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Equine Welfare Network Guardians
(Awarded annually in April)
Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their programs, horse care practices, and governance. View our Guardians here.

Eligible organizations include those that are directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses and/or use horses to provide their services that are cared for and sheltered by another organization(s).

Learn why becoming a Guardian is so important here.

The Guardian Designation is awarded annually. While it is not an "endorsement", only those organizations designated as EQUUS Foundation Guardians are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation. The designation appears on the Equine Welfare Network profile of the approved organizations.

*The Guardians program is replacing the Messengers program. The designation was changed to Guardian to reflect an organization's dedication to ensuring that America's horses are safe and live in comfort with purpose and dignity.


New England
Middle Atlantic
North Central
South Atlantic
South Central

New England

Draft Gratitude, WINCHESTER, NH (2018)

Foxfield F.A.R.M. Corporation, GRANBY, CT (2018)

Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc., WEST TOWNSHEND, VT (2018)

Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Rehoboth, MA (2018)

H.O.R.S.E. of CT, Inc., Washington, CT (2018)

Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center, Naugatuck, CT (2018)

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT (2018)

Little Britches Therapeutic Riding, Woodbury, CT (2018)

Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Middletown, CT (2018)

Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc., Salem, CT (2018)

New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc., New Canaan, CT (2018)

Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam, CT (2018)

Red Skye Foundation, BETHANY, CT (2018)

Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, Windham, ME (2018)

Rising Starr Horse Rescue, West Redding, CT (2018)

The Equus Effect, SHARON, CT (2018)

Middle Atlantic

13 Hands Equine Rescue Inc, BEDFORD HILLS, NY (2018)

Access Equestrian, Inc., VALHALLA, NY (2018)

Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc, Honeoye, NY (2018)

Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Buffalo, NY (2018)

Building Bridges Foundation at Anderson Farm, CONESTOGA, PA (2018)

Camp Hebron, HALIFAX, PA (2018)

Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., BEDFORD, NY (2018)

Equi-librium, Inc., Nazareth, PA (2018)

G.A.I.T. Inc., Milford, PA (2018)

Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc. (GALLOPNYC), Brooklyn, NY (2018)

Gleneayre Equestrian Program, Lumberton, NJ (2018)

Green Chimneys Children's Services, Inc., Brewster, NY (2018)

High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, GHENT, NY (2018)

Kali's Klub House Inc., Apalachin, NY (2018)

Leg Up Farm, Mount Wolf, PA (2018)

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Inc., Dover Plains, NY (2018)

Mane Stream, Inc., Oldwick, NJ (2018)

New Beginnings Thoroughbreds, Inc, Cranbury, NJ (2018)

North Shore Horse Rescue, Baiting Hollow, NY (2018)

Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Airville, PA (2018)

PA Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation & Rescue, HARRISBURG, PA (2018)

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc., Philadelphia, PA (2018)

Pony Power Therapies, Mahwah, NJ (2018)

Purple Pony Therapeutic Horsemanship Inc., BERGEN, NY (2018)

R.A.C.E Fund, Inc., Harrisburg, PA (2018)

ReRun, East Greenbush, NY (2018)

Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue, Varysburg, NY (2018)

Special Equestrians, Warrington, PA (2018)

Special People United to Ride/Monmouth County Park System, Lincroft, NJ (2018)

Spirit's Promise Equine Rescue, RIVERHEAD, NY (2018)

Standardbred Retirement Foundation, Cream Ridge, NJ (2018)

Sunshine Horses Inc., MEMPHIS, NY (2018)

North Central

Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Inc, Elkhart Lake, WI (2018)

Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement, Emmett, MI (2018)

BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center, Harvard, IL (2018)

Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred ExRacehorses (CANTER Michigan), Commerce Twp., MI (2018)

Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc., Washington, MO (2018)

Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, Chagrin Falls, OH (2018)

Haven Acres, HAMPTON, MN (2018)

HETRA - Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, Gretna, NE (2018)

Illinois Equine Humane Center, NFP, Big Rock, IL (2018)

Maple Grove Horse Sanctuary, PLYMOUTH, WI (2018)

Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, LINN CREEK, MO (2018)

Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Rice Lake, WI (2018)

Out Side In, Inc., Grand Haven, MI (2018)

People & Animal Learning Services, Inc. (PALS), Bloomington, IN (2018)

Refuge Farms, Inc., Horse Rescue & Sanctuary, Spring Valley, WI (2018)

Refuge Ranch Ministries, BLOOMING PRAIRIE, MN (2018)

Ride On St. Louis, Inc., Kimmswick, MO (2018)

The Barn for Equine Learning, LOWELL, MI (2018)

South Atlantic

Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center, Burnsville, NC (2018)

Bridle Paths, McLean, VA (2018)

Brook Hill Farm, Forest, VA (2018)

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Johns Island, SC (2018)

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Abingdon, MD (2018)

Community Access, Incorporated, South Charleston, WV (2018)

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Lisbon, MD (2018)

Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Palm City, FL (2018)

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, Guyton, GA (2018)

Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, Inc., Dunkirk, MD (2018)

Great and Small, Boyds, MD (2018)

Hands and Hearts for Horses, THOMASVILLE, GA (2018)

Happy Hooves, Inc., MARIETTA, SC (2018)

Healing Hands Youth Ranch Inc., WALESKA, GA (2018)

Heartland Horses Equine Activities & Learning, Inc. (HHEAL), Avon Park, FL (2018)

Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center, Lexington, VA (2018)

Hope Therapy, Inc., Middleburg, FL (2018)

Horsepower, Inc., Colfax, NC (2018)

Horses Healing Hearts, Inc., Boynton Beach, FL (2018)

