About MVHR



Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (MVHR) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted equines. (click here for MVHR’s full Mission and Values Statement). As one of the only horse rescue organizations on the Western Slope, we cover a lot of territory. Though we are making a small dent in the need, we make an everlasting difference for those equines we can save.  And with help, we know we can save many more.

Learn more about our GFAS Accreditation  here .

Learn more about our GFAS Accreditation here.


Today, there are an estimated 170,000 unwanted horses across the nation, with 6,000 in Colorado alone. Of these, 120,000–130,000 horses are shipped to slaughter in Mexico and Canada every year, where they are processed for human consumption. In addition, each year the BLM rounds up 9,400 wild horses off of public lands, but only 1 in 3 find homes.

We help reduce equine abuse and neglect through education and outreach and through relationships with local law enforcement concerned citizens and private equine owners. When possible, MVHR networks to find equines new private homes. When necessary, equines are taken in and cared for by us with the ultimate goal of returning them to full health and adoption into a loving, forever home.

To meet this goal, each equine is provided with food, shelter, care, medical treatment, and training to help them become adoptable. As space and funding allow, a limited number of equines are provided sanctuary care at the facility for the rest of their lives.