This week’s letter is P. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Office Administration (Equine).
In primary school I had a great fascination with the Quagga (a now extinct member of the equus family). In highschool this moved onto Przewalski’s horse and later in life, I discovered a chance to work in Mongolia and help to preserve this breed in the wild.
Many breeders today work to preserve a particular bloodline, or promote and preserve a new breed that has been established via many generations of breeding the same type of horse. For me, the idea of helping to preserve a breed that is declining in numbers would be an exciting thing! Or even helping to manage and preserve a ‘wild’ breed, such as the American Mustang or the Australian Brumby.
This form of equine related work and research may involve:
- observing equine routines
- establishing natural habitat
- restraining and medicating horses
- tracking particular horses
- holding for the short term and breeding before releasing into a ‘natural’ habitat
The work in itself could be demanding but very rewarding. Imagine watching the numbers increase over the years of a breed that was nearing the endangered species list!
For some posts that relate to this topic on Equus-Blog, take a look at:
“Bread may feed my body, but my horse feeds my soul.” – Author unknown