Horse Channel

Nothing can compete with a balanced and well-fitting saddle that provides comfort and freedom of movement for your horse. However, it can be tricky to find a perfectly fitting saddle on a budget or for a horse with an unconventional back. A half pad can correct fit or provide for a suitable compromise, and there are several options of pads ...

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Penetrating wounds of the foot

Puncture wounds of the equine foot are common and can be very serious. The most common objects that penetrate horses’ feet are nails and screws, but other sharp objects such as pieces of farm implements can sometimes cause these penetrating wounds too. If a sharp object penetrates a horse’s foot, it can damage the sensitive tissues and deeper structures underneath ...

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Lisa Williams and Discovery Campbell on the road to WEG

It’s always a proud day when one of our own is selected to compete at international level. Lisa Williams and Vitality Campbell (formerly Discovery Campbell) have been tearing up the showjumping arena lately, taking home win after win. After qualifying last year for the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG), which will be held in Tryon, North Carolina (USA) later this ...

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Claiming correctly: brought to you by Equipagé

An Equine Mortality Policy is a policy where the owner of a horse insures the probability of the horse’s untimely death with an insurance company. This policy is arranged on the basis where death of the horse following illness or disease, injury or theft is covered subject to exclusions. So, in the event that your horse dies, the insurance company needs to ...

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When tack hurts

When our horses start acting up when being ridden, our minds quickly think it’s some kind of internal pain or mental block that the horse is experiencing, resulting in out-of-the-norm behaviour. While it’s important not to ignore the possibility that that could very well be the case, we often overlook our horse’s tack. When tack hurts, it can easily impact ...

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Which is the most difficult Derby course in the world?

The Hamburg Derby is considered the most difficult in the world, and the original course was designed by Eduard Pulvermann, a hunt rider. He was never able to jump the dyke without incurring faults, hence its name, ‘Pulvermann’s Grave’. The course is reminiscent of old military tests, when cavalry horses were required to negotiate all types of obstacles as they ...

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Which was the first racehorse stud in South Africa and who started it?

The first Thoroughbreds were imported into South Africa in 1792 and informal races were held at Green Point, Cape Town from September 1797. The British governor of the colony, Lord Charles Somerset, imported a number of English stallions and mares in 1814 and encouraged other wealthy settlers to do the same. A government stud was established at that time. By ...

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Do horses really not have feeling in their mane?

It’s long been thought that horses don’t have nerve follicles at the roots of their manes, but a recent study has demonstrated an increase in the heart rate of horses having their manes pulled – a clear sign of stress. That said, some horses stand willingly while others show obvious signs of discomfort, such as tossing their heads and swishing ...

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What is the maximum weight that a recreational horse can carry?

Horses can carry between 12% and 20% of their body weight, but body weight is not the only factor that decides if it is justified to carry a certain amount of weight. You have to look at the muscles, build and breed of the horse in order to make a safe observation and conclusion. Is the back weak or strong? ...

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What does it mean if a rider has a hot seat?

A ‘hot seat’ is a pushy seat where the rider sits ‘on top’ of the horse, instead of ‘around’ the horse and ‘in’ the saddle. The cause of this problem could be a number of things and most often it can be traced back to the centre of the body: the buttocks, lower abdomen, lower back, pelvis and seat bones. ...

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