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LESOTHO – ongoing outreach work

Lesotho terrain is rocky, and often horses and donkeys get small stones lodged in the foot, resulting in abscesses.  This donkey was treated, bandaged, and booked off work until the foot has completely healed.  The owner will continue with treatment.
Lesotho terrain is rocky, and often horses and donkeys get small stones lodged in the foot, resulting in abscesses. This donkey was treated, bandaged, and booked off work until the foot has completely healed. The owner will continue with treatment.

We have made many visits to the small mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in the last year – we try to visit every six weeks. The people of Lesotho are overwhelmingly grateful for our assistance, and welcome our staff at each clinic. We have made a difference.

Over the last two years, we have refined our outreach work to formally encompass the education of owners and drivers/handlers, as well as giving the necessary medical attention required by the thousands of working equine that we help. It is the only way that we can sustain equine welfare.

It is difficult to believe that in some areas of our world, horse owners have never heard of deworming, vaccination, selective breeding….. all of the knowledge that we take for granted. But it is a fact. We have had feedback from owners who have been astounded at the improvement in the condition of their horses and donkeys after they have been dewormed… and a visit by our dentist reduces most rural owners to open-mouthed astonishment! Sadly, many of the community do not have access to dental services for their families.

We love working in Lesotho.

Our staff are trained in the basics of farriery.  They in turn pass on their knowledge to owners and handlers - we have seen a great improvement in the condition of horse's feet in Lesotho.
Our staff are trained in the basics of farriery. They in turn pass on their knowledge to owners and handlers – we have seen a great improvement in the condition of horse’s feet in Lesotho.

We are yet to secure Minimum Standards for the Welfare of Equines with the Government to ensure the care of animals kept in government owned pounds, but we are in touch with role-players, and are hopeful that once the situation has settled after recent elections, we will be able to achieve this.

Here are some recent photographs of our work – if you look back on the pictures of when we first started working in Lesotho, you will see a huge improvement in condition of the equines. We have achieved a large part of our goal 🙂

 

we needed to explain to the owner that the home-made bit he was using was chafing the sides of the horse's mouth.  We replaced the home-made bit with a donated second-hand bit, and showed the owner how to fit the bit correctly.
we needed to explain to the owner that the home-made bit he was using was chafing the sides of the horse’s mouth. We replaced the home-made bit with a donated second-hand bit, and showed the owner how to fit the bit correctly.

 

these donkeys arrive for their regular HHCU check-up in a Lesotho village
these donkeys arrive for their regular HHCU check-up in a Lesotho village

HHCU Project – WORKING HORSES TAUNG NW PROVINCE

Solly, Samson, and Kabelo, our new trainee inspector, have just returned from a 4 day clinic in Taung, NW Province, South Africa.  This project is sponsored by a very special couple who love horses, and are concerned for their welfare – we are indebted to them, as are the horses and owners that we assist in that area.  We will carry out clinics in this area every 6-8 weeks.

The staff were delighted to find, that after good rains, grazing was plentiful for the horses and donkeys in this normally drought-stricken area. The majority of the horses were in a good condition – we were concerned about the condition of an old grey horse at a coal yard/scrapyard, that we were amazed to find had been on our ‘books’ for many years as a security horse, used to patrol railway lines in Gauteng to prevent cable theft.  The horse is old, and really could have done with a better life after working so hard in security.  We have booked him’off work’ until further notice, de-wormed, given vitamin supplements, treated minor wounds, and recommended to the owner that he begin feeding a correctly balanced diet.  We will check on him shortly.

this grey is the only horse that we really had a problem with - he is an ex security horse from Gauteng
this grey is the only horse that we really had a problem with – he is an ex security horse from Gauteng

There were problems found with poor shoeing of the horses.  We can help with this – the owners have never had any training at all in even the most basic points of equine welfare, and they were eager to learn the correct way of trimming and shoeing.

