Adopt A Horse
Most of our Horses can be "adopted"; your contributions can help pay for their support.
The therapy horses at Equi-librium are our most valued and loved resources. Horses that are in optimal condition both physically and mentally provide the best possible therapeutic intervention. Our horses are treated individually and daily with great care, thoroughness and love. Please support the special work that our horses do by helping us provide the essential ingredients for healthy and happy therapy horses.
Adopting a horse will enable you to provide for a particular horse’s care and needs for a specific adoption period. Direct upkeep costs involve grain, hay, bedding, and nutritional supplements daily as well as veterinary and farrier expenses.
Please indicate in the comments which horse you are interested in adopting. If you're not sure, visit the "Meet Our Horses" page to decide. Upon receipt of your donation, you will be mailed a packet which contains an adoption certificate, description with known history and a photo of your chosen horse.
- Hay is $5/bale; our horses eat 3-4 bales/week
- Each horse needs 5 hours of assistance from our barn staff/week
- Feed, salt, and supplements is $10/horse/week
- All of our horses receive hours of training each week by our instructors
- Horses drink 5 to 10 gallons of water a day - that's two bathtubs full a week!
- Horses need special attention each week to keep them feeling good, like brushing them, cleaning their hooves and keeping fly spray on hand.
- A healthy horse will eat food and hay costing between $100-$250/month
- Our farrier comes every 5-6 weeks most of the year; shoes are $90/horse
- Some of our horses require medicine and basic first aid like betadine and bute
- A vet visit is about $150/horse; they are all seen each year and twice a year by the dentist
- Horses also need tack, like halters, lead ropes, surcingles, blankets, blanket pads
- Each horse averages about 120 bales of hay/year
- Bedding and feed run $500/horse/year
- Our horses are turned out and rotated through 8 pastures; that's 8000 feet of fence. With a post and three boards every 1000 feet at a cost of $25 per section, many of these need to be replaced throughout each year.
- An emergency vet visit can be anywhere from $250-$2500
- Four members of barn staff work a total of more than 2000 hours taking care of our herd