Habitat for Horses

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Adoption Information

It is recommended to read ALL the terms of the adoption agreement to avoid any "Oops! I didn't know that!" problems. Nothing is written in stone, meaning that we are open to slight adjustments. Our only goal is to find the best home for the horses that pass through our gates. If you can provide that home, we are more than willing to work with you. Adoption application form to be completed and mailed: 1) Adoption Application - Download .pdf Mail applications to: Habitat for Horses "Adoptions" P.O. Box 213 Hitchcock, TX 77563 Fax applications to: 409.515.0657 Ref: Adoption Application If you have any questions concerning the forms, the horses or the adoption process, please email us at: adoptions@habitatforhorses.org

Who We Are

Habitat for Horses is dedicated to changing the lives of horses and humans. Our goal is to create a world where horses are respected for their intrinsic value and for their ability to help us fulfill our emotional, behavioral and spiritual needs. We provide equine rescue services to law enforcement agencies, an active equine adoption program, an equine education center and equine-assisted services to youths and adults. We also welcome volunteers in donating their time and efforts at Habitat for Horses. What we do not do is rent horses, provide horses for rodeos, sell horses, offer horse rides nor have mares for breeding. Established nonprofit rescue organizations in the United States involve many dedicated people. The challenge of an effective rescue, often under adverse conditions and with the help of law enforcement, is successful only because the equine rescue organizations involved see the neglect, abuse and possible death of a horse as being totally against our beliefs. While the challenge of educating an abuser is important, we see the obligation of saving the horse as an immediate need. Once the horse is safe, the problems behind the abuse can be handled. Educating the horse owner is important, something we had much rather do than to seize the horse, but our first committment is to the welfare of the horse. We offer no apologies for our love of horses and we actively seek to find a solution to the economic and social reasoning behind the neglect, abuse and slaughter. The bottom line is this: the life of a horse is greater than the need for a dollar. Education, commitment and understanding can make the challenge of horse ownership achievable, while the reward to all those involved is far beyond what words can describe. Please join us as we ride the wave into a whole new experience in the horse world by proving that horses can have a dynamic, positive effect on the lives of people!

How It Began

A long time ago a friend of mine told me about two horribly thin horses at a stables in Houston. A visit to the stables and some very heated words with the stable owners led to the two horses in the back of my trailer. One of them, an old Shetland, we had to pick up and carry to the trailer because she couldn't walk. Once word got out that we were willing to take in neglected and abused horses, more cases started showing up. Trying to help those horses, with all the associated medical cost, convinced us that serious horse rescue and rehabilitation couldn't be done on a normal family income. After a lot of effort and the aid of some wonderful supporters, effective October 1998, Habitat For Horses became a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Texas. During the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) we studied the current animal abuse laws in Texas, contacted the county officials in Galveston and surrounding counties and did our best to come up with a plan that would offer some protection to the horses in our area. Our philosophy is based on the belief that since we domesticated horses, must take full responsibility for their life. By using a horse only as long as it fulfills our needs, then subjecting it to both physical and mental abuse and eventual death, either in some forgotten pasture or on the slaughterhouse floor, is an affront to the sanctity of life. In other words, it's flat out wrong. Right next to that is the problem of retired horses, horses that become sick or injured and unable to work, horses that are very much loved, yet need to go somewhere else because the owner can no longer take care of them. All of them need a home, a sanctuary. "So what you're saying is...?" The purposes of Habitat for Horses, Inc. are: 1) To promote and secure the safety and well being of all horses. 2) To encourage education concerning the physical and mental health of horses. 3) To explore and establish connections with young adults who can benefit emotionally from involvement with horses. 4) To promote the proper training of horses through positive training techniques. 5) To provide a home for those horses who are no longer able to be productive. At Habitat for Horses, we are assuming the responsibility of our horses for the remainder of their natural life. Our concern isn't limited to the physical condition, it also calls for us to provide the best environment possible to promote their mental growth and development. "How do you do that?" We've designed programs that help the horse resume an active and productive life, based on the realization that all horses have needs in common and that each horse will have certain special needs. The reintroduction of rescued horses back into productive use involves a lot of retraining. Often they suffer from extreme fear of humans. While many horses seem to enjoy human contact and maintain a great ability to forgive, we realize that some will never again trust us. Those, as all our horses, deserve to live and will be treated with the respect and kindness that was denied them before their rescue. People and Horses - The Magic One of the greatest abilities of a horse is their magical power to bring happiness to both children and adults. Our efforts to return horses to productive work are centered on their utilization as therapy horses for children and adults. It is our belief that a common sense of understanding exists between people and horses. We also focus on bringing young adults into the circle of volunteers. The personal growth experienced by many people when involved with horses leads us to commit a large portion of our efforts toward bringing them together in a safe environment. Our youth volunteer program is designed to increase their responsibility for a horse's welfare in programmed steps, leading to the volunteer's emotional growth. We continually seek the help of psychologists in defining these programs.

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