Author Archives: Editor

Nerve blocking

One of the biggest mysteries horse owners can face is why their horses may be lame. Lameness has a variety of causes, and it is often very difficult to pinpoint exactly what the cause of it is. With modern technology and extensive research, veterinary practices have advanced to making use of nerve and joint blocks to aid in deciphering where ...

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What to look for when buying a youngster

When you buy a young horse, you buy potential. The only thing a young horse can offer is his conformation, temperament and bloodline. Some young horses will be further along in their schooling and may even have gone to their first training show by the time you go and see him, but at the end of the day the young ...

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Positive flexion tests

Flexion tests of both the fore- and hindlimbs are common diagnostic tools, particularly used for the purposes of pre-purchase examination. Many of us have heard the words ‘failed flexion test’ or ‘positive flexion test’ when looking into buying or selling a horse, but what do these terms really mean? What is the significance of these results and how seriously should ...

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Effects of training too hard, too soon

It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to school a young horse and see the progress through many hours of training, time and effort. However, all too often riders and trainers get carried away too quickly, and we subject the young horse to injury – not intentionally, but it can happen nonetheless. We explore the main training injuries sustained by ...

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Headshakers

Horses shaking their heads is quite normal. Horses need to get rid of annoying flies, which they can do by a rippling effect of the panniculus muscles on their flanks, tail swishing, foot stamping or headshaking. However, chronic headshaking is a different story. It takes on a whole new meaning when this behaviour is performed frequently, if not constantly, mainly ...

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Is the young horse right as a first horse?

Why is it that young horses often seem to end up as a rider’s first horse? The answer is simple: they’re affordable. Most riders don’t want to spend an outright fortune on their first horse, and are looking for something they can keep for a long time and really build to be their own. The logic? A young horse, probably ...

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A working diet

A well-balanced diet is of utmost importance when it comes to the young horse, and ideally you need to feed something that complements his growth development and workload. Renita de Beer of Royal Feeds shares her insights about how young horses should be fed and constructing the perfect meal plan. Diet structure Horses are grazers by nature. Their bodies are ...

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Investing in a thrill and a dream

Be it the excitement of watching your Thoroughbred approaching the starting gate on race day, or the lifestyle afforded to South Africa’s glamourous horse racing fraternity, owning a racehorse is a pursuit with many enjoyable benefits. For those who are interested in investing in a racehorse of their own, the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale is a great place ...

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Home, sweet home

Any horse owner only wants what’s best for his or her horse. As much as we’d all love to have our horses home with us, under our watchful eye, this simply isn’t a reality for the majority of horse owners in South Africa. This means we end up putting our horses into livery, trusting the stable managers to keep an ...

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Boots: best foot forward

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to boots, and these days boots are even more innovative and technologically advanced than ever before. Boots come in a variety of materials and are secured with Velcro, buckles or clips. With so many options available, it can be tricky to pick out the best boots for your horse. We’ve put together ...

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