Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the answers to some of our frequently asked questions.

How do I adopt a horse?

Fill out the Adoption Application and we will contact your references. Once we have done that we will contact you and make arrangements for you to meet the horse of your choice. If it’s a match, we make arrangements to get your horse to you, either by delivery of pick-up. You can view the complete Adoption Process here.

Can I volunteer?

Yes, we love our volunteers.  Just fill out the Volunteer Application and we will be in touch within a few days. You can get more information about Volunteering here.

How can I surrender my horse to you?

If you are no longer able to care for your horse, you can fill out our Equine Surrender Form and we will contact you to arrange pick up or drop off. There is more information about Surrendering here.

I’m aware of a horse in need of rescue, what can I do?

We are unable to intervene on horses without owner permission. If you are concerned about a horse not receiving proper care, please contact The Provincial Vet at (204) 945-7663

How can I stay up to date with what you guys are doing?

There are a couple of ways to stay up to date with us.  One is to follow us on our social media pages linked below, or you can Sign up for our Newsletter.

How can I help with your cause?

Can I get Barefoot Ranch swag?

Yes! We have a store available now! All proceeds go to the animals of The Barefoot Ranch.  Visit Our Store to go shopping!

Why are your prices so high?

In the past year, we rescued over 100 horses. The approximate investment in each horse is $1750. Our prices directly reflect the horse’s response to training and their desirability. Some horses result in a profit, while others do not. Your adoption fees are invested directly back into our next rescue. Thank you for considering saving not only a current life but a future life as well. 

How does The Barefoot Ranch determine adoption fees?

Our standard practice is to take the approximate investment into each horse and double it for the asking price. This is so we can rescue another horse in their place in the future. Any profits go toward improving the remaining horse’s living conditions and paying off other horses’ more expensive vet bills. We also have to pay our trainers for the work they put into the horses. Of course, the most important thing is that we find our horses an amazing home so we are always willing to work with people to ensure they get the right fit.

Quite frankly, we rarely recover our expenses on any one horse. On occasion, we have an incredibly desirable horse. Having a horse that is this amazing, with a value like this allows us to recoup some of the expenses we incur here and helps us to rescue more horses. A horse is not less valuable simply because they are a rescue. Their value comes from their ability and their appearance/composition.

Do you issue receipts for donations?

YES! As of May 23, 2023, we are now a REGISTERED CHARITY! Any donations made on or after that date, above  $20, are now eligible for a tax-deductible receipt. Unfortunately, any donations made prior to that are not eligible to receive a receipt.

How do I know where my donations are going?

We are a registered charity and because of that we are required to keep detailed records of donations received and how they are spent. Every dollar donated goes directly into the care of the animals here on the ranch.

Can I visit your ranch?

Absolutely, we welcome visitors by appointment only. You can Book a Tour here or you can even Book a Weekend to camp here. We also have several events throughout the summer and would love to have you attend. We have an Event Calendar you can subscribe to AND please follow us on social media for information on our events. Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Linked In | Youtube |

Do you accept donated items for the animals?

Yes, we are happy to accept other donations like tack, feed, buckets, equipment, etc. Basically, anything we can use around the farm. If you have anything you would like to donate to us, Contact Us and we will happily make arrangements with you.

What treats can I bring with me when I visit to feed the animals?

The animals love items like carrots, apples, and blueberries. Our animals will basically eat anything except nightshades which include onions, potatoes, eggplant, and mushrooms.

How many horses does The Barefoot Ranch care for at a time?

The number of horses we care for at any given time can vary based on adoptions/intakes. We usually have 40 – 60 equine on the premises.

Where do all the horses at The Barefoot Ranch come from?

The horses at the ranch come from various locations, the majority of them being owner surrenders. We do have a few that were saved from auction as we considered them at risk.

Does The Barefoot Ranch allow adopted horses to be boarded at the ranch?

We do! All horses that are currently here are already settled and fit nicely into herds based on temperament. We welcome the opportunity to continue to have them here. The cost of board per horse is $200 and the adopter is responsible for all costs for veterinary, farrier, special feed, etc. We provide hay, water, grain, and love.

Can I ride a horse I am interested in purchasing?

Yes, of course, we wouldn’t expect anyone to adopt a rideable horse without riding it first. We do not have a riding arena so you would either need to ride outdoors or make arrangements with an arena to ride there.

What kind of information do you provide when I adopt?

We provide the entire history of the horse as we know it. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the entire horse’s history prior to being brought here.

Can I use my own vet or farrier? Will you pay for it?

If you adopt a horse from us you become responsible for all vet and farrier costs, even if they continue to be boarded here. You are welcome to use your own farrier, but the cost is the adopters.

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