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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Georgina Bloomberg with Petey
Georgina Bloomberg with Petey

The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce the merger of the EQUUS Foundation and The Rider's Closet, a charitable program founded in 2006 by philanthropist and professional equestrian Georgina Bloomberg. The Rider's Closet provides new and gently used riding attire free-of-charge to equestrians in need so they may pursue their horsemanship dreams at any age and at every level. The mission of The Rider's Closet is also to ensure riding apparel is accessible to equine charities, scholastic riding programs, pony clubs and equestrian camp programs.

"As a lifelong animal welfare advocate and equestrian, I couldn't ask for a better partner for The Rider's Closet than a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of horses," said Ms. Bloomberg. "Our merger with the EQUUS Foundation will provide limitless opportunities to benefit horses and equestrians around the country, and it's a natural fit that will increase the visibility and positive impact of both missions."

"The mission of the Rider's Closet aligns perfectly with that of the EQUUS Foundation — to increase opportunities for horses and people to thrive together. Our partnership will allow more people than ever to enjoy the magic of horses and the benefits of the equine experience," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP of Engagement.

The Rider's Closet accepts donations from around the U.S., including adult and children's show shirts, breeches, show coats, schooling apparel, boots and half chaps. Demand is especially high for paddock boots and tall boots in adult and children's sizes, as these are the most expensive items that equestrians need to participate. For safety reasons, helmets cannot be accepted.

In its new role as a program of the EQUUS Foundation, The Rider's Closet will continue its day-to-day operations as a free equestrian apparel exchange. It will also increase its presence at horse shows and other equine-related events to support and promote the work of the EQUUS Foundation and the Rider's Closet, and provide a drop-off location for apparel donations.

"Given Georgina's passion for equine and animal welfare, this merger is an especially powerful alliance. We are excited to grow together — For The Love of Horses," said Angeli.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations to The Rider's Closet program of the EQUUS Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Visit equusfoundation.org/riderscloset for information about donating or requesting items from The Rider's Closet.

Grayson, Rider
Grayson, Rider's Closet Recipient
Naya, Rider
Naya, Rider's Closet Recipient

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Nancy  with Mighty
Nancy with Mighty

Horses have played a significant role in advancing civilization and continue to positively influence our happiness and our health as athletes, companions, teachers, and healers. But, tens of thousands of horses become at-risk for abuse and an untimely and inhumane end of life. Over 81,000 of America’s horses were shipped across our borders to be slaughtered in 2018. Most were young, healthy and had untapped potential.

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) offer a boundless opportunity for people to engage with horses in new innovative ways and help them lead responsible and productive lives. Yet, while there are over 48 million people with disabilities in the US, only 7,800 horses are currently serving only 66,000 people with special needs.

There is something incredibly empowering and inspiring about earning the respect of an animal that weighs over ten times more than you. Here’s Nancy and Bill’s story . . .

Nancy always had a passion for horses, inspired by childhood visits to the farms of her relatives in Minnesota and nurtured by horse activities at summer camp. In her twenties, she was lucky to own a beautiful palomino Quarter Horse mare but had to give up riding when the demands of childrearing took priority.

It wasn't until many years later in 2015 that she and her husband, Bill, a veteran, happened upon BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center and learned that as a veteran, Bill could participate in their programs for free. BraveHearts has the largest equine-based program in the nation for military veterans comprised of riding, ground activities, carriage driving and gentling wild mustangs.

Nancy said, "I jumped in with both feet to volunteer, dragging Bill along with me. It wasn't long before "my" passion became "our" passion and we found ourselves spending quality time together doing things we enjoyed."

Then, Nancy and Bill's world was shattered in 2017 and they plummeted into deep grief after finding their 28-year old son lifeless and unable to be revived from a drug overdose. It was the horses that horses opened their hearts and ears and were available to absorb their tears and sobs as they walked through that deep valley of darkness. "It was through this tragedy that we personally experienced the God-given, healing qualities of the horse," said Nancy.

Nancy said, "Bill is now a certified riding instructor, and a day doesn't go by that we don't thank God for putting us in touch with BraveHearts and these wonderful horses. It was the horses that helped us cope with our future and showed us how we could help others."

The EQUUS Foundation is the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between horses and people. At the core of our mission is safeguarding the comfort and dignity of America's horses throughout their lives and sharing their ability to empower, teach and heal with as many people as possible by:

• INSPIRING horse lovers to become horse protectors by stimulating advocacy and volunteerism;
• EDUCATING the public on the impact of horses in our lives; and
• EMPOWERING equine charities to operate at the highest standards for horse care and service and be fully transparent by providing them with recognition, guidance, resources and financial support.

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
Sonny's Jigsaw
Titan
Titan
Wandering Angus
Wandering Angus

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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