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
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. 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! She is a quick learner and is available for $350 to the right home.
Ivy -Available for Adoption
Ivy is a gorgeous, 21 yo, registered Welsh Cobb standing at 14.1 hands. She is very healthy and responds extremely well to natural horsemanship training. Ivy is an in-your-pocket horse once she developes a relationship with you. She has been saddled, but not yet ridden. Ivy is considered a Project Horse and is available for $500. She just had her first bareback ride that went amazing for all. Ivy is currently at a foster's home for daily training and interaction with positive reinforcement training which is going very well. If you are looking for a best friend type of horse, please ask to see Ivy.
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 - Rehabilitating and not yet available for adoption
This 10 year Quarter Horse mix standing at 14.2H just arrived at the rescue and is undergoing rehabilitation from emaciation and hamsting issues which cause her to lift her right rear leg in a stringhalt fashion. Sadie also has a previous injury to her right front fetlock which is fixated. Sadie has a very sweet personality and loves to be groomed. She will be a wonderful companion horse for some lucky family when she is healthy. Stay tuned!
Sahara - Available for Adoption
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! $500 adoption fee.
Jen - Available for Adoption
Jen is a 15.2H, 17 year old Thoroughbred. She is very easy to catch and stands well for the farrier. She has had a couple of easy rides to date and a trail ride out with her buddy Sahara. Jen is a little buddy and barn sour meaning she requires a confident rider to help her deal with the anxiety of leaving her home base and other horses behind. Jen does have an old injury to her. right rear fetlock which leaves it looking a little swollen, but we have not seen it bothering her or causing lameness. Jen is available for adoption to an experienced rider or to a home looking for a sweet pasture pal for $500. Please call 645-4674 to set up a time to meet Jen soon.
Mandy - Rehabilitating, 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 being rehabilitated with our refeeding program. Mandy is very sweet and is said to have been ridden in the past. Stay tuned for her progress and eventual training assessment.
Blaze - Available for adoption
Jags Morning Blaze is a 21 year old APHA Overo Paint, that has recently come back into the HNR program. She stands about 14.3H and is a very sweet horse. Blaze is UTD on her vaccinations, farrier, dental and Coggins. She iould be a great mount for an intermediate rider who has some instruction to help finish and refine her, or an advanced rider who can do it themselves. Again, she feels solid and comfortable with a rider, just does not know much unfortunately. It's not so much the level of riding, as someone who has knowledge of pressure and release to finish her training. She would be an excellent partner for a 4H student that is looking to advance their training experience. Blaze is available for adoption for $500.