Working to improve equine husbandry and welfare in Senegal
Located in West Africa, Senegal as in many parts of the continent, relies on horsepower to support the livelihoods of millions of its people. For many working with their horse or donley is an essential part of daily life. The country is home to more than 500,000 horses, many of which are used to transport locals, tourists, goods and materials through the busy streets.
World Horse Welfare has been working in Senegal since 2009, and over the years have adapted and widened our approach allowing us to reach many more horses and donkeys, and importantly help hundreds of families secure their future. Our aim is to bring about a sustainable improvement to working equid welfare accross the country.
Foot problems are evident among the working horse population, primarily caused by traditional shoeing practices. World Horse Welfare, in collaboration with the Senegal Government, offers training opportunities to many of these traditional farriers allowing them to develop their skills and build upon the knowledge that has been handed down through generations of farriers.
We also work directly with horse owners to improve their knowldege and understanding of how to correctly care for their horse or donkey. The vast majority of owners care deeply about their work campanion but often do not know the best way to ensure their health and welfare is maintained. Through our direct relationship with horse and donkey owning communities we are confident that we are having a positive impact where it is needed most.
Our relationship with the veterinary department at the EISMV - University in Dakar (this is a regional veterinary school that has support and students from fifteen African countries) has continued to grow from strength to strength with regular 'continued professional development' workshops, focusing on equine health and welfare, being offered to both students and practicing veterinarians.
World Horse Welfare are also extremely proud to support the Student Animal Welfare Club and hope that the students involved will continue to promote the importance of improved animal welfare across Africa in their future careers.