Forth Coming Events

Mark this date in your DIARY – 4th October 2020 we invite you to come and visit the stables – watch lessons taking place, and find out why Horse Sense Stables is the FIRST CHOICE in livery and teaching yards in VAAL to riders of all levels.


Enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the Vaal on horseback through the beautiful Mount Ridge Conservancy area.

  • Saturday afternoons – 2pm to 3pm or 3pm to 4pm
  • The cost is R175.00 per person
  • If you have no previous riding experience, we can send a leader with you for an extra R50.00.
  • Bookings ARE essential, please to avoid disappointment
  • WhatsApp 071 380 7843

We advise riders to come dressed in long pants (more comfortable) and flat shoes (no high heels or flip flops please). A weight limit for a rider of 120kg is recommended.  Masks required on entry but when on the horse you can remove down.



  • Tuesday 10th December 2019
  • Wednesday 11th December 2019
  • Thursday 12th December 2019
  • Friday 13th December 2019
  • Saturday 14th December 2019 – Riding Display/Show and Prize Giving

You can either arrange to STAY overnight and camp OR you can go home every night at 5pm and come again in the morning at 7am 

THE HOOF CAMP IS OPEN TO ANYONE – YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RIDE AT HORSE SENSE STABLES TO ATTEND.  You can bring your own horse or use one of ours for the camp period.  The camp is also open to ALL LEVELS of riders as we will have different Groups, Beginners right up to Advance and everyone in between.  We plan the have fun and informative instruction for ALL horse lovers no matter what their age!  A FULL PROGRAMME will be available for you nearer December 2019, when we have some idea of attendees. 


This is to help the riders experience a Show without the usual expense. Entry Fees are kept to a minimum. Riders who need to use HORSE SENSE owned horses / ponies, your INSTRUCTOR will advise you which classes to enter and what horse/pony you will be using. Any queries, please discuss with your INSTRUCTOR.

The show will start at 8am at the Horse Sense Stables

YOU DO NOT NEED TO WEAR USUAL SHOW CLOTHES however, rider safety is important so ALL riders MUST wear a riding hat when they are on a horse/pony. You should wear closed shoes with a small heel – like school shoes if you don’t have proper boots. We do not recommend gumboots as these can stick in the stirrup irons.Children can wear “yoga pants” if they don’t have jodhpurs but the pants must be long and a Golf Type shirt. PLEASE no spaghetti tops or shorts

Catering WILL be available including a halaal menu. Please bring chairs to sit on for your comfort.



Wayne Bushnell: 28 & 29 October 2017

Following the success of his visit on 1 October Wayne Bushnell will once again be available to give advice about handling difficult horses on 28 & 29 October 2017 This time you can bring your own horse (10 spaces open ) but ALL interested people welcome to join us at Horse Sense even if you missed the session on 1 October. Please just let us know! We will be serving Potjie on Saturday and Spit Braai on Sunday 🐴

Aequimanus Therapeutic Solutions: 30 November 2017

Bodywork sessions can assist in:

  • Increasing the range of motion
  • Improving stamina
  • Providing relief to old muscle injuries
  • Prevent new injuries occurring
  • Improving overall muscle condition and health
  • Reducing muscle strain
  • Renewing tired and over worked muscles

December Pony Camp: 18 to 21 December 2017

Always a firm favourite 4 days of living with your horse! Camping and non camping participants catered for. As well as an opportunity to learn there is always lots of fun too!

Prize Giving and Awards: 22 December 2017

Time to reward those deserving Horse Sense riders and encourage riders for their future.

Lots of treats to look forward as well as Shows and other fun events that will be coming up.

Natural, fear free training philosophy WAYNE BUSHNELL will be at Horse Sense Sunday 1 October 2017 from 9am to lunch time Cost R175 per person Sorry no spectators This is really an unique opportunity for ANY horse lover Wayne is coming up from his base in Durban He has practiced his training methods in USA, Australia, New Zealand – wherever his expertise is required He is used in the racing industry as well as for sport horses such as dressage jumping polo etc Open to people outside Horse Sense as well.

For Bookings please email debsgmoore@gmail.com

Inter- School Competition Dates:

The Show Dates are scheduled for

Qualifier 1: 7th & 8th February 2015

Qualifier 2: 7th & 8th March 2015

Qualifier 3: 9th & 10th May 2015

Qualifier 4: 6th & 7th June 2015

FINALS: 8th & 9th August 2015

NATIONALS: 5th to 10th October 2015

We are always keeping abreast of what is happening in the “horsey world” We like to support shows in the surrounding areas so please contact us for the entry forms of the latest shows.

COMING SOON  ……… A Paper Chase

What’s it all about?

Originally, paper chases started out as mock fox hunts. Riders would get paper clues, which are meant to stand in for the fox’s scent that would lead them to the next clue, and so on, so they would know which direction to head in and which trails to take. These clues could be in the form of a question relating to management, farriery, breeds, tack etc with two different answers: if they think its answer A, they go to a certain point. If they think its answer B, they go to another point. If they go to the wrong point, they have to go back to the original point to see where they should have gone if they chose the right answer… thus wasting time. In some paper chases you are given a map to help you find your way, if the trail is very long or complicated. The basic idea is that you ride on a marked trail and the course is usually 2hrs or so of maybe 10kms?  I suggest that we have ‘divisions’ of non-jumper, low jumper, and high jumper, even going as far as sub dividing into Veterans, Beginners and Advanced.  Everything is optional, and if you and your friends are doing jumper and you don’t jump a fence it doesn’t matter. No penalties. Basically what they do is take your time and the end and compare it to the “ideal time”.  The ideal time would be set at the division and be kept in a sealed envelope so that no one would know until after the event is finished. There would be teams of 3 riders and the riders’ times nearest the ideal time are the winners.  So the group winner would be the team of 3 whose riders are closest to the ideal time – whether they go as an individual or together.

At the start of the paper trail riders would be given a “stirrup cup” before setting out.  Half way through will be a compulsory stop for a rest for riders and horses. Then at the end of the paper trail we have a braai /party going on for those who would like to enjoy our hospitality!