Horse info & SA blogs

With a generally interesting international / local section under Lifestyle which may not have anything to do with equestrian at all.

We need to talk: Pony Camp Q&A | Episode 2

The riders talk about everything equine and how they get ready for a show.

31st Aug 2018

Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails (Western Cape) – Another Day, Another Trail Ellen & Kyara

The ULTIMATE bucket list tick! A incredible once-in-a-lifetime way to experience our pristine coast….Contact Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, (Western Cape, South Africa)…

28th Aug 2018

MRBL Apartment, Yaroslavl, Russia

A professional Russian couple who have a crash pad in Moscow was looking for a main residence in Yaroslavl, Russia, a city located 250 kilometres (160 mi) northeast of Moscow. What they found was a rather impossible 86 square-metre (926 sq.ft) apartment on the 18th floor of a building that

28th Aug 2018

The SA Derby presented by black – look out for the ‘sold out’ sign. Tickets selling fast!

The SA Derby presented by black Look out for the “SOLD OUT” sign: Tickets selling fast on! The 2018 SA Derby presented by SA’s newest entertainment platform – black, is set to sell out soon, with Grandstands A & B officially sold out. Commencing on 26 September 2018, Kyalami

25th Aug 2018

Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails – Another Day, Another Trail Francis Leoni 15 Aug 18

The ULTIMATE bucket list tick! A incredible once-in-a-lifetime way to experience our pristine coast….Contact Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, (Western Cape, South Africa)…

21st Aug 2018

Derby Show Director: Heather Mpofu

1. What will your roles and responsibilities be as show director of the SA Derby? I have to make the schedules, and ensure that the rules indicated are up-to-date and apply to each and every competition. In conjunction with the disciplines we address all possible scenarios positive or negative and

27th Aug 2018

Meconium retention in foals

Once a newborn foal begins expelling yellow faeces, it is a good indication that it is drinking enough colostrum and the meconium has been expelled.Photo: Dr Mac The meconium is the black, sticky intestinal contents found in newborn foals. It consists of dead cells, amniotic fluid, bile and intestinal secretions

27th Aug 2018

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

16th Aug 2018

Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails (Western Cape) – Another Day, Another Trail Fabian 14 Aug 2018

The ULTIMATE bucket list tick! A incredible once-in-a-lifetime way to experience our pristine coast….Contact Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, (Western Cape, South Africa)…

15th Aug 2018

Planning a show sucks! And exciting news!

23rd Aug 2018


Hey everyone!! I got a new horse!!!! His name is Fort Mufti. He’s super sweet. Totally different from what he was like in the video. He was just super grumpy with all the fuss and fiddling around with tack etc. Thanks to the two tack stores I bought all of

23rd Aug 2018

Rider profile: Liam Stevens

Liam Stevens riding Nissan Wanda. Photography by Jacqueline S Woods Will you be competing in the main Derby 2018? What horse/s will you be competing on? Yes I’m hoping to have two horses for this year’s Derby. Nissan Wanda who has been placed twice in previous years and Linda Ellerine’s

22nd Aug 2018

My Riding Story

Want to know who I am and how I got here? Well, now we all find out… Social Media: Instagram: horsefriendsyt Twitter: horsefriends_yt

20th Aug 2018

Rider profile: Mandy Johnston

By Caroline Malan Photos: Jacqui S Woods 1. Why will you not be competing in the main Derby 2018? Lambus is quite a quirky sensitive horse and is not overly keen on the “funnies” in the Derby track – the steps, the bank, the road crossing etc. I have formed

20th Aug 2018

Rider profile: Jade Hooke

1. You won the derby in 2009 & 2011. Please tell us about both wins. What went so right? What do you most remember? How did you prepare both yourself and A New Era? The win in 2009 was one of the highlights of my career and still is. Winning

14th Aug 2018

Showjumping Compilation 2018 !

Showjumping compilation of videos from shows and training.

