montana horse sanctuary ranch
buy a license plate

Other ways to help


AAdopt a Horse

Montana Horse Sanctuary places residents ready for adoption in permanent, qualified homes. If you are interested in adopting, please contact us. You may fill out an application but you must have an in-person meeting with the horse/mule you are interested in adopting before we continue the application process. We provide adopters with the resident's complete veterinary and care file. We want adopters to be as informed as possible.

People who adopt from us sign a contract stating that if for some reason they can no longer care for their sanctuary horse, they will return it to the sanctuary.

The following residents are ready for placement. More information about them can be found on the Meet the Horses page. And, of course, sanctuary staff is always happy to provide more photos and information about these residents.

Adopt Me! or Sponsor Me!

(Adoption fee: $150)

Age 19, Paint mare

Bella has patience and great ground manners. This calm, darling mare was part of the herd owned by Randi Lamont of Great Falls who pleaded guilty to animal abuse. Lamont relinquished her horses to Cascade County. Bella and her herdmates were malnourished but she's now back in the pink of health. She's shiny and gorgeous!

When Bella arrived at the Sanctuary, she had some large, deep scars on her back. Our veterinarian feels these scars would be irritated to the point of pain by a saddle. So, while she may not have a future as a saddle horse, she is the ideal pasture pal and best friend.


Adopt Me! or Sponsor Me!

(Adoption fee: $150)

Age 23, Appaloosa/Belgian gelding

Tino's name is short for Valentino because he is such a big sweetheart. Though he's 16 hands and about 1,500 pounds, Tino is a gentle lovebug! In his previous home, Tino was ridden often in the mountains and was best pals with his owner's grandchildren. He has arthritis in his right front foot which prevents him from being ridden much but he'd be happy to give the grandkids a slow ride. Tino needs a person who will love him forever. This big guy has a tender heart and much love to give. He adores humans and is friendly to everyone.

Adopt Me! or Sponsor Me!

(Adoption fee: $150)

Age 29, Thoroughbred

Samantha was part of a herd of abused ex-racehorses owned by Lisa Cano, near Great Falls. The herd was confiscated in Cascade County in 2011.

Samantha is a calm, gentle soul who loves people and other horses. Samantha is no longer a saddle horse but is ready to be best friends forever.




Madison moved to her new home in early summer 2016. She was adopted by the same woman who adopted Penny. Madison and Penny were great friends at the Sanctuary and it took them less than a day to reconnect. Their person says they are inseparable and enjoying a quiet retirement and lots of love.



Roxanne is now a young saddle horse and ready for a forever home with a rider who has experience with green horses. Roxanne has spent a total of 4 months in training with Jess Holloway of Bozeman. She is quiet and gentle and has great potential for a long career as a saddle horse. Roxanne is about 14.3 hands and average build. She is willing and adapts well to new situations. She loves trail riding and is friendly with all humans and other horses. In general, she's an adaptable mare. Roxanne originally came to the Sanctuary in 2009 as a weanling. She had been rescued from a herd of malnourished horses. The owner had been keeping them on a diet of only Wonderbread and Twinkies! Rehabilitation has brought her to this point -- healthy, beautiful and ready to ride!


Sally and Jazz

Sally and Jazz were adopted together and are inseparable. We believe they are mother and daughter, Sally being the mom and about 20 years old. Jazz is about 15 years old. These two little girls are a hoot! We love their breakfast and dinner brays and all the greetings and conversation in between. They are funny and sweet and just so doggone cute.





Penny has found her forever home with a wonderful woman who adores her and wasn't daunted by Penny's advanced years. Penny traveled to her new digs at the end of August 2014 and is settling in nicely with a beautiful donkey, a flock of friendly chickens, a dog and resident cats. Congratulations Penny! You, too, can adopt a senior horse pal. The rewards are huge.


Zoe is truly the world's cutest and sweetest donkey. She came to Montana Horse Sanctuary after the person who bought her at a BLM wild horse and donkey auction decided he no longer wanted her. Her feet were badly overgrown and she was not yet halter-trained or easy to handle. But Zoe took it all with grace. She arrived at the Sanctuary willing to learn and wanting to be friends with people. Thanks to the efforts of talented farriers and professional trainer, Spencer Dominick of Wilsall, Zoe is now halter-trained, calm and happy around people. And her feet are back to normal shape.

