Horse Training

Thoroughbreds: life after the track (Part 2)

Every year thousands of Thoroughbred horses are retired from the racetrack. While every horse is different and some will be more suitable to certain equine pursuits than others, in general Thoroughbreds have even temperaments and are athletic, intelligent and durable. These qualities together with the constant handling they experience during their racing career, means that with the correct retraining, facilities ...

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Wild about Western Riding

For those who have yet to explore the world of Western riding, here’s a little more about what to expect, some of the differences between English and Western, and for the fashionistas, what to wear!

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Thoroughbreds from track to ring (Part 1)

Thoroughbreds have fascinated horse enthusiasts for centuries. As a breed, they are the embodiment of physical strength, displaying great athleticism, speed and stamina. Known for their elegance, Thoroughbreds exhibit profound grace and courage under saddle. While purpose-bred for racing and celebrated for their outstanding performance on racetracks around the globe, they have also proven to be suited to a variety ...

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Owning a racehorse

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Your first step in becoming an owner is deciding if you want to be part of the lifestyle. Owning a racehorse can be an exciting and rewarding experience.

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Schooling the young event horse

Introducing a horse to the cross country phase of eventing should be a process that is unrushed and kept fun in order to create a solid foundation of trust between the horse and rider. It is often in the very first few outings to a cross country venue with a young or inexperienced horse that they learn the best and ...

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Showjumping etiquette

Once you’ve made the decision to start competing, it’s comforting to know that when you arrive at the show you’ll be ready for anything. Last month top SA showjumper Anne-Marie Esslinger gave advice on being correctly dressed. This month we cover the topic of show etiquette. Rules and regulations Reading the showjumping rules is worthwhile (you’ll find them at sashowjumping.co.za). Some ...

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Whips and spurs…Are they for you?

  Whips and spurs fall into the category of artificial aids; they are simply there to refine the aids you give your pony and the responses that he gives to you. They should never inflict pain or cause open wounds, and a dressage whip and spurs should only be used on the advice of your instructor.   In the case ...

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