Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best equine owner of them all?

Lalitpur, May 2018
What is the best thing that can happen to a donkey, mule or horse toiling in a brick factory? Having a good owner! A responsible owner makes sure his animals don’t overwork, are not overloaded, have a nice shelter, get nutritious food, are treated when sick or injured and get a chance to rest, graze and play.
The equines belonging to Arman Kasgar from Hanuman Brick Factory are the lucky ones this year. Animal Nepal’s Equine Outreach Team recently honoured Mr Kasgar as the Best Equine Owner of Lalitpur district. Each year we select the best owners and handlers in the districts where we work and provide them with cash prizes, feeding buckets and tubs and equine food. The award ceremony acts as an incentive for owners and handlers to treat their equines even better.
The second Best Equine Owner this year is Guddu Kasgar from Shree Bajra Barahi (RM) Brick Kiln, while Rahis Kasgar from Gyan Brick kiln became the third prize winner.
The award program was organized on 12th May 2018 in the presence of some forty equine owners. Animal Nepal’s Executive Director Uttam Kafle distributed the cash prizes and certificates. “The award program is to motivate the participants to treat their hard working equines even better and more importantly to spread the message of welfare for these animals in such a harsh environment,” he said.
Equine Outreach Program Coordinator Dr. Atish Kumar Yadav explained the selection criteria to the participants and encouraged them to continue to treat their equines with care and respect. Other outreach team members present were Dr Sajana Thapa, para vets Tara Budhathoki, Prem Roka and Mana Nepali, assistant cum driver Ramchandra Shrestha and Communication Officer Nirmal Sharma.

Stopping communicable disease in its track

Lalitpur, February 2018 –

Communicable diseases among equines are on the increase in Nepal. Dangerous conditions like Glanders, Strangles, Rabies and Surra increasingly affect the hard working horses, mules and donkeys.

To stop disease in its track, Animal Nepal educated equine owners working in brick factories in Dhading district on prevention and identification.

On 18 February, 2018, 27 equine owners working in 17 different brick factories gathered to listen to Animal Nepal Program Manager Kapil Kafle, who briefed them about basic care and welfare of equines. Equine Outreach Program Vet Dr. Sajana Thapa shared her knowledge of communicable diseases and its causes, symptoms and prevention. She also gave advice regarding food and nutrition for the hard working equines. Animal Nepal’s para vets Santosh Gautam and Sijan Pokhrel talked about primary treatment and general equine health.

Equine owners Ajmal Khan and Ali Hasan raised some important questions related to care of working animals. The participants looked forward to implementing the suggestions given to them by our team. They realized that that better treatment will lead to happier and healthier equines and better income.

This was the first camp of the present brick season in Dhading. Animal Nepal this season will be focusing on spreading awareness and educating the equine owners on improved treatment of equines.

 

 

Training for veterinary students

 

Lalitpur, October, 2017

Animal Nepal organized a three days training about ‘equine welfare and their management’ for final year veterinary students from Himalayan college of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (HICAST) during 13 – 15 October 2017.

The training was focus on welfare of working equines, approaches to handle equines and common problems seen among working equines in the context of Nepal.

The main objective of training was to make the vet students familiar with equines, equine welfare, equine handling and commonly seen problems.

On the first day of the training, Dr. Atish  Kumar Yadav and Dr. Sajana Thapa introduced Animal Nepal, need and importance to insure welfare of working equines in the context of Nepal and some tips about equine handling.

On the second day, our team including Dr. Atish, Dr. Sajana, vet technicians  Santosh Gautam, Tara Budhathoki, Mana Nepali, Prem Rokka and Sijan Pokharel exchanged knowledge and experience related to their field work.

As this was a hands-on training, they got a chance to examine the animals and observe them in close quarters and to participate in every activity.

On the closing day, Animal Nepal’s Executive Director Mr. Uttam Kafle distributed certificate to all participatnts.

Our best wishes to all the participants.