horse association of kenya
Help with finding your horse or pony

Most riding horses are thoroughbreds bought out of racing.  You can ask the Jockey Club for a list of Race Trainers and Breeders .

Call the Jockey Club of Kenya for contacts

Ponies are difficult to come by, and schooled ones are at a premium although there are always children growing out of their ponies and it is a question of keeping one’s ears open!  The following might be useful in helping locate ‘new’ ponies:

Mrs. Maggie Gray

Mrs. Liz Thoenes

Mrs. Susie Nann

Mrs. Clare Hewitt-Stubbs

Mrs. Ally Prettejohn

Mrs. Rachel Robley

Alternatively you can put up an advertisement on the HAK notice board, via the Hon Secretary, in Zawadi Africana  or you could place an advertisement in the HAK Newsletter / HAK Classifieds which go to all members on email each week, stating what type of horse or pony you are looking for. Good horses/ponies are usually found by word of mouth and being in the right place at the right time

It is advisable to have a horse completely checked out by a Veterinary Surgeon before you buy it.  They have a set fee depending on how comprehensive you want the examination. This may save you spending a large amount of money on an animal which is not suited to the work you want it to do and avoid some future unforeseen problems.



Probably best to ask the previous owner for a diet sheet and adjust that or speak to your vet.  You will have to work out a regime of diet and exercise to suit your horse/pony.  The foodstuffs are available from a variety of sources at a range of prices and it is worthwhile to shop around. Susie Nann is happy to give advice on feeding,

Vitamins and additives that are recommended include feed lime (calcium), fish meal, horse lick/Maclick (about one tablespoon), Cosvita, Tonnimix, table salt or rock salt and Brewers Yeast (about one teaspoon).  Most of these, together with other, specialized, supplements can be obtained from Tack Rack in the McNaughton Centre along the Ngong Road.  In Kenya it is also recommended that a handful of Electrolytes is added to the water when the horse has been sweating after hard work, to replace lost salts.


Ask for advice from your Vet.  There are some essential injections required in Kenya, and these must be kept up to date.

Vets with the largest equine practices are:

Sercombe Veterinary Surgeons, Dr Vijay Varma and Dr Anita Mills Stanley

Horse Physiotherapy - Clare Hewitt- Stubbs, Anna Mason and Lindsay Calder

East African Horse Sickness: this is a problem in Kenya and the injections should be given before the rainy seasons.  It is a course of two injections given three weeks apart, and you must ask your Vet’s advice about exercising the horse after the injections.

Rabies: this is necessary as the disease is endemic and you have to show a valid certificate before competing at any show or event in a year. This injection should be given by a Vet so that a certificate can be signed.

Anti-Tetanus and Equine Flu: are also recommended, and can be given at the same time as the Rabies vaccine.

Equine Flu – the Jockey Club has a rule that all horses entering the grounds of the racecourse must be inoculated against equine flu as it is a devastating illness and is highly contagious.  Contact your Vet or Dr Varma at the Jockey Club for further information. Recommended by the HAK but not a requirement.


Consult your Vet about a routine, but generally horses are wormed at least every 3 months.  There are a number of different preparations in paste, powder, liquid and injectible form.  It is advisable to clear dung from your fields and rest them to break the cycle of worm and larvae.  Burn dung after worming.

Tick and Parasite Control

There are many different routines, and you can ask your vet for advice.  It does help to wash the horse regularly with a recommended tick shampoo, but be sensible in colder weather.  Some horses have a reaction to small ticks, and may come out in large, flat bumps where they have been bitten.  Tick grease is available and can be smeared round the tops of the horse’s hooves to prevent ticks climbing up the legs.  It can also be smeared in the ears. Biliary and tick borne diseases are endemic.


Mainly cold shoeing is practiced in Kenya, and it is worth finding a farrier with good recommendations.  Nails and shoes can be bought at Tack Rack.  Sizes 3 and 4 nails are mainly used.  Leather or rubber pads, with or without Stockholm Tar and cotton wool, are sometimes put beneath the shoes to act as a shock absorber on hard ground.

Saddle Fitting

For saddle fitting advice please contact Susie Day or Sharon Ashley at Tack Rack.


