JOIN THE EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK
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.
Please review the eligibility requirements here
before completing the request.
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Please complete all the information and press SUBMIT. We will respond back to the email of the primary contact with either 1) login instructions to complete the request, 2) a request for additional information or 3) a notification that the request to join the Equine Welfare Network has been declined.
Equine Assisted Services (EAS)
: Activities that incorporate equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or unmounted, and are provided to people with special needs by credentialed service providers, that involve one or more of the following services: 1) psychotherapy and/or mental health counseling aimed at achieving goals set forth by the licensed mental health professional and the client, 2) occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology treatment strategies utilizing equine movement set forth by the licensed therapist and the client, 3) horsemanship instruction adapted to the ability/disability of those receiving services conducted by a certified professional for the purpose of contributing positively to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being, and 4) experiential learning approaches that promote the development of life skills to achieve educational, professional and personal goals conducted by a licensed educator, mental health professional and/or certified professional. These services are further defined in the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines for Conducting Equine Assisted Services
Organizations that do NOT conduct Equine Assisted Services in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines for Conducting Equine Assisted Services
, and the Optimal Terminology Summit For Services That Incorporate Horses To Benefit People Report
are eligible to participate on the Equine Welfare Network as Members until such time that there is industry-wide acceptance and enforcement of the terminology. For additional information about the Optimal Terminology Summit, click here
Only those organizations that conduct Equine Assisted Services in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines for Conducting Equine Assisted Services
are eligible to attain the Guardian designation, and, as such, also eligible for financial support from the EQUUS Foundation.
: 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.
: Refers to public education programs and activities that incorporate equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or unmounted, aimed at educating the public about the horse-human bond, issues impacting the welfare of horses, and how horses enhance lives of people that include, but are not limited to, off site visits with horses at hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, on site tours, seminars and clinics, camps, volunteer/community service programs, and able-bodied mounted and unmounted lessons - OTHER THAN Equine Assisted Services (EAS) that require a credentialed service provider.
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