This week in honor of annual Anoka Equine Open House on Saturday, we are introducing the organization our silent auction will be benefiting, the Equitarian Initiative.
Equitarian Initiative is a non-profit organization created by veterinarians to improve the heath of the working horse in low income and developing areas. Collaborating with local veterinarians, other organizations, and veterinary colleges, the Equitarian Initiative works to improve learning opportunities which therefore improves the basic health care found in both the United States and internationally.
Equitarian Initiative prepares volunteer veterinarians worldwide to deliver health care and education to improve the health, nutrition, productivity, and welfare of horses, donkeys, and mules, and to empower their care providers for sustainable change.
What They Do:
– Direct aid – Through hands-on learning and discussion at the Equitarian Workshops and Equitarian projects throughout many parts of the world, veterinarians are empowered and mentored to join and start health care delivery and education projects.
– Collaboration – Equitarian Initiative and volunteer veterinarians maintain project success by partnering with local veterinarians, veterinary colleges, and charities which share their vision.
– Education – An emphasis on community partnership creates a two-way educational discussion between working equid caretakers discussing the value of their animals and volunteers sharing the best methods to provide animal care.
– Inspiration – They increase public awareness of the vital role working equids play in developing economies and the critical support they provide for the livelihood of the families which depend on them.
If you are interested in reading more information on the Equitarian Initiative, the link below will direct you to an EQUUS article written by Dr. Julie Wilson; whom is the co-founder of the Equitarian Initiative.
In addition, the following link provides a video documenting the Equitarian Initiative work completed during a workshop in these areas.
Equitarian Initiative Website: http://www.equitarianinitiative.org/
Equitarian Initiative Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EquitarianInitiative
This is the third year Anoka Equine Veterinary Services is hosting a silent auction during our Open House benefiting the Equitarian Initiative’s work. Items are donated to the auction from local businesses; such as, Stone Ridge Equestrian and Cowgirl Tough. For a complete list of donating businesses, please visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/anokaequine).
If you are unable to attend the event and would like to help support this cause, personal donations can be made here: (https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=AaIAe1-iDHQlGfzu6qkE0otFuM6VNbth79W7PkSQIyYgntnuhmRIHcKh-Du&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8dae318ac9ffd6aa6b72a490566890f82e).