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. To set up an appointment to meet her, please call us at 231-645-4674.
Apollo - Rehabilitating and not yet available for adoption
This handsome, 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. That owner indicated this Paso is 11 years old and has been ridden. Apollo has been improving, but he came to HNR with some significant trust issues. Though very sweet and enjoying attention, he is quite nervous. He has also been found by both our vet and our equine bodyworker to have significant tightness in his rear end. We will be working to resolve this issue, and are hopeful that will help his anxiety as well. He will need some time to trust and heal physically before we are able to evaluate his riding abilities and level for a future adopter. Stay tuned for more updates as to his progress and eventual availability.
Sadie - Available for adoption $400
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. 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.
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. To meet this stunning black beauty, call 231-645-4674 or complete an adoption application and we will call you!
Mandy - Currently under training assessment, not yet available for adoption
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 almost ready for her new home. Her training assessment has begun and she needs just a couple more rides before we place her available for adoption. So far Marian has reported Mandy is easy to saddle and knows the basics of riding. She understands neck reining, is forward moving and has a good stop but does not undertsand leg pressure cues. Mandy will need work on backing but she is willing to learn. She will need an active rider and would be perfect for an older child or young teen that has some experience and the confidence to steer. Stay tuned as this girl should be available before the end of the month.
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.