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, California. We do not adopt horses to Mexico or out of the country. Rideable horses for adoption are available to see by appointment with one of our trainers. Nonrideable 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 who have no experience leasing or riding horses or who have no trainer. 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. We do not adopt horses out as lesson horses. Horses make great pets in addition to riding companions and companions on the ground! Horses on the ground can help people who have PTSD or stress just be being around them!

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.

PLEASE DISREGARD THE 2012 DATE ON THIS BLOG, I cannot change it so realize this list is kept up to date! If the horses are on here they are for adoption and current! Thank you!


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."

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

Licorice

Licorice

Licorice

Licorice

Licorice

Licorice is a gorgeous black Tennessee walking horse gelding up for adoption. He is approximately 12 yrs old and stands 15 hands tall. He has some lameness on his front left and right hind, so is being adopted as a companion horse only. Has fly allergies. Sweet gorgeous boy who needs a lot of loving. Most likely did not come from a good home prior to being abandoned in Riverside. Adoption fee, free.

Polar Kapp

Polar Kapp

Polar Kap

Polar Kap

Polar Kapp

Polar Kapp

Polar Kapp

Polar Kapp is a 6 yr old registered arabian gelding up for adoption as a companion horse only. He arrived with severe ringbone in his front hoof so he cannot be ridden. He has personality plus though and is just gorgeous, tall at 15.2 hands. Would make someone an amazing pet with his super funny personality. A wonderful addition to your family. Adoption fee, free

Joaquin

Joaquin

Joaquin

Joaquin

Joaquin

Joaquin

Joaquin

Joaquin

Joaquin

Joaquin is a 21 yr old appendix gelding up for adoption. He stands 15.1 hands tall and has been ridden before in the past and would be great on trail with an experienced rider who has knowledge of proper saddle fit due to his high withers. He is a cribber. He is a love bug with good ground manners. Adoption fee, $500

Charm

Charm

Charm

Charm

Charm

Charm is a 6 yr old thoroughbred mare up for adoption. She stands 16 hands tall and has a very sweet personality and ground manners. Greenbroke only to ride but has had intermittant lameness. Charm will make someone a very nice companion horse. Adoption fee, Free

Princess Jasmine

Princess Jasmine

Princess Jasmine

Princess Jasmine

Princess Jasmine

Princess Jasmine is a 3 year old arabian mare up for adoption. She was found running loose with 4 other horses in Elfin Forest and picked up by San Diego County AC. She appears to not have been handled much in the past, but now can be haltered and bathed. She has a cleft palate, so cannot be worked hard or she possibly my aspirate food particles into her lungs. She is available as a pasture companion or just backyard light riding only. Super pretty girl that loves attention. Adoption fee $300

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle is an approximate 5 yr old paint pony filly up for adoption. She was rescued as a yearling in very poor condition. Looking for a companion home for this precious girl as she has dropped pasterns in front. Adoption fee $300

Houdini

Houdini

Houdini

Houdini

Houdini

Houdini

Houdini

Houdini is a darling 12 yr old pony up for adoption. He was rescued at the auction in March. He is healthy and sound and a polite little guy. Currently being fostered with Amy Podratz in Valley Center and ridden by her daughter Sri on a lead as he can be fast. Looking for a special home for this guy where he will be loved, cherished, and lightly ridden by children, loved as family. He is sensitive and sweet. Looks like a little thoroughbred, very unique. Adoption fee $300.

Ghostie

Ghostie

Ghostie

Ghostie

Ghostie

Ghostie is an approximately 20 year old andalusian gelding up for adoption as a companion horse. He stands 16 hands high and is full of energy. Ghostie was rescued after being abandoned on a property in San Diego. Ghostie has ringbone, and therefore cannot be ridden but would make a great addition to your family as a pasture puff. Adoption fee, Free

Admiral

Admiral

Admiral

Admiral

Admiral

Admiral is a 17 year old thoroughbred gelding up for adoption as a companion horse. Admiral was rescued by Riverside AC and is off on a front, making him not rideable, but no less valuable as a loving family member. This boy is sweet, 16.1 hands high and used to race. His Jockey Club name is Hail and Salute! What a wonderful horse. Adoption fee, Free.

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter is a gorgeous registered Arabian gelding up for adoption. He is 13 years old and his registered AHA name is A Touch of Pride. He came from his breeder as a stallion, has been gelded and now ready to find his awesome human who will get him trained to ride under saddle. He is 14.2 hands high and beautiful. A lucky find for the right person! Adoption fee $500

Zen

Zen

Zen

Zen

Zen

Zen

Zen

Zen is a 15 year old National Show Horse up for adoption. He was evaluated under saddle and found to ride wonderfully and is very well trained. He stands 15 hands high and will need a confident intermediate rider and committed loving owner for life. This boy is flashy and super special. Should be able to be shown or do anything. Adoption fee $500.

