Horse info & SA blogs

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

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.…

11th 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.…

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

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.…

5th Feb 2019

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.…

24th 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.…

20th 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.…

11th Dec 2018

Know your nosebands

A guideline to finding the best fit Text: Charlotte Bastiaanse Photography: Tack ‘n Togs, Kreuz Galopp The noseband is a conventional piece of tack that… The post Know your nosebands appeared first on HQ Magazine.…

18th Dec 2018

Burning up?

Skin and coat care for your horse in summer Text by Mandy Schroder We all love to have sleek, shiny and healthy-looking horses. However, South… The post Burning up? appeared first on HQ Magazine.…

8th Dec 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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