Adopt A Horse

Horses Available for Adoption

Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) horses available for adoption range from companion horses to horses suitable for different levels of riding activity. Horses are available for immediate adoption unless otherwise noted. Click on a horse’s name below to learn more.

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Companion - cannot be ridden

None at this time.

Light to Medium Riding - No Jumping or Other Competitive Activities:

Riding with Potential for Limited Competition:

Virginia Horses

We have just started a new rescue effort in Hilary’s home state of Virginia. A long-time friend has offered her horse farm as a foster for new rescues to rehabilitate and receive training assessment and placement services.

The following horses have already benefited from the new facility:

Horses Placed

The following photos are a few samples of horses successfully adopted by Front Range Equine Rescue:
Razzle Waschte
April and Toby Willoughby
Mustang Sallie Cherokee
Braveheart and Ali Boomer
Hilary and Evan Willow
Tyler Chip
Captain Morgan and girl Porter and new owner
Deena Teddy
Anna Lilly, Levi and Hawk
Levi Phantom

Retiree Horses

 

Gilbert:  TB gelding in his late 20s saved from a slaughter auction Summer 2012.  He came in extremely thin, and in need of farrier and dental care.  Very friendly, most likely won’t adopt out so “retired” at the rescue.  Gilbert does have mild ataxia in hind end but “Uncle Gil” plays with his pasture-mates all day, so he is not in any discomfort. Note: Gilbert has one sponsor.

Kalil: Bay Arabian gelding who arrived in Oct 2013; owner surrender due to financial issues.  Kalil is quite happy being a “buddy” for Smarty as they age and enter retirement here at FRER.  He is in his late 20s.

Smarty:  rescued in November 2013 from a kids camp; Smarty is an older grey Arab gelding who arrived about 100 pounds underweight and in need of dental care. He has minor arthritis in his left knee and will undergo a few chiropractic treatments for lower back issues.  He has gained weight well and enjoys lazing around in retirement all day with Kalil.  

Dan: Very sweet buckskin Mustang gelding. Dan is approx. 27 years old.  He was an owner surrender due to the owner moving out of state a few years ago.  They wanted to retire him instead of continuing to pay board. 

 

Obtain Adoption Form

The first step in the adoption process is to fill out the application, read/sign the adoption rules and return the forms to us for review. Please indicate what horse or horses you are interested in; we will also advise you of other horses that might be a good fit for your needs and experience. FRER’s adoption/training coordinator will contact you to set up an appointment to meet prospective horses.
  • Download adoption forms - Word format (40 KB) or PDF format (25 KB)
  • Or email FRER to request an adoption form be mailed to you.

Testimonials

“It's been a few years since I adopted Gretchen/ Saffron.  She has turned out to be an amazing horse.  She loves trail riding and jumping in the arena. FRER is a wonderful organization.  I am so grateful that they took such good care of her.  They were very concerned that she would go to a good home and I can't imagine Gretchen/Saffron finding a better place.  She loves hanging out with her friends Momma and Lakota our two other horses.  She spends her winters in Silt on a 100 acre alfalfa field and in the spring, summer and fall riding all the beautiful trails around Aspen. Thank you so much for the service you provide for rescued horses.”

Nikki Dodge, Aspen, CO
Gretchen, Arabian Mare adopted

 

“We adopted our first horse a few years ago from FRER. Levi!  What a sweet, older horse. He was the perfect age for teaching us so much and building our confidence.  It didn’t take long and we adopted our second horse from FRER. Hawkota; a great second horse.
 

As with any new endeavor, there are always questions that come up no matter how many books you read or experience you gain through volunteering.  (And we did receive a lot of hands on help and guidance volunteering at FRER).  Continued support and assistance was only an e-mail away. We certainly appreciated everyone’s patience and understanding, knowledge and education. 

