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post #1 of 10 Old 12-11-2015, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Horses of Gili

I thought I would share with everyone what I do when I am not running a dive resort or riding Zephyr. We have founded a not for profit organization here called Horses of Gili. This is to help us to provide education, improved veterinary care and updated equipment to the working cart horses of the Gili Islands. The last week of November we did a volunteer clinic and saw over 200 horses and ponies. We provided deworming, vitamin injections, basic medical care, shoeing and trimming, teeth floating and gave out bits, bridles, padding and protective boots.

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-11-2015, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-11-2015, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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The team of volunteers that worked the clinic. We saw 203 horses in 5 days!
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-11-2015, 10:53 AM
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Wow. How did I miss that you're from Indonesia. I'd love to compare notes with you on keeping horses in the tropics of the developing world.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-11-2015, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Happy to answer any questions we are really pretty primitive here lol

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-11-2015, 03:17 PM
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My main question is about the types of parasites we need to treat for. I can get wormer from the US, but I want it to be effective.

Your cart horses do look to be better managed than the ones I've encountered in the touristy places in the Philippines.

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post #7 of 10 Old 12-11-2015, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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We an extremely difficult time getting anti-parasitics into the country at all. That being said we prefer to try to treat twice yearly once with a strongid type product once with a zimectrin type product. Right now we are treating with panacur because that is all customs would allow into the country. On these particular islands parasites are not a big problem because the horses do not graze in pastures nor are they allowed to have their heads down in their stalls (yes they should but this is a weird local custom) so they do not get reinfected and it is so very dry here that the eggs desiccate in the soil quickly. We have sent fecals off to be tested and they are usually free of parasites or have a very small amount but we deworm anyway to be safe. Our biggest problem is fresh water and correct diet as all of the rice bran is lacking in calcium and that is all that is available and supplements are expensive for the locals to get. Horses here longterm get bighead disease from hypoglycemia and kidney failure if they were not given access to fresh water. For our personal horses of course they get corn, rice bran, some pellets, mineral supplement and a calcium supplement plus grass hay and fresh water but the majority of the working horses only get rice bran, hay and some fresh water. (we import all the stuff for our horses but it is too expensive for the locals to get)

Our horses on the Gili's look better than most on Lombok (bigger neighboring island) but we try to take as good of care of them as within our means because we are tourist dependent and they have gotten lots of bad press in the past.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-12-2015, 02:42 AM
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What a great thing you guys are doing! I really enjoy reading your posts about horse keeping in Indonesia. :)
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-12-2015, 08:45 AM
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Wow, what a great thing you are doing. Where I live (boonies) it's so easy to forget that there are still a lot of working horses in the world. I know our riding horses "work", but you know what I mean.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-12-2015, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Yes the horses here definitely work for a living so it is new to me too but also enjoyable as it is nice to hear the bells jingling (all cart horses are required to wear bells so nobody is run over) as they go down the road and the clip clop of hooves

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