Horse Training

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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‘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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Master class with dressage simulator

Fans of dressage who follow social media may recently have heard word circulating about Travis the dressage simulator. When HQ learned about the ‘robot horse’ that can teach you to ride, we had to try it for ourselves. Accurate simulation Instruction on the Racewood Dressage Simulator is offered by Charmaine Gardner of CHG Equestrian, based at Equestria in Kyalami. The ...

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Life after the track: meet the horses

Cask Cask is a well-proportioned eight-year-old gelding by Fort Wood who won three times over six seasons for just over half a million rand. It may be the fact Cask raced for an unusually long time – six seasons in all – that nothing fazes him, says Maud. He retired from his racing career sound, strong and with a good ...

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Thoroughbreds: life after the track (Part 2)

Every year thousands of Thoroughbred horses are retired from the racetrack. While every horse is different and some will be more suitable to certain equine pursuits than others, in general Thoroughbreds have even temperaments and are athletic, intelligent and durable. These qualities together with the constant handling they experience during their racing career, means that with the correct retraining, facilities ...

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Wild about Western Riding

For those who have yet to explore the world of Western riding, here’s a little more about what to expect, some of the differences between English and Western, and for the fashionistas, what to wear!

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Thoroughbreds from track to ring (Part 1)

Thoroughbreds have fascinated horse enthusiasts for centuries. As a breed, they are the embodiment of physical strength, displaying great athleticism, speed and stamina. Known for their elegance, Thoroughbreds exhibit profound grace and courage under saddle. While purpose-bred for racing and celebrated for their outstanding performance on racetracks around the globe, they have also proven to be suited to a variety ...

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