Horse info & SA blogs

With a generally interesting international / local section under Lifestyle which may not have anything to do with equestrian at all.

Working Equitation in South Africa – A Sport for All!

This exciting sport was created to test the equestrian skills of both horse and rider in a working environment for farming and cattle herding.

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: 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

20th Jan 2020

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

19th Jan 2020

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

18th Jan 2020

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?

17th Jan 2020

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

16th Jan 2020

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

16th Jan 2020

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

15th Jan 2020

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

14th Jan 2020

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

13th Jan 2020

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

11th Jan 2020

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

8th Jan 2020

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

8th Jan 2020

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

7th Jan 2020

SA-Champs 2019

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

6th Jan 2020

SASJ-Challenge 2019

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

5th Jan 2020

Burlington Graded Show

Riding: Swordsmith This is the last show before SA-Champs with Swordsmith aka George. Instagram: @hmieshca

30th Dec 2019

Portugal Vineyards Concept Store, Porto, Portugal

You’ll always receive strong support from us for store interiors where the merchandise is allowed to shine. Where the experience of discovering the items

23rd Dec 2019

AskHQ: Teaching a horse to spin

Q: How do you teach a horse to spin? A: A spin is a forward trot manoeuvre. The best way to teach the spin

21st Dec 2019

AskHQ: Insurance issues

Q: Is it worthwhile to pay for insurance in case my horse needs a colic op in future? A; Ultimately, colic surgery is not

20th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Ultrasound

Q: What is the difference between therapeutic and diagnostic ultrasound? Asked by Caitlin White A: Diagnostic ultrasound involves the use of ultrasound waves to

19th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Stable dimensions

Q: What are the minimum recommended dimensions of a stable? A: Expecting horses to stay happy when cooped up for hours in a stable

18th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Tail cutting

Q: How do I cut my horse’s tail correctly? Asked by Emma Wood A: To avoid cutting the tail too short, and to make

18th Dec 2019

Glanders: what you should know

While glanders is no longer present in South Africa, it is still found in other regions and can be brought back into the country

17th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Left behind

Q: How can I make box rest easier for my horse? He is so stressed when the other horses go out in the morning? 

17th Dec 2019

Donkieskraal 2019

The long awaited video of my holiday in September. I finally get to upload it!

16th Dec 2019

Jiunvfeng Study, Mount Tai, Dongximen Village Shangdong, China

Floating white clouds are a common sight on the flanks of Mount Tai, a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of the

16th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Grackle noseband

Q: What is a grackle noseband? A: The grackle noseband is also known as the figure-of-eight noseband. The grackle is designed with a main

15th Dec 2019

E Pang Bookstore, Fengdong, Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, China

A bookstore by definition is a store that sells books. And the traditional western retail thinking assumes that every square inch of a bookstore

15th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Import issues

Q: When you import a horse, what is the flight like? Do horses find it very stressful? A: There is a variety of flight

14th Dec 2019

Geometry of Light, Barcelona Pavilion and Farnsworth House

Chicago-based Luftwerk is an artistic collaboration of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero founded in 2007. The duo explores light, colour and sound in immersive temporary

14th Dec 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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