AskHQ: Placing poles

Q: What’s the point of a placing pole?

A: Placing poles help to control a horse who speeds and are also excellent for creating ‘jump’ in the canter leading up to the fence. They can also help correct your striding if you don’t have a good eye for a stride. A ground pole rolled slightly away from the jump can influence your horse’s bascule over the fence and prevent him from jumping flat. Remember, however, not to make use of placing and ground poles all the time because your horse may learn to rely on them!

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Health

Mud fever

Mud fever, taxonomically known as pastern dermatitis, encompasses a whole range of diseases that cause irritations and dermatitis to the lower limbs of horses. It is frequently caused by a bacterium known as Dermatophilus congolensis, which thrives in wet and muddy conditions. This infection is known to occasionally stay dormant

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Events

What a splendid Derby!

This year’s Derby was a community supported affair, that despite the reduced number of entries compared to previous years, proved to be a great and sold-out spectacle for us all to enjoy. Throughout the week the atmosphere was fun and friendly, with top show-jumpers sitting in the stands to support

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Health

Roadwork – worth doing or not?

Recent research now suggests that particularly trotting horses on tar roads leads to more incidences of lameness than was originally thought. The benefits of riding on roads are that they are flat, generally even surfaces and many people have previously suggested that roadwork is good for joint, tendon and bone

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Camps

Macatoo Camp by African Icons

Offering some of the most incredible wildlife viewing in the world, the Okavango Delta is often referred to as Africa’s Eden. Macatoo Camp offers the perfect location to embark on a thrilling horse riding adventure! For those not keen to get in the saddle, it also offers exceptional game drives,

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Camps

Okavango Horse Safari at Macatoo Camp

Combine horse riding through stunning scenery teeming with game, and the luxury bush camp based in Macatoo, for a horse riding holiday of a lifetime. Visit our website: https://africanhorsesafaris.com/tour/okavango-delta-horse-riding-safari/

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HQ Magazine

AskHQ: Wave mouth

Q: What is a wave mouth in horses? A: A wave mouth is where the molar teeth do not align evenly in the horse’s mouth. This creates gaps between the upper and lower jaw, when the horse chews his food. This results in poor chewing, and thus a reduced surface

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