Horses

Pre-event calm for horse riders

With event pressure weighing heavy on many riders, Kim Dyson suggests some relaxation techniques.

All that is green may not be healthy grazing

The seeds of Datura species can cause fatal impaction colic, warns Dr Mac.

Nice horse, pity about the rider

Competitive behaviour is human nature. Deep inside all riders, there is a desire to compete in shows. You polish yourself and your horse, you practise until you’re sure that you’re...

Jump for joy!

Any horse person will tell you about the hours of laughter that you'll get out of sharing jump stories. Go to the Sappi horse trials and you will notice how...
When to call the horse vet

When to call the horse vet

It is important to know the basics when taking care of your horse, but in some cases you might do more harm than good. Kim Dyson explains when you can...

Heat stroke can kill

Unfit horses with long coats are more prone to heat stress, writes Dr Mac.

Teaching a horse to lift a foot

Your horse should lift all four feet willingly when asked, writes Dr Mac.

Laminitis: too much rich food can cause lameness

Laminitis often has devastating consequences for your horse's ability to work. If it's too severe, your horse may even have to be put down, writes Dr Mac.

Feng Shui for horses

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of positioning the things around us so that we are in greater harmony with our environment.

Danger signs that need expert attention

Even though many South Africans live in remote areas and it is difficult to get a vet, in some situations there is no alternative.

Stress in endurance rides

Competitive long-distanc e riding tests the stamina of both horse and rider.

Aromatherapy for horses

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to improve the emotional, and in turn the physical wellness of the animal being treated.

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