- You must be at least 21 years of age.
- Since horses are gregarious and need companionship, you must already own at least one equine.
- We practice natural horsemanship at the sanctuary, and our horses are in various stages of development in that approach. We’re hoping to find potential adopters who either already follow the principles of natural horsemanship or are willing to learn.
- We keep in close touch with our fosters, and we stay connected even after a horse has been adopted. If a problem should occur at any time, we are ready to help and, if necessary, resume ownership of the horse.
- Our adoption fee varies by horse, but considering the financial commitment that an owner must make over the lifetime of a horse, it isn’t high.
- You must complete a foster-to-adopt application, and Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary must approve it. Click here for our online foster-to-adopt application.
- You must come to the sanctuary and meet/socialize with the horse you’re considering.
- Sixteen Hands will conduct a home visit in order to see where the horse will be living and meet any family members who didn’t come to the sanctuary for the meet-and-greet.
Cisco ~ Paint Gelding
Cisco is an energetic, personable and curious 8-year-old gelding. He has always been friendly, but he hadn’t had much, if any, training before we rescued him. Now he leads and stands for the farrier and bathing, and we’re currently working to move him beyond those basic behaviors. He has great potential!
Dreamer ~ Quarter Horse Gelding
Dreamer is 24. Years ago he lost his left eye because an abscess was neglected. Despite weeks of treatment after he was rescued, the eye couldn’t be saved. We’re working on building Dreamer’s confidence on his blind side, and he’s doing very well with our farrier and trailer-loading. In 2019, he also did well during a training session with two natural horsemanship experts. We haven’t yet evaluated Dreamer for riding, but we have a hunch that this special horse just needs the right partner to add riding to his repertoire and make his life complete.
Gypsy, 19 years old, is a way-down-the-line descendant of a famous racehorse. But that isn’t what makes her special. She loves people and attention! And she can be a bit mischievous, just to keep us humans on our toes. We’re currently evaluating Gypsy for saddle work and tying, but she’s halter-trained and does well with hoof-trimming, loading, and bathing. While we’re hoping for a natural horsemanship home for all of our adoptable horses, it’s a requirement for Gypsy.
Holy Toledo is a youthful and energetic 10-year-old. As his name suggests, he’s a spunky little guy. In fact, he’s personality plus. He loves to play with his two miniature buddies, Uncle D (also adoptable) and Mr. Peanut. Holy Toledo isn’t as far along in his training as some of our other horses, but he does well with the farrier and is able to be loaded and tied.
Lexi ~ Andalusian Mare
Lexi is 25 years young and tends to be somewhat quiet and unassuming. She’s currently being evaluated for riding but would probably be just as happy hanging out in a pasture with a buddy. (She was rescued with a gelding who has since been adopted.) Lexi loves being groomed and does very well with the farrier and the loading process. She has seasonal allergies that are well controlled with medication.
Montana~ Quarter Horse Gelding
Montana is a handsome, stocky 18-year-old. We named him after a western state because his Palomino coloring resembles the rocky mountain ridges in that part of the country. Montana needs to be a COMPANION-ONLY horse because our vet discovered navicular changes in his right front foot that cause intermittent lameness. And that condition will progress less rapidly if he leads a relaxed pasture life. At this point his foot isn’t painful enough for medication. Montana’s health issue doesn’t stop him from being an outgoing, alert horse. He does fine with routines such as hoof-trimming and trailer-loading.
Savannah ~ Grade Mare
Savannah, 19 years old, is an exceptionally confident horse who’s the lead mare in her herd. She has the basics down pat (leading, bathing, having her hooves trimmed), but she’s capable of so much more. Savannah will make someone a wonderful partner because once she trusts and respects you, she will give you the world. While we’re hoping for a natural horsemanship home for all of our adoptable horses, it’s a requirement for Savannah.
Tango ~ Quarter Horse Cross Gelding
Tango is a confident, curious 17-year-old who insists on being recognized by people who walk past his stall. He’s happiest when he’s at the center of whatever is going on. In his opinion, being groomed is just the best! Tango has mastered the basics (leading, loading, being bathed and having his hooves trimmed), and he’s currently in training for riding.
Uncle D ~ Miniature/Shetland Gelding
Uncle D is 15 years old. This little guy basically minds his own business and spends quiet days grazing beside our other miniature horses (Holy Toledo, who’s also adoptable, and Mr. Peanut). He’s an easy keeper and can lead, load, tie, and have his hooves trimmed without any trouble at all. We believe that he’ll respond well to more advanced training.