About Campaign

ends 13 Dec 2017, 11:59 PM
Tata is a beautiful and playful 13 year old grey horse. Originally a Polo Pony, Tata later went on to the Singapore Jurong Bird Park where he was part of a demonstration featuring a Mongolian Falconer on horseback with a Batelur eagle. However, Tata slowly developed a lower leg suspensory ligament strain injury, which resulted in him having to stop work. If Tata did not find other forms of work, he would have to be put down.

Thus, In November 2016, Tata officially joined the EQUAL-ARK herd as its latest Equine partner. Tata played a role in the various intervention programs by helping vulnerable youths remain engaged in the community through education and employment, through a philosophy of equine-assisted learning. The youths include those who are not in school or employment. Tata's other friends include Astro, a retired race horse; Costera and Valentina, ex polo ponies; Caterpillar and Ribena, Haflingers from Germany; and Kary, an ex-riding school pony.

Tata needs to recover first. If not, it will cause further strain and stress to the leg, which can result in lameness. Currently, Tata is not able to do too vigorous exercise or play with his friends!

All donations go towards:
- Medical needs for Tata: Monthly $75 Pentosan shots (life-long)
- Stable necessities for Tata and friends
- Supporting youths that Tata and his friends work with in the intervention program


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About the Charity

At EQUAL, our work is unique: We rescue animals, who go on to rescue us. We adopt unwanted and injured horses (among 300+ horses in Singapore who need to look for new homes every year), and re-train them into therapy horses. In their new roles, they work with people with special needs, at-risk youth, families in need, and elderly with dementia, helping them to develop vital social-emotional skills such as managing impulsivity, empathy, persistence and self-awareness which are necessary to face life's challenges. We do so by camouflaging learning as recreation, through hands-on and interactive activities with the horses. Why horses? Throughout history, horses and humans always had a special relationship. Our beneficiaries learn to love our rescued horses, with their different backstories, personalities and quirks. In doing so, they learn to love themselves. A study by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and KK Hospital showed that our programme improved youths' social-emotional skills by 70%. Another study by IMH showed that improvements in social-emotional skills was associated with improvements in academic results. Our staff, who comprise former teachers, social workers, counsellors and jockeys serve 1,000 beneficiaries each year from schools, nursing homes, children's homes and other social service organisations. We are a registered charity and Institute of Public Character (IPC), and donations to us are tax deductible at 250%.

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SUPPORTED CAUSES
Children & Youth
Community
Social Service
CONTACT US

Mr Alex Tok, Contact Person