Volunteers work closely with rescued horses daily. In addition to feeding and grooming, maintenance includes dipping for tick prevention, farrier visits, and making sure everyone is healthy.
Working closely with rescued and rehabilitated horses
They are situated in one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa, Chintsa on the Wild Coast. It is not uncommon to see a pod of dolphins surfing the waves down the beach or spray from whales passing by. Or even giraffe, zebra, and elephant on the way to market!
They started in 1998 just as a beach and bush horse trail destination, three women with two hundred pounds (birthday present from family) who bought one horse, an Anglo Arab called Scotia, paid for two more with a post-dated cheque, missed a monthly installment on the car to buy another, and borrowed a horse from a friend.
They moved to Newhampshire Farm in March 2001 and had a permanent base for our horses. They were contacted in January 2002 b the SPCA in Mthatha, to adopt and help with rehabilitating 11 horses and ponies.
Since then they have been contacted by members of the SPCA, or gone of our own accord, to either buy or just rescue horses. Newhampshire Farm gives us greater scope, as we have 236 acres, and smaller paddocks to accommodate social groupings of horses.
Supporting the Horses
The beach trails were their only form of income until 4 years ago when a volunteer project was set up. They are a service provider for Buccaneers Backpackers also an international destination for tourism. They have no government funding or sponsorship so the centre is kept going by the trails and volunteers who pay to join us, their financial support covers their board and food and anything left over goes into the ‘kitty’ for the horses. This helps with the cost of rescuing and very often the purchase of the rescued horses, their medication, work by the farrier and dentist, veterinary cost and all the other expenses that come with caring for horses and other animals.
With 51 horses to feed the farm goes through 2 tons of food a week! Volunteer fees assist in covering the costs of grain.
Caring for the Horses
Volunteers work closely with the horses daily. In addition to feeding and grooming, maintenance includes dipping for tick prevention, farrier visits, and making sure everyone is healthy.
Saturday Night Braai (BBQ)
Everybody’s favorite day! Enjoy the South African style of barbeque with German sausage, pork rashers, farm raised beef steaks, salads, and pap and gravy!
Babies on the Farm
Even though it started with the horses, the farm is host to chickens, donkeys, pigs, peacocks, geese, sheep, and the occasional owl. Volunteers that stay for a longer period of time and have some experience can work with some of the younger horses.
Friends for a Lifetime
Volunteers come from all over the world and stay in a flat on the farm. The work day starts at 7am and typically finishes around 5pm.
Experience South Africa
Visit nearby game reserves to catch some of Africa’s wildlife
The Expedition Project is a social enterprise! If you contact this project, please tell them where you heard about them – by doing so you are supporting both this project and you are helping us support projects nearby through our collaborative network.
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