After Julie Regester of Minatare, Neb., had a riding accident on an unpredictable horse, she was understandably hesitant to get back in the saddle. A local horse trainer who was familiar with the Harmony Equine Center suggested that Julie consider adopting one of the formerly abused or neglected horses there, which is how Julie met Jericho.
An 8-year-old paint gelding who had been seized as part of a neglect case in Costilla County, Colo., Jericho had been at the center for five months, gaining weight and being trained as a riding horse.
Recalling their first encounter, Julie says, “There was just something about his eyes that was so gentle and easygoing.”
She adopted Jericho in August 2014, and sure enough, he has proven to be a thinking horse who doesn’t spook or react in unfamiliar situations – exactly what Julie needed to restore her riding confidence.
In November 2014, Julie and her daughter spotted a 10-year-old paint mare on the Harmony Equine Center website and fell in love with her. They returned to the center and adopted Bella, a “gem” of a horse who Julie says anyone can ride.
Since adopting both horses, Julie has become an advocate for the Harmony Equine Center and the animals there.
“It’s shocking what some of these horses have been through,” she says, “and yet they don’t hold a grudge. I tell everyone that they don’t need a registered horse; they need to go look at the horses at Harmony. These horses reciprocate tenfold what you give them.”
Adds Julie, “Jericho and Bella are family members for life. This has all been a dream come true for me.”
The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™ in Franktown provides a safe haven for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have suffered from abuse and neglect, and been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. Top-quality care is provided by a knowledgeable, professional staff that is on the premises seven days a week. Once the animals are restored to health, they are offered to responsible new owners through an application and interview process.