Why Donate Your
horse?Protect it as well as
get a tax deduction!
Is my horse a candidate for
The answer to this question can
sometimes be a tough call. It all depends on the horse. Some of the questions
that each donor should ask themselves are:
1. Is my horse adoptable?
(age, training and health)
2. Is taking my horse to an
adoption program facility the smart, safe and/or right thing to do?
3. Is my horse going to be a
major burden on an adoption program that already might have a lot of horses to
care for and incur the costs of proper care for all the horses at their
Stallions: Most horse adoption programs
have to make special plans for stallions for obvious reasons. If you
wish to donate a stallion, your options and places to take that horse go up
tremendously if you have that horse gelded first.
Elderly horses: Programs like
MHWF get constant requests to take in horses well into their 20's and older.
While most adoption programs love older horses, the sad reality is that adoption
programs can only take on so many of these aged horses and still give them the
attention, feed and vet care they need. We find that many people think that
adoption programs have huge lists of people who simply want an older horse to
keep as a pet in their pasture. In reality, older horses are almost impossible
to find good, healthy homes for and most elderly horses live out the remainder
of their lives at the adoption facility, taking up a great deal of time and
resources. Please keep in mind that when you are looking for a place to take
your aged horse to, that good adoption programs want to help everyone, but in
order to take proper care of the horses already at their facility and be able to
pay for that care, most have to set a limit on how many they can handle and
properly care for at any given time.
Blind horses: For the most
part, once a horse goes blind, it should not be taken out of its familiar
surroundings. Moving a blind horse to a new pasture, with new herd mates is
terribly stressful on the horse and is often very dangerous since they will not
know the pasture boundaries, herd mates or where shelters and water is at a new
facility. Sadly, once a blind horse is moved, it has to be kept in a small
paddock with post and rail fencing or a stall for the rest of its life. If you
absolutely cannot keep your blind horse, in many cases, the most humane thing to
do it to put it down, unless you can find the perfect situation in a new home,
but that can be very hard to do.
Untrained horses: An
untrained horse is a huge project for one person, not to mention an adoption
program that is often dealing with many horses, appointments, chores, paperwork,
fundraising, vet, farrier, etc. While most programs do not mind taking on an
untrained horse now and then, the reality of it is that very few people are
willing to adopt a horse that is not trained. When an adoption program takes in
an untrained horse, it does so with the knowledge that they will have to put in
the hours to train the horse or the money to have it trained. Programs that have
been around a while know that an untrained horse is very difficult to find a
home for and it takes a special kind of person to take on an untrained horse and
have it end up successful.
Major health problems:
Adoption programs do their best to help as many special needs horses as
possible, but once again, these horses also take time, money and resources and
reputable horse adoption programs know their limits and keep to those limits
when considering horses with special needs. Do not be upset when an adoption
program cannot take in your special needs horse. It is not that they simply do
not want to help, it is that they are being responsible and know what they can
and cannot handle without jeopardizing the health and well-being of the other
horses at their facility. A program that takes on more than they can handle is
not helping the people or the horses they are supposed to be helping.
What to do?
There is an easy safe way to make sure that your
horse finds a good home and won't go to the auction sales floor, or worse. You
can donate your horse to the Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation.
What does MHWF do?
We are dedicated to finding a life long
home for your beloved friend. Each potential adopter is required to fill out our
application, which we then process to make sure the adopter is qualified to care
for the horse and that their facility is a safe environment. Once adopted, MHWF retains ownership of the horse for a period of
no less than 5 years, making certain that your donated horse is well cared for.
We will ensure to
the best of our ability that your horse will be loved and cared for, for the
rest of it's natural life.
How is my donated horse going to be
Each spring, every adopter is required to send in
a spring Health Report form which is filled out and signed by the adopter's
veterinarian. This form states which vaccinations the horse has been given,
dates of trimming, worming and dental work and
also states the overall health and condition of the animal. MHWF does not turn
over ownership of any horse until that horse has been in an adopter's care for a
period of at least five years. If
at the end of that five year period, the adopter has sent in all the necessary
paperwork and the horse is being well cared for, we will then turn over ownership of the horse.
Besides the adoption contract and
the adoption day photos, once an adoption takes place, the donor is contacted to
let them know who adopted the horse and is given the adopter's phone number. The
adopter is also given the donor's name a number and both parties can stay in
contact if they wish.
If we have already accepted your
horse into our program please follow the link below:
MHWF gets a lot of phone calls from
people hoping to donate their horses. 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 process of donating your horse.
If you are considering donating your
horse to MHWF, please take a few minutes to give us some information on your
horse by filling out and emailing the answers to the questions
we have prepared for you.