Horse info & SA blogs

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Mosaic: Let’s Begin | Ep2

Let's start the process. I started a Blog! Check it out here: Social Media: Instagram: horsefriendsyt Twitter: horsefriends_yt…

31st May 2019

AskHQ: Forehand frustration

[Q] What is the best way to get a horse who is very on the forehand onto his hind end? He sometimes snatches the

28th May 2019

Nissan Winter Classic

Top riders saddle up for this year’s Nissan Winter Classic Photos: TB Images One of the year’s most anticipated showjumping contests – and a

28th May 2019

Ice Man stretch video 2

Check out this video of Camilla Lamb showing us the first recommended stretch for your horses. Thank you to Ice man and the Lipizzaners

27th May 2019

Dealing with Anthia beetles in your paddocks

The Anthia beetle squirts a highly irritant fluid into the eyes of animals. This substance can cause redness, inflammation and swelling. Dr Mac explains

26th May 2019

Omakase Restaurant – Shanghai, China

Shanghai-based studio Shanghai Hip-pop Architectural Decoration Design Co. has recently completed an ethereal eating establishment that offers Omakase-style Japanese food. The restaurant – also called

21st May 2019

The Break Print

In this image titled ‘The Break’, the North Sea off the Dutch coast surges in the dim light of winter as a solitary wave breaks against

21st May 2019

Sanesa Q3

I entered a showjumping class and made it through to the jump-off.

20th May 2019


Hey everyone!!! I got a new horse! I'm so excited to share my journey with her with you guys!!!

20th May 2019

Is my horse/pony obese and should I be worried about it?

ISES media release The ongoing problem of obesity in equines is not a recent one. However, the increase in the number of obese horses

20th May 2019

First show

Short clip from the first show with Lugh, my new lease horse.

19th May 2019


Hey everyone I didn't know what to call this video but here it is featuring some clips of my last few years in South

17th May 2019

AskHQ: Tilting forwards

Q: I have a tendency to tilt forwards and arch my back when I ride.

16th May 2019

Stretching videos by Ice Man and the SA Lipizzaners

Here is the introduction to the series of videos we will be running over the next few weeks on stretching for the horse. Thank

15th May 2019

AskHQ: Bucking bronco

Q: My horse has recently started to buck and buck. We’ve just checked his saddle and the saddle fitter can’t find anything wrong with

14th May 2019

AskHQ: Wiry-haired friesian

Q: My Friesian has the most wiry mane and tail. Is there anything that I can do to improve the texture of his hair?

13th May 2019

AskHQ: Importing goods

Q: How long does it take to clear imported products through customs? We want to buy some tack online and have it brought to

10th May 2019

AskHQ: Fly masks

Q: Is there a difference to the horse between seeing through a black mesh fly mask and a white mesh fly mask? Asked by

9th May 2019

AskHQ: What is the best stirrup iron for jumping?

Asked by Tracy Lee A: Showjumpers often favour a stirrup iron with a wide base and strong tread. Wide-based stirrups are more secure and

8th May 2019

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

By Sarah Wilkinson Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a disease affecting the respiratory system of a horse. It occurs worldwide but is particularly common

7th May 2019

Reonet World Cup Qualifier

Gripping showjumping guaranteed Text: Caroline Malan Photography: Denford Studios The Reonet World Cup Qualifier will get underway at Kyalami Equestrian Park on Thursday 9

7th May 2019

AskHQ: Linseed- the facts

Q: Why is linseed oil the new thing to feed? Asked by Erin Booth A: Oils have been available on the equine market for

6th May 2019

AskHQ: Slipping and sliding in the saddle

Q: I slide around in my saddle and this doesn’t make me feel particularly safe. Is this the fault of the saddle or do

5th May 2019

Managing high nitrate levels in paddocks

High nitrate levels acidify the soil, leading to an abundance of weeds. Dr Mac explains how to manage this, and prevent it from occurring.

3rd May 2019

Calming an anxious horse

When someone mentions the fact that they have a nervous horse, the topic of calming supplements often comes up. Aside from the potential health issues

1st May 2019

Natural Horse Management Certification This course was designed for horse professionals, but anyone involved in horses in any way will benefit from it. The

1st May 2019

Why we don’t recommend lungeing

We recently put out a post on instagram noting that we don't lunge horses. We wanted people to tell us why you HAD

1st May 2019

Des Trailer loading

This video is from a trailer loading we did last week in Gauteng. The little Palamino ( Des) got really anxious and refused

1st May 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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