Horse info & SA blogs

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

PTSD in horses

By Charlotte Bastiaanse When our horses suffer from conditions like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is very saddening to see them in such… The post PTSD in horses appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/ptsd-in-horses/…

14th Mar 2019

AskHQ: How long does it take for a young horse to become balanced?

Asked by Briana McGull This is a very open-ended question that is entirely dependent on the horse’s individuality and upbringing. Some horses are naturally better… The post AskHQ: How long does it take for a young horse to become balanced? appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-how-long-does-it-take-for-a-young-horse-to-become-balanced/…

13th Mar 2019

AskHQ: I slide around in my saddle and therefore don’t feel safe. Is this the fault of the saddle or do I need to sit deeper?

Without having an experienced saddle fitter seeing you on the horse, it is quite difficult to say for certain what is happening. In all likelihood,… The post AskHQ: I slide around in my saddle and therefore don’t feel safe. Is this the fault of the saddle or do I need to sit deeper? appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-i-slide-around-in-my-saddle-and-therefore-dont-feel-safe-is-this-the-fault-of-the-saddle-or-do-i-need-to-sit-deeper/…

12th Mar 2019

Understanding and motivating the slower horse

Ready, set, go! It is not uncommon for riders to describe their horses as ‘lazy’ or ‘disinterested’. They will say that their horses are ‘not… The post Understanding and motivating the slower horse appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/understanding-and-motivating-the-slower-horse/…

11th Mar 2019

Joint supplements 101

Text: Charlotte Bastiaanse Some of us more pedantic horse owners have considered putting our horses on a joint supplement with the hopes of prolonging their… The post Joint supplements 101 appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/joint-supplements-101/…

4th Mar 2019

Ease the anxiety

Help him calm down By Charlotte Bastiaanse Just like people, horses come with all types of personalities. Some breeds even tend toward a certain type… The post Ease the anxiety appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/ease-the-anxiety/…

3rd Mar 2019

The principles of bitting part 2

The Snaffle This is the largest of the bitting groups, and perhaps the most important. There are numerous divisions within the group, and more and more variants are developed all the time. The snaffle, generally speaking, provides a lifting action. It lifts upwards against the corners of the lips. In

15th Feb 2019

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your equine love

Valentine’s Day – as we’re sure you need no convincing – is not all about candlelit dinners (thank you Eskom) and red roses. Valentine’s Day is in fact a celebration of all things love – and what could we possibly love more than our equine companions? So, get yourself off

14th Feb 2019

The Ideal Carriage Horse

Conformation The ideal carriage horse should be up in front and have a good length of rein. He should have strong hindquarters, and a powerful second thigh. He should move with his hocks well underneath him. Temperament He should be people-orientated, and not be suspicious when led in hand or

13th Feb 2019

Book review: Successful Schooling

Train Your Horse With Empathy By Karin Blignault Publisher: J A Allen, UK Pages: 187 Although published in the UK, Successful Schooling – Train your horse with empathy was written by a South African, Karin Blignault, who was born and raised in Cape Town, where she still lives. It was

11th Feb 2019

AskHQ: How old is too old for a mare to have a foal?

Asked by Ansi van der Merwe Mares can continue to produce foals well into their late teens and even into their early to mid-twenties. However, breeders should be aware that the fertility of mares decreases each year from around fifteen years of age. An older mare who has had a

9th Feb 2019

Saddle fitting for tricky backs

Saddles are generally designed to fit the average horse. However, we all know (and perhaps own) a horse who has less than average conformation. When… The post Saddle fitting for tricky backs appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/saddle-fitting-for-tricky-backs/…

5th Feb 2019

AskHQ: Work riding

[Q] What is the going rate for a working rider? Asked anonymously [A] This is a difficult one to pinpoint, because work riders can differ… The post AskHQ: Work riding appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-work-riding/…

4th Feb 2019

AskHQ: Cow phobia

[Q] My horse has a terrible fear of cows, and we often come across them when we hack out. He freezes, trembles and then spins… The post AskHQ: Cow phobia appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-cow-phobia/…

