Donated Water Troughs Aid Moroccan Cart Horses

Cart horses, mules, and donkeys working in the Moroccan city of Marrakech are now able to stay hydrated throughout their hot days on the job, thanks to the donation of nine water troughs by the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA).

The troughs are located near the main stands where around 1,000 horses and mules that pull tourist carriages line up. However, all of the 20,000 working animals in Marrakech have access to the troughs.

Carriage horse drinks from a SPANA trough

A carriage horse in Marrakech drinks from one of the new water troughs.

The troughs could not be hooked up to the city's water mains, so a SPANA carriage with a water tank is used to refill them twice daily. The driver can also check that the troughs are clean and properly maintained. This system also gives the group a chance to show how well-fed and cared-for working horses should look, with effective harness and modern farriery.

Read more about the Marrakech water troughs.  

SPANA, founded in 1923 and based in London, ensures that working donkeys, horses, and mules are healthy, and works to make people aware of the importance of animal welfare in more than 30 countries.

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