Horse Owner Assistance Programs

Stop the Backyard Breeder

Stop the Backyard Breeder – initiated in 2002, this unique program is the longest running program of its kind which offers a partial reimbursement* (approximately 30%) for castration of stud colts and stallions. This program is available to anyone (individual or rescue) across the United States and applies to horses, donkey and burros. This program does not reimburse for farm call, exam, medication or other services provided at the time of castration. The reimbursement percentage is based only on the line item expense listed for castration on the vet bill. To apply, send copy of itemized vet bill to Front Range Equine Rescue, PO Box 307, Larkspur, CO 80118. Copy of vet bill can also be faxed to us at 719-487-9749.

*Reimbursement is based on actual cost of the castration charge or euthanasia fee for these two programs. It is not based on total cost, farm call, other services provided such as exam fee, drugs, etc. There is a maximum reimbursement of $200 in the case of a ctyptorchid surgery.

Trails End

Trails End - a one of a kind, ongoing program implemented nation wide to deter horse owners from sending old, sick, crippled, or dangerous horses to auction where they end up sold for slaughter and to offer financial assistance to owners who need to euthanize their horses (or other equines). A 50% reimbursement* is provided for humane euthanasia as well as 50% reimbursement for hauling fee, if applicable.

To apply, send copy of itemized vet receipt (and disposal invoice) to Front Range Equine Rescue, PO Box 307, Larkspur, CO 80118 or fax to us at 719-487-9749. This program reimburses for the line item expense "euthanasia" on the vet bill only. It does not include farm call, exam fee, medications or other services provided.

For a list of low cost options, please check for your area in http://www.vetsforequinewelfare.org/veterinary-medical-schools.php

*Reimbursement is based on actual cost of the castration charge or euthanasia fee for these two programs. It is not based on total cost, farm call, other services provided such as exam fee, drugs, etc.

Fire/Disaster Evacuation

Fire/disaster evacuation - Front Range Equine Rescue was instrumental in rescuing and caring for hundreds of horses (and other livestock) during Colorado's worst fire, The Hayman Fire. We remain available to assist in other emergency situations and our brochure "Fire Evacuation for Horses" is available as a good reference source to prepare for evacuations.

Horse Owner Assistance Program

Horse Owner Assistance Program – Front Range Equine Rescue ran a pilot program from 2010-2011 to assist responsible horse owners with basic horse care needs to show that such programs can be highly effective. These programs offered a hand up, not a hand out, to responsible and qualified horse owners with one-time assistance. Areas of help included hay/feed, basic veterinary (dental or vaccinations) services or farrier care. These programs are no longer running.  If you live in Colorado and need temporary relief, you can apply to CO Horsecare Foodbank at http://www.horsefoodbank.org/.  If you live outside of Colorado, a Google search will provide you with information for programs being offered in your state.  We also offer re-homing tips for owners who will be unable to keep their horse(s) due to ongoing financial difficulties.