Horse info & SA blogs

With a generally interesting international / local section under Lifestyle which may not have anything to do with equestrian at all.

Introducing the bit with heart part 3

Introducing the bit with heart part 2

Introducing the bit. Part 1

The first stage of introducing a bit to a horse, free of force, and empathetic to their needs

Dream Hunter has a go at Working equitation

We recently had a fun day combining Cowboy Dressage classes with the obstacle aspect of Working equitation. Dream Hunter is familiar with obstacles

Why I don’t kick a horse to go

This is the first of two videos of why we don't kick a horse to go, or pull a horse to stop

Calming an anxious horse

When someone mentions the fact that they have a nervous horse, the topic of calming supplements often comes up. Aside from the potential health issues

Natural Horse Management Certification This course was designed for horse professionals, but anyone involved in horses in any way will benefit from it. The

Why we don’t recommend lungeing

We recently put out a post on instagram noting that we don't lunge horses. We wanted people to tell us why you HAD

Des Trailer loading

This video is from a trailer loading we did last week in Gauteng. The little Palamino ( Des) got really anxious and refused

How to direct your horse by leg cues

There are many confusing schools of thought regarding the position of leg cues. For me the proof is in the doing. When you don’t

Sonnys ride out

Two Moons Hesa Cool Son of a Gun ( Sonny) has progressed to riding out in a bigger area. We only progress out

Flight path considerations – ,Chic Flick

Bridle Trouble-Xplosion tacking up part 2

Xplosion is with us for a few months of training, and we are documenting his progress. We have already uploaded a video of Xplosions

Xplosion tacking up part 1 the saddle
We will be keeping an online video diary of Alpha Waps Xplosion's progress. He is being produced for jumping, and we very often

rope halter vs creek halter
When is it ok to use a webbing halter instead of a rope halter? There is still a tendency for people to be scared

Bacharachs start

This video is condensed version of videos I took while starting a young appaloosa gelding under saddle. The geldings name is Alpha Eagles

Melissa’s progress in groundwork skills, end of Sept

For those who saw the early videos of Melissa we thought you may like to see her progress. She has calmed down significantly and



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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