As early as the 1950's World Horse Welfare, known then as the ILPH, engaged in activities to improve horse welfare in countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany and South Africa.
We also worked with Eastern Bloc countries and the Soviet Union in the 1980's to improve journeys for transported horses. We still campaign across Europe to end the long-distance transport of horses to slaughter.
Our first international training course was launched in 1985 in Morocco, after encouragement from our Vice President Sir Peter O'Sullevan. We then developed five-year programmes providing training courses to local farriers and saddlers.
The locations that we have worked in are:
- Fiji 2002 to 2005
- Cape Town 2003 to 2007 and 2008
- El Salvador 2003 to 2005
- Gambia 2004 to 2008
- Azores (short training course) 2004
We have also supported veterinary seminars:
- Romania (training and seminars) 2006 to 2010
- Ukraine (seminars only) 2004 to 2008
The five-year programmes are split into one-year courses, made up of a number of modules, and we aim to train ten farriers and ten saddlers on each course, meaning we would expect to train a total of one hundred service providers over the duration of the five years in a country. There have of course been times when we have not completed the five years and others where we decided that extra time was required to get the full advantage of our intervention.
At the end of the five years we would expect the supply of trained farriers and saddlers to become self-sustaining, with our students become the trainers of the next generation. We then move our resources to a new location where we consider there to be a greater need.