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MAY 2011


With the cold winter rain beating down outside, clearly we are ‘into’ winter.   Brrrrrrr!


The donkey brought in at the end of last month from Uitenhage in the early hours of the morning, showed no progress, was vetted and, due to damage to her spine, euthanased.


A large grey horse with a history of tumours, having ‘gone down’, was humanely destroyed at the request of the owner.


The frantic owner of the donkeys pulling a donkey cart apprehended by the SAPS in the commission of a crime (theft of a mining drill bit), phoned to say that the donkeys had been ‘stolen’ from him.  Biscuit was returned to her owner after a good rest, but Hardy has had to overcome a pulled/bruised  tendon and bruised soles.


Returning from a meeting at the City Hall at 7.45 one evening, I was confronted by a herd of about 10 cows on Villiers Road in Walmer.  Knowing the dangers, Marvin of the NMMM Cowboys was assisted to move them across Villiers as well as Heugh Road, whereupon he continued his job.  He was most grateful for the extra pair of hands and assistance!


The PE Riding Club had recently had a donation day, and so a large collection of tack was collected from the club Secretary, Jacqui.  Thank you to all those who contributed to the pile as well as those who contribute to the Collection Tin in the Kitchen!


A sick dog call from a very concerned Motherwell resident was transferred to the NMMM Animal Control for collection and treatment as well as a Blikkiesdorp, Uitenhage dog with ‘brandsiekte’ that was referred to SPCA Uitenhage for handling.


The owner of a horse in a country district that had been ridden hard by some naughty children was dealt with by phone.  Subsequently we were advised that the recommendation to poultice his four bruised feet had worked well once the modus operandi of a poultice was explained.


The township owner of an ex Racehorse, SKY CRYSTAL, that he had bought to pull a two-wheel cart, after a lot of thought, requested our assistance to sell the animal.  The owner was finding it difficult to feed both his family AND the horse and although he loved her and she is quite sweet, we assisted to facilitate the removal of the horse from the township as well as assure that the family had food on the table.   However, as we explained it to him, very few people would be happy to go into the township to see her and so she spent a little time with us, until she was ‘sold’.  She too has gone on to her new home.


Our boy, Muchacho Grande, was adopted out to his new home one Saturday morning, and as we knew where he was going and that he would have love and care from Melody, we were happy to see him go.  Melody and her daughter are enjoying him immensely.


It is always difficult to adopt out equines, especially when everyone has had some time to find a place in their hearts for them.  But we know we cannot keep them all and follow their activities with interest.


An AWS transfer on a Sunday afternoon meant collecting a donkey from Despatch and getting it back to the only person whose donkey it could have been.  She had wandered miles and I do not believe her owner would have known where to start looking.  But all’s well and the donkey’s owner and yearling are both very happy to have her back home. And the homeowner had had his grass cropped for the day.


An early evening collection of a donkey with plastic colic in Kwanobuhle was quickly done with the agitated owner assisting with loading.  Immediate veterinary attention completed, she was put into the camp for the night.  We were ecstatic the next morning to find that a ginormous defecation of plastic had occurred overnight and we, including the donkey, were mightily relieved.  She has been returned, along with a packet containing the offending blockage, to her delighted, and shocked, owner.


A splendid donation of 40 odd bales of Lucerne was collected from the Polleys – Thank you so much.


A township donkey being harassed by children was brought in but it appears that she too has a dropped hip although not a bad one.  She is recovering nicely.


Then Sarah Thexton came to visit and spent a lovely afternoon with her daughter, Emma, taking photographs of the equines.   Thank you to Sarah for the hard copies of the pictures and the CD for our memory bank and to Emma for helping with the supper feed up. 


A man from the Western Cape made an offer to purchase 6 horses belonging to one of our ‘customers’, which has led to all sorts of AHS issues.   We have assisted to ensure that all the ‘right things’ happen before they move further south.


During a feed delivery to the northern PE townships, Liezl found a dog with bad mange.  Having taken a picture that she mms’d to me, I requested that Animal Anti Cruelty League to do the necessary.


The NMMM Cowboys reported donkeys on a major route near Uitenhage, but on arriving at the scene, Stanley and Liezl found only cows.


The Grahamstown Clinic was attended by Queenie, who came along with a springbok skin numnah.   Daisy, the donkey who had no hair despite frequent mange injections, was presented with great pride by her owner, fully furred except for a small spot on her face.  Equiwash certainly did the business with this equine!   20 donkeys and 1 pony dewormed, 8 bits removed and replaced with your donated bits (for which we thank you) and one abscessing stab wound dealt with.


Another frantic call about a horse with suspected African Horse Sickness, has come up negative in the tests.  Whew!!


A sad equine owner who has been working with us for a while, had to report that her ‘old boy’ has passed on.  A very special horse to his owner.


A splendid donation of a JoJo rainwater tank, means that once it is up on its plinth and guttering installed at the stables, we will be doing our bit for the environment and also have water when the mains get switched off accidentally.   A letter of thanks has been sent to JoJo.


