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What determines the value of a horse?

As horse lovers we are aware that every horse is priceless, regardless of breeding, training or talent. But the fact of the matter is that some horses command a higher price tag than others. For many of us, the reasons behind this might seem mystical. Why should one plain brown horse cost R5,000 while another costs R500,000? HQ spoke to ...

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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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The rising cost of horse care

Economies worldwide are taking strain. We hear about massive national debts, crude oil prices, and experience for ourselves the pressure of increasing costs of keeping our horses. If equestrian disciplines could be labelled as ‘the sport of kings’, then many equestrians could be called the ‘princes and princesses of paupers’. The costs of keeping horses and anything to do with ...

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Understanding deworming

Preventing worm infestation is a priority for horse owners, but far too many people believe that giving your horse a dewormer once every few months is enough to do the trick. Good worm control, however, should begin in your regular yard practice. It is also important to know the worms you’re dealing with and what potential problems they could cause. ...

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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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Electromagnetic therapy

With a range of therapies available, ranging from standard veterinary treatment all the way to less mainstream methods such as acupuncture and kinesiology, it is useful to form a better understanding of what is involved. This month, HQ takes a look at electromagnetic therapy. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is a form of treatment that deals with the electric current that ...

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Travelling to Iceland

Ancient and modern, adrenaline-fuelled and sublimely relaxing, Iceland is an island of contrasts and holds serendipitous surprises in every mountain, glacier and grassy valley. Iceland boasts the title of greenest country in Europe thanks to its innovative use of geothermal power. While freezing cold highlands of sand and lava fields are completely uninhabitable, the mild coastal region seldom dips below zero and ...

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The seedy side of horse sales

HQ has researched the ways in which fraudulent practices affect the equine industry and this article provides information on the most common problems, plus advice on how to avoid potential disappointment when purchasing a horse. False representation The most common types of fraud in the equine industry include altering the animal’s personality for a period of time to mask behavioural ...

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Men vs women – Part 2

In part 1, we looked at an introduction to the great debate of whether men are better riders than women. In part 2, HQ takes a look at physiological differences which influence the way we ride. The bone structure As well as the obvious physical differences between men and women and the strength factor, there are a range of skeletal ...

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Good grazing during winter

Any gardener will tell you that winter is a time of planning, repairing and feeding for the growth expected in the new season. Paddocks are no different; paddock rotation is vital to give our grazing a chance to recover, providing a healthy mat of grass across the soil surface. This is vital for a number of reasons and not only ...

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