Help A Retired Race Horse Become A Therapy Horse!



The Excelsior Thoroughbred Advancement Program strives to bring awareness to the "War Horse", or the older Thoroughbred who shows promise for therapy work. These horses are at the greatest risk of being shipped to slaughter, yet many have the personality, training, and kind inquisitive nature that is perfectly suited for Learning or Psychotherapy work. We will pair suitable clients with the horses to provide their day to day care, which assists in the clients own learning and therapy progress.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Each year thousands of these incredible equine athletes end up facing their greatest racethe race for their own survival. No longer profitable at the track, many will make the long and tortuous haul to Canadian or Mexican slaughterhouses where they will lose their lives in a way no animal should have to endure. Horses can be of great benefit to mental health and learning clients, by teaching them valuable life and social skills. However, very few programs exist for adult clients.

How will this project solve this problem?

Each year our project will strive to secure two at-risk Thoroughbreds for rehabilitation and retraining as therapy horses. By pairing the horses with selected adult mental health clients, we will be able to provide both the horses and the humans with the training they need to achieve a higher level of functioning. They will learn mutual respect, responsibility, empathy and more. At the end of training, the clients will be involved in the placement of the horse into a qualified EFL facility.

Potential Long Term Impact

Each Thoroughbred horse that is secured will work with 4 teams of 6 individuals who will come to the farm each week to work with the horse. If two horses are secured, we will have the opportunity to offer a new career to two exceptional horses, and valuable new life and social skills for nearly 50 adults. Our goal is to reach ten horses and 250 clients each year by 2018. With mental health services being cut throughout the country. The need for alternative programming is greater than ever.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $885
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,615
Total Funding Goal: $7,500


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Project Leader

Colleen Cheechalk

Program Director
Endicott, NY United States

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