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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Dressage for the showjumping horse

While showjumping might seem like a ‘point and shoot’ discipline to some spectators, a good showjumping round requires much more from the horse than just clearing the jumps. Showjumping demands the horse to be adjustable, flexible, in balance, have straightness in his body and have a good and powerful canter. Working the horse on the flat helps to keep him ...

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Spring cleaning

As we come out of the chilly winter season, it’s time to start looking forward to the warmer summer season. Summer means sunshine, green grass, much-needed rain, longer days, and more time to ride. With so much to look forward to, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is maintenance around the yard. If you’ve let the cold winter ...

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Sport psychology for the equestrian

Sport psychology, or mental toughness if you prefer, applies to both amateur and professional equestrians. Sport psychology began as early as 1898 when research showed that cyclists performed better when they rode as a group rather than as individuals. In the 1960s, sport psychologists began to accompany teams to competitions, including the Olympic Games, and the International Society of Sport ...

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Win your share of R30,000 in Espoir vouchers.

Stand a chance to win your share of R30,000 in Espoir vouchers, valid on the day of the grand opening (22 October) only. Visit espoirequestrian.com and tell us the name of your favourite product in the box below.  Competition ends 30 September, 2016. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Tackling water complexes with confidence

Have you ever wondered why some horses fear water? Eventers and some showjumpers can have a hard time convincing their horses to go through water complexes or over water jumps. A young horse naturally fears puddles, because the position of his eyes on the sides of his head doesn’t allow him to see directly beneath him. He can also only ...

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Does your pony love you?

There’s no doubt that most of us love our ponies more than anything in the world! Even if you don’t have a pony of your own, perhaps you have a favourite pony at the yard or you lease a pony from someone. Either way, you probably have that one pony in your life that is so special to you and ...

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Buying a new pony!

It’s a dream come true… your first pony! And having been through all the stress and time of finding and buying him, you can finally bring him home. To make sure that it’s a happy experience, here are some tips to make sure you’re ready for his arrival. Picking a yard If you’ve never owned a horse before, it’s very ...

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Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile comes to Turffontein

  It’s a race day unlike any other, where 16 worthy charities are paired with 16 celebrities, 16 media houses and of course 16 top Thoroughbreds for a day of world-class horseracing, entertainment and plenty of excitement. What to expect The Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile will take place on Saturday, 5 November 2016 at Turffontein Racecourse. The main race ...

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