For the Love of Horses For the Love of Horses

For the Love of Horses

All horses, even champions of the racetrack and the show ring, are only one unlucky sale away from abuse, neglect and slaughter.

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our mission

The EQUUS Foundation is the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to safeguarding the comfort and dignity of America's horses throughout their lives and sharing their magic and power with as many people as possible. Our mission is to protect America's horses and strengthen the bond between horses and people.

EQUUS Foundation

Most horses will have multiple homes during their lifetimes, but thousands of horses suffer from abuse, neglect and being shipped off to slaughter each year.

Help us eliminate abuse and enrich the lives of people by increasing the number & capacity of organizations dedicated to:

Retraining and rehoming horses in transition;

Making the unique abilities of horses to
empower, teach and heal available to
more people.

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Horses shipped across the border to be slaughtered last year

48 million

People with disabilities in the United States


People with special needs currently assisted by America's horses


Horses currently assisting people with special needs

Today, the benefits of the horse-human bond are becoming more apparent. Horses thrill us as athletes, but they are also amazing teachers, companions and healers. Many more horses can be elevating the lives of people with and without special needs.

The Five Freedoms

The Five Freedoms
At the core of our mission is safeguarding the comfort and dignity of America's horses throughout their lives and sharing their ability to empower, teach and heal with as many people as possible. We are committed to ensuring that horses involved in any role and in any capacity - as athletes, companions, teachers and healers - are safe, protected, and treated with dignity as partners.

The Five Freedoms are internationally accepted standards of care that affirm every living being's right to humane treatment.

1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.

2. Freedom from discomfort
by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.

3. Freedom from pain, injury, or disease
by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.

4. Freedom to express normal behavior
by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal's own kind.

5. Freedom from fear and distress
by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Embracing the Five Freedoms ensures that we meet the mental and physical needs of animals in our care.

What We Do

EMPOWER equine charities to operate at the
highest standards for horse care and service
and be fully transparent by providing them with
financial support, recognition, guidance,
and resources
INSPIRE horse lovers to become horse
protectors by stimulating advocacy and
EDUCATE the public on the value of horses
in our lives by sharing stories of their amazing
achievements and contributions

For the Love of Horses

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Together, we can reduce the abuse and neglect of horses and the number of horses meeting cruel and premature deaths.

Together, we can elevate the lives of people through the magic and power of horses.

Together, we can increase the number and capacity of equine charities dedicated to protecting America's horses and providing equine assisted activities and therapies available to more people, especially people with special needs.

Together, we can improve the way America's horses are treated and perceived and ensure a humane and sustainable environment for horses now and in the future.

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When you look into a horse's eyes, what do you see?
At the EQUUS Foundation, we see Magic!


Horses give us joy every day! Please enjoy your day with more of our favorite photos here!