Horse info & SA blogs

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

Degenerative changes and arthritis

Arthritis literally means ‘inflammation of the joint’. Most horses, especially older horses, will have some degree of arthritis present in their joints. Arthritis is

AskHQ: The Vlaamperd

Q: What is the Vlaamperd? A: The Vlaamperd, which directly translated means ‘Flemish horse’, is actually a breed of horse that originated in South

AskHQ: SAWHS

Caption: Thaddeus was one of the first licensed Hanoverian stallions to be imported.  Q: What is the purpose of the SAWHS (South African Warmblood

AskHQ: Horse breed

Q: Is there a way to determine your horse’s breed if you don’t know it?  A: Yes, you can approach Onderstepoort Equine Research Centre

AskHQ: Blind spot

Q: Where is a horse’s blind spot? Asked by Liza de Beer A: Horses have nearly 360-degree vision, with their only blind spots being

AskHQ: Power tools

Q: When having a dentist tend to your horse’s teeth, is it better if they use power tools or not? I’ve received very mixed

AskHQ: Herbs

Q: I’ve heard that some herbs can be planted around my horse’s stable to reduce the number of flies – is this true? A:

AskHQ: Bars

Q: What are the bars? A: It is easiest to think of the bars as the parts of the hoof that, rather than finishing

AskHQ: Corns

Q: What are corns? A: The ‘seat of corn’ is the area of sole between the bar and the heel wall, and a bruise

Trailer tips

By Hayley Kruger Boxing already has a degree of risk involved, so as responsible horse owners we should make every effort to make the

AskHQ: Cow hocks

[Q] My instructor says that my horse has cow hocks. Should I be concerned? Will this affect his sale-ability in the future? Asked anonymously

The majestic Knabstrupper

Dr Marna Smith, an animal scientist specialising in genetics and the owner of The Majestic Knabstrupper Stud, is obsessed with breeding the ‘perfect’ coloured

AskHQ: Photography

[Q] My vet has asked for photographs of my horse’s feet, but she has asked me to retake them twice as they aren’t showing

AskHQ: Nutritional issues OTTB

Q: What nutritional issues should I be aware of in my new OTTB? A: Australian nutritionist Dr Nerida Richards, the resident nutritionist at FeedXL.com,

AskHQ: Sugary treats

Q: Why do horses like sugary treats?  Asked by Savannah Grant A: Horses like sugary treats for the same reason we do – they’re

AskHQ: Hoof abscess prevention

Q: What is a hoof abscess? And how can I prevent them in my horse? A: An abscess is simply a pocket of infection

AskHQ: Ballerina syndrome

Q: What is Ballerina Syndrome? A: Ballerina Syndrome refers to the situation where a ‘normal’ foal changes within a few days of birth to

AskHQ: Stirrup length

Q: What is a good guideline for jumping stirrup length for heights between 70cm and 1.20m? Asked by Laura Paschini A: As a rule

AskHQ: Treeless quandry

Q: Should I go treeless? A: The tree of a saddle is generally considered pretty fundamental in that it helps to balance the rider

AskHQ: Rubber flooring

Q: Why is rubbered flooring becoming so popular? At my barn, we now have the option of rubberising the floors of our stables and

AskHQ: Growing horses

Q: People say horses don’t stop growing until they’re seven years old. If this is true, should we be riding them when they’re four?

AskHQ: Breeding tips from Callaho

Q: What are Callaho’s top breeding tips? A: The broodmare is the beginning and the end of any successful mating. A good dam mated

AskHQ: Breeding

Q: When deciding on a mating, what do you take into consideration? A: My first consideration is simple – do I honestly believe the

AskHQ: Broodmares

Q: What are you looking for in a broodmare? A: Performance in the dam-line is what we are looking for. Period. Her own performance

AskHQ: Breeding stallions

Q: What are you looking for in a breeding stallion? A: My first response to the question is that it’s not the most important

AskHQ: Teaching a horse to spin

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

AskHQ: Insurance issues

Q: Is it worthwhile to pay for insurance in case my horse needs a colic op in future? A; Ultimately, colic surgery is not

AskHQ: Ultrasound

Q: What is the difference between therapeutic and diagnostic ultrasound? Asked by Caitlin White A: Diagnostic ultrasound involves the use of ultrasound waves to

AskHQ: Stable dimensions

Q: What are the minimum recommended dimensions of a stable? A: Expecting horses to stay happy when cooped up for hours in a stable

AskHQ: Tail cutting

Q: How do I cut my horse’s tail correctly? Asked by Emma Wood A: To avoid cutting the tail too short, and to make

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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