Mountain Valley Horse Rescue

A nonprofit organization

Dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abused, abandoned, neglected and unwanted equines since 2005. Currently there are 6,000 unwanted horses in Colorado alone. MVHR saves those it can, and is committed to reducing horse abuse/neglect through community outreach and educational programs.


"We love Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, it truly is heaven on earth helping horses in need! And in return positively affecting all those working, volunteering, and loving on the horses in need."

"Just started volunteering out at MVHR and so impressed with the work they are doing. The volunteer work is very rewarding and does my soul good. Thank you for all you do!"

"Best place for volunteering, love the horses and staff! It was a great experience."

"A beautiful facility and passionate people! Took a tour recently and met a number of the rescues - they're definitely happy and in a fantastic place."

"I love everything about this place... it is such an honor to volunteer with these amazing people and horses! There is a strong sense of community here and so many opportunities to learn about what it takes to care for these sweet animals."


Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (MVHR)'s Mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted equines. MVHR also works to reduce cases of equine abuse and neglect through education and outreach. MVHR rescued its first horses in 2004, and became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2005.

Background Statement

The creation of Mountain Valley Horse Rescue was inspired by the rescue of two starved and abandoned horses in November of 2004. A group of Eagle Valley horse enthusiasts recognized the need for a regional rescue organization. To fulfill that need, MVHR was formed in April 2005. In 2011, we doubled our capacity to accommodate up to ten horses at a time, and entered into a lease of a facility to house the organization.

In the fall of 2016, Mountain Valley Horse Rescue took an exciting step forward by purchasing a forever home in McCoy, CO. The 115-acre ranch along the Colorado River has allowed MVHR to help more horses, so far 51 horses have been helped in 2022. There are currently 29 horses in the MVHR rescue herd some moving towards adoption right as we near Colorado Gives Day!

Our educational programs have grown with summer day camps and a lesson program. In summer 2022 we welcomed over 350 children who learned about horses while spending time at the ranch and are now future equine advocates!

A game changer for MVHR is Robin's Nest, an indoor training facility that will be operational towards the end of 2022. The opportunity to continue training year round will increase adoptions and help more horses find their new journey of hope.

Now more than every, our phone rings daily with horses in need and we have a running waitlist with over 50 horses. Besides needing funds necessary for the daily care of the horses - food, medicine, vet care - we also continue fundraising to build much-needed facilities on the property, such as additional corrals, a permanent round pen, irrigation improvements and a caretaker residence. Naming opportunities are available!

Organization Data


Organization name

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue

other names

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, MVHR, Eagle Valley Horse Rescue

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)





33933 Colorado River Rd
McCoy, CO 80463

Service areas

Eagle County, CO, US





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