Readers Open Their Barns for Adoptable Horses

More than 1,040 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Have you ever adopted a horse?"

results of poll on adopting horses

 

Results were as follows: 

  • Yes, but not through a rescue 45.98% (481)
  • Yes, from a rescue 24.76% (259)
  • No, but I would love to 20.36% (213)
  • No, I'd rather not adopt a horse 8.89% (93)

Readers shared what their adoption stories in the comments below.

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  • Can't afford to care for another horse.
  • We have 7 rescues. 4 came from a rescue, 2 premarine, and one from private party
  • He needed someone to love and care for him and I needed someone to love and care for.
  • Adopted quite a few, and take in and put up for adoption as well.
  • My neighbor was starving her horse. I rehabbed him and found him a home.
  • it has been a wild ride. if you're not dedicated, don't bother. they are even more sensitive
  • I have had horses all my life, I have been involved w/ rescueing and caring for them, I want to give
  • She would have been sold to slaughter other wise.
  • useful horse
  • Owner couldn't afford to care for him and he already thought he was mine. I paid for shots etc
  • I'd be a first time horse owner, so one that I didn't have to start from scrath with would be best.
  • I DIDN'T WANT ANYTHING BAD TO HAPPEN TO HIM
  • overproduction of unwanteds by carless breeders Open Humane slaghter plants and live in the real wor
  • rescued an aged TB mare from horrible neglect,didn't need the exp,but couldn't leave her to starve
  • The horses were in terrible shape ribs showing hip bones showing. couldn't leave them like that.
  • a Premarin foal from an internet site .. her snotty little buckskin face!
  • If it was something I needed
  • Because there is so much more to a TB than running in circles!
  • he needed a home, and I had room for one more horse
  • Yes, both ways.
  • Saving a life is the right thing to do. Horse breeding industry = US retail. I support neither.
  • i have Sucker written in neon on my head :-)
  • I am an animal lover and I will help any animal that needs it if I can.It means so much to save one
  • Jack was a PMU baby came to my neighbors we fell in love!
  • It's very rewarding to bring a horse around emotionally and health wise
  • rescued a few myself
  • compasion
  • i loveto help animals they need love too
  • If I had the time and financial means to care for siad horse. Alas not the case now.
  • they needed someone to help .....
  • Unless it was a well bred and well trained horse, otherwise, I don't want someone else's problems.
  • adopted from the BLM. I have always heard that mustangs can be the most loyal of all horses.
  • I have adopted a horse from a rescue and also from the auction. I have a 27 year old gelding who was
  • She may have been starved, cut, battered and bruised, but one look in her eyes and it was all over.
  • He was going to be put down because he needed $200. worth of medicine and 6 months to recover.
  • Lack of funds
  • My horses are all give aways. I have rescued a couple and found them homes
  • I have the property to help a horse in need, and my orphaned yearling needed a surrogate mare.
  • Her owner moved out of state and left her behind
  • Both abandoned and a rescue, cost of the horses, a place and time for me, not easy but I love it.
  • Have my own that I can't sell... couldn't care for MORE.
  • An elderly man was unable to care for it.
  • i have the land and keep my horses till they pass on .
  • A friend needed to sell her horse becasue of divorce and knew I would give him a good home
  • TB off the track
  • we take unwanted horses, mainly old ones
  • Slick the 13 yr old gelding needed a home and we gave him one.
  • It needed to be adopted.
  • becuase they need a chance at aq good life.I think thiers alot of goo horses out thier that just nee
  • We need 1 more to ride as a family instead of taking turns while 1 rides and the other waits.
  • I got him from a friend who got him from a rescue after hurricane andrew
  • one was in need of having her feet done hadn't been for 5 yrs the other not feed for a month
  • Rescues tell you everything about a horse and have nothing to lose by being truthful.
  • 3 donkeys because they are so adorable and needed a forever home
  • you dont know what you may be getting.
