Situated just off the R328 (the road from Mossel bay to Oudtshoorn), on the Leeukloof/Kleinbrak road.
This magical 100-hectare mountain farm is guaranteed to take away all those inner-city blues and delight the whole family, young and old. Step out of your door and into a beautiful world of mountains, birds and horses, with fabulous carriage drives; riding; hiking and mountain bike trails on the farm and in the area.
It is home to the biggest horses in South Africa. We have twenty horses; sixteen of those are Heavy Draft Percheron Horses who were the working horses of choice here in South Africa before the Trucks and Tractors came out. They pulled our loads and ploughed our fields.
Our guests can learn about themselves and the heavy draft horses and the earth and have an unforgettable spiritual and practical experience of Heavy Draft Percheron Horses.
There is nothing quite so rewarding as knowing that you have spent some time in the company of these giant horses, these lords of life and knowing that you have participated in an ancient kinship of horses and humans.
We all need at times to touch the timelessness of life; to be to be still and at peace on the eternal stage. At Outeniqua Moon surrounded by great mountains and giant horses and the exquisite freedom of sun birds, where serenity is a tangible thing, it is possible to glimpse through the hours that brilliant permanence which gives meaning to our transient lives and shines through everything.
Here everything is simple and children and adults can reconnect with horses and nature and enjoy the beauty and purity of the crystal days spent here. The foals are friendly, the great horses are friendly, the dogs and cats are friendly and the staff of Outeniqua Moon; go out of their way to be friendly and helpful.
All our guests whether you are day trippers or staying in the Guest Lodge, just by being here you will be contributing to the welfare of the horses……. You will be saving giants.
Outeniqua Moon HOME OF THE HEAVY DRAFT HORSE FOUNDATION, breeds the rare Heavy Draft Percheron Horses. These horses are wonderfully gentle, trustworthy and will be enjoyed by people of all ages.
ACTIVITIES ON THE FARM FOR DAY VISITORS
- Parking is Free
- Carriage ride to the spectacular view point of the Outeniqua Mountains.
- Guided tours around the heavy draft horses, which are sure to delight young and old alike. Tours include the chance tosit on one of our giant horses, a foal experience and the opportunity to meet Shadowfax, our beautiful stallion, who is now the biggest horse in South Africa!
- Teas \ coffee \ cool drinks and soda floats + cakes of the day
- 25 metre long ozone (chlorine free) swimming pool with a kid’s waterslide.
- Children’s Fairy-tale Playground with a castle.
- Aviary with finches, doves and singing quails.
- Koi ponds and fountains.
- Enjoy the tranquillity of the garden and the birds.
- Braai (barbeque) facilities with free braai wood.
FOR GUESTS STAYING OVER ONLY
- All of the above applies.
- Tours are free to guests staying over.
- Free grooming and feeding of the horses.
- Horse riding.
- Carriage-driving lessons are offered.
- There are hiking and mountain biking trails on the farm and in the area.
- Take a day and explore our enchanting indigenous forest.
- Horse Meditation
- Birds to delight the Bird Watcher.
Indigenous small game including Bush Buck, Duiker, the Cape Hare and Otter can be seen on the farm from time to time.
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BREEDING & OUR PURPOSEREEDING & OUR PURPOSE
Outeniqua Moon’s home bred colt Shadowfax is the biggest colt ever bred in South Africa. Now Outeniqua Moon’s main breeding stallion (home bred), he is massive. Shadowfax is the darling of many admirers on the social media standing at 18.2hh, 50cm around his knees and 30cm around his cannon bones. The biggest percheron stallion in South Africa. Unlike a lot of the other tall draft horses around the world he has the massive bone and muscle to match his height.
OUTENIQUA MOON SHADOW FAX MAIN BREEDING STALLION
THE PURPOSE OF OUTENIQUA MOON
Our purpose is to save the Heavy Draft Percheron Horses and restore that magical partnership between horses and humans and to show a way to rediscover the earth, the horse and ourselves; to recreate a seamless harmonious balance between ourselves and nature and the way to real green, sustainable farming.
Most importantly we want to show the world the worth of the heavy draft horses and at last get them the protection and recognition they deserve. We want to continue to breed the Percherons and we have created a sanctuary for other heavy draft horses who have been abused and are without homes to date we have rescued six Percherons and seven other horses. We do re-home horses to good lifetime homes
We will be farming vegetables in addition to alfalfa, teff and oat hay for the horses. All our farming operations will be done using horses instead of tractors and will be organic. Our main supply of fertilizer is horse manure and we do have a worm farm. The vegetables will be to feed the staff and guests at Outeniqua Moon and supply a soup kitchen at our local school to help provide for the children.
