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Happy Trails

Do you like the idea of exploring trails in the Knysna forests, the Drakensberg or along some of the country’s best coastlines with a horse as companion? There’s something special about trail riding, both horse and rider sharing a sense of freedom, adventure, and bonding. Trail riding, for some, is the most exhilarating way to […]

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One size DOESN’T fit all

Saddle shopping is like shoe shopping, you have to find the size that’s comfortable. A saddle that doesn’t fit correctly can result in a grumpy horse with sore back muscles. Saddle fitting can be tricky, even for the most experienced riders. Siobhan Reports, a Level 5 Instructor and SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter strongly recommends owners […]

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Race day etiquette

A day at the races is always something really special. It’s glitzy, glamorous and the who’s who in horse racing and the fashion world are strutting their goods that day. It’s a day of pomp and ceremony, but that’s what makes it so distinctively cool. With thousands of spectators rubbing shoulders with the elite there […]

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Animals and Amino Acids

All animals require Amino Acids, in fact horses require 21 Amino Acids and of those 9 (non-essential) are provided for by the horse itself, whilst the 12 Amino’s (essential) are not created by the horse and need some outside help. A small amount of essential Amino Acids will be obtained from well balanced concentrates and […]

Milmac- Servicing our customers for over 37 years

 The Old Days Milmac Produce Supply was founded thirty seven years ago by Meryl McConnochie who initially identified the need to supply a transport service for horse feed. The company began with a small truck and a driver, which delivered horse feed to surrounding horse owners. In 2000, Debbie Copeman, purchased Milmac and during the […]

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What the hoof

Your horse needs regular hoof care and farrier visits for his health and soundness. Ninety percent of front-end lameness in horses occurs in the foot due to hoof-related issues.As an owner you need to be able to recognise hoof ailments and lameness. A loose shoe If your horse wears shoes, it’s not uncommon for one […]

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Transition your horse from summer into winter

As the winter months roll in and seasonal changes kick in there are a number of factors that one has to adjust in order to effortlessly transition your horse to ensure it stays healthy all season long. Maintaining a healthy nutritional balance and health of your horse can be a challenge in the frigid months. […]

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Why are our animals itching so much?

Could it be due to the large amounts of preservatives & colourants (required by SA Dept of Agriculture law) in ALL animal feeds? – Imported brands also have to conform to our Laws. Are we treating the symptoms rather than the cause of most animal skin ailments? Cortisone as we all know is not a […]

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NECESSARY PROBIOTICS

The word ‘Probiotics’ means ‘for life’ and has been used for centuries as a natural health promoter, which exerts health effects beyond inherent basic nutrition. Vast research has been conducted, where Probiotics has emerged as a valuable tool in both human and veterinary medicine, used rather as a preventative medicine than as a disease therapy. […]

TO SUPPLEMENT OR NOT?

“Large amounts of supplements may not improve an animal’s performance, but less than optimal amounts will certainly limit their performance, at best” You most certainly do not need to be a novice, to be confused on the subject of Animal nutrition. There are no longer discussions about whether supplementation is needed for animals, but rather, […]

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Our client is the horse

Who is the client when fitting a saddle? The horse is our client, maintains Tack ‘n Togs saddle fitter Claire Jurgens. The owner is certainly an executive stakeholder, but it’s the horse that is the centre of what Tack ‘n Togs believes is the key to its superior saddle fitting. The saddle impacts the horses […]

Common Dental Issues and their Effects on Your Horse

If domesticated horses do not get the correct dental care at regular intervals, minor issues in the mouth can progressively escalate to become major issues. These issues often result in painful consequences for the horse. In this month’s dental feature, we are looking at examples of real-life specimens that speak volumes about the importance of […]

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South Africa’s Most Loved Equestrian Magazine Celebrates 250 Editions!

