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Collaborating to help Colorado animals in need

November 5, 2019

Would you know what to do if you had to catch a horse? What if that horse had been mistreated, neglected or largely unhandled by humans? It can be a daunting task, even for people with experience handling animals, but it’s one that often happens in equine cruelty and neglect cases. Recognizing just how daunting […]

Colorado Horse Rescue Network’s Start A Colt Challenge

October 25, 2019

Twenty-three horses from the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center are participating in the Colorado Horse Rescue Network’s Colt Starting Challenge. The horses, all under three years old, were paired with youth, novice and pro trainers. The challenge is a 45-day training competition in which the trainers will compete to see who can get their […]

Trainer’s Tip: Bad mouth

October 25, 2019

by Brent Winston, head trainer, Harmony Equine Center Hello again! I hope everyone had a great summer and is now enjoying the fall colors here in Colorado. The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center had a very busy summer supporting law enforcement. Now, we have more horses than ever before, and our days are spent […]

What is managed admissions?

October 25, 2019

Since 2012, the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center has provided second chances to horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Initially, Harmony served as a rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected equines that had been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. Several years later, Harmony began accepting equines from humane societies and […]

Justice for neglected animals

October 16, 2019

March 27, 2018 was the first day of new lives for 11 horses and several other animals. After receiving complaints from neighboring properties, the Dumb Friends League Colorado Humane Society, with support from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, discovered dire living conditions. Starving, emaciated, and near-death without access to food or water, the animals were […]

Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center Wins ASPCA Help a Horse Home Challenge Prize

September 3, 2019

Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center has been awarded a $15,000 prize from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) as part of its annual Help a Horse Home ChallengeSM. The nationwide competition for equine rescues, shelters and sanctuaries is designed to increase adoptions of equines around the country. Harmony […]

Horses rescued from El Paso County property now ready for adoption

July 22, 2019

So far this year the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center has received an unprecedented number of starved horses. Communities are recognizing vulnerable and at-risk horses and no longer accepting this type of neglect, and Harmony is helping more horses than ever. The Colorado Springs Gazette profiled five of these horses, who arrived at Harmony […]

Trainer’s Tip: Catch up

July 11, 2019

by Brent Winston, head trainer, Harmony Equine Center   Hello again! I hope everyone has been staying dry during this unusually wet spring and summer we’ve been having in our beautiful state. With rain comes green grass, and for those of us that turn out our horses on pasture, we know that can make them […]

Summer weather and horses

July 11, 2019

It took summer a bit longer to make an appearance in the Denver metro area this year, but all we can say now is “Welcome”! There’s not much better than enjoying long, lazy summer days outside, but do you know that warm weather poses health and safety risks to horses? Just like with humans, the […]

Harmony Equine Center receives unprecedented number of starving horses

June 20, 2019

The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center has received another 36 neglected horses from the Custer County Sheriff’s Office. This is on the heels of the 49 malnourished horses Harmony recently received from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The 36 Arabians from the Custer County case included stallions, pregnant mares and newborn foals. The horses’ […]

Forty-Nine Malnourished Horses Arrive at Harmony Equine Center

June 10, 2019

The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center recently received 49 malnourished horses from the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). The emaciated equines were voluntarily surrendered by their owner to CDA and transported to the Harmony Equine Center with the assistance of the Colorado Humane Society, a League department that investigates cases of animal abuse and […]

Equine Enthusiasts Enjoy Free Expo

June 6, 2019

The second annual Harmony Horse Expo took place on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center. More than 1,500 guests enjoyed guided tours of the beautiful facility, horsemanship workshops, training demonstrations and met adoptable horses. Equine enthusiasts of all ages, experience and skill levels attended this free […]

Harmony Equine Center Hosting Free Expo for Horse Lovers

May 14, 2019

The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center is hosting the Harmony Horse Expo on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. This free event will give visitors the opportunity to take guided tours of the beautiful 168-acre property, attend free horsemanship workshops and training demonstrations and meet adoptable horses. The Harmony Horse Expo is open […]

