Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...

by EQUUS Foundation


A horse with a home and a purpose is a happy horse! The EQUUS Foundation helps support more than 1,000 horse rescues and equine therapy charities across the United States. These facilities are hard at work every day not only rescuing and rehabbing neglected and abused horses but also tapping into the power of horses to help heal people with special needs. We make sure they are operating at the highest standards for horse care & use.
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There are an estimated 200,000 unwanted horses in the US. Tragically, many are slaughtered. Instead, these horses can be rescued & rehabilitated. Many can be re-trained as therapy horses to help serve the more than 50 million people with 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.


This project saves the lives of unwanted horses, rehabilitates neglected horses and places re-trained horses in therapy programs that need their support. Though equine therapy is recognized as an effective alternative to traditional therapy, it is only available to a small percentage of people with special needs. As more people become aware of the success of equine therapy, trained service horses will be in demand more than ever. This will help reduce the unwanted horse population.

Long-Term Impact

Our goal is to ensure the proper care and use of horses, and for as many people as possible to benefit from their unique ability to empower, teach, and heal. Can you make a horse smile? You bet you can! Support the life-changing work that horses do every day!

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


EQUUS Foundation website
2009 Unwanted Horse Coalition Survey
Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT)

Organization Information

EQUUS Foundation

Location: Westport, CT - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lynn Coakley
Westport, CT United States
$120,425 raised of $250,000 goal
391 donations
$129,575 to go
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