It has always been a necessity for individuals going on trekking in a horse ride to reach
the zenith or the destination.The horses do operate in a group of two or three administered
by their masters.Such horses do revolve round the mountains of the Garhwal Himalayas,Kumaon
Himalayas and some portions of the Greater Himalayan ranges.They vary in various sizes and
different colours such as grey,black,brown and white.These horses are taken for a ride by
their masters who nurture and feed them but are owned by the group leaders.
These horses do help the elderly and the affected people to reach these destinations and
an important means of transportation around the region.The bitter harshness and truth lies
in the unblemished fact that they are not raised or fostered to the level they should
be and this results in their collapse.The money collected from the tourists are
not sufficient enough to nurture or cultivate them in the long run and masters may have to
look for other alternatives.They should be treated first and taken care of before they fall
sick but masters do not realize the fact and the ill or diseased stricken horses are left
to die along with the older ones who have reached the stage of death.
Mountain climbs are quite steeper and requires a continuos ascent of 15-20 kms per day
which is not only difficult for us but also for these medium sized horses who have four
legs to do the climb.The same horse is made to climb for all the days in a month without
proper rest and adequate care which is a result of some horses fainting in the middle of
the climb.These horses are then deemed as unfit and left to die which is a sad phase in
animal conservation and maintenance.They do not have proper stables and healthy
relationships with other horses who are maintained and bolstered properly by their owners.
If proper steps taken towards their welfare and the government understands the same we can
prevent the cruel act and contribute towards animal sustainability and maintenance.