It's no secret that horse lovers everywhere in Colorado are gravitating toward equine adoption. With the number of unwanted horses skyrocketing, and the slaughter industry finding loop hole after loop hole, there are many people who feel that now is the time to get involved by saving a horse (or two) through the wonderful gift that is adoption.
Many horse rescue groups call Colorado home, and many bring in horses on a regular basis to rehabilitate them and find them forever loving homes. But some people remain skeptical of horse adoption agencies, while others are completely unaware of the horse-crisis that we are all facing.
Today we want to highlight several worthwhile reasons to seriously consider adoption from a credible rescue such as Drifter's Hearts of Hope.
Many factors come to play in our success and the mass growth we've experienced. Our success can be credited to the many wonderful supporters and sponsors who contribute so much, an excellent well-trained team, and the power of positivity on our side. But perhaps the most important aspect is the group of people in the horse community who support our mission through foster and adoption. After all, those taking home a rescue horse are in turn creating room and financial ability for us to save another.
#2. Your wallet gets a little break too...
Most of us recognize horses as being our beloved and costly hobby. We all know the dent that our loveable furry friends can put in the ol' bill fold. Of course, that's not stopping any avid horse lovers from purchasing new horses here and there. Buying a horse can be fun, and for many it becomes a bit of an addiction! Consider that by purchasing a horse the old fashioned way, your price point is most commonly whatever the current going price is for said horse. For example, it is safe to say that in this day and age, a well broke registered quarter horse with extensive training is costing the average horse buyer between $4000 and $6000, and that's just the purchase price!
When adopting a horse from DHOH, you might be surprised at the kind of horse you can find for a fraction of what you might pay when buying a horse. Really. Just this week we have adopted out two well broke, kid safe horses with extensive training for under a thousand dollars. We've also saved several horses that are registered with papers! Still others come to DHOH with tremendous potential in arena sports like jumping, drill team, and cow sorting. From gaited horses to experienced ranch horses, you are sure to be surprised by the amazing horses at DHOH. We are continuously shocked (like on a daily basis) at how these horses were thrown away like trash. Whether you want a companion horse, or a horse to take out to a play day, we are constantly saving horses of all types, ages, and breeds and our adoption fees won't break the bank.
In addition, your adoption fee is actually a donation, which means that the purchase funds go so much further than those of a horse you buy via private treaty.
#3. DHOH has lots of street cred.
Our program and facilities at DHOH are phenominal and we have several renowned sponsors who back our entire program. Some of these sponsors include companies like Agape Distributors, Cashell Co., and Dover Saddlery. With the help of supporters like the afforementioned, we have been able to build a great deal of credibility in the community, and are known for ideal home placement, honesty, and well cared for horses through our unique program.
All horses that are rescued by DHOH undergo a structured program and evaluation prior to adoption, so that we can ensure each horse ends up with the ideal home. In addition, your potential new horse comes with dental work, chiropractic work, veterinary evaluation, and is up to date on hoof care, vaccines, and de-worming at the time that he becomes available for adoption. This means that you can rest assured your new family member has been well cared for and properly evaluated for you, saving you time and money in the long run. An easy, worry-free process that you can TRUST. How often do you find that when buying a horse?
#4. There's a return policy. (Really.)
As much as we'd like to say that our adopted horses always get to stay with their new families, we're realists, and understand that life happens. Sometimes unforseen circumstances arise in which a horse just cannot stay in his new adopted home.
At DHOH we will always take a horse back. In fact, it is part of our contract. We never want to see our saved horses end up in a bad situation, and we are always willing to help an adoption family if life circumstances arise that prevent them from being able to keep the horse any longer. That is a promise we make to our beloved horses and to you, as supporters of DHOH.
#5. It's the gift that keeps on giving...more than you know.
Drifter's Hearts of Hope