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CART HORSE NEWS
Reporting leads to rescue
Being our eyes and ears out on the road and reporting abuse can make a difference. It changed Makanda’s life forever when a Cart Horse Angel spotted him in Milnerton working in poor condition, dripping with sweat, overloaded and exhausted. On closer inspection, we found that his shoes were loose, the driver did not have an E53 Permit and the red marks on his nose was not blood but juice from plums that he had been fed while on the road. Makanda was immediately loaded into our horse box and trucked to the R&R. He has been permanently confiscated from his owner and once rehabilitated will enter our Adoption Programme.
The road ahead for Makanda will no longer be tarred, filled with heavy traffic and hard work. Thank you to all our Cart Horse Angels who support us by reporting abuse, donating and caring for the welfare of the working cart horses. If you would like to make a difference to the horses in our care at the R&R you can Sponsor a Stable or give a forever home to those in the Adoption Programme.
The E53 Permit is issued to drivers judged competent by CHPA. Workshops are held to instruct and evaluate would be drivers. In order to qualify for an E53 Permit, drivers must undergo a test and achieve a minimum of 75%. The E53 Workshop includes a classroom session with visuals on Signs, Safety and Signaling, a practical training session with Ashley Deelman on how to harness your horse into your cart correctly and the importance of inspecting horse, harness and cart before taking to the road. This year we will be taking the E53 Permit qualifying criteria to another level. Applicants will have to undergo a driving test and need to show that they are competent in being able to control their cart horse on the road.
From self harm to happiness
When one hears of self mutilation – horses don’t come to mind. This was certainly a first for our AWA’s when Charlie Boy displayed signs of this behavior.
“Horses frequently bite each other when they are playing, and occasionally nip at their own legs or flanks to chase away flies or to signal discomfort from colic. When a horse repeatedly nips or bites himself, often to the point of drawing blood, this behavior is known as self-mutilation. It is far more common in males than in females and is most prevalent in stallions.” - Kentucky Equine Research
In October, we treated Charlie Boy for possible dog bites (a common occurrence with our working cart horses) – he had small bites along both sides of his body. A month later, his owner called to say that he had open wounds, was agitated, aggressive, smelling his flanks, screaming and was biting himself. All signs of self mutilation. He was placed under treatment which yielded positive results. Alas, in January, the behavior reared its’ ugly head again – Charlie Boy was screaming and chomping at the sky. Despite having enough food to eat his condition dropped dramatically. We made the decision to admit him to Blue Cross, a barrage of tests was done, which all came back negative. After being placed on a course of medication and new feeding programme Charlie Boy has stabilized – he is happy, has gained condition and is kept busy with short trips to the Epping clinic to buy feed. This successful outcome is due to the cart horse owners having access to 24/7 veterinary care. Supporting our Vet Care Project will ensure that this vital service always remains available when they are in times of need.
VET CARE & FIELD REPORTS
Until we meet again
Our farrier Austin Samukange has decided to return to Zimbabwe, to be closer to his family. Austin your bright smile, infectious laughter and work ethic will be sorely missed. We will save our smallest ponies for you to shoe when you come back to visit! The horses in Zim are lucky to have you!
Did You Know?
There is a common misperception that the cart horses’ manes look tangled due to neglect. Who would have thought that BATS were the culprits for these wild hair-dos? Sometimes, they get into the stables and ruffle things up a bit! This horse coiffure is popular in many stable yards and it has been reported that tick birds are also flying in on the action.
RECOVERY & REHABILTATION CENTRE
Eddie Guerrero - Championing life
Eddie was signed over to Cart Horse in March 2015 – he was neglected, with bad swelling on his hind legs. After his rehabilitation at the R&R he was gelded and placed into our Adoption Programme. Months and visiting adopters went by but no-one saw the potential in Eddie to give him his forever home. At the R&R, Eddie was a loner – not interested in being part of a herd and kept to himself! Enter our Cart Horse Angel, who fell in love with him and took him to lush green pastures in Citrusdal. Here Eddie found himself again – making new friends, galloping, bucking and enjoying his new found freedom. Eddie has settled and is a law unto himself, leading the gang of lawn mowers and is a water melon addict, which he shares with his new mates! Eddie’s story gives us hope that we can find homes for every horse at the R&R. We have 26 horses needing forever homes – give them a second chance. If you are a special person and would like to adopt one of our special horses, visit our website www.carthorse.org.za and email Vicki on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eddie - head of the lawn mower gang
“You keep dibs while I munch” Eddie enjoying the sweet life – pips and all
In October last year Spartan was a victim of an MVA (motor vehicle accident) when he was transporting a load of scrap metal to SA Metal in Epping. The cart horse operator failed to indicate that he was turning and the biker behind him was travelling too fast… We responded immediately on receiving the call and administered veterinary treatment. At first it seemed his wounds and injuries were superficial but it soon became apparent that he was suffering from something more severe – carpal canal infection. Spartan was trucked to the R&R for treatment and rehabilitation. It became clear that he would not be able to work again and we began preparing the owner for this eventuality. His owner signed him over at the end of February and he has been placed in our Adoption Programme.
Just Giving Cards
Buy a gift AND donate to charity by choosing a gift card online!
Step 1: Visit www.justgiving.com/givecards
Step 2: Choose your card (Samples include Generic Congratulations, Happy Birthday, Wedding Congratulations, Thank you, Condolences)
Step 3: Choose Cart Horse Protection Association
Step 4: Select the amount you would like to donate and add a message for the gift card recipient
❤ Water Buckets (washed old HTH or paint buckets would be perfect)
❤ Halters and lead reins ❤ White A4 paper ❤ Hoof picks and grooming brushes ❤ Spades
❤ Thank you for supporting our Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre!
❤ Cart Horse was once again a participant in the annual Horses for Causesfundraising initiative held at Kenilworth Race Course on 11 February. Each participating charity had to host an activity at their promotion stand and we chose Horses & Art – this was a HUGE hit with the children who could choose from painting or decorating a horse shoe. Our sincere thanks to the Horses for CausesTeam and PR and Events SA for organizing 3 fantastic events on behalf of the participating charities.
❤ Thank you to Jennifer Venter of Fleeting Time Photog-raphy for generously volunteering her time and skills for our 2018 Cart Horse Calendar. Support our Supporters - www.fleetingtime.org
❤ Thank you to Equi Feeds for supporting our Feed Project by giving us a SUPER discounted price on their Romix Pony 10%. Your support ensures that the working cart horses get the necessary nutrition to ensure good body condition and health. Support our Supporters www.equifeeds.co.za