Horse Channel

Holiday help: peace of mind while you’re away

Whenever we get to this time of year, it’s time to start thinking about putting your horses and yard in safe hands while you’re away. Whether you’re on a smallholding with two or three horses on your property, or run a full-time livery yard, you want someone you can trust to care for your horses as if they were their ...

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From groom to rider

There are many good reasons to invest in expanding your groom’s skill set. For a start, he is the one spending the most time with your horse, some 10 (or more) hours a day. This intensive care can add to marginal gains in competition horses, adding a few percent to your marks or leaving more poles up, or can quite ...

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How to fit a Western saddle

Unlike the more commonly known English saddles, Western saddles are made up of a solid wooden or fibreglass tree, and are therefore not easily adjustable. There are various types of Western saddles, categorised by design for their particular discipline, be it barrel racing, reining, roping or Western pleasure. In South Africa, Western saddles are hard to come by and are ...

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Horses and humans in harmony – The healing ways of Oppistal

Oppistal is a fully fledged equestrian facility situated in the beautiful Cradle of Humankind. They strive to create harmony between humans and horses. Yolanda Steyn, director of Oppistal, believes that horses can assist humans to balance them spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. If one doesn’t deal with an issue on a spiritual, emotional or mental level, the issue will present ...

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Bun in the oven – The development of a foal

It’s very exciting to be involved in breeding a live, healthy foal. Besides, who doesn’t love the sound of tiny hooves cantering around in the paddock alongside your beautiful mare? In part one, which appeared in the July issue (HQ124), we explored the mare’s reproductive cycle. We now look at the stages of gestation of the pregnant mare. Falling pregnant ...

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Are our vets earning enough?

From 24 to 27 July, the South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) and the South African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine (SASVEPM) held a congress at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg. The congress, now in its ninth year, invited veterinarians and industry specialists from all over the country to congregate at Birchwood’s impressive conference centre, which ...

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The new Land Rover Discovery: towing for dummies

The days of getting your friend or the groom to stand behind and direct you are long over. Land Rover’s previous models already feature advanced reverse cameras, and you can set the reverse camera to ‘hitch assist’, which shows you exactly where you need to steer in order to align the tow bar with the horsebox. One-man operation Once you’ve ...

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Tricky transitions

Unless you’re a competitive dressage rider, riding perfect transitions are probably not top of mind. It may not seem like such a big deal if your horse is slightly delayed off the leg or a bit heavy in your hand, but these are subtle signs of something much bigger. Inability to transition upward and downward with ease can be a ...

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Equestrian king, Dominey Alexander, talks Cell C Derby

We caught up with the multitalented equestrian king and Midrand resident Dominey Alexander on his thoughts leading up to this year’s Cell C SA Derby. Derby prep “Unfortunately my preparations for the 2017 Cell C Derby haven’t really gone according to plan with my top horse Armageddon having injured himself at the last World Cup. After some serious TLC and ...

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Nicole Horwood talks Cell C Derby excitement

The SA Derby is rich in history, the highlight of the equestrian calendar and the ‘must-win’ event of every rider’s career. Culminating in the Cell C South African Derby at 2pm on 1 October 2017 at the Kyalami Equestrian Park, this event is not to be missed. Nicole Horwood We caught up with four-time SA Derby champion and mother of ...

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