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: Tilting forwards

Q: I have a tendency to tilt forwards and arch my back when I ride.

16th May 2019

Stretching videos by Ice Man and the SA Lipizzaners

Here is the introduction to the series of videos we will be running over the next few weeks on stretching for the horse. Thank you… The post Stretching videos by Ice Man and the SA Lipizzaners appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/stretching-videos-by-ice-man-and-the-sa-lipizzaners/…

15th May 2019

AskHQ: Bucking bronco

Q: My horse has recently started to buck and buck. We’ve just checked his saddle and the saddle fitter can’t find anything wrong with the… The post AskHQ: Bucking bronco appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-bucking-bronco/…

14th May 2019

AskHQ: Wiry-haired friesian

Q: My Friesian has the most wiry mane and tail. Is there anything that I can do to improve the texture of his hair? A:… The post AskHQ: Wiry-haired friesian appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-wiry-haired-friesian/…

13th May 2019

AskHQ: Importing goods

Q: How long does it take to clear imported products through customs? We want to buy some tack online and have it brought to South… The post AskHQ: Importing goods appeared first on HQ Magazine.

10th May 2019

AskHQ: Fly masks

Q: Is there a difference to the horse between seeing through a black mesh fly mask and a white mesh fly mask? Asked by Adriaan… The post AskHQ: Fly masks appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-fly-masks/…

9th May 2019

AskHQ: What is the best stirrup iron for jumping?

Asked by Tracy Lee A: Showjumpers often favour a stirrup iron with a wide base and strong tread. Wide-based stirrups are more secure and are… The post AskHQ: What is the best stirrup iron for jumping? appeared first on HQ Magazine.

8th May 2019

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

By Sarah Wilkinson Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a disease affecting the respiratory system of a horse. It occurs worldwide but is particularly common in… The post Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease appeared first on HQ Magazine.

7th May 2019

Reonet World Cup Qualifier

Gripping showjumping guaranteed Text: Caroline Malan Photography: Denford Studios The Reonet World Cup Qualifier will get underway at Kyalami Equestrian Park on Thursday 9 May… The post Reonet World Cup Qualifier appeared first on HQ Magazine.

7th May 2019

AskHQ: Linseed- the facts

Q: Why is linseed oil the new thing to feed? Asked by Erin Booth A: Oils have been available on the equine market for years… The post AskHQ: Linseed- the facts appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-linseed-the-facts/…

6th May 2019

AskHQ: Slipping and sliding in the saddle

Q: I slide around in my saddle and this doesn’t make me feel particularly safe. Is this the fault of the saddle or do I… The post AskHQ: Slipping and sliding in the saddle appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-slipping-and-sliding-in-the-saddle/…

5th May 2019

Nissan Easter Festival: 10 years of equestrian excellence!

Calling all horse lovers from far and wide! Kyalami Equestrian Park will proudly host the country’s premier horse show with world class competition on offer… The post Nissan Easter Festival: 10 years of equestrian excellence! appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/nissan-easter-festival-10-years-of-equestrian-excellence/…

5th Apr 2019

5 minutes with Nicole Horwood

Text: Caroline Malan Who did you compete at President’s Cup? I competed Mark White Nissan Capital Hitoshi, Mark White Nissan Capital Don Cumarco and Mark… The post 5 minutes with Nicole Horwood appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/5-minutes-with-nicole-horwood/…

5th Apr 2019

Midfeeds’ AHS talk with Dr Ockert Botha

A huge thank you has to go to Simon Burn and the Midfeeds’ team for organising last night’s excellent talk with Dr Ockert Botha on… The post Midfeeds’ AHS talk with Dr Ockert Botha appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/midfeeds-ahs-talk-with-dr-ockert-botha/…

3rd Apr 2019

5 minutes with Nicola Sime-Riley

Tell us how your Reonet show went overall? The horses jumped so well and it really was a lovely show. It was the first one… The post 5 minutes with Nicola Sime-Riley appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/5-minutes-with-nicola-sime-riley/…

27th Mar 2019

5 minutes with Barry Taylor

How did your horses go at Reonet? Which horse impressed you the most? All of my horses jumped superbly. Nissan Coester was clear in the… The post 5 minutes with Barry Taylor appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/5-minutes-with-barry-taylor/…

