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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

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: 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,

10th Dec 2019



9th Dec 2019

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

9th Dec 2019


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

9th Dec 2019

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

6th Dec 2019

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

5th Dec 2019

Nerve blocking – getting to the root of lameness Part 1

Text: Hayley Kruger Photography: Shutterstock One of the biggest mysteries horse owners can face is why their horses may be lame. Lameness has a

4th Dec 2019

Restaurant Pavilion The Traveller, Amsterdam – The Netherlands

The Traveller is a pavilion-like 900 square-metre (9,687.5 sq. ft) restaurant in Amsterdam’s multicultural Zuidoost neighbourhood. Its façade is made of a curvy glass

4th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Hydration

Q: Do horses need water in the paddock? A: All horses need water in the paddock, even if they are only out for a

3rd Dec 2019

AskHQ: The Nooitgedacht

Q: What are the characteristics of the Nooitgedacht? A: The Nooitgedacht has gained popularity due to his train-ability, and amendable temperament, but at the

2nd Dec 2019

AskHQ: The sitting trot

Q: I just can’t sit the sitting trot. How can I improve this? Answered by Elena Jankowitz A: The sitting trot is challenging for

1st Dec 2019

Equine photography – top tips

By Jax Woods of Jacqui S Photography 1. Clean is the new natural You by no means need to start looking to hire a

30th Nov 2019


While we dream of an animal abuse-free world, this is sadly not today’s reality. If you suspect abuse or neglect, it is important to

29th Nov 2019

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive therapy used most frequently to treat soft tissue injuries. In this therapy, a high-energy soundwave is produced

28th Nov 2019

The Tersk

The Tersk is a breed of horse originating in Russia from the 1920s. It was created to replace the almost-extinct Strelets Arabian breed. Of

26th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Fresh

Q: What is the longest I can leave my horse unworked without him getting fresh? A: This is a difficult question to answer, because

25th Nov 2019

Blindfold Tack up Challenge

Kristen takes on the Blindfolded Tack Up Challenge.

24th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Hydrophobia

Q: How can I get my horse to overcome his fear of water? A: Fear of water is a very common issue in horses.

24th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Test-driving a bit

Q: Why is ‘test driving’ a bit such an important part of the process?  A: When you have an idea of the horse’s anatomy,

20th Nov 2019

The locking stifle

By Dr Luke Poore A locking stifle is caused by upward fixation of the patella in the stifle joint of the horse. The patella

19th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Do Miniature Horses wear shoes?

Q: Do Miniature Horses wear shoes? A: Miniature Horses have no need for shoes. They have very hardy hooves and with correct trimming they

18th Nov 2019

AskHQ: When does growth stop?

Q: At what age do horses stop growing? A: The age at which a horse stops growing depends on the breed. Some horses mature

17th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Feeding rooibos

Q: Why do people feed their horses rooibos? A: Rooibos is unique to South Africa and has always been known to be healthy. However,

16th Nov 2019

Solarium therapy

All over the world and more and more in South Africa, equestrians are seeing the benefits of solarium therapy for their horses. Many professional

15th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Is a horse smarter than a dog?

Q: Is a horse smarter than a dog?  Asked by Eve Exley Horses and dogs are very different animals. People often judge the intelligence

14th Nov 2019

Designer Florists

In many cultures around the world, we are used to seeing and shopping for fresh items – vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, spices, bread or

13th Nov 2019

Pascale Chandler's Equestrian Jade painting

Duban based Equestrian artist Pascale Chandler

Pascale Chandler, a leading Durban painter, established an independent painting studio offering tuition in 1986. Chandler is regarded as an exceptional teacher, with a

11th Nov 2019

Parys Xmas fstival 2019

SA’s biggest indoor horse show and so much more! See you there!

8th Nov 2019

Equine careers part 1

All horse lovers dream of a career in the equine industry. Some aspire to be a top coach, competitive riders envision a riding career

1st Nov 2019

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



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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