Horse lover Moi Watson from Wiltshire has taken on equine charity Brooke’s latest fundraising challenge, #MyHackathon, raising a huge £600 by riding and walking 100 miles in 100 days to help improve the lives of working equines around the world.
Moi, who is a serving Army officer in the Royal Logistic Corps, took on the challenge while off duty to help recover from both her own back injury and her horse Ses’s strained hamstrings.
After completing the challenge, Ses’s vet has reported that her hamstrings have healed and Moi has noticed a dramatic improvement with her back pain.
Moi said: “I had planned for us to just do some walking together but then #MyHackathon came along! It gave us something to work towards and also gave something back to animals less fortunate than my own. I am certainly a lot fitter now than I was!”
#MyHackathon is part of Brooke’s How The Other Horse Lives campaign that aims to raise awareness of the needs of working equines in developing countries by showing what they endure on a daily basis compared to well-kept horses here in the UK.
Moi said: “Brooke is the only charity I subscribe to support and have done so for almost 15 years with a small monthly donation. Brooke's link to military horses attracted me in the first place because of my own military connections.
“It is also the fact that, to me, Brooke is a very practical charity. Training and educating communities to care for their own animals is so important to ensure a sustainable improvement to the lives of these vulnerable animals.”
Together, Moi and 15 year old mare, Ses, travelled around the Wiltshire countryside and, despite some pain and wet weather, beat Brooke’s original fundraising target by £500.
The money will help continue Brooke’s work relieving the suffering of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest communities.