Help A Retired Race Horse Become A Therapy Horse!

by The Center for Equine Assisted Wellness, Inc.


The Excelsior Thoroughbred Advancement Program strives to bring awareness to the "War Horse", or the older Thoroughbred who shows promise for therapy work. These horses are at the greatest risk of being shipped to slaughter, yet many have the personality, training, and kind inquisitive nature that is perfectly suited for Learning or Psychotherapy work. We will pair suitable clients with the horses to provide their day to day care, which assists in the clients own learning and therapy progress.

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Each year thousands of these incredible equine athletes end up facing their greatest racethe race for their own survival. No longer profitable at the track, many will make the long and tortuous haul to Canadian or Mexican slaughterhouses where they will lose their lives in a way no animal should have to endure. Horses can be of great benefit to mental health and learning clients, by teaching them valuable life and social skills. However, very few programs exist for adult clients.


Each year our project will strive to secure or support one to two Thoroughbreds for work as therapy horses. By pairing the horses with selected adult mental health clients, we will be able to provide both the horses and the humans with the training they need to achieve a higher level of functioning. They will learn mutual respect, responsibility, empathy and more. At the end of training, the clients will be involved in the placement of the horse into a qualified EFL facility.

Long-Term Impact

Each Thoroughbred horse that is secured will work with 4 teams of 6 individuals who will come to the farm each week to work with the horse. If two horses are secured, we will have the opportunity to offer a new career to two exceptional horses, and valuable new life and social skills for nearly 50 adults. Our goal is to reach ten horses and 250 clients each year by 2018. With mental health services being cut throughout the country. The need for alternative programming is greater than ever.


The Excelsior Thoroughbred Advancement Program
Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies, Inc.
Epona Equestrian Center & Farm Sanctuary
Why Thoroughbreds? Why therapy?

Organization Information

The Center for Equine Assisted Wellness, Inc.

Location: Maine, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
The Center for Equine Assisted Wellness, Inc.
Colleen Cheechalk
Project Leader:
Colleen Cheechalk
Program Director
Endicott, NY United States
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