You could give a horse a new beginning this year! Fostering a rescue horse is a great way to help a horse in need. If you think you’d like to give fostering a try, here are the basics that you will need to know.
Read the Fine Print
Every horse rescue has different expectations and needs of their foster homes.They also have their own individual home screening and approval processes. Before you get too far into your plans of fostering, ask the rescue for a detailed explanation of what duties, financial or otherwise, a foster home assumes. For instance, if the horse is injured while you are riding it, are you solely responsible for the resulting vet bills?
Some expectations of a foster home are pretty standard – generally a home is expected to provide feed and day-to-day care for the fostered horse. Most rescues will want a situation where the horse has a stall available to him. Depending on the horse’s level of training, you may be able to ride him and enjoy him much in the same way that you would enjoy your own horse. Many rescues cover the cost of farrier work and vet visits for their fostered horses. Still, differences occur between each foster situation, so be sure that you have a thorough understanding of what your responsibilities will be.
Foster Through a Reputable Rescue
If you want to foster a horse, then you should take your time in finding the right rescue to work with. Horse rescues have a variety of outlooks in terms of horse care, riding, and training techniques, so find a rescue with an approach that you agree with. You will also want to make sure that the rescue is well-established and reputable, and that the rescue will continue to act as a resource for you during your time as a foster home.
Be Realistic About Your Situation
In fostering a horse, you may have that horse for a few weeks or a few years, depending on how quickly an adoptee is found or if your own situation changes. During that time you may bond strongly with the horse, which will make letting it go to its new home difficult. Many rescues give a foster home the first choice of adopting a horse, but before you set out to foster, you should decide if you can handle owning another horse. Knowing what your decision would be ahead of time can help to make the situation a bit easier if or when it does arise.
Fostering a horse is a great way to start a new beginning, for both you and the horse. If you’re interested in fostering, then chances are there is a nearby horse rescue which will be grateful for your generosity. If you find yourself in need of horse equipment for your newly fostered or adopted horse, we are here to help!