A Loving, patient and healthy approach is how I would characterize Zuma's goal in rescuing these amazing horses. Through years of experience they have sought out the best methods in holistic health care ensuring the horse has the best opportunity to regain confidence in themselves ensuring they participate in the recovery process in a drug free environment. From horsemanship class to orientation to instructional riding and mucking paddocks I have observed without exception a sincere and professional level of instruction that provides a great foundation to the many volunteers (zumateer's) while ensuring a consistent and caring relationship exists with every horse.
As an animal lover, it means so much to me how compassionate Zuma’s is towards rescuing and caring for their horses. I have witnessed first hand the amount of thought and effort behind everything they do to provide the best possible life for their herd. I am excited to continue learning through the knowledge and experience shared by the staff as well as the various education programs offered at the ranch. Being around horses has such a therapeutic effect that has been especially beneficial throughout the pandemic. I am grateful to have found a place to volunteer that aligns with my passions.
I am currently a volunteer at Zuma's Rescue Ranch and have been volunteering there for a while now. About 3 or so years ago I was going through some dark times when I found Zuma's website. The people and horses at Zuma's I feel, have played a huge role in helping me get through some really tough times in my life, where I never thought I would see the end. In short and honestly, Zuma's brought a light into my life and it changed me for the better. There are so many positive feelings I have for this place that are hard to explain. It truly fulfilles me to help the staff, other volunteers, horses and all the other animals there, and support the mission of Zuma's. Zuma's is and will always be a sanctuary for me where feelings of compassion, empathy, beauty, kindness, peace, patience, integrity, feeling of safety, belonging, etc... all come together in one incredible place. I feel so blessed and grateful to have found Zuma's many years ago and to be a part of this wonderful and beautiful place. Thank you Zuma's for everything you do for people and animals.
Bettering the lives of animals requires selflessness and infinite dedication. Zuma’s Rescue Ranch exemplifies these qualities and shows that the tireless efforts of a few individuals can drastically improve the lives of animals and people alike.
Jodi and Paul Messenich, their small yet incredibly devoted and knowledgeable staff, and passionate volunteer supporters have saved hundreds of horses, of all ages and conditions. They move mountains to rescue horses in desperate circumstances and ensure that they receive the best medical and rehabilitative treatment possible, even when this entails making great personal sacrifices and donating resources and services to cover needs above the Ranch’s means.
Beyond their passion for rehabilitation, lies a wealth of knowledge and unwavering support for compassion-based education. They are dedicated to changing the perception of how horses are trained and animals are treated. Moreover, their Animal-Assisted learning programs, where the animals and humans meet in an equal partnership, along with their therapeutic mental health services, provide a safe space for people and animals to heal in harmony.
Zuma’s unique holistic offerings, which seamlessly blend educational and therapeutic services, empower horses and participants to overcome deep trauma, forge meaningful connections, and ultimately thrive in life, on and off the Ranch.
No group is more deserving of recognition as an exceptional nonprofit. This is not a big organization that expends funds on administrative costs or overhead, but a group of sincere individuals, who endlessly dedicate their time and energy, so that every donated dollar and volunteer hour, goes toward bettering the lives of the horses and animals in their care, as well as improving the wellbeing of those fortunate enough to find this incredible community resource.
It is the fervent hope of all those who have been served by or provided some small service to this singular organization, that after over 17 years of thoughtful stewardship and constant striving, Zuma’s Rescue Ranch will receive the recognition it so richly deserves. This acknowledgement will empower many more people to discover Zuma’s incredible mission of saving horses and immeasurably enriching the lives of Coloradans of all walks of life.
For the last five years Zuma’s has been my home away from home. My family started with riding lessons for my then 4 year old daughter and volunteering. We welcomed two beautiful souls into our family through Zuma’s. We’ve made countless friends that we now consider extended family. Zuma’s is a community of people with a common goal, to care for those who don’t have a voice. There so many opportunities to make an impact from simple tasks, to big projects, hands on chores or hands off chores. So anyone with any skill level can volunteer and make a difference. The staff are passionate about what they do and it shows, going above and beyond to care for their beloved herd. Zuma’s is truly a magical place full of love.