  • more trouble than they're worth
  • A friend in FL wanted me to have her horse so she trucker her to me in Upstate NY.
  • no way of knowing how much mental & physical baggage it will come with
  • working in the race business there are always horses in need of a good home,have three retired ones
  • so many good ones need homes
  • As other people neglect and hurt animals I feel happy knowing I gave one a happy life.
  • i needed another TB to fill in the void left when my beloved Jack died from enterocolitis.
  • Her owner was unable to care for her properly so I took her on. She was 22 and had a lot of problems
  • My horse had just died. Donation by private party to me. Horse was lame and I nursed him back.
  • I'm not ready to take on a horse that was a problem for someone else. We are too inexperienced.
  • too much drama/baggage
  • We brought home 2 mares, Hannah & Jewel, 9 years ago, Still loved and valued.
  • Becuase I wanted a horse and she needed a home.
  • There is such a problem with horses not being wanted. Why breed new ones when you could adopt?
  • They needed a home
  • because there are a lot of horses that need to be rehomed and they are just as lovely as others
  • BLM Wild Mustang
  • too many unwanted, or abused horses out there!
  • Many fine animals need homes. With persistance you can find a fit and even be competive.
  • I have three horses of my own and no more barn space
  • He was going to the packing plant if I did not take him. He lived with me 21 years, untill he died
  • He was going to the packing plant if I did not take him. He lived with me 21 years, untill he died
  • I've adopted from rescues and private owners. They have been some of the greatest horses ever!
  • Horses are one of God's most treasured creatures.
  • i feel rescues are hiden horse dealers
  • Yes, as some humans should not own animals nor control their destiny.
  • i wanted to save a horse from slaughter. waldo, otth, is perfect for my boy dempsey!
  • Not really adopted from a rescue - took over the care of a neglected mini paint stallion.
  • I show and breed purebred Arabians, adoption seldom has high level horses with papers available.
  • The mare is older (19 yrs) and needed a home due to death of owner. We adopted sight unseen.
  • being starved
  • I work at a horse rescue and i see so many amazing horses. I just dint have enough pasture for more.
  • I do foster care for the NHS. This mare fit into our family so well, we adopted her.
  • loved a mule in a bad situation & brought him home!
  • have taken 3
  • It's the right thing to do!!!
  • I would love to because I believe they deserve a second chance at a high quality of life.
  • I adopted a former racehorse horse because all horses need a good home.
  • Had a good owner I could transfer the horse to
  • yes, from rescues and from individuals
  • He needed me. He didn't ask to be starved or neglected. I have and would do it again in a minute
  • I've taken in horses on several occasions
  • bought a horse that was chained to a tree since birth
  • rescued 2 horses due to lack of care
  • because the animal needed to be saved and I was there
  • have budget & time for one, two would be too many
  • Found him starving after the owner died and he was forgotten.
  • i rescued a yearling instead of breeding
  • She is a good horse, but had severe laminitis when 2. Worth it to try to give her a chance.
  • we were offered a free standardbred from an owner who thought his heart wasn't in to racing.
  • From a deceased family member
  • Have just recently adopted one from the track, hopefully not the last of many
  • adopted TB from Tranquility farm in tehachapi ca extremely pleased
  • I fell in love with siblings, the gelding had foundered and was in the KILL PEN.He is the BEST horse
  • know the owner who needed the horses rehomed
  • through a rescue and not through a rescue
  • adopted 2 BLM Mustangs, bought one horse to keep him from going to auction.
  • Range horse from downsizing ranch. 8 yrs-Perfect nature-affectionate-calm-no spooks@cows&big trucks.
  • Because I have always loved Thoroughbreds and I feel they deserve a good home after racing
  • I can barely support my 2,due to lack of a job, and disabled husband
  • have to give it up one day
  • Yes I have two OTTB's, wonderful horses. Their careers were over and one was ready to go Canada.
  • Looking for one now!
