Adoption Procedures

You want to adopt a rescued horse? Fantastic!

We are also greatly in need of donations, so please visit our website at http://www.falconridgerescue.org/how-to-help/ to donate!


FIRST - Please take a look at the horses for adoption on this blog and read through what we are looking for in adopters. If you are interested in any of the horses and feel they are a good fit for your riding ability and experience, then once you see a horse you are interested in, do the following:

1. Please call Nicki Branch at 760-519-2190 if you are interested in seeing a horse for adoption. Tell Nicki about yourself and what you are looking for in a horse and how its life would be with you and your family, your horses and experience. Tell her which horse you saw on the blog you are interested in. Do not say "what do you have?" as we have 35 rescued horses here. Tell her if you currently have horses, or horses you have owned in the past, how much you ride, how you ride, facility, etc. If Nicki likes how you sound, then she will set up an appointment for you to come meet the horse here at FalconRidge. We are located in Valley Center, near the Lavender Farm. Horses for adoption are available for viewing on Saturdays at FalconRidge between the hours of 10am and 4pm. If you cannot make a Saturday let us know so we can schedule another time. The ranch is closed on any day if it rains or has rained one or two days prior.

Thank you for wanting to adopt a horse, instead of breed or buy one! Don't shop, ADOPT!

2. Once you have been screened by phone, and have your appointment set up to see your horse, you will be screened in person at FalconRidge to see if you are a good fit for the horse. We want a successful match between horse and it's possible FOREVER owner!

3. If you want a horse for adoption after seeing it in person, and have been approved by Nicki, you will be given an adoption contract to fill out with all your personal information needed. Once that has been approved and your adoption fee paid, you will be allowed to take your horse home.

We are looking for owners who adopt a horse into their family for the rest of it's life. Adoptable horses are shown by scheduled appointments only. Please make sure you make your appointment time and if you cannot, please call to say why. We are looking for committed and responsible mature owners, which means those people who can keep appointments.

No first time horse owners. If you wish to learn about horse care, volunteering at FalconRidge will help you gain the experience you need so that you can adopt a horse in the future. Horses must be placed where there is at least one other horse, or if there are neighboring horses that are nearby, that is acceptable as they are herd animals. Please do not contact us if you have a horse you have to sell first in order to adopt, want to trade, or if you cannot afford the adoption fee. We do not do "trades". We are looking for families who keep horses for life. Financial responsibility is required. We do NOT allow BREEDING of any adopted horse. Adoption fees are tax deductible (they help support the rescues feed and vet costs) and they are non-refundable.

We are looking for loving homes FOR LIFE and owners who wish to commit to the horse as a family member, take the time to bond with it, train it further if needed, grow and learn with it. We would rather horses be in homes as family members, not as worker bees who "have" to have a job. Some of these horses have already been through that or worse and deserve not to work. Horses make great pets!

After finding out what type of horse you are looking for and if there is a possible match between you and one of the adoptable horses, call or email to set up an appointment to see the horse. There is no deposit to "hold" a horse for adoption and it is first come first served on approved adopters interested in the same horse. Please be honest when describing your experience to us with horses as it assures the correct horse is matched to your horsemanship capabilities creating an appropriate and successful human/horse match.

We have great horses are here for great people! We have a very successful adoption program with a high success rate and have enriched the lives of numerous families by allowing them to adopt one or more of our very special horses. Adopters love our horses!

NOTE - There are some horses that you can see that have been rescued were on Nicki's Facebook page (Nicki Branch), and on this blog who are currently under evaluation or retraining and therefore not "up" here for adoption yet. IF you are interested in one of those horses in the future, please contact me at nickbranch@aol.com by email.

A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO YOU FROM THE HORSES

"I am not an until you get bored or lose interest in me horse.

I am not an until your child goes off to college or finds boys instead horse.

I am not an until I get old horse.

I am not an until I get lame horse.

I am not an until you have to move horse.

I am not an until you get a new younger horse horse.

I am not an until you get pregnant horse.

I am a FOREVER HORSE. I am FAMILY.

If you cannot promise FOREVER, I am not your horse.

I have been through too much already."

