Highlights from course 4 2015
Course 4 wrapped up at the end of November and was a successful collaboration between FAF and its two volunteers Johan Verhulpen, farrier from Belgium, and Ramanathan Balachandran, veterinarian and podiatry specialist from India. Bernard Duvernay, founder of the Flying Anvil, guides us through FAF-FID’s final course of the year as he shares his thoughts and experiences below.
The last course of 2015 was particularly interesting because after 2 days of working at the school, we went to Pushkar horse fair. Pushkar is a Holy Rajasthani city situated 11 km from Ajmer. The city was a hot spot during the hippie pilgrimages of the 70’s.
Every year, 10 days after the Holy Diwali festival, this small locality attracts the North Indian breeders from Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat states, for 2 weeks. Up to 11’000 camels and a large number of horses and cattle arrive there along with around 400’000 visitors! It was very important for us to be part of this meeting, to mark our presence and to show our work to the Marwari breeders. This exceptional livestock fair is considered the largest camel fair in the World.
The students made live demonstration to an audience of local breeders and explanained about the way they were working on the feet, about their tools and about the anatomy.