Tag Archives: care

Holiday help: peace of mind while you’re away

Whenever we get to this time of year, it’s time to start thinking about putting your horses and yard in safe hands while you’re away. Whether you’re on a smallholding with two or three horses on your property, or run a full-time livery yard, you want someone you can trust to care for your horses as if they were their ...

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Good grass: types of roughage

There are various roughage options available for the South African horse. The main options include lucerne hay, teff, Eragrostis curvula, Rhodes grass and oat hay. Roughage should be chosen to best suit the horse’s nutrient requirements. AlphaAlfa explains the nutritional value of the different types of grasses in this month’s issue. Legumes In comparison with grasses, legumes have a higher ...

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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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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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Skin and coat care

South Africa with its beautiful sunny climate, can wreak havoc with our horse’s coats though. There is nothing worse than a beautiful dark bay all bleached and ‘burnt’ looking with a coat that has lost its silky texture. There are a number of ways to protect your horse from the sun – both internal and external. First we need to ...

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Bandaging basics

There are a variety of reasons for bandaging, ranging from injuries that require support or protection to exercise bandages and stable bandages. Any supportive/medical bandaging should be done by a qualified person or under the supervision of your veterinarian, as bandaging too tight, too loose or unevenly can cause problems such as pressure points on tendons, causing damage to the ...

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Taking care of our grooms

As more equestrians pay attention to the business aspects involved in running a successful equine-related company, the issue of staff management has come under the spotlight. This is a particular concern when looking at the matter of grooms’ reimbursement packages. Retirement planning For many grooms a steady job is the most they feel confident to ask for in today’s economic ...

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