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The festive season for horse lovers

As we head into the silly season, many of us are thinking of ways to spoil our loved ones, or how to spend our free time over the holidays. As horse lovers, of course we’d like to add a touch of equine interest to the event, so the HQ team decided to draw up a wish list of things we’d ...

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Victoria Scott’s journey to Bramham

In the October issue of HQ, we introduced readers to Victoria Scott, a South African rider who moved to France to immerse herself in the eventing scene. This month Vicky shares more of her experiences to give a taste of the world of international equestrianism. Going to Bramham My journey to Bramham started many months before the event itself – ...

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Proactive driving for safe boxing

Safe driving for you and your horse

Most of us are competitive or at the very least have to transport our horses on the road at some point in their lives. As horse owners and lovers we are well aware of the dangers that we face when towing a horsebox and recent road reports of horse-related incidents have highlighted this issue. HQ spoke to several industry experts ...

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Bandaging basics

There are a variety of reasons for bandaging, ranging from injuries that require support or protection to exercise bandages and stable bandages. Any supportive/medical bandaging should be done by a qualified person or under the supervision of your veterinarian, as bandaging too tight, too loose or unevenly can cause problems such as pressure points on tendons, causing damage to the ...

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Futura is SA’s best racehorse

The brilliant Dynasty colt, Futura, who won the Grade 1 J&B Met and the Grade 1 L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth for original trainer Brett Crawford before winning the Grade 1 Champions Cup at Greyville for new trainer Justin Snaith, was not only awarded both the Champion Older Male title as well as Champion Middle Distance Horse, but also walked away with the impressive Horse of the Year ...

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Is bitless better?

The most glaring difference between bitless riding and traditional riding is, of course, the lack of a bit. Recently bitless riding has grown in popularity among knowledgeable, competitive equestrians. The origins of bitless riding trace back to when man first started riding horses. The need for a mouthpiece was only seen when the first riders decided that they needed to ...

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Can you buy a horse who fails a vetting?

  The business of buying and selling horses can be a stressful one – aside from the heart-rending ups and downs of finding the right horse (or buyer), there is also the fear that the horse you’ve just fallen in love with may have some hidden issue that could spell disaster to your long-term competitive plans. Recently, there’s been growing concern ...

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Taking care of our grooms

As more equestrians pay attention to the business aspects involved in running a successful equine-related company, the issue of staff management has come under the spotlight. This is a particular concern when looking at the matter of grooms’ reimbursement packages. Retirement planning For many grooms a steady job is the most they feel confident to ask for in today’s economic ...

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Can a horse be born bad?

Does your horse have a natural tendency towards specific types of behaviour, or are his responses moulded by influences in his lifetime? Can the right handling cure the ‘bad’ horse or are some destined to be difficult forever? Understanding is key to successful partnerships. HQ looks at current research and different views on personality typing and leaves it to you to ...

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Get rid of that winter fuzz

Winter is a time that most fussy horse owners and riders hate, especially on the Highveld where our once sleek and shiny horses turn into raggedy, fluffy dust monsters. It sometimes seems as though we’ll never see them sleek and shiny again. Has your horse emerged from winter looking like a woolly mammoth? Here are a few tips to get ...

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