Know How

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 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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Going herbal

Over the years, there has been a real boom in herbal supplements, not only for horses but for other animals and humans too. A lot of horse owners understand the value of feeding herbal supplements to their horses on a regular basis. Today, horse owners are rather spoilt for choice when it comes to herbal mixtures, all of which have ...

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Equestrian fashion

Riding apparel has become much more than just jods and boots over the years. Helmets, shirts, breeches, boots, belts – you name it – everything available on the market these days features stylish, fashion-forward and technologically advanced elements. Riding clothes have developed into a fashion, with many riders buying into brand names that allow them to be comfortable yet fashionable ...

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Improving your arena

Extreme weather conditions inevitably put added pressure on your arena surface. Common problems are that surfaces become too deep, and in the case of sand-based surfaces, dry and dusty. If your surface is suffering, don’t automatically assume that it’s a case of facing the expense of entire replacement. Replacing the whole surface is of course always an option, although you will ...

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Trick training

There are loads of different methods when it comes to teaching horses how to do tricks. Trick training can be a fun form of mental stimulation for your horse and can also have benefits towards schooling and groundwork. This month we take a look at some standard and basic tricks that you can teach your equine friend! Ask and reward One ...

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Regaining confidence after a fall

It’s commonly said among riders that you aren’t a true horse rider until you have had a couple of falls. Falling off a horse is not a matter of ‘if’, but rather a matter of ‘when’. Many riders have an innate fear of falling. However, after riding for an extended period of time without a fall, we grow in confidence ...

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10 signs he’s not the right horse for you

It’s always a dull moment in riding when you leave the arena, be it after a lesson or show, feeling like you’ve given it your all but your horse just didn’t give you back his best effort. Now we’re not just talking about a once-off incident, but rather weeks or even months of what feels like hitting a brick wall. ...

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