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What is Cart Horse Protection Association?

Cart Horse Protection Association (CHPA) is a Cape Town based animal welfare organisation. (NPO Number 005-761) Our mission is to protect working cart horses and donkeys from abuse, and contribute to the social upliftment of our Cape Flats carting community.

 

What do you do?

CHPA provides clinic, patrol, call out response, veterinary, and rehabilitation services to all working cart horses and donkeys living on the Cape Flats. We offer support, education, and training to cart horse owners and drivers who use working cart horses as a means of generating income for themselves and their families.

 

What is classified as cart horse abuse?

Cart horse abuse includes all of the following: overloading, whipping, untreated injuries, working lame, bad condition (underweight), ill-fitting harness, missing/worn shoes, reckless/driving.

In the event of any abuse, please report to082 6 599 599 via SMS or phone. Calling our inspectorate directly ensures a prompt response.

Rosa and Foal.  Photo supplied by the Cart Horse Protection Association

Rosa and Foal. Photo supplied by the Cart Horse Protection Association

Overloading – If the horse appears to be straining against the weight of the cart, is sweating excessively, looks tired, and/or the drivers are resorting to extreme measures to get the horse to move forward, there is a problem. Sometimes a cart will be packed high, but with light materials, and sometimes with only a few heavy items. The key factor in determining whether a cart is overloaded or not, is the demeanor of the horse.

Whipping – This is inexcusable. There is no need for drivers to resort to whipping.

Injury/lameness/bad condition – Injury of any kind, lameness (limping), bad condition (prominent ribs and hipbones).

Reckless driving – Cart horse drivers should follow the rules of the road. Reckless driving puts the well-being of the horse at risk, as well as that of other road users.

Ill-fitting harnesses/shoes – Badly fitting, damaged or broken harness can hurt the horse. Horses with loose/missing shoes or hooves that require attention are at risk of becoming lame.

 

What information do you need when I report abuse?

  • Colour and approximate size of the horse
  • Name and/or ID number (on the back of the cart)
  • Any distinctive markings such as a blaze, star, one or more white socks
  • The number of passengers on the cart
  • Any distinctive item of clothing worn by the passengers including headgear
  • the road on which the cart is travelling and in which direction
  • The nearest intersection

 

Other information: When reporting abuse, try not to let the driver know, as they are adept at disappearing down side roads to avoid detection.

If you are able to take a photo, PLEASE DO! Photos of abuse are invaluable when it comes to court cases, as they can be used in evidence. As they say – a picture is worth a thousand words! With just one photo, we are able to identify the horse, owner and drivers.

 

In terms of the Animal By Law, and road Traffic Act, there is no specified legal age for cart drivers. However, the latter does specify that an animal drawn vehicle must be operated by a competent driver. This is something that needs to change. CHPA does not issue E53 driver permits to anyone under the age of 16.  If you see a horse that does not look under control, do send us the ID number, and we will take action.

 

Who do I call to report abuse?

Always call the emergency cell number first. If that is unavailable please move down the list.

  1. Call or SMS 082 6 599 599
  2. Call 021 535 3435
  3. Email all relevant information to veterinarychpa@gmail.com

 

Make Facebook your last option to report abuse, as we are not always online, so might only view your comment hours after it was posted. Apart from the above, if you see anything at all that makes you feel uncomfortable or doesn’t look right – please call. We are always happy to hear from cart horse supporters!

 

ID778-Boeta, Photo supplied by the Cart Horse Protection Assoc

ID778-Boeta, Photo supplied by the Cart Horse Protection Assoc

Can I call you if I see cart operators dumping illegally?

Please note that we only work within the provisions of the Animal Protection Act, and cannot respond to calls for dumping. This is handled by law enforcement.  Dumping can be reported to 021 596 1999. Taking photos of this offence is helpful.

 

How can I help?

Please donate! Donations are vital to our work, and every cent helps.  Be our eyes and ears on the road. With your help we can crack down and remove the bad apples in the carting industry.

For more information on Cart Horse Protection Association, visit our website www.carthorse.org.za.  Stay updated with news and tips on how to spot abuse through our Facebook (Facebook.com/CartHorseProtection) and Twitter (twitter.com/Care4CartHorses ) Pages.

 

EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 2013
Celebrate Heritage Day on September 24th with us, picnicking with family and friends and enjoying the spectacle of cart horses showing off on their big day.
Lots of prizes for working horse classes and Trophies awarded for: Best owner of the year, Most improved owner of the year, Best driver of the year, Most improved driver of the year, and Best stable yard. The prizes given are a token of us and the public saying thank you for taking care of their working horses and helps motivate the carties to keep on doing well and looking after their horses.
When: Tuesday 24 September 2013 Time: 9am-4pm
What to bring: Carrots & apples, Picnic stuff
Where: K9 Kennels, Gunners Circle, Epping 1
Contact: Andrea (phone 021 535 3435 or email andrea@carthorse.org.za)
Please support our fundraising book sale! Visit our kiosk at Cavendish Mall outside CNA, find a great book and support cart horses!
When: Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 September 2013
What to bring: Cash
Where: CNA Corridor, Cavendish Mall, Claremont
Contact: Andrea (phone 021 535 3435 or email andrea@carthorse.org.za)
www.carthorse.org.za

