Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) is a 501c3 non-profit organization working to prevent the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue and education.
Front Range Equine Rescue began in 1997 and was incorporated as a Colorado non-profit on 8/1/97. Front Range Equine Rescue began as an all volunteer organization with Board members providing the initial foster homes. A small self-care facility soon housed several of the incoming rescue horses as well. Over the years, Front Range worked hard to increase its capacity and purchased a 40-acre facility in Larkspur in 2006. A major gift campaign in 2007-2009 allowed for further expansion with the purchase of 81 additional acres in Larkspur late in 2009. Horses were also kept at 2-3 other private facilities as needed to assist with additional rescue, rehab, training and adoption.
By 2015, FRER expanded its work by opening a second location (FL) to provide rescue efforts on the East Coast while maintaining its work in CO. Currently FRER's horses in CO are kept at a private farm as the Larkspur properties were sold in 2015.
The rescue program is at the core of Front Range's work; however, educational and advocacy efforts are critical to preventing and ending the abuse and neglect of horses. Innovative programs such as "stop the backyard breeder" and "trails end" offered responsible horse owners assistance with castration and humane euthanasia expenses; in tough financial times, Front Range has offered short-term programs to assist with hay/feed and basic vet care needs. During emergencies such as wildfires, Front Range has provided evacuation assistance as well as ensuring evacuation sites for horses have hay/feed and basic supply needs met. Today Front Range operates with headquarters in FL, and horses at private locations in CO.
"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
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