Horse Training

Breeding top-class showjumpers

As a breeder one has to keep up with what is happening in the world, look at what the latest trends are and what type of horse is required to jump the current and future tracks. It is then possible to plan your progeny to suit these trends, bearing in mind that a generation in horses is approximately 10 years. ...

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The dressage arena: Part 1

In upcoming issues of HQ, Helmut Wagner, will provide practical tips on how you can make the most of your horse’s best talents. Whether you ride an imported Warmblood or a homegrown crossbreed, you can use the dressage arena to create a healthy, happy athlete. Far too little emphasis is put on the fact that first and foremost our dressage ...

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Polo 101

South Africa has world-class polo players, polo ponies, trainers and facilities, so if you think you have what it takes, get involved today!

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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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‘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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Master class with dressage simulator

Fans of dressage who follow social media may recently have heard word circulating about Travis the dressage simulator. When HQ learned about the ‘robot horse’ that can teach you to ride, we had to try it for ourselves. Accurate simulation Instruction on the Racewood Dressage Simulator is offered by Charmaine Gardner of CHG Equestrian, based at Equestria in Kyalami. The ...

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Life after the track: meet the horses

Cask Cask is a well-proportioned eight-year-old gelding by Fort Wood who won three times over six seasons for just over half a million rand. It may be the fact Cask raced for an unusually long time – six seasons in all – that nothing fazes him, says Maud. He retired from his racing career sound, strong and with a good ...

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