Honey

Honey

Honey

Honey is beautiful palomino mare up for adoption. She is an approximately ten year old mare, 15 hands, with a silver mane and tail. She might have a little bit of walking horse in her but if she does its very small percentage. She was rescued in November by animal control, abandoned in the Apple Valley desert with another horse. She was evaluated to see if she had been ridden before and she accepted the saddle and bit fine, but was testy when asked to move off, so its likely she has not been started under saddle yet. Our volunteers are working with her and now she can be saddled and walk and stop in the roundpen fine. She will come around fine with more handling and training with an experienced confident adopter. She just needs a chance. Very pretty mare with a lot of potential! Adoption fee $500

Bodie

Bodie

Bodie

Bodie

Bodie

Bodie

Bodie

Bodie is a 7 year old quarter/morgan gelding who was rescued from Gavilan Hills, where he had been dumped in a neighborhood roundpen. Very pretty liver chestnut color. Darling gelding who would make a nice pet or light riding horse horse. Bodie is currently in foster care and in training and was found that he is trained to ride under saddle and rides well. Adoption fee $500

Shasta

Shasta

Shasta

Shasta

Shasta

Shasta is a strawberry roan quarterhorse gelding up for adoption. Shasta had been previously adopted, but came back due to a divorce and loss of income. Shasta is a very shy withdrawn horse, who has not been ridden in a long time. He is very sweet. Shasta is approximately 17 years lold and 15 hands high. We would like to see Shasta in a home with a very calm quiet loving owner for life, as he certainly deserves it. Shasta appears to have been started under saddle long ago by someone who was less than kind and patient. Adoption fee $500.

Comanche

Comanche

Comanche

Comanche

Comanche (Citizen Psyche)

Comanche is a 14 year old purebred arabian gelding up for adoption. His registered name is Citizen Psyche and he used to be a halter show stallion. In the past, an electric cattle prod had been used on Comanche to make him excitable for his halter classes. He is very tall for an arab, between 15.3 and 16 hands high. Super flashy mover and very nice conformation. We were told he has been ridden on trail in the past but was spooky. Comanche is currently in training and fostered by Anna Baker of Lemon Grove. Adoption fee $500

Rowdy

Rowdy

Rowdy

Rowdy is a 19 yr old quarter horse cross gelding who was rescued from Perris extremely emaciated and was dumped in a field in the middle of the night four years ago. He gained weight quickly and has a very sweet personality. Rowdy has intermittant lameness in the past on his right front and therefore is a perfect companion horse for somebody. Super sweet with kids. Adoption fee, free.

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire is a 19 year old paint mare up for adoption. She is very pretty and intelligent. Healthy and sound. Needs an experienced confident and assertive rider. Super nice mare Should be a great gaming, trail or performance horse. Adoption fee, Free

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix is a darling 8 year old Arabian gelding up for adoption. He was rescued from a neglectful home in Nuevo but he had not been starved as he ate all the food from the other two horses. He is halterbroke only and appears to not have been exposed to much during his life, just fed. He is super sweet and darling personality. Looking for a loving adoptive home who will show him the world and train him under saddle and how to be confident with everything. This is a very nice horse! Adoption fee $500.

Zara

Zara

Zara

Zara

Zara

Zara

Zara

Zara is a beautiful very well bred, Poco Bueno, Wimpy, etc, AQHA quarter horse mare, registered name Dustin N Switchin. She was previously a broodmare. Zara is currently in training with Julie Picot in Valley Center and 16 yrs old. Super nice and easygoing mare, 15 hands high. Adoption fee $500

Cuddles

Cuddles

Cuddles

Cuddles is an Arabian mare up for adoption as a companion horse only. She is 10 yrs old and is neurologic, a weak left hind leg, making her unrideable. She is beautiful and completely sweet and would make a wonderful pet for a loving family. Adoption fee, Free.

Adorno

Adorno

Adorno

Adorno

Adorno

Adorno

Adorno

Adorno is a 15 yr old Pervian/Quarter cross gelding up for adoption. He would do fine with an experienced owner who wants to condition him slowly. Adorno is a gorgeous black color, and very mellow calm personality. He stands 15 hands high and arrived here with a previous injury to his hind/tail end. He has been in rehab and moving fine. Should be able to do light trail. Super handsome gelding and loverboy! Adoption fee $500

Marshall

Marshall

Marshall

Marshall is a gorgeous grey quarter horse cross gelding up for adoption. He stands 15.1 hands high and is 12 yrs old. He is halter broke and ready to be trained to ride. Super smart boy who will make someone an amazing horse! Adoption fee $500

Chase

Chase
6 yr old Spotted Walking Horse gelding

Chase

Chase

Chase

Chase, a six yr old spotted walking horse gelding was evaluated under saddle. He had arrived to FalconRidge a stallion on February 26th after being rescued from the Agoura Shelter in LA. He had been seized from a neglectful home. Chase has an enlarged left hind leg from a previous bout of cellulitis. Dr. Moss said it is inactive and he can be ridden. He moves soundly on the leg and is a pretty laid back ride. Saddles easily. He is ear shy, but Julie was able to undo the bridle to bit him up and he rode just fine. He stands 16 hands. Not super forward moving, but very compliant boy. Love him to pieces. Looking for an adopter for Chase who is willing to continue working on reducing the scar tissue in his hind leg by massage and Furicin sweats, and who just wants to trail ride. Adoption fee for Chase is $500

