The following case histories represent a small sample of rescued horses that entered Front Range Equine Rescue's (FRER) program in 1997. FRER's quarterly newsletter, The Hoof Beat, highlights histories of all horses that come into the rescue during the last quarter. The newsletter is available online or you can request an email copy.
Cowboy (Poco Milano): is a 2-year old Quarterhorse gelding that was rescued from a local auction. He along with other youngsters were under the threat of being bought by killer buyers. This quiet little gelding was very successfully adopted in October 2005. The photo above shows Poco (his new name) with his new family: Nakita, Monika, and Poco (left to right).
Aspen: joined the rescue in August 2005 when concerned neighbors saw that he was being neglected by his owner. He is a gray Thoroughbred gelding who once raced. At age 25, Aspen still has plenty of "get up and go". He was adopted in February 2006.
Hastings: is a handsome red roan gelding, approximately 3 years old. He was rescued from an auction after he was ridden into the ring dead lame on his front feet. He has made a great recovery, including adding some weight and muscle tone. He is available for an advanced or experienced horseperson as he is only green started. He has a nice temperament. Hastings was adopted in June 2006.
Chinook: is a 6-year old Arabian mare who was malnourished before, during, and after her pregnancy. She was too thin to feed her young foal (see photo above), Mick. Since she showed no interest in her foal, she was separated from him and cared for individually. She has since steadily regained her weight and energy. Chinook is available for adoption to an experienced horseperson who can continue working with a green-started horse. She has been under saddle since January 2006 and could easily be conditioned for endurance riding. Chinook was adopted in October 2006.
Azad: is a 6-year old Arabian gelding who was found starving along with Chinook and Mick. Azad was covered with scars from either bites by Chinook and/or trying to get through wire fencing probably to find something to eat. All three of these horses were kept in the owner's backyard, with no food anywhere. Azad has since regained his weight and personality. He is available for adoption to an experienced horseperson who can continue working with a green-started horse. Azad has been under saddle since January 2006 and could easily be conditioned for endurance riding. ADOPTED!!!
Destiny: is a lovely black 12-year old mustang mare who joined the rescue with Sweet. Destiny is curious about humans and likes to be rubbed or scratched. She has also come along way in her training and was started under saddle in July. She is a special mare who requires a very special horseperson to adopt her into a loving home. Destiny was adopted in November 2006.
Sweet: is a beautiful 5-year old bay mustang mare who came to the rescue with Destiny when her owner's property was foreclosed on and no other option existed for her care. She loves people and has a gentle nature. She was started under saddle in July and is doing well. Sweet was adopted by a Parelli student in May 2006.
Boomer: joined the rescue on November 1 before his owner could send him to an auction attended by killer buyers. Boomer was captured in 1997 as a 2 year old from the Pryor Mountains in Montana ("Cloud's herd" made famous by award winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens). He and another mustang gelding, Colorado, were transported to FRER by Ginger Kathrens. Overcoming rough training in his past was the biggest obstacle facing Boomer. With natural horsemanship methods, Boomer turned into a friendly, curious and willing partner. He was successfully adopted by Jaime, a student of natural horsemanship, in late May (see photo).
Miss Jessie: an older dark bay mare rescued from a local auction at the end of July. She was emaciated with her lower lip drooping in the heat. Her bones protruded through her dull coat. After a long day in the hot, dry auction pen, Miss Jessie made it safely home to the rescue. A few days later, she was eagerly awaiting her a.m. and p.m. feedings - whinnying anxiously to whomever brought the special feed. Once her neglected teeth were taken care of, Miss Jessie was able to chew her hay ration with ease. Months later her weight returned and she trotted or cantered to come in for feedings. Miss Jessie also has "string halt" in a rear leg due to an old injury. She joined Freckles and Gracie at their adoptive home in January 2006.
Big Jim: was rescued in May from a local auction where Front Range outbid a killer buyer for him. He is an 8 year old, sorrel Belgian gelding, approximately 16.1 hands. It appeared the only thing wrong with Big Jim were his overgrown hooves. However, we soon learned differently. Big Jim was extremely afraid of humans, especially men and did not want to come close to anyone. In mid-July he was sent to a trainer to deal with his issues using a variety of natural horsemanship techniques. Progress would be made, then Big Jim would regress. Eventually it was decided he would never be safe for under saddle or driving due to occasional panic attacks. Luckily for Big Jim, another trainer familiar with his case made room in her home and heart for him. He was successfully adopted in November 2005.
Mick: less than a day old upon rescue. His mother, Chinook, was too thin to provide any nourishment for him, including immune building colostrum. A veterinary technician cared for Mick his first 2 weeks before turning him over to FRER's care. Many thanks go to Jessee and all of the volunteers who took numerous shifts day and night to bottle feed Mick. Our orphan foal is an Arab/Morgan cross, bay in color, and has plenty of spunk. He is under the direct care of a trainer who works with many of our horses. Mick will be available for adoption in the Spring of 2006 to a home experienced with the care of young horses. The former owner was charged with the inhumane treatment of animals.
Colorado: joined Front Range Equine Rescue with Boomer (see above) prior to being sold at an auction attended by killer buyers. Colorado was captured in 1997 and adopted to the same owner as Boomer. Both horses had endured rough training at about age 4; Colorado had more significant fear and trust issues than Boomer. After almost one year, Colorado finally turned the corner and became more confident and able to work under saddle. He was successfully adopted by singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow in November 2006. Colorado is spending several months with Sheryl's trainer in Texas to continue his training and confidence building.