What does retirement for a horse really mean? What does it mean for a horse to be “put out to pasture”? Because we live in a world where people ... and horses... are at times considered to be disposable.
On Sunday, November 1st, By The Love Of Horses examines the idea of retirement for horses and the need for a different model of human-equine interaction, such as encouraged by The Equus Foundation's Equine Experiential Learning Initiative.
We explore these ideas and the goals and mission of the Equus Foundation by welcoming its VP of Engagement, special guest, Valerie Angeli.
The EQUUS Foundation believes that every horse deserves a second chance and a humane retirement. They raise money to help horses and then distribute it to numerous groups seeking to do the same.
The Foundation also seeks to meet the needs of those with disabilities for equine therapy.
As a rider at 60 years old, I believe that all can benefit from the secret of riding. I myself raised with a British background, take inspiration from the Queen who continues to ride at 94 years old. I believe that the same can be true for today’s youth. Riding can give them hope that they can overcome the challenges that they face and give them the confidence to become all that they can.
I was moved by the calls I received after my interview with Libby Znaimer from women and men who told me their stories of their love of horses and riding. They told me how riding set them up to overcome their circumstances. Some came out of the Depression, some out of World War II... these riders did not let these experiences dampen their efforts to achieve a full and happy life and make a contribution to their respective communities. All mentioned that riding helped immeasurably in this. They believe that riding gave them the confidence in themselves and in their ability to do something ... to go after what they wanted their lives to be.
If you are interested in sharing your experiences of riding in the past, or more recently with regard to today's youth, on my upcoming radio show on Zoomer Radio, please contact me at ByTheLoveOfHorses@redscarfequestrian.ca
Hear the Program at 10 AM on Sunday, November 1st, 2020 on Radio Station CFZM Dial Positions 740 AM/96.7 FM
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