Horse info & SA blogs

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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 find any changes from previous examinations. Old injuries are unlikely to cause any issues, but if you know they are there, it can save you investigating

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 exercise.

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 insert the thermometer into his rectum.

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 you… The post Horse health check: 3) Gums appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/3-horse-health-check-gums/…

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 on… The post Horse health check: 2) Capillary refill time appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/2-horse-health-check-capillary-refill-time/…

10th Aug 2019

Horse health check: 1) Eyes

Your horse’s eyes should be bright and without any signs of inflammation or any discharge. Redness of the eye or swelling on or around it… The post Horse health check: 1) Eyes appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/horse-health-check-1-eyes/…

9th Aug 2019

Leg low-down: Check ligament injuries

Check ligament injuries are characterised by sudden onset swelling on the inside and outside of the forelimb behind the cannon bone, close to the knee.… The post Leg low-down: Check ligament injuries appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/leg-low-down-check-ligament-injuries/…

7th Aug 2019

Leg low-down: suspensory ligament injuries

Suspensory ligament injuries may also cause the tendon sheath to swell and the joint capsule to distend, similar to the appearance created by windgalls. However,… The post Leg low-down: suspensory ligament injuries appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/leg-low-down-suspensory-ligament-injuries/…

6th Aug 2019

Leg low-down: Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a serious condition that is caused by infection of the limb by bacteria. Often the cause of the infection cannot be found, but… The post Leg low-down: Cellulitis appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/leg-low-down-cellulitis/…

3rd Aug 2019

Top tips for making grazing last

Field rotation. This is one of the simplest options if you are able to divide your field into smaller paddocks. This system means that if… The post Top tips for making grazing last appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/top-tips-for-making-grazing-last/…

31st Jul 2019

Cool it down

The cool-down is one of the most important parts of your training session with your horse. Just like warming a horse up before exercise prepares… The post Cool it down appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/cool-it-down/…

19th Jul 2019

AskHQ: How can I protect against ticks?

Check the ticks that are present in your area so that you can readily identify them. Perform tick checks of your horse which involve looking… The post AskHQ: How can I protect against ticks? appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-how-can-i-control-against-ticks/…

16th Jul 2019

Ice Man stretch video 5

Watch this video of Camilla Lamb from the Lipizzaners showing us the fourth recommended stretch for your horses. Thank you to Ice man and the… The post Ice Man stretch video 5 appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/ice-man-stretch-video-4-3/…

15th Jul 2019

What are “kissing spines”?

“Kissing spines” refers to a decreased space between the uppermost (dorsal) spinous processes of the vertebrae. The space between the spines can become so diminished… The post What are “kissing spines”? appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/what-are-kissing-spines/…

14th Jul 2019

Four Natural Herbs To Improve Your Horse’s Health

According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, botulism is “caused by a potent toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.” It is fatal in anywhere from 80 to 100 percent of affected horses.

9th Apr 2019

  • 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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