Freedom is a late teens (~18YO) ~15hh Standardbred gelding. He was pulled from the kill pen in Shippensburg, Pa in September 2021. He is sound and rideable but has not been ridden lately nor does he have any formal under saddle training, but he is willing to learn. He is terrified of fireworks and gunfire in close proximity but is unphased if they are off in a distance. He is leery of people at first but warms up to them quickly once he realizes that no harm will come. He needs daily handling and loves attention, on his terms. A slow steady patient hand is a must. He isn't overtly affectionate but likes interaction and positive handling. He likes 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 an easy keeper, and does fine with a blanket and 3-sided shed with access 365/24/7 - he does not need to be stalled.
**Normally we would require a companion but Freedom is sending signals that he would honestly prefer to be an only horse, so homes with no other horses will be considered.
Kalypso is a 17-year-old paint mare. She was purchased in April, but it was later determined that she had an old injury prohibiting that. The 5 year old injury is fused, she is in no pain, and pasture sound, but confirmed by x-rays to be unrideable because of it. She is a low-maintenance, easy keeper. She gets along well with others; she is currently turned out with two geldings. She doesn't like to be stalled, so she needs turnout 365/24/7 with adequate shelter. She is up to date on everything. She is available as a companion only.
Is This Thing On "Mr. P" and Sherman are available as a bonded pair. They must stay together. They are currently in a short term foster situation that ends in the spring. They are both easy keepers and rideable, although they have not been ridden recently. They are green and not formally trained to ride (both former Amish cart horses), but will take a rider. Suitable for a confident knowledgeable intermediate rider. They are both friendly (Mr. P is more outgoing than Sherman), like people, easy to work with, have good ground manners and are fine on 365/24/7 turnout with appropriate shelter. They are UTD on everything.
Is This Thing On "Mr. P" - 2007 bay 15.2hh reg Standardbred gelding
Sherman is a late teens 15.3hh homebred Standardbred gelding
To It and From It, 14-year-old 16.1hh Thoroughbred mare. She is rideable; and suitable for an advanced intermediate and up rider. She has been on foot supplements to improve her hooves. They are coming right along but she will require regular farrier care and, at a minimum, front shoes to be ridden. She is well-trained but can no longer do upper-level shows. She is believed to be a retired eventing horse as she will jump and understands dressage queues. She is not suitable for someone new to riding or learning. She requires a gentle hand and a strong leg. She is healthy and UTD on everything.
Wisenbossy, 13 year old 16.1hh Thoroughbred mare. She is rideable; and suitable for an intermediate and up rider. We don't know her riding history but did take a rider at the lot, and had some previous exposure to being ridden in her past life. She has good ground manners. Can be boss mare. She is healthy and UTD on everything.
Our horses are not for sale. They are placed in screened private homes (we do not place horses in for-profit lesson, therapy, etc. programs) with the intent they will remain there until their passing. We do not do trials or short-term fosters except in certain circumstances. They are placed with legally binding agreements and the same terms as a full adoption; the term "foster" is for your benefit and allows you to track and deduct the horse's yearly expenses.
We are located in Hughesville, Maryland. The horses posted are not at our location; their location is noted in the post. Some are still in quarantine, but available once our vet clears them.
Homes are responsible for hauling the horse to their location along with expenses incurred while the horse is in their care, i.e., grain, hay, farrier, vet, etc. Foster care expenses are tax deductible.
Horses are placed in fully screened homes within 5 hours of our location (Hughesville, MD 20637) in the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Homes must agree to sign a lifetime agreement. Homes are expected to meet (exceed) Maryland's Standards of Care. No barbed 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 permanent structurally sound three-sided 10x10 shelter space available per horse.
Full Legal Name:
Property Address (where horse(s) will be kept:
Mailing Address (if different):
Which horse(s) are you interested in?
What is the intended use of the horse?
Do you have other horses? What kind?
Do you own/rent your residence?
Do you own/lease the property where this horse will be kept, or do you plan to board?
If lease, do you have a formal written lease? How long is its term (in years)?
How many acres do you have?
What type of fencing?
Please describe your level of expertise in the following areas:
Who will ride the 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?
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 rehomed, sold, sent a horse to auction or surrendered a horse?
If so, please explain?
* 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.
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