Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue

More than a Rescue: A Powerful Advocate for Horses in Appalachia

Introduction to Adoption


Adoption can be the BEST option!

The most important thing to us is matching the right horse with the right home. We do all we can to facilitate the RIGHT MATCH so that the horse and rider have a great future together. We understand all placements cannot last forever. Our goal is a a good match for a happy future, though.

Our horses are vaccinated, wormed, have had a negative coggins, dental care, farrier care. Many have been through training with some of the best trainers in Appalachia! But because our goal is GREAT HOMES, they are honestly represented with adoption fees staying notably lower than a comparable horse in the sale market.

These are but a few of the PERKS of adoption!

Your adopted horse has a GOOD MATCH GUARANTEE. This means is the horse doesn’t work for you or your child or if circumstances come up which makes care of the horse difficult, The Horse simply comes back to Heart of Phoenix. HOP refunds the adoption fee to you when the horse finds his next home to you.

Lastly, if you’re a beginner or adopting for a child, if you adopt and OUTGROW the pony or horse you adopt and aren’t in a situation where keeping two horses is possible, the equine can be returned to us, with the adoption fee applying to ANOTHER HOP horse that is more suitable for you or your child’s growing abilities.

Click here for the ADOPTABLE HORSE Link  

We adopt to the first approved application that is a good fit for an equine


Have Questions? Just ask, and HOP can also connect you many of our hundreds of HAPPY ADOPTERS across the USA.

A few things we ask of interested applicants:

  1. Please only Apply once you’re certain you want to give adoption a try and are committed to the bit of time it takes for us to complete the application process. This process is tailored to help us better know what horse might work for you.
  2. Apply once you have all needed information. Remember, we are looking for safe and caring homes, nothing need be “fancy” or perfect.
  3. Some can be SUPER popular, and they often receive many applications. The only way to have a bit of an advantage is apply before a horse like this is even in the rescue and have a pre-approval. The pre-approval means, if the horse is a good match for you based on the application and an in person meeting, you likely will be able to adopt when the horse is ready.


The Application is filled and processed before meeting our adoptable horses. After the application is finished up, you can then meet the HOP horse(s) you’ve selected to see if you are a match.

All HOP Horses go to their new homes on Partnership Leases. A lease is a useful and common aspect of the equine community. The flexibility and assurance it affords YOU is priceless. The partnership lease does not allow for resale, auction or the giving away of the HOP horse, but those things aren’t needed because should the horse not be able to stay with you, the HOP horses simply comes back to us. HOP will even refund the adoption fee (typically) once the horse find his/her next adoptive home.

Your Facility:

We have very basic requirements here. We ask for a well maintained fence, at least a 3 sided shelter in poor weather, access to clean water and a place free of overcrowding for the horse. Barbed wire is typically not accepted if old, loose or used around areas where horses congregate for feeding. Boarding facility are happily accepted if they meet these above terms. We adopt nationwide.

Your Care History:

In order to verify a good care history and ability to afford basic equine care, we will need a vet and farrier reference. We ask for additional references to help get the best picture of your riding level and personality . This helps us be sure you’re a good fit for adoption and help us know which horse(s) may work well for you. If you currently own horses, an equine vet and farrier are two important references. If you are new to ownership, a small animal vet reference if you have pets can work. A very solid vet reference goes a long way, and if your small animal vet knows you best, this reference can work well for any application. Equine dentist, 4H leaders, Trainers and boarding barn owners you work with all make wonderful references. Please make sure they know we will be calling or they know to contact us to make things move quickly, so you can meet your NEW “POTENTIAL” HORSE.

Your Experience: 

A horse can only be adopted to someone who can easily handle and ride the horse they select. The only exception is when an adopter comes with a trainer and is working with a trainer in a facility. If you are a beginner rider and owner, we can help you get on the path to becoming a capable rider and owner through our programs, so reach out and ask us how we can help.

Alrighty, let’s apply!

The application is easy to complete and is submitted online.

Email a copy of your driver’s license, facility fence, pastures and current horses to: equinerescue@live.com (if text is easier, let us know)

Remember, you must submit the $15 Application Fee via mail or paypal. 

The address is 

PO BOX 81 / Shoals, WV 25562 or 

Paypal: Equinerescue@live.com. 

Applications take days of volunteer time to complete, 
and it is important you are serious about meeting a HOP horse.

It can be a bit of a wait while we work on the Application.

  • The process can take several days to several weeks depending on how quickly we can touch base with your references and how quickly they get in touch with us. Feel free to check in during the process. Please call your references and explain a representative from Heart of Phoenix will be contacting them shortly or explain they need to contact us. You are responsible to ask ALL references to return our calls or messages or to contact us.
  • Applications will be denied if their references refuse to be helpful and courteous. Applicants can also be denied if they are personally rude and unhelpful during their own interviews. The Application must be approved by our Board of Directors unanimously. Fact is, almost everyone who applies is able to be  approved, so don’t be too worried.
  • First approved applicant who makes an appointment to visit a horse and is a good fit as the first option to adopt that horse.
  • If you’re approved, Please get in touch to arrange a meeting at the foster location where the horse you are interested in resides in a timely manner. We cannot hold horses if other applicants are waiting for a chance to meet the same horse.
  • Only Approved Adopters may visit the horses. Once approved, you can meet Any horse that could meet your needs within the rescue. You are not obligated or expected to adopt UNLESS The horse is a GREAT MATCH for you. Should you meet another HOP horse during a visit that may work better, you’re welcome to consider another horse if you’re approved to adopt.
  • The Adoption Agreement: Have the Adoption Agreement read, signed and notarized Once you Select a Horse. A horse cannot leave our facility without this agreement signs
  • Download: The Adoption Agreement and make sure to have this with you and notarized on adoption day.
  • You must arrange safe transport or afford to hire reputable transport for your adoptive horse. Horses will not leave in unsafe trailers for any reason. Transport is a cost the adopter must cover. Transporter suggestions are located here.


Photos of your newly adopted horse at your facility must be emailed, text or sent via Facebook within 2 days of arriving at your facility. You must send photo updates every month via email or social media to HOP. After the first year, you shall provide twice yearly updates which must include 2 photos that are current for that season, as well as an overview of the equine’s condition for as long as the horse is in your care. Photos need to show the horse’s whole body and the facility. Remember, a HOP horse can be returned and must be returned should you cease to be able to provide care for any reason. If someone you know would like to adopt the HOP horse you have, they can apply and do so if approved.
We do not adopt more than 2 horses to any applicant within a 6 month period of time. Adoptions of more than 2 are possible with an extremely strong equine history, income verification and only if you own your property.

Foster Horse Locations
Huntington, WV – Ashland, Ky – Hamlin, WV – St. Albans, WV – Canmer, Ky – Grayson, Ky – Coal Gr
ove, OH – Sunni Bell Stables, PA – Lesage, WV – Milton, WV

22 thoughts on “Introduction to Adoption

  1. Hello, im interested in the foster form, and possibly adopt a horse. I have 3 fields. Two are barb wire, however the wire is not low enough for a horse to step over, and it does not hang loose. The other field has a wood fence and currently hold 3 other horses in it. (35acres).
    ALL have barns/run-ins, grass, fresh hay, and horses will be grained twice a day.

    My farrier-740-222-4393(Austin Stevens)
    My Vet- 740-286-8035 (valerie Anderson)…Last time she was out it was to put my paint mare down because of EPM.
    I have not managers or trainers other than my mother helps me tend to these horses. 740-222-3742(Lorrie Thornsberry) *We share a phone number* She may not answer due to a sickness with my papal.


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