I have been a volunteer for 2 years, and have loved every minute! Jodi, Paul and all their staff are wonderful, kind, caring, friendly and compassionate people who pour their hearts and souls into this rescue. Every volunteer is appreciated for their small role in contributing to the herd. While my finances don’t allow me to own a horse, I am so thankful for the opportunity to love on one in particular that I wish was mine. Zuma’s feeds my soul, if you love horses, and want to get involved, you won’t find any place else that matches the quality care and value that is placed on each precious soul at Zuma’s.
Zuma’s is an amazing place! The animals truly come first, they receive personalized and educated attention to every aspect of their health (mental and physical), their previous injuries, their diet, literally everything! Compassionate, kind, friendly and well run, fun place to be, I can’t get enough! My help is welcomed and appreciated, I plan on being a life long volunteer at Zuma’s!
After a year long stint in bed following surgery, I discovered Zuma's Rescue Ranch I began as part-time staff but an off site injury placed me in the honorable volunteer position.
It begins the moment you pass through the gates The air, light, everything shows you how and ways to make an impact, find unconditional love, learn, grow, and be.
The herd is ever changing with each animal finding the best nutrition, physical and mental care.
The tribe, all the pedis, embrace your spirit, give you focus, grant you a multitude of opportunities, and a sweet pass of forgiveness while you learn. This is Zuma's and if one has the good fortune to make them stronger, you will rise!
In a world of worthy endeavors animal welfare could easily fall behind. Animals need a voice. They need people to understand the experiences of being discarded. With no food, water, affection or hope. You shake from fear. You dart to the safest perceived place willing to disappear. Certain sounds and smells are alarms that remind of painful treatment or untreated wounds. You can't remember a time when it didn't hurt. These are some stories of the rescued herd of horses if given a voice. Now, fast forward to the fortuitous placement at Zuma's Rescue Ranch.
For the first time touches are soft and welcoming. Voices offer comfort, the food and water are in abundance, and the people who provide them seemingly want to know your story and then in boundless love, they work daily to help the past abuses become distant memories.
Zuma's Rescue Ranch is all that is described. Add that every animal, yes there are farm animals in addition to the horses. now holds a promise of lifetime care. No more abandonment or surrender. No more abuse. Life for every Zuma's creature is saved and protected. Professionals and lay folks, trainers, healers with kind hearts, all work in tandem to uphold the promise. The animals here are well.
Add volunteers; City people, folks with horse histories, animal lovers, or those that want exercise without a gym, some disillusioned, some seeking benevolent refuge, others seeking to give back. Zuma's team trains everyone who has an interest. Each becomes a contributor. Whether it is cleaning paddocks, feeding, sponsorship or philanthropy, the people become part of a solution.
The din of constant media fades, societal distractions halt, any negativity teeming at the surface subsides, and through the muck , sweat and tired achy muscles Zuma's rescues participants with sanctuary, education and purpose.
I began my Zuma's Rescue Ranch as Barn Staff. Enamored, I wanted to bring in financial support, media attention or pretty much anything that would shout loudly, "I found an unfettered place of goodness" to anyone who would listen. I recently shifted to volunteering and with the same gusto am eager to help.
Zuma's Rescue Ranch is deserving of accolades and positive attention. I am blessed to be part of something so much greater than myself.
