Horses are placed in forever homes with the intent they will remain there until their passing. We do not do trials or short-term fosters except in certain circumstances. Placement agreements are legally binding and the same terms as an adoption, but the term "foster" is for your benefit and allows you to track and deduct the horse's yearly expenses.
We have rideable and companion only horses available. They arrive fully vaccinated with a current negative coggins. Homes are responsible for their expenses while in their care, i.e., farrier, hay, feed and basic veterinary care. All tangible foster care expenses are tax deductible. Horses are placed in fully screened homes within 4 hours of our location (Hughesville, MD 20637). Homes must agree to sign a lifetime agreement. There is no placement fee.
Being Maryland based we require all homes, regardless of the state, to meet (exceed) Maryland's Standards of Care. No barb wire or single strand electric will be approved; high tensile fence is acceptable, but all fencing must be well maintained. Additionally, there must be a minimum structurally sound permanent 10x10 space available.
To complete our screening process email or message us on Facebook the following information along with clear photos of the shelter and fencing where the horse(s) will be kept:
Full Legal Name:
Which horse(s) are you interested in?
Do you own/rent/other your residence? If other, please describe.
Do you own/lease/board where this horse will be kept?
If lease the property, do you have a formal written lease? How long is its term (in years)?
How many acres do you have?
What type of fencing?
Do you have other animals? What kind? How are they kept?
What is the intended use of the horse?
Please describe your riding level of expertise?
Please describe your horse handling level of expertise?
Please describe your horse training level of expertise?
Do you have experience working with abused/neglected horses?
Who will ride the adopted horse? What is their age and riding level?
Who will be responsible for feeding/training/general care?
If you are the responsible party, who takes care of the horse when you are out of town? *
How much do you anticipate spending yearly on feed/hay, farrier, veterinary care, board (if applicable)?
How often does a horse need worming? Farrier care? Dental care?
What vaccinations do you give?
What would you do with the horse if you had to move?
What is the name and number of your veterinarian? *
What is the name and number of your farrier? *
Have you ever been issued a warning/citation, or been convicted for a violation against animals? If so, please explain?
Have you ever sold a horse to auction or surrendered an animal to a rescue/other? If so, please explain?
Reference 1 (non related) Include Phone Number
Reference 2 (non related) Include Phone Number
* Your vet and farrier reference MUST have seen your horse(s) at their current location in the last year.
In the event you have not had a horse in the last year or so but still want to adopt we will allow it IF the horse is boarded at a fully compliant professional boarding facility with vet and farrier references. In Maryland, stables must be fully licensed. https://portal.mda.maryland.gov/stables
We call all references, we review pictures, we look up address...
Horse can be boarded or kept at home, but the screening process is the same - no exceptions.
Falcon is mid-late teens 15.2hh Standardbred mare. She was pulled from the kill pen in Shippensburg with a load of other horses scheduled to ship to Mexico. She is fully vaccinated with a current coggins and is ready for her new home. She is a friendly, in your pocket girl, loves people, and has good ground manners. She is sound. She's had a saddle on, but never tested with a rider. She gets along well with other horses.
Freedom is a 16yo ~15hh Standardbred gelding. He was pulled from the Shippensburg kill pen in September of 2021. Unfortunately, due to medical issues his family can no longer care for him and have asked us for help. He is sound and rideable but has not been ridden lately. He is leery of people at first but warms up to them quickly once he realizes that no harm will come. He likes slow movements. He is terrified of fireworks and gunfire. He isn't overtly affectionate but likes interaction and positive handling. He like a good grooming and a nice scratch. He stands beautifully for the farrier. He will even pick up his foot before you get to the foot. He is a gentleman with that. He is easy to handle now. Once he settles in and trusts you, he will do whatever you want. He is an easy keeper (about 2lbs of sweet feed a day) and hay access 24/7. He appreciates heated water during the colder months and some of the creature comforts he's come to enjoy so access to a stall is needed.
Linus is an unregistered 16YO 14.2hh Quarter horse gelding. He is green and will require someone with the time and patience to train him. He will take a rider, and will take a saddle, but they haven't been tested together. He stands for the vet and farrier. He was gelded late in life so should only be kept with other geldings - he has NOT been with mares, and out of an abundance of caution, he shouldn't be in a mixed herd. He's an easy keeper and only requires hay.
Sam is a late teens 15.2hh gaited mare. She is sound and rideable. Good under saddle, but nervous so she requires a confident rider. She does everything asked of her. She is easy to work with, and requires a quiet gentle person. So if you are looking for a sassy, opinionated beautiful mare to hit the trails with then this might be your girl.