As everyone wraps up their Thanksgiving festivities and Black Friday shopping, Team Equivont would like to remind everyone that the spirit of giving goes beyond friends and family. Specifically, today (December 1, 2020) is Giving Tuesday, a movement that encourages giving back to those in need.
Obviously Equivont hosts numerous trainers, businesses, and retailers, but we also take pride in our partnerships with equine nonprofits. Learn more about each of our partnered nonprofits and how you can support them below.
Meet Our Partnered Nonprofits:
Through innovative programs, clinics and seminars, Goodtoknow Horses, a 501(c)3, seeks to help people improve their horsemanship skills and understanding of the horse, in turn, improving the lives of their partners, the horses. The primary objective is to provide education to people for the good of the horse through events, workshops, lectures and seminars, and to provide public and charitable services with this purpose.
Donate to Good To Know Horses here
The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association is the leading organization for training, certification, support and resources in equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development. It sets the global standard with over 500 programs located in over 40 countries.
Donate to Eagala here
Red Bucket was founded because they couldn’t turn their backs. They understand that “rescue is only the beginning,” and have created a model of rescue that significantly increases the probability of success. They are committed to saving and serving slaughter-bound, abused, high-risk and desperate horses. Their dedicated team lovingly cares for the horses as they heal and are assessed, rehabilitated and trained in preparation for their forever homes. Once the horse is carefully matched with an adopter, the Field Support Team partners with the adopter to remove any barriers to success and facilitates a happy and safe transition. Red Bucket's program removes obstacles and provides the tools, training and support that help keep the horses happy and safe in their new home.
Donate to Red Bucket Equine Rescue here
Little Hooves Rescue was started at the beginning of 2019 and while fairly new as an organization, the passion and history of rescuing animals spans the entire lifetime of founders Savanah Stuart and Taylor Loew. Having been involved with rescuing miniatures from the kill pens and auctions in Texas, they are responsible for the rehoming of 30+ miniature horses and donkeys to date.
Donate to Little Hooves Mini Horse Rescue here
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that employs equine-assisted activities and therapies to inspire, strengthen, and motivate people of all ages and capabilities. Located overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara, Hearts offers life-changing experiences to people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. Since opening in 1985, thousands of individuals of all ages and disabilities have benefited from therapeutic riding. Today they have 18 horses and serve 95 participants per week.
Donate to Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center here
Fire And Ice Horse Training and Rescue was created by Jennifer Osborne. They are an official nonprofit 501(c)3 organization approved by IRS on June 23, 2013, EIN#46-0578098. Fire and Ice Horse Rescue was started to provide and avenue for Thoroughbred horses to be retrained and re-homed as riding horses after they are done racing. The horses will be guided through the use of natural horsemanship and potential adopters will be educated in the horse's care prior to adoption. With this process these fine equine athletes will be rescued from possible slaughter and abuse.
Donate to Fire and Ice Horse Training and Rescue here
Bella Run Equine is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of slaughter-bound horses... RESPONSIBLY.
Donate to Bella Run Equine here
Free Rein rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes horses that have been abused and enlists their incredible “horse sense” in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) programs. The use of horses in the treatment and training of humans is a non-traditional therapeutic approach. Activities provide opportunities to explore ways of managing difficult situations, fears, attitudes, and ways of being in relationships and society.
Donate to Free Rein Foundation here
Heroes, Horses and Hounds is a 501c3, non-profit dedicated to improving our communities by helping the people and animals in them. Their mission is to save two lives at once by rescuing unwanted horses and dogs and retraining them for service and animal assisted programs. By offering a wide variety of programs, they are able to reach a large number of people. Their classes and programs are designed to help Veterans, Kids at risk, People recovering from strokes and using prosthetics, inmates, and people with PTSD and Autism. We also offer educational programs for schools and libraries.
Donate to Heroes, Horses, & Hounds here
Blue Rider Stables' mission is to offer a holistic educational environment, in which people and animals can safely interact, and through their mutual therapeutic experiences, broaden the scope of their lives. Equines are known to be healers of body, mind and spirit. Let them help their wisdom guide you. Their emphasis is on responsibility, safety and the joy of being with horses. They offer bareback riding programs for people of all ages and walks of life.
Donate to Blue Rider Stables here
Founded by Lia Ray, breast cancer survivor, Ray of Sunshine Equestrian Therapy facilitates meetings with healing horses, in a safe environment full of nature, open sky and fresh air. This is a place where patients, family members, friends and caregivers affected by cancer can just breathe. Be in the now. Forget cancer exists, even if just for a moment.
Donate to Ray of Sunshine Equestrian Therapy here
TROTT (Training Racehorses Off The Track) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing OTTBs with opportunities for new careers beyond the track. Through rehabilitation and retraining, they ensure each OTTB donated to TROTT has the chance to learn the new skills necessary for life as a pleasure or show horse in a non-racing home. TROTT believes that a horse with an “education,” or basic training, has a greater chance to lead a successful life off the racetrack. OTTBs have the versatility and desire to have another job beyond the track--they only need a little help to transition.
