CAnes Docs for Social Change

Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, School of Communication, University of Miami

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Projects - Romana

The city of Antigua would not be complete without the echoing clop-clop-clop sound of horses hooves hitting cobblestone as they pull carriages full of tourists past Parque Central and through the beautiful streets. For many of the carriage-drivers, the job is the livelihood that sustains an entire family, and while they may make enough money for the family to get by, taking care of their horses is often an afterthought – or forgotten until it is too late.

 

Helping Hooves is a program that works to develop relationships with the carriage drivers, then builds on that relationship to convince the drivers of the importance of the health of the horses. The organization has been able to start many horses on a regular routine of check-ups that are in-part paid for by the drivers, and the organization infrequently rescues horses on the side..

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