The horses brought to the Cape of Good Hope by Dutch immigrants in the middle of the 17th century are the origins of the breed. The Boerperd is a contemporary South African horse breed. It is a re-creation of the now-extinct traditional Cape Horse or old-type Boer Horse. The Cape Horse’s origins can be traced back to horses transported from Java to southern Africa in 1653. There was some cross-breeding with Thoroughbreds between 1770 and 1790. During the nineteenth century, several Cape Horses were sold to India.
This breed was one of the first to be transported into Australia, contributing to the development of the Australian Waler. Many old-type Boer horses were slain during the Boer Wars, which lasted from 1880 to 1902. Some died in battle, while the others were shot on Boer farms. By the end of the wars, the population had plummeted, and conservation measures had begun.
This breed resembles Flemish, Hackney, and Cleveland Bay animals that were imported to the area. The Boerperd Society of South Africa was founded in 1973 with the goal of preserving and documenting the breed’s genes. These animals are now scarce and can only be seen in small herds in Transvaal, Natal, the Eastern Free State, and the Cape Province.
The horses could be registered with the Transvaal Horse Breeders’ Association from 1905 to roughly 1920. The Boer horse is descended from the same stock as the Basuto pony. The Boer, on the other hand, lives in a considerably milder climate, allowing them to grow stronger. These horses were bred with Andalucian and Persian Arab horses and formed the foundation of a recognized breed known as the Cape Horse at the time. The Boerperd was the name given to the breed. It thrived in the wild terrain of South Africa, surviving the dry summers and severe winters.
The Boerperds performed brilliantly during the second Anglo-Boer War. As a result, they earned a reputation for tenacity and endurance. A formal association was formed to protect the breed after the war ended in 1902. The Boerperd Society of South Africa was established in 1973, although the breed was not officially recognized until 1996.
Between wide eyes, Boerperds have a broad, flat forehead. They have strong legs and robust hooves and have a sturdy, well-muscled frame. They are calm and reliable, yet very responsive, and are well renowned for their adaptability, intelligence, hardiness, and readiness to work. Mares must be 13.3hh and stallions must be 14.2hh, according to Boerperd breed requirements.
There is no maximum height limit, and horses as tall as 16hh are popular. The breed can come in a variety of colors, but its skin must be pigmented and black. White marks reaching from the hoof to above the knees, as well as across the eyes and down to the cheek, are not formally recognized.
Boerperds compete in a variety of horse activities, including showing, dressage, and event. Their skillfully crafted attitude and demeanor, though, make them perfect trail riding buddies and courageous expedition horses. It can partake in agricultural activities and also an endurance horse.