all in Aftercare

In recent years there has been a rise in the number of organizations and individual therapists who have turned to horses to help veterans heal. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) as a professional practice only dates back to the mid-1990s, when there were only a few people who were testing out ideas for how to use horses in their social work and theraputic practices. That number grew steadily over the years until 2013, when the Obama administration made federal funds available for groups doing EAP work with veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When The Jockey Club launched the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P) and committed $100,000 to its development in 2012, it’s unlikely anyone expected it to become as popular as it has.

Six years on, the program has seen major growth in its numbers both in what it offers to riders and in terms of how many people are taking part. The program had 150 shows give out TIP awards in 2012 and over 1,200 are scheduled to give out the awards this year, with the number of Thoroughbreds joining T.I.P jumping from 2,140 that first year to over 8,300 in 2017.

Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, will donate $25,000 to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) on May 5 as a continuation of Audible Inc.’s involvement with Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve contender Audible.

The check presentation is scheduled to take place in the regular winner’s circle Saturday after the Churchill Downs Stakes Presented by, which is carded as the eighth race and has a scheduled post time of 2:45 p.m. ET.

While attention was focused on the Thoroughbreds of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs over the weekend, 75 miles away at the Kentucky Horse Park their off-track counterparts were looking to redeem themselves a year after a rough performance at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Today is National Help a Horse Day, and it’s a chance to donate to charities that make a difference in equine lives all over the world. To celebrate, let's explore some equine charities focused on Thoroughbred racing and beyond that give back to horses who enrich so many lives.

Below are some of my favorite causes; but please be sure to mention some of your favorites on social media!

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and its affiliated charities 

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