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17th August, 2014


Hi Folks, how did Your Week go? I had a mixture of Horses and Media this Week, with the visit of Chanel 7 Sydney who spent 3 Hours at our place, talking about the subject of Crooks in the Horse Industry who are selling dodgy Horses and in fact injuring People as well.

It has been most pleasing to see the turn around of many of the average Sellers of Horses who are noticeably pointing out deficiencies in Horses. Most admirable!!......however, just as the Industry starts to firmly come to grips with doing the right thing more when selling Horses, along comes the next threat to all........the



Mrs. HP went back to the Dressage Today and was very happy considering she is sore now from a Bolt they left sticking out 2 inches into Her flesh but was extremely happy with the Snipster who competed in the harder of the two Elementary Tests HC and ran second, 1% behind the Winner, after throwing in 4 flying changes down the long side, just to show he was ready to upgrade lol. He was such a Good Boy!!! He is a darling. Likes Bread too :)


Congrats to the Club for their wonderful work on installing two new arena's and now being the only Club suitable for F.E.I. Bravo!!!!!!


The 'Stop Jumps Racing' Organization (which I supported much via this Blog and which they were obviously very happy about) having been successful in their stated aims, now as most Committee type operations, become mini Politicians and need to justify their existence, not fade away and go Home. .......enter......the new Rehabilitation of all Race Horses push. Little do they know what havoc this is going to wreek upon those at the bottom end of the Industry!! Imagine this......



The Australian Thoroughbred racing industry breeds between 15,000 and 18,000 horses annually

Here is a Photo out of their Document (note the twine)

which strongly backs what I say about the lack of knowledge of the movement and that they know not what they are wishing. Check out the string which is the strength of Plain Wire and check out the lack of acceptance to the fact that You cannot Feed such a group of Horses without injuries and others starving!!!!!! Here we go with the shemozzle that is coming.


1% Levy on Betting Turnover

CPR proposes that a 1% levy be placed on all betting turnover. Therefore, each dollar gambled on horseracing
will provide one cent towards a national rehabilitation and retirement program – a superannuation fund for
horses. The betting turnover on horseracing in 2011-2012 was $14.3 billion dollars, meaning that this initiative
would raise $143 million per annum (10).

1% Levy of Prizemoney

The prizemoney earned by winning racehorses is distributed to the owner, trainer and jockey. The racehorse, the
most important participant, receives nothing. Therefore CPR proposes that at least 1% of prizemoney is
Proposal for the Rehabilitation and Re-homing of Thoroughbred Racehorses in Australia
allocated to boost funding for the racehorse superannuation fund – this equates to approximately $4.35 million
annually (11).

Foal Registration Levy

CPR believes that a disincentive needs to be created to reduce the number of horses bred each year, especially
horses with poor bloodlines that are unlikely to be successful. This could be achieved by placing a significant
levy (>$2000.00) on the registration of all thoroughbred foals that would discourage indiscriminate breeding
while at the same time raise further funding for the retirement program.


and here is the rub.....

• Mandatory requirement that all retired horses are surrendered to the re-homing programme unless they
are appropriately re-homed within a reasonable timeframe after being retired. Harsh penalties should be
applied to owners who fail to take reasonable care in re-homing their horses.



The ability to re-educate and the knowledge required won't be there


All the Vet's in the World CANNOT clear Race Horses as being SOUND because they CANNOT find all unsoundness in many of these for it it too deep seated.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So given my figures agree with those of another leading Australian Vet, that 86% of these Horses are unsound on the Day they leave the Track, NO MATTER WHETHER they only Trialed or not, what percentage of those leaving the track do these People think they are going to Re-Home????


Sadly, there are to be more Deaths, at the Hands of these Horses in the future.

So get ready for more stories like this.


Hi John, I know it's hard for you to tell me exactly without seeing the horse but.... I have a horse that is off the track, she was only trialled never raced. She is quiet, I have given her a few months in a paddock. I brought her in and just went for walks out and about and she was great. I have started doing trotting and walkin, bending and poles. She is so quiet. Until I ask her to canter. She bucks and bucks. The more I push her through it the more she goes off. I'm really not sure where to start as it want to work with her because she is super sweet and quiet until you ask her to canter. Thanks

That is because she is UNSOUND Madam and this is what awaits Thousands of Australians as more flood into the Market with the Race Horse Re-Homing Scheme. Get the Vet and tell them Your Horse has REAR END VETERINARY PROBLEMS and is NOT NAUGHTY. Regards


I was very pleased with my Natural Horsemanship Pupil Yesterday, after setting him his Homework for the Week and had the Horse completely understanding my 'withdrawal Game' to the point where I had to lower my energy levels so as not to get too much. This is with a Horse that had arrived a Week earlier, dragging the Owner around with his little Baby WEBBING HALTER and knocking Peoples Heads off their Heads. This Week Homework is for a different move.

This Week Wednesday, another one, once again couldn't get the Horse on a Float to come, had to cancel. Then came another Day and the Horse escaped upon arrival,  onto my "Keep off the Grass" Lawn :) Yes, another WEBBING HALTER HORSE and the Pony Club Puppy Dog Lead Rope. So will be interesting to work with the two of them this Week. and on that subject......which ironically allows me to talk about this.........


I have secured a new Supplier of Lead Ropes and Halters, which allows me to become the CHEAPEST in the Country but the equivalent with the best in the World, with an add on. These are expensive things to make and especially the Natural Horsemanship Clip which alone on Ebay is $12 the cheapest.



Likewise, Halters will also be coming down soon

My Thanks to Jack from the Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Trams for modeling my new Clydie Halter.

I have been asked for English Bridles of the high quality Leather and this Week Mrs. HP got Her Sample which she is very pleased with. Coming soon now.





What do you think of this wonderful invention? They get dafter.   Regards,   James UK

That should gain a statistic or two James :)






The move by the EA, to bring in  Dressage Stewards to keep an eye out for the representation of the Horse, is no doubt  driven by warnings of what the future holds should People like "Ban Jumps Racing' get involved in the normal Horse World. Great to see and been a long time coming, albeit late.

