Gifts that Give Back

Coffee with a Cause

For horse-lovers who also love their morning coffee, a company in Kentucky offers gourmet java with a cause. My Racing Heart Coffee is a line of artisan-blended coffee dedicated to raising funds for various Kentucky equine charities. “The idea of coffee for charity is not new, but gourmet coffee is. This coffee is specially crafted for us, to be rich and flavorful, but mild enough to have a second cup,” says president Kate Richards Wilt. The charities aided by the company range from therapeutic riding programs that offer hippotherapy to disabled children, to the rescue and care of mistreated horses. “The goal is to bring the Kentucky horse community together, and to make it better by helping people and horses, as well as strengthening the image of the horse industry.”

 

Homemade and Healthy

Your horse deserves a treat after a great lesson or a long trail ride, and it’s important to choose a treat that is tasty and healthy. Sundance Kisses, a small company that produces all-natural, homemade horse treats, has just introduced a signature cookie for Just World International. With each purchase, 10% is donated to the organization, which works to provide basic education, nutrition and healthcare to children in impoverished communities around the world. Their cookies, which are delivered in charming little metal pails, come in different flavors, including peppermint and licorice. In an effort to reduce packaging, after the initial purchase, cookies can be ordered as a refill, to encourage re-use of the container.

 

 

Adopt a Horse in Need

The U.S. Department of the Interior has placed more than 225,000 wild horses and burros into private care since 1971. Many of those animals have become excellent pleasure, show, or work horses. After properly caring for an animal for one year, an adopter is eligible to receive title, or ownership, from the Federal government. With kindness and patience, you may train a wild horse or burro for many uses. Wild horses have become champions in dressage, jumping, barrel racing, endurance riding, and pleasure riding, while burros excel in driving, packing, riding, guarding, and serving as companion animals. Both wild horses and wild burros are known for their sure-footedness, strength, intelligence, and endurance. Providing a home for a wild horse or burro is both challenging and rewarding. Adopting a wild horse or burro is a unique opportunity for you to care for and train a living symbol of American history.

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