Actor Randeep Hooda has done some unconventional Bollywood roles creating waves. However, few know that horses are the ex-polo player’s first love. Randeep was in the news earlier this year after he adopted and saved lives of nine high breed horses that were dying of hunger. Randeep has a huge farmhouse with a polo club in Gurugram where he has 40 superior breed racing horses. A Mumbai Mirror report stated that Randeep Hooda was shocked when he realized the ill treatment these horses of Mahalaxmi riders’ club, situated in Matheran, Maharashtra undergo.
An India Times report stated that, Randeep left for Matheran immediately with medicines for the horses. “These are basically load horses which carry goods for hotels, shops and villagers up the hills. Their load has gone up since the iconic toy train was stopped following a derailment. Some of the smaller horses are lugging three-six gas cylinders on one trip. Even when the train operated, because it ran on diesel, it refused to carry gas cylinders. But Roxanne who runs an animal shelter in Matheran showed us some of the other animals, many of them riding horses, with lesser injuries, and we got them treated. We left behind the medicines for the others,” said Randeep.
Randeep made it clear that he is not an over aggressive animal activist and understands that, for many, these horses are a source of livelihood for their owners who don’t hurt them intentionally. He added, “We want to educate them to look after these horses better or they won’t last long. Like traffic rules, we need some horse rules there and have urged the cops to be more vigilant, ensure the animals are not being over-burdened and the law flouted. After the train stopped, more cars are going up and in the crush for parking space there are no stables for the horses. The solution is to stable these horses and get the owners to treat them right.”