Our next steps
Increasing the visibility of working equines in India's policies, planning and research
The equine population in India isn’t as large as other livestock, which means they often have a limited presence in policies, planning, and research.
We want to create an environment of general awareness and acceptance that equines are an important pillar in the lives of marginalised and underprivileged communities. Once this need is recognised, it will lead to equitable allocation of resources and focus on equines at the National and State level, thus contributing positively to the financial and social development of the underprivileged equine owning community.
Improving the awareness of disease and practices that affect equine welfare
During our research we’ve found that many equine owners are unaware of the diseases and practices that affect equine welfare, as well as the effect harsh working conditions can have.
To bridge the gap in equine owners' knowledge of good animal husbandry practices, our field team will conduct meetings with all stakeholders, such as equine owners and local health providers, to share information.
These sessions are also aimed at ensuring the ready availability of commonly required drugs, increasing awareness of equine owners of the veterinary services available, and establishing a linkage between the equine owners and veterinary service providers.