Marius

Marius

Marius

Marius

Marius

Marius

Marius

Marius
7 yr old Paint gelding

Marius

Marius is a 7 yr old paint gelding. He arrived end of February as a stallion from the Agoura Shelter. Marius had a sarcoid tumor on his right side girth area. He was castrated the first week of March and our vet injected the sarcoid with chemotherapy drugs. He has been treated two more times and the sarcoid removed. Marius was evaluated under saddle and found to be greenbroke, very compliant and quiet ride. He will be easy to continue his training. Super looker! He has a beautiful blue eye. Adoption fee $500

Keanu

Keanu

Keanu

Keanu

Keanu (Midnight Express)

Keanu is a previous lesson and dressage horse. He is a 19 yr old thoroughbred gelding, stands 16.2 hands and has shown, jumped and done trail. He needs a soft compliant rider as he is a sensitive boy. Super pretty, big and black. Since Keanu has given so much of his life to lessons, dressage and show work, he would like a loving human of his own who wants to go down trail and just love on him for the magnificent horse he is. Here is a video of him in his past career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6yRm9DvY0I Adoption fee $500.

Frosty

Frosty
2 yr old appaloosa gelding

Frosty

Frosty

Frosty

Frosty

Frosty

Frosty is a very cute two year old appaloosa gelding up for adoption. He has a sweet personality and will make a wonderful horse for anybody. Frosty stands 14 hands tall and is still growing. A great addition to your family. He gets along well with other horses and will be ready to be trained in the future. Adoption fee $400

Socks

Socks

Socks

Socks the paint/qh gelding up for adoption. He is 11 yrs old and had been rescued from the Devore shelter. Socks arrived with saddle sores on his back and withers. He is available as a companion only has he has arthritic growths on his navicular bone and should not be ridden. Socks deserves tender loving care after all he has been through, most likely a heavy rider who rode him long periods of time until his back was raw. They also starved him. He also responds to kind voices. Socks tugs at your heart. He needs his forever person. Adoption fee, free.

Linus

Linus

Linus

Linus

Linus

Linus

Linus

Linus was evaluated under saddle. He was rescued from the Lancaster auction on Feb 4th after being sold to a kill dealer. Linus is about 20 yrs old and an Arabian gelding. The way he rode today he looks like he is a past school horse ...or has showed in the past. He has a clubby foot on his right front so was a little off on that, as well as his left hind. He was a super boy under saddle and would be perfect for little kids to learn on in a backyard. Safe and very sweet little man! His adoption fee is $300.

Puff

Puff

Puff

Puff

Puff

Puff

Puff

Puff

Puff

Puff is a 17 yr old arabian gelding up for adoption. Puff had been rescued as a stallion and had been isolated in the past. He has been gelded and socialized. He has been saddled and ridden and was a complaint boy, although he will need to continue his training. Not a mean bone in his body. Super nice build and he most likely is related to Khemosabi by his looks. Ready for an adoptor who loves arabs and would want to continue to give him more experience in life than he has been exposed to. He deserves the best! Adoption fee $500

Bonnie

Bonnie

Bonnie

Bonnie is a 22 yr old paint mare up for adoption as a companion horse. She is very sweet and had previously been starved. Easy keeper and loving personality. Adoption fee, Free

Kia

Kia

Kia

Kia

Kia

Kia

Kia

Kia, a beautiful 15 yr old Dutch Warmblood mare is up for adoption from FalconRidge Equine Rescue. Gorgeous Kia has been a children's A circuit show hunter most of her life. Kia suffered a suspensory injury while jumping last year. Her registered name is Saskia. She has been in rehabilitation at FalconRidge, barefoot and in a pasture. Kia is currently sound at the walk and the veterinarians have said she would improve with time. We are looking for an adopter who just wants to walk for now, continue her rehab and slow conditioning and treat Kia like the loving family member she deserves to be after all her show years jumping and training. Awesome very well trained mare that should be fine after rehab. Adoption fee is $500.

