Horse info & SA blogs

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

Bridle Trouble-Xplosion tacking up part 2

Xplosion is with us for a few months of training, and we are documenting his progress. We have already uploaded a video of Xplosions

11th Feb 2019

Dressage Training Show RAWS, Vlog and lots of mistakes!

Second test on the camera!

26th Feb 2019

Group lesson

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

Show Jumping Gridwork RAWS mistakes and improvements Pixie Feb 2019

19th Feb 2019

Saddle Up

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:

18th Feb 2019

Fitting a McClellan saddle

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,

17th Feb 2019

The principles of bitting part 2

The Snaffle This is the largest of the bitting groups, and perhaps the most important. There are numerous divisions within the group, and more

15th Feb 2019

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your equine love

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

14th Feb 2019

Xplosion tacking up part 1 the saddle
We will be keeping an online video diary of Alpha Waps Xplosion's progress. He is being produced for jumping, and we very often

13th Feb 2019

The Ideal Carriage Horse

Conformation The ideal carriage horse should be up in front and have a good length of rein. He should have strong hindquarters, and a

13th Feb 2019

Galloping Geldings

More construction and Mega and Peg enjoying themselves around the farm.

11th Feb 2019

Book review: Successful Schooling

Train Your Horse With Empathy By Karin Blignault Publisher: J A Allen, UK Pages: 187 Although published in the UK, Successful Schooling – Train

11th Feb 2019

AskHQ: How old is too old for a mare to have a foal?

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.

9th Feb 2019

Monoarchi office renovation, Shanghai, China

Too often, we see office, residential, hospitality and retail design where the designer seems to have been unable to stop. Perhaps it is our

8th Feb 2019

Homecore Pop-Up Boutique, Champs Élysées, Paris

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

7th Feb 2019

Saddle fitting for tricky backs

Saddles are generally designed to fit the average horse. However, we all know (and perhaps own) a horse who has less than average conformation.

5th Feb 2019

AskHQ: Work riding

[Q] What is the going rate for a working rider? Asked anonymously [A] This is a difficult one to pinpoint, because work riders can

4th Feb 2019

Lulu, Buks & Polly

Meet the other animals you didn't get to fully meet last week. What do you think about the new intro?

4th Feb 2019

AskHQ: Cow phobia

[Q] My horse has a terrible fear of cows, and we often come across them when we hack out. He freezes, trembles and then

3rd Feb 2019

AskHQ: Kissing spine questions

[Q] My horse has recently been diagnosed with kissing spine, but the vets say she can still jump and do dressage if maintained well.

2nd Feb 2019

AskHQ: Thunderstorm etiquette

[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

1st Feb 2019



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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