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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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Making the decision to euthanise

No matter what our views on euthanasia are, at some point in our lives we will probably have to face making this terrible decision. For most riders, our horses are our friends and companions. Having to make the decision to put our best friend down is the single biggest responsibility that we have for them. The loss of your horse can ...

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Finance for horses

Horse lovers are an unusual bunch – ask anyone who has never been involved in the game. Like many other sporting enthusiasts, we won’t hesitate to invest small fortunes in our passion, and given half the chance, we’ll spend the price of a small car to own a top quality horse. With competitive prospects ranging from anywhere between R50,000 to R500,000, ...

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Make your own horsey muffins

Do you love baking and love your horse? Now you can combine the two because this month we’re bringing you awesome horse treat recipes to try! The ingredients for these homemade treats are easy to find at grocery stores. These treats are totally safe for horses to eat (in moderation!). If you think your horse deserves a spoil, then you’ve ...

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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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