Earlier this week, we talked about the Colloquium on Working Equids that our team attended in London. The purpose of the colloquium was to gather together people involved with working equines to share information from around the world and improve knowledge across the board. The Donkey Sanctuary was one of the four equine charities sponsoring the event and our UK International Team was joined by over 40 people from our partner organisations around the world, with representatives from Africa, Asia and the Americas.
On the second day of the colloquium there was a Charity Knowledge Exchange – a valuable participatory exercise where each of the sponsoring charities set up camp in a room each to share knowledge from their fields of equine welfare. Our team did us proud producing a touch-table full to the brim with harnesses, bits, fly masks and saddle packs. It attracted a constant stream of interested parties who were keen to chat with our knowledgeable partners, who readily shared advice and stories from their personal experiences. Our partners also produced over 15 posters further sharing their knowledge with the colloquium's other delegates.
Now the colloquium is over, we have invited our delegates to join us for more workshops and presentations – and, most importantly, to get to know one another better. Collaboration is key to improving the welfare of donkeys around the world and by integrating our network of partners and sharing our knowledge, we can learn from one another and have a more joined-up approach to sustained improvements to donkeys lives.