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 Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue was born out of love for rescue horses and a desire to honor our country's veterans. Our mission is to help horses and heroes by offering a safe place for healing, developing a sense of purpose, and establishing meaningful connections between horses and humans.

BUILD A FENCE FUNDRAISER: We need your help to keep the horses safe by building a stronger perimeter fence! Check out the fundraiser here! 

 

GET YOUR ALLEGIANCE RANCH SWAG IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! In addition to the original Allegiance Ranch Hoodies and Long Sleeve T-shirts, you can get hoodies in red, navy or blue with the new ARR design. All of the hoodie and shirt options seen below are available to order. Order yours now! Hoodies are $35 and long-sleeved t-shirts are $25. You can order your shirt(s) using the button below. Proceeds are used for the ongoing care of the horses and for veteran programming. Thank you for supporting Allegiance Ranch! And, as always, a general donation of $100 or more is eligible for a free hoodie or shirt of your choice.


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VOLUNTEERS We love our volunteer team! Orientation and training for new volunteers takes place the third Saturday of each month from 9:30-12 or by appointment. Come see what we're all about, meet the horses, and help us with some work around the ranch! Click here for more information.

 

Why Allegiance Ranch?

It all started with our two horses, Mariposa and Montez. We had begun searching for horses to buy for our daughters and the cost of horses was staggering, depending on the breed, age, level of training, and so on. Through my research, I happened upon a horse rescue organization. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me there would be organizations seeking homes for horses just as there are for dogs and cats.

Unfortunately, like dogs and cats, breeders and horse owners are not always responsible with breeding or caring for their animals. Sometimes they aren’t able to care for their horses properly or they find they can’t afford to care for them. As you might imagine, caring for a horse is a much larger endeavor than caring for most dogs or cats. Their sheer size, the space necessary to keep them, and the costs of feeding, grooming, training and veterinary bills can be an extraordinary burden.

We are so grateful that our horses were saved by rescue organizations and as a result we were able to bring them into our lives. Mariposa was found abandoned in a field, in the middle of nowhere, tied to a tree with multiple ropes. Whoever tied her there intended for her to die. Thankfully someone discovered her and got her to Colorado Horse Rescue where we happily found her. Despite having trust issues, unsurprising given the way she was left, she is a sassy, strong and loving horse. A lot like her best friend, Marissa.

Another rescue organization purchased Montez at auction, but he was lucky not to be purchased by a kill buyer. Considered an old man at 16, Montez is believed to have been a ranch horse and was showing signs of wear with joints popping and bones creaking. Gorgeous boy that he is, he could easily have found himself on a truck bound for slaughter. Instead, we happened to walk into the rescue looking for a horse just a couple of days after the rescue had purchased him. For Gaby, it was love at first sight despite his size (16 hands). Was he a lot of horse for an 11 year old? Yes. Yet he is a gentle giant who loves to go fast but will take it slow for his girl.

Our experiences finding Montez and Mariposa opened our eyes to the world of horse rescue and the many horses in need of safe and loving homes. It also led us to the knowledge that hundreds and thousands of horses are being sent to slaughter every year. Many people don’t realize this; we certainly had no idea. According to the ASPCA, each year more than 100,000 American horses are trucked over the borders to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption in other countries. The slaughter pipeline is a nightmare for horses and as far from a humane process as you can get.

Gizmo and Georgie, rescued mini-donkeys

Like you, we wondered how this could happen. Who would allow their horse to be sent to slaughter? Most people would never willingly send their horse to slaughter, right? But sometimes people can no longer care for a horse. Circumstances change and perhaps they can’t afford the vet bills or even the cost of hay. Maybe they tried to sell Montez themselves or find him a new home, but to no avail. Desperate, they take him to auction thinking a nice family or private buyer will buy him. All too often, however, the kill buyers who frequent these auctions are the ones who buy the horses. Once on a kill buyer’s lot, a horses’ fate is typically sealed. There are loving people and organizations out there trying to save horses from the kill lots too.

We decided that if we could help save horses in any way, we wanted to do it. Ultimately, we want to be able to reach out to those owners who can no longer care for their horses or who just need some short-term help and fill that gap. If we can provide monetary assistance for feed or assistance with vet bills so that they can keep their horses, great. If they can no longer keep or care for their horses, we want to take those horses in and provide training, rehabilitation and help find new homes. If we can’t reach those owners in need early enough, we’ll try to intercept horses at auction before they end up in the slaughter pipeline.

This is Valor. He and his momma were bought at auction by a kill buyer. Donations covered their bail and Allegiance Ranch offered them a rescue home.

Our goals are big but our hearts are bigger. We will find a way to help as many horses as we can. What’s special about our endeavor is that we also have a heart for veterans. We believe that our efforts to help and heal horses can also support veterans in need. Our plans for the next phase of Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue will include programs to support veterans.

If you want to learn more about the terrible horse slaughter pipeline and ways you can help, please visit the ASPCA website at https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/horse-slaughter. Please also consider supporting our efforts and follow Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue on Facebook. Please share our website and Facebook page with your friends and consider making a donation. We have much work to do and any help is appreciated!

