Non Ridden Equine Facebook Groups

The Non Ridden Equine Facebook group was launched on 4th May 2017 by Vicki and Steve Yates. They launched the group as they have a non ridden equine Kez, an Irish cob. Kez is the inspiration for starting this journey. What a journey it is. About 1,000 people per month join the Facebook group - The Non Ridden Equine - This group is the original group, the pioneer cutting a path out. This group has become an international group with members from all over the globe who are passionate about non ridden equines. It is a platform to share stories and to offer support to others. From this group is was clear way more than clicking like with like-minded people must be done for non ridden equines and people who choose not to ride. So as a direct result of the membership of the Facebook group the not for profit Non Ridden Equine Association UK was launched on 1st August 2017. We haven't the skill set or funding to tackle a global non profit association or venture. Plus each country has cultural differences and different issues and challenges.   

We consulted with our members and it is clear that people wanted to be able to connect at a more local level as well as internationally. Awarding funding bodies also require us to be able to consult with targeted user groups. Awarding funding bodies also require us to evidence the difference our work is making. So far it has been incredible with the feedback to the difference it has made to people's lives. If you want to give your feedback click here. We can also say we have started something global. 

So with these two needs and with careful consideration we have now National and local / regional sister affiliated Non Ridden Equine Facebook groups have launched as a direct result of us raising awareness of the much needed work that must be done and I am sure more local / regional and national non ridden groups will be coming on line as time goes by. 

Here are the details of the Non Ridden Equine Facebook groups that are linked to create a network of sharing good practice. We have a shared ethos, vision and commitment to the non ridden equine agenda. Each local or national group will explore issues and challenges that are pressing for that country or region. A worldwide network of people are coming together all for their shared passion of the non ridden equine. You can join as many of the Facebook groups as you like.

Affiliated Non Ridden Equine Facebook Groups

The Non Ridden Equine This is the original group launched 4th May 2017 by Vicki and Steve Yates. Vicki Jayne Yates is a Horsemanship Practitioner, Reiki Healer, Author and Artist, she is also the founder of the Non Ridden Equine Association UK. This group has gone global with membership worldwide. We welcome all, professionals to novices, owners of non ridden equines, people who choose not to ride, riders and people who just love equines. This group is the reason the not for profit - The Non Ridden Equine Association UK has launched.  

The Non Ridden Equine Association UK Facebook group was launched 28th December 2017 by Vicki Jayne Yates. As we need a group that is very closely linked to the Non Ridden Equine Association UK and the work we will be doing for the UK. It enables the association to consult with the membership in a very interactive way. Plus UK issues and challenges to be explored and ways forward to be supported with well thought out projects to work on delivering solutions. This a platform for everyone, we aim as collective voices to influence change. This group will help us shape funding bids for the much needed work that must be done for the UK. We hope from this group we can eventually have non ridden projects and events out in the community in the UK. 

The Non Ridden Equine Midlands UK Facebook group was launched 28th December 2017 by Vicki Jayne Yates. This group is for anyone interested in non ridden who lives in the Midlands and surrounding areas. Vicki Jayne Yates lives in Coventry and is keen to organise non ridden equine events in her area and work showcasing her work as well as other professionals who share the non ridden equine ethos. She already has a Horsemanship Warwickshire Facebook group, however having a Non Ridden Equine Group with just that focus is essential as this group is not just about Vicki Jayne Yates work, it is a collective and collaboration between like-minded people. 

The Non Ridden Equine New England Facebook Group was launched 28th December 2017 by Gabriela Rodriguez Quinn with support and blessing from Vicki Jayne Yates. Gabriela Rodriguez Quinn is the founder of BlixxHorses which educates the public about horses and their care, and to acknowledge their contribution and value in society beyond their traditional use, by their ability to be physically & emotionally therapeutic for people. The Non Ridden Equine New England covers Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Connecticut. It affiliated to the original group, The Non Ridden Equine. This group has launched with the same Ethos, Mission & Rules. This group welcome riders, non riders, husbands & significant others family members who share a horse as part of a family, those who have lost their horses but want to stay connected and even those who have never owned a horse but have an appreciation for these majestic animals that are such a big part of our lives. 

The Non Ridden Equine of the American Southwest Facebook Group was launched 5th January 2018 by Ruth Andrews with support and blessing from Vicki Jayne Yates. It is an affiliated group for all who are passionate about non ridden equines. It welcomes all and will focus on linking up people from the American Southwest. This group shares the same ethos, vision and mission as the original group and will run with a similar feel.    

The Non Ridden Equine in New Zealand Facebook Group was launched 10th January 2018 by Alex Dunne with support and blessing from Vicki Jayne Yates. This group is running on the same ethos, vision and rules as the original non ridden group. It will enable people from New Zealand to network more closely and focus on non ridden issues that are being faced in New Zealand.   

Non Ridden Equine - Canada Facebook Group was launched on 17th January 2018 by Catherine Gilbert with blessing and support from Vicki Jayne Yates. This affiliated group is running along the same ethos, vision and rules as our original non ridden equine group. This group is for members who live in Canada, it is so they can connect at a local level and focus on issues that are geographical to Canada.   

