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Why the Equitarian Initiative?

With 100 million working horses in the world, there is a significant number of the global population that relies upon the health of their horse, mule or donkey to sustain their livelihood. These horses, mules and donkeys stabilize the economy of communities, as they provide the means for trade, commerce and agricultural work. They also vital to the health and well-being of the families who own them, as they generate the livelihood that allows for children to get an education or medical attention. Simply put, without the working equid, the global economy would come to a halt. 

The Equitarian Initiative was developed to address the need for veterinary care of these working equids, as few families have the resources necessary for their animals' basic healthcare. The working horse of the world may not receive vaccinations or parasite control or routine dental and hoof work.  Families may not have the means to address nutrition concerns, eye or skin diseases, saddle sores or lameness.  The Equitarian Initiative goes to great lengths to partner their volunteers with local veterinarians and veterinary students to set up triage clinics in the project areas. These triage clinics are set up to address internal medicine & surgical concerns and farrier & dentistry needs. 

The Equitarian Initiative is comprised of volunteer veterinarians, veterinary technicians, farriers and students. They take great pride in organizing educational opportunities and hands-on learning for local veterinarians, veterinary students and the local community. The Equitarian Initiative is based in the United States of America, but knows no international borders, as they work in Central and South America, Morocco and South Dakota. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), all donations are tax deductible. 

Sandy & Molly are friends and co-workers with Dr. Stacy Tinkler, an internist at Purdue's Large Animal Hospital and an avid Equitarian. It was through their friendship that they learned of the Equitarian Initiative and its mission. Between their work in the Large Animal Hospital and recognizing the importance of the working equid on a global level, Sandy & Molly selected the Equitarian Initiative as their charity to support for Race Across the West. They believe that the mission - to provide basic healthcare to the working equids and educate their caretakers - is vital to the livelihood and happiness of those who rely on them. We thank you for taking the time to consider helping up support the Equitarian Initiative!

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