Q: What is the difference between a hot-blooded, cold-blooded and warm-blooded horse? A: These terms are used to group the different breeds of horses (loosely) according to their temperament (NOT the temperature of their blood!). Arabian and Thoroughbred horses are considered to be hot-blooded, as they tend to be a […]
Q: What is a parrot mouth? A severe parrot mouth is seen in the skull of this young horse. A: Ideally, a horse has an aligned jaw, but in some cases horses have either undershot or overshot jaws. An overshot jaw is referred to as a parrot mouth. In this […]
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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

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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… 

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Q: What is public liability cover and how does it work? When can or can’t you claim? A: Public liability cover is insurance cover that…

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Q: How do you teach a horse to spin? A: A spin is a forward trot manoeuvre. The best way to teach the spin is…

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Q: Is it worthwhile to pay for insurance in case my horse needs a colic op in future? A; Ultimately, colic surgery is not cheap.…

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Q: What is the difference between therapeutic and diagnostic ultrasound? Asked by Caitlin White A: Diagnostic ultrasound involves the use of ultrasound waves to produce…

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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 sure…

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Q: What are the minimum recommended dimensions of a stable? A: Expecting horses to stay happy when cooped up for hours in a stable is…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 conformation…

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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 of…

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

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

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Q: What is the longest I can leave my horse unworked without him getting fresh? A: This is a difficult question to answer, because so…

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Q: How can I get my horse to overcome his fear of water? A: Fear of water is a very common issue in horses. They…

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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, you…

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

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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 grow…

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Q: How can I tell how big my foal will be when he is an adult? Asked by Tamryn Moolman A: In essence you can’t.…

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