HELLO & WELCOME TO HORSE HAVEN MONTANA
If you are interested in adopting a horse, mule or other equine, please click to download the Adoption Application or email us if you would like us to send you the application. The application helps us get to know you and to match your interests, abilities, and horse set-up with the best possible horse or other equine. The adoption process that we have established follow what we believe are “best practices” and in the best interests of the potential adopter and the animal.
Adoptions cannot proceed until the application is completed and returned. We check references and carefully review an application. We want to be certain of commitment, experience level, and understanding of the responsibility involved in caring for a horse. Thank you for your understanding & cooperation. To contact Horse Haven Montana with any questions, ideas or if you are interested in making a donation, please email us at: email@example.com. Tel: 406-880-0683
As an equine rescue and adoption organization, there is nothing more rewarding than placing animals in need, or animals that can no longer remain in their current situation, in new homes or settings which are the best they can possibly be.
HHMT History: Established in 2007, within three months, we had three wonderful horses ready for adoption. By the start of 2008, all three had been adopted into wonderful homes with human partners who understood their needs and limitations. One was eventually returned to us, when the owners were transferred to Alaska but he lived on for several more happy years. We try to keep in touch with our adoptive homes and this reassures us that horse and human have found their match.
In January 2011, Horse Haven Montana became a 501c3 not-for-profit organization recognized by the IRS as a charitable organization. We hope that approval of our non profit tax status will enable us to be even more effective with more resources, grants and donations, by acting as a charitable organization.
Horse Haven Montana can now officially accept charitable donations and provide donors with a tax deduction for their charitable donation. We can also accept foundation grants, hold benefits, and put more resources into our outreach efforts.
Horse Sponsorships: If you would like to help Horse Haven Montana feed and care for our rescue animals and know that you are helping those in need, we offer sponsorships for some of our rescues. All donations are tax-deductible.
Please note: If you have a horse or know of someone with a horse that needs a new home, please contact us. We will do our best to give you an honest assessment of our ability to find the horse a home or what the right kind of home might be. We can almost always find a horse a good home or at least we’ll try – from untrained yearlings(though difficult) to senior geldings, there is almost always a good match waiting with time, patience, and caring. We’ll do our best to help. Remember too, if you have anything relevant to horse care that you can donate such as hay, tack, veterinary services or anything that would be of assistance in these efforts, we welcome your support. Our 501c3 non-profit tax status has now been approved by the IRS and we can accept charitable donations. But the horses we help and the people we work with don’t really know the difference! Thank you!
Do you have or know a horse in need of rescue? Please visit our Rescue page for more information.
Horses For Adoption (updated 03/25/2015):
Hawk: Hawk is a 16 year old Leopard or Spotted Appaloosa gelding. Although at the time of rescue, he had been neglected, he was still a kind, sweet and willing horse. We were told that he had been a good trail horse for many years but he has not been ridden in quite awhile and will need a tune up. Hawk stands well for saddling, farrier, loading and trailering so the lucky person that brings Hawk into their lives will be way ahead of the game. Hawk is not very big but well built and stands at about 14.3H. He is sound and ready to re-train for the trails. Again, he will need some tune up time to remember what being ridden means but otherwise he is healthy and sound and has a great temperament and is certainly something special to look at. Hawk’s adoption donation fee is $300. Our priority is a great, forever home!
Cisco: Cisco is a 7 year old mustang gelding. This sweet, well trained gelding is 15H and very experienced. Unfortunately, for now, Cisco cannot be ridden. He has been a working horse for Border Patrol but since he has shown some hind end soreness, he cannot currently be ridden. The agency cannot keep a horse that they cannot use and he is being offered for adoption through Horse Haven Montana. We are honored to work with several federal agencies, to place their horses and mules when they can no longer be used in the field. In years past, these animals would have been euthanized or sold at auction, but now we have the grateful opportunity to work with these agencies to find these animals adoptive homes.