  • Owners couldn't take care of the animal
  • There are so many homeless horses out there...people should consider that before they breed/buy
  • We adopted 2 Mustangs from the BLM - it has been a wonderful experience
  • Rescued one from an auction almost 29 years ago. Yes, she's still alive, healthy, and ridden.
  • I buy the babies right off the meat truck for the last 6-7 years.
  • We've adopted 15 wonderful foals from the United Pegasus Foundation
  • From a rescue and from other than a rescue. I also foster for rescue
  • I could not bear the thought of this beautiful TB going to slaughter. Yes, she was on a feedlot.
  • She deserved a chance to be loved and cared for--to make up for what she had endured from humans.
  • my original appoloosa had arthritis in the 2 back legs..
  • Adopted a beautiful PMU filly. I get compliments about her look all the time!
  • 7 of my 10 were adopted/freebies. They are great lesson horses. Would not go through a rescue.
  • I volunteer at a rescue, adoption was the only way to go for me. And she is the best!!
  • He was sweet and needed a good home.
  • He was starving to death
  • There are many good horses that have been discarded by others.
  • adoption is a great way to give TLC and get it back in return, ours were great rescues
  • they need to be able to have room for more that come in for rehabilitation
  • I had a good home waiting for an unfortunate horse, also i wasnt able to but at the time
  • people were too poor to care for it (pony) he was eating bark off trees to survive
  • From an owner who could no longer care for it. It was nearly dead. Best horse I ever had.
  • I got a 3-year-old OTTB trough a friend. He is now 14 and has been a fantastic and sound horse.
  • We have two equine on our two acres and do not have the energy for any more. We are seniors and hope
  • I felt the horse was going to be sent to slaughter if I didn't take him.
  • horses were confiscated and would have been sold at auction if not adopted
  • Most adoptees I have seen need to be handled by an experienced horseperson which I am not
  • I'm a big sucker, again & again :D
  • I've adopted 4 horses through a rescue and one from a broker. I can provide a good home.
  • a PMU baby
  • I adopted a foal from a friend who could no longer care for.
  • He was my horse's best buddy so I couldn't let him go to auction.
  • We adopted a former racehorse from the New York horse rescue.
  • I am a boarding stable owner and the bad economy has left me with abandoned horses.
  • SAVE A LIFE!
  • Ive adopted several horses that were being neglected or misused. & rehomed 3 others
  • all horses cost the same in money and time. I want to give a great place to a good one.
  • I have adopted 3, 1 from a rescue, 1 from an owner who was sending this horse to slaughter and one f
  • adoption by rules is leasing and not owning.
  • adoption by rules is leasing and not owning.
  • because they needing loving homes
  • as a companion to my 23 year old gelding
  • Because he needed me. A friend of my sons took him after we got him healthy. Loves him.
  • I still had to pay for her & she was a rack of bones. Beautiful now!
  • we were looking for a horse and UPF was suggested
  • No one else wanted her because she wasn't even halter broke; she is now!
  • TB off track, 2 of them.
  • great horse needed me
  • because I needed to.
  • I've been given 2 and we bought a deathrow mare out of pitty and she gave us a perfect big colto
  • Myself and my family adopted 4 mustangs from the BLM.
  • I bought a very injured OTTB at kill auction cos he deserved a 2nd chance. He took 18 mos to rehab.
  • Having been blessed, it was the right thing to do!!
  • I am all for adopting, although my 2 horses were not adopted, i'd like to think i still rescued them
  • now my husband lost his job and I can't afford it anymore and no one will take it
  • Every horse I've had, was adopted. I tell people want a horse? Adopt one.
  • They were neglected and without a permanent home.
  • The filly needed help. I nursed her and then gave her to a 4H girl.
  • I've done it before and I'm sure I'll do it again.I have been blessed to have the resources to help
  • I have adopted fron a rescue and from an individual both times very rewarding for me and the horses
  • The skinny mare was treated poorly and deserved better. The owner didn't want her.