However, I have to say this is a case where Committees rarely gain proper outcomes and come up with decisions that lack strength. Half baked, just like this one.

If You look at the guidelines, You see that these are only compulsory at major Events and so the entire rule is brought into confusion, doubt and won't have the Teeth necessary through consistency, to work for the good of the Horses, like they perhaps want....for instance.......

Last Week, at the Dressage, a Rider got off the Horse and gave it a whip hiding in front of all and nothing obvious was done about it. That would be at one of those Events not requiring a Steward. Well hang on a minute, the Gear Checker is standing out there watching all, not just checking and could easily be empowered with the responsibility, even if they had to send someone across to a Rider and get them to front up for questioning on the activity.

Half baked rule for the Welfare of Horses is not a good look.










Well if they can't, they are NOT Professionals!!!!!!!!!!!!!

resenting at the 10th International Society for Equitation Science conference, in Denmark, Nottingham Trent University researchers Carol Hall, Rachel Kay and Kelly Yarnell stated that “the interpretation of ridden horse behaviour by equestrian professionals, vets, instructors and riders, was found to differ from that suggested by physiological evidence.” Ridden horse behaviour was assessed by twelve equestrian professionals (4 instructors, 4 riders and 4 veterinary surgeons) as they viewed video footage of ten horses that were ridden at walk, trot and canter in a pre-defined ridden test lasting 2-3 minutes. The horses were scored on seven performance parameters derived from the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) rules for dressage and German National Equestrian Federation scales of training (relaxation, energy, compliance, suppleness, confidence, motivation and happiness). Scientists also analysed the video footage independently. All aspects of the behaviour of the horse were recorded including ear position and movements, tail position and movements, mouth movements and salivation, auditory signals, head and neck position and nasal angle.

Horses’ nose angles (behind and in front of the vertical) and head carriage (high, neutral and low indicated by the position of the horses’ nose relative to the body) were analysed. In general, equestrian professionals scored horses who spent most of their time with a high head carriage negatively; and those with a lower head carriage more positively. This was contrary to the physiological evidence from stress related hormones measured in saliva and eye temperature. Only the instructors associated neutral head carriage (nose in line with body) and nose angle as a positive sign.

The FEI guidelines state that the nose should always be in front of the vertical and the physiological data gathered in this study supports this principle. Increased awareness of, and reference to, the FEI guidelines would ensure more consistent evaluation of ridden horse behaviour occurs. The International Society for Equitation Science conference offers an outstanding international platform for scientists and professional practitioners to present and discuss research related to the field of equitation science. For more information about the conference, venue and programme: The International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to facilitate research into the training of horses to enhance horse welfare and improve the horse-rider relationship.


BY is most admirable that this is being looked at but along with it needs to go Lessons in HORSEMANSHIP to Dressage Judges, for without a thing called HORSEMANSHIP, Stress cannot be seen and currently is ignored in all Dressage Judging!!!!!!!!




An elderly woman died about 6:30 p.m. Friday at a Shelbyville casino, when she became trapped between a truck and a horse trailer her husband was trying to connect, according to police. The accident occurred at the horse barns at the Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, when the husband was backing a truck into position and his wife was helping him, Shelbyville Police Department Lt. Mike Turner said in the release. Somehow the wife "became pinned between the truck and the trailer," the release said. Neither the woman nor her husband were identified pending notification of family. Turner said the Shelbyville FACT Team was called to investigate the accident, but it did not appear alcohol or another intoxicant was a factor. The husband will be tested to rule out that possibility, Turner said. Indiana Grand Racing and Casino issued the following statement Friday night: "A tragic accident occurred tonight in the barn area of the Indiana Grand Race Course as members of a family-owned racing business were operating their vehicular equipment. "Indiana Grand officials are working in conjunction with local and state authorities as they investigate, and as details are confirmed they will be made public through their respective offices. "Out of respect for the family's privacy it would not be appropriate to comment further other than to say that we are all deeply saddened by the loss of one of our racing family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time."




PARKTON — Traffic approaching a curved section of Davis Bridge Road was temporarily rerouted Thursday night as Parkton firefighters and state troopers worked to clear a mangled van and horse from the roadway. According to Assistant Fire Chief Chris Conway, a van traveling south through the dark curve just beyond Stonewall Court struck a horse that had escaped its pasture and gone for a stroll down the two-lane road. “… The driver just didn’t see him,” Conway said. The driver of the van, whose name was not immediately available, was not injured but “shaken up,” Conway said. The horse’s neck was broken in the accident and it did not survive. The call to the all-volunteer department came in at 10:15 p.m., Conway said. Though not often, Conway has fielded such calls before. Last year, a car struck two horses that had gotten loose and wondered down nearby Glenn Road. The rural stretch of Davis Bridge Road, near Southfork Road, is a dangerous one, with the fire department fielding several calls to the area each year, Conway said. Traffic had resumed its normal flow this morning. The Robesonian was unable to get additional information this morning because the trooper who worked the accident was not available.




A 12-year-old girl has been flown to hospital after being involved in an accident with a horse.

She was believed to have fallen from the animal, which then landed on her, in Lower Halstow.

The air ambulance was called to Sheerness Road, where the girl had suffered chest, leg and pelvis injuries.

She was flown to King's College Hospital in London. The accident happened at about 3.30pm on Tuesday.

Most horses around lower halstow rear up or try to side swipe cars .. I have seen this a lot whikst on my country drives enjoying the views in Medway and Swale. A lot of the riders look very inexperienced. A lot of the horses do not have temperament for roads. Sad to say, not surprised by this. The riding schools in the area need inspecting. I do hope she makes a full recovery.




