adoption application/care requirements

here is a link to our adoption application and care requirements in printable pdf format.

We are not currently adopting out our horses to strangers. We received GFAS sanctuary status in 2012, so the rescued horses who live here have been promised a forever home here. They will participate in our natural horsemanship and equine assisted learning programs.

However, we do pass your application along to other area rescue/adoption orgs.
We also recommend that if you are trying to rehome a horse of your own, please consider using our application and care requirements to write a contract of your own. So the new owner signs an agreement regarding the care of the horse you are trying to rehome.

Our application might seem kind of detailed to some South Dakota horse owners. But we don't know of a legitimate rescue that does not use written agreements of some sort for their adoptions. Our application is a bit educational in itself. We do allow new or inexperienced horse owners to adopt in special situations, and new horse owners really need to know what all is involved in horse ownership before they dive in. Most experienced responsible horse owners already know about the information on our application and care requirements. And it only takes them 15 or 20 minutes to fill it out. While new horse owners may have to do a little research to complete some of the sections. And so they learn by doing it. We cannot just give the rescued horses to anyone who wants them. We invest a lot of time, money, and emotions in these horses. And like many other excellent horse rescue organizations, we too have at times risked our lives driving in blizzards to rescue a freezing and starving colt that can't get up, trying to get him to safety before he dies. And he doesn't always make it. Every horse rescue organization has stories like that. Not just us. Horse adopters typically are proud of their adoptions and enjoy sharing stories about their adopted horses. There are hundreds of young untrained horses out there that will go to slaughter. You can pick them up pretty cheap at a loose horse sale or in an ad. And that is always a wonderful thing, when someone gives one of these lost babies a chance at a good life. That is one way to save a horse from slaughter. Another way is through adoption. Through adoption, some of your work and expenses have already been taken care of. So adoption is another option, if you want to help a horse. But most adoptions do involve some promises. Promises to the adoption agency as well as to the horse. Hope that clears up some questions. If not, ask away. We'll try to explain better. our email is