Author Archives: Editor

Killers in your paddock

Are our weeds purely a cosmetic blemish in our horsey heaven, or do they actually present a danger to our horses? HQ tackles South Africa’s potentially dangerous weeds with advice on how to identify them, what dangers they present, and how to manage or eradicate them. South African ragwort The first weed that we tackle is ragwort, known and feared ...

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Laureus Polo Cup

The Laureus Polo Cup fundraiser promises an entertaining early evening dinner. The event will host South African celebrity sports ambassadors, Shaun Pollock, Butch James, Elana Meyer, Morne du Plessis and Ernst van Dyk, amongst others, and aims to raise funds to bring about change to the youth in some of the most challenged South African societies. Mingle with some of ...

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Spotted Thoroughbred nabs three wins

An unusually marked white Thoroughbred mare named Buchiko has been making waves in the Japanese racing industry. The four-year-old has won three races and been second twice from 11 starts. Roughly translated from Japanese, Buchiko’s name means dappled girl. On racedays, her handlers wear spotted accessories to complete the picture. Colouring Registered as white, she has dark chestnut “medicine hat” markings on ...

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Stay safe when you ride!

Whenever you ride, it’s important to do everything you can to stay safe and avoid accidents. You might be making simple mistakes that could jeopardise your safety in the saddle. But don’t fret: we’re kicking off the year with 5 safety reminders. 1. Drink enough water This is advice that usually goes in one ear and out the other. If ...

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In-hand work to improve your schooling

During the course of 2015, HQ spoke to German-accredited instructor, Helmut Wagner, about using correct schooling and gymnastics to unlock the natural movement of the dressage horse. This month we get back to the basics, with an overview of in-hand work and how it can help you overcome problems in the saddle. The right tools For correct in-hand work, you ...

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Does your horse have ADHD?

Schooling isn’t easy. It takes commitment, patience and a clear idea of what you hope to achieve. Additional challenges come in the form of the fundamental communication issues we face when working with an animal who has never learned to speak ‘human’. And then there’ll be times when one or both of you are simply having a bad day. Attention ...

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Artificial light for breeding

Horses are seasonal breeders – this is why most foals in the Southern Hemisphere are born during spring and early summer. Their reproductive systems depend on natural sunlight to function. Mares have multiple oestrous cycles throughout the warmer seasons of the year. When the seasons turn colder, a mare’s reproductive cycle becomes irregular and therefore she will be less likely ...

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Boxing Day hunt

The hunt saw a huge turnout of 55 riders on Boxing Day many of whom are not regular hunters. This kept the various field masters – Penny, Andrie and Graham – very busy and on their toes as the novice hunters came to terms with what a hunt is all about. Some riders were even seen swapping bits at the checks. ...

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Jade Hooke

Jade Hooke has been SA’s darling since she claimed her first ‘surprise’ Derby win in 2009 followed by another in 2011. More recently she wowed us by finishing third in the Hickstead Derby and represented the country at the World Equestrian Games in 2014. Now, as she immerses herself in the tough world of international showjumping, Jade speaks to HQ ...

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The Exmoor Pony

Native to the British Isles, the Exmoor Pony has ancient roots in the area – fossil remains of ponies have been found on Exmoor dating back to about 50,000BC. While the Exmoor is not a direct descendant of these ponies, they bear a striking resemblance to these primitive wild ponies. Historical literature resources put the Pony on the Exmoors in ...

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