Adopting a horse who is in need of a home can be a rewarding and exciting experience, but it’s important not to rush into horse ownership. Read our tips for potential owners.
If you are thinking about adopting a horse in need of a home, either privately or through an established rescue or re-homing organization, make sure you are ready for the commitment.
Important questions to ask yourself:
- Am I prepared for the hard work that comes with horse ownership?
- Do I have the financial resources to maintain a horse?
- Do I have a suitable place to house a horse?
- Do I have access to the resources I need to properly care for a horse?
- Do I have enough horse experience to safely handle and care for a horse?
- Am I willing to commit to giving a horse a forever home or finding suitable care for it if I’m no longer able to look after it
Regardless of whether you will surrender or adopt a horse, first take the time to find out as much as you can about the rescue. Don’t be shy about asking questions and expecting honest answers. Don’t rush into any decisions and if you feel like the answers are not forthcoming or too vague then – and this may be very hard but move on. You are making an important decision that
Try to talk to as many people at the organization as you can: employees, volunteers,
Familiarize yourself with the Equine Code of Practice which was written and developed by a large committee of industry experts and scientists. This is an excellent educational tool to help both new and experienced horse owners understand the new minimum standards of care for horses. Hard copies available at no charge at the Alberta Equestrian Federation office.
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