Where horses and humans roam together

Article published in the Lowvelder 21 July 2017

It is a beautiful 30-something kilometre drive from Mbombela up through the seemingly never-ending pine forests of the Drakensburg escarpment and into the Berlin plantation en route to the Kaapsehoop Horse Trails…

As a visitor, your first port of call will be Nibbles, an eclectic caravan café adjacent to the small office, which is run by the legendary horseman and restaurateur, Mike Kay, whose love of horses and nature brought him to the Horse Trails family one and half years ago…

Kay became the riding instructor of owner Christo Germishuys at Mataffin Riding School many moons ago. Germishuys established the horse trails in 1994 and advocates natural horsemanship, which he says is a natural way of working with the animals.

Kay says the young Christo was similar to him in the way they were both good with problem horses. “Any animal which was difficult, I’d give it to him and he’d sort it out. He is just brilliant with horses, he understands and respects them,” he explains.

Germishuys (59) has over 30 years of trail riding experience and it is plain to see why the business has developed a reputation for the excellent conditions of its animals, safe riding, and the dream setting.”

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