Equine Welfare Network:
There's a saying, "Look no further than your own backyard". The first place to start your search for a next chapter for your horse is reaching out to equine organizations in your area. Our Equine Welfare Network is designed to connect individuals with equine organizations. Click here
to search for organizations in close proximity to where your horse is located.
Equine Assisted Services:
If you believe that your horse may be suitable as a therapy horse, there are a number of organizations that certify professionals to conduct Equine Assisted Services. We suggest you click here
for information about the expectations for therapy horses.
PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship)
: PATH Intl. is one of the most highly regarded credentialing organization for accrediting centers and certifying instructors and equine specialists.
Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)
: CHA certifies equine professionals (arena instructors, trail guides, instructors of riders with disabilities, vaulting coaches, driving instructors and drivers, equine facility managers and seasonal equestrian staff) and accredits equine facilities to promote excellencein horsemanship safety and education.
American Hippotherapy Association (AHA)
: AHA provides educational resources and continuing education courses for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology professionals who incorporate equines, equine movement and the equine environment in treatment.
Eagala (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association)
: Eagala was one of the first to develop a concrete model of professional standards for incorporating horses into mental health treatment.
Intercollegiate/Interscholastic Equine Athletic Programs:
Our Equine Education Network lists colleges and universities with equine programs including athletic activities. Click here
to search for organizations in your area that may be looking for program horses.
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) consists of Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage teams nationwide to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports. There may be teams in your area searching for program horses. Visit IEA here
Equine Rescue and Transition Centers:
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS)
: GFAS accredits and recognizes sanctuaries and rescue centers, supports them to achieve the highest Standards of Excellence, promotes collaboration, and raises awareness of their work.
United Horse Coalition Equine Resource Database (UHCERD)
: The United Horse Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council to educate the horse industry about the issues facing horses at-risk or in transition.
Homes for Horses Coalition
: The Homes for Horses Coalition is a national coalition dedicated to increasing collaboration, professionalism, and growth in the equine rescue and protection community.
Mounted Police Units
Another option is searching for a mounted patrol unit in your area. Click here
for the Wikipedia link on mounted patrol units -- keeping in mind that the suitability requirements for a mounted police horse may be similar to those of a therapy horse.
Donating Your Horse
View IRS Publication 561
(Determing the Value of Donated Property)
View IRS Form 8283
About Collegiate Horse Donations