Donating a horse to We Can Ride is a multi-step process. It begins with an interview between the barn manager and the horse owner. If the horse meets the initial criteria, and if We Can Ride is currently looking for horses, then it moves on to an onsite evaluation. If the horse fits what we are looking for, then the horse is accepted on a trial basis. Owners are responsible for transporting the horse to the We Can Ride site, and also responsible for retrieving the horse if the trial is unsuccessful. If the horse shows signs that she will be successful in therapy work during the trial period, then it is accepted and becomes part of the We Can Ride program. The horse helps with our classes until it becomes time for the horse to retire from work. At that point, we contact the original donor of the horse to see if they are interested in having the horse back. If not, we then proceed to find a good home for the horse elsewhere, often times with a volunteer in our program.
What are we looking for? Here are some ideal traits:
- Between 10 and 20 years old
- No taller than 15.2 hh ( we are looking for pony types, too – shorter horses are easier for volunteers to work with, and for instructors to manage mounts and dismounts, client safety, etc.)
- Sound at all 3 gaits
- Easy to catch
- Middle-of-the-road herd wise
- History of showing, trail riding, parades, or other “busier” lifestyles where they would be exposed to many people, horses, and new situations