The Highveld Horse Care Unit is one of the largest equine welfare organisations in South Africa. The organisation was established in 1991 and has grown from strength to strength since then.
WE GET INVOLVED IN ANY MATTER RELATING TO EQUINE WELFARE
Re-homing horses and donkeys to suitable homes on a special adoption policy.
Investigating and resolving cruelty/neglect complaints.
Owner education and equine medical clinics in underprivileged areas.
Hospitalizing and treating horses and donkeys where owners cannot afford treatment.
AVERAGE STATISTICS OVER A YEAR
* We assist about 8000 horses and donkeys.
* Stable on average 600 needy animals throughout the year.
* Carry out Outreach clinics in many provinces.
* We educate the owner of every horse or donkey we assist.
* We teach horse owners how to shoe their horses correctly and assist with harness repair and cart manufacturing.
* We hold workshops for hundreds of owners, teaching them how to better care for their working animals.
* Deworm over 3000 rural equines per year.
* We hold gelding, dental and farrier clinics in underprivileged areas.
* On average we care for 30 - 35 horses at our base on any given day.
* We travel 150000 to 200,000 kilometres to help horses and donkeys in need per year.
OUR OUTREACH PROGRAMME
A major focus of our activities is the concern for working horses and donkeys in the townships and rural areas throughout South Africa. Animals are often poorly treated as a result of lack of education and poverty rather than deliberate neglect or abuse. The Unit sends trained inspectors into the townships and rural areas to educate owners and to provide them with support in the care of their animals, including help with harnessing, feeding, vaccinations, farrier, and basic wound management and de-worming.
The Unit also collects old and unwanted tack from the horse community and gives this to under-privileged owners to ensure humane use of riding and harnessing equipment on their animals.
South Africa has a large population of donkeys, many of which are used for work purposes delivering water, firewood and building materials to the various communities. The Unit has special programmes to care for these animals relying on the goodwill of the horse community and specific overseas charity organisations for funding of these projects.