The following was written by Kathy Hughes, of African Horseback Safaris which operates their camp - Macatoo - in the Okavango Delta. A group of us - TTEAM practitioners - had been invited by Sarah-Jane Gullick to go to work with some of the horses there that had difficulties. That we were invited to visit is indicative of how well the horses are cared for. Lindy Dekker , practitioner from Johannesburg, worked with the grooms, and made another trip later for a second session which they enjoyed immensely. It was delightful to see their enthusiasm for the work. I hope to be able to gather a group to visit in May 2008. It's an unforgettable experience. Join me!
by Kathy Hughes
Edie Jane and her Tellington Touch colleagues visited African Horseback Safaris camp Macatoo in April 2006 and helped us with some of our nervous horses. One of these horses was Thokwa.
Thokwa is a lovely little local Botswana horse, who has had a difficult start to life. He was found in an area where Sarah-Jane (SJ), the owner and founder of African Horseback Safaris, has found other horses. All of them have suffered from varying degrees of mistreatment but Thokwa – a stunning dun (buckskin) rig – was badly affected by the abuse. Although he literally shone in the sunlight and captured the eye immediately, it was his obvious mistrust of humans that tugged at the conscience and SJ decided to buy him and give him a second chance in the Okavango Delta.
SJ and her horse crew have been working with Thokwa to restore his faith in humans for over the six months that he has been at Macatoo and have made good progress. Due to such horrors of un-anaesthetised attempts to castrate him, Thokwa is a difficult case and requires care and experience in his handling and whilst progress has been made it has been slow. Routine veterinary and farrier care is always very challenging.
The crew at Macatoo asked Edie Jane to help with building Thokwa's confidence to allow his feet to be trimmed. Using her Tellington Touch method, Edie Jane was able to build confidence in Thokwa and the Macatoo crew noticed a significant change in his behavior. So much so that when he unfortunately picked up a thorn in his nearside left hoof the day after Edie Jane left Macatoo, we were able to remove the thorn and apply a poultice and treat his ailment. This procedure would have been almost impossible to do without sedation prior to Edie Jane's work. One week later our farrier was able to trim his hooves without sedation - a first for him!
Although Thokwa still has a very long way to go before he is completely happy and confident in the company of people, with Edie Jane's help we are well on the way to success. We sincerely hope that Edie Jane will return to Macatoo to help with Thokwa and our other horses but, in the meantime, her work is being continued by the grooms and specialist horse personnel in camp.