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Frequently asked questions

Where are you located?

We are located near Fort Polk in west central Louisiana.

How do I adopt a horse from Freedom Reins Ranch and Rescue?

Email us at admin@frrrhorserescue.com for the application and requirements to adopt. Requirements vary based on the training level of the horse. Be sure to include in your email your name, address, phone number, what kind of horse you would like, along with the age range, height range, and training level of yourself and the horse you want. If we do not have a horse fitting that description, we can refer you to several of our partnering rescues.

What are your hours?

We are available to answer questions Monday to Friday. Visiting the horses is by appointment only. If you have an emergency situation, please call or text us at (337)718-7112.

What are your adoption fees?

Our fees vary based on the training level of the horse. Typically, you can expect to spend at least $500 per horse. The more the training, the higher the adoption fee.

How can I help?

You can sponsor a horse. Adopters, fosters, trainers, and volunteers are always needed, too. Please send us an email with your interest at admin@frrrhorserescue.com.

What type of horses do you rescue?

The number one reason for starting the rescue was to the help the BLM branded mustangs. Having lost their homes at least twice, once in the wild, and at least one human home, many were winding up in the slaughter pipeline. We wanted to make a difference. In rescuing mustangs, we were asked in 2017 to help with the Fort Polk wild ponies being rounded up from military training grounds. The mustangs and wild ponies have been the largest part of the rescue. We have made some exception for domestic horses, donkeys, mules, and minis. But our focus continues to be on the mustangs and wild ponies.

How many horses have you rescued?

As of June 2020, we have rescued over 240 equine.

What do you do with your rescues?

As of June 2020, we have adopted over 60 into over 40 homes. We have transferred 109 into different rescues, santuaries, horse programs, and had help from 3 different TIP trainers. From August 2018 to June 2020, we tried to have a sanctuary lease for our rescues. It was designed to be a forever home for the most at risk mustangs. The too old, too wild, too injured to be adopted. We also let the wild ones that were waiting for a training spot or an experienced adopter live there temporarily. We abruptly ended that lease in June of 2020 after we found there were serious problems with the most recent location. We have decided that we will go back to our original purpose of rehabbing, retraining, and rehoming those we have rescued. We are currently seeking sanctuary placement for the ones most in need, as we will no longer have a sanctuary. They will be safe here with us until that can be arranged. The number one thing that keeps a horse safe is that it is safe, sane and trained. So our number one goal is to be sure that every horse from here out is safe, sane and trained. After that we will seek out qualified and safe, sane homes for these magnificent animals.

What is our goal in rescue?

To rehab, retrain, and rehome every horse we have into a safe, forever home. For those remaining sanctuary horses, we will be looking for sanctuaries that own their own land to help us, or we will keep them here and safe. As of June 2020, we have 3 major goals right now, taking up all of our attention. 1. Finding the 8 horses that were taken from us. 2. Rehabbing the 4 we recovered that were stolen from us. and 3. Finding good homes for the remaining 35 we have in our care. Beyond that, we will look at what is next after we get through this current challenge.

What is a Polk pony?

Fort Polk, Louisiana is the army installation near us, and home to the Joint Readiness Training Center. The training area, which shares land with the Kistachie National Forest, has had wild horses that have roamed there. From 2017-2019, Fort Polk has been removing groups of horses from the Geronimo area of Fort Polk. Freedom Reins has helped 136 of the Fort Polk wild ponies. We have been lovingly referring to them as Polk ponies since our first group. They are small, compact horses, measuring between 12-13.2 hh as adults, with the exception of the ones that were very young or born in captivity and have had proper nutrition since then. They come in chestnut, bay, and about 50 shades of gray. The history of the area places them back generations, and they are rumored to be descendents of the Choctaw ponies. It has been fascinating to hear the stories of locals whose ancestors interacted with these amazing little horses. There have been a few horses that were rounded up that do not conform to the body type or size of the ponies, and were most likely abandoned among the wild ones. We have found through our efforts, that they are very easy to train, especially at a young age, because of their proximity to the soldiers that train where they roam. They are very smart and nicely dispositioned. Several have become family horses with training. We do not recommend them as children's ponies, especially the older ones, because they were wild. That said, we have seen many of the younger ones acclimate to life in captivity very well, and are now ponies of children. We have also had some of the older ones that were band or herd stallions show signs of aggression, and they will not be suitable for adoption. All in all they have been much easier to train, using natural horsemanship methods, in comparison to the BLM mustangs from out west.

Do we train horses?

Yes! We currently only have time to train the horses we have rescued. If there is a horse you are interested in adopting, but are unable to train it, please message us. We may be able to help, or refer you to one of the trainers we recommend that are able to train wild horses.

Are we a 501c3 rescue?

No, not currently. We have been operating as a private rescue. We have decided to take the steps to apply. Please be cautious in the rescues you choose to support. A 501c3 is only a tax designation, and does not certify a rescue, or a charity, as good or bad. We have spent most of our time, money and effort on taking care of the horses in our care. Admin is not our strong suit, and applying to become a 501c3 is both costly and time consuming. At this point though, because of the growth we have experienced, we have decided to pursue it. We will update when we have filed with the IRS.

Can a first time horse owner adopt a horse from Freedom Reins?

The short answer is no. The long answer is since we normally only have wild horses available, they are not suitable for inexperienced adopters. We highly recommend that those people who truly are interested in adopting a BLM mustang or Polk pony, first learn more about horses. We have found that those individuals who are highly motivated do eventually become excellent adopters. Think that could be you? Then we ask that you take the time to take lessons, and volunteer your time to a boarding barn or riding stables near you. Only riding a horse a few times does not give you enough experience to be able to be the natural leader of the horse you are adopting. There is experience needed for that to keep your horse happy and safe, and to keep you happy and safe as well. The other answer is that occassionally we rescue a been there, done that, older, safer horse more suitable for the novice horse owner. Since we do not have horses often that fit that description, we can refer you to other rescues who might.

Can you take my horse?

We are currently not accepting any new horses into the rescue. Our goal is to get our numbers down to the number of horses we can provide for at the main ranch. Anything more than that is a risk we are no longer willing to take. That said, we have helped connect dozens of people who need to find a home for their horse, with people looking for a horse. If you have an emergency situation, we can help share your horse with our followers, and also refer you to other rescues that may be able to help. Please still do your due diligence in making sure it is a safe and suitable home, as we can not thoroughly vet everyone who follows the page. We can help give you suggestions on how to do this.

Does Freedom Reins transport?

We have on occasion, depending on time and location, delivered a horse to its new home. When we can't, we can recommend some haulers that transport horses. If you are trying to budget for transport, it typically costs $1.50-$3 a mile, depending on the hauler. Please ask for references before you trust someone to help you transport your horse.