The Cart Horse Protection Association has been looking after the welfare of working horses for more than 25 years. We care about the welfare of all equines everywhere and therefore would like to share with you some of the wonderful work being done by other organizations in different parts of the country over the next two months. Please join us as we meet the wonderful people from other equine welfare organisations across the country.
The talks are free to attend, but if you feel so inclined, do drop us a donation!
In the isolated highlands of Lesotho the only form of transport for those living there is their horses. Subsistence farmers rely heavily on horses to herd livestock and carry fodder. Despite the important role they play, horses do not enjoy the prestige other livestock does.
In 2007 World Horse Welfare started working in Lesotho by training saddlers and farriers. In 2016 the National University of Lesotho partnered with them, and working directly with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) they train and mentor livestock extension officers.
In 2005 Philippa du Toit took in a rescue horse that was later diagnosed with Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU). ERU is the leading cause of blindness in adult horses. Philippa decided to use this as inspiration to raise awareness of the plight of blind horses in South Africa and established “Blindlove”.
Blindlove operates in Lady Brand, Free State Province and has grown to include many more programmes, including a Community Outreach Veterinary Clinic Programme, a Human Education Programme and their new programme Herd By A Horse.
Coal Yard Horses
Date: 25 March
The Society for Animals in Distress helps at risk animals living in impoverished communities of Gauteng. In 2004, the Coal Yard Project was started to improve the health of equines in Tembisa and Ivory Park. Since inception the number of working equines has been reduced from 360 to only 30 horses.
A specialised Equine Support Unit provides owners with veterinary care, improved harnessing and farriery. Weekly assistance is offered to the coal yard working horses in Thembisa and other equines and farm animals also receive assistance.
Many horses surrendered because of the Coal Yard Project now need new homes. The Diamonds from Dust programme rehabilitates these horses and sees them into secure homes.
EARS Donkey Sanctuary
Date: 8 April
The EARS Donkey sanctuary is situated in Greyton and serves the communities in Greyton, Genadedal, Heuwelkroon, Bosmanskloof and Vorrstekraal. It is run by a small group of people who were brought together by a fur angel in the form of a dog.