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Horse Adoption

Horses are available for free There are several ways to adopt a horse. Although a free horse sounds great, this may not be the best first horse for you.
Many horses being given away are free because they are too ill-tempered for anyone to buy them. Or they may be in poor health or too old to ride. Don't take a horse just because you feel sorry for him.

Horse rescue groups that rehabilitate horses are a good place to look if you are interested in adopting a horse. Some of these groups have former racehorses that have been retrained to ride, and sell them for a reasonable fee.

Even from a rescue group with a good reputation, be sure to bring along an

pretty horse to adopt

experienced horse person when deciding on a horse. Insist on a trial period, and have a vet examine the horse.

Another source to adopt a horse is through the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The round up wild horses and sell them for a small fee. But these horses are unridable without several years of training. If you want a wild Mustang, go for it, but most horse enthusiasts should pass on this one.

Many horses are put up for adoption simply because the owner, for whatever reason, doesn't want him anymore and just wants to see the horse go to a good home. But usually it's being given away because the owner tried to sell him and nobody wanted the horse.

Remember, when you aquire a horse, the horse's problems become your problems. Don't take a horse just because it's free.

Read the next horse rescue article on Unwanted Horses.
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