Keeping America’s Horses Safe! Lafitte De Muze Safety Net Grants

Most horses and other equines entering rescue centers in the United States are either surrendered by their owners, seized by law enforcement, abandoned, or purchased at auction and kill pens. “We believe the best way to protect these horses from abuse and neglect is to provide viable alternatives to owners when they cannot, or no longer wish to, care for their horses,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.

Thanks to EQUUS Foundation Equine Ambassador, Lafitte De Muze, his owner, Chery Olsten, and his rider and trainer, Amanda Steege, the EQUUS Foundation has allocated $25,000 to be awarded specifically for safety net programs conducted by EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities, such as feed/hay banks, veterinary care, euthanasia, gelding assistance, farrier assistance, and equine placement services aimed at keeping horses with their owners, assisting with re-homing horses without taking custody of the horses, and providing counseling and end-of-life services when needed.

Grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 will be awarded on a rolling basis on a first come, first served basis as long as grant funds are available between now and December 31. To apply, the EQUUS Foundation Guardian will need to log into its organization profile, select “LAFITTE DE MUZE SAFETY NET GRANTS, and complete the online application. Applicants must address how the funds will be used, and within six months of receipt of funds, recipients must report on the use of the funds, including bills for services rendered.

EQUUS Foundation Equine Ambassadors are sport horses whose owners donate a portion of their winnings in equestrian sport competitions to help ensure that all horses are safe, healthy, and treated with dignity as partners.

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ABOUT EQUUS FOUNDATION: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, is the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America’s horses from peril and strengthening the bond between people and horses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail:, Website:

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Contact: Lynn Coakley