We WANT to be able to adopt to you. Finding homes for horses is what we enjoy! We are looking for adopters who provide a safe, healthy environment for horses. If you are dedicated to finding a long term partner, are able to afford and willing to give the basic needs of an equine in regards to vet care, farrier care and dental care, You should be a good candidate for ADOPTING! We are not looking for fancy barns, we are looking for kind and safe homes with good horsemanship skills.
We try to work with people, so please email us to chat if you cannot complete the application in full - we will see what we can do to help.
A $15 Application Fee is Required because these take many hours of volunteer time to complete.
The Application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE, but should the horse be adopted before your application is processed you're interested in, the application is good for one year on this application for another horse, if approved.
Please remit this fee following the Submission of the Application via Paypal at email@example.com or mail to our address. *
PO BOX 81 / SHOALS, WV / 25562
We adopt to the first approved application that is a good fit for an equine.
If you apply for a horse, many others may have applied, so keep in mind, if you find the horse has been adopted before you're application has been completed, you may email us to to let us know you'd like us to finish up the inquiry, as other horses might suit your need.
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The process can take awhile, especially if references do not respond to us. Feel free to check in during the process.
AFTER you submit this application, Teri will be in touch to schedule a time to interview you about what you're looking for and your horse history. This should be arranged within 3 days of applying.
We will call your farrier and your vet for an interview via phone, but you must notify him/her that we will be calling.
All of your other references send in the form you will be linked to once this form is submitted or they may email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (cc both emails, if possible).
Applications fees are not refunded due to inability to complete applications due to references not contacting the rescue.
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Denials are uncommon, but If you're unable to be approved at this time, do you agree to abide our policy that we DO NOT disclose denial reasons to you, as well as to be courteous and respectful of the board's decision?
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Any other names known by:
Address Line 2
State / Province / Region
Postal / Zip Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United Arab Emirates
Papua New Guinea
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
Sao Tome and Principe
United Republic of Tanzania
Country / Region
Spouse name (if applies)
Are you at least 21? (You have to be 21 or older to apply due to the economic requirement of a horse)
Highest Level of Education completed
Length of time employed
Yearly Household income (must be verified and equivalent to what is needed to support an equine) Income verification via email is required with your choice of documentation sent to firstname.lastname@example.org - you can mail if preferred, and please black out your SSN#
Does your yearly income mean you can afford at least $2,000 or more in equine care each year?
Best time for a volunteer to call you?
Which HOP horse(s) are you most interested in?
If this horse is adopted before your application is processed or isn't a good fit, IS there another horse you are interested in?
Have you adopted from a rescue before? If so, which group(s)?
Do you have horses now? If so, how many? Have you sold or euthanized or given away a horse in the last 5 years? If so, please give some history on the instances.
Have you ridden indepenently of a trainer, stable or lesson intructor? If so, for how many years?
From 1-10, what is your riding level?
Learn about the scale here: https://horseandridermatch.com/what-is-your-riding-level/
Tell us about your equine experience as it relates to giving care and riding
Tell us about any medical issues you've dealt with in your previous or current horses:
What are the most important things to you in your potential horse?
What is the area where your horsemanship needs most improvement?
Do you take lessons, attend clinics or pursue continuing horsemanship education?
What types of horses are you most interested in?
Green or unstarted
Pony or mini
Hunter or Jumper
Describe Your Boarding Facility or Personal Farm Layout. Acres, Type of Fence, Type of Shelter. Explain whether the equine would be stalled or on turn out. If the equine will be stalled, how often and how many hours will they be turned out daily? Note: (loose barbed wire or barbed wire in feed congregation areas is not typically accepted) *
Describe Your Feeding routine for horses. What grain do you use, what type of hay and amounts offered daily or per feeding for your current horses. If you are a beginner, describe the boarding facility's or your planned routine: *
Describe Your current Dental Care routine for your horses(s). Do you use your vet for floats or a dentist: *
If you are a beginner owner, you will need to be working with an experienced lesson provider or trainer. Please tell us about your plans to working with a trainer, taking lessons or about the program you're already taking part in.
