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SA Young Dressage Horse Series

In an effort to bring young dressage horse classes in South Africa up to the level of the FEI Young Dressage Horse classes, Howarth & Riders Dressage, with approval from Dressage South Africa, presents the South African Young Dressage Horse Series 2016. Through the exposure of the horses and the

31st March 2016

Tips on How to Ride a Horse Properly

If you learn how to pet and groom horses, you will be able to build a close bond with them. You will be able to feel more comfortable when you are with them, and you would learn what they would and would not like.

13th March 2016

Different Types of Horse Riding Equipment

These are the basic types of horse riding equipment that you need to purchase to ride your own horse. Make sure to purchase them from a reputable store, so that you will get the best value for your money. – Horse Riding Boots for you and your horse, bits, bridles.

13th March 2016

Training the Horse to Know Voice Commands

If you are inexperienced in horse training, using voice commands are just simple words and to the horse they are only sounds because horses cannot speak english… Think about what you will say to your horse when you want your horse to perform a specific task.

12th March 2016

Loading Your Horse onto a Trailer

Loading your horse onto a trailer is one of life’s many challenges.  That is especially true if the horse isn’t sure that is where he wants to go.  Loading a horse onto a trailer can be dangerous if people become frustrated and impatient, and then they start trying to yank or shove an unwilling horse into the trailer.  A frightened or annoyed horse can start lashing out with his hooves or just mashing you into the side of the trailer.   The end result will be the horse will not be in the trailer and you could be hurt.

11th March 2016

Use Horse Training to Solve a Problem With Your Horse

If you have not studied horse training, it can be a mystifying subject.  Even more of a puzzle is a horse with a behavioral problem.  This causes the owner stress and frustration.  Many people don’t understand that the problem usually lies with the trainer not the horse.

11th March 2016

Get Your Horse to Obey and Look to You for Instructions

The animal kingdom has a pecking order, which is very similar to our military.  In the military the ranks in pecking order is General down to Private.  The General will make the decisions on where to go and what to do, etc.

9th March 2016

Preparation Tips for Horse Trail Riding

Proper preparation also means bringing with you essential things that you may need while you are on the trail. Some of which may include water, a jacket, insect repellant, first aid kit for you and your horse, a cellphone, proper identification, etc. Just think of the things that you may need while you are on the trail and take them all with you.

7th March 2016

Tips for Beginning Trainers

Training of a horse is a gradual process of getting your horse’s attention and teaching him what you want him to do.  You want the horse to think of you at it’s lead mare no matter the gender of the horse or the owner.  Your horse may be a natural leader, which can make training a challenge.

7th March 2016

Visiting Horse Riding Stables to Find Good Horse Riding Instructors

If you have actually decided that you are ready to learn how to ride a horse, you ought to understand that the first thing you should do is to find an expert horse riding instructor. The Internet is a great place to look for riding schools and pin point them in your area but it’s best to go out and visit them and see if they suit your needs.

6th March 2016

Reasons Why Formal Horse Riding Lessons Are Important

Even if you know how to ride horses, since there are so many different types of horses with different temperaments and personalities, you may not be able to know how to properly adjust to one when you notice that he is not moving as you might have expected him to. You would know what to do immediately if you received formal training in horseback riding if you’re ever in a situation like that. A professional will also provide you more tips and information about horses, to ensure that you will know what to do to become like-one with the horse, and to make it move into the direction that you want it to move.

6th March 2016

Secret to Training Your Horse

You know horses do not have the ability to reason, which is the reason horse training is such a challenge.  You have to understand how they think so you will know what works and the reason it works.

1st March 2016

Horseback Riding Etiquette

There are different horse riding arenas available today in many locations, and each one of them has their own sets of regulations and rules. These rules are often posted on the venues bulletin boards and they are made with the purpose of keeping things in order inside the arena. Before you ride your horse, make sure to familiarize yourself to these rules and do not forget to follow them.

1st March 2016

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    andrew barlow fine art

    Born 1970, Harare, Zimbabwe. Studied Fine Art at University of Stellenbosch, graduating in 1992 with a degree in Fine Arts (Painting). website: andrew barlow fine art

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    Caryn Bowie

    I know horses intimately as an art subject, the musculoskeletal system, the way the coat shines over the muscles and the facial expressions. Pastel drawings of African animals and Racehorses. Digital Photographic Art of African Animals printed on canvas. Mosaic rocks and frames. I live on a wildlife estate in

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    Horse Training Beginners

    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    5 Mistakes Horse Owners Often Make When Loading Their Horse

    Mistake #1 – Thinking your horse is like a dog or a cat.

    Unless the new horse owner has been educated, they may think their horse is like a cat or dog.  The new horse owner may pat his thigh and say, “C’mon” a few times and the horse will just leap into the trailer like a happy dog.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Another Method of Loading a Horse in a Trailer

    Since there is no one right way or one wrong way to train a horse, you may want to change the method you are using to train your horse.  You have several different ways to choose from.  If you are not having any luck with one method you can always try another.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Bit vs Bitless

    BIT VS. BITLESS TRAINING

    When it comes to the welfare of the horse, riders and trainers do their best to ensure that the horse is not subject to pain under saddle. One of the most common debates is about training horses to be ridden with a bit and training them to be ridden without a bit. There are many advantages to both methods. For certain situations, a bit may be more efficient than not using one. In other situations, riding without a bit may be more comfortable to the horse than using a bit. It depends on the situation, the training level of the horse, the rider’s abilities, and the goals that you are trying to achieve with your horse as to which method will work best.  

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse Training – A Beginners Guide

    If you are either looking to buy a horse or maybe you have already acquired a horse.  Either way the will need to be trained.  Whether you do it yourself or hire a trainer to train the horse for you.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse training, food for thought for beginners

    You should practice things your horse already knows before introducing something new. New skills should be introduced on something your horse already knows. Building on previously learnt skills is the key to being successful in horse training.

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