  • I enjoy helping horses. they seem to understand. I have rescued and adopted lots.
  • She was so neglected, someone had to do something, so I did.
  • Haven't because finances limit us; would love to because so many horses need homes.
  • I am a rescue - 7 total mules and donkeys
  • have rescued 9
  • I have taken horses from people whom I knew
  • I love horses and want them to have a good home
  • to many ready to use & good horses available
  • 3 were to be pts. 2 to good for that. 1 had was at the end of his working life in a r/school
  • I have too many now as it is
  • from the BLM
  • Yes, But I was the rescue.
  • The horse was sad and skinny, used up by scumbag humans and no longer able to be exploited
  • I adopt TB's off track thru owner/trainers
  • a friend graduated from D.U. & said"Here, do you want my horse, I'm moving East?"
  • He was free and met our needs. We promised a forever home with a pony club family.
  • I have adopted three donkeys from BLM
  • Rescued horses appreciate their lives. A chance to give back
  • Took a horse from a friend.
  • From a neighbor that couldnt feed it
  • So many great horses need a home.
  • I've met the horse love of my life at a rescue and want to give him a forever home.
  • It was love at first sight, the cutest little white pony ever!
  • I adopted a horse with severe eye issues. If I hadn't he would be put down. Very trusting horse!
  • 2 in last 6mnths-1 PSG Dressage 18yr sound- 1 Advanced 3day 16yr lame
  • save from becoming horsemeat
  • A mustang from the BLM
  • 2 TB ex-racers needed a forever home, now great trail hoses!
  • I have the space & resources to care for the 3 I adopted. Horses have enriched my life - I owe them!
  • I fell in love with a lovely purebred Arab filly at a non-profit rescue.
  • The mare chose my husband, the kids fell in love with her foal, and we couldn't leave her yearling t
  • I own 6 horses and am not able to spend time with more than I have
  • 1 was old and a victim of neglect; the 2nd had a bad accident, surgery & uncertain future - 100% now
  • Saddlebred Mare and her filly were slaughterbound, now in their forever home with me.
  • don't like politics of rescues, but I sure miss my boy every day since I lost him, rescued off track
  • I like to save horses from the race track. There are many wonderful horses there who deserve better.
  • We had a client leave four horses with two in foal because he couldn't pay.
  • Two old geldings with issues needed homes.
  • Because she need me ,the mare was maybe a 2 with a 6 month old foal at her side and in foal again.
  • It was the right thing to do in this economy.
  • If we don't save them, who will?
  • We adopted because these beautiful horses deserve all that we can give them.
  • I adopted three premarin foals and have enjoyed every minute of caring for them since then.
  • I bought a pony straight off the kill truck, they actually had to unload him from the truck!
  • Giving a horse a second chance is great! I rescued my mare. she is doing amazing &will foal april 10
  • If I can buy land, I plan to have a home for retired/unwanted horses.
  • every horse deserves a good life. adopt, don't breed or buy
  • I Have recently had one given to me because he needed a home
  • I fell in love with the horses
  • I purchased two horses from a friend of mine who had taken them in.
  • If something happened to one of mine, I would adopt
  • my mom and i have adopted 3 blm mustangs over the years. our first became my prelim horse.
  • Foals from the nurse mare industry are either adopted or destroyed, I choose to adopt.
  • I was asked;she was literally starving for food and attention. She's perfect!!
  • There is no equal to the love that a neglected or abused horse will give you- all 5 of mine are adop
  • Feisty Trottingbred,brought him half way round the world when we moved..LOVE HIM!
  • I have always wanted to own a horse but never have the space.
  • The horse was neglected and quite ill with an infected foot and malnutrition.
  • Directly from the trainer at the track
  • Can't afford to feed it.
  • I wanted them to stay in one place and be cared for
  • I currently have two horses that I have adopted through a rescue. Love at first site for both.
