Adopting a Britten Farms horse requires a completed application, approved home, and signed contract. Adopters must be at least 18 years old.
If you are interested in adopting an animal from us, fill out the application below to qualify as an approved home. Our horses are adopted on a first-come, first-serve basis to approved homes, so filling out an application ahead of time is to your advantage. The application can be emailed out to you in a PDF, filling it out, and either emailing it to us or bring it to your appointment.
If you are a serious potential adopter and would like to meet the horses in person, visits to the rescue are by appointment only. Contact us to schedule an appointment. Once you qualify as an approved home and find the animal you'd wish to adopt, the final step is to review and sign the Adoption Contract and pay the adoption fee, both of which can be arranged during your visit. You can contact us for availability.
Think through your motivation and goals for adopting a horse.
1. What do you want? A mount for casual recreational riding?
2. What's your skill level with horses?
3. Do you have a suitable place to keep a horse (or a second horse) and enough money for feed, hoof and veterinary care, and other maintenance?
It is common for horse rescues to request an adoption fee which can range from $100 to over $1,000. This fee rarely covers the rescue's investment in the horse, but does provide the new owner some history of the horse.
Adopting a horse can be a deeply rewarding experience. When you choose to adopt, you are not only providing a rescued horse with a safe and loving home, you are also freeing up space for another horse in need to enter shelter care. As wonderful as this experience can be, adopting a horse is a tremendous responsibility.
1. Consider all costs. The adoption fees may be low, but the cost of owning and caring for a horse is ongoing.
2. Be prepared.
3. Find a reputable rescue organization.
4. Don't fall for a pretty face.
5. Rely on an experienced horse person.
6. Be ready to ride.
7. Schedule a pre-purchase exam.
8. Be patient.
25 – 30 years
There is a fee for adopting a horse. This fee covers some of the costs involved in rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for the horse. The adoption fee for each horse is calculated on an individual basis. If you are interested in adopting any of the horses please use the form below
Horses can come to rescues from auctions, racetracks, owner donations or law enforcement impoundments in cases of abuse or neglect. ... Because we don't receive government support, rescues must raise the funds necessary to care for their horses through adoption fees, fundraising events and direct-mail solicitations.
By adopting a rescue horse from Britten Farms, you are actively reducing the number of horses having to suffer the final trip to the slaughterhouse. USDA surveys show more than 92% of horses headed to slaughter are fit enough to lead a productive life. When you adopt a horse you're opening up a slot for another horse in need.
Responses to a horse-ownership survey from the University of Maine found that the average annual cost of horse ownership is $3,876 per horse, while the median cost is $2,419. That puts the average monthly expense anywhere from $200 to $325 – on par with a car payment. Sep 20, 2013
Using a gentle non-threatening approach, soft eyes, and a soothing voice, begin by simply giving to the animal. Find the secret spots and indulge the horse. But quit while it's working and don't wear it out then allow it to sink in. Give the horse ample time to digest that you are there to help.
Certain rescued horses are deemed un-adoptable for a variety of reasons, such as age, disposition, confirmation, or history of abuse. Those deserving horses will live out their natural lives at our beautiful horse sanctuary called Britten Farms, located in Pfeiffer AR
If you are attempting to figure the carrying capacity of land for a horse, then a good rule of thumb is 1-1/2 to 2 acres of open intensely managed land per horse. Two acres, if managed properly, should provide adequate forage in the form of pasture and/or hay ground.