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Reporting cases of suspected equine abuse and neglect

While we dream of an animal abuse-free world, this is sadly not today’s reality. If you suspect abuse or neglect, it is important to take proper steps to report it. Highveld Horse Care Unit (HHCU) shares how to best go about reporting abuse or neglect. Identity The HHCU depends on the public to report any and all suspected forms of ...

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South African Army horses neglected – yet again

Inspectors from the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) were horrified to discover that horses in the care of the South African Army Special Infantry Capability (SAASIC) unit of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) were starving to death. 25 horses on the army base were in such an emaciated condition or compromised state of health that to prevent their ...

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Inside your horse’s ears

  The equine outer ear includes the pinna (the flap of the ear) and the external auditory canal (the cuplike ear canal). The pinna collects soundwaves and channels them from the external auditory canal to the middle ear, where they meet the tympanic membrane (the eardrum) and cause it to vibrate. Here the ossicles (the auditory bones) transmit the tympanic ...

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Warm-up arena etiquette

When it comes to competing at a show, both horse and rider usually find the warm-up arena more stressful than the actual ring. The warm-up arena is a chaotic place, and a rider who doesn’t exercise arena courtesy only makes things worse. A rider who gets in the way is not only frustrating but also poses a danger to the ...

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Your first away show

South Africa’s equestrian disciplines host various national shows every year, with many riders making the journey to other provinces to compete. An away show is an exciting experience for you and your horse, and it gives you the opportunity to compete in a bigger, more diverse pool of riders. Thorough preparation and a good understanding of the show is key ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Jorja Rohrich

Jorja-Joan Rohrich will be competing in the Pony Rider 1.20 classes as well as the Junior 1m classes at this year’s Nissan Easter Festival. WE caught up with her to see how her preparations are going. Which horses will you be competing at this year’s Nissan Easter Festival? This year I have my Pony Assegaai Rimanda in the Pony Rider ...

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Nissan Grassroots Development Clinic

Now in its 8th year, the showjumping grassroots clinic is a morning dedicated to those enthusiastic young riders from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and is held on the first day of the Nissan Easter Festival. Professional showjumpers of the Team Nissan Show Jumping team including Barry Taylor, Lorette Knowles-Taylor, Oscar Ncube, Liam Stevens and Cheyenne de Beer spend the morning tutoring ...

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Nissan Easter Festival dressage riders ready to dance

Held at Kyalami Equestrian Park from 24 March – 2 April 2018, the 10 day equestrian show is ready to wow audiences from far and wide. With free entrance, the public are encouraged to witness the finest dressage South Africa has to offer. Often referred to as ‘the highest expression of horse training,’ dressage is the equestrian discipline whereby both ...

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The horse’s digestive system

Horses are trickle feeders and non-ruminant herbivores, meaning that they are designed to graze for most of the day on vegetation, and process their feed through one stomach chamber. The equine digestive system is unique in the way in which it processes feed. Feed is first processed enzymatically in the foregut (stomach and small intestine) and then ferments in the ...

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What to consider when vetting a horse for purchase

Most people buying a horse today will request at least a basic ‘prepurchase exam’ to be carried out by a veterinarian. Others will want a more advanced prepurchase exam that includes blood tests and radiographs, for example. This is of course wise to prevent serious heartache down the line, but what is this exam really about and just how seriously ...

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