Tag Archives: horses

Investing in a thrill and a dream

Be it the excitement of watching your Thoroughbred approaching the starting gate on race day, or the lifestyle afforded to South Africa’s glamourous horse racing fraternity, owning a racehorse is a pursuit with many enjoyable benefits. For those who are interested in investing in a racehorse of their own, the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale is a great place ...

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Understanding positive flexion tests

Flexion tests of both the fore- and hindlimbs are common diagnostic tools, particularly used for the purposes of pre-purchase examination. Many of us have heard the words ‘failed flexion test’ or ‘positive flexion test’ when looking into buying or selling a horse, but what do these terms really mean? What is the significance of these results and how seriously should ...

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Choosing your horse’s home

Any horse owner only wants what’s best for his or her horse. As much as we’d all love to have our horses home with us, under our watchful eye, this simply isn’t a reality for the majority of horse owners in South Africa. This means we end up putting our horses into livery, trusting the stable managers to keep an ...

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Rose Lane Equine Training Centre

Many people in the equine industry overlook the importance of their first riding instructor – the one who helps you to take your first steps on the lifelong journey that the love of horses is for most of us. This is the premise that led Liesl McGee to found Rose Lane Equine Training Centre just outside of Pretoria. “I have ...

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Splitting the bill

Owning a horse is a luxury, and an expensive luxury at that. It’s every rider’s dream to own a horse, but in reality, this can’t always be the case. Horses require you to have money, time and energy.Many riders make the mistake of rushing into buying a horse, after what can sometimes be only a short time of riding, only ...

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Holiday Help

Whether you keep your horses on your own property or run a livery yard, if you’re planning on going away over the holidays, then you’ve probably arranged for someone to keep a careful eye on everything in your absence. You might have sourced them through a trusted contact and triple-checked their references, but can you really trust the temp to ...

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Fit or fat?

South Africa traditionally shuts down in December and up until recently, riders have been able to co-ordinate their time on the beach with back-to-back African Horse Sickness (AHS) vaccinations and enforced time off for their horses. New guidelines recommend that both AHS vaccinations should be administered before the end of October, so riders now have to make a conscious decision ...

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EXCLUSIVE interview with George Morris

George H Morris is a household name among equestrians all over the world. George is known for his influential contribution to the hunter, equitation and showjumping disciplines, and alongside having a massively successful career himself, he has also been Chef d’Equipe for the United States Equestrian Federation showjumping team, as well as the Brazilian showjumping team at the Rio Olympic ...

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Improving your arena

Extreme weather conditions inevitably put added pressure on your arena surface. Common problems are that surfaces become too deep, and in the case of sand-based surfaces, dry and dusty. If your surface is suffering, don’t automatically assume that it’s a case of facing the expense of entire replacement. Replacing the whole surface is of course always an option, although you will ...

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10 signs he’s not the right horse for you

It’s always a dull moment in riding when you leave the arena, be it after a lesson or show, feeling like you’ve given it your all but your horse just didn’t give you back his best effort. Now we’re not just talking about a once-off incident, but rather weeks or even months of what feels like hitting a brick wall. ...

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