Stories

A working cat for all reasons

November 29, 2019

Whether you call them working cats or barn cats, when adopters come to the Dumb Friends League looking for one, they have a specific role they’re hoping these feline employees will fill. Most people adopt a working cat to help them with things like pest control in a stable or barn, or to keep feral […]

Second chance for a horse in need

October 2, 2019

Frightened, starving and near death, Harlem was just one of 57 horses that arrived at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center on February 21, 2019, after suffering from extreme neglect. These horses, discovered without food or water in feet of heavy snow, were near starvation when they were rescued by Colorado Humane Society, a […]

Mercedes a luxury horse

July 19, 2019

On paper, Mercedes might appear like most other 5-year-old quarter horse mares. She has a beautiful sorrel coat, a gentle and affectionate disposition and the desire to spend her days in sunny pastures surrounded by kind individuals. What isn’t immediately apparent is that this quarter horse is homeless and is looking for a second chance […]

It takes all kinds

June 3, 2019

At the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, we receive all kinds of horses and other equines. They come to us with different histories, temperaments, strengths and areas for improvement. That’s why our trainers take the time to get to know each horse as an individual. This approach allows us to ensure that we find […]

Harmony Equine Center welcomes our newest addition!

April 26, 2019

A big Harmony Equine Center welcome to our newest family member – Jiminy Cricket! This little nugget was welcomed to the world on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:14 a.m.! Mom and baby are doing well, in fact, little Jiminy has already learned to walk and is enjoying the beautiful surroundings and attentive care he is […]

Sweet as a Raspberry

April 1, 2019

It didn’t take long after Raspberry arrived at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center for the 10-year-old donkey to earn the reputation of being friendly. Sure, she could be a bit stubborn sometimes, not wanting to walk on the lead, preferring to simply relax in her pen, but she never failed to meander over […]

The beat goes on with Vinny and Cher

March 7, 2019

Life is full of changes and can take unexpected turns as you realize it’s not always full of highs and peak moments; instead, countless smaller ones can be good, flawed, challenging and heartbreaking. You don’t get do-overs, and maybe you wouldn’t choose to even if you could because every one of those instances helps to […]

Saving horses at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center

February 20, 2019

Amber the 11th horse It’s a sight you never get used to and can be difficult to understand. The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center staff, a veterinarian, police and animal welfare officers were confronted with such a sight on a hot July day when they arrived at a home after receiving a complaint of […]

Meeting Mystery Again – A Horse Adoption Story

January 28, 2019

At 27-years-old Mystery the horse found himself looking for a new beginning. His owner was no longer able to provide the care necessary for the aging horse and worked with the Harmony Equine Center’s rehoming program – a program designed to help owners who are looking for a safe place to find a new, loving […]

Moxie the mini horse matches her name

January 10, 2019

One year ago, I bought a silly 15-year-old miniature horse from a family up in Hudson. This little gelding has been a joy for the past year. My grandkids have all taken fun rides on Rascal, and I have spent hours grooming and loving on him. Occasionally, over the past year, I have wished that […]

Shade

September 26, 2018

Shade arrived at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center in February of this year. The chilly day brought big changes for Shade. It was the beginning of a life this handsome gelding hadn’t yet known, one filled with warmth, food, care and best of all – love. Standing at just over 15 hands tall, […]

It takes two

September 11, 2018

Zakara and Salsa are two horses, who arrived at the Harmony Equine Center from different backgrounds but with all too familiar circumstances. Both horses came to us from different neglect cases, both underweight, both scared and both in desperate need of a second chance at a new life. And, it was at Harmony that these […]

Small in Stature, Large in Love

August 2, 2018

Cindy Hoeft had never owned a donkey. A volunteer at the Harmony Equine Center, Cindy met Gerald, a miniature, after he was neglected and transferred to the facility with a group of horses. “The first time I met him he just melted my heart,” she says. These small donkeys can weigh up to 350 pounds […]

One horse, one donkey and one happy family

July 13, 2018

Have you ever seen a horse smile? When Laura, Keith and their two boys came to the Harmony Equine Center in search of a “never-could-be-replaced ‘replacement’ horse,” that’s just what they saw. Laura and Keith’s 11 and 7-year-old sons have quarter horses that they have been riding since they were about 4 years old. The […]

A Horse’s Journey at the Harmony Equine Center

June 6, 2018

Watch our video about a horse’s journey at the Harmony Equine Center. From veterinary care and nourishing feed to training and matching a horse with the right adopter, we’re there every step of the way.

