How One Horse's Life Can Inspire a Lifetime of Rescue Work
All of Front Range Equine Rescue’s horses owe their lives to a horse named Dancer. In 1991, Hilary Wood purchased a horse from a dirty, rundown rental facility in Virginia. Like other horses there, Dancer was one-step away from being sold at auction. Bringing Dancer back to health, Hilary and he had many adventures together including a move to Colorado. “Because of Dancer I realized other horses were in bad to even worse shape and needed help,” Hilary states. “I’ve loved horses my entire life and decided to do something about equine abuse. I started Front Range in 1997. Dancer welcomed and befriended many rescue horses. When he died suddenly in 2001, I was heartbroken. Front Range Equine Rescue continues as a tribute to my beloved Dancer.”
Today, the Front Range Equine Rescue has operations in Colorado and Virginia, with its headquarters located in Florida. Horses that enter the barn come from low-end auctions, kill lots, animal control impound, or owner surrender. They exhibit a variety of conditions from starvation to current/past injuires to training issues to overall neglect. Horses in debilitated conditions, whether from disease, injury, or other causes, where there is no quality of life are humanely euthanized.
Successful rehabilitation includes proper vet and farrier care and appropriate feed program. Front Range Equine Rescue’s horses receive an initial veterinary exam and ongoing routine and emergency vet care. Each horse has its own nutritional program for optimal health – good quality feed, clean/fresh water, access to pasture, and as needed, grain and/or supplements.
Front Range works with trainers who utilize “natural horsemanship” techniques, those methods which form trust between horse and human as well as using ways to communicate that the horse understands. Our retraining is used to establish trust, build confidence, and offer clear communication and fairness to the horse.
Potential adopters can find Front Range’s horses on our website, social media, online equine advertising, and word-of-mouth. Any potential adopter must fill out an adoption application, review and sign the rules of adoption. Screening can include email, phone, and in person interview, site visit, and reference checks.
Ongoing funding to maintain current operations is always a challenge. Horse are expensive and providing proper care for them is our priority. Other needs include funding for expansion purposes and managing special programs. Education on horse abuse issues is a critical part of our work; reaching people with our message is challenging.
Front Range's greatest successes have been in helping thousands of horses through direct and indirect rescue program efforts; providing nationwide education on critical equine abuse issues; rescue and legal efforts on behalf of wild horses; stopping the expansion of horse slaughter through legal efforts; and promoting alternatives to horse slaughter.
Front Range Equine Rescue takes a comprehensive and consistent approach to stopping equine abuse. While direct rescue of horses is critical, preventing horses from needing rescue in the first place is very important. Education plays a key role as do options for re-homing, re-training and placement before rescue is needed.
Front Range Equine Rescue
Location: Satellite Locations: Bristow, VA, Fort Collins, CO Headquarters: Ocala, FL
Donate: PO Box 458, Ocala, FL 34478
Trailer: NOT NEEDED