The Adoption Process
1. Fill out an adoption application and submit a nonrefundable $25 dollar adoption application fee via the Paypal button on our website & FaceBook page or by mailing a check to Horse North Rescue, PO Box 76 Kingsley, MI 49649
2. Schedule a Meet and Greet by calling 231-645-4674, leaving your name and phone number with date & time preferred. NOTE: This is a very basic 30 minute time to interact with the horse.
3. If your application and fee have been submitted, we allow for a 60 minute visit with the prospective horse that interests you and more extensive handling of the horse will be permitted. Again, call 231-645-4674 to set up that appointment by leaving your name, phone number, preferred times and dates and our Barn Manager will call you back to get it scheduled.
4. Should you be interested in a horse that is not currently available for adoption, we encourage you to submit an application so we can get the preliminary site visit and paperwork started. All horses will be given at least two weeks advertised as "available" before the selection process begins.
5. This application will expire after two years from date of signature or adoption of a HNR horse or whichever comes first.
6. The dedicated volunteers at HNR will conduct a site visit, check on the references you provide and discuss further with you whether that particular horse will be the most suitable for your family.
Please note: All HNR horses are adopted out on a 'right to first refusal contract' meaning if you cannot or should no longer wish to own the horse, HNR must be contacted prior to the horse being advertised or transferred to another home.
Lilly -Available for Adoption $350
Lilly is a 14.1H Arab and approximately 12yo, that came to us as an Animal Control seizure. She arrived underweight and very skiddish. Lilly has since blossomed into a more confident horse and would love to have daily interaction and training. Lilly does have heaves and an allergy blood test indicated she is allergic to most local grasses and hay as well as dust mites. Lilly would best be kept out of a barn stall/arena sitaution and fed small amounts of wetted hay and other complete feeds to keep up her weight. She is currently on Oxy-Gen and Immunize some supplements to aid her respiratory system and we are seeing positive results as she has required no heaves medications all summer! She is UTD on teeth and vaccinations and ready for a new chapter to her life. Lilly has started consistent groundwork and has had a couple of quiet rides in the roundpen and on the trails. This girl would be perfect for any intermediate rider. As we follow the 20% rule for maximum weight a hores should carry, we would recommend Lilly best suited for a rider and tack to total no more than 200 lbs. To set up an appointment to meet Lilly please call us at 231-645-4674.
Apollo - Available for adoption for $700
This handsome, Peruvian/Paso Fino gelding came to HNR as an abandoned horse. The combined efforts of Roscommon and Clare County Animal Control Offices were key to this boy getting to safety as well as tracking down the former owner.
Gorgeous Apollo is ready for adoption to a very specific owner. We know he is beautiful and hard to resist, but please read below very carefully when deciding whether he might be the right horse for you.
Apollo is lovely, with a sweet personality, a good head for trails, and a fantastic gait that he very willingly goes into. He has the potential to be a great trail horse in the right hands, and really seems to enjoy it once he gets out there. However, he has a lot of baggage from previous mishandling. He requires a very experienced rider with a good knowledge of horse behavior, a soft hand, a calm demeanor, and a deep understanding that every quirk he has comes from a place of fear. He can get anxious and needs a relaxed horseman or horsewoman to help him out of it. He is also a very sensitive horse, and requires little to no cue when riding. Over-cuing will definitely lead to over-response. In short, he would be a wonderful project for someone with the correct skills and demeanor to be a good match for him, but he will need a very specific person to bring out the best in him.
If you feel you Apollo would be the perfect addition to your family and herd, please call us at 231-645-4674 to set up a meet and greet and put in you adoption application.
Sadie - Available for adoption- Fee waived for a sanctuary home
This 10 year Quarter Horse mix standing at 14.2H is very sweet. She is a wonderfully trained gem and would make an excellent first horse for a young child. Sadie does, however, some physical limitations due to an old injury that did not heal correctly in her front fetlock. Our vet has taken a close look and informed us that she should not carry an adult passenger, she is sound only for walk/trot and only a child rider with total weight under 75 lbs. Our teen assistant trainer, Faith, observed that Sadie picks up a walk with only a voice cue (clucking) and at the most only a light nudge with the feet, has a great neck rein (good for young'uns since they can hold the horn and still be learning to steer) and a solid stop. She is a laid back, calm horse and will gladly hold a walk and babysit her rider, and will even happily stand still. Sadie is smart and quick on the uptake. Faith reintroduced her to some backing, which she probably learned in the past but it had been dulled by no release, and with a few quick practices, she was backing on a very light request. Marian, our Trainer, has also introduced Sadie to driving which she reponded very well to also. To meet this beautiful girl call 231-645-4674 to set up an appointment or submit your adoption application and we will contact you. UPDATE: Sadie has undergone some xrays on her front foot and it is determined she will suffer from arthritis as she ages and requires a special home that can give her the care she needs. If this sounds like your perfect pasture pet, please contact us as her fee may be waived.
Sahara - Available for Adoption $500
This 15.2H mare is tall cup of tea for a Paint! She is UTD on Coggins, feet dental and vaccinations and all ready for a home with attention, love and care. We were told this cute gal is 10 years old , however, the dentist thought 16-17 years old was more accurate. Sahara stands well for the farrier and has just one little splash of white on her one side. She is easy to sadddle and ride but a more experienced rider is needed as Sahara needs help understanding reining and leg cues. She is very eager to learn more and has a heart of gold plus enormous confidence as nothing fazes her like ATV's, tractors, groups of people, etc. Sahara would be best suited for a rider and tack that totals no more than 220 lbs. based on the 20% rule we follow. To meet this stunning black beauty, call 231-645-4674 or complete an adoption application and we will call you!
Mandy - Available for adoption for $600
Mandy is a 14.3H Quarter Horse that is estimated to be 8-10 years old per the Vet. She came into HNR by way of Animal Control investigating a stray horse. She has since been owner surrendered and is ready for her new home. Mandy stands great to be saddled, bridled, and mounted, though sometimes ambles off the mount a little. She is not the least bit nervous about new situation and has a really nice, light neck rein and stop. She takes a bit fine but is equally well in a bitless bridle. She is basic trail trained, but does not understand leg cues very well at this time. She would be best for an advanced beginner or active rider. Note, we did not get her up to a canter due to space limitations at our rescue facility but do not anticipate any problems. Mandy is UTD on vaccinations, Coggins, farrier and dental. Call 231-645-4674 for more information.
Dandy - currently rehabilitating not available for adoption yet
This sweet gelding came to us as an owner's surrender. He is 25 years old, standing at approximately 11.2H and broke to ride. Dandy is current on his vaccinations and Coggins and will soon be UTD on dental and a farrier visit. Once he regains some necessary weight and muscle, Dandy will be undergoing a training assessment and be placed available for adoption. Please consider submitting your application if you think he might be a good fit for your family.