Horses in Transition

Each year, hundreds of thousands of good horses find themselves in transition of career or ownership. And each year, a growing number of these horses end up at risk of inhumane treatment. It’s time for all of us to come together and play a role in changing their story and fate.

Research by the ASPCA indicates there are over 1.2 million homes that have both the perceived resources and desire to house an unwanted horse. This number greatly exceeds the approximately 200,000 unwanted horses living each year in the United States.

However, a lack of high-quality training for remedial issues and wild / feral horses is one of the most consistent, ongoing needs for horses in transition. A well-trained, safe and pleasant horse has a much higher adoption rate, lower length of stay in a shelter and a higher likelihood of staying safe for life.

Monty Roberts at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California, with Mustangs, Chief and Beauty

A Monty Roberts Solution

This is where the Monty Roberts’ Mustang & Transition Horse Program (MRTHP) comes in. By utilizing Monty Roberts’ world-renowned gentle and effective training techniques including Join-Up and his patented humane gentling facility, Monty and his team at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center (MRILC) are gentling and starting unbacked horses from our adoption partners and working through remedial issues with others. All of the horses are desensitized to a variety of objects and stimuli – to make them safe and willing partners for their future owners.

For almost 25 years the MRILC has been dedicated to promoting and teaching gentle, effective alternatives to violence and force during the starting and training of horses. And students visiting the MRILC will have an opportunity to work with the horses in the MRTHP program – learning the Monty Roberts methodology and how to practically apply it to working with horses.

Monty Roberts at Flag Is Up Farms, Solvang, California, with Mustangs, Chief and Beauty

Horses Available to Adopt

After the initial success of our 60-day pilot program, we have continued our re-training program indefinitely. All of the horses featured below are available for adoption, with new horses arriving regularly.

GLEEFULLY6 yo, Thoroughbred, mare, 16.2 hh
Gleefully (2015) was started and trained by Monty Roberts at Flag Is Up Farms. She had 3 starts in her racing career, with one first and one second. She retired uninjured.

Gleefully is sweet natured and willing. She’s quick off the leg, generous and forward going. With a strong athletic build she’s excellent all rounder and will likely excel in a number of disciplines.

Value: $ 7,000

Adoption Partner: Win Place Home

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DENALI2 yo, grade Mustang, filly
Denali was born at New Mexico Horse Rescue in April 2019, a couple of weeks after her mother, Bryce, was taken in. She has spent several months undergoing gentling and desensitizing in the Monty Roberts’ Mustang & Transition Horse Program and is now ready for her forever home.
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STARLIGHT9 yo, grade Mustang, mare
Starlight is a feral mare, rescued from a kill pen in North Dakota. Despite her adopter’s best efforts she was not able to make any progress in gentling her and surrendered her to the MRTHP (feeling her only other option was euthanasia).

Starlight will spend the next six months at the Monty Roberts Learning Center, continuing to work through her trust issues and building her confidence to make her a safe, willing partner for a future adopter.

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POPPY4 yo, Thoroughbred, mare, 16 hh
Poppy is very sweet and loves attention. She retired sound in January 2021 after 9 starts and $24,780 in earnings. While she didn’t show a great love for racing, she is extremely level-headed and has been training beautifully under saddle in the MRTHP.

We’ll have more information on Poppy available soon.

PIPPIN2 yo, Thoroughbred, gelding, 15.1 hh
Pippin is bright-eyed, friendly and full of personality. He showed so little interest in racing that he never made it to the track. Happily he made it to Win Place Home and the MRTHP instead. Currently Pippin is 15.1 hh with room to grow. He’s being re-started under saddle and we can’t wait to see what he does next.

Please check back soon for an update on Pippin.

HERCULES5 yo, Thoroughbred, gelding, 16 hh
Hercules is solidly-built, beautiful and kind. He never raced and spent his first year in retirement in pasture. He’s just starting to come back into work and we’re looking forward to seeing what he’s capable of.

Please check back soon to see Hercules’ progress in the MRTHP or contact us for further information.

BOJACK5 yo, Thoroughbred, gelding, 16 hh
Bojack was a barn favorite at Win Place Home because of his sweet and snuggly nature. He’s 15.3 hh and shows an aptitude for any number of sports. He retired in early 2021, raced 9 times including at Santa Anita, earning $33,073.

Please check back soon to see Bojack’s progress in the MRTHP or contact us for further information.