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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

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.