DONATING YOUR HORSE
At Ride On St. Louis we will ensure to the best of our ability that your horse will be loved and cared for. Our horses are valued partners in a relationship and their comfort and enjoyment as an equine-assisted activities and therapies horse is highly important to us.
At Ride On St. Louis your horse will be in integral part in the health and wellness of children and adults with disabilities. Have the comfort of knowing your four legged friend is a valued partner at our center as he finds peace and purpose in a new career as a therapy horse.
Consistency of a well-run program that will extend his career, keep him healthy, useful and loved
Healthy interaction with a closed herd of dynamic equines
Affection and positive energy from daily interaction from staff, clients and trained volunteers
Professional management, exercise, training and medical attention
Comfort and reassurance knowing where your horse is and who is caring for him
Satisfaction in knowing his purpose and life have been extended to help people with disabilities
Eligibility for a tax credit
SCREENING AND EVALUATION
In order to participate and work with individuals that have disabilities, we are highly selective when accepting horses into our training program. When selecting a horse to participate, we look for a horse or pony that is ideal and suitable for equine-assisted activities and therapies. The breed of a horse is not a critical consideration. Different breeds offer different builds needed for a wide range of activities including riding, driving, vaulting, unmounted interaction, etc. From Shetland Pony to Shire, there may be a spot for your equine at our center.
To make sure our horses and humans are safe and happy in their role at Ride On St. Louis, equine candidates go through a strict screening process and evaluation to determine if temperament, size and movement are compatible and desired. We evaluate a prospective horse’s conformation, health, age, gaits, manners of going, posture and movement, attitude, temperament, demeanor, reliability, past training and adaptability. Here is what we look for in an ideal equine-assisted activities and therapies horse or pony.
Mare or gelding between the ages of 12 and 16
Between 13hh and 16.1hh
Sound at the walk, trot and canter
Curious and even-tempered
Safe for beginner riders
Exceptions are made under certain circumstances, so please do not be discouraged from applying.
NOTE: While minor health issues in an equine may be acceptable, please note that Ride On St. Louis horses must be sound enough to work regularly, comfortably and reliably. We cannot accept horses that have chronic health issues. Horses must have negative Coggins and be up-to-date with shots and vaccinations.
To make the best use of time for both parties we have put together a list of questions about your horse to help us with the evaluation process. If you are considering donating you horse, please take a few minutes to share some information about you and your horse.
Donate a Horse Application (PDF Download)