MRH is proud to offer these fine horses through the Wanted Horse Training Program™. Each horse in this program has been schooled through the MRH foundational curriculum and has proven themself to be a respectful, willing, and trustworthy partner on the ground, under saddle, and out on the trail. They have been appropriately desensitized to flags, tarps, water, machinery, etc., while maintaining healthy sensitization and respect for humans. Horses trailer load, tie, and behave well for the vet and farrier. They have been properly socialized within a herd, are current on their vaccinations, and have been on a regular de-worming program. Included in the purchase of a horse owned by MRH are two complementary "owner's manual" lessons to get you and your new equine partner off to a great start! Horse Training Photo Gallery.
The Unwanted Horse Issue:
MRH is committed to helping reduce the number of unwanted horses. As you consider horse ownership, please do so responsibly. Find out more about what it means to "Own Responsibly":
What to Expect When Owning a Horse - American Association of Equine Practitioners
What You Should Know About Buying a Horse - American Veterinary Medicine Association
Own Responsibly - Unwanted Horse Coalition
Additional Horses Available:
MRH partners regularly with horse rescue agencies in support of their equine rehabilitation programs. To see additional horses available for adoption, beyond those listed on this page, please visit the following organizations sites and contact them with inquiries. Note that horses not also listed on this page have not been through the MRH Wanted Horse Training Program™.
Scootaway Scooby - Versatile Gelding
Breed: AQHA and FQHR
Size: 15.3 H
Temperament: Scooby is a quiet minded, versatile and very athletic horse. He has been ridden on trails, along roads, in various arenas and has been around sheep, goats, cattle, tractors, etc. He was shown by a 17 year old girl the last two years in 4-H Pleasure, Horsemanship and Showmanship, where he won blue and purple ribbons. Scooby has recently started his career in Western Dressage and is currently riding solidly at Training Level. He is a very quick learner who offers a terrific amount of heart and try when requests are presented both clearly and fairly to him. He is as well a lovely mover with naturally balanced and cadenced gaits and is a pleasure to both ride and watch. Scooby will best thrive with an intermediate rider who is able to properly direct him. Scooby has lived with both mares and geldings and easily finds his place in the herd. He is easy to catch, stands quietly for the farrier, handles de-worming and shots just fine, is easy to clip/groom and trailer loads well. A very nice all around horse!
Medical History: Easy keeper, completely healthy and sound. Up to date on all shots. De-wormed and trimmed regularly.
Rider Experience: Intermediate
Location: Currently in Plattsmouth, NE
Contact: Contact Derek at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 296-5351 to speak further about becoming Scooby's next human partner!
Video 1: All Around
Video 2: Western Dressage Ride
Video 3: Western Dressage Show
Little Bit - Colorado Horse Rescue
ADOPTED. Congratulations to Emily of Malvern, IA!
Breed: Quarter Horse
Size: 14.2 H
Temperament: Little Bit is a well-built, athletic mare who has nice conformation allowing for correct and comfortable gaits. Her warm liquid eye tells of her good-nature and she has a very sound, discerning mind. She is a friendly and social mare, a good learner and tries hard to please. She is as steady in the arena as she is on the trail and is confident enough to tackle a variety of tasks. She has been ridden both english and western and is a talented and versatile mare.
Medical History: Barefoot, current on vaccinations and has been on regular de-worming program.
Rider Experience: Intermediate
Adoption Fee: $2500
Location: Currently in Bennington, NE
Additional Info: Contact Emily at 402-522-6748 or email@example.com
Video: Video 1
Topaz - Colorado Horse Rescue
ADOPTED! Congratulations to Gary and Linda of Evergreen, CO.
Color: Sorrel overo paint
Temperament: Topaz is a Paint mare with a very kind disposition. She has impeccable ground manners and a kind eye. During her training evaluation at the rescue, Topaz showed that she has a heart of gold and she always aims to please. She has recently been paired with Emily Johnson of Mountain Rose Horsemanship, who has been able to bring out the former show horse inside! Topaz was likely ridden Western Pleasure, and although she cannot hold up to a performance level at this point in her life she would make a wonderful trail and pleasure horse. She is not spooky under saddle! She bonds well with humans, and she's very polite with other horses.
Medical History: Requires special shoes and medication daily for pain control; easy keeper; recommended weight limit (rider plus tack) = 240 lbs
Rider Experience: Intermediate
Location: Currently in Longmont, CO
Contact: Contact Colorado Horse Rescue at: CHR.org or 720-494-1414
Video 1 - All Around
Video 2 - With Students in Lessons
Cheyenne - MRH Lesson Horse
SOLD. Congratulations to Emily and family of Malvern, IA!
