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 45 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 have you set up an appointment with our trainer Julie Picot for you to come meet the horse here at FalconRidge if you are interested in a riding horse. This will be dependent on Julies schedule and hours. For companion only and nonriding horses you would set up the appointment with Nicki to see the horse.

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 2pm. 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, leasing or borrowing out 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!

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), or on the FalconRidge Facebook page 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 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

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

Snowflake

Snowflake

Snowflake

Snowflake

Snowflake

Snowflake

Snowflake

Snowflake is an approximately 3 yr old appy/quarter pony cross pony up for adoption. She will be small at 12 hands and most likely not grow much bigger. She is halterbroke only and looking for a loving home who will continue her training and handling. Kind and willing, just not exposed to much of the world. Looking for a loving home to continue her learning and future training under saddle. Sweet and pretty girl. Adoption fee $400.

Goblin

Goblin

Goblin

Goblin

Goblin

Goblin

Goblin

Goblin is a spotted saddle horse up for adoption. He is approximately 30 yrs old, it is hard to tell by his teeth, but he acts and has the energy of a 10 yr old. Constantly moving and very forward under saddle. His previous owner claimed to have ridden him on trail in the past and Goblin likes to go. Stands 16 hands high, healthy and sound. This is a very beautiful and special boy! Adoption fee $500.

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle is a 4 yr old paint pony mare up for adoption. She was rescued as a baby and appears to be arab/paint. She is only 12 hands and a great pasture companion animal. Adoption fee $300

Smores

Smores

Smores

Smores is a 4 yr old paint pony up for adoption. He was rescued as a baby and stands only 12 hands high. Would be perfect companion horse or pasture pony. Sweet. Adoption fee $300

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix

Twix is a darling little 9 yr old arabian gelding up for adoption. He stands 13 hands high and was trained to ride in the past. He has some anxiety when away from other horses and that is his only vice. Looking for a companion home for him or if someone wants to continue his training under saddle and has a lightweight rider for him. Super cute! Adoption fee $400

Dawson

Dawson

Dawson

Dawson

Dawson

Dawson

Dawson

Dawson is an approximately 9 yr old thoroughbred gelding up for adoption. He was rescued as a stallion from a breeder and has not been started under saddle yet. He is now gelded and a very sweet boy, about 16 hands, healthy and ready for his adoptive owner to start him under saddle in any discipline. Super cute and kind temperment. Adoption fee $500

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Stuart Little

Stuart Little is a darling bay arabian gelding up for adoption. He stands 15 hands high, is healthy, sound and rides trail great. He is approximately 18 yrs old and has a slight congenital swayback, but nothing a buildup or swayback pad could not fix. He has been ridden in parades and kids have ridden him. He is a little nervous and antsy on the ground but nothing scares him while being ridden. Adoption fee $700

Zippy

Zippy

Zippy

Zippy

Zippy

Zippy is a two year old mustang gelding who was saved as an orphan foal from the Yakama Reservation in Washington. He is small, pony sized and not trained to ride. Looking for a loving home to continue his training and handling. Currently in foster in Valley center. Adoption fee $500.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke is a gorgeous 10 yr old bay roan gelding up for adoption. He was rescued two years ago from auction and had not been started under saddle yet. He was sent to training for three months with Julie Picot and started under saddle. He was adopted out, but had a tendency to buck, so was sent back to the rescue. Looking for an adopter who is experienced enough to continue his training under saddle, or who will hire a professional trainer to continue his training under saddle. He stands 14.3 hands high and has great ground manners. Adoption fee $500.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Santa Claus is a quarter horse gelding up for adoption. He was evaluated under saddle by Julie Picot and found to ride easy and well under saddle. He is in his 20s, an ex roping horse, and acts way younger. Santa is healthy, sound, and full of vigor. Stout 15.2 hands tall. Adoption fee $500.

Gator

Gator

Gator

Gator is a quarterhorse gelding up for adoption. He is 18 yrs old and 16.1 hands high. Very sweet and loving personality towards humans, like a big puppy dog. Light riding only due to his hard riding past for which his legs had to compensate. Gator would be great for kids or grandkids to ride in a backyard. Super sweet under saddle, this darling boy deserves to be pampered for life. Adoption fee $500

Wego

Wego

Wego

Wego

Wego

Wego is a 17.2 hand six year old Quarter Horse gelding up for adoption. His registered AQHA name is Wego Huntinartifacts. He was started under saddle as a 3 yr old by his breeder, then was found to have OCD in his hind fetlocks, most likely due to his quick growth as a baby. He has been in rehabilitation this last year in a pasture with a hill and not ridden so he could continue to grow and get more movement in his fetlocks. He was evaluated under saddle and found to move and ride pretty well. He has a very playful personality, super curious and loves people. Up for adoption to a loving home which will not be using or riding him hard such as barrel racing or steep uphill trails. Super nice horse. Adoption fee $500

Ty

Ty

Ty

Ty

Ty

Ty is a 9 yr old Thoroughbred gelding up for adoption. He stands approximately 16.1 hands high and his registered name is Another Bertrando. He rides well under saddle and has been ridden in the past by teenage students with some jumping. Looking for an adopter who wants to commit to him for life as it appears he has been passed around to several owners before. Gorgeous conformation and color. Adoption fee $500

McDreamy

McDreamy

McDreamy

McDreamy

McDreamy

McDreamy

McDreamy

McDreamy is a 15 yr old Appendix gelding, AQHA name Believe Ina Miracle. He stands 17.2 hands high and used to be a show horse in Florida. He loves people and is super sweet with a great personality. He has kissing spine so can no longer be ridden. Would make a great pasture pet as he has a big dog type of personality, super funny and cute. Looking for a loving adoptive home for life for this very special big and gorgeous guy. Adoption fee is waived.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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