In early 2014, Zumas spearheaded the rescue of several abandoned horses, many that lacked training. Zumas sent out a request for help in catching and loading the horses. I was an hour away from where the horses were being held and responded to the request for help. During the rescue and loading of the horses, I was impressed with Jodi's (Director of Zumas) determination to get all the horses loaded safely and transported safely. No corners were cut in safe handling. Compassion was of utmost importance. Soon after, I bought an emaciated horse from a Washington feedlot. I reached out to Zumas for guidance on an effective feeding program. My request was answered with experience and knowledge for an effective program that would put weight on the horse in a safe manner. In addition, Jodi often checked on the progress of the horse, again showing long term commitment to animal welfare. Last month, while viewing a FB page for feedlot in Texas, I saw a posting for an emaciated, Paint pony with an obvious shoulder injury. I, living in Wyoming, had tremendous difficulty in arranging the logistics of the rescue. I asked Zumas for help with organizing the Pony's rescue. Without fail, Jodi responded with help. Her former trainer lives in Texas and was willing to help. I called the lot and paid for the pony. Jodi then organized transportation and boarding with her former trainer. When the pony's injury proved more significant than antibiotics could resolve, the pony was transported to a surgical center. It was determined the pony had a fractured scapula and multiple abscesses in the shoulder. Once again, Zumas Rescue Ranch came to the rescue. Jodi spoke to the surgeon and helped me understand the 3 options and their risks, 1) euthanasia 2) drain the abscesses 3) surgery to remove broken bone fragments and abscesses. Zumas offered to help with surgical expenses to save the pony and give her the most promising future. Because of Zuma's commitment to animal welfare and advocacy, the pony is recovering from the surgery and will come home to Wyoming soon. I personally, now own two horses that benefited from Zumas' willingness to help animals and owners in distress. Zumas' talks the talk and walks the walk when it comes to animal rescue.
Zumas is an incredible place where anyone of any ability can learn about about, care for and ride horses who were given a second or even third chance in their lives.
The owners are amazing people who care for their animals and all of those who are open to giving their time for a very worthy cause.
My daughter searched the internet for a place with horses where I could go. Little did she know that search would fill a place in my heart which had been empty for years. An Orientation at Zumas Rescue Ranch, opened my eyes to a special place rescuing, rehabilitating and care which changed my life. There are so many tasks which need attention at a non-profit. It’s more than animals! You don’t need experience with horses in order to give of your time. The staff will train you to assist. With the stresses of work and the cell ringing, I have been able to take a cleansing breath! The sound of a horse nicker when they hear your voice even without seeing you , the grunt of a pot belly pig that wants your attention and horses see your car come to fence, a horse that has been starved and abused learn to trust you …. how do you put into words how the examples noted will feel your heart and soul! Did you know when you are around animals your heart rate meets theirs? I know whether I am near an animal or cleaning Boomers room, peace will surround me!!!! What little I have written is Zumas Rescue Ranch!!!
Zuma's is a very special place. The care and attention each and every animal gets is amazing. I have never seen a volunteer organization that is run as well; or a barn that is as clean. The systems they have in place are something to see. The staff is helpful and inviting and I always feel welcome. This place is good for the soul - for animals and for people.
The people, animals, and property at Zuma's are incredibly beautiful. I absolutely love the time that I spend volunteering. The staff and volunteers are incredibly hard working and dedicated, and the horses and other animals who call Zuma's home are so loved.
I originally signed up to support my 14 year old niece who has been living with me since July 2020. Her passion is horses since she was toddler. Unable to afford a horse we decided we would volunteer. Since then she has not only volunteered but has taken several courses and riding lessons, I believe has been extremely important to her emotional and mental wellbeing. She has been able to groom horses for events and work with the baby horses.
I also have taken multiple classes through Zuma Rescue Ranch including a mentoring program and counseling.
Finding this rescue has been the best thing that could have happened. Everyone is always in a positive mood, friendly and helpful.
I volunteer almost everyday with the herd and honesty it has been life changing. The physical ailments I had before starting at the ranch are completely gone which I attribute to mucking and tossing hay bags, as well as being surrounded by the herd on this beautiful property. Everything Zuma's does daily is for the good of these animals and the welfare of those that come for either a riding lesson, therapy or learning from the experience staff. The energy is amazing and I cannot see myself ever parting from this ranch. Hosted a Corporate Volunteer Event here and team had great time. Come check out the herd.
Zuma's Rescue Ranch is a healing sanctuary for horses and humans. In addition to offering riding lessons, Zuma's developed the ZEAL (Zuma's Equine Assisted Learning) program to deliver mental health services to children, adults, and families. Participants in the ZEAL program receive mental health support on Zuma's beautiful, healing 120+ acre ranch in partnership with the horses, goats, cow, and cats that call Zuma's home. Please support this amazing non-profit that provides essential resources to animals and people.
