Horse Channel

Planning your cross country round

For some, riding across the country is the real essence of eventing. All those hours spent getting the horses balanced, on the aids and working in harmony with the rider come together on the cross country course. “It’s not just about going flat-out to beat the clock, although speed is one of the requirements – it’s also about jumping ability, ...

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Mud matters

Mud is a reality for many stable yards, particularly those in the Cape region as its winter consists of continuous rain. Other regions will experience heavy rainfall over the summer months, but will go without for the rest of the year. Some yards and studs are more inclined to become victim to muddy conditions than others. Mud is the result ...

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Make the hot horse work for you

A hot horse can either be your worst nightmare or a dream come true. If you’re a nervous rider, then you’ll probably find yourself far more confident and comfortable on a lazy, laid-back horse, but those who are more advanced and competitive may find a hot horse to be nothing short of a fun ride. As nutty as they may ...

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Equine salt spa

A respiratory treatment (using only 100% natural salt) to increase the performance of sport horses has been developed in the UK, and has taken off in a big way in America and all over Europe. Vets who have scoped before and after the treatment cannot believe the difference. It’s now available in South Africa, thanks to the remarkable results achieved ...

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Choosing the right bit

The bit is seen as the rider’s line of communication to the horse. There is great variety when it comes to bitting options, and we are often left overwhelmed by all the choices. It’s important that we as riders are able to make an informed decision and keep our horse’s individuality top of mind when choosing a bit. Like with ...

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Taking In A Rescue

The reality of the never-ending stream of abused and abandoned horses is a bitter pill to swallow. The state that these animals are found in is truly heartbreaking. For the ‘lucky’ few who do make it to rescue organisations, the journey has only begun. Horses suffer from post-traumatic stress and do struggle to move past their bad experiences. Taking in ...

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Feed Your Brain

We are usually calm and relaxed when we school and train our horses in the familiar environment of home. However, our performance often falls short when we head out to compete at showgrounds. It’s disappointing to ride a bad test or have poles down when you have prepared thoroughly for your show. More often than not, it comes down to ...

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Ease The Anxiety

Just like people, horses come in all types of personalities. Some breeds even tend toward a certain type of personality more than others. Horses are prey animals by nature, meaning that their instincts tell them to constantly be on the lookout for potential threats, thereby making them very wary of their immediate surroundings. Some horses are naturally more skittish or ...

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Rose Lane Equine Training Centre

Many people in the equine industry overlook the importance of their first riding instructor – the one who helps you to take your first steps on the lifelong journey that the love of horses is for most of us. This is the premise that led Liesl McGee to found Rose Lane Equine Training Centre just outside of Pretoria. “I have ...

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Bad Behaviour

There is an expression that says, “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” This describes precisely one of the biggest contributing factors to problem behaviour in horses: the way we think about them. Horses are not humans We have ...

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