Fire Relief in Arizona and Colorado

Hundreds of horses have been displaced by wildfires that spread across Colorado and Arizona throughout June. Various members of the horse industry have offered support through their time and donations.

At press time, an estimated 320 horses remained at two Colorado facilities housing horses in the Latigo, Cripple Creek, and Durango areas. Some owners have been able to return their horses to their farms; others will have to make arrangements for their horses while they rebuild their farms.

Randy Witte, publisher of Western Horseman magazine in Colorado Springs, Colo., helped organize an Animal Feed Fund for the Colorado horses. "Right now, our animal feed fund has taken in approximately $13,000, and we have spent right up to the $13,000, mostly buying hay or trucking for donated hay, or buying some miscellaneous supplies such as feed and water buckets, which we gave to Front Range Equine Rescue. This group has been at the forefront of hands-on rescue of horses out of these fires."

In Arizona, Farnam Companies led an effort by donating $6,000 for the purchase of hay for these horses, and challenged other manufacturers of horse products to match their initial donation. The company also helped put together veterinary supplies, wound gels, dressings, and other items that might be needed and sent those to sites housing the horses in Arizona. Veterinarians have been donating their time to treat horses at the Arizona sites.

See Quick Find Article #3651 at for ways to help with the effort.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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