Where To Start
Our adoption process begins with your submission of an accurate and complete
for adoption along with a $50 processing fee. The information you provide will guide us in making a suitable
match between horse and horseman.
Shelter, fencing, and turnout
You must have a shelter for your horse to protect him from frigid winter weather and the
heat and flies of summer. Fancy barns are not required; in fact we encourage a free stall
arrangement where the horse can come and go as he pleases. Our minimum standard for shelter is
a three sided shed of 10 x 10 ft square with an 8' ceiling.
This must be of sturdy, safe construction with no protruding nails, sharp edges, etc., and it must be
kept clean. Cement or paved floors must be planked or rubber matted and bedded.
Feed, vet and farrier
Grain must be stored in a locked place where the curious horse cannot raid and binge on it. You must have free choice water available 24 hrs. a day. The horse should get a visit from the farrier every 6 to 8 weeks and the vet once a year. You can administer dewormer according to product directions. These basic expenses are about $1500 a year.
Quality time with you
Your horse should be groomed regularly, particularly in spring when he sheds his winter coat. If he is on a training or working routine, be consistent with your schedule -- once a week, every day, etc. Don't forget carrots, apples, pats, kisses and kind words.
New to horse-keeping? Consider volunteering at our barn. It's an easy way to see what's involved -- and you'll be helping our cause!
Inexperienced horsemen must be committed to learning humane and responsible horsemanship through qualified riding instruction and other educational resources. This may seem daunting or even demanding to a person inexperienced in horsemanship but safety for you and the horse is the number one responsibility of any good horseman. When you are properly prepared to meet your horse's needs and the challenges of horsemanship, your chores will go easier, leaving you more time to enjoy your horse.
Please complete our
and return it with photos of your barn and turn out area, along with $50 to
This information will be reviewed and, when a suitable horse becomes available,
you will be invited to come have a look. Because we depend on owners and trainers in harness racing
to donate their unraceable Standardbreds to H.O.U.R.S.E. in VT, there is no way to
determine what type of horses will come in or when they will come. We actively recruit horses
from April through September, however it is a purely random pattern of circumstances we work
in. It may take a few weeks or a few months to have a suitable horse available for you.
You are welcome to visit the horses at our foster farm by appointment, but this has no bearing
on the placement of horses.
Application is a PDF