Horse Health

Top tips for mane and tail care

A glossy coat with a flowy mane and tail is one stunning sign of a healthy horse. Some horses are spoilt with a thick tail and a perfect mane, while others are on the complete other side of the spectrum. If your horse’s mane and tail looks a bit ratty, thin, dry, rubbed out or fizzy, then try our top ...

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The equine horse walker

In the wild, horses would roam over open distances, sometimes walking up to 50km per day. With domestication, horses are obviously restricted from this consistent freedom of movement. While we would all love to turn our horses out into massive paddocks where they can move around freely all day, the reality is that that luxury is not available to all ...

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Mud matters

Mud is a reality for many stable yards, particularly those in the Cape region as its winter consists of continuous rain. Other regions will experience heavy rainfall over the summer months, but will go without for the rest of the year. Some yards and studs are more inclined to become victim to muddy conditions than others. Mud is the result ...

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Equine salt spa

A respiratory treatment (using only 100% natural salt) to increase the performance of sport horses has been developed in the UK, and has taken off in a big way in America and all over Europe. Vets who have scoped before and after the treatment cannot believe the difference. It’s now available in South Africa, thanks to the remarkable results achieved ...

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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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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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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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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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Are you a positive coach?

Nowadays, more attention is paid to topics such as anatomy and learning theory of the horse. It is a great advantage for you as a trainer if you have a basic understanding of how the horse learns, but understanding how a rider learns is an entirely different thing. Equine Support International (ESI) brings you a series of three articles that ...

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