The Cart Horse Protection Association (CHPA), a non-profit Cape Town based animal welfare organisation, was started in 1995 to improve the welfare of the working cart horses on the Cape Flats.  The Cart Horse Protection Association is established as a centre of excellence for working equine welfare in the Western Cape.  Its mission is to promote the welfare of the working horses and donkeys in the Western Cape through service provision, legislation, education and training.  It protects the working cart horses and donkeys on the Cape Flats from abuse and neglect.

Join the fundraisers from Cart Horse Protection Association on 29 November as they head on an epic adventure! Cartie Theo is taking them out on a cart to find out firsthand what it is like to “skarrel” on the roads of Cape Town. They aim to raise over R100 000 this Giving Tuesday to ensure the health of the working horses on the Cape Flats. Livestreaming on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch. They would love to meet you along the road.

Visit and make a secure online donation through Payfast

Alternatively, consider buying a horse a new set of shoes for Christmas

A big problem within the carting industry is owners who put shoes on their horses themselves, without the proper training, “backyard shoeing”. A lot of times backyard shoeing will do more harm than good! Cart Horse employs professional farriers to make sure the working horses’ feet are looked after properly. In the week leading up to 14 December and on that day, the Cart Horse Protection Association farriers are offering their services to the working horses free of charge. Each horse will receive a trim and a full set of shoes. This is an effort to make sure the farriers get to see as many of the working horses’ feet as possible and to ensure that they are not receiving backyard shoes. The farriers hope to see 50-60 horses in this time.

Each full set of shoes costs us a total of R250. Our farrier services are heavily subsidised through your donations. You can help these horses to be happy and healthy in their work by donating towards this special project.