  • owner wanted to euthanize horse so i took it
  • cuz it was a gud horse
  • All our adopted horses came from squalid conditions or abandoned w/unpaid stable bills
  • I could afford to feed 2 more horses but not lay out cash to buy them.
  • My goal is to have a farm large enough to house and care for several retired TBs or older horses.
  • Of the 11 horses in my life since 1980 five were adopted. All are/were good horses too.
  • FELL IN LOVE WITH HER PIC ON RESCUE'S WEBSITE
  • adopted an older retired TB broodmare as companion for my horse
  • Because he is just the sweetest boy.
  • W use horses suitable for a specific event. We need to know exact breeding and background.
  • I don't have the space right now but I do donate to several equine rescue groups
  • A dear friend was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer. She asked me to adopt two of her horses
  • private placement from friends
  • I 'bought' a very skinny and pregnant App mare years ago- she fattened up and had a healthy filly
  • when we have our own place
  • You give them love......they love you back!
  • However, I just turned 70 & our current equines will probably outlive me!
  • Took in starving preg. mare/baby came 4 days later...2yr later..still have baby..love her to death.
  • late last yr...a preg. Appaloosa mare, sound, no problems...but was on her way to slaughter.
  • Because I can buy one for much less then it cost to adopt!!! Money mongers!
  • Not exactly adopt but did buy an ot TB to give her a home. More need to do this!
  • My mare was one of 19 weanlings that were rescued from a horse buyer that sold horses to slaughter.
  • We adopted 2 older horse from the local animal shelter and
  • adopted retiree as companion horse. He's healthy and sound
  • There are to many unwanted horses in the world that need a home. I didn't want to add to the problem
  • PMU
  • It needed someone to take care of it until its feet healed. It was too tall for our family however.
  • I got my colt this way, best lil buddy around!
  • I adopted a roping donkey jenny. She was the one roped. She has a good life with us.
  • Owners fell on hard times, and the little guy deserved a good life!.
  • only goats
  • The horse did not work out at a summer camp and was going to go to auction.
  • 8 years ago I rescued an abused horse throught the humane societyand he has been the greatest!
  • I bought a horse after realizing the pictures they sent of him showed severe malnutrition. Th
  • It's always been from people who could not afford to feed their horses.
  • The horse needed veterinary attention!
  • We adopted two that were destined for slaughter. The rescue was working with a killbuyer.
  • my beautiful mare was pulled from a kill pen as a 2yr old I would only adopt a rescue
  • To give another horse a good home with lots of love from me and my senior horse.
  • I was leasing him and he was too old to sell.
  • I knew the people needing to rehome two horses. And I would like to do this again.
  • It's great to be able to save a horse,and return it to good health.
  • We rescued 2 from neglect, but not through rescues. Recently rescued a 3rd via a group. love 'em!
  • I'm more interested in a horse meeting my preformance needs than adoptiong
  • I rescued a horse in 2000 he is now at least 32 yrs old & still loving life & especially food.
  • I don't care about pedigrees I am not breeding. Rescue horses need homes too.
  • 2
  • I have adopted from the BLM and thru a rescue facility (starved mustang).
  • Got a gentle pony for child.OTTB they are great and need good homes.The most horse for the money
  • Until a year ago I have had at least one rescued Hackney Pony at all times this started in 1979.
  • I lack the energy to take care of more than three mares. Thanks
  • I would adopt a horse and train it if I were a LOT younger
  • PMU from Canada weanling
  • I always wanted to adopt a mustang
  • people are wanting to find homes for good horses
  • Can't say I adopted but I did take over a horse that was in need of a home for a small price.
  • Aged ex-circus horse needed quiet life, I needed live-in mannerly companion for stallion.
  • From a cruelty seizure, this was a horse I wanted but was sold to someone else
  • Saved 2 through an auction.
  • I'm helping them see that the horrors they've seen are in their past will NEVER be there again!
  • She was a lesson horse with heaves, I wanted to give her a better place to live.
