horse rescue in Colorado and well beyond.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was thrilled to find the perfect horse for me at Front Range Equine Rescue. My trainer and I had been searching for months when I saw an ad for rescue horses for adoption. The facility was well-kept; their horses looked happy and very cared for. It was clear they knew the horse and his abilities and told us what they knew of his history. My trainer and I knew after that first visit we had found a real gem. I'd recommend looking at Front Range Equine Rescue's horses to anyone looking for a new horse (I adopted one of the CO horses).

Board Member

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue has shown great responsibility not only in how it cares for at risk horses but in the scope of trying to solve equine abuse. Its special programs to help horse owners or find solutions before horses need help is unique. For a small group it packs a powerful punch. I've been proud to volunteer, provide foster care in earlier years when the rescue had no facility of its own and serve on the board of directors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We met Front Range Equine Rescue in the early 2000s at a horse expo in Denver. Our family volunteered that summer and for several years after before having to move. We've continued to support their work as we saw first-hand their dedication and excellent care the rescue horses received. Their guidance helped us in getting our first horses. A first rate group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember when Hilary first got her horse Dancer. I saw her reach out to help other less fortunate horses back then and it was no surprise that she began a horse rescue 20 years ago. This small group of people have done phenomenal things. You'd think there were dozens of people working day in and day out to accomplish what they have. Truly a grassroots movement when it came to stopping new U.S. horse slaughter plants. Facilities are gorgeous and the horses, even when they first arrive, are extremely well cared for. I love helping out when I can and seeing all the different horses and their personalities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is the real deal. My husband and I volunteered for several years in Colorado. We met many of the horses and watched them heal. A very professional and friendly group of people. They may be small in numbers but these people do a huge amount of work for horses coming from deplorable situations. Their facilities are wonderfully set up too.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have followed Front Range Equine Rescue since their beginning. We have watched as they've grown from a handful of horses to having helped hundreds, if not, thousands with all of their programs. We have been long-time donors; their annual calendar gives great overview to the horses and activities. Thumbs up!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Front Range Equine Rescue at an event over 12 years ago. My husband and I began volunteering and getting to know the horses and help with caretaking needs. During a wildfire, Front Range rescued one of the skinniest horses I have ever seen. I couldn't stop thinking about him. We eventually adopted this sweet old gelding and let him live out his days with our other horses, safe in a barn during bad weather and with plenty of pasture turn out. We took in several other special needs horses over many years through Front Range and loved having all of them. A top notch rescue group of people very deserving of your support! They truly make a significant difference for abused horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family loved volunteering with Front Range Equine Rescue for several years. It was such a joy to meet all of the horses and learn their personalities and help with basic caretaking. We learned a lot about owner responsibility from their very informative orientations for volunteers. It was such an amazing experience to see new horses come to the rescue and receive such great care, then turn into healthy, happy animals again. Thank you for such great memories.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Front Range Equine Rescue for many years. They not only talk the talk, but they more than walk the walk! I met dozens of the rescue horses, some in very bad shape, and was always impressed with the comprehensive care plan for each horse to bring it back to health. Front Range has a great reputation in our community to this day with all of their dedicated work on behalf of abused horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue is a great organization with an exceptional leader. Not only is Front Range Equine Rescue great at what it does -- saving abused horses -- but it has been at the forefront of stopping horse slaughter in the United States.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted a fantastic mustang from Front Range Equine Rescue about 6 years ago. I LOVE HIM! He is the best horse ever and it makes me so sad and angry to think he would have gone to slaughter if not for Front Range Equine Rescue. They have helped so many horses and done a great job with them. I can't imagine my life without my rescue horse.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our family visited Front Range Equine Rescue several years ago, but we remember it with great fondness. Our granddaughter to this day still remembers the horses and that trip! We have supported FRER's work for over 10 years now and are proud to be supporters. They have made such a positive difference to horses that have been neglected, abused or almost sent to slaughter. Can't say enough good things about these folks!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have followed Front Range Equine Rescue for many years now and donate at the holidays or other special occasions in lieu of gifts. Their work is exemplary and they have accomplished a great deal on behalf of less fortunate horses. They are financially sound and use their funding for its intended purposes. This is very important to me as I work in the financial management industry.