We are very excited that our spekboom hedge line is growing spectacularly. Spekboom is frequently referred to as “the Tree of Life” or the miracle plant, due its ability to capture carbon and assist in restoring natural ecosystems. Also known as “olifantskos” (elephant food), spekboom’s other beneficial qualities include improving soil quality, reducing erosion and stimulating the return of biodiversity in an area thanks to it’s soil binding and shading nature. Bees are also shown to be very productive honey makers when the spekboom is in flower.
Spekboom has the unique ability to switch its photosynthetic mechanism from that of a rainforest plant in wet conditions to that of a desert cactus in semi-arid conditions, making it highly efficient for its environment.
Spekboom is also considered a valuable feed for livestock and horses, but according to an 1896 journal farming industries in the Cape Colonies “Where animals are well fed and pampered, they sometimes lose taste for this excellent natural food”.. far it would seem our equestrians are in the well fed & pampered category, we will have to wait and see if Donki takes to sampling.
We have a very exciting new project as part of our volunteer program this year. Some of the residents from the Institute for the Blind of Worcester will be joining us on a regular basis for Equine Therapy. What an incredible experience to introduce this friendly and interested group to our horses. It is a wonderful learning curve for us as well as the residents and as usual Bob and Thunder stole the show as being the most interactive with the new visitors. Although some of the participants had taken part in riding activities previously, this was the first time they learnt about horses, catching, grooming and even leading them! We hope to have them riding soon, but we still need to build a suitable ramp to allow the residents to safely mount and dismount and we are also currently looking for more volunteers to assist during the sessions. For more information on the benefits of riding therapy for the visually impaired or if you would like to assist in any way, please contact Stephne Botha at the Worcester Blind Institute
John & Jo
We are the owners of horseAbout Trails & Adventures in the Western Cape.
“We left the premises with heart full of joy, love for these amazing horses and admiration for the lifestyle of John and his family.”