Just in time for Christmas, more than 250 horses have found new homes via their free listings on TheHorse.com's adoption service.
The service is a bulletin board on which owners can list any horse (of any breed!) offered for free to a good home. It also features resources on horse adoption. Interested individuals contact the horses' owner directly. Gainesway Farm sponsors the Thoroughbred listing, while the U.S. Trotting Association sponsors the Standardbreds.
More than 202 horses are currently available, including experienced show horses, new prospects, and pasture pals.
For example, take a second look at Deer Meadow Applause, a 1991 black Morgan stallion trained to drive. His owner says he's a true gentleman and "exceptionally easy to handle."
Or how about Dual Wager, a solid, sound Thoroughbred mare with show experience?
Prefer a gaited horse? Check out Carmela, a 1994 easy-keeping chestnut Paso Fino mare who's been shown in performance classes?
We recommend anyone giving away a horse, whether to a private individual or a welfare/rescue organization, learn as much as possible about that person or group prior to giving the horse away. The article "Horse Rescue Organizations: Questions to Ask" offers some tips on making sure the person or group who takes your horse has good intentions.
Disclaimer: Seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian before proceeding with any diagnosis, treatment, or therapy.