Horse info & SA blogs

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The Horse's Whiskers

The Horse’s Whiskers

It has long been a tradition to shave the horse’s whiskers, known as vibrissae, around the muzzle and eyes as well as trimming the

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.

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

Horse riding disciplines – Tentpegging, Showing, Western Mounted Games and Vaulting

Equestrian sports are an integral part of the culture of South Africa. Equestrian sports promote a healthy lifestyle, encourage the development of skills, and plays
five popular equestrian disciplines dressage

Five Popular Disciplines of the South African Equestrian Federation – Dressage, Show Jumping, Endurance Ride, Eventing and Equitation

Dressage is a method of competitive horse training with competitions held at all levels including amateur to the Olympics. Show jumping is a part of

AskHQ: Show jacket fit

Q: How do I know if a show jacket fits correctly? A: Show jackets are important (and often expensive) pieces of kit and really

Appaloosa Online Show Adult Novice Trail

Jamie Lynn and Hunters Extended Dream

Zhongshuge Bookstore, Galeries Lafayette, Beijing, China

Nothing seems to slow the expansion of massive Chinese bookstore chains. Once more, we are left slightly stunned by the ambition and scope of

Jamie and Roses’ first ride


Rose is a Quarter Horse mare that is with us for a month's training. Last week Gareth started with a bareback ride on

Five freedoms

The five freedoms are a set of internationally recognised and commonly adopted animal welfare standards. They outline what we as animal owners or carers

AskHQ: Worms in the paddock

Q: How do you manage pastures to reduce the incidence of worms? Answered by Jassy MacKenzie A: In the vast open spaces of their

AskHQ: Box rest

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

Be wary of the lantana

Lantana (Lantana camara) is a flowering shrub in the Verbenaceae family. It is considered one of the most invasive weeds in the world, and

ilil Café, Cheongju, South Korea

We are getting more and more bored with the uniformity of branded corporate coffee shops although their familiarity and predictability still feel convenient and

Mr Ming’s Chinese Dining, K11 Art Mall, Hong Kong

Cleverly executed retro is always worth another look. We do like Mr Ming’s Chinese Dining, a restaurant that is part of the Ming Fat

Say No Mo Social Nail Bar, Kyiv, Ukraine

Combining a fully licensed bar, a café and a luxury beauty salon that is available also for private events is possible in Ukraine’s capital

AskHQ: Time to ride

Q: How long do you actually have to wait to ride after feeding your horse? Asked by May Clarke A: This depends on the

Water Cherry House, Tokyo, Japan

The work of Kengo Kuma, the master of wood, mood and light, will always draw our attention. The 65-year-old Japanese architect and his prolific

Back at the Barn | HorseFriends

I was back at the barn for the 1st time in 2 months.

Buff Nail Studios, Brighton – Melbourne, Australia

Buff Nail Studios is located in a non-descript commercial building on Church Street in Brighton, an affluent coastal suburb of Melbourne about 10 kilometres from

Understanding immune-mediated myositis

Immune-mediated myositis (IMM) occurs when the skeletal muscles are damaged because of an immune-related reaction to a disease or vaccine. Although previously diagnosed in

AskHQ: Smile rings

Q: Is it true that you need to see two ‘smile rings’ in the corners of your horse’s mouth to know that the bit

YouTube I’m back! A week in my brand new life.. so much has changed!

New job, new home and so much more! Let me know what you guys want to see next!

AskHQ: Living out

Q: Can my horse live out? Answered by Charlotte Bastiaanse A: Before domestication, horses used to live out throughout the day and night. Nowadays,

AskHQ: Racing diet

Q: What is the typical racing diet? Answered by Jassy MacKenzie A: In order to meet the extreme physical demands of racing, racehorses are

Audemars Piguet Showroom, East Hampton, Long Island – New York

Architect and designer Lula Galeano, founder of New York-based Studio Galeón was no stranger to the Swiss luxury watch brand, Audemars Piguet when she was asked

AskHQ: Should I drop the food?

Q: Should I drop my horse’s food to a lower level? He is doing much less work at the moment but I’m nervous to

River Bend Horse Trails

Thanks to Nadia from River Bend Horse Trails for answering our questions! Check out their info below: Where are you based? We located in

Using treats to train horses

While treats are recommended for training dogs, their use in the training of horses is very controversial. Many traditional trainers frown on the use

Celebrating 2 years with my Showjumper, Valentina

2 June 2018, the auctioneer closed the bid for Valentina on us. She is the most amazing horse that has ever entered my life❤️

Church Point House, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Several features delight us in this compact Church Point residence in Sydney, Australia. Its location is one of them. The house looks toward Sydney’s

The Callaho Dream

On this cold and wintery day, we all need something heart-warming . This video from Callaho Warmblood Sport Horses has really put a smile on our

White House Stud and Equestrian Centre

HQ caught up with James White of White House Stud and Equestrian Centre. Check out this yard, and James’s CV!! Tell us about your

Art

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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Art

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

BIT VS. BITLESS TRAINING

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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