Support America's Horse Cares
Through the use of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT), thousands of special-needs individuals experience the freedom of mobility. The rhythmic movement of a horse mimics the human gait and allows those with physical, cognitive or emotional limitations to enjoy the same freedoms able-bodied riders may take for granted. Riders move fluidly with the horse in a way most have never experienced, and in turn help improve balance, muscle strength and flexibility.
In 2002, the Foundation embarked on a journey to help ensure special-needs individuals experience this freedom. An overwhelming response in grant requests illustrated a growing need for assistance and paved the way for “America’s Horse Cares.” This program strives to facilitate a partnership between the noble and gentle nature of the American Quarter Horse and riders who require additional care and patience.
Therapists, adaptive riding instructors, horse handlers and various volunteers oversee the individualized therapy and or educational activities specifically developed for each client. Through the America’s Horse Cares grant program, the Foundation awards funding to centers who strive to improve the quality of life for those with special needs.
Through the years, our collaborative work with the EAAT industry has allowed us to better understand the need for educational opportunities that offer horse industry professionals in the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies the ability to share their experience and talents with special-needs riders.
Our vision is to foster and facilitate the development of industry professionals who continuously raise the EAAT standard of practice to ensure the highest level of programs and services are provided to special-needs individuals. Because of the horse, we can all make dreams come true.
To make a donation to the America's Horse Cares grant program by phone, please contact us at (806) 378-5040.