By Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
Soweto, South Africa — HE was a skinny gray Soweto coal horse standing in the road with dull eyes, a filthy coat and his head hanging low. He had raw sores from an ill-fitting harness, hollows between each rib and protruding hips.
Just 18 months old, he was too young to be pulling a coal cart.
Enos Mafokate drove past him four years ago and leaped from his truck, wanting to bellow his outrage. Instead, he started bargaining.
"It was heartbreaking. The pony was suffering. He was bleeding, just skin and bone. He was tired. He was almost dead," Mafokate said. The moment the coalman agreed to take about $270 for the pony, Mafokate told him to unhitch the poor thing.
Then he gave the little gray a name: Lucky.