OCTOBER 2013

Join us for Animal Awareness Day as we bless the horses under our care at the Cart Horse R&R Centre in Somerset West.
When: Saturday 5 October 2013
What to bring: Drinks & snacks, carrots & apples
Where: Firlands Equestrian Estate, Somerset West
Directions: Take the N2 from Cape Town towards Sir Lowry’s Pass. Turn right at the Shell Garage, then turn left at the sign that says Firlands Park Equestrian Estate. Call the R&R Manager, when you reach a long driveway with a gate. Where the road bends to the right you will see two driveways, take the left driveway up along the white fence. The property is number 15.
Contact: Andrea (phone 021 535 3435 or email andrea@carthorse.org.za)
www.carthorse.org.za

The Cart Horse Protection Association Christmas Cards go on sale at various outlets. Please support our fundraising for the cart horses.
When: October – December 2013
Where: Charity Card Kiosks at Cavendish, Blue Route, Constantia Village and Canal Walk. Place your Christmas Card order on our online store!
Contact: Andrea (phone 021 535 3435 or email andrea@carthorse.org.za)

NOVEMBER 2013

Our Annual Charity Golf Day is taking place on Friday 15th November 2013 at the King David Golf Club, Cape Town.
Round up some friends or colleagues and join us for a great golfing day to raise funds for cart horses. We are looking for companies or private individuals to donate prizes or willing to sponsor a hole for R1000!
When: Friday 15 November 2013 Time: 9am
Where: King David Golf Course, 80 Pallotti Road, Cape Town
Format: 4-ball alliance, 2 scores to count. Shotgun start! Book your spot in our Golf Day by paying for your 4-ball today via our online store!
Contact: Andrea (phone 021 535 3435 or email andrea@carthorse.org.za)

DECEMBER 2013

The Firlands Park Equestrian Club is hosting a Christmas Charity Show in aid of Cart Horse Protection Association. There will be an Open Day at the Recovery & Rehabilitation Centre. Don’t miss this fun filled family event with fancy dress, trotting race, sack race, potato race, flag race & musical poles!! Spread the word to your local riding school!
When: Saturday 7 December 2013
Time: 9am
Where: Firlands Equestrian Estate, Somerset West
Directions: Take the N2 from Cape Town towards Sir Lowry’s Pass. Turn right at the Shell Garage, then turn left at the sign that says Firlands Park Equestrian Estate. Call the R&R Manager, when you reach a long driveway with a gate. Where the road bends to the right you will see two driveways, take the left driveway up along the white fence. The property is number 15.
Contact: Andrea (phone 021 535 3435 or email andrea@carthorse.org.za)

JANUARY 2014

Join us for a Painting day at the Cart Horse R&R Centre! We need to paint Stables and Paddocks.
When: Saturday 25 January 2014
Time: 9am – 2pm
What to bring: Paint brushes, carrots & apples, drinks & snacks
Where: Firlands Equestrian Estate, Somerset West

FEBRUARY 2014

Wash horses at our R&R Centre!
When: Saturday 22 February 2014
Time: 9am – 2pm
What to bring: Horse shampoo, grooming
equipment, carrots & apples, drinks & snacks
Where: Firlands Equestrian Estate, Somerset West
Note: Horses will be split between groups of 5 volunteers with a minimum number of 3 experienced horse handlers per group. It is your responsibility to ensure you have 3 experienced horse handlers in your group.

MARCH 2013

Help us keep the R&R maintained by joining hands to do some garden clean ups and paddock weeding at the Cart Horse R&R Centre!
When: Saturday 29 March 2014
Time: 9am – 2pm
What to bring: Gloves, gardening equipment, carrots, drinks & snacks
Where: Firlands Equestrian Estate, Somerset West
Directions: See above

APRIL 2014

Cleaning tack is an important part of owning a horse. Help us keep all the tack clean by joining us for a morning of cleaning Bridles and saddles.
When: Saturday 26 April 2014
Time: 9am – 2pm
What to bring: Leather oil, saddle soap, sponges, carrots, drinks & snacks
Where: Firlands Equestrian Estate, Somerset West
MAY 2014

Cape Town wasn’t called the Cape of Storms for nothing! Help us prep the Cart Horse R&R Centre for winter with gutter and roof cleaning.
When: Saturday 31 May 2014
Time: 9am – 1pm
What to bring: Gloves, gardening equipment, carrots, drinks and snacks
Where: Firlands Equestrian Estate, Somerset West

JUNE 2014
Join us for a day of gardening at the Cart Horse R&R! We need to prune all the trees & bushes and do a general garden clean up.
When: Saturday 21 June 2014
Time: 9am – 1pm
What to bring: Gloves, gardening equipment, carrots, drinks and snacks
Where: Firlands Equestrian Estate, Somerset West

Please support our fundraising book sale! Visit our kiosk in the CNA Corridor at Somerset Mall; find a great book and support cart horses!
When: To be advised
What to bring: Cash
Where: CNA Corridor, Somerset Mall, Somerset West
Contact: Andrea (phone 021 535 3435 or email andrea@carthorse.org.za)
www.carthorse.org.za

JULY 2014

Join us for a day of loving horses at the Cart Horse R&R! Mandela Day
When: Friday 18 July 2014
Time: 9am – 1pm
What to bring: Grooming equipment, carrots & apples, drinks & snacks
Where: Firlands Equestrian Estate, Somerset West