My daughter and my favorite place in the world. Just being on the ranch, makes you feel like your in paradise!!
Volunteering at Zuma's is best thing that has happened to my family. My daughter and I enjoy being around the horses and farm animals. It gives us peace of mind, and helps with my daughters depression and anxiety. It warms my heart to be part of such an amazing case!!!
I knew nothing about horses when I found Zuma's. Thru their volunteer training, I have learned many invaluable things about the nature, wellbeing and suffering of horses. Education is invaluable and to mix that with actual activism as well as taking in and living to care for these horses is the highest caliber of compassionate genius and well balanced approach. Zuma's also is creative, kind and organic/natural in their approach to welcoming these traumatized horses. I have been deeply inspired and changed by what I have learned and continue to learn from them and from my one on one with the horses and team during volunteer work and classes. I will never stop volunteering at, learning from and sharing the name of Zuma's. So well done!
Zuma's brings something different to every human (and horse), depending on what you need. I've seen this magical place fill a hole in everyone there, whether it's mental health services, fresh air and exercise, animal hugs, riding lessons, or a chance to give back to the community. Zuma's takes animals who may not otherwise have a chance, who have been discarded in some way, and brings them to a safe, loving environment where they can regain health and trust to live their best life.
I feel so fortunate to have found Zuma’s. I’ve always loved working with horses, but being able to specifically help horses that have been through a lot has always been a dream, and volunteering at Zuma’s let’s me do just that! I’ve also never met such dedicated, caring people that are also extremely willing to teach you everything they know about horses. I am 100% in my happy place when I’m at Zuma’s.
I have volunteered with a lot of animal rescue organizations but Zuma's is far and away the best for not only animals but for the people who need the special relationship that comes with connecting with them.
With so many groups that helps animals it is hard to know which to support. I am here to say Zumas is one of the most caring and dedicated group I know. They are dedicated to some of the most vulnerable groups and give them a good life. Love this group!
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch rests by itself on a range that softly abuts the Colorado Mountains. It sits under the sun - warm, quiet, peaceful. All around staff and volunteers tend to horses, kids, chores, structured instruction. But quietly, peacefully. Occasionally the wind will carry the nicker of one horse to another, the sound of laughter or voices talking. Otherwise it is just unadulterated serenity.
Zuma’s is a magical place. Magical? Why yes, most definitely. How else do you explain ordinary people doing most extraordinary things? How else do you explain bonds between beaten and broken horses melding with people to create lives of strength, endurance and love that alone neither one could have imagined? How horses bound for slaughter, or those barely surviving in conditions of horrific abuse or neglect, or simply abandoned and forgotten, can heal. Zuma’s helps these horses heal and they in turn help to heal human lives that have endured and experienced similar lives of abandonment, pain and suffering. But there is more than that. Zuma’s offers riding lessons for youngsters and adults, horsemanship classes, equine assisted therapy, special classes with renowned horseman and the list continues…there are musical gatherings and holiday festivities and Zuma’s horse shows, and still there is always something more…
More is the kindness, care, fortitude, compassion and commitment to excellence that staff demonstrate every day.
It is the smiles on the faces of volunteers that are giving of themselves, and getting their “horse fix.” It is a place of a new awakening. Come check it out.
Top notch! Well run, excellent treatment of animals, and enthusiastic staff.
I have been volunteering at Zuma's for 2 years now and I can't say enough about this amazing rescue! I am in awe of all the hard work, dedication, love and care that Jodi, Paul and all the staff put in to make sure their animals are happy, healthy and thriving! If I could give them a 100 star rating, I would!!!
I found Zuma's originally for horseback riding lessons but quickly discovered that this place is an absolute gem! I love horses and being around them, so volunteering at Zuma's was an easy choice! From day one, everyone created a warm, welcoming atmosphere and it became a place where I could come to decompress from the pressures of the world and just focus on helping and loving the horses at this rescue!
