Leasing or Donating Horses
STAR partners with horses and ponies varying in shapes, sizes, ages and breeds to enrich the lives of persons with disabilities or special challenges. Since our horses have such important jobs, it is necessary that they meet specific criteria and standards for the industry. Our equine partners work an average of 6 days per week and often carry unbalanced weight. They need to be fit, healthy and sound. Their duties include walk/trot arena work, field riding, and ground work. All potential STAR horses are carefully screened for behavior and training.
STAR has two processes for bringing horses into the program; horse lease and donation. Most of STAR's horses/ponies are leased. This enables an appropriate animal to be a part of our team rather than sitting idle in a pasture. STAR provides general care to the horse, i.e. farrier, dental, vaccinations, etc. As the owner, you retain all rights to the horse and are responsible for major veterinary decisions and costs. In the event that the horse/pony can no longer fulfill their role due to health, soundness, etc., they are returned to the owner.
In order for STAR to accept a horse donation, the horse/pony should meet specific criteria. Click here to review the requirements.