The Right Horse Initiative offers three $10,000 grants for training

by | Feb 2019 | News

KATONAH, NY – The Right Horse Initiative is opening applications for the Be Mine Training Grants starting February 1st. The Be Mine Training Grants will award three 501(c)3 adoption organizations $10,000 each to fund training expenses associated with preparing their horses for adoption.

Training is an important piece that prepares a horse for an adopter to say, “be mine.” Adoption organizations and rescues carefully develop training and care plans for each horse that enters their program based on each horse’s individual needs. The goal is a healthy, happy horse that is ready to succeed with their new adopter.

Sometimes a horse may need training in a new discipline, while other times the horse may need to be started as a riding horse or improve ground manners for safe handling. As important as training is to the adoption process, organizations often face challenges in getting adequate training resources. Some of the possible uses of the grant funds might include improving training facilities, sending horses to training or hiring a trainer on-site.

“We recognize that training is an important factor in preparing horses for their new home. We are looking forward to rewarding three organizations for their dedication to helping horses in transition by helping them expand their work with training funds,” said The Right Horse Initiative President Christy Counts.

All United States based 501c3 adoption organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at and are due by February 14, 2019. The winners will be announced and receive funding in March.

About The Right Horse

The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. Through collaboration with over 50 industry and adoption partners, The Right Horse is able to innovate new and better adoption standards and practices. Together, the goal is to shatter the stigma and reframe the conversation around equine adoption in order to massively increase horse adoption in the United States. To learn more, visit

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Holly + Gilly

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