What is managed admissions?

October 25, 2019

Since 2012, the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center has provided second chances to horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Initially, Harmony served as a rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected equines that had been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities.

Several years later, Harmony began accepting equines from humane societies and rescues in the Midwest and southwestern United States so they could receive training and rehoming. In 2018, Harmony began opening its doors to privately owned horses in need of rehoming through a managed admissions process.

“People surrender their horses for a variety of reasons—death in the family, financial hardship, change in career or health issues, for example,” said Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center Director Garret Leonard. “People know when they surrender their horse to us that we will do everything we can to find the horse the best possible home.”

As part of accepting privately owned horses, Harmony manages the number of intakes to ensure proper care, training and placement of surrendered equines. Harmony must always have enough space and resources for law enforcement cases, which means intakes must be managed effectively—especially when the Harmony team never knows when their assistance is needed with a case.

The Managed Admission program is designed to transition horses from one owner to a new adopter through a thorough evaluation, training and placement process. The program is an alternative for people who can either no longer care for their horses or for those who want a more convenient option than trying to sell their horse.

In order for equines to be accepted into the Managed Admissions program, they are required to have a health and behavior evaluation and certain criteria must be met. To learn more and see if your horse qualifies for the program, visit harmonyequinecenter.org/os.