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Our impact on work and production horses

We help working horses, donkeys and mules that sustain livelihoods.

We help working horses, donkeys and mules that sustain livelihoods.

We help horses in work and production around the world through care, research, education, and influence:

Care

  • Our project teams and in-country partners have helped over 75,000 working equines by providing hands-on care and sharing their knowledge with owners
  • A network of community-based equine welfare advisors (CBEAs) has been identified and upskilled by many of our partner projects, taking a ‘train the trainer’ approach. The CBEAs act as a first point of call for equid-owners, ensuring they always have someone to advise on equine issues
  • We aim to strengthen pre-existing networks for sustainable development. We also collaborate with key local stakeholders, including those working in human and environmental sectors, to maximise impact and address problems holistically
  • One Health, One Welfare: this concept emphasises the link between animal welfare, human health, and the environment. In Lesotho, for example, we partner with Riders for Health who use horses and riders to transport medical samples and treatments in remote and mountainous regions
  • Our appeal to help Ukrainian horses and their owners, which launched early in 2022, received astounding support and has made it possible to provide vital supplies and much-needed expert care to horses and owners affected by the conflict

Research


Education

  • Working with in-country partners, we’ve improved horse care, vet and farriery services in 300 communities in 18 countries through practical training programmes
  • By sharing vital horse-care knowledge, we’ve ensured better welfare for over 320,000 working equines in Africa, Latin America and Asia
  • Our programme uses behavioural science methodologies to ensure that participants in our projects engage with changes to improve equine welfare
  • Our partner projects help to identify local solutions which are accessible for the context in which they are working – for example, advising the use of clean salt water to cleanse wounds instead of harmful practices such as applying petrol
  • Since the advent of the pandemic, our teams have explored alternative ways to engage with horse owners and professionals, and the resulting webinars and online learning platform have been very successful

Influence

  • We’ve influenced legislation that helped reduce the number of horses transported long-distances across Europe for slaughter by 75% (from ~80k in 2010 to ~20k in 2020)
  • Working in partnership with industry, NGOs and the European Commission, we’ve helped to produce guidance for transporters to improve compliance with welfare regulations
  • We’ve lobbied to protect equines used in the production of Ejiao and Equine Chorionic Gonadotrophin (ECG)
  • We engaged in the development and publication of OIE chapter 7.12 on the welfare of working equids
  • We’ve raised awareness among UN, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), WOAH(World Organization for Animal Health), and World Bank of the contribution of working equines to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Our partner project Animal Nepal has been acting as a consultant to the FAO during an outbreak of zoonotic disease Glanders, ensuring that stakeholders at multiple levels (equid owners, brick kiln owners, vets, paravets and government) are aware of the risks of the disease and how to prevent it

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