Sectors - Horses
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Keeping your horse warm

Putting on a blanket in winter helps to maintain your horse in good condition, says Dr Mac.
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Starting an exercise programme for horses

Bringing a horse into work takes commitment and effort, as well as common sense, cautions Kim Dyson. Here she suggests an easy, practical exercise regimen.
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Coping with sickle hocks

Judges discriminate heavily against sickle hocks in the show ring, but how do they affect performance? Dr Mac provides some answers.
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A passion for Percherons

Outeniqua Moon Percheron stud farm near Mossel Bay boasts the largest Percheron ever bred in South Africa. The stud is renowned for its ethics as well as its success in breeding massive horses, because when it comes to Percherons, bigger is better, says Jay Ferreira.
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Fitting a saddle

Every horse should be equipped with its own saddle, and this should be checked twice a year to ensure that it still fits well, says Kim Dyson.
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Learn about cloned horses

Although still controversial, cloning geldings to make breeding stallions with the same DNA has become big business, says Dr Mac.
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Cost effective feed for your horse

It is possible to pay less to feed your horse without compromising its health, says Kim Dyson.
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Competitive horse riders beware of buscopan!

Buscopan is effective for treating colic. But take care: the main ingredient is on the list of banned substances for competitions, warns Dr Mac.
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How to tell if a horse has recovered from a back injury

Many horses that fail to return to their original work after a back injury simply haven’t been given enough time to recover, says Kim Dyson.
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Groundwork for horses

The amount of training a horse needs before a rider climbs on its back differs according to the discipline you choose, says Dr Mac.
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I am a member of a community watch group on WhatsApp. (29.08 %) Security guards patrol my farm day and night. (21.99 %) There’s no need for preventative measures. I haven’t been targeted yet. (15.60 %) I have high fences and gates that are locked at all times. (33.33 %) I am a member of a community watch group on WhatsApp. (29.08 %) Security guards patrol my farm day and night. (21.99 %) There’s no need for preventative measures. I haven’t been targeted yet. (15.60 %)
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