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Our Mission

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue’s mission is to help horses and heroes by offering a safe place for healing, developing a sense of purpose, and establishing meaningful connections between horses and humans.

“Our goal is to rescue horses before they end up in the slaughter pipeline. We want to help horse owners who may need short-term assistance and those who can no longer care for their horses. Whether they need short-term financial support for feed or vet bills or they can no longer keep or care for their horses, we will provide training, rehabilitation and find new homes or use them as therapy horses. If we don’t reach those owners in need early enough, we’ll intercept horses at auction before they end up in the slaughter pipeline.”

“Horses and heroes need a safe place for healing, a sense of purpose and meaningful connections. Equine therapy is an effective and impactful tool for veterans and first responders struggling with the symptoms of post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue’s facility will partner with equine assisted therapy practitioners using models such as Eagala and Path International. We are committed to providing an environment conducive to equine therapeutic services by offering riding arenas and private meeting areas on premises.”

Meet the Allegiance Ranch Board Members

Dan Timmons Allegiance Ranch was co-founded by the Timmons family in March 2017.  Dan is a Navy veteran whose career has been in information technology with an emphasis on supporting scientific research communities. He currently serves as the IT Director for BioFrontiers Institute at CU Boulder. Dan is a fierce advocate for veterans, on a mission to find a way to better help this community. While Dan had little exposure to horses growing up, it didn’t take long for him to develop a deep love for these beautiful creatures. When he’s not on campus supporting the scientific needs of BioFrontiers researchers, you’ll find Dan working on the ranch caring for the horses, making improvements to the property, and brainstorming ways to have a positive impact on veterans and first responders.

Gloria Timmons Gloria is a career human resources professional who worked at CU Boulder for over 20 years before retiring in 2014. While she’ll tell you her most important job is being a mom, she currently serves as the Executive Director for Allegiance Ranch while also working as an Executive Recruiter for CPS HR Consulting. Gloria’s love of horses began at a young age but lack of opportunity prevented her from fulfilling her dream of having horses. She started her daughters in horse camps early on and later helped them through the tough middle school years with access to horses. The discovery that thousands of horses each year are sent to slaughter drove she and her family to take action. In addition to her passion for horses, Gloria is obsessed with her cats, loves her rescued miniature donkeys, and tends to her flock of chickens.

Lindsay Neitenbach Lindsay was born and raised in Boulder County and has been riding horses since the age of 5. Lindsay spent most of her youth showing in the Palomino and Buckskin horse show circuits on a state and world level. Riding young horses as a teen led her to pursue a degree in Equine Science and Business Administration from Colorado State University. During her time at CSU she completed the Legends of Ranching “Colt Breaking” program and discovered Polo. After college, Lindsay went on to start colts, ride sale horses and give riding lessons for a local trainer and then for the Colorado Horse Rescue. After starting a family and working as a real estate agent, Lindsay felt a calling to return to the horse industry and landed at Allegiance Ranch. Lindsay now lives in Erie with her husband Jeff and two kids, Eva and Colton, and most of her free time is spent at Allegiance Ranch, playing polo or in the CrossFit Gym.

Joe Nieusma Joe is a serial entrepreneur and is always involved with the next big thing; that is why he loves Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue. It is the next big thing for heroes and horses. Currently, most of Joe’s time goes toward building TwinOxide, a business dealing in a better product to achieve total water disinfection. Joe is part of the operations management team for TwinOxide in North America. Joe also runs Superior Toxicology and Wellness, an international consulting firm he founded for pharmaceutical consulting and expert witness services. Formally, he served as CEO for Colorado Energy Research Technologies for six years and has twenty-five years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Joe has promised to be a corporate sponsor for Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue through TwinOxide. He can be reached by email at drjoenieusma@gmail.com or by phone at 303-877-3684.

Tammy Wilson, DVM “When a horse greets you with a nicker and its large soft eyes, the rest of the world falls away and you find yourself in a safe space” Dr. Tammy Wilson was raised on a ranch in central Wyoming. Her relationship with animals began at a young age with a variety of household pets, and participation in 4-H showing horses, sheep, pigs, goats, and rabbits.
She attended undergraduate school at Casper College and the University of Wyoming earning bachelors degrees in Animal Science and Medical Technology/Pathology. She attended vet school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins before starting her first job at a mixed practice. Dr. Wilson has worked at a mixed animal clinic since early 2005. Her interests include nutrition, internal medicine, arthritis management, dentistry, and preventative care. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, riding horses, snowshoeing, yoga, cooking, travel and spending time with her husband and 14 year-old-son. Dr. Wilson met the Timmons in 2017 and was immediately impressed by their dedication and drive to help veterans and horses. She has been the Ranch volunteer veterinarian since shortly after the arrival of the first rescues.

Blog

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – October 2018 Newsletter

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Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – September 2018 Newletter

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Contact

We would love to hear from you! Please contact us by email at or by phone at 720-301-2533. Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue is located in Erie, Colorado.