Horse info & SA blogs

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

Lumps and bumps – When you need to worry

Lumps and bumps are all too common in our equine friends. Some just need a ‘watch and wait’ approach and others need urgent veterinary

31st Aug 2019

AskHQ: Osteoarthritis

Q: My mare has osteoarthritis in her hocks, which can make some schooling difficult for her. I want to maintain her fitness, without stressing

30th Aug 2019

Horses can heal at Riverview Manor

Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal  29 August 2019  Horses are very much like people. They are not only acutely sensitive to emotions but also social animals that

29th Aug 2019

Sweet itch

Sweet itch is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of the Cullicoides midge (the same midge involved in the transmission of the

28th Aug 2019

‘Casa Delle Suore’ House At Castello Di Reschio – Umbria, Italy (Review)

Six years have elapsed since we last had the pleasure of visiting one of Italy’s most exclusive and best-kept secrets, Castello Di Reschio, way

28th Aug 2019

Ristorante Alle Scuderie – Umbria, Italy

Castello Di Reschio’s recently opened ‘Ristorante Alle Scuderie’ (June 2019) represents a turning point in the evolution of this remarkable Estate we’ve been following

28th Aug 2019

Hindgut distress

Horses are trickle feeders, designed to eat fibre all day long, rather than consuming large meals less frequently. Fibre digestion takes place in the

27th Aug 2019

Glass Fruit

This series of glass fruit explores a familiar ornament of another era and reimagines it in a new form. Through the skilled process of

27th Aug 2019

2019 Young rider 1.35m Kuda Grand Prix with Bevlin Vain Glory

Super mare, bred for dressage, jumping her first ever Grand Prix at Kyalami Equestrian Park

26th Aug 2019

Callaho’s Valentina jumping her first 1.10m track

Hot and feisty Valentina (Valentino X Condor M) jumping her first 1.10m track confidently.

26th Aug 2019

Bevlin Vain Glory’s first 1.30m track

Small dressage bred mare, doing her first 1.30m track. She was, after this class, the second highest qualifier for the Grand Prix the next

26th Aug 2019

Junior Medium Freestyle winning round at regionals

Uber G’s Mystery winning her Medium Freestyle, with the theme ‘the colossal’.

26th Aug 2019

Books Above The Clouds , Duoyun Books -Shanghai, China

Shanghai-based Wutopia Lab, founded in 2013 by architect YU Ting and MIN Erni, has created a 2,259 square-metre (24,316 sq. ft) flagship store for

22nd Aug 2019

AskHQ: Concavity of the sole

Q: Why is a concave sole desirable? A: Concavity of the sole is a far better sign than a ‘flat foot’. Part of the

22nd Aug 2019

No Sunrise No Sunset, Art Biennale Pavilion, Krabi, Thailand

No Sunrise No Sunset is a spellbinding pavilion installation created by Kamin Lertchaiprasert, a Thai artist whose works are included, for example, in the

20th Aug 2019

AskHQ: White line disease

The white line is the area on the ground surface of the foot that appears as a narrow ring at the outside of the

21st Aug 2019

horse hoof farrier file

AskHQ: Thrush

Q: What exactly is thrush? A: Thrush is a bacterial infection that commonly affects the frog. It is often associated with wet and dirty

21st Aug 2019

AskHQ: Flu vaccine

Q: If vaccines work, why do vaccinated horses still contract flu? A: Vaccines don’t stop infection entirely, but they increase your horse’s immunity to

20th Aug 2019

A Huge Surprise

Surprising Kristen with something she knew nothing about! Gear I use: Canon 800D and sometimes a GoPro ———————————————————————— Social Media: Twitter: horsefriends_yt Instagram: horsefriendsyt

19th Aug 2019

2019 NEDBANK INTERNATIONAL POLO

2019 NEDBANK INTERNATIONAL POLO

One of the country’s most sophisticated social and sporting occasions makes a much-anticipated return in 2019.

18th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 12) Feet

Poor quality horn in the feet can be suggestive of nutritional deficiencies, and rings can be signs of previous episodes of laminitis.

16th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 11) The legs

Every owner should know their horse’s legs. Every day before and after you ride you should palpate the legs from top to toe, to

15th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 10) Manure

Droppings should be in firm, well-formed balls.

15th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 9) Body condition score

Looking at your horse’s condition can tell you a lot about his health.

14th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 8) Gut sounds

You should be able to hear your horses’s gut sounds as your horse digests his food by putting your ear to his abdomen.

13th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 7) Respiratory rate

Your horse’s respiratory rate (number of breaths he takes per minute) should be between 10-24 breaths per minute.

13th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 6) Heart rate

The normal heart rate AT REST for your horse is 28-44 beats per minute. Just as with the human heart, it will increase during

12th Aug 2019

Ice Man stretch video 8

Check out this video of Camilla Lamb showing us the final recommended stretch for your horses in this series.

12th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 5) Temperature

Your horse’s temperature should fall between 37.2 and 38.3 degrees Celsius. To check the temperature stand to the side of your horse’s hindquarter and

12th Aug 2019

Become a plaiting pro

A neatly plaited horse looks professional when he enters the ring, and in many disciplines plaiting is compulsory. But is it always necessary and

12th Aug 2019

Art

Art

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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Art

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

BIT VS. BITLESS TRAINING

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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