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Outeniqua Moon Percheron Stud

Breeds: Heavy Draft Percheron Horses

Outeniqua Moon Percheron Stud is perfect for kids: my 5-year-old grandson was in heaven. Feeding the horses, going on a cart ride, and even getting a chance to ride good, gentle, Bobby. Percherons are the smallest of the work horses, and at one time they were plentiful in South Africa. Sadly, the motor car put them out of work, and it’s only due to the dedication of people like Pete and Christine Watt that they’re on the increase again. Christine is a huge advocate for horses in general, and Percherons in particular. She spent a lot of time with us explaining why the breed is so important. Indeed, I would say that it has a future, since it is a willing worker and it’s incredibly strong: in time, we’ll have to go back to animal-drawn farming techniques, especially on organic farms. It was an honour to spend time with the Watts and their animals (they’ve got dogs, cats, too — this is, after all, a working farm). The farm’s situated at Ruiterbos on the R328 between Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay on the Garden Route of South Africa’s Western Cape Province, and there’s a lot to do in the area — but we only moved out of the gate to go to the general dealer’s to buy sweets. For the rest, we lazed around the 25 metre lap pool, enjoyed our self-catering suites, and talked to the horses. It was a fantastically relaxing getaway. http://outeniquamoon.co.za/

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