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. We do not adopt horses out as lesson horses. 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.

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."

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

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. Currently in training to be started under saddle. Looking for a loving adoptive home who will show him the world and continue his training. This is a very nice horse! Adoption fee $500.

Zara

Zara

Zara

Zara

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 Jacky Bierce in Valley Center and is 16 yrs old. Super nice and easygoing mare, 15 hands high. Adoption fee $500

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.

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

Angel

Angel

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

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.

Casper

Casper

Casper

Casper

Casper

Casper

Casper

Casper

Casper

Casper

Casper

Casper is an arabian gelding up for adoption. He is in his mid 20's and full of energy. He was adopted out once before to a teenage girl, but she has gone to school out of state so he came back to the rescue. Casper can be ridden under saddle by an intermediate rider. Needs senior feed in addition to alfalfa hay. uper pretty boy! Adoption fee $300

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. 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 is a 19 yr old appendix gelding up for adoption as a companion horse. He stands 15.1 hands tall and has been ridden before in the past but prefers not to be ridden. He is a love bug with good ground manners. Adoption fee, free

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

Mohican

Mohican

Mohican

Mohican

Mohican

Mohican is a nice appaloosa gelding up for adoption. He has ridden trail and is in his early 20s. Easy enough for intermediate riders, but he does not act his age, is peppy and likes to move out. Definitely not pokey! Stands 16 hands tall. Blind spot on his right eye, does not affect him in any way. Very nice horse with lots of energy. Adoption fee $500

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley

Stanley is a very nice big and tall chestnut thoroughbred gelding for adoption. He stands 16.3 hands high and is 21 yrs young. He was originally bought from Ridgemar Equestrian years ago and he showed in hunter/ jumper classes at Del Mar. Currently showing signs of being neurologic, so companion horse only. Super cute! Adoption fee: Free

Raven

Raven

Raven

Raven

Raven

Raven

Raven

Raven is a beautiful black quarter horse mare up for adoption. Healthy and sounds, Raven stands 14.3 hands high and was recently evaluated under saddle. She was found to be trained to ride. She is a little rusty, but this girl stood still for saddling, mounting, dropped her head for bridling, she neck reins, moves off your leg, has some spunk to her, is 14.3 hands high, 20 yrs old and has the most smoothest trot ever! We are looking for at least an intermediate rider with experience to adopt her and a loving, committed home for life. Adoption fee $500

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

Vixen

Vixen

Vixen

Vixen

Vixen

Vixen

Vixen

Vixen is a very cute paso fino cross mare up for adoption. She was rescued by Riverside AC where she was with a neglectful owner who just didnt feed her enough. She is approximately 20 yrs old and requires senior feed in addition to alfalfa hay. She has intermittant lameness on her left front so is available for a companion horse only. Adoption fee, free.

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst is an 18 yr old National Show Horse gelding up for adoption. He rides trail fine according to his previous owner and his registered name is KA Starburst. He has a swayback so needs a buildup pad. Healthy and sound, 15 hands tall. Gorgeous boy! Adoption fee $500

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle is an approximate 3 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. Adoption fee $300

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Stuart Little is an arabian gelding up for adoption. He is about 17 yrs old and 15 hands. Rides well, nice and calm. He has a bit of a swayback so needs a buildup pad for riding. Perfect and polite horse, nice ground manners. Stuart is just a gem! Adoption fee $500

Sweetpea

Sweetpea

Sweetpea

Sweetpea

Sweetpea

Sweetpea

Sweetpea

Sweetpea is a childrens pony up for adoption. She is approximately 16 yrs old and 12 hands. Super sweet personality with people and a pocket pet. We were told she was good with kids riding her in the past. Adoption fee $500.

Frosty

Frosty

Frosty

Frosty

Frosty

Frosty is a darling and very playful appaloosa gelding up for adoption. He is 3 yrs old and not been started under saddle yet. This boy likes to play, roll things around and is very happy and humorous. Healthy and sound. Will make a wonderful addition to your family. Adoption fee $500

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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