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The horse’s digestive system

Horses are trickle feeders and non-ruminant herbivores, meaning that they are designed to graze for most of the day on vegetation, and process their feed through one stomach chamber. The equine digestive system is unique in the way in which it processes feed. Feed is first processed enzymatically in the foregut (stomach and small intestine) and then ferments in the ...

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What to consider when vetting a horse for purchase

Most people buying a horse today will request at least a basic ‘prepurchase exam’ to be carried out by a veterinarian. Others will want a more advanced prepurchase exam that includes blood tests and radiographs, for example. This is of course wise to prevent serious heartache down the line, but what is this exam really about and just how seriously ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Nicola Sime-Riley

Who are the horses that you’ll be competing on at this years NEF? Sunny Park Stables Elpaso and Fulvic Connoisseur in the 1.50m. Tell us about your horses’ personalities? They are both triers. Elpaso has a lot of personality – he squeals and bucks when he’s having fun. Con can have that ‘wild side’ at times and I call him ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Dominey Alexander

Having placed third in the 2017 Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix, rider and coach Dominey Alexander gave us an update on his preparations ahead of this year’s Nissan Easter Festival. Who are the horses that you’ll be competing on at this years NEF? I’ll be jumping Armageddon and Discovery Enjoy 68 in the 1.5m, Discovery Cellehof Drummer Boy and Athena VI ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Thomas Triggol

Who are the horses that you’ll be competing at this years Nissan Easter Festival My name is Thomas Triggol, and the horses that I’ll be competing on at NEF are: Callaho’s Fiona Callaho’s Charlien 7 Callaho’s Faith Topbet Lord Abbendorp. I’ll be competing all four of these horses, in the Junior 1,35m classes Tell us about your horses’ personalities? Callaho’s ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Marlene Sinclair

Having placed 6th in the 2017 Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix, Marlene Sinclair is looking forward to the 2018 competition, in which she hopes to better her 2017 placing. Who are the horses that you’ll be competing at this years Nissan Easter Festival? Camaro will jump in the 1.50m and hopefully the Outdoor Grand Prix, and Douglas M will jump ...

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Muscle up: conditioning your horse

Muscle is the most adaptive tissue in the body in that it can grow and develop with training and degenerate and become weaker during periods of inactivity. Trained muscle is more efficient because: It has an increased number in the size and type of muscle fibres, which make up the muscle. It has an increased blood supply, so more nutrients ...

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Nothing can compete with a balanced and well-fitting saddle that provides comfort and freedom of movement for your horse. However, it can be tricky to find a perfectly fitting saddle on a budget or for a horse with an unconventional back. A half pad can correct fit or provide for a suitable compromise, and there are several options of pads ...

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Penetrating wounds of the foot

Puncture wounds of the equine foot are common and can be very serious. The most common objects that penetrate horses’ feet are nails and screws, but other sharp objects such as pieces of farm implements can sometimes cause these penetrating wounds too. If a sharp object penetrates a horse’s foot, it can damage the sensitive tissues and deeper structures underneath ...

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Lisa Williams and Discovery Campbell on the road to WEG

It’s always a proud day when one of our own is selected to compete at international level. Lisa Williams and Vitality Campbell (formerly Discovery Campbell) have been tearing up the showjumping arena lately, taking home win after win. After qualifying last year for the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG), which will be held in Tryon, North Carolina (USA) later this ...

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