"The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse".  ― Author Unknown

About Us — Part 1


Founded by Vivian Grant Farrell, The Horse Fund got its start on February 3, 2003 with a grassroots group of 200 advocates called Texans for Horses. 

Our success in Texas garnered national attention and rapidly expanded to include horse lovers from around the United States.

The group incorporated as a not for profit charity on September 16, 2003, under the name The Fund for Horses. As our influence reached beyond the United States, The Fund for Horses amended its name to Int'l Fund for Horses on June 7, 2004.

In 2014, we re-organized under the name of The Horse Fund to demonstrate our shift away from lobbying and toward intervention and education. Our organization is governed by a Board of Directors and managed by its Officers.


The mission of The Horse Fund is to promote the health, safety and welfare of equines both domestic and in the wild.


The Horse Fund is firmly committed to fulfilling our Mission through peaceful and lawful means. Therefore we will neither knowingly nor willingly participate in or condone, incite or promote others to participate in any unlawful or unpeaceful activities, nor will we harass, encourage others to harass, or support those who do.


History shows that the equine has been a vital part in the expansion and development of civilized cultures.

Horses have been bred, lived, worked and died to suit our purposes.

Horses are not a commodity, but sentient beings with a high degree of physical, emotional and spiritual sensitivity.

Horses do not belong to us, but are our fellow citizens. Their wants, desires and needs are to be respected.

To inflict pain, suffering and anguish on horses in any way is immoral and a gross act of ingratitude and betrayal.


The Horse Fund is the single most influential watchdog organization dedicated to the protection of equines.

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