Author Archives: Editor

Train smarter, not harder

We all know that a horse must be in good condition if you want to perform well at competitions. But what is considered good condition? How can we define this, and what does it mean for your daily training practice? Mostly, we evaluate the intensity of a horse’s training on how we, as a rider or trainer, felt about the ...

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Creating a better canter

It’s often said that your horse’s canter can make or break you as a competitive rider – especially when it comes to jumping and dressage disciplines. Ideally, you want a horse who has an active, fluid and rhythmic canter. Showjumpers and eventers in particular want a horse who has bounce and ground-cover in the canter, so that he can jump ...

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Top tips for mane and tail care

A glossy coat with a flowy mane and tail is one stunning sign of a healthy horse. Some horses are spoilt with a thick tail and a perfect mane, while others are on the complete other side of the spectrum. If your horse’s mane and tail looks a bit ratty, thin, dry, rubbed out or fizzy, then try our top ...

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Choosing a competition horse

Choosing a competition horse can be a daunting prospect, as there are so many horses out there and loads of factors to consider like age, breeding, conformation, temperament and experience. Buying a horse requires a huge investment in time, money and emotion, so you need to get it right if you want a successful partnership. With creatures as beautiful as ...

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The equine horse walker

In the wild, horses would roam over open distances, sometimes walking up to 50km per day. With domestication, horses are obviously restricted from this consistent freedom of movement. While we would all love to turn our horses out into massive paddocks where they can move around freely all day, the reality is that that luxury is not available to all ...

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Planning your cross country round

For some, riding across the country is the real essence of eventing. All those hours spent getting the horses balanced, on the aids and working in harmony with the rider come together on the cross country course. “It’s not just about going flat-out to beat the clock, although speed is one of the requirements – it’s also about jumping ability, ...

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Mud matters

Mud is a reality for many stable yards, particularly those in the Cape region as its winter consists of continuous rain. Other regions will experience heavy rainfall over the summer months, but will go without for the rest of the year. Some yards and studs are more inclined to become victim to muddy conditions than others. Mud is the result ...

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Make the hot horse work for you

A hot horse can either be your worst nightmare or a dream come true. If you’re a nervous rider, then you’ll probably find yourself far more confident and comfortable on a lazy, laid-back horse, but those who are more advanced and competitive may find a hot horse to be nothing short of a fun ride. As nutty as they may ...

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Equine salt spa

A respiratory treatment (using only 100% natural salt) to increase the performance of sport horses has been developed in the UK, and has taken off in a big way in America and all over Europe. Vets who have scoped before and after the treatment cannot believe the difference. It’s now available in South Africa, thanks to the remarkable results achieved ...

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Choosing the right bit

The bit is seen as the rider’s line of communication to the horse. There is great variety when it comes to bitting options, and we are often left overwhelmed by all the choices. It’s important that we as riders are able to make an informed decision and keep our horse’s individuality top of mind when choosing a bit. Like with ...

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