Adoption Policies

The following guidelines are expected of all persons adopting/fostering an equine from SRER.  SRER reserves the right to turn down or revoke any application at any time.  Any individual keeping equines must comply with all relevant state and local laws.

  • All equines should have ample opportunity and space to exercise daily.
  • All provisions shall be appropriate for the age, condition and size of the equine.
  • Keeping equines in a herd for social interaction is strongly advised unless otherwise suggested by a veterinarian.
  • SRER retains the right to seize any adopted/fostered equine upon determination by SRER that said equine is being neglected or abused mentally or physically. If an adopted/fostered equine is found to be abused or neglected, SRER will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law following our recovery of the animal.
  • If an adopter/foster for any reason cannot keep or take care of the adopted/fostered equine SRER is to be contacted immediately. No refunds for adoption fee or incurred expenses will be given nor can another equine be adopted within a one year period.
  • The adopter/foster may not breed, auction, sell, give away, assign, dispose of or transfer this horse. If an adopted/fostered equine is found to have been sold, auctioned, given away, assigned, disposed of or transferred, SRER will sue for breach of contract.
  • SRER reserves the right to conduct site inspections to check on the condition of the equine and shelter/pasture conditions.
  • The adopter/foster agrees to provide proper care and ongoing maintenance of the equine to include, but not limited to free access to shelter, clean water, proper feed, immunizations, dental care, hoof care and deworming.
  • The adopter/foster is responsible for providing veterinary care in the event of illness, injury or accident.
  • The adopter/foster agrees not to use any SRER equine on the rodeo circuit or for racing.
  • No equine will be released for adoption as a gift for another person.
  • Anyone donating a horse to SRER cannot adopt an equine from SRER for one year.
  • The adopter/foster agrees to be fully responsible for any and all maintenance costs, including but not limited to hay, grain, veterinary care, farrier, vaccinations, dewormers, boarding fees, etc.

Adoptive/Foster Home Requirements

Pasture

  • A minimum of ¾ acre per equine is required.
  • Pasture must be free of hazards such as debris, machinery, etc.

Shelter

  • 12 x 12 foot stall per equine
  • If equine will be kept in a pasture, a 3 sided run-in shelter with 12 x 12 feet per equine is required.
  • Stalls and shelters are to be well constructed and kept in safe condition, free of standing water, clean of waste, debris or other objects which may harm an equine.
  • When shelter is constructed of metal, all exposed sheet metal up to 4 ½ feet on the inside of the shelter shall be covered with ¾ – 1 inch plywood or 2 x6 inch boards.

Water

  • Water troughs are to be provided with clean, fresh water with free access for the equine at all times.
  • During training and trail rides, all equines shall be provided water as often as necessary for their health and comfort.

Feed

  • Each adopter/foster is required to keep the food rations as noted in the equine’s medical record. If changes are necessary, adopter/foster is to inform SRER.
  • Each diet is planned to consider equine activity level, size, condition and age.
  • The adopter/foster shall separate equines if necessary to ensure that each has access to adequate nutrition without interference from more dominant animals.
  • All feed and food bins are expected to be clean and free of contaminants, such as feces, mold, mildew, rodents and insects.
  • Equines shall NOT have access to feed storage areas.

Fencing

  • All fencing shall be of solid construction, without sharp edges and visible to equines. Electric fencing is acceptable. The use of barbed wire is strongly discouraged, especially in small areas.
  • All t-posts shall be capped when used as cross fencing to separate pastures and along any fence line adjacent to another equine property.
  • All fencing shall be maintained and monitored on a regular basis to ensure its safety and effectiveness.
  • Cattle guards cannot be accessible to any equine.

Breeding

  • SRER has a NO breeding policy. Stallions, jacks and colts will be gelded before adoption. If an adopted/fostered SRER equine is bred, SRER may repossess the equine and resulting foal for breach of contract.

Application Process

  • References submitted will be verified along with a background check.
  • SRER may inspect the property where the equine is to be kept as well as the condition of the other animals on the property.
  • The inspector will make a recommendation to the Board and the adopter/foster will be notified of their decision. Should the adopter/foster fail the inspection, SRER will inform adopter/foster of what improvements need to be made and another inspection will be scheduled.
  • SRER tries to evaluate each equine as best as possible to make a good match for what is requested in the application. SRER recommends the use of a veterinarian to evaluate the equine. If looking for a certain type of event equine, bringing a trainer is recommended to see if the equine meets the required expectations. SRER does not guarantee a perfect match.
  • If the wanted equine is currently at a foster home, the foster parent has the option to adopt the equine first (within a one week period after the equine is posted on the adoption list).
  • If the adopted equine is boarded, SRER will request that the owner or manager of the facility contact SRER if the equine is abandoned.

SRER Equines

  • All equines have a current negative Coggins certificate.
  • Current health records and feed charts are kept for each equine.
  • All adopted/fostered equines will maintain no score less than a 4 on the Henneke Body Conditioning Scoring Chart unless approved by a veterinarian.
  • SRER is to be notified if any adopted/fostered equine’s health declines.
  • Euthanasia is to be performed only after SRER has been contacted and only by a licensed veterinarian.
  • Equines will receive hoof care every 6-8 weeks unless otherwise directed by a veterinarian or farrier.

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