Support for Horses
Retire a School Horse Program
At Lancers, we greatly value our horses and the service they provide for us, often for many years. In return, we strive to give them a retirement where they can enjoy their golden years. We aim to find home for our horses while they still have some good years left. Some are still able to be ridden while others may be less suitable for riding in which cases we work hard to find them ideal sanctuary homes.
Even if a horse is not ready for retirement, we may open a list so that future retirement homes can be secured. We have many very talented and safe horses that will be in high demand as they approach retirement.
Our Retire a School Horse Program is a phenomenal way for individuals to financially support (or fully or partially sponsor) a horses’ retirement or to “adopt” one of our school horses who deserve a wonderful retirement.
To express your interest in adopting a retired Lancer horse, please complete the following adopting application.
Punkin - Retired!
We are thrilled to announce that Punkin has found the perfect retirement home!
Punkin came to Lancers in 2004. We have her date of birth listed as 1997, but this may not be entirely accurate. Our vet actually says that her teeth tell a different story, aging her at roughly 16! Based on the information we have we can say that she is between 17 & 19 years old. She is a 14.1hh bay roan QH/Appaloosa.
Punkin is a staple in both our Adult and Junior beginner programs, and puts in many hours with our H.A.L.T.R. program (Therapeutic riding for children with special needs). We’re not entirely sure how we will survive without Punkin, but she has begun to let us know that she’s ready for a change of pace.
In her younger days Punkin was known for her speedy trips around the show ring, but she has slowed down considerably since then. She is healthy and sound, but a little less enthusiastic about her job in the city. After so many years of excellent service we hope to find her a loving country home where she can finally have a person of her own. She has the smoothest trot to sit to, and is an extremely safe mount. She does still get excited when jumping or out on trails, but will always take care of her rider.
While Punkin is a perfect beginner’s mount, due to her age we will only retire her to a home with some previous horse experience, in the hopes that she can continue to enjoy good health for many years to come.
We are looking to officially retire Punkin from her school horse duties in the fall of 2018. If you think you might be able to provide the perfect home for Punkin, please fill out our adoption form. Punkin’s adoption fee is set at $1000 to an approved home.
Rockette is a 10 year old beautiful 15.2 QH/TB mare, who has been with Lancers for 2 years. She is a barn favorite and a pleasure to ride, being a little more sensitive and forward than the average lesson horse.
Rockette came to us on a trade, and we later discovered that she has an old tendon injury which could flare up from time to time with over-exertion. After correctly diagnosing the issue, she has remained sound in our program by keeping jumping to a minimum. While we love using Rockette and she has so much to offer, we feel it would be best for her long-term soundness if she was in a program with no jumping. She would make a lovely lower level Dressage horse, or a pleasure mount. She has been ridden English and Western, hacks out alone or in a group, and doesn’t mind traffic. She does benefit from a consistent program.
Due to Rockette’s forward nature and potential soundness risks, we are looking for an experienced home who will be sensitive to any subtle changes in her way of going. Rockette will continue to work in our program for the foreseeable future until a better home is found.
Rockette is being offered to an approved home for $2500.
Jacob has been a treasured part of the Lancer family for over a decade, and is well known as the tallest horse at Lancers.
While Jacob is still sound and continues to do his job well, he is beginning to have less of a sense of humor when it comes to teaching less experienced riders how to ride. As our horses get older they move from teaching more experienced riders to less experienced riders, so having this sense of humor is a must. We are taking this signal from Jacob to mean that perhaps he is ready for a family of his own.
Jacob turns 17 in 2019, and is healthy and sound. He is a kind soul with a fair bit more whoa than go. We are setting his adoption fee at $2000 to an experienced, knowledgeable forever home.
To learn more about Jacob please, click here.
Heidi is a wonderful pony in her late teens. She has been a wonderful lesson horse, especially for young children. She has been experiencing some soundness issues in the past year, which we have done everything we can to work with, but ultimately she would be better off in a less demanding program.
Heidi is an easy keeper, gets along well with other horses, and will happily stand all day to be groomed. She would make a wonderful companion horse who could also be used for some light riding or pony rides.
Heidi is offered to an approved home for an adoption fee of $500.
To learn more about Heidi, please click here.
Support the Horses in the Lancer Retire a School Horse Program
Whether you are a Lancer alumni who wishes to help provide for your former favourite horse or you are passionate about animals, you can play a role in the retirement of Lancer horses. Even if you are unable to adopt a retiree, all donations will be gratefully received. You may wish to sponsor (fully or partially) the future retirement of a specific horse.
Donations (payable to Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers) can be forwarded to the stables office at:
Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers
1690 Bell Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia