Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue (RRHR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing shelter, care and rehabilitation for abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted horses, including horses that can no longer be cared for by their owners and horses at risk of going to slaughter. RRHR will adopt each horse to a permanent caring and positive environment that is mutually beneficial to both horse and human.
The founding directors of RRHR are Pat Miller and Roger Kavan. Since 1996 they have purchased and rescued many horses as the need arose. Two horses that were purchased for pleasure riding were old enough to be retired. These horses found a place in their hearts that would not allow them to be passed on without a guarantee that they would be treated humanely and, when the time came, euthanized rather than sold for slaughter.
Ruby Ranch is named after one of these retired horses. Ruby was an American Saddlebred who was no longer ridden due to a hock injury. Ruby’s heart and spirit were too vital to jeopardize at the hands of someone who only values a horse for its usability. Her pasture-mate, Twister, is an older Appaloosa who had been with Ruby since 1996. We know by nature that horses are herd animals. Studies show us horses also develop very close pair relationships within the herd. Ruby and Twister had developed such a relationship. Ruby was humanely euthanized at age 27 in the fall of 2006. She will be a part of our memories and hearts forever. Twister continues on as the benevolent leader of several mares and two resident donkeys.
RRHR is incorporated in Colorado as a non-profit organization since 2004. The IRS granted us tax exempt status under 501(c)(3), a charitable organization in 2005.
Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue is governed by a 4-member board of directors and several advisory directors.