DONATE A HORSE
Guidelines for Donating a Horse to SIRE
SIRE only accepts horses that can be used in the riding program.
If you know someone who has a horse to donate, please spread the word: SIRE provides a wonderful home to exceptional horses on first, second, or even third careers.
SIRE horses have these qualities:
- Horse must be between 14 to 17 hands high
- A calm temperament* (For example: Would you feel confident leading a three-year-old child on the horse’s back around a closed arena?)
- Sound at all three gaits*
- Good manners*
- Well-trained under saddle, with experience performing calmly in a variety of venues
- Between 8 and 20 years old
Breed and type of riding discipline/training usually will not be determining factors.
Horses with insulin resistance, Cushing’s Disease, ringbone or that have foundered will not be considered for our program.
During the evaluation, we look at:
- Way of going
We also do a spook test that tells us how the horse reacts to new and different objects.
If the horse seems suitable to be a therapy horse, and we have a need for that particular size and type of horse, we bring the horse in for a 90-day probation period to see if it adjusts well to the unique requirements of riders with special needs.
If we accept the horse, you will always have the right of first refusal should the horse at any time or for any reason become unsuitable for SIRE. We personally guarantee they will never go to auction. If you cannot take the horse back, we find a home that meets the needs of the horse.
If you feel your horse meets these requirements, please contact the appropriate Site Manager below. Once contacted, an evaluation will be set at your barn or at one of ours.