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 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 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 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 love bug with good ground manners. Adoption fee, $500

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.

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.

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

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.

We have a very strong feeling that our sweet Cami has been turned out for quite a while with no human companionship. She is broke to ride but needs someone who will take the time to love her and bond with her. She is not aloof, just sour on life a little. She tacks up fine and stands still for mounting/un-mounting great, but making her go?…. Not the easiest of things if you are a novice. Unless you know your stuff, which she will respond to, otherwise she will have your number. She just needs a tune up with an assertive rider. On the ground shes a sweetheart. She loves to be groomed so brushing and hoof painting would thrill her. There is not a mean bone in her body and she does have a sweet personality. She is looking for a quieter environment with one on one attention.

Gorgeous girl for the right person. Adoption fee $500

Outlaw

Outlaw

Outlaw

Outlaw

Outlaw

Outlaw is an 18 year old quarter horse up for adoption that was donated by his family. He was used in the past to gather cattle on their ranch in Julian, but was sitting in pasture the last six years. He came in with slightly neglected hooves and needed shoes for the last few months on his fronts. They are now better and he is barefoot, but will still need some more rehab to get them perfectly normal. Outlaw stands 16.2 hands high and rides well under saddle, most likely was only ridden on the range and on trail in a shank bit it appears as he was evaluated in a snaffle. Gentle under saddle from his ride here. Gorgeous dark bay/black color. Adoption fee $700

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst is a 21 yr old registered National Showhorse gelding up for adoption. He has a swayback and can be ridden with a swayback pad. He rides trail fine and is gentle enough for beginners. His registered name is KA Starburst and he was adopted out before but his owner recently had to give him up. He stands 15 hands high and is sweet with people. Adoption fee is $500.

Stella

Stella

Stella

Stella

Stella

Stella is a 9 yr old warmblood mare up for adoption. She stands 16.2 hands high and we're told used to jump in the past, possibly a hunter. She has been used for trail riding these last few years and rides well. Super sweet girl who loves people. Very nice horse. Adoption fee $800

Batman

Batman

Batman

Batman

Batman

Batman is a 13 yr old quarter horse gelding up for adoption. He stands 15.2 hands high and was trained in western pleasure. He can do light riding only due to a slight hock lameness. His past owner had to give him up due to finances. He had a long time off from riding, we have started him on Previcox and he appears do be doing well. His AQHA registered name is Dust Off the Goods and he has a very nice slow jog. We are told he is easy to ride and very friendly. Adoption fee $800.

Macho Rocket Chex

Macho Rocket Chex

Macho Rocket Chex

Macho Rocket Chex

Macho Rocket Chex

Macho Rocket Chex is a big 16 hand quarterhorse gelding up for adoption. He was adopted several years ago but his owner is moving out of state and sadly cannot take him with her. He is 17 yrs old, rides on trail and needs an intermediate rider. We were told he was ranch bred from Montana and most likely abused some by a hard rider in the past. He is currently with his adopter Amelia in Valley Center who has ridden him on trail and says he is rock solid. Big sound and handsome. This boy deserves to be treated well the rest of his life. Adoption fee $500

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man is a 15-year-old appaloosa gelding up for adoption at FalconRidge Equine Rescue, .

He stands 15 hands high and is healthy and sound. He rides under saddle fine at the walk and trot, but needs an assertive rider as he will test them. He was returned by previous adopters who he had their number. An experienced rider should do fine with him. Refresher training would help. Super cute guy and gorgeous.

Gingerbread Man is a cute and sweet guy and his adoption fee is $500!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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