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Equine Welfare Network Messenger

We are a 2017 Messenger!

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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Colorado Horse Rescue



Colorado Horse Rescue
10386 N. 65th Street
Longmont CO 80503
7204941414

Tax ID/EIN: 84-1095741
Year Founded: 1986
Last Updated 2017-04-24

Public Charity


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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Horse Welfare

Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.

Our organization's primary activity is equine rescue & adoption.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Dedicated to saving the disadvantaged horse... One human, one rescue, one home at a time.

Horse-related programs:
•Equine Crisis Assistance Program – CHR offers assistance to committed horse owners in the community who are temporarily struggling financially. We provide hay, veterinary assistance, and even supported the rebuild of equine facilities after the 2013 flood. For some families, this funding is the support they need to get through a difficult time and avoid having to surrender their horse. <br />•Surrender Program – CHR is often a horse owner’s last chance when faced with illness, foreclosure, divorce, natural disaster, or the inevitability of old age. CHR eases the pain by providing the owner peace of mind in knowing that his/her beloved horse will have a second opportunity to find a loving home. CHR also facilitates the surrender of horses referred by Animal Control due to owner neglect and abandonment. These horses receive the proper care they deserve, and once healthy are provided training so that they may find a forever home.<br />•Field Rescue Program - As resources allow, CHR saves viable horses in the community from dangerous situations. Some of the circumstances where CHR steps in includes: purchasing horses at auction, purchasing from private owners on Craigslist and other online sources, occasionally purchasing horses from feedlots, and networking with other local rescues to bring at-risk horses to safety.<br />•Adoption Program – CHR is dedicated to placing horses in their forever homes, which in turn allows CHR to help more horses. Potential adopters are carefully screened via an application and interview process to ensure the match between horse and human is suitable. CHR retains ownership of the horse for a probationary period of at least six months from the date of adoption. Transfer of ownership is completed after two successful follow-up visits. During this time, CHR monitors the well-being of the horse, and if the horse is not cared for properly, CHR will repossess the horse. <br />• Foster Program – This program allows screened foster families to care for CHR horses, thus alleviating some of the financial burden for CHR. Often a fosterer becomes an adopter, which again allows CHR to help more horses.<br />•Educational Workshops – CHR offers monthly educational clinics to the community with a focus on natural horsemanship. CHR increases and diversifies community involvement by offering clinics focused on equine art and equine photography. In addition to practical horse handling techniques, CHR offers topics like, “From Purchase to Performance”, which teaches individuals about the costs of owning a horse. Colorado State University’s top Veterinarians present lectures covering the latest medical information. CHR hopes to alleviate the unwanted horse issue by educating individuals on the responsibilities of horse ownership and providing them with the tools to manage their horses in order to achieve life-long partnerships.<br />•LeadChange Colorado – Colorado Horse Rescue’s LeadChange program provides businesses and corporations the opportunity to work directly with our breath-taking CHR horses. All exercises take place on the ground and are specifically designed to promote communication, problem-solving skills, and innovation, and as a result increase performance in the work place. LeadChange Colorado has its own website at www.leadchangeteambuilding.org. This innovative program increases our visibility, adds significant revenue, and forges new partnerships with local businesses. <br />•Personal Tours – Children and adults are given hands-on learning experiences as they interact with different types of equines. Visits include personal attention from a staff member who will answer specific questions, and provides the opportunity to observe all aspects of typical rescue operations. <br />•Opportunities for Volunteerism – CHR has over 80 volunteers who commit weekly to the mission of the Colorado Horse Rescue. Barn volunteers, riding volunteers, office volunteers, and volunteer board members all play an active role in promoting positive change in the community.<br />•Sponsorship Program – Monthly donors sponsor a specific horse whereby they are able to spend time with their selected horse, and receive one-on-one instruction in equine safety and care.<br />•Training Program – CHR’s training program works to both directly rehabilitate our horses and train volunteers in the skills of horsemanship. As horses are admitted to CHR they undergo evaluation and a plan is formed to fill in the gaps of their education. This training program reacquaints or introduces our horses to kind and fair handling as they learn ground-manners, trailer loading, as well as skills under saddle. This education results in horses that are more desirable to adopters.

Non-horse-related programs:
N/A


Volunteer Opportunities


Intermediate Barn Chore Volunteer
Minimum Age: 18
Projects include feeding and watering the horses, mucking, and general clean-up. After regular chores are complete, intermediate volunteers may also groom specific horses approved by management. Intermediate volunteers may enter any pasture with managements permission to perform basic barn chores.

Advanced Barn Chore Volunteer
Minimum Age: 18
Lead our barn chore teams through a feeding shift. Coordinate, manage, and assist in the activities of all volunteers including horse handling, horse care, feeding, and general clean up. Please note: it is very rare for a new applicant to be accepted as an advanced level barn volunteer. After working several shifts, intermediate level volunteers may be promoted to an advanced level.

Administrative Assistant Volunteer
Minimum Age: 18
Assist with administrative tasks that best utilize the volunteers strengths. This could range from researching funding opportunities, marketing, outreach, social media, or basic data entry and office tasks. Administrative volunteers enjoy the freedom of flexible hours, and the structure of a casual office environment. Basic training will be provided on an as-needed basis. Important administrative assistant qualities include being detail oriented and the ability to work within deadlines.

Facilities And Grounds Maintenance Volunteer
Minimum Age: 18
Excluding gardening work and grounds upkeep, prior experience in these areas is required. Maintenance volunteers enjoy the freedom of flexible hours, and getting some fresh air outside with the horses! Concentrations include:
* Light and heavy vehicle maintenance
* Building, grounds, and fence upkeep
* Gardening
* Plumbing and electrical work

Beginner Barn Chore Volunteer
Minimum Age: 18
Projects include feeding and watering the horses, mucking, and general clean-up. Training is provided by experienced volunteers and staff members. For ALL barn chore positions the ability to lift at least 50 pounds is required, and there is a minimum 3 month commitment to one shift per week. Barn shifts run from 8am - 11am and 3pm - 5:30pm daily.

Wish List Items


Office Supplies / Equipment
Copy paper/white
Postage Stamps

Equine Tack
English and Western Saddles
Bridles and bridle parts
Snaffle bits
Rope halters and leadropes

Barn Supplies
Bagged wood shavings
Muck buckets
Standard Muck Bucket Carts

Facility Supplies
Round pen panels for 1 pen
T-post cap supplies
Manure spreader
4 8×2-foot metal stock tanks (for feeding hay during the winter)
Facility electrical system overhaul – approx. $20,000

Vet Supplies
3-Inch Elastikon
3M 4-inch Vet Wrap (assorted colors)
NeighLox supplement
SoftRide Boots, sizes 5 – 7

Vehicles
Equivalent or Upgrade for: ’87 Chevy Silverado 3/4 ton 4×4 dually

Horse Feed
Horse Quality, Barn-Stored Grass Hay – 140 tons (large & small bales)
Horse Quality, Barn-Stored, 3rd Cutting or equivalent superior quality Alfalfa – 50 tons
Purina Equine Senior
Stampede Complete 13%
Stampede Pleasure 12%
Triple Crown Low Starch
Nutrena Safe Choice