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 founded 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.


CHR cares for an average of 45+ horses per month, and in 2001, all horses and operations are moved to the current facility 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.


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.


Important additions and expansions abound. In 2017, CHR refurbishes its indoor arena to enable training and clinics all year round. New staff members join the team, including an adoption manager, second trainer and associates in marketing, development and community outreach.

2019 is a record year for Colorado Horse Rescue with 61 adoptions.


With a commitment to the present and a focus on the future, Colorado Horse Rescue continues exploring ideas for growth, impact and systemic change. As long as the issue 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!