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  • Natural And Artificial Rider Aids

    NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL RIDER AIDS AND THEIR EFFECT Aids are a form of communication between rider and horse. They are used on natural pressure points, acting as an extension of the rider’s body, communicating in a format that the horse understands. Understanding that the horse does not think in human format and that they are […]

  • Horse’s Handler

    HORSE’S HANDLER AND THE LONG TERM EFFECT IT MAY HAVE ON YOUR HORSE The handler spends many hours with each individual horse on a daily basis. The relationship developed between horse and handler, is at times, stronger than the bond formed between the trainer or owner and the horse. The handler becomes an integral part […]

  • Gaiting your horse

    Gaiting your horse is by far the most complex version of Saddlebred training. Teaching your horse to perform the four beat slow gait and rack are strenuous manoeuvres and breed specific. The Saddlebred’s conformation comfortably allows for it to naturally elevate the weight off its fore quarter and hold its carriage from the hind quarter.  […]

  • Horses Paddocks and Daily Playtime

    Under natural circumstances, horses in the wild are understood to walk and graze from sunrise to sunset, often covering distances up to 40 km per day. This mechanism enhances respiratory stimulation, slight increased cardiovascular rate and muscular exertion daily. We believe that by accentuating a horse’s instinctive ground covering habits, we are able to stimulate […]

  • Hooves and Farriery

    INTRODUCTION TO SADDLEBRED SHOEING AND ITS FUNCTION We believe that a horse needs to be balanced and comfortable to allow optimum athleticism with minimum stress and concussion on each leg. Horse’s hooves are all different, unique in shape and size. Each horse has a natural ability and can be taught to use its legs to […]

  • Saddle Seat Equitation

    We believe, equitation is the ultimate form of horsemanship. An airy art of combining horse and rider in unison; presenting themselves as one dynamic energy. Precise body poise is required while rising on the extravagant trot, continually adapting rider form to the horses function. The saddle seat discipline has been uniquely adapted to suit both […]

  • Parasite control

    By definition a parasite is an organism living off a host, obtaining nourishment while depriving the host of vital nutrients, ultimately harming the host. Regular parasite control is essential for your horse’s well being. Excessive parasitic infestation depletes the horse’s immune system and is possibly a causing factor of colic. Parasites also secrete toxins within […]

  • Feeding Regiment and Nutritional Effect

    Feeding and the gut The evolutionary horse was forever moving and covered large distances on a daily basis. While on the move, they would continuously graze. Horses are non-ruminant herbivores. The stomach capacity is approximately able to carry 8L at a time. This small pocket limits food intake per feeding. The stomach releases enzymes to […]

  • Equine Dentistry

    Dentistry in horses involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated to oral disease and decay. Correct dental equilibration improves, rectifies and relieves pressure in problematic areas. Horses have five different shaped teeth in their mouths, all serving different purposes. As foals they have deciduous teeth which are slowly replaced and pushed out by the […]