Lifestyle

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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Equestrian fashion

Riding apparel has become much more than just jods and boots over the years. Helmets, shirts, breeches, boots, belts – you name it – everything available on the market these days features stylish, fashion-forward and technologically advanced elements. Riding clothes have developed into a fashion, with many riders buying into brand names that allow them to be comfortable yet fashionable ...

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Stable yards abroad

Many of us are not able to keep our horses on our own property, which ultimately means that we opt for livery stabling at a yard we trust. The yard we pick depends on several deciding factors, such as our discipline, how competitive we want to be, the type of facilities we want, the distance from our homes and work, ...

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Jade Hooke

Jade Hooke has been SA’s darling since she claimed her first ‘surprise’ Derby win in 2009 followed by another in 2011. More recently she wowed us by finishing third in the Hickstead Derby and represented the country at the World Equestrian Games in 2014. Now, as she immerses herself in the tough world of international showjumping, Jade speaks to HQ ...

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Holiday staff

We all look forward to our holidays and can’t wait to lie back, relax and soak up some sun. How many of us actually get to relax though, when we have horses to think about back home? Not only do we have to find a suitable ‘horse sitter’, but we often have to worry about having temporary staff while our ...

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The festive season for horse lovers

As we head into the silly season, many of us are thinking of ways to spoil our loved ones, or how to spend our free time over the holidays. As horse lovers, of course we’d like to add a touch of equine interest to the event, so the HQ team decided to draw up a wish list of things we’d ...

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Equestrian weddings

If you’re like many horse lovers, it’s likely that most of your world revolves around these amazing animals. Your social time is dominated by horse talk, your weekends are spent at the stables, your disposable income is dedicated to tack shopping … No surprise then that if you’re planning a wedding, you’ve considered including horses at some level. Equestrians are ...

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Making the decision to euthanise

No matter what our views on euthanasia are, at some point in our lives we will probably have to face making this terrible decision. For most riders, our horses are our friends and companions. Having to make the decision to put our best friend down is the single biggest responsibility that we have for them. The loss of your horse can ...

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Finance for horses

Horse lovers are an unusual bunch – ask anyone who has never been involved in the game. Like many other sporting enthusiasts, we won’t hesitate to invest small fortunes in our passion, and given half the chance, we’ll spend the price of a small car to own a top quality horse. With competitive prospects ranging from anywhere between R50,000 to R500,000, ...

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Make your own horsey muffins

Do you love baking and love your horse? Now you can combine the two because this month we’re bringing you awesome horse treat recipes to try! The ingredients for these homemade treats are easy to find at grocery stores. These treats are totally safe for horses to eat (in moderation!). If you think your horse deserves a spoil, then you’ve ...

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