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. Ivy is currently at a foster's home for daily training and interaction with positive reinforcement training wich is going very well. If you are looking for a best friend type of horse, please ask to see Ivy.
Trader - Rehabilitating and not yet available for adoption
Trader is making some great progress on his rehabilitation and weight gain. He is a lively fellow with bright eyes and a fondness of his best girl, Ivy. This handsome gelding is a 17 year old Arabian that stands about 14.3 hands. Trader still needs to gain more weight, and undergo a training assessment before he will be ready for placement, so follow us on Facebook and this page for additonal future updates. Update: Trader is very responsive to a soft touch and he does best with one-on-one interaction as two or more people overwhelm him. He is still very resistant to having her rear legs handled but we are working on it!
Charlie - Pending adoption!
This handsome Quarter horse has done a wonderful job of gaining weight and his top-line is filling out nicely. Charlie is about 16.1H and is in his mid-20's based on teeth. Charlie has had one ride that went well. He will be back under saddle weekly now that our pastures are snow-free. If you have been looking for kind soul to be your friend or decorate your pasture, this gelding fits the bill. Charlie is available for adoption for $500.
Angel - Available for Adoption
This adorable 7 year old Hackney/Cross mare atanding at 13.1H is looking for a home! We were told she is not broke to ride/drive, so the training to date has been of refreshing her ground manners and acceptance of a saddle pad and eventually a saddle. Angel is very friendly, loves attention, leads well, can back and yields her hindquarters on touch request. She is up-to-date on all her vaccinations, Coggins, feet trims, and dental float. Angel is considered a Project horse requiring further training for riding or driving.. Angel is available for adoption for $500 and a completed adoption agreement. Update: Angel has been started with driving and it is going very well as it appears she had training in the past!
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 - Rehabilitating and not yet available for adoption
This 15.2H Paint is currently undergoing a re-feeding program to get her back to a healthy weight. We were told this cute gal is 10 years old and green broke so once she is up-to-weight, Sahara will start with a training assessment. She stands well for the farrier and has just one little splash of white on her left side. Stay tuned for Sahara's progress reports.
Jen - Rehabilitating and not yet available for adoption
Jen is a 15.2H, 17 year old Thoroughbred. Once this pretty girl is up to a healthy weight she will be going thru a training assessment as she was trail ridden in the past. Jen is very easy to catch and stands well for the farrier. This sweet girl will be one to watch.
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 - Being Assessed, not yet available
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. She has yet to be assessed for ridng by HNR, however, word is she is great for trail riding with an intermediate level rider. Blaze may even make an excellent mount for a 4H student as she is a looker. Stay tuned on when this striking mare will be available.