We Need Your Help!
My name is Claudia Moreno and my idea to form a project to help the horses on the Galapagos Islands came up on the day my fourth foal was born. It made me more worried than happy. I originally had only 3 mares but the neighbours did not take care of their stallions, and quickly the fourth came along. Additionally people brought a mistreated, starving foal to me which would have died, if I had not taken care of it. In this manner I ended up having 11 horses. Selling the horses was not a solution for me as I know they would end up being mistreated. In Galapagos, most residents are not educated in horses needs and natural way of living. Besides, horses on the islands reproduce without control because they are not always kept in safe conditions. That’s why we have horses with genetic deformities caused by inbreeding.
Horses were introduced to the islands in the early 20th century and used as pack animals and later used for tourism. Special care for horses, like horsemanship, was never practised. Now a lot of them are abandoned, neglected and in very bad health conditions, carrying deadly diseases caused by internal and external parasites.
It is hard for horses on the Galapagos Islands. They live in the small populated area which is only 3% of the land of the whole Galapagos Islands. 97% is protected by the National Park and introduced animals, as horses are, are not allowed to be there. Farmers keep their land for cattle as they provide milk and meat.
I came to the Galapagos Islands as an animal lover like most of the people who visit this beautiful natural paradise. Living and working in this unique National Park, my love for animals grew even greater. I truly believe that it is our responsibility to take care of our horses which helped us with the hardest work. Horses deserve our love and honor. As we all know they are one of the most beautiful and intelligent animals, let’s enjoy being with them!
My idea of this Project is to educate people to connect with horses in the natural way. One point is that we want the horse owners to be responsible for their horses. I offer the community of Galapagos to come to the highlands to learn together with our horse skilled volunteers how to treat horses fairly and kindly. The second point is to learn from the horses, as they are forgiving, soft and kind and tell everybody about themselves. All this we learn and train with the techniques of Natural Horsemanship, which means respect the horses and not to break them to what we want them to be. Furthermore as a trained practitioner in Horse Guided Empowerment® here at Galapagos Horse Friends we follow a strict code of ethics and never stop observing, questioning our actions and learning with and from the horses.
At the moment we are renting pastures of a local farmer. Unfortunately being a tenant has it’s problems in a community where the love of animals is limited. To secure the wellbeing of the horses in the future, and hopefully take in many more, we aim to buy our own land. For this we need donations – many of them. I would be very grateful for your donation.