Since all adoptions require a farm visit, we only adopt out within about a three hour radius from Dorset, VT. Please do a map check from your property to Dorset, VT to see if you are within that range. This range is a little flexible, but not by much.
We will not adopt a horse out unless there will be an equine companion for him/her. Horses are herd animals and are happiest with a buddy.
At the very least, there must be a clean run-in shed blocking the prevailing winds, providing shade, and protecting animals from rain.
A clean water trough that is heated in the winter is also required.
If you are interested in adopting one of our horses, please download the Adoption Application and submit the completed application to us either by scanning it and sending it back to us in an email, or mailing it to us. Then we will schedule a time for you to come and meet the horses and see if there are any that you are particularly interested in. Once we meet you, we will have a very good idea which horse might be a good fit. Next, we will call the references you list on your application as well as your vet and farrier (please notify them ahead of time and give them permission to discuss you with us). And lastly, we will schedule to come out to your farm to do the a farm visit.
Please do not ask for an adoption discount! These adoption fees are a mere drop in the bucket as compared with the expenses we have invested into each horse. All of our horses come with a current negative coggins test, updated vaccinations, dental and farrier work.
Please remember, most of the horses that come to us came from an unknown background. Some have trust issues and are very shy, others may have issues having their feet handled, or being handled for the veterinarian. In these cases we really look for very experienced adopters, because these kinds of issues could last for years. In general, we find that horses are very forgiving, and learn to trust us and soon get over their fears. Most of our horses will easily become a loveable new member of your family.
The slaughter of horses is opposed by the vast majority of Americans. Horses are widely perceived as companion animals like cats and dogs, and deserving of humane consideration because of their roles serving Americans as working animals and for sport. Although horse slaughter in the U.S. is currently illegal, our horses are still subjected to intense suffering and abuse through transport and slaughter over our borders to other countries. More than 140,000 horses get shipped from the United States to Mexico and Canada every year.
Most horses bound for slaughter are brought to the slaughterhouses by contract buyers, also known as “kill buyers,” who drive around the country buying horses at auction. USDA statistics show that 92% of all horses sent to slaughter are in “good” condition, meaning they are sound and in good health.
About 90% of the horsemeat is exported for human consumption overseas. The rest goes to zoos and big animal parks.
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