wherever we worked, there were owners eager to learn, and happy to have our assistance
wherever we worked, there were owners eager to learn, and happy to have our assistance

a foot abscess - Samson shows owners how to treat the horse

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Kabelo checked all horses teeth to see if we need an equine dentist on our next visit.... we do !
Kabelo checked all horses teeth to see if we need an equine dentist on our next visit…. we do !
Samson shows the owners how to file feet correctly
Samson shows the owners how to file feet correctly
poorly shod and cared for feet.... we need to hold workshops for owners so that they can be taught the right ad wrong way to shoe their horses
poorly shod and cared for feet…. we need to hold workshops for owners so that they can be taught the right ad wrong way to shoe their horses
saddle sores are a problem - the owner had treated this with old engine oil... just makes our job a lot harder!  A cheap saddle was found to be the culprit.  We booked the horse off work until further notice - we will check to ensure that the wound is completely healed - and thick (clean) blankets should solve the problem
saddle sores are a problem – the owner had treated this with old engine oil… just makes our job a lot harder! A cheap saddle was found to be the culprit. We booked the horse off work until further notice – we will check to ensure that the wound is completely healed – and thick (clean) blankets should solve the problem

So – the main problems in TAUNG:
Feet, tack and harnessing, hobbling, gelding of stallions.  With regular visits, we can fix these problems and assist owners and horses 🙂

HHCU would like to thank you for YOUR support – making everything that we do a positive, workable possibility!

SMASHA BLOCK squatter camp – Northam

Smasha Block has been a difficult place to work in – from day one actually.  There are literally hundreds of donkeys that are used to cart water to residents living in shacks.  They have a hard life. We try to make it easier by supplying the kindest bits that we can, replacing dangerous and ill-fitting harnessing, de-worming the donkeys regularly, and educating the owners and drivers in equine welfare.

We have been working there for a couple of years now.  Our assistance has helped, most definitely, but the number of donkeys has steadily increased as the informal area has grown.  More people, more shacks, more water = more donkeys.  We need to have more of a regular presence there.

World Horse Welfare (UK) are assisting us with financing the clinics, which is a tremendous help.  Our partnership is going to benefit so many horses and donkeys in South Africa.

 

Betty is not happy with the condition of the harnessing of these donkeys.  Note the rough terrain on which they walk - many have badly bruised feet, and need to be booked off of work until the bruising heals
Betty is not happy with the condition of the harnessing of these donkeys. Note the rough terrain on which they walk – many have badly bruised feet, and need to be booked off of work until the bruising heals

 

 

These donkeys have been seen regularly by our staff at clinics in Smasha Block.  Their condition is not bad, because we have dewormed them, and given vitamin supplements where necessary, but we are concerned with the unsuitability of the carts - the weight is too heavy, and unevenly distributed.  Samson keeps an eye out for lameness

These donkeys have been seen regularly by our staff at clinics in Smasha Block. Their condition is not bad, because we have dewormed them, and given vitamin supplements where necessary, but we are concerned with the unsuitability of the carts – the weight is too heavy, and unevenly distributed. Samson keeps an eye out for lameness
This is a typical Smasha Block donkey that hasn't had the benefit of our de-worming programme
This is a typical Smasha Block donkey that hasn’t had the benefit of our de-worming programme
This is where and how the donkeys rest in between shifts.  There is little to graze.
This is where and how the donkeys rest in between shifts. There is little to graze.
Juvenile viral papilloma - cleaned, and we will keep an eye on this at our next visit
Juvenile viral papilloma – cleaned, and we will keep an eye on this at our next visit
After morning inspections, donkeys that are booked off are brought to the staff for treatment, and the owner/driver is educated regarding prevention/treatment of wounds
After morning inspections, donkeys that are booked off are brought to the staff for treatment, and the owner/driver is educated regarding prevention/treatment of wounds
No no no.... this bit is home-made and very harsh, and the harnessing is chafing!
No no no…. this bit is home-made and very harsh, and the harnessing is chafing!
STOP! This is unacceptable in many ways.
STOP!
This is unacceptable in many ways.
Bridle and bit exchange
Bridle and bit exchange
this is typical of the type of wound that we see in this area
this is typical of the type of wound that we see in this area
injured leg is cleaned and bandaged, and the donkey is treated for 7 days by our staff
injured leg is cleaned and bandaged, and the donkey is treated for 7 days by our staff
it wasn't us who gave the owner a black eye... honest :) But I can see that Solly, who never loses his temper, is cross with the owner d- that's a bad wound on the donkey
it wasn’t us who gave the owner a black eye… honest 🙂
But I can see that Solly, who never loses his temper, is cross with the owner – that’s a bad wound on the donkey
wound cleaned... owner warned not to work the donkey until we visit next time.....
wound cleaned… owner warned not to work the donkey until we visit next time…..

