Blue Apple Ranch (BAR)/Toby Wells Foundation (TWF) is seeking loving, knowledgeable, safe and permanent homes for horses. If you adopt one of our horses, you are making a lifetime commitment to that horse. If your circumstances change and you can no longer care for the horse, the horse must come back to BAR/TWF for re-adoption or retirement.

Adopt in Five Easy Steps

All prospective homes for our horses are subject to our screening and approval. Following is the sequence of steps you must take if you want to adopt one of our horses.

1: Fill Out an Adoption Application

Fill out the Doption Application Form and either mail it to BAR/TWF, P.O. Box 519, Poway, CA 92074, or scan the completed application and email it to Adrienne at
Download Here.

2: Arrange a Visit

Arrange a visit to our ranch to meet the horse that you are interested in adopting by speaking with Adrienne at (619) 302-7266 to set up an appointment. It is not necessary that we have approved your application for you to come out and visit us, however a visit does not imply that an application will be or has been approved.

3: Await Application Processing

You will be notified when your adoption application is processed. Processing of adoption applications may take as long as two weeks to complete, depending on how quickly we are able to reach your references and assess you application on the basis of information that you provide.

4: Set up an “On Site” Check

An “on site” check of your facility, or the boarding facility where you plan to maintain the horse, will be conducted by one of our BAR/TWF team members prior to final approval of your application.

5: Sign an Adoption Agreement

When your application is approved, you must make a non-refundable, tax-deductible Adoption Donation to our adoption program and sign an Adoption Agreement with us. The actual agreement that you will sign is horse specific. Download here.

General Adoption Policies

Some key adoption policies that you should be aware of before contacting us are:

  • Since our horses are typically “green broke”, you must either have experience training
    green horses, or verifiably plan to hire a professional trainer knowledgeable in working
    with green horses for your horse;
  • No horses are adopted as “re-sale projects”;
  • No horses are adopted to lesson barns, lesson trainers, or as therapeutic riding
    or general camp horses;
  • No horses are adopted for breeding purposes;
  • No horses are adopted out of the state of California;
  • We occasionally adopt horses to first time horse owners, but only if you show sufficient evidence of horsemanship and riding lessons and training in progress, and plan to have  your adopted horse professionally trained along with yourself.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and financially capable of supporting a horse.
  • Applicants must be able to provide proper food, water, shelter, regular healthcare
    and exercise for the horse.
  • Applicants must be able to provide at least ONE other equine companion.
  • Applications must commit to providing a forever, loving, and responsible home to the
    horse through retirement

Visit the Ranch

In the event that you are considering adopting a horse in the future, but not right now, many of our supporters enjoy visiting the ranch to learn about our mission and our horses. At present, tours of Blue Apple Ranch are by appointment only. We welcome appointments for adoptive horse visits which are conducted by management. We look forward to meeting you in person.

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