Tag Archives: ride

What is the maximum weight that a recreational horse can carry?

Horses can carry between 12% and 20% of their body weight, but body weight is not the only factor that decides if it is justified to carry a certain amount of weight. You have to look at the muscles, build and breed of the horse in order to make a safe observation and conclusion. Is the back weak or strong? ...

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Tricky transitions

Unless you’re a competitive dressage rider, riding perfect transitions are probably not top of mind. It may not seem like such a big deal if your horse is slightly delayed off the leg or a bit heavy in your hand, but these are subtle signs of something much bigger. Inability to transition upward and downward with ease can be a ...

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Fit to ride

One of the most irritating things that riders hear is, “You just sit there and the horse does all the hard work.” We may not climb off our horses dripping as though we’ve just run 10km, but undeniably, riding is a form of exercise. Riding involves a lot of core and muscular strength, which should be trained out of the ...

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The benefit of riding out

The saying, “A change is as good as a holiday,” is very relevant to the way we work our horses. Including regular outrides in the training schedule provides a mental and physical tonic for horses, and benefits them in numerous ways. Mental benefits “Two consecutive days of training in the arena is as much as most horses can mentally cope ...

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Tackling water complexes with confidence

Have you ever wondered why some horses fear water? Eventers and some showjumpers can have a hard time convincing their horses to go through water complexes or over water jumps. A young horse naturally fears puddles, because the position of his eyes on the sides of his head doesn’t allow him to see directly beneath him. He can also only ...

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Equine career: furthering your education and qualifications

The Dutch equestrian sport is known for its expertise. Dutch riders, carriage drivers, breeders, trainers and horses are dominating the world stage. Over the years, the Dutch have gained the knowledge and expertise in training, veterinary care, nutrition, breeding and equestrian management to perform successfully at world-class level. How did they get where they are right now? And how do you ...

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Arena surface construction and maintenance

Professionals are all choosing to install or only work over synthetic mix surfaces – but do these arenas actually make a difference to the horse and your schooling? This month, HQ talks to Peter Morrison, who heads Martin Collins South Africa – equine facility specialists – about what goes into arena and yard structuring and maintenance. Arenas Over the past ...

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Tossy Raynor showjumping clinic in Botswana

A Pole Work and Show-Jumping Clinic was held at Herbie’s Haven Stables, Ruretse, over the weekend of 23rd, 24th, 25thJanuary, 2016 and was kindly hosted by Mrs Bridget O’Neill. The visiting instructor was Tossy Raynor who was accommodated at Bridget’s home. Bridget also collected her and returned her to the airport. There was no sponsorship from the Horse Society of ...

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Nissan Easter Festival 2016

Now in its seventh year, Nissan is proud to sponsor the 2016 Nissan Easter Festival, a celebration of equestrian events, entertainment and fun for the whole family at Kyalami Equestrian Park from 19 to 28 March 2016. South Africa’s top show jumpers are preparing themselves for what is set to be a fiercely competitive Nissan Easter Festival. What you can expect Nissan South Africa has once again partnered with Kyalami Park Club to bring ...

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Rand Hunt: Palmietfontein

This hunt is a popular favourite as the open countryside is so beautiful and peaceful and out hosts so welcoming. The farm at Nigel is about 1 hour and 45 minutes  towing time from Inanda Country Base which makes it a very easy day’s outing with the horses.  There was some rain during the previous week making the ground and weather very ...

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