Adoption Information

Since 1986, Colorado Horse Rescue’s adoption program has placed over 1,500 horses into loving, permanent homes. Adoption can be one of the most rewarding and wonderful experiences of your life. Here at CHR, we believe that every horse should be loved and valued. At any given time, we have more than 55 horses of various breeds, sizes, and ages available for adoption. Open your heart to a CHR horse, and adopt a partner for life!

How Does the Adoption Process Work?

The first step is to fill out an Adoption Application and submit a $35 Application Fee. A staff member will then be in touch with you to set up an appointment. Appointments are required to have horses shown.

Online forms not for you? Download a hard copy of the Adoption Application to mail or fax.

Note: We ask for least 24 hours cancellation notice with adoption appointments. If an appointment is missed or cancelled within this 24-hour window, the rescheduled appointment must be paid for at a rate of $45.

We require two adoption appointments at CHR for several reasons. As transparency is crucial regarding each horse’s information and history, it’s good for the potential adopter to see the horse on multiple days before committing. This also gives our trainer more time to ensure each horse/human pair is a good match. The first appointment consists of CHR’s Trainer showing the horse, and the second consists of the adopter demonstrating their skillset by working hands-on with the horse. Pending successful appointments, we will then perform a site visit to the new potential home to ensure minimum standards of equine care are met.

With a successful site visit complete, CHR will approve the adoption with full payment and signed Adoption Contract. We hold ownership of the horse for a trial period of six months, and perform two follow-up site visits during this time (one at 3 months, one at 6). If all is well at the six month mark, we transfer ownership and finalize the adoption.

What kind of horses do you have available for adoption?

We have horses that are rideable in all disciplines, green or unstarted horses, and non-rideable horses that can fill the much-needed job of ‘companion’ for other equines. Within these categories, there are generally a variety of ages, breeds, and temperaments.

How does CHR define beginner, intermediate, and advanced riding and handling levels?

Download a copy of our Rider/Handler Experience Criteria.

How old do I have to be to adopt?

Adopters must be at least 21 years of age.

Can I have a horse checked by a vet?

Absolutely. We encourage adopters to treat an adoption just as you would the purchase of a horse. A pre-purchase exam is always a good idea.

Can first-time horse owners adopt?

Yes. Depending on your level of experience in horse handling and care, certain conditions may apply to the adoption. We can discuss this more at your adoption appointment.

How much does it cost to care for a horse?

The adoption fee is the least expensive cost of owning a horse. It can cost between $3,000.00 and $8,000.00 (or more) annually to care for a horse. Horses have a lifespan of 30+ years, so horse ownership is a long-term financial commitment.

Is there a minimum household income requirement for adopters?

Household income requirements are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Sarah at (720) 494-1414 x 2205 or shofkamp@chr.org.

Where do these horses come from?

Colorado Horse Rescue receives horses through Animal Control Agencies across the state of Colorado, as well as horses surrendered by their owners. Some come to us in great condition. Those that may arrive underweight or ill are rehabilitated under the expert care of CHR’s barn staff. All horses are brought to full health before being offered for adoption.

Can horses be adopted out of state?

We consider adoptions to neighboring states on a case-by-case basis.