Pasture Mates for Adoption

Gunner

Birth Year: 2010

Height: 14.2 Hands

Breed/Sex: Appaloosa gelding

Gunner was an owner turn in situation. He was deemed "wild" and "crazy" and "dangerous" and his sides were crushed in from previous attack by a stallion when Gunner was just a colt. The woman said she had been advised, by two farriers to shoot the "dangerous animal."  


We welcomed Gunner to our rescue group and he was neither crazy, nor wild, nor dangerous but his had been a life of trials and tribulations. Three years later and Gunner has learned that not all people are bad and being groomed feels good, even when done gently over his severely crushed chest walls and neck. Through his situation we have been reminded that every life matters and love conquers all.

Ruby Louise

Birth Year: 2000

Height: 14 Hands

Breed/Sex: Arabian mare


Ruby Louise came to LEARN from Orangeburg County Animal Control as a starvation case. Today, she is fully rehabilitated and ready for her new home! 


Ruby would make a wonderful companion horse, as she is not rideable due to a tendon issue with her back leg.   Ruby is very sweet and an "in your pocket" mare who pastures well with other mares.   

Goldie

Birth Year: 1996

Height: 15.1 Hands

Breed/Sex: Palomino mare

Goldie is an amazingly sweet mare who arrived at LEARN with nine other starved and abused horses from a local animal control seizure case in January of 2016. Not only was Goldie emaciated,  she was full of sand and parasites, and very weak making hers a very difficult recuperation. 


Once returned to good health she presented with lameness issues. X-rays revealed Goldie suffered from a pre-existing fracture of the coffin bone in her right front hoof. With weight management and anti-inflammatory medications as needed, Goldie is sound and loves her pasture mates and being groomed.

Adopting A Rescue

L.E.A.R.N.'s Adoption Process

Recovering from a state of severe malnutrition or starvation is a painstaking and deliberate process for any animal.  At L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue, we take great pains not to rush that process for the best interest of the horses in our care.  Depending on the age and overall physical condition of the horse upon intake into our facility, full recovery may take between 3 and 6 months.  


Each of the horses at L.E.A.R.N. that are available for adoption have completed this process and are ready for placement in lifelong homes. To learn more about how adoption works, please submit your inquiry and one of our volunteer staff will contact you with more information. An adoption/foster application is available below.


At L.E.A.R.N. we have some horses who are ridable and some that are only suitable only as companions. We determine their level of physical comfort and usefulness by compiling information from a trainer and veterinarian, so that a mutually compatible match can be made for you and the horse. All of our horses are stabled in Charleston County. 


1) Read, complete, and submit the application. As soon as we receive your application we will begin screening your references. L.E.A.R.N. makes application decisions based on the applicant’s horse knowledge, safety of facility, financial stability, and ability to provide a lifetime home to an adopted horse. L.E.A.R.N. application decisions are designed to keep the horse’s best interest in mind.


2)  When the screening is completed, including receipt of the signed application and emailed photos, we will contact you to schedule a site visit. 


3) Following a satisfactory site visit, we will begin profiling potential horses to you, including a “meet and greet” opportunity for you and any horses that we’ve identified as potentially acceptable. 


4) Each adoption will begin with a 30 day trial period to give you and your adopted horse the opportunity to “try” each other out and adjust. 


5) If the 30 day trial period is deemed a success then the adoption becomes finalized and a $200 adoption fee will be collected. Any additional donation toward the veterinary and feed bills associated with your chosen horse is requested and very much appreciated.


6)  Transportation of horse to your facility is your responsibility. Transportation is available for an additional fee.


If you are a novice we suggest working with a trainer that is familiar with rescue horses. For your convenience, we have complied a list of local trainers willing to offer their services. 


The mission and goal of L.E.A.R.N. is to find these horses responsible, loving, lifetime homes. In our twenty years of experience there have been rare occasions when an adopted horse was cared for unsatisfactorily. It is for this reason, we require our detailed Acceptance of Responsibility and Ownership Contract to be signed and on file in the office before adopting a horse. Our adopted horses can never be sold, leased, given away, or commercially used. We are looking for a lifetime commitment to our horses; however, if an adopter can no longer provide good care for the adopted horse(s), the horse(s) must be returned to L.E.A.R.N. This assures that the horses will always be well taken care of and also allows L.E.A.R.N. to intervene in the best interest of the horse, if necessary.


We look forward to finding you a great match!


Is adoption right for you?

If you have read over our adoption process and are interested in adopting one of our horses, please click the link below and fill out and submit our adoption application.  


Our adoption coordinator, Dacey Goodrich, will contact you after we receive your application.


Adoption/Foster Coordinator: dacey@learnhorserescue.org