EQUUS Foundation is dedicated to Helping Horses Heal People and thrilled to be a part of the 2012 Animal Planet R.O.A.R. Matching Campaign. The number of unwanted horses has reached an epidemic level in the US. Tragically, many are slaughtered. Instead, they can be rescued, and many can be retrained and re-homed in equine therapy programs.Therapy programs using horses benefit the minds, bodies and spirits of people with special needs in ways that no other therapy can.
The number of unwanted horses, estimated at 170,000 a year, has reached an epidemic level in the U.S. Many are slaughtered. Instead, they can be rescued & retrained for useful lives as therapy horses. Equine therapy programs cannot operate without healthy, reliable & trained horses. Over 1,000 organizations now use horses to provide physical, cognitive & emotional therapy to over 40,000 people with special needs. Many more people can benefit from this extraordinary therapy with trained horses.
This project saves the lives of unwanted horses, rehabilitates neglected horses and places trained horses in therapy programs that need their support. With more trained horses, fewer horses will be slaughtered and more people will benefit. For example, an estimated 1.5 million Americans live with Autism; 1 in 4 veterans come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This project also ensures that horses benefit from the horse-human bond as much as people do.
Of the many horses seized by or surrendered to animal control each year, this project will ensure at least 50 recover from starvation and go on to to be healthy, well-loved, and useful as therapy horses. This will mean more people in therapy programs can interact with horses while they improve their balance, strengthen muscles, work on educational goals, advance communication skills, increase their self-esteem and gain confidence.
Walk on - Two simple words pronounced proudly by my autistic child on a horse for the first time, brought me to tears. He had never spoken before that moment. - Parent, Participant
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,425
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $43,575
Total Funding Goal: $50,000