Donate to TROTT USA here
The American Mustang is a magnificent horse who exemplifies the spirit of the west. With the creation of “The Ranch” Montana's Wild Horse Sanctuary aims to educate all visitors about this beautiful and strong animal. These horses deserve to live out their lives roaming free over a sprawling 1600 acre ranch under the Montana sky. The purpose of the ranch is multifaceted, primarily to acquire the Mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management, (BLM) holding pens. The Mustangs exhibiting promising temperament will experience gentle handling with natural horsemanship methods to ready them for adoption. The remainder of horses will be let alone to graze freely as they would in the wild. The secondary aspect is the utilization of the ranch as a destination center to educate the public on the plight of the American Mustang as well as how rewarding and versatile owning this spirited animal can be.
Donate to Montana's Wild Horse Sanctuary and Guest Ranch here
SRF provides humane care and services for horses in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, lifelong follow-up, or lifetime sanctuary; and offers therapeutic equine opportunities for children, and adults.
Donate to Standardbred Retirement Foundation here
Equine Racers became an official 501c3 non profit as of February 2014, however has been in operation since 2005 placing over 700 horses into new careers off the track. Equine Racers operates as 2 different functions of helping retiring racehorses. The first function being an outlet for racing Owners/Trainers to find their retiring horses new homes off the track. These horses are owned and cared for by their racing connections and reside at either the racetrack or their racing farm. Equine Racers provides a service for them and their prices reflect what the racing connections are asking. These horses do not follow an adoption process and may be resold. The second function of Equine Racers are the horses they have been able to take into their care, either from track owners that can no longer care for the horse, as well as taking horses straight from the auction into their care. These horses are put into a training program or out on lay up if needed before becoming available to the public.
Donate to Equine Racers here
Riders United is dedicated to recognizing, understanding, and appreciating the differences that make us all unique; sharing the passion of horses with those from all walks of life; strengthening the physical and mental well-being of both rider and horse; and proving that anything is possible through the power of optimism and humanitarian values. They are committed to embracing and celebrating diversity of all kinds through sharing a passion for horses and use unique and trans-formative approaches for both rider and horse to support each other’s physical and personal development.
Donate to Riders United here
This non-profit, 501(c)3 organization was founded in 2007 out of Meg Vanderbilt’s passion to help hurting children by allowing them to find hope and healing through a relationship with a horse. All of the horses and animals have a story when they arrive at the Ranch. Children can often identify with these physical or emotional scars that the horses present. Clients work together with the therapy team which includes a licensed professional, an equine specialist and of course…a horse! Clients find this type of therapy powerful and effective. Beginning August 2016, the Ranch now offers Therapeutic Riding services for special needs clients. The Ranch is founded on Biblical principles and the love of Jesus Christ.
*Donate to Bit of Hope Ranch here
Equis Save Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of horses. Adoption is made possible through their ambassador programs and partnerships. Many of their horses are trained to compete, work and trail ride. Their dedicated equestrian team will help place the horse based on the needs, goals, and requirements of the new guardians.
Donate to Equis Save Foundation here
The San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition frequently represents the voice of the horse community at the city, county, and state levels. They lean on the insights of their members and the community to preserve the equestrian lifestyle. They encourage the collaboration of equestrians, friends of equestrians, horse enthusiasts, and local businesses.
*Donate to the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition here
Wellspring Thoroughbreds' intention is to cast a spotlight on Thoroughbreds by showcasing the “elite” of the breed to a new generation of equestrians and offer them at affordable adoption fees. It is their goal to seek out, acquire and train the best of the breed. These are OTTB’s that possess the qualities desired to successfully represent the breed in the sport horse disciplines. By increasing the awareness of equestrians to the great qualities Thoroughbreds offer as multi-discipline sport horses, many over time will be saved and given the chance for a second career.
Donate to Wellspring Thoroughbreds here
Good Hope Equestrian Training Center has served the equestrian recreational/sport and rehabilitative needs of individuals within South Florida since 1999, augmenting their horsemanship skills, independence, employability potential, and quality of life. Using the equine as its tool, Good Hope offers an array of innovative programs serving more than 400 underserved Miami-Dade County residents annually.
Donate to Good Hope Equestrian Training Center here
Sweetbeau Horses' mission is to both save, train, and adopt out American Mustangs. It is their goal for these highly trained mustangs to be adopted by qualified forever homes, and to be their ambassadors bringing awareness to the abilities of this magnificent breed. Through education they want to inspire the public to actively take a stand against the threat to the freedom and very lives of these icons of our American history. Their mission includes growing our capabilities to provide equine therapy for military and first responders suffering from PTSD.
Donate to Sweetbeau Horses here
Although a monetary donation is extra helpful this Giving Tuesday during the difficult restrictions imposed by COVID-19, all of our partnered nonprofits accept other forms of aid year round, from supplies to volunteers. Check out all of our nonprofits out to learn more about how you can contribute!