The ResqRanch is the premiere Positive Reinforcement (R+) animal sanctuary, training and education center. Our mission is, through Positive Reinforcement education, is to end the need for animal shelters, rescue’s, and Mustang holding pens, in the first place! We strive to improve the lives of all animals, primarily horses, and their people, through our programs, classes, and workshops. In these ways we fulfill people, animals, and our mission while educating future generations to responsibly care for the beautiful and fascinating creatures that we are lucky enough to have in our lives.

Prince of Flame who was rescued Aug. 2012, raced all over the US, even after throat surgery for. a breathing problem. This image was taken the day he arrived into our care.

According to the USDA, over 12,000 horses in 2021 were sent from the US to Mexico for slaughter. Some estimates report the Thoroughbred-racing industry sends an estimated 10,000 horses to slaughter annually, meaning that half of the 20,000 new foals born each year will eventually be disregarded for consumption. But what’s even more concerning is the USDA documented that 92.3 percent of horses sent to slaughter are in good condition and are able to live out a productive life.

Additionally, there are over 55,0000 Wild Mustangs that have been gathered off public lands and now live in Bureau of Land Management holding pens. If only 3% of all current horse owners adopted a Wild Mustang, we could empty those pens. This is why we have founded the ResqRanch. Through science backed positive reinforcement (R+) training, and holistic animal care, we aim to empower people to help. We teach how to safely provide for these animals in need, and give them the ability to live out a healthy, happy, and purposeful life. Meet some of our ResqRanch residents here.

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The vision of the ResqRanch started as a way to educate people about the need for homing ex-racing horses but has developed into so much more. The ResqRanch has been rescuing, retraining, and rehoming cast-off horses from the racing industry, as well as other animals, for over 20 years. At the head of our efforts is our veterinarian and first and only Life Coach for People with Pets, Jena Questen, DVM, CertAqV, Professional Animal Trainer, or as we like to call her, DrQ! 

For more about DrQ, Aspen Park Vet Hospital, and The ResqRanch, please subscribe right now to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH2bJtkhnXYXup-NKfxp08Q


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Events and Master Classes

As the premiere R+ (positive reinforcement) focused animal sanctuary in the country, we teach the principle that rescuing animals rescues us. We believe, that through education, we can strive to end the need for shelters and rescues, in the first place. We provide free and fee classes to children and adults on all things related to animal care, training, and safety for all involved. Be sure to register today because our classes fill up fast!

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Our Horse Training Masterclass is a comprehensive How to Train Any Horse, To Do Anything, by Anyone, including how to love YOU!


Upcoming Events and Classes

We offer a wide range of classes for any pet and horse owner’s needs. Whether it’s webinars regarding holistic veterinarian care, aquatic care talks, in-person positive reinforcement training (+R), in-person horse riding safety classes, and more. To learn more about all of our events and classes, visit our Events page.


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Dr.Jena Questen is the founder of the ResqRanch, owner of Aspen Park Vet Hospital, and your most informative resource for holistic veterinarian care, aquatic veterinarian services, and positive reinforcement training tips.

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