Cisco was born in the wild and adopted to a private individual through the BLM program, then professionally trained and given to Border Patrol. He’s a super horse, kind and gentle, willing and capable. It is not known at this time if he has a pinched nerve, a spinal problem, a temporary or chronic condition. But he’s a great horse with a good mind and we think that if his hind soreness can be treated, he may eventually return to being a super trail horse. Rarely do you find such a nice horse who is well put together and very capable. But he will need an investment of time to determine exactly what is happening to his hind area. Right now we would recommend Cisco as a companion horse, as a pet, as a pasture mate but we are hopeful that he can continue on soon as a trail horse. Adoption Fee: $250
Two Bits: Two Bits is a Quorab (part Arabian, part Quarter Horse). He is about 18-19 years old and 15H and a handsome gelding. He was born on a ranch in western Montana, spent most of his life on trails, packing out elk, in hunting camp, and doing some arena work but mostly outside as a trail horse. A forest fire at the ranch led the owner to re-home some of his horses and Two Bits went to a lady with one other horse. For a couple of years, Two Bits was just a companion horse and did well but owner illness led him to a new home. He was adopted out to an older couple with a lot of land but the adoption has not worked out well. Two Bits is an energetic horse that loves to go. He is very independent but likes people and likes attention and TLC. We think he may be better with a woman than a man. He is sound to ride, up to date on vaccinations and hoof care and has no special needs. We believe that he needs an experienced horse person (he is not a kid’s horse) but is suitable for just about any kind of riding. He would probably do well on a ranch but could be just as happy in a smaller setting. He can be seen at his current home in the Bitterroot Valley. Two Bits needs a new home ASAP.
Slim: Slim is a great riding horse! 14 year old Slim is a Thoroughbred gelding, and about 16H. He is a big, beautiful, mostly black gelding, and very mellow and willing. He is jockey-club registered but has not been a racehorse in many, many years. He is a very nice gelding – with good ground manners, has been in the past, a good trail horse, excellent loading and trailering, and stands well for the farrier and for saddling. There is nothing not to like about this big boy, he is just a super nice horse whose owners up and left him behind. Fortunately, his foster Mom will care for him until we can find the perfect home for this perfect gelding. Adoption Donation: $250
Jessie & Justice: Mother and Son, Tennessee Walking Horses: Jessie is TWH & QH. Both are gaited. Jessie was a trail horse though she hasn’t been ridden in years. Justice is only halter broke with good ground manners and a little Parelli training, Level 1 but has never been ridden. But he is so mellow, that everyone thinks he will take to a rider like a duck to water. Jessie is red roan, Justice is roan with some black in his mane and tail. Jessie is a very smooth ride. Their owners can no longer keep them and they can be placed together or separately. They are beautiful looking horses and will make great riding or companion horses. Jessie is about 15 and Justice is about 11. They are average in size with nice temperaments. Adoption fee for both $500 or $250 each
Comet: Comet was adopted to a wonderful family five years ago, but the family is changing their lifestyle and Comet is now back for adoption. He has been very well cared for and is the most gentle, sweet and kind horse you can imagine. A solid 15H, Comet has mild navicular on his front and so helping to support him with shoes and a good joint supplement would be an excellent plan. But Comet can carry a child or very small person, for very very light riding. He would also make a wonderful companion, pet or simply a horse to learn from and with while caring for a very kind soul. Comet is about as sweet as they come. Adoption Fee: $250
Prince: Prince is a big, beautiful, SWEET, QUIET, WILLING, AQHA buckskin gelding. Standing at about 15.2H, Prince can be ridden by anyone but only on the flat, along very easy, level trails, nothing intense, nothing mountainous, and he likes to go slow. His highest speed is a trot. Prince has been used on a guest ranch and well cared for but due to some condition, cannot carry weight uphill or in the mountains. With gentle riding and vitamin E supplements, he seems to do well. He was bred for cow work but has no interest in cows, just a nice, easy life with someone to love. He is a great kid’s horse or beginner horse. But again, only for very flat riding. He also has a great buddy, with similar temperament, by the name of Cooper. Cooper is a small paso fino, gaited and can go anywhere and do anything but he needs to be shod and kept on dry lot. He foundered before he came to the guest ranch and so as long as his weight is kept under control, he’s off of lush grass and can wear shoes for riding, he’s as good as gold. He is gaited and ANYONE can ride him. Ideally, we would love for Prince and Cooper to go together but it’s not mandatory. Adoption Fee for each: $275.00
