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Q: How do I care for a wound? A: As soon as you see that your horse has a fresh wound or has opened an old wound you need to evaluate the following: Is the wound bleeding profusely? If so, you need to phone your vet immediately. Where is the wound? Is it near to… Read More »AskHQ: Wound care
Q: Can a badly fitting saddle cause behavioural problems in my horse? Answered by Farryn Day A: Absolutely! Along with correct trimming of the feet and regular dental work, the fit of the saddle is one of the biggest contributing factors to a horse’s overall behaviour and soundness. The following is a list of behaviours… Read More »AskHQ: Saddle fit
Q: Is it worth buying an older horse? Answered by Farryn Day A: Over the years, I have heard many people discounting the value of an older horse for themselves or their children. Older horses are labelled as ‘difficult keepers’, ‘lazy’, or ‘over-the-hill’ and the question is often asked “Isn’t it better for my son/daughter… Read More »AskHQ: The older horse
Q: What is the etiquette when several of you are schooling flatwork in the arena at once? A: When riding at the same time as others in the arena, you need to make sure you are aware of other riders and what they are doing to avoid crashes or other incidents. This is made easier…
Q: Why do horses rear? A: It is very important that you understand the reason why your horse rears before you can begin to eliminate the behaviour. Before you think about any other potential causes, you must get your horse checked by a vet, as pain is a very common cause of rearing in horses.
Q: What are mud fever and rain scald? Are they the same thing? Answered by Farryn Day Both mud fever and rain scald are caused by a bacteria, which is commonly found in the soil and on the skin. The bacteria only becomes a problem if it gains access to softened or damaged skin.
Q: Why might my horse be rubbing his tail? A: There are multiple causes of tail rubbing, but the trick is to find out quickly what the cause is in your particular case so you break the itch/rub cycle before it becomes too established. Some causes of tail rubbing include: Sweet itch.
Q: How should you walk a cross-country course? A: If you are going to jump a cross-country course, walking it beforehand is essential so that you can assess the terrain, going and the obstacles. This allows you to make the best decisions for you and your horse about how to tackle the course.
HQ caught up with Anel Pelser, Riding Instructor, to find out about her services: HQ: As a freelance instructor, do you specialise in a specific discipline or do you teach across a range of disciplines? I teach showjumping, dressage, equitation, showing, eventing, EETO, Western Riding and have also done Saddle Seat. I have successfully produced… Read More »Anel Pelser – Riding Instructor
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
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
Q: The horse standing in the stable next to mine has a habit of crib-biting and wind-sucking. My horse has started a funny habit of opening his mouth and crossing his jaw when standing in his stable. I have only noticed it recently and I am worried he is picking up on the other horse’s… Read More »AskHQ: Are stereotypic behaviours contagious
Q: I have a problem with a horse who is in a snaffle bit. He works great in it for flatwork but he tends to get strong and ignore my hand aids during jumping. I don’t want to ‘bit him up’ but I feel like he has no respect for the bit and just takes… Read More »AskHQ: Should I use a stronger bit?
[Q] Our horses are turned out in huge paddocks with lots of natural bushes and shrubs. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of burrs and thorns that get stuck in my horse’s tail. I want to wrap her tail while she’s turned out. Is it okay to cover her tail with a tail wrap on… Read More »AskHQ: Bandaging the tail
The five freedoms are a set of internationally recognised and commonly adopted animal welfare standards. They outline what we as animal owners or carers must provide for the animals in our care. These are not just things we must aim to do, but things we have to do in order to be responsible animal owners.… Read More »The five freedoms
CEM stands for contagious equine metritis, which is essentially inflammation of the uterus of a mare, which in this case is caused by a sexually transmitted infection. CEM, despite the name, does also occur in geldings and stallions, but it is the mare who suffers the negative impact of the disease. What is CEM? The… Read More »CEM – what you need to know
Featured image: Top international riders such as Charlotte Dujardin use electromagnetic therapy on their horses. Many horse owners are curious about the various treatments available to keep their horses in peak condition. With a range of therapies available, ranging from standard veterinary treatment all the way to less mainstream methods such as acupuncture and kinesiology,…
Q: Why is the horse much less common today in art than he was previously? A: Horses have appeared in works of art throughout history, but the number of horses being depicted in major artworks has certainly tailed off over the last few decades. The first reason put forwards for this by art historians is…
Q: What is the best way to educate yourself if qualifications and formal training are out of your price range? If you don’t have the time, desire or money to complete a formal qualification, you can always educate yourself using the following tips: Analyse videos from professional riders, trainers and clinics: Visit YouTube or other… Read More »AskHQ: Getting educated
Q: What is a fly’s lifecycle and are there ways in which we can control it? A: Flies thrive in stable yards, as horse manure is the perfect environment for them to feed and breed. A fly’s lifecycle consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. It takes approximately two to four weeks for…
Q: Can Miniature Horses be ridden? Answered by Suzette Ostreim A: Miniature Horses, like any other horse breed, can be ridden, and must be treated exactly like their larger counterparts when being selected for a riding career. Just like with the large breeds, the Miniature Horse must be mature in age and physical development (usually…