Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation
The clock strikes 1 p.m. as the dirt gravel crunches beneath our feet. We just left the air-conditioned office and made our way through the stables, spacious and clean, out onto the 50 acres of land sanctioned as the fields of horse rehabilitation by Colorado Horse Rescue. Carol Brice, director of the nonprofit organization, leads the tour past the first enclosure, which contains an ebony-furred equine by the name of Trouble. The name is eerily reminiscent of the situation; this particular horse suffers from a hairline fracture in one of his legs.
“His situation is still a bit tenuous, and we are keeping a close eye on him,” Brice reveals as we move on. The intonation in her voice, however, drips with the inclination of confidence that the horse will see improvements while under the caring nestle of Colorado Horse Rescue.
Colorado Horse Rescue began operation in 1986, making this year their 30th anniversary. It was founded by two friends — Sharon Jackson and Jill Pratt — who dreamed of accomplishing exactly what the organization is doing now. They did not have the resources to maintain a facility when they first opened their doors, so they were forced to use whatever stable vacancies they could find. By 1992, their operation was split between an old dairy farm in Wheat Ridge and a boarding stable in Arvada. As awareness of the organization continued to grow thanks to the selfless deeds — both small and large — Jackson and Pratt’s dream was realized when Colorado Horse Rescue moved onto the 50 acres of land in Longmont in 2000, where it remains today.
“Rescued is my favorite breed,” says Brice with a smile when asked of her favorite breed of equine.
The hard work being done at the location is not only by the hands of the employees, but also by the 75 volunteers that commute there every week. Although they all come from different walks of life, all of their hard work paid off when Colorado Horse Rescue won the Nonprofit of the Year in 2015.
When asked what kind of impression she wanted to leave on the public, Brice said that she wanted Colorado Horse Rescue to be known as a place of hope, courage, dedication and hard work.
So, get away from the bustling, everyday grind of Pearl Street, and take a trip out to the rolling fields of Longmont, where the kind-hearted individuals of Colorado Horse Rescue will happily take you for a tour — if for nothing else than to stay true to the original mission of their organization: to present themselves as a place of hope for the rehabilitation of these majestic and noble animals.
“Rescued is my favorite breed,” says Brice.
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