Chatham Hall is hugely thankful to all our donors who have given generously to the Riding Program in the form of horses over the years. We truly could not function without their support. Horses donated to the riding program at Chatham Hall are given the utmost care throughout their time with us and when our horses are ready to retire, we find them reputable retirement homes where they can live out their golden years. While at Chatham Hall donated horses are used at the discretion of the riding faculty, and are typically jumped at most twice a week, receiving all the necessary care to keep them happy and healthy while working for our program. This includes laser therapies, equine massage, chiropractic work, and injections and medication as needed.
Please read through the information below and feel free to reach out to Director of Riding Ally Doyon with any questions or concerns at any point in the process.
Appraising Your Horse
In most cases owners have their horse appraised before completing the Intent to Donate form. This is entirely for the owner’s benefit, and at their expense, but most accountants recommend it.
An appraisal represents an official document that is used as supporting evidence of the donation for the IRS. We are happy to handle showing the horse to an appraiser while the horse is at Chatham Hall on trial. This can be done through the creation of a video to send to the appraiser, or we have an appraiser in-house that can appraise your horse in person. If the donor does not get the appraisal done for their horse, the value placed on the horse will be less than $5,000.