25 March 2010 | Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog at Hoofcare.com
World Horse Welfare is an international charity with a global mission of educating people about horses. The charity also runs many small, hands-on programs around the world, where local people in developing countries are educated about how to take better care of the horses and donkeys.
Veracruz, on the east coast of Mexico, is just such a place. A second training course has begun in the Veracruz district of Mexico, following the success of last year's project. A new course began there at the end of February with the support of the local Cattlemen's Association. Their support meant that the project could be run from their facilities in the village of Misantla.
Approximately 20,000 horses are based around Veracruz, owing to the prominence of agriculture in the area. The state has the highest population of horses in all of Mexico. Because whole families rely on their horses to survive, horse welfare is essential.
Ten saddler and 12 farrier students are taking this year's course. Two of the student farriers are actually veterinary students, who would like further training.
Click here to learn more about World Horse Welfare's work in Mexico and other Central American countries. Your donation would be very welcome.
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