Know How

Understanding positive flexion tests

Flexion tests of both the fore- and hindlimbs are common diagnostic tools, particularly used for the purposes of pre-purchase examination. Many of us have heard the words ‘failed flexion test’ or ‘positive flexion test’ when looking into buying or selling a horse, but what do these terms really mean? What is the significance of these results and how seriously should ...

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Choosing your horse’s home

Any horse owner only wants what’s best for his or her horse. As much as we’d all love to have our horses home with us, under our watchful eye, this simply isn’t a reality for the majority of horse owners in South Africa. This means we end up putting our horses into livery, trusting the stable managers to keep an ...

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Equine underwater treadmill in SA

Towards the end of last year, at Pellmeadow Estate in Klapmuts, near Paarl, a horse named Baybar quietly made South African history. He was the first horse in South Africa to bravely enter into the depths of an underwater treadmill designed and built specifically for horses. Since the 1990s, the benefits of underwater training have been known among equestrians, and ...

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Hwange Horseback Safaris

Waking in the half-light of the African dawn, vague memories of the night sounds heard in the distance, a thought of the day ahead quickens the heart rate. Venturing out from under the canvas covers, the air feels briskly chilled with excitement. Dew is settled on dusty leaves and mingles with the scent of passing night creatures. The aroma of ...

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Top tips for mane and tail care

A glossy coat with a flowy mane and tail is one stunning sign of a healthy horse. Some horses are spoilt with a thick tail and a perfect mane, while others are on the complete other side of the spectrum. If your horse’s mane and tail looks a bit ratty, thin, dry, rubbed out or fizzy, then try our top ...

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Choosing a competition horse

Choosing a competition horse can be a daunting prospect, as there are so many horses out there and loads of factors to consider like age, breeding, conformation, temperament and experience. Buying a horse requires a huge investment in time, money and emotion, so you need to get it right if you want a successful partnership. With creatures as beautiful as ...

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The equine horse walker

In the wild, horses would roam over open distances, sometimes walking up to 50km per day. With domestication, horses are obviously restricted from this consistent freedom of movement. While we would all love to turn our horses out into massive paddocks where they can move around freely all day, the reality is that that luxury is not available to all ...

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Mud matters

Mud is a reality for many stable yards, particularly those in the Cape region as its winter consists of continuous rain. Other regions will experience heavy rainfall over the summer months, but will go without for the rest of the year. Some yards and studs are more inclined to become victim to muddy conditions than others. Mud is the result ...

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Choosing the right bit

The bit is seen as the rider’s line of communication to the horse. There is great variety when it comes to bitting options, and we are often left overwhelmed by all the choices. It’s important that we as riders are able to make an informed decision and keep our horse’s individuality top of mind when choosing a bit. Like with ...

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Taking In A Rescue

The reality of the never-ending stream of abused and abandoned horses is a bitter pill to swallow. The state that these animals are found in is truly heartbreaking. For the ‘lucky’ few who do make it to rescue organisations, the journey has only begun. Horses suffer from post-traumatic stress and do struggle to move past their bad experiences. Taking in ...

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