Horse Channel

Road safety

Every horse owner would love unlimited access to miles of bridle paths and open land, never having to set hoof on a road. For most riders, though, roadwork is unavoidable, and they will spend some time on public roads whenever they go out of the stable yard. Today, there are higher numbers of cars on the roads, and more people ...

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Great horse: Totilas

Totilas, foaled 23 May 2000, is considered to be one of the best dressage horses in the world. The Dutch stallion became the first horse to score above 90% in a dressage competition and is a former world-record holder in the Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage. Totilas was retired from competition in August 2015. Fact file Name: Totilas Sire: Gribaldi Dam: ...

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Saddle fitting for the modern horse

We all know that one of the keys to a happy athlete is correctly fitting tack. In the December issue of HQ, we touched on the topic of bitting for the individual horse’s mouth. Another key piece of tack that is not up for debate is the saddle. Regular saddle fitting is vital to ensure the comfort of the equine ...

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Breeding to sell

  Most breeders get into the business of horse breeding because they have a deep-rooted love of the animals. The desire to understand their chosen breed and work towards constant improvement of the youngstock should be the fundamental motivation behind a good breeding programme. The belief that the commercial side of breeding will allow them the opportunity to be immersed ...

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Saddle and tack theft

When your treasured saddle is stolen, it’s usually nothing short of catastrophic. Not only have you lost a valuable item that probably carries a well-known brand name, but you’ve also lost a piece of sports equipment that has been carefully chosen and maintained to custom-fit you and your horse. In some cases, saddles are irreplaceable, either because they were specially ...

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Local colt fetches a cool R1.5 million at yearling sale

A dream came true for two assistant farm managers at Varsfontein stud farm, Jaco Erasmus and his wife Carolyn, when they sold a thoroughbred colt for R1.5 million at the Bloodstock South Africa (marketing and sales arm of the of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association South Africa) Cape regional sale held at the luxurious Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley ...

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Highlights of Stuart Walker clinic

A Stuart Walker Showjumping Clinic was held over the weekend of 19-21 February, 2016, at two venues in Gaborone, one in the north and one in the south. The clinic was hosted by the Horse Society of Botswana and the lessons were subsidised by the HSB so that the cost to the rider for a one hour group lesson was BWP250.00 ...

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Horses can ‘see’ human emotions

In an experiment using photographs of male human faces, scientists from the University of Sussex showed that domestic horses “responded negatively” to angry expressions.  The scientists say domestication may have enabled horses to adapt to and interpret human behaviour. The study The team carried out their tests at riding stables – presenting large photographs to a total of 28 horses. “One ...

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New horse movement restriction effective this month

A ban on the direct movement of horses into the Western Cape’s African Horse Sickness (AHS) Controlled Area zones comes into effect on Monday (1 February 2016). Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the movement restrictions meant that all horses entering the province’s AHS Controlled Area would spend 14 days at a stop-quarantine facility. “We need to protect our ...

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Rider profile: Dominey Alexander

It’s hard not to feel a little star-struck when talking to Dominey Alexander; he has the polished grooming of a celebrity, which extends not only to his horses, but also to his performance in the ring. Anyone who has seen the man in action will admit that he’s a class act. Although he vehemently describes himself as a showjumper, Dominey ...

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