Happy is a smart and well-started Quarterhorse cross mare. She spent 2-1/2 months with professional trainer Jess Holloway of Bozeman and did especially well on trails and outside the arena. She is ready for an experienced rider and lots of love. Happy joined the Sanctuary in 2008 and was spayed later that year. A wire cut injury of her right pastern will limit her ability to do sports that require lots of fast, tight turns or work in deep arena footing. But she does well on natural footing and has a great work ethic.

Isaac found his forever home in January 2009 with Sanctuary director and co-founder, Jane Heath. Isaac has grown into a big fella. At nearly age four, he is now nearly 17 hands and about 1,400 pounds. He's a gentle giant and Jane's madly in love with him. She reports that going through the adoption application and approval process gave her butterflies and a new perspective of how other adoption applicants might feel. After adopting Isaac, Jane sent him to Jess Holloway to have him started under saddle. He has turned into a wonderful saddle horse.

In early October 2008, Periwinkle's dream came true -- she found her forever home. She now lives with a loving family near Great Falls, Montana. Just before her adoption, Periwinkle completed five weeks of professional training under saddle. And, although she had been ridden before she came to the Sanctuary, she had learned only the most basic skills. We wanted her to be more advanced, supple and gentle under saddle, thus making her a more safe and relaxed horse to ride. Periwinkle was turned over to the Sanctuary by her owners when they decided that her carpus fracture injury would keep her from ever being sound again. After two years of rehabilitation including nutritional supplements and joint injections she is now sound and can be ridden lightly. Like so many horses at the Sanctuary, Periwinkle reminded us that healing takes time.

Alice came to the Sanctuary at age 2 with just one good eye. Her right eye had been injured and was shriveled and blind. It was also constantly infected and draining. The Sanctuary took Alice to a veterinary surgeon who removed the eye and inserted a prosthetic device which doesn’t look like an eye but partially filled the empty socket so that it didn’t become a reservoir for dirt and moisture. Alice recovered nicely from surgery and then spent time with a trainer who was able to help her deal with her right-side blindness. Alice was adopted by a young woman who adores her and she now spends her time as a cow horse on a ranch in Eastern Montana.

At age 14, Cheyenne had spent his entire life in the same pasture. He'd had little handling and even less training. After trying to get this understandably frightened horse in a small horse trailer for 3 hours, the owner gave up. A compassionate woman stepped in and made the call to Montana Horse Sanctuary and Western Montana Equine Rescue. The two organizations combined their efforts. Western Montana Equine Rescue got him out of the pasture where he was and received ownership of him. They then transferred him to Montana Horse Sanctuary. Though never ridden until now, Cheyenne is turning into a gentle and willing saddle horse with the patient training of Jess Holloway of Bozeman. Cheyenne has been adopted!.

We are very sad to report that Poco died in October 2014. We know how much he was loved and how deeply he will be missed. The Sanctuary sends its
condolences to his family.

Poco was one of the many horses from the Hot Springs rescue. As we were getting near the end of the adoption effort, he still remained. The professional trainers who assessed the horses nicknamed him “Cupcake” because he was such a quiet and gentle fella. One of the Sanctuary volunteers was working here in the office one day and I just happened to show her his photo. I said, “this darling Appy is still available and I can’t believe no one has chosen him yet.” She said she and her son, Chayse, had looked at the horses on the website the previous evening and Chayse noticed “Cupcake” and liked him. She went on to tell me that Chayse had lost his beloved horse not long ago and was deeply heartbroken. The family feared he would never want another horse. When Chayse saw “Cupcake’s” picture, his heart went out to the gentle gelding. Chayse decided to rename his new friend, “Mr. Polkadots” or “Poco” for short. The rest is the happy ending. Chayse and Poco are now best friends forever.

Lenni was originally part of the herd rescued from the Blackfeet Buffalo Horse Coalition seizure. At the time, he was just a weanling. A wonderful woman adopted him and in 2015 decided that she and he just weren't a fit for each other. She called the Sanctuary and asked to return him. Leni adopted directly out to a new person. They have been having a wonderful summer together, riding trails, starting cow work, participating in a parade and even helping 4-H members become better riders.

If you aren't able to adopt a horse, find out more about how you can sponsor a horse!

Home | About Us | The Ranch | Meet the Horses | Workshops | Education | Good News

| Adopt | Volunteer| Sponsor a Horse | Adopt a Pasture| Buy a License Plate

Montana Horse Sanctuary
P.O. Box 10, Simms, MT 59477 • (406) 264-5300