Change your thinking about animal investigators

April 25, 2019

The instant a strong woman enters a room, you know it. It’s not just her aura of self-confidence that gives it away. It’s the fact she confronts every situation with a passionate and no-nonsense approach. She may not always succeed, but she learns something with every circumstance and carries it through to the next instance. She […]

Horses rescued from deplorable conditions on the mend

March 21, 2019

Last month, the Colorado Humane Society and the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™ assisted the Park County Sheriff’s Office with the removal of 57 neglected horses, including several pregnant mares, from three different locations in Colorado. Malnourished and severely underweight, the horses were in imminent danger and brought to the Harmony Equine Center for […]

Saving horses at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center

March 7, 2019

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 neglected animals on the […]

MAKE HAY TO THE HARMONY HORSE EXPO

March 7, 2019

The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center is preparing for the Harmony Horse Expo on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. The event is free and gives visitors the opportunity to take guided tours of the spectacular 168-acre facility, attend horsemanship workshops and training demonstrations, meet adoptable horses and enjoy food trucks. Whether you’re […]

Fifty-seven malnourished horses removed from neglectful owner

March 6, 2019

Colorado Humane Society & S.P.C.A., and Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™ assisted the Park County Sheriff’s Office with the removal of 57 neglected horses, including several pregnant mares, from three different locations near Hartsel, Colorado on February 21. Malnourished and severely underweight, the horses were in imminent danger and immediate action was necessary. In […]

Harmony saddled up for the Battle on the Rockies

March 5, 2019

On Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center staff and horses participated in the Battle on the Rockies at the National Western Stock Show Complex. The horse show was the first ever of what is expected to be an annual event and was exclusively for rescued horses that […]

Fifty-seven malnourished horses removed from neglectful owner

February 22, 2019

Horses transported to Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center Colorado Humane Society & S.P.C.A and Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™ assisted the Park County Sheriff’s Office with the removal of 57 neglected horses from three different locations near Hartsel, Colorado on Thursday. Malnourished and severely underweight, the horses were in imminent danger and immediate […]

See Harmony horses at Battle on the Rockies

February 18, 2019

Join the Harmony Equine Center as we participate in the first ever Battle on the Rockies, a horse show exclusively for rescued horses! This event, held during the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo will feature horse and rider pairs competing in four divisions, Open, Non Pro, Youth and Adoptable. There is over $8,000 of prize money […]

Horses rescued on Monarch Pass

December 28, 2018

Along the border between Gunnison and Chaffee Counties, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) came across a broken down pickup truck and trailer with four horses, four adult dogs and three puppies on Monarch pass. When the agency reached out to the Colorado Humane Society & S.P.C.A., Inc. (CHS) for help, the horses lives changed forever. […]

Harmony Equine Center wins ASPCA’s Equine Welfare Award

December 4, 2018

The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center® was proud to receive this year’s Equine Welfare Award. Watch the video below to learn how the Harmony Equine Center works to rehabilitate and train horses and find them new, loving homes.

Lead with Experience

November 5, 2018

Do you have a passion for all things equine? Maybe you would like to foster a new interest and help strengthen the community by making a difference in the lives of abused, neglected and homeless horses. If you’ve got an interest and some free time, think about volunteering at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine […]

ASPCA honors Harmony Equine Center

October 23, 2018

Each year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) honors excellence and leadership in various animal welfare categories. Organizations are recognized for their achievements, including vision, commitment to improving quality of life, outreach and service. The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center® is proud to receive two ASPCA awards this year. […]

Employees come in all shapes, sizes and species

July 13, 2018

Some characteristics of a good employee include being conscientious, wanting to succeed, appreciating the opportunity and being honest about their qualifications and experience. It turns out these qualities apply to employees of all kinds whether you are of the human and feline variety. When cats arrive at the Dumb Friends League, they receive a general […]

Clinicians take the reins at the Harmony Horse Expo

June 8, 2018

The Harmony Equine Center trainers and guest clinicians took the reins at the Harmony Horse Expo this year and the newest event at our Harmony Equine Center was one for the books. More than a thousand horse enthusiasts joined us for the two-day expo on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 where they had […]

Harmony Equine Center Hosting Free Expo for Horse Lovers

May 29, 2018

The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center is hosting the Harmony Horse Expo on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. This free event will give visitors the opportunity to take guided tours of the beautiful 168-acre property, attend free horsemanship workshops and training demonstrations and meet adoptable horses. The Harmony Horse Expo is open […]

Harmony Equine Center changing the face of animal welfare

May 25, 2018

Check out this story from our friends at Fox31 Denver. Learn what it takes to train an rehabilitate the hundreds of homeless equines that come to us each year and hear from Garret Leonard, director of the Harmony Equine Center about why adopting a horse is a great option for owners.

