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Interview with Magic Mike
21st Apr 2018   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Michael Kenneth de Vrye, AKA ‘Magic Mike’, is a 31 year old Equine Behaviourist from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was born into a horsey family, and began his equestrian career through work riding for his aunt – Diane Botes of ‘First for Horses’ – one of South Africa’s leadin ...
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Meeting Magic Mike
15th Apr 2018   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
My first meeting with Mike was something of a serendipity; one very fortunate but unequivocally unplanned coincidence. And a more fitting set of circumstances I truly can’t imagine, since the very horse around whom this meeting came together, is one Vanree De Niro. Son of ‘Sirand ...
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How Long Does it Take to Back a Horse
30th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
We all know that backing a young horse is not for the weak-hearted. Horses struggle with new experiences at the best of times, and often backing involves throwing a thousand new questions at once at a young horse not yet equipped to deal with them. This does not always end well. ...
Twelve Days of Christmas
23rd Dec 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Tis the season of giving, everyone! And for those of us with horses, this means that the Christmas stockings will be full fit to burst! With vet bills... and thrown shoes... and wasted food... and bits of broken tack... and that thing that at some point might have been a chunk of ...
Team Weirdo Professional Circuit
17th Dec 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
It has been an interesting year for Team Weirdo. For starters, I’ve not been able to come up with a better name than ‘Team Weirdo’, and I guess it has stuck, which is... inconvenient, I suppose, but not unfitting. Beyond that, 2017 has seen both the start and the end of many an e ...
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So You Want To Buy A Horse
11th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
So, you’ve decided you want a new horse! You’ve got your empty stable full of fresh shavings, your life’s savings (and a few week-old carrot pieces) in your fanny pack and all the dreams and expectations in the world! You’re all set. What could possibly go wrong from here? ...
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A Tribute To Polo
19th Nov 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
So, to my Polo, goodbye, and thank you. You were more important to me than you could ever know. And to all you at Ponybox, Hello again, and thanks for waiting. With this long overdue tribute to a very special muse, Polo the Weirdo is back. ...
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Stolen Horse Raced to Death
6th May 2017   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Polo the Weirdo
For many people all over the world, the Easter weekend is a very happy time – full of love, life and family. However, for a select few South African horses, the Easter weekend has become a fearful time of danger, pain and suffering. This last Easter, OTTBs Maximum Flo and Wavin’ ...
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Finnish Hobbyhorse Association
23rd Apr 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
Over the last decade, the sport of hobbyhorse riding has grown to become a global craze among teenage girls, culminating in a plethora of social media attention following the decision of Finnish film-maker and academy award winner, Selma Vilhunen, to produce a documentary about t ...
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Top Ten Similarities Between Your Horse and the Easter Bunny
22nd Apr 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
With Easter just around the corner, we all have a lot of questions in our minds. How many Easter Eggs will I get? Where will they be hiding? Where can I hide them where my siblings can never, ever (ever) find them? Did we really find all the eggs from last year, and if I find one ...
If Horses Were Celebrities
17th Apr 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Horse and Hound recently released a quiz which tells you, based on a series of questions, what celebrity your horse would be if he was a human. Unsurprisingly, my own Moonfire would probably be Kanye West. This got me thinking, if different types of horses were celebrities, which ...
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Alternative Equine Behavior Issues
15th Apr 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Have you ever thought about the terms that we equestrians use for horse behavior problems, and what those terms would sound like to the average man on the street? Our jargon often leads to much confusion for the layman (which often results in much amusement for us). For the sake ...
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Riding Ex Racehorse Tackless On Beach VIDEO
9th Apr 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you took an ex-racehorse out into a wide-open space, like a beach? Have you ever wondered what would happen, if you were to strip off all tack, and take that ex-racehorse out in a neck strap? Have you ever wondered, maybe, what would ha ...
Alternative Horse Uses
8th Apr 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Horses have had many uses throughout history, but have you ever considered that we may be overlooking their most obvious, most fitting uses? Here are some alternative uses for the modern horse. ...
How To Name A Racehorse
31st Mar 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Following the recent scandal of President Trump’s name being changed to Fake News after the horse received just a little too much attention from the press (which offended some people), it seems like a good time to consider just exactly what it takes to create a good racehorse nam ...