Solly, Samson and Betty of HHCU spent 7 days there earlier this month.  Our aim is to establish a working relationship with role players in each of the areas that we cover – Community leaders, Government officials, political leaders –  to raise awareness of what we are trying to achieve, and establish an education programme.  This will enable us to work with and be accepted by the community, and so improve the welfare of equines and their owners.

PHUMELELA DONATES R1.1 MILLION TO THE HIGHVELD HORSE CARE UNIT

Rushen Gopaul and Bev Seabourne cheque handover

Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited has donated more than R1 million to the Highveld Horse Care Unit over the past 12 months demonstrating its commitment to the organisation and its work in equine welfare.

The Highveld Horse Care Unit (HHCU) has a number of functions including the rehabilitation and re homing of equines and investigations in to cruelty complaints of horses and donkeys.

In total, the HHCU has received R1.1 million in cash and a truck to the value of R682 000 from Phumelela in the previous 12 months

As an organisation that relies solely on donations its Managing Director Bev Seabourne says the Unit simply would not exist without the support of Phumelela.

They have supported our work since the inception of HHCU in 1991 .As a result of hard economic times, we have been battling financially to keep our heads above water and Phumelela yet again came to our rescue.

As a result of their generosity, we are now able to continue with our outreach work in previously disadvantaged areas.”

Phumelela’s Company Secretary Rushen Gopaul says it’s important to support such organisations.

“Phumelela is pleased to make a sizeable contribution to the HHCU, who for years have been championing the greater cause of the equine community.”

Ms Seaborne says the money will be distributed between the Eastern Cape, North West and Limpopo provinces to address a number of issues including vaccination and de-worming and investigations in to traditional racing and equine cruelty.

The money will also be used for the Units ongoing costs.

Lesotho February 2013 – highs :) and lows :(

We had a lot of highs and lows on this trip.

HIGHS that the villagers welcome us with open arms and love their horses

LOWS that we have not yet got the message through to government departments, particularly the police that the welfare of the animals in the country is important, and we are not going to give up without a huge fight.

Please keep supporting us – we have a long way to go with the Lesotho Project

Many thanks, HHCU Team!

Heroes for Horses: March 2013

March 2013

Donations in Kind:

  • Aragon Stables – Tack
  • Candice – Tack
  • Caroline – Veterinary Supplies
  • Michelle Currie – Tack
  • Lesley Delane – 10 Round Bales
  • Hi-Performance – 3 Bags
  • Honeydew Equestrian – 10 Bags Epol
  • Horse & Country – Saddle and tack
  • Midfeeds – Feed
  • Midlands Vet – Veterinary Supplies
  • Natalie – 9kg Barley
  • Dianne Slade – Tack & 10 Bales
  • Janine von Zeuner – Saddle and tack

Monetary Donations:

  • Ambrose M
  • Aragon Stables
  • Awbrey J
  • Balloch N
  • Basnett M
  • Beaulieu College
  • Bentel C
  • Bertin L
  • Bester H
  • Bond J
  • Bosch G
  • Brinkman Family
  • Bronwyn
  • Buckle H
  • Cassandra
  • Chemipol Solutions (Pty) Ltd
  • Christine
  • Claassen D P
  • Cunningham Turnberry
  • Cyfer Holdings
  • Dalene
  • De Beer A
  • De Bruyn E
  • De Swardt H S
  • Dewsbery S
  • Diesel’s Mom
  • Edmonds R
  • Els T
  • Emperors
  • Eric
  • Fan Dona
  • Fleming M H
  • Gerber A J
  • Gernetzky G R
  • GHS
  • God Bless
  • Gradwell Family
  • Griffiths T
  • Groves J
  • Harvey H
  • Health 4 All Customers
  • In memory of Amon
  • Jackman J
  • Keeley
  • Kritzinger L
  • Kruger E
  • Lamb S J
  • Landman G J
  • Lasersohn Family
  • Louis Goosen Racing Stables
  • Louise
  • Manning N M
  • Martinaglia C
  • McKinley
  • Markham F
  • Marshall A
  • Mathias K E
  • Monique
  • Moraal I
  • Nico L
  • Paper S
  • Price N
  • Princess Charlene
  • RA Systems
  • Richards K A
  • Rogans S
  • Scheepers J
  • Schuetz U
  • Simms C
  • Stanley K
  • Swissport SA
  • Taylor M
  • Taylor N D
  • Van Coller S M
  • Van Heerden P J J
  • Van Niekerk C
  • Van de Venter K
  • Van der Merwe C
  • Venter M
  • Viljoen C
  • Von Wissell M
  • VVM Inc
  • Weiss R
  • West L
  • White J
  • Wilderness S
  • Wilkinson
  • Williams G
  • Williams T
  • Wilson O
  • Young J

