Many of our therapy horses have been adopted. If you are interested in considering InStride as a home for your horse, please contact Cindy Eaton either by email or at 941-412-9333. InStride is NOT a horse rescue facility - our horses are very active partners with our riders, volunteers and staff! You may wish to download the Prospective Horse Form here to begin the process of possibly matching your horse with InStride's mission and vision.
What makes a great therapy horse?
It is both mentally and physically challenging for our equine friends to become therapy horses. A great therapy horse is sound at the walk, trot and canter, with three rhythmic and balanced gaits. The quality of the horse’s movement is what most benefits the participant. The horse should be obedient to both voice and leg signals, quiet and well-mannered on the ground and accepting of assistive devices and equipment. The horse must work easily in hand, and tolerate being led with one or two people walking on either or both sides.
What is life like for an InStride Horse?
Our horses live as naturally as possible. They are turned out a generous portion of time each day with their appropriate herds. They receive routine farrier care, vaccinations, regular worming and dental care. Daily care and feeding are provided by the barn staff and a dedicated group of volunteers.
The horse donation process is as follows:
- The owner provides InStride with a video of the horse being tacked and ridden at all three gaits.
- If the horse seems appropriate, an InStride staff member will visit the horse and make a video of the ride to share with other staff members.
- If the horse suits our current program needs and space at the facility allows, the horse will come to InStride for a minimum 30-day trial.
- During the trial, the horse will be schooled by trained staff and volunteers. We will evaluate its temperament, soundness and ability to participate in the program in a manner that is safe and comfortable for the horse and our participants, volunteers and staff.