Tag Archives: dressage

Bomber bits of the future

  Approximately six years ago, Bomber Nel of Bombers Equestrian Equipment, started to realise that with modern breeding and the genetic evolution in both European Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds came a rapid change in the shape of the jaw of the modern sport horse and racehorse. The bone structure in the lower jaw was becoming more refined, while the cheeks and ...

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Warm-up arena etiquette

When it comes to competing at a show, both horse and rider usually find the warm-up arena more stressful than the actual ring. The warm-up arena is a chaotic place, and a rider who doesn’t exercise arena courtesy only makes things worse. A rider who gets in the way is not only frustrating but also poses a danger to the ...

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Your first away show

South Africa’s equestrian disciplines host various national shows every year, with many riders making the journey to other provinces to compete. An away show is an exciting experience for you and your horse, and it gives you the opportunity to compete in a bigger, more diverse pool of riders. Thorough preparation and a good understanding of the show is key ...

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Nissan Easter Festival dressage riders ready to dance

Held at Kyalami Equestrian Park from 24 March – 2 April 2018, the 10 day equestrian show is ready to wow audiences from far and wide. With free entrance, the public are encouraged to witness the finest dressage South Africa has to offer. Often referred to as ‘the highest expression of horse training,’ dressage is the equestrian discipline whereby both ...

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Muscle up: conditioning your horse

Muscle is the most adaptive tissue in the body in that it can grow and develop with training and degenerate and become weaker during periods of inactivity. Trained muscle is more efficient because: It has an increased number in the size and type of muscle fibres, which make up the muscle. It has an increased blood supply, so more nutrients ...

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When tack hurts

When our horses start acting up when being ridden, our minds quickly think it’s some kind of internal pain or mental block that the horse is experiencing, resulting in out-of-the-norm behaviour. While it’s important not to ignore the possibility that that could very well be the case, we often overlook our horse’s tack. When tack hurts, it can easily impact ...

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When is a horse considered ‘on the bit?’

Riders in today’s age have lost sight of what it means for a horse to be ‘on the bit’. The expression has become associated with submission and obedience of the horse, and the aesthetic look of the horse with his head down and ‘in a frame’. Although we don’t know where the actual expression came from, being ‘on the bit’ ...

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Creating connections: what true contact should feel like

Riding can sometimes be an overwhelming minefield of both terminology and analogy, leaving the rider not entirely sure of what they are meant to be striving for. Here we demystify one of the most basic and yet complex concepts: the contact. We discuss what it means, what it should feel like, and how you can achieve a good hand-holding with your ...

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Work riding: can anybody do it?

Most young and upcoming riders will take on work riding as a part- or full-time job as a means to gain experience and earn a little extra cash. Working a variety of horses can do wonders for your riding as well as teach you to be versatile and adaptable. It’s a first start for most talented South African riders looking ...

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Cell C Derby: sold out

  The 52nd edition of the SA Derby is officially SOLD OUT come 2pm on 1 October 2017 at the Kyalami Equestrian Park. The Cell C South African Derby is the toughest showjumping challenge: the 18 obstacle, 1200m course that is a one of a kind with obstacles such as a devils dyke, bank, water and wall. With over 5000 people ...

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