Q: Why do horses rear? A: It is very important that you understand the reason why your horse rears before you can begin to eliminate the behaviour. Before you think about any other potential causes, you must get your horse checked by a vet, as pain is a very common cause of rearing in horses.

Q: What are mud fever and rain scald? Are they the same thing? Answered by Farryn Day  Both mud fever and rain scald are caused by a bacteria, which is commonly found in the soil and on the skin. The bacteria only becomes a problem if it gains access to softened or damaged skin.

One of the most common misunderstandings about Natural Horsemanship is the assumption that it is always associated with round penning, or "Free Lunging". This is because of the widespread success of certain horsemen. We have to be thankful to these horsemen as they certainly brought the need for a less aggressive way of training to the world.
One of the many myths of the Equine Industry is that we should have a regular deworming program. This has resulted in parasites that are resistant to all currently available dewormers. Initially, the response was to alternate dewormers with different active ingredients, but even this has proven ineffective at preventing medicine resistant parasites. What is the best way to control parasites then?

Q: Why might my horse be rubbing his tail?  A: There are multiple causes of tail rubbing, but the trick is to find out quickly what the cause is in your particular case so you break the itch/rub cycle before it becomes too established. Some causes of tail rubbing include: Sweet itch.

‘Casa La Tigre’ is the latest instalment by The Cool Hunter’s favourite digital artist Massimo Colonna. In this newest work, a continuation on the theme of that penultimate symbol of wealth and status, the luxury pool, Colonna has created an Escher-esque tropical fantasy replete with stairs ascending and descending to everywhere, and nowhere. With dappled golden […]

Q: How should you walk a cross-country course? A: If you are going to jump a cross-country course, walking it beforehand is essential so that you can assess the terrain, going and the obstacles. This allows you to make the best decisions for you and your horse about how to tackle the course.

From the Garden House was an exceptional project for the Katowice-based architecture studio KWK Promes. Situated in a secret location in the Polish countryside, the private villa took a path to completion that was unique in more ways than one.  First unusual aspect was the extent of time that it took to complete the entire […]

Ride in Hwange National Park, an area the size of Belgium and one of the world’s last great elephant sanctuaries, with over 40 000 elephants alone. As you’d expect from a park of this size, the range of wildlife species is astounding! Riding on excellent safari horses, and guided by […]
Ride out across the vast open landscapes, taking in the serene quiet of the untouched savanna islands that break up the mysterious salt pans. Gallop across the best natural race track in the world and encounter an array of desert-adapted wildlife such as wildebeest, zebra, elephant, and lion. Spend a […]
The Delta is a mosaic of islands, mopane forest, floodplains and streams stretching as far as the eye can see. Every year flooding makes huge areas inaccessible to vehicles and thus leaves vast expanses of untouched land calling out to be discovered by horse, by far the most exciting way […]
Exploring the wonderful ranch where Horizon is based and the neighbouring reserves, makes for some superb riding, with big open plains filled with game such as zebra, giraffe, jackal, hartebeest, impala, kudu and baboon. With no set itinerary, your riding holiday is fully flexible, and you can enjoy some of […]
This Tuli Horse Riding Safari in Botswana, is a true African trail riding adventure, returning to the joys of travelling in the style of Africa’s original pioneers. This ‘Land of Giants’, well known for its baobab studded plains and large herds of elephant, is situated in some truly wild landscapes […]
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Ubergabe X Rex Grannus Z Instagram: @mich_equestrian / Michaela JvR D’Arrigo Facebook: Michaela JvRensburg or Kyla Janse van Rensburg (Michaela)
One of the most proudest moments ever on this super mare Uber G. Instagram: @mich_equestrian / Michaela JvR D’Arrigo Facebook: Michaela JvRensburg or Kyla Janse van Rensburg (Michaela)
This was Vain Glory’s first show back at the beginning of the year. Instagram: @mich_equestrian / Michaela JvR D’Arrigo Facebook: Michaela JvRensburg or Kyla Janse van Rensburg (Michaela) Tiktok: @michaelaequest
Hotshot having a score of 72% in his dressage test, having a few time penalties in the cross country, and ending 2nd after the showjumping round Instagram: @mich_equestrian / Michaela JvR D’Arrigo Facebook: Michaela JvRensburg or Kyla Janse van Rensburg (Michaela) Tiktok: @michaelaequest
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Winning 1.30m speed class at Vain Glory’s first show in 2020 Instagram: @mich_equestrian / Michaela JvR D’Arrigo Facebook: Michaela JvRensburg or Kyla Janse van Rensburg (Michaela) Tiktok: @michaelaequest
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A video of the team event round on Uber G's Mystery- assisting the Gauteng team to win the 2019 SA Youth Team Championships. Instagram: @mich_equestrian / Michaela JvR D'Arrigo Facebook: Michaela JvRensburg or Kyla Janse van Rensburg (Michaela) Tiktok: @michaelaequest
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Q: What is a hackamore? A: Many horsemen the world over opt to use a hackamore, particularly when starting a young horse. This is, importantly, not be confused with a mechanical hackamore. The hackamore provides a way of teaching the young horse to respond to the rider’s hands without risk […]
Discover Damaraland on horseback. Virtually inaccessible, the Damaraland of Namibia is a fascinating and spectacular setting for an unforgettable horse riding safari. Ancient craters and prehistoric remnants dot the absurdly wide and distant horizons and these ancient landscapes are painted with contrastingly delicate and detailed patterns of colour. This is […]
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