Located in North America, Mexico has a population of 109 million people and more than five million horses, donkeys and mules.
As is so common in many of our programme locations, these working horses are heavily relied upon by their owners - particularly in rural areas.
World Horse Welfare's in-country teams have been committed to improving horse welfare in Mexico for more than 20 years. They have operated in many states across the country, reaching thousands of working animals.
We are working in collaboration with The Donkey Sanctuary and the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) allowing us to combine our training programmes with mobile veterinary clinics. The teams often identify injuries and wounds sustained from ill-fitting and poorly made pack saddles on field trips. Our vets provide emergency first aid to treat the wounds, while our trained saddlers are able to make and fit remedial felt pads to sit under the pack saddles, alleviating the pressure and pain from the wound sites.
At present we are in the process of reviewing this country programme with a view to developing a new approach where we work more closely with equine owners.