Helping Horses: It Starts with Adoption

May 14, 2021


You, or someone you know, has likely adopted, or considered adopting a dog or cat. But did you know that you can also adopt a horse? In fact, there are thousands of horses looking for new adoptive homes right now. 

We define “equine adoption" as the act of taking ownership of an equine through a 501(c)(3) or municipal organization that specializes in rehoming horses. Through our equine adoption program, The Right Horse Initiative, we partner with an expansive network of independent adoption organizations. These high-quality groups provide outstanding equine care and are focused on our shared goal of massively increasing horse adoption in the United States. Meet our Right Horse Adoption Partners.


If you’re interested in learning more about equine adoption, here are a few quick things you might find helpful before starting your journey.

  • Equine adoption is for anyone and everyone, whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or new to horses. Adoptable horses are as diverse and versatile as any other population of horses, ensuring that there is a #RightHorse for everyone. Adopted horses have won World Championships, have taught many new equestrians how to ride and bring daily joy to their owners in many different capacities.
  • You can browse hundreds of adoptable horses in one place from our trusted Adoption Partners on My Right Horse.
  • The adoption groups listing horses on My Right Horse may have slightly different adoption processes. They’re genuinely invested in making a good match between their horses and adopters and will likely ask you about your experience and goals to help you find your Right Horse.
  • During the adoption process, the adoption organization will also likely ask where you will be keeping your new horse and which equine professionals you will be working with. You’ll need a veterinarian and farrier (who will trim your horse’s hooves every 6-8 weeks) to help care for your horse. If you’re new to horses and don’t know where to start – that’s fine! Here are some tips to help you get started.

If you’re interested in learning more about equine adoption and getting involved with supporting horses in transition, visit My Right Horse to access a library of informative resources and to connect directly with horses looking for homes.