  • Why not? Rescue horses can be as good as a purchased horse.
  • Have adopted/fostered 3 and am actively involved with a rescue
  • I adopted a rescue horse because I wanted to save a horse from an uncertain future.
  • Blazey adopted my husband
  • One from a Humane Society, another from a college, third from private owner ($1 sale)
  • I adopted her as a companion horse to my mare. She's a wonderful gal!
  • I'm not for saving all horses, but save a mannered, rideable horse, especially one that was loved.
  • Had 2 geldings, lost one and the other needed a companion.
  • can't afford more than the one horse I already have
  • A pony nobody wanted who was really sweet.
  • They were in very poor condition and would of never made it through winter
  • i've adopted from a rescue and by myself (convinced the people they needed to get rid of the horse(s
  • iI already have 2, no more room
  • I rescued a Qtr Horse mare who had foundered in both front feet then adopted her to recuperate.
  • The owner was letting the once beautiful mare starve to death, because he lost his job.
  • They make the best friends
  • people who fall on hard times, it's better to let their horses go to a good home
  • He was a sweet retiree who made a great companion to my "only" Arabian. He lived with us til he died
  • I no longer buy horses. There are so many out there that need love and TLC. I love getting a rescue!
  • A breeder had to repo several horses that were neglected. I took a mare, who was in foal.
  • He was rescued from the kill pen and needed a home. and I needed a compaion horse.
  • Because I could not stand the idea of The yearlings . Not surviving the winter.
  • Kentucky girl doing my part to support the TB industry and the love of the breed
  • I haven't as of yet, not saying I would never, however.
  • raising and training a wild mustang would be a rewarding experience
  • I adopted a horse but turned out to be rescue. The horse came to me with rain rot/lame & skinny.
  • Saw 2 pathetic horses, starving, brought them home, healthied them up, found a home for the 25 y.o.
  • mine was a older TB broodmare that became my pet/trail horse
  • worked with the horses and built a bond with them so kept them for life
  • My wild mustang chose and adopted ME from the USERL.
  • both the horse and the donkey were aged, and other options for their forever care were not good
  • Owners lost jobs/filed bankruptcy/could not handle horses but wanted them at good home--us!
  • Haven't due to lack of sufficent acreage
  • horse desperately needed a new home, underfed and very lonely
  • yearling was abused and neglected.
  • I adopted a mustang because Private livestock outnumber mustangs at least 200 to 1 on public land
  • gentle spirit in an abused body, I couldn't resist.
  • to many rules
  • 2 out of 3 of my drafts were saved from slaughter...looking for #4.
  • Standardbred broken sesamoid, mare from riding stable now closed down
  • I keep four horses. One is always a rescue.
  • The owner was divorcing her husband & had to find anoither home for them to protect them from her ve
  • over the years all my horses have come from rescues.
  • Her owner needed to get rid of her, I kept her until I could find a very good home.
  • SHE WAS 10 MOS OLD,LEFT IN A FIELD SKINNY, SCARED, AND SWEET, STILL IS. HER NEGECTFUL OWNER WAS FAT
  • have also "saved" more than 5 from starvation.
  • To give back to horses who gave so much - a blind senior draft w/bad teeth & old laminitic App
  • she was bought by killers and I paid them $500 and $500 to a shipper to bring her to me
  • There are so many good horses out there who deserve a good home.
  • Went looking for a companion horse in need of a good home.
  • Paid $200 for a 20yr mare vet didn't think make it from neglect. She is great pasture pretty.
  • to save from slaughter truck - Even at 35+ yo she's the best horse ever!
  • needed a riding horse, helped out rescue
  • I have 5 adopted horses and 3 foster horses - from a rescue - best horses!
  • The animal was a good fit as a lesson horse for beginners with light duty. A student ended with him
  • one was a foal that had lost her mother at birth, and one was being neglected by her previous owners
  • Currently have 3 wonderful BLM mustangs plus have adopted and rehabilitated 2 abused horses.
