Our companion horse gallery includes horses that have been retired from working, showing, and/or trail and pleasure riding. Companion horses have much to offer: a friend to a lonely horse, a gentle mount for small children, or a family friend who will touch your soul and make you smile. A few are even suitable for very light riding. While it’s true that older horses require a little extra care and attention, many of them remain healthy and active well into their later years. Many of our companions are middle-aged, playful, easy keepers. Some may require special diets and/or medication.

Agnes

  • AGE: 23
  • BREED: Mule
  • GENDER: Mollie
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

At 22 years old this molly mule is still living her life to the fullest. No longer able to carry adult riders, Agnes has retired to giving small or light-weight children calm and relaxing pony rides. Agnes is fairly new to CHR and we are still learning about her; however, it’s clear that she readily accepts human affection. She is a beautiful, gentle mule with a lot to offer. Stay tuned as we learn more about this lovely long-eared gal!

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HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome; should not be on green pasture

Blackjack

  • AGE: ~10
  • BREED: Paint
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: TBD
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • FEE: $500

Blackjack is a great example of a horse who found himself in an at-risk situation through no fault of his own. With our Field Rescue Program, CHR was able to step in and purchase this flashy gelding from a feed lot. During his training evaluation it became clear to us that Blackjack was going to have trouble staying sound on his front end (simply due to confirmation). Although we ventured into veterinary diagnostics at first, his training evaluation also revealed that Blackjack had experience some harsh training techniques in his former life. With these physical and mental ailments in mind, we chose to give Blackjack the gift of serving as a companion horse. He has responded very well to slow, kind handling on the ground and he seems to really enjoy connecting with people one-on-one. He also bonds well with other horses and doesn’t buy into any herd drama. With continued consistent handling, this kind-hearted horse will make a wonderful addition to a lucky adopter’s family.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Easy keeper

Blue

  • AGE: 19
  • BREED: Saddlebred
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15.1 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • FEE: $500.00

Blue is a real beauty who only wants to be loved. Due to a few behavioral issues we currently feel it is in both Blue’s and her adopter’s best interest for her to remain a companion-only horse at this time. Blue will undoubtedly add a spark of class and beauty to anyone’s pasture, and with movement like hers it’s hard not to fall in love. She enjoys being walked and brushed and will thrive in an environment with someone who wants to perfect their groundwork skills. Happy, healthy, and physically sound, Blue will continue her mental rehabilitation as time goes on. Currently, Blue requires an advanced-level handler for all ground activities but does well for the farrier and with grooming.

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HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Nice companion horse

Bugs

  • AGE: 22
  • BREED: Paint
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: TBD
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

An American Paint Horse, Bugs Party Girl is her registered name. She was surrendered by a college student that was struggling financially. Bugs has arthritis in both knees which prevents her from being rideable, and makes finding a new home all the more difficult. Her owner tried to re-home her for two years and after no success, she turned to CHR for help. With proper care, Bugs at the age of 22 can still lead a good and happy life. She receives an anti-inflammatory called Bute as needed for pain which she eats in her grain.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Diagnosed with arthritis in both knees, likely due to an old injury or fall. Requires a daily dose of pain medication in her grain.

Charlee

  • AGE: ~26
  • BREED: Thoroughbred
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 16 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

With legs for days, Charlee is a sweet mare who wears a CSU brand on her shoulder. She spent several years in their program as a recipient mare, and she is now lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful retirement at CHR. Initially, we entered Charlee into our training evaluation program to determine her eligibility and skills under saddle. It was immediately clear that she lacked confidence on the ground and under saddle, and that she would require a good deal of training to overcome these issues. She is perfectly happy to serve as a companion to other horses; she bonds strongly with her pasture pals, and she is a relatively easy keeper.

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HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Requires front shoes; diagnosed with Equine Cushings sydnrome, requires daily medication

Dreamer

  • AGE: 17
  • BREED: Paint
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $500

This is a mare you shouldn’t pass up. With head-turning color and a sweet disposition, Dreamer has the power to captivate. After spending her life as a broodmare, she arrived to CHR with her daughter and herd mates. One by one the others found their homes, leaving Dreamer to live with our herd of mares. She adapted to her new herd with seamless ease, but as weeks turned into months and month into years Dreamer still finds herself waiting for a special person to call her family. Smart, willing, and full of life, Dreamer will make a fabulous addition to any herd with her sweet and sensitive personality. This painted wonder has already gone through an introductory training, having been saddled and ridden. With continued time, training and a person to call her own, this horse can still hold up to a life of riding. If you are looking for an amazing project horse more than capable of learning to be a fabulous riding partner, or just a wonderful companion, Dreamer might just be the perfect fit!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Easy keeper; does best in front shoes; has a photosensitive eye which requires that she wear a fly mask 24/7