This is truly a unique and beautiful rescue that has mission that everyone can be behind! It's a great place to volunteer your time, especially if you love horses!
I’ve been volunteering weekly at Zuma’s for 10 years. If you have it in your heart to give your time freely, this is an organization worthy and most appreciative of your efforts. The horses and other animals are well cared for and loved by hardworking and dedicated staff. I am thankful for Zuma’s mission to rescue horses and provide equine therapy for people.
The owners, staff and volunteers are and have an unwavering dedication to saving and growing, once again, abused animals. We own a mini- mule who was tied up behind a pawn shop. Many people have helped Rudy grow and trust.
The picture shows Rudy (small black mule) Atticus, Mariah (small white horse) all proud, trusting equines now.
Thank you Zuma Rescue Ranch.
Zuma’s is a great place to get your horse hugs, fresh air, exercise, meet new people and help the limited staff tremendously. It is such a peaceful and beautiful place to volunteer and know you are really helping as there are over 40 animals and only 3 staff personnel. I have been there almost 6 years and love that some days are just so special spending time with the horses and they too like the attention. I went out of my comfort zone and did orientation by myself for my 50th bday present( free LOL) and am forever grateful for my Zuma’s experiences. I sponsor Eve who arrived around the same time I started volunteering. She was unhandled and needed surgery. Over a few years the staff and volunteers worked with her and she now approaches people and likes attention. Just one success story among many.
We can all say 2020 has been quite the year. Lots of isolation and uncertainty. This was my story until I discovered Zuma’s and all the amazing things they can offer. They rescue horses but I can honestly say they rescued me. Their huge property makes it so easy to get outside, work with the horses, make a difference and stay safe. They offer horse riding lessons, they offer horse training lessons, equine therapy for individuals going through a hard time and so much more. They accept people and animals as they are and they work with all the strengths and weaknesses that you bring along with you. Zuma’s rescue ranch is truly heaven on earth for humans and animals alike.
Zumas Rescue Ranch is nothing but amazing! I’m a very shy , closeted , socially awkward person , i’ve always struggled with mental health issues and have had trouble opening up to therapists or doctors about it because i’ve felt so lost and like i was battling with myself. When i first started volunteering at Zumas i fell in love with every animal there , All of the staff and other volunteers are so welcoming and friendly. Zumas has helped me open up and has been really beneficial to helping my mental health. Just being around all the animals here and getting to know them is so heartwarming. All my friends know about zumas and i’ve gotten some to volunteer.
Although I have only been to the Zuma Ranch a few times to date, what I found there was well kept and happy horses, as well as in the other animals in need of a place to live!
The persons who work there care about their charges and maintain them beautifully.
No Horse or animal in the Zuma Rescue Ranch, in Littleton CO, ever goes hungry, ungroomed or thirsty and that is what I find fabulous about this facility. Each has room to live and breathe without fear, given the time to adjust with gentle hands and are treated as they were meant to be gently and with much care!
I'm a busy working professional but I also wanted to give back in an environment that touches lives, both human and animal. Zuma's is the prefect match! I am so honored to be volunteering with a non profit that truly believes in and is passionate about horse rescue while also providing therapy to at risk folks on a therapeutic level. Thank you, Zuma's for all you do!
I love Zumas. They truly care about the horses in their care as well as educating and assisting many people. From their therapy program to their horsemanship classes zumas does an incredible job education people on the value and importance of horses. As a volunteer I have helped them take care of countless horses and taken classes. I love all the events they do and how much effort they put into everything they do.
Zuma truly cares and is obsessed with the very best care for their herd of beautiful rescues. They are very supportive, appreciative and welcoming when it comes to their volunteers. It’s been a great way for me to fill my empty nest void and give back to the animals I’ve enjoyed all my life.
I can speak personally and also anecdotally - Zumas is an amazing place. Their mission to help humans and animals is evident. The good energy is palpable!
