Horse Training

Train smarter, not harder

We all know that a horse must be in good condition if you want to perform well at competitions. But what is considered good condition? How can we define this, and what does it mean for your daily training practice? Mostly, we evaluate the intensity of a horse’s training on how we, as a rider or trainer, felt about the ...

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Creating a better canter

It’s often said that your horse’s canter can make or break you as a competitive rider – especially when it comes to jumping and dressage disciplines. Ideally, you want a horse who has an active, fluid and rhythmic canter. Showjumpers and eventers in particular want a horse who has bounce and ground-cover in the canter, so that he can jump ...

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The equine horse walker

In the wild, horses would roam over open distances, sometimes walking up to 50km per day. With domestication, horses are obviously restricted from this consistent freedom of movement. While we would all love to turn our horses out into massive paddocks where they can move around freely all day, the reality is that that luxury is not available to all ...

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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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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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Carthorse protection

It’s a common sight in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town to see a small horse trotting along the road, pulling a wooden cart behind him. Thanks to the dedication of the Cart Horse Protection Association (CHPA), most of the horses are now healthy and well cared for. Back in 1995, the CHPA was established in an attempt to ...

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Better boxing

Many of us have gone through the painstaking experience of bad boxing – the hours of frustration, stress and exhaustion that it entails is enough to stop anyone (and the horse) from ever wanting to travel anywhere again. Then an emergency arises and we need to box – now what? We explore some of the reasons why horses do not ...

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The versatility of the Miniature horse – part 1

Who has seen Miniature horses? Almost everyone. Where have you seen them? Most likely at stable yards, horse shows, farms and petting zoos. But a Miniature horse in the suburbs? Surely very infrequently, if ever! Yet it’s entirely possible and easy to achieve with a bit of knowledge and adaptation. Keeping Miniature horses in a suburban setting opens up the ...

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Understanding helmet standards

There is a riding helmet for everyone – whether you choose something plain or with loads of bling, something inexpensive or at the top of the price range, it does not matter. The main things to consider are that it must meet an accepted safety standard, must have a certification (quality assurance) mark, and must fit properly (the latter requirement ...

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Holiday exercise

While some might be heading off for an exotic beach holiday or a trip overseas, others might be enjoying the peace and quiet of home. If you’re not planning on going anywhere, you might want to fill your days with some riding. Those who work full and busy weeks might also want to take advantage of the free time to ...

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