Slip: Slip is a gorgeous palomino mare, formerly a riding horse and broodmare. She is not offered for breeding, only as a companion, pasture pal, as a pet, as someone to love on and look good with :) Please, that’s only a joke. Slip has arthritis in her knees although she is only about nine or ten years old and has many good years left. She could be an ideal horse to put a very small child on and just lead them around. She’s a great mate for another horse or as a companion. She’s great to learn from. She still moves around fine but the weight of an adult rider and saddle would not be good for her. If you just want a beautiful and SWEET, KIND, GENTLE mare who is also beautiful to look at, Slip is your girl. Adoption Donation: $250
JIMBO: Jimbo is a 19 year old retiring USFS mule. He has years of experience as a packer working for the United States Forest Service. Jimbo is a very personable mule with many, many years of backcountry work under his belt. He is suitable for light, occasional pack trips. Adoption Donation: $250
“I’ve been meaning to send you a note for some time but just getting to it now. Tobie is doing wonderfully. I’ve probably ridden him over 50 times this summer and have not had any bad experiences. He’s become a very willing trail horse and will lead or follow. He’s fun to be around as he loves people and being handled.”
“Thank you so much for being the “middle woman” in bringing this mare into our lives. She’ll be great for Autumn’s confidence. She is very responsive to Autumn and knows her job and does it! She’s very charming as well!”
“Thanks, thanks and thanks again. I picked Maggie up on Tuesday, rode her on Wednesday. She has adopted me! I have a true testimony of a perfect horse person for a perfect MS person. Thanks for all you did for me, I am delighted.”
Please note: Your adoption donations help to keep our program going and are invested right back into the costs involved in rescue including daily care, retraining, advertising, feed, travel, transport and veterinary services for rescues and adoptions. We are also feel that a donation conveys the importance of making a responsible, financial, moral and humane commitment to each animal. This further helps to insure that the equine is not taken to auction or sold at slaughter, which is against our philosophy, mission and purpose. Thank you for your understanding! For more information, please contact us by email or telephone:
Cell Phone: 406.880.0683
A Few of our Many Success Stories
Our first “rescue” was Lucky. While she initially needed reassurance that she would not be all alone and left to fend for herself, once we paired her with our mini, she began the bonding process to both horse and human. As she learned that daily feedings would be the norm and not the exception, she began to relax and just live life like a normal horse, a very funny one we might add. Then came some tune up training and riding time in an effort to understand what she knew and what she was capable of.
Happy to report that Lucky is now living a very contented and well fed life on the ranch with her new best friend, a teenage boy who picked her above all others, to be his pal. Joseph told us he loved her personality, “she’s funny,” he said, and now Lucky and Joseph spend lots of quality time together every day in ground work or just “hanging out” having fun. Lucky loves her other equine companions too and will soon be going on trail rides with the whole family in warmer weather. Congratulations Joseph on finding your best new equine gal friend!
The best way to describe Cody was gentleman extraordinaire. Cody had been extremely well cared for throughout his life but as a wilderness pack-horse and turning 21, he just couldn’t keep up on those long, arduous rides anymore. With a little soreness in his back legs, we knew he could still make a perfect beginner horse and confidence builder and that’s the home he found. With other geriatric equine pals and a mom who is learning to ride with her young daughter, Cody has found the best home for him and his new family has fallen in love!
Angel – Pony
True to her name, Angel is a little girl’s dream pony. An Appaloosa POA, Angel was donated to Horse Haven Montana to ensure that we would find her the best home for her needs and training. We’re happy to say, Angel is living the life of equine luxury and making a 9-year old New Mexico girl very happy. A match made in heaven, Angel and her new human pal named Tiger are getting to know each other on a beautiful ranch with other horses and gentle, slow trail rides, exactly what both the little girl and the little pony were looking for. Happy Trails!