Adopting a rescue horse: Is it right for you?

February 17th, 2010

My dream is that every homeless animal would be adopted by a loving owner and allowed to live out a happy and productive life. I understand that taking in a horse simply isn’t possible for everyone, but if you’re one of the lucky few with the resources and experience to allow it, I urge you to consider adopting a rescue horse.

At one time, a “rescue horse” was almost guaranteed to have fairly severe mental or physical issues. That’s because in a good horse economy, sane, healthy horses rarely needed to be rescued. But the situation is different now, and many good, trained horses end up in rescues simply because their owners can’t or won’t support them financially anymore. These horses can be a great fit for anyone with a reasonable amount of horse experience.

(Of course, there are still plenty of special needs horses out there as well. Adopting one of these horses can be incredibly rewarding, but I strongly discourage novice horse owners from doing so. These horses require a lot of patience, knowledge and skill. Starting out your horsey career with a difficult horse can break your heart and ruin your confidence. And it won’t do the horse much good, either.)

If you think adoption might be right for you, here are a few things to keep in mind: (more…)

Can’t afford to own a horse? Sponsor one instead!

February 17th, 2010

Always dreamed of owning a horse but don’t have the resources? Sponsorship may be the answer!

If you sponsor a horse, you pay a monthly fee for a needy horse’s food, board and vet care, and a rescue organization takes care of the horse on your behalf until a permanent home can be found. (In some cases, sponsored horses are not good candidates for adoption and will live out their lives at the rescue or sanctuary.) Your sponsorship fees are tax deductible in many cases (please check with the rescue organization to be sure), and often you can even arrange to visit your horse if you’re in the area!

Can’t afford to sponsor a horse alone? Recruit your family or friends. Groups and even businesses can sponsor horses. And sponsorship makes a great gift!

Here are some rescues that promote sponsorship on their websites. However, most rescues will happily accept sponsors for horses. There is a much longer list of rescues here. (more…)

Rescues by State: VA, VT, WA, WI, WY

February 17th, 2010

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of most of these organizations. As with any type of charitable organization, there are a few bad apples out there, so please do some research to ensure that your donations go to a good rescue who will use them well. This article provides great information about selecting a good rescue.

Rescue Name Website State
Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement
& Rescue Center
http://www.bluehorsemukwa.org/
VA
Dream Catcher Farm Horse Sanctuary http://www.horsesanctuary.com/
VA
Eagle Hill Equine Rescue http://www.eaglehillfarm.com/
VA
Equine Rescue League http://www.equinerescueleague.org/

Rescues by State: TN, TX, UT

February 17th, 2010

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of most of these organizations. As with any type of charitable organization, there are a few bad apples out there, so please do some research to ensure that your donations go to a good rescue who will use them well. This article provides great information about selecting a good rescue.

Rescue Name Website State
Gentry Creek Farm http://www.gentrycreek.com/
TN
Horse Haven of Tennessee http://www.horsehavenoftn.com/
TN
Mustang Alley Horse Rescue http://www.mustangalley.org/
TN
Sacred Heart Rescue http://www.sacredheartrescue.com/

Rescues by State: PA, RI, SC, SD

February 17th, 2010

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of most of these organizations. As with any type of charitable organization, there are a few bad apples out there, so please do some research to ensure that your donations go to a good rescue who will use them well. This article provides great information about selecting a good rescue.

Rescue Name Website State
Angel Acres Horse Rescue http://www.angelacreshorsehavenrescue.com/
PA
Another Chance 4 Horses http://www.ac4h.com/
PA
Back In the Saddle Horse Adoption http://www.bitshorseadopt.org/
PA
Bright Futures Farm http://www.brightfuturesfarm.org/

Rescues by State: OH, OK, OR

February 17th, 2010

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of most of these organizations. As with any type of charitable organization, there are a few bad apples out there, so please do some research to ensure that your donations go to a good rescue who will use them well. This article provides great information about selecting a good rescue.

Rescue Name Website State
Angels Haven Horse Rescue http://www.angelshavenhorserescue.com/
OH
Claddagh Farm Horse Rescue http://www.cfhrescue.org/
OH
Equirest Farm http://www.equirest.com/
OH
Fire Tail Farm Equine Rescue and Relief http://firetailrescue.org/

Rescues by State: NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY

February 17th, 2010
Rescue Name Website State
Crooked Pine Animal Rescue http://www.crookedpinerescue.com/
NC
H.E.R.O http://heroequinerescue.org/
NC
Hope for Horses http://www.hopeforhorses.org/
NC
Horse Protection Society of North Carolina http://www.horseprotection.org/

Rescues by State: MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT

February 17th, 2010
Rescue Name Website State
Animal Rescue League of Boston http://www.arlboston.org
MA
Bay State Equine Rescue http://www.baystateequinerescue.com/
MA
Black Feather Horse Rescue http://www.blackfeatherhorserescue.org/
MA
Cedar Oaks Equine Rescue http://www.cedaroaksequinerescue.org/

Rescues by State: KS, KY, LA

February 17th, 2010

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of most of these organizations. As with any type of charitable organization, there are a few bad apples out there, so please do some research to ensure that your donations go to a good rescue who will use them well. This article provides great information about selecting a good rescue.

Rescue Name Website State
Bourbon Road Animal Sanctuary http://www.bourbonroadanimalsanctuary.com/
KS
Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue
& Sanctuary
http://www.hopeinthevalleyequinerescue.org/
KS
Rainbow Meadows Ranch http://www.rainbowmeadowsranch.com/
KS
Shooting Star Equine Rescue http://www.shootingstarequinerescue.org/

Rescues by State: HI, IA, IL, IN

February 17th, 2010

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of most of these organizations. As with any type of charitable organization, there are a few bad apples out there, so please do some research to ensure that your donations go to a good rescue who will use them well. This article provides great information about selecting a good rescue.

Rescue Name Website State
Equine 808 http://www.equine808.com/
HI
The Sylvester Foundation Animal Rescue http://www.sylvesteranimals.com/
HI
Healing Hearts with Horses http://www.healingheartswithhorses.com/hhh/
IA
Hooves & Paws Rescue http://www.hoovespaws.org/