Interested in Volunteering?

Join us for an invite only Orientation, where you will learn about our ranch and operations, about handling the horses as well as safety guidelines and regulations. Ranch chores can be hard, heavy and varied from pulling weeds, raking areas of loose hay, throwing hay bales, mucking pens and cleaning water tanks. It can be the best gym membership you never pay for!  Find out how you can volunteer here.


Adopt a Horse – Available Horses

Click on the image below to learn more about the horses available for adoption.

Romeo
Romeo
Cayenne
Cayenne
Big Kahuna
Big Kahuna
Beau
Beau
Buddy
Buddy
Cimmaron
Cimmaron
Dusty
Dusty
Mosey
Mosey
Park
Park
Parker
Parker
Princess
Princess
Rosie
Rosie
Snap
Snap
Tinkerbell
Tinkerbell
Undercover Girl
Undercover Girl
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Romeo
Cayenne
Big Kahuna
Beau
Buddy
Cimmaron
Dusty
Mosey
Park
Parker
Princess
Rosie
Snap
Tinkerbell
Undercover Girl
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Help Horses by Helping HPL Meet Their Specific Needs

As you might know, horses come with many needs, and you can help HPL meet some of those by contributing directly to HPL’s need-specific funds.

Medical Angels

The Medical Angels fund allows money to be donated directly for the medical needs of horses at HPL. These needs are many, including cancer treatment, bone and joint rehabilitation, and fixes for a variety of hoof issues not normally addressed by farrier services.  Donate to the Medical Angels fund now:

Donate to HPL Medical Angels


Training Tigers

The Training Tigers fund allows money to be given to support various horse training needs. Of course, our Chief Equine Officer, Margaret Blaha, and many of HPL’s volunteers work with horses related to exercise, basic ground manners, and fundamental riding skills, but sometimes our horses need specific training outside of what HPL’s resources can provide. Training Tigers allows donors to support those needs.  Donate to the Training Tigers fund now:

Donate to HPL Training Tigers


Farrier Fans

The Farrier Fans fund is a $55 fixed donation to support getting horses’ hooves trimmed and addressing any shoeing needs the horses may have. Donate to the Farrier Fans fund now:

Donate to HPL Farrier Fans

We hope you’ll make the effort to support one of these causes, if just for a month, but better yet, with a reoccurring donation!


Who We Are

Happy horse at the Horse Protection League, Arvada Colorado

The Horse Protection League (HPL) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Our mission is to protect equines by building community through education and advocacy. Our goal is to find “forever” homes for all of our horses. HPL was established in 1994, and we are lucky enough to be located at the beautiful and historic Churches Ranch in Arvada, Colorado.

Horses come to HPL for many reasons. They may be surrendered by their owner, seized by the court, donated by humane societies, or abandoned. Most horses that come to HPL find permanent homes with new families.

HPL depends on volunteers to care for the horses and run the ranch. We are engaged in the Colorado horse community. We welcome helpers of all ages (though children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). We are a member of the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance.


Here’s the latest from Facebook!

To see earlier posts from our Facebook page, click here.

We’re fortunate to have many beautiful stories and happy endings to share, and here’s a highlight:Dali was surrendered to us with behavioral issues. She was prone to bucking and severely injured a trainer. Thankfully the owner knew the risks of selling a difficult horse (“risks” being they might head to slaughter) and they opted to surrender her to us. We spent some time evaluating Dali and made sure the behavior didn’t come from physical issues. It didn’t. We put a few rides on her as well and noticed the cranky disposition (accompanied with occasional bucking) but also held hope that the right person would bring her out of her shell. Because she was so young we hoped to find a home with a job for her, although like any horse, we would have entertained her as a companion only. The priority is to find what makes the horse happy. Along came 16 year old Sophia. Sophia entered our YEP program with Dali and spent hours fussing over her. Feeding, grooming, and slowly, riding. She was attentive to Dali’s communication and moved at a snail’s pace for her... for a while. Fast forward a few years and one adoption contract later, and Dali was honored by leading the #westernaires Varsity team in Denver’s #paradeoflights . (This is a coveted position to be assigned - there is only ONE light up flag🤩)Thank you, Sophia, for believing in Dali. The bond you two share has taken you BOTH so far! We couldn’t be more grateful to see Dali with her forever human ❤️ Congratulations on a huge success. ... See MoreSee Less
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