We will also keep 20 Inguni cows and one bull (indigenous to South Africa) on the lower pastures and sheep with the horses.
Every religion on this earth without exception has revered the horse as being one of God’s finest creatures and in the moonlight and starlight whilst standing or sitting next the great horses at Outeniqua Moon you can actually realise the awesome power and beauty of Devine imagination. And if you are really lucky and humble you can see that you are also part of that immense imagination; sitting bare headed in the starlight next to great horses keeping company with giants on the eternal stage. That experience is enough for a whole lifetime and that is why we still suffer for our horses and why we carry so much reverence and love in our hearts for them and everything on this green earth our wonderful home in space.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HORSES AND HUMANS
The relationship of humans and horses has sustained the world again and again throughout the centuries. For 10,000 years horses were central to family life. The earliest signs of the partnership between horses and humans were found in two lonely graves hundreds of miles apart from each-other; on the Asian steppe near to the old silk route lay one grave and in Egypt the other. These ancient humans had so revered their horses that they had elected to be buried with them.
What has happened to us? We hardly know horses anymore and that magical archaic companionship is all but lost to us. For ten thousand years the human spirit has been bound up with the spirit of the horse. Everyone knew horses, horses were the key to our lives and they set up a balance for our temperaments whether we realise it or not and this intrinsic balance has been lost. In order to work with a horse efficiently you have to be in a certain state of mind, it could be called the perfect state because you have to be so well balanced psychologically.
The horse is a herd animal which depends on the alpha mare for all its signals. The alpha mare is firm, fair and strong and all her instincts are for the good of the herd. The other horses read her at an emotive level and take all their cues from her. They in fact mirror her emotional behaviour and read her emotional signals with a hundred per cent accuracy and their lives depend on it. The trust between the alpha mare and the herd is absolute.
When we work with horses, we have to become the alpha mare which is a very hard position to fill indeed. We have to become unselfish and put the horse first. We have to moderate our tempers; overcome our fears and bring ourselves to a point of objective stillness in order to work well with a horse. The old horsemen called this the feel.
It has only been in the last 100 years that motor cars, trucks and tractors have replaced the horse. In those hundred years we have lost that moderating factor in our lives and we have lost the great spiritual link to our souls. We are dislocated in a terrible mechanical limbo.
In acquiring the motor vehicles, we have gained freedom of covering great distances at speed but this has been paid for with a huge price. Not only is our planet becoming increasingly inhospitable to life but we have lost touch with life and living things.
THE PLIGHT OF THE HEAVY DRAFT HORSES
The advent of the internal combustion engine led directly to the slaughter of these fabulous animals that transported humans and their goods around for over two thousand years. The heavy horse changed the world and the way people survived in it.
The Romans used them to pull their heavy catapults and siege towers along. In Medieval times the heavy horse; fully armoured, carrying a fully armoured and armed knight put against lightly armoured cavalry on their much smaller horses had the same effect as putting a tank in amongst lightly armoured vehicles. The horses were a lot prettier than a tank though.
Since then the heavy horse has been revered and used by people in every walk of life. The industrial revolution would not have happened without the heavy horse. The heavy horse pulled loads, coaches, busses, ploughs where power was needed the horse came to the fore, and hence the phrase ‘horse power’ by which the output of the internal combustion engine, which replaced the horse, was and still is, measured.
A good trainer can teach a horse about 450 commands; a dog 50 and an ox 8. One only has to watch the Lipizzaner dance to realize just how intelligent they are. The heavy horse has a quiet, thoughtful intelligence which shines in them.
Millions of heavy draft horses all over the world were slaughtered when they were no longer needed and replaced by the truck and tractor. If we think about it, it is a worse blunder than killing any wild animal. These were highly intelligent creatures that served us unselfishly and we repaid them with slaughter.
Their survival is more important to our collective consciousness than we realize. They are our last link to a world that depended on horse power and not machines to feed people. When we lose them, we are in danger of losing our humanity and becoming machines like the ones we use.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAMNTEER PROGRAM
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The heavy draft horses definitely have a place in our world today. It is our purpose to create a massive resurgence of interest in all the heavy draft horse breeds around the world and get heritage status for the horses in order to save them from extinction; not just because of a nostalgia trip, but because practically they are wonderful animals which can show the way to green farming and through their healing energy, a way back to being human and our lost connection with nature, which is imperative to our continued existence on this Earth.