Whether you are a competing equestrian at any level, a pleasure rider, or someone who loves horses, everyone can do something to keep horses safe, working and loved!
Everyone can #RideForHorses . . . here's how, click here.
Horses have existed for 50 million years, predating man. Once the partnership between man and horse was forged, no other animal has matched the contributions that horses have made to civilization.
Even though we no longer depend on horses for travel and work, horses continue to serve the public and make a significant impact on our lives.
The benefits of human-animal interaction are well-known, but developing a bond with a horse is also physically and mentally challenging.
Riding and caring for horses produces many emotional and cognitive benefits: empowerment, motivation, problem-solving, decision-making, memory, improvements in attention span, language skills, self-esteem, self-expression, the ability to follow direction, and the willingness to face challenges.
Learning to ride involves body awareness, balance, eye-hand coordination, muscle control, patience, focus and concentration. The physical benefits of riding include enhanced spinal stimulation, sensory integration, motor, respiratory and postural control, balance, dexterity, coordination, endurance, fitness, and muscle strength and tone.
The relationship builds independence, trust, cooperation, patience, empathy for others, and hope - not only for the participants but for their families and caregivers. For people, especially children facing often insurmountable challenges, horses give them a chance to succeed that is rarely available to them.
Horses are heroes to millions of people. They enrich our lives and empower us - whether we come from a privileged background or a disadvantaged one.
Charities are born from the passions of people united by a common interest. The EQUUS Foundation is no exception. It was the belief that horses have a positive impact in our everyday lives that led to the establishment of the EQUUS Foundation in August 2002.
The EQUUS Foundation, also known as Horse Charities of America, is the only national charity in the United States solely dedicated to horse welfare and fostering the horse-human bond. Our efforts are focused on closing the gap for America's horses currently at risk, and those potentially at risk when their competitive careers are over by funding programs focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and re-training, and re-homing of America's horses in need, and on increasing job opportunities for horses, including those serving the special needs and veterans communities . . .
Because where they go next, matters - and it's up to us!
The EQUUS Foundation provides resources to over 1,000 equine organizations in the United States and financial support to the organizations operating at the highest standards for horse care and use.
Horses enrich the lives of millions of people of all ages every day, especially children. Help us transform the way horses are treated and perceived and build a more compassionate America that values the magical and powerful bond we have with horses.