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Storm wreaks havoc on horse rescue site


Last updated 8/27/2020 at 1pm

Photos courtesy of Next Step Horse Rescue

A volunteer surveys the displaced horses, damaged panels and destroyed lean-to.

With sadness in our hearts, we must write about yet another setback that NSHR is facing this year. As if COVID-19 rearing its ugly head and causing donations to drop drastically wasn't enough, and the inability to hold our fundraising events, we have Mother Nature to deal with.

On Aug. 20, NSHR was hit by a small tornado that did substantial damage. Upon initial assessment, we were able to see non-life threatening injures to six horses. This is the second storm that has hit us, as back in June we were struck by a microburst that caused major roof damage to our barn and arena fencing. We had just finally gotten the insurance squared away and received quotes to replace the roof when this storm hit.

The fortunate thing is that all of the horses are still alive - granted, they were all scared to death and shaking - but alive. The unfortunate thing is that we do not know if the insurance company will provide any more money to rebuild the barn. This is going to take an extreme amount of time, money, energy and sweat to get the rescue back in tip-top shape.

If you would like to volunteer your time or supplies to help us rebuild, please contact us via our FB page Next Step Horse Rescue Colorado or call (719) 213-9144 to see what is needed.

If you find it in your heart to donate monetarily, you can do so by sending a check to:


2222 N Ellicott Hwy.

Ellicott, CO 80808

or visit our website at:

and click on the PayPal link.

Photos courtesy of Next Step Horse Rescue

A feed shed for ICU horses was destroyed.

We thank you in advance for any donation of your time, energy, financial assistance and prayers!

Welcome to the latest update from Next Step Horse Rescue in Ellicott. We periodically feature a horse that is available for adoption, one that we have in our rescue who is not quite adoptable yet, or provide some horse knowledge, humor or insight for you! We are so excited to be teaming with Fountain Valley News for this opportunity of serving the greater Fountain community and El Paso County.

Our Mission Statement:

Next Step Horse Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing a sanctuary for abused, neglected and unwanted horses, and we are dedicated to educating horse owners and potential horse owners about horse care and management.


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