Horse Channel

Warm-up

Warming up correctly is crucial to success in the ring, but sometimes surviving the warm-up arena can be more stressful than actually competing! At many venues the warm-up arenas are small and crowded. Some riders are so absorbed in what they are doing that they don’t pay attention to those around them, and so it’s not unusual to have someone ...

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Spookbusting

Spooking is the natural reaction of a startled horse. After all, it’s this capacity to detect danger and lightning-fast reflexes that have kept these prey animals out of the jaws of predators in the wild for centuries. Even the quietest, most bombproof of horses can be frightened into a sudden change of direction or a sideways leap, but even though ...

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Aids Versus Cues

There is no single correct way of training a horse – for years there have been people who follow different schools of thought, like the French versus German dressage methods, Western versus English riding, and jumping versus trail riding. In each of these disciplines, the rider will probably train and ride the horse in different ways, yet the horse still ...

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Fit or fat?

South Africa traditionally shuts down in December and up until recently, riders have been able to co-ordinate their time on the beach with back-to-back African Horse Sickness (AHS) vaccinations and enforced time off for their horses. New guidelines recommend that both AHS vaccinations should be administered before the end of October, so riders now have to make a conscious decision ...

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EXCLUSIVE interview with George Morris

George H Morris is a household name among equestrians all over the world. George is known for his influential contribution to the hunter, equitation and showjumping disciplines, and alongside having a massively successful career himself, he has also been Chef d’Equipe for the United States Equestrian Federation showjumping team, as well as the Brazilian showjumping team at the Rio Olympic ...

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The call for standardised arena footing

Anyone born after 1980 is unlikely to recall what it was like to school and compete exclusively on grass arena footing. But riders of any age know someone who knows someone with horror stories and an amenity we all take for granted – synthetic arena footing and the base on which it is installed. Equally, while elite riders are understandably ...

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What are your bedding options?

Most yards typically make use of shavings for bedding, but have you ever considered different materials for your horse? When considering which bedding to use, there are several factors that come into play. Ideally you should choose bedding that is safe for horses, less dusty, absorbent, easy to store and handle, and within your budget. Comfort or purpose? Something to ...

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The benefit of riding out

The saying, “A change is as good as a holiday,” is very relevant to the way we work our horses. Including regular outrides in the training schedule provides a mental and physical tonic for horses, and benefits them in numerous ways. Mental benefits “Two consecutive days of training in the arena is as much as most horses can mentally cope ...

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The legalities of buying and selling a horse

I’m all-too-often asked how important it is to conclude a written agreement when buying a new horse or pony, and the answer is simple. It’s not important at all … until something goes wrong. From a potential buyer’s perspective, buying a new horse involves a big commitment, not only in terms of the money paid out to buy the horse, but ...

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Tricky tendons

Dr Henk Offereins (DVM, MVSc) is a Dutch vet based in Ireland, who specialises in equine sports medicine. He visits South Africa regularly where he works in conjunction with Pretoria-based Dr Ingrid Cilliers to introduce new veterinary concepts that are currently in use in Europe and America to our competitive riders. His main focus is the prevention of injuries, and ...

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