About Us

In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.

Anne Frank

Gentle Spirit Horses is a rescue and sanctuary for horses based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with a satellite location near Forest City, Iowa. Our mission is to provide assistance to neglected, abused and unwanted horses, and through outreach and education, promote responsible horse ownership.

GSH Main - Humboldt, SD

Gentle Spirit Horses' main location is located just north of Humboldt, South Dakota, which is approximately 20 miles west of Sioux Falls. GSH leases a beautiful 22 acre property that includes several paddocks ranging from 40'x40' to five acres, all with automatic heated waterers and run-in shelters. The six-stall barn with heated tack room and a wash rack allows for easy treatment for medical concerns and separated feeding spaces as needed, and has a large hay loft for storage. A 60-foot round pen is used for training and a short trail that ends at a picturesque pond is just a short ride down the gravel road. 

GSH is on the hunt for our permanent location owned by the rescue. Watch for more information on how you can help soon!


Adoption & Foster Application
Sample Adoption Contract
Sample Foster Contract
Volunteer Liability Waiver - Iowa
Volunteer Liability Waiver - South Dakota

Policies & Procedures

Adoption Policy
Adoption by Board Member Policy
Conflict of Interest Policy
Equine Donation Policy
Equine Intake & Auction Policy
Euthanasia Policy
Financial Limits Policy
Fostering Policy
Rehoming Policy
Sanctuary Criteria Policy
Seizure & Surrender Policy
Standard Veterinary Care Policy
Therapeutic Riding Program Policy
Trial Placement Policy

Legals & Financials

Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue & Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization certified by the IRS, as well as a Non-Profit Corporation registered in the State of South Dakota.  GSH seeks to be transparent in its financial operations by making the following information publicly available.  The Internal Revenue Code requires a charity to make its Form 1023 exemption application, Form 990, and Form 990-T, available for public inspection.  See the IRS website for details on what is required.  GSH has chosen to provide information above and beyond the requirements, including our monthly Revenue & Expense reports and projected budgets.

Form 1023 & Determination Letter

Form 1023
501(c)(3) Determination Letter & Addendum

Form 990s

2011 Form 990N
2012 Form 990N
2013 Form 990N
2014 Form 990N
2015 Form 990EZ
2016 Form 990EZ

Current Year Monthly Revenue & Expense Reports

January 2018

Previous Years Annual Revenue & Expense Reports

2012 Annual Revenue & Expense Report
2013 Annual Revenue & Expense Report
2014 Annual Revenue & Expense Report
2015 Annual Revenue & Expense Report
2016 Annual Revenue & Expense Report
2017 Annual Revenue & Expense Report