Current Adoptable Horses
Brody is a lovely 3 yr old TWH cross gelding. If he were a student he would be considered one with special needs. He suffers from congenital scoliosis and has a permanent hump in his back. It does not affect his mobility and does not cause him pain. It will limit his ability to be ridden or used to pull a heavy cart. At the present time he is only 12.3 hands. He was not halter broken upon arrival 8/26/09 but is learning. He has the kindest eye and is a real sweetie. If you are looking for a pasture pal or just a lovely large pet Consider adopting Brody. Brody currently is pasture with miniatures and has been with goats. Donation appreciated for adoption.
Meet her royal highness "Empress Red Bird Fescue". Impy is a beautiful appendix QH mare, 16 yrs old and 16.2h high. Just like her name implies she is a real gem. Her manners are wonderful and she is good for vet and farrier. Her royal highness is not impressed with bits but rides well in a hackamore... She requires an intermediate rider with some confidence due to her size and energy level. Impy wears a grazing muzzle because she has foundered on rich grass in the past but is sound. She would love a home where she had plenty of space and a person to share her kingdom.
Cricket is a beautiful dappled palomino. She is about 14 hands. She was reported to be 5 yrs old by her former owner. She came to USERL virtually wild, she had been living in a band of mares led by a small stallion. She was wearing a halter that was embedded in her face and left a scar and a calcium deposit. This does not cause her pain but she does have lingering trust issues. She has been started with ground work using natural horsemanship methods. She is bright and enjoys learning. She would need an experienced adopter to finish her training. Cricket is also in need of a foster home to give her more attention. $300 adoption fee
Honeybun- 7 yr old,14 hand, Quarter horse cross mare, who is very good on ground, utd shots, good for farrier and ready to find the perfect home. She is best suited for an intermediate rider. Has been used this summer as a lesson horse and is doing very well. She is such a doll and easy to be around.
7 yr old bay Tobiano mare. Skipper came to USERL as a feral horse unaccustomed to humans and very fearful. Since her arrival she has improved greatly. She can be haltered, groomed and with some patience receive farrier care. She has had some beginning round pen work but her foster does not have the time as she has so many horses to care for. Skipper is sweet, enjoys treats, and is a beautiful mover. She appears to have some Arabian characteristics and would be gorgeous under saddle. Skipper would benefit from an experienced handler who is familiar with the issues of feral horses. She wants to please and really just needs consistent work to reach her potential. Skipper is located in Hertford, NC. $200 adoption fee
Julia is a sweet, gentle, 18 yr old mare with light brown eyes that show the hardships and sadness of her past life. Julia is a draft cross white mare with beautiful spots on her large body. Her past made her very unsure of people and slow tow warm up. She is offered as companion only. Donation is appreciated
Billie Jean a Quarter Horse approximately 11 years old. Photos above are of her hooves and how she had to stand for comfort. She was feral when she arrived but has since been trimmed by farrier, vetted, handled daily for feedings, stalled, bathed and fly sprayed. She actually gallops now and plays with the other mares in their pastures. She still needs a patient and kind person to handle her since she is still a little worried of people but she is a good horse, quite curious and deserves a chance. Billie Jean will be a good companion horse but we have hope that someone will give her a loving home so other horses like her can have USERL assistance. As you can see she gets along with goats too. Donation appreciated.
Winterbreeze aka Winnie 2002 14.2 hand mare would make anyone a beautiful horse. Her hooves were severely neglected when she was growing and this caused her leg to turn in some She has been cleared by vet to start saddle training. She could possibly be trained to pull a cart or give pony rides to children. She has blossomed into a very sweet girl but still needs a knowledgeable handler to keep her moving forward. She fly sprays, wears a blanket and stands for the farrier. She is her foster mom's favorite and deserves an awesome forever home. Located in Hertford, NC. $300
Macey lived her life as a feral horse. Macey is Approx 7 yrs old and around 15 hands. Macey has come a long way learning to interact with humans, can be haltered and led to and from the paddock. Macey enjoys scratches from humans and is learning to pick up her front feet. Truly needs an experienced trainer to give her a chance at a normal life. They could be adopted by someone with experience training mustangs or other feral types. Donation Appreciated.
Hooper is a 10 year old arab pony. He stands about 13.1 h and was a stallion locked inside for the first 8 yrs of his life. He needs a confident handler like understands stallion behavior because he is a big wimp. His nerves are calmed by his handler. Hooper is gorgeous and has tons of potential in the right situation. He is currently in a foster home receiving training. Hooper would do best pastured alone or with geldings.
Meet Shanna. She is a grade Quarter Horse mare, 12 yrs old. 15.2 or better. Broke to ride and seems quiet with an intermediate rider. This pic was from when she was finishing rehab. She is a bit fatter these days Adoption fee $400
Vanilla 15 yrs, palomino mare undergoing retraining now. Stands for farrier, loves to be groomed needs confident handler.
Companion Only because after being medically evaluated she has back issues.
Spryte is a 6 year old QH bay mare. 14.2h Nice conformation, pretty mover. Started undersaddle @ 2 before coming to USERL. Ready to become someone's best friend and partner. Loads,stands for grooming and farrier. Fee $400.00 will go up as training progresses. Was ridden by kids and reportedly green broke as a 2 yr old not currently being ridden.
