Adoption Standards of Care

The level of care of adoption horses should be the highest standards in the industry.

The horse must have all the annual shots, spring and fall, and maintain a current Coggins test. Shots are to include Strangles, EPM, West Nile, Eastern/Western, Tetanus, Rhino, and Influenza unless otherwise noted by your Veterinarian.

The horse must be de-wormed by paste every 3 months rotating between types unless otherwise noted by your Veterinarian.

The horse must have daily turnout of not less than eight (8) hours unless there is dangerous weather.

A Veterinarian is to be called for any illness and any serious injury. If diagnosis of injury or illness cannot be treated due to financial reasons, the horse must be returned to Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc. immediately.

The horse must be trimmed or shod by a qualified Farrier not longer than every eight (8) weeks. The hooves are to be cleaned regularly.

Each horse must receive the required daily feed allowance plus plenty of good quality forage material.

Each horse must be offered not less than 15 gallons of fresh water per day, either in buckets or in regularly cleaned out water troughs. A stagnant pond or creek is not an acceptable primary source of water.

Adoption horses are to have their teeth evaluated by an equine dentist annually.

The adopter agrees not to work the horse beyond its physical limitations at any time or to put the horse in harms way at any time.

Miniature horses must not hold more than 50 pounds of body weight.

The horse must have at least one (1) acre of clear cut pasture with some shade per horse.

The horse must have at least one shelter in the paddock to block wind and bad weather. Preference is given to anyone that has an individual stall for each horse.

Your pasture must have acceptable fencing (no barbed wire).

Variations in facility requirements depend on the horse, the region, and the predominant weather.

Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc. has the right to do random site checks to assure that the said animal is being properly cared for. Should at any time the animal be found abandoned, mistreated, neglected, abused, etc., Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc. has the right to promptly remove the said horse from the adopter. Any costs incurred in removing the horse from adopter’s property, will be the adopter’s responsibility and must be paid within thirty (30) days.

Should the said horse become critically ill and require surgery or euthanasia, it is required that the adopter notify Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc. immediately.

Should the adopter move or relocate (**this includes any personal address change, changing the location where the said animal is residing, etc.), whether it’s themselves or just the said animal, Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc. must be informed of the new address immediately so we may keep our records current.

Adopter agrees to notify Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc. of any and all significant changes with said horse.

Prohibited Uses: Adopter agrees and understands that under no circumstances is an adopted horse to be sold at a Livestock Auction or to Slaughter.