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Inherited night blindness

Reduced vision at night and a reluctance to enter dark stables in the daytime may be associated with night blindness, says Dr Mac.

29th September 2018

Severing the umbilical cord

Apply a ligature above the knot 4cm from the abdomen.Photo: Dr Mac After a foal is born, blood continues to pump into its body through the umbilical cord. Interrupting this process can result in a highly anaemic foal. When the mare gets up after foaling, the umbilicus usually stretches and

12th September 2018

Meconium retention in foals

Once a newborn foal begins expelling yellow faeces, it is a good indication that it is drinking enough colostrum and the meconium has been expelled.Photo: Dr Mac The meconium is the black, sticky intestinal contents found in newborn foals. It consists of dead cells, amniotic fluid, bile and intestinal secretions

27th August 2018

Cushioned overshoes for horses

Veterinarians have long used supportive boots on horses’ legs to promote healing after injury or surgery. Ice boots are fitted to treat inflammation, while shorter support boots are employed to reduce the pain caused by navicular disease and laminitis. In the US, many owners use Soft-Ride boots to improve the

4th August 2018

Why cutting horses are useful

Arabians and American Quarter Horses have the agility and skill to be used for cutting cattle out of a herd. The practice is as fascinating to watch as a Border collie working sheep. The American Quarter Horse Association describes cutting as a “battle of wills between a horse and a

14th July 2018

‘Is my horse bay or brown in colour?’

A bay horse is a dark brownish-red, except for its muzzle, mane, tail and legs, and the tips of its ears, which are all black. Unless it has white leg markings, the hooves are also black. The black markings on a bay horse are known as ‘points’, and all true

14th June 2018

How stride length influences your horse’s jump

A stride is measured from the place where one leg hits the ground to where it hits the ground again at any pace. When a horse jumps a single pole, it theoretically takes off half a stride before the jump and lands half a stride after the jump. Jumping courses

27th May 2018

Controlling worms in horses

In the issue of 17 January 2016, this column described the types of internal parasites seen in horses, and the most effective treatment methods. Amongst these was a regular worm egg count. READ Are worms troubling your horse? Since then, this method has proved to be even more effective than

12th May 2018

Opening a gate from horseback

Before you can open a gate without dismounting, there are a series of manoeuvres that your horse needs to learn. These include how to stop and stand still while you shift your weight in the saddle; how to move sideways; and how to back up. You will also have to

19th April 2018

What is African horse sickness?

It is now also possible to treat even severe cases successfully, but early diagnosis is key. Fortunately, a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test can be used to confirm the presence of the AHS virus. Indeed, vets are now obliged to take a blood sample from a live horse, or a

27th March 2018

Dealing with the shying horse

Riding an unschooled horse is always risky. Ideally, therefore, a horse should be handled from a very young age and schooled for years to make it a safe ride. This practice is invariably followed in Europe, but less so in South Africa. Here, all too often, horses are rushed through

9th March 2018

What to do until the vet arrives

If your horse requires emergency treatment, your first action should be to phone your vet. The second should be to ask him or her what you can do to help your horse in the meantime. Most emergencies fall into the following categories: wounds that need stitching or are bleeding severely,

24th February 2018

Dealing with digital tenosynovitis

A tendon is a band of fibrous tissue that binds muscle to bone. Several bands of fibrous tissue are enclosed in a synovial tendon sheath and the contraction and extension of the tendon within this sheath is facilitated by synovial (lubricating) fluid. There are two types of tendons in a

10th February 2018

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    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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    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 - 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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