The HHCU One Rand in One Week Challenge

R1 ChallengeTitle: The HHCU One Rand in One Week Challenge
Location: South Africa
Join the Facebook event: Click here
Start Date: 2013-02-08
Start Time: 
12:00
End Date: 
2013-02-15
End Time: 
12:00
Description:
We’re facing a huge confiscation – please help!
Take part in the HHCU ONE RAND ONE WEEK CHALLENGE:

If every single one of our Facebook Fans deposits JUST ONE RAND by EFT in our bank account in the next week, we will be able to weather this storm!

Highveld Horse Care Unit
First National Bank Meyerton
Branch Code: 250137
A/C No: 53010034238
reference: R1 Challenge

Or click www.horsecare.org.za/donate/ to pay by cc

Last trip to Lesotho 2012

Solly and Samson spent 10 days in Lesotho in December, and there were lots of ups and downs to the trip.

It was good to see that there was fodder and feed available at some of the pounds and police posts.  Some places didn’t have feed, nor any water. Some of the horses had improved in condition, some had deteriorated, and some died. Solly and Samson spent a lot of time at Leribe, where four of the five police horses were lame.  They work in rocky, mountainous areas, and ideally need shoeing.  Thank goodness our staff have benefited from the World Horse Welfare courses in farriery, and were able to help.

Local horse and donkey owners welcomed us with open arms, they are so grateful for advice and assistance it brings tears to your eyes!  “Magic Toothpaste” (de-wormer) was dispensed, and feet attended to.  Second-hand tack donated by our supporters was given out to the owners – thank you people, it makes a world of difference!

Our sincere thanks to our supporters, without whom we would not have been able to assist in Lesotho in 2012 – your donations of tack and financial support have been invaluable.

Special thanks to The Hummingbird Foundation, MS&D Foundation, Francis Garrard, and  of course World Horse Welfare – your generosity has helped more than you will ever know.

Now – onwards and upwards – 2013 is going to be the year of CHANGE FOR THE BETTER in Lesotho!

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Heroes for Horses: January 2013

January 2013

Donations in kind:

  • African Blessing – 1 Roll of grass
  • Eileen – Tack
  • Eva Orbis – Tack
  • Hi-Performance Feeds – 3 Bags
  • Honeydew Equestrian – 10 Bags of Epol
  • Horse and Country – Saddle
  • Kim Hughes – Tack
  • Landy – Gazebo and 6 chairs
  • Margreet – 2 Saddles and Tack
  • Joanne Pursey – Clothes
  • Southern Riding Centre – Tack

Monetary Donations:

  • Ambrose M
  • Basnett M
  • Bentel C
  • Bester H
  • Bosch G
  • Chemipol Trading
  • Cindy
  • Cunningham-Turnberry
  • Cyfer Holdings
  • Diesel’s mom
  • Els T
  • Fan Dona
  • Furmeier A
  • Gernetzky G R
  • Harding M
  • Hersov B
  • Hyde-Clarke A
  • Katzin J
  • Landman G J
  • LGRS
  • Louise
  • Maguire S
  • Moraal I
  • Naidoo B
  • Pistorius C
  • RA Systems
  • Richer L R
  • Rogans S
  • Scheepers J
  • Schuetz U
  • Strong A
  • Suzanne
  • Taylor M
  • Van Coller S M
  • Van der Merwe C
  • Van der Walt M G
  • Van Heerden P J J
  • Viljoen C
  • VVM Inc
  • Weston E
  • Wilkinson
  • Williams G
  • Williams T
  • Yariv P
  • Young J

Heroes for Horses: December 2012

December 2012

Donations in Kind:

