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Where would you donate a horse?

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  • #41
    The perpetual dilemma. Once a horse is sold it risks going on the downward spiral and out of your hands to who knows what. You could think of a lease arrangement where, when the horse has no useful life, he is retired at your expense or euthanised. Retirement is still a costly option, depending on your situation and you still have to go visit to see all is well and care adequate. The responsible thing, at a certain stage is to euthanise and you will have fulfilled your responsibiity.
    Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


    • #42
      You might try contacting some colleges that have riding programs. I know Stanford has a donation program, and I'm pretty sure UC Davis does as well.


      • #43
        Originally posted by Hunterlover17 View Post
        I donated to Stoneleigh Burnham about 10 years ago. It was a long time ago but the same person I dealt with is still there. I contacted them after donating (maybe 2 years later) to check up on her since I hadn't heard anything. In the email back they said, "Thank you for your donation but the horse is no longer here." There was no other explanation or even a hint where she went or when she left. I was kinda turned off that they didn't politely contact me (yes I know they are busy) before selling her, sending her to auction, giving her to a student, etc.

        However, I understood that I did sign her over and I had no control of what happened to her just like if I sold her - don't tell yourself that where you donate is a forever home because it is not! I tried finding her with local forums and also contacting the Dutch Registery - no luck. In a bizarre turn of events, I ran into this horse just last year at a A show on the Cape. I couldn't trace her journey to the current owners. She was happy and healthy so I didn't worry about it any longer - just glad she was safe.

        I'd donate again ONLY if I had it in writting that they contact me before rehoming the horse. While she was there, the care was top-notch however.
        I donated 2 to Stoneleigh,although years ago. Both were sold without my knowledge. One ended up back in my home town in Westchester, NY and they kept him for life... The other went to a dealer. I saw that horse at a show and he didn't look good I was so sad and felt horrible. Fast forward a year and the latter horse was sold to a lovely Jr rider who ended up winning the Maclay warm-up at MSG with him! She kept him for life as well...

        I was so grateful both horses ended up with their forever homes. I wished I had been notified by the school at the time that the horses were not working in their program. I feel that should have happened, but I am so happy that in the end the horses were well cared for and retired happy.


        • #44
          UNH, its right down the road from me and they need some new horses. He sounds like he would be perfect for them to take.