A woman miraculously survived after a horse weighing half a ton fell on top of her. Chloe Jones was enjoying a ride at Newbridge Farm when the horror accident happened last Thursday. The 20-year-old fell from the saddle and the 94-stone animal rolled on to her body. Emergency services were called to the scene near Dumfries and Chloe’s riding boots were cut off her feet. But despite the five-foot three inches student nurse only weighing only eight and a half stones herself, she escaped with only a bit of tendon damage and a crushed riding helmet. The Newbridge woman told the Standard yesterday that she must have a “guardian angel”. “When I hit the deck the horse was already on my legs and I couldn’t get out of the way. It was the scariest moment of my life when I saw him rolling towards my chest and my head. I’m really lucky. “It was a complete accident. The horse fell, I fell over his head and then he rolled over me. “I had a bit of tendon damage and blood in my urine and I was a bit fragile afterwards. I’m surprised I’m not completely flattened. The paramedics and the doctor said they don’t know how I’m not dead. It’s fair to say I must have a guardian angel.” Guid Nychburris Director of Riding and friend of Chloe, Andy Bell said she’s “lucky to have walked away”. He added: “She’s a wee lass and when you’ve got half a ton of horse falling on top of you, you expect a bad break, to be hurt more than that. She had a very lucky escape.” A spokeswoman for R Dickson Riding School at Newbridge Farm declined to comment on the incident.


Upon arrival at the scene by Fire and EMS found out that one man had died and nine others were injured. The operator of the wagon, 36-year old Orley Miller, was pronounced dead at the scene. Five of the nine passengers were transported by East Holmes Fire & EMS and Paint Twp. EMS to Joel Pornerene Hospital. Two of the five were then transported onto Aultman Hospital for further treatment. One of the victims was later transported to Joel Pomerene by private car. Police say Miller was stopped in the road of the park to allow his passengers to feed the nearby wildlife. He was out of his seat and leaning against a safety rail that separates the operator area from the horses that pull the wagon. At some point this safety rail broke causing Miller to fall backwards onto the horses, causing them to spook and take off. Miller was ran over by the wagon causing fatal injuries. After the horses ran, the wagon continued driverless a short distance tance and struck a tree causing injury to the passengers. The horses were not injured in the incident.




A Swedish study of injuries in horse-riding mishaps has left researchers wondering whether regulations and safety equipment may have reduced the number of serious injuries.

The researchers investigated the records of all patients attending the emergency department at Linköping University Hospital during a two-year period due to horse-related trauma.

Horse riding, with almost 200,000 participants, is the eighth most popular sport in Sweden.

In all, 147 children and 141 adults turned up at the department with horse-related injuries.

The researchers, Jakob Altgärde, Stefan Redéen, Niclas Hilding and Peder Drott, found that the most common mechanism of injury was falling from the horse.

Most commonly, minor sprains and soft tissue injuries were seen, but also minor head injuries and fractures, mainly in the upper limbs.

In total, 26 adults and 37 children were admitted. Of these 63 patients, 19 were considered to have a serious injury. In total, four patients needed treatment in intensive care units.

The authors, whose findings have been published in the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, said horse riding was a sport with well-known risks.

Their results largely corresponded with the literature, they said. “However, we have not observed the same incidence of serious injuries. In contrast, we find these to be fairly uncommon.

“The injuries are mainly minor, with a small risk of long term morbidity. Over time regulations and safety equipment seem to have decreased the number of serious accidents,” they wrote.

Altgärde and his colleagues launched the study to investigate if injuries associated with horse riding were common, which type of injuries occurred, what mechanisms were involved, and to estimate the costs to society.

Their research of admission records related to 2003-2004.

Results from previous studies showed that the most common horse-related injuries were head injuries and fractures of the long bones. Horse-related trauma is also more common among women, with a peak incidence at the age of 14.

They defined serious injuries as those requiring hospitalisation for three or more days, or requiring sick leave for one month or more.

The most common mechanism of injury was falling off the horse, involving 125 of the children and 92 of the adults. In some of these cases, the horse also fell, or stepped on the rider, or kicked them. In the cases of three children and three adults, they got their foot caught in a stirrup. One child and four adults were dragged as a consequence.

Eleven children turned up to hospital because they had been kicked, as did 23 adults. Six children were stepped on, as were 14 adults. One child suffered a bite requiring hospital treatment. Another child was injured when the horse suddenly stopped in front of an obstacle.

Two children and one adult were injured when squeezed between the horse and a wall.

Three adult riders got a finger caught in the reins and were pulled along by the horse. One adult hit an obstacle while riding.

Five adults were hit by the horse’s neck or head.

Most of the injuries were minor sprains and light soft tissue injuries, Altgärde and his colleagues reported.

In total, 37 children and 26 adults were admitted, with four children and nine adults staying for at least three days.

None of the patients died.

Medical authorities put the total cost of treating the children in the study at €210 000 and the adults at €200,000, which works out at about €400 per accident.

Sixteen percent of the adults required sick leave after their accident.

The researchers noted the dominance of females in the study population – 98 percent among the children and 91 percent among adults.

There was a higher rate of adults (31 percent) injured while dismounted than children (11 percent).

Comparing injury mechanisms between children and adults; 85 percent of the children had fall accidents and 7 percent were kicked, while 65 percent of the adults had fall accidents and 16 percent were kicked.

Minor sprains and soft tissue injuries were the most common type of injury in both groups. In both groups, fractures were mainly located in the upper extremity and usually followed falling injuries.

The most commonly injured sites were the extremities – the head and neck – especially so among the children.

They noted the admission rates and number of patients requiring sick leave were much lower than that recorded in a similar two-year study conducted at a different hospital 24 years earlier.

“The decreased need for sick leave and admission rate possibly reflects the changes in management of these patients over the years,” they said. “It might even reflect an increased use of safety equipment.”


BERLIN TWP The Holmes County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an accident at Rolling Ridge Ranch Animal Park that left one man dead and nine others injured this morning.
Deputies were called to the ranch at 9:08 a.m., after receiving calls that an out-of-control horse-drawn wagon had crashed, leaving several people injured. It was later determined that the wagon’s operator, Orley A. Miller, 36, of Apple Creek, was killed as a result of the horses running over him after they were spooked.
According to the business’ website, the ranch, which was opened in 1996 is home to more than 500 animals, and has garnered tourism by offering a horse-drawn tours where visitors can feed a variety of animals from zebras to water buffalo throughout the 80-acre animal park. The ranch, which is located at 3961 county Road 168 in Berlin Township, is especially popular for school field trips.

