Every horse has a unique story and we encourage our community to get involved with their healing.
If you’re looking for a horse partner to change your life, whether through riding lessons, leasing, or adoption, we encourage you to get to know our herd.
Don’t see a horse here from the Ranch?
These amazing equines have moved on to their forever homes or have moved on to better pastures. We thank them for their presence and their time with us.
Although each adoption is a little different depending on the particular horse’s needs, we do have some standard requirements for all adopters.
What's the adoption process?
Our process is that you submit an adoption application for review by our Executive Director. You may either specify your horse, or ask us to match you with one of our available horses based on your abilities and goals. We will then perform the necessary reference checks, including with your veterinarian of choice.
Once approved, you will be notified by email and be asked to complete an adoption agreement. The agreement lists out of all the specific conditions of adoption. You will then pay the adoption fee and be signed onto the brand card. The adoption fee must be paid by check before the horse is moved.
When the adoption is complete, you may move your adopted horse to their permanent home. We will work with you on an individual basis and allow your horse to continue boarding (for a fee) at the ranch until appropriate transportation can be arranged.
Typical adoptions can take 2-4 weeks for the entire process. We require a 30 day trial period here at the Ranch to ensure it’s the right fit for both horse and human, with unlimited visits and rides during this period. (*If we are not already acquainted with you and your riding abilities). All horses will be current on dental, vaccinations and worming prior to adoption.
What are the adoption fees?
Adoption fees are based on level of training, age, ability, overall health, and vary with each horse. Typically they range from $600 to $1,500 and can be found on the individual horse’s bio page.
Adoption fees are non-refundable, and may be tax-deductible.
What are the standards of care?
We require that adopters comply with any all federal, state, and local laws, codes, rules, regulations and ordinances that pertain to the adopted horse, such as Anti-Cruelty laws.
We require that adopters provide appropriate food, water, shelter, exercise, attention, training and any medical care necessary for the adopted horse’s welfare that conforms to the highest standards in the industry, which include regular deworming, vaccinations, farrier and dental care. If the adopted horse has any other specific care requirements, we ask that you follow those to the best of your ability. Written proof of such care, including current photographs of the adopted horse, is required annually to confirm their overall health.
We also require that the adopted horse has at least one companion, as well as access to turnout and regular exercise. Adopted horses can never be bred or leased, lent, given away or sold without express permission by Zuma’s Rescue Ranch.
More specific information will be included in your adoption agreement and can be discussed with us at any time.
Do I need to have my own land?
We prefer that adopted horses reside at your permanent residence whenever possible, and that you have your own property in which to keep them comfortably. Ideal living accommodations include daily turnout or full pasture living, with at least a 3-sided shelter, free access to water 24 hours per day, and enough forage to maintain a minimum of 4.5 on the Henneke scale. Fencing may not be barbed wire or have uncapped t-posts, must be in good repair and preferably backed up by hot wire. Also, we only adopt out to homes that have at least one other equine companion animal in residence.
However, we recognize that it is not always feasible for qualified adopters to have adequate land. Therefore, we do allow adopters to board their horses at approved facilities, which must be approved in writing by Zuma’s Rescue Ranch prior to moving to such a facility.
Where are some approved boarding facilities?
We require that all adopters who plan to board their horses select a boarding facility that meets our standard of care, including daily turnout or full pasture living, with at least a 3-sided shelter, free access to water 24 hours per day, and enough forage to maintain a minimum of 4.5 on the Henneke scale. Fencing may not be barbed wire or have uncapped t-posts, must be in good repair and preferably backed up by hot wire.
We are happy to review any potential boarding facility, in Colorado or nationally, but here is a list of a few pre-approved facilities:
- Aspen Meadows | Evergreen, CO; (303) 674-8456
- Black Kettle Ranch | Parker, CO; blackkettleranch.com
- Harmony Horse Inn | Parker, CO; (303) 841-5339
- Mt. Falcon Equestrian | Indian Hills, CO; (815) 200-9796
- Parker Valley Farm | Parker, CO; parkervalleyfarm.com
- Tolland Farms | Sedalia, CO; tollandfallsventures.com
- Westmanton Stables | Castle Rock, CO; westmantonstables.com
Do I fully own the horse once adopted?
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch will remain on the brand inspection card as a 50% owner through the life of the adopted horse. Doing so allows us to provide a safety net in the event of an adopter having a life-changing event, being financially unable to care for the horse, or otherwise needing to relinquish ownership back to us. The adoption agreement is a legally binding document, so make sure you fully understand it before moving forward.
Do you allow out of state adopters?
Yes. We have rehomed many horses to adopters out of state. We do require that you provide photographs and a written description of the adopted horse’s potential living arrangements prior to finalizing adoptions. We can assist in arranging transport if necessary.