Because low tolerance levels have developed for these horses in the village they often get reported to the authorities and get imounded and auctioned off. The horse owners lose their horses this way because they don’t have money to buy their horses back. It is not their intention to cause problems.
We understand the difficulty because these horses sometimes do break through gates and enter properties to get to food. Only some (not all) owners are contacted to come and fetch their horses within 24 hours after being caught ‘trespassing’. Some horses have been shot and/or locked up where they don’t have access to water and food and often die from dehydration or colic if they are not collected fast enough. The intolerance levels are rising. This is one of the biggest reasons for creating a safe haven for them.
Sick horses are sometimes found and reported to Welfare who have to care for them as-and-when, but to date nobody has come forth with a long term solution bar getting rid of the horses. The premise is: “If they can’t afford to keep their horses and feed them, they shouldn’t have them”. This petition was recently launched and has the local horse owners very worries. http://chng.it/ZxfBQkgn . It is seriously prejudiced to impose heavy fines and licensing fees on a community that has been forced to opt for survival simply because their livelihood and farming ability has been diminished by capitalistic development of the village. Of course the village is economically viable now for some because of the development but certain members of local communities have experienced massive set-backs with little chance of recovery. One has to consider the history and the inheritance of this matter. For the history please click here to read more.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
The horses often dwell outside the village and have to cross the main tar road
entering Greyton and are often seen on the gravel road to Riviersonderend
exiting Greyton. When they get “spooked” their flight response is triggered
and they can end up in front of a vehicle which has caused great sorrow for
all parties involved in the past.
Disease and nourishment
Because the local farmers have always relied on the availability for grazing in
the area which is, as already mentioned, diminishing fast, many of the horses
are malnourished. These horses were always used by the local people to help
cultivate farm land and fetch and carry. It is not financially viable for them to
care for and feed their horses anymore. The horses are neglected and used
under dire circumstances which causes great pain and suffering for these
animals. It is a desperate situation for both owner and horse. In another
survival attempt, a new “job” for the horses was initiated through tourism. The
horses are used to give pony rides and the local market to help put food on
the table but not always food on the horses “table” so to speak.
Because the owners of the horses don’t have adequate facilities for the
horses they are sometimes kept in badly fenced areas. These fences are
easily cut. Many times the horses are stolen during the night and used to
deliver and transport drugs between towns or simply for “entertainment”. The
horses are driven so hard that they often collapse and get badly hurt or even
die. The horse owners then have to go out and find them and help them heal
again. These animals need protection from such activities/practices.