CHR’s rideable horse gallery includes horses that are anywhere from light ride only (low intensity, once or twice weekly), to sound at a performance level. Some horses have health conditions that limit their riding/exercise ability, and they may require a special medication, lifestyle, or veterinary care.

Andromeda

  • AGE: ~16
  • BREED: Appaloosa
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: None
  • FEE: $1500

At first glance, this is a horse that has the power to captivate your deepest desires. With a hair coat as hypnotizing as a kaleidoscope, its hard not to find yourself entranced as Andromeda prances across your inner hopes and dreams. Sound, rideable, and still quite young, it’s a wonder how a horse like her could end up at the doorstep of a rescue. With her high spirit and love of adventure, Andromeda likely came from someplace to the north (the Dakotas perhaps), where she was treated most unkindly. With marks along her side suggesting old spurring scars, her initial fear of humans was justified. This apprehension coupled with human misunderstanding likely led her down the path of livestock auctions. She then found herself in the killer buyers lot.

Thankfully, forces in the universe decided to give her one last chance. CHR took action and saved Andromeda from her otherwise gloomy fate. Upon arrival she was wary, uninterested, shy, and had a look about her that said “I’m lost”. Time began to heal her emotional wounds, and through careful evaluation a very sound, steady, and willing riding/trail partner was revealed. Andromeda embraces adventure and the unknown, and she simply needs a guiding force to help teach her that people aren’t as bad as her past has proven. Still learning to trust, Andromeda requires a gentle hand with firm guidance. The transition into her new role as a beloved family member and riding partner strengthens by the day, as she proves her versatility in almost any discipline. From jumping, to trail riding, to simply loving a good grooming, this mare is a treasure like no other.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Easy keeper; has been diagnosed with Equine Recurrent Uveitis, she is in remission now but the issue does flare up every so often – requires prompt treatment (our vet has prescribed oral and topical medication); recommended maximum weight load (rider plus tack) = 170 pounds

Cappy

  • AGE: ~13
  • BREED: Thoroughbred
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15.2 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Advanced
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: None
  • FEE: $1200

This beautiful horse is sound, sane, and ready for a real job! Cappy came to us because he was just a little too much horse for his previous owner. Wanting to make sure he found the best possible home he could, she entrusted him to Colorado Horse Rescue. This big, beautiful boy is in our training program to re-learn a few manners that were left out in his initial education. He can be strong-willed and hot, but with a confident rider he is a world of fun and potential.

As of today, Cappy requires an advanced rider. He is currently being taught ground manners, respect in the saddle, and ultimately some jumping. Cappy will make an amazing hunter/jumper or even a short distance endurance horse. Come see him today!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Harder keeper; recommended maximum weight load (rider plus tack) = 240 pounds

Jimi

  • AGE: 20
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 15 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: None
  • FEE: $1000

Jimi came to the rescue along with his buddy, Mandalay. He is said to have been a fabulous trail and pleasure horse, and after having gone through our evaluation process he has proved himself to be a kind, gentle, and willing individual. He rides Western or English and will go wherever you point him. Independent and ready to find his forever home, Jimi is suitable for beginner and advanced horsemen alike! Sensitive to subtle cues yet forgiving with new riders, Jimi is everything you could want in a horse. With size, color, and a gentle nature, Jimi is sure to capture the hearts of all who meet him.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Easy keeper; recommended maximum weight load (rider plus tack) = 250 pounds

Nickel

  • AGE: ~16
  • BREED: Paint
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 14.1 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Trainer
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: None
  • FEE: $900

This adorable red gelding is as sweet as he is cute! A pony in your pocket, he wants nothing more than to be loved and brushed and told how much of a good boy he is. With a heart of gold, this amazing little horse gives everything 100 percent. Smart, willing, and still full of life, Nickel is slowly getting back into the riding world. Previously out to pasture for several years, this little horse is getting conditioned to go back into the riding game. It is clear to us he has been a riding horse in the past, our trainers are simply ensuring he has a complete education with no holes or gaps.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Easy keeper, cribber; recommended maximum weight load (rider plus tack) = 175 pounds

Piper

  • AGE: ~18
  • BREED: Paso Fino
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 14.1 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Trainer
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: Not performance level
  • FEE: $800

Only a day away from ending up at a local feedlot, Piper was saved from this unfortunate situation. Sweet, kind, and willing are a few words to describe this amazingly beautiful little horse. At just 14.1hh, she is a small powerhouse of try. Gaited and smooth with no signs of lameness, Piper is the hot-blooded, go-go mare of your dreams. Since she has been with us Piper has proven to be a sweet and sensitive individual who loves to explore new places. She rides around the property like a steam engine, bareback and in just a rope halter. She has yet to be ridden with a bit, and with her small back and high withers we are restricted to bareback until a properly-fitted saddle can be found. She will, however, stand to be saddled and seems to not be bothered by a breast collar or back cinch. Piper is a confident mare when it comes to tolerating her surroundings, and she requires a calm, easy-going, confident rider who won’t pressure her into performing her gait. She is sensitive to her rider and will need a calm individual who likes a horse with go. Stay tuned as we uncover more about this amazing little mare that found her second chance at life!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Easy keeper; recommended maximum weight load (rider plus tack) = 150 pounds

