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Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Divestment of Horses program

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  1. Program background
  2. How to apply
Divested Musical Ride horses, Oracle and Brodie, at the gate of their new home.

The Musical Ride Divestment of Horses Program allows the RCMP to divest (donate) a very limited number of its surplus horses. These horses no longer meet the Musical Ride's requirements due to their age, health conditions, permanent injuries or some other reason, and cannot be sold at the RCMP's horse auction. The Divestment of Horses Program prioritizes finding the best possible home for each available horse based on its specific needs, physical limitations and health conditions.

Program background

For more than 30 years, the Musical Ride was only allowed to transfer its surplus horses by divesting them to charities or non-profit organizations, or to other levels of government. In 2022, a Treasury Board Secretariat policy change expanded eligibility for divested horses to include members of the general public.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to the Divestment of Horses Program, please contact to request an application form. The Musical Ride will review all applications and submit the ones they keep to an independent selection committee for their decision. A limited number of applications will be retained for future consideration as more horses become available for divestment. Please note the following important details:

Thank you for your interest in the Musical Ride's Divestment of Horses Program.

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