It’s a very tough decision to surrender a horse. People surrender their horses to our rescue for many different reasons. It can be health-related, age-related, due to finances, or a multitude of other reasons. At The Barefoot Ranch, we do not judge and if we are able to help, we will.
We may be unable to help due to the number of horses that are currently in our care, lack of resources, or the inability to help with the particular situation. If the horse has a medical condition, age or body condition that we are not equipped to provide proper care for. We do not have a barn at our location and unfortunately, some horses will not be able to make it through our harsh winters without one.
The surrendering process is as follows:
- Step 1. Fill out our Equine Surrender Request.
- Step 2. Our team will review your request to see if we are able to help.
- Step 3. We will contact you to discuss the request and let you know if we are able to help or not.
- Step 4. If we are able to help, we will make arrangements for pick up or drop off.
- Step 5. The horse is physically transferred into our care at which time you will be asked to sign a Surrender Agreement.
Once the horse is in our custody, The Barefoot Ranch assumes responsibility for all needs, including food, water, shelter, vet and farrier costs. If you are able to cover the cost of transport and/or provide a donation to the ranch, it is greatly appreciated. Once the horse is in our care, it will be assessed to determine the best course of action and the process of rehabilitation begins. Our hope is to successfully rehabilitate and rehome as many horses as possible.