Horse info & SA blogs

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Mud fever

Mud fever, taxonomically known as pastern dermatitis, encompasses a whole range of diseases that cause irritations and dermatitis to the lower limbs of horses.

7th Oct 2019

Roadwork – worth doing or not?

Recent research now suggests that particularly trotting horses on tar roads leads to more incidences of lameness than was originally thought. The benefits of

6th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Aloe aloe!

Q: Is aloe juice good for horses? A: Aloe has been used by horse owners in many countries for a long time, to improve

26th Sep 2019

AskHQ: A fractured pelvis

Q: My friend’s horse has been diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, yet the horse is not having surgery. Is this normal?  A: Pelvic fractures

17th Sep 2019

AskHQ: Clicking fetlocks

Q: My horse’s fetlocks click when I pick up his feet. What could it be?  A: Clicking joints and fetlocks are fairly common in

13th Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Melanomas

What they are: These are big, commonly dark-coloured masses that occur around the tail, genitals, mouth and throat-latch of mature grey horses. These tumours

7th Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Sarcoids

What they are: Sarcoids are unfortunately very common, being the most common skin tumour affecting horses. Sarcoids can have a varied appearance and will

5th Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Warts (papillomas)

What they are: Warts are a type of tumour and are the most common growths found in horses. They are raised grey or pinkish

4th Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Abscesses

What they are: Abscesses are an accumulation of pus under the skin or in the deeper tissues. Abscesses can occur anywhere on a horse’s

3rd Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Nodules

What they are: Nodules are referred to as simply nodules or as pressure bumps or sweat bumps. In medical terms they are referred to

2nd Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps – When you need to worry

Lumps and bumps are all too common in our equine friends. Some just need a ‘watch and wait’ approach and others need urgent veterinary

31st Aug 2019

AskHQ: Osteoarthritis

Q: My mare has osteoarthritis in her hocks, which can make some schooling difficult for her. I want to maintain her fitness, without stressing

30th Aug 2019

Horses can heal at Riverview Manor

Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal  29 August 2019  Horses are very much like people. They are not only acutely sensitive to emotions but also social animals that

29th Aug 2019

Sweet itch

Sweet itch is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of the Cullicoides midge (the same midge involved in the transmission of the

28th Aug 2019

Hindgut distress

Horses are trickle feeders, designed to eat fibre all day long, rather than consuming large meals less frequently. Fibre digestion takes place in the

27th Aug 2019

AskHQ: Concavity of the sole

Q: Why is a concave sole desirable? A: Concavity of the sole is a far better sign than a ‘flat foot’. Part of the

22nd Aug 2019

AskHQ: White line disease

The white line is the area on the ground surface of the foot that appears as a narrow ring at the outside of the

21st Aug 2019

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AskHQ: Thrush

Q: What exactly is thrush? A: Thrush is a bacterial infection that commonly affects the frog. It is often associated with wet and dirty

21st Aug 2019

AskHQ: Flu vaccine

Q: If vaccines work, why do vaccinated horses still contract flu? A: Vaccines don’t stop infection entirely, but they increase your horse’s immunity to

20th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 12) Feet

Poor quality horn in the feet can be suggestive of nutritional deficiencies, and rings can be signs of previous episodes of laminitis.

16th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 11) The legs

Every owner should know their horse’s legs. Every day before and after you ride you should palpate the legs from top to toe, to

15th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 10) Manure

Droppings should be in firm, well-formed balls.

15th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 9) Body condition score

Looking at your horse’s condition can tell you a lot about his health.

14th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 8) Gut sounds

You should be able to hear your horses’s gut sounds as your horse digests his food by putting your ear to his abdomen.

13th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 7) Respiratory rate

Your horse’s respiratory rate (number of breaths he takes per minute) should be between 10-24 breaths per minute.

13th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 6) Heart rate

The normal heart rate AT REST for your horse is 28-44 beats per minute. Just as with the human heart, it will increase during

12th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 5) Temperature

Your horse’s temperature should fall between 37.2 and 38.3 degrees Celsius. To check the temperature stand to the side of your horse’s hindquarter and

12th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 4) Mucous membranes

If you notice any of the following colour changes to the mucous membranes call your vet immediately

11th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 3) Gums

Sticky gums are a sign that your horse is dehydrated, so make sure he has access to clean, fresh water at all times. If

10th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 2) Capillary refill time

Capillary refill time sounds a tad technical for most of us, but in reality it is a very basic test. The process involves pressing

10th Aug 2019

  • 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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    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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