Lifestyle

How to fit a Western saddle

Unlike the more commonly known English saddles, Western saddles are made up of a solid wooden or fibreglass tree, and are therefore not easily adjustable. There are various types of Western saddles, categorised by design for their particular discipline, be it barrel racing, reining, roping or Western pleasure. In South Africa, Western saddles are hard to come by and are ...

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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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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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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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Stutteri Ask

Stutteri Ask is located in Denmark and was founded by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, who still owns the stud today and is very passionate about it. Kjeld does not ride any of the horses himself, but he has a large interest in breeding them. Every year we produce between 15 and 17 foals, and Kjeld is the one who gives them ...

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William Haggas – Racing success at Somerville Lodge

Horseracing is an exciting and complex industry, with thousands of horses, hundreds of trainers and multiple institutions. In our international issue, we look to the top-end niche in the industry, namely Newmarket, and one of the top trainers from the area, William Haggas. Newmarket Newmarket is located in Suffolk, England, approximately 100km north of London. It’s popularly known as the birthplace ...

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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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