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Horsey hydration – Winter water management

Your horse, like many other species, needs sufficient water intake on a daily basis to keep him hydrated and to aid in digestion, regardless of whether he is a top competition horse or a happy hack. Over the winter period, a horse’s water intake becomes far less, as he does not need to replenish fluids lost to sweat as he ...

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Your horse at the hospital – Vital questions answered

The news that your horse or pony needs an operation is always worrying to an owner and family connections. A good understanding of what will happen when you reach an equine hospital with your horse or pony can reduce anxiety, and in many cases will contribute to a successful outcome. What paperwork will I receive? For a planned (elective) procedure, ...

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Ask HQ – Your equestrian questions answered

Have a question that you’d like us to answer? Email us at hq@panorama.co.za, inbox us on Facebook or Instagram, or join our ‘Ask HQ’ Facebook group. Question: What is the difference between therapeutic and diagnostic ultrasound? Asked by Caitlin White Answer: Diagnostic ultrasound involves the use of ultrasound waves to produce an image that will aid in the diagnosis of ...

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Winter Hoof Care

As the days become shorter and the nights longer, winter is certainly on its way. South African winters are considered fairly mild compared to other parts of the world, but in some of our regions, it can still get very cold at night! As the weather differs vastly throughout our country, with the Cape regions usually getting winter rainfall and ...

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Good Grazing

Forage should always make up the majority of your horse’s diet, and winter is no exception. Understandably, grass takes a lot longer to grow back during the winter period, and some regions struggle more than others. Certain South African regions receive a lot of rainfall over winter, and so the grass recovers quicker, but those regions then face problems with ...

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Combating helmet hair

Most horse riders juggle their passion with a full-time job, a family and a social life. Fitting in all of these can be a struggle, especially since we’ve all found out the hard way that ‘horse time’ goes by faster than other time and mysteriously swallows up all the spare hours you have. In our busy lives, it’s often the ...

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Snug in a rug

There are many types of horse blankets available on the market, namely day sheets, fleece sheets, medium duvets, heavy duvets, coolers, sweat sheets, fly sheets, neck rugs, exercise sheets, rain sheets and turnout rugs. Horse blankets can also be used to keep a horse’s coat short. If horses are blanketed in early autumn before it gets too cold, they will ...

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Winter warming up and cooling down

A proper warm-up and cool-down are especially important over the winter period. Low temperatures mean your horse’s body needs longer than usual to warm up to a working temperature. Warming up and cooling down should be gradual. Intensive training when a horse is not properly warmed up could cause severe stiffness, spasms in the muscles, or serious injury to the ...

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What’s the best clip for your horse?

Before you fire up the clippers, consider the length of your horse’s coat, his workload intensity and the region in which you live. Only competition horses or horses who work very often are usually clipped. The whole point of clipping is not necessarily to get rid of a fuzzy coat, but to help the horse cool down quicker after work, ...

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Young horse’s first show

A first show is a very new and different experience for any young horse. It’s important to make his first show a pleasant one so that he does not associate a future competition environment with a negative experience. At home, a horse spends his days in the paddock with his friends, works for maybe 45 minutes in a familiar arena ...

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