How do I find out more information about a particular horse?
Each adoptable horse has a page on the website detailing information particular to that equine. Additional photos and information can be found on our blog, or on our facebook site, at www.facebook.com/HorsesWithHope For additional information, see the Contact Us link to send a message.
Horses With Hope makes every effort to disclose all information about each one of our equines. However, due to the unpredictable and often unknown nature of the equine’s history, it may not be possible to determine any prior training, disease history, breeding, etc. Horses With Hope (HWH) makes no guarantee as to a horse’s training, age, background, use, etc. and advises all potential adopters to contract a veterinarian for a thorough pre-purchase exam prior to finalizing any adoption.
What is the adoption fee for a particular horse?
A final, forever home is more important than financial concerns to HWH. However, in the interest of creating a value for the horses HWH has invested in, an adoption fee between $500-$1000 will be determined for each individual horse. In the event of a successful adoption, this money goes into a special account set aside for the rescue and transportation of horses bound for slaughter.
What is HWH looking for in a potential adopter?
HWH is interested in placing every horse into an appropriate lifelong home—it does the horse no good to be returned time and time again. HWH has invested extensive time into retraining the equines offered for adoption, and each horse will have individual requirements for an appropriate home. In addition to these, HWH’s Adoption Contract and Bill of Sale, found in a PDF below, details the kind of care expected at any adoptive home. These requirements include proper shelter, free choice forage and water, a diet appropriate to the horse, regular veterinary, dentist and farrier care, and a safe environment for the horse to live. Applicants should pay special attention to fencing (HWH does not approve barbed wire fenced pastures for adoptive horses), the availability of water in winter, and regular removal of manure buildup.
How do I apply to adopt a horse from Horses With Hope?
Horses With Hope has a detailed application process to guarantee that every horse is placed into the best possible situation, and ensure that horse the best possible chance of a forever home. If you are interested in a HWH horse, please download and fill out the HWH Adoption Application.
Once HWH receives my application, what happens?
The HWH reviews each application to find the best fit for each particular horse. The review may include contacting your references, asking additional questions through email or by phone, and a site visit to the location the horse would be kept.
I’m interested in a horse.
Can I come try him and see if he’s what I’m looking for?
HWH does not offer riding interviews prior to receipt of a completed application, approved references, and an interview.
I’ve been asked to come for a riding interview.
What should I expect?
Please bring a well-fitted, approved riding helmet, and wear appropriate riding attire including long pants and boots with at least a 1” heel. Please download, fill out and sign the PDF Waiver of Liability and Assessment of Risk Form and bring it along with you. The HWH representative you spoke with will provide you with individual instructions regarding the horse you’ll be riding, but please feel free to email if you have other questions. Don’t worry, and relax! The riding interview is not a test of your skills. The right emotional match between a horse and rider is very different from the right mechanical match between a horse and rider, and it isn’t until the horse meets you that HWH trainers will know if a match has been made.
When I come for my riding interview, can I bring my horse trailer and bring the horse home the same day?
If you are considered for adoption for a horse, it is likely that HWH representatives and trainers will want to see you ride this horse and determine whether your skill level and background coordinates with the training the horse has undergone. Trainers are happy to offer advice to prospective adopters, but we cannot guarantee a match, nor predict in advance whether you’ll be able to leave the same day with your horse. There are a wide variety of factors that go into creating the ideal adoption situation, and in most situations HWH does not release a horse the same day as the riding interview.
I applied for a horse.
Why I haven’t I heard anything back yet?
HWH will acknowledge receipt of every completed application. If you have not received a notice your application was received, please email to confirm its arrival. If you have received an acknowledgment but no request for interview, we may have determined you are not a fit for a particular horse at this particular time. We will keep your application on file for approximately one year, and will contact you again in the event that a horse matching your needs comes available.