Goose

  • AGE: 29
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

This friendly gelding came to CHR underweight and with a rather worried attitude towards life. Our vet initially scored Goose as a 3 on the Henneke Body Condition Scale (5 out of 10 is considered healthy), coupled with a diagnosis of significant muscle atrophy to his topline and hips. A comprehensive dental float and a few months of good nutrition later, Goose now has a new lease on life. He eagerly greets staff members and volunteers at his gate, and he enjoys turn-out play dates in our outdoor arena. Although Goose still has a small amount of weight left to gain, he is out of the woods and well on his way to recovery. At this rate, this fantastic 28-year-old gelding has years of love and companionship left to offer. Once released by our vet, Goose will be ready for his new forever home.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Currently underweight and in rehab, will be ready for adoption soon

Jake

  • AGE: 24
  • BREED: Thoroughbred
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 16 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

As a former competitor, Jake won a couple of races back in his glory days. Since then he has spent a lifetime in the hunter/jumper discipline. As with many modern athletes, Jake’s aging body eventually began to slow down and deteriorate. Struggling with chronic GI problems, lethargy, and weight loss, Jake was ready for both a new diet plan and a new beginning to his retired life. Luckily for Jake, his owner reached out to CHR, and we seized the opportunity to give this great horse his fresh start. Ongoing donor support literally bought us the time to properly assess Jake’s diet through trial and error with the vet. Over a number of weeks, despite his need to gain weight, we were forced to rule alfalfa out of the equation. Although we don’t have a clinical answer as to why this worked, our vet’s thought was that the richness of the alfalfa was interfering with Jake’s ability to process nutrients correctly.

With a proper diet in place, Jake has now gained over 100 pounds and completely come out of his shell as a horse. His relentless enthusiasm for food and happy-go-lucky attitude are just two of the lovable characteristics of this outstanding horse. Jake tends to bond strongly with other horses, yet he avoids drama within the herd. As with many Thoroughbreds, he does best with a confident, quiet handler who can set clear boundaries. When the right home comes along, Jake is going to bring nothing but joy to his new family!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Hard keeper, requires three mash meals per day plus front shoes; cannot have access to alfalfa

Jethro

  • AGE: ~18
  • BREED: Mule
  • GENDER: John
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • FEE: $500

A Horse is a Horse of Course of Course….So what is a mule? Half a Horse of Course! Meet Jethro, our lovable 17-year-old mule. After having wandered onto a local Nebraska farm, Jethro’s past is a complete mystery. Now safe and sound with the Colorado Horse Rescue, this handsome boy is in need of a family to call his own. Jethro is not yet broke to ride, but with a sound mind and body he has the potential to be just that. For someone looking for a fun and challenging project, or just a companion to love and play with, Jethro might be your man.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Easy keeper

Louie

  • AGE: 19
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • FEE: $500

Louie is a kind and very sensitive registered gelding. During his initial training evaluation we discovered that Louie has experienced some very harsh training techniques in the past. Despite working with three different trainers over the course of the last couple of years, Louie still has some significant fear issues around halter and groundwork. He wants with all of his heart to do what his handler asks, but his emotional worries tend to dominate his thoughts as he is worked. Louie has shown a great deal of heart and try throughout this entire process. Unfortunately, coupled with his emotional baggage Louie has had trouble staying sound. Even with continued veterinary and chiropractic care, he has not held up very well to round pen work. With all of this in mind, we have chosen to retire Louie from our training program, and let him enjoy his life out to pasture as a companion horse.

Louie has a heart of gold and when not asked to work hard, adores human attention and interaction. He is dominant in a herd setting, and does well with mares and geldings alike. If you’re looking to find a loving companion horse with a bit of a challenge, Louie will be an excellent fit!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION:Easy keeper; requires daily medication which he eats well in grain

Menolly

  • AGE: 27
  • BREED: Half Arab
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Beginner
  • FEE: $500

*Currently in foster care* Menolly is a quiet and well-mannered mare who enjoys the companionship of other horses. We don’t know a lot about her riding history, but we believe Menolly had some training when she was much younger. Due to her age and the fact that she has not been ridden in such a long time, Menolly is currently classified as a companion horse. She is living with a foster family, keeping another mare company.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION:Very sweet companion

Missy

  • AGE: 19
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: TBD
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Beginner
  • FEE: $350

