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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue (RRHR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing shelter, care and rehabilitation for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses, including horses that can no longer be cared for by their owners and horses at risk of going to slaughter. RRHR will adopt each horse to a permanent caring and positive environment that is mutually beneficial to both horse and human.

Results: THis year (2010) we have increased our facility by adding a new loafing shed, raising funds for training our young horses and outlining our participation in the Community Animal Response Team program for emergency assistance. We have added a grant-writer to our team and appointed a board member as the facilitator of the Post-Adoption Care program which helps new adoptive owners through any difficulties as well as helps us track our adopted horses.

Target demographics: RRHR serves the State of Colorado and most frequently the Front Range and eastern plains areas. We have accepted relinquished horses from out of state. We work with the county Sheriff's Offices when confiscation or impound is needed.

Programs: Provide sheltercarerehabilitationtrainng and adoption of horses that are abusedneglectedunwanted abandoned impounded by the sheriff at risk for slaughter

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a BLM mustang from Ruby Ranch several years ago. I was looking for a horse to do casual trail riding and had been looking for some time. I actually went previously to see a different horse, but Pat and Roger were more interested about matching the right person with the right horse than just adopting one out to get rid of it. It turned out we were not a good match for the first horse we looked at and kept searching until we found Freddie ( now Ajax). They were very honest about what they did and did not know about this horse and it's abilities. After spending time working in their round pen with Ajax, we felt that this gelding was a better match and adopted him. Their contract was straight forward and they stressed how they wanted to make sure that the horses they adopt out have forever homes and that if anything were to happen in the future where we could not take care of him, we were to return him to their care and possession. I have had many other contacts with RRHR over the years since we adopted Ajax ( who we still have) and they are very committed to their cause and doing what is best for the horse, even when that means making difficult decisions. Please consider checking them out if you are looking for a horse. Even if you are not looking to purchase a horse, they are in great need of donations and I try and donate to them when I can. I am thankful that Pat and Roger put themselves out into the sometime thankless world to help animals who cannot speak for themselves.


Client Served

Rating: 1

Do not buy from this rescue, I bought a horse and Pat Miller said he was completely rideable with a vet check and everything. He had severe arthritis in his legs , thresh, his pigeon toes being far more extreme than described, he had no training I wouldn't buy that horse for 100 dollars, yes I bought him thinking I was buying the horse in the description, they don't train horses they run them around with an uncertified trainer, he had a serous bucking problem, and not to forget all of these problems where described to be mild and he is rideable for the short time I owned that horse I was bucked off countless times, he reared at me several times, I wouldn't clap my hands without him pulling pack, Pat described him as the best horse on the property, and that he is as safe as can be. I was scared to even take him out of his pen after the second week of owning him, I was terrified and I will never forget when I test rode him and he was an angel but when I brought him home he was a nightmare. I would NOT suggest buying from Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue, their horses have sweet personalities, but they're unhealthy and they don't take care of them other then to feed them and basic worming but their joint supplements and specific needs aren't met for example no vets ever come out and horses have feet problems because of it and they exadurate their horses ability to get them sold. I would NEVER recommend buying from Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue.

Comments ( 1 )


pr__ 02/19/2015

This review is from a teenaged girl who is obviously disappointed in not having the ability to use the adopted horse, Stoney, in a manner that she chose, rather than what was consistent with the limitations that were explained and written when he was adopted. Stoney was returned to RRHR with a painful spine, withers, girth, neck, and hips following assessment by our veterinarian. These types of pervasive symptoms are consistent with poorly fitted saddle, use of a tie-down, over-use of a round-pen when it was specifically stated that per veterinarian recommendation, this horse was not to be run in circles. We are pleased to state that following several chiropractic and acupuncture appointments and some retraining sessions to relieve the anxiety around being saddled, Stoney was adopted to a family with four children. Now that his back is comfortable and his saddle fits properly, all of the issues cited in the review above have disappeared. Stoney is well loved and seems quite content carrying these children on his back.


Rating: 5

My cousin Pat Miller loves and cares for horses. As a teenager her first horse was "Las Vegas Maid" an appaloosa she had at their family home in Downey, CA. Her love only grew. Now, and for many years, she and Roger have rescued and cared for dozens and dozens of horses in Ramah, CO. They give their heart, care and money to their horses and graciously accept those hurt and abandoned animals. In these tough economic times many people can no longer afford to care for their horses. That is where Ruby Ranch horse rescue comes in. The cold of winter is a challenge as is heat and fires. Please consider adding them to your generous giving.