Ayra's Anna

Arya’s Anna, who is here for backing, will be for sale! 
We will be posting more pictures and videos of her conformation and movement during the next week.




About her sire

Socrates is a tall, Dark Bay, Lusitano X Stallion, currently standing 17.1hh at the age of 4 years. He is by the Portuguese imported, modern Lusitano stallion Sabio out of a Gold Medal German imported Rubinstein mare Rubina. Sabio’s pedigree is already proven in International competition with two competitors in International Rankings.
Socrates follows a new International Dressage breeding trend to incorporate the modern Iberian horse with proven world-class bloodlines. This breed program has been motivated by success of the pure bred and cross-bred Lusitano horses in the International Dressage arena in the past decade – where this breed has shown itself to excel in the collected movements at the highest level of this sport.

Accordingly, Socrates has been bred to incorporate the very best features of the modern Lusitano through his sire Sabio – taller, with longer length of rein, leg and stride. Well proven in Classical Equitation through the centuries in Europe, the Lusitano is a pleasure to own and ride – being super-intelligent, quick to learn, and with a natural elastic aptitude for Dressage movements.
From his Dam line, Socrates has inherited one of the all time great Dressage bloodlines, namely Rubinstein – justifiably called “The Father of Modern Dressage” by some. This pedigree, renowned for the transmission of genetically potent ability , as well as the production of Stallions through each generation – is further complimented by the Dam’s damline carrying the German S line. Through modern representatives, this bloodline is responsible for Anky van Grunsven’s Salinero , Isabel Werth’s Olympic Team medallist Satchmo and the high world-ranked Salieri.

In the South African landscape, Socrates is set to make a major contribution to Sport Horse breeding.
The quick athleticism characteristic of the Lusitano also gives suitability to the jumping sports, and the Lusitano X breed horses show a natural aptitude for eventing – a sport which combines the dressage ability with the sure-footed, quick-thinking and athletic demands.


Backing Rosemary

Because our clients Vlaamperd mare “Rosemary” is just so sweet, we almost forgot posting about her backing progress! After achieving mental and physical balance, mobilization, flexibility and learning the riders aids from the ground in hand, it was time to get on! She was standing perfectly still and relaxed 😎 All the trust building and preparation for mounting had paid off.


The nobility of Nabil

What an exciting day 😃 Nabils mommy came to visit today and had her first ride on him since he came here a few months ago! She couldn’t believe how soft and responsive he is- breathing in and out for transitions, having only the weight of the reins in her hand for a nice posture (and this is all bitless now!!) and full focus and relaxation 💚 she could mount and dismount him for the first time without him freaking out 🐴

Anna gets her first visit from the dentist

Why it is so important to do your horses teeth from a young age...

When the deciduous teeth (baby teeth) of a young horse are not shed and continue to sit on top of the young horses permanent teeth, they are called caps. A failure of the caps to shed can result in the permanent teeth growing in crooked, uneven surfaces on the teeth opposite to the unshed cap, or failure of the permanent tooth to grow in at all. Capping takes place between 2 and a half and 5 years of age

During the first five years of life, the horse's mouth is a busy place. When permanent teeth emerge, they normally push the deciduous teeth out of the way, disrupting the blood supply and causing them to shed.

If the deciduous teeth do not shed, they remain attached to the permanent tooth creating bite problems and discomfort for the horse. In addition, anorexia, infection, and abnormal wear patterns develop that can lead to long-term problems for the horse.

Difficulty in chewing
Signs of pain during training with a bit
Painful swelling on the upper bridge of the nose
Hard bumps on the lower jaw bone
Dislocated permanent teeth
Sharp enamel points on the deciduous tooth


Memphis visits Ibalansi

Welcome to our clients Nooitgedacht „Memphis“! He’s quite stiff and heavy on his inside shoulder, bending outward. Through clicker training he had learned to put his head down for a forward down stretch- BUT- you only get the back raise effect of the forward down position if the hindquarters are swinging further under. ALSO: a forward down stretch is not supposed to be dragging nose in sand! The old masters called this stretch a “remonte position”, meaning we let the horses find their own balanced position, in which they can use their necks for counter balance. The head should not be lower than the breastbone- otherwise the horses will be on their forehand, not using their backs correctly. 
We are working Memphis on a light slope for him to regain his own balance, forgetting about the cues of “head down”.