The NGO World Horse Welfare was born in 1927 in order to provide welfare to working equines that were abused in the First World War. They arrived in Colombia in 2018 with the aim of knowing the conditions of the work horses and later providing them with well-being.
17 municipalities of Antioquia and 400 horses are so far evaluated by the British NGO and a study group called EquiCES led by veterinary doctor Carolina Jaramillo Gómez, in the company of master's student Katherinie Tiuso. This alliance was made to diagnose the health status of the working animals in the department, and after identifying the health status, they will begin to establish a method of education and training for the communities and thus solve the most common difficulties.
The veterinary and zootechnical collaborators evaluated the conditions of the equines such as: parasites, teeth, hooves, injuries, lameness among other different aspects of well-being in order to obtain the statistics that showed the problems. The owners of the working animals were also interviewed to detect socioeconomic factors such as income, treatment, investment and food.
“These programs are for horse owners, school children, community leaders, blacksmiths and professionals who need animal welfare education ,” said World Horse Welfare representative Debbie Warboys.
Carolina Jaramillo Gómez, coordinator of the project in Colombia, is a graduate of the undergraduate degree in Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics (MVZ) at CES University. He started working with the foundation in January 2019 and says that "The project served to really know the problems that the horses had because there were no numbers in studies, it was neither documented nor quantified, so that helps us to know what is happening and provide a solution".
As part of this project, on Thursday, October 10, 2019, the Second Update Day in Equine Medicine, Reproduction and Well-being will be held in the Aula Máxima of the CES University, which will have the participation of two international speakers: Dr. John Burford from the University of Nottingham England and Dr. Gabriela Salgado from Nicaragua and is aimed at the entire community of both veterinarians and zootechnicians at the University. Admission is free with prior registration.