Tag Archives: fitness

An interview with Nicole Horwood

Interview by Caroline Malan You’re currently ranked number 1 in SA. Tell us about your 2018 – what has gone so right? Ranking at number 1 position is normally about consistency. We have won a couple of big classes and been placed in many. Don Cumarco is feeling very fit and strong at the moment. He may not be young ...

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Rider profile: Ronnie Lawrence

Interview with Caroline Malan You’re currently ranked number 3 in SA in 2018. Tell us about your year to date and why it’s all gone so well? I moved to Natal two years ago and this year I’ve felt much more at home and I’ve started to go to more shows than normal. Gillian Van Orshof has also had more ...

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Barry Taylor and his new horse Dicardo

With over 40 years of experience under his belt, professional showjumper Barry Taylor is not only proud of his year to date, but also excited at what’s still to come. His string of 5 consists of Counter Attack, Cody Island, Companeiro’s Son, Callaho Victory Forever and a new GP horse that came out of quarantine in May named Dicardo. We ...

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Muscle up: conditioning your horse

Muscle is the most adaptive tissue in the body in that it can grow and develop with training and degenerate and become weaker during periods of inactivity. Trained muscle is more efficient because: It has an increased number in the size and type of muscle fibres, which make up the muscle. It has an increased blood supply, so more nutrients ...

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Fit to ride

One of the most irritating things that riders hear is, “You just sit there and the horse does all the hard work.” We may not climb off our horses dripping as though we’ve just run 10km, but undeniably, riding is a form of exercise. Riding involves a lot of core and muscular strength, which should be trained out of the ...

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Train smarter, not harder

We all know that a horse must be in good condition if you want to perform well at competitions. But what is considered good condition? How can we define this, and what does it mean for your daily training practice? Mostly, we evaluate the intensity of a horse’s training on how we, as a rider or trainer, felt about the ...

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Fit or fat?

South Africa traditionally shuts down in December and up until recently, riders have been able to co-ordinate their time on the beach with back-to-back African Horse Sickness (AHS) vaccinations and enforced time off for their horses. New guidelines recommend that both AHS vaccinations should be administered before the end of October, so riders now have to make a conscious decision ...

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Fitness and wellbeing for riders

While we tirelessly put hours into training and maintaining our horses, we seldom remember to look after ourselves. Our horses are athletes – there’s no doubt about it – and riders work hard to make sure that they are trained correctly, fed a careful diet, and receive all their necessary treatments to keep them in top shape. However, an athletic ...

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Victoria Scott’s journey to Bramham

In the October issue of HQ, we introduced readers to Victoria Scott, a South African rider who moved to France to immerse herself in the eventing scene. This month Vicky shares more of her experiences to give a taste of the world of international equestrianism. Going to Bramham My journey to Bramham started many months before the event itself – ...

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