Horse info & SA blogs

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

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 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

African Horse Sickness: the great vaccine debate

South Africa’s horse export industry is worth about R250 million. However, should the country be allowed to export horses directly to the EU and

Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails (Western Cape) – Another Day, Another Trail-12 March 2019

The ULTIMATE bucket list tick! A incredible once-in-a-lifetime way to experience our pristine coast….Contact Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, (Western Cape, South Africa)

Degenerative changes and arthritis

Arthritis literally means ‘inflammation of the joint’. Most horses, especially older horses, will have some degree of arthritis present in their joints. Arthritis is

AskHQ: The Vlaamperd

Q: What is the Vlaamperd? A: The Vlaamperd, which directly translated means ‘Flemish horse’, is actually a breed of horse that originated in South


Caption: Thaddeus was one of the first licensed Hanoverian stallions to be imported.  Q: What is the purpose of the SAWHS (South African Warmblood

AskHQ: Horse breed

Q: Is there a way to determine your horse’s breed if you don’t know it?  A: Yes, you can approach Onderstepoort Equine Research Centre

Sinan Books Poetry Store, Shanghai, China

Blending The Old with the New has long been our favourite topic. We love projects that respond to the challenge of restoring, re-using, re-organizing

Twin foals are not a good idea!

Often photographs of twin foals are sent out on social media, and give the impression that something noteworthy has been achieved by the breeder,

AskHQ: Blind spot

Q: Where is a horse’s blind spot? Asked by Liza de Beer A: Horses have nearly 360-degree vision, with their only blind spots being

AskHQ: Power tools

Q: When having a dentist tend to your horse’s teeth, is it better if they use power tools or not? I’ve received very mixed

Sunrise Photoshoot

Woke up at 4 am to get some awesome shots of the horses.

AskHQ: Herbs

Q: I’ve heard that some herbs can be planted around my horse’s stable to reduce the number of flies – is this true? A:

AskHQ: Bars

Q: What are the bars? A: It is easiest to think of the bars as the parts of the hoof that, rather than finishing

AskHQ: Corns

Q: What are corns? A: The ‘seat of corn’ is the area of sole between the bar and the heel wall, and a bruise

AskHQ: Pilates

Q: Why does everyone recommend Pilates for horse riders? Answered by Bonita de Klerk, Pilates instructor A: Riding requires you to have strong core

AskHQ: How can I deal with my horse refusing jumps?

Q: How can I deal with my horse refusing jumps? A: To avoid refusals or deal with them when they happen, try the following:

Remedy Place Social Wellness Club – West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Clubs offering various forms of health and wellness options have been popping up everywhere, each claiming to be more unique and special than the

Trailer tips

By Hayley Kruger Boxing already has a degree of risk involved, so as responsible horse owners we should make every effort to make the

AskHQ: Cow hocks

[Q] My instructor says that my horse has cow hocks. Should I be concerned? Will this affect his sale-ability in the future? Asked anonymously

Renovation Of A Wallace Neff Residence In Hancock Park, Los Angeles

Hancock Park in central Los Angeles is a neighbourhood known for its distinctive 1920s residences and its famous inhabitants that include past and present

The majestic Knabstrupper

Dr Marna Smith, an animal scientist specialising in genetics and the owner of The Majestic Knabstrupper Stud, is obsessed with breeding the ‘perfect’ coloured

AskHQ: Photography

[Q] My vet has asked for photographs of my horse’s feet, but she has asked me to retake them twice as they aren’t showing

Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails (Western Cape) – Another Day, Another Trail – 02 Feb 2020

The ULTIMATE bucket list tick! A incredible once-in-a-lifetime way to experience our pristine coast….Contact Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, (Western Cape, South Africa)

Strict selection criteria are vital to Boerperd breeding

This popular indigenous breed is a

AskHQ: Nutritional issues OTTB

Q: What nutritional issues should I be aware of in my new OTTB? A: Australian nutritionist Dr Nerida Richards, the resident nutritionist at,

AskHQ: Sugary treats

Q: Why do horses like sugary treats?  Asked by Savannah Grant A: Horses like sugary treats for the same reason we do – they’re

AskHQ: Hoof abscess prevention

Q: What is a hoof abscess? And how can I prevent them in my horse? A: An abscess is simply a pocket of infection

AskHQ: Ballerina syndrome

Q: What is Ballerina Syndrome? A: Ballerina Syndrome refers to the situation where a ‘normal’ foal changes within a few days of birth to

Introducing the bit with heart part 3



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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