Historically, it has been a challenge for many equine welfare groups to market their adoption horses. Is
some cases, sanctuaries have chosen not to market their horses for adoption at all. But many savvy
adoption groups have tackled this by applying proven techniques from companion animal welfare to
optimize adoption for both the rescue/agency and potential adopters.
We believe many horses currently in sanctuary care could potentially be good, viable candidates to
move on to a new home or vocation – a philosophy that Horses’ Haven shares. Horses not suited for
riding careers still have the potential to be valued, beloved companions given the right training and
marketing. To place these horses, we need to seek innovative ways to reduce barriers to adoption,
including lack of training, handling, and/or under saddle skills.
As winners of the Madi Memorial Grant, Horses’ Haven will be piloting the concept of transforming from
a sanctuary to a full-scale adoption program. Grant monies will allow their trained volunteer force of 80
the space and facilities they need to put quality time into each horse in transition, moving them out of
lifetime care at the agency and into good homes - thereby freeing up space to help many more horses in
transition. The Madi Memorial Grant will empower Horses’ Haven to nearly triple adoptions in the first
Horses’ Haven’s new workspace, to be named the Madi Patrick Memorial Arena, will honor Madi’s
legacy by serving local youth groups such as 4-H, Pony Club, and Detroit Horse Power while
simultaneously increasing visibility of adoptable horses. Horses’ Haven is poised to inspire other
sanctuaries nationwide to find innovative ways to place horses previously considered unadoptable, and
transform into successful adoption agencies.
Ringside Equestrian welcomed four wonderful horses from Horses' Haven. They will be on site for the summer specifically to support Detroit Horse Power's summer camp participants. As the program grows this year, these horses will help expand the program's capacity and give a productive job for these sweet seniors:
Valor was rescued from an auction kill pen by a good samaritan. He needs to reach a healthy weight and build some muscle, but we have a hunch that this boy has loads of potential! Penny came to us as an owner surrender all the way from Florida! Penny suffers from summer sores, her family knew that moving her up north to a cooler climate would give her a better quality of life. Stay tuned to their bios for updates on their progress!
Congratulations to Bourbon and Jimmy for finding their Forever Home! We can't wait to get updates on these two from their loving new family!
It's hard to believe that summer is almost over, which means we're getting closer and closer to the end of the year - and what a busy year it's been! We are so happy we have been able to find Forever Homes for so many of our residents over the past year (29 and counting!). We love to get updates on how our alumni are doing - they have headed down so many different paths since leaving Horses' Haven, from backyard companions to dressage barns!
The "Three Musketeers," Kitty, and Fletcher are all settling in at Horses' Haven! These five new residents come from different walks of life; the ponies came to us as an owner surrender following a significant health change, Kitty was rescued from an auction kill pen, and Fletcher came to us as an owner surrender because he is no longer able to be ridden due to an injury. Keep your eye on our bio pages for more information as we evaluate the new members of our herd!