One of our adopted donkeys found herself in a pickle!  Her adoptive parents had had a parting of the ways and left her alone on the farm.   We were able to go and fetch her, entailing a whole days’ travel there and back again.  Which just goes to prove that the Adoption Contract that is signed by Adoptors is not just for fun.


The invitation from Phumelela to ‘come to lunch’ at Races was followed up with the presentation of a vast cheque being the proceeds of the Auction of Derby Runners the previous weekend.  In turn, we presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Phumelela for their ongoing support to the Unit. Both the cheque and the lunch much appreciated!


AWS transferred a call out to us as it involved a donkey being hit by a car in Walmer.   After collecting Stanley and the horsebox (in the dark), we were joined by Sharon Plumb and Judy who assisted with loading and traffic control.  Unfortunately due to the fact that it was a ‘body blow’, Matthausen had to be euthanased because his internal organs were scrambled.


Another horse that had been reported and that we had tried to assist, showed little improvement in his leg wound and the decision was taken by the owner to euthanase, with which we agreed and assisted to complete.


A pony found wandering around Lorraine was reported to us, but to date, nobody has put their hand up as the owner.   Difficult to understand.  We await developments.


A horse wandering around Lovemore Heights had us tracking his spoor until we found him.  He was reported as being ‘skin and bone’, but really just showing his age and not as ‘bad’ reported, especially when looking at his graying face.  A good deworming was recommended to the Farm Manager.


The AWS had a visitation overnight by persons unknown who removed the rims and tyres from the cattle and dog trailer that led to us trying to get lock nuts for the horsebox with no success whatsoever.  It turns out that the wheel studs were imported however many years ago and now the lock nuts for them are no longer available.  So we will have to find a quiet space to have the old studs removed, new ones inserted and only then can we buy the lock nuts! 


A Complaint received via email led to another day out in the country, assessing with the owner of the animal and its condition and our suggestions.  Being a farmer, he was aware of what his horse was about, and although painful, will do the right thing for the animal if he has not done so already.


We then took our precious Crayon with Aunty Ntombi to their new adoptive home.  Many of our friends and visitors have followed Crayon’s ‘rebirth’ – from being unable to stand on her forelegs when she came in two months ago, to a happy little girl galloping around, bucking and pronking.  So it was that some of her first visitors, Alison and Kirsty, just could not stay away and had visited regularly – which is just as well as when Crayon came out of the horsebox she immediately ‘knew’ her new guardians.  Truly a match made in heaven.  Although we miss her muddling around the office, headbutting everyone in sight and stealing carrot pieces as they are being cut, we are happy in the knowledge that she is well loved and Ntombi will do the nightduty.  (Ntombi was the donkey jenny a few months ago, that was trapped by the hindleg and in causing a stir trying to release herself, the dogs climbed in and made quite a mess of her.  She took quite a bump to her psyche and her owner surrendered her to us as he felt that she did not want to be in the township anymore.)


An impassioned plea and Complaint, transferred from a Vet, led to a horse with wire wrapped around its hind leg (snare?) for, it is believed 3 weeks, led to the Seizure of a cremello horse with THE most beautiful eyes.  After veterinary treatment Carmen is making a steady recovery and the barbed wire has been removed from her entangled tail.  The landowner and horse owner have yet to identify themselves!  Go figure!


In comparison with other visits, the visit to Humansdorp on the last weekend of the month was relatively quiet – a new horse that appeared from a distance to have a serious mange problem, turned out to have a coat full of speckles and spots – dewormed and dip supplied, a nasty abscess recheck had virtually disappeared, a small leg wound sorted – all done with thanks to Volunteers Jone and Melody.


Sock’s owner, Alfred, on the passing of his beautiful boy, has found himself another horse to partner Britman in the traces.  However the first thing that he required doing was a gelding.   Done, or as I say, Tick!


Although I thought that this month had been quiet, clearly we have been busy.  With Stanley back from Leave, Liezl doing the Stable Management, I even found time and a quiet mind to upload more images on the website and even get the Customer Database almost up to date although the picture sorting still needs to happen! 


Our sincere thanks to:

The Home Schooling Group for grooming, and

Jessica and Morgan from Woodridge for grooming (and dipping dogs for AWS);

Noeleen for the bakkie load of fresh cut Lucerne;

Claire who donated tack;

Elmien for donated tack and carrots;

Christine for bags of leavings;

Fodder and tack were collected from the Romer family;


Treloar for donating 1 days work from Ayanda;

Kiara who took away a whole lot of bits and pieces and returned some beautiful fully made up bridles;

And to those who have donated horseblankets (and that have, as of Tuesday morning, been ‘sold out’), and funds banked in the Unit Account; and

And all those people who ‘like’ us on Facebook!


Banking Details: 

Bank: Standard Bank

Cheque Account 080563473.

Name of Account: Racing Association, National Horse Trust.


Website: www.echcu.co.za

Facebook: East Cape Horse Care Unit

Cellphone: 072 357 2505

Landline: 041 3661594



PS – Somebody said that they only read to the M part, so herewith the new format.



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