Scandalous Horse Names
29th Mar 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
We’ve all heard about the horse named President Trump by now, but his isn’t the first racehorse name to draw attention. The Jockey Club has banned many inappropriate names (most of which are too R-rated to appear here), and in fact allowed many a questionable or simply ‘odd’ one ...
President Trump Castrated and Name Changed to Fake News
28th Mar 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Every so often, among horses and among men, an individual appears who shows great promise, an individual from whom everyone expects truly great things. A horse named President Trump was not one of these. With a modest yearling sale price tag of just over $15000, expectations for ...
Should You Pay Up For A Yearling
26th Mar 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
In the equestrian community, we sometimes have these very exciting events called ‘yearling sales’. These involve stabling young, highly tranquilised thoroughbreds at an extremely inappropriate public place frequented by rich businessmen, like a convention centre or, I don’t know, ...
If Horses Went To School
20th Mar 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if horses went to school to learn how to be ridden, instead of just being backed by their owners or trainers? And I don’t mean ‘school’ as in spelling farms or professional training facilities. I mean ‘school’ as in Mean Girls o ...
Fun Riding A Horse Without Owners Permission
18th Mar 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Children, experience has taught me, are generally reckless and have not yet learned respect for other people’s property, nor any regard for the consequences to their actions. And since riding schools are notoriously buzzing like a stick-poked bee hive with these little demons, it ...
10 Signs you have the Wrong Instructor
10th Mar 2017   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
If your instructor is able to get through more than three bottles of wine in a lesson, you probably have the wrong instructor. Or your instructor has the wrong pupil. You should never drive instructors to alcoholism, no matter how bad a job they are doing. This is wrong. ...
Opinionated Equestrians Confidence Issues
20th Feb 2017   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
As an occasionally arrogant, usually opinionated, and ‘always right’ equestrian, I feel that my opinion on all equestrian matters is relevant and important. Of course, this view is basically the ‘crazy horse lady starter kit’. We’re all guilty of it, at least sometimes, and the p ...
Your Horses Valentines Plan
15th Feb 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Horses spend the majority of their lives eating, snoozing, and occasionally spooking at their own farts. With such a blissful existence, it’s pretty difficult to imagine how a horse could make things any more romantic. Still, when they pull out all the stops, some horses can be g ...
My Little Lion Horse
15th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Many of you who have followed my previous articles will know of Moonfire, or ‘Moo’ – my arrogant, conceited, obnoxious, yet extremely lovable and talented thoroughbred gelding. You might also know that Moo has been enormously successful across numerous disciplines in his young li ...
My Horse is a #$@&%*!
8th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
As I write this, I am soaking wet from the knee-down, with puddles in my boots, and sand in places I’d rather not mention. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: My horse is an #$@&%*! ...
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Error 404 - Finances Not Found
11th Sep 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Have you ever spent a few minutes sitting and listening while your much beloved (and deeply loathed) equestrian companion talks about the $60 she spent on her horse’s fancy new shoes, while your own moth-eaten sneakers gape sadly at the soles? Did it make you want to high five he ...
Similarities between Students and Equestrians
4th Sep 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Being part of both worlds, I couldn’t help but notice certain shocking similarities between students and equestrians. Though all must agree that both students and equestrians are unique breeds that just don’t quite ‘fit’ with the rest of society, when you look a little closer, it ...
What if horses could play Pokemon Go
21st Aug 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Pokemon Go, an augmented reality mobile game based on Nintendo’s Pokemon series, is the latest craze taking over the globe. Pokemon Go places virtual Pokemon on a real world GPS map, encouraging players to capture, collect, and battle the Pokemon to take over gyms (based mostly a ...
10 Reasons Not To Clip Your Eventer
14th Aug 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
Eventers are extremely versatile, talented horses. They have to be strong, smart, and be skilled in many different disciplines. This may sound like a good thing, but the second you whip out your clippers, you may just figure out that the same things that make your horse a fantast ...
The Problems with Kitty Cats
18th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Kitties are great. But what people seldom realise is that being in the presence of a kitty can be extremely detrimental to your health. And I’m not just talking about allergies. ...
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