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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to adopt an Elite Equine Rescue horse? Based on the level of training that the horse has received, the adoption fees may vary:

$300 companion animal

$750 and up saddle and trail horses

Other fees based on training level and case by case specifics

Elite Equine Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Funds donated in form of the adoption fee are tax deductible, and will be used to save and re-home other desperate and deserving horses and other equine.

How much does it cost to transport the horse?

All adopters are responsible for arranging transportation for their adopted horse. If arrangements are made for an EER representative to ship horse to new location, fee will be charged at $.80/mile to AND from destination. . 

How much money should I set aside monthly to care for a rescue horse?

Depending on where you keep your horse and whether you have it in training at a training stable, we estimate that the average monthly cost of owning a horse is upwards of $700 per month. Many people want to adopt but are not prepared for expenses like vet/dentist (shots/dental work/worming), farrier (shoes/trimming), feed (hay/grain), board, and other expenses that a horse typically requires. Elite Equine Rescue will actively assist qualified adopters with budget preparation.

What if there is a horse that I like, but we want to make sure that it is a good fit?

If there is serious interest in the horse and it appears to be a good fit for both the horse and the potential adopter, we offer a first right of refusal. The first right of refusal removes the pressure from rushing to a decision. We will remove the horse from the “available” adoption list and we will work with you to assess if it is good fit. You will have the freedom to see what is right for you – there will be no pressure to make a quick decision. Forever is a very long time.

Once we think we have found the right horse and Elite Equine agrees, what are the next steps?

Prior to finalizing the contract, we invite and encourage your family members, trainer, vet and farrier to visit the horse and Elite Equine Rescue as you are making your final decision. A member of the EER team will conduct a home visit (or arrange a virtual tour of facility) and will provide coaching and support for bringing your horse home forever. Prior to the adoption being finalized the adoption contract will be prepared and signed by both parties. The contract is a formalization of the commitment that a donor is making to the horse. Family members, friends and photographs of the special event are welcome!

What should I expect when looking for a horse?

Adopting a horse means committing to caring for this animal for the rest of his life, not abandoning him because he can no longer live up to unrealistic expectations. We encourage our adopters to be clear about their wish list and their expectations. Far too many people come with a whole list of requirements that few horses could possibly live up to. Red Bucket will not consider adoption requests based on color or markings. The horse’s temperament and your riding ability is what is really important when looking for a horse that is going to be yours for the rest of his life (the average life expectancy is 20-30 years, but many horses live MUCH longer).

What should I expect during the adoption process?

We want the adoption process to be rewarding, memorable and meaningful. We will attempt to accommodate your schedule in calendaring appointments. We welcome your family members and trainer, and we will provide an abundance of time with the horse that you are considering. Prior to adopting a horse, we will conduct a home visit (or virtual tour) for the purpose of building a supportive lifetime partnership. During this visit we may provide coaching on fencing, hay storage, etc.

Can horses be adopted out of state?

Part of the Elite Equine Rescue promise is that we follow up on our horses with periodic wellness checks. In order for us to consider a horse being re-homed out of state, we must have the assurance that it is the right fit for the horse, that we have a strong relationship with the adopter, and we have the ability to follow up and uphold our commitment to the horse, who is ultimately our client.

Do I have to keep the horse at my home?

Most important to us is that the horse has a loving and safe home. This might be at your home or another suitable environment such as a local stable or equestrian center. The horse’s home should provide opportunity for daily enrichment, turnout, socialization and an appropriate amount of supervision.

Can I relocate the horse?

Yes, but do keep in mind that EER holds first right of refusal should you be unable or unwilling to care the horse for any reason in the future.

Who maintains the title of the horse?

Because the goal for a Elite Equine Rescue horse is a forever home, the title to the horse goes to the new owner. HOWEVER, the transportation copy of the brand inspection will remain with EER. We provide all necessary documentation required for boarding, showing, etc.

Are the horses current on their vaccinations?

We pride ourselves on the level of care we provide our horses. All of our horses are current on their vaccines and deworming.

What if I can’t keep the horse anymore for some reason?

The horse has the Elite Equine Rescue guarantee, which includes the promise of being able to come back to Elite Equine Rescue in the event that there is a change of circumstances for the adopter. The horse cannot be sold, given away, leased, loaned, or relocated without first informing EER and/or bringing said horse back to our facility.

Can I try the horse out?

Part of the Elite Equine Rescue is to create an environment where anyone who comes to adopt a horse is given plenty of time to bond with the horse. We offer riding lessons, instruction, coaching, and plenty of supervised time getting to know the horse. EER has a very high level of commitment to both our horses and our adopters. We no longer offer an off-site lease option.

What level of riding experience do I need?

We match horses based on the level of riding experience, temperament and level of training. Because horse ownership is such a huge responsibility, we encourage adopters to take lessons, lease, volunteer and actively prepare themselves prior to adopting.

What if I am having trouble with my new horse?

Elite Equine Rescue offers field support, training and coaching for our adopters. We are committed to removing all obstacles to horses staying in their new homes forever.

Can the mares be bred?

No. Elite Equine Rescue horses cannot be bred. One of the contributors to the number of unwanted horses is over breeding. EER takes a very strong “Adopt, don’t breed” position.

Can I have a horse vet checked?

Absolutely. Elite Equine Rescue encourages our adopters to be thorough in their efforts to choose their horse.

What if I can’t afford to adopt a horse right now? What can I do to help this cause?

Consider becoming a sponsor! It’s a great way to be part of a horse’s life and helps give them a second chance, without the added financial burden of ownership. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that operates 100% through charitable funding. Please click on our “how to help” tab to see other ways you can help us help the horses!