Welcome to Horse Haven Montana

HHMT is located in western Montana and is a 501c3 not for profit organization

Rescue • Adoption • Education

Our Mission: Education and Understanding to Enhance the Equine/Human Bond and To Improve the Welfare of the Horse
Founded in 2007 and incorporated as a not for profit organization in December 2010, HHMT is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3, charitable organization.
We work with individuals, groups and organizations primarily in the western United States but have a nationwide network of resources and contacts.

We welcome a variety of kinds of support, all of which are tax-deductible.

To learn more, to donate or to get involved, please contact us.
We welcome your support and interest.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 599, Frenchtown, MT 59834
Tel:  406.880.0683
Email: info@horsehavenmt.org

Horse Haven Montana is now a member of the
Equine Experiential Education Association
We will soon be certified in Equine Assisted Learning,
also sometimes referred to as Equine Experiential Education

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10th Anniversary – New Beginnings

Ten years ago the first call came for help.  A horse had been  abandoned on a nearby ranch and  they didn’t want her.  She was a handful and beautiful.  Could we help find her a home?  Fast forward a decade and not only did Lucky get a good home but hard to believe, hundreds of others and mules as well  Over the years, we became a legally registered not for profit organization (501c3), included among our partners, with whom we worked, some of the federal agencies with equine programs, including the USFS and Border Patrol.  We worked with private guest and dude ranches and were able to place horses in homes, rather than their owners taking them to the auction and most certainly slaughter.  Some were rideable, some were not, some were old and some were young.  But our philosophy then which continues today, “there is the right home for every horse and the right horse for every person.”

Since that first horse a decade ago, we launched the EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival as an outreach and education event of Horse Haven Montana and the next festival and conference is coming up this September in Missoula – “Icon of the American West, the Global Impact of the Horse” is our theme.

But there’s something else that that’s new and we’re in the planning and development stage – “new beginnings for horse and human.”  Over the past few years, we’ve worked informally with young people and their families and some of our rescue horses.  The outcomes were special — children who had difficulty with focus, learning or other challenges blossomed. They learned empathy, responsibility and increased their ability to communicate.  They learned about the horses and showed a great deal of care and concern for their welfare.  Winston Churchill certainly knew about the relationship we can build with a horse when he said “there’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.”  Beginning next year, we hope to launch a program that connects horses and mules with children, young adults and eventually people of all ages — good for the rescue horse and good for the person; as simple as that.

But today, on our 10th anniversary, there are still horses to find homes for, horses in need and adoptions to make.  Please be a part of Horse Haven Montana and join us for the EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival.  Together, we can all be a part of a new beginning for an equine in need.


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Own a Piece of Living History, They are the Mules of the US Forest Service

There’s a saying, “there’s something about the back of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.”  Well, let’s change that up a little bit and say, there’s something about the back of a mule, that’s good for the inside of anyone.

Imagine owning a piece of living history like a packer mule of the United States Forest Service.  Every year or so, when the mules (and sometimes horses), get a little too old to keep doing their work for the Forest Service, tough, back-breaking, deep country packing and trail-blazing work, the USFS contacts an equine rescue likes Horse Haven Montana and enables us to offer them up for adoption.  But the alternative if they are not adopted is unthinkable.  If a home isn’t found or we are too full to take on additional hooves, the USFS may either take them to the auction, which almost always guarantees the slaughter-house or, if the animal has really outlived its usefulness as a work animal, it might be euthanized. This is just the way it is. But thankfully, the FS is just as happy to have a humane alternative and an equine rescue is the best answer in most cases.  The problem is, we need homes — willing, responsible, experienced, caring, committed homes.  If you can step up, we’d love to hear from you.

Owning a retired mule from the USFS is truly like owning a piece of living history, it’s living, breathing, feeling “Americana.” These are the animals that built our country.  These are the animals that literally blazed the trails, carved the paths, built the roads into our wilderness and wild lands.  They are strong and steady, kind and gentle and they work hard.  What’s not to love?

If you visit our Facebook page, you’ll find photos of Jimbo, Punch and Moses, each with his own history and set of stories to tell — in their eyes, in their hooves and in their souls.  Give them a chance if you can.  They have given so much, now let’s give it back to them with a good home, an easy final chapter and a chance to just kick back and graze.

Symbol of the American West Needs Our Help

 Missoulian Guest Opinion by Janet Rose, Founder & Director of Horse Haven Montana • Copyright, November 25, 2009

It is a uniquely American tragedy that one of the most treasured and recognizable symbols of the American West is in crisis. That symbol, of course, is the horse.

Recent news stories and articles of abandonment, neglect, abuse, as well as human efforts to help, are not new, but the crisis is in the fact that their numbers are growing. And the problems that we are reading and hearing about are only the tip of the iceberg, and getting worse. Concerned citizens can and are helping; local rescue groups, humane associations, hundreds of individuals and a few caring animal welfare organizations are stepping forward to help. As a result, many of these treasured symbols in black, brown, gray and sorrel, tall, short, young and old, are finding homes, some temporary, others permanent.

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