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Costa Rican project continues throughout the rainy season
World Horse Welfare`s partner organisation Costa Rica Equine Welfare (CREW) continue to make excellent strides with their funds despite the challenges that they face.
During October, CREW has been able to contribute to the improvement of working horses in Costa Rica in many different ways. Normally at this time of year it becomes incredibly difficult to reach many horses due to the sheer amount of rainfall. In order to combat this, CREW have focused on training and educating a diverse variety of people in a number of communities so that in time they are able to pass on the new skills and knowledge that they have learnt to make a difference on many horses` lives. This work has taken place in three distinct strands.
- A joint collaboration with SENASA (Governmental Animal Health Department in Costa Rica) enabled over 35 professionals in the Southern Region of Costa Rica to delve a little more into equine welfare. Topics covered included hoof care, harness solutions, injuries and the Five Freedoms. The group were interested and active, suggesting that the training will be of enormous benefit to the local communities..
- Our team visited a group of horse owners (header image) who have formed an association to help protect the welfare of their pack horses when helping tourists to climb to Costa Rica highest peak; Chirripo. The pack horses carry tourists’ luggage on a steep, mountainous journey for 14 kms before returning back to the base camp. The group are incredibly proactive with their animals’ health and are hungry to learn more. We hope that in 2016 we are able to share much needed knowledge on farriery skills and nutrition with this group and help them to take their efforts even further.
- A new collaboration between CREW, World Horse Welfare, SPANA and Shkenuk, a Montessori primary school in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, meant that our childrens’ educator, Griselda de Gracia, could take part in a 4 day workshop on teaching techniques for transmitting animal and equine welfare classes in community schools. Each school is visited every month and up to 520 children are reached in one round of 14 communities. By targeting school children we hope to educate and form proactive relationships with the next generation of working horse owners.
Working with future generations of horse owners