About Us | Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue & Sanctuary

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 Scotland, South Dakota. We serve the entire state of South Dakota. Our mission is to provide assistance to neglected, abused and unwanted horses, and through outreach and education, promote responsible horse ownership.

GSH Main - Scotland, South Dakota

In 2019, GSH moved to our permanent location near Scotland, SD. The 40-acre property has large, open pastures, a beautiful grove of trees, and many outbuildings to meet the needs of the horses. Our stall barn has four 10'x12' stalls and two 12'x12' stalls (one expands to 12x24 as needed) for medical needs and feeding purposes. Currently there are four smaller paddocks and one large, 30+ acre pasture available to the horses, all with shelter. Our 60-foot round pen is used for training and the surrounding countryside makes for great trail riding.

Stay tuned for more information about our new location and how you can help us make it a horse heaven!


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
2017 Form 990EZ 
2018 Form 990EZ
2019 Form 990EZ

2020 Form 990EZ

Current Year Quarterly Revenue & Expense Reports

Q1 Jan-Apr 2021
Q2 May-Jun 2021

Q3 Jul-Sept 2021

Q4 Oct-Dec 2021

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
2018 Annual Revenue & Expense Report
2019 Annual Revenue & Expense Report