The Equine Program is unique in that it provides life-saving services for horses with behavioral needs before matching them to their forever home. Our knowledgeable, professional staff ethically re-train horses using Equitation Science principles. Learn more about how our program works below.
The Equine Center, located in Chino Valley, Arizona, opened its doors in June 4, 2016. It provides an innovative environment that meets the essential needs of equines, including: free movement with choice and variation in the environment via a track that parallels the perimeter of the property, constant access to hay which promotes better digestion, social housing and interaction with other equines, and comfortable resting areas and shelters from sun and inclement weather. Learn more about our Equine Center below.
How Can You Help?
We welcome volunteers at our Equine Center! If you would like to get involved, please click on the “Volunteer” button at the bottom of this page, and we will contact you to schedule an orientation. Of course if you are not able to donate your time by volunteering, please consider making a financial gift today to help fund this important program. Click on the “Donate” button below to make a contribution.
Surrendering a Horse
If you are no longer able to keep your horse, or you feel your horse would do better in a different home, please consider relinquishing ownership of your horse to YHS. The fee for surrendering a horse to us is $50. In order for your horse to be a good fit for our program, she or he needs to be under 20 years of age and have no chronic lameness or disease. If your horse is over the age of 20 years and does have chronic lameness or disease, there are sanctuary resources that we would be glad to refer you to. If your horse falls within these basic parameters, we will first come to you to do a basic assessment of your horse prior to acceptance in the program. If your horse is a good fit, and you feel comfortable going forward, we proceed with transferring ownership. At that time you may arrange for the horse to be transported to our Center, or ask us to come pick up the horse for a small fee.
Adopting a Horse
Are you interested in adopting a horse? We are looking for new homes for horses at the Equine Center. All YHS horse adoptions come with medical and training records, vaccinations, hoof and dental work, and all horses are parasite-free. Prior to adoption, our horses have undergone our ethical training program to learn basic behaviors on the ground and, if applicable, while being ridden. Our goal is to ensure a good match between each horse and their new owner and home. Download our Adoption Application here.
– Please fill out our adoption application, located above (which includes a background check for animal cruelty convictions and supplies references, such as a previous veterinarian)
– Schedule a time for a visit to the Equine Center to learn more about our horses
– If a good match is found between you and one of our horses, our Equine Center staff conducts a brief site visit to the horse’s prospective new home
– We provide support to you after you have adopted a horse from YHS. Please give us a call at 928-515-4947 with questions you may have about your new horse
– We may check in from time to time and would be happy to hear how things are going. We will also come by for a visit to the horse’s new home if you need any support
– If you no longer want to keep your horse, please contact us at any time after you have adopted her or him to return the horse to the Equine Center and we will find a new home. The horse cannot be sold on; this is part of the adoption agreement
Visiting the Equine Center
Visits to the Equine Center are by appointment only. To set up an appointment please call 928-515-4947.