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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 🙂

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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!
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