Horse info & SA blogs

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AskHQ: HQHack1000

Q: Why should I do #HQHack1000? Asked by an imaginary friend for the purposes of advocating hacking… A: #HQHack1000 is a country-wide equestrian challenge.

22nd Sep 2019

Barn cats: the purrfect predator

By Sarah Wanless As every horse rider and barn owner knows, rodents and pests are part and parcel of the equestrian industry. We all

19th Sep 2019

Myth busting: Hoof strength

Many people still believe that white feet are softer and of poorer quality than black feet. However, scientific studies have proved that this is

19th Sep 2019

Defining success

A key element of your training with your horse has to be defining what success will look like for you. It doesn’t matter how

18th Sep 2019

Bucephalus – famous horses from history

By Sarah Wanless Certain horses throughout history have generated excitement in the entire population. Put simply, they are ‘famous’. These horses may have created

18th Sep 2019

AskHQ: A fractured pelvis

Q: My friend’s horse has been diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, yet the horse is not having surgery. Is this normal?  A: Pelvic fractures

17th Sep 2019

AskHQ: Overreach boots

Q: Does my horse need overreach boots?  A: Overreach boots, also known as bell boots, are worn over the pastern and the hoof and

17th Sep 2019

AskHQ: Older horses

Q: My older horse still seems to love work, but I’m concerned as his stiffness is definitely increasing. I’ve had my vet to look

16th Sep 2019

The SA Derby rider profiles: Chatan Hendriks

By Caroline Malan What makes Derby so amazing for you? Derby is on every rider’s bucket list. It’s a show I have competed in

15th Sep 2019

AskHQ: Clicking fetlocks

Q: My horse’s fetlocks click when I pick up his feet. What could it be?  A: Clicking joints and fetlocks are fairly common in

13th Sep 2019

The SA Derby rider profiles: Nicola Sime-Riley

By Caroline Malan Photo credit: Denford Studios What makes Derby so amazing for you? It’s the biggest show of the year and has the

12th Sep 2019

Anatomy 101: The equine eye – from the outside in

The bone cavity in the skull that contains the eye is called the orbit. The orbit is actually formed by several bones and also

11th Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Squamous cell carcinomas

What they are: Squamous cell carcinomas typically occur in warm, sunny climates (like ours!) and often show up on non-pigmented skin like white eyelids

8th Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Melanomas

What they are: These are big, commonly dark-coloured masses that occur around the tail, genitals, mouth and throat-latch of mature grey horses. These tumours

7th Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Scars

What they are: Scars can form lumps and bumps anywhere on your horse’s body. A scar forms when an injury heals but some disorganised

6th Sep 2019

The SA Derby rider profiles: Chris van der Merwe

By Caroline Malan What makes Derby so special? What makes Derby great is the uniqueness of the show. It is a show that is

5th Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Sarcoids

What they are: Sarcoids are unfortunately very common, being the most common skin tumour affecting horses. Sarcoids can have a varied appearance and will

5th Sep 2019

The SA Derby rider profiles: Anne-Marie Esslinger

By Caroline Malan Caroline Malan catches up with Anne-Marie Esslinger ahead of the 2019 SA Derby. What makes Derby so amazing for you? I

4th Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Warts (papillomas)

What they are: Warts are a type of tumour and are the most common growths found in horses. They are raised grey or pinkish

4th Sep 2019

The South African Derby: The scoreboard topping equestrian showdown

By Caroline Malan South Africa’s greatest Show-jumping, Dressage and Showing extravaganza, The South African Derby show will be hosted at Kyalami Equestrian Park from

3rd Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Abscesses

What they are: Abscesses are an accumulation of pus under the skin or in the deeper tissues. Abscesses can occur anywhere on a horse’s

3rd Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps: Nodules

What they are: Nodules are referred to as simply nodules or as pressure bumps or sweat bumps. In medical terms they are referred to

2nd Sep 2019

Lumps and bumps – When you need to worry

Lumps and bumps are all too common in our equine friends. Some just need a ‘watch and wait’ approach and others need urgent veterinary

31st Aug 2019

AskHQ: Osteoarthritis

Q: My mare has osteoarthritis in her hocks, which can make some schooling difficult for her. I want to maintain her fitness, without stressing

30th Aug 2019

Horses can heal at Riverview Manor

Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal  29 August 2019  Horses are very much like people. They are not only acutely sensitive to emotions but also social animals that

29th Aug 2019

Sweet itch

Sweet itch is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of the Cullicoides midge (the same midge involved in the transmission of the

28th Aug 2019

Hindgut distress

Horses are trickle feeders, designed to eat fibre all day long, rather than consuming large meals less frequently. Fibre digestion takes place in the

27th Aug 2019

AskHQ: Concavity of the sole

Q: Why is a concave sole desirable? A: Concavity of the sole is a far better sign than a ‘flat foot’. Part of the

22nd Aug 2019

AskHQ: White line disease

The white line is the area on the ground surface of the foot that appears as a narrow ring at the outside of the

21st Aug 2019

horse hoof farrier file

AskHQ: Thrush

Q: What exactly is thrush? A: Thrush is a bacterial infection that commonly affects the frog. It is often associated with wet and dirty

21st Aug 2019

  • 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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    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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