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We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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Red Barn Foundation AKA The Red Barn



Red Barn Foundation AKA The Red Barn
2722 Bailey Road
Leeds AL 35094
205-223-1362

Tax ID/EIN: 45-2593191
Year Founded: 2012
Last Updated 2017-05-04

Public Charity


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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
The mission of The Red Barn is to promote and support equine assisted activities to individuals of all abilities and circumstances, especially children.

Horse-related programs:
The Saddle Up program provides weekly individual or small group therapeutic riding lessons and horsemanship classes for students with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities, as well as those considered at-risk or having special circumstances. One of the goals of this program is to teach horsemanship skills to those who could not be served at other barns.<br/><br/>Horse Play is an inclusive program for those with or without disabilities where groups of children come to the barn to participate in educational, recreational, and therapeutic activities. Horse Play can include academic enrichment classes, art and music sessions, horsemanship classes, or day camps. Regardless of the activity, horses are always integrated in to the curriculum.<br/><br/>The Take the Reins program can be a combination of any of our other programs. It is defined by the participants rather than the activity. Participants in this program are veterans, active or inactive military personnel, and their families.<br/><br/>The Training program is designed to educate prospective therapeutic riding instructors and assist in the development and growth of similar agencies. It also provides opportunities for continued education for our staff and volunteers. This involves hosting clinics on site, such as Horse Boy and Natural Lifemanship, as well as mentor hours for prospective instructors.

Non-horse-related programs:
All of our programs are horse related, but we have small farm animals (presently, goats and bunnies) on site. These animals are used frequently in our programs. Students may pet the animals, as well as perform general cleaning or care duties with the assistance of a staff member.


Volunteer Opportunities


Supply Drive Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
Our budget is really tight so we love it when our volunteers organize supply drives for us to collect necessary items like toilet paper, paper towels, stamps, copy paper, printer ink, bottled water, snacks, baby wipes, post-it notes, pens, pencils, crayons, and lots of other items. Check out our amazon wishlist to learn more. This is a great way for younger children to develop leadership and organizational skills.

Event Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
We love a great party, especially when there's food involved! Come help us organize special events to raise funds for our programs, show appreciation to our donors, honor veterans, or just for whatever excuse we can come up with. In the summer we have our Kentucky Derby Party and Wine Dinner. In June we've got a 10K Race and an event honoring Vietnam Veterans. In the fall we have Bluegrass and Burgers, and over the holidays we'll have our year end campaign. We need your help to make these possible!

Work Group Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
Organize a work group to come help us care for the property, tack, stalls, and any other project that's going on. Work groups are a great way to build teamwork within your own group, as well as helping us with projects that need to be completed. Did you know that corporate volunteer programs allow employees to enhance teamwork, communication, project management, and people skills without high costs of professional skill-building courses?

Barn Chores Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
Poop happens and we need your help to clean it up. Plus, there are water buckets and troughs to clean, walls to dust, weeds to pull, and horses to groom. Due to our accreditation requirements, volunteers must be at least 14 years old, but no previous horse experience is required. All volunteers must attend a training, pass an online test, pass two background checks, and attend a 3 hour orientation. It may take a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it to ensure the safety of our students.

Horse Play Camp Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
Due to our accreditation requirements, volunteers must be at least 14 years old, but no previous horse experience is required. All volunteers must attend a training, pass an online test, pass two background checks, and attend a 3 hour orientation. It may take a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it to ensure the safety of our students. Camp volunteers do not have to make a weekly commitment. We also welcome your special talents to help with art, music, outdoor education, and anything else that would make our camp great!

Saddle Up Riding Lesson Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
Due to our accreditation requirements, volunteers must be at least 14 years old, but no previous horse experience is required. All lesson volunteers must attend a training, pass an online test, pass two background checks (if over age 18), and attend a 3 hour orientation. It may take a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it to ensure the safety of our students. To help us ensure consistency for our students, we ask for a weekly one hour commitment for the term, which is usually about 8-10 weeks.

Wish List Items


Red Barn Wish List
Bottled water
Forever Stamps
Office supplies (pens, file folders, post-it notes, copy paper, staples)
Printer Ink (HP201A, HP951, HP952XL)
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Individually packaged snacks
Hot chocolate
Shampoo
Batteries (9V, AA, AAA)
Trash bags
Fiebings saddle soap
Wasp and hornet spray
Paint for horses (washable tempera)
Art supplies (markers, construction paper, crayons)
Cleaning supplies (dishwashing liquid, Clorox wipes, baby wipes, paper towels, Windex)
Hand lotion
Hand soap