Aside from our work developing greater compassion for working animals, helping owners understand the link between adequate nutrition and economic productivity is one of the most effective ways of addressing this widespread problem.
SPANA’s community training team works to address this. In 2014, SPANA trained owners across several Ethiopian towns in proper feeding and watering practices. As a result, owners are now able to mix different feed items, such as wheat bran, barley grain, barley straw, green grass, salt and oil in the correct proportions.
A detailed evaluation of the programme will take place during 2014, but Dr Aklilu is already seeing promising results:
‘These feeding practices are improving the health and body conditions of horses in those towns where our programme is running. We already have plans to extend the training to all Ethiopian towns where SPANA operates.’