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INSTRUCTIONS AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION. PLEASE READ BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE APPLICATION


We LOVE our adopters; each one carefully selected for their talents, their honesty, their commitment to their goals, and their overall AWESOMENESS. If you would like to join our very merry band of adopters, we welcome your application. But, please know that the moment you push that submit button and we receive your application a group of VOLUNTEERS swing into action to begin reaching out to you, and to your references. If you find another horse, please let us know so that our volunteers do not spend any more of their unpaid time on your application.

Steps in the Adoption Process:

1. Submit an Application
2. Reference Checks and Trainer-to-Trainer Conversation
3. Schedule an appointment to visit the horses and ride. There is a fee for the ride time, and you will ride in a lesson environment with our head trainer, Lori Miller. Lori knows the horses quirks, and she is a brilliant match-maker.
4. If you find a horse that you and we think is a good fit, you may take it home on a 30-day trial
5. Finalize Adoption



The adoption application consists of 5 sections: your basic information, your riding/horse experience, what you are looking for, how you plan to care for your new horse, and your references. Please complete the application as completely as possible. Applications lacking significant information will be rejected and you will be asked to try again. Please plan on spending approximately 30 minutes to complete the application.


FIRST TIME HORSE OWNERS: In order for you to adopt a horse from Friends of Ferdinand we expect that you are in a regular lesson program with a qualified trainer, and that your trainer will be closely involved in the adoption process.

ADOPTERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18:

1. If you are less than 18 years old, please provide the phone number and email address of your parent(s) in your application. Your parents will need to be involved in the adoption process, be legally and financially responsible for your horse, and sign the adoption contract.
2. In order for you to adopt a horse from Friends of Ferdinand we expect that you are in a regular lesson program with a qualified trainer, and that your trainer will be closely involved in the adoption process.

LONG-DISTANCE ADOPTIONS: Horses available for adoption are primarily located in south-central Ohio. We do not adopt sight-unseen. You will be required to visit the horses in-person and take a test ride.