A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


Welcome to Western Montana Equine Rescue & Rehab

Our organization opened in September of 2008 in Corvallis to address the needs of in-crisis horses in western Montana. The operation is based at the residence of the founder, though we have utilized, and still do, generous foster caregivers. From the moment an equine arrives, we tailor each horse's rehabilitation program to his/her needs. Each horse receives specialized nutrition, veterinary care, training and hoof care.
 
Our organization has an adoption program to place our residents once they are rehabilitated. Many go on to become trusted saddle horses and others will live out their lives as pasture companions. Regardless of their limitations or potential, all equines who enter our gate find love, respect and care here.

 

What's Happening

LAVA BELLE: Lava Belle is a 2008 BLM Mustang from Lava Sands, Nevada. She has lived out of her element in Virginia and North Carolina since she was a yearling and developed an excruciating allergy to no-see-ums. Her allergy to pyrethrin is a tragedy! Her owners decided that Lava needed a new home in a new environment and made the sacrifice to send her across the country and to WMERR's care. Lava spent the fall and winter in Montana and her skin has recovered nicely. She is ALL Mustang mare. Her petite self is BIG with personality and attitude. Lava has been in training to evaluate her, tune up her manners and riding cues. We are looking for just the right partner to attend to Lava's skin issues and her strong mind. Stay tuned and let us know if interested!

 

RAVEN: This is our version of Black Beauty! Look at that face! Raven is a 2000 1/2 Kiger Mustang mare, 1/2 QH, sweet little 14.2 hh lady. Raven stands patiently while tied, is good with her feet, enjoys attention. In 2008 she got her left hind leg caught in wire a few inches above the pastern joint, quire severe. Under saddle, her history is mostly all trail riding, prefers to walk, but will trot, due to old injury. She is most comfortable following rather than being the leader. She will stand to be mounted after moving around for a few minutes. A confident rider would be her best fit as she lacks confidence, but we are working on it! She's a good girl. Adoption fee is $750.00

 

PETUNIA: 2005 QH mare, Petunia is a looker!  She needs a patient, confident leader as she has serious confidence issues, can be on high alert and over react. She loves grooming and attention, is sound, gets along well with others, loads and trailers well, backs out. She's had issues with her withers/back, has had regular chiropractic and cranial sacral appointments. She prefers being ridden in a light weight saddle or bareback pad.  She's had lots of round pen/arena work, and has been ridden on local trails three times without issue. Has really good feet. Please understand this mare is NOT for a beginner or novice person, only true horseman should apply to adopt her. Fee is $750.00. 

 

JOHNNY: This beautiful 11 year old QH gelding was saved from the Sunnyside feedlot in WA last June by a woman in Alaska. Her intention after quarantine was to get him to Alaska, but her husband's cancer prohibited that, so he is being boarded at a facility in MT. She would like us to find him a home. Per my questions/request, he is scheduled for a dental check and float if needed, health and Coggins, de-worming, vaccinations, and farrier work on Friday 3/30/218. He is 15.1 hh, friendly, great to handle on the ground, loads and trailers well, good with his feet, loves the company of other horses, and is good in the herd. From the brief assessment by the folks where he is currently living, he doesn't appear to have much, if any, training under saddle. Adoption Fee is $500 to approved home.


 

CHEX and BLEU: ADOPTED These two girls need to go to a new home. The current owner realizes that she is not up to being a horse owner. Both Chex (red roan) and Bleu (blue roan) were purchased from a breeder's sale as 6 month old fillies. They have been together ever since. They are 15.1 hh and 1100 lbs each. Both are up to date, have no baggage, and no nelgect or abuse. Both have been started under saddle and can be ridden bareback with just a halter at a walk, trot and canter. We have videos, but can only text to send them as they are too big to email or send via Facebook. The videos were taken 2 weeks ago, their first rides since last fall, bareback with a halter at walk, trot and canter. Chex with a little girl sitting in front of her mother at all gaits! It seems that Chex and Bleu have good minds! We would like to have them adopted directly from the owner who lives 10 miles east of Billings, MT. Adoption fee is $1000.00 to an approved home.

