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July 2013

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ECHCU JULY 2013

Continuing on from last month, we are happy to report that Saaiman, the pony from Kwanobuhle made a rapid recovery having ditched the offending item and was taken home, much to the joy of his owner.

A very kind donor from Johannesburg paid for our new microchip Scanner.   Thank you so very much.

In the last week of the month, two donkeys from Walmer township were ‘given’ to the Unit to dispose of on behalf of the owner as he had bought them with a cart, but as he has his own donkeys that ‘know’ him and he ‘knows’ them, he did not need them.  It just so happened that another one of our horse owners phoned at that time to ask about donkey availability.  As he lives way down the west coast in a farming area, we suggested that he buy Bles and Esprit who had really had a run of uncaring owners.  Of course, it also entailed the purchase of some of our cart harnessing.  Thanks to his paying for transport, we were only too happy to take them to their new home and to somebody who does care.   Two less in Walmer township!   And while we were there, we saw to a number of horses at the same time.   A very good day all round, even though it was a long one.

The monthly Grahamstown visit was postponed to later in the month as their Carties were all busy with the Festival. 

Thanks to a very concerned owner and after lots of poking and prodding, Jinx came to stay at the Unit until we could find out what his problem was.  He really was very ‘eina’ to the extent that he could not excrete!  Careful monitoring, treatment of the right kind in consultation with our Vets, and being a very gentle donkey, it soon appeared that he had been kicked by his companion jenny on the leg as well as his abdomen.  Then of course decisions had to be made.   We did a swop!   The Unit took the surrendered jenny and delivered at the same time, Jinx with his new BFF, KK.  They have settled in well, and the jenny has had to learn some harsh donkey manners from the girls and the horse geldings pdq.

A Complaint received about one donkey in Walmer turned out to be three donks!  Really do not know how they manage to hide away and then reappear.   It is actually a very simple job to move them home, except in the morning rush hour on Heugh Rd, just as long as you do not run.  Generally motorists are very forgiving and we make every effort to say thank you for slowing down and goes a long way to keeping everybody calm.

Stanley did a number of hoof trims as well as harness upgrades to various townships and rural areas during the month that also helped keep us all busy especially when the electricity decided to have an outage, leaving everybody twiddling their thumbs.  VERY irritating!

Stanley also visited Transkei on a number of occasions during July, covering vast distances to get to where he is needed.  As he says, and the Units agree with him, you can’t just go in threatening retribution unless the groundwork of horse husbandry has been attended to first.   He is finding that since his first visits where vaccinations were done and deworming administered, that the equine owners have no problem with phoning for his assistance, in their own language, with any problem and that because he has the ‘buy in’ of the people and treats them with tact and diplomacy, results are being seen by all.   Thanks to a generous donation of tack, multitudinous brushes, curry combs, hoof picks, numnahs, girths together with our own bits donated to the Unit, equine owners are really taking an interest in having happy horses.

I perhaps should mention here, that there are only three Horse Care Units in South Africa.  None of us receive government funding, depending on our hard working Fund Raisers to get the finance in the Bank.   We are all subject to finance audits and are committed to the wellbeing of any horse, donkey or mule. 

Kelsey, a School Project due for Community issues, got really involved after grooming all the donkeys and Thbs, when she had to assist with getting a stray pony off a busy road.  Thank you, Kelsey!

Another of our Kwanobuhle donkey owners phoned yelling for help as he believed his donkey had been stabbed.   Stanley sped off and brought the donkey in, but it became apparent that the donkey had been subject to indiscriminate whipping, just enough to get a little blood flowing that had the owner in an absolute dander.  He rounded up the children AND their parents so that Stanley could give them a lecture and scolding about the Animal Protection Act.  Well done, Sam and Stanley!

Some time in 2010, the Unit was asked to collect a donkey from Hankey with a stabbed eye and that was causing grief to residents of the town because she was standing in front of shops (asking for help) and her wound was really revolting.  We duly collected her and with help from our Veterinarians, cleaned her up and eventually she healed.  It appeared that she had been struck by a vehicle on the cheek, breaking a sliver of bone off and promptly abscessing and then becoming full of maggots.   Once she had healed, she was adopted out on our behalf by another organisation in the area.  But.  And there always seems to be a ‘but’.  As so often happens, people sell up, move away, and leave the animals behind without telling anybody, and so the ‘rescuer’ needs rescuing!   In Hannah’s case, the new landowner phoned and was honest enough to ask that we collect ‘Hannah from Hankey’.  And her daughter.  And her son.    Subsequently named Hettie and Harold respectively.   She must have been pregnant when she was first delivered to the farm.  The close knit family soon settled in the Girls Camp and now the familial ties are loosening a bit.  All three available for adoption.

This past month we have had a number of people volunteering to foster some of our donks and because it makes sense fodder wise as well as with muck outs, we have taken the gap.  Thank you so much to Carol, Enid and Sandy.

Again, one of our Humansdorp horse owners had to bite the bullet and surrender his two precious horses to us for euthanasia.  Never an easy one but in consultation with Dr Pieter the only way to go.  Thank you, Shaun, for making the difficult decision.

And, then, the Mandela 67 Minutes Day arrived.  And, so did Exposure Marketing.  Armed with a large cheque towards the purchase of a new second-hand horsebox, the previous one having been used and abused by the previous user and now almost unfit for equine travel, unless considerable expense was expended.  The AWS horsebox, itself having undergone two previous rehabs prior to our leasing it is also showing it’s age and one thing led to another and the decision made to invest in this essential tool for Unit work.   Thanks to a deftly crafted email by a Unit Friend (who wishes to remain anonymous- as they say in the newspapers!), money started rolling into the Bank Account towards this hardworking item including many R67.00 deposits in lieu of 67 minutes charitable work for Mr Mandela’s birthday.  Thank You!

