Square Peg Foundation

No One Wants To Tell You No And Other Wisdom From An Equine Rescue

The Square Peg Foundation is a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited, nonprofit organization based out of Half Moon Bay, CA. Founded in 2004, the organization was begun to create a more-powerful therapeutic riding model. Using donated and rescued horses, a variety of students celebrate their interests and use the horses at the Foundation to connect with one […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Smiling Thoroughbred, And How Trick Training Can Help You

I am the founder of the Square Peg Foundation, where we employ rescue horses (many of them OTTBs) in a therapeutic riding program for kids. People sometimes ask what it takes to get a new horse ready for our program. The WHY I was introduced to trick training when trying to figure out how to […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Gentle Approach Of Square Peg

“Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It’s that you’re destroying the peg.” – Paul Collins, author of Not Even Wrong: A Father’s Journey into the Lost History of Autism In the town of Half Moon, […]

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Thoroughbred Charities Of America Youth Essay Contest Winner Announced

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is pleased to announce the winner of the Fifth Annual TCA Youth Essay Contest. Aaron Foley, 10, of San Bruno, California, has been named the winner of the contest. The contest was open to recipients of services, volunteers, supporters or any one, 18 years of age or younger, who has […]

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OTTB Brings People Together, Even After Death

Off-track Thoroughbred Lite Lee Lad spent many of his later years helping people connect to each other–and themselves. Lad was a therapy horse at the Square Pegs Foundation, where he worked with children on the autism spectrum. Joell Dunlap, Lad’s owner, wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle that the horse also helped her connect with someone after his […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Taking the Long Way to Breeders’ Cup

While flying at 30,000 feet above the Rocky Mountains it occurred to me that taking a jet from Kentucky to California for the Breeders’ Cup is a lot faster than driving to the Golden State. But for the Paulick Report’s fifth annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraiser on behalf of Breeders’ Cup Charities, we couldn’t […]

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Breeders’ Cup or Bust: Thoroughbreds Who Change Lives

We normally witness the power of the Thoroughbred charging down the stretch, but today we meet a group of ex-racehorses who reveal a much greater power. They’re affecting the lives of entire families. Our Breeders’ Cup or Bust tour took us to Half Moon Bay, Calif., home to the Square Peg Foundation, a place that […]

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