Mini-horses busy building human–animal bond

April 6, 2018

Bonding with an animal is incredible. The unconditional love and trust we humans receive is unlike anything else and brings such joy to those who are fortunate enough to experience it with their animal companion. For adopter Laura M., that bond was just what she was looking for. To say Laura is compassionate is an […]

Marcy and Ellie

March 27, 2018

Ellie, a miniature donkey from a law enforcement case, and Marcy, a sorrel miniature horse from Houston, found the right home earlier this month with Kim and Sylvie! Marcy wasn’t halter trained and didn’t trust humans when she arrived in November, and our trainers worked with her every day for months. Today Marcy is able […]

Mini-horses living large

January 12, 2018

Annie R. of Grand Junction, Colo., has loved ponies and small animals her whole life, so she couldn’t resist the chance to adopt a pair of miniature horses from the Harmony Equine Center in October 2017. Anna, a 4-year-old miniature palomino, is 32 inches tall and weighs 172 pounds. Zoe is a 6-year-old buckskin who—at […]

New ranch + two horses = changed life

January 12, 2018

In July 2017, Alex and Kim B. decided to ditch their downtown Denver residence next to Coors Field for a new life on a ranch outside Golden, Colo. Their “deliberate personal transformation” has led to the loss of 40 pounds by Alex, a self-described “city slicker,” and the gain of two horses, Foxy and Hattie, […]

Two horses, one happy ending

October 9, 2017

Seized by Jefferson County Animal Control in January 2017 as part of a cruelty case, Moe, a 13-year-old mustang gelding, was in poor condition and distrustful of humans. Spooky and insecure when he was first transferred to the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, Moe spent more than seven months in our care. After putting […]

A great week at Harmony

September 27, 2017

We had a really good week at Harmony this week, we had three horses find new homes. Brienne, also known as Bri, a big 18 year old red roan.  She was part of our Watershed program from Colorado Horse Rescue Network (CHRN).  She came to the Harmony Equine Center pretty heavy and overweight, and during […]

Nora

September 6, 2017

Nora was at the Harmony Equine Center for 578 days. She is an easy going horse that needed the life of a companion. Pam of Franktown, lost one of her geldings last week and needed a companion for her retired Thoroughbred and she feel in love with Nora. It has been a long journey for […]

Chief

August 24, 2017

Chief showed up at the Harmony Equine Center after suffering neglect at his previous home. During his nearly 6-month stay with us, he put on weight, had his teeth floated, had farrier work done, and received training that transformed him from listless to lively. He went home with Aislan H., who can’t wait to enjoy […]

Tammie

August 1, 2017

When Tamie was seized by law enforcement in a cruelty case earlier this year, she needed help. Neglected and underweight, she was embraced by our staff, who went to work on getting her healthy and trained. Jordan K. met her early this month, and knew she was the right horse for her. Now Tamie will […]

Starfire and Luna

July 11, 2017

After purchasing a horse property in Brighton, Colo., Samantha O. decided to search for a second riding horse and companion for her gelding, Storm. She discovered the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™ through an online search and upon visiting was very impressed with the facility. Says Samantha, “It was obvious to me that they […]

Cogsworth and Lucie

June 28, 2017

Red roan Cogsworth (left) came from a large animal cruelty seizure. He performed wonderfully on trails. Lucie (right), an Arabian mare with a kind eye and a pleasing personality, was part of the Watershed program from the Colorado Horse Rescue Network. Both horses were adopted by Cheryl D., who will use them as trail and […]

Amigo

June 28, 2017

Amigo, a cute gelding, came to Harmony Equine Center from the Colorado Horse Rescue Network. When he arrived, he was nervous and jumpy, as he had not spent much time around people. While at Harmony, he learned how to lead on a halter, pick up his feet, and take a saddle. He was adopted by […]

Dash

June 28, 2017

The veterinarian who first saw Dash described him as “the walking dead.” The 25-year-old horse had been starved and horribly neglected when he arrived at the Harmony Equine Center. After five months in our care, he gained 375 pounds and a great deal of self-confidence. He is currently being used to train colts at the […]

Badger

May 18, 2017

Badger, an 11-year-old sorrel gelding, came to us as part of a large cruelty case. He was underweight, had hoof and dental problems, and seemed nervous and unsure around our trainers. After four months of nourishing feed and gentle training at the Harmony Equine Center, Badger gained 167 pounds and a boost of confidence. He […]