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Horses ready for adoption! VA/NC

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  • Horses ready for adoption! VA/NC

    Please go to www.userl.org for more information about adopting Irish or any of her friends! USERL is a non-profit 501(c)3 rescue organization.

    Freckles- 15 yr old TB mare. Lovely to handle and have around. Possibly has DSLD, a disorder that affects suspensory ligaments. She would require monitoring to ensure lameness issues to not develop. At this point she is not lame and enjoys running in the pasture. Due to this condition it is recommended she not carry a rider.$100

    Rosalie, 10 yr old QH mare. Beautiful chestnut color. Fat and sassy personality. Rosie, as she is called, has an old injury to her shoulder. She has some muscle atrophy and if she over-exerts herself she limps. This condition does not affect her willingness to romp and play in the pasture so she is best suited for a home with quiet, well-mannered pasture-mates. This way she would be encouraged to take it easy. No fee

    Irish,25 yr old paint mare. This lovely old gal is reported to have carried many children to blue ribbons in hunter classes. Her advanced age limits the amount of riding she could do but she would be suitable for leadline or short walks around the farm. Irish is missing teeth and her remaining teeth are very worn. She requires senior feed/beet pulp and can not eat hay. Irish loves people and is waiting patiently for her retirement home. $100

    Julia,16 yr old Appaloosa / Draft cross. This horse has the most unique coloring. She is white with palomino-colored spots. Her spots vary in size and number depending on the time of year. She was a part of a long awaited court case and therefore she has not received training in USERL custody. She was a broodmare for many foals. She needs time to bond with new handlers, as she is not trusting by nature. She can be dominant at times in the pasture. She is short and stocky and would look beautiful with a meadow-brook cart behind her.$300

    Ponyta, Ponygirl, is a 4 yr old QH/Walking Horse cross. Approximately 15.1 hands with a long flowing trot stride. She is soon to be completing her rehabilitation. At that time she will ready to enter a training program. She came to USERL scared and skinny with little handling. She now leads without pulling, flysprays, enjoys grooming, and is working on farrier issues. This horse can be marish at times but mostly just makes ugly faces at feeding time. She would benefit with training that included natural horsemanship techniques.$300

    Truman, 7 yr old, minimal white paint. 15 h Sorrel, 4 white stockings, belly spot, and a blaze. WHAT a looker! Truman has some issues with abscesses in his hooves due to lack of proper farrier care. These are resolving and he will probably need at least front shoes until his feet improve. He is currently pasture sound and gets along well with other horses. He has that stocky QH build and would probably excel in Western Pleasure or Trail events. His level of training experienced is undetermined. He has been saddled and bridled with no problems. $400

    Roosevelt, Teddy, is a 10 yr old Sorrel/white paint 15 h. Teddy was stallion until this summer but is turning into such a love bug! He was aggressive toward people and other horses upon arrival but shows none of those traits anymore. He is beautiful and willing. He has been saddled, bridled and ridden some. This horse is a real gem. $500

    Martin,Marty, coming 3 yr old arab /quarter cross. At present still a stallion but will be gelded prior to adoption. Approximately 14.1 h and growing. Will be grey but currently is a gorgeous strawberry color. Absolutely loves people. Not a mean bone in his body. Has been tacked and worked some in round pen. May not be started undersaddle until Jan. ’09.$400

    Abracadabra, Abby, is a 23 yr old Appaloosa mare. Approximately 16 hands. Abby was used a lesson horse and is suitable for most any person who has ridden before. She has moon-blindness, so she has trouble seeing at night but during the day she does not have any issues. $300

    Timnah,Timi, is a 7 yr old TB cross. She is a very sensitive horse who requires an experienced rider at this time. She gets nervous in new situations and needs a calm confident approach to give her security. With a patience handler she bonds completely and gives 100% every time she is asked. She is being ridden on the flat currently and has not been evaluated for jumping potential. $500

    Rhapidash,10 yr old TB gelding. 16.2 hands. Classic TB looks. Never raced. Formerly ridden over fences but is still completing rehab so his level of training or rider experience is not yet determined.$500

    Kojak,8 yr old, TB/QH cross. Has some trail experience. Very sweet personality and easy-going nature.15.2h Currently in Rehab. But we will take applications on him. Recently gelded. Right front club foot that will require farrier work over the next few months. Would make excellent cart horse.$300

    Joey, TWH gelding - more info to come

    Cowgirl or Callie - chestnut and white paint mare. Prior trail horse that came to us very underweight - Just completed rehab and will be started in work to determine level of training

    Hooper - pony gelding. Trained to lead. Needs experienced handler.

    Honey Bun 14 hand Tenn/Qt cross 4 year old mare with the sweetest personality and comes running to you when you go out to catch her.
    She has 30 days professional training with extensive ground work and riding time. They have even taken her on trail rides. She is not a pony for children without an adult trainer to help continue her progress.