Holmes County Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly said that the initial investigation revealed that the accident occurred after the wagon’s operator, Miller stopped to allow passengers to feed nearby wildlife. Miller was out of his seat and leaning against a safety rail that separates the operator area from the horses that pull the wagon when the rail broke.
Miller fell backwards onto the horses, spooking them, Zimmerly said. The spooked horses ran over Miller and took off for a short distance until they struck a tree, injuring the other passengers.
Miller was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to Joel Pomerene Hospital for examination by Holmes County Coroner Dr. Robert Anthony to determine the exact cause of death.

The passengers sustained a range of minor to moderate injuries, Zimmerly said. They included: Carrie Troyer, 17, Susan Yoder, 54, and Heidi Hostetler, 7, Adam Hostetler, 10, Betty Hostetler, 33, Gerald Hostetler, 2, and David Hostetler, 35, who were all treated at Joel Pomerene Hospital and expected to be released.
Two of the passengers were taken to Aultman Hospital in Canton including Junior Troyer and May Troyer. There was no information regarding Junior Troyer, however May Troyer was listed in satisfactory condition in the surgical intensive care unit.
East Holmes Fire and EMS, Paint Township Fire and EMS assisted the sheriff’s department.
The ranch’s owner, Orin Mast, could not be reached for comment.
“It’s just a sad, unfortunate situation,” Zimmerly said. “It’s kind of a freak thing actually. Who would have thought that the pope would have broke the way it did?”
Zimmerly added that he was thankful that there weren’t more serious injuries to the other passengers.
“We’re keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers,” he said. “This is a bad situation all around.”



Legendary carriage driver George Bowman is back in the driving seat just two days after being injured in an incident in the grounds of Lowther Castle.

George Bowman

Despite suffering a serious head wound on Friday evening, the 79-year-old Penrith businessman was behind the wheel of his Land Rover at the Lowther showground yesterday morning.

Mr Bowman senior told the News & Star he was discharged from Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary on Saturday evening, and was a bit bruised, but glad to be back home.

Mr Bowman had just finished competing in the first round of the Lowther Horse Driving Trials, and had been returning to the stables when the incident happened.

“One of my more experienced horses was bitten by a horsefly and decided to go into rodeo mode. It went over the trace and bolted along with the other three horses straight into a car. I was thrown from the carriage and knocked unconscious,” said Mr Bowman.

The next thing Mr Bowman recollected was being treated by crew from the Great North Air Ambulance Pride of Cumbria helicopter. “I was then taken by air ambulance to Carlisle. I had a cut to the head, but they stitched me up and x-rayed by chest, which was bruised. Luckily nobody else was hurt and the horses are okay and are now back in the stables,” he said.

The Duke of Edinburgh was at the showground on Friday evening, having travelled to Cumbria for the three-day carriage driving trials.

“I was with Prince Philip on the Thursday evening at a reception. It was absolutely marvellous he travelled to the county for the trials. Even after he stopped competing himself, he still brought his team of horses to ride round the course, but this year he didn’t have them with him,” said Mr Bowman.

Friends and family took to social media sites to reassure people that the world carriage-driving champion was okay.

A spokesman at the show said Mr Bowman had been joking with friends saying “one hospital breakfast was more than enough”.

“It’s back to business today as usual for me,” added Mr Bowman.





In reference to Leo working long and low.......I aim for long and low too, although shouldn’t we be mindful of avoiding encouraging the horse to go on the forehand and leaning on the bit for the duration of the training session? Long and low for warm up and building strength, then training more engagement of the hind end so that the horse learns to shift weight back and create collection? Am I on the right track? Jo

You are on the right Track Jo, if only all was equal in this World :) Given that 'Collection' comes 'strength' and to be able to 'sit', but Horses off the Track, CANNOT have either the Muscle Groups or strength, to do such.

"On the Forehand' is much over rated in our opinion and comes from the pre-occupation of Dressage Judges brainwashing Folk, that it is such a Crime. That is because it is left over from the Klimke era. Mrs. HP rides 'on the forehand' lot's and has no problem whatsoever, in bringing the Horse up when ready, to 'off the forehand' and the reason she can do that, is STRENGTH and proper Muscle Preparation, in the lower and more round frames.

So the Baby Horses start out in 'Preliminary' Class....right???? I just asked the Boss, how many Horses has she seen 'off the forehand' in such tests? What percentage of them???? She answered, "Horses in Prelim are supposed to be in a LOW FRAME and yet she sometimes gets Judges commenting "On the Forehand"

So this Photo, of warmup Today, should really have You worried :)

but You would feel better 5 Minutes later :)

So there You go. Have I confused You???






Hello John, was wondering if I could ask you something even though you probably won't have an answer for me either..... When is enough enough....... I have been struggling for well over a year now (all up even nearly 4!) to regain some soundness in my most beloved horse. She my first 'own' horse and I bred her myself so been together forever. Lived on the road together for 7 years and have the most amazing relationship. 18 months ago she was diagnosed with an infection in pedal bone after having been unsound or 'not quite right' on and off for years. She;s had surgery three times to remove the infected part of bone (just the tip) but didn't regain soundness and later foundered really badly.

This laminitis combined with penetrating has been over a year ago now too. She has gone from spending nearly all day down, to being nearly all day up and about. Constant help from hoof experts and vets have seen my bank account drained but the horse has at times looked like she was going to make a recovery. She'd get better, then get worse repeatedly. xrays still show no reconnection in her feet (both fronts) and she is still chronically laminitic but has learnt to live with it.

Whenever I have bodyworkers etc etc meet her for the first time they cannot believe how she looks for her history. Obviously I look after her to the best of my knowledge, with feed and care. She is very lame on that initial problem foot. 4 out of 5 I'd say. She is a tough horse that would never show pain unless she was really hurting. But lately I am wondering where we're all going and if I'm doing the right thing or just being stubborn not wanting to quit..... I was wondering if you would see a photo of her- her eyes might tell you something I am refusing to see? Or maybe confirm that she is happy. Would you be able to have a go? I know you can tell a lot from a horses face and I know you're a straight shooter.

