Green Chimneys Designated EQUUS Foundation Mentor

November 10, 2022

Green Chimneys has earned designation as an EQUUS Foundation Mentor by the renowned animal welfare charity dedicated to protecting America’s horses from peril, and strengthening the horse-human bond. The newly established Mentor accreditation is awarded annually to nonprofit organizations that operate at the highest standards, and meet EQUUS Foundation guidelines, for business and equine welfare practices.

Eligible nonprofits include those that:

  • Shelter and rehabilitate equines that have been subjected to mistreatment;
  • Retrain and re-home equines in transition with careers as athletes, companions, teachers, and healers;
  • Provide peaceful and humane retirement and end of life care for aged equines that ensures that they are able to live out their lives in comfort and with dignity;
  • Provide mutually beneficial opportunities for people and equines to partner for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being.

Mentor representatives also have the opportunity to serve as members of the EQUUS Foundation Equine Welfare Advisory Group, established to help identify challenges, long term goals, and emerging trends that could affect America’s horses, and explore ways that Mentor organizations can assist other organizations seeking to operate at the highest standards for business and equine welfare practices.

Animal welfare is at the core of the Green Chimneys mission. The role of the farm animals, horses and other species at Green Chimneys is to live in a mutually beneficial relationship, as partners to our students and staff. Great lengths are taken so each animal receives the utmost nutrition, housing, veterinary care and behavioral enrichment, and staff is vigilant in ensuring that the animals benefit as much from their interactions with people as the children do.

We are proud of our team of equine caretakers and instructors for their expertise and compassion in tending to our herd, their therapeutic work with students with special needs, and their commitment to the human-animal bond.

How equine activities fit into therapeutic education for Green Chimneys students