Adoption

HELLO & WELCOME TO HORSE HAVEN MONTANA
If you are interested in adopting a horse, mule or other equine, please click on the application link below to download your application or email us if you would like us to send you the application by mail or email.

DOWNLOAD HHMT APPLICATION:

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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.

Please Note:
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: jrt@montana.com.  Tel: 406-880-0683

As an equine rescue, adoption, and education organization, there is nothing more rewarding than placing animals in need, or animals that can no longer remain in their current situation or homes, in new settings that we strive to ensure are the best they can possibly be.  Our singular goal is to help horses in need and in so doing, to help their caretakers who may also need help.  We take the utmost care to try to convey the most accurate information possible, but often, the information is not fully known, the owner may not be able to give us the full picture of the animal; and in rescue and adoption, the past and present health and abilities of an animal may be uncertain.  Please understand that with adoption, it is impossible to know fully, the story on each animal. We cannot provide guarantees about a horse and especially not in adoption.  So when you adopt a horse or other equine, please remember that the animal may or may not be able to fully meet your expectations.  But we hope so and we try.

HHMT History:  Established in 2007, within three months, we had three horses ready for adoption.  By the start of 2008, all three were adopted into wonderful homes with human partners who understood their needs and limitations. One was later returned to us when the owners were transferred to Alaska but he lived on happily for several more 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.

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 as well as those in foster care, please know that you are helping those in need.  We offer sponsorships for some of our rescues and 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 we will 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 or senior feed, 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 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 05/15/2015):

DUTCH :  Dutch is a big, senior quarter horse gelding who is like Clifford, a big puppy dog.  For a child or a lightweight adult, a true beginner, or someone who simply wants a handsome companion, pasture pal, babysitter or pet, Dutch is your guy.  Dutch is in his mid 20s.  He has arthritis but he still moves around, sometimes runs around and walking gently is great for him.  He would do fine for very light, occasional riding on flat ground with someone 75 pounds or under and a little bute now and then.  A few flakes of hay couple of times a day, some senior feed, (Dutch still has his teeth) and he is good as gold.  We would like to find Dutch a permanent, loving home ASAP.  If you have love in your heart and you love big, gentle geldings, Dutch is the one for you.

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Three green broke horses in need of new homes ASAP:
We don’t know much about these three horses but we know that they are very green.  They are not in crisis yet but may be soon. They are with their owner, a recent widow and are in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana.  They are healthy and sound to the best of our knowledge.

Reba:  12 year old Molly Mule:

Reba is a smaller riding mule; her owner says she is spunky so you need a little experience to manage her but she says she is fun and sweet.  She is pony size at about 13.5H but a smaller adult can ride her.

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.

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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, but very sway backed and we do not know how he will be as a munt.  He is however, 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).  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.

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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

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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

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Prince:  ADOPTED!

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JIMBO:  ADOPTED!

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DUTCH:  ADOPTED!

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Testimonials from several recent adoptions:

“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:

Email: info@horsehavenmt.org or jrt@montana.com

Cell Phone: 406.880.0683

Thank you!

A Few of our Many Success Stories

Lucky

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!

Cody

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!

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8 Comments

  1. bassetrescuemt

     /  December 31, 2014

    HI JANET…….. NICE TO READ THE HORSE HAVEN IS DOING WELL AND I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YA ABOUT HELPING YOU BEING A FOSTER MOM FOR A MULE IF EVER NEEDED. I JUST LEFT YA A PHONE MESSAGE. LESLIE AMES R.N. A.H.T. AND PRESIDENT OF BASSET RESCUE OF MT. bassetrescueofmontana.org. 406-207-0765
    merry ho ho and happy new year!

    Reply
    • So wonderful to hear from you! Happy New Year (almost). Sure, if we need a foster home I will be happy to call you. I hope you’re doing well too?! Rescue is a wonderful thing. :)

      Much good wishes to you and your four leggeds.

      Janet

      Reply
      • bassetrescuemt

         /  January 1, 2015

        I PREFER PHONE BUT WILL TYPE A LITTLE HERE……THUMB FX. WHAT ARE YOUR REQUIREMENTS FOR A FOSTER FOR HORSES.? HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? WHAT DO YOU REQUIRE OF YOUR FOSTER HOMES AND HOW MANY WEEKS ON AN AVERAGE IS A HORSE KEPT IN A FOSTER TILL YOU GET IT ADOPTED AND WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES YOU USE TO GET THE WORD OUT? WELL…. I WILL WAIT TO HERE FROM YOU ON PHONE FOR A NICE DISCUSSION SO OUR DUCKS WILL BE IN A ROW. I USE PHONE. SORRY.. I DO NOT TEXT……OUR VOLUNTEERS DO OUR FB , ETC…ETC…. HAPPY NEW YEAR ALSO JANET. SO….. IF I DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU IN THIS MONTH OF JANUARY, I WILL ASSUME THEN THAT YOU PROB. WILL NOT NEED ME REGISTERED AS A FOSTER HOME FOR YOU. ALSO, WELL…. HAVE QUESTIONS BUT WILL WAIT FOR YOUR CALL… THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO TO HELP THESE POOR KIDS ……LOVE OUR HORSES.

        Basset Rescue of Montana Leslie Ames – President & Shelter Manager bassetrescuemt@gmail.com – (406) 207-0765 http://www.bassetrescueofmontana.org https://www.facebook.com/bassethoundrescue – Like us on Facebook!

      • I will call you, no problem

  2. Ann Toepke

     /  April 6, 2015

    I am looking for a horse that doesn’t have too much get up and go. Would like one that is at least green broke. I want to get my kids into riding and me back into it. It’s been about 6 years since I have had any, the love is just always there. I have owned about 12 horses throughout my life. Worked at a riding stable and breeding farm back in Michigan when I was younger.
    My husband works for Shiptons Big R here in Billings. He was the downtown store manager, but is now the new store in the Heights manager. They are getting ready to open sometime mid-month.
    Probably won’t be able to make it up that way, but was wondering if you approve people by phone or Skype. Also was wondering if you know of anyone that comes to Billings that wouldn’t mind bringing me a new member of the family.

    Reply
    • You are welcome to fill out an adoption application which you can download and print out from our website or we can email one. There is a small application fee as well. You can always arrange to have someone transport an adoption horse or sometimes, an owner is willing to do this as well. Do you have any other horses? How much acreage do you have and what kind of a horse set up? Please provide a veterinary reference, employer, anything other than a friend or relative. Thanks very much

      Reply
      • bassetrescuemt

         /  April 6, 2015

        Basset Rescue of Montana Leslie Ames – President & Shelter Manager bassetrescuemt@gmail.com – (406) 207-0765 http://www.bassetrescueofmontana.org https://www.facebook.com/bassethoundrescue – Like us on Facebook!

      • Hi Leslie,
        Thanks so much for your email. With any fostering, the foster home would basically fill out an application but without any fee of course. The foster home would have to be able to care for the horse indefinitely with feed and veterinary care, hoof care, etc. But we would make every effort to place the horse as soon as possible. Information about your horse set up, fencing, shelter, other horses, and any photos, would all be very helpful. But if you are willing, we would love to consider it. Thank you!

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