HOW WE CARE FOR OUR HORSES
Stevie Murray writes about her Race
Rockethorse partners with Moolmanshoek Endurance Horses who are well respected breeders of Arab, Arab/Boerperd crosses and Boerperde. The group of horses used during the race are highly trained equine athletes very capable of handling the challenges of the Wild Coast.
As well as a dedicated team from Moolmanshoek which sees to the wellbeing of the horses during the race, there is also a team of 6 qualified veterinarians who follow the race, all of whom have extensive equine experience and are led by a Head Vet. Horses are assessed before the race, during the race at 12 compulsory vet checks and monitored post race before being transported home. The vetting structure falls well within the norms of endurance riding. Half of the vet team are experienced international equine veterinarians some of whom have vetted other endurance events as the Mongol Derby. In addition there is a professional farrier on site.
Sarah Cuthbertson – The Downsides of Leading
The Wild Coast Race. The vast remoteness, the challenges of terrain, the demand on your mind and body are all unparalleled; and I have done the Mongol Derby. I cannot talk about one without comparing it to the other, even though the races are quite different and unrelated besides their embodiement of great physical and mental challenges coupled with equine transport (if terrain and horse allow). Both test horsemanship and riding abilities but the Wild Coast forces a stronger bond between you and your mounts with a very real ‘sink or swim’ measure of that bond.
Brent Albuino Writes About His Race
Throughout Race the Wild Coast, Sam, Monde and I led the group and we eventually duelled it out in a 500m sprint for the glory at the finish line. While it was very exciting to call myself a “leader” or “winner”, this race was more about the adventure than a win. If you are considering entering and expect to win, here are some of the things you will miss out on or quirks you can expect in your adventure.
The riders pour off the trailer trying to pretend everything’s going to be ok and we’ve all got our shit together and this epic race sorted! I’m nervous but I’m hung over just enough to not care so much if I drown at the first river crossing…. The crew is tramping through the sand dunes to bring us our first horses. As we await I remind Maudes that being the inaugural riders for this crazy shit I feel like a bit of a Guinea Pig…