Lexington, (KY)- An international effort is underway to reach out to horses in Nicaragua and other developing countries.
The organization, American Friends of the Brooke, is providing relief to the starving horses, which share a much different existence compared to their American counterparts.
You could say horses here in Kentucky are some of the luckiest in the world.
They're well-bred, well-fed and well-maintained.
But, for some outside of the U.S., life is quite different.
International outreach for work horses in foreign countries now has a tie to Lexington.
"We are very fortunate to have an arm of the Brooke with an American presence here in Lexington," said Cindy Rullman, who’s been running the organization in Lexington for the past year.
She says help's on the way right now to starving horses, donkeys and mules in 11 countries.
Nicaragua, for one, is the recipient of free hay for a month because drought there has led to starvation among the animals.
But, they themselves aren’t the only ones affected.
"The people who need those animals to help them earn a living also don't have their working partner," said Rullman, who tries to get these horses back on their feet again through her work with the organization.
"It also provides hope to the people who own them because they don't have to worry whether their animal is going to be able to make it through the drought or not."
According to American Friends of the Brooke, there are 100 million working horses, donkeys and mules in the world.
For every work animal, there are an estimated six humans who rely on them for their livelihood.