Sunday, 15 May 2016

Moving forward in Petra...

On Monday the 9th of May 2016 the teams working in Petra met at the clinic for an event marking the end of Phase 1 of the Petra project. The project was launched in partnership with the Petra Development and Tourism Regional Authority (PDTRA), Four Paws International and the Princess Alia Foundation.
The working horses of Petra

During Phase 1 a number of areas were addressed. A water canal was constructed to protect the site of the clinic and stables from flash floods, the water will be collected and used throughout the year. Two stable blocks were constructed offering the horses a safe and comfortable place to rest where they would be protected from the extreme temperatures in both the summer and winter months. A number of volunteer vets and farriers and a horse management specialist from both Four Paws and PAF visited Petra where they treated the horses and conducted training and awareness programs for the horse owners and the local community. 
One of the horses enjoying some rest in the newly constructed stables

Adjusting the new harness and modified carriage
The progress has been visible at many levels and it has been a great pleasure to create a solid and positive partnership with all involved and to have earned the trust of the Horse Owners Association in Petra and the local community working with the horses. We look forward to moving forward to Phase 2 where we hope to be able to achieve more sustainable positive change for all involved.
Sheltered rest area for the horses

Certificates of achievement were distributed by HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein to all who completed the various training courses

Ursula Rahm and Bridget Hancock distribute new head collars to the horse owners who showed most improvement in the care of their horses

Local community members