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Inter-Africa Cup at Penbritte Equestrian Centre

Show happened over 2 days. Riding:Swordsmith 2019

Pics from the 2019 Nissan Winter Classic

Photography: Denford Studios Social images from the 2019 Nissan Winter Classic held at Shongweni One of the year’s most anticipated showjumping contests – and

Why I don’t kick a horse to go

This is the first of two videos of why we don't kick a horse to go, or pull a horse to stop

Images d’Orient Store, Ashafieh, Beirut, Lebanon

When the items on display are as ornate as the kitchenware and accessories offered at Images d’Orient’s new studio, store and showroom in Beirut,

Blossom School Real Estate Sales Centre, Chengdu, China

Looking at the images of the sweet Blossom School, it is tough to believe that it is a key part of a real-estate sales

Ice Man stretch video 4

Here is the third video in our series with Ice Man and the Lipizzaners. In this video, Camilla lamb demonstrates a neck stretch that

Chris van der Merwe wins the day!

Chris van der Merwe and Capital’s Chantilly take this year’s main title class at the Nissan Winter Classic. It was five days of unmissable

The care unit that treats neglected horses and donkeys

The Highveld Horse Care Unit cares for neglected equines. Farryn Day of the unit says that a lack of education is the main reason

Sigar Bespoke Menswear Store, Foshan, Guangdong Province, China

Designers Chen Xiejin and Wen Wei of Construction Union have created a smoothly masculine bespoke menswear store, Sigar Bespoke, in their home town of

Moon CLUB Nightclub, Prague, Czech Republic

The Moon CLUB is a magnificent nightclub that opened early this year in the vibrant Dlouhá street area of Prague. What makes this 740

Loong Swim Club, Suzhou, China

We like many aspects of the fantastic Loong Swim Club for parents and children recently completed in a new building in Suzhou, China. Some

L’atelier Pastry School, Bakery And Shop, Barcelona, Spain

L’atelier is a new ‘pastry atelier’ in Barcelona. The initial premise of the founders, pastry veterans Ximena Pastor and Eric Ortuño, was to create

Boots and bandages

Traditionally we have been led to believe that thick padded boots and bandages are the optimal way to protect our horse’s legs during work.

Cross Country Jumping

A little update and some jumping! Camera: Me: Canon 800D Lounet: Her phone Social Media: Instagram: horsefriendsyt Twitter: horsefriends_yt

AskHQ: Up front

[Q] Why are horses more commonly shed in front than behind? [A] Horses are more commonly shod in front than behind because horses bear

AskHQ: Rubbing issues

[Q] My horse likes to rub his face on me after I’ve finished riding. Some say it’s a bad habit and others say it’s

Ask HQ: 4 feeds a day

[Q] What would be the best times to feed a horse who should be fed four times a day if the first feed is

Restauration of Vitello d’Oro, The Oldest Restaurant in Udine, Italy

We love the idea of a restaurant with its history dating back to 1849. Vitello d’Oro in north-eastern Italy’s ancient city of Udine is

Zhongshuge Bookstore, Chongqing – China

It seems that nearly every week, we discover another massive, new bookstore somewhere in China. Their size would represent mindboggling square-footage in any retail

Ice Man stretch video 3

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

SA Boerperd Nasionale Veiling 2019

Top SA Boerperde beskikbaar op die veiling tydens die Nasionale Kampionskappe Top SA Boerperds available on this auction held during the Nasional Championships…

AskHQ: Weighty issues

[Q] What is the maximum weight a leisure horse should carry (horses who go on lots of hacks up mountains and through water) and

AskHQ: Spinning top

[Q] I have a pony who is well behaved most of the time, but sometimes he spins and then runs away with me. I

Cloud of Luster Wedding Chapel, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture – Japan

Tokyo and Himeji-based KTX archiLAB’s  head architect and founder Tetsuya Matsumoto has recently completed a fascinating wedding venue. with key team members Motoaki Takeuchi and

Flexible Retail Space For E-Tailer in Shanghai – China

Bottomless pockets and extremely good contacts with the landlord are required in most major global retail districts to pull off a concept such as



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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