Tack and various other equipment can be bought new and second hand from Tack Rack. They also repair tack and will make certain items, such as blankets and numnahs.  Some tack is sold privately from time to time and will be advertised in the HAK Newsletters and circulars or on the board at HAK office. Buckets, scoops, feed bins and other stable equipment can be found at many local shops.



Bits must be used in their manufactured condition, without the use of string, twine, cord or wire in or around a horse’s mouth.   Properly constructed tongue guards which are detached from the reins are permitted in all disciplines EXCEPT in Dressage and Showing where they are forbidden.  Bit guards made entirely of smooth rubber or leather and smooth on both sides are permitted in all disciplines EXCEPT in Dressage and Showing where they are forbidden.

Horse Jumping Classes there are no restrictions on bits:

-                      Reins must be attached to the bit(s) or directly to the bridle.

-                      Gags, hackamores and market harboroughs (with a snaffle bit) are allowed.

Horse Dressage Classes please see the General Rules annex 1 and 2 in the Rule Book. Dr Bristol and any mouth piece not illustrated are forbidden.

Horse Showing Classes except Working Hunter and Grooms:

-                      Bits are as for Dressage except that a pelham bit (with or without joint) with two reins may be used

-                      In Open classes a double bridle or pelham with two reins MUST be worn

-                      A curb chain must be used with a double bridle or pelham.

-                   For Working Hunters there are no restrictions on bits but a bitless bridle or hackamore is not permitted.  The same bridle and all other equipment must be used in both phases, except that boots/bandages must be removed for Phase 2.

-                      In Grooms Classes a pelham may be used with a dee coupling.

-                      In Championship Classes the competitor must use the same equipment used in the qualifying class.

 Pony Jumping Classes bits are as for Horse classes with the following exceptions:

-                      Hackamores, bitless bridles and market harboroughs are not permitted.

-                      Gag bits must have a smooth mouthpiece.

-                      Curb bits pelhams or lever arm bits of any kind must be used with two reins or a dee coupling.

Riding Tests:  Bits are as illustrated in the General Rules annex 1 and 2 with the addition:

-                      Pelhams (with or without dee couplings) and kimberwicks with a cavesson nose band are permitted.  Gags and double bridles are not permitted.

Pony Dressage: Snaffle bits (Plate 1 in the Rule Book).  Double bridles are not permitted.

Pony Showing:

-                      Leading Rein – only snaffle bits (Plate 1 in the Rule Book)

-                      First off Leading Rein and Guest Pony – a snaffle, kimberwick or pelham with a dee coupling and a single rein.

-                      Child’s Ponies, Veteran Ponies and Pair Ponies – a snaffle, pelham with two reins (or dee coupling and one rein) or a double bridle except in Child’s Ponies 130cm (12.3hh) and over dee couplings are not permitted.

-                      Working Hunter Ponies: are as for Working Hunter (Horse) classes.

Tips on classes

Generally six weeks before a show,  a show schedule will be published. The different shows throughout the year tend to have different names for their ‘fun ‘show jumping classes. To name a few; Hit and Hurry, Team Gamblers, Odds and Evens, and Pairs abreast. Please either ask your riding instructor or look in the rule book for further information or contact the HAK office.


HAK recognised Riding Schools, Instructors, Trainers Tuition and Advice; Call HAK for contacts.

Ms.Gill Edwards    

Mrs. Susie Nann                             

Ms.  Anna Slabbaert (Dressage trainer for beginners to top level)   

Mrs. Rachel Robley (Gilgil)        

Ms. Lou Rose (Gilgil)   

Miss. A Manor ( Gilgil)                        

Mrs. Monica Campori 

Mrs. Anja du Toit (Malo Stables)              

Mrs. Maggie Gray  

Mrs. Karen Mousley (Naivasha)                 

Mr. Antony Muthama (Hardy Stud)  

Mrs. Jutta Holstein (Dressage Trainer for In -Hand Work & Long Reining)

There are a number of people prepared to give lessons, but usually you will have to know who they are as they will not advertise.  There are also a number of riding schools – a list can be obtained from the Secretary.  Once you become part of the ‘scene’ you will decide for yourself who you would like to teach you.

Gill Edwards, Susie Nann, Anna Slabbaert, Rachel Robley (Gilgil), Alit Manor and Lou Rose. Contacts through the HAK Office.

Enquire from the HAK on matters concerning the welfare of your horse, or any problems with which you would like help.