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by EQUUS Foundation
Sep 10, 2013

Meeting the Challenges Head On! Two Daniel D. Barkan Memorial Horse Whisperer Grants Awarded.

Zodiac Before & After. Courtesy of Days End
Zodiac Before & After. Courtesy of Days End

Meeting the Challenges Head On!

Over $275,000 in grants were awarded in 2013 to 75 charitable organizations in 26 states and the District of Columbia that work daily to reduce the number of unwanted horses in the U.S. and provide the opportunity for people to experience the extraordinary benefits of equine therapy.

Among those 75, seven were designated as Horse Whisperer Grant Recipients. Horse Whisperers is the EQUUS Foundation's named grant program for a special group of people and organizations with an extraordinary kinship with horses who wish to sustain the magical and powerful impact horses have on our lives.

Established in 2013 by the family of Daniel D. Barkan, a quiet philanthropist and gentleman, in memory of his life-long love of horses, the EQUUS Foundation awards two $5,000 Daniel D. Barkan Memorial Horse Whisperer grants annually to worthy equine organizations.

Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR)
Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) based in Lisbon, Maryland, was selected to receive a $5,000 Daniel D. Barkan Horse Whisperer Grant to help fulfill its mission of ensuring quality care and treatment of horses through intervention, education, and outreach.

The grant will be used to support its Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Adoption Program for the horses at the farm now so space can be made available for those needing help in the future.

The number of abused/neglected horses continues to escalate in Maryland and across the United States. Funding is critical to help rescue suffering horses and prevent animal cruelty. All horses that come to DEFHR suffer from
malnutrition, hoof disease/deformity, parasitic infestation, physical abuse and/or painful ailments.

Through Days End's many varied and successful programs, horses are given a second chance at life with caring humans. People flourish and thrive as contributing members of a compassionate community. The bonds that are formed between horses and caregivers make the world a better place.

DEFHR rescues, rehabilitates, trains and adopts horses. The farm houses 50-80 horses daily, accepts about 150 impounded horses yearly, has rehabilitated 1,834 horses since 1989, and adopted out an outstanding 94%. The farm has a trained staff and volunteers to provide critical and extended care, including round-the-clock care and monitoring.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center was selected to to receive a $5,000 Daniel D. Barkan Horse Whisperer Grant to support the involvement of children and adults with disabilities in its therapeutic riding programs. The grant will be used specifically for its Scholarship Program to ensure that financial barriers do not preclude participation for individuals in need.

For individuals who cannot typically participate in group sports – for either physical or emotional reasons – the horse allows them to have a recreational experience in which they simultaneously accomplish individual and group goals.

The horse is such a strong motivator that it allows participants to challenge themselves on a new level without feeling the stresses of keeping up with their peers. Since horseback riding is often a new skill for all participants it is a unique opportunity to participate in a recreational activity where everyone starts on the same level.

High Hopes' therapeutic riding and equine-assisted programs are conducted in a peaceful, rural setting that provides sensory stimulation that cannot be duplicated in a gym, clinic or other standard rehabilitation setting.

High Hopes programs are designed to foster independence, improve the individual's confidence, communication and problem-solving skills, and provide challenging individualized therapeutic and educational activities to a population with limited resources.

Learn more about the 2013 Horse Whisperer Grant Recipients at



Landon. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Landon. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Community Outreach. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Community Outreach. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding



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Location: Westport, CT - USA
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Lynn Coakley
Westport, CT United States
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