Breed: Quarter Horse
Size: 15 H
Temperament: Miss Cheyenne is as lovely a mare on the inside as she is on the outside! Cheyenne has been the predominant lesson horse in the MRH horsemanship program for the past two years and is now being retired as a lesson horse so as to be able to enjoy a human of her very own. She is a gentle, gracious and reliable mare whom has served both willingly and faithfully in her role as an equine instructor. One of our most versatile horses, she has been trusted to both take care of new riders as well as challenge the more advanced students. She is polite and respectful on the ground and boasts an array of groundwork skills. She is equally trustworthy and dependable under saddle and is also a terrific, quiet and reliable trail horse. This dear mare has such love, patience and kindness to give and would so enjoy having a human to call her own who can shower her in the attention and affection she deserves!
Medical History: Cheyenne arrived at Colorado Horse Rescue in 2007 as a victim of severe starvation and neglect. (Read more about Cheyenne's story here.) CHR nursed her back to proper weight and health and she has thrived ever since. Cheyenne has been on a regular de-worming, dental, vaccination and hoof care program.
Rider Experience: Beginner to Intermediate
Price: $2000 for sale (or contact about lease parameters and rates)
Contact: Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-522-6748 to speak further about becoming Cheyenne's next human partner!
Video: Video 1: From Perish to Partnership
Temperament: Chief is a big, kind, beautiful gelding. We have known Chief for 5 years; he has been used mostly as an all-around horse for amateur riders. He has many miles on the trail and in the arena. He is well trained, soft and easy to ride either English or Western. He has had a few weeks of Natural Horsemanship training recently with Emily Johnson of Mountain Rose Horsemanship and progressed well with all that he was introduced to.
Additional Info: Contact Lynn of Haystack Acres at: haystackacres.com or 303-530-2519
Homer - Colorado Horse Rescue
Homer is a handsome 3 year old Paint gelding. This is a very nice youngster who has a heck of a future ahead of him! He is social, naturally confident, willing and a lovely, balanced mover. Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue. VIDEO.
AGE: 3 / BREED: Paint / GENDER: Gelding / HEIGHT: 14 hh / HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Trainer / FEE: $1500.00
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Very friendly, spunky, can be pushy on the ground, recently gelded; Recommended maximum weight (rider plus tack) = TBD
Isis - Colorado Horse Rescue
ADOPTED. Congratulations to Maureen of Erie, CO!
I'm here at CHR with my mom (Phoenix) and my little sister (Athena). When I arrived at CHR, I had a lot to learn in the human world. I had spent all of my life living in a fairly large herd of horses and not interacting with people. At first, I had real problems if I couldn't just be with my family. I've worked with Tabitha Farrar, and I've come a long way! She's really helped me become more independent and confident in myself. I've just recently gone into training with Emily Johnson of Mountain Rose Horsemanship Training, and I'm doing great! I really enjoy working with obstacles, and learning all there is to know about partnership with people. If you're looking for a riding horse with great potential for any discipline, please come visit! VIDEO
AGE: ~4 / BREED: Paint / GENDER: Mare / HEIGHT: 13.2 hh / RIDER EXPERIENCE: Expert / RIDING LIMITATIONS: None
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Very friendly, green; Recommended maximum weight (rider plus tack) = 155 pounds
Leo - Colorado Horse Rescue
December 2011: It is with terrific sadness that I share of Leo's passing. This delightful horse embodied such a strong spirit of willingness and affection and was an honor to be in partnership with. In loving memory of my very dear and noble friend.
Leo is a very sweet, sensitive Arabian gelding. He has a great foundation in Western riding under his belt, and has proven to be a wonderful partner out on the trail. He will thrive with a quiet, confident rider that has an intermediate to advanced skill set. Leo has recently recovered from a nasty battle with liver disease, and he is ready to go back into regular work! Please contact CHR for more information.
