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As part of the Silver Lining Riding Herd your he will receive.....

  • Feeding 2 times a day
  • Turn out 6 to 8 hour every night
  • Groomed 1 or more times a day
  • Walked and/or exercised 2+ days a week (in addition to warm-up and class time.
  • Lots of love from volunteers, staff and riders.

It is very important that each horse brought into the program is happy being a part of the program.  Holding a job as a therapeutic riding steed is not the best fit for every horse.  See below for detailed steps to donate a horse to Silver Lining Riding

Donate a Horse

Potential Horse Requirements:

  • Sound at the walk, trot, and canter
  • Excellent ground manners
  • Well trained under saddle 
  • Ability to comfortably and safely carry 15-20% of their body weight under saddle
  • Difficult to startle or spook
  • No major health issues and up to dare on vaccinations, deworming, dental, and farrier
  • Sight in both eyes

Thank you for considering Silver Lining Riding for your horse’s next career!
Working in a program that provides various Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies is a difficult job and not every horse is suitable for this type of program. Therapeutic program horses may participate in up to three lessons a day and will most likely be used four to five days per week. The programs at Silver Lining Riding are less athletically strenuous on horses than some forms of competitive riding...but the herd still needs to be in good shape and able to work on a consistent basis.

Steps to Donate a Horse.

  1. Read Donation Process
  2. Fill out Horse Profile for Potential New Herd Members
  3. If horse is a potential match for our program, we will schedule an on-site evaluation
  4. The horse comes on trial for 90 days (this may be a few days after the on-site evaluation or we may put your horse on our waiting list.
  5. Owner receives Donation Letter if horse is accepted into the program by Silver Lining Riding.

Silver Lining Riding always gives the Donor of the horse first right of refusal when it is time to retire from the program. Questions?  Contact the Herd Manager at