The Donkey Sanctuary - UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) Joint Project is this week hosting its third Equitarian Workshop. After an introductory morning including an official opening by the municipality, we all drove to the outskirts of Santa Cruz.
To set the scene we asked the community to tell us the major challenges they faced with their donkeys, mules and horses and then to rank the problems according to their importance. After some discussion about these problems they took their animals to different veterinary specialists depending on the problems they had identified where, after further discussion to understand the problems and their causes, they were given treatment.
One shaggy old donkey was over 20 years old and had Cushings syndrome. Although there is no treatment for this condition we were able to give nutritional advice and multi-vitamin supplement to make the donkey more comfortable.
While donkeys were treated, the children attended a session run by the DS-UNAM education team.
The afternoon turned to dusk, gradually all the donkeys, mules and horses tied to trees around the edge of the playing field where we were working were attended to and were then led home by their owners.