"The stories we hold in our hearts, don't always have a happy ending...but we always do what is best for the magnificent horses we care for." (Amber Davis)
Amber Davis and friends founded the Colorado Horse Education and Equine Rescue (C.H.E.E.R) in Brighton, Colorado in 2015 to help Colorado horses. The organization spans the state with dedicated board members and foster homes.
It is committed to rehabilitating and finding new homes for abused, abandoned, neglected, surrendered and seized horses. C.H.E.E.R. also educates potential and current owners on the proper care of horses.
Sadly, some owners are forced to surrender their horse(s) because they can’t afford to feed and care for them. Upon arrival, a licensed veterinarian evaluates the horses. Many are underweight and in poor health. Some are in need of a farrier, teeth floats, and additional veterinarian care.
A partnership between C.H.E.E.R, Harmony Equine Center, and the Equine Division of Denver Dumb Friends League assesses each horse. Those that are healthy and old enough are placed in special training programs.
And the organization has seen its share of blessings. Amber relates a heartwarming story about Frannie:
"Two years ago, a donkey came to [C.H.E.E.R.] president Billie Douglas, pregnant with an 8-week foal and in bad shape. [That foal] Ollie grew up healthy and was adopted, but we [suspected] Frannie was carrying another foal.
In June 2016, Cheerio was born, but we almost lost her at 4 weeks. [Thanks to] lots of prayers, support, and amazing vets at Littleton Large Animal Hospital, Cheerio grew up healthy. Then in December 2016, Frannie was adopted by a loving family."
Like many horse rescue organizations, C.H.E.E.R is financially burdened. They're in dire need of blankets, feed, tack, a bumper pull, and straight load dock with dividers to haul horses specifically for rescue.
Amber says, "Our greatest successes come when we find the perfect human to match with our horses. Once they have the care and love they deserve, watching the transformation and seeing [them] thrive is incredible."
Adoption candidates are screened through an application process, a home check and visits with the horse. Only then are adopter and horse carefully matched.
C.H.E.E.R also sets itself apart by providing extensive education for current and potential horse owners. Their goal is a well-informed society that will reduce the number of abused and neglected horses.
If you wish to help this organization, check out their information below:
Colorado Horse Education and Equine Rescue
Location: Brighton, Colorado
Comment below if you're interested in participating in the Horse Rescue Trailer Donation and Sharing Program for this rescue.