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Adoption FAQs

WHAT IS THE EWS ADOPTION RADIUS?

Currently horses can be adopted to farms in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina or within four hours of our facility in Keswick, Virginia.  EWS, rarely, makes an exception to this radius based upon the individual horse and adopter.

WHY DOESN’T EWS HAVE MORE HORSES SUITABLE FOR BEGINNER RIDERS?

Many of the horses that come through the unwanted horse program have been mistreated or neglected in the past, and almost all of them lack good riding fundamentals.  Once they enter the training program and become available for adoption, we ensure that their training is on the way to brilliance, but they are usually better suited to a more experienced rider or handler who is able to continue their education.  Some horses have very laid back temperaments and can be ridden by beginners assisted by experienced professionals, but we do not recommend pairing green horses with beginner riders.

CAN I PUT A HORSE ON “RESERVE” BY MAKING A DOWN PAYMENT OR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION?

No. EWS operates on a first come, first served basis.  Putting a horse on reserve means using a spot that could benefit another unwanted horse.  If a suitable home is available, EWS will do everything possible to expedite the process in order to make room in our program for other horses in need.

WHAT KIND OF MEDICAL ISSUES DO RESCUE HORSES HAVE?

All of the horses in the EWS training program undergo a thorough pre-intake examination prior to beginning their training.  They must pass a basic inspection of their eyes, lungs, heart and general body soundness.

HOW DO I TRANSPORT THE HORSE FROM EWS TO MY BARN?

EWS will transport your new horse to you, free of charge within a four-hour radius from Keswick, Virginia.

DOES EWS ALLOW ADOPTED HORSES TO BE MOVED OUTSIDE THE ADOPTION RADIUS OR SOLD?

The adopter/owner is free to move or sell the horse as he or she sees fit.  We encourage owners to leave microchips registered to EWS and to provide future owners with our contact information.

WHY ARE SOME HORSES ONLY SUITABLE FOR CERTAIN DISCIPLINES?

We firmly believe that the way to make a horse happy and successful is to find the job that best suits him or her.  This means assessing different physical and mental attributes for each horse, and letting the horse guide the way and show us what they enjoy.  A happy horse makes a happy rider, and a good future for both.

WHY ARE SOME HORSES NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION?

All of the horses in the training program go through a period of time where they are concentrating on their education.  Depending on the horse, some need more training than others before they are ready to accept a different rider and be safe and happy with a future adopter.  We prefer to wait until we feel they are rideable, safe and understand their job before we ask another rider to work with them.