GUEST POST BY SUSAN RICHARDS-BENSON
Author, “Born of the Pyramids, Rocky’s Story”
As horse enthusiasts, we generally like to imagine that our ponies are primped, pampered and always ready to go. That’s not always the case, but in reality for the majority of us we are lucky to have well-fed and well taken care of equine partners.
For many however, the truth couldn’t be further from our own reality. For working equines in Egypt the days are long, hot and often filled with a lack of compassion and understanding.
Many horses, particularly those that work around the sweltering deserts of the Great Pyramids of Giza, will begin their day just as the sun peaks over the distant sands and end it once the moon has already risen high. When not being ridden, they spend their time tacked up and waiting, considered lucky if they have access to menial water supplies and feed.
Many suffer from ill-fitting tack and bits either far too large or that rip into their delicate mouth, causing agony whenever rough hands yank down on the reins. In comparison, most of our equine friends are living in paradise!
In an attempt to not only raise awareness of the plight of the equines working and living around the Pyramids in Cairo, but to help put an end to their suffering, a new book entitled “Born of the Pyramids, Rocky’s Story” provides compelling insight into the harsh reality. The book, told from the eyes of Rocky — a horse who came into the world as a working-equine, seeks to finally pull back the veil on the often dismal circumstances that both horses and donkeys are subjected to in many parts of the Middle East.
Rocky’s Story follows him as he passes from one owner to the next while experiencing the turbulent changes that have rocked Egypt over the past few years. From good to bad, Rocky’s experiences are all based in truth and fact brought together in a moving narration of hardship, camaraderie, courage and ultimately how kindness and compassion can change a horse’s life.
Having myself worked with both horses and donkeys in Egypt, it is my ultimate goal to be able to really effect change in the country. In writing “Born of the Pyramids, Rocky’s Story” I am hoping to not only open people’s eyes to the hidden aspects of life as an equine in Egypt, but I have pledged to donate proceeds from the sale of each book to animal charities who are working towards improving overall living for equines, one horse at a time.
About the Author:
Susan Richards-Benson is a freelance journalist and horse enthusiast who lived and worked in Egypt for over 7 years. During her time in the country she fell in love with a few special horses that have forever impacted and changed her life. While in the country she began working with animal charities and hasn’t looked back ever since.
Since writing this guest post for Tuesday’s Horse, Susan adds:
Proceeds from the book have already donated to 4 equine charities in Egypt, and partially sponsored a blind (yet pregnant!) mare for a week of well needed rest and rehab.
We are giving away copies of Susan’s book to five lucky Int’l Fund for Horses’ Members in support of this book and her wonderful work for the horses of Egypt. For more information, see News at www.horsefundmembers.org. Learn about Membership.