26th Mar 2019

5 minutes with Johnathan Clarke

For the Reonet Summer Cup I entered all of my barefoot horses (which are mostly owned by the Slade family and a couple by myself… The post 5 minutes with Johnathan Clarke appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/5-minutes-with-johnathan-clarke/…

25th Mar 2019

5 minutes with Marlene Sinclair

Text: Caroline Malan Image: TB Images Tell us how your Reonet show went overall? The show was super. My horses jumped beautifully. Which of your… The post 5 minutes with Marlene Sinclair appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/5-minutes-with-marlene-sinclair/…

23rd Mar 2019

Aids vs cues

Text: Hayley Kruger There is no single correct way of training a horse – for years there have been people who follow different schools of… The post Aids vs cues appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/aids-vs-cues/…

22nd Mar 2019

5 minutes with Anne-Marie Esslinger

Text: Caroline Malan Photography: Denford Studios Tell us how your Reonet show went? I rode my lovely seven year old, Quadix, in two 1,35m competitions… The post 5 minutes with Anne-Marie Esslinger appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/5-minutes-with-anne-marie-esslinger/…

21st Mar 2019

5 minutes with Mandy Johnston

Text: Caroline Malan Photography: Denford Studios Tell us how your Reonet show went? This show was really a preparation for my horses for the upcoming… The post 5 minutes with Mandy Johnston appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/5-minutes-with-mandy-johnston/…

20th Mar 2019

5 minutes with Liam Stevens

Text: Caroline Malan Photography: Denford Studios Tell us how your Reonet show went? My show was great. Assagai Serenata (owned by Ceallagh Semple) jumped the… The post 5 minutes with Liam Stevens appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/5-minutes-with-liam-stevens/…

19th Mar 2019

5 minutes with Lorette Knowles-Taylor

Text: Caroline Malan Photography: Denford Studios Tell us how your Reonet show went? It was a very busy weekend of riding. I had five horses… The post 5 minutes with Lorette Knowles-Taylor appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/5-minutes-with-lorette-knowles-taylor/…

18th Mar 2019

PTSD in horses

By Charlotte Bastiaanse When our horses suffer from conditions like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is very saddening to see them in such… The post PTSD in horses appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/ptsd-in-horses/…

14th Mar 2019

AskHQ: How long does it take for a young horse to become balanced?

Asked by Briana McGull This is a very open-ended question that is entirely dependent on the horse’s individuality and upbringing. Some horses are naturally better… The post AskHQ: How long does it take for a young horse to become balanced? appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-how-long-does-it-take-for-a-young-horse-to-become-balanced/…

13th Mar 2019

AskHQ: I slide around in my saddle and therefore don’t feel safe. Is this the fault of the saddle or do I need to sit deeper?

Without having an experienced saddle fitter seeing you on the horse, it is quite difficult to say for certain what is happening. In all likelihood,… The post AskHQ: I slide around in my saddle and therefore don’t feel safe. Is this the fault of the saddle or do I need to sit deeper? appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-i-slide-around-in-my-saddle-and-therefore-dont-feel-safe-is-this-the-fault-of-the-saddle-or-do-i-need-to-sit-deeper/…

12th Mar 2019

Understanding and motivating the slower horse

Ready, set, go! It is not uncommon for riders to describe their horses as ‘lazy’ or ‘disinterested’. They will say that their horses are ‘not… The post Understanding and motivating the slower horse appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/understanding-and-motivating-the-slower-horse/…

11th Mar 2019

Joint supplements 101

Text: Charlotte Bastiaanse Some of us more pedantic horse owners have considered putting our horses on a joint supplement with the hopes of prolonging their… The post Joint supplements 101 appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/joint-supplements-101/…

4th Mar 2019

Ease the anxiety

Help him calm down By Charlotte Bastiaanse Just like people, horses come with all types of personalities. Some breeds even tend toward a certain type… The post Ease the anxiety appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/ease-the-anxiety/…

3rd Mar 2019

The principles of bitting part 2

The Snaffle This is the largest of the bitting groups, and perhaps the most important. There are numerous divisions within the group, and more and more variants are developed all the time. The snaffle, generally speaking, provides a lifting action. It lifts upwards against the corners of the lips. In

15th Feb 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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