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post #1 of 9 Old 07-22-2014, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Adopting a horse

Well folks this is an old lady here with a lot of questions. After reading so much about all the many horses placed on an adoption list . I need help. You see I am disabled with plenty of love to give/ When my children were younger(my oldest is now 45) we used to have horses. But I have forgotten what all I really need to get started. Well of course I know I need the horse but which one what type and their exact needs.I want to do this as a family project. So I need all info anyone can give me. I hate seeing horses being ill from neglect. I have plenty of love to give so any advice you can give me etcc. would be really appreciated
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-23-2014, 05:22 AM
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Loving a horse will not get you very far unless it is tough love!

Depending on your disability and what you want to do with the horse as well as what riding experience you have had depends on what sort of horse you need.

Equipment depends on whether you are keeping the horse at home or at livery. I would hold off buying anything for the horse, like tack, until you actually have the animal and it can be fitted.

Grooming kit, basic first aid kit, buckets, bedding and feed of you are keeping the horse at home.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-23-2014, 06:31 AM
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There are several people in the barn where I am that have adopted or rescued horses. They take good care of them, never ride and both horse and owner are quite happy.

It is not necessary that you ride or compete to own a horse. And, a horse is perfectly happy with that arrangement. When you love them, they are calming and therapeutic creatures to just hang out with.

Just make sure the one you get has decent manners to handle on a day to day basis. Line up a good vet, dentist and farrier. There are thousands of horses out there needing good homes and are no longer able to be ridden.

Good for you! This arrangement should turn out to be a rewarding experience for both of you!
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I have no idea where you are, but I just posted this lovely girl who sounds perfect for you.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-23-2014, 08:29 AM
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I would get involved with your local horsemen and let it be known that you are looking for a horse. I would tell people whether I was looking for a riding mount (either for yourself or anyone in the family), or for a horse to provide exercise (chores) and togetherness for you and relatives.

I strongly suggest aligning yourself with someone who will be able to consider each potential horse objectively, matching your ability, finances, time, facilities, temperament to each other.

Any horse you get is going to be a lucky one. They are all deserving. You, too, deserve to have one that is able to receive what you are offering. Not all of them can, either due to behavioral/neurological issues or underlying health conditions.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-23-2014, 09:00 AM
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Good answers already given. Yes, we need some more info to offer suggestions.

will the horse be boarded , or will you keep him on your property ?

you say it's to be a family project....will you have regular,consistent help,,,and if not,,,,, you need to objectively assess your abilities to 'do it all' without help

what is your goal with the horse , other than providing basic care? ie pasture pet,,,,,trail riding....showing.....?

You are on the right track doing your homework to ensure that the dream doesn't become a nightmare.

Also, I'm sure there are lots of threads with lots of great suggestions if you do a search !
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-23-2014, 02:24 PM
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I will add on here too. Get involved with any horse club or organization in your area. Perhaps volunteer (you or family member) at a horse rescue. You are wise to go about this carefully, but the rewards will be great.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-23-2014, 04:54 PM
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I think that you can do a wonderful thing, adopting a horse and caring properly for him.

That said, what will you expect this horse to do? If you want to open your window and see a nice pasture pet grazing happily, then almost any horse will do, though you might want to know about health issues and if the horse needs expensive meds or something like that (if you will keep the horse on your property, consider getting 2)

If you want a nice, well behaved, sound, well broke horse who can put up with young or teen grandchildren, that's another thing entirely, and you might not find any who is free for adoption, as a good and sound beginner/child safe horse does cost money.

You say you are disabled, I don't want to pry but to me it sounds like you won't be able to lift and carry the hay bales. Who will do that?

Even the healthiest of horses needs some basic handling, are you well enough to pick hooves, put halters on, check for ticks (that means between the rear legs usually) and so on? Again if not, do you have someone in your family who can do it? Do you have someone who can do it- and is knowledgeable enough to not create a brat of a horse who'll never even let you put an halter on? Even a pasture pet needs care, and it's not the vet's or the farrier's job to teach your horse to behave in a civil way.
And remember that many neglected horses might have been abused and they may be skittish or terrified or.. you get the idea. Yeah, a very good trainer can help you and the horse, but a very good trainer is a cost that you need to consider. And bear in mind that if you find instead a very bad trainer, you could lose money and end up with a more abused, more terrified horse.

Depending on what you want from the horse, the kind of money that you want to invest, the amount of help you know you will have, your options will be very different.
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something else to add in - make sure that wherever you are adopting from, the terms and commitment is very clear. some rescues let you rehome the horse yourself if it doesn't work out, as long as they have approval. some require the horse be returned to them. some allow trials, some do not. make sure most of all that you have a plan b in place. basically if things aren't ideal for whatever reason (health issues on your part or the horse's, you just don't click, horse is too much for you to handle, etc.) that there's a clear plan for what happens next.

i've worked with people that have adopted horses and thought if it didn't work out, they could return the horse to the rescue to find out that they were responsible for 100% costs of care until the horse was rehomed, or that they couldn't rehome the horse at all, etc. there's a lot of great and just as many bad rescues out there, so just as much as you will do research to find the right horse for you, make sure to find the right rescue or rescue groups to work with!

good luck in your search, and i think it's wonderful that you're considering adopting a horse!

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