At Colorado Horse Rescue there are plenty of ways you can help the horses! Submit an application to become part of a generous, extensive network of invaluable volunteers.

How do I apply?
  • Fill out an Online Volunteer Application OR You can download and print our Volunteer Application to mail or fax to us.
  • After reviewing your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview and tour. All volunteers who are accepted into our program must complete a practical orientation prior to their first scheduled shift.

What sort of time commitment is involved?

  • We ask for a minimum commitment to one day/time per week for at least three months. (Infrequent days off are no problem).
  • All volunteer shifts run 2-3 hours per week.
  • CHR hosts two barn shifts daily to feed and care for the horses: 8 – 11am, and 3 – 5:30pm.
  • Scheduling for Facilities Maintenance and Administrative volunteers is flexible, although we do still ask for a regular weekly time commitment between Tuesday and Saturday.

Who can volunteer?

  • We accept volunteers of all experience levels.
  • Barn volunteers must be in excellent physical condition and able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Independent volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Children between the ages of 14 and 18 are required to volunteer with a parent or guardian. There is an exception granted for youth groups. School classes, 4-H clubs, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, etc. may apply to volunteer for a one-day project. Each group is required to have one adult supervisor per three youth.

Can my company, organization or club volunteer together?
Yes, please contact our office by email or phone at (720) 494-1414 x 2202 to discuss a potential farm help day. Group projects include gardening, fence and building maintenance, general barn clean-up, and building of horse pens.

What do volunteers do?
BARN CHORES – Spend some time outside and help feed and care for our 50 horses!  We often have special projects to work on as well.  We welcome all volunteers who are strong team players and have a desire to work hard.

  • For safety purposes, CHR classifies barn volunteers into three general experience levels.
  • Beginner Barn Volunteers – Learn the basics of what it takes to maintain an equine facility.  Beginner volunteers may interact directly with our geriatric herd, but are asked to not enter other pastures as those horses are more likely to test and challenge their human counterparts.
  • Intermediate Barn Volunteers – After regular chores are complete, get some one-on-one horse time by handling and grooming approved horses.
  • Advanced Barn Volunteers – Lead our barn chore teams through a morning or evening feeding.  Coordinate, manage, and assist in the activities of all volunteers including horse handling, horse care, feeding, and general clean-up. These volunteers must be detail oriented and efficient so as to ensure the continuity of all barn protocol.   Intermediate level horse handling skills are required.  Human resource management experience is helpful.

Please note: CHR encourages volunteer growth and education, so the barn chore levels are created on a sliding scale. It is very rare for a new applicant to be accepted as an advanced-level barn volunteer.


  • Building, grounds, and fence upkeep: In our efforts to keep the facility looking sharp, we utilize volunteers to help with projects such as fence repair, harrowing of horse pastures, horse shelter and barn repair, manure spreading and/or hauling, building of additional horse pens and pastures, and more.  These projects can be completed by an individual or a group of volunteers who enjoy outdoor farm work.
  • Gardening:  Projects include weeding, planting flowers, watering trees, and mowing.  Donations of plants and flowers are always welcome! This can be a great activity for large work groups that are looking for a day-long project.
  • Plumbing and electrical:  This includes various indoor and outdoor plumbing or electrical projects. Previous experience is very helpful!
  • Light and heavy vehicle maintenance:  We utilize a number of vehicles here at the farm for a variety of daily activities.  We are looking for people with mechanical backgrounds who can help maintain our pick-up trucks, tractor, skidsteer, golf carts, and horse trailers.

ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS – Assist our Office Manager and Executive Director with administrative tasks such as filing, donor mailing preparation, office cleaning, special event preparation, and light computer work.  Writing and organizational skills are helpful.  If you are detail oriented and can work within deadlines, please consider donating your time for this important work on behalf of our horses.

Note: Although volunteers will gain experience working around horses, the primary goal of our Volunteer Program is to complete chores and provide basic equine care. It is not designed to be a riding lesson or horsemanship training program. If you are interested in equine education, CHR regularly offers classes and clinics for both the general public and volunteers.