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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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."
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
Darling quarterhorse mare Pocahontas was rescued from Yuma reservation, privately owned but her owner could no longer afford her. Sound, smaller dark bay quarter horse mare, about 12 yrs old was evaluated under saddle by Julie Picot and found to be greenbroke only, but super easygoing and compliant under saddle. She is polite, relaxed and happy, not spooky. Cute smaller size at 14.2 hands. Very mellow mare. Would need an intermediate rider and someone who could continue her training. Adoption fee $500