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Thanks to supporters like you, we have been able to offer intervention and rescue to hundreds of horses!
Most of our cases come in sick, starved, and wounded. Your donations enable us to provide critical care, rehabilitation and re-training.
Once rehabilitated and retrained, our rescue horses participate in day camps and life-changing therapy for at-risk youth, veterans, and others in the community.
Equus Rescue and Therapy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Millstadt, IL - just a short drive from Downtown St. Louis. We rescue and rehabilitate horses who are retired or injured from the race track, horses in horrific conditions and from kill pens on their way to slaughter. We give them a second chance at life, another chance at a career, new homes or a dignified retirement. Equus Rescue also gives back to the community through programs serving at risk youth through our Equine Angels program - and we are developing a program to honor our returning war veterans. We believe a noble life deserves a second chance.
Our organization continues to grow and thrive due to the generous donations from our supporters and the countless hours worked by our dedicated volunteers!
Horses from many different backgrounds find their way to Equus Rescue, from ex-racehorses to slaughter-bound rescues. Most come to us in poor condition - suffering from mental and physical wounds, along with battling starvation and illness. Following rehabilitation, which often lasts several months, our horses are retrained by certified professional trainers. This process involves several months of unlearning past traumas, learning manners, and being prepared for their new purpose - therapy horses.
Studies have long shown the healing capabilities of equine therapy. Our rescued horses, many of which were once destined for slaughter in Mexico or Canada, or who were starved and neglected, are finding purpose in being therapy horses for at-risk youth, veterans, and others in the community.
Rehabilitation is only the first hurdle we face when taking in a horse in need - consider making a life-changing donation, whether its to nourish a horse in need or to support our mission.
Once rehabilitated and retrained, our rescue horses participate in day camps and life-changing therapy for veterans!
Have an event, but not a space? Our beautiful indoor arena is the perfect spot for your horse-related and non-horse related events! We are now booking for 2022 and 2023!
Our rescued horses are finding purpose in serving veterans. We are proud to offer a no-cost program to local veterans. No horse experience is required.