International Work

WHW International

In addition to our recent six-year project in Romania, we campaign across Europe for better horse welfare laws.

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Continuing to support the National team with the FEI, we will be delivering farriery, equitation and saddlery training. Our partnership with the CPWO will see the skills of local service providers and owners also improved.

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We have developed a community-based programme in the Zaragoza region, where we are working directly with horse owners and training service providers.

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We are helping working equines in Choluteca and supporting them through a community-based programme and training local service providers.

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We are working with one of our partners to address the poor welfare and living conditions in Government pounds, with a hope to enforcing new legislation to protect these animals.

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We have a collaborative programme with Donkey Sanctuary and the National Autonomous University of Mexico to support working equines around Mexico.

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We are working in the south eastern region of Managua, where we have provided training for local farriers, saddlers and vets and work directly with owners.

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We are continuing our successful farriery training and developing our community based education workshops with the support of the local Government and University.

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South Africa

We are currently working with equine welfare partners in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg to deliver farriery training and community based welfare and education programmes.

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We are working with The Humane Society International to build community based veterinary support and help owners improve the design of harness to prevent injury.

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Costa Rica

We have initiated a new programme in Southern Costa Rica, where we are helping working equines through veterinary support and working with owners to meet their equines' needs .

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We are pleased to be supporting the 2nd World Conference on Farm Animal Welfare - find out more at 


There are around 100 million working equids in the developing world that fuel the economies of countries in Africa, Central America and Asia.  These equids lead demanding, exhausting lives made worse by the wounds and injuries they suffer through inadequate shoeing, harnesses and nutrition.

Challenges faced by working equids around the world are often the result of their interaction with human beings and we take the view that to improve the welfare of working equids in a sustainable manner, we must change the behaviour of the people who work with them.  Doing that is a complex process that is different for every situation that we find.

Most people will not realise that the vast majority of working equids are owned and used by some of the most vulnerable, excluded, and resource poor people in the world. Asking them to change their behaviours, behaviours that are only just keeping them and their families alive, is asking a great deal and it is not something we can ask without providing support for them to do so.