Nicaragua

We have established a partnership with Universidad de Ciencias Comerciales and an equine clinic in Managua to support the equid owners.

We have established a partnership with Universidad de Ciencias Comerciales and an equine clinic in Managua to support the equid owners.

Why we work here?

Working horses are used throughout Nicaragua to provide a livelihood to horse owners and their families, and play a central and vital role to the country’s poorest communities. 

Horses are used to collect and transport recyclable materials and rubbish, transport fruit, vegetables and other goods, and in agriculture. They also provide transport enabling families to go to market, children to get to school and family members to get to health clinics and hospitals. 

Without their horse many families would be unable to make a living and in Nicaragua it is evident how heavily whole communities rely on their working horse for their livelihood.

What we are doing?

World Horse Welfare has been working within Nicaragua since 2011 however in 2014 a partnership between World Horse Welfare and the Universidad de Ciencias Comerciales (UCC) was formed. Through this partnership with the UCC, World Horse Welfare has been able to support the setup and daily running of an equine clinic in Managua which is available at regular times for local horse owners. 

Community Based Equine Advisers have been trained within 6 communities, allowing horse owners to receive regular and on-going training on many aspects of horse care, health and husbandry. Training has been provided to local farriers within each community to strengthen their existing skills and increase their technical knowledge. 

We have also provided capacity building to saddlers already supplying materials to the working horse communities, assisting them in gaining increased skills needed to produce improved harness systems.

Meet a team member

Gabriela Marina Salgado Mercado, is a medical vet and is the local Coordinator of the equine welfare programme in Nicaragua. She has participated with the programme since 2014 and lives in Leon where the current programme is located. Gabriela educates and gives advice to equid owners in equine husbandry like; handling, equine care and general health.

How every £1 you donate is spent

  • 70p directly helps horses
    70p
    Directly helps horses
  • 30p is for fundraising
    30p
    Is for fundraising
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