3rd Feb 2019

AskHQ: Kissing spine questions

[Q] My horse has recently been diagnosed with kissing spine, but the vets say she can still jump and do dressage if maintained well. Do… The post AskHQ: Kissing spine questions appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/askhq-kissing-spine-questions/…

2nd Feb 2019

AskHQ: Thunderstorm etiquette

[Q] What is the general rule with taking horses in during thunderstorms? Asked anonymously [A] There’s nothing wrong with leaving your horses out in a… The post AskHQ: Thunderstorm etiquette appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/ask-hq-thunderstorm-etiquette/…

1st Feb 2019

Happy horsey Christmas!

Here at HQ we wish you and your equine family a happy and fun-filled festive season. It’s been great to have you with us in… The post Happy horsey Christmas! appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/happy-horsey-christmas/…

26th Dec 2018

The headcollar/halter

An invaluable piece of tack The headcollar/halter is a vital piece of equipment/tack when it comes to horses. It is useful for working with horses… The post The headcollar/halter appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/the-headcollar-halter/…

24th Dec 2018

Box-walking

A common stable vice The unnatural conditions in which the domesticated horse is kept today, can lead to a variety of abnormal behaviour patterns called… The post Box-walking appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/box-walking/…

23rd Dec 2018

Herd dynamics

Who’s the leader? By Jessi Louw Horses are social animals and the herd in which they stand not only influences the way they communicate with… The post Herd dynamics appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/herd-dynamics/…

22nd Dec 2018

Nerves of steel

The right approach can give you the competitive edge Text: Mandy Schroder We all work hard at our riding, often with the goal of competing.… The post Nerves of steel appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/nerves-of-steel/…

20th Dec 2018

Capital Stud – looking back on 2018

Photography by: Hilary O’Leary Capital Stud would like to wish you all a happy and safe festive season. Thank you to all our fans for their… The post Capital Stud – looking back on 2018 appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/capital-stud-looking-back-on-2018/…

20th Dec 2018

Whips and spurs

Are they for you? Text: Mandy Schroder Whips and spurs fall into the category of artificial aids; they are simply there to refine the aids… The post Whips and spurs appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/whips-and-spurs/…

19th Dec 2018

Sounding off

The voice aid Of all the ‘auxiliary’ aids the voice is the most commonly used. Many trainers would in fact argue that the voice is… The post Sounding off appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/sounding-off/…

10th Dec 2018

Fit the bit

Is your horse happy or hurting? Text: Charlotte Bastiaanse The truth is that bit and bridle combinations can cause a horse discomfort – particularly when… The post Fit the bit appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/fit-the-bit/…

11th Dec 2018

The Clydesdale in South Africa

Heartbreakingly, the historic Clydesdale horse breed is under threat of extinction. The Clydesdale originated from Scotland and was first used as an agriculture horse. Today,… The post The Clydesdale in South Africa appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/clydesdale-south-africa/…

11th Dec 2018

The Exmoor Pony

Ancient roots Text: Brigitte Billings Native to the British Isles, the Exmoor Pony has ancient roots in the area – fossil remains of ponies have… The post The Exmoor Pony appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/the-exmoor-pony/…

12th Dec 2018

Straightness Training

By Zaneta Georgiades In the Straightness Training (ST) programme, one of our favourite mottos is ‘ST is for the horse, the horse is not for… The post Straightness Training appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/straightness-training-2/…

13th Dec 2018

The Rocky Mountain Horse

Text by Deborah Ann Buchan The Rocky Mountain Horse breed originated in the late 1800s in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky… The post The Rocky Mountain Horse appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/the-rocky-mountain-horse/…

14th Dec 2018

Horses 4 Hope event

HQ team up with Simon Marrier d’Unienville and Horses 4 Hope to bring you an exclusive event Simon Marrier d’Unienville, the founder of Horses 4… The post Horses 4 Hope event appeared first on HQ Magazine. https://horse.co.za/horses-4-hope-event/…

18th Dec 2018

  • Art

    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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    Art

    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

    BIT VS. BITLESS TRAINING

    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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