All I can say is that You are well equipped to know when the time comes. I have seen her Photos and at this point I wouldn't. She starts losing weight, the great indicator, then go ahead. I think both Animals and Humans know when to stop trying. n fact, this Week I have had a Magpie following me about. He has an injured Leg. I have been feeding Him a bit. I think he too is not ready to die but wants my protection during his lameness. Amazing, isn't it?








Hi John. got the parcel today. Thankyou for the great quality in gear again. Clint


Thanks Mate.






Hi HP and Linda.....and anyone else out there who is interested,

Background....young 5 year old gelding. Owner used to just ride at the walk around small paddock only. Another young lass helping out got on, kicked it and pony bucked, dumping rider with great gusto....Pony went off to cowboy’s place for some more training with expectation of owners that it would be rideable....

So, the little chestnut pony arrived back from training with the cowboy.  Obviously he’s done some great groundwork but the owner is unsure whether much riding has been done?!!! That was it for me, life’s too short, the flood gate opened and then the ‘horse bolted’ I had to say something and started explaining about your mouthing system. It has saved my hide numerous times and if I had $10 000 to throw around (I knew I should have found myself a sugar daddy) to prove that your system is the Holy Grail, I would. BTW I noticed on one of your vids that a cowboy wants to take you up on that challenge....”performhorsman”??? Anyway, the poor owner wants to move on from constant groundwork.  She just wants to enjoy her horse, get on and ride off into the sunset., fair enough! Today I helped her work in the round yard with no ropes which was completely foreign to both.  I think it helps horse and owner learn about each other without having to worry about extra equipment!!!!! Fortunately the horse is well trained on the ground now so it’s just  matter of horse teaching owner about lunging J and me teaching her how to listen and offer a few tips along the way.

I then tested the lateral mouth......<5/10. OF course I had to be honest and said “There is no way I would be getting on this horse!! For your own safety and the horse’s sanity this horse needs re-mouthing!” I sensed she was a little shocked! ....No, a lot shocked. Yes he was fairly soft in the halter when asked to give laterally, however, if any pressure was to be applied I think it would turn nasty as he is a sensitive, reactive type of fractious mind (a little like me after tolerating 3 hours of my 3 boys fighting).  I offered to re-mouth but emphasised that the owner has to put in hard yards and adjust her riding technique so that she can be a successful galloping housewife! I’ve given her some homework, that is, to watch some of your youtube vids and I’ll begin the re-mouthing next week. Let’s see how we go.....

The Big A is now trotting more consistently on the lunge.  His balance has significantly improved; he no longer rushes or trips over his own feet.  More relaxed, dropping his head on his own and becoming more supple. Lots of bending on the ground, lateral work and loose running reins are the key at the moment, cause as soon as he feels too restricted he tenses and paces.  He taught me lots today!!


What’s the shortest time period it has taken you to re mouth a horse? The pony had his first session today (5 each side) and he is already very light laterally, picked it up so quickly! Just a few more days to consolidate and he will be a pro! I’ll introduce front brakes too and I reckon the owner will be on by the weekend! Feels good!! Happy horse, happy owner!!...and I’m a happy trainer (it would be a bonus to get paid for it, but I also see it as great opportunity and experience for me to work with a very different horse)




Well more successful than You :) Well done. WARNING.....You can re-mouth them all You like but if you are dealing with Folks from the "English Disciplines" You had better do more work on them than the Horse for the Horse runs rings around them in the learning Games. In fact, we were just talking about this. There is no more difficult a task in the Horse Industry, than trying to teach a Hackie, anything!!!!!!!!  Such is the success of the brain washing of meer Peers and ordinary Coaches. Go figure that? Again, best of Luck and do tell me how you go with the new Pupils :)







10th August, 2014

Hi Folks. Hope You had a great Week. It was a pretty fine one here and easy on the eye.

Have been assisting Mrs. HP more this Week as she heads back to competition next Week on the 'Snipster' and Cappo is heading for his outing at the high Level soon.

I have been enjoying teaching which I haven't done for a while and have a couple of Pupils bringing their Young Horses here for further education, one Yesterday starting Natural Horsemanship Training and with my tuning up the Mouth of the Young Horse whilst he was here. Have another one coming this Week.



My appols for the slight glitches in the launch of this facility but it appears to be all sorted now. I also have an inbuilt ability to inject Video's into Peoples accounts for educational purposes and back up for my

This Week, we have been carefully scripting 3 important and what will be MOST USEFUL and definitive Videos, which will be commenced filming next Week. They are:

  1. Preventing unsoundness in the Dressage Horse

  2. Classical Dressage versus Modern and the soundness implications

  3. Sacroilliac Repair systems under Saddle

These will be most useful for me to assist People with Problem Horses.




What do You think of this oen, designed by the Buyer?



Once again, the State Labor Govt are running and hiding with more Child Sexual attacks involving Govt accredited People........yet another Yesterday.

The Liberals want a 'Commissioner for Children' with strong Powers but no, not the Labor Govt. The Premier will have You believe that this is oh such a new event that has happened under his watch.

In fact, the Labor Govt have been the 'Govt of Pedophiles' since the Year dot. Hell, we have one of their Ministers in the Courts right now for alleged Internet Crimes. For the record, let me tell You the facts Folks. The State Labor Govt have been associated with this stuff for as long as I can remember and we won't forget the time when the Govt and the Courts, were run by Pedophiles.

State Labor Govt and Pedophiles

They called them the "Take away Kids" who were picked up for Weekend Sex by Govt Staffers and Friends, for Years.

and of course it all started with this Sleeze Bag........

So watch their antics with interest Folks for even the Guy in Humphrey B Bears Suit then had convictions for Sex Crimes.




Is Your Shackel painted a colour? There is much confusion around the Country on this new requirement for Towing Trailers and Horse Floats but the SA Govt Inspection Service has warned me that new regulations

Check Your Laws in Your State




To whom it may concern,

It is with sadness, anger and disappointment that I write to inform the powers that be at EA of the reasons for my decision not to renew my membership.

