Horse Channel

The dressage arena: Part 1

In upcoming issues of HQ, Helmut Wagner, will provide practical tips on how you can make the most of your horse’s best talents. Whether you ride an imported Warmblood or a homegrown crossbreed, you can use the dressage arena to create a healthy, happy athlete. Far too little emphasis is put on the fact that first and foremost our dressage ...

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The cowboy hat

Western riding apparel is distinctly different from English tack. Western equipment is renowned for being decorative and visually appealing. Over the years, Western clothing and tack have adopted a more modernised style. Some clothing items have been abandoned or modified during this movement. These changes are mainly owing to practicality and new equine laws within the sport. HQ chatted to ...

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Riding in Mongolia

Horses are inextricably woven into Mongolia’s past, present and future. They carried the Genghis to victory and they continue to make nomadic life possible.

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Polo 101

South Africa has world-class polo players, polo ponies, trainers and facilities, so if you think you have what it takes, get involved today!

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Methods of processing raw materials

There are several different methods of processing. First, raw materials will be screened to remove particles that are either too small or too large, thereby cleaning the raw material. Some materials, like oat hay, are simply chopped up before being included. Whole cereal grains like maize can be cracked, rolled or crimped. Tough seed coats are de-hulled to crack them ...

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Clipping craze

Clipping is the latest area of the horse world to receive a makeover - no longer is it just a case of a hunter, trace or full clip!

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‘Crossfit’ for endurance horses – Part 2

Part 1 looked at an introduction into fitness for endurance horses. We looked at the value that dressage has on the overall schooling of an endurance horse. Part 2 looks at pole work and jumping. Pole work and lateral work It may seem unusual to couple pole work and lateral work together, but we do so because they often target ...

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Appaloosas of Africa

South African Appaloosas have been gaining popularity further afield into Africa. Top SA breeder, George Contos of Kondos Appaloosa Stud, recently had the opportunity to visit several new breeding programmes in southern Africa. He shared his experience with HQ. New beginnings Luyts Appaloosa Stud, owned by a married team, Peter and Carla Luyt, was founded in 2006. The farm is ...

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‘Crossfit’ for endurance horses – Part 1

Whenever the word ‘endurance’ crops up in relation to horses, we all think of the vast distances that these unbelievably brave and strong horses cope with. However, endurance horses can benefit from cross-training. A beautifully schooled horse is a pleasure to ride – responsive and less likely to experience injury moving over rough terrain at speed. Out of necessity endurance ...

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