Know How

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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Coat colours

It’s surprising how many of us have subconscious (or very conscious) preconceptions and judgments about the colour, build or general look of a horse. Some might think bays bring them luck, and others might say grey horses ‘don’t like them very much’. But is there anything to those small superstitions … is a horse with three white socks really hot? ...

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Dress for the West

Go West Western riding in South Africa is one of our smaller disciplines, but it has a growing following. Since the establishment of the Western Horse Association, there has been an increasing awareness about the discipline. By becoming members online, riders are able to receive newsletters and notifications about upcoming shows. Most of the Western riding shows are based in ...

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Bitting basics

Have you ever thought of why you use a certain bit, or why someone thinks a certain bit will work for your horse? In many cases, these decisions are based on 1 of 3 things: Habit – you really like the particular bit and use it on every horse. Fashion – because a top rider uses it, now everyone else ...

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Crabbet explained

You may have heard the term ‘Crabbet’ applied to Arabian horses, but do you know exactly what it means? Many breeders will say that they have a Crabbet Arabian mare or stallion when in reality the animal in question has little or no Crabbet blood. Origins Without entering into a protracted history of the Crabbet Arabian, Crabbet began as a ...

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