Adopt a rescued horse, pony or donkey
We are committed to finding the best forever homes for our rehabilitated horses, ponies and donkeys.
When these animals arrive at our rescue centre, we make a promise to every one of them that they will never be hurt or abused again. That's why we've developed a thorough set of adoption policies and an online application process, to ensure we find suitable and loving homes where our equines can thrive.
Choosing to adopt an abused or neglected equine not only gives an animal a second chance at a happier life – it also frees up critical space at our rescue centre, allowing us to save other needy horses, ponies and donkeys.
If you are considering adoption, please read carefully through ALL of the information below before applying. (Please also note that all applications must be made in English.)
Things to consider before committing to adoption
Our equines are rescues and may have unknown histories.
Almost all of our horses, ponies and donkeys have been rescued from abuse or neglect, often in conjunction with local police. This means we often know very little about their history, where they have come from or what has happened to them. In some cases, they have had little or no handling.
We will always provide adopters with the information we know about a horse’s history and health, plus anything else we’ve learned while the animal has been in our care. But please know that past treatment can at times have future unknown impacts on an equine's health and wellbeing.
Our equines are not suitable for riding.
We only ever put equines up for adoption when they have been rehabilitated back to a stable level of health. We do our best to find an owner with the experience required for each individual equine, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the adopter to gauge if the horse is appropriate for their ability.
Some equines may never be completely sound due to age, injury or other conditions, and are therefore not suitable for riding under any circumstances. However, such animals may be paddock sound and therefore appropriate as perfect companions for other equines.
No breeding is allowed.
We do not allow breeding with any of our horses. One of the reasons there are so many horses to be rescued is overbreeding. There are far too many unwanted horses in this world already.
Adopted equines must never be on-sold.
All of our equines are adopted subject to an Adoption Contract, which expressly prohibits on-selling or giving away of adopted animals. This means that if, for any reason, the new owner cannot care for their equine, it must be returned to Easy Horse Care. This allows us to keep track of animals so they do not return to the cycle of abuse and neglect.
Important info for Spain-based adopters: do you have a REGA number?
A REGA (Registro General de Explotaciones Ganadera) number is now a legal requirement for the ownership of equines on Spanish property and small holdings. All equines moving from one property to another in Spain must now have an official passport and identification chip. Adopted equines will need to have their passport assigned to their new owner's REGA number.
Without a REGA number, you will be unable to legally adopt a horse, pony or donkey in Spain.
For more on REGA number requirements and how to apply, visit this Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food website (in Spanish).
What you can expect of your adopted equine
Before adoption, all horses, ponies and donkeys receive a program of treatment, which includes:
- A full veterinary inspection.
- Farrier inspection and treatment.
- Equine dentist inspection and treatment.
- Dietary requirement management.
- Any injury or special needs management.
- Castration in the case of stallions.
- Microchipping and horse passport.
Please note our rescue centre is not equipped with facilities for the retraining or education of equines and as such we do not currently offer any of these services.
What we expect of you as the owner of an adopted equine
Given the circumstances many of our horses, ponies and donkeys have survived, our foremost objective is ensuring they go to good homes where they will receive adequate care and lots of love for the rest of their lives.
As such, we expect that you:
- Are aged 18 years or over.
- Have weighed the decision to adopt seriously, with the awareness that equines may live into their 30s and need appropriate lifetime care.
- Have some experience and understanding of basic equine husbandry and care.
- Will keep your adopted equine at a property where they are inspected daily. Please note that, in most cases, we will not approve adoptions to people who plan to board their equine in a livery yard. We also do not adopt horses to riding schools.
- Currently have similar animals in your care to ensure your adopted equine has company, or you are willing to adopt multiple animals (given that equines are herd animals).
- Know that you will be responsible for all equine feeding and care costs, including routine worming, vaccinations, dentist and farrier visits, as well as any costs associated with injury or illness.
- Are prepared to visit our rescue centre in person before adoption (see below for more details).
- Have access to equipment that will allow you to safely and legally transport your adopted animal from Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre to your property (at your cost).
- Will, if you run into challenges with your new equine, pursue any and all options to overcome the problem and continue to provide the horse with a good home, including training for the horse or yourself.
- Will contact us immediately if you can no longer provide a proper home for your adopted equine. On-selling or giving away of adopted animals is strictly forbidden.
How to apply for adoption
Are you ready to move ahead with your adoption application?
Simply fill out our online application form. (Please note that all applications must be made in English.)
Please take your time, answering all questions as accurately and completely as possible. This will help us ensure that you and your property are well prepared for adoption and also assist us in finding an animal that best matches your expectations and lifestyle.
Be sure to agree to our adoption terms and conditions at the end of the adoption application form.
Note that submitting an application does not commit you to the adoption process, nor guarantee that you will be successful. Our aim is to find the perfect long-term home for each animal.
What happens after your application is lodged?
1. We assess your answers.
Once your application has been lodged, we will assess your answers. We do contact everyone who submits an application form but please be patient – we will contact you as soon as we can. If you haven't heard back from us within one month, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. You visit our rescue centre in person.
If you are deemed a suitable candidate, we will then arrange an in-person interview, during which you can meet the equine you are interested in. Please bring along photos of the property in which you plan to keen your adopted equine so we can check the facilities for suitability.
Please note that, regardless of where you live, you must be willing to visit our centre in southeastern Spain as part of the adoption suitability assessment process. We do not adopt any animals out without first meeting at our rescue centre. This interaction is a crucial opportunity to observe the compatibility of both horse and human.
3. The final adoption agreement is made.
Once your suitability has been confirmed during the in-person interview, a formal Adoption Agreement will be signed by both parties. You can then arrange transport (at your cost) to bring your new horse, pony or donkey home.
Ready to start your application?
Fill out our online application form here. (Remember, all applications must be made in English.)