Current Horses

 
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Montana

This beautiful paint mare came to MVHR when her family could no longer care for her.  A trail horse for most of her life, she is generally gentle to be around but needs a little tune up in the arena.  We look forward to getting to know her and finding her a great home!

JASPER

Meet our newest intake, Jasper. Jasper came to us from a local owner who could no longer care for him.  He has been handled only minimally, so is very nervous around most people.  Fortunately he is healthy, but needs to get caught up on vaccines, deworming, hoof and teeth care……and gelded….which will be our first task!  He will then move on to training, so this sweet guy can be handled and find a forever home!  Here he is meeting Dr. Silvia Stocker for his intake exam. He is slowly learning to trust and we think he might be in love!

 

 

 

Gabby

This aged mule was bought at auction November, 2011 to keep her from the kill buyers.  Due to her huge personality, she quickly found an adoptive home, but when her family’s situation changed in 2017, she returned to MVHR.  Now nearing 30, Gabby enjoys her retirement and big grass pastures at MVHR!

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CHANCE

This big guy is a 14 year old registered Quarter Horse who was the dream of his previous owner. When life changed and she could not keep him, she left him in the care of a friend. When that friend passed away, she had to find Chance a new home fast, so he came to MVHR. Started under saddle by Zen Greenlee, Chance is all tuned up and ready to be finished as whatever type of horse someone is looking for. A rare find in the rescue world, MVHR has his registration papers, and a full life history on the handsome guy. Now all he needs is a loving home!

Chance is underwritten (but still available for adoption) with generous support from Lynn Janklow.

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Breezie

Breezie came to MVHR back in 2012 when her previous owner just didn’t want her anymore, and refused to buy more hay for her.  Sensitive and responsive, this special mare seems to have taken to heart tough treatment in her past, and at times struggles with overcoming her fears and worries, and so has had a hard time finding a new person of her own.  Well broke and lovely to ride she will be special for someone! She has been ridden English and Western, moved cows, and been a favorite of many volunteers.  MVHR will continue to lavish her with love and TLC until that right person comes along!

 

Cekka

Cekka is one of our four mustangs rescued from Lantry South Dakota. 

With the support of a number of generous donors who helped sponsor the transportation, MVHR was able to offer space to four of the mustangs from South Dakota. After quite a journey through snow storms and icy roads to get here, the four beautiful mares arrived December 9, 2016. 

Cekka is underwritten (but still available for adoption) with generous support from Alexandra Mastriana.

 

Chanel

Chanel is one of our four mustangs rescued from Lantry South Dakota. Chanel and Stardust were recently taken from our facility to a trainer in Grand Junction area, and will remain there for a month or two until halter broken and handleable.

With the support of a number of generous donors who helped sponsor the transportation, MVHR was able to offer space to four of the mustangs from South Dakota. After quite a journey through snow storms and icy roads to get here, the four beautiful mares arrived December 9, 2016. 

Chanel is underwritten (but still available for adoption) with generous support from Alexandra Mastriana.

 

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Stardust ("Star") is one of our four mustangs rescued from Lantry South Dakota, and mother to sweet Woodrow (though raising Woodrow takes a village, and the mustangs have all been taking shifts since he was born)!  Stardust recently joined Chanel to stay with a trainer in Grand Junction area, and will remain there for a month or two until halter broken and handleable.

Stardust is underwritten (but still available for adoption) with generous support from Alexandra Mastriana.

 

 

Woodrow

Meet MVHR's youngest resident, Woodrow! Named in honor of our ranch's previous owners and born on our ranch April 24, he has been thriving under the loving care and watchful eye of his mother, Stardust, and the rest of his South Dakota mustang family.

Woodrow is underwritten (but still available for adoption) with generous support from Alexandra Mastriana.

 

Maddie

Maddie came from a neglect situation in Garfield County. While she had plenty to eat, their feet and training have been neglected for many years. 14 year old Maddie seems to have suffered from multiple founders in the past, and it will take some time for her feet to heal up, but she is sweet as can be! UPDATE 1/4/2017 – Maddie's first ride in a long time! Bareback with an 8 year old, and looking great!

WIllow

This beautiful Quarter Horse mare was one of the original rescues made by MVHR way back in 2004! Found abandoned in the Flat Tops Wilderness, she brought together a group of local horse enthusiasts to help her, and within months MVHR was officially formed! Willow enjoyed 12 years with a local adoptive home, with a family and little ranch of her own. When health reasons dictated that the family leave the state, they feared asking Willow to make such a huge transition at age 26 would be too much. Instead, they asked if she could return to MVHR to live out her life. And what a time for her to return! Willow came back to MVHR at our new forever home, something only a far off dream those many years ago when Willow was rescued.
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Jackie

MVHR bought Jackie at auction in May 2014 to keep her from slaughter. Emaciated and with only one eye, she was the poster child for rescue. In spite of her own terrible condition, Jackie was a steadfast friend to her corral mate Rosie, who was emaciated and also terrified. Turns our Rosie was pregnant, and gave birth to a colt just weeks after being kept from slaughter. Jackie was the good Auntie throughout her recovery, and helped raise little Indie, giving mama Rosie breaks from the little guy as needed. Jackie’s nurturing nature continues, and now that her nannying is over, she is helping with Equine Assisted Learning and Therapies and Riding Lessons here at MVHR! 