Maryland Horse Rescue, MOUNT AIRY, MD (2018)

McCormick Research Institute, SAINT CLOUD, FL (2018)

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, Clifton, VA (2018)

Pasture at Mercer Farm, CHADBOURN, NC (2018)

Prancing Horse, Inc., Southern Pines, NC (2018)

Project HORSE, Inc., Great Falls, VA (2018)

RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center, Clover, SC (2018)

Riley's Rescue Ranch, GUYTON, GA (2018)

Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc., Greenville, NC (2018)

S.T.A.R. Ranch, Waynesville, NC (2018)

Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc (SMART), Bradenton, FL (2018)

Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc, Hinesville, GA (2018)

Shining Hope Farms, Mount Holly, NC (2018)

South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Homestead, FL (2018)

Sunset TRP Inc, DBA Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center, Miami, FL (2018)

Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc., Upper Marlboro, MD (2018)

White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue, Burkeville, VA (2018)

South Central

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Inc. (CKRH), Lexington, KY (2018)

Dream Catcher Stables, Inc, Spring, TX (2018)

Equest, Dallas, TX (2018)

Healing with Horses Ranch, Manor, TX (2018)

Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation, GUTHRIE, OK (2018)

Horse Feathers Equine Center Inc., Guthrie, OK (2018)

Horse Haven of Tennessee, Inc, Knoxville, TN (2018)

JoyRide Center, Inc., Magnolia, TX (2018)

Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Lexington, KY (2018)

Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, Lexington, KY (2018)

Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch, Spring, TX (2018)

Red Barn Foundation AKA The Red Barn, Leeds, AL (2018)

Riding Unlimited Inc, Ponder, TX (2018)

Runnin' Free Ranch, ENNIS, TX (2018)

Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement Home, Inc., Gilmer, TX (2018)

Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc., Kingsport, TN (2018)

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, COLLIERVILLE, TN (2018)

Special Equestrians, Inc., Indian Springs, AL (2018)

Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc., Guthrie, OK (2018)

Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Longview, TX (2018)


Blue Rose Ranch, Inc., Springfield, CO (2018)

Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip (CHAPS) Equine Assisted Therapy, SHERIDAN, WY (2018)

Colorado Horse Rescue, Longmont, CO (2018)

Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Longmont, CO (2018)

Dream Catcher Therapy Center, Olathe, CO (2018)

Eagle Mount Bozeman, Bozeman, MT (2018)

Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary, Green Valley, AZ (2018)

Hearts & Horses, Loveland, CO (2018)

New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding, Santa Fe, NM (2018)

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, Elbert, CO (2018)

Rosie's Ranch, PARKER, CO (2018)


All About Equine Animal Rescue, El Dorado Hills, CA (2018)

Animals as Natural Therapy, Bellingham, WA (2018)

Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center, Siletz, OR (2018)

CANTER California, Los Gatos, CA (2018)

Healing Arenas, Inc., ESCALON, CA (2018)

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Santa Barbara, CA (2018)

Heavenly Horse Haven, Anza, CA (2018)

Hope for Horses, Inc., GALT, CA (2018)

Horses of Tir Na Nog, San Diego, CA (2018)

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Redmond, WA (2018)

National Center For Equine Assisted Therapy (NCEFT), Woodside, CA (2018)

NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, Bellingham, WA (2018)

Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship, La Mesa, CA (2018)

Pet Place International, YUCCA VALLEY, CA (2018)

REINS (Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs & Strengths), Bonsall, CA (2018)

Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc,, Sylmar, CA (2018)

Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program, Solvang, CA (2018)

Saving Horses, Inc, Encinitas, CA (2018)

Solid Ground Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy Center, KLAMATH FALLS, OR (2018)

Special Spirit Inc, Shadow Hills, CA (2018)

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EQUUS Foundation Guardians are equine charities that

• Shelter for America's horses at risk for abuse, neglect, and slaughter;
• Rehabilitate, retrain and re-home America's horses in transition with careers as athletes, companions, teachers, and especially healers;
• Offer retirement opportunities for aged horses that ensure that they are able to live out their lives in comfort and receive a peaceful and humane end of life;
• Provide opportunities for horses to change people's lives, especially in the area of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) for people with special needs.

As the only national charity 100% dedicated to protecting America's at-risk horses and to sharing the magic and power of horses with as many people as possible, the EQUUS Foundation is in a unique position to raise public awareness of the value of horses in our lives, but we need your help.

Sharing your extensive data about your programs, horse care practices, and governance will allow us to to gather and make use of critical information on a national scale.

While the Guardian designation is not an “endorsement”, being a Guardian provides vital information to individuals seeking information on the services provided by participating organizations, and also the means for participating organizations to share their best practices.


 • Only organizations designated as EQUUS Foundation Guardians are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation. Review our guidelines here.
 • Only organizations designated as Guardians are promoted in our social media.
 • Only organizations designated as Guardians are eligible to participate in our Next Chapters program for horse lovers to connect directly with organizations that have horses that are ready for adoption and with organizations that are looking for program horses. Horse lovers who may not be looking to adopt or place horses will also have the opportunity to make donations directly to participating organizations.
 • Only organizations designated as Guardians are eligible to be invited to participate in EQUUS Foundation Next Chapter events.
 • Only organizations designated as Guardians are eligible to participate in our Auction Rewards program, which allows our Guardians to provide auction items for EQUUS Foundation fundraising events. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the auction item(s) are distributed back to the Guardian that donates the item(s).


In order to be designated as a Guardian, an organization must first join our Equine Welfare Network. Click here to join our Equine Welfare Network.

If your organization is already participating on our network, click here to log into your network profile and follow the online instructions to update your Guardian information.