Our Adoption Process...
We will screen potential adoptive families and the facilities available for the horse(s). This process also will allow us the opportunity to provide those people who are committed to our mission with a wonderful companion to love and cherish.
If you are truly committed to providing a rescued horse(s) a safe, loving home, then we have every confidence that you will be a long-term ally in our fight to stop equine abuse and neglect. We spend plenty of time talking with the adopters as well as watching them interact with our horses. When there is question in a potential adoptive family’s knowledge, it does NOT result in automatic disqualification.
There is nothing wrong with providing education to a new family. It is vital to make a great match that will stand the test of time. Questions will most likely be asked about the kind of riding the family plans to do. New families may be checked for their knowledge of horses, including riding, basic training, training philosophy that is compatible with ours, and basic health care knowledge.
The process of attempting to match people and horse(s) is just as important and insuring that your facility is safe and free of hazards. Opinions may differ, but we place emphasis on having the horse’s home provide lots of room to play and move. We prefer a facility with a proper shelter and lots of room, than to one with a fancy stall and limited turn out time. When all of these components come together, we are well on the way to a everlasting relationship & new home.
**It is important to understand, that horses (and other equine) that have survived the abuse and neglect that brought them into our program, may never be free of the physical or psychological trauma they were forced to endure.
Thankfully, that is not usually the case, but as in most aspects of life, there are no guarantees.
**There will be NO holding of horses until adopter is approved.
It is the best option to be pre-qualified for adoption so that you do not miss out on a horse that interests you.
Prior to the application, you must read and initial and return IGP Adoption/Foster Requirement form.(by email or mail)
**There is a one time $25.00 Application Fee, which includes a period of one year.This is to be returned with the completed Requirement Form.
Applications will then be emailed to you to fill out. You can return them either email or send to our main office by mail.
Application Fees may be paid online using PayPal(please use the Donation tab an state it is for Application) or a check or money order via mail.
**There will be a $50 returned check fee for all returned checks. In cases of returned checks for NSF, the adoption agreement will be canceled and the horse must be returned immediately.
**Adopters will have the option to be notified by email, mail, or phone when their Adoption/Foster Application has been processed.
If you have not heard back from Iron Gait Staff Member after 10 business days of ALL information being submitted,
please Contact Us for more details.
For more information on the process of adopting one of our rescues......Please CONTACT US