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Nerve blocking – getting to the root of lameness Part 1

Text: Hayley Kruger Photography: Shutterstock One of the biggest mysteries horse owners can face is why their horses may be lame. Lameness has a

4th Dec 2019

Equine photography – top tips

By Jax Woods of Jacqui S Photography 1. Clean is the new natural You by no means need to start looking to hire a

30th Nov 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

Equine careers part 1

All horse lovers dream of a career in the equine industry. Some aspire to be a top coach, competitive riders envision a riding career

1st Nov 2019

AskHQ: Mouldy matters

Q: What could be causing the mould that I’ve found in my tack box? Asked by Jay L.  A: It’s easy for mould to

31st Oct 2019

AskHQ: Sizing foals

Q: How can I tell how big my foal will be when he is an adult? Asked by Tamryn Moolman A: In essence you

30th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Linseed oil

[Q] Why is linseed oil the new thing to feed?  [A] Oils have been available on the equine market for years now, yet there

24th Oct 2019

AskHQ: Cleaning brushes

[Q] How do I clean my grooming brushes? [A] Cleaning grooming brushes is vital, not only for your horse’s health but also for keeping

23rd Oct 2019

AskHQ: Colour vision

Q: What colours can horses see? A: Horses are not colour blind but they can’t see the same colours as we do. Horses have

20th Oct 2019

Applications of skin therapy

There are a number of different ways of delivering active therapeutic ingredients to the skin of the horse. The application system used generally depends

29th Sep 2019

Active ingredients of skin treatments

Decoding the language of skin therapies: Antibacterial – This therapy contains an antibiotic for treating bacterial infections such as infected wounds. Antifungal – This

28th Sep 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Ice Man stretch video 8

Check out this video of Camilla Lamb showing us the final recommended stretch for your horses in this series.

12th Aug 2019

Become a plaiting pro

A neatly plaited horse looks professional when he enters the ring, and in many disciplines plaiting is compulsory. But is it always necessary and

12th Aug 2019

AskHQ: The stressy mare

Q: My mare is relatively calm most of the time, but when she comes into season she becomes horribly stressy. I’ve been advised to

8th Aug 2019

Lorette Knowles-Taylor

Lorette Knowles-Taylor in conversation with Caroline Malan

By Caroline Malan Photography: Denford Studios How is 2019 treating you personally so far? Injuries; challenges; etc Life is generally a challenge 🤣 2019

7th Aug 2019

Leg low-down: Check ligament injuries

Check ligament injuries are characterised by sudden onset swelling on the inside and outside of the forelimb behind the cannon bone, close to the

7th Aug 2019

Leg low-down: suspensory ligament injuries

Suspensory ligament injuries may also cause the tendon sheath to swell and the joint capsule to distend, similar to the appearance created by windgalls.

6th Aug 2019

Ice Man stretch video 7

Check out this video of Camilla Lamb showing us the sixth recommended stretch for your horses. Thank you to Ice Man and the Lipizzaners

5th Aug 2019

Leg low-down: Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a serious condition that is caused by infection of the limb by bacteria. Often the cause of the infection cannot be found,

3rd Aug 2019

AskHQ: The spooky horse

Q: My horse is really spooky about anything we encounter on around the outside of the arena, but he’s absolutely fine jumping pretty much

3rd Aug 2019

AskHQ: Hoof cracks

Q: How can I prevent hoof cracks? A: There are several different types of hoof crack. Sand cracks are due to hoof imbalance or

2nd Aug 2019



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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