LESOTHO UPDATE: We have finally managed to obtain the loan of a 4×4 vehicle to help us get through the mountainous areas of Lesotho. Our very special thanks to World Horse Welfare for their support and concern, and N Natal farmers who have offered their assistance. We are leaving early on Monday morning, and this time, we SHOULD be able to get to all of the Government Pounds. We have still had no response from the Government officials in Lesotho regarding the plight of these poor animals, but hopefully, after our next visit, we will have some positive news to report. Our main aim on this trip is to carry out a full assessment of the problem at all of the Pounds, try to organise a water facility in the encampments, and give medical treatment to those animals that require it. We will also be delivering fodder, and trying to arrange for the animals to be let out to graze under supervision during the day. It’s very difficult to implement a plan of action when you have no legal authorisation in that country, and you are not guaranteed co operation from the parties involved. We remain positive that we WILL make a difference.
HACKNEY STUD FARM UPDATE:
This week a recheck inspection was carried out at the stud farm in Kimberley, where so many problems were found on a previous inspection. Our Inspectors were pleased to find that the horses were no longer ‘tied’ with baling twine, nor were there any ‘training chains’ attached to legs…. but the bedding was still sparse and the little that there was available was dirty. The pregnant mare had had improvements made to her camp, and she now has a shelter. One horse had injuries to her mouth corner from being manhandled with a bit in her mouth – a further three bridles with, in our opinion, cruel and very harsh bits were confiscated. We were appalled at the feet of some of these horses – this MUST be taken up with not only the owners, but the breed society that permits this atrocity.
The charges in this case have been laid, but we will continue to monitor the establishment to ensure that the animal’s welfare is being addressed until the outcome of the court case.