Based on current demographic and economic trends in the United States, the long-term future and welfare of horses could be in jeopardy. Public access and involvement with horses, and education about horses, especially among young people, is declining. The expense and time required for competition is becoming unrealistic for most people.
Equine Assisted Services (EAS) offer the best model of a modern human-horse interaction, with horses helping humans in new innovative ways. This type of human-animal experience may be more appealing, and certainly more realistic, for many of today's urban and suburban youth.
Young people today care about social issues, perform community service and want to give back. It has long been recognized that people who participate in meaningful, impactful activities often become deeply committed to lifelong support of that activity or cause.
Through on-line education and the encouragement of hands-on real-life interactions with horses, the Equine Experiential Learning Initiative is uniquely designed to:
• Provide meaningful community service and
equine experiential learning for teens
• Highlight the importance of equines
historically and in modern society;
• Foster lifelong advocacy for the vital role
of horses now and in the future.
Learn more about the Leonard I. Gilman Horses & Humans Grant here.