AGE: 8 / BREED: Arabian / GENDER: Gelding / HEIGHT: 14hh / RIDER LEVEL REQUIRED: Advanced-Intermediate / RIDING LIMITATIONS: None / FEE: $1500.00
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Recommended maximum weight (rider plus tack) = 130 pounds
Quite a Fancy Bandit
Quite A Fancy Bandit (aka Checkers) is a splashy black and white 2007 APHA overo gelding who is ready to go on with a job. This gorgeous boy is both athletic and handsome. He has an excellent foundation and is riding nicely. His training includes turn on the haunches, turn on the forehand, side pass, two track, backing softly and collection through his topline in motion. He stands quietly tied, is nice with his feet, hauls easily and is gentle to be around. He is 15.1+ hands and still growing. He is champion bred with bloodlines similar to many of the horses on our website show page, (half brother to World Champion producer Feverz Dusky Eyes and World Champion Dusky's Ditto). He is ready to go to work, whatever discipline, he is sure to get noticed! $4500. VIDEO
Champ - Colorado Horse Rescue
I'm a cute boy who walks tall and struts his stuff. I don't remember if my name came from my personality or vice versa. I have done a fair number of activities in my life including English riding, trail riding, beginning dressage, and jumping, but my favorite by far is trail riding. I'm a comfy, smooth ride and I need a confident, fair and gentle rider because I'm sensitive and a tad reserved. I've just had three weeks of re-training with Emily Johnson of Mountain Rose Horsemanship Training and everything went very well. I really enjoyed being able to build a trusting bond with a human and find the security with a person that I need. Because of my size I will need either a small adult or child as a rider. Any children will need to be experienced, kind and easy-going. Just a head's up too that I did competition and showing with a young human in the past and it just didn't suit my personality or goals in life, so I'd rather be a pleasure horse. Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue.
AGE: 17 / BREED: Quarter Pony X / GENDER: Gelding / HEIGHT: 13.1hh / RIDER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate / RIDING LIMITATIONS: None / FEE: $800
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Sound to ride; rider and tack cannot weigh more than 145 pounds.
Norman - Colorado Horse Rescue
ADOPTED. Congratulations to Autumn of Greeley, CO!
I'm a cute little gelding with good conformation that came to CHR very withdrawn and emaciated from starvation, but that was years ago. Now I've grown up into an handsome,outgoing gentleman! My trainers call me smart, vibrant, engaged, inquisitive and as willing and good-minded as they come. I am so happy that I am well loved because I have a strong desire to please. I also have been told that I have smooth gaits and natural balance. I just like to move around and play in my body. This is a good life and I'm happy to be a part! I've even learned how to go along with standing tied and riding in a trailer. I don't mind being quiet for those things if it means I get to go out and have fun other times of the day. I have great potential in a number of disciplines including competitive trail, endurance, Westernaires or other athletic activity. I've been professionally trained by both Emily Johnson and Jason Patrick. You can read more about my training and see photos at the "Horses In Training" blog. Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue.
AGE: 6 / BREED: Arabian / GENDER: Gelding / HEIGHT: 14.2hh / RIDER LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate / RIDING LIMITATIONS: None / FEE: $1700.00
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Very friendly, quick learner. Will eventually be a good beginner horse, just needs more miles.
Summer - Colorado Horse Rescue
When I came to CHR, I was 10 months pregnant and very hungry. People at CHR were worried that my baby might have some health problems due to my starvation. However, my little filly, Blossom, is just fine and has since been adopted! I have adjusted to life without her. I was well trained and would be suitable for a very lightweight rider. I'm out of shape and because I became fussy with mounting and riding, the folks at CHR started me on monthly chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. They are hoping that this behavior will be resolved with treatment. In the meantime, I'm doing groundwork instead. I'm friendly but very submissive around other horses so I would be happy with another mellow horse or two. I am a beautiful lady who would make a wonderful companion for both people and other horses! Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue. Video.
AGE: 21 / BREED: Arabian / GENDER: Mare / HEIGHT: 15hh / RIDER EXPERIENCE: Adv-Beg / RIDING LIMITATIONS: Needs lightweight rider / FEE: $600.00
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Needs small rider.
Snickers - A Terrific Teacher
SOLD. Congratulations to Leona of Longmont, CO!
Snickers is an 18 year old, Appaloosa mare who is a "been there, done that" kind of horse. She is good minded and very willing to form a deep connection with a human she trusts. She has been handled and ridden by an intermediate level, young rider and has demonstrated herself to be a safe and reliable teacher. Snickers has had extensive groundwork, making her a solid partner both on the ground and under saddle. Due to strenuous activity in her earlier years, Snickers is best suited for a child or small adult interested in light riding. The perfect trail pony! Video.
Eclipse - Colorado Horse Rescue
ADOPTED. Congratulations to Scott of Longmont, CO!
