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Xplosion is with us for a few months of training, and we are documenting his progress. We have already uploaded a video of Xplosions first saddling, and this is the first video of Jamie dealing with his issues with the bridle. Keep an eye out for the first ride video, […]
11th Feb 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jggUKQwuu-M Peg and Mega gets a lesson and 3 people riding them. Gear I use: Canon 800D and sometimes a GoPro ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Social Media: Twitter: horsefriends_yt Instagram: horsefriendsyt
22nd Feb 2019
Show Jumping Gridwork RAWS mistakes and improvements Pixie Feb 2019
19th Feb 2019
Lounet and Kristen Saddle Up Mega Legs and Golden Peg for the first time since they moved to their new yard. Social Media: Twitter: horsefriends_yt Instagram: horsefriendsyt
18th Feb 2019
This American cavalry saddle has been in use for 159 years. It was employed in the American Civil war and the Second Anglo-Boer War, and is still used for stock horses, says Dr Mac. https://www.farmersweekly.co.za/animals/horses/fitting-a-mcclellan-saddle/...
17th Feb 2019
The Snaffle This is the largest of the bitting groups, and perhaps the most important. There are numerous divisions within the group, and more and more variants are developed all the time. The snaffle, generally speaking, provides a lifting action. It lifts upwards against the corners of the lips. In […]
15th Feb 2019
Valentine’s Day – as we’re sure you need no convincing – is not all about candlelit dinners (thank you Eskom) and red roses. Valentine’s Day is in fact a celebration of all things love – and what could we possibly love more than our equine companions? So, get yourself off […]
14th Feb 2019
We will be keeping an online video diary of Alpha Waps Xplosion's progress. He is being produced for jumping, and we very often have people misunderstand the fact that we build foundations for ANY discipline. Natural Horsemanship is not a discipline, it is a philosophy that applies to all disciplines. Follow this spotty giants progress as he learns the basics, and then we start adding some specialization. In the first video diary we deal with his tacking up the issue. This is a two-part process as his bridling is a far bigger issue.
13th Feb 2019
Conformation The ideal carriage horse should be up in front and have a good length of rein. He should have strong hindquarters, and a powerful second thigh. He should move with his hocks well underneath him. Temperament He should be people-orientated, and not be suspicious when led in hand or […]
13th Feb 2019
More construction and Mega and Peg enjoying themselves around the farm.
11th Feb 2019
Train Your Horse With Empathy By Karin Blignault Publisher: J A Allen, UK Pages: 187 Although published in the UK, Successful Schooling – Train your horse with empathy was written by a South African, Karin Blignault, who was born and raised in Cape Town, where she still lives. It was […]
11th Feb 2019
Asked by Ansi van der Merwe Mares can continue to produce foals well into their late teens and even into their early to mid-twenties. However, breeders should be aware that the fertility of mares decreases each year from around fifteen years of age. An older mare who has had a […]
9th Feb 2019
Too often, we see office, residential, hospitality and retail design where the designer seems to have been unable to stop. Perhaps it is our minimalist sensibilities, but much of the time, we get the feeling that half of what’s there is superfluous, not necessary, not adding anything. And all that excess takes attention away from […] The post Monoarchi office renovation, Shanghai, China appeared first on The Cool Hunter. http://thecoolhunter.net/monoarchi-office-renovation-shanghai-china/...
8th Feb 2019
In 1992, Alexandre Guarneri and Steph Cop established men’s brand Homecore. It was France’s first streetwear/hip hop brand. The brand has evolved from its hip hop beginnings to a brand that Guarneri describes as having pieces that represent the “mathematics of clothing” – with fit, quality, price, presentation, timely delivery and solid basics with interesting […] The post Homecore Pop-Up Boutique, Champs Élysées, Paris appeared first on The Cool Hunter. http://thecoolhunter.net/homecore-pop-boutique-champs-elysees-paris/...
7th Feb 2019
Saddles are generally designed to fit the average horse. However, we all know (and perhaps own) a horse who has less than average conformation. When… The post Saddle fitting for tricky backs appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/saddle-fitting-for-tricky-backs/...
5th Feb 2019
[Q] What is the going rate for a working rider? Asked anonymously [A] This is a difficult one to pinpoint, because work riders can differ… The post AskHQ: Work riding appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-work-riding/...
4th Feb 2019
Meet the other animals you didn't get to fully meet last week. What do you think about the new intro?
4th Feb 2019
[Q] My horse has a terrible fear of cows, and we often come across them when we hack out. He freezes, trembles and then spins… The post AskHQ: Cow phobia appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-cow-phobia/...
3rd Feb 2019
[Q] My horse has recently been diagnosed with kissing spine, but the vets say she can still jump and do dressage if maintained well. Do… The post AskHQ: Kissing spine questions appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-kissing-spine-questions/...
2nd Feb 2019
[Q] What is the general rule with taking horses in during thunderstorms? Asked anonymously [A] There’s nothing wrong with leaving your horses out in a… The post AskHQ: Thunderstorm etiquette appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/ask-hq-thunderstorm-etiquette/...
1st Feb 2019

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