Horse Channel

Effects of training too hard, too soon

It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to school a young horse and see the progress through many hours of training, time and effort. However, all too often riders and trainers get carried away too quickly, and we subject the young horse to injury – not intentionally, but it can happen nonetheless. We explore the main training injuries sustained by ...

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Is the young horse right as a first horse?

Why is it that young horses often seem to end up as a rider’s first horse? The answer is simple: they’re affordable. Most riders don’t want to spend an outright fortune on their first horse, and are looking for something they can keep for a long time and really build to be their own. The logic? A young horse, probably ...

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A working diet

A well-balanced diet is of utmost importance when it comes to the young horse, and ideally you need to feed something that complements his growth development and workload. Renita de Beer of Royal Feeds shares her insights about how young horses should be fed and constructing the perfect meal plan. Diet structure Horses are grazers by nature. Their bodies are ...

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Investing in a thrill and a dream

Be it the excitement of watching your Thoroughbred approaching the starting gate on race day, or the lifestyle afforded to South Africa’s glamourous horse racing fraternity, owning a racehorse is a pursuit with many enjoyable benefits. For those who are interested in investing in a racehorse of their own, the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale is a great place ...

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Part 2: How to sell your horse

In part one of this series, we provided a guide on how to correctly advertise your horse as per his age and level. Hopefully you have managed to please prospective buyers with your attractive advert, and they are now taking that next step of arranging a tryout. While most serious buyers will try a horse at least two times before ...

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Perfect plaits

A neatly plaited horse looks professional when he enters the ring, and in many disciplines plaiting is compulsory. But is it always necessary and what constitutes the perfect plait? Certain styles, for example the use of white tape for dressage, go in and out of fashion, but for showing classes in particular, very little has changed over the years. Some ...

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The Nissan Easter Festival

Now in its eighth year, the Nissan Easter Festival is a highlight for many far and wide – not least of all the horse-loving families of Kyalami. With over 4,500 people attending the show each year, it continues to be a win both in the arena and out – and not only for showjumping, but for dressage, equitation and showing ...

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A tribute to Titanic

  As I start to write this, I’m already feeling quite choked up. Over an almost five-year period, Nissan Titanic (fondly known as T) and I made many wonderful memories together, with lots of ups and downs, as with every horse-rider partnership. Before I go any further, I want to explain that although there are many facts included here, I ...

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Train your riders better

  People differ from one another, and that’s a good thing: it makes the world more diverse and colourful. It also explains why you instantly ‘click’ with a certain person, while others are harder to communicate with. As a trainer, you probably recognise that some clients immediately understand your coaching, while others need more information and may repeatedly ask you ...

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Working equitation

Working equitation, better known by its Spanish name Doma Vaquera, can literally be translated into ‘schooling of the stock horse’. This fast-growing international equestrian sport is also representative of one of the oldest riding disciplines in the world. Its origins lie in the need for European cowboys to practice the skills of their horses to enable them to work with ...

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