Brody

Brody

Brody

Brody

Brody

Brody is an 17 yr old quarter horse gelding up for adoption. He came from a private home in Jamul where he was used for trail riding. Sweet personality, needs intermediate rider, 15 hands high. Currently in Foster, Brody has slight lameness, so for adoption for light riding only. Adoption fee $500

Smores

Smores

Smores

Smores

Smores

Smores is a 5 yr old paint pony up for adoption. He is 13 hands and not trained to ride. Smores arrived feral and is. a gorgeous and sensitive young boy. Looking for an adopter willing to show him the ropes gently and that new things are not scary. Playful and gets along well with other horses. Healthy and sound, would make a nice companion horse. Adoption fee $300

Sephora

Sephora

Sephora

Sephora

Sephora

Sephora is a sweet bay thoroughbred mare, registered name Bountys Beauty, 15 yrs old. She never raced and was rescued at auction last year. She stands 16 hands high and is very willing under saddle. Gorgeous girl. Compliant under saddle in the arena and roundpen with her rider. Super sweet! Adoption fee $500

Nakota

Nakota

Nakota

Nakota

Nakota

Nakota

Nakota

Nakota is a 12 yr old paint gelding up for adoption who was rescued from the Soboba reservation. He is looking for a light rider as he is over at the knees in his conformation but moves soundly and is willing to be ridden. He is super sweet and a cribber. Would also be fine for leading children or the grandkids around on. Nakota is very gentle to handle on the ground and stands about 14.3 hands. Adoption fee $500

Peanut

Peanut

Peanut

Peanut

Peanut

Peanut is a gorgeous bay quarter horse mare up for adoption. She stands 15 hands tall and is 15 yrs old. She done trail in the past, just needs a refresher. Nice personality and easy keeper. Has lacing pattern on her back. Adoption fee $500.

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata is a gorgeous bay thoroughbred mare up for adoption. She is 12 yrs old, registered name Music Award, and she stands 17 hands high. Likes to move forward under saddle. Would make a great anything horse. Needs at least a good intermediate rider. Adoption fee $500.

Spritey

Spritey

Spritey

Spritey

Spritey

Spritey is an absolutely gorgeous overo paint mare up for adoption. She stands 15 hands high and has sweet ground manners. Rusty under saddle, but that should improve with time and slow conditioning as shes not been ridden much lately. Registered name Romeos Rockhardcandy, one blue eye, 6 yrs old and gorgeous. Adoption fee $500.

Royal Brigade

Royal Brigade

Royal Brigade

Royal Brigade

Royal Brigade

Royal Brigade is a gorgeous registered Saddlebred gelding up for adoption. He stands 16 hands tall and is 11 years old. He was bought from a breeder and privately owned. Greenbroke only, but did walk, trot and canter without any problems so this pretty boy just needs additional training and would love to bond with his human for life! Very cute boy. Adoption fee $500.

Mohawk

Mohawk

Mohawk

This is Mohawk, an 8 yr old paint gelding that come in recently as an owner relinquish due to finances and he is over at the knees, so companion horse only, no riding. He stands 15 hands high and is healthy and pasture sound. Puppy dog personality.
Mohawk is super sweet and loves people! Gentle and would make a great companion to your family! Loves attention and is gentle. Mohawk is available for free with an adoption contract for life through FalconRidge Equine Rescue. He does not need to sit in a pasture here as he prefers to be with people! Mohawk want to be Home for the Holidays!

Durango

Durango

Durango

Durango

Durango

Durango, a 16 yr old paint gelding is back up for adoption through no fault of his own. Owner just did not have time for him and finances tight so is working way too many hours to give Durango the time he needs. Durango stands 15 hands high, does trail but is very forward moving, a bit of a nervous guy who likes to go so needs an experienced rider. Puppy dog personality plus! He loves people and loves attention. IN your back pocket on the ground. If you know how to ride well this is the boy for you. Super cute. Adoption fee $500.


Paisley

Paisley

Paisley

Paisley

Paisley

Paisley is a super cute, an almost 3 yr old grey half arabian, one fourth quarter horse and one fourth morgan filly up for adoption. She was born to a rescued arabian mare up in Oregon and then later gentled by a trainer. Looking for better adoption homes, she was transported to us from another rescue. Gentled ground manners, healthy and sound and ready for her own home where she will be started under saddle in the future. Adoption fee $500.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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