Author Archives: lizzie

Monty Roberts – the man who listens to horses

By Charlotte Bastiaanse An extraordinary horseman, Monty Roberts is a common household name among equestrian families. For those who don’t know, Roberts is an award-winning horse trainer, best-selling author, and a stunt man. Roberts is also the founder of the equine training technique, Join-Up.  Achievements Throughout his life, Roberts has won numerous awards and three of his books have made ...

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Grave concerns at rural horse race

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) monitored a rural horse race in Idutywa in the Eastern Cape and were gravely concerned for the welfare of the horses. Concerns highlighted during the event included free and excessive use of stock whips, incorrect and inappropriate saddling and tack, inhumane handling, unsuitable transportation and no veterinary checks for the participating horses. Horses had ...

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What does face rubbing mean?

Q: My horse likes to rub his face on me after I’ve finished riding. Some say it’s a bad habit and others say it’s a sign of affection. What do you guys think? Asked anonymously A: The first thing I’d check is that your noseband is not on too tightly. Although wanting to rub after work is quite normal, tight ...

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How do you stop the lower leg swinging?

Asked by Nicky Venter Keeping the lower leg still needs some riding without stirrups! Practise riding with no stirrups in your flatwork and make sure that your stirrups are the right length when you take them back. Ideally, you want the bottom of the stirrup iron to be at your ankle when your leg is hanging loosely. As a general ...

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What is the best bit for a young horse?

What is the best bit to start a young horse off in? Most people have told me a double-jointed eggbutt snaffle, but my youngster doesn’t seem to like it.  Asked by Bruce Ryden There are two things you need to take into account. Firstly, what makes you conclude that your horse doesn’t like the bit? A lot of difficulties in ...

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What is a good way to teach a horse the flying change?

Asked by Ben du Toit Before you start with teaching the flying changes, it’s important that you teach your horse the basics, namely relaxation, rhythm, contact, impulsion, straightness and collection. Before teaching the flying change, ask yourself the following: Is the quality of the canter good (always maintaining the three-beat rhythm)?Is the horse straight in the canter?Is the rider able ...

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Kelly O’Connor wins the SA Derby!

Caroline Malan: The PR Machine Equestrian excellence was the order of the day at the SA Derby 2018, showing that the sport of show jumping continues to thrive. The 52nd edition of The SA Derby sponsored by Cell C through their new entertainment offering, black proved to be a winner amongst the capacity crowd at Kyalami Equestrian Park. The five ...

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Consuelo tribute – a gift for breeding and the sport

By Claus Koch In 1998, Sitta Voigts of Zonjati Stud asked Cord Wassmann, the chief judge of Hanoverian breeding, to find her a colt out of the Holstein Contender line. As requested, he bought her a Concerto 2 colt from Doris Hafemeister, the mother of the Olympic rider Dirk Hafemeister. Thus, Consuelo arrived in Namibia, but as the colt matured ...

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Dressage Diva does disciplines

By Georgina Roberts FEI definition: eventing “A formidable combination of cross-country, jumping and dressage. Eventing is often known as the triathlon of the equestrian world. A truly complete sport that tests both the horse and rider in all aspects of horsemanship, and one of the three Olympic disciplines.” Unofficial definition: eventing “Eventing is for people who realise one discipline isn’t ...

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Ronnie Healy rider profile

I’ll be competing in The SA Derby presented by black, on my horse Blueturtle Atmore. I’ll also have Blueturtle Catweasle in the 1.35m classes. Will you dress up in line with the theme “Spring in the Hamptons”?  I will if I don’t qualify, but hopefully I’ll be in riding Atmore and so will come through after that! Tell us about your top horse ...

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