Prancing ponies, colourful carts – and a braying donkey: Having fun at the Cart Horse Show 2012

Clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop… a line of cart horses from the Cape Flats came a-trotting down the road, pulling colourful carts of all shapes and sizes – elegant two-wheelers, traditional four-wheeler passenger carts, and rustic handmade scrap-metal carts. Some sported a fresh lick of paint and even their tyres had been scrubbed clean. That day, the carts were transporting family and friends and supplies for a picnic, instead of the usual awkward loads of scrap metal, building rubble and garden refuse.

Half-price Horseshoes for Cape Town’s Cart Horses: Farrier Day at the CHPA Epping Clinic

When I arrive at the clinic of the Cart Horse Protection Association in Epping 2 on Monday morning, 18 June 2012, organised chaos reigns. There are horses and carts and people milling around everywhere. Today is an important occasion: It is Farrier Day! This means that the first twenty horses, in good condition, will receive…

Healing the Body and Spirit of Cape Town’s Cart Horses: The CHPA’s Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre in Gordon’s Bay

On Sunday morning, 17 June 2012, Richard and I drive out to Somerset West/Gordon’s Bay. As part of my research for the Feature Writing Course I am currently enrolled in (see my previous post), I have arranged to meet Louis Joubert, the manager of the Cart Horse Protection Association‘s Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre at Firlands.…