Tag Archives: horses

Colic: when surgery is needed

In previous articles, we discussed colic as an umbrella term for ‘abdominal pain in the equine’ and looked at some of the many causes of this all too common condition. Regardless of the cause of the colic, however, the fact remains that if your vet has exhausted all forms of medical management, you will be advised to get your horse ...

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Dressage for the showjumping horse

While showjumping might seem like a ‘point and shoot’ discipline to some spectators, a good showjumping round requires much more from the horse than just clearing the jumps. Showjumping demands the horse to be adjustable, flexible, in balance, have straightness in his body and have a good and powerful canter. Working the horse on the flat helps to keep him ...

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Spring cleaning

As we come out of the chilly winter season, it’s time to start looking forward to the warmer summer season. Summer means sunshine, green grass, much-needed rain, longer days, and more time to ride. With so much to look forward to, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is maintenance around the yard. If you’ve let the cold winter ...

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Sport psychology for the equestrian

Sport psychology, or mental toughness if you prefer, applies to both amateur and professional equestrians. Sport psychology began as early as 1898 when research showed that cyclists performed better when they rode as a group rather than as individuals. In the 1960s, sport psychologists began to accompany teams to competitions, including the Olympic Games, and the International Society of Sport ...

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Does your pony love you?

There’s no doubt that most of us love our ponies more than anything in the world! Even if you don’t have a pony of your own, perhaps you have a favourite pony at the yard or you lease a pony from someone. Either way, you probably have that one pony in your life that is so special to you and ...

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Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile comes to Turffontein

  It’s a race day unlike any other, where 16 worthy charities are paired with 16 celebrities, 16 media houses and of course 16 top Thoroughbreds for a day of world-class horseracing, entertainment and plenty of excitement. What to expect The Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile will take place on Saturday, 5 November 2016 at Turffontein Racecourse. The main race ...

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Racing’s most exhilarating theatrical event launches in Joburg

This November, the grand and historic Turffontein Racecourse will be transformed into a theatrical wonderland with the launch of the first ever SA Equinity extravaganza – Illuminessence Horseracing fans have traditionally flocked to the coast for the big race days in Durban and Cape Town. For the first time ever on 10 November, Turffontein Racecourse will host a lavish and ...

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Two Dressage Shows were held at Pangolin Farm, Notwane over the weekend of 5-7 August, 2016 by kind permission of Sue Bookbinder.  Show One was on Friday and Saturday. Show Two was on Sunday. In both shows tests for Pony Riders, Junior Riders and Adult Riders were ridden. The judge was Mr Justin O’Reilly who lives in Vereeniging, South Africa. Justin ...

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Venue profile: Al Shaqab

Situated in Doha, Qatar, Al Shaqab is a world-class equestrian village and has been pivotal in placing Qatar on the equestrian map. With a state-of-the-art breeding facility, world-class competition and show venue, and multi-discipline equestrian centre, Al Shaqab is an equestrian venue not to be missed. History and development Al Shaqab was established in 1992 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad ...

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Stable yards abroad

Many of us are not able to keep our horses on our own property, which ultimately means that we opt for livery stabling at a yard we trust. The yard we pick depends on several deciding factors, such as our discipline, how competitive we want to be, the type of facilities we want, the distance from our homes and work, ...

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