Beyond the walls of tourism, there are parts of Cuba the government doesn’t want you to see. As the wife of a refugee who landed in this country in a sheet metal boat with just a pair of shorts and a desire to regain a professional life, I have had the rare privilege of visiting the real Cuba. This is the Cuba the government will shield you from when it opens its ports and runways to U.S. citizens. In the tropical countryside, I found animals at work; livestock owned by the government. The working horses are the most heartbreaking, strapped to wagons with whatever materials their drivers can find. The horses are wretchedly thin and the drivers do what they can for their charges, but the reality is that horses must haul wagons and there is no tack. The galls and scars the horses endure are not a result of negligence, but a lack of resources.
Two years ago, I began working with an American at the Swiss Embassy in Havana to see if ThinLine® could ship cinches and covers for driving harnesses and collars to relieve the horses in Cuba. There are 200 horses in Havana alone, and the horses in other cities often work in chains and ropes.
How can you help? The easiest way is to just be a ThinLine customer! And if you place an order with the coupon code Carriage you will receive a discount as well as helping us to help them.
PayPal and Credit card companies cannot legally accept monies designated for Cuba. By using the coupon code "Carriage" we will make the donation in your honor.
Although there is hope that the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba will improve, the recent demands the Cuban government have made of the U.S. as well as Fidel Castro’s expressed distrust of Americans are disheartening. Sanctions against Cuba still exist and probably will for the foreseeable future. Those of us with family there can legally bring the products into the country while visiting, but the red tape is daunting.
Let’s join together to help the horses of Cuba.