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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

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Front Range as much as I can financially. They are one of the few voices that support wild horses. I think it is terrible the way wild horses and unwanted horses are treated. Horses are sensitive and intelligent animals. They helped build this great country of ours. They deserve better treatment. To sell them for slaughter is outrageous and totally unacceptable. Congress should pass a law forbidding this. Most civilized nations have already done so.

Donor

Rating: 5

Loved their work on part of America's wild horses. Been a donor for many years.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported this nonprofit organization for a number of years. Their tireless work on behalf of horses is important and, sadly, necessary. All animals deserve to live lives of dignity and free of suffering. Whether rescuing domestic horses from abusive conditions, saving domestic horses from the slaughterhouse or protecting wild horses from government roundups, Front Range Equine Rescue is an essential advocate for America's horses.

Donor

Rating: 5

FRER is an exemplary organization. They pour their heart and soul into fulfilling their mission of saving our equine friends from neglect, abuse and exploitation. I am honored to support Front Range Equine Rescue knowing my donation will go towards wild horse rescue, saving horses from slaughter; as well as education, advocacy and giving these majestic creatures a second chance at life.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work this horse rescue does is amazing. They continue to fight the battle against horrible horse round ups and work hard to rehabilitate those that others have forgotten.

Donor

Rating: 5

Front Range Rescue is an outstanding provider of critically needed care of neglected, abused and abandonned horses, and I am a proud donor to support their efforts. The staff work very hard to give the horses their best possible lives.

Martha F.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported many equine rescues and this one is among the best! They're available when I've had questions and have chosen FRER to be my main rescue to support. They're doing a fine job with their campaigns and their care & concern for all horses. I so appreciate the work they're doing and wish I lived closer to volunteer my time to them!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been an active donor to Front Range Equine Rescue for years. I have visited the Florida facility and was very impressed. The grounds are immaculate and the equines are carefully cared for(Not to mention Beautiful). I've attended educational eventsand have followed their rescue efforts and donated to help at-risk horses to be saved from abusive situations. I have also contributed to our legal efforts to stop horse slaughter or protect wild horses. 5 Star rating in in my book!

Vickie Jordan F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit is very informative and always helpful. Thanks so much for being kind and compassionate.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and donor of Front Range Equine Rescue for more than 15 years. They are an exceptional group of people who are very professional and caring in what they do. I visited their sites in Colorado multiple times and have always been impressed with their operation and dedication to the welfare of the abused and neglected horses within their care. They have since relocated their main office to Florida and I continue to support their efforts in rescuing at-risk horses from abuse and potential slaughter. My wife and I had such a positive experience with Front Range Equine Rescue that we adopted a rescue horse of our own from a local horse rescue facility, and we will continue to support Front Range in all their future endeavors.

Donor

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue is dedicated to changing the cruel and abhorrent treatment of animals and serve to act as huge advocates in humane animal welfare.
They are truly one of the best defenses for the animals that are mistreated and outright hunted - they are a voice for the animals that is being heard across the entire country, and I commend them. It's quite clear the hard work and effort they put into their animal rescues, and it has prompted me to write, call and email the top officials at state and national levels to intervene and change the abusive treatment of these animals in practice now.

Donor

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue will responsibly use your donation to care for horses and work for the cause to save wild horses from abuse and/or mismanagement.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a GREAT organization! They are dedicated and work diligently to save horses from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This is one of the most dedicated organizations that I know. They not only save lives but include their sponsors with important updates in regards to their organization progress and their animals well-being.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity has done extensive, useful, real experience research on how horses are abused by our government and by individuals who use them for profit . They chronicle the suffering of these beautiful animals and deserve to be recognized. Their correspondence is packed with information. They are serious about helping save our horses and treating them with dignity, respect and love. I admire the people who run this organization very much.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue is an organization that gives its all to working for the betterment of mustangs and burros on our Federal lands and our domestic horses. They rescue many animals and see them through when they are sick; they work to influence government decisionmakers to improve the existing policies for managing the mustangs and burros, and because of their excellent reputation, their concerns are listened to. They are a leader. I thank them for their work and the concerns they bring to the public decision-making process.

Donor

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine does an amazing job rescuing and caring for "wild horses", some of which were destined for slaughter. They actually respond to questions or comments, which is somewhat unusual and appreciated by me. They are very caring people and the horses are lucky to be under their care.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with Front Range Equine Rescue ever since I began following them a few years ago! Their dedication to the beautiful animals in their care is a blessing. You are doing an amazing job and making a difference!

