Animal related

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue Inc

Pledging allegiance to horses and heroes.


Erie, CO


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.

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Co-Founder and Executive Director

Gloria Timmons

Co-Founder and Operations Director

Daniel Timmons

Main Address

3448 County Road 4

Erie, CO 80516 USA


rescue, equine therapy, veterans, horses, rehabilitation, horsemanship





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Each year, over 75,000 horses are shipped from the United States to other countries to be slaughtered. The process of transporting and slaughtering these horses is far from humane. Many of these horses are sound and capable of living a purposeful life. Until this practice is banned and Congress passes a law against slaughter here in the U.S., no horse is safe. Slaughter is a brutal and terrifying end for horses. Horses bound for slaughter (who may include pregnant mares, foals and horses who are injured or blind) are commonly shipped for more than 24 hours at a time in crowded trucks without food, water or rest. The methods used to kill horses rarely result in quick, painless deaths for these animals and sometimes they even remain conscious during dismemberment.

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Hero Horsemanship Clinics

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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. Our goal is to intercept and rescue horses before they end up in the slaughter pipeline. This may mean helping horse owners who need short-term assistance or 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 support, training, rehabilitation and find new homes if appropriate or use them as therapy horses. If we don’t reach 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 provides a safe, welcoming environment in which veterans, first responders, and their families, can spend unstructured time with horses, participate in horsemanship clinics, find support from other veterans and peers, and get away from the stresses of every day life. Future goals include partnering with equine assisted therapy practitioners using models such as Eagala and Path International to offer more structured programs. We are committed to providing an environment conducive to equine therapeutic services by offering riding arenas and private meeting areas on premises.”

Our strategies include but are not limited to: • Intercept horses at or before auction for rehabilitation, training and rehoming • Offer emergency resources to horse owners with horses in dire need of essentials such as food, shelter or medical attention • Accept horses from owners who can no longer care for or keep their horses, and provide rehabilitation, training and/or rehoming services • Offer a safe place for veterans and their families to find peace and healing from every day challenges through unstructured time with horses and other farm animals • Provide basic horsemanship programs and one-on-one instruction for veterans, particularly those suffering from post traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries • Provide general education and information about equine welfare and rescue to the community at large • Partner with other rescue organizations to intercept as many horses as possible before they enter the slaughter pipeline • Partner with equine assisted therapy instructors or practitioners and provide facilities for equine assisted learning activities for veterans

We have a passion and commitment to making this endeavor succeed. Our facility is small, just 5 acres, but in a central location where access to veterans, first responders, and families is abundant. We have a committed board that includes an experienced horse trainer and a veterinarian. We also have a committed team of volunteers that assist with caring for the horses, maintaining the facility, and supporting our veteran programs. To date we care for 13 horses, 10 of which are rescues, in addition to 2 rescued miniature donkeys. All of the equines on site have regular vet and farrier care, are providing regular training, and almost all have the opportunity to work with veterans and families as part of our programs.

Plan to Measure and Report on Outcomes: • Maintain daily journals for each rescue horse documenting health, socialization, behavior, and training progress from time of rescue (including notes from veterinarian, trainer, and volunteers as appropriate) • Observe and document horses before and after work/training/therapy sessions to include monitoring respiration, pulse, and behavior. • Document outcomes of care and training of rescue horses in an annual report to include data such as successful placements (adoption), number of hours used in equine assisted programs, etc. • Observation of changes in participant behavior (such as level of social engagement) including collection of informal (verbal) feedback from veteran/program participants • Document initial and ongoing outcomes of the veteran program(s) in an annual report including data such as participation numbers, progression of skills, interviews of participants, trainer feedback, etc. Data from the initial training program would serve as a benchmark for future training sessions

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue is family operated with help from a small board of directors and a wonderful group of volunteers. Our family has built the organization from the ground up with love and determination. In our first year of operation, we rescued 7 horses and 2 miniature donkeys. One senior horse with Cushing’s disease had to be euthanized but only after being loved and spoiled for the last six months of his life. The other rescue horses have been nursed back to health and are in various stages of training. They are already having a positive impact on veterans, their families, and the community. Everyone who spends time at Allegiance Ranch with the rescue horses and donkeys find joy and acceptance. This video provides a brief glimpse into our program: We have offered two horsemanship clinics to veterans and military family members, which are offered at no charge to participants, and will provide additional clinics as well as summer camp options for family members of veterans next year. Our current rescue horses are in various stages of training and several will be available for adoption soon. All of the equine on site actively work with our veterans, their families, and our community members. As horses are adopted out, we'll be poised to rescue additional horses. Additionally, we will continue to grow our program offerings.

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