Horse Adoption Program

Defensa prefers to adopt out horses to homes that have all the following:

  1. At least one fenced in acre per horse
  2. Will not be keeping horses on ropes
  3. If stalling horse only for short periods of time, with more turn-out time than stalled time
  4. More than one horse or plans to have more than one horse
  5. Families that live in Puerto Rico full time
  6. Agreement of our Adoption Agreement & Waiver

Contact us to discuss your horse adoption desires –

We’d like horse owners to investigate the idea of having their horses go ‘barefoot’.  Especially if minimal or no street riding will be done with their horse.  The theory behind ‘barefoot’ is the following:

Did you know that a horse’s hoof is supposed to flex with every step taken? And that simple act of flexing is just about the most important thing a horse can do for good health and long life? The flexing provides shock absorption for the joints, tendons and ligaments in the leg and shoulder; acts as a circulatory pump for hundreds of blood vessels in the hoof mechanism; and helps the heart get that blood flowing back up the leg.

Without flexing, the hoof mechanism will not have good circulation and will not be healthy. And the heart will have to work harder to get the blood back up the legs. Without flexing, there will be no shock absorption.

And with a metal shoe nailed to the hoof, no flexing can occur.

Minimal Injury/Care Items to keep on hand (photos coming)

  1. Bute is for bones ligaments tendons – the full name is phenylbutazone – anti-inflammatory ‘horse asprin’
  2. Tucoprim
  3. Penicillin – if you can give shots
  4. Banamine is for muscles – the full name flunixin meglumine

Local Horse Feed is normally

  1. Sweet Grain
  2. Alfalpha