Handmade Wooden Flags - Help support Allegiance Ranch 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 horses need hay, grain, supplements, and regular care such as hoof trims, deworming, veterinary care, blankets, and training! All of this costs money although hay is by far our biggest expense. The hay barn is full...but we still have bills to pay. If you'd like to help, 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 Todd Heirls and his daughter, Ainsley. This dynamic duo found us through another rescue organization and came out to our volunteer orientation last March. They've been regulars here ever since, earning the Rookies of the Year award at our annual appreciation BBQ! These two learned the ropes quickly and are now leaders for new volunteers to the ranch. In addition to coming out twice a week as a team, Todd has also been helping with morning feedings twice a week. Todd and his firm, ArcWest Architects, have also supported the ranch by participating in our Heroes and Horses Hoedown and making donations to our hay fundraising efforts.
What initially drew you to Allegiance Ranch? Ainsley and I learned of Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue while visiting the Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue. Ainsley has been interested in rescue organizations both for opportunities to eventually adopt as well as volunteer. We were drawn to Allegiance Ranch by the openness and welcoming approach to the volunteer group as well as the opportunity to spend quality time with horses. Ainsley’s ultimate goal is to be a veterinarian, and the time she spends at the ranch is both enriching and educational. I have been drawn to the ranch as it gives me an opportunity to spend time around horses and serve the veteran community. Basically it is fun.
What do you find most meaningful or enjoyable about volunteering your time at the ranch? Ainsley and I find the entire experience to be meaningful and enjoyable as it allows us to learn more about what it takes to care for horses through doing. Ainsley simply loves horses and loves being around horses. I enjoy learning how to care for the gentle giants. Nothing is more gratifying than having a horse nuzzle up to you, even if it is simply because he/she thinks you have a treat in your pocket.
Do you have a favorite rescue horse? Of course that would have to be Summer. Nothing makes Ainsley happier than when Summer trusts her enough to let her touch her ears. It doesn’t hurt that Summer appears to have a bit of Draught Horse in her and that is Ainsley’s favorite type of horse. I love them all each for a different reason, but I would have to say Summer is my favorite as well.
What would you tell someone who’s thinking about volunteering at the ranch? I would encourage anyone to come to the ranch for a visit or volunteering, due to the unassuming welcome that is offered. There are a lot of equine facilities out that frankly are a little stand-offish. We have seen none of that at Allegiance Ranch. The effort is endlessly rewarding when the horse returns the love. As for programs, I would encourage participation regardless of ones perceived need. One might not know just how enriching it is to spend time around horses until they actually do it. As a volunteer, Ainsley and I are not sure who benefits more from the volunteer effort? The Ranch or us……..
If you'd like to become a member of our volunteer community, we offer volunteer orientation once a month. Click here for more information.