We offer great trails and safaris for all levels of riders.
Horseback riding, children's development, centre for disabled kids, riding school, equine therapy, volunteer program.
General information – Our Horses We are located on a 2000 hectare Bushveld property, owned by the Sandford community trust. Horse Whispers is a company that offers a wide variety of horse trails and offer underprivileged children the opportunity to work with horses. The relationship between Sandford community and Horse Whispers is one of the few successful land reformed cases. Horse Whispers offers a children’s skills development program for the community, while the horses are able to roam across hills and valleys, feel the wind and the sun, and enjoy the interaction with people in a loving environment. The well-being and future of these horses is dependent on the income from horse trails and donations. Most of these horses came from foster homes and were field horses fairly familiar to human interaction, some did not trust humans at all and others had no understanding of personal space. The training of these horses consisted of halter work, trusting and respecting humans, desensitization exercises, groundwork, preparing for a rider, backing and riding away with a safe, confident horse! Today, these horses are able to play a significant role in brightening the lives of underprivileged children. The program teaches more than just riding; children develop life skills such as self-confidence, responsibility, and discipline – and can have a positive impact on academic performance too.
Vital Information: Guests will be given a safety briefing and will be required to sign an indemnity before departing on the horse ride. Guests are required to wear helmets which will be provided by Horse Whispers. Before mounting these must be securely fastened. We offer riding activities for all riding abilities; beginners, novice, intermediate and experienced Riders. Guest’s riding abilities will be evaluated before allowing them to canter.
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There are different types of adventures and rides to choose from, this will then dictate the duration so inquire with us.
Our horses are 14 to 16 hands and are able to carry a maximum weight of 90 kg; this is to ensure the horses do not suffer any back injuries.
Riding Jodhpurs are the best option; however, denim jeans or long trousers are also suitable.
Closed flat-soled shoes are best.
Light comfortable clothing for day tours, especially during the summer.
A jersey or jacket for the early morning and late afternoon winter programs.
For the early morning and late afternoon programs in the summertime, it is wise to apply mosquito repellent & Sun Screen
Please book in advance.
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Located on a 2 000 hectare Bushveld property facing the magnificent Lowveld Mountain Range, Horse Whispers offers a wide variety of horse trails to suit all riding abilities even if you are a non-rider.
From exhilarating cross-country jumping to meandering rambles alongside the mountain river, from cattle drives on horseback, to romantic picnic rides.
Our ultimate activity, is the Elephant Encounter Trail, an amazing opportunity to ride out into the Bush on horseback to meet six African Elephant. Horse rides set off from the homestead, where experienced guides extend a warm welcome and assist you to saddle up in preparation for your excursion.
Trails pass through open fields into woodland forests, river valleys and rolling hills with breathtaking views and our experienced guides will adjust the trail according to your riding skill. The diversity of indigenous trees includes Wild Teaks, Mabola Plums, Transvaal beech, and Matumi trees, which attract a wonderful array of birds and wildlife, ideal for keen bird watchers. Most of our horses were field horses fairly familiar to human interaction, some did not trust humans at all and others had no understanding of personal space.
We aimed to teach these inexperienced horses to trust humans and have a positive image about humans. The training consist of halter work, trusting and respecting humans, desensitization exercises, groundwork, preparing for a rider, backing and riding away with a safe, nice horse!
As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to learn these training techniques and help us shape our young horses into more confident and safe horses. We’ve recently started a project in the Highfield, Mpumalanga with wild horses and are training the Tonteldoos community in how to handle their donkeys without abuse.
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• NO ALCOHOL before or during any activities.
• No drugs allowed on premises unless prescription drugs
• No firearms are allowed on the premises
• Final numbers must be confirmed in writing, 48 hours before your function, and will be charged accordingly.
If numbers/activities change negatively on the present day no changes will be made to invoice.
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Please note that the following payment procedures will be followed.
• Within 14 days, after confirming the booking, a 50% deposit is required.
• On the day of arrival, the outstanding amount must be settled in full.
• Any extras during the day must be settled at the end of the day.
• Direct transfer into our bank account:
• All cancellations or changes must be received in writing. No verbal instructions will be accepted.
• Cancellation 4-5 days prior to date reserved will result in a fee of 50% of the total account.
• Cancellation 1-3 days prior to date reserved will result in a fee of 75% of the total account.
• Cancellation on day of function or a no show will result in a fee of 100% of the total account
REFUND AND RETURN POLICY:
The provision of goods and services is subject to availability. In cases of unavailability, the provider will refund the client in full within 30 days.
Cancellation of orders by the client will attract a attract a 10% charge for administration costs.
The Provider reserves the right to cancel an order for which payment has already been received.
This may occur if the stock is insufficient or the quality of services ordered does not meet the Provider’s standards. Should the Provider exercise this right, the User will receive a full refund with no deductions.