I only recently began volunteering here, but they've been working hard the past year to really put themselves out there and showcase what they do for horses and how they use their rescue horses for therapy to help people in return. So it's people helping horses helping people -- a beautiful cycle. Plus, Zuma's partners with students of equine medicine to give more hands-on opportunities to study horses and learn how they behave.
This isn't a dog and pony show, puns absolutely intended. This is an organization that holds themselves to the highest of standards with cleanliness and safety at the forefront. Horses have easy to understand labels, so volunteers know which horses are safe to love on and which ones to give some space to. This keeps us safe and keeps the horses feeling like their space is respected and valued. Every volunteer at every shift takes their turn mucking, so you never feel like you have to watch your step.
Zuma's is focused on partnership across the board, and it shows from the way they train their volunteers to the gear they use on the horses themselves.
Zuma's is one of the best rescues around! They are always there to lend a helping hand whether it is the people, children, other rescues, equines or other animals. Just a great all around place!! They deserve way more than 5 stars!!!
As an employee and volunteer I feel very blessed to have Zumas in my life. It truly is a sanctuary for the rescues and me. It is amazing how Jodi and staff take care of each rescue and their individual needs. Hard work, but worth it. Thank you Jodi for giving me the Zumas experience.
Zuma’s is a wonderful organization, not only do they rescue horses in need, but they offer community programs that let those same horses help rescue people in need as well.
A few years ago, within the span of a few short months, I experienced the trauma of being charged by an ill-trained horse, being thrown, my father dying, and then getting married shortly after. My heart was broken, I was scared of horses – whom I have loved since I was a child, I was devastated by the loss of my father, and all of that was mixed together. I was grieving, scared, and heartbroken because my love of horses had been a constant source of strength for years.
I spent the next few years doing equine assisted therapy because being terrified of approaching a horse was not acceptable to me. I worked on my grief and fear with a herd of horses along with a wonderful therapist. The honest reactions and connections they offered me were incredible. They gently and honestly guided me to face my fear, find strength, and be authentic with my own feelings. They gave me the chance to heal in my own time.
I started sponsoring a horse at Zuma’s because when I saw him, for some indefinable reason he took my breath away. It was like he looked right into my soul and said “Just give me a chance, I just need a little help”. I knew that feeling. And it is my honor to help give him that chance.
Zuma's is the standard for which other animal/horse rescues should be. They are groundbreaking in their knowledge and treatment of the animals. I am so fortunate to volunteer and also sponsor one of their rescue horses. Their whole philosophy allows horses and people to be surrounded in a safe and peaceful environment. The horses and other animals are their first priority. Zuma's Rescue Ranch says they rescue horses, I believe they are in the people saving business too! Children and adults all are healed with the therapy provided there. Please be a part of this amazing rescue.
I came to Zuma's in the fall of 2012 looking for an equine partner! I saw Spice Girl an fell in love! The adoption process was thorough to make sure we were a match and I couldn't be more pleased with the friendly and helpful staff!
Zuma's Rescue Ranch is the ideal example of a non-profit dedicated to its cause. Its focus on horses and kids is true and honest and they really do put the cause above all else. The horses are taken care of in the best conditions I've ever seen and the programs are for the benefit of all. If you are looking for a place to donate your time or money, definitely check out Zuma's!
Zuma's Rescue Ranch is nothing short of magical! It is a horse rescue, haven for children, healing place for adolescents, training ground for young riders, and a supurb facility for outside professional's to teach natural horsemanship. I was in the the last category as I was a student of a visiting instructor, Anna Twinney of Reach Out To Horses. My training lasted 7 months last year and an additional 7 months this year. We were so very fortunate to have access to this wonderful facility with both indoor and outdoor areans and so many wonderful horses to work with. I am always super impressed by the condition of the horses at Zuma'a and by their training program and riding programs. Jodi is a super star with an awesome talent for running a hugely successful operation. Her vision is HUGE and she is well on her way to creating everything she has dreamed. It is a well organized and well funded program where volunteers, students, donors and employees are treated like family. There is a lot of Zuma Love being spread around this spectacular ranch and there are always many people buzzing about either taking care of the horses or taking lessons or going through a volunteer training. It is a "feel good" place for both horses and humans. I especially like the fact that the "rescue" horses at Zumas are all given a job once they are evaluated and brought up to speed with their needs. They not only get all of the nutrition and medical attention they need but they are placed in one of the programs at the ranch and are made to feel like an appriciated and respected individual who contributes to the good of the whole by being an intrical part of society and in particular Zuma's Rescue Ranch. Well done, Jodi and Paul and all of the staff, volunteers, animals and friends...keep up the good work!!
