Community Hay and Feed Bank

Helping Hands Equine Assistance provides hay/feed funding for equine owners in a tight spot due to a temporary situation.  Provided below is the criteria and form required to obtain assistance.  Please follow the guidelines as outlined and email to information@helpinghandsequineassistance. 

We will be in contact with you shortly to assist.


We do request a photo of your horse for publishing so our donors see the animals benefiting from our assistance.

Hay/Feed Fund Screening Criteria


A horse owner seeking assistance from Helping Hands Equine Assistance Emergency Equine Feed Fund is required to meet specific guidelines:


  • Be a single family horse owner, or certified 501(c)3 rescue (not earning funds by the sale of equines such as horse trading, brokering, or breeding operation)

  • Provide a safe facility to maintain the horse(s)

  • Have proof that the horse is receiving appropriate care

  • Provide a current photograph(s) of the horse(s)

  • Complete the Emergency Equine Feed Fund Application

  • Show documented financial need due to unemployment or financial hardship

  • Provide a one page letter explaining how their current situation came about


Helping Hands Equine Assistance's procedure when an inquiry is received for feed assistance:


  • We ask for a completed application and a brief letter or summary of the applicant's situation and pictures of the horses needing assistance

  • When the application and letter is received, the paperwork is reviewed and then evaluated by the HHEA Board to determine the amount of assistance needed, and is available to provide.

  • The Emergency Feed Coordinator calls each applicant to discuss their situation, and to determine what steps that person is taking to help in the process of keeping the animals healthy and fed

  • The Emergency Feed Coordinator calls the applicant's veterinarian and farrier-many times they can vouch for the applicant's financial trouble because they have outstanding invoices to the applicant.

  • The applicant's veterinarian is also our counsel for determining the health of the animal.

  • The Emergency Feed Coordinator calls the applicant's references, if provided, to confirm that proper care of their animals is provided under normal circumstances, and to ensure that this is not a case of neglect or abuse.

  • The Emergency Feed Coordinator or HHEA area representative completes a site check to observe the horse(s) in their current environment

  • We ask for documents that pertain to the reason the applicant is in financial trouble

  • We utilize an internal document to enable tracking of the amount and type of assistance the Fund has given.


Once the owner has been approved, the Fund purchases the hay the owner needs. The length of time for assistance varies from one situation to another, but will not exceed three months. An owner can re-apply to the fund if they still need assistance after the three months and the situation will be reviewed again.

Money is never given directly to a recipient. The following are the acceptable forms of income verification.


  • State or federally funded welfare program

  • Food Stamps

  • Medicaid

  • Social Security

  • SSI Disability

  • Unemployment

  • Pay stub proving income is below income guidelines  (see chart)




We consider all applicants for assistance pending availability of funds.  The questions above will be asked of you and welfare checks by representatives of Helping Hands Equine Assistance will be conducted.  Our goal is to help those equine owners over rough spots and not as a long term solution.   We certainly understand the ups and downs of life and do not want to see anyone have their horse suffer during a downturn.
By submitting this form you are agreeing that no equine assisted by HHEA will be taken to auction or sold to a kill buyer.  HHEA will assist you with rehoming efforts.

Submit the form below and we will be in touch with you.  If this is an emergency, please call us.


By submitting this form you are agreeing that no horse assisted by HHEA will be sold to a kill buyer or taken to auction.  HHEA will help you rehome your horse.   Failing to abide by this may result in legal filings as these actions are in violation of our charitable cause.


Thank you.