Letter to Horse Owners

Dear Horse Owner,

On behalf of Heaven’s Gait Ranch, we would like to personally thank you for your interest in supporting our mission. Individuals like you make our program so special, as they help create a community that encourages others to grow.  Through the support of people like you, veterans with disabilities and individuals with special needs will be empowered to maximize their potential through meaningful relationships and challenging opportunities.

We appreciate that you have considered us to adopt your horse into our therapeutic riding center. Horses accepted into our program must be physically sound and capable of adjusting to a variety of riders. They should be tolerant of noise and activity and should be able to maintain focus regardless of the activity around them. They must have good ground manners and be happy in a busy, dynamic barn environment, with lots of care and attention. Because our horses are at the heart of what we do, HGR requires a 30-90 day trial period before an adoption agreement, to ensure the future safety of our riders.

Please click on the link below to learn more about our equine trial period and contact us with any questions. By offering equine-assisted activities and therapeutic services to individuals in need, our team at Heaven’s Gait Ranch is determined to create an extended family who cares for the well-being of its fellow man: stranger or neighbor. This family understands the need to care for that whole person — mind, body, and soul.  Therefore, as we work to launch Heaven’s Gait Ranch in Cedar Grove, we are sincerely grateful for your blessing in supporting our efforts. As a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization, we mean it when we say your support makes all the difference.


Margaret Mary Zirngibl

Executive Director

Brian K. McClaren

Vice Chair

Mark P. Zirngibl

Vice Chair



Trial Period Agreement
Please click here to download the trial period agreement.


Horse Donation Application
Please click here to download the horse donation application.