It takes a very special horse to give back to our community. Working in an equine assisted therapy program is a mentally and physically challenging job for our equine friends and is in no way a retirement home. Our horses must be sound of mind and body as they work with participants of all ages and abilities for up to 10 hours a week.


                                                                            Our General Requirements:

-Horse is sound at the walk, trot and canter, with three rhythmic and balanced gaits. The quality of the horse’s movement is what most benefits the participant so we cannot accept horses with soundness issues.

-Mare or gelding between 13-16.0 hands
-9-15 years old preferred*
-Tolerant and calm temperament

-Easy to handle on ground and under saddle

-Stands quietly on cross ties or tied

-Slow speed and smooth gaits

-Safe to ride in the ring and on trails

All horses must pass a screening including a trial ride and will be given a trial period at our facility to make sure they are comfortable and enjoy their new job. 

As a donor you will get a tax-deductible receipt, updates and the right to refuse if/when your horse needs to be rehomed or retired.

Please email us at if you are interested in beginning the screening process or call our Program Director at (423) 838-0869.

Horse Donation

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