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Donating Horses: Options for a horse that isn't working out

If it hasn't happened to you, you've seen it happen to someone else.

Imagine you have a great horse that has colic surgery. Your kid is going to college soon and the horse is not sellable or leasable at that given time frame..

Or you are suddenly in the middle of a major life change, E.G. divorce, death, or moving. Selling the horse, for what it's worth, in the timeframe available to you can be difficult.

For moments like this, donation is a way to get out of the expenses and get your horse a great home. Plus, you can receive tax write-offs as you would with other charitable donations.

There are always programs that are looking for horses. The most popular being University riding programs, which have a need for a large variety of types of horses. There are also therapeutic riding centers, riding camps, and clubs. The most important part of the process is making sure that the horse is appraised correctly (for tax benefits) and that the program receiving the horse is well vetted, both being services that Next Step can assist with. Have questions? Email them:

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