Healthy horse breeding

Breeding the very best quality horses relies on not only using good bloodstock, but also ensuring the health of both mare and stallion at every step. Veterinarian Dr Pia Randleff-Rasmussen covers all the necessary health topics for breeding: from venereal diseases to deworming schedules for pregnant mares. Ensuring that your breeding programme goes well means starting way before you pair ...

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Equine rehabilitation: Back to work

If your horse has been out of work for a period of time due to injury, foaling, illness or for any other reason, getting him back into work is a process. Our experts offer their advice on equine rehabilitation. There are a number of reasons why your horse might be out of work, including but not limited to the following: ...

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Horse vaccinations in SA

A vaccination is an injection (with a sterile syringe and needle) of bacteria or viruses that cause a horse to build immunity to a specific illness. These organisms are inactivated or modified to avoid causing the disease themselves. Normally 2 or more doses are needed to start an adequate immune response. Once the first and booster vaccine are done, then the ...

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10 Cool things about the Gypsy Cob!

If you love a lot of flash and plenty of colour then the showy Gypsy Cob may be the horse for you! Here are 10 cool things you may not know about the breed. What’s in a name? The Gypsy Cob is also known as the Gypsy Horse, Gypsy Vanner, Irish Cob and Tinker Horse because he was bred by the ...

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Breed profile: The Appaloosa

The modern Appaloosa has gained tremendous popularity, but not only thanks to the breed’s spectacular colours. Appaloosas are also known to have great stamina and versatility. They excel in the Western disciplines, and are successfully used in endurance racing, showing, dressage, polo, trail rides and ranch work. They are reliable family horses and are prized for their easy-going temperament. HQ asked ...

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10 Cool things about Friesians

  Painted black To be registered, the Friesian must be black with no white markings. Minimal white hairs may be present on the forehand but are considered undesirable. Rarely, chestnuts are born. This only ever happens where both the parents are carriers of the recessive chestnut gene. A knight’s tale The Friesian’s ancestors were called destriers and carried medieval knights into battle. ...

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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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Polo training tips

Polo demands a lot from your horse. To ensure that you’re giving him the best opportunity to manage the challenge, try these training tips from polo players Johan du Plooy and Janna Strehlau. Firstly, remember that a pony with well-balanced conformation and a good temperament will always do better. When choosing your pony, keep that in mind! Because polo is ...

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Top riders set for Nissan World Cup Qualifiers

With an invitation to compete in the FEI World Cup in Las Vegas, USA, in 2015 at stake, South Africa’s top showjumping competitors have entered for the event for a last chance to secure or boost their place in the rankings table. Capacity field Show director and organizer Tanja Radke said a capacity field of 180 horses and their riders ...

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