Horse info & SA blogs

With a generally interesting international / local section under Lifestyle which may not have anything to do with equestrian at all.

RAWS Mia and Pixie, November and December 2018, FIRST RIDE BACK ON MIA and PIXIE TANTRUM kind of

31st Dec 2018

Lipizzaner stallions in South Africa

Lipizzaners, well known for their high-level dressage displays, originated more than four centuries ago. However, the breed continues to amaze, says Dr Mac.…

29th Dec 2018

Happy horsey Christmas!

Here at HQ we wish you and your equine family a happy and fun-filled festive season. It’s been great to have you with us

26th Dec 2018

The headcollar/halter

An invaluable piece of tack The headcollar/halter is a vital piece of equipment/tack when it comes to horses. It is useful for working with

24th Dec 2018


A common stable vice The unnatural conditions in which the domesticated horse is kept today, can lead to a variety of abnormal behaviour patterns

23rd Dec 2018

Herd dynamics

Who’s the leader? By Jessi Louw Horses are social animals and the herd in which they stand not only influences the way they communicate

22nd Dec 2018

She Cried…

Kristen is looking for her forever friend. I think she may have found him. Social Media: Instagram: horsefriendsyt Twitter: horsefriends_yt Western Cape Equine Trust:

21st Dec 2018

Nerves of steel

The right approach can give you the competitive edge Text: Mandy Schroder We all work hard at our riding, often with the goal of

20th Dec 2018

Capital Stud – looking back on 2018

Photography by: Hilary O’Leary Capital Stud would like to wish you all a happy and safe festive season. Thank you to all our fans for

20th Dec 2018

Whips and spurs

Are they for you? Text: Mandy Schroder Whips and spurs fall into the category of artificial aids; they are simply there to refine the

19th Dec 2018

Milla Chocolates, Culver City, L.A – California

After operating a pop-up in Downtown Los Angeles’ Art District’s Row DTLA for a while, chocolatier Christine Sull Sarioz opened her first Milla Chocolates

11th Dec 2018

The Simple Life – Karen Cantuq

‘The Simple Life’ by Karen Cantuq from Mexico is a wonderful and mockingly playful composition incongruously placing a posing Astronaut in a monochromatic and featureless

10th Dec 2018

Sounding off

The voice aid Of all the ‘auxiliary’ aids the voice is the most commonly used. Many trainers would in fact argue that the voice

10th Dec 2018

Fit the bit

Is your horse happy or hurting? Text: Charlotte Bastiaanse The truth is that bit and bridle combinations can cause a horse discomfort – particularly

11th Dec 2018

The Clydesdale in South Africa

Heartbreakingly, the historic Clydesdale horse breed is under threat of extinction. The Clydesdale originated from Scotland and was first used as an agriculture horse.

11th Dec 2018

The Exmoor Pony

Ancient roots Text: Brigitte Billings Native to the British Isles, the Exmoor Pony has ancient roots in the area – fossil remains of ponies

12th Dec 2018

Beefbar – Paris

For those of us more comfortable in minimalist settings, a richly ornate interior can quickly seem like a blur. Just too much of everything.

13th Dec 2018

Wing Pen Drawings by Alessandro Paglia

Milanese artist is known for his photorealistic pen-and-ink drawings of pop-culture icons and familiar objects. His latest creations, however, are breathtaking large-format (151cm x

12th Dec 2018

My first Vlog !!? + Storytime

Heyy guys follow me on Instagram @megzz equine Plss Subscribe and leave a comment about telling me what I can do to improve my

12th Dec 2018

Straightness Training

By Zaneta Georgiades In the Straightness Training (ST) programme, one of our favourite mottos is ‘ST is for the horse, the horse is not

13th Dec 2018

The Rocky Mountain Horse

Text by Deborah Ann Buchan The Rocky Mountain Horse breed originated in the late 1800s in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern

14th Dec 2018

New Yard

Some clips of the new yard some of the riders moved to. Social Media: Instagram: horsefriendsyt Twitter: horsefriends_yt

14th Dec 2018

Horses 4 Hope event

HQ team up with Simon Marrier d’Unienville and Horses 4 Hope to bring you an exclusive event Simon Marrier d’Unienville, the founder of Horses

18th Dec 2018

3 people, 1 horse | Ep 10

More people ride her. Progress! Social Media: Twitter: horsefriends_yt Instagram: horsefriendsyt

18th Dec 2018

Know your nosebands

A guideline to finding the best fit Text: Charlotte Bastiaanse Photography: Tack ‘n Togs, Kreuz Galopp The noseband is a conventional piece of tack

18th Dec 2018

The Rise of The Designer Bakery

Is there anything more basic, homey and familiar than a loaf of great bread? Yet it has become a luxury. More and more of

6th Dec 2018

Let there be light

Using light to optimise health and breeding cycles Text: By Charlotte Bastiaanse Ever wondered why foals are born during the summer? Horses are seasonal

9th Dec 2018

Burning up?

Skin and coat care for your horse in summer Text by Mandy Schroder We all love to have sleek, shiny and healthy-looking horses. However,

8th Dec 2018

How did the Quarter Horse get his name?

The American Quarter Horse is an American breed of horse who excels at sprinting short distances. His name came from his ability to out-run

7th Dec 2018

Girafe Restaurant Designed by Joseph Dirand, Paris, France

Continuing their cooperation with Parisian architect Joseph Dirand, restaurateurs Gilles Malafosse and Laurent Geurcoff have opened their Girafe seafood restaurant in Paris. It is

1st Dec 2018



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


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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