Spring is always a fickle time of year and particularly so in the Western Cape. You will be wise never to be fooled by a "shorts & t-shirt day" and leave your extra layers or rain jackets at home.
The horses have been shedding their winter coats profusely for nearly a month now and on hot days love nothing better than a good roll in the grass to loosen the itchy hair. Patches of their shiny summer coats are already starting to show through, but this does make it rather chilly on colder spring nights.
This energetic rolling may frequently happen in a nice muddy patch because as any wise horse knows, mud helps keep those itchy biting flies away!.
Whilst grooming energetically, I am often amused by what horses must think - we as humans tend to be horrified when faced with a thoroughly muddy horse (even worse when said horse is the white Thunder!!) whilst the poor horse must despair at us removing all that carefully applied mud.
There is a special magic in Spring - the first rains started a display of wild flowers that pop up in the renosterveld and fynbos areas. Due to the long dry summers, these flowers are only with us while the cool weather lasts, but the variety is astounding - it is worth taking some time to meander and enjoy an often hidden and secretive banquet put on by nature.
The vines are bursting with the buds of new leaves - and will soon be growing the next generation of great wine!
Whilst the cloudy and stormy skies may hide the tops of "our" majestic mountains, they certainly make for dramatic sunsets and add an air of mystery to the gorges we ride below. Some guests have remarked that we could be in the "Lord of the Rings". So don't let the thought of cooler weather keep you in the city or indoors, come and join us for fantastic ride, good conversation on the trail and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!
With longer evenings and the promise of warmer weather, our magical moonlight rides will soon be back too - join our newsletter and keep in touch with our new seasons offerings.
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.”