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February '20

A very concerned and ‘no problem calling’ township resident phoned at 2 in the morning, to say his jenny had given birth to a very small foal that was not doing what was expected.  We collected the mare and foal the next morning but it was agreed that the foal had arrived early and was probably premature.  We arranged milk for the foal and Alfred who likes to do his thing with babies gave it a bottle feed with honey.  But unfortunately the foal died in the afternoon. 

 

Protea Childrens Home who had adopted two of our donks and admitted them to the Unit for gelding were returned to their farm. 

Our FLAMING ACE had a visit to the beach and we got the pics.  Looking peachy!

A check up on the Pine Lodge Donks and specifically the donkey Bullet who had spent Christmas with us for his wonky hoof now fixed.   While there, Stanley did the other donkey’s hooves.  All paid for, thank you! 


A Complaint about a thin mare and foal along the highway was broached with the owner/trainer who advised the mare had got biliary and had lost condition and weight while being served.


A very irate horse owner on Carla visiting their horses phoned the Highveld Horse Care Unit to query the legality of Carla going onto their farm.  She was set straight that once we have passed our exams, we apply to the Magistrate for Magisterial Authority which allows us to enter a farm to do our jobs.   So now you all know!


The Hankey Clinic was rained out although two children brought their Oupa’s donkeys in for routine work.  The stallion was acceptable but the mare had a few wounds on her hindquarter. We tended to her wounds with Epson Salts and Dermovet and dewormed her for good luck as well. 

Our request for a time and date for an appointment to inspect the equines was ignored.  NOT good.  There will be consequences.

Two donkeys taken out on Foster for three months to see if it ‘works’.

We were sent pictures of our two Adopted out horses, The Gown (thb) and Grace (crossbreed).  Looking great in their new home.

 

Yes, we know there is no grass visible, but being farmers who know what to do, the girls are fed lots of lucerne.

One of our ponies, Shadow has finally found her end spot and has been fostered out as a companion animal to two donkeys and a pony

This work is not easy!  We were requested to collect Tinkerbelle, one of our own, as she has entered her twilight years and had definitely lost weight.  


And then a Friend of the Unit phoned to discuss what to do, because her mare had had a stroke and was blind and deaf.   Always a very difficult one, but in the end the ‘right’ things happened.  Shame poor girlie, but now you are safe forever.


One of our ponies, Shadow has finally found her end spot and has been fostered out as a companion animal to two donkeys and a pony

This work is not easy!  We were requested to collect Tinkerbelle, one of our own, as she has entered her twilight years and had definitely lost weight.  


And then a Friend of the Unit phoned to discuss what to do, because her mare had had a stroke and was blind and deaf.   Always a very difficult one, but in the end the ‘right’ things happened.  Shame poor girlie, but now you are safe forever.

Our BEN, surrendered from the drought stricken Karoo was treated to a dentist appointment.  Two broken teeth were extracted whereupon he was able to eat better.   Thank you, Jacque, for removing the two offending teeth and now that he is being fostered by Tracy we are sure his riblets and spine will become covered.   Thank you, Tracy for fostering BEN .  Thank you too, to Jacques!

Our Josh and Afrika moved off t to their new foster home.  Go well boys!


An elderly horse being cared for had developed abscesses on her legs.   We have been working on the problem, until the owner made the final decision.    From the sounds of it, it could well have been a snake bite!  Not surprising considering the hot weather we have been experiencing!

We were sad to hear that four horses had died in Queenstown with symptoms of AHS.  We shared the information with the State Vets so that they could get samples for testing at OP.


A potential Tetanus case for Carla to go and inject Penicillin with lots of input by Vets, State Vets and our own Vets!

An almost tragedy averted. Panic call at 4.30 in the afternoon for a Percheron that had got himself trapped by full water tanks and unable to get out of this tricky spot. Stanley took off with grooms Tom and Alfred while Carla and Jessie did the afternoon feed-up. Stan’s assessment was spot on and he called for a Vet to come and drip the horse for more energy, as it had been trapped for some hours. Our Dr Hilda attended, and did the drip thing. Miraculously Unit staff managed to get the horse untangled with the tanks and when they left, the horse was in the process of trying to stand. Well done guys! 

And then Scribante Construction came along.  Because they are preparing the land for more pipes next to us, so they delivered a letter from longtime pal, Sydney from the Provincial Office, to say when blasting would occur.  They made sure all staff was out of the barn and well away from the blast area and then set off the explosives. The horses were moved to the ‘other side’ as well.    All the staff watched the proceedings from Victoria Drive.  All was well with our building. 


GENEROUS DONATIONS RECEIVED DURING FEBRUARY FOR WHICH WE ARE GRATEFUL


Nicky – three large bakkie loads of fodder

Who?  - 6 bags sweepings with shavings donation who?

MaxiQuip – donated two wheel bearings worth R600 each! for the Colt

Janine  – Carla collected bales teff from her on way in to work

BEST DRIVE – Our Mazda, needed the wheel alignment and wheel balancing done. NO Charge!

Nicky – Donated 3 bags romix and 10 bales of fodder

Sam – Big donation off teff and grassmix

Waikato SA – Donation of ten bales of fodder  

Val – 10 poles donation

Kathy – Donation 10 Eragrostis

MAXI QUIP – radiator for Mazda

PEARSON HIGH SCHOOL – 10 bales of teff

Glyness - donated Waterproof Blanket via Helen

Jan delivered three big loads of soil for the camps     

Michelle -  Donation tack

Odessa - donation of blankets and cash donation

Eugene and Robyn Volunteer Ride summer

German Volunteers 9am took all horses out for some grooming and exercise


Contact Details: Cellphone 072 357 2505

Bank Account:  Eastern Cape Horse Care Unit, Standard Bank 080733875.


Well, that’s it for February!  Thankfully activities have calmed down after a hectic January!   M