Eclipse is a stunning 8 year old, bay, Paso-cross gelding that has been fully rehabilitated from starvation and neglect. Eclipse is a exceptional horse who possesses all the right qualities to become your perfect partner. He has a sound mind and a gracious and willing attitude, as well as solid confirmation and fabulous movement! Eclipse is a sensitive horse who thrives with a human partner that can offer him solid and consistent leadership combined with empathetic understanding. He is green under saddle, but is an excellent learner who puts forth his best effort and has a strong desires to connect with a human leader. Eclipse would greatly benefit from continued education under saddle and therefore would be best suited for an advanced level rider that is open to support from a professional trainer as needed OR an adopter who would be willingly to progress his training with a professional. He was a stallion until the age of 7, so he does best in a herd of geldings. Eclipse is currently being ridden western, but could be a stellar riding horse in a wide variety of disciplines, including an out of this world trail horse! Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue.
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Recovering from severe starvation; recently underwent gelding
AGE: ~7 / BREED: Paso / GENDER: Gelding / HEIGHT: 14.2hh / HANDLER EXPERIENCE: Intermediate / RIDING LIMITATIONS: unknown
Logan - Colorado Horse Rescue
I am an easy-going Arab with a quirky and fun personality. I enjoy company from just about anybody, humans and horses alike. I was ridden regularly in my past, but have been out of work for a time while I was recovering from neglect. Now that I am back at a good weight again I've joined the boys in the pasture and am happy as can be. I'm awaiting a riding evaluation with a trainer, so check in to see my progress! Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue.
AGE: 18 / BREED: Arabian / GENDER: Gelding / HEIGHT: 14.2hh / HANDLER LEVEL: Intermediate / RIDING LIMITATIONS: None / FEE: $600.00
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Awaiting evaluation; will need smaller rider
Dixie - Colorado Horse Rescue
There's a number of pretty comical stories that I have to tell in my short history of three years. The first story happened even before I was born. An unknown matchmaker put my mother, a Belgian/Percheron cross, and my father, an Appaloosa/Mustang cross, together. I never found out if it was intentional or if it was a mistake, but that's of no consequence because I came out really darn cute! My previous owner also had a pretty silly habit of feeding me Pop Tarts as treats. I came to recognize the box and wrapper because, well, they tasted pretty good! All joking aside... I'm a superb find. I've been started under saddle, am incredibly level headed, and am a beautiful mover. They also tell me I'm a super fast learner. During my trip to the 2010 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo everything I encountered was brand new to me and no one would have ever guessed because I was so well adjusted. Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue.
AGE: 3 / BREED: Draft cross / GENDER: Mare / HEIGHT: 15.2 hh / RIDER LEVEL REQUIRED: Trainer / RIDING LIMITATIONS: None / FEE: $1000.00
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Shy, sensitive mare. Needs more training.
Ransom - Colorado Horse Rescue
I will always be grateful to the folks here at CHR who rescued me from the livestock auction. Can you believe I was dumped off there when I was only 6 months old? I've grown up big and strong and have been started under saddle. I have a bit of a crooked knee but after the vet took radiographs, she said that I am a good candidate for monthly shots that will help keep my knee in good shape for many years to come. Now I'm being ridden regularly at all gaits and I've shown no signs of lameness. My trainers complement me by saying that I am a well balanced and comfortable ride. I will be suitable for pleasure riding but too much strenuous athletic activity such as jumping, dressage, or rodeo work may be too much for my knee. Please keep me in mind if you are interested in a nice young horse with a good disposition. Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue.
AGE: 5 / BREED: Quarter Horse / GENDER: Gelding / HEIGHT: 16hh / RIDER EXPERIENCE: Trainer / RIDING LIMITATIONS: Pleasure riding only / FEE: $500.00
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Good disposition, ready for training
Cheyenne - Colorado Horse Rescue
ADOPTED. MRH is excited to announce the addition of the fabulous Cheyenne as a lesson horse in the Wholeness Through Horsemanship program! Read Cheyenne's story from tragedy to triumph here. View Cheyenne's thank you message to Colorado Horse Rescue as she shares about her new home here.
I'm a little famous around here for coming to CHR on Christmas Eve 2007 a victim of severe starvation . Our vet said I probably wouldn't make it through the next snow storm. Lots of news people have visited me and I'm happy to say that I've gained 300 pounds and have been able to join the herd in the pasture! I'm a very shy and sensitive gal who responds best to a quiet handler. I'm sound and healthy and have had trainers work with me to prepare me for riding. I accept a saddle, bridle, and rider very nicely. I am learning leg and rein commands to help me be the best partner I can be, as we head out on the trail together. I am very submissive in the pasture and show no aggressive behavior towards other horses so I'd make a super companion for another mellow horse. Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue.
