Horse Illustrated’s Horse Adoption Drive: Companion Horses are #WaitingForYou

Meet some of the many horses out there looking for homes where they can love and be loved.

0
494

Horse Illustrated Horse Adoption DriveWhen horses are no longer able to carry people, they need people to carry them. That’s the message behind Days End Farm Horse Rescue’s heart wrenching Letters from H video and campaign.

Companion horses are typically—but not always—older and may have injuries or past training issues that prevent them from being riding or driving horses. But that doesn’t mean they can only be pets or pasture ornaments. They can provide companionship for foals or high-strung horses, or for other retirees. Some can still do groundwork and in some cases may even be suitable for some types of equine-assisted therapy.

Watch the video above, and if you’re moved to consider adding a non-ridden horse to your herd, take a look at some of the companion horses in need of homes below, or head over to MyRightHorse.org to find even more adoptable equines across the country. H is #WaitingForYou.

Hoedown, an adoptable Shetland Pony
Hoedown, an adoptable Shetland Pony at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Maryland
Junebug, an adoptable Shetland Pony at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Maryland
Junebug, an adoptable Shetland Pony at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Maryland

Hoedown and Junebug

Located at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, Maryland

  • Shetland Pony gelding and mare
  • 24 and 22 years old
  • Black and palomino, 10 hands

These two adorable older ponies are a longtime pair and would love to find a home together. Both are easy keepers and would need a home with a dry lot for turnout and dutiful caretakers who will keep them on their low-starch, low-sugar diet. In return, you’ll get guaranteed Instagram likes every time you share a photo of these two besties. Tap here for Hoedown’s profile. Tap here for Junebug’s profile.


Herald, an adoptable grade horse gelding
Herald, an adoptable grade horse gelding at Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in Texas

Herald

Located at Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in College Station, Texas

  • Grade gelding
  • 22 years old
  • Chestnut, 15.1 hands

Herald lost his home when his owner couldn’t keep him after Hurricane Harvey hit. He doesn’t seem to have a lot of training in his past, but has been working with a trainer and his current foster family and is learning good ground manners. He has proven himself useful as “Uncle Herald,” proving to be an excellent babysitter for a weanling filly. Tap here for Herald’s full profile.


Charlee, an adoptable Thoroughbred mare
Charlee, an adoptable Thoroughbred mare located at Colorado Horse Rescue in Colorado

Charlee

Located at Colorado Horse Rescue in Longmont, Colorado

  • Thoroughbred mare
  • 28 years old
  • Chestnut, 16 hands

This lovely Thoroughbred spent several years as a recipient mare at Colorado State University, and now she’s ready to enjoy some quiet time in retirement. She’s said to have a sweet personality and she enjoys being a pasture companion to other horses. Her adopter will need to commit to maintaining Charlee’s diet and medication as she is a hard keeper and has been diagnosed with PPID (Cushing’s disease.) In return, Charlee’s person will get to see that kind face out in the pasture every day. Tap here for Charlee’s full profile.


Luke Bay Walker, an adoptable Tennessee Walking Horse gelding
Luke Bay Walker, an adoptable Tennessee Walking Horse gelding at Central Virginia Horse Rescue

Luke Bay Walker

Located at Central Virginia Horse Rescue in Kenbridge, Virginia

  • Tennessee Walking Horse gelding
  • 20 years old
  • Bay, 15.2 hands

Due to some minor neurological symptoms, Luke Bay Walker can no longer be ridden, but he clearly had some show-horse history in his past and has the good nature and ground manners of a horse who has been handled extensively. He enjoys attention, so take this old campaigner home and you’ll have a horse to groom and love on for years to come. Tap here for Luke Bay Walker’s full profile.


Danny Boy, an adoptable Shetland Pony
Danny Boy, an adoptable Shetland Pony at Horse Haven of Tennessee

Danny Boy

Located at Horse Haven of Tennessee in Lenoir City, Tennessee

  • Shetland Pony gelding
  • 35 years old
  • Liver chestnut, 10 hands

Danny Boy has had a long life, but he’s got more to give. He does have some special dietary needs, but otherwise he’s said to be in great shape. He’s sweet and kind and just needs the right person to help him thrive through his golden years. Do you have a spot for him? Tap here for Danny Boy’s full profile.


Jesse, an adoptable Belgian draft horse
Jesse, an adoptable Belgian draft horse gelding at Roanchar Ranch in New York
Barney, an adoptable Belgian draft horse gelding
Barney, an adoptable Belgian draft horse gelding at Roanchar Ranch in New York

Jesse and Barney

Located at Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue in Varysburg, New York.

  • Belgian draft horse geldings
  • 18 and 20 years old
  • Chestnut, 17 and 16 hands

Jesse and Barney are both retired from the farm horse life. Both have had extensive training and handling as plow horses, and were ultimately retired due to health issues. Barney is blind from cataracts. Fortunately, he knows voice commands from his plow horse days, and he has Jesse. Jesse helps Barney navigate the pasture and enjoys taking walks. Jesse has PSSM which means he needs room to move around and a low-sugar diet. Barney needs a handler who has experience keeping blind horses and other horses who can help Barney learn his new home–or better yet, keep these two old friends together and adopt them both. Tap here for Jesse’s profile. Tap here for Barney’s profile.


Della Dream, an adoptable Appaloosa mare at Nexus Equine in Oklahoma
Della Dream, an adoptable Appaloosa mare at Nexus Equine in Oklahoma

Della Dream

Located at Nexus Equine, Inc., in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Appaloosa mare
  • 24 years old
  • Chestnut, 14 hands

Della is the ultimate companion horse. She gets along great with all types of horses, and enjoys attention from her human companions, too. She promises to keep your pasture well-mowed and look good doing it. Tap here for Della Dream’s full profile.


American Louvre, an adoptable Thoroughbred mare at New Vocations in Medina, Ohio
American Louvre, an adoptable Thoroughbred mare at New Vocations in Medina, Ohio

American Louve

Located at New Vocations in Medina, Ohio

  • Thoroughbred mare
  • 4 years old
  • Bay, 15.1 hands

American Louve is dubbed “Love” at the barn for good reason-she would LOVE to have a forever home! At only 4 years old, Love looks to her rider and handler for direction. She may start off anxious under-saddle, but settles in well. She needs a patient rider who will take her training slowly and give her lots of praise-she loves to be loved on! While she can be ridden some, Love is best suited for a companion home or light work with an advanced rider. Tap here for American Louve’s full profile.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here