Seized Horses Have Become Adoptable Horses

“They’re all pretty feral right now, but would make great project horses!” exclaims Kristin Dell, Practice Manager of The Equine Center, who has handled all three recently-adoptable horses since their arrival at this Equine Veterinarian facility in San Luis Obispo.

The three adoptable horses came to The Equine Center from SLO County Animal Services who were part of a group of 11 removed from poor conditions where food and water were scarce in SLO County. The three horses were all stallions, but have since been gelded. Read our story about the 11 horses here <.

“They’re all so sweet and all three have been halter broke since arriving at The Equine Center. We’re desensitizing them and feeding them well.  We’ve also vaccinated them, taken out their wolf teeth and gelded them all,” says Kristin.

Let’s Meet These Sweet Adoptable Horses

Nummi – 3 years old – If you’re looking for a promising project horse Nummi is your guy. He’s willing, trusting and can be led around. Kristin says he’s is a cute mover and thinks he may find his home in the hunter ring or with a Pony Club family. This guy won’t be a tall boy, but he is stocky. His color is grey, but is most likely a Paint horse cross.


Scout – 7 years old – If you’re looking for that one special horse who will bond just with you then Scout is your guy. He was quite feral when he arrived. Kristin has been the one to do most of his handling, and she says, “We’ve worked lots of things out. He really is a good boy, but will take some work. Once he trusts you he’ll truly love you.” Scout is a black and white paint horse with one blue eye. He’s a shy guy and in the awkward kid stage right now. This handsome gent should fill out even more and be a sturdy mount. He is not broke to ride.


Adam – 13 years – If you’re looking for a pasture partner who is sweet, willing and curious then Adam will be happy at your home. His willing nature will take a relationship far. He is not broke to ride and only recently gelded so has spent most of his life “whole”. He has a ghost paint pattern to his coat – like a shadow of a paint horse for his markings. Adam is “where it all started”, so his name reflects being the first of the small band of horses.


Although these horses have all lived together and are probably related, they are not attached to each other. They are okay being separated. Right now they don’t get to socialize much with other horses as the focus is on getting them to work with humans. The age listed is a best-guess age and each horse was named by The Equine Center staff.

How Can One Adopt One of These Adoptable Horses?

The adoption fee of $75.00 is paid to the county. They will conduct an adoption interview and make sure you know what you are getting into. Questions will be asked to be sure you know a horse is a high care animal who requires specialized handling, demands your time and can be costly.

You can make an appointment to see these sweet guys, sign a liability wavier and get to know each one. Simply call The Equine Center to make your appointment.

The Equine Center’s Role Regarding Seized Animals

The Equine Center works with Animal Services on an as-needed basis. Animal Services pays for the horses’ food and they paid the gelding bill for all three horses. The Equine Center donates the time required for handling and caring for the horses, the dental work, and basic vet work like shots and deworming.

Former Pony Clubber, Eventer and Dressage rider who balanced training and showing with getting a college degree (from Cal Poly SLO), becoming a wife and raising a family.

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