I was a student at a Horsemanship clinic taught by world renowned horse whisperer and trainer, Anna Twinney of Reach Out to Horses. We used the horses at Zuma's Rescue Ranch for many of the weekends of our training. Not only are the horses of superior quality, the care of them is exceptional, the people, Jodi and Paul and all of the volunteers and staff are awesome and the setting is breathtaking. Paul and Jodi do an amazing job not only rehabilitating and rehoming unwanted horses but also rehabilitating children and adults from the community by bringing them together with these equine beauty. When a horse shares it's heart with a human, the human is transformed...thank you Zuma's!
Jodi at Zuma's is caring, sincere and professional. The mission she has taken upon herself to tackle is one of compassion for animals and foster children. I've seen the positive results of her work with horses and children first hand. Jodi has brought together the important professionals to work with the horses and children enabling both to trust again. She has accepted responsibility for the care, training and overall well being of many types of animals: horses, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, dogs and cats. And each animal is given the opportunity to connect with a child to help both learn to trust again.
I came to know Zuma's Rescue Ranch when I embarked on a quest for horse manure for my garden. Zuma's was the only place which responded to my request with a simple, "We have lots." and their address. Since that time in 2009, I have come to understand the dedication, determination and professionalism of both Paul and Jodi Messinech. They give their whole selves to the cause of saving, reaching and teaching children and horses - one at a time - that there is someone who cares about them. I have seen Paul and Jodi work countless hours to keep a horse with colic comfortable. I have witnessed each of them putting their lives, honor, fortune and family on the line for the cause that they believe in - turning "throw away" kids and horses into partners and productive citizens.
I have been a part of the Zuma family for 3 years and I was the volunteer coordinator for a year. I have seen the kiddos that come to the ranch transform from a shy, sheltered sometimes reserved person to a outgoing kiddo. All because they were paired up with a four legged friend and taught how to take care of these rescued animals. They form relationships that take them into adulthood. The pair begin their healing process together. This is an amazing organization and deserves all rave reviews!!!
Zuma's Rescue Ranch is a sanctuary of hope and healing for horses and humans alike. Upon entering the 146 acre Ranch though the distinctive iron gates, guests are immediately impacted by the visual beauty of the place: gently rolling hills, white fencing, beautiful vistas and perhaps more important, a happy and healthy animal herd consisting of more than 40 horses, three goats, a gaggle of chickens and ducks and Daisy, the pot-belly pig. The secret behind the success of Zuma's is the dedicated staff and cadre of volunteers who care so much about creating an organization of excellence from the care of the animals to the compassion shown to the children and adults who come here seeking a deeper connection to themselves through equine assisted experiential learning. To keep the Ranch going, much is required: volunteers to provide invaluable support to the small but hard-working staff, donors to fund the hay that feeds the animals and medicine to keep them healthy, event participants to visit the Ranch and spread the word about its mission. At a very young age, I lost my father to an untimely death. My horse gave me comfort and an outlet to escape the emotional pain. I found Zuma's 40 years later because I want to support and honor a place that can do the same for others who have experienced personal heartbreak be it physical, emotional or spiritual.
My first contact with Jodi M. was through facebook. We were friends because we have a common interest, rescuing horses or any animals in distress. I remember when she first posted on my page. We were attempting to save a horse from one of the auction houses, and the horse was already in the kill pens. We were attempting to raise the bail, and transportation money. Before, I even knew that Jodi M. herself, had a rescue, Jodi M. steps up with the full bail money, knowing that the horse would not be coming to her rescue, because a home had already been found... I only found out later, that she had a rescue and plenty of other mouths to feed, and she was still willing to pay for the bail money, and was willing to help with the transportation fee's if they had been needed... My impression of this lady, is of pure respect, for her selflessness that she displayed, and a willingness to help others' out.. My hat is off to Jodi M. and her rescue, for what they have choosen to take on, with no financial gains to speak of. A genuine good hearted person.
