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Many thanks to all those people who, through their generous contributions, have made this project possible, especially Terry for his great help and whose Spanky Project  to help dogs and cats, was our inspiration.

 

Luna de Miel and me, Julio Muñoz

 

Problems commonly found in our city

 

·        Sick or injured horses are often killed if treatment is a bit complicated or the owners don’t have the means to cure them.

·        There are many ‘home remedies’ which don’t bring any benefit and in many cases aggravate the horse’s condition.

·         Methods of training horses are very painful and even dangerous for the horse.

·        The types of bits used at the start of training are aggressive and painful, without first investigating whether the horse responds to a more gentle model.

·         In Cuba there are no shops for horse equipment. Protective gear, such as boots, is unknown.

·         There are no shoeing tools for farriers; they use carpenters’ or mechanics’ tools which are often not appropriate for the job. For example the knife for paring hooves is unknown and instead they use a sharp machete which is dangerous to use and incapable of a precise cut. Correction shoes are practically unknown.

·       Sports involving horses are not widespread and are based on strength and speed rather than in extended training of the horse.

·       Trinidad is a city blessed by nature: valleys, green mountains, rivers and waterfalls make it an ideal place for horse riding excursions. There are people who provide this service using poor horses and saddles that could be a danger to both rider and animal.

 
 

Our campaigns

Antiparasitics

With donations of wormers we have been able to carry out several campaigns against internal parasites.

Collaboration: Wormers
 

Veterinary First Aid

In spite of being a large and powerful animal, the horse is very delicate and can get sick or wounded very easily. First Aid kits are therefore very important for veterinarians. Horse owners need information on prevention and understanding of possibly fatal illnesses such as colic and laminitis.

 

Photo: Horse left to die because of a broken front leg.

We are trying to build a multiple-use frame which could lift the horse when there are problems with its legs (fractures, laminitis), to immobilize it in the case of stitching wounds etc. According to the design drawn by my daughter it would look something like this:

 It would be collapsible for transport by vehicle and the side bar could be removed for easy access by the veterinarian. It could also have wheels for moving the horse.

Collaboration: Books, DVDs, first aid kits, stomach pump (to evacuate gas in cases of colic), harness for lifting the horse, a pulley system strong enough to lift a horse.

 

Introducing natural methods of training

The traditional method of breaking in a horse causes pain and damage. We are studying and applying the methods of Monty Roberts and Chico Ramirez and obtaining excellent results with our horses. We show other horse owners that it is possible to train a horse without causing pain and achieve surprising results in a very short time.

 

Collaboration: Books, DVDs

 

Introducing the snaffle bit

Very aggressive bits are often used which cause wounds to the horse. The snaffle has a more gentle action but is practically unknown.

Collaboration: Snaffle bits

 

Create a library

 

We are collecting material for a library of varied information on horses which will be available for anyone interested in knowing more about this marvellous animal.

 

Collaboration: Books, DVDs

 

Shoes

Putting shoes on a horse can be an adventure as farriers do not have the correct tools and do not have sufficient knowledge of trimming and balancing the hoof. Proper nails are difficult to obtain. We are trying to get suitable tools and equipment and teach modern shoeing techniques.

Collaboration: Books, DVDs, nails, farrier’s tools
 

How to organize an excursion on horseback
 

  In order to make a rescue Center for Horses, a friend who has a beautiful Farm and I open an Equestrian Center Diana where is possible to do horse back riding excursions, part of the income will be destined to buy horses in bad conditions and take care about them. Some of the horses used in the excursions have been rescued.

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This project is in its initial stages and any collaboration is much appreciated. Donations of books, CDs, DVDs with any information on training, care and health issues are welcome. Wormers, protective boots, farrier’s tools, nails, grooming kits and hoof picks are of great help.Details of how you can help with each of our campaigns are above.
You can send the donations to:

Julio C. Muñoz Cocina
Address: Jose Marti # 401
Between: Fidel Claro y Santiago Escobar
Trinidad. S.Spiritus. Cuba
email: trinidadjulio@yahoo.com