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Pretty as a Percheron

Pretty as a Percheron

Keri Harvey gets up close to these giant draft horses in our April 2015 edition. Here are some of the images from her tale about these regal animals.

Pictures: Alexandra Evang, Glen Murray and Keri Harvey

Christine Watt has had a lifelong love affair with horses. Particularly Percherons. “Hello Tank Girl,” she whispers to the towering white mare she is stroking, gazing intently into the horse’s eyes as she talks: “They are so powerful and have such spirit.”

We’re at the Percheron stud farm Outeniqua Moon, about 15km from Klein Brak on the Garden Route. Christine and her husband Peter bought the farm in 2001, when all they wanted was a change of pace. The 100 hectares with indigenous forest and wildlife was just perfect. “There was nothing here but a broken barn and a two-bedroom pondok,” says Peter. […]

Christine and Peter Watt at Outeniqua Moon with their Percheron Betty.

Christine and Peter Watt at Outeniqua Moon with their Percheron Betty.

Christine says horses can read human emotions. Here Tatiana’s gentleness to little Leon Oerson, watched over by dad Kevin, is quite clear.

Christine says horses can read human emotions. Here Tatiana’s gentleness to little Leon Oerson, watched over by dad Kevin, is quite clear.

 

Greystoke is one of the magnificent stallions on the farm just outside Klein Brak on the Garden Route.

Greystoke is one of the magnificent stallions on the farm just outside Klein Brak on the Garden Route.

Photogenic Tank Girl, with the wind in her mane, against the setting sun on Outeniqua Moon.

Photogenic Tank Girl, with the wind in her mane, against the setting sun on Outeniqua Moon.

Outeniqua Moon started out as a ‘pondok’ but Peter and Christine have transformed it into a magnificent farmstead with chic, country-style accommodation.

Outeniqua Moon started out as a ‘pondok’ but Peter and Christine have transformed it into a magnificent farmstead with chic, country-style accommodation.

Aptly named Tank Girl is a massive Percheron mare.

Aptly named Tank Girl is a massive Percheron mare.

hadowfax in conversation over the fence – he is South Africa’s biggest colt and still growing.

Shadowfax in conversation over the fence – he is South Africa’s biggest colt and still growing.

 

Read the full story in our April 2015 edition, online or in print. 

 

 

 

 

 

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