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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 12/01/2015):
BUDDY: 19 year old, sound, experienced, trail horse. Buddy has energy and nobody told him he was 19 and it was time to possibly slow down. He likes to get out on the trail and go for miles. Buddy has many trail miles and is a very sweet horse. His owner is moving across country and cannot take him with her. If you are an intermediate to experienced trail rider and enjoy a good energy horse, Buddy is your gelding! He’s cute too. Please contact us for photos and more information.
EMMA (ADOPTION PENDING): 11 Year Old Molly Mule, Retiring from the US Forest Service.
This adorable molly mule has been used as a packer for the federal government, but as she is beginning to get mild ringbone in one of her feet, it’s time for her to retire from the agency and a lot of backcountry work and live an easier life as a pet, companion and very light, occasional packer. Emma is a sweetheart, she has smaller feet, has lots of experience and even more heart. If you just love mules, or would be okay with very occasional, light packing once in awhile, Emma’s your gal. Adoption Donation Fee is: $350
Please email us for photos and an adoption application. Thank you.
TOBY, WIMPY, & KIO:
Three older geldings (mid 20s), great children’s or beginner horses. Well trained, easy keepers, all around nice horses, sound to ride, for light, easy riding. Can go bareback or with a saddle, suitable for very light trails, flat ground. Fine on pasture, with senior supplement, but better horses you could not find if you are starting out or teaching a young person to ride. Adoption Donation Fee for each: $250
MAVERICK: (AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION IN SPRING 2016)
Maverick is a 19 year old mustang gelding trail horse extraordinaire. He is on the smaller side so great for a person who is not too tall but he has beautiful conformation and loves to ride. He foundered mildly a couple of years ago but is doing super well, 100% sound but for riding he gets special shoes and regular trims. That’s a good idea anyway. The farrier and vet say his hooves are good as you can see in the photo but he’s a little overweight. A dry lot or corral would be ideal for Maverick. . Since then, he has had special shoes and regular trims. Maverick enjoys being with other horses and likes to go out with others but he is an all around fun, “take care of you” kind of horse. Loads, shoes, super well. Maverick’s adoption fee is $300. Once approved or decided upon for adoption, Maverick can be trailered and delivered to you.
DUTCH (ADOPTED) : 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.
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.
Comet (ADOPTED): 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
“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!