EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK
Affiliate Sign Up
Thank you for expressing interest in joining the Equine Welfare Network. The listing is provided free of charge to eligible organizations. The listing of an organization on this site does not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the EQUUS Foundation.
Our Network Affiliates are organizations other than 501c(3) public charities that are located in the United States and involved with horse welfare, the equestrian sport, equine industry, or offer an equine-related resource to the public. Affiliates may be non-profit organizations, such as trade or professional groups and government agencies or entities including public school systems.
Please review the Eligibility Requirements
below before completing the application. Please use proper grammar when completing this form. Check your spelling and do not use ALL CAPS.
Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT)
: Any activity that incorporates equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or ground-based, including horsemanship instruction adapted to the ability/disability of those receiving services aimed at contributing positively to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being, psychotherapy and/or mental health counseling aimed at achieving goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology treatment strategies that utilize equine movement, and experiential learning approaches that promote the development of life skills to achieve educational, professional and personal goals.
: Any difficulty or difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive disability or impairment) that require or benefit from instructors, specialists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators who have certified training for their scope of practice applicable to the people participating in the programs and specific to the program offerings. The difficulty may not be limited to a health issue but may result from the interaction between the individual and the society in which he or she lives arising from an abusive or unhealthy environment or situation and/or a lack of resources, including economic resources, placing them at risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes.
: Refers to being at-risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes. Youth are considered at-risk for a number of reasons, such as if they are homeless or transient, involved in drugs or alcohol, abused sexually, physically or emotionally, mentally ill, neglected at home or live in stressful family environments, lacking social or emotional supports, and involved with delinquent peers. At-Risk youth are likely to be involved in a number of risky behaviors, such as running away, skipping school, drinking underage, engaging in sexual behavior, displaying disruptive behavior, bullying/harassment, fighting, and committing acts of vandalism.
To be accepted as an affiliate on our network:
I. Organization must certify that:
• The organization provides or conducts real services, benefits, assistance or program activities related to horse welfare in the United States.
• The organization conducts publicity and promotional activities based upon its actual program and operations, and that these activities are truthful and non-deceptive, include all material facts, and make no exaggerated or misleading claims.
• The organization has operated for at least one full operating year.
• The organization may be required to provide documentation attesting to the organization's non-profit status.
• The organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, age, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.
II. Organization must provide programs that:
• Shelter, rehabilitate, and retrain America's horses at risk of abuse, neglect and slaughter and re-home them with careers as athletes, companions, teachers and especially healers;
• Provide opportunities for horses to change peoples' lives as athletes, companions, teachers and especially healers.