Colorado Feral Horses

Colorado Feral Horses

Colorado Feral Horses

What are Colorado feral horses? Feral horses are horses which live in an untamed state but have ancestors who have been domesticated, separating them from what are commonly known as “wild” horses. There are zero original wild horses from pre-domestication times that are in existence today, therefore every horse living in the wild today are in all technicality feral.

It is no secret that the best-known examples of feral horses are the “wild” horses of the American west, which includes the great state of Colorado. When Europeans reintroduced many horse breeds to the Americas some horses escaped and formed feral herds. These herds are known today as Mustangs. For more information on feral horses in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property.

Feral Horses Around the World

In North America, feral horses are descendants of horses that were domesticated in Europe. While there are similarities shown in certain genes of both modern and fossil North American horses, they are not believed to be members of the same species. There are bands of horses that are protected under the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 here in the west. But Colorado is not the only place where feral horses can be found. Feral horses can be found in parts of Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, and many other countries.

Australia has the largest population of feral horses in the world, with in excess of 400,000 horses. The Australian name equivalent to the ‘Mustang’ is the Brumby, feral descendants of horses brought to Australia by English settlers. More than 400 feral horses live in the foothills of Cincar mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These animals, which descend from horses set free by their owners in the 1950s, enjoy a protected status since 2010.

A modern feral horse population is found in the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Biosphere reserve of Assam, in north-east India, and is a herd of approximately 79 feral horses. Horses in this park are descended from animals that escaped army camps during World War II.

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Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse

Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse

Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse

The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association (more commonly known are the RMQHA), is an organization that supports everything about the horse breed known as the American Quarter Horse. The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association has been around for over seventy years, and has shared the Coloradoan dedication to and enthusiasm for the American Quarter Horse.

What does The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse have to offer you? If you race, breed, show, ranch, trail ride, or just like to socialize and keep up with Regional Quarter Horse news, then the RMQHA has a lot to offer you!  The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association is the industry leader in providing the enhancement of horse owners and enthusiasts in the state of Colorado with heritage, education, programs, and activities. Colorado Horse Property advocates those that want to support and promote the American Quarter Horse and the Rocky Mountain region to join the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association.

RMQHA Events

The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association hosts a day for their practicing members and new horse owners, in which participants get the royal treatment at Arapahoe Park. Arapahoe Park is a horse-racing track in Arapahoe County, Colorado. Located at 26000 East Quincy Ave in Aurora, Arapahoe Park hosts Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Paint Horse and Arabian horse racing.
The RMQHA hosts over twenty approved shows and special events annually throughout Colorado, offering many different opportunities and days to exhibit your American Quarter Horse. This includes such events as the Pre-Denver Circuit, the Gold Rush Show as well as the fun Colorado Gold in Pueblo and Rocktoberfest in Loveland. Most of the shows offer classes for everyone from professionals, amateurs, novice and youth, including the select division for “mature” exhibitors.
There are also Special Event Classes offered in cattle-related classes. Truly there is an event for everyone with the RMQHA! If you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association, like how to join or help support the horse community in the Front Range, then contact your friends at Colorado Horse Property.
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The Heritage Ride

The Heritage Ride

The Heritage Ride

The Colorado Horse Council, an organization that operates out of Brighton Colorado, is the founder of the famed Heritage Ride. The Heritage Ride is a large event for horse owners and enthusiasts to make people aware of the efforts of the equine industry in Colorado.

The Heritage Ride focuses on education of those in and out of the equine community. It is also a fundraiser to support the work that the Colorado Horse Council does to protect horses. This year marks the sixth annual Heritage Ride event and will be showcased in a couple locations along the Front Range.The Ride is approximately 2 hours, depending on location.

The Heritage Ride is a day-long equine adventure, where there will be educational opportunities for you to learn about trail riding, equine safety and more. Attendees may also have the opportunity to ride with guest clinicians from the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, another popular event that the Colorado Horse Council hosts every year.

Colorado Horse Council

What is the Colorado Horse Council? This organization is a “grass-roots, all-breed, non-discipline specific organization dedicated to linking the horse owners and the horse industry of the State of Colorado into a powerful, common voice in order to protect their common equine interests through legislation and education. It also employs a full-time contract lobbyist, who works with the State Legislature on horse and agriculture-related issues.”

