AskHQ: Grooming routine

Q: What is a normal grooming routine? A: A thorough grooming session will take up to 45 minutes. In South Africa, we commonly do not regularly groom our horses ourselves,…

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The horse’s digestive system

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]orses are trickle feeders and non-ruminant herbivores, meaning that they are designed to graze for most of the day on vegetation, and process their feed through one stomach chamber. The…

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Read more about the article Good grass: types of roughage
We as horse owners want our horses to be healthy, happy and taken care of - especially when it comes to nutrition and condition

Good grass: types of roughage

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here are various roughage options available for the South African horse. The main options include lucerne hay, teff, Eragrostis curvula, Rhodes grass and oat hay. Roughage should be chosen to…

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Read more about the article Equine underwater treadmill in SA
Underwater treadmill therapy has a range of benefits for active and recovering horses

Equine underwater treadmill in SA

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]owards the end of last year, at Pellmeadow Estate in Klapmuts, near Paarl, a horse named Baybar quietly made South African history. He was the first horse in South Africa…

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Read more about the article Mud matters
Practicing paddock rotation can prevent mud development

Mud matters

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ud is a reality for many stable yards, particularly those in the Cape region as its winter consists of continuous rain. Other regions will experience heavy rainfall over the summer…

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Skin and coat care

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]outh Africa with its beautiful sunny climate, can wreak havoc with our horse’s coats though. There is nothing worse than a beautiful dark bay all bleached and ‘burnt’ looking with…

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Bandaging basics

There are a variety of reasons for bandaging, ranging from injuries that require support or protection to exercise bandages and stable bandages. Any supportive/medical bandaging should be done by a…

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Read more about the article Taking care of our grooms
As an employer, it’s important to consider the future welfare of those who work for us, especially since many of our employees haven’t had the benefit of a solid financial education

Taking care of our grooms

As more equestrians pay attention to the business aspects involved in running a successful equine-related company, the issue of staff management has come under the spotlight. This is a particular…

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