Tag Archives: breeding

What to look for when buying a youngster

When you buy a young horse, you buy potential. The only thing a young horse can offer is his conformation, temperament and bloodline. Some young horses will be further along in their schooling and may even have gone to their first training show by the time you go and see him, but at the end of the day the young ...

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Barry Taylor’s take on SA versus the rest

Having represented his country too many times to remember, experienced campaigner and Team Nissan showjumping captain, Barry Taylor, says the equestrian gap between South Africa and the rest of the world is narrowing due to access worldwide to top-quality semen as well as an improved selection of mares. The game abroad Barry started competing under licence as a 17-year-old in ...

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Breeding to sell

  Most breeders get into the business of horse breeding because they have a deep-rooted love of the animals. The desire to understand their chosen breed and work towards constant improvement of the youngstock should be the fundamental motivation behind a good breeding programme. The belief that the commercial side of breeding will allow them the opportunity to be immersed ...

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Local colt fetches a cool R1.5 million at yearling sale

A dream came true for two assistant farm managers at Varsfontein stud farm, Jaco Erasmus and his wife Carolyn, when they sold a thoroughbred colt for R1.5 million at the Bloodstock South Africa (marketing and sales arm of the of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association South Africa) Cape regional sale held at the luxurious Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley ...

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Spotted Thoroughbred nabs three wins

An unusually marked white Thoroughbred mare named Buchiko has been making waves in the Japanese racing industry. The four-year-old has won three races and been second twice from 11 starts. Roughly translated from Japanese, Buchiko’s name means dappled girl. On racedays, her handlers wear spotted accessories to complete the picture. Colouring Registered as white, she has dark chestnut “medicine hat” markings on ...

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Artificial light for breeding

Horses are seasonal breeders – this is why most foals in the Southern Hemisphere are born during spring and early summer. Their reproductive systems depend on natural sunlight to function. Mares have multiple oestrous cycles throughout the warmer seasons of the year. When the seasons turn colder, a mare’s reproductive cycle becomes irregular and therefore she will be less likely ...

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Equilume

Ever wondered why foals are born during the summer? Horses are seasonal breeding animals, meaning that they prefer to breed during the light summer seasons. A horse’s gestation period is 11 months, so a mare will foal down in the next summer season. The reason for this is that animals of prey who are born during the warm and light ...

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The Connemara

This ancient Irish breed of mountain and moorland pony has been resident in South Africa since the first imports arrived directly from Ireland in 1965. These were Clonkeehan Barna Boy and Bright Lass. Both were imported by Sydney Press of the Bluehills Riding School near Johannesburg. Christine Walwyn of the nationally known Ashgar Connemara Stud in Clarens, Eastern Free State, ...

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