Shadow - Colorado Horse Rescue
I'm a big handsome guy that is looking for someone who loves spotted horses because I have lots of them! I am a nicely trained riding horse who can be ridden Western or English. I don't take a bit (I remember getting kicked in the mouth as a youngster) but I do just fine in a hackamore. I'm a bit out of shape and a little lazy since I don't get ridden very often but I still remember what to do. I have some mild navicular in my front feet but with good quality farrier care and proper shoeing, I am suitable for light riding. In fact, the vet says that exercise is good for my condition. I also have a bit of arthritis in my hocks so I take some medicine for that each month. Otherwise I'm in great shape. I get along great with other horses, and I love mares. A trainer who has worked with me says I have a fabulous mind, willing attitude and am very aware of my feet. I gathered from her affirming tone and kind pat that these were great qualities to have. If you think I might fit in to your family, I'd love to make you my new friend. I was recently featured on 9News. Check out my handsome self on video! Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue.
Martini - Colorado Horse Rescue
ADOPTED. Congratulations to Kari from Longmont, CO!
Why do they call me Martini? It could be my fun loving, convivial nature. I absolutely love to socialize with people. I also heard that I reminded someone of a chocolate martini because of my unique paint coloring. I don't know what a chocolate or a martini are, so I'll just take their word for it. For being so outgoing I sure do have a mysterious past. I was rescued by animal control after wandering loose and being hit by a car. My previous owner never came to claim me. My injuries were all healed up by the time animal control brought me to CHR and now I'm ready to find a home. I've been working with a trainer and am doing great in my lessons. It turns out that I know quite a bit about carrying a rider, but will need additional training to develop my skills further. Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue.
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: Recovered from hind leg injury; can be a little pushy.
AGE: ~5 / BREED: Grade / GENDER: Mare / HEIGHT: 14.0hh / RIDER EXPERIENCE: Advanced / RIDING LIMITATIONS: none
Killian - Colorado Horse Rescue
Did you know that I'm the rescue's fanciest Thoroughbred? My grandfather was the great Northern Dancer and there are many other famous racehorses in my family tree. I came to the rescue with a mild stifle injury but after after several years of hanging out in the pasture here, our vet cleared me for rehabilitation under saddle and I moved to my foster home for training. A wonderful community of people have come together to bring me back into work and provide me with the rehab and training I need. I move beautifully at all gaits and show an amazing capacity to learn. I'm being ridden at all gaits 2-4 times a week and after 60 days I'm still completely sound! I used to get a little fussy about being away from my pasture mates but that has been remedied with consistent handling. Now they call me docile! Everyone's so impressed! I am currently in foster care and available for adoption appointments. Available for adoption through Colorado Horse Rescue. Video.
HEALTH/BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION: benefits from joint supplements and requires good quality shoeing; currently in off-site training
AGE: 15 / BREED: Thoroughbred / GENDER: Gelding / HEIGHT: 16.1hh /RIDER EXPERIENCE: Advanced-Intermeadiate / RIDING LIMITATIONS: Pleasure Only / FEE: *$1500.00
Greystone - Quiet-minded and Loyal Gelding
SOLD. Congratulations to Manny from Longmont, CO!
Greystone is a handsome 5 year old grade QH dappled grey gelding. This horse is a real lover! He is a gentle and kind horse, is very friendly with people and tries hard to please. He has had extensive groundwork and is a respectful, willingly and responsive horse. Greystone has been under saddle for the past year. He has been ridden in various arenas, on the trail and has been started as a Versatility Ranch Horse. Grey has drug tires and poles, been roped all over and around his body, tracked cows, and has held live cattle at the end of the rope. Video.
Binder - A True Saint of a Horse
SOLD. Congratulations to Diane from Louisville, CO!
There are not words generous enough to describe a horse like Binder! Binder is a 22 year old bay, grade QH gelding. He is as kind as they come and is both wise and discerning. Binder has been the predominant lesson horse in the MRH horsemanship program and is now being retired from lessons so as to be able to enjoy life with his very own human. Binder is an exceptional teacher as is gracious, willing and very forgiving. This is the perfect horse to build your confidence and share your life with.
Charlie - As Gentle as They Come
SOLD. Congratulations to Morgan from Denver, CO!
Charlie is an honest, dependable horse with a huge heart and an excellent mind. He is both patient and willing and therefore is a great teacher. He is a big and elegant mover with a light, ground covering stride. He was on the racetrack in his younger years and then spent time on a working cattle ranch. He is a wonderful trail mount, but is just as content to be with you in an arena. This sweet gelding can't wait to pour his heart out to you!