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Owning a Horse – The Financial Considerations

All sports can be expensive and horse riding is certainly no exception! Equestrian sports makes the top 10 list of most expensive sports in the world. Like many sports, one needs the right clothing, equipment and tuition. In the world of an equestrian though, there is so much more than what meets the eye, but starting out and simply having lessons at a local riding school, horse riding can be quite affordable.

7th Oct 2018

Some horse trail riding tips and useful items to carry

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.

31st Dec 2016

Things to consider when choosing the right horse supplies

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.

20th Dec 2016

Top Western Saddles Buying Mistakes

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.

20th Dec 2016

Identifying parasites eggs

Equine Parasites

Identifying parasites eggs
http://eggzamin.com/for-the-owner/identifying-parasites-eggs/

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.

16th Dec 2016

Arthritis and the Older Horse

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.

16th Dec 2016

Horse tack

Horse Tack – Top 3 Tips

Selecting the right horse tack for use with your horse are some of the most important decisions you will have to make. Tack that does not fit correctly or is used improperly can have disastrous results for the health of your horse and possibly yourself. Following some of these tips

29th Jul 2016

Snug The Girth Up Tight – or Not?

Reef really hard on the girth/cinch to tighten that saddle down right tight so it doesn’t slip? Not! How about doing one thing at a time first – like correctly positioning the saddle. Snug yes, tight no. Horses girthed too tightly get cinchy and dislike being saddled. Really, it’s like

29th May 2016

Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up

Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.

8th Feb 2016

Read the feed tag

Read The Feed Bag Tag

Don’t really know what is in your horse feed in the bag? Join the growing crowd of horse people who are confused about what is really in their horse’s feed. However, having said that, it’s an easy problem to remedy with a bit of knowledge. Learn to read a feed-bag

29th Jan 2016

Drakenstein Stud Farm

South Africa’s Duke Of Marmalade Strikes Again

Drakenstein Stud FarmOn 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.

6th Oct 2015

The Rise of the Duke Of Marmalade

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.

16th Jul 2015

Lunging / Longeing

As with anything that you do with a horse, when you start lunging, start slow, smooth and easy. Think young horse, short attention span, still developing knees and short sessions. (5 to 7 minutes). This isn’t to say an older horse would not benefit from lunging, but generally speaking you

22nd Mar 2015

Looking For That Perfect Saddle

Cheap and saddle honestly do not belong together in the same sentence. Why? Because quite literally, you DO get what you pay for if you buy a cheap saddle. And it’s not just that you will be uncomfortable, but it will not make your horse all that happy either, and

11th Mar 2015

  • 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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