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Clipping craze

Clipping is the latest area of the horse world to receive a makeover - no longer is it just a case of a hunter, trace or full clip!

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‘Crossfit’ for endurance horses – Part 2

Part 1 looked at an introduction into fitness for endurance horses. We looked at the value that dressage has on the overall schooling of an endurance horse. Part 2 looks at pole work and jumping. Pole work and lateral work It may seem unusual to couple pole work and lateral work together, but we do so because they often target ...

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Appaloosas of Africa

South African Appaloosas have been gaining popularity further afield into Africa. Top SA breeder, George Contos of Kondos Appaloosa Stud, recently had the opportunity to visit several new breeding programmes in southern Africa. He shared his experience with HQ. New beginnings Luyts Appaloosa Stud, owned by a married team, Peter and Carla Luyt, was founded in 2006. The farm is ...

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‘Crossfit’ for endurance horses – Part 1

Whenever the word ‘endurance’ crops up in relation to horses, we all think of the vast distances that these unbelievably brave and strong horses cope with. However, endurance horses can benefit from cross-training. A beautifully schooled horse is a pleasure to ride – responsive and less likely to experience injury moving over rough terrain at speed. Out of necessity endurance ...

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Update on President’s Cup controversy

On 15 March the Tack ‘n Togs President’s Cup was held at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre. During the main class of the event, Mandy Johnstone and Callaho Lissabon knocked a pole resulting in four penalties. Johnstone reported that the horse had been distracted by an interference outside of the arena and the judges decided to remove the four penalties. The ...

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Intercontinental Village Day 2015

Turffontein Racecourse will be a mecca of multiculturalism on Saturday, 25 April when it plays host to the third and final leg of the prestigious SA Triple Crown, the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara as well as the much anticipated annual Intercontinental Village Day. The day’s festivities Racegoers should be prepared to have their taste buds do some of the racing – from continent ...

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The nature of horse food – Part 1

The horse’s digestive system is unique and complicated, and mistreating it can lead to a myriad of problems. With the help of our expert, Dr Marion Young, we help you understand how it works and how the various feeds available affect it. Understanding the basics Before delving into the complicated labyrinth that makes up the digestive system of the horse, ...

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Coat colours

It’s surprising how many of us have subconscious (or very conscious) preconceptions and judgments about the colour, build or general look of a horse. Some might think bays bring them luck, and others might say grey horses ‘don’t like them very much’. But is there anything to those small superstitions … is a horse with three white socks really hot? ...

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Bronwyn Short: Nissan Easter Festival Q&A

1. How many horses are you competing on at Nissan Easter Festival and in what classes? I am competing on 3 in the open classes, 2 in the 1.10m and 1 in the 90cm 2. How is your preparation going for the Nissan Easter Festival? Preparation going well. Horses are on form. 3.Which of the Nissan Easter Festival classes are ...

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