EQUUS Foundation is dedicated to Helping Horses Heal People, and as an Animal Planet Partner, thrilled to participate in the 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, rehabilitated and retrained. Many can be re-homed as therapy horses. Therapy programs using horses benefit the minds, bodies and spirits of people with special needs in ways that no other therapy can.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Our challenge is to reduce the US unwanted horse population, estimated at 170,000 a year. Many are slaughtered. Instead, they can be rescued & rehabilitated. Many can be retrained for useful lives as therapy horses. Over 1,000 organizations now use horses to provide physical, cognitive & emotional therapy to over 60,000 people with special needs. Our challenge is to make equine therapy available to more people. Equine therapy benefits people with special needs in ways that no other therapy can.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project saves the lives of unwanted horses, rehabilitates neglected horses and places trained horses in therapy programs that need their support. An estimated 1.5 million Americans live with Autism and 1 in 4 veterans come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Though equine therapy has been shown to be effective for both Autism and PSTD, it is only available to a small percentage. With more trained horses, fewer horses will be slaughtered and many more people will benefit.
Potential Long Term Impact
Of the many unwanted horses surrendered each year, this project will recover and re-home at least 50. Over 37 million individuals (12.1%) of all ages in the US reported having disabilities in 2011. An estimated 1.5 million Americans live with Autism and 1 in 4 veterans come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Although equine therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for physical, cognitive & emotional disabilities, including Autism and PTSD, it is only available to .001%!
Total Funding Received to Date: $20,795
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $29,205
Total Funding Goal: $50,000