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

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Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...
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Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...
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Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...
Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...
Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...
Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...
Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...
Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...
Can You Make A Horse Smile? You Bet! Here's How...
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Big D and Sergeant Russell Robar
Big D and Sergeant Russell Robar

Big D, a 16-year-old palomino draft cross named in honor of fallen officer Forrest Edward "Dino" Taylor, is a wonderful example of a horse who found a meaningful second career. Big D pulled farm wagons and plows before joining the urban Baltimore Police Mounted Unit as a peacekeeper.

Baltimore's mounted police unit has helped keep the city's peace since 1886. As the unit's leader, Sergeant Russell Robar makes sure the unit continues to serve as a positive and efficient force in Maryland while maintaining its recognition as the oldest continually operated unit in the United States. The pair leads the unit in over 170 community and service events each year. 

Dino and most of the unit's horses came from Amish farms and were retired after years of pulling plows and farm wagons. They are well suited for the routine patrols of city streets and their crowd control duties. Big D and the seven other equine members of the unit also serve as a model to teach Baltimore youth about the value of public service. "Dino's our alpha lead horse and a no-nonsense workhorse," Robar said. "The children on the Amish farms would be climbing all over them. They're used to people."

Big D and Sergeant Robar received the Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & Service sponsored by the EQUUS Foundation at the Washington International Horse Show on Friday, October 26, 2018, in recognition of their service. 

The EQUUS Foundation is committed to ending the abuse and neglect of America's horses by providing opportunities for horses to thrive. 

Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography
Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

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Ozzie
Ozzie

Ozzie, Slycy, Sonny's Jigsaw, Titan & Wandering Angus are the five lucky horses to receive 2018 EQUUS Foundation Horse Welfare Awards sponsored by Platinum Performance. Ozzie, Slycy, Sonny's Jigsaw, Titan & Wandering Angus's owners - five EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities - received a $500 cash award and $500 gift card for Platinum Performance products to be used for their care. An additional 29 horses received gift cards for Platinum Performance Equine.

Ozzie
Warmblood Gelding born 1996
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy
Ozzie had been a jumper in his younger years and came out of retirement to start a new career as a therapy horse in 2017. Read more about Ozzie here.

Slycy (Sly)
Thoroughbred Gelding born 2007
Healing Arenas, Inc.
The winner of over $253,000 and 52 starts, Sly retired completely sound and is now getting back into shape for this next chapter. Read more about Slycy here.

Sonny's Jigsaw (Chance)
Quarterhorse Gelding born 1995
Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc.
Chance was a trail horse and provided lessons to students at Missouri State University before taking on his next career as a therapy horse. Read more about Chance here.

Titan
Percheron Gelding born 1995
Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue
Titan spent years as a carriage horse, but when his owners could no longer care for him, he became a victim of abuse and neglect. Today, he's thriving and is the eyes for his pasture mate Barney, a blind Belgian. Read more about Titan here.

Wandering Angus
Thoroughbred Gelding born 1997
Great and Small
Angus is on his fourth career - first as a racehorse and then as an eventer. When the discovery of a heart murmur caused his owner to retire him from all galloping sports, this special horse taught his owner's daughter to ride and as well as other children. Angus came to Great and Small to share his wisdom with riders with special needs in 2017. Read more about Angus here.

There are thousands of charities in the United States that are directly engaged in the day-to-day work of rescuing and rehabilitating America's abused and neglected horses; retraining and rehoming America's horses in transition; providing retirement opportunities for aged horses; and enabling horses to change people's lives, especially for people with special needs - many of which participate on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Welfare Network.

Only those charities that undergo the EQUUS Foundation comprehensive and unique verification process and receive the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation.

"Especially now - with the advent of the internet and social media - it is essential to make sure that organizations making appeals to potential donors and grant makers are fully transparent and operating at the highest standards. Thanks to Platinum Performance, we are able to provide much needed support to deserving charities that are ensuring that America's horses are safe and live in comfort with purpose and dignity," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.

"We are truly honored to support the EQUUS Foundation and the incredible work that they do to keep America's horses safe with purposeful lives and loving homes. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Awards. We celebrate all the deserving applicants for their complete transparency and wonderful effort in protecting horses and appreciating the impact they have on each of us," said Emily Smith, MS, Platinum Performance.

View all the 2018 Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Award Recipients here.

Slycy
Slycy
Sonny's Jigsaw
Sonny's Jigsaw
Titan
Titan
Wandering Angus
Wandering Angus
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When it came time for Zoey, an 11-year old Welsh pony, to find a new home, the Huber family wanted to explore all the options available and turned to the EQUUS Foundation for advice. Even though a competitive career was still an option, the Hubers thought Zoey might be better suited as a companion, teacher and even a healer and wanted to consider donating her to an equine charity. 

