Horse info & SA blogs

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The Horse's Whiskers

The Horse’s Whiskers

It has long been a tradition to shave the horse’s whiskers, known as vibrissae, around the muzzle and eyes as well as trimming the

AskHQ: Herbs

Q: I’ve heard that some herbs can be planted around my horse’s stable to reduce the number of flies – is this true? A:

AskHQ: Corns

Q: What are corns? A: The ‘seat of corn’ is the area of sole between the bar and the heel wall, and a bruise

AskHQ: Pilates

Q: Why does everyone recommend Pilates for horse riders? Answered by Bonita de Klerk, Pilates instructor A: Riding requires you to have strong core

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.



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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