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, 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 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

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

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

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata

Sonata is a gorgeous bay thoroughbred mare up for adoption. She is 12 yrs old, registered name Music Award, and she stands 17 hands high. Likes to move forward under saddle. Would make a great anything horse. Needs at least a good intermediate rider. Adoption fee $500.

Mohawk

Mohawk

Mohawk

This is Mohawk, an 8 yr old paint gelding that come in recently as an owner relinquish due to finances and he is over at the knees, so companion horse only, no riding. He stands 15 hands high and is healthy and pasture sound. Puppy dog personality.
Mohawk is super sweet and loves people! Gentle and would make a great companion to your family! Loves attention and is gentle. Mohawk is available for free with an adoption contract for life through FalconRidge Equine Rescue. He does not need to sit in a pasture here as he prefers to be with people!

Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk is a pretty 8 year old thoroughbred mare up for adoption. She has not been started under saddle yet do looking for an adopter who will be providing that. She stands 16.1 hands high and is gorgeous. A bit of a worrier, so looking for an adopter who is confident and calm. This mare should be able to do anything. Healthy and sound. Adoption fee $500.

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst

Starburst is a 19 yr old National Showhorse (arab/saddlebred) gelding up for adoption. He used to be ridden on trail and was a good trail horse according to his owner who took him to auction due to a divorce. He stands 15 hands high and has some swayback so needs a buildup pad under his saddle. Very sweet ground manners and perfect for kids or grandkids to ride or putz around in the backyard on. He was adopted out this last year to a family with two young children but had to come back due to financial issues only. Super sweet and loving boy who deserves his home for life! Adoption fee $500.

Kringle

Kringle

Kringle

Kringle is an approximately 2.5 yr old arab/quarter pony cross pony up for adoption. He will be small at 12 hands and most likely not grow much bigger. He is halterbroke only and looking for a loving home who will continue his training and handling. He was rescued along with his sister Snowflake from a neglectful home where they arrived slightly underweight but had at least been exposed to humans and a halter. Kind and willing, just not exposed to much of the world. Looking for a loving home to continue his learning either alone or with his sister Snowflake. Adoption fee $200.

Snowflake

Snowflake

Snowflake

Snowflake

Snowflake

Snowflake is an approximately 2.5 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. She was rescued along with her brother Kringle from a neglectful home where they arrived slightly underweight but had at least been exposed to humans and a halter. 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. Adoption fee $400.

Sundance

Sundance

Sundance

Sundance is an 18 yr old ex roping horse up for adoption. He has navicular and not rideable . He stands 15 hands high. His original owner had passed away, that's how he came to the rescue. He was adopted out to a man for 4 yrs, then he passed away so he came back. He was then adopted to a woman with children for 2 yrs, then she returned him due to finances and not being able to afford a second horse anymore. He was adopted again but his adopted felt he was not a good match. Poor Sundance is looking for his commited final owner for life. Companion horse only, adoption fee is waived.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke is a ten year old Quarter Horse gelding up for adoption. He was purchased at auction and his owner had said he just never got him started under saddle. Gunsmoke has been in professional training for two months and has a sweet, easygoing personality. Currently with Julie Picot of Valley Center in training. 15 hands. Adoption fee $500

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

Hausti

Hausti

Hausti

Hausti

Hausti

Hausti is a darling 15 yr old Icelandic pony gelding up for adoption. He is sound and healthy, but not rideable as he bolts under saddle so we are looking for a nonriding home only for him as a companion or pasture puff, would be great to teach kids about horses as he is so sweet with perfect ground manners. 12 hands high and fat as a tick, this boy would make a darling addition to your family. Gets along with other horses fine. Adoption fee $300

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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