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    Do Unto Others

    The spirit of giving back and helping the community has always been integral to Western culture, And the slew of Western-oriented charities is evidence. Here’s a look at four prominent organizations that work to spread goodwill and good ol’ American values. ... MORE
    Therapist Vera Lijistrand and patient Wade West share a moment during his speech therapy session on Dooleys Blue Lake. Journal photo.

    Horseback Riding with a Higher Purpose

    American Quarter Horses help to create a better quality of life at Skyline Therapy Services. ... MORE

    “Scribbles”: A Horse Rescue That Beat All The Odds

    Saved from slaughter, Scribbles' amazing story will warm your heart and hopefully bring more happy endings to other horses in need of rescue. ... MORE

    Horses Healing Hearts Brings Smiles to Children

    Horses Healing Hearts helps children raised with addiction in their home by working with horses. ... MORE
    Quarter Horses have brought some calm to the storm for Jacob, as well as many others. Journal photo.

    Horseback Riding for the Soul

    This Warrior Wellness program and its American Quarter Horses serve those who served their country. ... MORE
    Roy Exum

    The Humane Society of the United States Honors Roy Exum as Humane Horseman of the Year

    Journalist Recognized as a Champion for Tennessee Walking Horses and the Horse Protection Act ... MORE

    Horse Trails are Disappearing

    Learn how you can conserve land for horse-related activities, with this bulletin from the Equine Land Conservation Resource. ... MORE

    2012 International Equestrian Award Winners Announced by PATH Intl.

    November 2012--The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Award Winners were honored November 2, 2012, at the annual PATH Intl. Awards Banquet. ... MORE

    Horses n Heroes

    Horses n Heroes is a non-profit organization that helps girls learn tools to help them with life, tools like respect and responsibility through working with and riding horses. ... MORE
    The EQUUS Foundation Announces 2011 Grant Awards

    EQUUS Foundation & Animal Planet Provide Hope for Horses and Humans

    "Rescue, Re-Train and Re-Home," is the tagline selected by the EQUUS Foundation for its participation in Animal Planet's R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) matching campaign at ... MORE

    Video: Horses of Hope Therapeutic Riding

    Horses of Hope - The Dream is a feature that shows how therapeutic riding can impact the lives of those who participate. ... MORE

    AQHA Equipment Rules

    All of these changes are based on recommendations from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission, which was appointed earlier this year by the Executive Committee to ensure the welfare of the American Quarter Horse. ... MORE
    Preserving our trails for the future is possible with a little planning. (Journal photo)

    Being a Good Steward

    Horseback riding can be even more enjoyable when you’re helping protect and share the land. ... MORE

    PATH Intl. Attests to the Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship

    The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) wishes to offer some clarity and perhaps a re-introduction for some to the organization and the work it does on behalf of those with special needs. ... MORE

    Red Bucket Equine Rescue Finds Homes for Abused, Abandoned, Neglected Horses

    Orange County Donors Step Up, Help Secure New Ranch Following Eviction ... MORE
    Summer Sox for Horses

    Rescue Me: Sox for Horses, Inc. Walks the Talk

    Adopt or give generously to those who have made it their life’s mission to rescue and re-home animals. ... MORE

    Video: Thoroughbred Retirement: Why It’s the Right Thing to Do

    July 2012--Susan Kayne shares the story of her horse's injury and her decision to retire him as a part of responsible ownership ... MORE
    Bert, a Diamond in the Rough rescue

    Rescue Partnership Gives Horses a Second Chance

    Recent economic challenges have caused many horse owners to voluntarily surrender their animals, putting a huge burden on rescue organizations. Out of this crisis, some organizations have partnered with veterinary clinics to become safe havens for horses. ... MORE

    Gracie’s Law Would Give True Value to Companion Animals

    Veterinarian Kenneth Newman's book is a touching memoir about the dogs in his life--experiences that have led to his proposal for Gracie's Law--legislation with meaning for everyone who has horses and pets. ... MORE

    Video: How to Change a Life

    The Flag Foundation for horse/human partnership re-purposes race horses as teachers in the emerging field of equine-guided education. ... MORE
    AHC Comments on America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

    The Future is in Your Hands – Take the Reins!!

    The American Horse Council (AHC) discusses what you can do to give strength to the horse industry. ... MORE

    Learn How To Save Space For Horses in Your Town

    Presenters at the ELCR sessions show ways to protect horse farms, ranches and trails, and plan for new trails and horse facilities. ... MORE
    Courtesy Abilities Conference

    Retrained Thoroughbreds Help Autistic, Disabled Kids

    Joell Dunlap's Square Peg Foundation enables horse and rider teams to help one another in critical, life affirming ways. ... MORE

    Never Too Young to Make a Difference

    Thirteen-year-old Lacey Jo Edge helps with the Unwanted Horse Coalition and Operation Gelding. ... MORE
    Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) Expands Foster Care Options

    Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) Expands Foster Care Options

    The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) announces a new way to virtually sponsor retired thoroughbreds. ... MORE
    American Horse Council logo

    American Horse Council

    Millions of Americans enjoy recreational and trail riding each year. The American Horse Council (AHC) works to make sure that equestrians have access to America’s public land now and continue to have access in the future. ... MORE
    Hannah's Horseshoes of Hope

    Hannah’s Horseshoes of Hope

    Having a grandchild with Down's Syndrome inspires a couple to found a program of therapeutic riding experiences for children and adults. From American Cowboy magazine. ... MORE
    What Every Horse Lover Should Know About Purchase of Development Rights (PDR)

    What Every Horse Lover Should Know About Purchase of Development Rights (PDR)

    There are tools available to help protect our precious farms and hay fields for riding. One such tool is a Purchase of Development Rights program, also referred to as PDR or PACE programs (purchase of agricultural conservation easements). ... MORE
    Conservation Easements:  What Are They And How Can Horse Farm Owners Benefit From Their Use?

