Horse North Rescue is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
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 n' Greet by calling or texting 231-645-4674 and leaving your name and phone number with date & time preferred. NOTE: This is a very basic 30 minute time to interact with the horse. If you have submitted an adoption application, additional time and equine handling is encouraged.
3. 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.
4. This application will expire after two years from date of signature or adoption of a HNR horse or whichever comes first.
5. 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 beautiful 14.1 hand Arabian mare, approximately 12 years old, that came to us as an Animal Control seizure. She has been started walk/trot under saddle though still not riding in a bit, and had two impressive outings on the trails where she handled bicycles, hikers, and dirt bikes. Lilly does have allergies, an allergy blood test indicated she is allergic to dust mites and also to most local grasses and hay - though she is least allergic to timothy and alfalfa. Her full allergy test information will be available to her future adopters. Lilly would best be kept out of a barn stall/arena situation and fed small amounts of wetted hay and other complete feeds . She is currently on Oxy-Gen and Immunize supplements to aid her respiratory system and we are seeing positive results. She will not be able to be in heavy competition, but can certainly enjoy life as a light riding horse. At this time she will still require a skilled and rider to complete her training and bring her to her best potential, though a confident intermediate rider with professional guidance could also suit. As we follow the 20% rule for maximum weight a horse should carry, we would recommend Lilly best suited for a rider and tack to total no more than 200 lbs.
Spice: Currently rehabilitating and not yet available for adoption
Spice is a beautiful , 21 year old Tennessee Walker mare who came to HNR from an Animal Control intercept via Menonminee County in the UP. Friends of UPAWS and Sally's Fund took her under their wing and did the initial weeks of care, and she finished her weight gain and recovery with Horse North. Spice came in very thin with a severe case of ulcers. She is now at a very good weight and has been treated for the ulcers, but she has some defensiveness as a result of being handled and ridden with that constant ulcer pain. She has made good progress, but it is important not to rush her as she continues to work with our trainer to regain her trust in people. We will post updates on her journey.
Nike - Not yet Available
Nike is back with us through no fault of his or his owner. It just wasn't the right fit. However, he was given top notch care and attention and is happy and healthy. We will be working with him to get him back into the swing of things and assess his needs, and then he will be available for adoption.
We do know, however, that Nike is an energetic OTTB who needs a job and a confident owner and rider. He is a very handsome dark bay, 12 years old, beautifully built, and will make someone a great partner. His Jockey Club name is Wilma's Numberone.
Keep an eye on this striking boy, we will be updating soon with more details regarding his suitability for rider and discipline type, and he will be available for adoption soon.
Chelsea - Fostering - Not Available
Chloe - Available for Adoption $650
Chloe is an approximately 18 year old, big, beautiful, Quarter Horse mare. She is a very sweet and friendly horse, rides very well, and has a really nice level head, although she is not currently able to go out alone. She very likely could work up to that, but it is not in her repertoire of skills at this time. She does great in the pen or with a buddy on the trail, and would be suitable for an advanced beginner to early intermediate rider.
However, Chloe has tested positive for PSSM1. We have been doing a lot of learning since receiving this information, and will give any and all details we can to potential adopters, but here is the primer:
PSSM1 is a genetic muscular disorder in horses that causes the muscles to store too much glycogen, which in turn causes stiffness, sore movement, occasionally floating appearance of lameness, and in extreme cases, tying up. Chloe is heterozygous, meaning she has one copy of the gene, which often results in a milder version of the disorder. This seems to hold true, as even before we knew about her PSSM and had taken steps to address it, we still never saw her actually deal with a tying up episode.
PSSM cannot be cured, but the variant known as PSSM1 can often be controlled through proper diet and exercise. This is done by feeding as few starch and sugars, often listed as NSC (non-structural carbohydrates), as possible, and extra calories through fat instead. She would need to be on a grazing muzzle if on any grass, and she eats Triple Crown Senior (11.7% nsc, the lowest available in a high fat, easily accessible commercial feed) to keep her weight up. She could also benefit from additional fat sources such as vegetable oil, and extra vitamin E in the diet (which she is currently receiving at HNR).
Also important to PSSM is exercise. Under no circumstances can Chloe be stalled, she must be allowed access to turnout at all times. She will also do best in a home that will exercise her, whether light trail riding or even just some lunging a few times a week. The exercise keeps that glycogen in check.
Jac, Jockey Club name JacQuick, is a 13 year old, unraced OTTB standing about 16.2 hands. We have ridden him walk/trot/canter in both English and Western saddles (he does not neck rein) and both in an arena and on the trail. He has worked great under saddle for us, but he will require an experienced rider to continue to bring out that confidence in him. He has yet to spook with us, but when concerned about something, he needs to be given time to look at it and process it. If forced past or carrying a nervous rider, he would likely struggle much more. Jac has ridden out alone on the trails with us. He was alert but willing, and eager to head back to the barn but responsive to being asked to walk.
Jac is generally very amenable, but he is big and he knows it, and he will try to throw his weight if he is concerned about what he is being asked to do (the only place we have seen this so far is trailer loading) so he needs a calm, confident handler who will not be frightened by his size.
He also has a picky digestive system and requires proper diet and management. He is susceptible to ulcers and will need some continued support, we will provide potential adopters with diet recommendations. Also very important: he is very defensive about grain. He will strike at other horses, whether they are nearby/even have access to his pasture or not. If he perceives them as any threat to his feed, he will lash out. He should be fed separated from other horses and allowed to eat in peace.
All of this is not to drive anyone away from considering this beautiful boy, but merely to be very up front with Jac's needs so as to ensure a proper home. He could make an excellent riding partner for the right person, so if you think that is you, please do not hesitate to contact us with further questions or to send in an adoption application and set up a time to come meet him.