Donate a Horse
We consistently need sound, capable horses to teach our students on a daily basis. Horses should be discipline-appropriate with prior competition experience and a willing temperament. Our program serves students of all experience levels, from the complete beginner through the most advanced; as such, we seek a variety of horses to suit their needs and give them a safe, fulfilling educational experience.
In order to ensure a good fit between donated horses and our program, we ask that prospective horses be of the appropriate breed type and training level for our disciplines of dressage, hunt seat, western horsemanship, and reining.
Begin your Donation
- Fill out a prospective horse donation application. (You may wish to save and print a copy for your records before submitting it.)
- The equestrian center director will review your application and contact you regarding your horse.
- We will request a video of your horse under saddle before accepting it into the program on a trial basis. (This helps to avoid unnecessary shipping costs or arrangements.)
- After reviewing the video, a member of our staff will contact you to arrange for your horse's arrival for a two-week trial period.
- Upon arrival, we ask that you fill out a trial contract. At the end of the two-week trial period, if the horse is fitting into the program, a pre-purchase exam will be performed.
- Following the trial period and pre-purchase exam, you will be notified if your horse has been accepted into our program.
Additional Paperwork Required
- A complete vaccination record of the horse, including Coggins test for the current year.
- Breed association registration papers (if applicable) signed over to Albion College, as well as any USEF, USDF, NRHA, or Horse I.D. numbers (where applicable).
- NRHA, USEF, USDF, USEA, or FEI show record from the last season the horse was competed (where applicable).
- For horses valued at $5,000 or greater, an appraisal is required. Owners whose horses will need to be appraised will be notified by our staff prior to their acceptance into our program.
Please complete all paperwork before the horse arrives at the Held Center. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the director by phone at 517/629-0838 or via our online contact form.
If your horse becomes unsuitable for our program or requires a stepped-down home, you may request first right of refusal to repurchase* or retire the horse. If you no longer want him/her or are unable to care for the horse at that time, 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 Albion College.
*Please note that, due to tax laws related to the donation of horses, we cannot guarantee the free return of horses of a certain monetary value. A nominal re-purchase fee may be required.