Adopting a rescue horse, retrained racehorse or brumby can be an extremely rewarding experience. There is nothing quite like giving a loving home to a horse that really needs one. Plus when you give a home to a horse from a welfare organisation, you are making space in their program for them to assist another horse.
Before you adopt a horse from a Horse Rescue or Equine Welfare organisation, please be sure that you have carefully considered both your ability to provide a long term home for a horse, and whether you and the needy equine in question are a good match.
Each organisation has its own conditions for adoption. In some cases you will need to become a member of the rescue/welfare group, some groups prefer to “lease” their horses, while others seek “forever homes”. In some cases there is an adoption fee, in the case of some brumby and racehorse rehoming organisations, the horses may simply be for sale. To avoid disappointment, please read the information on each website carefully and think about whether you can meet a particular horse’s needs before you apply.
Horse rescue is a very emotional endeavour. Horse rescuers put a lot of hard work, time and money into rehabilitating horses, so they are naturally very cautious about the homes their horses go to. It is therefore best to expect to answer a lot of questions about your horse experience, where the horse will be kept, whether you intend to ride the horse, etc.
Legally binding adoption contracts are also common practice to protect the horses, as the last thing anyone wants is for a horse they have helped to end up back on the path to neglect or slaughter.
Below are some links to websites where you can see horses from around Australia that are either currently up for adoption, or that are currently in care and will be up for adoption in the future. With some organisations you may need to follow them on social media (usually Facebook) as that is where they announce horses available.
Overall it is best to get to know the organisations in your part of the country, so that you understand the adoption process when a horse or other equine that you are interested in becomes available. Volunteering is also recommended, as you can get to know the horses while supporting the rewarding work these organisations do.
South East Queensland Brumby Association (brumbies)
Standardbred Association of Queensland adoption information and Available horses (standardbreds)
New South Wales
DCH Animal Adoptions (Click on “horses”)
Hunter Valley Brumby Association (brumbies)
NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust (thoroughbreds)
Save the Brumbies Inc (brumbies)
The Animal Rehoming Service (TARS) – (Horses for adoption are not advertised – contact them to register your interest in being matched up with a horse in need of a home)
Cyberhorse Racehorse Outplacement Program (CROP) (thoroughbreds)
Epona’s Pastures (standardbreds)
Standardbred Pleasure & Performance Horse Association Victoria (standardbreds)
Victorian Brumby Association (brumbies)
Coffin Bay Brumby Assocation (brumbies)
Please email us at editor(at)australianhorserescue.com if you know of any other adoption pages for us to add, or to let us know about any broken links, etc. 🙂