Privately owned horses in need of rehoming are now being accepted at Harmony

The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, in partnership with The Right Horse Initiative, is piloting a rehoming adoption program for up to 150 equines from Colorado over the next twelve months. Managing the number of intakes will ensure proper care, training and placement of surrendered equines as well as allow the Harmony Equine Center to manage the number of intakes to ensure proper space for law enforcement cases. Equines are required to have a health and behavior evaluation prior to acceptance. This rehoming adoption program is designed to transition horses from one owner to the next through evaluation, training and placement. 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.

To see if your horse qualifies for this program, please complete the short inquiry form and be prepared to answer ALL questions with as much detail as possible. Admission into the program is at the sole discretion of the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center.

Horses must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • Halter Broke
  • Deemed healthy by staff or a local veterinarian
  • Riding horse or riding candidate
  • No lameness in hooves, joints or legs
  • No conformation defects
  • Body condition score between 3 and 7
  • No clinical signs of disease
  • Must be located in Colorado

Conditions that will be accepted:

  • Abnormal teeth wear (within reason)
  • Warts and plaques on ears
  • Insect irritation on/in ears
  • Dirty sheath
  • Bacterial infection to the sheath
  • Nutritional dermatopathies (dull hair coats)
  • Rain rot
  • Girth gall (saddle sores)
  • Thrush
  • Clubfoot
  • Horses will be required to pass a basic behavior field test prior to acceptance. Evaluations include: a veterinarian exam, plus, catching, haltering, picking up feet, bucking, biting, rearing, kicking, striking, pulling back, running off, pawing, cinchy, cold backed, spooking, head tossing, charging, weaving, loading into a trailer, and an overall behavior assessment.

Conditions that will not be accepted:

  • Lameness (hoof, joints or tendons)
  • Severely overgrown hooves
  • Severe laminitis
  • White line disease
  • Severe quarter cracks
  • Neurological issues
  • Eye problems of any kind
  • Heart conditions
  • Upper respiratory tract problems
  • Lower respiratory tract problems
  • Abdomen/gastrointestinal tract problems
  • Genitourinary problems
  • Degenerative joint disease (ringbone or fractures)
  • Physically disabled
  • Cribbing or windsucking