Pilot Program Off To Fast Start

A pilot program funded by WaterShed Animal Fund to double the number of horses adopted at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center this year is in full swing. As of Aug. 15, 80 horses have come to the center from rescue groups in Colorado and New Mexico for training and opportunities to start new lives.

The program is intended to increase Harmony Equine Center adoptions and outbound transfers from 100 to 200 horses in 2016. To accomplish this, our facility is serving as a central hub for horses from humane societies and rescue groups in Colorado, the Midwest and the Southwest that don’t have the resources to train the horses in their care. By providing professional training to these horses at the Harmony Equine Center, we hope to increase their chances for adoption, either at our center or at the originating rescue or humane society.

The first group of 38 horses participating in the pilot program arrived on March 15 from four Colorado rescues: Colorado Horse Rescue Network (CHRN), Dream Catcher Therapy Center, Blue Rose Ranch, and Denkai Animal Sanctuary. A second group of 27 horses from CHRN, DreamCatchers Equine Rescue, Safe Landing Horse Rescue and Triple Acres Horse Rescue (all in Colorado) arrived on June 15. An additional 15 arrived in July and August from CHRN, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope in Elizabeth, Colo., and McKinley County Humane Society in Gallup, N.M. As of Aug. 15, 45 of these horses have been adopted, completed training or have been returned to the rescue, while the other 30 are still in training with our four professional trainers.

“Overall, the horses coming to Harmony through the WaterShed Animal Fund grant are doing exceptionally well in our training program,” says Harmony Equine Center Director Garret Leonard. “We’re excited to watch the positive changes in them, and we’re looking forward to seeing them get adopted into the new homes they deserve.”

Please note: The Harmony Equine Center was established to fulfill a much-needed service of creating a place for law enforcement to house impounded horses and other equines. Equines that come to the Harmony Equine Center after being seized during neglect and mistreatment investigations will always take precedence over transferred horses from rescues.