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 - YOU will be screened first on if you are right for adoption of one of our horses. 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. DO NOT TEXT or Email. 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. If you do not follow these basic instructions do not expect a call back for we want intelligent adopters who are able to follow simple instructions.

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 only with Julie Picot. Nonrideable horses for adoption are available for viewing by an appointment only with Nicki. FalconRidge Ranch is Nicki's private home and property, not a public facility. 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. Realize if you adopt a horse, you cannot legally sell, give away, breed or lease it out. It is for you and you only.

No first time horse owners who have no experience leasing or riding horses or who have no trainer. 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! Some horses are not rescue horses who have been neglected in the past, but have instead been donated by private parties to help raise funds for the rescue as they know we find good homes only. 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."

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

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, therefore only being adopted as a nonriding horse. Charm will make someone a very nice companion horse. Adoption fee, Free

Admiral

Admiral

Admiral

Admiral is a 21 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.

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

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.

Sheeba

Sheeba

Sheeba

Sheeba

Sheeba

Sheeba is an approximately 5 year old TB cross mare up for adoption as a companion horse only, no riding. She is about 15 hands high. She was rescued from a neglectful home in Nuevo where she did not have proper farrier care of her front hooves. She appears to have been born with slightly turned out legs which caused her to not walk properly when she was younger. She has since gotten correct trims and has greatly improved. She moves around fine, just not well enough to have weight on her. She is very sweet and gorgeous. She would make an excellent companion pasture puff for a loving family. Adoption fee, Free.

Cami

Cami

Cami

Cami

Cami

Cami

Cami

Cami is a 15 yr old quarter horse mare that we took in from Hicaliber. She is 14.3 hands high. Here is some of their description of her, which is pretty spot on, mixed with my comments.

"Cami is broke to ride but needs someone who will take the time to love her and bond with her. She tacks up fine and stands still for mounting/un-mounting great, but if you know your stuff she will respond to you, otherwise she will have your number. She just needs a tune up with an assertive rider. On the ground she's a sweetheart. She loves to be groomed so brushing and would thrill her. There is not a mean bone in her body and she does have a sweet personality. She is looking for an assertive experienced adopter who can give her leadership and one on one attention. "

Cami is currently in training with Julie Picot to give her a tune up!

Gorgeous girl for the right person. Adoption fee $500

Peyton

Peyton

Peyton

Peyton

Peyton

Peyton

Peyton

Peyton is an 11 yr old appendix mare up for adoption. She stands 16 hands high and has been trained to ride in the past. Peyton was originally rescued from a Mexican racetrack and brought to the US as a four year old. Her rescuer had her trained under saddle and she has ridden trail for approximately six months. She exhibited signs of a sore back after that, which could have been due to poor saddle fit, which is why we got her. She was evaluated and found to have tight hamstrings behind, probably from racing at the track, causing her to short stride behind, so massage greatly helps. Gorgeous girl, Peyton is looking for an adopter who would like a companion horse only to love on and not ride. Adoption fee $500

Desert Shadou

Desert Shadou

Desert Shadou

Desert Shadou

Desert Shadou

Desert Shadou is an 18 yr old black arabian mare up for adoption. She is healthy and sound, ready to start under saddle any way you like. She stands 15 hands high and is super smart. No breeding allowed. Adoption fee $500

Tangelica

Tangelica

Tangelica

Tangelica

Tangelica

Tangelica is a gorgeous black arabian mare, 18 yrs old. She is healthy and sound, ready for you to start her under saddle any way you like. She stands 15 hands high and is super smart. No breeding allowed. Adoption fee $500

McDreamy

McDreamy

McDreamy

McDreamy

McDreamy

McDreamy is a gorgeous pasture puff Appendix gelding up for adoption as a companion only. He is 16 yrs old and 17 hands high. Used to show back east Hunter Under Saddle. He has kissing spine, arthritis in the spine, therefore cannot be ridden. Does not make him any less of an amazing horse though as he has a wonderful personality and loves humans! Puppy dog personality and in your pocket. Just a love. Adoption fee, free

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter

Cutter is a beautiful purebred Arabian gelding up for adoption. His registered name is A Touch of Pride and he is 18 years young. He stands about 14.3 hands high. He was adopted and trained to ride by Cindy Moon of Campo, but unfortunately his adopter passed away so he is back at FalconRidge. He is still very green and will need further training and an experienced rider. A gorgeous boy with a zest for life. Adoption fee $500.

Dominick

Dominick

Dominick

Dominick

Dominick

Dominick

Dominick

Dominick is a handsome thoroughbred gelding up for adoption. He is a 23 yr old ex racer, Jockey Club name is Ice It Is. He is beautiful, sweet and loves to be groomed. Originally from Hicaliber, he stands 16.0 hands high. He is unsound for an adult to ride him due to lameness on his left front. He would be perfect if you want to put kids or grandkids on him and lead around. Adoption fee, $500.

Nicky

Nicky

Nicky

Nicky

Nicky

Nicky

Nicky

Nicky is an 18 yr old registered quarter horse gelding up for adoption. His AQHA name is FLS Chivatos Copy and he was trained very well under saddle in the past. He rides well under saddle, is 15 hands high, and is looking for an adopter who wants to do light riding only due to him being down a little on his front pasterns. Healthy and sound, super sweet boy. Adoption fee $500

Snip

Snip

Snip

Snip

Snip

Snip

Snip

Snip is a 10 year old quarter horse gelding up for adoption. He stands 15 hands high and has been well trained to ride. He appears to have been a ranch horse who most likely worked/roped cattle. He has an enlarged arthritic fetlock on his right front so light riding only for this gorgeous boy. Snip was probably used hard and he has done his job well, therefore he deserves the best light riding pampering adopter who will love him for life and appreciate him as a family member, not a working machine! Adoption fee $500

Markie Mark

Markie Mark

Markie Mark

Markie Mark

Markie Mark

Markie Mark, is a 10 year old Mustang, Azteca cross. He was previously adopted and doing well, but started to show some early stages of neurology in his hind end. He is not bad and is still rideable. He has just tripped a couple of times on trail, never going down and he is totally fine while be ridden in an arena. He is being readopted for light riding only. Markie loves people and is definitely an "in your pocket pony". He has good ground manners, lunges, ties, stands for the farrier and is up to date on shots, vaccines etc. He is trained under saddle for a light intermediate rider. He is perfectly sound for arena work at the walk and jog. Markie is looking for his forever home to love his charismatic personality. Adoption fee $400

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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