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Cart Horse Protection Association

Cart Horse Protection Association

Cart Horse Protection Association provides clinic, patrol, and call out response, veterinary, and rehabilitation services to all working cart horses and donkeys living on the Cape Flats, and support, education and training to cart horse owners and drivers who use working cart horses as a means of generating income for themselves and their families.

Our vision is a regulated carting industry on the Cape Flats, with all working cart horses fit, healthy and comfortable in their work.


  • Provide feed, farriery, harness making and basic veterinary services at static and outreach clinic sites, making these services easily accessible, available and affordable.

    Maintain a proactive dialogue with cart horse owners and drivers on the expectations of CHPA and other regulatory bodies; management of their working horses and development of the carting industry.

    Improve the standard of harness by introducing specific working harness developed by World Horse Welfare, thus enhancing safety on public roads and improving the welfare of working cart horses. Develop standards and implement these according to SABS standards and work trade legislation.

    Make use of the Cart building and Repair workshop at CHPA's Epping Clinic to improve maintenance, and ensure further development of cart standards.

    Provide input for development of SAN standards for 4 wheel flatbed equine drawn carts.

    Continue to operate CHPA's Patrol and Call-Out Response Unit, which reacts to calls from members of the public, cart horse owners and drivers, private security companies, law enforcement agencies and other welfare organisations.

    Maintain active participation in developing and amending Animal By-Laws, (including development of cart driving licenses), and Non-Motorised Transport Policy legislation relevant to the working horse industry.

    Develop a program to ensure assessment of the welfare of each working cart horse on a regular basis, in order to proactively maintain a high standard of care, thus fulfilling the expectations of our donors and maintain a current Horse List.

    Encourage the Department of Agriculture to continue micro-chipping all working cart horses.

    Implement formal training programmes, workshops and demonstrations for owners, drivers, youth in the carting community, the public, schools, law enforcement officers, agricultural officials, animal welfare personnel,magistrates and prosecutors.

    Research social enterprise opportunities in order to secure the financial sustainability of CHPA, and create alternative income generation projects for the industry.

    Obtain funding for our initiatives, by establishing long term relationships with grantors, investors and donors and demonstrating the achievement of our Strategic Plan.

    Provide a place of safety for abused, neglected, sick and injured working cart horses at the Recovery & Rehabilitation Centre.

    Alleviate the suffering and abuse of working cart horses through the consistent application of CHPA Standards & Procedures.

    Maintain the capacity and effectiveness of CHPA's Management Committee.

    Develop standards, and promote legislative implementation of healthy stabling conditions for working horses.

    Expand CHPA services to outlying areas, with a long term goal of provding services throughout the Western Cape.