Trick training

There are loads of different methods when it comes to teaching horses how to do tricks. Trick training can be a fun form of mental stimulation for your horse and can also have benefits towards schooling and groundwork. This month we take a look at some standard and basic tricks that you can teach your equine friend! Ask and reward One ...

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Regaining confidence after a fall

It’s commonly said among riders that you aren’t a true horse rider until you have had a couple of falls. Falling off a horse is not a matter of ‘if’, but rather a matter of ‘when’. Many riders have an innate fear of falling. However, after riding for an extended period of time without a fall, we grow in confidence ...

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10 signs he’s not the right horse for you

It’s always a dull moment in riding when you leave the arena, be it after a lesson or show, feeling like you’ve given it your all but your horse just didn’t give you back his best effort. Now we’re not just talking about a once-off incident, but rather weeks or even months of what feels like hitting a brick wall. ...

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Identifying and understanding sarcoids

Equine sarcoids are probably one of the most common and frustrating skin issues to deal with. The word ‘sarcoid’ stems from the word ‘sarcoma’ – a tumour originating from the connective tissue. The suffix ‘-oid’ refers to ‘like’, indicating that a sarcoid is a tumour ‘like a sarcoma’. The difference is that sarcomas are generally malignant, and sarcoids are usually ...

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The benefits of working on different surfaces

Soundness is a key factor in equine athletes, and the trainer’s ability to keep the horse in peak condition while working at the required level depends on a complex interaction between the horse and the environment. The surfaces a horse trains and competes on play a crucial role in the horse’s ability to perform at his best and avoid injury. ...

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Sun International unveiled as The Met’s new sponsor

In 1883, a fleet-footed horse named Sir Hercules galloped into the history books by winning the first-ever Metropolitan Mile horserace in Cape Town. Since then, ‘The Met’ has grown in stature and size to become South Africa’s oldest horse race, and one of its most prestigious. From its earliest years, when people attended the race dressed in their finest to ...

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Feeding the retired Thoroughbred

Brave, talented, versatile … off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) make fantastic sport and leisure horses who can easily be retrained into a second career. While they need to adjust mentally and physically to their new life, it’s equally important to transition their digestive system back to a high forage diet. If you do this correctly, you will end up being one of ...

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Collection work

We all seem to agree that training must first and foremost contribute to the physical development of the horse. Ultimate collection does not only ask a great deal of straightness, flexibility and co-ordination, it also asks tremendous mental concentration and contribution from your horse. What is collection? Very briefly, in collection you want the horse to shift his weight, which ...

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Colic: when surgery is needed

In previous articles, we discussed colic as an umbrella term for ‘abdominal pain in the equine’ and looked at some of the many causes of this all too common condition. Regardless of the cause of the colic, however, the fact remains that if your vet has exhausted all forms of medical management, you will be advised to get your horse ...

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Team Nissan ready for derby

This year’s SA Derby will commence at Kyalami Park from 28 September – 2 October 2016, and the Team Nissan Showjumping Team are most certainly up for the challenge, despite losing number 1 ranked SA rider Lorette Knowles-Taylor through a shoulder injury. Husband Barry Taylor hopes to qualify for the prestigious SA Derby at 2pm on 2 October on Lorette’s ...

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