NATIONAL HORSE TRUST NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2015
The year has flown by and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal and generous supporters who have assisted us in our efforts during 2015. You have made it possible for us to fulfill our commitments to the Horse Care Units around the country and thus our equine friends benefited. We want to let you know how much you are appreciated!
Our race day which took place in August was a huge success and brought in much needed funds. This event is annual and, in its third year now, we achieved the highest income! Once again thank you to everyone who loyally supports us each year and congratulations to our new fund raiser, well done!
Christmas shopping is upon us and we ask that you please remember to use your My Village Card! If you are not yet in possession of this card, please apply for one now. The card is free to you. Call 0860100445 directly and choose the National Horse Trust as your beneficiary. Use your card at participating retailers and in so doing you support the National Horse Trust.
We hope that you regularly visit our Face Book page to see upcoming events. Look out in the new year for our first event which will be the golf day.
Our website is up and running and you are now able to donate to us directly on the website. Our web address is www.nationalhorsetrust.org.za
The Highveld Horse Care Unit is also being affected by the current drought as it is impacting on equine welfare and the Unit is going to face a difficult time, as are many owners who are unable to feed their horses.
The Unit is making good progress with putting together a training course for township members and rural communities in equine welfare. Clinics and workshops have been held in a number of areas.
Coastal Horse Care Unit’s Rural Training Centre building program might receive assistance from Government. The Unit was nominated for the KZN Sports awards as Organization of the year. Congratulations to them, it is well deserved! One of the Unit’s staff members has been acknowledged for his ability to work with difficult horses and was nominated as the Hero for Sunday Tribune. Well done Sanele!
After an incident that nearly cost a horse its life, after being dipped with cattle dip, the rural community now use the correct products for dipping, as ticks are a big problem in this area.
The Eastern Cape Horse Care Unit’s blanket vaccination for African Horse Sickness in the Humansdorp area went very well and deworming and tack distribution took place at the same time.
One of the feel good stories, a lovely horse re homed to a very happy adopter, as seen below.
We call on owners/trainers to be compassionate when disposing of Thoroughbreds when their racing careers have ended. All the Units are constantly faced with broken down, neglected and abused Thoroughbreds in townships and other areas. The National Horse Trust and the Units are only a phone call away and will gladly assist with advice for the responsible and compassionate disposal of Thoroughbreds.
Wishing you a very blessed Festive Season!