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Ponies in Lesotho

Ponies in Lesotho

Ponies in Lesotho The first ponies in Lesotho are said to have been captured from the roaming Griqua tribes in the early 1800s. In 1829 Chief Moorosi, whose village was perched upon what is now known as Mount Mooroosi in Lesotho, gave a pony as a gift to King Moshoeshoe. King Moshoeshoe was so taken with his pony that he brought many more into the country & pony riding rapidly took off as the main form of transport in Lesotho,…

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The Highveld Horse Care Unit visit Lesotho

The Highveld Horse Care Unit visit Lesotho

Solly Motingoe and Samson Phupha spent 10 days in Lesotho in December, and there were lots of ups and downs to the trip. It was good to see that there was fodder and feed available at some of the pounds and police posts.  Some places didn’t have feed, nor any water. Some of the horses had improved in condition, some had deteriorated, and some died. Solly and Samson spent a lot of time at Leribe, where four of the five police horses…

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Basotho horse racing in Lesotho

Basotho horse racing in Lesotho

The first thing I notice is the hats. This is not Ascot, so there are no ladies in ostrich feathers, but a ragged crowd of men wearing everything from gumboots and jeans to big patterned blankets. We’re gathered along a track curving through stubbly fields, with a hazy backdrop of blue mountains. It’s a big race day at the Morija cultural festival, so you might expect the headgear of choice to be the Basotho hat, the woven cone traditionally favoured…

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The Basotho Pony

The Basotho Pony

Pony trekking holidays on the hardy Basotho ponies are immensely popular and a fantastic way of exploring Lesotho’s beautiful rugged terrain as the bridle paths that criss-cross Lesotho are barely wide enough for vehicles but the ponies effortlessly dodge obstacles and loose rocks.

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