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Rescue-Rehab-Retrain-Rehome Horses Healing People



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. Close to 50 million people have disabilities. One in 88 children lives with Autism. One in 4 veterans have PTSD. 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. Though equine therapy has been shown to be an effective therapy, it is only available to a small percentage of people with special needs. About 1,000 organizations are currently serving about 60,000 people with special needs. With more trained horses, fewer horses will be slaughtered and many more people will benefit.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will recover and re-home at least 75 unwanted horses. For those retrained as therapy horses, that could mean 50,000 hours of equine therapy for people with special needs over the course of just one year. Equine therapy benefits people in ways that no other therapy can. The outcome can be as simple as building confidence and physical strength to as astounding as first words and first steps.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $20,870
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $54,130
Total Funding Goal: $75,000


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Project Leader

Lynn Coakley

Westport, CT United States

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