As steadfast stewards of the human-horse relationship since 1986, we’ve made it our mission to reimagine, realize and resource safe solutions for every horse.


Close friends Sharon Jackson and Jill Pratt establish Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR) to provide shelter, rehabilitation and care for abused and neglected horses. Area stables and farms offer vacancies at their facilities to help shelter horses rescued by CHR. In just two years, Colorado Horse Rescue receives 501(c)(3) non-profit status and has its own private boarding stable in Arvada.

2000 – 2010

CHR cares for an average of 45+ horses per month. In 2001, all horses and operations are moved to the current facility location in Longmont, Colorado. By 2008, a steady upsurge in unwanted horses and reports of abuse results in increased impounds and surrenders. CHR responds with significant capital improvements, including new quarantine pens and an outdoor classroom.

2011 – 2015

CHR is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries in 2011 and subsequently launches and grows its range of meaningful community programs. From its public education series and thriving volunteer program to its crisis assistance program that helps several horse owners who fell victim to the massive 2013 floods, this is a time of visionary progress for CHR.

In 2015, CHR is honored with the award of Nonprofit of the Year by the Longmont Chamber of Commerce.

2016 – 2022

Important additions and expansions abound. CHR refurbishes its indoor arena and improved our pastures to enable year-round training and ensure herd safety. Welcome new staff members in training, community outreach, marketing, and development. Excitedly pilot and launch the Companion Connection program to help find homes specifically for nonriding horses.

In 2022, completed a record-level 63 adoptions and found safe solutions for 197 horses.


With a commitment to the present and a focus on the future, Colorado Horse Rescue continues pursuing opportunities for growth, impact, and systemic change. As long as the issue of unwanted horses remains, so will CHR — uniting horse owners, equine enthusiasts, communities, schools, policymakers, programs, and other equine organizations to raise awareness and build a better future for horses.

Hang tight while we go get your horse!