1st, the rope is put through the skin to 'promote good health',some times they use wire or bit s of cloth....gross I know, its a ridiulous practise that has been around since the stone ages...
Okay just to be clear this is an ogranised group of people going over, to work with egpytian groups and help with vet hospital and education programs already set up over there.
I know its horrific but its also something we as westerners cannot completly understand, we have the resources and education to know better, please remember this is a desert there is literally no food,or tack shops etc over there unless they have money to buy it. Also if you grow up seeing horses like this all the time you just think this is the norm, sad but true
Trust me im well aware of what im getting into, and its not just an arab problem I have seen it all over the world in places where there really is no excuse for it goin on! Just look in animals shelters anywher you go.