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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

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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!

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.