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Many working donkeys and horses suffer wounds from ill-fitting harnesses that bite into their flesh.

Working horses, donkeys and mules are invaluable for cultivating land and transporting goods and people.

More than half the world’s population are thought to be dependent on horses for their livelihood. But despite their loyal service, in many countries working horses are suffering.

WSPA has helped donkeys and horses in the Middle East for many years, working with local, expert member societies to rescue neglected animals and to show owners practical ways of improving their care and treatment.

A quick way to make a big difference

In many countries, working donkeys and horses suffer wounds from ill-fitting harnesses often made out of metal chains that bite into their flesh as they work. These injuries can be prevented very easily by attaching a soft and thick fabric cover over the chains to protect the donkey or horse. It is so easy to do but extremely effective.

Now WSPA are offering you the chance to help those donkeys and horses in the Middle East in a practical way yourself - by making a noseband protector.

Download our easy to follow sewing instructions (PDF document)

It is very easy to make a noseband protector and it doesn’t take long to do. You don’t even have to be good at sewing to make one

How your noseband protector will help

Alistair Findlay, Middle East Programmes Manager, says: “Many equines experience unnecessary pain and discomfort from these wounds, many of which become infected. The noseband protector is an effective example of prevention being better than the cure.”

We would like to provide our projects in the Middle East – run by Pegasus in Israel and the Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS) in Palestine – with enough noseband protectors to make sure that no donkeys or horses suffer from painful nosebands chafing their skin.

Imad Atrash, who manages the PWLS, is overjoyed that WSPA is asking its supporters to help in this way: “We plan to educate all the equine owners on this important welfare issue. We hope that in the future all the equines will be wearing these covers. WSPA supporters will become part of our intervention programme, to improve the welfare of animals in our country.”

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