this carefully before emailing us
with questions or filling out the application. Also,
please note that adopters are required to provide
24-hour turnout for their horses. Thank You
to think about BEFORE YOU ADOPT a horse
Adoption does not mean free! If you can't financially afford
a horse, then you shouldn't adopt one. Many people want
to adopt horses simply because they can't afford to buy
one and think adoption means "free." An adoption fee is
always required, but is usually less than the open market.
People also don't realize the ongoing expenses involved
to pay for vet bills (annual shots, teeth floating, worming,
accidents), farrier (shoes, trimming), feed (grain, hay),
board and other bills that a horse requires.
Adopting a horse means dedicating yourself to care for this
animal for the rest of their life, not abandoning it because
it can no longer perform as he/she did when they were younger
or more healthy.
Don't have too many expectations when adopting a horse.
Far too many people call rescues with a whole list of requirements
that few horses could possibly live up to.
What will the horse's general riding purpose be? Most rescued
horses end up being adopted out as trail or pleasure horses
only. Also many horses are no longer rideable, but are looking
for homes as companion animals.
Some horses may not be 100% sound or completely child-safe.
Try to play down things like color or even breed or gender.
The horse's temperament and your riding ability is what
is really important when looking at a horse that is going
to be yours for, hopefully, the rest of his/her life.
If this makes sense to you, then please read our Pre-Adoption
Requirements and, hopefully, you and H.O.R.S.E. of CT can
find the "perfect" fit for your adopted horse … and you.
Adoption becomes a lifetime partnership between you and
a horse is a lifetime commitment. Certain procedures must
be followed before H.O.R.S.E. of CT can feel comfortable
sending a horse home with its adopted owners. Adoption
from H.O.R.S.E. of CT is not like buying a horse…many
of our horses have been injured and abused ... and certain
requirements have to be met. Trust needs to be developed
and that takes time. The following steps must be followed
before a horse can be adopted.
an appointment for a tour of the farm and introduction
to our horses. Be very specific about the type of horse
you want and your horsemanship skills (both in the saddle
and on the ground.) This information is very important
and will help the H.O.R.S.E. volunteer help you pick
a horse that would be suitable for you.
order to build trust, numerous visits (a minimum
of six and maybe more) must be made to H.O.R.S.E
and time must be spent with the horse you wish to adopt.
You will have your first ride on your chosen horse in
our ring to evaluate how you and the horse interact
together. Trail riding with a H.O.R.S.E. volunteer is
also required. This evaluation is very important to
make sure that you are able to handle your horse under
you and the horse you have chosen feel comfortable together,
a non-refundable $50.00 deposit towards the adoption
fee is required to hold that horse. With that deposit,
H.O.R.S.E. will begin the process of viewing the facility
where your horse will be living, checking your vet and
personal references and, of course, continuing to evaluate
your knowledge of horse care. Final approval will be
by the H.O.R.S.E. Board of Directors, with input from
the volunteer(s) with whom you have been working.
approved by the board, the Adoption Agreement will be
completed and a time set for delivery of your horse. At
this time, the balance of the adoption fee is due. Adoption
fees for our horses range from $600 to $2,000, depending
on age, training and physical capabilities.
Organization Representing Suffering Equines, present
residence at 43 Wilbur Road, Washington, CT 06777, hereinafter
referred to as H.O.R.S.E., will hold this adoption agreement
confidential; limiting the knowledge of same to the
H.O.R.S.E. Executive Board, and selected personnel necessary
to transport animal(s). It is the option of the Adopter(s)
to inform whomsoever they wish. Animals adopted from
this organization have been previously abused and/or
neglected and starved by their former owners, (or lack
of owners). Therefore, no guarantee regarding the animal
is written, implied or expressed. The Adopter agrees
to hold harmless H.O.R.S.E. organization and members,
its heirs or assigns, forever.
Adopter(s) agree to accept the regulations set forth
by H.O.R.S.E., to wit:
adopt a horse from H.O.R.S.E. of CT, a person must
be knowledgeable in the handling of horses and the
horse must be housed with another horse or horses.
Education classes are offered for the inexperienced.
Care and feeding instructions shall be provided according
to each horses' needs.
adoption fee, usually from $600 to $2,000, is
dependent upon the age and health of the horse. This
adoption fee helps cover some of the costs incurred
in bringing the horse back to good health.
adopter shall provide yearly preventive inoculations,
parasite control, dentistry, hoof care and veterinary
care for illness or injury. The adopter shall notify
H.O.R.S.E. of CT of accidental or natural death of
their horse. Where euthanization is necessary, it
must be administered by a veterinarian.
agree to send recent photographs (head and body shots)
and information about the condition of the horse (or
horses) to H.O.R.S.E. Ct. once yearly during the month
of May. Also any information about the horse's (or
horses') condition at that time and during the previous
barn, stable or three-sided roofed structure must
be provided for shelter. A safe and secure pasture,
paddock or corral must be provided for exercise.
must be gelded and breeding of mares is prohibited.
horse adopted from H.O.R.S.E. of CT may be used for
showing, jumping or lesson programs. This includes
4H and other youth programs, which involve showing.
transfer, assignment or encumbrance of any horse adopted
from H.O.R.S.E. of CT is prohibited, however, the
horse can be returned to H.O.R.S.E. of CT if:
changes of the horse must be filed with H.O.R.S.E.
of CT. and we reserve the right to check in on the
horses’ care, without advanced notification.
horses seized by the State of Connecticut and brought
to H.O.R.S.E. of CT may be placed in approved adoptive
homes only after all court proceedings are finalized.
and/or unneeded horses who are in no way suffering
abuse and/or neglect may be assigned to H.O.R.S.E
of CT for adoption, however, the owners will assume
financial responsibility until adoptive homes are
Executive Board reviews applications and will conduct
personal interviews. Adoption agreements are confidential
and limited to the knowledge of the H.O.R.S.E. of
CT Executive Board. The Executive Board grants final
H.O.R.S.E. of CT is responsible for transporting the
horse to its adoptive home, a rate of ______ per mile
will be charged (or charges agreed upon will be paid
by the adopter).
of any terms or conditions written herein, H.O.R.S.E.
of CT is authorized to take possession of, seize and
retain ownership of said animal(s) named herein.
the safety of our horses and adoptive riders
Based on industry standards and professional veterinary
advice, H.O.R.S.E. of CT's established rider requirements
for horses adopted from our farm are as follows:
- Riders must
be 10 - 65 years of age [unless prior approval].
- The maximum
rider weight is 210 lbs. or 20% of the horse's
weight [for persons weighing over 200 lbs.,
please check with your doctor and provide a
medical note that you are in good athletic condition
for horse ownership, care and riding].
- Horses adopted
from H.O.R.S.E. of CT may NOT be used for showing,
jumping, hunter, 4H, or any competitive activity,
for the duration of their lives. No exceptions.
MUST BE AN ADULT TO SEND EMAIL QUESTIONS !
receive a H.O.R.S.E. of CT Adoption Application,
please click on the link below. The application
will open up in a new window. For electronic submissions:
save the application to your computer, fill it
out and send to H.O.R.S.E. of CT by email.
hard copy submissions: mail to the address noted
below. To deliver your application in person you
must first call to make an appointment to visit
our rescue farm so that volunteer staff will be
available to assist you. Thank you.
must read above info before sending an email.
- Note: the farm does not have a computer. All emails
are answered by volunteers off site so please be patient
while waiting for a response.
telephone messages, please call the rescue directly
HORSE of CT Inc.
43 Wilbur Road
Washington, CT 06777