Giving Trips Led
Thanks to you, we've helped thousands of working animals in need.
This Is Our Story
80 million. That's the estimated number of horses, donkeys and mules that are used daily by impoverished families around the world. These animals are essential to sustain life. And, they lack the proper nutrition and healthcare to keep them healthy and alive. The question we set out to answer... "Can we use our business, FullBucket, to help people who are in desperate need?
Turns out, we can.
HELPING POOR COMMUNITIES
A bedraggled burro gamely carried his passenger, an amputee, into the makeshift veterinary clinic. Dismounting with his crutches, the elderly Mexican man looked to veterinarians Rob Franklin and Keith Latson for help.
“The burro had a huge saddle sore on his back and was clearly undernourished,” said Latson, an orthopedic surgeon practicing in California. “For this man, the burro was more to him than the burros and horses we see in the U.S. This burro was his transportation, companion and provided a way for him to make a living for his family.”
That experience in October 2011, an “Equitarian Initiative” mission sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, proved to be a bit of an epiphany for the two former Texas A&M University roommates and fraternity brothers. Already working together to produce a superior probiotic product, the pair realized that by providing such a product to underdeveloped regions dependent on burros and horses, the people would be better able to care for their animals and families.
The question then became, “what to do about it?” The answer: FullBucket's One-4-One Giving Program.
The Giving Product
For every FullBucket you buy, we give one to an animal in need. However, the product we distribute for these animals is not the same product we sell here in the US. These animals have very different nutritional requirements.
Proper nutrition for animals is LIFE for people. The health and welfare of animals is our TOP PRIORITY and is considered in all our decisions.
Creating Balance with Probiotics
While probiotics for both humans and animals have been on the market for years, many horse owners aren’t aware of the value of the product in their animals as part of a health care maintenance program. Plus the word “probiotic” isn’t necessarily well understood. “Any horse that has been exposed to antibiotics or is under stress from travel, training or intense feed programs, should be on a Probiotic. A probiotic helps with nutritional balance.” Said Latson.
A go-to product
Veterinarians consistently rely on fullbucket supplements
Through careful scientific exploration and formulation, the pair captured what they believed to be the most concentrated and effective formulation and began to share with their fellow veterinarians, who responded with “overt” excitement. “Once the formula got out there, other veterinarians began to tell us this was exactly what they had been looking for and it has become their ‘go to’ product,” said Franklin.
“Veterinarians have since discovered that if they have a horse on an antibiotic, that horse needs to be on a probiotic. Antibiotic associated diarrhea can be devastating.” Premier veterinary practices, including Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., Littleton Equine Medical Center in Littleton, Colo., and Mid Atlantic Equine Veterinary Center in Ringoes, New Jersey, have consistently relied on FullBucket Supplements.
"We think it's important for horse owners to know that even though our corporate mission is to deliver help to these amazing working animals in poor countries, we also have the best-in-class products available.
We have made a pledge to create ONLY products that are REALLY needed and we will make the the BEST in the industry." says partner Rob Hendrickson.
“Horses are exquisitely sensitive to stress,” said Latson and that stress can come from being hauled for an extended period of time to changing pastures with more aggressive horses in the mix.” As the FullBucket nutritional line of products expands, Latson, Franklin and Hendrickson intend to continue providing assistance to underdeveloped countries through the Care+Care program. Having witnessed the conditions in which these animals exist, they believe they can serve the dual purpose of helping animals and horses even more effectively. “Right now our priority is to invest back into the Care+Care program first, then into the company and lastly ourselves. We are third.” said Latson.
“We hope this program will encourage people to get engaged and will help them satisfy their inspiration to help animals.”