Feb 23, 2019

Do a Safari While Riding Horseback

Hey what’s up guys John here bring you the third and final project I visited during my recent South Africa trip. The project is living with horses on Safari and it’s run by a woman named Tracy and her daughter.

Hi I’m Tracy we are project that based up in Hoedspruit we’ve chosen to go with the horses in combination with the wildlife. We offer students like a variance you know. It’s not all about the wildlife they have a choice 15 the horse riding we go into the bush.

We do lessons, a lot of skill riding and then obviously in the afternoons we go into the bush and do anything with the conservation. The Wildlife conservation.

Tt’s a lot of fun a lot of the people that come here, some of them can ride some have never ridden before and we always cater for whether it’s beginners or advanced riders.

I’ve never ridden a horse before so when I found out we’re gonna be doing trail rides through the bush I was a little bit nervous but surprisingly it was really relaxing. Not only getting to ride a horse through the wild African bush but at the same time getting to see all these wild animals that most people only get seen a zoo.

Sometimes we can see animals this morning we see nine elephants.

So I’m introducing you to our little pony called Hope, she was found by anti-poaching patrol team on one of the reserves and when they saw her they realized how bad she really was. She was completely emaciated she had no weight on her she was a couple of days before she would have actually died and the ticks and the flies had got to her so badly that actually eating away at her leg. Her first six months she couldn’t stand she spent a lot of the time lying down, we would sleep in a stable with her just to make sure she was fine and after a lot of TLC we now have hope. We got a brace made overseas actually in the USA this brace was there on her front leg and her back leg to give her the support three weeks ago we took the brace off not thinking she would be able to stand or support herself and as you will see from her now she’s completely recovered. She will never be ridden Hope is not for us to work with her she is just our rescue pony and the reason we called her Hope is that we gave you some hope.

I always wanted to go to Africa my whole life. It’s very nice to do trails in the bush it’s a very special experience because I ride at home but it’s so much different than in the bush with the wild animals.

There’s something very heartwarming about being on the African continent whether you’re waking up early to watch the Sun come up interacting with wild animals and going on game drives in the afternoon sitting around the fire underneath the stars at night and exchanging stories with people from all over the globe. Or just taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of an African sunset.

I think no matter how many times I see the sunset in Africa it’s something that just never gets old.

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