Ransome

  • AGE: 13
  • BREED: Thoroughbred
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 16.2 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: Not Performance Level
  • FEE: $1200

Ransome is a spunky and very sensitive gelding. His lengthy racing career landed him with bowed tendons in both front legs, but with front shoes he is now moving very well. Ransome has had some training under saddle since his race days, and he is learning to relax and bend his body appropriately. Due to the injuries he sustained in his racing days, he is suitable for flat work, but not jumping or cross country. He will make a great English or Western horse, and really enjoys trail riding. At this point, he requires and advanced/intermediate rider that can help him become the best horse he can be. He is a very willing partner with loads of potential.

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION:Requires front shoes; recommended maximum weight load (rider plus tack) = 300 pounds

Scout

  • AGE: ~20
  • BREED: Grade
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 14.3 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Beginner
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: Walking pony rides only
  • FEE: $500

If you are looking for a SAFE kids horse, Scout is your man! Although he is restricted to walk only, this little gelding could be that perfect pony for your child or grandchild. He is smart, brave, and willing. Climb on him saddled or bareback, haltered or bridled. This little guy won’t mind. He isn’t afraid of the outside world and was unshakeable when put through our evaluation process. Adorable, steady, and loving, this little horse is just waiting for a family to call his own.

Saved from auction, Scout was at risk of going to the feed lot and ultimately slaughter. With his ‘bombproof’ attitude, CHR made sure this little guy could have a second chance at life. Check him out today, safe kids’ horses are worth their weight in gold!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Arthritis in knee prevents him from strenuous riding; requires daily medication for this issue, which he happily eats in grain; very fair and dominant herd leader

Slew

  • AGE: ~13
  • BREED: Thoroughbred
  • GENDER: Gelding
  • HEIGHT: 16 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: Not performance level (age)
  • FEE: $900

This tall, dark, handsome man is waiting to find a loving family to welcome him home. Surrendered because his owner suffered a death in the family, this gentle gelding has shown us he knows the ropes when it comes to being a riding horse. He started out life as a race horse, and an injury quickly took him from this game. Thankfully, that injury did not keep him from living a wonderful and full life as a trail horse. Today, Slew will excel in a home that wants to keep him fit and riding. He goes both Western and English and is very sensitive to his rider, so he is best-suited for an intermediate to advanced-level rider/handler. Submit an application and come visit this handsome boy today!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Not suitable for performance-level riding due to normal age restrictions; well-trained

Spice

  • AGE: 16
  • BREED: Quarter Horse
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15.1 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: Not performance level
  • FEE: $900

Spice is a beautiful, level-headed mare who wants to please. Smart, willing, and ready to find her forever home, she is on the fast track to proving herself a reliable and easy going riding horse. With a diagnosis of mild Navicular Syndrome she will never be a performance/show horse, but her soundness holds nicely with front shoes and pads. With a little more time under saddle this mare has the potential to be a safe and confident horse for someone looking to improve their riding skills and build an incredible relationship with an equine partner. Did we mention she also neck reins?! Don’t wait too long, a horse as nice as this won’t be here for long!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Diagnosed with mild Navicular Syndrome, requires corrective shoes and anti-inflammatory medication as needed for comfort; recommended maximum weight load (rider plus tack) = 215 pounds

Zelda

  • AGE: 19
  • BREED: National Show Horse (Arabian/Saddlebred)
  • GENDER: Mare
  • HEIGHT: 15.1 hh
  • RIDER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate
  • RIDING LIMITATIONS: Not performance level, light ride
  • FEE: $800

A sweetheart to her very core, Zelda is a kind soul who spent most of her life in the riding arena and out on the trail. Surrendered by a loving owner in the midst of a medical crisis, Zelda now finds herself in need of a loving family to call her own. She bonds well with other horses, and adores human attention. Her kind-hearted nature is easy to see when handling her on the ground. Zelda has a history of mild, chronic Laminitis, so upon arrival our vet examined her to determine her level of soundness moving forward. Although she is rather sound without shoes, radiographs did show minor abnormalities to confirm her chronic diagnosis. A new set of therapeutic shoes have helped make her sound for light riding and work in the arena. Don’t let her age fool you! This beautiful mare is still young at heart. She is best-suited to an intermediate rider who knows how to work with alert horses. Zelda is a soft, sensitive, forward-moving horse who can and will make someone an incredible companion and potential riding partner!

HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Easy keeper; mild, chronic Laminitis must be appropriately managed moving forward; recommended maximum weight load (rider plus tack) = 190 pounds