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Open House
Join Us For Fun on the Farm

It's an Open House

King of Hearts Ranch, home of Drifter's Hearts of Hope, would like to welcome you to an Open House on February 11th.  Kids with special needs and their families are invited to join us in celebrating our new home! 

Don't miss out on:
  • Feeding special treats to the horses and chickens 
  • Braiding our horse's manes
  • Walking the horses through a zig-zag maze
  • Learning about horse safety and parts of the horse
The Details
February 11th
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9555 Deerfield Road
Franktown, CO

Stories of Hope
Meet Morris

Meet Morris

Morris is a Gaited Fox Trotter available for adoption from Drifter’s Hearts of Hope.  Morris was nearly starved to death before being dumped at the Bastrop Kill Pen in Louisiana during the floods of 2016. 

Morris had a body score of 1 when the kill buyer saddled him up to prove he was broke to ride.  A testament to his character and heart, Morris survived the 1,100 mile trip to Colorado but also helped to protect a young filly and her new baby to survive the kill pen as well as the journey to safety. 

Thanks to the diligence of the volunteers at Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, Morris is now thriving and ready to find his new forever home.   Get to know more about Morris, check out his profile here and consider adopting Morris today.


A Gift of a Second Chance

Please consider opening your heart to help DHOH rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome slaughter-bound horses just like Morris.  Their needs are great and it takes a village to save these beautiful and deserving equines.  Your gift will provide much needed medical care, training, and proper nutrition to prepare these lovely animals for their new forever homes.   
Donate Now

Art for Horses
Sponsorship Opportunities  Available

A Beautiful Way to Help Horses.

This equine-themed show of paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and other media is thoughtfully curated by Rose Fredrick, Curator of the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale.  World-renowned artists and emerging artists will generously donate a large portion of the proceeds of the sale of their work to make this show happen and to benefit two non-profit horse welfare organizations in Colorado: Drifter's Hearts of Hope, and Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center.  The exhibition and sale will be September 15th - November 6, 2017.  A ticketed opening reception is scheduled September 21st, 2017.  For more information on the art show and sale please visit

We need your generosity.  Please consider sponsoring the show to benefit the rescue and welfare of equines.  Art for Horses is a win win win win collaboration.  Artists win.  Patrons win.  Sponsors win. And horses win!  There are several levels of sponsorship available.  Please visit for more information on the show and sponsorship opportunities.


Just in Time for Valentine's Day

Sweet Hearts, Stockings, and Candie...

Every girl's dream on Valentine's Day?  Well maybe if it is a new horse!  Check out DHOH's available adoptable horses.  Yes, America's Sweet Heart, Stockings and Candi are just a few.  However, don't overlook our latest arrivals to rescue Contessa, Trinity, Enchantment, Jeweled Warrior, Galahad, and Protector.  You can visit their profiles here.  


DHOH in the News

DHOH's Auction Save Makes the News

Several equine rescue groups are teaming up to out-bid so-called “kill buyers” looking to buy up horses to send to slaughter for people to eat across the rest of the world.

The groups are teaming up to rescue dozens of horses that come to Colorado from across the West.

Around 180,000 horses are shipped across the border for slaughter each year, and the groups say they want to do something to stop that.

“A lot of people think that horses are livestock. We don’t really think so,” said Jacqui Avis, with Drifters Hearts of Hope. “They’re up there with dogs. They’re like man’s best friend.”

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What is Strangles?

"Strangles", What We Have Learned.

In saving horses from kill pens and auctions, we have become very familiar with the contagious disease “Strangles” which is caused by the bacteria streptococcus equi. Strangles is most common in younger horses under the age of 5 but can affect a horse of any age.

Although scary, it is rare that a horse dies from strangles…it is the secondary infection that can result in death. Such as pneumonia, bastard strangles or perpura. At DHOH we have never lost a horse to strangles but have, unfortunately, lost a few older horses that were suffering from pneumonia without treatment whilst in the kill pen. The first signs of the disease are high temperature, depressed demeanor, runny nose and a reluctance to eat. Strangles is a disease that you do not treat with antibiotics if you can help it, as that increases the risk of bastard strangles which is often fatal. Quarantine is a VERY IMPORTANT measure we take when saving horses from the feedlot to ensure the health of our horses at home and minimize the spread of disease. Horses with strangles should be in a very strict quarantine situation and need to be monitored closely, ideally under veterinary care.

We are always happy to share what we have learned with our supporters, so feel free to ask if you have questions!


Located at King of Hearts Ranch
Address: 9555 Deerfield Road
                 Franktown, CO 80116
Mail To: PO Box 888 | Franktown, CO | 80116
Phone: 303.521.5726
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