As I mentioned above, another big event that the Council hosts in the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo has unfortunately already passed this year, but if you weren’t able to attend there is always next year! This event is a great place to get educated by professional horse clinicians and to work with a variety of different horse breeds. Of course you can also shop in the trade show, view beautiful equine art at the Art in the Park event and watch The Mane Event.

The Colorado Horse Council is composed of “farmers and ranchers, breeders, trainers, showmen and women, retailers, veterinary care providers, service providers, feed producers, and individuals who seek to maintain [our] rights to own, maintain, and use horses in [our] state.” If you have any questions about The Heritage Ride event or other horse events in your area, contact Colorado Horse Property.

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Horse Sleeping Patterns

Horse Sleeping Patterns

Horse Sleeping Patterns

Just like us, horses must sleep to stay energized and healthy throughout the day. But how much do horses sleep and what about horse sleeping patterns? Horses can sleep both standing up and lying down. Horses are able to sleep standing up because a “stay apparatus” in their legs allows them to relax their muscles and sleep without falling over.

Humans tend to need an unbroken period of sleep, but horses do not. Horses sleep in short periods of rest. Horses usually spend anywhere from four to fifteen hours a day in standing rest (not to be confused with sleep), and from a few minutes to several hours lying down. The total sleep time in a day may range from several minutes to two hours.

Horses require approximately two and a half hours of sleep, on average, in a twenty-four hour period. Most of this sleep occurs in many short intervals of about fifteen minutes each. These short periods of sleep consist of five minutes of slow-wave sleep, followed by five minutes of rapid eye movement sleep (REM) and then another five minutes of slow-wave sleep.

Horse REM Sleep

Rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep, REMS) is a unique phase of sleep in mammals and birds, distinguishable by random/rapid movement of the eyes, accompanied with low muscle tone throughout the body, and the propensity of the sleeper to dream vividly.

Horses must lie down to reach REM sleep. They only have to lie down for an hour or two every few days to meet their minimum REM sleep requirements. If a horse is never allowed to lie down, after several days it will become sleep-deprived. Horses sleep better when in groups because some animals will sleep while others stand guard to watch for predators. For information on horse sleep patterns, contact your veterinarian. For a list of horse clinicians in Colorado, provided to you by Colorado Horse Property, check out our Local Resources page.

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Equine Poison Prevention

Equine Poison Prevention

Equine Poison Prevention

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (more commonly known by the acronym ASPCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is based in New York City and got its start in 1866. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ mission is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” The ASPCA is a leader for equine poison prevention.

Colorado Horse Property wants to take away a little bit of the worry from fellow horse owners who are worried about their horses health. Therefore we want to provide horse owners and enthusiasts with a list of things to look out for.

The experts at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center have compiled the following list of spring and summer threats for horses. If you suspect that your animal has ingested a poisonous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. For a list of horse clinicians in Colorado, check out our Local Resources page.

Equine Hazards

If you make sure to keep your animals away from the following spring and summer threats, then your horses should make it through to the next season without having to see the veterinarian. Keep your horses away from wilted red maple leaves, black walnuts, and oak leaves. The plant commonly known as the yew should be avoided. The yew comes in different forms all of which are under the taxus species. They include the Japanese yew, American yew, English yew, western yew, oleander and rose laurel.

Stay clear of rhododendrons and azaleas. These are beautiful flowers that most homeowners love, just make sure to put them out of reach of your wandering horse. Also stay away from white snakeroot, richweed, white sanicle, jimmy weed, rayless goldenrod, burrow weed, yellow star thistle, St. Barnaby’s thistle, and Russian napweed.

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Colorado Horse Nutritional Facts

Colorado Horse Nutritional Facts

Colorado Horse Nutritional Facts

Colorado Horse Property has put together some useful Colorado horse nutritional facts for all you horse owners and horse enthusiasts out there. Remember, if you are looking for a horse property in Colorado, we have the biggest selection of listing in the entire state!

It is no secret that a horse’s digestive system is made to process large quantities of grass. This type of diet is high in fiber and water. However, the basic diet for most horses should also include good quality hay that is free of dust and mold. Of course it almost goes without saying that your horse should be provided with plenty of fresh, clean, unfrozen water at all times, even if the horse only drinks once or twice a day.

