As a founding partner in The Right Horse Initiative, we’re proud to support a national movement reframing the conversation about equine adoption. The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect.
The Right Horse Initiative has the primary goal of increasing the number of horses adopted annually nationwide and a secondary goal of providing more resources in communities to horse owners.
How We Help
WaterShed Animal Fund is empowering The Right Horse Initiative with long-term guidance and the development of infrastructure. We believe this to be a crucial element to the success of the Initiative in reaching its goals. Additionally, the Fund is dedicating significant resources to build and support pilot programs that will have a positive impact on horses in transition.
Regional Training Centers for Adoption Agencies
In some cases, horses may just need some minimal finishing training to transition to a new career; and in others horses may need complete training if they have never been ridden. Many of these equine adoption centers operate on small budgets and not all centers have the budget or the operational infrastructure to have trainers on staff. Pilot programs are currently working on addressing these budgetary and infrastructure deficiencies through collaboration and utilization of their combined resources.
Many neglect situations in this country are a result of a good family simply falling on hard times. Or in some cases, neglect can be a lack of information or education. The Right Horse believes providing alternatives – Open Admission Shelters, One-day Open Shelters and Owner Assistance programs – for owners in tough situations will reduce the number of bad outcomes for horses in transition. Supporting pilot programs that increase community resources for owners in need of assistance is crucial to the goals of the Initiative as well as facilitating safe outcomes for horses in transition.
Collaborations Between Welfare and Industry
The partners of The Right Horse share the same goal of improving the number of positive outcomes for horses in transition. The Right Horse identifies and empowers potential collaborations between the equine industry and the equine welfare industry to work together to create more placement opportunities for horses in transition.
Supporting the Initiative
The WaterShed Animal Fund and collaborative funders are currently funding pilot programs that would assist partner organizations in reaching these goals. Currently pilot programs are being funded in the following areas:
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