10th Aug 2018

City Loft G, Antwerp, Belgium

A city crash pad for a busy internationally travelling bachelor. It could be tempting for a designer to go overboard with an opportunity such as this. But when Antwerp-based designer Arjaan De Feyter received an assignment to create a quiet retreat from the busy city life, he knew a restrained approach

7th Aug 2018

Cube Law firm office, Antwerp, Belgium

There’s nothing new about dark wood, marble and leather-topped desks in lawyers’ offices, but even the traditional approach does not need to be stuffy. Dutch law firm Deknudt Nelis wanted its third office – the other two are in Brussels and Kortrijk – to exude honesty and authenticity. As their space

7th Aug 2018

Rider profile: Dominey Alexander

I think I’m correct in saying that you’ve never won the Derby showjumping title? Considering you’ve basically won every other title there is, why do you think this one has escaped you?  I’ve never won the SA Showjumping Derby. I’ve been second twice and placed several times. I think you

6th Aug 2018

EQ LIVING August / September 2018

In this year’s Gold List issue, EQLiving readers have voted on their favorites in a wide variety of categories from riders to shows and saddles to trailers.

6th Aug 2018

Tack haul (no.1)

Yeah so I was supposed to be looking for a new saddle, instead I bought all this. Woops

5th Aug 2018

Sob stories and news for the future!

5th Aug 2018

XYZ Lounge, Zeebrastraat, Ghent, Belgium

In Ghent’s storied Zebrastraat complex, Paris-based architect and artist Didier Fiúza Faustino has created an intriguing bar-entrance area that is a surprisingly harmonious mix of slightly brutalist elements in strawberry ice cream hues. The pink colour, an open plan, geometric wall patterns, exposed pipes and pink marble are prominent in the high-ceilinged

5th Aug 2018

Cushioned overshoes for horses

Veterinarians have long used supportive boots on horses’ legs to promote healing after injury or surgery. Ice boots are fitted to treat inflammation, while shorter support boots are employed to reduce the pain caused by navicular disease and laminitis. In the US, many owners use Soft-Ride boots to improve the

4th Aug 2018

Soap bar sizes

Soap bars weigh approximately 100 grams. Soap sizes may differ slightly from image dimensions. All batches are quality checked and weights of 103g or more are shipped on confirmed orders. Slight weight difference may occur due to natural drying of soap over time. side top front bottom back

2nd Aug 2018

  • Art


    andrew barlow fine art

    Born 1970, Harare, Zimbabwe. Studied Fine Art at University of Stellenbosch, graduating in 1992 with a degree in Fine Arts (Painting). website: andrew barlow fine art

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    Caryn Bowie

    I know horses intimately as an art subject, the musculoskeletal system, the way the coat shines over the muscles and the facial expressions. Pastel drawings of African animals and Racehorses. Digital Photographic Art of African Animals printed on canvas. Mosaic rocks and frames. I live on a wildlife estate in

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    Horse Training Beginners

    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    5 Mistakes Horse Owners Often Make When Loading Their Horse

    Mistake #1 – Thinking your horse is like a dog or a cat.

    Unless the new horse owner has been educated, they may think their horse is like a cat or dog.  The new horse owner may pat his thigh and say, “C’mon” a few times and the horse will just leap into the trailer like a happy dog.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Another Method of Loading a Horse in a Trailer

    Since there is no one right way or one wrong way to train a horse, you may want to change the method you are using to train your horse.  You have several different ways to choose from.  If you are not having any luck with one method you can always try another.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Bit vs Bitless


    When it comes to the welfare of the horse, riders and trainers do their best to ensure that the horse is not subject to pain under saddle. One of the most common debates is about training horses to be ridden with a bit and training them to be ridden without a bit. There are many advantages to both methods. For certain situations, a bit may be more efficient than not using one. In other situations, riding without a bit may be more comfortable to the horse than using a bit. It depends on the situation, the training level of the horse, the rider’s abilities, and the goals that you are trying to achieve with your horse as to which method will work best.  

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse Training – A Beginners Guide

    If you are either looking to buy a horse or maybe you have already acquired a horse.  Either way the will need to be trained.  Whether you do it yourself or hire a trainer to train the horse for you.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse training, food for thought for beginners

    You should practice things your horse already knows before introducing something new. New skills should be introduced on something your horse already knows. Building on previously learnt skills is the key to being successful in horse training.

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