The Outreach Programme
The Highveld Horse Care Unit sends trained inspectors into the townships and rural areas to educate owners and provide them with support in the care of their animals. This includes help with harnessing, feeding, vaccinations, farrier, basic wound management and de-worming. The Unit also collects old and unwanted tack from the horse community and give this to under privileged owners to ensure humane use of riding and harnessing equipment on their animals.
South Africa has a large population of donkeys, some of which are used for work purposes and others are effectively feral and forced to forage in urban areas for any food they can find. The Unit has special programmes to care for these animals relying on the goodwill of the horse community and specific overseas charity organisations for funding in these cases.