Shay R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue is an amazing non profit organization who sincerely cares about equine welfare. I 100% support their efforts. I stand behind you!
THANK YOU Front Range Equine Rescue for all you do!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a long-time supporter of FRER. They do great work in so many ways: rescuing horses that would otherwise go to slaughter; rehoming horses in need; educating the public about wild horses; and working to end the plight of wild horses captured by the BLM and held in long and short-term holding facilities. I wholeheartedly endorse this fine organization and am proud to be a donor.

Donor

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue has done so much more than words can express for so many horses. To stop the slaughter, abuse or neglect of even one magnificent horse is a beautiful thing but what FRER has done is heroic. Thank you so much for all you do and for working tirelessly to save these innocent creatures.

Donor

Rating: 5

The best of the best. Dedicated and relentless to help horses and STOP SLAUGHTER. Highly recommend to support and donate to spend your donation wisely.

Georgia B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue is an outstanding organization giving their all to bring horses the respect and consideration they deserve. They combine direct horse rescue with education and advocacy work that benefits thousands of horses they don't have the capacity to take in. Every gift is not only deeply appreciated, as I can attest having received personal thank you's for my modest donations, but also put to excellent use. Their programs address the full scope of horse needs, including wild horse rescue, horse adoption, horse owner assistance and the fight to stop cruel horse slaughter. I highly recommend Front Range Equine Rescue for support!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following and donating to this organization for the past two decades. Although I donate to multiple organizations, this is one that puts its money where its mouth is. They do incredible work and I hope to see it continue to grow and flourish.

Supporter from the East coast.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors for many years. We love animals and enthusiastically support the efforts of this great organization. We are truly dismayed by the treatment of animals - and horses in particular - in this country. Front Range not only provides important shelter and sanctuary, but they also make efforts to change the regulatory landscape through petitions and letter writing campaigns. God bless all of the animals, and all of the people who help them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello! I’m a volunteer here in Colorado and I just love what you guys do and how you save horses!! It’s absolutely amazing! Thank you for giving horses another opportunity to live life!! ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue is an amazing organization that provides education for people and children. Marion in Colorado is a dedicated woman and great to work with. They are dedicated to helping horses in need.

Carolyn H.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I run a small rescue/refuge in Alabama with horses, cats, and dogs. I know how hard this work is, and Front Range Equine Rescue is a top-drawer organization. I donate to them as often as I can because they are doing the work I cannot.

Judy M.10

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter and donor for Front Range Equine Rescue for many years. They are an outstanding organization for our wild horses as well as abandoned and abused horses.

Lisa T.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit! The work they do with the animals is amazing!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Front Range Equine Rescue for years. There is not a more professionally run horse rescue anywhere in the world.

1 Joel E.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have worked with Hilary at Front Range managing their website for over 4 years and are always amazed at the number of rescue horses they are able to place in new homes and help. Hilary works tirelessly to address issues related to horse rescue and we highly recommend her organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue does an amazing job of stopping the neglect and abuse of horse through their programs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic rescue dedicated to providing the love and care that these animals need. Not only do they help abused and neglected horses- they also make great efforts in education which is so important.

1 Elissa W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of FRER and Hilary Wood for more than 20 years. I became aware of them just prior to my move to CO via an article in our city’s paper, The Tampa Tribune. I started off as a volunteer and supported their local events and later became a financial donor. Hilary and the other volunteers I met actually helped me fulfill my dream of learning to ride and owning my own horse. 20 years later I am still a proud and active supporter of their mission. FRER has a proven track record of performance across multiple focus areas. They leverage their resources and experience to educate, protect and hold abusers accountable. On top of all of this they are a leader in the battle to protect our nation’s wild horses and that fight is at even more critical juncture!! I cannot think of a better organization to be leading any one these efforts much less their current scope. Simply inspiring!

1 Brandi T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the most professional organizations I have had the pleasure to work with. The care they show for the creatures they rescue to the people who adopt from them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to adopt a handsome thoroughbred from FRER in 1999. Hilary Wood helped in all aspects of the adoption process, making sure Tommie was a perfect fit for me and that I understood any special care that was needed. I have continued to follow this rescue for the past 20 years and am amazed what Hilary continues to do for the welfare of horses in our country. It's obvious her heart, passion (and of course hard work) are the foundations of this rescue.
Donna Hudson
Divide, CO

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue’s work is extremely important, they work tirelessly to prevent abuse and neglect of horses.

