Frequently Asked Questions

And their answers...

If you don't find some answers here, please contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you have! Click on the questions in the list below to see the answers.

I know of some horses that are suffering. Can you help them?

Based on Kansas Law, we are not allowed to seize horses. We can only provide guidance to citizens who report them to us. Seizures must be done by law enforcement for either the county or the city in which the animal is located. Here are some suggestions we have for what you can do to help the animals:

  • If it is possible, take pictures of the animals for proof. DO NOT TRESPASS! Do not break laws or put yourself into any dangerous situation. If you do so, law enforcement cannot use any information you have obtained illegally, and worse, you can get injured or arrested.
  • We suggest calling the sheriff and then providing a follow-up email with any pictures and documentation legally obtained. That way you have documentation that you contacted them.
  • Contact your county's Animal Control in the same fashion.
  • Follow up with both if nothing appears to be happening.
  • The worst thing you can do, and this sounds crazy, is to feed the horses or provide them with water. If the sheriff does a drive by and sees that food and water are available, then they generally will not pursue it. In addition, you run the risk of breaking the law by trespassing. Which allows the people harming the horses legal authority to keep you and other concerned citizens from helping the horses at all.
  • If nothing seems to be getting done about it, you might try to alert the media to all that you have tried in an effort to assist the horses. The more information you can give the media the more effective the media might be in getting the situation resolved. This is where pictures and other documentation from legal observation become very important.
  • Click on this link to download a pamphlet called: "Cause & Effect: Necessary Care 4 Equines" which will give you more information about caring for horses and measures to prevent abuse and neglect. It is free (it is a large document, over 40MB, so it may take some time to download) for sharing with anyone you can to help prevent abuse and neglect. Again, do not put yourself in danger or do anything illegal ever. It could harm you and prevent help for the horses.
  • In August of 2016 starving horses were found abandoned in Rose Hill, Kansas. Some concern citizens gave them food and water. In trying to help, they made matters worse because the Butler County Sheriff can do nothing to aid the horses if food and water is visible. Read this article, from the Butler County Sheriff Dept. that appeared on facebook as a follow up to the news story about these horses.

Do you have camps for kids?

Unfortunately, we don't currently have a camp for kids at this time. We do, however, offer pony parties for birthdays and other special events. Click here to find out more!


How do I get involved/volunteer?

We are always looking for volunteers to help work with the horses, work at events, help us build and mend fences, deliver hay, and be general-all-around-can-t-live-without-you helpers. Please contact Dixie our Volunteer Coordinator.


I have to find my horse a new home. Can you take him or her?

The best thing to do is give us a call and talk to us about it. There are many things we need to take into consideration, such as, the circumstances under which you must surrender your horse, how full we are, and other things like that.


How does your adoption process work?

We handle the adoptions of these horses carefully, to make sure we are placing the horse in a good home with good care and experience commensurate with the training of the horse. In other words, we don't want to give an inexperienced rider a horse that needs an intermediate-to-experienced rider. That would be dangerous for both the horse and rider.

We invite you to come look and learn about the horses, and meet any you'd be interested in. You are welcome to take a test ride on our property if you'd like. Give us a call or email first so we can make sure to have someone there who can answer any questions you have. You are welcome to spend time with the horses, get to know them and learn if there is one with whom you could build a relationship.

We will ask you for some background information as well as questions such as what type of facilities you have set up for the animal, are there other horses there, etc.

We will ask you to fill out some forms. We want to make sure these horses don't end up the way they began with us.

We usually ask for a donation to cover what expenses we have put into the horse (vet, farrier, medicine, feed, et al). We are a non-profit agency, and do not currently receive any government grants, so we really rely on the donations of generous horse lovers.

Adoption Application PDFAdoption Contract PDF


How do I foster a horse?

Becoming a foster-home for a rescue horse is a very rewarding experience. The foster care-giver can experience the joy of healing (and possibly training) a rescue animal as well as participate in the adoption process with the joy of seeing him or her go to a happy forever home.

The Foster Care Program offered by Hope In The Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. has been developed to give individuals and families the opportunity to sponsor a rescued equine from our facility. These animals that have suffered from hunger, neglect, and abuse, need to receive the proper veterinary care and rehabilitation in an environment that offers them safety and security. Foster homes can provide a horse with individual attention and affection. This also allows a special relationship to develop between the horse and its foster family, making a difference in the animal's self-confidence and attitude. As a foster family, you will be able to groom your horse, feed him special treats, and just spend time making him feel loved and wanted.

Foster homes help place the horses in permanent homes. No one knows a horse better than the person that feeds it daily, grooms it regularly, and interacts with it routinely. Foster homes provide valuable input when matching applicants with horses, and are encouraged to participate in the process.

Foster homes must provide for the horse's expenses while in their care. This includes routine veterinary care, farrier, feed, worming, and boarding expenses. All expenses incurred while fostering a HITVERAS horses are tax deductible.

Veterinary care may be obtained through the HITVERAS veterinarian. If distance limits, the foster home may employ their preferred veterinarian but must submit a report to HITVERAS for updating the horse's file.

All horses will be initially vaccinated, EIA tested, and wormed prior to placement, if the situation allows for this. In some cases, time is not an option and a horse must be relocated quickly. If time prevents prior vaccination before delivery to the foster home, veterinary care will be provided for at the time of delivery. The horse in foster will be up to date on everything and would not pose a liability to any horses already in the foster home's care.

Foster homes are able to specify the type of horse they would prefer to work with. Obviously placing a yearling with someone who is not comfortable with the actions of younger horses would not be a good environment for the horse or the foster home.

When a horse is placed in foster care, the foster home has the first right to adopt once the horse becomes available. The foster home will have two weeks from the available date to make their intentions known and then the horse will be made available to the general public.

All foster homes must be pre-approved for fostering an equine belonging to HITVERAS before they are placed in the database of approved foster homes maintained by the rescue. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age with no history of animal abuse or neglect.

Foster Care Program PDF

Foster Care Agreement PDF

Foster Care Application PDF


Do you have well-broke horses or are they all untrained?

It depends, sometimes we get in some older horses that turn out to be absolute jewels -- well trained and excellent saddle horses -- once they receive proper care.

Other times we get in horses that haven't been trained at an early age, and thus require a bit more experienced owner.

Most of our horses that are well enough to be under saddle spend 30-60 days with a trainer once they are deemed ready to do so.

The best thing you could do is set up an appointment with us to come out and meet the horses. You are welcome to test-ride them, learn about their personalities, and decide for yourself.


Are your horses in bad shape?

Some of them are when they arrive, yes. They are the picture of the word "rescue." And that is what we do. We provide veterinarian and dental care, including vaccinations and worming, we provide balanced nutrition and a safe environment for them to recuperate. But most of all, we provide kind human interaction to these horses to show them that they are wanted and loved, the picture of the word "sanctuary." We don't adopted these horses out until they are completely rehabilitated and then we are very careful of where they go.