The Horsebox will be received during August and for the cost of R1000 to the Corporate World, your signage will be added to the horsebox.    Once you have deposited your donation into the Unit account (details below), please send a jpg image of your logo to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that it can be produced and added to the horsebox on its arrival.  We look forward to an ‘unveiling’ in the near future.

On the same day, NMC Construction were asked by AWS to move two ‘tunnels’ that they no longer were using and deposit them in our camps for the donks to shelter in.  About 20 strong fellows did the job in the blink of an eye.   Thank you so much! 

Another voluntary surrender led to us bringing in Rainbow, who turned out to be LAUREUS, by Ford Wood out of Queen of the South.  Beautiful ‘going’ Thoroughbred and available for adoption.  Thank you to Mary for your help with identification.

The second SOS Trail Run at BUSHPIG ADVENTURES early on a Saturday morning went like a dream.  The Course designed by Marcus, supported by Sharon Jessop of Extremebootcamp was, to my eye, more difficult than last year’s, but the Competitors thoroughly enjoyed it.  The nice thing about these Runs is that Walkers are also welcome, even with their dogs.  A good strong cup of coffee and a bacon and egg roll did me well while sitting on the balcony watching the participants sweating away.  Thank you, Marcus and Sharon, for your testing and enjoyable Trail Run.    There are still some T shirts available from the Recycle Shop at R50.00ea, even if you did not run!  Bay TV did an interview on the day and I believe Sport Elizabeth will have an item in their next edition.   AND.... there is still time for you to enter the 3rd and final Trail Run for the year on the 10th August from Walker Drive Shopping Centre.   Entries from 6.30am on the day in time for the ‘off’ at 8am.

Sufficiently fortified by my balcony breakfast, I headed off to Humansdorp and 13 horses and various donkeys, luckily with no major problems so supplying of Dip, numnahs, harnesses, a bit, and deworming were the order of the day.

William’s Daaiman was found dead by his owner in the township so there was a flurry of activity early on a Sunday morning to collect the carcass and remove it from the township.  The yelling that takes place when this occurs should be heard to be believed.   You and I would be the same.   And all the township residents want is to know that nobody is going to grab a slice of nyama (meat) while the going is good and ready hands from all over help to load the bakkie.  And who knows how and why this particular death occurred.

The one nice thing about it all is that we get to visit the Kragga Kamma Game Park and we never know what is coming our way anyway!  And this particular morning I came face to face with a ginormous Rhinocerosisisis on the road with a vehicle behind it and me in front of it.   Interesting way to complete my work for the day!

A referral from our Vets has meant meeting Sam and her donkey foal, Daisy.  We were able to assist with feeding advice for the foal that was rescued by Sam from way out of town.  Delightful little scrap!

The SAPS Stock Theft Unit visited with a Complainant to see if we had pictures of his donkeys that had been taken from him and that had now become a Court issue.  We were happy to oblige although the Warrant Officer was gagging at some of our pictures amassed since 2006 for just that particular owner.

In an effort to try and cope with the massive rise in Illegal Dumping by Metro residents, the NMMM Waste Department asked the Unit to convene a meeting of the Walmer Carties, who, bless their cotton socks, are ALWAYS blamed for illegal dumping even though that is not necessarily correct.   A very good Imbizo (meeting) was held at the Unit with cooldrinks sponsored by Walmer Athletics Club and biscuits sponsored by the Unit.  Everybody’s problems and questions were put on the table and taken note of by Phumeza on the understanding that everybody had to work together to sort out dumping problems.  An excellent community involvement with the Municipality.

Our SAPS Motherwell Colonel phoned to alert us to a dead donkey in Motherwell and seeing we were heading in that direction, we arranged rapidly with Animal Welfare Society to deliver a bath (donated by WAGTAILS, the AWS second hand shop in 6th Avenue, Walmer) and some AWS Dip to the Station.   This is to assist our hardworking Boys and Girls in Blue with their Community Service and for the benefit of the local dogs for whom a weekly dip will make a vast difference to their skins and keep their owners happy.  And they SAPS keep an eye out for the donkeys too!   Thank you to all!

We ended a relatively sane July with a colic problem in Jacksonville where Stanley and Kapie found Kapie’s horse down and obviously with colic.   The donkey that had had a brush with a vehicle was offloaded at the Unit and back we went again to collect the horse.   Luckily, as with most colics, the earlier it is caught the better.  With any of the usual luck and after Veterinary treatment, Trigger will return home soon. 

Finally, a BIG THANK YOU to the Unit staff for ‘going with the flow’.

DONATIONS RECEIVED for which we THANK YOU MOST SINCERELY:

Michelle – lucerne and grass leavings, halters and HQ magazine back issues

Mark at Tavcor – 10 bales lucerne

Enid – tack

Helen - bag of bottles

Stan - bags dried cut grass.

KKGP – 2 Grass rolls.

Sandy - 1 Cool and Perform – from her birthday money – Happy Birthday, Sandy!

Debbie - horse blanket.

Eric - bale lucerne.

Ann - 45 bales old fodder for the donks.

Francois – brought ripe guavas for the donkeys and spent an hour spoiling them as well as himself!

M

Banking Details:
Bank:  Standard Bank    Universal Branch Code:  051001
Account: Eastern Cape Horse Care Unit (all donated monies are used by us in the Metro and beyond!)
Account Number: 080733875
 
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