South Africa’s Most Loved Equestrian Magazine Celebrates 250 Editions! During the past 22 years, Horse Trading has forged fantastic relationships with some of the industry’s most respected players. Some of our valued advertisers shared their memories and expressed their congratulations: “Congrats to Horse Trading on your upcoming 250th issue. I have been advertising with Horse […]

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Young Equestrian Stars – Abigail and Demi-Lee Coetzee

Abigail and Demi-Lee Coetzee They say that every horse deserves to be loved by a little girl at least once in its life… Judging by these beautiful pictures of our March Young Equestrian Star diva-duo, the Coetzee girls are doing a great job at exactly that. At the tender aged of nine, Abigail Coetzee is […]

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Meet the world’s most beautiful and rare horse breeds

Meet the world’s most beautiful and rare horse breeds… A regular feature in the magazine, the ‘Getting to Know Your Neigh-bours’ section is something you have come to expect in HORSE TRADING. Covering one equestrian breed found in South Africa every month, you will have spotted breeds like the Shire, the Pinto and the Andalusian […]

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Getting to know our neigh-bours – Basotho Pony

With almost 40 popular equestrian breeds in Southern Africa, the team at HORSE TRADING is delving into the differences between them. Every month we feature a different breed, exploring its history and tracing its temperament. That way, you get a refresher course on the difference between an Ass and an Arabian… Basotho Pony History In 1653 the first […]

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Young Equestrian Stars – Caedyn Pereira

Caedyn Pereira After saving the details of this Young Equestrian Star for more than two months, we are delighted to start 2015 off by setting the bar high – which is exactly what Caedyn Pereira does! Aged 10, Caedyn has been riding his pony, Boogy, for just over two years during which they have developed a fabulously […]

WHY DO OUR HORSES NEED DENTISTRY AFTER ALL?

Equine dentistry is now a recognised profession around the world. It has been around for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that knowledge and advanced studies have been explored in depth and with greater results. Every new year brings with it advances in technology and new discoveries which are enabling us […]

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The Annual Lipizzaner Ball – “The Great Gatsby”

The Annual Lipizzaner Ball “The Great Gatsby” A dazzling evening fit to celebrate the magnificent Lipizzaners! The 8th November 2014 brought with it stormy skies and lots of rain, but this didn’t dampen the spirit of the attendees at the Annual Lipizzaner Ball held to raise fund and awareness of these magnificent creatures. The theme […]

The Tale of the ‘Old One’

The Tale of the ‘Old One’ Enjoy this festive fable penned by the American Reverend David L. Griffith. A brother and sister had made their usual hurried, obligatory pre-Christmas visit to the little farm where dwelt their elderly parents with their small herd of horses. The farm was where they had grown up and had […]

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Getting to know our neigh-bours – Percheron

With almost 40 popular equestrian breeds in Southern Africa, the team at HORSE TRADING is delvinginto the differences between them. Every month we feature a different breed, exploring its history and tracing its temperament. That way, you get a refresher course on the difference between an Ass and an Arabian… Percheron History While we know […]

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Young Equestrian Stars – Tanit Williams

Tanit Williams This month’s Young Equestrian Star is all the way from Port Elizabeth. With a passion for show jumping, eight year old Tanit Williams is a particularly promising rider. In 2012, after only one year of riding, Tanit excelled as she represented Port Elizabeth in the SA Pony Riders Championship. Drawing a great deal of her inspiration […]

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Getting to know our neigh-bours – Shire

With almost 40 popular equestrian breeds in Southern Africa, the team at HORSE TRADING is delving into the differences between them. Every month we shall feature a different breed, exploring its history and tracing its temperament. That way, you will get a refresher course on the difference between an Ass and an Arabian… Shire History […]

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Young Equestrian Stars – Erin Armstrong

ERIN ARMSTRONG Erin Armstrong from Ruimsig, Johannesburg, is this month’s Young Equestrian Star. At the young age of eight years old, and after only riding for ten months, Erin is already trotting and cantering like a pro. Here she is photographed at the Riverleigh International Equestrian Centre while proudly participating in her first dressage competition. […]

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A Word On Equine Dental Care

HORSE TRADING is running a new bi-monthly equine dental care feature with the insights of equine dental health expert, Steve Clark. As a Qualified Equine Dental Technician, Steve has not only gained extensive experience in equine dental care internationally, but he was even the apprentice of the world renowned International Association of Equine Dentistry examiner, […]

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Young Equestrian Stars – Matthew Bradley

MATTHEW BRADLEY This month’s Young Equestrian Star comes all the way from the heart of KZN. Matthew Bradley’s mom, Robyn, works on a stud farm in the beautiful Nottigham Road. Having grown up around horses means that Matthew, who is six years old, is very comfortable around horses and has made lots of “horsey friends”. […]

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Getting to know our neigh-bours – Appaloosa Horse

With almost 40 popular equestrian breeds in Southern Africa, the team at HORSE TRADING is delving into the differences between them. Every month we shall feature a different breed, exploring its history and tracing its temperament. That way, you will get a refresher course on the difference between an Ass and an Arabian… Appaloosa History […]

