The Heart of the Horse Trainers Challenge spans a relatively short period of time, just 120 days. Therefore, the horses chosen for the Challenge must already be sound and in relatively good body condition rather than in need of rehabilitation. Horses with no training (other than minimal halter training) are preferred. Age for Challenge horses is restricted to 3 – 12 years old.
Rescue organizations are welcome to apply to enter one or more of their horses into the HOTH Trainers Challenge. Application does not guarantee selection into the program, since there are a limited number of equine needed. Equines selected will be based upon their suitability for the HOTH Trainers Challenge, not upon the merits of the organization submitting the application. If your organization’s application is accepted, there are several participation options available:
1. Registered 501c3 non-profit rescues have two participation options:
a. Elect to retain ownership and financial responsibility for the animal for the duration of the Trainer’s Challenge (to include vet and farrier fees) and to enter it in the Heart of the Horse Safe Horse Auction on May 20,2023. The Safe Horse Project/Mississippi Horses will have no responsibility for, or claim to, any horse entered into the Heart of the Horse Trainer’s Challenge under this option.
b. Elect to transfer the rescue horse to The Safe Horse Project/Mississippi Horses.
2. Rescue organizations that do not have a verifiable IRS non-profit status (as established by copy of IRS declaration letter) may apply to transfer a rescue horse from their organization to Mississippi Horses Rescue for entry into the Heart of the Horse Trainer’s Challenge.
Click here to complete Rescue Horse Application