Harmony Equine Center
Providing second chances for better lives
The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™ is a private rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. Harmony also serves as a central hub where horses from humane societies and rescue groups in the Midwest and the southwestern United States can receive training and rehoming. In March 2018, Harmony began opening its doors to privately owned Colorado horses in need of rehoming. For a limited time, owners of horses who meet the admission criteria will be offered $100 per horse. This program is made possible through a generous grant from the WaterShed Animal Fund and is geared toward preventing animals from going to the sale barn. Since Harmony opened in 2012, more than 1,500 horses have been helped.
Located near Franktown, Colo., the 168-acre facility includes three sizable, well-equipped barns for intake, training and adoptions, 26 pastures and turnouts, two indoor riding arenas and an education center. Our knowledgeable, professional staff and dedicated volunteers provide safe shelter, nutritious feed, top-quality care and training to the equines at the center.
When formerly abused and neglected horses and other equines arrive at the Harmony Equine Center, they’re given immediate medical care to relieve their suffering. Once they have been permanently surrendered to the center, they are evaluated for rehabilitation and potential adoption. The evaluation criteria follow a set of standards established by local equine and animal welfare professionals. They take into account the animals’ medical and behavioral needs, their long-term prognosis for quality of life and their potential for adoption.
Horses that are candidates for rehabilitation receive veterinarian-approved treatment plans that help them gain weight and regain their health. Gentle, structured training programs help them overcome fear memories, develop new social skills and learn to trust. Rehabilitation may take a few weeks or many months.
Finding new homes for horses
Once the animals at the Harmony Equine Center are restored to health, they are made available for adoption to responsible new owners through an application and interview process. Adoption fees start at $100 and include gelding services for male animals, current vaccinations, de-worming, dental and farrier work, and professional training.