How to Donate a Horse
The Lake Erie College Equestrian Program relies on the generous donation of horses by trainers and owners. We accept horses from the walk-trot-canter level through advanced dressage, hunters, jumpers and western horses including reiners. We are in need of horses that are fit and sound, well trained in their discipline and under 18 years old. Our school horses generally work one to two hours a day, four to five days a week. We do not accept “project” horses for donation.
Personal communication between the donor and the college is very important. We recommend that the trainer and owner both communicate with the college by phone and by email regarding the horse. Horses that are considered desirable and suitable donations are invited to the college for a three week trial. During the donation trial period, the horse is evaluated by our staff veterinarian, farrier, faculty and staff. The horse will be ridden in a variety of riding classes and team practices to assess the horse’s suitability for our programs. Wendy Burtt, the Coordinator of Equine Studies, is the primary contact for horse donations at Lake Erie College.
Part 1: Beginning the Donation Process
Fill out the Donation Prospect Fact Sheet and either:
- Email it to Wendy Burtt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Videos of the horse in work are also requested at this time.
- Fax it to Wendy Burtt at 440-375-8004.
- Mail it to Wendy Burtt at Lake Erie College, 391 W Washington Street, Painesville, OH 44077.
The Donation Prospect Fact Sheet is reviewed by the equine studies faculty and staff. If we feel the horse may be appropriate for our program, the next stage of the process begins.
Part 2: The Donation Trial
- Complete veterinary records (minimum of 3 years)
- Negative Coggins test within one year, and valid throughout the trial period.
- Medical documentation of vaccinations and deworming
- Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis within 6 months
- Tetanus, EEE, WEE and WNV and Rabies within one year
- Deworming with ivermectin within 60 days
When all of the medical documentation and the Donation Trial Contract are approved, Wendy Burtt will contact the donor to schedule an arrival date for the horse at the college.
- Current supplements and medications must be sent with the horse for the trial period.
- The horse must be well shod or trimmed. Lake Erie College will not shoe or trim horses on donation trial.
- Please send any special equipment or blankets needed for the horse during the trial period.
When the horse arrives at Lake Erie for the trial period, we will schedule a pre-purchase exam and the horse will be ridden and evaluated and used in our riding program to ensure compatibility. By the end of the three week donation trial period, the college will inform you if your horse has been approved for donation. If the horse is not approved for acceptance into the program, the owner will have seven (7) days to pick up the horse after notification of non-acceptance.
Part 3: Acceptance
To complete the acceptance, the donor should return the following to Lake Erie College:
- Application for Gift to Lake Erie College
- Transfer of Ownership Contract
- Completed IRS Form 8283. Completion of this form should be done with the advice of your tax advisor.
- Completed Appraisal for all horses valued at $5,000 or more.
- Registration papers (if applicable) with a signed transfer to Lake Erie College.
- USEF, USHJA or USDF registration number (if applicable).
- Passport (if applicable).
Upon receipt of all paperwork, the donor will receive from Lake Erie College:
- Thank you letter acknowledging that no goods or services were received in exchange for the donation of the horse.
- Signed IRS Form 8283.
- Signed Application for Gift to Lake Erie College.
Be sure to complete, sign and submit all requested paperwork before your horse arrives at the college and at the time of acceptance. If you have any concerns about completing any of the paperwork or questions about donating your horse to the college, please contact Wendy Burtt at email@example.com or 440-375-8020.
Lake Erie College is a 501(c)3 non-profit institution, and the donation of horses may be of considerable benefit to donors. We suggest that donors seek the advice of their tax professional regarding the donation of horses to the college.