Xerox, mare 4 yr old, Spotted Saddlebred, halter broke and stands for farrier ready to be started under saddle adoption fee $200
9 yr old TWHX Gelding. Big guy approx 16 hands. Very sweet, loves to be petted, brushed, easy to catch, stands for fly spray, stands for bath, stands for farrier, and easy keeper. I have not seen him gait naturally. He has been ridden at previous homes but is green. He has been ridden here 4 times.He has been ridden western with a snaffle bit. He has been a good boy. He will need a horse savvy forever home. He has a corneal scar in his left eye. It limits his vision but he is not blind in that eye. I have seen several blind or one eyed horses lead very successful lives so please don't let that stop you. He has restarted ground work and crosses tarps, bridges, teeter totters, umbrellas, over poles, through the dangling car wash and other obstacles. He is not a beginner horse. He will need a lifetime partner that is savvy and confident that is also willing to work with his vision challenge. This could be your next trail horse. His adoption fee is only $200. Located in Chesapeake, VA. Looking for a lifetime partner only which means the next 15+ years.
USERL also has 2 minis available for adoption.
Will be posting photos and information as soon as we can get it all organized.
If you are interested in adopting please review the Adoption FAQs below and then fill out an Adoption Application and you can specify the horse you are intersted in. Thank you so much for your support.
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What are USERL's adoption policies in a nutshell?
Adopted horses remain the property of USERL. Adopters may not breed, race, sell or give away the adopted horse. Adopters must allow USERL to inspect their facility for safety prior to adoption, and access to check the horse thereafter at USERL's discretion.
How does the adoption process work?
Potential adopters first need to fill out an adoption application. If a particular horse interests them, they should put that horse's name on the application. An USERL volunteer will contact them to discuss the horse and put them in contact with the foster home. Once the potential adopter, foster home and the appropriate USERL Regional Director and/or Executive Director agree that the horse and adopter is a match, USERL will schedule a barn check.
What does a barn check involve?
An USERL volunteer will schedule a time to meet you at your barn. S/he will be looking for safety (i.e. no barbed wire, no junk in the pastures), a clean, healthy environment and the condition and temperament of your other horses, if any.
Why do some horses have a required donation and others do not?
Horses over 25 and those that are companion only do not have a required donation. Horses that are rideable or otherwise in demand will have a required donation that is still well below a reasonable selling price.
Why does USERL not give the adopter ownership of the equine?
USERL's commitment is to the equine, and retaining ownership protects the future of that animal. Adopters may die, get laid off or become ill but USERL will always be there to make certain that the horse has food, shelter and love. Most of our adopters feel security in knowing that if anything happens to them, USERL will be there to provide for their beloved friend. Our intention is for the adopter to have the equine for the rest of its life. On a darker note, retaining ownership prevents a small number of unscrupulous people from adopting a horse then selling it for whatever profit can be had - maybe to a killer buyer, or to someone completely unsuitable for that horse, or to someone with a record of animal abuse.
Why does USERL not allow breeding?
USERL does not oppose responsible, well-researched breeding programs that aim to improve the breed and species. USERL does oppose indiscriminate breeding practices. USERL embraces the belief that there is an overpopulation of horses in the United States. If there were no overpopulation problem, there would not be thousands of sound, healthy horses going to slaughter every year. Over-breeding to stock the racing industry and irresponsible breeding are the root causes for this problem.
As a matter of principle, USERL does not allow its rescued horses to be bred. USERL feels that denying breeding of any one horse will not negatively impact the quality of the species as a whole. However, stopping a single horse from breeding will significantly impact the horse population over time.
Also, since USERL retains ownership of adopted horses, the organization would also feel compelled to retain ownership of the resultant foal. This would mean more work for volunteers (doing barn checks, placing returned horses, keeping up with vaccinations, etc.), putting an unnecessary strain on USERL's resources.
How long does the adoption process take?
It depends on how quickly you can get out to meet the equine and how quickly we can get a volunteer to do your barn check. Typically it takes one week to one month.
Why does USERL prefer not to adopt to homes that have no other grazing animals?
Horses are herd animals and are not at ease unless they are with others of their kind - or at the very least, another grazing animal like a goat or cow. Being alone causes stress and makes the horse more susceptible to illness. If you do not have another horse you can get a small goat or...adopt two horses!
Why does USERL require a minimum of a three-sided, roofed shelter?
Wild horses are free to find natural shelter and also run in large groups that can huddle together for warmth and protection from the elements. Domestic horses, on the other hand, are typically confined to relatively small areas that lack adequate natural shelter, and are pastured in small herds that cannot provide enough protection from the elements.
Why does USERL not allow barbed wire?
In a word: safety. Barbed wire is extremely dangerous for horses. Horses panic easily, even in a familiar environment. A panicked horse can overlook wire strands, and severe injury can result when he runs into or through barbed wire. Wire has a memory of being coiled, and once released from the fence posts it can quickly wrap around a horse's legs, body and neck. The picture below shows the type of injury that can be sustained in a barbed wire accident. The flesh has been ripped away and the bone is exposed. The USERL takes great pride in the protection is affords its rescued horses. It will not allow them to be exposed to fencing which has time and again proven itself to cause injury, disability and death.
I am interested in adopting. What should I do now?
Examine our Available Horses and fill out an Adoption Application and submit it to USERL. If you do not get a response within 1 week of submitting your application, you should follow up with a phone call or e-mail to make sure your application has been received.