The emotional & therapeutic benefits of caring for horses are undeniable. At Brighter Futures, we will provide job training and equine assisted therapy to incarcerated men, women & disenfranchised youth in St. Croix.
The USVI Equestrian Equine Therapy Project, Inc. (EETP) is requesting donations for its “Brighter Futures” farm program at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Center in St Croix 20001, U.S. Virgin Islands. Our goal is to raise $250,000 in order to correctly launch and implement the program including construction of the teaching area, horse shelter and paddocks.At this facility, the EETP will stable 15-20 rescued Thoroughbred racehorses and teach the inmate/students a vocational training program in equine care and management. Equally important is the therapeutic impact on the students through their connection with the horses and good horsemanship.
The end goal of this program is to give inmate-students marketable skills for employment upon release from prison with a greater than average chance of success because of the therapeutic benefit of working with horses. The program we employ, The Elite Program, is a proven program with more than 20 years of success in the US. It’s uniqueness and effectiveness is further advanced by the fact that we save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter and match them with inmate-students also seeking a second chance.
An additional goal is to create a sustainable, thriving equine centered economy where horses are part of competitive riding programs, training programs for jockeys and backstretch workers, equine therapy programs for disabled people, and equine learning programs in our schools and for at-risk youth. Thoroughbreds are already beloved on the island and these programs will help turn that passion towards economic progress for the island.
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