Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
A horse’s insight and honesty help people discover their own inner strength to overcome fear and self-doubt. For those who feel trapped in circumstances beyond their control the soft nuzzle of a horse, the triumph of mastering the ride, the simple joy and confidence of a horse’s gait can restore trust and reintegrate the mind and body. It can make the difference between giving up and moving forward confidently in strength and freedom.
Even if a participant chooses not to ride, both riding and horse care activity establish a bond between horse and human. A horse’s size and gentleness show that it is possible to be strong and kind without sacrificing one for the other.
The relationship that develops between horse and rider builds trust, provides a trusting emotional connection and is a source for much needed love and affection for both.
Horses lend us the wings we lack.
Throwaway Ponies was started by Karen Bander and her daughter Mary, in 2005 to provide a home to horses that were old, lame and virtually unadoptable. Soon, the need for a rescue for other horses became apparent. Now, we have horses of all ages. Learning how beneficial horses are to building self-confidence and healing broken hearts, we added programs for children and adults using horses as therapists
Our mission at TaPs is four-fold:
1. To provide a safe haven for horses who have been abused and neglected or who might have been euthanized because of their condition but were salvageable.
2. To work with women and children who have been abused and neglected.
3. To build self-confidence and leadership skills in everyone of our students, volunteers and participants.
4. To work with people of all ages who have special needs: children with autism spectrum disorder; people with emotional problems or who lack self confidence; children with developmental delays.
We do not have the facilities or staff to provide lessons to anyone who cannot physically be on a horse. We recommend Equest, a facility in Wylie, TX just a few miles from here. http://www.equest.org/
Types of horses available:
1. Fully rideable - we rarely get these, but do occasionally. Some can be ridden by experienced riders only.
2. Green broke - can be ridden by experienced rider, but will improve with training
3. Companion - good to put with another horse or get 2 as "yard art". Not to be ridden.
4. Trainable - no or little training, but you can train or hire a trainer
We ask for 3 references from your veterinarian, friend, and horse professional (if you know one). Please ask them to mail back the recommendation form.
We will come inspect your property for water source, shelter, fencing (barbed wire on over 10 ac only for safety reasons). Horses do not like to be stalled, but they must have shade and shelter from the wind and rain.
We will inspect the horses in 6 months, 12 months and then annually or ask you to email us photos.
Horses must be adequately fed and have current Coggins test and regular (at least every 8 weeks) farrier care.
Horses must have a companion – either horse, donkey or goat.
If the TaPs representative does not feel you are adequately caring for the horse, we will make recommendations that must be followed or you must surrender the horse.
If you move, you must let TaPs know your new location. If you can no longer care for the equine, you must return it to TaPs. If someone you know wants the horse, they must be approved by TaPs, but will be given first consideration if they are approved.
Equines may also be fostered. The process is the same, but there is no adoption fee. However, if someone else wants to adopt the equine, they will be given that opportunity. All expenses are tax deductable, where they are not for an adoption.
Why should you adopt?
horses can make wonderful pets, and rather than buying a horse for sale or finding a horse breeder, adopting a horse from an animal shelter or rescue organization is the perfect way to add a horse to your family. Keep in mind, there is a lot you will need to know when you provide a home for a horse. You will need to learn what to feed them, how much exercise or attention your horse needs, and many other important things about how to house and care for a horse. There are different types of horses including Andalusian, Appaloosa, Appendix, Arabian, Belgian, Clydesdale, Curly Horse, Donkey/Mule/Burro/Hinny, Draft, Friesian, Gaited, Grade, Gypsy Vanner, Haflinger, Lipizzaner, Miniature, Missouri Foxtrotter, Morgan, Mustang, Norwegian Fjord, Paint/Pinto, Palomino, Paso Fino, Percheron, Peruvian Paso, Pony - Chincoteague, Pony - Connemara, Pony - Dales, Pony - Dartmoor, Pony - Fell, Pony - New Forest, Pony - Other, Pony - Shetland, Pony - Welsh, Pony - of America, Quarterhorse, Rocky Mountain, Saddlebred, Standardbred, Tennessee Walking Horse, Thoroughbred, Trakhener, and Warmblood.
Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you'll have a friend for life! Please consider a rescue pet before you buy a pet from a breeder or pet store. Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.