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William Haggas – Racing success at Somerville Lodge

Horseracing is an exciting and complex industry, with thousands of horses, hundreds of trainers and multiple institutions. In our international issue, we look to the top-end niche in the industry, namely Newmarket, and one of the top trainers from the area, William Haggas. Newmarket Newmarket is located in Suffolk, England, approximately 100km north of London. It’s popularly known as the birthplace ...

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Venue profile: Tops International Arena

The state-of-the-art Tops International Arena, situated in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, was built with the equestrian community and sport top of mind. The venue is the brainchild and vision of Dutch Olympic showjumper Jan Tops. He competed in four consecutive Summer Olympic Games, starting in 1988. Tops initiated the Global Champions Tour in 2006, and it continues to be a highlight on ...

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Paddock Paradise

Our horses today live truly domestic lives, and often they are deprived of a natural environment that can impact the small things – like hoof care. Paddock Paradise is a management concept that was first adopted in the United States as a means of providing domestic horses with an environment that is similar to their natural habitat. In 2007, Jaime ...

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Exporting a horse

Many of our top riders source horses overseas and import them to South Africa to compete at the top level of local equestrian sport. While bringing horses in is fairly painless, exporting a horse is an entirely different story with a far more delicate process in place. The majority of our horses who are exported are sent for sale purposes. ...

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Getting South Africa onto the international circuit

South Africa is on the cusp of being internationally competitive – we have had eventers and vaulters represent us in the World Equestrian Games, showjumpers in the World Cup Final, and recently, a dressage rider at the Rio Olympic Games. We seem to be close and yet so far, but what exactly is holding us back? And how feasible, or ...

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Flat feet

Flat-footedness is a common problem that several horse owners and farriers face, and it is especially prominent in Thoroughbreds. Flat feet develop as a result of genetics, conformation faults, poor physical conditions, lack of hoof care or early shoeing, as is the case for most Thoroughbreds. Long toes and underrun heels go hand-in-hand with flat feet. Most horses can recover ...

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Horsey hydration – Winter water management

Your horse, like many other species, needs sufficient water intake on a daily basis to keep him hydrated and to aid in digestion, regardless of whether he is a top competition horse or a happy hack. Over the winter period, a horse’s water intake becomes far less, as he does not need to replenish fluids lost to sweat as he ...

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The heat is on – The benefits of solarium therapy

What is solarium therapy? Some horse solariums use a combination of ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light, and some solariums eliminate harmful UV rays altogether by only using short-wave infrared heat. The heat lamps are fixed into a rounded panel, suspended from the ceiling. The rounded panel allows for a greater targeted surface area of the horse. The heat generates ...

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Internationally standardised equine therapy

The South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) has confirmed the need to regulate therapy on all animals, not only equines. There are a large number of unregulated practitioners working in the field of animal rehabilitation therapy, and the disparity in training has led to huge differences in the range of skills, ability and knowledge of practitioners. There are various short courses ...

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