Used as a source of power in agriculture as well as a form of transport, many horses are put to work in order to provide income for poverty stricken families. Unfortunately, these animals rarely reap the benefits of their efforts, and often suffer as a consequence.
Following years of experience, we are crucially aware of the lack of appropriate diet that many working horses receive, and that the dietary needs of working horses are not wholly understood by their owners.
With this in mind, our in-country teams work with horse owing communities to:
Introduce crops most suited to climatic and seasonal variations.
Demonstrate the benefits of growing high yielding pastures and food preservation.
- Educate horse owners and farmers about feeding, rationing, condition scoring and management.
In Guatemala, our nutritionist identified a suitable crop, planted a trial site and subsequently harvested and preserved the forage. Those involved in the project gained considerable experience in crop management and preservation, while the working horses within the farming community greatly benefitted from the programme.