A mandatory 45-day evaluation period must be completed before HorseLink can formally accept your horse for permanent retirement. This period allows your horse time to understand his or her new surroundings and gives us time to determine whether your horse is a good fit for our programs and that they are happy at the farm.
We also require an ongoing 100% tax-deductible sponsorship fee for your horse at the current rate of $650 a month/$7,800 a year to help meet the costs of your horse’s care for the full duration of his or her life. You are never responsible for farrier or veterinary expenses, an average expense of between $3500 and $4000 a year.
Consider that the costs to our retirement sanctuary are the same as to a boarding barn or individual owner; quality hay, grain, and veterinary and farrier care are costly, and we cannot rely solely on grants and fundraising to ensure the standards of care provided to these special animals.
To be considered for donation at HorseLink, horses must:
We appreciate how difficult and worrisome it can be to decide when and where to retire your horse, and we hope to help you and your horse through this transition.