Know How

The new Land Rover Discovery: towing for dummies

The days of getting your friend or the groom to stand behind and direct you are long over. Land Rover’s previous models already feature advanced reverse cameras, and you can set the reverse camera to ‘hitch assist’, which shows you exactly where you need to steer in order to align the tow bar with the horsebox. One-man operation Once you’ve ...

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Tricky transitions

Unless you’re a competitive dressage rider, riding perfect transitions are probably not top of mind. It may not seem like such a big deal if your horse is slightly delayed off the leg or a bit heavy in your hand, but these are subtle signs of something much bigger. Inability to transition upward and downward with ease can be a ...

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The horses of Sable Island

Sable Island is a crescent-shaped island 300km southeast of Nova Scotia, Canada. It acquired its name from the small, pony-sized feral horses who live there. Legend says that the Sable horses stand for the rebirths of sailors who lost their lives on the island as a result of the many shipwrecks. There is no proof as to how they got ...

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How green is your yard?

All over the world, people are making eco-friendly decisions to minimise their footprint on the environment and preserve necessary resources. Many are opting for green solutions, whether it’s in the home, business or industrial sectors. There are several ways that your yard can be more eco-friendly, and we take a look at some of those solutions in this month’s issue. ...

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The DIY yard

Anyone who runs a yard – be it small or large – knows that keeping horses is no easy task. Things break and get lost on a daily basis, and horses find a way of getting themselves into trouble at the most inconvenient of times. It’s always handy as a horse owner to have a few tricks up your sleeve ...

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Get the job – Pursuing an equine career

All horse lovers dream of a career in the equine industry. Some aspire to be a top coach, competitive riders envision a riding career abroad, while others hope to run a successful livery. The reality of things is that it can be hard to make it in the riding world; there’s a lot of good talent to compete with and ...

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Venue profile: Tops International Arena

The state-of-the-art Tops International Arena, situated in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, was built with the equestrian community and sport top of mind. The venue is the brainchild and vision of Dutch Olympic showjumper Jan Tops. He competed in four consecutive Summer Olympic Games, starting in 1988. Tops initiated the Global Champions Tour in 2006, and it continues to be a highlight on ...

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Paddock Paradise

Our horses today live truly domestic lives, and often they are deprived of a natural environment that can impact the small things – like hoof care. Paddock Paradise is a management concept that was first adopted in the United States as a means of providing domestic horses with an environment that is similar to their natural habitat. In 2007, Jaime ...

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Exporting a horse

Many of our top riders source horses overseas and import them to South Africa to compete at the top level of local equestrian sport. While bringing horses in is fairly painless, exporting a horse is an entirely different story with a far more delicate process in place. The majority of our horses who are exported are sent for sale purposes. ...

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Getting South Africa onto the international circuit

South Africa is on the cusp of being internationally competitive – we have had eventers and vaulters represent us in the World Equestrian Games, showjumpers in the World Cup Final, and recently, a dressage rider at the Rio Olympic Games. We seem to be close and yet so far, but what exactly is holding us back? And how feasible, or ...

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