Implementation of new pack saddle and training of saddlers improves lives of working horses in Zaragoza and San Andres Itzapa
This month, our team in Guatemala held a series of workshops in and around Zaragoza and San Andres Itzapa. These community visits have promoted our new model pack saddle – specifically designed with affordable, locally sourced materials for the comfort of the horse – as well as training working horse owners to understand how to fit and use it. A Community Based Equine Advisor (CBEA) and saddler were present in these workshops and able to offer their advice to all of the attending owners.
Veterinary equipment has also been provided to the local community to be used to aid research currently underway in the area. The study surrounds the use of natural de-wormers in working horses, which are more affordable and sustainable for Guatemalan horse owners. Faecal egg counts have been conducted over May in order to give a base line on parasite population numbers in working equids and therefore to provide information on whether the natural de-worker is required. Talks with the Veterinary Faculty of the Universidad de San Carlos are currently in progress to see if they can provide technical support.
In the San Andres Itzapa region our newest group of farriers and saddlers have completed their most recent workshops. The latest training covered the financial element of running their own businesses, allowing local communities to provide viable, profitable services that benefit the working horses in the area.