Donate a Horse

REINS Therapy Horses serve as unique vehicles for inspiring positive changes in the lives of our riders. Our herd of 20 horses have almost all been donated! Clearly, without people in the community donating exceptional horses, we would be unable to operate. REINS serves around 180 riders, with the assistance of over 100 volunteers each week. Serving our riders can be mentally and physically stressful for our equine therapists. Consequently, it is essential that our horses have a solid work ethic, enjoy people and are healthy and sound. A great therapy horse is sound at the walk, trot and canter, with three rhythmic and balanced gaits. The quality of the horse’s movement is what most benefits the participant. Other qualities we require include varied life experience, a quiet personality and at least eight years of age. Our riders have a very wide range of special needs, and our herd must be varied to meet those needs; therefore, the specific qualities we are seeking in a horse can change depending upon the current needs of our program.

If you donate your horse to REINS you can be assured that your horse will receive exceptional care, unlimited love, and constant attention and appreciation. Further, you will receive the deep satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to make a profound difference in the lives of children and adults with special needs!

Does your horse have what it takes to be a Therapy Horse?

Answer the questions below. If you have more true than false your horse might have the “Right Stuff” to have a second career as a therapy horse. Please review the list below, and then download and print our Horse Donation Packet in the ‘attachments’ section at the bottom of this page.  Contact Kaitlyn at 760-731-9168 or if you have more questions.  Thanks for thinking of REINS!

  • My horse is physically sound, and does not have any major health related problems.
  • My horse tolerates two people working on both sides simultaneously.
  • My horse has some level of professional training.
  • My horse can tolerate loud noises and does not startle easily.
  • My horse can maintain his cool when startled by moving objects.
  • My horse is a comfortable mount with even gaits.
  • My horse can handle uneven weight on his back.
  • If a rider becomes unbalanced, my horse will stop and wait for the rider to regain control.
  • My horse is comfortable with strangers and enjoys the company of humans.
  • My horse is sociable and good with other horses