Gili Trawangan Remote Tourist Island Culture of Abused Ponies
 By Winniefield Park   •   30th Sep 2015   •   2,487 views   •   2 comments
Gili Trawangan Remote Tourist Island Culture of Abused Ponies

When it comes to exotic travel destinations, Bali, an island province of Indonesia often comes to mind as an ultimate destination. A neighboring island, also an island of Indonesia, Gili Trawangan is gaining a reputation, but not for the same reason as Bali. In common with Bali is the remote tropical island experience with white sands and turquoise waters. But unlike Bali, there are no cars, motorcycles or trucks on this island. Inhabitants and tourists alike walk, ride bicycles or ride in horse drawn vehicles. And, itís the horse drawn vehicles that are drawing unwelcome attention.

The carriage trade is drawing attention everywhere. They are the target of protests in Montreal, New York City, Melbourne and elsewhere. And while you may or may not agree that the Ďfirst worldí carriage horses are being misused and mistreated, it would be hard not to recognize the overuse and abuse of horses in third world countries like Indonesia.

Horses on Gili T, as itís known, are used to pull a cimodo for tourists. This is a roofed, two wheeled vehicle, brightly painted and adorned with tassels and tinkling bells. It seats up to four passengers in addition to the driver. The vehicle is pulled by a pony. Ponies also carry touristís luggage to and from the resorts on the island. And itís the condition of these ponies that distresses many of the visitors to the island.

Related: No Cars Allowed In These Cities
Related: Is it Time To End Horse Drawn Carriages in New York City
Related: Should Police Horses Be Banned
Related: Paraguay Bans Work Horses in City Streets After Outcry From Animal Rights Groups

The website has many reviews from tourists who have witnessed the ponies and voiced concerns over their condition. Some report that the ponies are only offered seawater to drink, have many sores from their harnesses, work long hours in the sun and heat and into the night, pull oversized loads, receive little veterinary care, and are whipped and otherwise abused. The life span of a Gili T horse is estimated to be much shorter than the normal 25 years of most domestic horses.

As it is for the human residents of this island, where tourism is the only large industry, life's a struggle for the ponies. A recent building boom means even more work for the ponies, hauling construction materials. This means more jobs and money for the residents, which is good, but not for the ponies.

While sadly, there will always be people who selfishly abuse animals, most seem to agree that the abuse taking place on Gili T, and other similar places is due to lack of education rather than outright cruelty. Gili Eco Trust is making an effort to help the ponies and their owners. Gili Eco Trust was created to preserve the natural beauty of the islandís resources and protect delicate coral reefs surrounding the shoreline. But, it has since expanded its efforts to include waste management, recycling and animal welfare. Gili Eco Trust has no problem with the fact that the ponies are used, but believe they are entitled to clean water, regular rest and proper veterinary and farrier care.

To this end, the Gili Eco Trust offers twice a month free clinics where owners can take ponies for veterinary treatment. They also offer education about the proper care of the ponies. There is also a mobile clinic that travels the small archipelago that Gili T is a part of. The clinic and efforts of the Gili Eco Trust is funded by donations. Donations might not go directly to the care of horses, but be divided amongst the various issues of the organization. Volunteers are also welcome.

Valkyrie   MOD 
What they should do is set up government funded water troughs/pumps at different points, so the ponies are getting fresh water if needed. Letting them drink saltwater is probably the only option their impoverished drivers can afford. Water pumps would also benefit people. Tourism companies could band together to get them set up, god knows they make enough money off tourists going there. Bali is a very popular destination for Australians and New Zealanders.

Feed is another story. It would be difficult to fund enough hay or hard feed to keep the ponies going. But at least if there are public watering options their drivers might be able to afford more feed.
  Sep 30, 2015  •  2,682 views
Winniefield Park  
Eco Trust is working on this. Oh to be a billion+ dollar philanthropist like Bill Gates!
  Oct 2, 2015  •  2,543 views
 More News by Winniefield Park
Top 15 Summer Horse Products
5th Aug 2020   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
The lazy days of summer are the busiest for many horse owners, although COVID19 may be holding things up a bit. The only annoyances this time of year are the high temperatures and the bugs. Thanks to some great products, most of t ...
Dapples on A Horse Coat Sign of Good health
3rd Aug 2020   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
1Dapples on a horseís coate are often thought of as a sign of good health. And, many a grey owner wishes there was some way to preserve those amazing dapple grey spots before they fade to white. But what are dapples? Why do some h ...
Horse Foam Bit Review
2nd Aug 2020   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Whatís the newest in horse bits. According to Youtuber RaleighLink14, you might want to check out the foam bit. The idea is that the thickly sponge covered bit is much softer on a horseís mouth than any other material. But, says t ...
PonyBox Champion Casual Boho
1st Aug 2020   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
As we headed into the July holiday weekend was Casual Boho held the top ranking spot. The 15 year old Casual Boho is owned by Jumping Bloom Horses. This 16.3 hh mare is by 21st generation Boho Express, a breeding by Fox Tail Forg ...
Love For Wild Horses Org Responsible for California Relocation
1st Aug 2020   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
A herd of wild horses from California has found a new home in the Red Feather Lakes of Colorado. Advocates say the horses are useful because they clear the ground cover that feeds wildfires, and they plan to move more horses there ...
Woman Kicked By Wild Assateague Horse
28th Jul 2020   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Recently, a woman found out the hard way that smacking a cooler-raiding horse with a toy shovel is a good way to get kicked. Which is why you need to take those do not feed that animals signs seriously. ...
PonyBox Top 5 Barn Ranking
26th Jul 2020   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Persistence, dedication and an eye for good breeding have paid off well for many Ponybox stables. And, it isnít just longevity that affects a stableís ranking. Hereís a look at the top five ranking stables on Ponybox right now. ...
The Disappearing Desert Horses of Namibia
25th Jul 2020   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
The desert is a harsh landscape to survive in. But the wild horses of Namibia have been eking out an existence among the coastal dunes of that country for a century. Itís not certain just how they got there, but what is known is t ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
©2002 - 2020   PonyBox LLC Create Account Advertise Terms Privacy Contact Us
223 Members Online 268,577 Registered Members 2,749 News Articles 11,682,189 Unique News Article Views 278,023,382 Website Views