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We need your help to fill the hay barn! The services and programs we offer to veterans, first responders, active duty military, and GoldStar families are offered at NO CHARGE. The health and care of the rescue horses is imperative to our ability to offer these free programs...and the horses need to EAT.  Hay is by far our biggest expense.  Please  donate today by going to HELP US PURCHASE HAY; RECEIVE A FLAG

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.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT We love our volunteer community!

This is the place we introduce the wonderful members of our Allegiance community who help make our mission to help horses and heroes possible. This month we're introducing David Usher. Dave is a Marine veteran who began volunteering at the ranch in July 2018. From the beginning he felt right at home since he had horses of his own in the past. Dave does the morning feeding at the ranch every single Friday morning. Rain, sleet, snow, or below zero temps do not deter him! Not only does Dave support the ranch by giving his time, he provides financial support through a monthly sponsorship.

David, what initially drew you to Allegiance Ranch? My wife's friend and her 6-year-old daughter were volunteering at Allegiance Ranch. She told my wife about the ranch and my wife told me about it. I have been wanting to get a horse since I moved to Colorado and I figured this could be an opportunity to be around horses until I eventually get my own. I went out for a visit to see what it was all about. When I met Gloria and Dan, they were so nice and I listened to their story and felt the passion they have for Veterans and rescuing abused horses. Being a veteran myself, I felt Allegiance Ranch was a great cause and my love for horses fit right in with the rescue effort.

What do you find most meaningful or enjoyable about volunteering your time at the ranch? Being around the horses is such a relaxing feeling. It’s a great way to decompress after a long week at work or a bad day. I also enjoy the way the horses always seem happy to see me when I show up... I'm sure some of it is because I feed them on Friday mornings ☺ but just the way they all want attention from me and it’s a feeling you have to experience to understand. I think the meaningful part is making a difference in the horses’ lives from being abused to total love and caring, which will help them get adopted out to a good family one day. I also like the events for veterans and their families.

Do you have a favorite rescue horse? Livy. She captured my heart from the very first time I saw her. I'm so proud of the progress she has made since she arrived at the ranch and it’s because of the great people that work with her.

What would you tell someone who’s thinking about volunteering at the ranch? If you love horses and want to be a part of a great cause, this is the place for you. It’s like being part of a big family that all comes together to do something good, and in turn you feel good about yourself.

If you'd like to become a member of our volunteer community, we offer volunteer orientation once a month. Click here for more information.

Private: 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.

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!

About

Our Mission

Our mission at Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue 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. We strive to provide a safe and welcoming place for all who come to the ranch.

For horses, our goal is to intercept horses at risk of ending up in the slaughter pipeline. This can include horses surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them or horses at auction and in other at-risk situations. The horses in our care are provided love, training, rehabilitation (both physical and emotional), and later offered for adoption to a forever home or the opportunity to serve as support animals for visitors to the ranch.

For veterans, first responders, and their families, we seek to provide a safe and non-judgmental place to find release from every day challenges. Unstructured time with horses as well as formal equine therapy have proven effective for veterans and first responders, particularly those struggling with symptoms of post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. We offer a variety of options to support veterans, first responders, and their families, and the programs we provide are offered at no charge.

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.

Roxy Snyder

Roxy was born and raised in Defiance, Ohio. Soon after high school, she ventured out west settling in Firestone, Colorado in 2001. For the past ten years, Roxy has been the payroll administrator for Corden Pharma Colorado located in Boulder. Roxy’s father was an MP (Military Police) and served eight years in the Marine Corps. She has several family members who served or are now serving in the military. Roxy is the proud wife of retired Marine and Gulf War veteran, Jerry and proud mother of eleven year old, Zoey, who fell in love with horses when she was four years old. The combination of the two developed Roxy’s passion for heroes and horses. Roxy’s passion for heroes resulted in her starting a Veteran recognition program at Corden Pharma Colorado, and in 2013 a Veterans Day card program at Aspen Ridge Prep where Zoey attends school. The cards and letters made by students have been sent to Veterans at the Denver VA Hospital and Hospice Care, American Legion, Corden Pharma Colorado, and most recently to Kuwait. Roxy’s daughter discovered Allegiance Ranch a year ago when they attended the inaugural Open House and Family Fun Day in June 2018. Roxy recalls listening to Dan Timmons speak about how veterans who served and returned home physically and mentally healthy have an obligation to help the ones who were not so fortunate. This hit home and soon after the Snyder Family found their perfect place to give back and are now volunteers at Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue. Roxy enjoys photography, crafts, family, and her 3 rescue dogs. In her role on the Allegiance Ranch board, her emphasis will be on veteran outreach and helping to form relationships with other veteran organizations.

Blog

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – April 2019 Newsletter

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Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – October 2018 Newsletter

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