Rocky mountain horse rescue
Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue (RMHR) is dedicated to the rescue, welfare, and care of Horses, Ponies, Mules, and Donkeys. We provide FREE use of rescue slings and equipment to anyone in need. We also offer training sessions on the use of the rescue equipment to veterinarians, firemen, policemen, animal control officers and any other interested individuals.
We are a 100% volunteer organization and as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax deductible.
Your contributions will enable us to rescue some horses at the auction as well as to provide for animals in need when we’re contacted by state or local authorities. We will also take in some horses whose owners can no longer keep them. Our volunteers help to sell donated items at venues, help load or haul donated hay, groom, feed, and muck stalls of rescue horses, haul horses, safe home (foster) horses. Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue will have contributors instead of members. Contributions of any amount will be greatly appreciated and used for the rescue and care of horses. We also accept donations of horse needs like hay, feed, medications, etc. If you’d like to contribute please print and submit a Contribution Form or contact us.
Why we do what we do – Chance’s Story
Impounded on May 14, 2004 and brought to Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue Headquarters on May 26th, Chance arrived extremely thin and depressed in a pathetic state. This 8-year old Quarter Horse Stallion was rated a one on the Henneke scale which means near death. Although he had been fed good hay for 12 days by the Animal Control Officers, he was desperately thin and lethargic with subnormal temperature. He was immediately started him on a diet of beet pulp, sweet feed, and grass and alfalfa hay with small meals 4-5 times a day. As Chance improved, portions were increased and the number of feedings per day was decreased . It was an exciting event the first time Chance broke into a few trotting steps upon seeing his beet pulp mash arriving at dinner. Up to that point, he had only dragged around his pen at a walk.
Chance’s condition steadily improved with the highlight being on July 6 when he spotted the five geldings we had placed in a new pasture 400 feet away. He thought that they were the most beautiful prospective brides that he had ever seen and proceeded to buck and whinny and tear around his corral while we videotaped and took still pictures of his antics. By August, Chance had regained his full weight and was on a simple diet of two feedings a day of a can of sweet feed and a few flakes of grass hay and a flake of alfalfa. We never had him on any supplements or anything else special. Groceries were the answer to his recovery. Although Chance was impounded by Animal Control Officers, the owner has been paying a bond on him which means that Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue is only acting as a safe home for this gentle stallion who backs into volunteers to have his fanny scratched. A court case on animal cruelty charges is scheduled for October.