  • Afrivet – Supplements
  • Bianca – Tack
  • Gillian Attwood – Toys for Lesotho
  • Hi-Performance Feeds – 3 Bags
  • Honeydew Equestrian – 10 Bags of Epol
  • Donald Kayton – Numnah, endurance food, vouchers, food, blanket & book
  • Jenny Knight – 1 Bag of Epol
  • Lara van Niekerk – Tack, fax machine & scanner/printer
  • Lee-anne – Tack
  • Manor D’or Stables – Tack
  • Murray Masterson – Toys & Teddy
  • Mitsubishi Corporation – 20 Bags
  • A le Roux, C Scheffer & C Sutton – 2 Bags of Bran andTack
  • Jenny Shane – Tack
  • Southern Riding Centre – Tack

Monetary Donations:

  •  Bentel C
  • Bernstein T
  • Bester H
  • Bosch G
  • Bosman D
  • Bosman D
  • Chemipol
  • Claudette
  • Cunningham-Turnberry
  • Cyfer Holdings
  • Dale
  • Dee
  • De Bruyn E
  • De Witt Z
  • Diesel’s mom
  • Els T
  • Fleming M H
  • Gernetzky G R
  • Harding M
  • Hyde-Clarke A
  • Janine
  • Katzin J
  • Ladeira L
  • Landman G J
  • Le Roux A
  • LGRS
  • Lloyd G R
  • Louise
  • Maguire S
  • Michelle
  • Monument High School
  • Paper S
  • RA Systems
  • Reed J
  • Retief B S
  • Richer L R
  • Rogans S
  • Rood J
  • Sanesa P G C
  • Scheepers J
  • Scheffer C
  • Schuetz U
  • Stanley K
  • Starita V
  • Sutton C
  • Suzanne
  • Taylor M
  • Thomas Foundry (Pty) Ltd
  • Van Coller S M
  • Van Heerden P J J
  • Van Vliet A
  • Venter M
  • Vilgoen C
  • VVM Inc
  • West L
  • Wilkinson
  • Williams G
  • Williams T
  • Young J

Heroes for Horses: November 2012

November 2012

Donations in Kind:

    • Angela – Tack
    • Colleen Viljoen – Tack
    • Dee’s – Tack
    • GHS – Tack
    • Hi -Performance Feeds – 3 Bags of feed
    • Honeydew Equstrian – 12 Bags Epol
    • Horse and Country – Tack
    • Jax – 5 ltr Buzz off flyspray; Tack
    • Kayla Nel -Tack and Saddle
    • Leigh Taylor – Tack
    • Linda – Tack
    • Marion & Tina Brown – Kitchen utensils
    • Nicky – 4x bottles equiline products
    • PAWSA – 10 Bags Milmac
    • Stone Tactical Security – 10 Bags Epol

Monetary Donations:

  • Ambrose M
  • Bernstein T
  • Bosch G
  • Chemipol
  • Cunningham – Turnberry
  • Cyfer Holdings
  • De Bruyn E
  • Diesel’s mom
  • Fan Dona
  • Gernetzky G R
  • Harding M
  • Harton M
  • Havenga H P
  • Haynes R
  • Hyde-Clarke A
  • Instructability
  • Ladeira L
  • Landman G J
  • Laureen
  • LGRS
  • Louise
  • Neuhaus H
  • Paper S
  • Pistorius C
  • Racing Association
  • Rand Mutual
  • Richards K A
  • RA Systems
  • Retief B S
  • Rogans S
  • Scheepers J
  • Schuetz U
  • Suzanne
  • Taylor M
  • 3 Judges in the North
  • Tyger Valley College
  • Van Coller S M
  • Van Heerden P J J
  • Van der Merwe C
  • Venter M
  • Viljoen C
  • Wentzel W
  • Wilkinson
  • Williams G J
  • Williams T
  • Williams T
  • Young J

Heroes for Horses: October 2012

October 2012

 Donations in Kind:

  • Angela Jaeger – Tack
  • Dr Schoustra – 10 Rolls of grass
  • Hi-Performance – 3 Bags of feed
  • Honeydew Equestrian – 14 Bags Epol
  • PAWSA – 10 Bags of feed
  • Panorama Publications – Copier

Monetary Donations:

  • Allison
  • Ambrose M
  • Beaulieu Equestrian
  • Bentel C
  • Bernstein T
  • Bosch G
  • Bosman D
  • Botha C
  • Botha I M
  • Ceruti A
  • Chemipol Solutions
  • Chris
  • Claudette
  • Colleen
  • Cunningham – Turnberry
  • Cyfer Holdings
  • Dale
  • De Bruyn E
  • Diesel’s mom
  • Dunblane Equestrian
  • Edmon P
  • 555 Stables
  • Fodder & Wound
  • Gernetzky G R
  • Givengain
  • Harding M
  • Houdalakis L
  • Hyde-Clarke A
  • Instructability
  • Janine
  • Jayes
  • Jeanita
  • K
  • Katzin J
  • Korsarski-Slade A
  • Landman G JJ
  • LIDWALA
  • Louise
  • Lunt S
  • Maguire S
  • Mo
  • Moore D
  • Moore S
  • Optiwell
  • Paper S
  • Pistorius C
  • Pranesha
  • RA Systems
  • Richer L R
  • Rogans S
  • Schuetz U
  • Spencer P L
  • Stanley K
  • Suzanne
  • Taylor M
  • T Team Clinic
  • Van Coller S
  • Van der Walt M G
  • Van Heerden P J J
  • Viljoen C
  • Von Ludwig
  • West L
  • Wilkinson
  • Williams G J
  • Williams T
  • Young J
  • Zalna

HHCU/WHW meets Lesotho Government Ministers

Solly and Bev spent two (hectic) days in Lesotho in order to meet Government Ministers who were in a position to help us change the dire situation for the impounded and government-owned animals.  Our application to the Government was well-received, and we were assured of full co operation from Governmental departments.  After the meeting, we were asked to go to the Royal Palace to meet King Letsie III – a charming and gracious man who told us that he appreciated our offer of assistance to the Government and that he would support our welfare initiatives.

We are now writing protocol and procedure  documents for the welfare of animals being kept by the Government, which will be put forward shortly to the Government for acceptance.

A wonderful boost to the whole Lesotho Project came from the Lesotho Pound Rescue Project, who are supporting the work that HHCU/WHW is doing in Lesotho, by obtaining a commitment of sponsorship from Pfizer Animal Health South Africa!   THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Bev:

“This was my first trip to Lesotho, and although I have always fully supported the importance of our outreach work,  it was only when I saw the conditions that the animals were subjected to first-hand that I truly appreciated the stress that our clinic inspectors are under. It was a humbling experience.

Whilst there, we made the most of the opportunity of being in Lesotho by networking with various police officials and district administrators, as well as visiting Leribe and Tiyataneng Pounds and providing feed and medical treatment for those animals that required it.  We tried our best, but were unable to persuade either the police officials or the district administrators to permit us to humanely euthanase a cow that was close to death in Tiyataneng Pound.  We hope that once welfare protocols are accepted by the Government, this will be a thing of the past.

We also inspected individually-owned horses whenever we could, and assisted with de-worming and the replacement of donated tack/harnessing.  The Lesotho people in the villages were so interested in the work that we are doing, and very appreciative.  We even had the offer from one of the villagers volunteering for HHCU when we are out of the country!

We feel, for the first time, that there is HOPE for our Lesotho Project welfare protocols to be accepted and become sustainable. ”

 

 

HHCU Visits Memel, Free State September 2012

A lovely lady vet who lives in the area of Memel phoned us with her concerns for locally-owned horses that stray from the township into town.  She had helped the owners with advice, de-worming and gelding of horses, but asked for our assistance due to the large number of horses, and the poverty in the area which impacted on the horses’ welfare.  We really didn’t want to take on any more work or additional costs, as we are operating at full capacity, but agreed to go out and help with emergencies, and see what HHCU could do to after assessing the situation.

 

Trevor spent 4 days in Memel, and found that the owners are mostly unemployed, and live in poverty – they have neither the finance nor the knowledge to improve the situation.  The main problems were lack of supplementary feed for the horses in winter, no farrier knowledge, horses with a heavy worm burden, and broken saddles being used on the horses.

We are going to try to get the State Veterinary department involved in an owner education project, and assist us with vaccinations.  We will de-worm as many horses as we can, and supply donated tack wherever possible.  We will try to get one of the Memel residents on a farriery and harnessmaking course through World Horse Welfare.

 

Trevor will return shortly to meet with local Government representatives to ask for their assistance, and distribute educational pamphlets, donated tack, and attend to emergencies.  Oh, and of course – the ever-important de-worming!