The Non Ridden Equine of the American Southeast was launched 22 January by Britt Keele with support and blessing from Vicki Jayne Yates. This group is for people who live in the southeast or have connections to this area. This group is linked to all the other affiliated groups so we can all share good practice. 

The Non Ridden Equine North West England UK.  Launched 10th February 2018 by Julie Shawcross with blessing and support from Vicki Jayne Yates. This is an affiliated linked to all our other affiliated groups. It is a group for people who live in the North West of England.  

The Bitless Non Ridden Equine. Launched 24th October 2018. This global Facebook group is a partnership between the Non Ridden Equine Association UK, all affiliated Non Ridden Equine Facebook groups, Bitless Horse and Thunderhooves and Sparklehorse. Wendy Wainwright is the lead of this group and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise on all matters biltess and a passion for non ridden equines.  

The Non Ridden Equine Kent UK. Launched 29th November 2108. Elizabeth Teall is the main admin for the group and we welcome her to our growing list local affiliated non ridden groups. This group is for people who live in Kent and the surrounding areas in the South East.   

Benefits of Affiliating Non Ridden Equine Facebook Groups.

  • Affiliated groups are linked to our original Non Ridden Equine Facebook group. This international membership already has members who would be interested in a local, regional or national non ridden group. Affiliated groups can also promote their group and their work via the original group. And share on our group their news and updates. 
  • Affiliated groups are interlinked to our other affiliated groups. To create a good practice network. 
  • Affiliated groups are linked to The Non Ridden Equine Association UK and the website. So these groups are kept up to date of any developments and news. The affiliated groups also feed to us their news to share out to the wider membership. 
  • Affiliated groups get lots of help, support and encouragement from us. To be an affiliated Non Ridden Facebook group is easy. We will help you every step of the way. And once you are comfortable running your group we will take a back seat and be there just for times of need. 
  • All affiliated groups share the same ethos, vision, rules, group etiquette etc. So we run our groups along the same lines. 
  • Affiliated groups can tap into the work to date for the non ridden agenda and signpost their members to our free resources. There are lots of centrally held non ridden resources all members can enjoy for free. Any affiliated group and it's members can also provide resources to add to the centrally held resources. 
  • Collectively we are about sharing good practice and moving the non ridden agenda forward together. Together we have more influence, together we have the potential to make a difference. 

If you wish to start a Non Ridden Equine Facebook group or a Non Ridden Equine Association we would be delighted to hear from you. Please Get in Touch as we would love to include your information here. Plus we can give you lots of practical help and support. 

If you want to set up a not for profit Non Ridden Equine Association for your country we would be delighted to share with you our experiences and templates that may help you get your venture off the ground quicker. Get in Touch if you want our help.

Photograph By C A Slade

Non Affiliated Groups

Anyone in the world can set up a non ridden equine / horse / pony / mule / donkey Facebook group. The people launching these groups may or may not have the skills, expertise or links to professionals in non ridden matters to develop and run their group professionally. They may or may not have knowledge of the equine industry and the non ridden issues and challenges. We have no way of applying any quality control over any new Facebook groups that set up. As it is free choice if the people who launch these groups want to affiliate and link to the original non ridden equine group. We have without doubt demonstrated there is popular need for non ridden groups. Sadly some groups will launch only to piggy back off our hard work, copy what we have done to take the credit for their own personal gain. Any group that is not affiliated and copies our work may have completely different agendas to ours and not be run to our standards. Therefore we cannot approve these groups.  

Anyone can set up a not for profit non ridden venture too. Although this does take considerable commitment to the cause, and funding.  

The work of the original Facebook Non Ridden Equine group and the Non Ridden Equine Association UK is very inspirational so we expect other Facebook groups to launch and other Non Ridden Equine Associations to launch. We hope they see the benefit of linking up and joining us. We are more than happy to support anyone who wants to set up a group or an association. However not everyone who sets up a group will want to be linked. Therefore we cannot signpost with confidence to these groups as they may not have the same ethos or vision.  

Here are the details of non affiliated groups we are aware of but cannot approve. 

Canada and USA Non Ridden Equine. Created by Kathy Kenny-Slaven on 1st January 2018. Kathy was a member of The Non Ridden Equine original Facebook group. So she was inspired by our original group to launch her own. It is Kathy's choice not to affiliate or link her group. This group copied my text for the information about the group without my consent and action was taken due to infringement of my intellectual property and copyright. (It has now been removed) Facebook have been swift and prompt in regard to this matter. 

Please Note    

Vicki Jayne Yates has worked extremely hard and unpaid to launch the non ridden agenda to the world. This includes the launch of the original Non Ridden Equine Facebook group and our affiliated Facebook groups and The Non Ridden Equine Association UK. She is personally funding the Non Ridden Equine Association UK. I have opened this journey up to anyone who wants to join us. So now we are a collective of thousands of passionate voices, professionals to novices from around the globe. All the work to date by Vicki Jayne Yates and the Non Ridden Equine Association UK is copyrighted. I will take action against any form of plagiarism of my intellectual property. Plagiarism is taking someone else’s work, ideas, text, images and passing them off as their own. At best it may be done through ignorance, at worst deliberately however it is intellectual property theft and copyright infringement.