Missy is an easy-going sweetheart of a horse. Standing for the vet and farrier like a champion, she can give novice horse owners the confidence to learn and grow. The first thing you will notice about this 19-year-old registered Quarter Horse is her enlarged right knee. After an evaluation by our vet, Dr. Connally has concluded that this old injury has caused her knee to fully fuse. Therefore, the joint does not flex. As she compensates for this the limb has bowed outwards, placing excess strain on her lateral collateral ligaments. A Bute trial showed us that she does not feel much pain, if any at all. Quality of life will be important to monitor for this special girl, and she will make a lucky adopter’s family very happy!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Fused knee joint does not cause pain; added stress to collateral ligaments in the limb must be closely monitored

Moon

  • AGE: 26
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 17.1 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: TBD
  • FEE: $500

Having spent most of his life as a kids’ riding horse in 4H and pleasure riding programs, Moon is overdue for an easy retired life of love and care. At 25 years old he gets along very well, and he bonds strongly with the other horses in his senior herd. Moon came to CHR with a very poorly-muscled topline, and the priority over his first several months with us was to rebuild the muscle tone around his spine. This is still a work in progress, and with a high-protein diet and pasture exercise he is coming along nicely. Moon will make a wonderful companion to a lucky adoptive family when the right home comes along.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Harder keeper

Okie

  • AGE: ~24
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 14.3 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Beginner
  • FEE: $350

Okie is as wide, strong, and unwavering as his name implies. This stout little gelding has a heart full of love and he is looking for you to give it to! Due to an old injury Okie cannot be ridden, but don’t let that deter you from this kind, stable, ADORABLE boy! He is gentle, willing and goes with the flow. If you’re looking for your next companion horse this beautiful bay is your man. Don’t wait too long, with a personality like this, Okie won’t be here long!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Bone chip in his foot from an old injury limits him as a non-rideable companion horse

Ringo

  • AGE: ~28
  • BREED: Grade
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • ADOPTION FEE: $350

*Currently in foster care* A little shy with a kind heart, Ringo enjoys the company of horses and humans. He has spent most of his life as a kids’ camp horse, until financial resources became a strain on the program. He has worked hard all his life, and with his age we have made the decision to retire Ringo from regular riding.

With Ringo’s occupation over the years, he spent the majority if his time interacting with humans under saddle. On the ground he wants to get along, but pressure can be difficult for him to accurately understand. After his training evaluation, it was clear that Ringo has not had much in the way of natural horsemanship training. He is lucky enough to spend his days in a loving foster home until the perfect adoptive family comes along.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Currently in foster care; requires daily medication for Cushings Syndrome

Sammy

  • AGE: ~27
  • BREED: Arabian
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

This sweet Arabian gelding has personality and charm to the max! Having been rescued out of a crisis situation, Sammy is now safe and happy in the loving care of Colorado Horse Rescue. At the glorious age of 25, Sammy is undergoing our evaluation process to see if he can still provide light rides to small adults and children. If you’re looking for a kind, caring, adorable grey gelding, then Sammy is your man! Stay tuned as we learn more about this diamond in the rough.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Harder keeper

Sarge

  • AGE: ~31
  • BREED: Morgan
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: TBD
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

This handsome boy is the very definition of what it feels like to be alive! Don’t let his age fool you, this incredible horse has fearlessly conquered a life of heartache and second chances. Whereas his origins are still a mystery, it is clear to us that Sarge spent much of his time alone. He adapted to this isolation better than most, and came out the other end a strong and forgiving individual. Sarge’s journey to CHR was a lucky one, as he was seized by Animal Control from a home where he was not fed nor given the care he required. Transferred to CHR from another rescue after his rehabilitation, Sarge had been on the list for euthanasia due to his age and care requirements. As each rescue has its own mission and CHR prioritizes quality of life when making those sorts of decisions, we were happy to give his vibrant senior Morgan a safe place to live.

Today, Sarge continues to learn how to socialize with people and horses as he adapts to his new life. Enjoying long grooming sessions, walks across the property, and bonding with his new herd mates, he waits for the day that someone will see him for the beautiful and forever young soul he truly is.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Diagnosed with Equine Cushings Syndrome, requires daily medication; harder keeper

Shannon

  • AGE: 18
  • BREED: Appendix Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • ADOPTION FEE: $350

Registered AQHA, our red-headed Shannon is a stellar companion to other horses. In our mares’ pasture, she is fairly dominant but dislikes drama. If she has a point to make, it will be subtle in nature; with this attitude she has earned a good deal of respect from her pasture-mates. Due to previous founder issues and very soft, thin soles, Shannon is currently not rideable. We have tried quite a few types of corrective shoes for her over the years, all of which have maintained her pasture soundness but no more. We also have her on a daily dose of medication (which she eats well in grain) to help her stay comfortable.

