2016 also saw an exciting extension programme of the Coal Yard Project, “Diamonds from Dust”. Horses that have been willingly surrendered to us from coal yard owners in Tembisa (hence the play on words with ‘Diamonds’)are being groomed, schooled and ultimately fostered into a life of care and purpose. To date a quarter of the ponies have been successfully placed.
One of the most touching stories was a pony, Machine, being placed with “Riding for the Disabled”. This 15 year old pony may have endured his time in the coal yard, but his loyal nature continues to help those that can only experience walking on horseback. Machine now lives in a home filled with love, growth and happiness.