Is it possible to teach humans how to be compassionate caretakers of horses?
That’s what Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited Equine Advocates near Chatham, N.Y., is working on. The 22-year-old nonprofit organization operates as a sanctuary and rescue, serving all breeds of equines, with an emphasis on humane education.
“We wanted to focus on education because we feel that the best way to help horses is to help people better understand them,” said Equine Advocates founder Susan Wagner. “In 2006, we built a Humane Education Center on the sanctuary grounds. Since then, we’ve had many different kinds of classes here for a wide variety of groups—school groups, senior groups, national children’s organizations, 4H.”