I have been a loyal member since the age of thirteen when I first began competing as a young rider, until now at the age of 28, notwithstanding a 3 year gap when I didn’t have a horse to compete on.

When I first joined the then EFA, membership was reasonably priced for what was offered. Membership covered practically every show or event one would want to enter, and the personal insurance included covered one at all of these events also. This is no longer the case. It seems that every different society requires their own insurances and membership to compete in the affiliated shows.

The astronomical fee increase of two years ago, complimented by the information booklet outlining the breakdown of what those fees cover, was also reason to reconsider membership. A small percentage went to insurance which is the main reason for many to be a member, while the majority went to administration. I simply don’t understand how the huge increase from one year to another was justified with no increase in services for the novice competitor.

Novice competitors participate for their own enjoyment and spend a considerable amount of time and money to attend shows on weekends. This enjoyment is hampered by the unfair competition structure of novice weekend riders who want to compete officially having to do so against those professional riders who compete and train for a living. These professionals are able to claim these competition costs, as well as their EA membership fees, as a tax deduction. Novice riders have to just right off these costs as part of the game, and all in pursuit of a ribbon which they are very unlikely to win when riding against professionals.

In comparison, the western industry has a very clear divide in competition, with anyone who earns a living from training or teaching not being allowed to compete against anyone who does not, allowing amateurs a chance of doing well and winning against others who ride for enjoyment, not income.

Furthermore, with the advent of the many different societies, the EA affiliated competitions are not the only option for people wishing to compete, and in fact, the scope for competition at the lower levels, which is what the majority of amateur owner’s participate in, is much wider outside of the EA.

The huge numbers of amateur competitors, not the small amount of professional riders and trainers, are what keep the equestrian industry in this country going.  

All of these factors have contributed to my not being able to justify paying the ridiculous membership fee to continue being a part of the EA.

I am under no illusion that my writing this will generate anything more than a cursory interest by whoever bothers to read it, but am writing it anyway in the hope that at least some of my arguments may reach the right ears to generate discussion for change within the structure of what was once a ‘must have’ membership for competitors.




" If Leaving a Halter on a Foal, adjust it out regularly because their Head Grows but the Halter does not."








as I was saying.......

We had never heard of the Organization until they walked in the Gate, the President, the leading Jockey and a leading Breeder. They complained bitterly about the Owner and "control freak' of the Venue from where Racing had been taking place and that Sponsors would not allow proposed higher Value Sponsorship to be run at the current venue and that if the Sport wanted to progress, that they should find an alternative venue.

and so it was that we said Yes to them and I set about the extensive work and expense to build their Race Track and associated facilities, with electric timing, 48 Foot Photo Finish Tower, Parade Ring, Winning Posts, Jockeys change Rooms and more.

I told You about the massive progress in the Sport with even an agreement by the Government to allow Bookmakers to field, full Fields, high priced Races and Trainers from around Australia looking to shift to SA to be part of the new dream.

As I said, it had been held in America and furiously by the Owner of the other venue, Noel Fennell, that Sprint Race Horses could NOT run fast times on Grass (which our track was because it was first and foremost a Thoroughbred facility at the Home of Comic Court and Bart Cummings.



Then came along 'Easy Watch' and at the very first Meeting, broke the World Speed Record for 365 Metres, ELECTRICALLY TIMED and on a Surveyed Track by Simons and Simons, Greenhill Road, Adelaide. Well...all Hell broke Loose with Fennell shooting a Complaint into the Australian Quarter Horse Association that the time be thrown out as the Barriers were in the wrong place. We were advised of this in writing but they would not say who the complainant was, but then we found out what had taken place.

Fennell and a Bloke called Tim Harvey, had driven 150k arriving at our property at Dawn, armed with a Highways Department Tape Measure and lodged an 'Off the Record" complaint against the World Record of Easy Watch, with the A.Q.H.A. who gutlessly and with nepotism, wouldn't name the complainant. They were most surprised however, when the Surveyors of the Track and Barrier position came forward to prove their folly to be just jealousy. It didn't matter though.....

Weeeeeeellllllllll.......Humans being Humans, all Hell broke Loose and the two Camps and their supporters immediately started a fight that saw the end of the Association. That left us the thanks of demolishing the venue and as I said, a loss of $386,000 in the name of being the Champion of the Underdog.

How dumb were they?



Proudly however, we take complete Credit for shaking up the Racing Industry and when You turn Your TV on to the Melbourne Cup or others now, just remember they got their ideas from us because we frightened the Hell out of them when as I said, Racing was Men in Grey Suits, Trilby Hats and a Pie with Sauce

the last thing to be sold, left us with $4,000 to our Names. Next Week, the story of desperate Men having a crack, with that $4,000 :)






Owner who caused unimaginable suffering to two-month old foal is banned from keeping horses after pleading guilty

Today, inside St Albans Magistrates Court, an owner of a mare and her foal received a three-year ban from owning or keeping equines.

Ms Pascale Musk of Station Rd, Smallford, originally pleaded not guilty in January to animal cruelty charges at Watford Magistrates Court but today changed her plea to guilty.

Her charges came under section four of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 – failing to check, adjust or remove a head collar which lead to severe infected wounds and a deformed bone. Ms Pascale was also ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid community service work - to be served within 12 months - and made to pay £500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

In August 2013, Britain’s largest horse rescue and rehoming charity, World Horse Welfare, was called to assist the RSPCA with the catching of a 16-year-old bay mare named Ivy and a two-month-old dun coloured foal named Star, in Hatfield, Herts. The foal’s head collar had embedded so far into his nose and poll area that his skin and hair had grown over the leather head collar and the nasal bone had been damaged. As Star grew, the head collar had cut further and further into his face.

District Judge Inyundo said this of the case in court today: “Ms Musk had significant [horse] experience which caused difficulty in the defence submission. [In this case], she ought to have been able to, and should have, acted more quickly.”

Nick White, World Horse Welfare’s field officer for the region, first attended the scene with the RSPCA last August as a matter of urgency alongside a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in Potters Bar.

