About the Herd

Ride for Joy does not accept donated horses.  Instead, all of the horses that participate in the program are under full care leases (not partial), meaning that RFJ has exclusive use of each horse in exchange for covering the expenses of their routine care and management.  This allows staff to maintain ongoing training and ensure that each horse’s workload stays within standards set by RFJ and PATH, Intl.  

Some horse owners choose to fund the ongoing care of their horse through a generous tax-deductible donation, allowing RFJ to expand and serve more participants.

In general, horses appropriate for RFJ programming meet the following criteria:

    • Fit and healthy
    • Sound at all three gates (walk, trot, canter/lope)
    • Calm temperament
    • People/kid friendly
    • Extremely well trained in the arena
    • Between the ages of 8 years and 18 years

If you have a horse that you would like to care lease to Ride for Joy, please fill out and mail the Horse Evaluation Form to the barn.  A RFJ staff will get back to you regarding any openings in the herd and whether your horse would be a good fit.

If you have any further questions, you can email info@rideforjoy.org.