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.
Charlotte - Currently at Foster - Available for Adoption -
Fostering over the winter with Shelby Road Stables:
Charlotte is an approximately 20 year old paint mare with a flashy look, big personality, and a heart of gold.
Unfortunately a previous injury to her knee limits Charlotte's capabilities as a riding horse, and requires some maintenance to keep her sound and comfortable.
Charlotte underwent a loading dose treatment of Adequan for her joints, and may require Adequan in the future to help the upkeep of that knee. She is on edible msm and glucosamine daily, needs enough space to move and use that joint, and receives Equioxx as needed for pain. If you are interested in Charlotte, the rescue will be happy to discuss her needs and costs in detail with you.
However, Charlotte is a sweet, lovely mare who would be an incredible pasture ornament, companion, therapy, or light children's lead-line horse for the right person, and has plenty of life and love left to give.
To see some video of her in action, check out:
Chelsea - Available for Adoption - Fee Waived to the Right Home
Lillian - Adoption Pending - $600
This sweet lady is an approximately 22 year old Quarter Horse mare. Lillian came in having had poor nutrition and hoof care. She has now had several weeks of good feed, and our farrier is happy with her hoof angles.
Lillian has been tried under saddle at a walk, trot and canter and she knows her job. We have not been able to try her on the trails due to icy conditions, though we were told she has ridden trails in her past. She is suggested for an active beginner rider and above.
She does have some light arthritis and occasional stiffness. We advise that she remains on joint support in her adoptive home, and she is not suited to be a heavy competition horse. Lillian is looking for a nice, laid back home where she can take care of newer riders at a walk/trot and the occasional canter.
Chloe - Rehabbing at Foster
Chloe is an 18 year old QH mare with a lovely, laid back personality. She came in a good few hundred pounds underweight and needing attention for worms, sand, and thrush. One of our incredible approved adopters offered to foster her through her rehab, so she is receiving one on one love and care while she recovers throughout the winter!
Ozzie - Available for Adoption - $1,000.
Ozzie is an approximately 15 year old and a beautiful, flashy gelding. He stands at about 15.2 hands. We do not know his breeding. Based on his build and very flat back, there is a good chance for some gaited horse in there somewhere, but so far we have yet to see him do any gaiting. Another strong suggestion is some kind of Saddlebred cross. His movement definitely can look that way, and he reminds our trainer of the couple of Saddlebreds she has ridden in the past, both in his movement under saddle and his mindset. However, all of that is speculative, and we do not know any of his breeding for sure.
Ozzie is a friendly, engaged guy who loves face scratches. He likes to have a very snuggly relationship, but he learns boundaries quickly. He has no major vices - no buck, rear, kick, or bite, does well for the farrier, and climbs right onto a trailer. He can get a little wiggly when standing tied, but does not pull.
This boy has made incredible progress in just the few weeks he has been back under saddle with us. He is now going nicely at walk, trot, and canter, keeps a good head even with other horses working around him, and is refining his skills every session. He is smart, quick, and eager to learn, and will make a great partner for a lucky adopter!
We suggest an intermediate rider or above for Ozzie. He is not a difficult ride, but needs active engagement from his partner so is not suited to a timid rider.
To see Ozzie's current work under saddle, check out
Miss T - Rehabilitating - Not yet available
Miss T is a beautiful, approximately 17 year pony mare who came to us through and AC intervention. We don't know her breeding exactly, but very likely to be at least a Halflinger cross.
She stands about 14 hands. Once healthy, she should be suited for kids or small adults (in terms of her size), and we will be evaluating her training and rider level. She may be trained to drive as well, which we will be investigating. For the time being, however, Miss T will get to rest up and eat up. She was placed at a body score of 2.5 upon intake, and still has plenty to go before she is back at a healthy weight.