Author Archives: Editor

The shoulder-in

At the risk of sounding like every instructor who has ever taught you, I am going to start with a critical piece of information: If you are ever struggling to master a new movement or technique, you need to go back to basics. In dressage horses, this boils down to establishing balance and straightness. Regardless of if your horse is ...

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Stressed out

We all experience stress to some degree, and our horses are no different. A little stress can be a good thing if it is channelled in a positive way, but too much may cause distress, particularly in the horse who has a ‘fight or flight’ coping mechanism. Stress results in a high level of energy in the muscles, increasing the ...

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Fitness and wellbeing for riders

While we tirelessly put hours into training and maintaining our horses, we seldom remember to look after ourselves. Our horses are athletes – there’s no doubt about it – and riders work hard to make sure that they are trained correctly, fed a careful diet, and receive all their necessary treatments to keep them in top shape. However, an athletic ...

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Nissan Easter Festival Success

Easter is celebrated yearly at the Nissan Easter Festival in a very special way.  Family and friends gather from all over Africa to enjoy a spectrum of entertainment for everyone to enjoy! The Nissan Easter Festival took place from 19- 28 March at the world-class Kyalami Equestrian Park in Johannesburg. It came alive for a full weekend of action-packed events ...

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Road safety

Every horse owner would love unlimited access to miles of bridle paths and open land, never having to set hoof on a road. For most riders, though, roadwork is unavoidable, and they will spend some time on public roads whenever they go out of the stable yard. Today, there are higher numbers of cars on the roads, and more people ...

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Great horse: Totilas

Totilas, foaled 23 May 2000, is considered to be one of the best dressage horses in the world. The Dutch stallion became the first horse to score above 90% in a dressage competition and is a former world-record holder in the Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage. Totilas was retired from competition in August 2015. Fact file Name: Totilas Sire: Gribaldi Dam: ...

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Saddle fitting for the modern horse

We all know that one of the keys to a happy athlete is correctly fitting tack. In the December issue of HQ, we touched on the topic of bitting for the individual horse’s mouth. Another key piece of tack that is not up for debate is the saddle. Regular saddle fitting is vital to ensure the comfort of the equine ...

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Breeding to sell

  Most breeders get into the business of horse breeding because they have a deep-rooted love of the animals. The desire to understand their chosen breed and work towards constant improvement of the youngstock should be the fundamental motivation behind a good breeding programme. The belief that the commercial side of breeding will allow them the opportunity to be immersed ...

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Saddle and tack theft

When your treasured saddle is stolen, it’s usually nothing short of catastrophic. Not only have you lost a valuable item that probably carries a well-known brand name, but you’ve also lost a piece of sports equipment that has been carefully chosen and maintained to custom-fit you and your horse. In some cases, saddles are irreplaceable, either because they were specially ...

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Local colt fetches a cool R1.5 million at yearling sale

A dream came true for two assistant farm managers at Varsfontein stud farm, Jaco Erasmus and his wife Carolyn, when they sold a thoroughbred colt for R1.5 million at the Bloodstock South Africa (marketing and sales arm of the of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association South Africa) Cape regional sale held at the luxurious Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley ...

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