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Kentucky Equine Humane Center

Equine Adoption Application

The Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KYEHC) requires that all applications be submitted
with a $10 processing fee. KYEHC requires a copy of a utility bill or some other form of
residence verification along with photos showing, at a minimum; fencing, (barbed wire not
permitted) gates, pasture, a barn/shelter photo, and a photo showing the stall to be used for
the adopted equine as well as any other equines owned by the applicant or housed on the
property. KYEHC may ask for additional photos if details are unclear. All adopters must
be 21 years of age or older.
KYEHC will not process applications in the absence of photographs and the processing fee.
Mail Application, fee, Residence Verification, and Photos to:
Kentucky Equine Humane Center
P.O. Box 910124
Lexington, KY 40591

Thank you for your interest in adopting an Equine from KYEHC. To ensure
that each of our horses finds a permanent and loving home, our application
asks several detailed questions that are necessary for the screening process.
All information will be kept completely confidential.
Personal Information:
Full Name:____________________________________________ Age:_____________
Complete Address: _______________________________________________________
Home Phone Number:__________________________
Work Phone Number: __________________________
Place of Employment: __________________________Occupation:_________________
What is your households combined annual income?_____________________________
Do you have any other pets or livestock? ______________________________________

Equine Experience:

Have you ever owned an equine before? If yes, how many and explain their uses?
What is your level of riding experience? ______________________________________
Beginner- Rider is new around horses. Comfortable riding at a walk.
Advanced Beginner- Comfortable at walk and trot, some experience with faster
Intermediate- Comfortable at all gaits, can handle horses that test rider.
Advanced- Comfortable handling difficult horses in various situations and
Very Advanced- Has previous experience training horses or experience handling
green horses.
What style of riding or driving do you practice?_________________________________
How many equines do you currently own?_____________________________________
Facility or Boarding Information:
Will the horse be stabled on your property or boarded out?________________________
If kept on your property:
What is the number of acres the equine will be pastured on.________________________
What is the total number of equines on this property?_____________________________
If this property is located at a different address than above, please give address.
What type of shelter do you have for the equine? ________________________________
If you have a barn, please give the number and size of stalls._______________________
What type of fencing will the equine be kept behind? ____________________________
If the equine is to be boarded on someone elses property:
Name of boarding stable: _________________________ Owner:___________________
Address of stable:_________________________________________________________
Phone Number:_________________________Fax Number:_______________________
Have you boarded an equine at this facility before? ______________________________

Other Questions:
Why do you want to adopt an equine from KYEHC? _____________________________
Do you realize that it may cost $2000-$3000 or more per year to care for the adopted
equine? (Feed, Vet, Farrier, Boardetc.)______________________________________
Will there be anyone helping you pay for the care of the adopted equine? If so, explain
who and why.____________________________________________________________
Have you sold any equines in the past five years? ____ If so, why were they sold?
What breed/size/gender would you prefer?_____________________________________
Will you accept a horse with a limitation? Please circle.



Ride-able with Special Care




Needs Confident Handler

Needs Retraining

Will you adopt a Companion (non-ridable) horse? ______________________________

What type of horse do you wish to adopt? _____________________________________
Experienced- Calm, gentle, and minimal handling issues. Could potentially be
handled by child or beginner.
Inexperienced/Green- Has had inadequate training. But, has good manners and is
willing to please.
Untrained- Horse may never have been adequately handled or broke, or may be
For untrained horses: Are you planning to hire a trainer if you adopt a horse above your
experience level? If yes, Name of Trainer ______________________
Phone number: ______________
Will the manager/owner of your boarding stable (if applicable) be willing to sign
KYEHCs boarding agreement? This form states that they will contact us if you are late
paying a bill, or not properly caring for the equine._______________________________

It is KYEHCs policy to call all references. This process can take several days depending
on the availability of your references.
Please provide the name and phone number of two references (excluding relatives) that are
experienced with equines and are also aware of your equine experience.
1. Name: _______________________________________________________________
Daytime Number:____________________Evening Number:_____________________
2. Name: _______________________________________________________________
Daytime Number:____________________Evening Number:_____________________
Please list the name and phone number of a veterinarian that has been to the facility in
which the equine will be kept. The vet office must have you or your boarding facility as
being a current client. _____________________________________________________
Your Veterinarian:
Name:_____________________________________Phone Number:_________________
Fax Number:________________Address:______________________________________
Your Farrier:
Name:_____________________________________Phone Number:_________________

Signature of Applicant