Philanthropic Veterinary Care for the
Working Horses of the Developing World

Our Mission

To sustainably improve the health and welfare of working horses, donkeys, mules, and their families around the world.

Our Story

In partnership with the Equine Network, we are proud to share the story of the Equitarian Initiative! This film was shot on location at our 2018 program in Peru and explores both the beauty and complexity of working animals and their welfare.


From now until October 1st, 2019, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000!

We harness the expertise of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, farriers, animal scientists, students, educators, and advocates to offer international and domestic programs to improve working equid health and welfare from the ground up. We collaborate with community partners, NGO’s, and universities to identify local needs and solutions to help sustain working animals the communities they serve.

Give the Gift of Health

By donating to Equitarian Initiative, you are supporting the health of working equids and also helping improve the lives of the families that depend on them.

Thank you for your generosity!


Working equids are a source of financial stability for families and they relieve burdens for women and children in particular.


Mules and donkeys in particular play a pivotal role in developing rural communities across the world.

The Future

Over the next 50 years, if changes in climate and availability of fuels continue, it is likely that more people, not fewer, will come to depend on working animals.

A Holistic Approach

To positively affect change, engagement and dialog with practical, positive, and achievable advice is required.


We must emphasize the role of the working equid in society and we must try to generate legislative support for the equine species in the economic structure of the countries concerned.

We Are All Connected.

From our clothes to our coffee to our coconut water, we are all benefitting from the hard work of these beautiful animals. Working equids play an integral role in our own consumerism, carrying the raw ingredients for products we later buy from field to market. Our consumerism literally rests on their backs!


Supporting the Equitarian Initiative allows you to practice responsible consumption and advocate for the welfare of animals. But it’s not only that. The families that own and care for these beasts of burden suffer economically when their animals are not well and cannot work.

With trained veterinarians, we travel around the world to help communities care for their working equids.

What are working equids?




These animals work day in and out to support and sustain communities all over the world. By educating those who care for them, we facilitate the health of the entire community.

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