Horse info & SA blogs

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

AskHQ: Pastern bone

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

10th Dec 2019

CHI GENEVA ROLEX IJRC TOP 10 FINAL AND THE ROLEX GRAND PRIX

THE WORLD’S BEST RIDERS RETURN TO THE CHI GENEVA TO CONTEST THE ROLEX IJRC TOP 10 FINAL AND THE ROLEX GRAND PRIX Geneva, Switzerland,

9th Dec 2019

AskHQ: The sitting trot

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

1st Dec 2019

AskHQ: Fresh

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

25th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Hydrophobia

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

24th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Test-driving a bit

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,

20th Nov 2019

The locking stifle

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

19th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Do Miniature Horses wear shoes?

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

18th Nov 2019

Solarium therapy

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

15th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Is a horse smarter than a dog?

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

14th Nov 2019

AskHQ: Placing poles

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

3rd Oct 2019

AskHQ: Riding a circle

Q: How can you keep a horse straight and balanced on a circle? A: Oddly enough a circle is actually a very good tool

2nd Oct 2019

AskHQ: Breaking into downward transitions

Q: How can you stop a horse from breaking into downward transitions? A: All too often riders experience that feeling of the horse collapsing

1st Oct 2019

HQ: Swimming lessons

Q: Should you only use a water treadmill for injured horses? Does a vet need to refer your horse? A: Any horse can benefit

30th Sep 2019

Eight simple ways to develope your horse’s topline

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

27th Sep 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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