Know How

Fitness and wellbeing for riders

While we tirelessly put hours into training and maintaining our horses, we seldom remember to look after ourselves. Our horses are athletes – there’s no doubt about it – and riders work hard to make sure that they are trained correctly, fed a careful diet, and receive all their necessary treatments to keep them in top shape. However, an athletic ...

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Road safety

Every horse owner would love unlimited access to miles of bridle paths and open land, never having to set hoof on a road. For most riders, though, roadwork is unavoidable, and they will spend some time on public roads whenever they go out of the stable yard. Today, there are higher numbers of cars on the roads, and more people ...

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Saddle fitting for the modern horse

We all know that one of the keys to a happy athlete is correctly fitting tack. In the December issue of HQ, we touched on the topic of bitting for the individual horse’s mouth. Another key piece of tack that is not up for debate is the saddle. Regular saddle fitting is vital to ensure the comfort of the equine ...

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Breeding to sell

  Most breeders get into the business of horse breeding because they have a deep-rooted love of the animals. The desire to understand their chosen breed and work towards constant improvement of the youngstock should be the fundamental motivation behind a good breeding programme. The belief that the commercial side of breeding will allow them the opportunity to be immersed ...

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Saddle and tack theft

When your treasured saddle is stolen, it’s usually nothing short of catastrophic. Not only have you lost a valuable item that probably carries a well-known brand name, but you’ve also lost a piece of sports equipment that has been carefully chosen and maintained to custom-fit you and your horse. In some cases, saddles are irreplaceable, either because they were specially ...

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Rider profile: Dominey Alexander

It’s hard not to feel a little star-struck when talking to Dominey Alexander; he has the polished grooming of a celebrity, which extends not only to his horses, but also to his performance in the ring. Anyone who has seen the man in action will admit that he’s a class act. Although he vehemently describes himself as a showjumper, Dominey ...

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Shumbashaba

Founded by Sharon Boyce around 20 years ago, Shumbashaba is dedicated to helping disadvantaged and disabled people through therapeutic riding and outreach programmes. Horses are a big part of the team, along with mental health professionals and equine specialists. Shumbashaba, which means ‘lion of the nation’ in Shona, is all about restoring a sense of purpose and self-worth. Therapeutic riding ...

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Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Museum

Housing the most comprehensive history of South African horseracing in the country, the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of South Africa (TBA) Museum is a cultural gem that shouldn’t be missed. Situated in Gosforth Park, Germiston, the museum was built in 2009 by TBA members, and is a welcome addition to the TBA sales complex. A visual journey The museum showcase includes ...

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SARDA: riding for the disabled

SARDA is non-profit and public-benefit organisation that has riding centres all over South Africa. They offer therapeutic horse riding to physically and mentally disabled children and adults. Many of the people who come to ride at SARDA have conditions like cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, autism, foetal alcohol syndrome, mental retardation, visual or hearing impairment, and genetic disorders. Starting ...

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Does your horse have ADHD?

Schooling isn’t easy. It takes commitment, patience and a clear idea of what you hope to achieve. Additional challenges come in the form of the fundamental communication issues we face when working with an animal who has never learned to speak ‘human’. And then there’ll be times when one or both of you are simply having a bad day. Attention ...

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