the entrance to the Ancient city of Petra, Jordan, there
is a charity hospital that treats working horses and donkeys
for free. (Petra is where Indiana Jones was filmed).
The Brooke Hospital
for Animals was founded in Cairo by an Englishwoman named
Dorothy Brooke. In October 1930, her husband Brigadier Geoffrey
Brooke took command of the Cavalry Brigade in Cairo, part
of the British occupying force that remained in Egypt after
World War I.
The Ancient City Of Petra
Sizing Horseshoes With Dr. Ali |
Dorothy, concerned with the
fate of the British enlisted horses abandoned at the end
of the war, founded an organization to rescue them. It was
out of this organization that the Brooke Hospital for Animals
(Registered Charity # 1085760) Their family continues this
important work which is based in London. There are currently
clinics in Egypt, the Nederland, Pakistan, and India as
well as the one in Petra.
and donkeys are the livelihood of the people in Petra. There
is a long, winding cobblestone road that leads down into
the ancient city (approximately 2 miles).The horses carry
tourists by carriage into Petra. When I was there in 2002,
we rode in a cart pulled by one of these horses. They slip
and slide on the rock surface and suffer many injuries including
sprains and cuts to their legs. It is unforgiving work for
these poor creatures that support an entire family! When
these horses are injured and cannot work, their family suffers
a great loss of income.
Treasury Building In Petra
Examining An Injured Horse |The hospital’s motto is
“Help the horse, Help the people”. We are sending
plastic horseshoes to them to improve the footing traction
for the horses.
As a horse-lover, and in the interest of improving the lives
of those less fortunate, I feel it is a worthy cause.
| SonRise Farm Arabians
has on consignment Authentic Native Arabian Tack for sale
made by craftsmen in Petra to raise money for the Horseshoes
for Humanity Project. If you would like to help with the horseshoes
or would like to purchase some Authentic Native Arabian Tack,
please contact me for further information.
Dr. Ali On A Horse
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Some information taken from the book,
OASIS… 60 years of the Brooke Hospital for Animals-
by Sarah Searight