VEWS Requirements to Adopt a Horse

  • Equine must have at least one other grazing animal as a companion, preferably another equine

  • Equine must have shelter; either a run-in shed large enough so that each equine has at least 150 sq ft for each equine to accommodate all the animals in the field without crowding; or a stall at least 10′x10′.

  • Equine must have enough space outside to adequately exercise for the age, size and species of the equine.

  • The equine must have access to the outside for at least 8 hours per day (weather permitting.)

  • Equine must have fresh, clean water in a clean bucket and trough at all times.

  • Equine must be fed high quality hay and feed. No moldy hay or feed is permitted under any circumstances.

  • Equine must be fed appropriately for its age, breed and size to maintain a body condition score of no less than 4.5 and no more than 6 on the Henneke Body Condition Scale.

  • Equine may not be bred or raced for its entire life.

VEWS Adoption Policy

Sample Adoption Contract


If you are interested in adopting a horse...

Submit an adoption application below and a VEWS representative will be in contact shortly!

Once received, a VEWS volunteer will  contact you within a reasonable amount of time.

If you and our VEWS representative feel you may be a match for the horse, references will be checked and a visit to see the horse will be arranged.

Two separate visits of the horse are required.

If it appears you and the horse are compatible, a facility check will be arranged.

Please note: Many times we receive more than one application to adopt a certain horse. Until an adoption contract has been signed and the donation to VEWS for the horse has been paid, the horse will still be considered available to other applicants. All other applicants will have the same opportunity to visit the horse. After that process, VEWS’ Executive Director will make the decision as to the best situation for the horse.

If the facility check is successful, our Adoption Director and Executive Director will review all information and, if approved, the adoption can go through.

Adopter is then responsible for hauling the horse to its new home; or, you may request VEWS to transport the horse for an additional donation (to be determined by distance), but this service is not always available.