This is one for the fans of the popular TV show Game of Thrones. Who knew that the equine stars from the hit TV series Game of Thrones are trotting out in support of a campaign to help hard working horses, donkeys and mules in developing countries. The horses that accompany Daenerys Targaryen, carry the White Walkers and were part of the epic ‘Battle of the Bastards’ scene with Jon Snow, are supporting a campaign called How The Other Horse Lives, run by Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, a British charity that protects and improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules living in developing countries.
The company The Devil’s Horsemen, based in Mursley in Buckinghamshire, have 80 horses who star in both film and TV. Most people have probably seen them more times than they think, as the horses have starred in more besides Game of Thrones, including the Lloyds bank ads, Wonder Woman, Transformers, War Horse, and as Angelina Jolie’s horse in Tomb Raider. These horses are now part of a relatively few horses that work in the UK on a daily basis.
It is no longer common for horses and donkeys to draw carts through the streets of London, or to plough the fields. However, in developing countries, people still rely on working equines. There are more than 100 million of these animals worldwide that support the lives of around 600 million people. Camilla Naprous, part of the family that run the Devil’s Horsemen said they were proud to support Brooke’s How The Other Horse Lives campaign. Brooke works with owners, communities, service providers, governments and international organizations to improve the welfare of these animals, who toil in tough environments and are subject to injuries, malnutrition and heat exhaustion. The charity now reaches more than two million working horses, donkeys and mules each year.