Horse info & SA blogs

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

AskHQ: Mouldy matters

Q: What could be causing the mould that I’ve found in my tack box? Asked by Jay L.  A: It’s easy for mould to

31st Oct 2019

AskHQ: Sizing foals

Q: How can I tell how big my foal will be when he is an adult? Asked by Tamryn Moolman A: In essence you

30th Oct 2019

Working Equitation Training Show, Sunday 8 December 2019

Working Equitation Training Show, Sunday 8 December 2019

Unfortunately the show at Ole Stables has been rained out.They have had around 100ml rain since Tuesday.The show is being rescheduled, pop around soon

30th Oct 2019

Equivest Show and More – Riding on Water - Photo by CanterPix

Working Equitation Training Show – Sunday 10 November 2019

Date: Sunday 10 November 2019 Venue: EquiVest – 133 Scorpion Road, off Eaton Road, Henley-on-Klip, Midvaal, Gauteng Classes: Levels 1, 2 & 3 (including in-hand)(Participants

29th Oct 2019

Working Equitation in South Africa – A Sport for All!

Working Equitation originated in Europe around thirty years ago and is a relatively new discipline in South Africa. This exciting sport was created to

30th Oct 2019

basuto pony

The Basuto Pony

In 1653, the first horses arrived in the Cape area of South Africa through the Dutch East India Trading Company. Although the breed of

29th Oct 2019

Baoyan Park Children’s Entertainment Park – Beijing, China

Baoyan Park is a Chinese entertainment and amusement park brand that operates several multi-function facilities that include movie theatres, restaurants, indoor water parks and

29th Oct 2019


The world’s grittiest horse race, Race the Wild Coast (RTWC), was won on Friday, 25 October 2019 when Australian rider Emma Manthorpe crossed the

28th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Tripping up

Q: How can I teach my horse to be more careful with his feet? He just doesn’t seem to pick them up properly.  A:

28th Oct 2019

AskHQ: On a tilt

Q: I have a tendency to tilt forwards and arch my back when I ride. How can I learn to sit up straighter, with

27th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Lower leg swing

Q: What does swing in the rider’s lower leg come from?  A: Swing in the lower leg comes from a knee that grips, so

26th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Linseed oil

[Q] Why is linseed oil the new thing to feed?  [A] Oils have been available on the equine market for years now, yet there

24th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Cleaning brushes

[Q] How do I clean my grooming brushes? [A] Cleaning grooming brushes is vital, not only for your horse’s health but also for keeping

23rd Oct 2019

AskHQ: What is MSM?

Q: What is MSM? A: Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an effective anti-inflammatory ingredient that has far-reaching effects on the ability of muscle tissue to rebound

22nd Oct 2019

AskHQ: Splints

Q: What causes splints in horses? A: Splints are inflammation or injury of the splint bones in the lower leg and/or the adjacent bones

21st Oct 2019

Spring Fair show 2019 (2 Shows in one week?) Show one.

Riding: Swordsmith Big Three Instagram account: hmieshca

20th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Colour vision

Q: What colours can horses see? A: Horses are not colour blind but they can’t see the same colours as we do. Horses have

20th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Double trouble

Q: How often do horses have twins? A: Twins are conceived as a result of the stallion’s sperm fertilising two eggs released when a

19th Oct 2019

Matteo’s Restaurant at Annabel’s – Mayfair, London, UK

The British eccentric interior design is a bit excessive for those of us with minimalist leanings, but if anyone can handle it, it would

19th Oct 2019

The Villa Print Series – Massimo Colonna

In this ‘Villa Series’ commissioned exclusively for The Cool Hunter, digital artist Massimo Colonna draws inspiration from the architectural styles of the Italian peninsular

18th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Falling safely

Q: What is the best way to fall off safely? A: When we ride, we of course aim to stay on the horse at

18th Oct 2019

Showjumping show||Katie Equestrian

First 1.15m! Sorry for being inactive, forgot my accounts email lol… so this is from a while ago… but please subscribe, planning on being

17th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Rising trot

Q: How does the rising trot affect the horse’s back? Answered by Hayley Kruger A: The rising trot can be a lot more forgiving

17th Oct 2019

Interview with Derby winner Rainer Korber

Interview: Caroline Malan Photography: Jacqui S Photography Tell us about your horses I’ve been riding for Linda Ellerine from Back on Track and Rogan

16th Oct 2019

Piazza Dell Ufficio School Administrative Office – Melbourne, Australia

Close your eyes and think of what a school admin office from the 70s/80s might look like – if you can remember that far

15th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Sleepy time

Q: How can I create optimal conditions for my horse to sleep? How do I know if he is sleeping enough? Asked by Sarah

15th Oct 2019

Aqua Health Clinic – Beijing, China

Aqua Health Clinic is located in Beijing’s fashionable Sanlitun area known for its fashionable restaurants, nightlife and shopping that includes international brand-name stores such

15th Oct 2019

AskHQ: To twitch or not to twitch…

Q: Is using a twitch cruel? A: A twitch comes in two forms: a cord loop on the end of a wooden handle and

14th Oct 2019

Beat the burn

It is no secret that the sun is strong in South Africa, and that any part of your horse’s skin that is not pigmented

13th Oct 2019

We have a new horse

We met Antonia a few months ago and now she’s finally here. Gear I use: Canon 800D and sometimes a GoPro ———————————————————————— Social Media:

12th Oct 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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