Horse info & SA blogs

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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

10th Feb 2020

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

9th Feb 2020

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

7th Feb 2020

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

19th Jan 2020

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

18th Jan 2020

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?

17th Jan 2020

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

16th Jan 2020

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

15th Jan 2020

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

13th Jan 2020

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

21st Dec 2019

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

20th Dec 2019

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

19th Dec 2019

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

18th Dec 2019

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

18th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Import issues

Q: When you import a horse, what is the flight like? Do horses find it very stressful? A: There is a variety of flight

14th Dec 2019

AskHQ: What is ‘Soft Feel’ in Cowboy Dressage®?

Q: What is ‘Soft Feel’ in Cowboy Dressage? A: ‘Soft Feel’ (or ‘Fresh Rein’) is the guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage® World. It is

13th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Cowboy dressage®

Q: What is Cowboy Dressage®? A: The discipline of Cowboy Dressage® was born in 2013. For a short period of time, Western Dressage and

12th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Conformation

Q: Which conformational factors are considered important to look for in a riding horse? A: When looking at the conformation of the horse to

11th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Uphill or downhill

Q: Is my horse built ‘uphill’ or ‘downhill’? A: Body balance is partly determined by the relative height of the croup and withers of

10th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Pastern bone

Q: When is a pastern considered too short? Q: The pastern is the area between the fetlock joint and the top of the hoof,

10th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Large feet

Q: Why are large feet preferred in horses? A: It is not simply that large feet are preferred, but rather that the feet need

9th Dec 2019


‘Tis the season to be jolly and South Africans are bracing themselves for a sunny festive season filled with family, loved ones and the

9th Dec 2019

AskHQ: Barrel-chested

Q: People say my horse is barrel-chested. What does this mean? Is it a positive or a negative? A: There are two types of chest

6th Dec 2019

Nerve blocking – getting to the root of lameness Part 2

Text: Hayley Kruger Photography: Shutterstock Continued from yesterday’s article… Types of blocks The palmar digital nerve block is performed by injecting a small amount

5th Dec 2019

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



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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