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HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Requires special hoof care and a daily medication to stay comfortable

Sol

  • AGE: ~19
  • BREED: Paso Fino
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: TBD
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • FEE: $350

Most of the horses that come to CHR are given up by loving families and homes, stricken with unfortunate life or financial circumstances. Most of them are sound, loving, gentle horses who simply need a second chance at finding that forever family. But what about the others? Sol falls into that second category of individuals, seized by Animal Control authorities after a lifetime of starvation and neglect. Taking comfort only in her companion, another starved Peruvian Paso named Levi, Sol was one of the lucky ones. The pair was saved by law enforcement, and taken to the waiting arms of Colorado Horse rescue.

Full of fear of the unknown, both Sol and Levi struggled to adjust to their new lives. With gentle patience, kindness, and food, the pair began to recover. Several months of good-quality feed later, they were a loving and willing pair who began to embrace man as a friend rather than a cruel captor. Unfortunately, Levi suffered from a common Peruvian Paso lameness issue that progressed quickly from a lifetime of malnourishment. Ultimately, the pain prevented him from standing after he laid down. The decision to euthanize was a must, leaving sweet Sol without her lifelong companion. Today she is learning to bond with other horses in her pasture, and she is successfully making new friends both human and horse alike. Levi’s passing allowed her to seek comfort elsewhere, and she is quickly adapting and learning to trust in new friends. Sol is a unique little mare with a huge capacity to love, seeking a forever home of her own. She will thrive in a small environment with a loving family who simply wants to enjoy her company.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Harder keeper; needs a daily dose of medication for pain control due to compromised soft tissue structures in her front legs

Summer

  • AGE: ~21
  • BREED: Grade
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: TBD
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Beginner
  • FEE: $500

This gorgeous, easy-going girl adores human attention. A kind and friendly mare, we initially tried Summer out in our riding and training program. During her evaluation it quickly became apparent that age has caught up with her. She has some significant old scarring/tightness in her hamstring muscles, as well as some minor arthritis in her joints. Ongoing vet work has determined that Summer’s days of riding are behind her, and that she should now live as a companion horse. She happens to be great at this new job! Summer was diagnosed with Cushings Disease in 2016, as she arrived to us with a long hair coat that was unwilling to properly shed out (the diagnosis was confirmed with a blood test). She was prescribed a dosage of Pergolide, which she happily eats in her grain every day to treat this issue. Summer will make an outstanding addition to a lucky adopter’s herd.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Easy keeper; requires daily medication for Equine Cushings Syndrome

Trouble

  • AGE: 19
  • BREED: Appaloosa
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15.3 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $500

Trouble is a very friendly, kind horse to humans and other horses alike. Upon his arrival to CHR, Trouble went into his training evaluation and began to make progress under saddle. He showed a great deal of try, but could be unconfident (and become easily worried) if he lacked a strong, quiet leader. Although he started out strong, ongoing soundness issues have kept Trouble from regular exercise for quite some time. With his best interest and wellbeing in mind, this fun-loving horse now lives life as a non-rideable companion. He will make an outstanding addition to a lucky adopter’s family.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Requires a daily GI supplement

Willy

  • AGE: ~21
  • BREED: Appendix Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $500

Friendly, personable, and eager for human interaction all describe this incredibly sweet gelding – he is truly one-of-a-kind. Tall, handsome and very well-trained, Willy is a gelding who has struggled to stay sound and comfortable in his front feet for several years. Although he does still hold up to light arena riding on soft ground (and he is an excellent teacher), we have chosen to give Willy the gift of a retired life. He has worked hard to please people for many years, and he continues to be a stoic and easy-going companion. Anyone would be lucky to have him as a new family (and herd) member!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Requires corrective shoeing

Wishes

  • AGE: 27
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 14.3 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • ADOPTION FEE: $350

*Currently in foster care* In her previous life, Wishes served as a recipient mare in Colorado State University’s reproduction program. To this day, she wears the CSU brand on her shoulder. Today, Wishes is a wonderful companion to a loving family and one other mare. She is absolutely thriving with her foster family, and she is out of her shell mentally and emotionally. If you had asked us about her before this wonderful opportunity, we’d have said that she was sweet and shy – and also very aloof and difficult to catch in a pasture. The turn-around that this mare has shown us in such a short period of time tells us very clearly how Wishes truly does want to connect with other horses and humans. She just needs the right tools. Although she is no longer rideable due to some joint issues in her hind end, Wishes will make a fantastic addition to a new family if and when the right home comes along.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION:Easy keeper