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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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The cowboy hat

Western riding apparel is distinctly different from English tack. Western equipment is renowned for being decorative and visually appealing. Over the years, Western clothing and tack have adopted a more modernised style. Some clothing items have been abandoned or modified during this movement. These changes are mainly owing to practicality and new equine laws within the sport. HQ chatted to ...

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Riding in Mongolia

Horses are inextricably woven into Mongolia’s past, present and future. They carried the Genghis to victory and they continue to make nomadic life possible.

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Methods of processing raw materials

There are several different methods of processing. First, raw materials will be screened to remove particles that are either too small or too large, thereby cleaning the raw material. Some materials, like oat hay, are simply chopped up before being included. Whole cereal grains like maize can be cracked, rolled or crimped. Tough seed coats are de-hulled to crack them ...

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Clipping craze

Clipping is the latest area of the horse world to receive a makeover - no longer is it just a case of a hunter, trace or full clip!

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