Cambodian Pony Welfare Organisation
Ponies play a vital role in the livelihoods of rural communities in Cambodia. Rural families depend on these animals to carry merchandise to sell or serve as a means to transport bricks or stones at mines.
CPWO is the only organization in the country that provides skills training, prevention workshops and treatment for ponies.
Their aims are simple:
- to empower communities in responsible animal ownership by providing better health care and veterinarian service to working ponies
- provide training to Cambodian veterinarians to have correct skills and knowledge
- provide education to the ponies’ owners for proper care and management of their animals.
Clinics are conducted in rotation every quarter supporting 40 rural communities across 14 regions of Cambodia.
These clinics consist of medical treatment of ponies including emergency cases, participatory exercises with the communities (HBC: Human Behaviour Changes Exercises), theoretical and practical workshops (three per year), mid and long term skills training (such as farriers and saddlers with workshops of two weeks for 5 years consecutively) and providing basic educational materials.
Their latest outreach clinic included setting up a data record and assessment sheet for each pony, de-worming and general physical exam of each pony, treatment for colic, wounds, lameness and teeth problems, saddlery, fitting and adjustment of harnesses, bridles, bits, farrier, proper trimming and shoeing, training local village vets, training local farriers, educating pony owners by doing the exercises of Human Behaviour Change (HBC) and other activities in order to improve pony welfare and owners livelihood in Cambodia.
Animal Aid Abroad will fund 50% of the costs for veterinary medical supplies that will be used to service working ponies in 40 rural communities across 14 regions of Cambodia in 2017. More updates on this program will be reported over coming months.
Pictures are from their latest clinic round.