    Snickers is a handsome colt that came to USERL a shy unhandled little boy with his Mom when they were found starving in a swampy area. After work and time he has shown what a character he is and won the hearts over of many people. He is in training for ground manners and as of right now is too young to be ridden.
  • Original Poster

    Please contact ksudvm03@yahoo.com if you have more questions about any of the horses or ponies looking for new homes this Christmas


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      • Original Poster

        Another bump


        • #5
          I noticed there is no price info next to Hooper - curious as to his asking price.

          Also - if someone were to take him on as a project for her niece, is it true that once child outgrew him, someone would have to turn him back over to you guys in lieu of being able to find another home for him???
          Originally posted by SmartAlex

          Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.


          • #6
            Is there any way to get info on Sterling the pony? Thanks


            • Original Poster

              Yes! Email Dr. Lombari at ksudvm03@yahoo.com and she can help provide more information if the pony is in the Tidewater Region or let you know who to contact if he is in another USERL region.


              • #8
                To answer some questions!!! Thanks for asking about the horses.

                1 - Yes - all adoptions are considered "lifetime leases" vs actual adoptions - if the pony doesn't work out for any reason it must be given back to the rescue - this is to assure that the horses it adopts out do not fall into a bad situation again.

                As far as adoptive price for hooper I'll find out and get back to you.

                I'm not sure who Sterling is - may be in another region...I'll see what I can find out.



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                  • #10
                    Do you have any more information or pics on Joey? I couldn't find him on your website.


                    • #11
                      I was wondering if there were any pictures available on Rhapidash


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks for your inquiry about Rhapidash! Please forward your questions to

                        Amy Woodard - director of the North East North Carolina Chapter of USERL



                        • Original Poster

                          Thank you for your inquiry about Joey!!
                          Please email Dr. Lombardi for more information about him:

                          Cathleen Lombardi, DVM
                          The Oaks Veterinary Clinic Equine & Farm Services


                          • #14
                            oldenmare, I have no clue about this rescue but most I know don't mind if you do some looking out for a suitable home but then BEFORE transferring the pony ....have the person go through the proper process of adopting/leasing *from the rescue*. Most rescues appreciate that help of finding a new home so long as you don't move the horse or anything until AFTER the proper process through the rescue has been followed.
                            2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com


                            • Original Poster

                              More Info about Joey!

                              Joey is located in Chesapeake VA...He is a TWH/draft mix. He has been trail ridden by his foster off property multiple times. He is ridden in a bitless bridle and is barefoot. His foster says he will gait, but also trots - needs more work on gaiting - using a WH bit may help. She says his canter is great. More whoa than go. Good for beginners in the saddle, a little pushy with beginners on the ground.

                              If you're interested let me know - you'll have to fill out an adoption form through USERL first - does not commit you to anything, but is required to see/try the horse.

                              Let me know if you have more questions!

                              Cathleen Lombardi, DVM
                              The Oaks Veterinary Clinic Equine & Farm Services
                              Smithfield, VA


                              • #16
                                Thanks for all the interest in our adoptable horses and ponys - I'm so sorry that most are not listed on the www.userl.org website - this has been an ongoing frustration!! Although info has been sent to the main office (ie website) it is taking a very long time to get updated. In fact I called again and left a message today to try to get our regions horses listed...

                                If there is any interest please keep PMing me and I'll get you in touch with the correct people:

                                General info-

                                To try a horse or even visit we request you fill out an adopter application - this is to prevent anyone from wasting time - The application is reasonable - you do not have to have horse property - just a plan for where you could keep a horse (ie boarding stable is fine)

                                We can adopt out of the area the horse is located in however you must vist the horse in person before it will be adopted - this is to assure a good fit. There is a required site/facility visit - if there is no USERL region in your area this can be done by your local equine vet - it is a basic form that needs to be filled out to assure the horse is going to a safe facility.

                                Hope this helps - thanks again for thinking of these horses!


                                • Original Poster

                                  If you want to help out....

                                  They sure sound like very agreeable terms to me
                                  A lot of special horses to choose from, no location restrictions, and if you find yourself unable to keep taking care of your adoptee, they will help you find him or her a new home. This is a WIN WIN arrangement for all the horses at USERL! Please adopt these horses and ponies ready for new homes, so the good foster homes at USERL will have room to save more horses. USERL only takes in horses and ponies seized by the authorities. By helping them, you ARE helping the horse community become a better place.

                                  If you don't have room for a new horse or pony right now, but you still want to help USERL, please send your donations to:

                                  USERL - TIDEWATER REGION
                                  c/o Dr. Cathleen Lombardi
                                  15148 Evening Court
                                  Carrollton, VA 23314

                                  They need: wormers, weight gain and hoof builder supplements, hay, feed (particularly senior feed), fly spray, and medical supplies (vet wrap, bandage material, thrush treatment, first aid cream, epsom salts, thermometers, weight tapes, etc.), and as alway, money or gift cards.