Rideable Horses for Adoption


Birth Year: 2014

Height: 13 Hands

Breed/Sex: Paint gelding

Patrick came to LEARN as a severe starvation case in January of 2018.   He was very weak, a 1 on the Henneke scale.  After a few months of rehabilitation he is now healthy.   He has gone from very timid to friendly and curious.  Patrick has started basic ground work and will need training.

Bono AKA Bonneau

Birth Year: 1998

Hands: 17.1

Breed: Registered Thoroughbred

Bono is a South Carolina native.  Bred, born, and raised in Summerville. He is a Registered Thoroughbred  (Screen Latch) that came into LEARN on April 19, 2011, severely emaciated and covered in rain rot. Bono started in 26 races then, when he was no longer a money maker, he was sold or given away until he finally ended up a starvation case in a back yard. Bono is sound and has no lameness issues. He was ridden at one point with a saddle and no saddle pad. He has scaring on his withers from that incident. He is still in recovery and will be best suited for light riding. Bono has trust issues from the lack of care he received and needs to be a one-person horse.


Birth Year: 2014

Height: 13 Hands

Breed/Sex: Mustang cross gelding

Walt came to LEARN in December of 2017 as a severe starvation case.  He is small for his age due to lack of nutrition for the first few years of his life.   Walt has no formal training and has started with basic ground work.   He will need an experienced trainer  Walt is an extrovert and is very sweet and curious.   He is an excellent hunter/jumper prospect.

Lara - Adoption Pending!

Birth Year: 2013

Hands: 14.2

Breed: Grey Welsh Cross

Lara came to LEARN in December of 2017 as a starvation case. Her rehabilitation has progressed well. Lara has no formal training. She has been started with basic groundwork. Lara will need an experienced, patient trainer. She is best suited for someone who can offer one on one training. She is an introvert. Lara is an excellent hunter/jumper prospect.

Goose Feathers - Adoption Pending!

Birth Year: 1999

Hands: 16

Breed: Registered Thoroughbred

Goose Feathers was ridden through a local horse auction, extremely underweight (a 2.5 on the Henneke Scale) and she was in dire need of hoof care. Her rider was whipping Goose with the reins and kicking her sides. A concerned LEARN supporter purchased Goose for $300. When the papers were presented to the buyer she discovered that Goose Feathers was royally bred, sold for $55,000 as a weanling, and was eligible to race in the Breeders Cup whem she was younger. Her sire (father), Honor and Glory, raced in the 1996 Kentucky Derby and Goose ran in 8 races before being retired to the broodmare barn for breeding. 

Goose's sweet, gentle manner will steal your heart.  So come visit and bring treats!

Susie Q

Birth Year: 2000

Height: 15.2 Hands

Breed/Sex: BLM Mustang mare

Susie Q came to us in December of 2017 as a severe starvation case.   She has little formal handling and does not trust humans.   She will need an experienced Mustang trainer.  Ideally, Susie Q would find a forever home with a Mustang rescue.


Birth Year: 2001

Height: 15 hands

Breed/Sex: BLM Mustang gelding

Lakota is a blue roan BLM gelding who has trust issues, hard earned we are sure.  Lakota, came to us via animal control in a neighboring county in November os 2016.   He came to us with a mare, Painted Cloud (also for adoption), and her colt Rain (adopted!).   The three horses had been on a property for a few years and were underweight and hadn't had a lot of human interaction.   

With unconditional love and a good feed program Lakota has gained over 200 pounds and some trust for his humans here.   He has gone through 30 days of training.   He will need more training when he finds the right person.   With kindness and compassion this gorgeous horse will morph into someone's forever mount.


Birth Year: 2002

Height: 15.3 Hands

Breed/Sex: Warmblood cross mare

Bristol is a retired hunter/jumper. Due to an old snake injury at a coronet band, she's only available as a pasture mate or light trail riding horse.   Bristol is very friendly and pastures well with other horses.

Painted Cloud

Birth Year: 2005

Height: 14.2 Hands

Breed/Sex: Paint mare

Cloud came to LEARN in November of 2016 from Bamberg County Animal Control with Lakota, a BLM Mustang and their colt, Indian Rain.   All three were underweight and had been neglected for quite some time.  

(Lakota is also for adoption.  Indian Rain was adopted in December of 2017!)  

At some point in her life Cloud was not handled by kind nor patient owners making her slow to trust.   Fortunately after spending some time at the rescue, she is starting to learn that not all humans are bad.  She has obviously been trail ridden,  but does not know leads or collection. With the right trainer this pretty, nice moving mare will do well in the ring or as a pleasure horse.  She must be adopted by an experienced rider, preferably a trainer.

Cloud is available to adopt, sponsor, or foster.  

Hollywood - "Jess A Blue Blazin"

Birth Year: 2006

Height: 16.1 Hands

Breed/Sex: Reg. Quarter Horse gelding

Before coming to LEARN, Hollywood won several races and was retired as a trail horse. He is a gentle giant and adores attention, especially grooming.  He is also a cribber if not wearing a cribbing collar.

Hollywood had a chip removed from his right knee years ago. He can be lightly trail ridden and requires daily previcox. Our veterinarians will xray and further evaluate the knee and suggest further care if needed.   He ties, stands for farrier, loads, and is well mannered. Hollywood is a great EGALA candidate.


Birth Year: 1998

Height: 15.1 hands

Breed/Sex: Thoroughbred gelding

Moe is an off the track thoroughbred who enjoyed a second career was as a polo pony. He has not been ridden in 5 years and needs tune up and anexperienced rider. Moe has an old hock injury apparent yet he is sound in pasture and barefoot.

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