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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

Beech Brook Farm Inc., Mystic, CT

Draft Gratitude, WINCHESTER, NH

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

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

Granite State Adaptive, MIRROR LAKE, NH

Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Rehoboth, MA

H.O.R.S.E. of CT, Inc., Washington, CT

Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center, Naugatuck, CT

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

Little Britches Therapeutic Riding, Woodbury, CT

Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Middletown, CT

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

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

Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam, CT

Red Skye Foundation, BETHANY, CT

Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, Windham, ME

Rising Starr Horse Rescue, West Redding, CT

UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Goffstown, NH

We Will Ride Therapeutic Riding Inc., Ridgefield, CT

Middle Atlantic

13 Hands Equine Rescue Inc, BEDFORD HILLS, NY

Artemis Farm Rescue, Inc., ANCRAMDALE, NY

Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc, Honeoye, NY

Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Buffalo, NY

Celtic Charms Inc, Howell, NJ

Compassionate Friends Therapeutic Riding Center, Medford, NJ

Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., BEDFORD, NY

Equi-librium, Inc., Nazareth, PA

G.A.I.T. Inc., Milford, PA

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

Gleneayre Equestrian Program, Lumberton, NJ

Godspeed Horse Hostel Inc., AMENIA, NY

Green Chimneys Children's Services, Inc., Brewster, NY

Heavenly Gaits Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Knox, PA

Kali's Klub House Inc., Apalachin, NY

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Inc., Dover Plains, NY

Mane Stream, Inc., Oldwick, NJ

New Beginnings Thoroughbreds, Inc, Cranbury, NJ

Nickers N' Neighs Therapeutic Riding Center aka Stoneybrook Foundation, Acme, PA

North Shore Horse Rescue, Baiting Hollow, NY

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

Our Farm Equine Rescue, Inc., NORTH SALEM, NY

PA Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation & Rescue, HARRISBURG, PA

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

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

ReRun, East Greenbush, NY

Riding with HEART, Pittstown, NJ

Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue, Varysburg, NY

Special Equestrians, Warrington, PA

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

Standardbred Retirement Foundation, Millstone Twp, NJ

The Thoroughbred Connection, Adah, PA

North Central

Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Inc, Elkhart Lake, WI

Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center, OXFORD, MI

Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement, Emmett, MI

Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center, NORWICH, OH

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

Copper Horse Crusade, CAMBRIDGE, OH

Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, Chagrin Falls, OH

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

La Crescent Area Healthy Community Partnership, Hokah, MN

Majestic Hills Ranch Foundation, Bloomington, MN

Maple Grove Horse Sanctuary, PLYMOUTH, WI (2018)

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

Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Rice Lake, WI

North Country R.I.D.E., Esko, MN

Out Side In, Inc., Grand Haven, MI

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

Providence Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Morral, OH

RE-RIDE Quarter Horse Adoption Program, Marysville, OH

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

Refuge Ranch Ministries, BLOOMING PRAIRIE, MN (2018)

Ride On St. Louis, Inc., Kimmswick, MO

White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Morrison, IL

South Atlantic

Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center, Burnsville, NC (2018)

Bridle Paths, McLean, VA

Brook Hill Farm, Forest, VA

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Johns Island, SC

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Abingdon, MD

CORRAL Riding Academy, Cary, NC

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Lisbon, MD

Equestrian Inc., Tampa, FL

Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Palm City, FL

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, Guyton, GA

Great and Small, Boyds, MD

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

Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center, Lexington, VA

Horsepower, Inc., Colfax, NC

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, Clifton, VA

Prancing Horse, Inc., Southern Pines, NC

Project HORSE, Inc., Great Falls, VA

Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc., Lyerly, GA

Reining Hope Inc., SPRING GROVE, VA

RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center, Clover, SC (2018)

Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue Inc., Hardy, VA

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

S.T.A.R. Ranch, Waynesville, NC

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

Saving Grace Farm, Inc., Salisbury, NC

Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc, Hinesville, GA

Shining Hope Farms, Mount Holly, NC

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

Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc., Upper Marlboro, MD

Unbridled Change, Boones Mill, VA

White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue, Burkeville, VA

Wings of Eagles Ranch, Concord, NC

South Central

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

Changing Leads Thoroughbred Retraining Project, BIRMINGHAM, AL

Dream Catcher Stables, Inc, Spring, TX

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN

Healing with Horses Ranch, Manor, TX

Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation, GUTHRIE, OK

Horse Feathers Equine Center Inc., Guthrie, OK

Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Lexington, KY

Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, Lexington, KY

Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch, Spring, TX

Red Barn Foundation AKA The Red Barn, Leeds, AL

Redemption Road Rescue, Jackson, TN

Riding Unlimited Inc, Ponder, TX

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

SIRE, Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, Houston, TX

Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc., Kingsport, TN

Special Equestrians, Inc., Indian Springs, AL

Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Longview, TX


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

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

Colorado Horse Rescue, Longmont, CO

Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Longmont, CO

Eagle Mount Bozeman, Bozeman, MT

Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary, Green Valley, AZ

Hearts & Horses, Loveland, CO

Horse Rescue Idaho Inc., Eagle, ID

Mustang Camp, BLANCO, NM

New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding, Santa Fe, NM

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, Elbert, CO

Rosie's Ranch, PARKER, CO

Spirit Therapies, Las Vegas, NV

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT), Tucson, AZ


All About Equine Animal Rescue, El Dorado Hills, CA

Animals as Natural Therapy, Bellingham, WA

California Coastal Horse Rescue, Oak View, CA

CANTER California, Los Gatos, CA

Catholic Charities St. Vincent's School for Boys, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Connected Horse, ROCKLIN, CA

Dream Catcher of L.A. Therapeutic Riding Centers, Marina Del Rey, CA

Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska, Anchorage, AK

Forward Stride, Beaverton, OR

Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc., Petaluma, CA

Healing Arenas, Inc., ESCALON, CA

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Santa Barbara, CA

Heavenly Horse Haven, Anza, CA

Horse Heritage Educational Program, Valley, WA

Horses of Tir Na Nog, San Diego, CA

Humanity for Horses, Mount Shasta, CA

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Redmond, WA

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

NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, Bellingham, WA

Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship, La Mesa, CA

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

Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc,, Sylmar, CA

Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program, Solvang, CA

Saving Horses, Inc, Encinitas, CA

Special Spirit Inc, Shadow Hills, CA

The Fund for Animals - Duchess Sanctuary, Oakland, OR

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EQUUS Foundation Guardians are equine charities that

• Shelter, rehabilitate, and retrain America's horses at risk for abuse, neglect, and slaughter, and re-home them with careers as athletes, companions, teachers, and especially healers.
• 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 eligible to be invited to participate in EQUUS Foundation events. The EQUUS Foundation held three Equine Adoption events at high-profile horse shows in 2017. Planning is underway to expand these events and also include EAAT charities in need of horses.
 • 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. The Next Chapters platform offers re-homing organizations the opportunity to post 'Equine Available' listings describing adoptable horses and equine-assisted therapy organizations the opportunity to post 'Equine Wanted' listings describing the suitable horses they are seeking. Horse lovers who may not be looking to adopt or place horses will also have the opportunity to make donations directly to participating organizations that are re-homing horses and making the ability of horses to empower, teach and heal available to more people.
 • 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.