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Bobby, Outeniqua Moon’s main working gelding

Here is just another very good reason to preserve the Heavy draft Horses. By Jeni Ferreira “As a student of agriculture and a lover of the land, I see a glimpse of a future, very much like the past, when families produced their own food, working together with the natural cycle of growth and richness we have around us every day. In those days we counted on our relationship with the land, the things that grow on it, and the animals we needed for their awesome power and willingness to please. In this dream, people work together to create a healthy living for their families, while preserving their natural environment. This preservation can only be acquired today by not using the tractor on the small farm, effectively cutting off expensive fuel cost, and replacing it with the majesty and grace of working animals. Fuel accounts for easily 30% of farming expenses, and with rising fuel costs the logical option will be to use less. Donkeys, oxen and horses have been our farming companions for ages, and I believe moving back to this working relationship is the key to our sustained existence. Specifically horses, which encompass both workability and longevity, are the way forward for the small farmer looking to make a living. By working with horses rather than tractors, they will truly be the most eco-friendly as there is very little fuel use, thus minimizing their carbon footprint and enhancing their organic status which is the goal of any business these days aimed at fighting global warming and restoring the earth. Sustainability and productivity can become one for the small farmer, or any person who is dedicated to leaving the earth better than they found it, and having working animals will create a peaceful balance in their everyday lives.

A New Work Horse helping to save an Old Work Horse The Percheron Horse Breeders Society of Namibia is a small, elite band of passionate horsemen and woman who started this society with the idea to save the real heavy draft Percheron horses known as the Trait horse. The Breeders are from the Western, Eastern Cape and Namibia. The Breeders from the Eastern And Western Cape are the longest standing breeders in South Africa apart from Elsenburg (which still have some of the best mares in the country) The breeders have amongst them the best bloodlines in South Africa. The society was started in an attempt to save the SA Percheron horse’s bloodlines. They are the first horse breeders society to include protection clauses for the horses in their constitution and they are very serious about this. The Society is also driving for world recognition of, and heritage status for the horses. This will mean that the horses will no longer be slaughtered as meat animals, or used for colostrum and urine collection. The Breeders feel that horses who have served mankind so nobly deserve better than that and indeed deserve as much protection as the Rhino and Whales. The Fort Hare University’s animal traction network SANAT offer comprehensive courses on farming with horses. Contact Bruce Joubert (councillor Percheron Horse Breeders Society of Namibia) email: ajoubert@ufh.ac.za or contact Jeni Ferreira: 0027 79 523 3144 Email: admin@nphbs.co.za Outeniqua Moon Percheron Stud and Guest Farm offer holiday accommodation in the heart of the Garden Route; hiking and biking trails; riding and carriage driving lessons; courses on breeding; complete care of the heavy draft horse including feeding and hoof care and carriage driving courses. Email : watt@hilbert.co.za web www.outeniquamoon.co.za Contact Christine 082 564 9782

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Losing touch with working horses has been one of life’s greatest failings, a travesty that people do not recognize because the understanding of animals, and the absolute magical relationships that can form, have been lost. Horses instil a sense of responsibility and realization in people who are open-minded enough to accept it; they make you want to be a better person. When this is combined with a love of creation, of farming, you create the most optimal resource: a person who really cares about what they do – and in return you will find the most perfect fresh produce being grown. With the technology that have been developed by communities still dedicated to this philosophy of farming, it is relatively easy, and definitely cost-effective for small producers to work with horses once more. The PTO cart has been developed that is pulled by working horses. The PTO is run by a biofuel engine and the cart can form a link between working horses and basically any modern small tractor drawn implement that needs to be run on a PTO. There is a fast array of implements that have been developed, enabling farmers to do any farming task just as effectively with a horse rather than a tractor. This has increased productivity and ease of working incredibly. Financially speaking you won’t have to fork out loads of money for an expensive tractor, just buy a PTO cart at a fraction of the price which will leave you with incentive to invest in normal, smaller implements. Then go further to invest in good, solid heavy draft horses and rest easy with the thought that you are not only giving a good home to animals that absolutely deserve to be cared for, but you are also saving the planet. If we are to become better and healthier beings, I truly believe we should move back to sustainable farming with animals as our hearts and engines, driving us to a bright and peaceful existence.” A working gelding owned by Mr Bennie Marais of Klipdrif Stud pulling a hitch cart with a manure spreader attached

Sporting Horse Magazine Issue 19  
Sporting Horse Magazine Issue 19  

July 2014 Edition of Sporting Horse Magazine