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Studies of horses stabled alone

Experts at the University of Notthingham investigated the behavioural patterns and general wellbeing of horses that are stabled alone. Horses that are stabled in isolation were observed. Results showed that these horses presented signs of stress and restlessness. Horses are herd animals and are most comfortable in a group; this is for security and companionship reasons. The research group also ...

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Life after the track: meet the horses

Cask Cask is a well-proportioned eight-year-old gelding by Fort Wood who won three times over six seasons for just over half a million rand. It may be the fact Cask raced for an unusually long time – six seasons in all – that nothing fazes him, says Maud. He retired from his racing career sound, strong and with a good ...

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Anne-Marie: Nissan Easter Festival Q&A

With Nissan Easter Festival, now in its sixth year, on the horizon, riders are sure to be preparing for another fantastic week of competition. Anne-Marie Esslinger answers some questions about the upcoming show: 1. How many horses are you competing on at Nissan Easter Festival and in what classes? 3 horses, 2 in the 1,50m & 1 in the 1,30m. 2. ...

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Dominey Alexander: Nissan Easter Festival Q&A

With Nissan Easter Festival, now in its sixth year, on the horizon, riders are sure to be preparing for another fantastic week of competition. Dominey Alexander answers some questions about the upcoming show: How many horses are you competing on at Nissan Easter Festival and in what classes? I have a busy show with 5 open horses this show How ...

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Nicola Sime Riley: Nissan Easter Festival Q&A

With just 2 weeks to go until the Nissan Easter Festival, now in its sixth year with Nissan as sponsors, equestrians across the country are getting excited for another week of competing. As the riders prepare, fans are eager to hear how they are feeling for the upcoming classes. Nicola Sime Riley answers some questions about the upcoming show: 1. ...

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Bitting basics

Have you ever thought of why you use a certain bit, or why someone thinks a certain bit will work for your horse? In many cases, these decisions are based on 1 of 3 things: Habit – you really like the particular bit and use it on every horse. Fashion – because a top rider uses it, now everyone else ...

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Crabbet explained

You may have heard the term ‘Crabbet’ applied to Arabian horses, but do you know exactly what it means? Many breeders will say that they have a Crabbet Arabian mare or stallion when in reality the animal in question has little or no Crabbet blood. Origins Without entering into a protracted history of the Crabbet Arabian, Crabbet began as a ...

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Thoroughbreds: life after the track (Part 2)

Every year thousands of Thoroughbred horses are retired from the racetrack. While every horse is different and some will be more suitable to certain equine pursuits than others, in general Thoroughbreds have even temperaments and are athletic, intelligent and durable. These qualities together with the constant handling they experience during their racing career, means that with the correct retraining, facilities ...

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Cape fire affects equine community

The Cape fire, originating in Muizenburg, broke out on 1 March; strong winds fed the fire even more, resulting in the fire spreading even further across Cape Town. Horses have been affected as a result.

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