Stud Horse Riding and Rescue provides a permanent home for rescued and retired ponies. There are 21 ponies living onsite. Only 7 are suitable for riding. The rest are retired, injured or too small to ride. This project is to raise funds to purchase the necessary horse feed, medication and water that the horses need to survive. This project also supports several starving working ponies on the island whose owners could no longer afford to buy feed and freshwater.
Over the last 4 years, Gili Trawangan has suffered with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and the pandemic. The income of the island residents has suffered resulting in a decline in horse welfare. In 2020, many of the ponies were sold for meat. Those remaining on the island were at risk of starvation. Stud has been working to raise funds to purchase food and water for their 21 horses and other working ponies. All feed must be shipped from Lombok including grass which is $4 per bag.
This project will continue to support the rescued and retired horses living at Stud . It will also provide feed for many other cart ponies on the island while their owners are barely earning enough to feed their families. By providing grass, feed, water and any required medication, we hope to keep as many of the island horses as happy and healthy as possible.
In the longer term, this project will continue to improve our relationships with horse owners on the island. Building trust and rapport with them will allow us to continue to educate them about better horse care and improve the living conditions of many horses that remain on the island. For over 12 years we have held horse clinics with international vets and farriers which we plan to continue in the future, so maintaining a good bond with horse owners is key.