Build CHR’s Crisis Assistance and Equine Rehabilitation Program
One of the ways that CHR helps horse owners in need is to provide short term financial assistance during times of crisis. The goal of our Crisis Assistance Program is for horses to remain with their loving owners. Surrender and re-homing are good second options when a situation is not temporary.
You can increase our capacity to help horses and owners in need!

Why do owners apply to this program?

Usually there is a sudden, unexpected, short-term life change causing the owner to seek out financial aid, such as:

  • A medical emergency
  • Short-term illness or injury
  • Shift in cost of board or rent

What does CHR pay for?

Vendors are always paid directly to ensure proper use of funds. Common expenses include:

  • Board
  • Dental care, vaccinations, or other preventative medical care
  • Euthanasia and disposal services
  • Farrier care
  • Hay or grain
  • Minor facility repair
  • Treatment for equine injury or illness

Approved amounts vary on a case-by-case basis and do not exceed $1000.

What if a crisis is not temporary?

This is where CHR’s rehabilitation program comes in. In these cases, CHR offers the service of Equine Surrender to the owner. Ownership of horses that are accepted into this program is fully transferred to Colorado Horse Rescue, and the horse joins the herd in Longmont to transition into a new forever home. Our Equine Rehabilitation program covers the costs of all basic medical care, hoof care, and training. Examples of life crises include:

  • A catastrophic medical diagnosis or injury to the owner or close family member
  • Loss of employment
  • Foreclosure of owner’s residence
You can help keep horses in their loving homes!

Crisis Assistance Testimonial

In late 2016, a young woman reached out to CHR for help. She had been part of an equine research group, and at the end of the project the horses were going to be sent to auction or euthanized. One horse in particular had caught her eye, a young gelding who simply needed an education to have a second chance at a good life. Having found a permanent home willing to take him with training and a reputable training facility, she simply needed the funds to pay for 30 days of equine education and board to jump start the process. CHR was happy to provide crisis assistance funding in this case, to prevent the horse from entering an at-risk situation.

From the owner…
Thanks. I really appreciate this. I didn’t mention this before because I didn’t want it to influence opinions, but my mom has terminal cancer and she has gone to visit this silly horse about 3x’s a week since I rescued him. He needs lots of time, but lets her brush him and touch down his legs and it really has cheered her up so much and we really appreciate the help as things have been rough but rescuing this horse has been a little light for us. I knew even though I couldn’t afford the up front payment, he was one who needed to be pulled. He has no reason to trust anyone but has shown some real love and understanding. You guys are awesome.

Fast forward, and she sent us a training update…
The trainer thinks the gelding is a well-bred roping horse who is scared of ropes and most likely got sent to auction because he was going to be too much to train, and then he ended up being in our study. She has gotten him to a point of being able to safely halter him and is working on his feet so we can get a farrier on him eventually. He is a funny creature…. ropes really do scare him, but with no halter or ropes involved he will just stand there and let you do whatever to him. He loves people and seeing him blossom lets me know that he deserves to live and I appreciate your group’s help in all of this.

Rehabilitation Testimonial

Meet Goose, a 29-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. Originally a rodeo horse back in his ‘glory days’, Goose found a retirement home with a loving family to, in theory, live out his days. With two children and their caring parents, Goose seemed to have it made. Unfortunately life brings unexpected challenges, and the family of 4 suddenly lost one full-time employment. Without the proper resources to provide senior horse care, Goose’s owner reached out to CHR for help. As there is no guarantee of finding quick employment, CHR viewed this situation as more than a temporary crisis. It is tough for us to accept older horses, and as a rescue we can only accept what we can adopt out. Lucky for Goose we had recently sent Mandy, a 29-year-old Peruvian Paso mare, to a loving forever home. He was able to take her place in our herd of senior horses to live out his happy retirement (to this day)!

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. This is where our rehabilitation program came into play. A comprehensive dental float and a few months of good nutrition later, Goose now has a new lease on life. With his age and current dental condition, he will always require a specialized diet of pelleted grain, beet pulp, and supplements. He eagerly awaits each meal, greets staff members and volunteers at his gate, and is thriving in the company of his herd members with a large pasture on which to roam.

From the owner…
Thank you so much for the update on Goose. Your email made my heart so happy and put a huge smile on my face. He is looking fantastic. Give him a big kiss and hug for me if you would please.