Jackie is underwritten (but still available for adoption) with generous support from Vail Valley Cares.

 

Sparky

This little cutie came to MVHR desperately in need of hoof care. Just 3 years old, it is likely he had never had his feet trimmed – and they looked like elf slippers (or bananas as one child said). Barely able to walk, MVHR rushed to get Dr. Silvia Stocker and farrier Gary Hoza to come help. And help they did – with sedation so Sparky could rest comfortably throughout the procedure, Gary’s steady hand used power tools to remove nearly 8 inches of growth from each of Sparky’s feet. Gary and Dr. Stocker then fashioned splints for Sparky’s back feet, to help him stand upright while his tendons and ligaments contracted back to normal after being stretched out for so long. With in a week, Sparky was comfortable and up and about, and the splints were removed. Four weeks (and one gelding surgery later) and the little guy is now seen running and bucking in his pen. The gentlest of souls, Sparky has stepped right into a roll of ambassador for MVHR, thanks to the sponsorship of a local youngster.

Sparky is underwritten with generous support from Yarrow Vetch.

Blondie

Blondie was bought by MVHR in fall of 2011 to keep her from slaughter. A 20+ year old Belgian mare who had been brood mare all her life, she was never been broke to ride, but prefers to be Mama to the herd and the people here at MVHR. Blondie is blessed to be fully sponsored by a local supporter, and so remains at MVHR to keep an eye on all of us. In September of 2016, Blondie fulfilled part of her legacy, being the first MVHR horse to set foot on MVHR’s permanent home in McCoy. Here she will continue to oversee all of us, and promote efforts to carry out plans for additional facilities on property to help MVHR help more horses. 

Sinclair

Sinclair came to MVHR from Barbara Wright at Harmony Horse Works, who will partially sponsor his ongoing care. After rescuing and rehabilitating horses for over 15 years, Barbara has retired and entrusted her sweet therapy horses to our care. At 43 years old, Sinclair is our oldest resident and has a lifetime of experience (and personality!) to bring to everyone he meets. We look forward to providing him a permanent home, and to his participation in our education, outreach, and therapy programs!

Nacona

Nacona came to MVHR, with Sinclair, from Barbara Wright at Harmony Horse Works who will partially sponsor their ongoing care. After rescuing and rehabilitating horses for over 15 years, Barbara has retired and entrusted her sweet therapy horses to our care. At 33 years old, Nacona also has a lifetime of experience and personality to bring to everyone she meets, and we look forward to providing her a permanent home, and to her participation in our education, outreach, and therapy programs!

 

Stormy

This sweet miniature horse came to MVHR in hopes of recovery from a lifetime of hoof neglect. With long, curling hooves, watching him stand and walk was painful. With diligent attention and the expert help of Dr. Silvia Stocker and farrier Gary Hoza , Stormy has been returned to near perfect condition! 

Stormy is hoping for a sponsor, so that he can stay with Racey and Sparky as an ambassador for MVHR. He especially loves meeting the little kids that come to visit! He is also learning to drive, in hopes of pulling a little cart someday!

 

Racey

Along with Stormy, this sweet miniature horse  came to MVHR in hopes of recovery from a lifetime of hoof neglect. Thanks to the diligent attention of farrier Gary Hoza, little Racey has defied all who thought she perhaps should just be put down. Her feet look great, and she loves nothing more than the occasional gallop across the pasture! It's hard to imagine now that she could barely walk when she first came to us.


Racey is hoping for a sponsor, so she can stay on at MVHR with Stormy and Sparky as an ambassador for MVHR. She especially loves meeting the littlest kids that come to visit, and she's getting great at ground driving, with hopes of someday pulling a cart or sleigh!

Ginger

Ginger (formerly known as Annie) has found a wonderful sponsor, who loves and supports her every need. Ginger will spend her summers with her sponsor, and winters at MVHR. This beautiful teenage Quarter Horse mare came from county authorities, emaciated and with a young colt at her side (Buffalo). A doting mother who gave all she could to her baby, she has raised him into a beautiful young horse. She has navicular syndrome, which is well managed, and she loves to be lightly ridden and have a “job.”  Her beautiful, sassy attitude is priceless!

 

Roman

Roman is handsome and generally quiet to be around. He is learning how to “be a horse” after spending his life cooped up as a stud horse. He loves people and attention and is the sweetest boy and his personality is as big as the barn. Roman came to MVHR when his owner passed away. Spinal stenosis prevents him from being ridden, but his friendliness makes him a favorite of nearly all visitors to our facility. Roman is currently in foster care but is still in need of sponsorship at this time.

Bonita

This beautiful Arabian mare is in her early 20s and has suffered a lifetime of neglect and abuse, including being used as a roping steer, and having her legs roped and pulled out from under her. Bonita is (understandably) very leery of strangers (especially those carrying ropes) and yet her youthful, sweet spirit remains. She seems to connect especially with young children, and anyone with quiet patience who will take the time to get to know her. Currently enjoying life with four other senior members of the MVHR herd, Bonita is as fat, relaxed, and happy as we’ve ever seen her. She is missing just one thing: a sponsor! Everyone else in her corral has one, but she does not. Could you be the one she’s been hoping for?