Horse North Rescue is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
The Adoption Process
1. Fill out an adoption application and submit a nonrefundable $25 dollar adoption application fee via the Paypal button on our website & FaceBook page or by mailing a check to Horse North Rescue, PO Box 76 Kingsley, MI 49649
2. Schedule a Meet n' Greet by calling or texting 231-645-4674 and leaving your name and phone number with date & time preferred. NOTE: This is a very basic 30 minute time to interact with the horse. If you have submitted an adoption application, additional time and equine handling is encouraged.
3. Should you be interested in a horse that is not currently available for adoption, we encourage you to submit an application so we can get the preliminary site visit and paperwork started. All horses will be given at least two weeks advertised as "available" before the selection process begins.
4. This application will expire after two years from date of signature or adoption of a HNR horse or whichever comes first.
5. The dedicated volunteers at HNR will conduct a site visit, check on the references you provide and discuss further with you whether that particular horse will be the most suitable for your family.
Please note: All HNR horses are adopted out on a 'right to first refusal contract' meaning if you cannot or should no longer wish to own the horse, HNR must be contacted prior to the horse being advertised or transferred to another home.
Lilly -Available for Adoption $350
Lilly is a beautiful 14.1 hand Arabian mare, approximately 12 years old, that came to us as an Animal Control seizure. She has been started walk/trot under saddle though still not riding in a bit, and had two impressive outings on the trails where she handled bicycles, hikers, and dirt bikes. Lilly does have allergies, an allergy blood test indicated she is allergic to dust mites and also to most local grasses and hay - though she is least allergic to timothy and alfalfa. Her full allergy test information will be available to her future adopters. Lilly would best be kept out of a barn stall/arena situation and fed small amounts of wetted hay and other complete feeds . She is currently on Oxy-Gen and Immunize supplements to aid her respiratory system and we are seeing positive results. She will not be able to be in heavy competition, but can certainly enjoy life as a light riding horse. At this time she will still require a skilled and rider to complete her training and bring her to her best potential, though a confident intermediate rider with professional guidance could also suit. As we follow the 20% rule for maximum weight a horse should carry, we would recommend Lilly best suited for a rider and tack to total no more than 200 lbs.
Spice: Currently rehabilitating and not yet available for adoption
Spice is a beautiful , 21 year old Tennessee Walker mare who came to HNR from an Animal Control intercept via Menonminee County in the UP. Friends of UPAWS and Sally's Fund took her under their wing and did the initial weeks of care, and she finished her weight gain and recovery with Horse North. Spice came in very thin with a severe case of ulcers. She is now at a very good weight and has been treated for the ulcers, but she has some defensiveness as a result of being handled and ridden with that constant ulcer pain. She has made good progress, but it is important not to rush her as she continues to work with our trainer to regain her trust in people. We will post updates on her journey.
Charlotte - Currently at Foster - Available for Adoption -
Fostering over the winter with Shelby Road Stables:
Charlotte is an approximately 20 year old paint mare with a flashy look, big personality, and a heart of gold.
Unfortunately a previous injury to her knee limits Charlotte's capabilities as a riding horse, and requires some maintenance to keep her sound and comfortable.
Charlotte underwent a loading dose treatment of Adequan for her joints, and may require Adequan in the future to help the upkeep of that knee. She is on edible msm and glucosamine daily, needs enough space to move and use that joint, and receives Equioxx as needed for pain. If you are interested in Charlotte, the rescue will be happy to discuss her needs and costs in detail with you.
However, Charlotte is a sweet, lovely mare who would be an incredible pasture ornament, companion, therapy, or light children's lead-line horse for the right person, and has plenty of life and love left to give.
To see some video of her in action, check out:
Chelsea - Available for Adoption - Fee Waived to the Right Home
Silver - Available for Adoption $900
Silver is an 18 year old Arabian gelding, registered name MSU Silver Legacy, standing at approximately 14.3 hands. He is a little shy at first meeting, but is a very sweet and friendly horse who enjoys interaction with people.
Silver is only a few sessions in and already he is showing dramatic improvement under saddle! A little anxiety for saddling and cinching still, but going slowly and giving him a moment to stop and think does wonders for this boy! Once up, he is excellent, much calmer and quieter, and extremely tuned into cues. He should shape up into a really nice horse for someone, though we definitely still recommend someone with knowledge of and an affinity for Arabs! He is not a difficult ride, but his rider should be used to Arabians and enjoy that type of forward horse, as well as being comfortable sitting the occasional spook. Silver is best suited to either an experienced rider or an intermediate rider with instruction.