I mentored students for three sessions at Zuma's. Additionally I took riding lessons and have my daughter in riding lessons at Zuma's. The fundamental principles of love and respect are everywhere at this magical place. This is a place where heartbroken, traumatized souls can find love and healing by making life-changing connections in a beautiful setting. The people who run this program have committed everything they have to a cause they believe in, and our world is so much better for it. Anyone can be a part of the Zuma's community- and everyone who does will come away transformed...
Zuma's advocates for those who need a voice in this world. This wonderful organization serves humans and horses, which allows it to make a difference in multiple ways. It has been my pleasure and honor to be a volunteer with the children and to adopt one of the rescue horses. I see how countless children, adults, and horses are healed at Zuma's everyday.
I was looking for a place to learn to ride horses when I stumbled upon a list of lesson places! I printed out the list and the only name that was there was Zuma's! I started riding and fell in love with the horses and so that summer I decided to become a working student! I made so many friends and developed a stronger love for horses. Every day i was so excited to work and couldnt wait until I arrived! After 2 years of being at zumas I still love it and never want to leave! It has been a life changing experience that has taught me fun can go along with responsiblity.
I have visited this wonderful sanctuary for people and horses, the love that is shown to both let's us all know that there are people who want this world to be a compassionate and respectful place to live. Thank you Zuma for the work that you do, and for helping the horses who have shown repeatedly that they are worth more than meat for a foreign dinner plate.
Zuma's is not only a representation of my family and my upbringing, but also a constant reminder to myself and to others to give back to those truly in need. To take your good fortune and share it with those less fortunate, both human and animal. No matter what occurs in my life, I know I can go to the ranch and be grounded, loved and supported by everyone there. I could not be more proud of my family for their truly selfless undertaking, and my gratitude to them for what their actions and the outcome that is Zuma's has given me. While I am not a learning child or a rescued animal, I truly feel the humanity and good nature I learn each day at Zuma's makes me a better person, a stronger business person and a more aware human being. No matter what your commitment to Zuma's is, I can guarantee you my family, our horses and these children will change your life.
Review from Guidestar
When I first visited Zuma's I instantly wanted to be involved. I visited during the summer of 2008 and instantly fell in love with a little rescue horse that had been saved by Jodi and Paul from a feed lot just a month before. Since then, I have become a regular contributor to Zuma's and their cause. The balance between both rescuing helpless animals and children that have been abused or neglected is incredibly inspiring. I work in a very busy, fast paced environment and every visit to the ranch is nothing short of inspiring.
Zuma's is a beautiful place southwest of Denver where you are greeted with open arms, open hearts and a warm smile. A place that is safe for all people and horses to recover,rest and rejuvenate their spirits. Hard work is always needed and a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of these children and animals is appreciated. Volunteers don't always have the time, just the heart.
The Volunteers at Zuma's make such a huge difference in the possibilities around the ranch. Last weekend Paul the main man at Zuma's was away and Jodi his wife was left on her own to care for the 40 horses.... Well that was not the case as Mike Hoagland a dedicated volunteer showed up and boy was he helpful. There was no water, no of the hydrants would come on and it was not due to freezing. Mike stuck around and helped Jodi figure out the mystery, called a well and pump company, Tri-County Pump answered the phone on a Saturday morning and saved the day. 40 horses with no water is a big big problem. While it took hours to get the water situation fixed, more volunteers showed up and helped out; Lance Giddeon arrived simply to show his father the horses and jumped in and began hauling water from the property next door to all of the horses. Amanda Davis fed all of the horses, Stout Street Foundation's "Gary" and volunteer Amanda Zizza cleaned the pastures, and stalls. It was a hearty group of dedicated volunteers that kept things going this day at Zuma's.