Grant helps Norfolk-based World Horse Welfare improve standards

A Norfolk-based animal charity is to help improve standards of horse welfare thousands of miles away after receiving a grant.

World Horse Welfare (WHW), which has a centre at Snetterton, will work with the Cambodia Pony Welfare Organisation thanks to money awarded by the International Equestrian Federation.

Representatives of WHW have already visited the country to begin sharing their knowledge and skills with Cambodian farriers and harness-makers.

The training course in Phnom Penh will see 10 students taught advanced techniques which they can then pass on to local farriers.

Four students will study saddlery and harness-making techniques with the intention that they pass on their new skills to horse owners in Cambodia.

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Karen O'Malley, head of programme development at World Horse Welfare, said the charity's work would complement existing training in the country.

She said: 'It should be an exciting project as we haven't been involved in something quite like this before.'

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The charity also hopes that the training will allow Cambodian horses to be used in equestrian sport, in particular the 2013 Asian Games.

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