Two horses, one happy ending

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 on weight and regaining his health, Moe worked with our professional trainers to increase his confidence and trust. Quick and athletic, he was finally ready to be adopted to an experienced rider.

Duke, a 15-year-old buckskin, was dropped off by his owner at a 1-Day Open Door Shelter event in El Paso County, Colo., in July. The event—a partnership between Colorado Horse Rescue Network and Horse Plus Humane Society with support from The Right Horse Initiative—gave owners the opportunity to surrender a horse they did not want or could no longer care for at no cost to them and with no questions asked. Duke came to Harmony Equine Center for six weeks of training, during which he was found to be a quick-footed mover who needed an advanced rider.

The story of how these two unwanted horses found the perfect home together is told by adopter Melissa S. of Castle Rock, Colo.:

“Our first visit to Harmony Equine Center was in May 2017. My husband and I had been keeping an eye on their website where they had several horses we were interested in. Our twin daughters, who had just finished equestrian camp, were telling us they were in love and ready to move forward in their equine adventures. My husband and I had leased horses for over a decade but had never been horse owners before purchasing our first filly in March 2017, so we felt our whole family was ready to look for more mature horses to add to our clan.

Our first experience with Harmony was a wonderful one, from the moment we pulled into the drive and saw the rolling hills, green pastures, beautiful buildings used for training and care, and even a few residential-looking homes on display. It was a gorgeous spot made in heaven for any horse, and we were immediately comforted knowing that staff were onsite 24/7 and all the horses were well cared-for.

Once we signed in and were escorted around the property, we realized this was unlike any rescue facility we had visited previously. We learned about the daily care of the animals and that they go through an excellent training and conditioning program with staff trained by some of the best. We were particularly pleased to find out that Head Trainer Brent Winston, along with the other trainers, practiced partnering with the horses to gain rapport, trust and comfort before and throughout the training process.

Once we made our way to the paddocks to look at the horses we were interested in, I was stopped in my tracks when my eyes fell upon a very handsome gelding named Moe. I knew immediately that I wanted to adopt Moe. The staff at Harmony briefed us on the process, and I was able to set up my first appointment to see and ride Moe. Being that Moe is a BLM mustang, I knew there would be history and hurdles to overcome with him; however, once we met his trainer, Cori, I knew she would provide all the information and instruction needed to assist me in helping Moe achieve his potential (and even more!). Cori was so patient and thorough in the three sessions I had with her and Moe; I could not be more grateful.

We were so impressed with our experience with Harmony that shortly after getting Moe home, we knew we would soon adopt another horse from Harmony to make a perfect trail partner for Moe. The second time around adopting Duke was just as joyful as the first, and we are so happy! Without a doubt, we will always use Harmony Equine Center for any future additions to our family. From our family to yours, we thank you!”