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Sun International unveiled as The Met’s new sponsor

In 1883, a fleet-footed horse named Sir Hercules galloped into the history books by winning the first-ever Metropolitan Mile horserace in Cape Town. Since then, ‘The Met’ has grown in stature and size to become South Africa’s oldest horse race, and one of its most prestigious. From its earliest years, when people attended the race dressed in their finest to ...

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Feeding the retired Thoroughbred

Brave, talented, versatile … off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) make fantastic sport and leisure horses who can easily be retrained into a second career. While they need to adjust mentally and physically to their new life, it’s equally important to transition their digestive system back to a high forage diet. If you do this correctly, you will end up being one of ...

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Collection work

We all seem to agree that training must first and foremost contribute to the physical development of the horse. Ultimate collection does not only ask a great deal of straightness, flexibility and co-ordination, it also asks tremendous mental concentration and contribution from your horse. What is collection? Very briefly, in collection you want the horse to shift his weight, which ...

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Colic: when surgery is needed

In previous articles, we discussed colic as an umbrella term for ‘abdominal pain in the equine’ and looked at some of the many causes of this all too common condition. Regardless of the cause of the colic, however, the fact remains that if your vet has exhausted all forms of medical management, you will be advised to get your horse ...

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Team Nissan ready for derby

This year’s SA Derby will commence at Kyalami Park from 28 September – 2 October 2016, and the Team Nissan Showjumping Team are most certainly up for the challenge, despite losing number 1 ranked SA rider Lorette Knowles-Taylor through a shoulder injury. Husband Barry Taylor hopes to qualify for the prestigious SA Derby at 2pm on 2 October on Lorette’s ...

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Dressage for the showjumping horse

While showjumping might seem like a ‘point and shoot’ discipline to some spectators, a good showjumping round requires much more from the horse than just clearing the jumps. Showjumping demands the horse to be adjustable, flexible, in balance, have straightness in his body and have a good and powerful canter. Working the horse on the flat helps to keep him ...

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Spring cleaning

As we come out of the chilly winter season, it’s time to start looking forward to the warmer summer season. Summer means sunshine, green grass, much-needed rain, longer days, and more time to ride. With so much to look forward to, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is maintenance around the yard. If you’ve let the cold winter ...

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Sport psychology for the equestrian

Sport psychology, or mental toughness if you prefer, applies to both amateur and professional equestrians. Sport psychology began as early as 1898 when research showed that cyclists performed better when they rode as a group rather than as individuals. In the 1960s, sport psychologists began to accompany teams to competitions, including the Olympic Games, and the International Society of Sport ...

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Tackling water complexes with confidence

Have you ever wondered why some horses fear water? Eventers and some showjumpers can have a hard time convincing their horses to go through water complexes or over water jumps. A young horse naturally fears puddles, because the position of his eyes on the sides of his head doesn’t allow him to see directly beneath him. He can also only ...

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Does your pony love you?

There’s no doubt that most of us love our ponies more than anything in the world! Even if you don’t have a pony of your own, perhaps you have a favourite pony at the yard or you lease a pony from someone. Either way, you probably have that one pony in your life that is so special to you and ...

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