We get requests weekly of horses that are unwanted, neglected, or sometimes, from an owner that simply needs help re-homing them. There are more horses in need than rescue resources, unfortunately. This page was created to help people that come to us in need of help re-homing a horse. We hope this is helpful.

So, you have an equine(s) that needs to be re-homed? What can you do?

  1. Sale or re-home your horse:
    • When rehoming your horse, simply ask to check a person’s references. Contact the vet and farrier they use to see if they would recommend them as pet owners. We especially recommend that you require references if you will be re-homing your horse for free. Free horses can be more at risk for landing in the hands of kill buyers and the slaughter pipeline.
      • There are many horse related groups on Facebook that you can list your horse to. Try Craigslist, Golsn.com and other sites as well (remember to check references.
    • Require a contract. This can keep your horse from winding up in a bad place if the new owner decides to sell or rehome.
  2. Donate your horse to a therapeutic riding facility.
    • First, determine whether or not your horse is a good fit for a therapy type horse.
      • Is your horse sound? These organizations need sound horses that can carry a variety of riders.
      • Is your horse well trained? Typically these organizations will need a horse that is beginner rider ready and pretty steady and unflappable.
      • If your horse is not sound and well trained for most riding abilities, donating it to a therapy facility will not be ideal.
    • Please research the organization you want to donate your horse to. Make an appointment to meet and visit the facility. Check to see if the organization is credited or certified with a reputable therapy organization such as PATH, INTL or EAGALA.
  3. You need to rehome your senior/unsound/blind/special needs/untrained etc horse?
    • First, PLEASE reconsider. It is likely that no one will love and care for your friend as you yourself would. This blog by Heart of Phoenix Rescue addresses this very issue.
    • Consider researching retirement boarding facilities that specialize in retirement care.
    • The tough fact is, humane euthanasia is a kinder option than sending your horse off into an unknown fate. If you need funding assistance, please email us for information at info@hickoryhillfarmtn.org
  4. Surrender your equine to a reputable rescue.
    • Please research the organization you want to turn your animal over to. Are they a 501c3? If they are, are they reputable with their funding and the animals that they provide services for?
    • Please be aware that most rescues are run by volunteers and are privately funded by donations. Often times, they are already full, so they may not have space at the time. Some of the reputable equine rescues in our area that may consider owner surrenders are: River Edge Farm Horse Rescue, Safe Harbor Sanctuary, East Tennessee Mini Horse & Donkey Rescue.
    • Our primary function is to assist law enforcement and other organizations. Then, if we have space and financial capacity, we consider owner surrenders on a case by case basis. You can complete our Surrender Application. It will go to our intake committee who will review your request and get back with you.
    • If we cannot assist with taking your horse in, we are more than happy to courtesy post your horse on our website.