'Game of Thrones' Horses Help Bring Attention to Working Equine Welfare

Posted by Mateja Lane
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Horse welfare is a world-wide issue. 

And the equine stars of HBO's "Game of Thrones" (GoT to the biggest fans) are bringing attention to the ways that working equines might be mistreated in other parts of the world. British charity Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys is running a campaign called How the Other Horse Lives which raises awareness of working equines, especially in developing countries and the GoT horses are using their fame to help the cause.

The 80 horses trained for stunts in "Game of Thrones" by Camilla Naprous of The Devil's Horsemen are treated fairly, cared for, and have access to veterinary care, quality food, and farriers, but that is not always the case for working equines around the world. She told HorseTalk:

"We have easy access to everything we need to make sure our horses are happy and healthy, when they're working and when they're not. People in developing countries don't always have the skills they need to maintain good welfare, or access to nutritious feed, vets or farriers."

Here's a behind-the-scene look of how the GoT horses were trained for the famous cavalry charge in the "Battle of the Winterfell" of Season 6.

Horses, donkeys, and mules that are vital to communities around the world are oftentimes not cared for and Brooke Action wants to change that. Through working with the local community, Brooke Action is attempting to educate and advocate on equine suffering in harsh working conditions.

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100 million equines support more than 600 million people as their main source of income. Brooke Action wants to make sure these equines are loved and cared for rather than viewed simply for profit.

The stunt horses of The Devil's Horsemen that help make "Game of Thrones" authentic have starred in Lloyds bank ads, "Wonder Woman," "Transformers," "War Horse, and as Angelina Jolie's horse in "Tomb Raider." They join other equine celebrities like Charlotte Dujardin in speaking up for horse advocacy and cruel working conditions for horses, donkeys, and mules in developing countries.

The horses that ride with Jon Snow, Sansa, Daenerys, and the rest of the beloved GoT stars want to be the voice for horses that might not be so lucky working around the world.

Camilla Naprous said;

"We admire Brooke's approach to helping and educating owners and workers in the welfare of these horses, mules and donkeys and by the sheer scale in which they are making changes."

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