Adopt a Horse

Our goal is to place our horses into loving, permanent homes.

Potential adopters must complete the basic Adoption Questionnaire before discussing adoption so we can match our horses to the best possible homes. No commitment is required. Scroll down to complete the form.

Adopting a horse can be one of the most rewarding and wonderful experiences of your life. We have horses that are rideable, as well as non-rideable horses that can fill the much-needed job of “companion,” acting as friends for other horses. Here at RVR, we believe that every horse should be loved and valued. At any given time, we have horses of various breeds, sizes, and ages available for adoption. Please visit our adoptable horse pages to see our sound and pasture pals that are looking for their new homes!

How Does the Adoption Process Work?

What are RVR’s adoption requirements for shelter and land?

Before you inquire about adoption, we want you to be aware of the stringent requirements we have for the shelter and land before any horse would be approved for adoption. After you’ve reviewed the requirements, please proceed with the Adoption Questionnaire below if you’re still interested.

Property Requirements for Adoption

1. Adopted horses must be maintained with a companion animal, namely, another horse, mule, pony, miniature horse, or other as approved.

2. Space

  • Property must be zoned for equine and provide a minimum of one acre of useable pasture or paddock space per horse.
  • If pasture fed, there must be sufficient grazing of suitable grass and pasture plants that are well established.
  • Ground conditions must be safe and free of underground holes or burrows. Any areas affected by gopher holes or other wildlife must be appropriately zoned off per FWC regulations.

3. Fencing

  • Fencing needs to be of solid construction and in good condition. Suitable materials include wood, no-climb wire, or other equine type fence material.
  • Barbed wire can pose serious safety risks and should be removed.
  • Electric fencing may be used, but must be visible for horses. Electric tape must be at least 3 inches in width.

4. Shelter

  • Property where an equine is to be housed must have adequate shelter from wind, rain, and heat.
  • Shelters need to be constructed to provide sufficient space for each equine to turn around, lie down, move his or her head freely, etc.
  • A stall measuring 12×12 with at least two closed sides is the minimum for the average 1,200 pound horse.
  • If an equine is stalled or kept in a paddock, he or she must be turned out in a suitable pasture (an acre per horse) for at least 12 hours per day.
  • Shelter and paddocks must have proper water containers and equines must have access to clean water at all times.
  • Shelter should have no exposed nails, screws or sharp metal objects

Equine Adoption Questionnaire

The ADOPTION QUESTIONNAIRE is free – no fees or any strings attached, and it’s NOT considered a commitment. It just makes it a lot easier to match potential adopters up with the right horse .

PLEASE NOTE: Your application is submitted properly when you see the Smiley Face, as shown below. If you don’t see the Smiley Face after you submit it, scroll through the application to see what fields are causing the delay. They will be noted in Red.