Travelling with horses by vehicle is often necessary when you are involved in the equestrian field. This can be particularly stressful for the animals but there are steps you can take to ensure the trip goes as smoothly as possible for both you and the horse.
Horses require special nutrients to maintain their overall health and ensure that they can perform to the best of their abilities. Horses should get the bulk of these nutrients from their feed but they often require supplements and nutritional tonics to ensure that they are in peak condition.
South Africa’s 2017 winter season has not been as cold as it usually is. What does this mean for your horses? In a nutshell, it means that equine diseases may be more likely to spread because the cold has not been severe enough to stunt illness-carrying insect populations as it’s meant to.
Wet and warm conditions lead to a flying-insect breeding-frenzy. So as the weather starts to warm up and rains are set to come, gear up for the invasion.
The Fauresmith International Endurance Ride was initially established when Landbouweekblad sparked a debate about which horse breed had the best endurance. The first ride took place in 1965 and the second one, in 1973: only 17 riders competed. It has subsequently become a much bigger, yearly event.
Riders must cross long distances over three consecutive days. This year it was held from 4-6 July – the Tuesday to the Thursday. Conditions were favourable with cold nights and mild days.