“In the steady gaze of the horse shines a silent eloquence that speaks of love and loyalty,
strength and courage. It is the window that reveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart.”
The life of a Safari Horse is quite unique and the horses that partake in Big Game Safari Trails are certainly one of a kind. Horses are prey animals, when feeling threatened their line of defense is to flee and the most important key need of our equine friends is to feel safe and secure……….so standing still to observe animals that could be viewed as predators and not moving a muscle even when feeling threatened goes completely against every natural instinct of the horse. Only the most courageous and trusting horses will be successful in the Big Game Safari industry……the ones that are willing to form a trusting bond with the rider, to listen and trust that no danger will befall.
This minute I sat on Ajax, a rough and tough ex South African Cattle Horse, I knew he was special. We covered 120 miles of the Mashatu Reserve in the Tuli Block located in the Southeast corner of Botswana……rode amongst elephant and giraffe, galloped alongside zebra, wildebeest, ostrich, springbok, elands and kudu and even managed to jump the odd bush and ditch along the way. Beautiful temperament, and extremely trusting, he did absolutely anything you asked of him with a heart and a half and showed me the magic and wonder of the African Bush, a true companion.
Author: Janine Whyte (Indiananeeners Globetrotting Cowgirl.)