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Nissan Winter Classic off to a great start

Glorious weather, a fantastic setting and international-level showjumping have drawn big crowds to the first three days of the Nissan Winter Classic being held at Durban Shongweni Club in KwaZulu-Natal. This annual five-day event forms part of the FEI World Cup Qualifier Series and attracts the highest level of showjumpers. “Everybody is raving about the showjumping and the glorious weather,” ...

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Good turnout – Showjumping

The subtleties of show turnout can make or break a good performance in the ring, particularly when it comes to showing. Even in dressage and showjumping, you can give yourself the psychological edge by knowing that your horse is correctly turned out for your class, since the rules and preferences can vary from one discipline to the next. Let’s face ...

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Equestrian property – rent or buy?

Renting a house or buying your first equestrian property can be an intimidating and stressful period in your life. All the terms and conditions and hidden costs involved can turn out to be messy if you don’t know what you are in for. Instead of becoming overwhelmed, just look at it as searching for the perfect riding boots. Browse catalogues, ...

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Hoof faults

Just like people, horses have differences when it comes to the shape and size of their feet. For some, a hoof fault can result in strain on the legs or other parts of the body. Limb deviations (such as legs that are not straight) add to the challenge of trimming and keeping your pony sound. Always use a qualified farrier ...

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Show prep for the long term

Showing is definitely the glamorous side of equestrian sport, focusing on beauty, type, conformation, rideability and presentation. Adding in all the little extras and knowing how to make the best of your horse’s conformation and looks is often the difference between earning a placed rosette and winning a championship. Keeping your show horse at a good foundation level ensures minimal ...

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Safe horse handling

Regardless of whether you are working with a horse or a pony, almost any equine will be bigger, stronger and heavier than you are, which means that without knowledge of correct handling, you’ll always be at a disadvantage. Key elements The secret to a happy, safe relationship with your pony is down to a few key elements: consistency, fairness, respect ...

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Want to be a horse safari guide?

The African continent is known for its excellent game-viewing opportunities, and what better way to get up close and personal than on horseback? Horse-riding game safaris are becoming increasingly popular with locals and international visitors alike, which means there are more jobs available for horse lovers who want to show off our amazing country and the animals who live here. ...

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Futura dominates J&B Met field

The 2015 J&B Met run over 2,000m at Kenilworth on 31 January was won in scintillating fashion by the Brett Crawford-trained Futura, who started second favourite at 2/1 and was ridden by Bernard Fayd’Herbe. Fayd’Herbe, who won this race twice on the great Pocket Power, spoke of how easy Futura was to work with and the striking looking bay was ...

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The Akhal-Teke

Descended from the ancient Turkmenian horse found in the southern region of the modern country of Turkmenistan, the Akhal-Teke was a favoured cavalry mount and racehorse for 3,000 years before facing a survival challenge following the Russian occupation of Turkmenistan in 1917 – at its lowest point some estimates put figures at just 1,250. Thanks to global breeding programmes numbers ...

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Spain tops 10th leg of Longines Jumping

Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya and Carlo returned to top form to win the tenth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2014/2015 Western European League series at Zurich in Switzerland. The grey gelding had not been showing his usual sparkle over the winter months, but with his 30-year-old rider in determined mood, he out-galloped the Irish partnership of Bertram ...

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