Horse Channel

Get to know: Liam Stevens

Are you curious to know more about Nissan rider Liam Stevens? Check out these 15 fun questions, proudly brought to you by the PR Machine and HQ! What’s your nickname and why?  Lee, I’m sure it just comes from my name. Do you own any pets? Yes, Loki and Tinkabell are my two Pitbulls. Loki is my partner in crime. ...

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Skin talk

Did you know that the skin is not only the largest organ of the human body, but also one of the cleverest? Not only is the health and condition of your skin responsible for the way you look and feel, but it has many other ‘hidden’ functions as well. Your skin matters Skin represents the primary barrier between the body ...

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Bit sores

This month we look at damage to the mouth caused by poorly fitting and unsuitable bits. If a horse is poorly fitted, he will experience and express discomfort. Discomfort can explain a lot of a horse’s behaviour. Many horses have damage in their mouths caused by the bit or mistreatment of the bit, which owners may be unaware of. Natascha ...

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How do I get my horse off the forehand?

A horse who is very on the forehand is always difficult to ride because it takes a method that is actually the opposite of what you want to do. The natural response when a horse pulls on the reins is to pull back. The problem with that is when you start pulling the reins, the horse slows down and uses ...

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Winter feeding

With the onset of winter, you may need to adjust your horse’s feeding to keep him healthy and correctly nourished through the colder months. Winter energy requirements In colder weather, some horses may need to eat more to maintain their condition. This depends on many factors – a horse with a good coat who is well sheltered should be fine even ...

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Is your horse overweight?

We would all like our horses to be at their ideal weight, particularly if we are competing. The fact that racehorses are handicapped by having lead weights added to their saddles is evidence of how much extra weight affects performance. Horses, like their human counterparts, come in all shapes and sizes and some are more prone to putting on weight ...

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Manners matter

A horse who is well mannered is an absolute dream for any horse owner and rider. Ask anyone who has dealt with a horse with bad manners and they will tell you that it makes life impossibly difficult, especially when it comes to handling the horse on a day-to-day basis. Bad manners are seldom a case of naughtiness, but rather ...

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Lengthening and collection

Lengthening and collecting is a useful exercise to practice during schooling sessions because it improves your horse’s level of responsiveness and accuracy, as well as encouraging your horse off the forehand and onto his hind legs. It’s important not to overdo the lengthening and collection in any schooling session because it puts more strain on your horse and can be ...

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Nissan Winter Classic off to a great start

The Nissan Winter Classic 2016 is in full swing with two days of KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest showjumping competition already successfully completed. However, visitors to the Durban Shongweni Club can look forward to a full programme of captivating equestrian, canine and vehicular events over the next three days. “Overall the conditions for the various competitions have been perfect,” said co-organiser, Jodi Wolhuter. ...

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Land Rover teams take top spots at Land Rover Durban HIGHGOAL tournament

Superb weather, top quality polocrosse action and a beautiful setting ensured a highly successful inaugural Land Rover Durban HIGHGOAL tournament at the Durban Shongweni Club last weekend (27 to 29 May). Both Land Rover men’s and ladies’ teams came out in first position after neck-and-neck games that saw all teams pushing themselves to the limit. Taking the prize in the ...

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