Act Of War - and me looking like I've just come from my tent on Table Mountain!
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Past, present, future

Another year has flown by swiftly and I’ve again dealt with dozens of horses from all disciplines this year – blessed indeed to have been so busy courtesy of valued clients. This week I was scanning through some files when I found some photos...
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Malan du Toit with Saba.
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For good results, get on your mare’s level!

I work with horses from all disciplines, and while I am closely involved in breaking in and pre-training at the major thoroughbred breeding operations Ridgemont/Highlands and Drakenstein Stud, I am often asked to assist elsewhere, where my acquired knowledge and experience has proved to...
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How to work with a ‘head-shy’ horse

The problem with horses is that they are scared animals. Of all domesticated animals they have the biggest “fear and flight” part of the brain. It does not take much to scare them. As a product of millions of years of evolution and the...
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Photo per illustration (horse.com).
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Hard-core horse science tickles me pink!

When one comes to understand the  science of learning, the training of animals becomes more comprehensible, even for individuals who only take a passing interest. This is something that behavioural scientists like Dr Andrew McLean continue to reinforce in their work with, for example,...
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Malan Q&A

THE article below appeared in the International Racing Club’s website on 27 April 2021. Click to read: malanq&a
With the Winterbach team.
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Some training at Winterbach Stud

“Two weeks before the 2021 National Yearling Sale I was asked to visit Winterbach Stud to assist with their yearlings going to the sale,” writes MALAN DU TOIT. Winterbach Stud wanted me to ‘fine-tune’ their yearlings for the sale so that they could be...
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‘Breaking in’ is a most important function

Malan du Toit does plenty of work behind the scenes – we hear of his success with racehorses but a chunk of his basic work is performed ‘breaking in’ young horses. Malan tells: “Horsey people have their own ideas of how to break in...
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Memories of Belgium, 2012

I can hardly believe I was in Belgium working with renowned breeder and show trainer of some of the best Arabian horses, Johanna Ullström, almost nine years ago. Our project was a very expensive two-year-old Arabian named Kelzo, as aggressive as he was expensive....
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A privilege to work with such horses!

THIS beautiful photo by Chase Liebenberg is of Saturday’s G1 Queen’s Plate winner Jet Dark, a smart three-year-old, fast up-and-coming, getting a splashdown after the big race. I was discussing big race winners with Jason May, the pre-trainer from Drakenstein Stud, and we are...
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