DENVER - On the western shore of Standley Lake is a ranch that is known as much for its heart as its horses. Bini Abbott owns the property. She is a life-long horse rescuer.
"At times I know how crazy I am to be doing it but it's just what I do," said Abbott.
Abbott takes in abused, neglected and ignored horses. She is the founder of Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue.
Over the past ten years, Abbott and her all volunteer staff, have rescued hundreds of horses. At any given time there are 20 to 30 horses being cared for.
Every one of them gets its own enclosure, shelter and a daily visit from Abbott.
"She's a tough little cookie that's for sure. She's got a mind of her own, but she's got such a great heart," said volunteer Ranya Kelly.
Abbott has to have a big heart. Rescuing horses can pull on your purse and heart strings.
"It is darn hard and it's sad at times. I mean, I cry," said Abbott.
"Horses have got feelings, they've got spirit, they've got personalities, and all you have to do is show them love and that's what Bini does," said Kelly.
"I don't want anything to suffer. And to say: 'Oh that's Mother Nature, let that poor, old horse die of starvation.' It's not right," said Abbott.
Bini Abbott's passion is to care for horses others have forgotten.
"That's the way I want to live. That's important to me and the way I get my pleasure. Some people want a fancy car. I don't care," said Abbott.