Once caught, the horses were examined. Due to the extent of Star’s injuries from the embedded head collar, and the fact that he was still suckling, both mare and foal were taken possession of and transported to the RVC for urgent surgery to remove Star’s head collar and treat his injuries.

The owner was cautioned and agreed to sign both horses over to the RSPCA who subsequently signed the pair over to World Horse Welfare for further rehabilitation.

Star is improving every day and his wounds have healed, though he will be left with lasting scarring.

Claire Phillips, farm manager at one of the charity’s four rescue and rehoming centres across the UK, Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset, explains how much Star has changed since receiving around-the-clock care from the charity: “Star was brought to us following the surgical removal of his head collar. He had been in a lot of pain and had never been handled so was fearful of humans when he first came in. In a matter of days though he became more confident and allowed us to clean his wounds with minimal fuss. Sadly, he will be left with permanent scarring and damage to his facial bones, but this will not prevent him from leading a normal life in the future.”

Nick White says: “When I first saw Star, he was attempting to suckle from his mother but I could hear that his breathing was laboured. I then saw that he had a leather head collar on that had become embedded into his nose, jaw and the flesh behind his ears. The facial part of his nose was very swollen and infected above and below the noseband, as was his jaw. There was thick dried and encrusted blood, as well as fresh blood and puss weeping from the wounds. I saw too that some of the metal parts of the head collar were also embedded into Star’s flesh. It was obvious that this head collar had been left on for a long time without being removed or adjusted. Star had endured this unforgiving head collar eating into his flesh and bone, plagued and infected by flies, during the hottest part of the summer whilst, like all other foals of his age, he continued to grow.”

RSPCA inspector Tina Ward says: “This was an experienced horse owner who knew that there was a problem but did nothing about it. The foal could have been prevented from suffering and trauma if the defendant had simply sought help or advice and loosened the collar.

"We are grateful to World Horse Welfare for caring for the foal and for their support and expertise in dealing with the incident."

Star should soon be ready for rehoming. World Horse Welfare will be looking to find Star a home with someone who has the experience and knowledge to continue his education and break him in when he is old enough. Claire says: “We really struggled to find homes for our youngsters last year and we desperately need them. So if you think you can rehome a youngster like Star, please get in touch.”




Equestrian Jock Paget has been cleared of any wrongdoing over his horse Clifton Promise failing an anti-doping test last year.

Paget was barred from all competition in October after Clifton Promise tested positive for the banned substance reserpine, a derivative of the Indian snakeroot plant, a well-known herbal remedy.

The test was conducted after Paget's victory in the Burghley horse trials, a title which passed to fellow New Zealander Andrew Nicholson after Paget's disqualification.

Paget took his case to a tribunal hearing with the world governing body, Federation Equestre Internationale, in June.

A provisional suspension was removed earlier this month, with the tribunal stating it was "satisfied on a balance of probabilities that the PR [Person Responsible, Paget] has demonstrated that he bore no fault or negligence for the EAD [equine anti-doping] rule violation".

The final ruling of the tribunal, released today, confirmed that the positive finding came as the result of contamination of an equine supplement during its manufacture, for which Paget bore no responsibility.

In acknowledging that top level equestrian sport required "the use of supplements to properly care for such elite horses", the tribunal highlighted that Clifton Promise had tested clean on four previous occasions dating back to 2010 when using the same supplement including at Badminton in May 2013.

"The tribunal therefore believes that the PR had the right to rely on the product, and in particular to expect that the product did not contain any prohibited substances."
The ruling concluded that "the tribunal finds that the PR has succeeded in establishing that he bears no fault or negligence for the rule violation" and that "the tribunal is not imposing any sanctions on the PR".

Paget had competed at several events in the UK after the lifting of the provisional suspension and today's confirmation clears him to represent the New Zealand eventing team at the World Equestrian Games at Normandy this month.

Paget said he was relieved to put his horror 10 months behind him.

"I feel as though I had my career stripped from me and now someone has said 'hang on, you can have it back'. It is complete relief," he said.

"I didn't know if I would be cleared, despite knowing I had done nothing wrong. I knew it wouldn't be as easy as turning around and saying 'I didn't do it'. I was fortunate that we were able to find the source of the contamination, trace it and prove it, and - most importantly - that I wasn't responsible nor could have known."

Paget said the support he had received from sponsors, owners, his team-mates, staff, family, friends, Equestrian Sports New Zealand and his legal team at Burges Salmon had been invaluable.

Equestrian Sports New Zealand (EANZ) president Chris Hodson QC welcomed the ruling.
"It is very important to the reputation of equestrian and New Zealand sport that no athlete should be knowingly involved in any act of doping. That Jock Paget has proved his innocence, which requires a very high standard which has only been achieved in one previous case, is intensely satisfying, and fully justifies the support which ESNZ has given him throughout."

Paget's disqualification from Burghley will remain as there was no challenge to the presence of the banned substance.

At the World Equestrian Games, Paget will join Nicholson (on Nereo or Avebury), Sir Mark Todd (on Leonidas) and Tim Price (on Wesko) in the team event. Caroline Powell (on Onwards and Upwards) and Lucy Jackson (on Willy Do) will ride only the individual event.




A new study revealed that a horse’s large, highly mobile ears can help tell another horse where to direct its attention, which may help the observing animals locate food and evade predators.

A photo of working horses nuzzling.
Horses nuzzle in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph by Glenn Jacobs, National Geographic Your Shot
As one of the first studies to examine communication avenues that humans lack—movable ears, for example—it’s an important step in understanding how social animals interact, said study leader Jennifer Wathan, a Ph.D. student at the University of Sussex in the U.K.

Traditionally, Wathan explained, scientists studying how animals communicate with one another focused on traits that humans also have, such as body language. (Watch a video that explores the minds of animals.)

But by thinking about the world as a horse experiences it, Wathan said, scientists can gain more insight into how these animals share information.

Like humans, horses are social animals. While living in large groups of other members of your species has its downsides, the arrangement also has benefits. Animals can watch each other’s backs, keeping a lookout for potential predators while others are busy eating or looking for food.