  • I only have 5 acres and already own 3 horses. I show, so it would be hard to spend my limited money
  • we have 2 private rescues
  • But I would be careful to get the right horse.
  • aren't all horses "adopted"?
  • She is beautiful and she is blind. Adopting her was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
  • He was struck with shovels, ropes and bucked out of terror. I taught him to trust again not buck
  • I have also given forever homes to several horses not through a rescue
  • All five of my horses are Rescues!
  • trying to help out
  • nice horses that deserved a better chance at a good life
  • some rescues do not allow a resale or rehome, too restrictive
  • Two horses, a mule, and a donkey
  • I've adopted 2 and am also currently fostering one. They are FABULOUS!
  • I've done a personal slaughter rescue
  • some were too good to be true, others out of sympathy
  • The Tbs and Standardbreds I looked at at the time were not good prospects for long term soundness.
  • I took on a mare whose owner was ill.
  • There are a lot of great horses out there that need help!
  • A wonderful OTT, loved him very much
  • My mare was in the "kill pen" in Fallon, Nevada. A friend rescued her; 4-year-old track Thoroughbred
  • b/c of the "forever" clause. don't tell me I can't sell if I need too.
  • I have 4 adopted, 5 fostered from a local rescue. I believe in 2nd chances.
  • Kharma was unused, although wanted by an elderly owner (to much horse). My daughter loved her.
  • I adopted a yearling Wild Mustang from BLM-I knew I could provide an excellent home w/good nutrition
  • Standardbred, wonderful horse, so deserving. Best horse I've ever owned.
  • We helped out a friend & got a companion horse for ours, we then had to give her away to a good home
  • He was just right for my grandaughter
  • Financial reason have kept me from adopting as I can only afford one right now and I've had him yrs.
  • I have too many of my own to care for
  • too many hoops to jump through.
  • I've adopted 5 horses. 2 lived out their last year or 2 w/us, 2 retired from show, and 1 abuse case.
  • I have quit breeding and will abopt from now on.
  • I've adopted 3 horses from a rescue over the last 6 years.
  • She needed someone to care for her.
  • Horse was 22 yrs old & not well cared for...skin & bones-she's fat now!Getting lots of love & feed!
  • There are so many great animals in need, we should all help.
  • Adopted three mustangs and just love them, have adopted 19 off the track Thoroughbreds and retrained
  • Both horses needed a home. One was very abused. I love horses and did not have any.
  • Old TB abandoned at my stable and headed for the sale. She died about 4 yrs. later at 28.
  • At this time, I board 2 horses - can't afford to board a third.
  • He is now 35 years old so he is in a "forever home"!
  • Just got one from rescue and others from owner surrenders.
  • Adopted two donkeys from a rescue.
  • I have adopted 4 horses, 3 of the 4 have medical problems and the owners could not keep them.
  • she was living in manure 2 ft deep, hooves were curling up. couldn't leave her there
  • I pray that I am guided to have a rescue sanctuary. I need a starting point. thanks, susan 409-658
  • I took in a navicular thoroughbred so he would not be put down. I still have him and he is awesome!
  • Low price, good cause, good experience with it so far.
  • pity buy. Ended up euthanizing.
  • Emotional decision. No one wanted to take the time to rehab him-became MY teacher in understanding!
  • Rescued from neglectful situation (starved as a colt). Have seen worse neglect, sadly.
  • I adopt almost all of my animals.
  • Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, not really a rescue.
  • I'd do it in a heartbeat if I could afford it!
  • Injured owner, could not care for her horses.
  • Adopted my boy when school was done with him. He’s a total trip. Horsey story time is never dull!
  • Raised 3 from birth-know what I have.Cannot afford to take on possible medical/behavior problems
  • 7 horses, 5 donkeys
  • I AM AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER AND WE SEIZED THIS HORSE ALONG WITH 3 OTHERS IN HORRIBLE CONDITION

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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