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Horses and humans in harmony – The healing ways of Oppistal

Oppistal is a fully fledged equestrian facility situated in the beautiful Cradle of Humankind. They strive to create harmony between humans and horses. Yolanda Steyn, director of Oppistal, believes that horses can assist humans to balance them spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. If one doesn’t deal with an issue on a spiritual, emotional or mental level, the issue will present ...

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Bun in the oven – The development of a foal

It’s very exciting to be involved in breeding a live, healthy foal. Besides, who doesn’t love the sound of tiny hooves cantering around in the paddock alongside your beautiful mare? In part one, which appeared in the July issue (HQ124), we explored the mare’s reproductive cycle. We now look at the stages of gestation of the pregnant mare. Falling pregnant ...

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Anne-Marie Esslinger on this year’s Cell C Derby

Co-owner of Burlington Stables in Midrand, Anne-Marie Esslinger says she’s extremely excited ahead of this year’s SA Derby: a personal highlight on her competition calendar. Derby prep “My preparations for the big event will only start now that the Revil World Cup Qualifier is complete. I plan to compete Alzu Oregon in the 1,50m classes, hoping to qualify to participate ...

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Team Nissan’s Barry Taylor on the Cell C Derby

Having represented his country too many times to remember, South Africa’s most accomplished showjumper Barry Taylor says that he’s not afraid of any derby fence in particular. It’s this quiet confidence, coupled with over 45 years of experience that poses the Team Nissan Showjumping captain as a threat come Cell C SA Derby time. He aims to have two horses ...

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Are our vets earning enough?

From 24 to 27 July, the South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) and the South African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine (SASVEPM) held a congress at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg. The congress, now in its ninth year, invited veterinarians and industry specialists from all over the country to congregate at Birchwood’s impressive conference centre, which ...

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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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