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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, raced or placed in the auction pipeline 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 Adoption Team member will be in contact within 24 hours.

Following a successful first meeting with the horse, references will be checked, a facility check completed and a second meeting with the horse arranged. Please note that potential adopters are required to meet the horse at least two (2) times.

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 may request VEWS' assistance to transport the horse for an additional donation based on mileage.

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