Let’s get one thing settled right off the bat. If you’re here looking for a cheap horse, you’ve come to the wrong place. You’ll find plenty of wonderful rescues that let horses go for below horse meat price. That’s not us. Our adoption rates take into consideration the age, health, abilities and temperament of the horse. The same horse on the open market would fetch twice our adoption rate. We’re not desperate to unload horses. We’re not interested in profit. Adoption fees are not negotiable, so please don’t waste time haggling.
If that were the case, we’d literally be the worst flippers on the planet. You’d be shocked if you knew how much of our personal retirement savings we’ve spent rescuing horses from slaughter and nursing them back to health. We typically spend a minimum of $1,500 on each horse. Our IRS filing (form 990PF) in 2017 shows we personally donated about $36,000 to the rescue and received no salary. No one receives a salary. So if we’re flippers, we’re literally the worst flippers in the world.
And I should have been born with blonde hair and a faster metabolism. Free horses end up as cheeseburgers in some foreign country. Great for fine diners in Asia or Europe…not so great for the horse that’s feeding them. People tend to invest more time and effort into something they worked hard to earn. It’s a whole lot harder to walk away from a horse that’s not meeting your expectations if you invested your hard-earned money into it. Not to mention, free horses attract true flippers. True flippers will sell to anyone – even kill buyers. We will never adopt out a horse at an adoption fee that can make money for the adopter. Our sole concern is the welfare of the horse we place outside our care – not in whether the human can get his or her money back.
You’re taking a risk buying any horse. If you buy a horse off of Craigslist or at an auction, how do you know the seller’s claims are true? Just about every horse we’ve ever bought (or looked at buying) was “14.3 hands, 8-9 years old, great feet and teeth, broke to ride with a calm temperament.” One horse was “about 17” until we learned it was closer to 30. In nearly all cases, the vet and our experience told a different story. We provide vet records (with the age from the vet), farrier information and an honest evaluation of the horse. The last thing we want is for an adoption to fail because we provided inaccurate or misleading information.
This is the reality of the unwanted horse problem in America. These horses’ humans dumped them for dead. Generous, compassionate donors rescued them from kill pens and sent them to a hub where they were supposed to be afforded healthy quarantine. Does this look healthy? This is why we have adoption requirements.
Swingin’ D currently only adopts to individuals who live or will board the horse within 50 miles of Coweta, Oklahoma.