Improving horse welfare in Cambodia

Cambodia is a country located in the Southeast Asia, bordered by Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the Gulf of Thailand. Cambodia has a population of an estimated 30,000 horses and ponies, comprising of both working and leisure animals.



World Horse Welfare was awarded a grant from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to train farriers and harness-makers to further advance the skills of these service providers, in addition to working directly with horse owning communities to improve the way horses and ponies are cared for. The grant is part of the FEI’s Solidarity development programme which was launched in 2010 to engage and support National Federations by creating, supporting and expanding projects and programmes from “grass roots” to elite level throughout the global FEI Family.

Working in partnership with the Cambodia Pony Welfare Organisation, our first training module has taken place in the country’s capital Phnom Penh, whereby 10 local farriers and 4 saddlers have received training, which will in the longer term enable them to train others in Cambodia in the future.

In partnership with the Cambodia Pony Welfare Organisation and with the FEI’s support, we will create good quality farriers and harness-makers in order that future Cambodian horses can be used to compete in equestrian sport, whilst engaging with horse owners at grass roots level to address local issues.