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Horses from Conroe, Texas, thriving

In September, 59 malnourished and mistreated horses arrived at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center in Franktown, Colo. They were among more than 200 horses rescued from a facility in Conroe, Texas, by the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). When the horses were first transferred to the Harmony Equine Center, they were in rough shape—some had medical issues, some had never interacted with humans before and were experiencing anxiety and fear, and almost all of them had been seriously underfed.

After months of socialization, rehabilitation and gradual training, the horses are doing great and adjusting well to being handled. All of the horses are halter trained and picking up their feet, and many are in the process of being ridden. Several of the horses will be available for adoption in the first few weeks of the new year.

Eight horses—Siesta, Cactus, Tivoli, Prosper, Trinity, Selena, Nash and Nocona—are participating in the Equine Comeback Challenge being presented at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Horse Expo on March 12 in Denver. These horses have been placed with professional trainers for 90 days of training and will be competing in several horsemanship categories at the horse expo. Following the event, these horses will be available for adoption through the Forever Home Adoption Showcase.

Interested adopters can contact the Harmony Equine Center at (303) 751-5772 or visit to view horses currently available. The website will be updated regularly as horses become available. If you would like to make a donation to help the Dumb Friends League care for these horses and others currently at the Harmony Equine Center, please visit or call (303) 751-5772.

The Harmony Equine Center is a private rehabilitation and adoption facility for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have been removed from owners’ care by law enforcement authorities. It is one of only a handful of facilities of its kind in the nation.

Thanks to generous support from the ASPCA and others, these horses have a chance to heal, flourish and ultimately find new homes.

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