Horse info & SA blogs

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Eight simple ways to develope your horse’s topline

Equestrians are always talking about the horse’s topline, but what is it, and how is it achieved? The topline is made up of muscle

27th Sep 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

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

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

Capped hocks

Text: Dr Luke Poore Capped hocks are cold, non-painful swellings that develop at the point of the hock, and can be caused by accumulation

12th Oct 2019

Sanesa: Nationals 2019 (Show 2)

Riding: Swordsmith Big Three Instagram Account: hmieshca

11th Oct 2019

Sanesa 2019:Qualifier 4 (Day 2)

Day 2 Riding:Swordsmith Big Three Instagram account: hmieshca

9th Oct 2019

Sanesa 2019:Qualifier 4 (Day 1)

Day 1 Riding:Swordsmith Instagram account: hmieshca

9th Oct 2019

Sanesa 2019:Gauteng Finals (Part 2)

Riding:Swordsmith Big Three Instagram account:hmieshca

9th Oct 2019

Sanesa 2019:Gauteng Finals (Part 1)

Riding:Swordsmith Big Three Instagram account:hmieshca

9th Oct 2019

Graded show at Penbritte Equestrian Center 2019

Riding:Swordsmith Big Three Instagram account:hmieshca This was only Groots second time doing a 90cm graded show so I'm very proud of him.

9th Oct 2019

Yes another graded show at Penbritte Equestrian Center 2019

Riding:Swordsmith Big Three Instagram account:hmieshca

9th Oct 2019

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.

7th Oct 2019

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

6th Oct 2019

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

6th Oct 2019

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

5th Oct 2019

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

5th Oct 2019

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

5th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Hoof abscess location

Q: How do you locate an abscess in a hoof? A: A hoof abscess is a localised accumulation of purulent fluid (pus) within the

4th Oct 2019

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

3rd Oct 2019

AskHQ: Riding a circle

Q: How can you keep a horse straight and balanced on a circle? A: Oddly enough a circle is actually a very good tool

2nd Oct 2019

  • 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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    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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