Horse Nutritional Information

Unless your veterinarian tells you otherwise, your horse should be able to graze or eat hay when they want to. However, it is important to watch your horse and make sure it is maintaining an appropriate weight. Again, your veterinarian can help you decide how to keep your horse fit and healthy. For a list of horse clinicians in Colorado, check out our Local Resources page.

Remember, you horse doesn’t have to eat grains, and sometimes its good for them to avoid such foods. Most horses don’t need the extra calories found in grains, which are high in carbohydrates. You don’t have to feed your horse extra grain in the winter to keep them warm. This is a common misconception. Hay actually produces more heat when digested than grains.

It isn’t a good idea to let your horse or pony break into the grain bin or be allowed to gorge on green pasture for the first time since the fall. Remember that if you travel with your horse, bring their food along. For some horses, you may also have to bring a supply of the water along.

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Colorado Horse Rescue

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Longmont Horse Properties for Sale

If you are looking to purchase a Colorado Horse Property then you should look into Longmont Horse Properties for Sale. Longmont is home to the Colorado Horse Rescue. Colorado Horse Rescue, as its name suggests, is a horse rescue based out of Longmont Colorado. This horse rescue is “dedicated to saving the disadvantaged horse. One human, one rescue, one home at a time.”

History of the Colorado Horse Rescue

Today Colorado Horse Rescue is a powerhouse of the community. The rescue is a place where horse owners and enthusiasts can come together and share information as well as meet with local horse clinicians and veterinarians. The Colorado Horse Rescue is a great place to visit today and has come from a long and vibrant history.

In 1986, Sharon Jackson and Jill Pratt founded Colorado Horse Rescue to provide shelter, rehabilitation and care for horses. They began by focusing on helping horses that came from abused and neglected situations. With a handful of area stables and land from local farms, the rescue was able to offer vacancies at their facilities to help shelter horses. Two years later, the Colorado Horse Rescue received its non-profit status from the state of Colorado.

Throughout the following years, the rescue has seen some wonderful improvements. Just last year the rescue’s indoor area was refurbished into a safe and usable space for riding and training purposes. This new development gave the rescue the ability to host clinics and events in inclement weather, as well as continue to ride and train horses year-round! In 2017, Colorado Horse Rescue was awarded the Top Nonprofits Award, and the Boulder County Horse Association’s Appreciation Award in recognition of its support of horses and equestrian interests in the community. This year the rescue has continued to grow with its new dedicated adoption and volunteer coordinator position.

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Elizabeth Horse Properties Events

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Elizabeth Horse Properties for Sale

Looking for a horse property to buy, but not sure where to look? One of the best places to own horse property in Colorado is in Elizabeth—don’t worry there are many Elizabeth Horse Properties for sale.

The Elizabeth Stampede

Why is Elizabeth a great place for horse properties? It just so happens that Elizabeth is the home of the famed Elizabeth Stampede! Over the stampede’s twenty-seven years of operation, the Elizabeth Stampede has established itself as a top regional Rodeo in the Colorado/Wyoming PRCA Mountain States Circuit. The Elizabeth Stampede has been voted by the Circuit’s membership as the Top Small and Medium Rodeo ten times.

The Stampede has also been voted by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association membership in the USA and three Canadian provinces as the PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year three times. Furthermore, in 2013 the Elizabeth Stampede was voted by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Board of Directors as Small Rodeo of the Year.

History of the Elizabeth Stampede

Before the Elizabeth Stampede grew to what we know it to be today, there was no horse-related entertainment in the Elizabeth area in Colorado. Dating back as early as the year of 1910, the Elizabeth Commercial Association was formed. In 1919 the Association bought ten acres of land in what is now known as Casey Jones Park.

During the 1970’s the Elizabeth Commercial Association became the Colorado State Rodeo Association. It was later sanctioned as the Amateur Rodeo in 1978.Historically, many of the local events from those earlier years were retained, also including Wild Cow Milking and Rawhide Races.