We only expect him to improve from here, and we will continue to work with him while he is at the rescue and update his progress. Don't wait too long if you have your eye on this handsome fellow!
Too see him work under saddle, check out:
Nikki - Available for adoption as a project for $600
Nikki is an 18 year old Arabian mare, registered name MSU Aureate, standing around 14.3-15 hands. She passed her vet check with flying colors, a very healthy horse. Her background can be found here:
Nikki is also the definition of an "in your pocket" horse. She loves attention, petting, and particularly scratching. She will follow anyone all over the pasture.
However, Nikki has not been under saddle for some time, and as a result she is still nervous getting back into it. Our trainer has been on her and she did not display any "bad" behaviors, but was on edge, jumpy, and anxious. It would be best for Nikki to work through a restart and build some confidence before starting frequent riding again. She will need someone with a calm disposition to balance out her alert nature, and at this time is recommended for an experienced horseman or horsewoman.
We will continue to work with Nikki while she is at the rescue, and her adoption fee will increase as her training is refreshed and solidified.
Apollo – Available for adoption to the right person for $1000 ADOPTION PENDING
Beautiful Apollo, a 13 year old, approximately 14.1 hand Paso Fino/Peruvian Paso cross, is now available for adoption inquiries from very experienced, quiet, horse people with advanced knowledge of horses and horse behavior and specifically an understanding of sensitive and nervous horses.
If you are drawn to Apollo and interested in adopting him, please read all the information below very carefully and then fill out and send the questionnaire attached to this post, along with the usual Horse North Adoption application. If you are already an approved adopter with Horse North, you can indicate your interest in being considered for Apollo by sending in the completed questionnaire.
Due to his difficult past, this is a more complicated adoption process. Approval for adoption does not mean a guarantee that you will be approved for Apollo. Horse North Rescue will only adopt him out to the person that is right for him.
Apollo is a gorgeous gelding who was started later in life by a respected gaited trainer in the southern United States. However, in the years that followed, he experienced a lot of quick change, frightening experiences, and at least one abusive owner. His confidence has taken a big blow through all of this, and though he wants to trust and connect with humans, he remains frequently ill at ease. He has been in training foster with Sea 2 Stable to try to overcome some of his fears, and while he has seen great improvement and is doing particularly well on groundwork, he retains a lot of fear about any type of ridden work. At this time, he is doing only small, positive, slow walks in a round pen.
Apollo has been ridden successfully on the trails in the past, and he is not nervous about the world around him, his worries are about the human beings and what they might do. When he began working with our foster trainer, simply the feel of a bit would cause him to panic and bolt. He has now worked through that trigger, but that is the kind of background he has. If you apply to adopt Apollo, you will have the opportunity to speak to his foster trainer directly for more details and work with him at her facility to evaluate compatibility.
Although he has now worked through some of his fears, it is important to understand that for Apollo, relationship is everything. He has improved due to his trust of his current handlers and the calm situation that he is living in at the moment. While they have also certainly helped him overcome some of his fears in a general sense, anyone applying to adopt him must be prepared to start from the very beginning with him as he will need to learn to trust that individual from scratch.
He needs an adopter who is calm, confident, quiet, and well-balanced, understands horse behavior and body language, and who will enjoy helping him to become a more confident horse. If you think you fit that description and would like to apply to adopt Apollo, you will find the adoption application at:
And the Apollo specific questionnaire linked below:
Please download, fill out, and send to the rescue via email, fb messenger, or a hard copy in the mail. If you are struggling with the link, contact the rescue to request an emailed file.
Lillian - Currently rehabilitating and not yet available for adoption
This girl seems like a great lady, and has a classic, strong QH build, standing at around 15 hands or a shade over. This sweet lady is an approximately 22 year old Quarter Horse mare. She came in with some heavy worms and sand that have since been addressed, unfortunately due to lack of consistent hoof care and nutrition, she is currently still footsore and will need time to recover. She is, however, a lovely, laid-back, and nicely trained mare and we have every expectation that she will make a great beginner mount once she is healthy and comfortable again!
Chloe - Rehabbing at Foster
Chloe is an 18 year old QH mare with a lovely, laid back personality. She came in a good few hundred pounds underweight and needing attention for worms, sand, and thrush. One of our incredible approved adopters offered to foster her through her rehab, so she is receiving one on one love and care while she recovers throughout the winter!