Horses In Foster Care

Members of the Colorado horse community…

Rescues across the state are full, and there are still many disadvantaged horses in need of help. You can make a difference by opening up your barn and your heart to a rescued horse in need of a place to stay. With every horse that goes into foster care, a new space is opened up at CHR’s facility. We are looking for foster families that are willing to take on the responsibility of caring for a horse or two by providing food, shelter, farrier care, medical attention, companionship, and in some cases training and riding, until a permanent home can be found.

CHR generally fosters out non-rideable companion horses, or rideable horses that are going to a training facility. Other rideable horses are kept at the rescue so that they are more easily visible during the adoption process.

Please fill out our Foster Home Application if you would like to be considered for eligibility.
Online forms not for you? Download a hard copy of the Foster Application to print and mail.

Foster families agree to the following:

    • They permit a CHR representative to conduct a site visit at the prospective foster care facility prior to approval of the foster home, and at 3 months and 6 months after the horse leaves CHR.
    • They adhere to CHR’s Standards of Care for the fostered horse (contact CHR staff at info@chr.org for details).
    • They allow potential adopters to schedule visits with the fostered horse. A CHR representative accompanies the potential adopter on all visits.
    • Tax benefit…Foster families may deduct any out-of-pocket expenses associated with caring for a fostered horse and are always welcome to apply to adopt their special equine friend.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster family.

The following CHR horses are currently in local foster homes:

Abendago

  • AGE: 6
  • BREED: Mustang
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 14.3
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Trainer
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: None
  • WEIGHT LIMIT (Rider + Tack): 215 pounds
  • ADOPTION FEE: $1000

Buddy

  • AGE: ~16
  • BREED: Mustang
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 14 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Trainer
  • ADOPTION FEE: $250

Ellie

  • AGE: 17
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 14.3 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Beginner
  • CATEGORY: Non-rideable companion
  • ADOPTION FEE: $250

Gandalf

  • AGE: ~20
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15.2 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Beginner
  • CATEGORY: Non-rideable companion
  • MEDICAL: Arthritis due to an old injury in his knee, may require anti-inflammatories on occasion to stay comfortable
  • ADOPTION FEE: $250

Ivy – Adoption in Process

  • AGE: 14
  • BREED: Draft Cross
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Trainer
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: Not performance level
  • MEDICAL: Old hind end injury causes her to move mildly asymmetrically; it is not painful
  • WEIGHT LIMIT (Rider + Tack): TBD
  • ADOPTION FEE: $1100

Jourrnee

  • AGE: 20
  • BREED: Arabian
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Trainer
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: None
  • WEIGHT LIMIT (Rider + Tack): 195 pounds
  • ADOPTION FEE: $1000

Pilgrim

  • AGE: 8
  • BREED: Appendix QH
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15.1 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: Non-rideable companion
  • ADOPTION FEE: $250

Sven- Adoption in Process

  • AGE: ~14
  • BREED: Belgian Cross
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15.2
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Trainer
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: None
  • TRAINING STATUS: In Groundwork Training
  • MEDICAL: very easy keeper
  • WEIGHT LIMIT (Rider + Tack): 330 pounds
  • ADOPTION FEE: $1600

Tonka

  • AGE: ~20
  • BREED: Thoroughbred
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15.2 hh
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • CATEGORY: Non-rideable companion
  • MEDICAL: Incisors are in poor shape, cannot successfully graze on pasture
  • ADOPTION FEE: $250

Wilbur

  • AGE: foal
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: colt
  • HEIGHT: TDB
  • HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Trainer
  • CATEGORY: Green
  • ADOPTION FEE: $500

Whisper 

  • AGE: 18
  • BREED: Morgan
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15.1 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: Not performance level
  • MEDICAL: Diagnosed Navicular Disease, requires front shoes
  • WEIGHT LIMIT (Rider + Tack): 235 pounds
  • ADOPTION FEE: $1000