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  • Engaging people to embrace and witness the impact of horses to empower, teach and heal will enlarge the base of equine advocates and raise awareness of the mportant role of horses in our loves.

Equine Experiential Learning Initiative

The intent of the Equine Experiential Learning Initiative is to cultivate advocacy on behalf of horses, stimulate volunteerism and inspire a lifelong commitment to horse welfare.

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.

326 million
Population of the United States
294 million of the U.S. population live in cities of 50,000 or more
2 million of the U.S. population
owns horses

An updated human-horse model, based on different collaborative relationships between horses and humans, offers a more realistic plan for access to horses by people unable to experience the magic of horses through the traditional means of ownership and competition. Equine Assisted Services (EAS) offer one of the the best models 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.

For horses to remain an important part of American life and have a viable future, a paradigm shift in the perception of how people partner with horses is needed. The future of horses in America lies in the hands of their advocates.
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The human-equine relationship is threaded throughout the fabric of our history. Humanity has been able to spread far and wide on the backs of horses -- but the carnage of horses at the hands of humans is also well documented. Sadly, horses are still faced with the same challenges, continuing to put their future welfare in jeopardy.

The Horse: Commodity or Partner? is a free online learning experience to give you a deeper understanding of the positive impact of the horse-human bond in the past and present -- and facts for you to become an effective advocate to protect America's horses now and in the future.

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EQUUS Foundation

The EQUUS Foundation would like to express its appreciation to Dr. Terri Champney for helping to develop the Equine Experiential Learning Initiative and the Leonard I. Gilman Horses & Humans Grant. About Dr. Terri Champney >         

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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
and adults;

• 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.