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Program Horses - Donate or Lease

The ideal therapy horse is sound, has an unflappable temperament and unlimited heart. Our horses have come from many different backgrounds including show horses, polo, police work, school horses and family pets.
Each horse donated to Hearts & Horses must:
  • Be completely sound in all four limbs. It is essential that our horses have a free-moving stride at the walk, trot, and canter and are capable of smooth transitions 
  • Have a solid, strong back and be physically fit 
  • Be well trained under saddle to respond to all four aids: hands, feet, seat and voice 
  • Be unflappable (nothing bothers them) 
  • Have full and complete vision 
  • Be forgiving of an inexperienced and unbalanced rider 
  • Be between 8 and 16 years of age (age exceptions are sometimes made-depending on horse’s physical/mental condition) 
  • Be comfortable around a variety of people and with other horses at a tie rail or standing alone
  • Be old enough to have life's experiences and young enough to work 4-5 days per week

If you have a horse you'd like Hearts & Horses to consider as a program horse, read our therapy horse criteria above.  If you think your horse is a good candidate, please fill out the Horse Profile form, which will be sent to Liz de Kock, our Equine Manager (Liz@HeartsAndHorses.org).  

You will be asked to include recent photos (taken within the past 30 days) that you have of your horse: 
1) Side view showing the horse’s back (topline)
2) front head shot
3) full body showing markings
4) any photos of your horse at their “job.”

If Hearts & Horses initially approves a horse being offered for donation/lease, the horse will be brought to Hearts & Horses for a trial period that lasts approximately 90 days before officially being accepted into the program. Any records or additional information that you may have, such as registration papers, health records, photos, and awards would be very helpful.