We’re delighted to announce that SPANA’s calèche horse programme in Marrakech has been recognised by the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism as winner of the 7th edition trophy for sustainable tourism in Morocco.
If you are a regular visitor to Marrakech, you will understand just why our work is so important, as the condition of these hardworking animals has improved vastly since the programme began.
These horses pull calèche carriages which transport tourists around the busy city streets of Marrakech, and in the past, they suffered terribly. Often malnourished and dehydrated, they were thin, lame and in constant pain from untreated harness wounds.
Thankfully, this is no longer the case. Working with local authorities, SPANA now oversees a licensing scheme which ensures that all calèche horses must be regularly inspected and passed as fit and healthy before they can work. They are well fed, well cared for and have access to farriery, dentistry and veterinary care.
On the left, SPANA Morocco Country Director Professor Hassan Alyakine and SPANA Morocco Vet Dr Mohamed Hassan Lamrini accept the award from the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism.
Tourists may also notice that every one of these beautiful animals has a numbered band around their fetlock that reads ‘SPANA’. This means they are micro-chipped and can be properly identified and monitored.
Of course, none of this would be possible without support from people like you, with whom we share this award. You enable us to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of working animals across the world.