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November 2011


A quick adding up of figures for the month of November shows just how busy we have been.  
Almost 200 horses inspected, investigated and/or injected and 90 odd  donkeys shepherded home, collected and/or returned to owner.  No wonder my drawing up finger is so sore!
We, of course, have to thank the African Horse Sickness Trust that has made their generous yearly donation of vaccine to the Unit and being so late in the year and with all the rain we have had (and for which we are very grateful), it was important that the job be done ASAP!  
It must be mentioned at this time that our vaccine ‘order’ was based on last years’ usage and, that of the 200 horses above, only three were found to be needing some attention from the owner and the Unit.  We are naturally very pleased that the rest of the horses are, in the main, looking splendid! 
Most of the above activity was done without the help of Stanley who had decamped back to Johannesburg for three weeks to complete his farriery module with World Horse Welfare as well as two other courses.    So it was with great relief when Treloar went off to SA Champs in Cape Town and sponsored us with three days of Ayanda’s time.   He was most useful and in one case, managed to tame a horse that was regarded as uncatchable!  Well done to Ayanda and Thank You, Treloar!
Well done to the Eastern Cape Dressage Team who did our Province proud by coming Third in the Inteprovincial!!
We have had our calamities this month too.  
We started off with Rich being attacked by a pack of hunting dogs!!   Rich, because he is a beautiful strong donkey jack who fancies the ladies and who also just loves to beat up any other donkey looking their way and leading to buckled and broken fences, had been tethered to a nice shady tree with water and Lucerne and growing green grass and nowhere near a fence that he could demolish.     I had a frantic call from AWS’ Insp Hannes to alert me to the fact that Rich had been attacked by a pack of hunting dogs in the early morning.   In the process of hosing the bleeding donkey down to find out where he had been bitten, I managed to thoroughly soak Insp Hannes in the process.    Sorry, Hannes!
A nasty bite wound to the muzzle and ears shredded with other bites around the body, Rich had managed to ‘escape’ his tormentors and after treatment for two weeks, had recovered sufficiently in the fully dog-proof nursery camp, which was great for him because he could keep his eye on the girls next door.  He has now returned to work and is his normal happy self, thankfully.
Isaac’s 6 month old foal, Easter Surprise, who had been brought in at the request of his owner for a lame hind leg, was not so fortunate.   He had lost his lameness with treatment and was due to go home on the Thursday morning but the hunting pack got to him first.  I firmly believe that if Thembi and Lady had not been in the next door camp at the time, things could have been a lot worse, but as it was, and one can only make assumptions by looking at the ‘scene of the crime’, Thembi and Lady had broken a farm gate to get in to protect him.   He was a complete mess and very shocked into the bargain.  A nose and chin that had large chunks of flesh taken out of them, and ears that were shredded, literally, plus typical hunting bites behind the front legs and in front of the hind legs.  Treatment commenced forthwith and a safer place for him to stay in the Pen arranged.   A very generous and rapid donation from personal friends, the Cullums, and Cape Wire led to the erection of fencing around the hospital camp.
Naturally, AWS was as shocked as we were and commenced to make necessary ‘security’ arrangements as the pack had taken out a number of our cats in the past (but it was believed the culprits were monkeys), and so did we which has accounted one way or another for a number of the hunting pack.  (In PE we have a Municipal Bye Law that covers Loslopende Honde as well as the National Environmental Laws.)
Suffice it to say, once he got over the pain and shock, he is healing well and gets quite feisty when being taken out or brought into the inside stable (a necessity that I can’t sleep without!), enjoying the attention of people bringing carrots and bread treats.
Our stall at the PE Pet Expo received a lot of interest and led to a very full collection tin towards Unit funds to assist with reharnessing and rebitting horses and donkeys both in and outside the Metro.  Sharon, Rachel and Allison assisted with manning the stall and we thank them for giving up their time to help us out.  Our congratulations to the organizers, Bernadette and Liza, on a very well co-ordinated and successful event.
The following day the NMMM cowboys requested that the Unit collect a ‘sick’ donkey in Kwanobuhle.    Well, ‘sick’ was an understatement – he had been stabbed very deeply into his abdomen and was slowly bleeding to death down a steep hill, the stab having hit some organ inside.  Some kind township person had given him a tub of water but he was not interested by that stage.  Being alone, I seconded two cars full of strong young men who very willingly assisted to help get the donkey into the horsebox.  A local Vet confirmed that this was not a good scenario and he was taken directly to the Kragga Kamma Game Park for euthanasia – a blessed release, poor boy.  Just one of the reasons why I absolutely HATE Guy Fawkes!
Braveheart, Kleintjie and Nestle were brought home from where they had been fostered for some months.  Thank you to Mia and her husband and the landowner who made the offer.
Our last donkey clinic for the year in Grahamstown involved very little in the way of wounds, which is always nice, and replacement of harnessing and bits were requested and given out.   Two of the bits that were removed from the donkeys were of a really thick wire, but the maker had done his best to make them soft and non injurious to donkey mouths by covering them with hosepipe!   Ingenious and currently on display in the Stables.
A panicked call received from a conscientious lady about her horse that had gone missing and had anyone phoned in about one wandering around, was followed by yet another call a half an hour later to say, not to worry, he had been found having a late lie-in in an open stable.   I must admit to a giggle!
I found after the last Newsletter that I had been remiss in not mentioning by name the generous milk and carrot donors during October, especially as they had been thanked on Facebook and it was a simple matter to obtain the information.  Inevitably, someone will not be mentioned because we have been unable to get a name, so, apologies to them, and a sincere thank you for your generosity in helping us give Georgie and Luna a good start in life.  They have settled in very well to their new environment.

MILK DONORS October 2011
Maria, Eugene, Di, Cindy, Monica, Tamlin, Ricardo, Boehringer Ingelheim, Yolande, Pavusha, Bushy Park Farm, Alison, Kirsty, Diane, George, Jenny, Diedre, Hennie, Amy, Craig, Daleen, Deon, Elize, Pauline, Dalene, the van Wyks, Ashleigh, Melanie, Michelle, Carol, Alison, Kirsty, Lyn McG, Monica, Samantha, Mavis, Yvonne, Claire, Doug, Marizanne, Any, Sharon, Ronel, Yda, and of course Tamlyn and Kim and pupils from St Dominics Priory, for copious supplies of milk and carrots for the jennies!
And never forgetting Sarah and Marizanne for getting the appeal out there in the first place and for assisting with weekend feeding. And especially to Sarah for organizing the deep freeze – also a Facebook appeal that was answered so swiftly, it took our breath away.  STARZ!! ALL OF YOU!! THANK YOU!

Feed and Seed, Horse and Hound, Angela P, Kirsten, Brandon and Gill, Anne P (carrot tops), Robyn and Anne T (bread).
In addition to the above Milk and Carrot and Fodder donors, there are those monthly contributors to the Bank Account who also need a special mention.  And now we say a sincere Thank You to you too!
Tracey M, Peter, Anniemey, Yda, Pauline, The Racing Association, Jan, Tersia, Emma, Marizanne, Tish, Ellis, Isabella, Rhoda, Johnny and Mark.
As the next newsletter will only come out on the 1st January 2012, we wish everybody, each and every one, who has helped us in a very busy year with time, carrots, money, milk, Lucerne.   We can’t do it without you! 
We wish you a Peaceful and Heartwarming Christmas with your families and friends!
Banking Details:
Bank:  Standard Bank    Universal Branch Code:  051001
Account: Racing Association, National Horse Trust (all donated monies are used by us in the Metro and beyond!)
Account Number: 080563473
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