Horse Adoption Process in 4 Easy Steps
When your adoption is complete we will fill in the horse information in the second section, SBR will sign the agreement and send you back a full copy for your records.
Let us know if you are a UPHA member as we have a simplified application for your use that we will send you.
SBR will notify you when the application is approved or if we have any questions. Upon approval we can start the Matching Process with you. The process for every match is customized to your situation and needs. SBR has had a very high success rate and we do offer a return or exchange option in the adoption agreement. We want to make it a good match for you and our horses. If we do not immediately have a horse for you that is a match we will keep you on the waiting list.
When a Match has been made before the horse is shipped to you the Adoption Fee must be paid and received. Currently our standard adoption fee is $850.00*. Shipping is the responsibility of the adopting party. We do help arrange shipping at the best rates possible with shippers that are known and approved by SBR. You also have the option to arrange your own shipping, but SBR reserves the right to approve the shipper. The proper handling of the horses is important to us. If you are arranging your own shipping please ask if your shipper intends to farm out part of the hauling to a third party. This happens from time to time.
You also have the option, at your expense, to have a Vet Exam done on the horse you have chosen. In most cases adopters do not ask for this to be done, but that is up to you.
* On occasion if the acquisition price of the horse was significantly above the average slaughter price the adoption fee will be higher than $850. This occurs less than 5% of the time. We are a nonprofit and want to adopt out as many horses as possible in order for us to save and rehab more. Based on our annual recent operating budgets and the number of horses we work with each year we invest on average $2000+ per horse before it is adopted. This includes the purchase price at the auction plus the quarantine, rehab and maintenance costs while the horse is at SBR. You can see why we are dependent on donations for our program.
You have completed the application, it was approved, you did the Matching Process and have chosen your horse, you paid your fees and SBR is helping you with shipping. What else is there to do? Saddlebred Rescue will make sure the current coggins document and a health certificate are properly obtained by the shipping date. We will send you whatever vaccination record we have on the horse. We will do whatever special requests you may have for us for your horse at your expense. If your horse needs to stay at the rehab more than the time to reasonably set up a shipping date there is a $10 per day board fee.
We personally meet the shipper and make sure your horse is loaded properly. We ask you to keep us informed and send in pictures. SBR wants to know how you are progressing with your rescue horse.
Thank you for considering Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. and American Horse AdoptionTM . . . .