Working Horses at Home
The job of a working horse continues at home where they transport essential supplies such as firewood, coal or water. Women in particular benefit from working animals here – traditionally it falls to women and girls to fetch water from local streams or wells. By using the draught power of a donkey for example, women can transport larger quantities of water more easily which in turn means less time dedicated to this one critically important task.
For many girls in the Global South, having a working animal means that they have the time available to pursue an education and can more safely perform their chores in the process. Working horses are crucial to the lives of so many people in the world’s poorest countries.
However, there are many challenges to be faced. In most of these countries the climate is harsh, and dehydration is common. There is a lack of farriers so owners resort to making their own shoes which, if done incorrectly can cause lameness and painful infection. Often owners also turn to making their own harnesses, but again, if these do not fit well they cause sores leading to further infection. Unfortunately, local properly trained vets can be rare and expensive.
The owners of these working horses rely on them heavily and often feel a deep bond with them. SPANA teaches them to make suitable horse shoes and harnesses. Our aim is to provide even further assistance in the countries that need it most, teaching proper nutrition and husbandry skills to future animal owners and providing access to veterinary care in the process. Your contribution can help SPANA improve the lives of these hard-working horses.
Find out about the very specific diet of horses, with our horse feeding guide: What do horses eat?