A Promise Fulfilled
Promise in France


(December 2010)

The holidays are a time of reflection, a time for giving and a time for giving thanks for the many gifts we have in our lives.  Well we here at Reach Out to Horses are very thankful and thrilled to tell you that Promise has made it to her happy-ending after all and she is doing just fine. She arrived in France at the end of October and is thoroughly enjoying her new French Horse Paradise (I hear she's even learning to speak the Language of Equus with a French Accent!).

Promise in FranceHelen and Promise are picking up right where they left off and, after all she has been through, after all she has endured, and after all the lives she has touched, Promise has finally found a home, human companions she can trust, and most of all, the love she truly deserves. 

But she would not be where she is today if it weren't for you.  The outpouring of love, support, assistance and donations were a blessing and we thank you for your generosity.  We were truly amazed at how many people opened their hearts and gave of their hard-earned time and money to give this one special horse the second chance at a new life. Thank you hardly seems adequate, but know that we are all so very grateful.

We also want to thank Matt and the entire crew at IRT USA Transport.  They did a phenomenal job transporting Promise door to door from Colorado to France.  We highly recommend this super team of professionals if you need to fly your horse anywhere in the world!

Promise in FranceA special thank you also goes out to a particular donor who chooses to remain anonymous.  This significantly large gift was beyond generous and made it possible to get Promise to her new home as quickly as we did.

So, the next time you feel down or are frustrated with all the negativity going on in the world today, remember Promise.  Remember all the people that came together for this horse and turned a tragic story into a happy ending.  If we can do this for Promise, just imagine what else we can do for the world.

Thank you.

Wishing you a blessed Holiday season,




(September 2010)


We are so excited to report that Promise's Story below is now her old story and she is in the process of writing her new story. On Friday, September 24th, 2010, Promise calmly and coolly boarded a transport truck, the first part of the journey to paradise and her happily ever-after.

She arrived in Lexington, KY on Saturday, September 25th where she will spend 30 beautiful days in a luxurious quarantine facility.  Alright, maybe luxurious isn't quite the word to use, but it will definitely be warmer than Colorado. :)

Then, once the quarantine period is over, she will fly, first class of course, to France where she has a beautiful pasture in Southern France and Helen waiting for her, who is very excited to give her the second chance that she so deserves.

Thank you again to everyone who made this dream come true for so many of us but especially for Promise.

We will keep you updated as she continues her journey "across the pond" but in the meantime check out a few pictures of Promise's Departure.

Here comes the Transport!  Promise is Ready to Go!

Promise faces her long journey ahead with Poise.  Promise checks out her spacious ride.

Getting ready for the long drive ahead.  Off she goes...

Thank you again for all your generosity, kindness and compassion!




Promise's Story

Imagine.  You are 9 years old.  You are lost and alone, wandering the streets of a strange, unfamiliar city; no safe haven, unwelcomed wherever you turn.  You subsist on any remnants of food you can find, uncertain of when or from where your next meal will come… if it comes at all.  No one seems concerned or willing to help and even the elements seem to be against you as you face extreme weather changes.  And if all of this isn’t hard enough, you are hindered by physical disabilities as you do whatever you have to just to survive.

This may sound like a doomsday scenario, unlikely to happen to anyone, but it was reality for Promise, a young 3 year old filly, the equivalent of a 9 year old child.  As strange as it may seem, she was found some years ago wandering the streets of Longmont, CO.  It is uncertain if her injuries were caused by the abuse of a human or whether she was born with these difficulties.  She is partially blind, her face distorted, causing her teeth to grow in an abnormal fashion and her eyes are somewhat misplaced giving her an unusual appearance.  But despite these maladies her heart remained strong, surviving and growing stronger with every challenge she endured.

Promise was rescued and she now lives with a group of mares who have been teaching her the language she never learned, the language of Equus.  But her new life is not without difficulty and her journey to a happy ending is not yet over.  Due to her past life experiences and current appearance, Promise continues to experience challenges.  In order to survive her ordeal she built up mental and emotional armor that she is not particularly willing to put down.  Because of this she has developed a dangerous reputation, known to lash out at well-meaning people and her chances of finding a true home were virtually zero.



Until now…

Less than a year ago, Helen Dryland, a horse trainer and horse rescue founder with 30 years of experience, attended a Reach Out to Horses Holistic Horsemanship Course run by Anna Twinney.  Anna designed the clinic to create an environment for people to learn all aspects of holistic horsemanship while giving back to horses in need. 

“It’s a way to give them the second chance of a loving home,” Twinney states, “the training helps the horses become more adoptable as well as connecting students to individual horses.  So often the rescued horses rescue us.” 

This is exactly what happened between Helen and Promise.  While hardly anyone could even touch Promise, Helen was able to do a great deal of training with her, including starting her under saddle.  It was during this gentle trust-based training that the two connected.  

After the course, Helen returned to her home and the Equine Sanctuary she created in France but for the next year she couldn’t get Promise out of her mind.

Helen returned to Colorado in August of this year for another 2-week course and she and Promise immediately picked up where they left off.  It was as if they were never apart. 

Here was a horse, reluctant to open up to humans, suddenly performing miracles with Helen leading the way.  In less than an hour, Promise accepted her first saddle, bridle & rider.  Within two days she was taking a rider all around the property, very proud of her achievements.  Each lesson was taken in her stride and those looking on were truly amazed.   

Promise had finally found the one person ready to accept her, warts and all.  And Helen, now a graduate of the Reach Out to Horses Program, is up for the task of adopting her. 

Promise’s journey has been a bumpy ride, to say the least, but has finally taken her to the one place where her person could find her and there’s only one more trip to the happy ending that she deserves. 

But we can't finish that happy ending without your help.  It is a long and expensive way between Colorado and France.  It costs $10,000 to safely transport her to Helen's sanctuary in France.  It's hard to imagine that a horse who started her journey on the streets of Longmont, alone, injured and scared, could find the love and the sanctuary she deserves, but we are only one step away from turning an amazing story into a reality.

Watch Promise's Inspiring Progress on YouTube!

Promise's First Saddle, Bridle & Rider

Promise's First Ride - with Helen Dryland


Thank you for helping us help Promise!

100% of all proceeds go towards Promise's transport.


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