    Conservation Easements: What Are They And How Can Horse Farm Owners Benefit From Their Use?

    Conservation easements are a primary tool for land protection in the United States. Federal, state and estate tax incentives as well as personal desire to restrict wide-scale development continue to increase such protection of land and landscapes. ... MORE
    Horsin’ Around--Therapy That Is Fun

    Horsing Around–Therapy That Is Fun

    Equine-assisted therapy. Hippotherapy. Therapeutic riding. These are all terms that have specific definitions, but they share a common goal of helping the disabled become enabled through interaction with horses, whether it’s riding, grooming, touching, or just being near the corral watching. ... MORE
    Vanishing Mustangs: the U.S. Native Species Could Become Extinct

    Vanishing Mustangs: the U.S. Native Species Could Become Extinct

    Joe Camp describes the American mustang as being on the verge of extinction. The indigenous wild horses are at the heart of a range war over control of public grazing rights in the western states. ... MORE
    Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Community

    Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Community

    The purpose of the organization is to bring at risk racehorses--those whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end--to Old Friends and provide them with the dignified retirement they deserve. ... MORE

    Technical Large Animal Rescue Training at Eastern Kentucky University

    The four-day Technical Large Animal Rescue Training course (TLAR) aims to teach emergency responders the most efficient techniques to save oversized animals in catastrophic situations. ... MORE

    Unwanted Horses Are on the Increase

    March 2011--“Tens of thousands of horses end their days unwanted, unneeded or unusable,” according to the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) headquartered in Washington, D.C. ... MORE

    Where Will My Son Ride in the Future?

    More than 6,000 acres of open land fall to developers every day. Strassburger, who works with the Equine Land Conservation Resource, discusses the potential impact of vanishing space on equestrian events and the ability to grow hay and grain to feed horses. ... MORE

    Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center

    BITS is a registered non-profit organization and offers many kinds of therapy, from hippotherapy for those with physical disabilities to the Spirit Horse autism therapy program that Michael is going through. ... MORE
    Above and Beyond 4-H Club. Courtesy Serenity at Last Farm

    ReRun and 4-H: A Great Combo for Recycled Thoroughbreds

    Retired race horses are projects for members of the Above and Beyond 4-H Club in Monmouth County. The club, fittingly named Serenity at Last, is where the Thoroughbreds find not only sanctuary at the end of their first career at the track, but also love and a new job. ... MORE

    Adopting a Rescue Horse–What You Need to Know

    Doing your research before you adopt a rescue horse can help you avoid trouble and find a suitable match. Unless you do your homework, taking in a horse from a rescue facility (which places otherwise "unwanted" horses with new owners) or from any other "free" source could spell trouble or even disaster. ... MORE
    Mr. Magnolia

    American Quarter Horses Used in Equine Therapy

    Mr. Magnolia Zip accumulated a list of AQHA championships few could rival. Now the 18-year-old gelding is happily involved in being a therapeutic riding horse at the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, North Carolina. ... MORE

    Equestrians: Leave No Trace on the Trail

    Leave No Trace is a personal commitment to good stewardship of the land. Those who practice LNT have a way of using and interacting with the land with as little impact as possible. ... MORE
    Equestrians, Sprawl, and Land Use Planning – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

    Equestrians, Sprawl, and Land Use Planning; Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

    There was a time when equestrians did not need to be concerned about development as a threat to our hobby, sport and industry; but that time has long since passed. As the U.S. ... MORE
    Draft Horse

    United in Light Draft Horse Rescue

    At United in Light there are acres of land created to retire all mature draft horse breeds that have been rescued from an untimely death. They are rehabilitated to their optimal health and allowed to live in a herd family of other draft horses throughout the rest of their lives. ... MORE

    Horse Rescue and Adoption Resources

    If you’ve decided that adopting an unwanted horse is right for you, here are some useful contacts. ... MORE
    Rescue Foals

    Whispering Hills Horse Rescue

    In the Catskills of New York, the owners of a small stable called Whispering Hills pursue a noble task--saving doomed horses and giving them a "job" teaching people to ride. ... MORE

    For Special Riders Only

    Body and Spirit, based at the McFadden Ranch in Greybull, WY, is a therapeutic riding program for the mentally or physically challenged. ... MORE

    The Camden Equine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Center

    The Camden Equine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Center offers the latest techniques, veterinary technology and alternative sports medicine to assist in injury recovery, post-surgical care, and accelerated conditioning. ... MORE

    Equestrian Aid Foundation

    Today, Equestrian Aid Foundation's Mission is to build a membership based organization to assist anyone in the equestrian world suffering from life threatening illness, catastrophic accidents or injuries by providing direct financial support for their medical or other basic needs. ... MORE

    Kentucky Horse Park Partnership Helps Injured and Unwanted Horses

    An injured racehorse named Cutter gets a second chance, thanks to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and the Kentucky Horse Park’s Professional Horseman’s Course. ... MORE
    Rescue donkeys

    Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue

    Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue, founded in 2007, is New England's only non profit donkey and mule rescue organization. It is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of donkeys and mules in need. ... MORE

    What is ACTHA?

    ACTHA's mission is to provide an enjoyable venue showcasing the wonderful attributes of the great American trail horses; to maintain a registry open to all breeds and a point designation system which will stay with them for their lifetimes, thereby adding to their value and distinction; and to enable the humane treatment of horses in need. ... MORE
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