Tag Archives: horse riding

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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9 tips to choosing the right coach

All instructors have their own personal style of teaching, which will work for some but not for others. As a rider, you will likely change instructors a few times as you grow up, become more or less competitive, or change disciplines or yards. There are several factors we consider when choosing a coach, and we take a closer look at ...

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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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From groom to rider

There are many good reasons to invest in expanding your groom’s skill set. For a start, he is the one spending the most time with your horse, some 10 (or more) hours a day. This intensive care can add to marginal gains in competition horses, adding a few percent to your marks or leaving more poles up, or can quite ...

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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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Ronnie Healy on the Cell C Derby

“I remember sitting at school and counting down the hours until I could go and ride. I wanted to compete at the top as well as overseas and nothing was going to stop me,” says Kyalami resident Ronnie Healy. Watching the warm up He’s determined and experienced, calm yet passionate. Owner of RH Equestrian Ronnie Healy says he welcomes the ...

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Liam Stevens on the lead up to Cell C Derby

Liam Stevens was born into a horse-loving family, with his father Damian having started riding when he was six years old with Trevor Lovegren and continued to ride with some of South Africa’s best, among them Rogan Asken, Phillip Smith, Barry Taylor and Janie Myburg. Liam started aged 13 at Lane Stables in Constantia, Cape Town and then later with ...

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Bronwyn Short on Derby day

Dynamite comes in small packages and so can be said of the gutsy and talented Bronwyn Short who will no doubt come out firing come derby day 1 October. “We have had so many shows this year that I feel that my horses are fairly fit and ready, so I haven’t done much ‘derby prep’ – it has just been ...

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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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Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

In South Africa, the disease that we most fear is African Horse Sickness. This endemic disease has led to worldwide restrictions on South African horses and remains a concern for horse owners in South Africa. However, in light of the international issue, we decided to focus on equine viral arteritis (EVA), a disease that was first identified in 1953 and ...

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