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University of New Hampshire Equestrian Team
Durham, NH

Horse to walk/trot/canter and jump small jumps



We are seeking a Horse that meets the following criteria:
Age Range:
Aged 10-14  

Gender:
Geldings  Mares  

Size Preference:
Small Horse (14.3 to 15.3h) Large Horse (16.0 to 16.3h)

Breeds we will NOT consider:
Full Drafts

Temperament:
Kind

Activities that the equine will be expected to perform:
    English Walk/Trot/Canter
    Jumping

Current/former experience/training which could make the equine suitable for your program:
    Hunter
    Jumping

The organization has the following policies about horses who are sound and healthy but have the following chronic conditions that require medication:
Lyme Disease: Not Accept
Cushing's Disease: Not Accept
Thyroid Disease: Not Accept
Navicular Disease: Not Accept
Inflammation: Not Accept


Location: The equine will be located at University of New Hampshire Equine Center, 278 Mast Road, Durham, NH 03824


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More about where will the equine be located?


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Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 50
The organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 2  Run-in sheds: 2
Pastures: 13  Paddocks/Pens: 11
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 4  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0
Indoor Rings: 1

Horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s).
Horses are stalled for 17+ hours per day, on average.
Horse Turn Out Practices:
    Horses are out 1 to 3 hours per day
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are used for the conduct of the organization's programs

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures are rotated

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly

The organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines in our care:
The organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the weight-carrying or workload capabilities of horses/equines in our care:
✔    Our organization evaluates the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine at least annually
✔    Our organization maintains a written record for each equine that documents the results of each evaluation of weight-carrying and workload limitations


The following variables are considered in determining the weight-carrying and workload limitations for each equine:
✔    Equine age, weight, breed, body condition, fitness, balance, health and soundness
✔    Equine conformation to include the top line, length of back, strength and width of loin, bone density (measured by the circumference of the cannon bone just below the knee)
✔    Size, shape, condition and angle of the hooves
✔    Participant weight, height, body proportions, balance, fitness and riding skills as well as behavioral issues and safety concerns
✔    Weight and proper fit of the saddle and other equipment
✔    Duration and frequency of working sessions, as the frequency with which an equine is subjected to maximum weight carrying and/or workload
✔    Nature and pace of work, repetitive or varied, radius of turns, degree of incline and regularity of footing when equine is subject to maximum weight-carrying capacity
✔    Temperature and/or weather conditions
✔    Seasonal impact on the equines' workload and weight-carrying capabilities and limitations


Horses have access to clean drinking water at all times

Hoof care is provided for each horse: Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental care is provided for each horse: Annually and when an issue arises

Each horse is given a physical exam by a veterinarian: Only when an issue arises

Each horse is visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility: Every day or 6 days a week




Acquisition, Breeding, Intake & Training Policies


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The organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the equine prior to acceptance and arrival at the organization:
    A current Coggins
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.

The organization has the following policies in place prior to an equine being accepted and/or arriving at the facility:
    The owner of a potential horse is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the horse
    The horse is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the horse to and from the organization
    Horses are on trial for up to 30 days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason

The organization assesses equines for following skills and behaviors:
    Retrieval from a pasture/paddock
    Leading with a halter and lead rope
    Temperament, disposition and attitude, such as rated from very calm to very high spirited
    Saddling
    Bridling
    Lunging
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Jumping
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Bathing

Following arrival at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Physical examination by a farrier
    De-worming

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   2-3 times per week

The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed horses.


Re-homing Policies


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The organization has the following following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete a contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing a horse
    Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the horse to the adopter/purchaser's facility
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates
Not Checked:
    Our organization does NOT re-home a horse to first time horse owners
    Our organization will only re-home a horse to a location where another horse resides
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
    Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.

The uploaded Re-homing agreement includes the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) statements:
    None of the statements are included.
Not Checked:
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away under any circumstances
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away without prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses cannot be bred
    Our agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization for a fee
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    Our agreement states that adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years

The organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
    Farrier
    Personal/Other
Not Checked:
    Not applicable or no references required.

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase)

The organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Horses may be returned to their owners
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized
Not Checked:
    Horses remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Horses may be sent to auction
    In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized

View Re-homing Agreement

Equine Retirement and Euthanasia Policies


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The organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Horses may be returned to their owners
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized

The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
    Our organization may have a horse euthanized after all reasonable treatment options have been explored
    Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
The following are authorized to administer the procedure for the organization in accordance with state laws:
    Veterinarian



More About University of New Hampshire Equestrian Team


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University of New Hampshire Equestrian Team
278 Mast Road
Durham NH 03824
603-862-0343
Last Updated 2021-06-07

Mission/How we are involved with horses:


Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Sport & Recreation
The organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in the organization's programs.

The organization does not provide community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.


Founded: 1967


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