Horse adoption… fantastic! Or buyer beware?

Answer… BOTH!

I have witnessed, first hand, many horse adoptions that have had EXTREMELY happy endings on both ends!  Retired racehorse with ribs showing and anxiety issues meets young lady with enough love to put 200 lbs on her :)  Grandpa Grey TB meets little girl whose whole world is now wrapped up in those 4 legs…  In fact, there are people out there who specialize in this very thing, placing horses in the loving hands of people who are able to and will do everything in their power to care for them.  We in Tennessee are actually lucky enough to have several amazing organizations right under our noses like New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Horse Haven of Tennessee.  Hats off to you!

On the other hand, there are many risks associated with adopting a horse for “free.”  We horse owners know that there is NO SUCH THING AS A FREE HORSE.  Horses are a HUGE responsibility, and people who enter into situations they are not prepared for financially, physically, intellectually or emotionally are making a very big mistake.  It’s not good for them, or their horse.


Before you adopt a horse, take a moment to check out another fantastic article from, regarding common mistakes in adopting horses.

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