As fellow horse owners we understand that parting with your beloved friend is one of the toughest decisions you may ever have to make. And if we could we would bring all of the unwanted, abused, neglected and abandoned horses home with us, but we can’t …
Sadly, Mustangs to the Rescue is not able to take every horse brought to our attention, just like you, we have physical and financial limitations.
Because of the shear number of unwanted, abused, neglected and abandoned horses, we are often at full capacity both physically (in the way of space) and financially; like you, we have financial constraints when paying for hay, dental, medical and farrier expenses as well as transportation expenses.
Mustangs to the Rescue is not funded by any local, state or government entity. Paying for hay, feed, medical, farrier, dental and transportation expenses is a constant struggle and we rely on the financial support of individuals and businesses.
Please keep in mind that Mustangs to the Rescue is a rescue and not a sanctuary. Horses accepted into our program are horses that we feel, with the proper retraining and rehabilitation, we will be able to rehome – we simply do not have the capacity to provide long-term sanctuary for unwanted horses.
Because of the commitment we make to each of horse in our care; we keep the number of horses at Mustangs to the Rescue at a level we can safely manage.
When we have the space and finances available to take-in another horse, Mustangs to the Rescue will review the needs of the horses on our waiting list. Horses, whose owners have exhausted all other options, and that we feel we can rehome, are usually at the top of the list.
Note: Like other Rescues, Mustangs to the Rescue, does not have the authority to seize animals, only Animal Control and Law Enforcement have that authority.
Please understand there are A LOT of unwanted, abused, neglected and abandoned horses and Mustangs to the Rescue is usually at capacity and may not be able to accept your horse immediately, if ever, so it’s important to explore all other options.
Have you explored all options to lower expenses?
- Reduce your boarding costs. If full care board is too expensive, look into partial care board, self-care board or pasture board. You may have to give up some amenities, like a riding arena, but keeping your horse safe often means making sacrifices.
- Locate a cheaper source of hay or buy in bulk. We do not suggest underfeeding your horse, but shop for better pricing on hay and supplements. Go-in with other horse owners to purchase items like hay, grain, and shavings in bulk for better pricing.
- Prioritize spending. If money is tight, focus on the most necessary care, like vaccinations and hoof trimming.
- Own a horse trailer or extra tack? Consider selling it.
- Check with your vet and/or farrier to see if they have any low-cost clinics coming up, or work with them to organize one.
- Leasing your horse is an option that may provide relief from both the financial aspects of horse ownership and the day to day care of the horse, without the risk of giving up ownership.
Rehome the horse
Have you networked with other horse clubs, riding groups, lesson stables, and organizations; looking for a new home? Have you posted ads on online websites, local feed and/or tack shops? Be sure to check references, call the animal control officer where your potential buyer/adoptor lives, and do a home site inspection.
Have you contacted the breeder or previous owner; they often will help you rehome the horse.
If you truly care for the health and well-being of your horse; be honest with the potential new owners; lying about your horses capabilities, or lack there of, is a surefire way to land your horse into a home that is not suitable and could lead to a neglectful or abusive situation.
Remember it can takes months to rehome a horse, so explore this option before you are desperate.
If your horse is safe and sound, consider giving your horse to a therapeutic riding center, park police unit or similar program. Hundreds of organizations across the country accept relinquished horses. Use the same careful consideration you would in choosing any home for your horse and be sure to find out what policies the organization has in place for horses who are retired or are no longer suitable for the program.
(Never take your horse to a livestock auction and please don’t give them away for free; livestock auctions are frequented by middlemen who are looking to purchase young, healthy horses for foreign owned slaughter plants and people who take in free horses often can’t afford to properly care for them and they end up in the slaughterhouse pipeline afterall. )
Euthanasia as a humane option
This is probably the hardest decision a horse owner will need to make, but it is a better alternative than neglect or prolonged suffering. When euthanasia is administered by a veterinarian, it can be humane.
If your horse is unsound, elderly or mentally unstable; humanely euthanizing the horse should be considered. Finding a safe and secure home for these horses is difficult, even in the best of times. Finding someone who is willing and financially able to care for a pasture pet typically takes a minimum of 2 years. It’s a harsh reality to face, but unwanted horses end up suffering, the best choice may be to give your horse a humane and dignified end; try to remember that it’s a far better choice than letting your horse end up in a bad situation.
Note for owners of mentally unstable horses: If you are unable, or unwilling, to find professional help for your horse, please carefully consider the option to have the horse humanely euthanized. Mentally unstable horses usually end their lives in an abusive or neglectful homes because their human partner is unable or unwilling to seek the professional help needed – save them the heartache.
If you have explored all other options and still feel surrendering your horse to a rescue is your only option left, please contact us at the number listed at the bottom of the page.