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Taking In A Rescue

The reality of the never-ending stream of abused and abandoned horses is a bitter pill to swallow. The state that these animals are found in is truly heartbreaking. For the ‘lucky’ few who do make it to rescue organisations, the journey has only begun. Horses suffer from post-traumatic stress and do struggle to move past their bad experiences. Taking in ...

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Feed Your Brain

We are usually calm and relaxed when we school and train our horses in the familiar environment of home. However, our performance often falls short when we head out to compete at showgrounds. It’s disappointing to ride a bad test or have poles down when you have prepared thoroughly for your show. More often than not, it comes down to ...

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Ease The Anxiety

Just like people, horses come in all types of personalities. Some breeds even tend toward a certain type of personality more than others. Horses are prey animals by nature, meaning that their instincts tell them to constantly be on the lookout for potential threats, thereby making them very wary of their immediate surroundings. Some horses are naturally more skittish or ...

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Rose Lane Equine Training Centre

Many people in the equine industry overlook the importance of their first riding instructor – the one who helps you to take your first steps on the lifelong journey that the love of horses is for most of us. This is the premise that led Liesl McGee to found Rose Lane Equine Training Centre just outside of Pretoria. “I have ...

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Bad Behaviour

There is an expression that says, “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” This describes precisely one of the biggest contributing factors to problem behaviour in horses: the way we think about them. Horses are not humans We have ...

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Warm-up

Warming up correctly is crucial to success in the ring, but sometimes surviving the warm-up arena can be more stressful than actually competing! At many venues the warm-up arenas are small and crowded. Some riders are so absorbed in what they are doing that they don’t pay attention to those around them, and so it’s not unusual to have someone ...

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Spookbusting

Spooking is the natural reaction of a startled horse. After all, it’s this capacity to detect danger and lightning-fast reflexes that have kept these prey animals out of the jaws of predators in the wild for centuries. Even the quietest, most bombproof of horses can be frightened into a sudden change of direction or a sideways leap, but even though ...

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Aids Versus Cues

There is no single correct way of training a horse – for years there have been people who follow different schools of thought, like the French versus German dressage methods, Western versus English riding, and jumping versus trail riding. In each of these disciplines, the rider will probably train and ride the horse in different ways, yet the horse still ...

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Carthorse protection

It’s a common sight in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town to see a small horse trotting along the road, pulling a wooden cart behind him. Thanks to the dedication of the Cart Horse Protection Association (CHPA), most of the horses are now healthy and well cared for. Back in 1995, the CHPA was established in an attempt to ...

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Rubbing it in

The summer season often sparks skin irritation that can cause your horse to rub. Sweet itch is common during this time of year, and while most cases can be treated at home, more serious cases require veterinary attention. Excessive or untreated rubbing can result in raw patches of skin, which are then at risk of becoming infected. There are several ...

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