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'Project - Healing Gili Ponies'
helping animals in crisis!

There are “millions upon millions” of animals living in non-ideal, neglectful or abusive conditions today.

We at LoveHealAnimals are committed to raise the funds needed to build a 'Healing Sanctuary for the Gili Islands' Working Ponies'. 

Hi, My name is Cilla Raphael and I am one of the founding partners along with Jacqui Thackeray and Vanessa Larsen of LoveHealAnimals  - a not for profit charity based in Australia. - www.lovehealanimals.org

We are passionate about animals and are dedicated to taking on projects to help animals in crisis throughout Australia, Asia  and the Pacific.

During our last visit to the Gili Islands we connected with an amazing group of people /partners  who share our dream of 'Healing Gili Ponies'

'Healing Gili Ponies' is LoveHealAnimals first project!

All funds raised will go towards securing suitable land on Gili Trawangan, building stables, day yards with shelters, and a sheltered area where the ponies can be provided with veterinary attention.

This sanctuary will become the  Love Heal Animals 'Gili Ponies Sanctuary'. 

By creating and collaberating in close partnerships, our dream has now turned into a real goal - to build a 'Healing Sanctuary for the 'Gili Island Ponies' and to provide full time veterinary care for these working ponies.

The location
The Gili Islands are a group of 3 tiny islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air in Indonesia, arcing away from the northwest corner of Lombok Island off the coast of Bali, Indonesia.Motorised transport is not permitted on these islands so all transport on the Gili Islands is done by foot, bicycle or horse and cart, (locally known as ‘Cidomos’) - 'The Gili Ponies'.

The Crisis
There are over 400 working horses and ponies on the Gili Islands. These ‘Carriage Ponies’ (locally known as ‘Cidomos’) are used to cart everything that comes on and off the islands and across a broad range of business sectors including tourism, construction, rubbish removal, transportation and household errands. These animals are worked to support peoples’ livelihoods within the local community on the Islands.

Unfortunately, these working horses are subjected to widespread and severe welfare problems and suffering; and are in urgent need of physical and emotional healing and help. 

The horses and ponies are emaciated, many of them are diseased or injured and are in need of veterinary attention. There are no Veterinarians living on the islands. In addition, their hooves and feet are in poor condition and are not cared for as there are no trained farriers on the islands.

The ponies are given minimal salt water to drink
usually only mixed into their feed, with a small percentage also getting access to buckets of water at specified times. They are fed insufficient food with very little nutritional value.

The ponies have inadequate or no shelter, their stables are dirty with little or no bedding and many of the ponies can’t even lie down as they are tied up with short ropes. Many of the horses are simply tied to trees or poles as a result of a lack of stabling available. As a result, they are tired from not having the appropriate rest that they so desperately need.

The ponies are working long shifts around the clock in stifling and humid heat carting tourists, luggage, rubbish and construction materials all over the islands. Unfortunately for these poor animals, their carriages are massively overloaded, they wear ill-fitting harnesses and bits and are often beaten with whips to keep them moving.

The horses that carry construction materials and rubbish are in even worse condition. 
These ponies that cart the rubbish around the island  are some of the hardest working ponies on the islands. During peak tourist season they cart around 20 tonnes of rubbish between 10-12 ponies. It is a sad fact that the owners and drivers ensure tourists mainly see the healthier animals. The ponies working on the islands live on average for only a few years as compared to the usual twenty five years for a healthy horse or pony. 

Due to a lack of education, the horses’ owners and drivers do not know how to look after them and don't care or understand about these ponies’ well-being.  They use them to earn as much money as possible while they are able. It is cheaper for them to let the ponies slowly die of dehydration, exhaustion and disease, or sell them for horse meat! - and then buy new animals to replace them than it is to care for the existing ponies.

Unfortunately, the tourists that visit the islands are supporting this cruelty, even unintentionally.

Our on-hand experience shows these horses and ponies are in critical need of basic sanitation and shelter facilities, access to fresh clean water, access to adequate and nutritious food; with our intention of working towards a better life for all these ponies and horses with both short and long term goals within our Project ‘HEALING GILI PONIES’.

Our Partners
We are so fortunate to have partners who are business owners, entrepreneurs, freethinkers, movers and shakers – people and organizations who believe there is always a better way, and a way to get things done.

We are committed to collaborating and working with ‘grass roots’ organisations and people, powerful ‘influencers’ and our mission for empowering non-profit.

For project ‘Healing Gili Ponies',  we are partnering with the companies listed below to ensure effective action is carried out in response to the need of improving both short and long term welfare for the Gili Ponies.

- Trawangan Dive  -
- Gili Eco Trust -
- Animal Aid Abroad -
- Dr Kirsten Jackson Dental Vet -
- DashamaYoga 
- Grant Forge and Farriery www.facebook.com/grantforgeandfarriery/
- Kelvin Grove Equine 

Please consider helping these ponies with a long term solution. It will mean that not only will these ponies now have a better life, but also less ponies will be needed in the future so not as many ponies will be forced into this very hard life.

Thank you for helping the  'Gili Ponies. We have so much  gratitude and appreciation that you are considering sharing or donating to this important cause. 

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Woo hoo, Whoop whoop!-Volunteer Vet & Farrier Clinic, Gili Islands, Indonesia
We can’t wait to travel again to the Gili Islands NEXT WEEK! - The “all Volunteer” Vet and Farrier clinic is happening again!

The Gili Islands, a growing tourist destination, lie just off the coast off Bali. Part of their appeal lies in the fact that there is no motorised transport. Instead, a remarkable plucky group of horses known as the Gili Island Ponies work very hard in extreme conditions to provide essential transport for people, supplies, and large loads of rubbish! Given their small stature, their efforts in the tropical conditions and terrain are nothing short of heroic.

