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Horse Donation Information

Donate a Horse

We consistently need sound, capable horses to teach our students on a daily basis. Horses should be discipline-appropriate with suitable prior experience. Because our programs serve students of all experience levels, we accept horses from the walk-trot/jog-canter/lope level through advanced performance horses, including reiners and cow horses.

We are in need of horses that are fit and sound, well trained in their discipline and preferably under 18 years old. Our school horses generally work one to two hours per day and four to five days per week. In order to ensure a good fit between donated horses and our needs, we ask that the owner always communicate with the college by phone or email. 

We ask that donated horses meet the following qualifications;

  1. Between the ages of 2 and 18 years old. 
  2. Reach a mature height of at least 15 hands high. 
  3. Be serviceably sound for its intended purpose.

Donation Process

  1. Fill out a prospective horse donation application.
  2. Equine staff will review your application and contact you.
  3. We will request a video of your horse being used for its intended purpose before accepting it into the program on a trial basis. (This helps to avoid unnecessary shipping costs or arrangements.)
  4. Horses acceptable for three-week trial period will be scheduled for arrival at the equine center.
  5. Upon arrival, donors must fill out a trial contract. At the end of the three-week trial period, if the horse is accepted, a pre-purchase exam may be performed.
  6. You will be notified if your horse has been accepted into our program and formal donation paperwork will be sent to you.

Additional Paperwork Required

  • A complete vaccination record of the horse, including Coggins test for the current year.
  • Breed association registration papers signed over to Hocking College, as well as any USEF, USDF, NRHA, or Horse I.D. numbers (where applicable).
  • For horses valued at $5,000 or greater, an appraisal is required (at the owner’s expense). Owners whose horses require appraisal will be notified by our staff prior to their acceptance into our program.

All paperwork must be completed and submitted prior to the horse arriving the Hocking College Equine Center. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Equine Program Manager by phone at 740-753-7151 or powelld38679@hocking.edu. If your horse becomes unsuitable for our program or requires a stepped-down home we will make every effort to find a new home with a reputable, humane facility that specializes in housing and caring for retired horses. If you have suggestions for where to place the horse, please share this information with us for review. The health, welfare and safety of our equine friends will always be paramount to us at Hocking College.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Equine Program Manager listed below:

Dr. Debbie Powell, Ph.D., P.A.S.
Equine Sciences Program Manager





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