Horse Channel

Boxing Day hunt

The hunt saw a huge turnout of 55 riders on Boxing Day many of whom are not regular hunters. This kept the various field masters – Penny, Andrie and Graham – very busy and on their toes as the novice hunters came to terms with what a hunt is all about. Some riders were even seen swapping bits at the checks. ...

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Jade Hooke

Jade Hooke has been SA’s darling since she claimed her first ‘surprise’ Derby win in 2009 followed by another in 2011. More recently she wowed us by finishing third in the Hickstead Derby and represented the country at the World Equestrian Games in 2014. Now, as she immerses herself in the tough world of international showjumping, Jade speaks to HQ ...

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The Exmoor Pony

Native to the British Isles, the Exmoor Pony has ancient roots in the area – fossil remains of ponies have been found on Exmoor dating back to about 50,000BC. While the Exmoor is not a direct descendant of these ponies, they bear a striking resemblance to these primitive wild ponies. Historical literature resources put the Pony on the Exmoors in ...

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Skin and coat care

South Africa with its beautiful sunny climate, can wreak havoc with our horse’s coats though. There is nothing worse than a beautiful dark bay all bleached and ‘burnt’ looking with a coat that has lost its silky texture. There are a number of ways to protect your horse from the sun – both internal and external. First we need to ...

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Olympia: Statement on Bertram Allen

Following the Olympia Grand Prix CSI5* at Olympia, The London International Horse Show on 21 December, 2015, Bertram Allen (IRL) was disqualified by the Ground Jury under Article 242.3.1 of the FEI Jumping Rules when the FEI Steward tasked with the mandatory post-competition boot and bandage control reported to the Ground Jury that Allen’s horse, Quiet Easy, had presented with ...

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Equilume

Ever wondered why foals are born during the summer? Horses are seasonal breeding animals, meaning that they prefer to breed during the light summer seasons. A horse’s gestation period is 11 months, so a mare will foal down in the next summer season. The reason for this is that animals of prey who are born during the warm and light ...

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Rand Hunt: Palmietfontein

This hunt is a popular favourite as the open countryside is so beautiful and peaceful and out hosts so welcoming. The farm at Nigel is about 1 hour and 45 minutes  towing time from Inanda Country Base which makes it a very easy day’s outing with the horses.  There was some rain during the previous week making the ground and weather very ...

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Mpumalanga Dressage Champs 2015

The Lowveld Equestrian Club introduced Costumed freestyle to music and Pas de Deux classes last year in an effort to lighten up the mood at these shows. What a success it has been! The fever ran high again at this year’s championships held at Mataffin Riding Club in Nelspruit during the last week-end of October, and riders had enormous fun ...

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Straightness Training

Straightness Training is a programme based on the wisdom and techniques of the old dressage masters: Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere, Antoine de Pluvinel, Francois Baucher and Gustav Steinbrecht to name a few. It takes this knowledge a step further by incorporating more modern concepts like learning theory, behavioural science and biomechanics. It is a method onto which can be ...

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Rand Hunt: Children’s Meet

Sunday 6 December was a beautiful sunny day and everyone gathered in the now very green bowl below the ICB Clubhouse for the traditional speeches and stirrup cup. A large field of 72 riders turned out for the annual Children’s Meet. There were some exceptionally beautiful ponies present. Although anyone can attend this hunt, it is understood by all that ...

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