Horse Training

Training the croup-high horse

A horse is croup high when his hindquarters are higher than his wither. Some breeds are built that way because of the work that they do, such as some Quarter Horse strains for some of the Western classes and many Thoroughbreds now stand croup high because of the way that they have been bred. A very croup high horse will find it ...

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Selecting the eventing horse – Part 1

First and foremost, a successful eventing career relies on a good relationship between horse and rider. Selecting the right horse has a great deal to do with this partnership. Accomplished eventer Mary King shares her insights into how to get off to the right start. What makes a good event horse? Mary King believes that the first thing to look ...

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Horse personalities: what is yours?

Our horses’ personalities are what make them special and unique. Personality can be a combination of upbringing, living environment and training, but sometimes other events in their lives can change their natures for better or for worse. It’s great for you as a rider or horse owner to understand your horse’s personality and quirks so that you can best accommodate ...

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Off the track with Maud Aarts

Thoroughbreds are both athletic and courageous horses, with a great deal of aesthetic appeal. Although purpose-bred for racing, they hold their own in various sport horse endeavours. Maud Aarts, whose love of horses saw her competing at top level in eventing and showjumping in Europe before settling in South Africa, believes that South African Thoroughbreds are as good as anywhere ...

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Breeding top-class showjumpers

As a breeder one has to keep up with what is happening in the world, look at what the latest trends are and what type of horse is required to jump the current and future tracks. It is then possible to plan your progeny to suit these trends, bearing in mind that a generation in horses is approximately 10 years. ...

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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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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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‘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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