The ResqRanch

Our Mission is – through science-based training and education – to end the need for animal shelters and rescues in the first place!


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The ResqRanch is the premiere positive reinforcement (R+) based horse rescue and training center. Our mission is to improve the lives of all animals, including horses, and their people, through our programs, classes, and workshops. Our goal is the creation of a world class R+ animal training center, human wellness retreat, and the first in the world Children’s Museum for pets. In this way 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.


Did you know that each year the US Bureau of Land Management gathers approximately 20,000 horses off of federal lands and puts them into holding pens for the rest of their lives so they don’t die of starvation competing for cattle for rangeland and water? There are currently over 46,000 wild horses living in holding pens. These horses need YOU to help find them forever homes like Cesar here!

Did you know that the USDA estimates about 100,000 horses are exported to Mexico and Canada for slaughter every year, with their meat exported to Europe and Japan for human consumption?

— The Humane Society of the United States


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Our online horse training masterclass was fantastic!! – stay tuned for Updates on your chance to join the next one!


Our Mountain Climbing Mama Sugar-Boogar showing off her mad rock climbing skills!Our Mountain Climbing Mama Sugar-Boogar showing off her mad rock climbing skills!

Our Mountain Climbing Mama Sugar-Boogar showing off her mad rock climbing skills!

We are no longer able to adopt horses at this time as now with the addition of Cesar the wild Mustang we are currently full with the budget we have available. Please support us, now more than ever, during these difficult times! Follow our animal’s training progress live on the YouTube station The1DrQ, please like and subscribe!

God Bless!

We offer FREE Science-based Training and educational programs for children and adults! THANK YOU FOR HELPING US SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO STRENGTHEN the Emotional connection between animals and their people, to help more of both, live happier and healthier, longer!



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Prince of Flame

Our Vision

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, PAT, or as we like to call her, DrQ! 

What sets the ResqRanch apart from other animal rescues? What is unique to us is that we support science-based animal training methods, which means, the animals have a choice in everything they do (thus the no-bit zone). Also, DrQ is a certified Professional Animal Trainer and teaches the concepts of positive reinforcement-based horse training. This is not another gimmicky “horse whisperer” program. This is science-based training grounded in years of research and agreed upon worldwide by all top trainers who keep animals in professional care.

Our mission is to educate, inform, and inspire, through the rescues in our care, and fulfill people in the process. Powered by The Prince of Flame Fund, a non-profit 501c3, which we named in honor of one of our rescued horses, Flame, who was donated to us in August of 2012.

 Prince of Flame was a 5-year-old bay Thoroughbred gelding racing at Arapahoe Park Racetrack. He had had surgery on his throat to correct a breathing problem and suffered from a thyroid condition. He tried but did not win a lot of races. He was a most loving horse and always seemed to really look forward to it when I visited him and took time out to scratch him on the neck. He would bounce his head up and down in the aisle way from over his stall door, desperately begging for me to come and give him a scratch, and do the same thing in protest when it was time for me to leave. At the end of that racing season, he was considered not worth even the cost of shipping him back to the ranch and was given to us. He did very well for over a year, but then developed a severe weight loss condition which was not responding to extra feeding and alfalfa hay. He experienced at least one episode of colic,  stopped eating,  and then laid down and was not able to rise. Reluctantly we made the decision to let him go. Although we are sad this loving boy is gone, we are glad we were able to give him a home at a time when he meant little to anyone else. He is the perfect example of the hundreds of racing horses who have nowhere to go when their careers come to an end. Rest in peace our dear Prince.

Help us build our vision to have the first in the world educational Museum for Rescued Animals, and a world-class facility where we can continue to give classes, and provide education on positive reinforcement (R+) training, so that inevitably there is no more need for animal shelters, or rescues, in the first place!

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Our vision including equine barns, livestock barns, a veterinary hospital, an events lodge, an aquacuture facility, and a Children's Museum.Our vision including equine barns, livestock barns, a veterinary hospital, an events lodge, an aquacuture facility, and a Children's Museum.

Our vision including equine barns, livestock barns, a veterinary hospital, an events lodge, an aquacuture facility, and a Children’s Museum.