Our Horses

Our Horses

Allow me to introduce you to our four legged family members. There are 14 of them living with us here at Black Horse Trails. We are constantly working towards rescuing and rehabilitating these beauties. We are aware that our prices are slightly above other trail riding places, but our working horses work to feed those that have arrived here in dire need of love and care. By paying that extra R50 – R100 (in comparison to other trail businesses), you help us to help these abused/neglected/sick horses. (You are welcome to contact me anytime for an update of the horse you rode, or the one that left a major impression on you!). You will be paired with one of them depending on your and the horses riding experience.

Have a look through their pictures and descriptions and if you see one that you would like to ride, feel free to let us know when you book!


Kiara – Mama’s girl and lead mare

16 years old
Lead mare


Kiara, the witch (but don’t tell her that), is my lead mare and only ridden by me or Neo. She can be very aloof but is the fast and furious on the trail. Her little filly, Namaste, was born 16.10.18


Haakim – for anyone (Kiaras brother)

16 years old
Carries weight up to 70kg

A treat for anyone, beginners or experienced. Haakim looks after the beginners and especially after children. We are putting our nervous riders on him, just as much as our experienced riders. As experienced rider he will give you a good and fast canter.


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Arab x boerperd
20 years old
Carries weight up to 70kg



Angel can make beginners feel safe and allows experienced riders some fun. She is sensitive, responsive and a very comfortable ride. 


Ransom (Al Diya), intermediate to experienced rider 



9 years old

This stunning boy is our newest and probably bravest boy. At the moment everything is still an adventure to him. Brilliant for the long distance rides


Sherlock, mostly guide horse

12 years old
Carries up to 75kg

Sherlock is very opinionated and doesn’t like young riders and will put you to the test. A highly intelligent boy with a loving nature. Only suited for experienced, yet gentle riders, but very competitive and therefore mostly ridden by my son and guide, Neo. (Please don’t judge the photo, our horses go normally all bitless. However on our long and overnight rides, we sometimes do use bits.) Sherlock is a rescue.



Franky, for the indermediate to experienced

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7 years old
Carries up to 60kg

Franky is super level headed, but too clever for his own good. Even though he is totally trustworthy, he gets bored with beginners and will put them to a test. He is super comfy to ride and well trained. Tons of fun on the overnight rides. We rescued him when he was 1.5 years old.


Arthur, for anyone

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7 years old

This gorgeous boy was unhandled and untrained. He is also a rescue. He was backed and is now a beginner horse. Not the fastest due to his size and weight. He is our weight carrier. So, if you are experienced, but big boned and we assign him to you, please do understand that he cant keep up in a canter with the lighter build horses. He is like a diesel engine, slow revvs, but lots of talk. Arthur does not do Whole Day Mountain Rides, nor the Coast to Karoo, due to his size. 


Whispers, for anyone

(Angel’s daughter) x Friesian
7 years old


Wonderful sweatheart, super well behaved. Can be ridden by all. Also great on the long rides, but not as fast as our arabs.



Strawberry Shortcake, aka Berry


8 years old

Berry is at the moment only a experienced riders horse. She is a sensitive soul, so she will pick up on your energy. Forward going, keen, awesome on the overnight trails. 


Skrumples, will be for experienced riders


10 years old

Skrumples is an awesome being. He arrived by us just before the nationwide Lockdown. He had a couple of trust issues, but really has found his footing. So far has only been ridden by our loan cowboy. We believe he can be ridden by experienced riders, but we have been told that he will buck in a canter when his rider changes. We are trying to get this out of him.


(This next bunch aren’t trail horses yet, so are not used for clients or riding at all)

Here are our youngsters, proud dad of is Arthur

Pale Ale 


born 02.09.1918 (mom Lucy a Frisian x Saddler




born 16.10.1918 (mom Kiara)


Arab x Boerperd x Saddler.

born 30.10.2016

Quinn will be backed in 2021 and become part of our trail horses. Obviously he will be only available in the beginning for the experienced rider.