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Get to know: Jeanne Engela

Investec sponsored rider, Jeanne Engela, answers 15 fun questions, proudly brought to you by The PR Machine and HQ! What’s your nick name and why? Millie to some and Jeanious to others – Millie was given by my parents and Jeanious by my brother originally and now most friends and family call me one of the two. The meaning or ...

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Get to know: Barry Taylor

Barry Taylor has been making waves in the equestrian scene for more years than we can count. We catch up with him with these 15 fun questions! Don’t miss Barry’s take on the South African equestrian industry in comparison to the rest of the world in the August issue of HQ! What’s your nickname and why?  B or BJ. Just ...

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Get to know: Liam Stevens

Are you curious to know more about Nissan rider Liam Stevens? Check out these 15 fun questions, proudly brought to you by the PR Machine and HQ! What’s your nickname and why?  Lee, I’m sure it just comes from my name. Do you own any pets? Yes, Loki and Tinkabell are my two Pitbulls. Loki is my partner in crime. ...

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Skin talk

Did you know that the skin is not only the largest organ of the human body, but also one of the cleverest? Not only is the health and condition of your skin responsible for the way you look and feel, but it has many other ‘hidden’ functions as well. Your skin matters Skin represents the primary barrier between the body ...

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Bit sores

This month we look at damage to the mouth caused by poorly fitting and unsuitable bits. If a horse is poorly fitted, he will experience and express discomfort. Discomfort can explain a lot of a horse’s behaviour. Many horses have damage in their mouths caused by the bit or mistreatment of the bit, which owners may be unaware of. Natascha ...

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How do I get my horse off the forehand?

A horse who is very on the forehand is always difficult to ride because it takes a method that is actually the opposite of what you want to do. The natural response when a horse pulls on the reins is to pull back. The problem with that is when you start pulling the reins, the horse slows down and uses ...

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Winter feeding

With the onset of winter, you may need to adjust your horse’s feeding to keep him healthy and correctly nourished through the colder months. Winter energy requirements In colder weather, some horses may need to eat more to maintain their condition. This depends on many factors – a horse with a good coat who is well sheltered should be fine even ...

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Manners matter

A horse who is well mannered is an absolute dream for any horse owner and rider. Ask anyone who has dealt with a horse with bad manners and they will tell you that it makes life impossibly difficult, especially when it comes to handling the horse on a day-to-day basis. Bad manners are seldom a case of naughtiness, but rather ...

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Do you know your blankets?

With winter approaching, blanketing pops up in every horse owner’s mind – do I need to blanket my horse? What type of blanket should I use? It all boils down to personal preference and your horse’s individual needs. This month we look at the types of blankets and when they are used to help make your decision a little easier. ...

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Happy hacking

  Hacking out has many physical and psychological benefits for your horse. While some riders might find hacking to be boring in comparison to a schooling session, our horses need a break from the arena every now and then, firstly to prevent them becoming arena-sour and secondly because hacking provides your horse with a very different mental stimulation. For some ...

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