The Brooke is an international animal welfare organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules.
There are around 100 million working horses, donkeys and mules across the world and during the course of their lives, it is estimated that more than half of these animals suffer from exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition as a result of excessive workloads and limited animal health services. This results in suffering for the animals and insecure livelihoods for the people relying on them. These problems can be avoided.
The Brooke delivers veterinary treatment and community animal health programmes in 10 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The majority of working horses, donkeys and mules are owned by individuals who use them to support themselves and their families. These animals are vital to alleviate poverty, assure food security and promote self-reliance.
The Brooke works through mobile veterinary teams, locally trained community animal health workers as well as our partners, ensuring emergency treatment is always on hand to help more horses and donkeys, benefiting their owners and families.
We work with communities so they understand how to care for their animals, ensuring they have regular rest, shade and water. Establishing the root cause of a health problem and preventing it from happening in the first place is the most effective way to ensure sustainable health and well-being. We also work with and influence animal health and veterinary training organisations, agencies and governments, to recognise the importance of working equine animals in poverty alleviation, livelihoods and the global economy – and to make policy and programme changes to improve their welfare.
The Brooke shows owners how healthier animals can be more productive as well as training farriers, saddlers, harness and cart makers.
Working animals can be happy and healthy if they have the care and respect they deserve. This year, we will reach more than a million working horses, donkeys and mules, benefiting around six million of the world’s poorest people, who rely on these animals to earn a basic living.
Last year the Brooke reached over 1.1 million animals, benefiting more than 6 million poor people who depend on them. The Brooke’s goal is to increase the number of working animals we help to two million a year by 2016.
To find out more about their work and how you can offer your support visit The Brooke now! When booking a riding holiday with Equestrian Escapes you can make a small donation to help the lives of horses and donkeys who live overseas.