 

Heroes for Horses: September 2012

September 2012

 Donations in Kind:

  • Anita Verwey – 1 bag of Epol
  • Bronwyn Thompson – 2 bags of Epol
  • Donna Barnard – Vitamins & Minerals
  • Erika Bradford – 2 Rolls
  • Hi-Performance Feeds – 3 Bags Feed
  • Honeydew Equestrian – 14 Bags Epol
  • J&L Stud – 100 bags of shavings
  • Margie Roux – 5 bags of Epol
  • McCreedy Family – 8 bags of feed
  • Midfeeds – 8 bags of feed
  • Mike du Toit – Feed/shavings/straw
  • Rudi du Plooy – 5 Bags Epol
  • Sue Bingham – 6 Rolls
  • TBA – 50 bales of straw

Monetary Donations:

  • Benmar Black Fresians
  • Bingham S
  • Bosman D
  • Broemer H
  • Bronwyn
  • Butler M
  • Capitec
  • Ceruti A
  • Chemipol
  • Christine
  • Cindy
  • Cunningham
  • Dalene
  • De Bruyn E
  • De Jager N
  • Donkey Project Sponsor
  • Fan Dona
  • Frey C
  • Gerber A J
  • Gernetzky G R
  • Gilbert R
  • Graham L
  • Grun N
  • Hawkins C N
  • Headon-Weeks C & R
  • Hyde-Clarke A
  • Kosarski-Slade A
  • Kroon
  • Lamb S J
  • Landman G J
  • Lasersohn Family
  • Lesotho
  • LGRS
  • Louise
  • Louise – Lesotho
  • Marshall A
  • MPS
  • Nel L
  • Nevenka
  • Plett J
  • RA Systems
  • Schoonakker L
  • Schuetz U
  • Van Coller
  • Van der Merwe C
  • Van Heerden P J J
  • Venter M
  • VVM Inc
  • West L
  • Williams G J
  • Williams T
  • Young J

 

Support the HHCU at the bizzR Midsummer Night’s Dream Christmas Market

bizzR Midsummer Night's Dream Christmas MarketTitle: Support the HHCU at the bizzR Midsummer Night’s Dream Christmas Market
Location: Gecko Jewellers, 52 Mercury Rd, Crowthorne, Midrand
Date: 2012-12-08
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 20:00
Join the Facebook event: Click here

We’ll have a stall at this market – please come and support us!

“The iron tongue of Midnight hath told twelve lovers, to bed; ’tis
almost fairy time. I fear we shall outstep the coming morn
as much as we this night over-watch’d.”
? William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

COME ONE, COME ALL TO THE MIDSUMMER MARKET!
Stalls available, demos, unicorn rides, prizes for best dressed and so much more!
Fun for the whole family!

We seek minstrels, strolling players, stilt walkers, fire dancers and all manner of buskers and barons, knights, jousters, fair maidens and their steeds!
Witches, wizards and fairy folk of all descriptions; centaurs, unicorns, woodland folk and rude mechanicals; elves and brownies large and small … come one, come all!

ENTRY
in modern day/normal clothing: R20
in fancy dress/dressed to theme: R10

FANCY DRESS COMPETITION:
Theme: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tithe: R100 per entry
AWESOME PRIZES!!

MARKET:
Stalls available from R100 ea – LIMITED SPACE!!
Food stalls welcome, all manner of esoteric, magical and unusual goods, products and services welcome.
You will need to provide your own tables/chairs/gazebo etc
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

email info@bizzr.co.za to reserve your stall, or for more info
VENUE: Gecko Jewellers, 52 Mercury Rd, Crowthorne, Midrand

Support the HHCU at the Neigh-Bours Wild West Market

Neigh-Bours Wild West MarketTitle: Support the HHCU at the Neigh-Bours Wild West Market
Location: Dunblane Equestrian Centre
Date: 2012-10-25
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:00
Join the Facebook event: Click here

We have a stall at this market – please come and support us!

SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 10am – 5pm at Dunblane EquestrianCentre

ENTRY FEE: R20
(R10 if you’re dressed Western)

MASSIVE MARKET:
Stalls available from R100 ea – LIMITED SPACE!!
All leather, western, equine and fun products and services welcome (REGRET NO FOOD STALLS)
You will need to provide your own tables/chairs/gazebo etc
email info@neigh-bours.co.za to book
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
– Western Riding Demos
– Western Mounted Games mini clinic
– Enter the Western Mounted Games

NEIGH-BOURS COWBOY OF THE DAY CHALLENGE:
– Have a showdown
– Kiss a cowgirl (or cowboy ;))
– Ride the mechanical bull
– Throw a lasso
– Take a wild west photo
AWESOME SPONSORED PRIZES

email info@neigh-bours.co.za to reserve your stall, or for more info

125 Sea Cottage Blvd, Bredell Ext 11, 1619

Support the HHCU at the Neigh-Bours Horse & Rider Beauty & Wellness Market

Neigh-Bours Horse & Rider Beauty & Wellness MarketSupport the HHCU at the Neigh-Bours Horse & Rider Beauty & Wellness Market
Location: Gecko Jewellers, 52 Mercury Rd, Crowthorne, Midrand
RSVP on the Facebook event: Click here
Date: 2012-11-04
Start Time: 
10:00
End Time: 15:00

Please come and support he HHCU stall at this market – we’d love to see you! 🙂

SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER 10am – 3pm

FASHION SHOWS: See the latest in equestrian apparel for both horse and rider, casual & competition wear!
PARTICIPANTS WELCOME
email info@neigh-bours.co.za to book

SPEAKERS & DEMOS: All day demos and speakers: Nutritionists, Behaviourists, Pilates, Dentists, Equine & Human Sports Massage & more!
SPEAKERS & DEMOS WELCOME
email info@neigh-bours.co.za to book

MARKET:
Stalls, speakers and fashion show participants available @ R100 ea – LIMITED SPACE!!
Food stalls welcome, all equine & rider health & beauty goods, products and services welcome.
You will need to provide your own tables/chairs/gazebo etc
email info@neigh-bours.co.za to book
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

BANKING DETAILS:
PAYMENT CAN BE MADE TO:
Account: Neigh-Bours
Bank: Nedbank
Branch: Broadacres Dainfern
Branch Code: 132805 (or 13280500 for Standard Bank users)
Account Number: 1010719874
Reference: 1104 + your company name

email info@neigh-bours.co.za to reserve your stall, or for more info
VENUE: Gecko Jewellers, 52 Mercury Rd, Crowthorne, Midrand

17th September 2012 – UPDATE ON OUR NEWS @ HHCU

I just can’t tell you how busy we have been – I have been in animal welfare for the last 30 years, and I honestly can’t ever remember being so inundated with cruelty complaints, confiscated horses, court cases, and special projects.   I would dearly like to have the time to explain every single detail so that people can see what life is like here, and what we do, but I honestly don’t have the time.  Instead, I will update with a short post, and as many photos as I can upload.

 

LESOTHO PROJECT:

An amazing international organisation, WORLD HORSE WELFARE (UK) has joined forces with us to make a difference in Lesotho.  We are so grateful – they have helped to ease the financial burden, and their international experience will be a huge help to us.

Our Inspector Solly, fieldworker Samson, and Dr Genine Rabie, a veterinarian who volunteered to assist us on this last trip to Lesotho, spent 10 days in the country, and attended to many issues – some heartbreaking, some heartwarming.  Winter has been hard in Lesotho, and it has impacted on the animals in the pound – most of the horses in Mokotlong Pound that we saw on our last trip had died of starvation or hypothermia.  Devastating.  There were animals that were suffering badly at the time of our inspection, but our vet was refused permission to put them out of their misery. This is something that we WILL change.  We will.

We gave much-needed fodder to the animals in the pound, provided vet and medical attention where necessary, and cleaned one of the pounds out completely of old rocks and carcasses, to enable the animals to reach the water.  Some of the Lesotho children jumped in to help, bless them…. zero degrees and no shoes or jackets.

We also, as we travelled from pound to pound, interacted with the local horse owners and provided assistance and education wherever we could.  They are so grateful for any little assistance that they receive.

More photos to follow shortly.

 

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Caring for equines is a costly operation, as any horse owner knows! It costs us over a thousand ZA Rand a month to keep one horse at the Unit. It is not possible for us to keep horses on a permanent basis - we would love to be a retirement center - but we have to spend our precious funds where they are needed most, and that is to bring in needy cases, rehabilitate, and re- home!
We cannot do this without your donations.

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