Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – May 2018 Newsletter

May is almost over, which means we’re on the final countdown to our first annual Open House and Family Fun Day fundraiser! We’re looking forward to a great day and the opportunity to meet many new friends. We hope you will join us and bring your friends and families!


Please join us on June 10, 2018 from 12-4. Tickets are FREE through or our Facebook page. We’d love you to get tickets so that we have a rough idea of how many people to expect. There will be food for purchase including the Kona Ice truck from 1-3. We’ll have a DJ spinning tunes all afternoon and LIVE MUSIC with members of The Sweet Lillies from 1-3. There will be tours of the ranch to introduce our rescue horses plus family-friendly activities including pony rides, goat petting zoo, a bouncy house (for 8 and under), games, and a silent auction. We’ll have special guest, Cory Hixson and his family, with introductions and public remarks at 2:00 p.m. The open house and fundraiser will help us more widely share our mission at Allegiance Ranch and serve as our primary fundraiser for 2018.

GOODBYE SWEET KAINE: Our sweet and funny senior horse, Kaine, who came to Allegiance Ranch last September after he had been rescued but had no where to go, passed over the rainbow bridge to pain-free pastures on Monday, April 30th. He enjoyed lush green grass and treats before being humanely euthanized with many loving arms wrapped around him. His health had rapidly deteriorated over the last couple of months as a result of Cushing’s disease. Big thanks to all who came to help and send him out with love: Tammy and Mike Wilson, Gary Block, Michelle Mrsan, Jeff Nieusma, and Marissa and Gaby Timmons.

Gloria saying bittersweet good-bye to Kaine

Gary and Kaine

Dan and Cory meet for first time

ALLEGIANCE RANCH IN THE NEWS: Many of you have heard our story about veteran Cory Hixson, who sought refuge in our barn after being overmedicated by the VA. While hiding in a dirty hog pen, he overheard us talking about our dreams for Allegiance Ranch (to help horses and heroes) before we had even moved in! Meeting Cory and his sweet family in person, and hearing their struggle, solidified our plans to do everything we can to support our country’s veterans. Reporter Anusha Roy, 9News, recently visited the ranch to do a story about Cory’s impact and highlighted our plans for Allegiance Ranch.


AMAZON SMILE: Did you know you can support Allegiance Ranch every time you shop on Amazon? Simply visit and search for Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue to select us as the charity you would like to support. A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will be donated to Allegiance Ranch.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PICNIC: We were happy to celebrate our wonderful volunteers by hosting an informal barbecue at the ranch on April 28th. It was a great turnout and we loved meeting family members. We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing volunteers!


Bridget and Alex – Grilling at the volunteer appreciation bbq

Geralyn and Gaby spending time with Kaine

Volunteer Janet and her family

Grant Eastman, Jeff Nieusma, Michelle Mrsan, Nick Nieusma


Bri working with Victory


At the Path Regional Conference

SUMMER VOLUNTEER HOURS: Our next Volunteer Orientation Session is scheduled for June 16, 2018 from 9:30-12. We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to join our already wonderful crew! Orientation Sessions are held the third Saturday of each month, but we can also provide orientation by appointment so don’t hesitate to reach out if there is another date/time that works better for you. We’ve updated our open volunteer hours for the summer! You’re welcome to drop in during any of the volunteer hours posted and stay for 30 minutes or the whole time, whatever fits your schedule.

Mondays 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please note: Regular volunteer hours may change or be canceled due to weather or other demands. We will do our best to notify volunteers by email or text in advance if hours must be canceled.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Please join us in welcoming two new members to the Allegiance Ranch Board of Directors: Tammy Wilson, DVM and Lindsay Neitenbach. Tammy, a veterinarian, has been donating her time and energy to helping us keep our horses healthy and cared for from the inside out! Not only does she help with routine vaccinations, she’s “on call” to help with emergencies…which come up quite often with horses. We are so grateful for her expertise, her patient support, and her genuine love of horses. Lindsay was one of our first volunteers at Allegiance Ranch and what a godsend she has been! Lindsay has been around horses her whole life and studied Equine Science at CSU. She is our resident expert on horse training and handling, and has been a consistent presence at the ranch. We are so grateful for her time, her positive energy, and the loving way she works with the horses. Thank you both!

Mike Wilson, Michelle Mrsan, Tammy Wilson, Cody Wilson, Geralyn Eastman


Lindsay working with Victory

HORSE UPDATES: Gizmo, one of our miniature donkeys, had surgery at the CSU Veterinary Hospital last week. Castration, which is typically an onsite, routine medical procedure, required surgery under anesthesia for the little guy because he was chryptorchid (a testes failed to distend). He made it through like a champ and is recovering nicely. Valor, who celebrated his one-year birthday in March, also underwent a medical procedure for castration. The wonderful vets from the Animal Clinic in Fort Lupton were able to conduct the procedure onsite and Valor did great. Victory, Valor’s momma, has been in training with Lindsay over the last several months and is doing amazing. Lindsay has Victory getting used to a saddle and anticipates a first ride in the very near future! Lindsay has also been working with Tasha and she’s doing great, learning her ground manners and that people can be trusted. Livy, our youngest and newest rescue, is slowly coming around. Where we couldn’t touch her at all when she first arrived, she’s becoming more comfortable and will allow us to rub her forehead, and just this week allowed a rub on her neck while being hand fed. Progress!

Gizmo checking in with Georgie after returning from CSU Veterinary Hospital.

Mike Wilson grooming Valor

Victory getting used to a saddle