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.

Bellas Blossom

  • AGE: 10
  • BREED: Arabian
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: TBD
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

Originally born at CHR 10 long years ago, Bella’s mother was part of a large impound of Arabians. The group of horses, including momma Summer, were severely underweight. Luckily, Bella was born with no complications and grew into the beautiful mare you see today. Quickly adopted out as a youngster, Bella had the misfortune of being struck by lightning in 2012. A survivor at heart, this friendly and personable horse then began to develop metabolic issues coupled with chronic founder. Although the large green pasture that her loving home provided to her would be paradise for most horses, miss Bella was struggling to survive, let alone thrive. Here at CHR we work hard to ensure that our horses are forever safe, and when Bella’s distressed owner reached out to us we were honored to give this amazing horse yet another chance at a good life. With corrective padded shoes and a daily medication to keep her comfortable, Bella has integrated nicely into a pasture full of equine friends. This is a very kind, sensible horse who will make an outstanding addition to a lucky new family!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and chronic Laminitis, cannot live on green pasture; requires daily medication

Blackjack

  • AGE: ~10
  • BREED: Paint
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 14.3 hh
  • 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

Bo

  • AGE: ~17
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 14.3 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

On the ground, Bo is a relatively mild-mannered gelding. He has been diagnosed with Navicular Syndrome, and is happiest in front shoes to stay comfortable. With this mild, intermittent lameness Bo does have some potential under saddle as a light ride horse. He has struggled to settle in at CHR, and although closely bonded to his previous equine partner it has taken time for Bo to become quiet and comfortable in his new herd. At this time we are giving him time off from our training program.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Harder keeper; does best in front shoes

Buttercup

  • AGE: 12
  • BREED: Quarter Horse/Appaloosa
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: TBD
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • FEE: $500

Buttercup is a sweet sensitive mare who is beautiful on both the inside and the outside. Surrendered to CHR with some seriously overgrown hooves, this unique-looking mare needs time to heal and put herself back together. She will never be sound to a performance/showing level, and she is currently in the midst of a lengthy rehabilitation process to determine just how rideable she may be. Despite these obstacles, this horse is a diamond in the rough. On her best days, she is proving herself as an easy-going arena mount or horse you could take out on easy or light trail rides. She still has some things to learn under saddle, but with just a little extra time she will be a phenomenal horse for someone looking for a loving equine partner. For now, as she is still under soundness treatment with our vet, we are happy to adopt Buttercup out to a loving home in which she will not be ridden.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Diagnosed with Navicular Syndrome, requires padded front shoes and daily anti-infammatory medication; if she proves sound, recommended maximum weight (rider plus tack) = 215 lbs

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

Flicker

  • AGE: ~20
  • BREED: Tennessee Walker
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

*Currently in foster care* This beautiful girl was surrendered to us by an owner in the midst of a medical emergency. He is now living in foster care with his buddy, Latigo. We will have more information on this big beautiful boy very soon!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Weak hind end, not suitable as a riding horse

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: 16.2 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

Lady

  • AGE: ~19
  • BREED: Grade
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: TBD
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

Lady is a quiet mare who will thrive in a relatively small living situation, with one or two equine friends. She has struggled to settle in at CHR, and in light of this we have chosen to give her time off from our training program. That said, she does have potential under saddle when her mind is ready. Until that day comes, this sensitive mare awaits a loving home to call her own. One-on-one attention will go a long way in helping her adjust to life with a human partner.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Harder keeper

Latigo

  • AGE: 17
  • BREED: Paint
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

*Currently in foster care* This beautiful boy was surrendered to us by an owner in the midst of a medical emergency. He is now living in foster care with his best buddy, Flicker. Latigo has arthritis in his knees, and he has been prescribed a daily dose of anti-inflammatories to help with the pain. We will have more information on him soon!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Arthritic knees, requires daily medication

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; dominant in the herd and around food

Maggie

  • AGE: 14
  • BREED: Paint
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

Surrendered by a loving family in financial crisis, Maggie spent most of her previous life out to pasture. With a basic groundwork education under her belt, we initially started Maggie in our training program. She has struggled to stay sound due to heel pain, and at this time it appears that Maggie will not hold up to the intensity of riding. She stays quite comfortable in padded front shoes, and is a very easy keeper otherwise. This cute Paint mare will make a wonderful addition to a lucky adopter’s family some day soon!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Requires front shoes and pads on hard ground

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

Rhett

  • AGE: 16
  • BREED: Paint
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: TBD
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • FEE: $350

Rhett is a gorgeous horse who found himself in an at-risk situation. His loving owner of many years became unemployed, and upon facing foreclosure he was unable to continue to care for Rhett. Having arrived slightly underweight, Rhett is in now in a healthier state. This big, loveable gelding will need a kind and patient person to help him find is way in the world again. He is a kind-hearted, beautiful boy who will add a splash of color to a lucky adopter’s herd. Rhett struggled to stay sound (both in mind and body) in training, and at this time we have chosen to give him the gift of retirement from our riding program. For now he simply enjoys long, sunny, Colorado days, playing in the pasture, and making new horse friends – all of which building strength, confidence and skills to move towards his new life!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Easy keeper

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

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

Summer

  • AGE: ~21
  • BREED: Grade
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • 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

Tonka

  • AGE: ~18
  • BREED: Thoroughbred
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15.2 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • FEE: $350

*Currently in foster care* Friendly and eager for attention, Tonka was surrendered to us by an owner who had lost the financial means to care for him. Long overdue for any basic medical and farrier care, Tonka’s rehabilitation took some time. Several hoof trim cycles later (along with immediate dental care and vaccinations), and Tonka is a new horse. We initially considered him for our riding program; however, we feel his back will not reliably hold up to regular riding. (He is developing a mild sway with age). Tonka is ready to find his forever home today!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Incisors show old damage/injury, Tonka will not be able to graze solely on pasture. He will require hay and grain to hold weight; can be fussy for medical procedures

Topaz

  • AGE: 26
  • BREED: Paint
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Beginner
  • FEE: $350

This beautiful girl was surrendered to us by an owner in the midst of a medical emergency. She is currently living in foster care, serving as a companion to other horses. With personality in spades, Topaz is an incredibly kind, patient, and level-headed girl. She loves nothing more than to spend time with people, being groomed and doted upon. Topaz does have some minor arthritis with her age, and she is now on a daily dose of Previcox to stay comfortable. This outstanding horse will make a great addition to anyone’s herd with her down-to-earth and personable nature.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Harder keeper

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