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Dr. Andrew McLean is coming to SA

Winner of the highest Australian Science award, the Eureka Prize for Science, Andrew McLean developed and manages the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, the most internationally recognised horse training and behaviour modification centre in Australia. Andrew McLean holds a PhD in equine cognition and learning, has been an accredited horse riding coach for over 30 years […]

From Nickers to Neigh

The University of Sussex in the U.K recently released findings from an interesting study about how horses communicate with each other. They found that, even though horses have impeccable eyesight (better than both dogs and cats), it is their ears that they rely on most when communicating with each other. This got me thinking about […]

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Getting to know our neigh-bours – Andalusian Horse

With almost 40 popular equestrian breeds in Southern Africa, the team at HORSE TRADING is delving into the differences between them. Every month we shall feature a different breed, exploring its history and tracing its temperament. That way, you will get a refresher course on the difference between an Ass and an Arabian… Andalusian Horse […]

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Young Equestrian Stars – Christina Macleod

CHRISTINA MACLEOD The Young Equestrian Star for September has had the HORSE TRADING office oohing and aahing ever since we received her pictures. Four year old Christina Macleod is just too precious! She is pictured here on her five year old pony Shadow Mac. “He is supposed to be a South African Miniature…but there is […]

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Artist Brings Driftwood to Life

Imagine strolling along the beach, when far in the distance you spot the most magnificent equine sculpture… On closer inspection you realise that it is in fact three life-sized horses, made almost completely from driftwood, galloping through the ocean. It would simply be astonishing, right? Well, that is exactly what sculpture James Doran-Webb sets out […]

In the Wake of a Quake…

Over the last month, we have experienced two earthquakes in and around Gauteng. It’s about time that we investigate what the best ways are to keep your equine out of harm’s way during such a natural disaster. When you start listening to people who have experienced the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that occurred on the 5th […]

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Young Equestrian Stars – Micail Morton & Yasmin Soror

Micail Morton With the Friesian horse being known for its cheerful and calm temperament, it’s no wonder that six year old Micail Morton and her Friensian friend, Yvoné are such good buds… Just look at them in these pictures. You can see that Micail is extremely comfortable taking the lead and caring for Yvoné. She […]

The Value of a Great Advert

“Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.” – Leo Burnett, founder of a worldwide advertising giant, who helped catapult brands like McDonalds and Coca-cola to international success. Over the years, the team at HORSE TRADING have learned just how valuable placing professional advertising in the […]

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Not Just Horsing Around…

We have all heard the tales… A young boy with a severe aggression problem is sent off to a farm as a last attempt at rehabilitation. There he meets a stunning stud and, after a while, the two become inseparable – each offering the other a safe space in which to be vulnerable and experience […]

Oracle House – Horse Predicts Soccer World Cup Results

In December 2013 Stephanie Arndt, a medical doctor from Germany, brought her Arabian horse, Nasar, inside her house in an attempt to shelter him from the blistering hurricane that was taking place in north Germany. Now, while still living in doors with his owner, Nasar is a Soccer World Cup fan and predicts which team […]

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YOUNG EQUESTRIAN STARS

Here at HORSE TRADING, we particularly adore this section of the magazine. Our spectacular group of parents who are involved and engaged with their children’s lives always send us the cutest photos and precious tales about their horsing around… If you are not yet grabbing every opportunity to send through pictures of your gallivanting young […]

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Banish Winter Health Worries

With winter in full swing, it’s great to re-evaluate your approach to horse care to ensure that your much-loved four-legged friend not only stays in tip-top condition, but is also optimally healthy and happy during the gloomy cold days still ahead. All too regularly you hear of horses sustaining injuries over the cold and dry […]

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HORSE TRADING’s Way Forward…

In this extremely difficult time, we saw it fit to rethink our approach to HORSE TRADING magazine. How can we best honour Jenny’s legacy? How can we demonstrate our commitment to again prioritising you, our valued readers and advertisers, after what has proven to be a trailing time? These are some of the questions the […]

From The Editor

Our beloved Jenny Smith has passed away. Founder and editor of HORSE TRADING, she accomplished what, at the time, seemed an insurmountable task… Yet 21 years and a spectacular 239 issues later (with not a single issue missed), it is clear that everything Jenny believed in and everything that she gave is inextricably woven into […]