"It's important to recognize that there is a great disparity in horse care practices among equine charities," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. The EQUUS Foundation is known for its unique and rigorous screening process that ensures donor confidence in the equine charities that receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation each year. "There is no guesswork." 

Stabled at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut, it turned out that Zoey's next chapter was just a few steps away. Coakley reached out to nearby EQUUS Foundation Guardian, New Canaan Mounted Troop (NCMT), whose mission is to build leadership, responsibility and confidence in youth through sound horsemanship and to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs through equine assisted activities.

The horses at both Fairfield and New Canaan Mounted Troop are under the care of Fairfield Equine Associates, PC, founded in 1989 with a world-wide reputation as one of the finest equine medical practices in the world, making it very easy to share important health information on Zoey. 

Zoey arrived at NCMT in early November 2017 for a 30-day trial. The trial period was to make sure that Zoey would be a fit for the NCMT program and enjoy her new surroundings and new friends. "All of our horses and ponies are donated," said Sara Tucker, NCMT Executive Director. "We could not run our programs without them. Although many ponies and horses may need to step down from the show world, like Zoey, they can continue to lead productive lives and teach children and adults about horsemanship." 

"Zoey is a happy ending story. It's very fulfilling and rewarding as a veterinarian to be able to follow a patient throughout their lives and career moves," added Robert T. Neff, VMD, one of Fairfield Equine's owners, and a 1995 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. "I take the health and well-being of the horses and ponies in our care very personally. They are like family to me. They are a very special group of animals and I am honored to be their veterinarian."

"The work of veterinarians like Fairfield Equine Associates is critical to safeguarding America's horses throughout their lives," continued Coakley. "We depend on veterinarians, like those at Fairfield Equine, to help us carry out our mission to protect America's horses and strengthen the bond between horses and people.

Zoey and Margaret Huber competing
Zoey and Margaret Huber competing
Alexi Goodman aboard Zoey at New Canaan Mounted Tr
Alexi Goodman aboard Zoey at New Canaan Mounted Tr
Zoey in her new home at New Canaan Mounted Troop
Zoey in her new home at New Canaan Mounted Troop
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All horses, even champions of the racetrack and the show ring, may only be one unlucky sale away from abuse, neglect and slaughter.

We make it our mission to protect America’s horses and make the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal available to as many people as possible, especially people with special needs.

The EQUUS Foundation Guardians program ensures that equine charities seeking financial support from the EQUUS Foundation are fully transparent and accountable to the public and are operating at the highest standards of horse care.

We are pleased to recognize Gerda’s Equine Rescue Inc. as an EQUUS Foundation 2018 Guardian.

Gerda's Equine Rescue (GER) is a Vermont based 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to rescuing horses from the unthinkable fate of being slaughter bound for human consumption. Since its founding in 2005 GER has been able to able to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home over 1,000 horses! GER also offers volunteer opportunities to work with rescue horses and to learn through first hand interactions at the farm.

“GER is honored to have been accepted into the EQUUS Foundation’s Guardian Program! We value transparency and want to make sure that our donors know that we’re being good stewards of their donations. We’re excited to share our work with others and hope that our partnership with the EQUUS Foundation will lead to more horses being adopted!” said Gerda Silver, Founder and President of Gerda's Equine Rescue.

Only EQUUS Foundation Guardians are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation. Financial support is awarded based on the amount of funds raised by the EQUUS Foundation over the course of the year and the evaluation by the EQUUS Foundation of the needs of the organization, the merits of the organization's programs, services, and activities and the organization's operating budget. None of this would be possible without your continued support.

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The EQUUS Foundation has developed one of the most comprehensive and impartial verification processes to inspire donor confidence in the charities selected to receive financial support each year.

While we are not set up for emergency relief funding, we felt strongly about making a difference for the equine victims of the horrific California wildfires that have been raging throughout Southern California since October 2017.

When our friends on social media asked what horse lovers could do to make a difference and how they could help, we did our research to discover what California organizations were on the ground helping horses. We set up a special fund to collect donations for equine victims of the California fires so that people who reached out to us could feel confident that 100% of the funds would go where it was most urgently needed.

While there are many deserving organizations, we selected the Humane Society of Ventura County to receive the funds as this organization has been at the forefront of the animal rescue efforts in this disaster. The Humane Society of Ventura County has received over $6,500 in donations from us so far.

“We are proud of our supporters across the country who love horses and want to be horse protectors, and who stepped up to make a difference -- we were touched by their outpouring of compassion and quick action for the equine California fire victims,” said Valerie Angeli, VP of Communications for the EQUUS Foundation. “When horse people team up to make a difference we are a powerful force!”

Lynn Coakley, Founder and President of the EQUUS Foundation added, “Our gratitude and respect goes out to the law enforcement, firefighters, animal control and the rescuers and responders who risk their lives to keep people and animals safe from harm in this ongoing crisis situation.”

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