Horses provided the power to build entire civilizations, win wars, travel over continents. We find their influence in many languages–in Italian, ‘a cavallo’ means on one’s way and in English direct information may be said to ‘come straight from the horse’s mouth’. Horses have always held an important role in our culture and history.
Across the world, the role of many horse breeds is constantly evolving. In some regions, these horses are no longer working animals, and are now used predominantly for tourism, while in other parts of the world they are still very much essential beasts of burden, used for semi-subsistence farming, logging and food production.
Horses play a less easily quantified or quantifiable role in the economy – they are working animals, essential for small farms, utilised for tourism and even land management. Yet despite this, they are all too often invisible to policymakers – making them vulnerable to unintended consequences of new legislations.
COVID-19 has devastated the horse travel industry. Though travel has been restricted all over the world, horses still need to be fed, stalls mucked and trails maintained. For business owners who have fallen into economic hardship, those costs can become too much.
Bookings have steeply declined, and many stables have been forced to sell horses just to get through. Emergency funding and support is lacking.In many countries, the best way to ensure a horse is protected from neglect and even slaughter is to give him a job.
Equestrian tourism operations give hundreds of thousands of horses employment whilst promoting sustainable development in fragile areas around the world. They offer a second chance for many working breeds that are in danger of extinction.
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