Harmony a hit at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

April 10, 2018

The Harmony Equine Center team participated in the 2018 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. The annual event for horse enthusiasts features horse clinicians from all over the country. As part of this year’s Expo, we hosted an information booth, participated in the Equine Comeback Challenge and offered clinics on Gaining Confidence in Horse and Rider to […]

Owned Horses Now Accepted

March 13, 2018

The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center has been providing second chances to horses, ponies, donkeys and mules since 2012. When it first opened, Harmony served as a rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected equines that had been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. A few years later, in addition to […]

Meet Harmony Trainers and Watch Demonstrations at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

March 6, 2018

The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center will be a part of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, an annual event where Colorado horse lovers can celebrate all things equine. Trainers from Harmony will participate in the Equine Comeback Challenge. The challenge pairs a horse and a trainer for a 120-day training process in which […]

Companion Horse Finds a New Home

February 9, 2018

The rescue organization that transferred 2-year-old Melissa to Harmony Equine Center said she was hard to catch and that their staff couldn’t get a halter on her. That was over 400 days ago. We immediately went to work with Melissa in the intake pen. By slowly gaining her trust, we had her haltered and leading […]

Harmony Equine Center’s Biggest Month Ever

January 12, 2018

In a perfect storm of equine adoption success, 55 equines were adopted from the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™ in December—Harmony’s biggest month for adoptions since opening its doors five years ago. From neglected miniature horses transferred from Houston to rescue horses brought to us and trained so they become better candidates for adoption, […]

Diamonds Out of the Rough

November 22, 2017

For over five years, the Harmony Equine Center has been working to rehabilitate and adopt out horses. This month, Western Horeseman Magazine highlighted the great work we’ve done at Harmony to help find hundreds of equines new homes. Read the article now and learn more!

Update: Mini-Horses Thriving in Colorado

November 15, 2017

We received a huge outpouring of interest and support in response to the 16 formerly neglected miniature horses we received in late September in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The horses are doing great here in Colorado, and we wanted to update you on their progress. Thanks to our generous community, we were also able […]

Harmony Equine Center takes in neglected miniature horses

September 26, 2017

Sixteen neglected miniature horses—including two babies—are receiving care at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center in Franktown, Colo. They are among more than 80 miniature horses and ponies rescued by the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) in Texas. The Dumb Friends League agreed to assist in providing care for […]

What happens when a horse goes to the dentist?

July 12, 2017

It sounds like the start of a joke, but a lot of people don’t realize that horses need a dentist too. Why? Horses’ teeth grow continuously throughout their lives and uneven wear can lead to sharp points and edges that cause pain and difficulty chewing, which can be fixed by floating a horse’s teeth. Floating […]

A Good Year for Horses

June 30, 2017

In January 2016, WaterShed Animal Fund—a private family foundation in Oklahoma City, Okla., that funds innovative programs to improve the lives of companion animals and homeless horses—awarded a $442,500 grant to the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center. The objective of the grant is to increase adoptions of horses in Colorado and assist in more […]

Kids Bring Compassion to Harmony Equine Center

June 30, 2017

At Larkspur Elementary, the kids learn kindness—and they teach it. Students at the Larkspur, Colo., school are part of a program to focus on and help inspire positive behavior, and each grade is in charge of teaching the entire school about its part of the program. The second- and third-graders’ project focused on kindness and […]

Harmony Equine Center Open House

June 11, 2017

It was a great day at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, as more than 1,000 horse lovers strapped on their boots and joined us for our open house and adoption day on Saturday, June 10! Guests enjoyed guided tours of the unique facility, training demonstrations and classes, vendor booths, refreshments and activities for […]