Colorado Horse Rescue, based in Longmont, received a donation as part of the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign to give spring vaccinations to newly rescued horses, two of which were pregnant and recently born.

“Thanks to a generous donation from the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign, CHR is grateful to have given the freshly rescued herd 30 cans of spring vaccination,” said Alexandra Hansen, spokeswoman for Colorado Horse Rescue.

Four mares rescued from a cattle auction in February have received spring vaccines. (Courtesy photo of Colorado Horse Rescue of Longmont).

Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign donated money to Colorado Horse Rescue to enable the veterinary team to receive and administer a “five-way” vaccine that included vaccinations against eastern and western encephalitis, rhinopneumonitis, influenza, tetanus, West Nile virus and rabies .

“The campaign, made possible by Merck Animal Health and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, allows us to tailor our horse rescues to their needs to keep them healthy – which included two pregnant mothers in these latest rescues,” said Hansen .

“Our goal is to rehabilitate, revitalize, re-energize, educate and nurture their wellbeing so that they can ultimately be put in a home forever,” added Hansen.

The 30 cans of spring vaccination went to the four mares, young female horses, Tyra, Valda, Nikita and Sacha, who were rescued from a cattle auction in February. The foals received some of the vaccines.

“These vaccinations will help the herd we rescued with their individual long-term wellbeing so we can continue to focus on other rehabilitation efforts to help them thrive, but they still have a long way to go,” said Hansen .

Hansen explained that residents can get involved to help these four female horses and their two new foals by donating where possible or by participating in a monthly horse sponsorship program. For more information on rescue engagement and sponsorship, see chr.org.