Tag Archives: horses

Facts about forage

The link between concentrates and behavioural issues – interesting recent research on equine nutrition from Shelhi Horne. Foals weaned onto concentrates have a four times higher chance of crib-biting than those weaned onto forage diets. Horses fed moderate starch levels (22% of the diet) had increased heart rates compared with those on high-forage diets, which could indicate more reactivity and ...

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Roux horsemanship clinic in Botswana

A Natural Horsemanship Clinic was hosted by HSB and held at Lentswe Farm, Mmamashia, on Saturday 7th November, 2015, by kind permission of Ludi and Elmarie Scheffer. The clinic ran from 9.00am until 6.30pm. The visiting horsemen were father and son, Bertie and Marco Roux from Bloemfontein where they have their own yard called Roux Horsemanship. They are skilled horsemen who ...

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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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Sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo

An event with purpose All things grand and glamorous were in order this past Saturday at the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event held at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley. Guests from near and far swanned to the estate’s polo grounds for what was a unique blend of elegance, entertainment and exquisite scenery, all in support of ...

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Futura is SA’s best racehorse

The brilliant Dynasty colt, Futura, who won the Grade 1 J&B Met and the Grade 1 L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth for original trainer Brett Crawford before winning the Grade 1 Champions Cup at Greyville for new trainer Justin Snaith, was not only awarded both the Champion Older Male title as well as Champion Middle Distance Horse, but also walked away with the impressive Horse of the Year ...

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Can you buy a horse who fails a vetting?

  The business of buying and selling horses can be a stressful one – aside from the heart-rending ups and downs of finding the right horse (or buyer), there is also the fear that the horse you’ve just fallen in love with may have some hidden issue that could spell disaster to your long-term competitive plans. Recently, there’s been growing concern ...

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Making the decision to euthanise

No matter what our views on euthanasia are, at some point in our lives we will probably have to face making this terrible decision. For most riders, our horses are our friends and companions. Having to make the decision to put our best friend down is the single biggest responsibility that we have for them. The loss of your horse can ...

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Finance for horses

Horse lovers are an unusual bunch – ask anyone who has never been involved in the game. Like many other sporting enthusiasts, we won’t hesitate to invest small fortunes in our passion, and given half the chance, we’ll spend the price of a small car to own a top quality horse. With competitive prospects ranging from anywhere between R50,000 to R500,000, ...

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Stuart Walker clinic success

First clinic A Stuart Walker Show-Jumping Clinic was held over the weekend of 31st July, 1st/2nd August, 2015, at two venues in Gaborone. The clinic was hosted by the Horse Society of Botswana and the lessons were subsidised by the HSB so that the cost of a one hour lesson to the rider was BWP200.00. Thank you HSB. This clinic was organised ...

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The rising cost of horse care

Economies worldwide are taking strain. We hear about massive national debts, crude oil prices, and experience for ourselves the pressure of increasing costs of keeping our horses. If equestrian disciplines could be labelled as ‘the sport of kings’, then many equestrians could be called the ‘princes and princesses of paupers’. The costs of keeping horses and anything to do with ...

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