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny is a darling yearling filly up for adoption. She arrived here from a neglect case where she had been attacked by a dog on her property. Her bite wounds are healed and she is a happy and healthy girl, very sweet. We have her mother, Angel, who appears to be a quarter horse/saddlebred cross. Easter Bunny is starting to have contracted tendons. Adoption fee, free

Fancy

Fancy

Fancy

Fancy

Fancy

Fancy is a beautiful paint mare up for adoption. Her APHA registered name is A Drifting Fantasy, 20 years old and can only take light rider due to thin soles on her feet. She is currently on pads and shoes. Adoption fee, free

Poco

Poco

Poco

Poco

Poco

Poco is a very nice palomino quarter horse for adoption. He is 28 yrs old and registered name with AQHA is Pocos Certain Sucess. Poco is rideable for kids only, light riding. Adoption fee, free.

Buster

Buster

Buster

Buster

Buster

Buster

Buster

This is Buster, a blue roan sabino walking horse gelding, 13 yrs old. He is sound healthy, was privately owned. Used to be a show horse in Florida. TWH registered name is Ima Sodbuster. Buster likes to cover ground on trail and move out fast. When stopped he gets antsy as he wants to go and a little hard to handle. Not spooky though. He has a tendency to pace but if kept in his walk its fast they said. Super sweet personality. He arrived today perfectly sweet and calm. A super nice and pretty horse. 15.1 hands. Previous owners donating him to raise funds for the rescue and to ensure he goes to a good home. Adoption fee $1,000.

Snowy

Snowy

Snowy

Snowy

Snowy

Snowy is a beautiful 8 year old Arabian cross mare up for adoption. She was rescued from the Riverside Shelter after nobody came to adopt her. She is SUPER SMART! In your pocket and begs for attention, like a dog. She was evaluated under saddle and found to not know anything, but was compliant for saddling so will be easy to train! Healthy, sound, this girl will be able to do anything. Needs attention so Snowy is looking for an adopter who will want to be working and being with her all the time. 15 hands high. Adoption fee $500.

Candycane

Candycane

Candycane

Candycane

Candycane

Candycane is a 6 yr old paint mare up for adoption. She stands 15 hands high and has been ridden two years ago but is not trained to ride under saddle, therefore will need more training. She is currently located in Ramona with trainer Shelley Taylor. Super pretty and sweet girl. Adoption fee $500

Merlot

Merlot

Merlot

Merlot

Merlot

Merlot is a dark bay quarter horse mare up for adoption. She is 8 yrs old and stands 14.3 hands high. Merlot was rescued from the San Jacinto Shelter where she went after her owner had died and nobody came forward to claim her. She is not trained to ride but has sweet ground manners and is in your pocket. Healthy, sound, pretty girl looking for the right human to bond with for life! Merlot is currently in training with Jacky Bierce of Valley Center. Adoption fee $500.

Razzle

Razzle

Razzle

Razzle

Razzle

Razzle is a very nice 9 yr old TB cross gelding up for adoption. He stands 16 hands tall and is very broke to ride for trail. Super sweet with people. Adoption fee $500

Cookie

Cookie

Cookie

Cookie is a 2 yr old quarterhorse mare up for adoption. She is a very special girl looking for a special person to adopt her. She survived an attack by a dog which tore off one ear and left the other turned sideways. Other than that, she is a normal nice two year old filly! Super playful and waiting to be started gently and trained in the future. She is a superstar survivor, a happy girl, who is looking for her own human to allow her to be all she can be...trail horse, show, the skys the limit. Adoption fee $500

Echo

Echo

Echo

Echo

Echo

Echo

Echo

Echo is a very cute bay arabian mare for adoption. She came from a private party and is used to being ridden on trail up in Big Bear the last two years, able to go anywhere without issues. She rides in a bosalito or rope halter. 14 hands, 9 yrs old, a petite little trail girl. Adoption fee $500

Casanova

Casanova

Casanova

Casanova

Casanova

Casanova

Casanova

Casanova is a very nice 18 yr old paint gelding up for adoption. He has been privately owned and donated to the rescue. He has ridden on trail and is super quiet and a very sweet boy! Just gorgeous. 15.1 hands. Adoption fee $500

Angel

Angel

Angel

Angel

Angel

Angel

Angel

Angel is a very pretty mare up for adoption. She stands 15 hands tall and appears to be about 20 yrs old. She has a Zbar brand on her shoulder but has not been trained to ride. She looks like a quarter horse/saddlebred/Arabian cross. A little shy to catch but would make a nice companion mare or could be trained for riding. She is sound and healthy. Adoption fee, $300

Tinsel

Tinsel

Tinsel

Tinsel

Tinsel

Tinsel is an older Arabian mare up for adoption. She is approximately 30 years old and full of spunk. She was rescued from extreme neglect in Victorville. Currently on senior feed and alfalfa. Tinsel would make a nice companion mare for someone. A true survivor, this mare needs to be pampered for life. Stands 14.1 hands tall. Adoption fee, free

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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