Horses are at the Heart of Our Programs
If you have a horse you would like to donate, please review the following criteria and process for Starbrite to accept a horse for a trial period. Contact our Program Director with any questions.
Criteria for Horses Entering the Starbrite Program on Trial
- Age 12 – 18 years old (preferred variety of positive life experience)
- Soundness – in all gaits
- Temperament – low flight response, trainable, good natured
- Size – between 13 -15.3 hands
- Training preferred – English, Western, Vaulting, Dressage
- Low maintenance – feeding, health care, handling, shoeing
- Good with other horses
- Likes people
- Able to cope with change
Starbrite Procedure for Horses Entering the Program on Trial
- Horses must meet the criteria listed for new horses and owner must thoroughly complete the New Horse Assessment Form. The Program Director will determine if the characteristics of the horse match the current program needs. Starbrite keeps a diverse herd to accommodate the specific needs of our participant population.
- If the horse is within a 50 mile radius of the program site, horses are observed being groomed, tacked, lead and ridden, by the Program Director, Head Instructor and designated program staff. This is either done at the Starbrite program location or where the horse is currently boarded.
- If beyond a 50 mile radius, the owner submits a video of the horse being groomed, tacked, lead and ridden both ways of the ring in all gaits.
- If the horse meets the criteria and there is space available, then arrangements will be made for the owner to deliver the horse to Starbrite for a 60-90 day trial period.
- Prior to the delivery of the horse, the owner and the Starbrite Program Director will sign the “Horse Trial Period Agreement” (for donations) or “Horse Lease Agreement” (for leased equines).
- The horse will be in the care and custody of the Starbrite program staff for the purposes of evaluation and training as outlined in the Horse Trial Agreement. Please note, the owner of the horse is responsible for the cost of board as well as basic veterinary and farrier care while the horse is in his/her trial period.
- All horse donations over the value of $5000 need to be submitted with 2 appraisals provided by the donor, prior to the trial period.
- The horse will be accepted as a donation to the program once it has completed the trial period successfully as approved by the Program Director. The owner and the Program Director will sign the “Horse Donation Acceptance Agreement”. If the horse is not deemed suitable for the program at any time during the trial agreement the owner of the horse will be notified and is responsible for transportation of the horse off of Starbrite property.