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.
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.
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!