You hear a horse cart coming down your road. The clip-clop of the hooves on the tar is accompanied by the driver shouting. He is looking for scrap metal or garden refuse. You may wonder why, in this day and age, we still see horses working on the roads. You may wonder if the horses are being looked after properly or if anyone ever checks on them.
WE Do. The Cart Horse Protection Association was founded in 1995 specifically to look after the welfare of the working horses. Over the past 27 years, we have worked really hard to change the thin, overworked horses to fatter, fitter animals, with owners who have the knowledge to take care of their horses.
Every day horses come into the clinic at Epping and I have the opportunity to meet their owners or drivers. Together with some of our field staff, I visit the horses and owners where they live. Sometimes my heart breaks at the sights I see, and I get angry that we can’t do more. Sometimes I am simply amazed by the kindness and compassion shown in these very same areas where gangsterism, crime and death are everyday occurrences.
We have many services and projects to improve the welfare of these working horses, but this Giving-Tuesday, we would like to share more with you. This year on Giving Tuesday, the CHPA fundraisers Karin and Marike will go on a daring adventure! We will accompany Cartie, Theo Julies as he goes out on the road to “skarrel” and we will be livestreaming the whole event! On the way, we will have a chat to Theo and find out which challenges cart horse drivers face on the road, and showcase the services CHPA offers to help the horse owners alleviate some of these difficulties.
We invite you to join us on our epic adventure and donate so that we can continue to offer services and care to the working horses of Cape Town.
Other things you can do is share this with your friends and help us reach our R105 000 goal for #GivingTuesday2022.
Share our emergency number with everyone so they know to call 082 6599 599 if they see anything untoward happening with a working horse such as overloading or abuse.
Share our website www.carthorse.org.za with everyone so they can learn about the work we do.