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We know each and every horse and driver - Cart Horse Protection Association

Carthorses pulling wagons have always been a common sight in and around Cape Town, especially on the Cape Flats.

On Wednesday, Kieno Kammies spoke to senior health researcher John Grewar about a study conducted on the impact the carthorses were having on the community rather than the reverse.

Read: Cape cart horses help reduce poverty and carbon emissions - research

Listeners were interested to find out more about the horses and how they are cared for.

So Kieno now speaks to public relations and online fundraising coordinator for the Cart Horse Protection Association, Marike Kotze about the conditions that these animals work under.

She says many of the cart horses are owner-driven.

A lot of horses are driven by their owners. And then we have some owners that own four or five horses that then rent the horses out to a driver.

Marike Kotze, Public relations and online fundraising coordinator - Cart Horse Protection Association

Cart Horse Protection Association started 23-years ago to assist in the care of the horses and she says it has grown into a sizable organisation.

It runs a clinic with three farriers in Epping, close to the scrapyard where many drivers sell scrap.

So they can bring their horses around and have their feet looked after.

Marike Kotze, Public relations and online fundraising coordinator - Cart Horse Protection Association

The organisation has four inspectors and one law enforcement officer.

She explains that working carts are required to have a number plate attached to the back with ID, name, and the number of the horse.

The horse has to be registered with us and every driver has to have an E53 licence.

Marike Kotze, Public relations and online fundraising coordinator - Cart Horse Protection Association

Drivers do courses in driving and horse care before they are granted a licence to go out on the road, she explains.

The inspectors do stable checks as well.

There are 160 horses on the road.

We know each and every horse on the road and each and every driver, each and every owner. we have a longstanding relationship with them.

Marike Kotze, Public relations and online fundraising coordinator - Cart Horse Protection Association

Drivers on the roads are very impatient, she says.

In Cape Town, according to the by-laws, animal-drawn vehicles have right of way.

So if there's a horse cart going slowly up the bridge, I'm afraid you will just have to be patient and wait.

Marike Kotze, Public relations and online fundraising coordinator - Cart Horse Protection Association

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Photograph courtesy: Cart Horse Protection Association


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