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Introducing the bit with heart part 3

Introducing the bit with heart part 2

Introducing the bit. Part 1

The first stage of introducing a bit to a horse, free of force, and empathetic to their needs

Whidbey Island Farm, Washington State, USA

The Pacific Northwest in both Canada and the US is home to several idyllic islands that are known for being partly “old hippie” and

Bras House, Brasschaat, Belgium

What looks like a tranquil retreat in a remote location is actually a busy family home near Antwerp, Belgium. A couple with three young

Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails (Western Cape) – Another Day, Another Trail 09 Jan 2020

The ULTIMATE bucket list tick! A incredible once-in-a-lifetime way to experience our pristine coast….Contact Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, (Western Cape, South Africa)

The rules of etiquette in the warm-up arena at a show

To avoid collisions in the warm-up area, riders are expected to follow a set of internationally accepted regulations. Dr Mac takes a closer look

AskHQ: Stirrup length

Q: What is a good guideline for jumping stirrup length for heights between 70cm and 1.20m? Asked by Laura Paschini A: As a rule

AskHQ: Treeless quandry

Q: Should I go treeless? A: The tree of a saddle is generally considered pretty fundamental in that it helps to balance the rider

AskHQ: Rubber flooring

Q: Why is rubbered flooring becoming so popular? At my barn, we now have the option of rubberising the floors of our stables and

AskHQ: Growing horses

Q: People say horses don’t stop growing until they’re seven years old. If this is true, should we be riding them when they’re four?

Bosco Mishka Bar, Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Moscow-based twin sisters Irina and Olga Sundukovy founded their design firm, Sundukovy Sisters or S+S in 2004. In the past 15 years, they have grown

AskHQ: Breeding tips from Callaho

Q: What are Callaho’s top breeding tips? A: The broodmare is the beginning and the end of any successful mating. A good dam mated

AskHQ: Breeding

Q: When deciding on a mating, what do you take into consideration? A: My first consideration is simple – do I honestly believe the

AskHQ: Broodmares

Q: What are you looking for in a broodmare? A: Performance in the dam-line is what we are looking for. Period. Her own performance

AskHQ: Breeding stallions

Q: What are you looking for in a breeding stallion? A: My first response to the question is that it’s not the most important

Oceanside Retreat, Santa Barbara, California

Barry and Sheryl Schwartz’s retreat by the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara would be stunning even if it were completely unfurnished. The spectacular openness

My Fails of 2019

This is all my fails caught on camera. From bucks,stops and rears to plain weirdness… Hope you Injoy. Instagram: @hmieshca

Flourist Bakery and Flour Mill, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Flourist is a retail bakery and flour mill located at 3433 Commercial Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In fact, Flourist is a reincarnation and

Kult Babershop, Odessa, Ukraine

Variations of “Poverty is the mother of invention” are quoted often, and we tend to agree with the notion. But poverty in our mind

SA-Champs 2019

Riding: Swordsmith Big Three Made Gauteng Team with Swordsmith Instagram: @hmieshca

SASJ-Challenge 2019

Riding: Big Three Graded Show at Kyalami Equestrian Park Instagram: @hmieshca



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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