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Jun 28, 2017

Kisses and Homes for Adoptable Minis

Adoptable Mini Horses Getting Kisses & Homes!
Adoptable Mini Horses Getting Kisses & Homes!

Thursday, June 22nd was a  sunny and hopeful day for adoptable horses of many types, shapes and sizes at the Fairfield Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show in Westport, Connecticut. The EQUUS Foundation organized the exhibition of rescued, adoptable horses on site from 4 local horse rescue organizations on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Charity Network. Spectators and competitors and their friends and families were invited to meet and greet the horses and their rescuers, learn the stories of each of the horses and interact with each horse, as well as take and post social media photos to help promote horse adoption. 

Adoptable Mustangs, Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB), Miniature Horses and a Rocky Mountain Horse (pony) were present with their rescuers and handlers who demonstrated what these horses can do and amazed visitors with their rescue stories.

"Every single horse that joined us on Thursday was rescued from kill pens at various auctions throughout the United States," said Valerie Angeli, VP of Communications and Special Projects for the EQUUS Foundation who organized the event. "The purpose of these events is to not just to get these horses adopted but show the living, breathing examples of what horses at risk look like, and to educate people that ALL types of horses of all ages are at risk, not just old and infirm horses as many people think."

Many horses, like the ones that participate in our Equine Adoption Days, are in the prime of their lives and have so much potential; they simply fell on hard luck. Every horse is only one unfortunate sale away from being found like these horses were. These horses are lucky and will now have the future that all horses deserve. We encourage horse lovers to  be horse protectors - to consider horse adoption - and to support our network of horse welfare charities that are saving horses and finding them new purposes and safe, loving homes.

The EQUUS Foundation hosted two Equine Adoption days this Spring and will coordinate another coming up this August at the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Monday, August 28th. 

Can we make horses smile? You bet we can!


Mar 29, 2017

Keeping America's horses safe . . .

When EQUUS Foundation EQUUSTAR Georgina Bloomberg learned that hard-working, long time New York City carriage horses, Sophia and Sultan were ready to retire this past winter and needed a loving and appropriate home to begin their next chapter of life, she stepped up and adopted them both. She brought them to her Gotham North Farm to live out the rest of their lives together to frolic and offer inspiration to others.

"For many years these horses thrilled tourists and the people of New York City and even appeared with the Radio City Rockettes on TV specials. They are iconic, hard-working New Yorkers and I was excited to meet them and spend time with them each day. They are huge and powerful and yet so wise, gentle and affectionate. We just make each other happy," says Georgina. "I realize that not everyone can adopt a carriage horse or any horse -- but everyone can be a friend and a hero to horses that need help."

The EQUUS Foundation applauds and supports those who step up to help horses in transition and we believe all horses deserve great homes, love, and purpose -- and ultimately a humane end of life with dignity. Sophia, unfortunately, recently had a sudden, bad case of colic and had to be euthanized. She was in her 20's and passed with compassionate care the way all horses should. Sultan continues to inspire awe and joy at Gotham North and enjoy his bucolic retirement.

Over 130,000 American horses are shipped across the borders each year to be slaughtered. Most are healthy and have untapped potential as athletes, teachers, companions and therapy horses. Whether you are a competing equestrian, a pleasure rider, or someone who loves horses ---- everyone can do something to help horses live the lives they deserve. Take our challenge at #RideForHorses!


Dec 29, 2016

Shahara Back to Work thanks to EQUUS Foundation


As 2016 comes to a close, we want to share the story about Shahara, the smallest of the 14-head herd of therapy horses at Giant Steps Therapeutic Riding in Petaluma, California, and arguably the sweetest. In 2015, Shahara was diagnosed with a full-blown case of laminitis.

Horses young and old of all different shapes, sizes, conformations and temperaments are offered to therapeutic riding centers on a daily basis but most are not accepted. Owners might be left wondering why, if they are donating a horse for free, but not every horse has what it takes to enter a therapeutic riding program, including soundness at all gaits, a sweet temperament and low flight response, all of which are required to give clients a safe and physically beneficial riding experience.

Once considered a candidate, the horses require extensive training, including being led in a manner that encourages the horse to walk beside the leader¹s shoulder and to speed up and slow down in response to the leader¹s body language and rhythm. The horses must also be exposed to various loud noises, such as music, toys and riders with enthusiasm. In addition, the horses are exposed to various assistive teaching devices, such as batons, rings, toys and flags being either handled by the volunteer or carried by the rider.

The staff at Giant Steps valued the Shahara’s special gifts as a therapy horse and elected to allow the horse to spend over a year recovering. Shahara received acupuncture, chiropractic work, frequent farrier work and vet visits, medication, and heart bar shoes, much of which was donated by the extremely generous Sonoma County equine community.

Giant Steps was one of 91 equine charities across the United States that received financial support from the EQUUS Foundation – in this case, to reimburse Giant Steps for the expenses associated with Shahara’s recovery that were not donated.

Shahara returned to work in April, receiving glowing reports from both the farrier and veterinarian. She participated in 4-5 lessons/week in the summer session, and ended the year with 6-7 weekly lessons in the fall.

Thank you for helping Shahara smile again and bringing smiles to the faces of the riders at Giant Steps with more than 60+ distinct disabilities, encompassing physical, developmental, cognitive, and behavioral challenges.

Shahara back in work
Shahara back in work
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