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Horse Donations


Many of the horses in our programs have been donated to High Hopes.

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Prospective Horse Form


If you are interested in considering High Hopes as a home for your horse, please complete the Prospective Horse Form and we will contact you to learn more about your interest and your horse.

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What makes a great therapy horse?

Working in an equine assisted therapy program is a mentally and physically challenging job for our equine friends. 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.

The horse should be obedient to both voice and leg signals, quiet and well-mannered on the ground and accepting of assistive devices and equipment. The horse must work easily in hand, and tolerate one or two people walking and trotting beside it.

We prefer horses who are 18 years old or younger and under 16.2 hands tall.

What is life like for a High Hopes Horse?

Our horses typically serve two participants per day, five or six days per week. They receive routine hoof care, vaccinations, regular deworming and dental care. We are also able to offer complementary therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and trigger-point myotherapy.

We are fortunately able to have our 27 horses turned out 24 hours per day in small herds at our 120-acre facility, where they always have shelter available in three-sided sheds. Daily care and feeding are provided by the barn staff and a dedicated group of volunteers.

The horse trial process is as follows:

For more information please contact:
Holly Sundmacker,
Equine Operations Director (860) 434-1974 ext. 127

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