Honduras Horse Program Needs Help

Amigos de Jesús, an orphanage in Macuelizo, Honduras, is asking for some help from horse owners this Christmas season. The group has an agricultural program, which includes equine husbandry. They currently have seven horses, two burros, and two mules. However, according to volunteers, the three trained horses are overworked and under-equipped.

Dan McQuillan, a lifelong rider who previously worked on a ranch in Colorado, is now volunteer director of the horse program. He is working with the boys and the untrained horses to improve the program, with the goal of teaching basic riding and animal care.

In order to work with these horses safely, they have the following requests:

  • A medium halter with lead rope (the boys currently rope the horses to catch them);
  • A headstall (they have some bits available but nothing to attach them to);
  • Tom Thumb, big ring, smooth, or slow-twist snaffle bits;
  • Four cinches (30- and 32-inches long), as well as cinch cream--they have been having serious problems with cinch sores attributed to overwork and poor-quality cinches;
  • Any kind of stirrups--they currently have English ones on a Western saddle, and children's stirrups would also be appreciated;
  • Training DVD or book (in Spanish or subtitles would be ideal).

Items can be shipped to volunteer Stateside School Coordinator Barbara Zupko, at 226 Spring Road, Malvern, PA, 19355.

Donations earmarked for the equine program can also be sent to Amigos de Jesús, 118 Woodland Ave., Malvern, PA, 19355.

Amigos de Jesús is a registered 501 (c)(3) organization. See their Web site.  

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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