Since our first adoption, we now have had the pleasure of owning seven horses. All but one came from or associated with FRER.  Oh the stories we can share: from funny to heart touching. All our horses bring us joy, each in their own way. They are amazing animals; a genuine gift from God. 

It is our hope that you enjoy these incredible animals in every aspect, on the ground, in the saddle, for fun and leisure, competition or emotional well being......
If you are adopting, prepare yourself for a remarkable ride!  You’ll never look back or regret it.” 

Lynn and Devyn L. Elbert, CO
Adopted:
Levi, QH gelding, 2011
Hawkotah, paint gelding, 2011
Lilly, Paint mare, 2012
Phantom, March 2013
Derby, March 2014

                                                                                       
“You’ve heard the expression  “when one door closes, another  door opens”…..
I have been associated with Sandy Rose and her staff at Victory Hill Training Center in Salida, CO for about 2 years where I have worked with two horses.  During my weekly visits,  I constantly admired the amazing work  Sandy and her staff  do with the  horses from Front Range Equine Rescue. 

One especially….a  fuzzy, white,  winter coated, 3 year old pinto filly named Anna really caught my eye.  Every Saturday I would stop at Anna’s stall, give her kisses  and think  some lucky person will become her human partner.

In January, my 17 year old palomino leopard Appaloosa mare died suddenly and unexpectedly. It was very shocking and heartbreaking. I thought I would never  find another  mare that would ever come close to her.  After the death of my mare,  Sandy suggested I take a serious look at Anna. She  was so friendly, quiet,  with a soft, beautiful eye.  Hard to believe that this equine  creature was  once in a potential  “kill buyer ” situation at a sale barn. 

I found the Front Range Equine Rescue  adoption process to be  uncomplicated and the adoption fees very reasonable. 

I wholeheartedly support the mission of FRER. I attended a fundraiser clinic with Debbie Bibb in Evergreen, CO two years ago and learned a great deal about FRER. 

I have a beautiful western pleasure prospect, a great trainer at Victory Hill Training Center  and feel so blessed  to be able to help in some small way.” 

Barbara W, Buena Vista, CO
Adopted Anna, palomino paint mare

 

“My Ellie, Thoroughbred, 26 years old this year, my best friend, my confidant, my pocket pet; a big thanks from the bottom of my heart to FRER and Hilary for saving her. She has a forever home with me.”

Kari W, Falcon, CO Adopted Ellie, TB mare

 

“We got Tiger from Front Range Equine Rescue on March 21st, 2013. He has been a wonderful addition to our family and a lot of fun! We enjoy riding him Saddle Seat, but also Western and Bareback. We have shown him successfully in English Pleasure, English Equitation, Walk-Trot, & Showmanship at a local show held by Comanche Crossing Horseman’s Association. He has learned how to stand for a bath and the clippers, load in a trailer on cue, pick up a smooth canter transition, stand quietly, and be a great all-around horse. He is even learning how to bow! J He knows how to be a gentlemen and go along with our wide range of interests with horses –tiny jumps; obstacle/trail courses; English, Western, and Bareback rides; riding through the lawn sprinkler; open rides at local arenas; showing; etc. In addition, this year, Tiger, along with our other two American Saddlebreds, proved themselves on our first two hour trail ride! Tiger is fun to work with and eager to please. One of the most memorable sessions with him was on the ground working on trotting next to his handler for showmanship. With a lot of patience, he picked it up and was trotting on cue like a pro within ten minutes. I will never forget the look of pleasure in his eye as I rubbed his neck with praise once he did it right. He gets so excited when he gets a ‘jumping up and down,’ ‘really excited,’ ‘extra emphasized rub with enthusiastic words.’ J He is full of personality!

Our experience with FRER was AMAZING! They were so helpful and the adoption process was smooth! Tiger has been an excellent addition to the Haddock family. We can’t wait to learn and grow as we ‘take the reins’ in years to come.”

Morgan Haddock (Denae’s daughter)