Other horse events continued well into the 1980’s, some of which include two Saturday and Sunday Rodeo performances, Rodeo Royalty, Rodeo Parade, Rodeo Dance and Carnival. At the time the rodeo included such events as:

  • Calf Roping
  • Bull Biding
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Bareback Bronc Riding
  • Barrel Racing
  • Saddle Bronc Riding
  • Team Roping

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Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption

Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption is a horse rescue center located in Centennial Colorado. This equine rescue got its start back in the nineties when Bill Stiffler picked up over thirty horses that were bound to Colorado State University. Many of the horses out of this first batch were infected with what is commonly known as Strangles in the horse community. Strangles or equine distemper is a contagious upper respiratory tract infection caused by a specific bacterium. After getting these sick horses the proper care, the rescue found the horses reliable and safe new homes.

The rescue was founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) not for profit, and has expanded to include community service, therapeutic riding, education, and rehabilitating abandoned, abused, unwanted, neglected or slaughter-bound horses. In 2002 their dreams became a reality when they got the opportunity to consolidate FOHRRA from five different barn locations into one facility they’ve called home for the last 16 years (the former El Jebel Stables). Friends of Horses currently occupies the ten acres of land equipped with an indoor riding facility. The rescue’s proximity to Cherry Creek State Park is ideal; it is only steps away from a sprawling prairie surrounding eight hundred and eighty acres of reservoir. What makes Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption unique, among the horse rescue community, is that horses not only come from owner surrenders, but they are rescued off the track Thoroughbred racehorses doomed for euthanasia, as well as horses bought from slaughter auctions throughout the USA, commonly called killer sales, in which horses are sold by the pound and sent to be slaughtered for their meat. The rescue’s horses are cared for, rehabilitated, and trained in order to find their future forever homes. Friends of Horses is dedicated to finding the best fit possible for their horses. Some horses are adopted out as potential show horses for both the Western and English rings, trail and packing horses, companion animals, lesson horses, cattle horses, etc.

Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption offers a number of community activities such as riding lessons, pony camps, equine educational programs, fulfillment of service hours for school scholarships or court dictated hours. Coming up again this June, the rescue will be offering their eight weeks of summer camp for children ages seven through thirteen. Summer camp activities include grooming, education on various riding disciplines, anatomy of the horse, horse breeds, equine equipment, tacking up and caring for horses, riding instruction, art projects, gardening and more. Friends of Horses also has structured programs to help redirect troubled youths, keeping them out of detention centers and potentially dangerous situations. In Bill Stiffler’s light-hearted humor, he refers to this as “aroma therapy”—shoveling manure, cleaning stalls, feeding/watering horses, and keeping up with overall facility maintenance. This is an important facet of the rescue as it continues to better the greater community of Denver, giving youth direction, teaching work ethic and dedication.

 

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Spring Creek Horse Rescue

Spring Creek Horse Rescue

Spring Creek Horse Rescue has been saving horses in the Durango area since 1976 and has no intentions of stopping any time soon. In their own words, Spring Creek was an equine rescue before rescues were cool! The owner of this horse rescue center, Diane McCracken always had a way with animals. Things got started when a local breeder had an injured colt. With nowhere to go, Diane took in the animal. You could say that this rescue was born out of a need to shelter and rehabilitate horses.

Though it is oftentimes hard to keep up, Spring Creek Horse Rescue is still working with many different animal control centers in the area to help the horse community. Today, Spring Creek is now in a new facility that is quickly being brought up to standards. The rescue is now full to capacity with over two dozen horses. The horses at this rescue live in close-knit communities or families. The rescue has thirty-five irrigated acres, four stall barns, and several run-in sheds for the many different equine families living on site. As a part of the local community, Spring Creek has been a driving force as horse advocates since its inception to local school groups, special needs groups, and other private groups. The rescue also gives horsemanship lessons and are La Plata county’s hay bank for people that are in need.

Like all non-profit organizations, Spring Creek Horse Rescue needs donations and volunteers to keep its doors open. They need donations to complete their new facility, like help clearing the land and help putting up fencing from experienced installers. Having been in the business of saving horses for as long as they have, Spring Creek’s truck has over six hundred thousand miles on it and they could really use a new one to haul their stock trailer. With the help of donations and volunteers like you, this rescue hopes to one day afford an indoor facility so that it can do training all year long and host more equine clinics so please give today.

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