Homes for Hopeless Horses

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Cheyenne, a gentle dappled horse, was purchased in 2006, with a price of 30 cents per pound. She only weighed 940 pounds at the time.

Cheyenne, a gentle dappled horse, was purchased in 2006, with a price of 30 cents per pound. She only weighed 940 pounds at the time. But her buyer, although a horse rescuer, was horribly neglectful to all her horses, and didn't provide them with any food or medical attention they needed. So Cheyenne arrived at Colorado Horse Rescue barely alive, malnourished, literally all skin and bones.

Colorado Horse Rescue (or CHR) is a non-profit organization that takes in horses like Cheyenne and works to provide them with the care they need.

“We try to get them healthy, then find them forever homes through adoptions and sponsorships,” said Kaitlyn Swain, who has been volunteering for CHR for three years.

CHR is based in Longmont, where it has 50 acres, enough land to hold 60 horses. CHR has booths at the Western Stock Show, Boulder County Fair, Horse Expo, and Pet Expo, where volunteers share info about the nonprofit's efforts to save horses, and sell merchandise, such as T-shirts, water bottles, and brightly colored horse stuffed animals. At least half of the profits from these events go to the horses.

Every year on September 27th , CHR holds a “Mane Event,” a night to spread information about CHR and hold auctions, where all the proceeds benefit horse rescue.

Kristen Hartman and Debbie Skillicorn, a mother and daughter from Peyton, have found CHR to be their favorite booth at the Stock Show for the past 19 years. They flipped through CHR's catalog of horses as they spoke affectionately of Maggie and Niji, the rescue horses they've adopted.

“What Colorado Horse Rescue is doing is very important,” Kristen said. “All animals need a good home, and deserve a second chance. ”