Thank You for your Application
We are very excited that you are interested in becoming a part of the GSH family! I'm sure now you are wondering what's next.
Visit the Horse(s)
If you haven't already visited the rescue, someone will contact you by email within 1-3 days to start the conversation. We may ask some questions to get more information, or we may go directly to an invitation to come visit the horses you are interested in.
If you are not local and can't visit the horse, we will schedule a phone call to get to know you better. We strongly encourage anyone interested in adopting to visit the horses before making a decision. We want your adoption to be successful, and that means making sure that you and the horse are a good match. It's not uncommon for someone to fall in love with a horse online only to meet them and have it be a bad fit, or for a horse to act different with one person than another. We do observe how the horse acts with you, and that is part of our decision. It's not a judgment on you - just different horses get along with different people.
You must schedule a visit within two weeks of submitting the application for a specific horse. If you are unable to visit within two weeks of your application, any other applications that come in and can meet the horse will be given preference.
Plan on spending at least two hours at the rescue with the horse you are interested in. We may have a few other horses we'd like to introduce you to as well. We are very hands-off during the visit. We will accompany you to pasture and help you catch the horse, but we will expect you to be able to lead the horse in from pasture and do all handling. We will be there to answer questions and discuss, but ultimately you need to be able to handle the horse you are adopting.
You are welcome to bring your own tack to try on the horse. If the horse is ridable, we do require helmets to be worn by all riders. If we do not feel that you have been able to safely handle the horse on the ground, we will not allow you to ride.
We will ask you not to make the decision during your visit. Go home and really talk about it and make sure the horse is the right fit. If you are coming from a long distance, consider spending the night so you can leave and discuss the decision away from the horse. We have time. At this point, we are not entertaining other applications on the horse you are interested in.
Let us know your decision as soon as possible - and no later than two weeks. If we have not heard from you within two weeks of your visit or you remain undecided, we will entertain other applications for the horse. If you know the horse is not the right horse for you, please let us know as soon as possible.
Process the Application
If you have visited the rescue and a horse, and you know you are ready to adopt, we'll go ahead and process the application. Generally we call your farrier or trainer reference first. Depending on the reference, we may or may not contact the other two references. If you do not have horse experience or any references that are horse related, we strongly recommend you volunteer before adopting, or take lessons to be able to have a reference.
During this time you are welcome to visit the horse as much as you want. We recommend bringing out your trainer to meet the horse as well. This is the time for you to schedule a pre-purchase exam with a veterinarian if you'd like, or to have your farrier out to check out the horse as well.
If you are approved, it's on the the next step.
You're approved! Now it's time to bring your horse home! Please arrange for transportation within two weeks of approval. When you pick up your horse (or if we deliver it, when we arrive) we will sign the adoption contract, collect the placement fee, and you are ready to go. Your trial placement period starts when the contract is signed. Please bring a halter and lead rope for your new horse. Your placement fee will be deposited and held in trust until you inform us that you want to finalize the adoption or your trial placement period expires, whichever comes first, at which time the placement fee becomes non-refundable.
We hope this helps, and we'll be in touch soon!