Norman neighed hello to the incredible country of India, which covers an area of 3,287,590 sq. km extending from the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south. Norman was particularly excited to visit India as it is host to one of the oldest civilisations in the world and is known to have a rich cultural heritage.
When Norman met with the Alltech Bangalore team they told him all about India’s horse history explaining that it dates back to 1600 BC and the early Swat culture. One of India’s most famous horses is Kanthaka, the horse that Buddha rode out of his palace before the enlightenment. Norman found it incredible imagining his ancestors were in India thousands of years ago, and he wondered what it would have been like if he had visited India in 1600BC compared to 2014.
On the road less travelled
Before leaving to journey on the road less travelled the Alltech team informed Norman about the countries agricultural industry. He was fascinated to learn that India is the world's largest producer of various fresh fruits, vegetables, milk and several major spices. Norman was in awe of India’s agricultural success.
He then began his on-farm journey in rural India by visiting the Punjab dairy farms. When Norman arrived he received a warm welcomed from the farmers who wanted to teach him even more about India’s agriculture. They brought him to visit the aromatic basmati fields and the famous Shimla apple orchards. Norman was very interested in both of these areas, especially the Shimla apple orchards as he was allowed to sample the delicious fruit! It was a long day out in the sun and the weather was very hot, so before leaving the farm Norman was given a traditional drink of Lassi to cool down.
Norman was glad to have made such good friends with the farmers and thanked them as well as the Alltech Bangalore team for their generosity. What a brilliant day Norman thought to himself as he trotted out of India.