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/ 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. At the shelter, Honey pinned ears and staff was afraid of approaching her but was able to halter her. She most likely was with neglectful owners before and only used as a broodmare and needed to defend herself against ignorant or mean people. She can bite if touched sometimes, other times she is sweet, but I think that is because she has not been touched much. She has kicked out and charged when asked to do something, such as change direction in the roundpen. She can be sweet while you pet her face and be haltered fine most the time, then all of a sudden pin ears and act like shes going to bite. Honey gained weight easily after being starved and is sound. 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. I think Honey will come around fine with more handling and training with an experienced confident adopter. She just needs a chance. Very pretty mare. Adoption fee $300

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

Smores

Smores

Smores

Smores

Smores

Smores

Smores

Smores is a paint pony gelding, 3 yrs old. Looking for his forever home. Would make a great companion horse! Sweet. Adoption fee, free



Christmas

Christmas

Christmas

Christmas

Christmas

Christmas is an approximately 23 year old paint mare looking for a loving home for life as a pasture mate or pet for life. She could have small children led around on her in a yard, but no ridng by any adult. Christmas appears to have served as a riding horse for many years and deserves a nice retirement where she will be pampered for life. Beautiful sweet mare. Adoption fee, free.

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.

Alada Jubilee

Alada Jubilee

Alada Jubilee

Alada Jubilee is an approximately 8 year old arabian mare for adoption. Jubliee was rescued from her breeders who were going to put her down due to her not wanting to be caught or handled. Her sire is Alada Baskin II and Jubliee was raised out in the pasture and not handled much as a youngster. She is an extremely sensitive mare and with patience and understanding she can be handled. She has ringbone on her right front so is a pasture puff. Jubilee stands 15.1 hands tall. Adoption fee: Free



Binkley

Binkley

Binkley

Binkley is a beautiful 23 yr old Thoroughbred mare up for adoption. According to her previous owner "She was a hunter, super honest over fences in per past. Her idea of perfection was going in circles in the arena. Her trot was very smooth and she had a good motor which made her easy to ride. She is still surprisingly able to do that kind of flat arena work. She wasn't, and never will be, a good trail horse. Just when you think she has it figured out, she blows up. She might be 23, but she is still a TB mare. Arena work is her sweet spot and she is the best at eating treats of any horse I have ever owned. She is gentle as can be at taking things from your hand." Binkley can do light riding only and would make a great companion horse. she has some arthritis and needs Previcox a few times a week. 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 $500.

Sandtwister

Sandtwister

Sandtwister

Sandtwister

Sandtwister

Sandtwister

Sandtwister

Sandtwister

Sandtwister

Sandtwister is an 8 year old quarter horse cross gelding up for adoption. He is currently in training with Dawn Pierce in Warner Springs to be started under saddle. Very sweet chestnut boy. Playful. He stands 15.1 hands high. Adoption fee $500

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 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

Chad

Chad

Chad

Chad is a very nice appendix gelding up for adoption. He is a big tall boy, 16.2 hands high and carries the hart brand. He appears to be in his late 20s and would be perfect for kids to lead around in the back yard or a sweet companion horse. Adoption fee: free

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

Herbie

Herbie

Herbie

Herbie

Herbie

Herbie is a very sweet Haflinger cross gelding up for adoption. He is about 22 yrs old and would be good for a family pet or to lead the grandkids around on in the back yard. Herbie has intermittent lameness on his right front leg, which turns out some. He is on senior feed along with alfalfa and Previcox. He stands 14.w hands high. This boy deserves to be treated like a King as he had been rescued from a neglectful home and emaciated when he arrived. Super special home wanted for this sweet survivor. Adoption fee $300

Parker

Parker

Parker

Parker

Parker

Parker

Parker

Parker is a gorgeous 6 yr old appaloosa gelding up for adoption. He was recently gelded and found to be trained to ride, greenbroke only. He stands 15 hands high and is very sweet with people. Super potential for this boy. He might have a little arab in him as he twirls his head in turnout sometimes. 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

Marius

Marius
7 yr old Paint gelding

Keanu, Midnight Express

Keanu, Midnight Express
19 yr old TB gelding, 2nd level dressage

Sedona

Sedona
11 yr old Quarter horse mare

Frosty

Frosty
2 yr old appaloosa gelding

Aladdin

Aladdin

Aladdin

Aladdin

Aladdin

Aladdin is an 11 yr old Arabian Hanovarian gelding up for adoption. He has been shown English and dressage in the past and needs a strong intermediate rider. Contact Lisa Bell to see Aladdin at lisa.goodie@gmail.com. Adoption fee $500

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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