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Opening a gate from horseback 17 NOVEMBER

Opening a gate from horseback

It’s convenient to be able to open farm gates without dismounting. Here’s how to teach your horse the trick. Be prepared, though, to invest a bit of time and patience,...
What is African Horse Sickness

What is African horse sickness?

The severity of African horse sickness (AHS) is strongly linked to the immunity status of the horse concerned, and the dose of the virus it receives from biting midges.
Dealing with the shying horse

Dealing with the shying horse

A horse that gets into the habit of shying at every perceived danger can be both irritating and dangerous. Fortunately, there are ways of teaching it to become more confident.

What to do until the vet arrives

Your vet may not be able to respond immediately to an emergency. That means it’s up to you to help your horse as best you can. Fortunately, there’s plenty you...
Dealing with digital tenosynovitis

Dealing with digital tenosynovitis

Inflammation of the tendon sheath in the fetlock region can cause severe lameness in a horse, says Dr Mac.
Treating summer skin problems

Treating summer skin problems

Summer may mean more time to spend with your horse, but it’s also the season for sweet itch, mange and ringworm, cautions Kim Dyson.
Use a Pelham bit to control your horse

Use a Pelham bit to control your horse

The dual-purpose Pelham bit is used for showing, eventing and jumping and is highly effective for controlling children’s ponies, says Dr Mac.
Treating horses that leak urine

Treating horses that leak urine

A slow dribble of urine in a mare, gelding or stallion can have one of several causes, and could point to a serious medical condition. It requires immediate investigation, warns...
Breeding your mare

Breeding your mare

Eager to hear the clatter of little hooves? Kim Dyson discusses the basics of putting your mare in foal.
The fundamentals of hoof care

The fundamentals of hoof care

Sheared heels are common in horses that are toe in or toe out, and are likely to recur if conformation is poor. Fortunately, a farrier can make all the difference,...
Tips on how to win at the western mounted games

Tips on how to win at the western mounted games

Western mounted games is the fastest-growing equestrian sport in South Africa. Barrel racing, which attracts large audiences and generous prizes in the US, is...
Teaching beginners to ride safely

Teaching beginners to ride safely

It’s possible to mitigate the risks without taking the fun out of riding, says Dr Mac.

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