"What's all this about? Why can't I just take the horse I want?"

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 rescues that sell horses below horse meat price. That’s not us.

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 at least $1,500 rescuing, rehabilitating and training each horse. Our IRS filing (form 990PF) in 2017 shows we personally donated about $19,000 to the rescue and received no salary. No one receives a salary. We’re literally the world’s worst flippers.

"You're just flippers trying to make money."

"Adoptions should be free."

Free horses are more likely to end up as cheeseburgers in some foreign country. Great for hungry folks 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 easier 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.

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.

"I'm taking a risk adopting a kill pen horse."

WALKING DEAD

Why all the fuss?

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This is the reality of the unwanted horse problem in America. These horses’ humans dumped them for dead. Generous, compassionate donors rescued from kill pens and sent them to a hub where they were supposed to be provided healthy quarantine. Does this look healthy? This is why we have adoption requirements.

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ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years of age (younger applicants that meet our requirements may have a legal guardian or parent cosign)
  • Able to prove the financially-responsible party earns a household income of no less than $35,000/year
  • Live within a 50-mile radius of Coweta, Oklahoma
  • Must be able to demonstrate prior ownership of a horse (unless applicant can demonstrate sufficient equine experience)
  • Must be able to satisfactorily explain how prior horse ownership ended
  • Must either demonstrate experience, or be working with a trainer
  • Must have at least two non-family personal references that have eyewitness knowledge of the applicant’s horse experience
  • Must have a vet reference that has treated adopter’s horse(s) within the last two years (if not, then applicant must agree to an initial farm call with a licensed veterinarian) *If applicant does not have a veterinarian, Swingin’ D can provide a list of names

Land

  • If applicant or applicant’s family owns the facility – must have at least 1 acre per horse
  • If applicant plans to board the horse, the boarding facility must have at least ½ acre per horse

Shelter

  • Since all horses are adopted in Oklahoma, all horses must have access to adequate shelter
  • Shelters for each horse must be at least 10 x 12 and have three sides, with one full side facing the north
  • Two-horse run-ins should be at least 12 x 24

Acceptable Fencing

  • Wood or vinyl rail, split rail – at least two rails high (we recommend wood screws, with slats facing inside the pen)
  • Woven wire horse fence, no-climb fence, mesh fence, field fence, etc.
  • Electric tape, braided rope, coated wire (highly visible) – at least 3 strands high
  • Barbed wire is only appropriate at the top (one strand) to prevent leaning

Swingin’ D currently only adopts to individuals who live or will board the horse within 50 miles of Coweta, Oklahoma.