To rescue a draft horse, contact organizations such as Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue or Blue Star Equiculture. Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue is a not-for-profit organization that rescues draft horses from auctions where they are to be sold for slaughter. The group chooses horses based on usability and temperament and rides them extensively during a 21-day quarantine period.
Site visitors to GentleGiantsDrafthorseRescue.com can access a photo gallery of available horses with a description that includes sex, breed and height and information about training and suitability for riders. Horses of all ages and capabilities are available. They range in age from competitive young horses to quieter, older horses as well as those with special needs. Potential adopters must live within a four-hour radius of Gentle Giants' Mount Airy, Maryland, location.
Gentle Giants has certain requirements as to fencing, shelter, pasture and companionship provided for a horse that an applicant must meet before adopting. Requirements appear on the group’s website. Site visitors can also access information as to how to donate, volunteer or sponsor a horse.
Blue Star Equiculture is a Massachusetts-based sanctuary for working draft horses that enables them to live out the rest of their lives in comfort. The group is a retirement venue for many of New York City’s carriage horses and for horses that it rescues from neglect. Site visitors to the website Equiculture.org can view a photo gallery of available horses for adoption or sponsoring. Each horse listing includes information about its background, age, breed and temperament. Site visitors can also find videos, a list of events, newsletters, and a variety of ways to help the horses that are in need.