Are you comfortable coming to halter, lead, tack, handle and ride (if applicable) the horse you're interested in?
If you currently have horses, how often does your farrier visit?
If you currently have horses, do they see a vet at least one a year for an exam, vaccines and coggins?
Do you understand the the rescue refunds an amount up to the amount given to the rescue as an adoption fee (no more than the fee paid, but no more than $600 total) upon the re-adoption of the horse once the horse is returned?
Do you understand the the rescue does not allow a horse adopted from HOP to be given away, bred, sold and that the horse must return to the rescue if you cannot or will not keep the horse in the future?
If the horse doesn't prove a good match, will you return him/her in good condition to the rescue?
If you currently have horses, we must have the following before this application can be processed:
1. We must be able to speak to your vet via phone
2. We must be able to speak to your farrier via phone.
3. You must ask your equine dentist to complete the reference form on the adoption website, if your vet doesn't float your horse's teeth
4. You must ask all other references (except vet and farrier) to complete the reference form on the website, or to contact us at the number below to give a reference.
Please contact references with the link on our website to the reference form for the vet or other parties.
Your other references can by pass the online form by emailing us at email@example.com to reach our adoption coordinator, Teri. This email is also where you send your photos, license and income proof.
You will just need to let them know to simply tell us why they recommend you as an adopter and a bit about how they know you.
Your vet and farrier do need permission to discuss your care with us. Please give them this ahead of time.
Please confirm you have read this portion below.
REQUIRED if you currently own horses - Vet name, practice name and number (or email)
REQUIRED if you do NOT currently own horses - your family PET Vet name, practice name and number (or email)
REQUIRED if you do NOT currently own horses - Farrier name and number (or email) YOU PLAN TO USE
REQUIRED if you currently own horses - Farrier name and number (or email)
REQUIRED - Trainer, Lesson instructor or other equine professional who knows a bit about your skill level:
REQUIRED - Professional Reference name, email or number (this is someone who isn't a friend or family member, a work associate, employer, club member, church member or someone else that knows you in a professional setting):
REQUIRED - Personal Reference (not an immediate relative, but friends are ok) name, email or number:
Do You Understand the HOP Adoption Contract requires a horse return to HOP if the adoption cannot continue at any time in the future *
Did you include all references above with names and numbers? Remember to send references to form you will be directed to after submitting this application.
Have you read HOP's adoption policies?
Have you ever taken part in controversial equine training or handling techniques or been convicted of animal neglect or abuse? *
Do you understand that All equine activities, including those at Heart of Phoenix, are inherently dangerous and that any and all equines can be unsafe? *
How are your facility photos, current horse photos and income verification being submitted? *
I, the undersigned, understand I am applying to adopt a/an equine(s) from Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, INC (hereinafter referred to as HOP). I understand that I am applying to adopt, and I understand that I may not be able to adopt the equine I am interested in for various reasons. I understand no reasons will be disclosed if the application is denied. I agree to not request this information. I agree to not speak against the rescue publicly based on a denial of this application. I understand I am welcome to submit a new application after 1 year if this application isn't approved. I agree to notify said references ahead of time they will be interviewed and to request those required contact HOP. I realize applications must be approved by the Board of Directors unanimously. I agree to hold Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, INC, its board, directors, fosters and all affiliates blameless and free of any liability should I be approved to adopt from this organization and visit any of the facilities where rescue horses are located and incur any injury while visiting the equines whether while riding or handling the horses in any manner. I understand HOP does not know the histories of the adoptable horses, and If I am approved, I will handle and ride the equine I'm interested in at my own risk. By signing this application, I agree that I have read and understand the Contract and Adoption Policy of HOP found at www.wvhorserescue.org Type Name: *
Documents can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit to the HOP page on FACEBOOK