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By Bronwen Meredith Many of us have been told that the walk is an ‘unfixable’ gait and that it is therefore best to leave it untouched. Personally, I don’t believe this and have had success with several horses in at least improving their way of going in the walk. It is true that it is… Read More »Fixing the lateral walk

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Equestrians are always talking about the horse’s topline, but what is it, and how is it achieved? The topline is made up of muscle groups that run over the top of the neck, withers, spine and hindquarters and which work in unison when the horse is moving correctly and in […]

Nothing can compete with a balanced and well-fitting saddle that provides comfort and freedom of movement for your horse. However, it can be tricky to find a perfectly fitting saddle on a budget or for a horse with an unconventional back. A half pad can correct fit or provide for a suitable compromise, and there… Read More »Half-pads

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Q: Is it true that you need to see two ‘smile rings’ in the corners of your horse’s mouth to know that the bit is hung at the correct height? A: When it comes to how high you should hang the bit, most trainers will tell you that when the bit is adjusted correctly there… Read More »AskHQ: Smile rings

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Q: What is the typical racing diet? Answered by Jassy MacKenzie A: In order to meet the extreme physical demands of racing, racehorses are usually fed a scientifically calculated diet which includes high quantities of concentrates. “Your average three-year-old is on 14% protein concentrate, with a very high energy content,” explains racehorse trainer Ashleigh Hughes,… Read More »AskHQ: Racing diet

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Q: How do you teach a horse to spin? A: A spin is a forward trot manoeuvre. The best way to teach the spin is…

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Q: How can I make box rest easier for my horse? He is so stressed when the other horses go out in the morning?  Asked…

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Q: What is a grackle noseband? A: The grackle noseband is also known as the figure-of-eight noseband. The grackle is designed with a main pressure…

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Q: What is ‘Soft Feel’ in Cowboy Dressage? A: ‘Soft Feel’ (or ‘Fresh Rein’) is the guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage® World. It is the…

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Q: Western spurs look so different. Do they hurt the horse more than conventional spurs and how are they used? A: Western spurs may look…

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Q: Which conformational factors are considered important to look for in a riding horse? A: When looking at the conformation of the horse to assess…

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Q: Is my horse built ‘uphill’ or ‘downhill’? A: Body balance is partly determined by the relative height of the croup and withers of the…

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Q: What is Cowboy Dressage®? A: The discipline of Cowboy Dressage® was born in 2013. For a short period of time, Western Dressage and Cowboy…

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Q: When is a pastern considered too short? Q: The pastern is the area between the fetlock joint and the top of the hoof, and…

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Q: I just can’t sit the sitting trot. How can I improve this? Answered by Elena Jankowitz A: The sitting trot is challenging for everyone…

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Q: Is a horse smarter than a dog?  Asked by Eve Exley Horses and dogs are very different animals. People often judge the intelligence of…

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All over the world and more and more in South Africa, equestrians are seeing the benefits of solarium therapy for their horses. Many professional yards…

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Q: What is the longest I can leave my horse unworked without him getting fresh? A: This is a difficult question to answer, because so…

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Q: How can I get my horse to overcome his fear of water? A: Fear of water is a very common issue in horses. They…

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Q: Why is ‘test driving’ a bit such an important part of the process?  A: When you have an idea of the horse’s anatomy, you…

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By Dr Luke Poore A locking stifle is caused by upward fixation of the patella in the stifle joint of the horse. The patella The…

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Q: Do Miniature Horses wear shoes? A: Miniature Horses have no need for shoes. They have very hardy hooves and with correct trimming they do…

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Q: What’s the point of a placing pole? A: Placing poles help to control a horse who speeds and are also excellent for creating ‘jump’ in the canter leading up to the fence. They can also help correct your striding if you don’t have a good eye for a stride. […]
Q: How can you keep a horse straight and balanced on a circle? A: Oddly enough a circle is actually a very good tool for assessing the straightness of your horse. It highlights if a rider has the horse between the outside rein and inside leg aids. In order to […]
Q: How can you stop a horse from breaking into downward transitions? A: All too often riders experience that feeling of the horse collapsing into the downward transition instead of gracefully changing from one gait to the other while maintaining impulsion. Riders tend to focus so much on the preparation […]
Q: Should you only use a water treadmill for injured horses? Does a vet need to refer your horse? A: Any horse can benefit from water treadmill exercise. It doesn’t matter what their age or level of activity – all horses will derive some benefit from moving against the resistance […]

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