Rayana V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FRER is an amazing rescue, they have helped many wild horses from being slaughtered.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Front Range Equine Rescue works relentlessly to end horse abuse and neglect. The organization is devoted to promoting policy decisions at federal, state, local levels to achieve that end. This group of passionate advocates always acts to do the most good for the most horses.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Front Range is a great organization, not only do they rescue horses, but they also hold different types of events to help people understand horses and their needs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Front Range is one amazing organization -- they save horses, they rehabilitate horses, they rescue horses, and they do all this amazing advocacy work as well, protecting America's horses and working to change the laws. An incredible organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Front Range's facility in Colorado many times to see and photograph the wonderful rescue horses. I was always impressed by the cleanliness of the barns, corrals and other areas as well as the excellent care the horses were obviously provided. I met a lot of super nice and dedicated people too! My husband and I helped with evacuating the horses during the Waldo Canyon Fire several years ago. While it was a stressful situation, Hilary and crew remained calm and focused so that the horses well-being came first. And I really loved visiting one of the educational summer camps to watch and photograph. Wish they had something like that when I was a kid! What fun everyone was having while learning about horses. Thanks Front Range for all that you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When it was time to go horse shopping I happened to come across Front Range Equine Rescue. One of their horses in assessment caught my eye. He had not been with them for long and needed a lot of care to restore his health. Every so often I checked on his progress as there was "just something" about him...
Months later I made contact with Front Range and got an update. Not long after that I was able to go visit and I have to admit I was already crazy about this horse even though I knew he had not been fully evaluated. Looking back now I am so happy to have waited for this diamond in the rough. I've had the absolute joy of working with a horse who had been in the wrong hands at a young age and now can teach him even more than all humans are not bad. Our bond is so strong and he's an avid learned (and teacher to me too). Thank you, thank you to Front Range for all they do for horses and those of us who love them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my older horse needed to slow down a bit from arthritis, I began looking for a companion for her and a horse I could do some trail riding with. I came across Front Range Equine Rescue and fell in love with a big chestnut gelding. I was "in love" from the moment I met him. Front Range made sure I had a chance to get to know all about this horse and watch their trainer work with him. I then had a chance to work with him myself and ride. Long story short, I now have my older mare and a wonderful new boy!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue has a clear mission and is great at achieving its objectives. Under Hilary’s leadership, it does fantastic work saving, fostering, and adopting out horses and stopping the abuse of horses. And it played an indispensable role in stopping horse slaughter in the United States.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue is a highly effective organization dedicated to rescuing horses and preventing their abuse in the first place. I have worked with FRER in their efforts to prevent horses from ending up in the slaughter pipeline and have been consistently impressed with their dedication to the cause and their efficacy. I am so grateful for FRER's work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue does such important work, and they do a whole lot of it. The group does the kind, and the amount, of work that I'd expect from an organization ten times their size. They effectively, passionately and efficiently advocate for horses on legislative fronts and in court when needed. A very worthy cause!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a proud supporter of Front Range Equine Rescue for the last five years. Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) and its founder, Hilary Wood, are wholly dedicated to protecting wild horses in every facet, from opposing unnecessary roundups and removals from public lands by the Bureau of Land Management, to fighting government-sponsored sterilization experiments, to blocking efforts to restart the inhumane and unlawful slaughter of horses in the U.S. for human consumption. Ms. Wood and her organization are guided by facts and driven by conviction to protect and be a voice for wild horses who don't have a voice themselves. I am proud that my support for FRER contributes to furthering the organization's focused mission. Thank you to FRER and its founder Hilary Wood for all the wonderful work you do to protect horses!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most effective, efficient, and wonderful nonprofits I have had experience with. Dedicated to both domestic and wild horses, and to saving them, rescuing them, and preventing their abuse, FRER does more by itself than many of the big nonprofits do, on a consistent basis. FRER rescues abused horses from auctions and cruelty situations; FRER finds adoptive permanent loving homes for horses it takes in; FRER led the fight to stop horse slaughter for human consumption in America -- and won! They seem to use every dollar frugally and carefully, and the more money they can get, the more value they can provide to America's horses.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Front Range Equine Rescue is a wonderful, progressive organization that saves individual horses on the ground and also fights to protect horses from future harms, including slaughter for human consumption overseas.

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.