According to a recent study by the Wits Health Consortium, the South African Equine Health Fund, and the Cart horse Protection Foundation, Cape carthorses help reduce poverty and carbon emissions.
Speaking to Kieno Kammies, senior health researcher John Grewar says the study was conducted, because they wanted to see what impact the carthorses were having on the community rather than the reverse.
Before we started, our impression was that while there are some challenges with having horses in urban environments like Cape Town, there would be a positive effect that these horses will have. Both on their owners, people that work with them and the community itself.— John Grewar, Senior researcher - Wits Health Consortium
He adds that it was a beautiful experience spending time with the horses and the communities and they did semi-structured interviews to find out the impact cart horse have on the people.
Listen below to the full interview: