The famous Coolmore Stud in Ireland sold Duke of Marmalade to Drakenstein Stud in May 2014. At the time the Champion son of Danehill had only produced three Group winners among thirteen Stakes Winners. In the year that followed, "the Duke", as he is affectionately referred to at Drakenstein, has sired eleven Graded/Group Stakes Winners including two Group One winners in Star of Seville and Nutan.
On the 12th of September 2015, only a few days before the Springboks easily achieved a win over Samoa, South Africa scored another famous victory, The Duke of Marmalade’s filly, Simple Verse, triumphed in the St Leger horse race. In any other year perhaps this wouldn’t be worthy of a South African newsreader’s attention.
However, this is not any other year. And this just isn’t any other horse race. This victory is an accomplishment every South African horseracing fan or sports follower will appreciate and inspire to stand tall with a sense of patriotic pride. The day marked the first time ever that a horse winning a British Classic was sired by a stallion standing in South Africa.
Just because your horse is older does not mean he is ready to retire and not get ridden. Even aging equines need exercise. Not to mention the fact that they get bored doing nothing if they were active in their day. Aging horses still have sharp minds and although the body may not be keeping up as well as it once did - they appreciate being useful. Being ignored and left alone can lead to depression in a once active horse.
Internal parasites - out of sight, out of mind - can kill your horse. While they may be out of sight, they are doing extensive damage internally. At a minimum, parasites can steal nutrients from your horse and cause gastrointestinal irritation. The bad news is, uncontrolled they can cause colic, intestinal ruptures and death.
You may need to educate yourself on some saddle basics before buying your own western saddle. Ride in as many different types of saddles as you can. Talk to all the horse people you know about their choice of saddle.
Buying the wrong western saddle is an extremely common mistake made in the western riding world. It's also a very costly learning experience that you can skip by avoiding the top seven western saddle buying blunders.
English horse tack differs from Western tack, so make sure you know what you need before buying and save yourself time and money. If you are unsure, consult someone who already owns horses to find out what's needed for the breed of horse you plan to own.
If you're going on a trail ride or a weekend camp out, horseback riding is supposed to be fun, but sometimes emergencies happen! Be better prepared by having some of these items in your back pack or saddlebag.