This morning, we received a response to our complaint to the Hackney Horse Society of SA

The Acting President/Chairman, Mr A Davids, looks upon the complaints in a very serious light.  An emergency hearing against the owner and his assistant will be held on Wednesday 21st March 2012., just prior to their Annual General Meeting.  SA Studbook are very supportive of our complaint, stating that cruel training methods are NOT ACCEPTABLE., and SA Studbook.

We have proposed that now is the time to introduce rules pertaining to the welfare of animals into their Breed Rule Book.

Dangerous and dirty stables, little bedding. We have put forward, in our report to them, all of the offences that we feel have been committed against these poor horses, including cruel and barbaric training methods, tight chains around coronet causing injuries, completely unsuitable stabling facilities, barbed wire inside stable doors, lack of bedding, dirty stables, cruel training gadgets and tack, bandaging of necks, dangerous objects in paddocks and insufficient shelter.

Hackney Stud, Kimberley
dangerous and dirty stables, little bedding
Hackney Stud, Kimberley
some stallions were kept in what can only be described as a ‘cage’
Hackney Stud, Kimberley
this mare is expected to live in this area – damp, dangerous, and totally unsuitable
Hackney Stud, Kimberley

one of the confiscated training bridles

We will update again on this case shortly  – we WILL sort this out!

News Link:-http://www.horsecare.org.za/hackney-stud-n-cape-update/

HACKNEY STUD INSPECTION – N CAPE – Horrific Horse Training Methods

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The new Highveld Horsecare Unit site is more than just a website: it’s a community, a gathering place for like minds and all those who care about the welfare of horses in South Africa; for those who want to contribute in some way, no matter how small, to making their lives better.

The Highveld Horse Care Unit is a Section 21 Company in its own right, responsible for its own management, funding and operations, and is the largest equine welfare organisation in the Southern hemisphere.

We received a very serious complaint of cruelty at a Hackney Stud in N Cape.

“Being a horse owner myself these images have horrified & shocked me,  never in my 40+ years in the equine business, have I seen anything so torturous. For anyone who doesn’t know what Rolkur or hyperflexion is, watch the video below. Look carefully at the horses face, his eye’s & his tounge etc. A horse would never bend like this naturally & would never restrict his vision, being a prey animal, which is why it is torture for any horse. 

“The video caused a storm when it was posted to You tube. Some even threatened to boycott the 2012 Olympic equestrian event, which is expected to attract 23,000 spectators. 
“The FEI recognises a distinction between rollkur and the riding of the horse in a deep outline, not achieved by force. Horse sport bosses have agreed that hyperflexion or “rollkur” is not acceptable in the warm-up at international events.

“The pictures below are from the Hackney Stud farm in N.Cape.  Apparently the so-called trainer trainer, thought when the horses weren’t being ridden & forced into rolkur or hyperflexion, he would use bale band to tie the horses mouths to their chest! The trainer used these heinous training methods at 2 hour intervals. Bail band tied around horses mouth & tied up for 2 hours, then taken off for 2 hours , 2 hours tied up, 2 hours off etc. etc. He has probably damaged those horses for life!

Grotesque downright torture

(neck-binding…. supposed to make the horse sweat and break down the muscle)

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