THE SPIRIT OF WILD HORSES
THE SPIRIT OF WILD HORSES
Approximately 6 months ago local residents and owners of In the Company of Horses, Lloyd Gillespie and Isabel Wolf-Gillespie, heard of the plight of some horses that were found roaming freely along the Curry’s Post Road. A concerned member of the community asked the couple, well known for their work with horses, whether they would be able to assist in homing those, if the owners weren’t traced. Naturally, Isabel and Lloyd indicated that they would be happy to help if necessary.
A few months passed and after hearing nothing further the couple assumed that the horses were taken care of. The universe works in mysterious ways however, and while on a freelance project in the W.Cape. Isabel came across a posting on facebook calling for assistance in re-homing a herd of 12 horses, made up of mares, their foals and a stallion. Her first call was to Lloyd who went to see the herd … and that was that.
The herd is mostly wild and has had very little, if any human interaction. According to Isabel “the herd belonged to some local people who weren’t able to look after them and the camps they had been living in. As a result the horses kept getting out and became a problem for local farmers as they got into crop fields and grazed their livestock’s fields.”
With Janine O’Neil from Fenplace, who works tirelessly for the horse cause (no comma needed) in conjunction with the Coastal Horse Care Unit, Isabel and Lloyd made an offer which was accepted. The couple was delighted that they could now help these horses in need and as Isabel excitedly told us “We were now the proud new owners of a herd of wild horses! Only by chance did I found out about a week later, that these horses were the same ones that had come to us 6 months ago! I am certain that they were meant to live and find a new home with us.”
Unfortunately another threat was looming for these 12 horses as well as their existing working boys… The Midlands has been struck very hard by the drought. Grazing is scarce and the constant moving from camp to camp was proving very stressful for all concerned.
Isabel says though, that they are blessed to be helped so often by friends and contacts. “Through a personal contact we were given permission to rent grazing and unlimited space for our horses on a beautiful mountain on the other side of the Midlands. To truck our working boys is not really a problem but the wild horses had never been touched by a human, not to mention had there been in a truck before!
This was the home we always wanted to give our horses…. It promised them freedom, endless space with very little human interaction basically a life to be lived again as a wild horse herd! A plan was hatched and through a crush, the herd, lead by their lead mare and stallion, moved freely and calmly onto the truck – as if they knew that the place they would be going to was perfect for them.
After a quiet drive, without any injuries or problems the herd was offloaded and herded the rest of the way onto “their” mountain. As they entered the vast tracts of land that would be their new home they galloped off in great excitement! There is something in the spirit of a wild horse that is good for the soul of a person and as we watched them run off, wild and free, the inner truth of these words filled my eyes with tears…”
If anyone would like to help care for the wild horses please do get in touch with Isabel on firstname.lastname@example.org . We will handle them as little as possible and will only do what is absolutely necessary. They are in need of mineral supplements, dewormers and AHS vaccinations. Thank you to anyone that has been helping us to help them!
Isabel & Lloyd are the owners of ‘In the Company of Horses – Equine Adventure, Awareness & Training’. Their company offers a variety of equine services.
In Lloyd’s words; “We believe in the intuitive power of horses and the transforming influence of nature. Join us for a life-changing adventure as we take you on a journey with our horses into the wilderness. “
Find us on www.ridingforhorses.co.za or follow our “Wild Horse Diaries” on our Facebook page.