Horse info & SA blogs

With a generally interesting international / local section under Lifestyle which may not have anything to do with equestrian at all.

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

Leg low-down: What is a splint?

Splints are bony lumps usually seen on the inside of the upper half of the cannon and splint bone in the forelimbs. They most

1st Aug 2019

Top tips for making grazing last

Field rotation. This is one of the simplest options if you are able to divide your field into smaller paddocks. This system means that

31st Jul 2019

Ice Man stretch video 6

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

29th Jul 2019

14 questions with Barry Taylor

1. How is 2019 treating your string thus far? Companeiro has grown into a top horse this year. He has been 2nd in two

22nd Jul 2019


As parts of South Africa adopt the browner hues of winter, fire becomes an increasing concern. Fire poses huge threats to our animals, our

21st Jul 2019

Cool it down

The cool-down is one of the most important parts of your training session with your horse. Just like warming a horse up before exercise

19th Jul 2019

Ice Man stretch video 5

Watch this video of Camilla Lamb from the Lipizzaners showing us the fourth recommended stretch for your horses. Thank you to Ice man and

15th Jul 2019

Ice Man stretch video 4

Here is the third video in our series with Ice Man and the Lipizzaners. In this video, Camilla lamb demonstrates a neck stretch that

24th Jun 2019

Ice Man stretch video 3

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

7th Jun 2019

Stretching videos by Ice Man and the SA Lipizzaners

Here is the introduction to the series of videos we will be running over the next few weeks on stretching for the horse. Thank

15th May 2019

Midfeeds’ AHS talk with Dr Ockert Botha

A huge thank you has to go to Simon Burn and the Midfeeds’ team for organising last night’s excellent talk with Dr Ockert Botha

3rd Apr 2019

5 minutes with Nicola Sime-Riley

Tell us how your Reonet show went overall? The horses jumped so well and it really was a lovely show. It was the first

27th Mar 2019

Aids vs cues

Text: Hayley Kruger There is no single correct way of training a horse – for years there have been people who follow different schools

22nd Mar 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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