With no local veterinary services available, Veterinary clinics have been set up to now enable local access to specialised dental, medical, surgical and farriery services.

The volunteer vet clinics are held on Gili Islands for a week several times per year and have been running for approximately 8 years. Through Love Heal Animals recent involvement with our Project “Healing Gili Ponies” I have come to know the most amazing and selfless volunteers who travel from Australia to help the working ponies on the Islands.

The upcoming Clinic is going to be incredible! - with 4 Vets, 2 Farriers, 2 Vet Nurses, 1 Epidemiologist Vet, 1 leather worker and a host of volunteers - we are going to see some awesome results!

We will be posting updates throughout the week of the clinic.

Please help us to continue to help these ponies - Thank you.

Acknowledgements to :

Dr Charles El Hage (Equine Vet -University of Melbourne) Dr Thierry Beths (Anaesthetist Vet -University of Melbourne), Janet Thomas, Animal Aid Abroad, Dr Kirsten Jackson Dental Vet , Dr Sabine Ware TVP Equine and many local organisations including Blue Water Express, Gili Eco Trust, Trawangan Dive, horses of gili. Volunteer farriers include; Grant Forge and Farriery, Kelvin Grove Equine Steven Chamberlain (Farrier). Other volunteers include; Bronte Tremlett (Vet Nurse - TVP Equine), Rachel Mason (Vet Nurse), Alison Berton (Leather Worker), Amanda Drought (Vet Student - Murdoch University), Karen Holmes (Vet Student - Murdoch University) Isabella Beggs (Helper/Volunteer), Samantha Loly (Helper/Volunteer) & Rob Drought (Helper/Translator)
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'Gili Ponies Sanctuary' - Working towards opening!

Up to 500 ponies on the Gili Islands off the coast of Bali do the jobs of tractors, trucks, and taxis every day. They work around the clock hauling extreme loads on their under nourished bodies with little rest, food and with very little access to water.

We visited Gili Trawangan in 2016 and were shocked and saddened by what we saw.

"During our stay we witnessed really sad cases of ponies working with open wounds, horses left out in the sun waiting for passengers with no access to water, horses severely dehydrated & panting heavily, with white foam pouring out of their mouths.”

We also witnessed tourists pile into one Cidomo (pony cart) with so much luggage, they used the roof of the cart to pile the luggage on. To our horror, the driver beat the pony mercilessly as the poor pony did his best to pull the cart through the sand to get the cart moving.

Due to several unfortunate factors, the ponies on the island are treated badly and the abuse they are dealt with on a daily basis is heartbreaking.

For a minimum of 12hrs a day they are forced to cart massive amounts of tourists, rubbish and cargo, often more than 10 times their body weight.

They do not have access to the the most basic of necessities such as adequate and clean shelter, good nutrition and access to fresh water.

We witnessed ponies in makeshift shelters standing in up to 20cm of their own excretement with no bedding. Many of the ponies were tied so they could not lie down to rest.

It was during our visit that we pledged to open a registered non-profit charity and help these beautiful ponies. Hence, Love Heal Animals was born and our first project ‘Heal Gili Ponies’ was started.

Join us on our journey as we move towards opening “Gili Ponies Sanctuary’ where we will provide these ponies respite and care.

We need your help more than ever! Please help us to help these ponies so greatly affected on a day to day basis. This is an urgent ongoing situation, and we need your help now.

Your donations are lifesaving!
You are welcome to donate here at Go Fund me, or head to our website, www.lovehealanimals.org

Thank you so much for your love, support and generosity

Cilla Raphael
CEO & Founding Partner
Love Heal Animals

Not for profit Charity registered in Australia with ACNC (Australian Commission of Not for Profit Charities)
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As many of you will be aware a devastating earthquake hit the island of Lombok, also affecting mainland Bali and our beautiful Gili Islands.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones and to those injured.

Sadly our equine friends are not faring well either, with many of them running loose or already dead

Some of the ponies are being evacuated to Lombok. There are still many ponies left on Gili Trawangan running wild. Unless we can get rice powder and grass food to them we will run out in 3 days and the horses will starve.

There is now no water left on Gili Trawangan so people are emptying hotel freshwater swimming pools to get water to the horses

Donations are urgently needed in order to feed and care for the animals left on the island. All money raised will go towards feed for the ponies and medical supplies for the wounded animals.

PLEASE help us by sharing this post and by donating here: https://lovehealanimals.org/donate-1/


Huge thanks to Horses of Gili for images and for keeping us updated xx
*Photo Credits; Horses of Gili*

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Love Heal Animals is committed to our major project "Healing Gili Ponies" and building the "Gili Ponies Sanctuary" for the hard working ponies of the Gili Islands.

Why did we decide to reach out and help the ‘Gili ponies’?

Lack of access to adequate food, water, shelter and proper care is the daily harsh reality for the working ‘Gili Ponies’.

Add in the fact that there are no veterinarians on the Islands along with a lack of basic medicine and owners / drivers who are in need of equine education on how to look after their ponies are big enough, heartbreaking reasons for us to instigated this important project.

All funds raised are going towards securing land on Gili Trawangan; building stables, day yards with shelters, and a sheltered area where the ponies can receive veterinary attention.

This sanctuary will become the 'Gili Ponies Sanctuary' for the Gili Islands' Working Ponies'.

Would you like to be a part of the solution? Please join us in raising awareness about the plight of these beautiful animals here;

Please don't forget to share this post with your friends, too!
#lovehealanimals #giliponies #healinggiliponies #giliponiessanctuary
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