 

BROCK: Not all mules are mulish. Brock makes our case against the stereotype of the stubborn mule. He loves affection and attention, is kind and gentle, and perfectly mannered for the farrier. Brock is just looking for a place to hang out with friends to share his wisdom and good sense. This 21 year old fella was much thinner when rescued because his neglected teeth made it hard for him to gain weight. Now he's slowly putting on  some pounds with a soft grass/alfalfa mix and some lightly soaked supplements. Complete an adoption application at wmerr.org. His adoption fee is $275.
 
Special consideration will be given to anyone who can keep Brock and Chance together.
 
 
CHANCE: Chance was definitely in need of help, as you can see from his photo's at intake. 6 weeks later shows huge improvement in not only his weight, but also his attitude and alertness! The diet for this TB guy consists of grass/alfalfa hay, Red Cell, MSM and 6 lbs supplemental pellets daily. We are seeking a monthly sponsor until he is ready for adoption. Please visit our Paypal button to make a donation to sponsor Chance.
 
Special consideration will be given to anyone who can keep Brock and Chance together.
 
Chance before (above) - Chance after (below)
 
 
JAKE: Hi, I'm Jake, and I need a new place to be, even just for a little while. I got moved from my home and my friends, feeling displaced. I'm 17, kind of average height (15 hh). I'm a good boy, try hard to please, good manners. I was abused when I was younger, pretty protective of my hind end these days, but I could learn to trust a human again if they were patient and I could trust them. I enjoy trail riding, don't really care for arena work but could once in awhile. I got my physical and teeth done yesterday so ready to go! Do you have a place for me? Adoption Fee is $300.00 OR Apply to Foster.
 
UPDATE: Jake is going to live with Heather Holt and be a needed companion for  "Little", aka "Cinnamon" (whom we rescued two years ago) who is mourning the loss of her beloved "grandpa" Kit. Stay tuned for more photo's!
 
 
 
SISSY: Are you a true horseman looking for the "perfect match" in an equine partner? Look no further! Sissy is a 2008 registered QH red dun mare, 15.1 hh. We just cannot say enough good things about her (If she were a gelding for sale on the open market, he'd be priced at $3500-$4000). Due to her owners health issues, she loved Sissy enough to let someone else have the pleasure of owning her. Sissy came with NO BAGGAGE, responsibly and well cared for with good foundation training under saddle. She likes people, wants to be with you and pays attention to you. She does not over react to anything. Stands quietly for mounting at a mounting block, doesn't move until asked. Sissy is very intelligent, wicked smart, enjoys doing a variety of things (clinics, following cattle, trail rides and so on). She has minimal experience with trail riding, great to ride off alone, not herd bound. She has good feet and is perfect for the farrier. Videos under saddle available on request. Teeth floated, UTD on worming/vaccinations. Adoption Fee $2,000.00.
 
 
 

PENNY: New Arrival! "Penny", 2012 registered QH buckskin mare, isn't she lovely? In training as of tomorrow, we will keep you updated!

 

ISO TRAILER: Have you retired from riding and no longer in need of your trailer? We are urgently in need of a stock type trailer, bumper pull or gooseneck. Tax deductible receipt, value not over $5,000.00 but must be in good, SAFE, usable condition. Please email us at wmerescue@gmail.com. Thank You in advance!

 

FOSTER HOMES NEEDED: If you would like to help us help a horse, on a temporary basis, we are seeking 10 foster homes in our LOCAL area, or within 250 miles of the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. You might be needed for one or more horses, for two days or up to a maximum of three months. All needs are provided unless you are in a position to provide something. Safe fencing (no barbed wire), shelter, dry lot and/or pasture (depending on the needs of the horse and time of year), time and attention are a must. Foster information can be found on our website under the ADOPT/FOSTER page. Thank you! 

 

 

Education and Programs

 

Making Winter Manageable on the Farm

Article by Alayne Bickle and featured on "The Horse".

These preparations can help carry you and your horses through the cold, dark and wet months ahead.

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WMERR Mission

To rescue, rehabilitate and retrain equines facing neglect or abuse and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home. Offer support to the equine community through education and our outreach programs.