Last Updated on March 8, 2022 by Allison Price
Working horses were once a major source of transportation. They were the main form of transportation before motor vehicles and could pull heavy loads. They drove us to work, pulled our ploughs and hauled our bricks. Many people in countries without tractors and cars are dependent on horses to carry them to work. Without them, life would not be complete and there would be very few opportunities to earn a living.
Working horses as transport
A horse can often be the only mode of transportation for a family. They transport children to schools that are otherwise impossible, giving hope to whole communities and ensuring a brighter future. They are often the best way to transport children to hospitals, markets, and allow owners to visit their friends. Many families wouldn’t be able to do the everyday tasks we take for granted without their horse.
Working Horses Provide Livelihoods
The job of a horseman is not only a source of income, but it can also be a way to earn a living.
In Jordan for example, horses are heavily dependent on horses to help with farming, where they transport equipment to market and pull the goods. Horses also help with farm maintenance by clearing logs or bringing in building materials.
Horses are also popular in many countries’ tourist industry. Morocco is an example of a horse pulling a tourist cart. These horses not only provide income for their families, but also attract tourists. This increases the chances that others will find work in the region. Due to the harsh environment these horses live in, they can easily become dehydrated. SPANA offers water troughs on their regular routes so they can have adequate water. Tourists are also invited to ride in Jordan. It’s hard to imagine anyone not wanting the opportunity to ride a horse through this beautiful country.
Working Horses at Home
A working horse is a horse that transports water, firewood, and coal to their home. Working animals are especially beneficial to women, as it is traditionally the job of girls and women to fetch water from nearby streams or wells. Women can transport more water by using the donkey’s draught power, which allows them to do this task in a shorter time.
Many girls from the Global South find that having a working horse allows them to have more time for education and is safer than doing their chores. Many people live in poverty around the world because of the importance of horses.
There are however many challenges. These countries have harsh climates and are prone to dehydration. Due to a shortage of farriers, owners have taken to making their own shoes. This can lead to lameness and even painful infection. Owners often make their own harnesses. However, they can cause further infection if they don’t fit properly. Locally trained vets are rare and costly.
These horses are loved by their owners and they often form a strong bond with them. SPANA helps them make the right horse shoes and harnesses. We aim to help more people in countries where they are most needed. This includes teaching future owners how to properly feed and care for their animals, as well as providing access to veterinary services. SPANA can use your contribution to improve the lives and well-being of these hardworking horses.
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I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!