Working horses in Nicaragua benefit from much-needed farriery skills


Our first farriery training module is underway in Nicaragua, with our in-country partner the Universidad de Ciencias Comerciales (UCC), and working horses are already feeling the benefit.

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World-renowned farrier Tom Burch MBE is accompanied on this first module by local farriers Victor and Santos, who have worked with us for over ten years. 


International Programme Officer Alana Chapman explains why the in-country teams are crucial to our role in Nicaragua:“We are consistent in our approach whether we are working in South Africa, Haiti, Europe or, in this case, Nicaragua. It is essential that we provide people from local communities with the skills to take the lead and teach their peers, neighbours and co-workers to be proficient in essential horse-management. We step back as soon as we can and let locals take the lead to ensure that any work we do is sustainable and can continue long after we’ve left to give working horses a brighter long-term future.”

Ten students have spent their first week learning the theory behind being a farrier as well as how to make essential tools out of scrap metal that can easily be sourced in their own community.

Tom says: “The time spent in front of the fires combined with the heat in Nicaragua has made this hard work.  However, the commitment of the students and everyone involved is really motivating and their excellent progress has made the difficult working conditions all worthwhile.  We have made sure the students are able to source appropriate materials locally as well as mend and make their own tools. This ensures that the horse owning communities not only possess essential knowledge to correctly look after their horses but, with the help of the Farrier students, do it safely for years to come.” 

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Students make their own tools and kilns out of locally sourced products.


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