About Our Rescues
The SKE Rescue Program is a unique rescue program that adopts out fully rehabilitated horses.
Many rescue shelters adopt out horses that need rehabilitation, but SKE does all rehabilitation here prior to adoption. Most horses are usually here for at least a year before I will consider them rehabilitated. Note that rehabilitation does not correspond with a certain level of training, but rather a state of mental & physical health. Some horses are feral upon arrival, and they may be considered rehabilitated but not started under saddle. If they stay longer, then they may be started and ridden, then adopted as riding horses. Other horses may arrive at SKE with varying levels of training. These horses typically need to be restarted from the ground up.
All horses ready for adoption will have, at minimum, the following training:
Respect of personal space
Leading via halter, neck rope, target, and body language
Standing nicely at a stationary target or when tied
Accepting being touched & brushed everywhere
Lifting all feet for cleaning & farrier trimming
Accepting basic & routine veterinary care - including eye, nose, and ear checks, oral medications, injections and blood draws, rectal temperature checks, clipping, and bandaging
Barring any permanent disorders or injuries, all horses ready for adoption will have, at minimum, the following:
Good body condition
Good health - free of fungal, viral, or bacterial diseases and free of injury
Quality, barefoot, sound hooves that do not require corrective shoes or excessive maintenance
Up to date vaccinations, dental care, and parasite control
Sound mind - a horse that is relaxed, happy, and well-adjusted
The following is a general overview of adoption requirements. For specific details, please read over the Adoption Contract.
Horses adopted from SKE must be adopted into a forever home. This means the horse can not be resold or rehomed. If the adopter can no longer keep the horse, the horse must be returned to SKE.
Horses are expected to get quality care once adopted. Care standards are outlined in the Adoption Contract, including providing quality nutrition, maintaining a safe & clean enclosure, giving adequate space & companionship, and providing routine vet & farrier care. SKE may request proof that care standards are being met after an adoption is complete.
Horses come to SKE and receive top-quality training using ethical, positive reinforcement, and force-free methods. Horses do not need to be trained with SKE's exact methods after their adoption. However, they do need to be handled ethically & with respect. The Adoption Contract states that horses cannot be subjected to harsh methods after adoption.
Horses adopted from SKE cannot be used for any breeding activities.