Horse info & SA blogs

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

Burlington Graded Show

Riding: Swordsmith This is the last show before SA-Champs with Swordsmith aka George. Instagram: @hmieshca

Portugal Vineyards Concept Store, Porto, Portugal

You’ll always receive strong support from us for store interiors where the merchandise is allowed to shine. Where the experience of discovering the items

AskHQ: Teaching a horse to spin

Q: How do you teach a horse to spin? A: A spin is a forward trot manoeuvre. The best way to teach the spin

AskHQ: Insurance issues

Q: Is it worthwhile to pay for insurance in case my horse needs a colic op in future? A; Ultimately, colic surgery is not

AskHQ: Ultrasound

Q: What is the difference between therapeutic and diagnostic ultrasound? Asked by Caitlin White A: Diagnostic ultrasound involves the use of ultrasound waves to

AskHQ: Stable dimensions

Q: What are the minimum recommended dimensions of a stable? A: Expecting horses to stay happy when cooped up for hours in a stable

AskHQ: Tail cutting

Q: How do I cut my horse’s tail correctly? Asked by Emma Wood A: To avoid cutting the tail too short, and to make

Glanders: what you should know

While glanders is no longer present in South Africa, it is still found in other regions and can be brought back into the country

AskHQ: Left behind

Q: How can I make box rest easier for my horse? He is so stressed when the other horses go out in the morning? 

Donkieskraal 2019

The long awaited video of my holiday in September. I finally get to upload it!

Jiunvfeng Study, Mount Tai, Dongximen Village Shangdong, China

Floating white clouds are a common sight on the flanks of Mount Tai, a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of the

AskHQ: Grackle noseband

Q: What is a grackle noseband? A: The grackle noseband is also known as the figure-of-eight noseband. The grackle is designed with a main

E Pang Bookstore, Fengdong, Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, China

A bookstore by definition is a store that sells books. And the traditional western retail thinking assumes that every square inch of a bookstore

AskHQ: Import issues

Q: When you import a horse, what is the flight like? Do horses find it very stressful? A: There is a variety of flight

Geometry of Light, Barcelona Pavilion and Farnsworth House

Chicago-based Luftwerk is an artistic collaboration of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero founded in 2007. The duo explores light, colour and sound in immersive temporary

AskHQ: What is ‘Soft Feel’ in Cowboy Dressage®?

Q: What is ‘Soft Feel’ in Cowboy Dressage? A: ‘Soft Feel’ (or ‘Fresh Rein’) is the guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage® World. It is

AskHQ: Cowboy dressage®

Q: What is Cowboy Dressage®? A: The discipline of Cowboy Dressage® was born in 2013. For a short period of time, Western Dressage and

My shooting star☆

Hey guys so here is a recent video of Bella jumping and im really happy with her for jumping without a collar and lead

AskHQ: Western spurs

Q: Western spurs look so different. Do they hurt the horse more than conventional spurs and how are they used? A: Western spurs may

AskHQ: Conformation

Q: Which conformational factors are considered important to look for in a riding horse? A: When looking at the conformation of the horse to

AskHQ: Uphill or downhill

Q: Is my horse built ‘uphill’ or ‘downhill’? A: Body balance is partly determined by the relative height of the croup and withers of

AskHQ: Pastern bone

Q: When is a pastern considered too short? Q: The pastern is the area between the fetlock joint and the top of the hoof,

Estancia Morro Chico, Patagonia – Argentina

At Estancia Morro Chico, Patagonia, Argentina, a group of white, angular buildings stand in the vastness of the landscape. Yet more than appearing to

The Cool Hunter Store – South Melbourne

We’ve moved!… ‘The Cool Hunter Store’, our antidote to those tedious shopping experiences, can now be found on Coventry Street in South Melbourne AND



AskHQ: Large feet

Q: Why are large feet preferred in horses? A: It is not simply that large feet are preferred, but rather that the feet need


‘Tis the season to be jolly and South Africans are bracing themselves for a sunny festive season filled with family, loved ones and the

Weekend Music Playlist 33

The post Weekend Music Playlist 33 appeared first on The Cool Hunter. Weekend Music Playlist 33

AskHQ: Barrel-chested

Q: People say my horse is barrel-chested. What does this mean? Is it a positive or a negative? A: There are two types of chest

Nerve blocking – getting to the root of lameness Part 2

Text: Hayley Kruger Photography: Shutterstock Continued from yesterday’s article… Types of blocks The palmar digital nerve block is performed by injecting a small amount



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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