Front Range Equine Rescue removes horses used up in the racing industry which would be put into the slaughter pipeline. This program effort has helped dozens of former racehorses stay out of the slaughter pipeline. Front Range has helped OTTBs (off-the-track Thoroughbreds) found at kill auctions in Colorado as well as track cast- offs on the East Coast.
Over Front Range's 21 year history, dozens of horses have been removed from the racing industry and away from horse slaughter. In 2014, Front Range increased its rescue and educational efforts on behalf of track horses and obtained additional contacts so that more former track horses can be spared from entering the slaughter pipeline. Front Range's donors are also speaking out to help make positive changes to the racing industry in how the horses are treated when their racing careers "fail." FRER has successfully rehabilitated and re-homed dozens of former race horses.
Stop the Backyard Breeder - initiated in 2002, this unique program ran through 2016 and offered a partial reimbursement* for castration of stud colts and stallions. This program was available to anyone (individual or rescue) across the United States and applies to horses, donkeys and burros and assisted many responsible owners around the country. This program served as a role model for many similar projects promoted by others. FRER works with Dancer's Legacy Foundation to provide discounted gelding clinics with equine veterinary practices in Colorado and elsewhere.
*See website for details.
We have received feedback from many veterinarians and horse professionals as to the benefit program has in horse over population.
"Thank you for your continued support of our gelding clinics. We were able to geld 56 stallions last year with your help!" Danni H., Hope Equine Rescue, Auburn, FL
"Thank you for your financial assistance through your equine gelding reimbursement program. We appreciate your dedication to equine welfare issues and to helping other rescue organizations such as ours." Melanie L., Hidden Springs Horse Rescue, Thomasville, GA
"We rescued Rufus, and June 21 had him castrated. Thank you so much." Sharon R, Auburn, KS
In 2002, FRER launched its fire/disaster evacuation and assistance program in response to Colorado's massive Hayman Fire. Front Range provided direct assistance to remove horses (and other livestock) to various evacuation sites. FRER also provided supplies to various evacuation locations and also direct care to over 100 evacuated horses (and other animals) at an evacuation site.
Front Range Equine Rescue has offered assistance during subsequent disasters in Colorado such as the Waldo Canyon Fire (2012) and the Black Forest fire (2013). FRER also sent supplies during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to help with horses at evacuation sites.
Currently FRER can provide fire/disaster assistance for horses at select (legitimate) evacuation sites.
A number of people have attended Front Range's trailer loading clinics over the years; attended our fire/disaster community meeting, taken our fire evacuation brochure to keep on hand, and benefited from the supplies of hay/feed, and vet care at evacuation sites. Our website and/or social media pages post information on safe evacuation tips.
The rescue program is at the heart of Front Range's work. Incoming horses with unknown backgrounds are quarantined. Horses are obtained from auctions, kill lots, animal control impound, abandonment cases, and owner surrender. The focus is on abused and neglected horses with emphasis on those bound for slaughter. Front Range Equine Rescue is not authorized to investigate/seize abused horses. To report suspected abuse/neglect, contact your local humane society or animal control.
All horses in the rescue program receive routine veterinary care as well as any emergency care needed. This care includes Coggins test, updated vaccinations, de-worming, dental care, and regular farrier care. The rescue horses are also given supplementation, such as nutritional (i.e., vitamins/minerals, probiotics) or for conditions such as arthritis or Cushings disease. Horses are also provided complementary therapies as needed including, but not limited to, chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathics, herbal remedies, etc. Once rehabilitated, all horses undergo training assessment prior to being placed up for adoption.
We have so many successful adoptions, so many thank you notes from individuals, other rescues and equine professionals from across the nation to show us that what we are doing does have an impact. Front Range Equine Rescue is considered by many to be a role model for horse rescue; we were the first to be accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries in CO (equine rescue/sanctuary) and have consistent high ratings with Charity Navigator as well as Great Non-Profits.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Since its beginning in 1997, Front Range Equine Rescue has offered educational programs and campaigns on both local and national levels. The educational program consists of events and printed materials which provide information on horse care, owner responsibility, wild horse issues, and ending horse slaughter responsibly. Events and clinics have included basic first aid, equine nutrition, round pen basics, under saddle problem solving, trail riding safely, fire/disaster evacuation, trailer loading, natural horsemanship, effectively communicating with horses, and youth camps.
Front Range's website and social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) keep donors and other supporters apprised of rescue horses, Front Range's activities, program efforts, and ways to help horses.
Events and printed materials have covered various topics such as Before You Buy A Horse, Did You Know?, Equine Nutrition, Fire Evacuation for Horses, Horse Slaughter, Solutions to Horse Slaughter, Saving America's Wild Horses, Finding A Suitable Trainer, Re-Homing Your Horse, Equine Dentistry, Saddle Fitting, and Using Alternative Therapies in Horse Care.
We are directly able to see the impact our education program has with our summer camps, horse events and through our nation wide programs. Many participants have gone on to become responsible horse owners or continued to participate by educating others on horse related issues (such as school projects or reports).
FRER has a long term goal to responsibly end the slaughter of America's horses. This includes stopping the formation of slaughter plants on US soil as well as ending the export of America's horses to other countries to be slaughtered.
FRER has led a national campaign and initiated strong and successful legal efforts at both state and federal levels. We have greatly contributed to slaughter plants not being able to open in the U.S. thus far and our efforts greatly assisted in advocacy work which led to the de-funding provision in the recent federal budget to not allow USDA to inspect horse slaughter plants. Front Range Equine Rescue is also working on the international front to educate those involved in the horse slaughter market about the dangers of American horsemeat (e.g., drug toxicity issues). At times, on an almost weekly basis, Front Range rescues horses on the verge of shipping to slaughter from auctions or 'kill' lots in Colorado and other sources.
We have many court cases and articles listed on our website that define the many ways FRER has already stopped slaughter on US soil. Our website (news section and horse slaughter page) and Facebook page provide information on horse slaughter and rescue program horses. Our strategies for promoting alternatives to slaughter have helped numerous horses via safe re-homing tips for horse owners, educational events on proper horse care and population control measures such as the stop the backyard breeder program and trails end.
The ongoing demise of America's wild horses and burros is a national shame. Wild horses have been targeted in WY, UT and NV and other Western states for destructive roundups. In 2005, Front Range implemented its "Save the Wild Horses" campaign to increase awareness of wild horse (and burro) issues as well as to engage, when appropriate, in legal action to protect mustangs.
We have engaged in legal challenges to the mismanagement of wild horses and burros on taxpayer public lands including Colorado's West Douglas Creek herd. We have saved dozens of mustangs from the slaughter pipeline and low-end auctions in Colorado. The majority of these horses were successfully rehabilitated and adopted to new homes.
Dozens of wild horses have been removed from abusive situations by Front Range Equine Rescue over the past several years. Front Range supporters have participated in petition signing, letter writing, and calls to Congressional representatives and other government officials on wild horse issues, particularly cruel and unnecessary roundups. Front Range has been involved with other wild horse advocates in lawsuits to stop roundups or other actions detrimental to wild horses (West Douglas Creek herd in Colorado was not zeroed out due to legal action by Front Range and others for example). We have engaged in national level education and advocacy efforts on behalf of wild horse/burro protections.