To make this system work, however, animals have to have ways of communicating information to other members of the species.

“Horses have really good vision—better than dogs or cats—but the use of facial expressions has been overlooked,” Wathan said.

So Wathan hypothesized that horses could use ear direction as a cue for where to look and if they should pay attention to something in the environment.

Horse Senses

To test this idea, Wathan and her adviser Karen McComb first photographed horses in a pasture looking at one of two buckets of food.

In one set of photographs, the horse’s ears were covered by a mask. In a second set, the horse’s eyes were covered. A third group of photos showed the horse’s head as normal. Then, Wathan and McComb turned these photos into live-size pictures for a horse to look at as it chose between one of two buckets of food.

Preliminary experiments established that the horses were able to recognize that they were looking at another horse in the photo. (Read “People of the Horse” in National Geographic magazine.)

When horses looked at a photo from the third set, where both eyes and ears were uncovered, they picked the bucket of food the horse in the photo was looking at about 75 percent of the time.

When either the eyes or ears were covered by a mask in the photo, the observing horse selected between the two buckets of food more or less randomly. However, the horses performed slightly better when the photo showed the ears uncovered than when it showed the eyes uncovered, according to the study, published August 4 in Current Biology.

“The horses actually looked at the photographs of the [horses with masked eyes and ears] less, which indicated there was less information there, and not enough to change behavior,” Wathan said.

Helpful for Horse People

The study represents the first evidence that horses can signal information about food to each other, even though they evolved in an environment where “one blade of grass is as good as any other,” said Katherine Houpt, an emeritus professor of veterinary medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a horse expert.

Since the study provides such a unique insight into how the animals think, ”these results are really important to anyone who works with horses,” Houpt said. (Read “Kentucky Horse Country“ in National Geographic magazine.)

“Experienced riders know to pay attention to a horse’s ears to help figure out what it’s thinking, so I’m not surprised that the ears were the most important cue,” she added.




Lateral radiographs of the head were obtained in three head-and-neck positions. Left: extended head-and-neck position. Middle: neutral head-and-neck position. Right: flexed head-and-neck position. The pharyngeal diameter was defined as the shortest distance between the epiglottis and the roof of the pharynx (double-headed arrow). The metallic markers (M) were used to calculate the amplification factor as described by Cehak and others. German researchers have found further evidence of a narrowing of the airway in horses in a flexed neck position.

 Researchers Li-mei Go, Ann Kristin Barton and Bernhard Ohnesorge used radiograph imaging in their study, in which they measured the opening of the airway in the pharyngeal region – the area of the throat behind the nasal cavity and above both the esophagus and larynx, which sits atop the windpipe. Their findings, published in the journal, BMC Veterinary Research, found significant narrowing at the pharyngeal area in the flexed position, compared with extended and neutral neck positions. The trio, from the Clinic for Horses at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, said some head-and-neck positions in sport horses were significant as they can interfere with upper airway flow mechanics during exercise. Until now, research had focused on subjectively described head-and-neck positions. The researchers set out in their study to develop an objective, reproducible method for quantifying head-and-neck positions accurately.

They precisely determined three pre-selected head-and-neck positions, using the relationships between the ridge of the nose and the horizontal plane, together with the angle between the ridge of the nose and the line connecting the neck and the withers. They comprised a flexed position, an extended head-and-neck position, and a neutral head-and-neck position. A total of 35 German warmblood horses were used for the study, nine of whom were used for dressage, 13 for show jumping and 13 for pleasure riding. All of the horses underwent an exercise test, and x-rays of the head were obtained at rest. For the exercise test, the horses were ridden at trot and canter in each of the specific head-and-neck positions, all of which were achieved without force.


Occurrence of abnormal respiratory noises, times of appearance, as well as the characteristics and alterations in dependence upon the head-and-neck positions, were noted. For the remaining radiographic examination, all the horses were sedated and a series of x-ray images were taken in the three equivalent head-and-neck positions. The images were analysed and the pharyngeal diameter calculated in each position. The smallest diameter noted – 7 millimetres – was found in the flexed head-and-neck position. The largest diameter – 79.1 mm – was found in the extended head-and-neck position. In the flexed head-and-neck position, the diameter ranged from 7mm to 44.8mm, the mean being 28.5mm, plus or minus 9.6mm). In the neutral head-and-neck position, it ranged from 34.6mm to 76.8mm (the mean being 51.3mm, plus or minus 8.87mm). For the extended head-and-neck position, it ranged from 38.4mm to 79.1mm (the mean being 55.6mm, plus or minus 8.9mm). “There was a significant difference in the pharyngeal diameters between the flexed head-and-neck position and the neutral and extended head-and-neck positions,” they reported, noting that there was no significant difference in diameter in the neutral and extended head-and-neck positions. There were no significant differences in pharyngeal diameter at each head-and-neck position between horses with and without respiratory noise during exercise. The researchers, in discussing their findings, stressed that a sedated horse at rest cannot have the same muscle tension as a horse in motion, and the contact between the bit in the horse’s mouth and the rider’s hands was missing. Ground angle.

They said the aim of the first part of the study was to develop an objective, reproducible method for quantifying various head-and-neck positions accurately, which they said they had achieved. This approach involved measurement of what they called the ground angle (GA), defined as the angle between the ridge of the nose and the horizontal ground plane, and the withers angle (WA), was defined as the angle between the ridge of the nose and the line connecting the neck and the withers. These angles may provide an opportunity to differentiate the various forms of hyperflexion, defined by the FEI, free from subjective bias. Applying their new approach meant using head-and-neck positions commonly used during training and competition in sport horses could be clearly measured and differentiated. They said a previous study using x-ray imaging had already proven an association between pharyngeal diameter of horses and the position of the head and neck. They had now succeeded in showing that changes in diameter related to the positions objectively measured in this study. Further studies were needed to investigate the impact of objectively assessed head-and-neck positions on the upper airways during exercise, they said.





Peter Phillips hopes to “reinvigorate” the sport by hosting the event at the parade ground which will be transformed into the “perfect equestrian amphitheatre” for the Longines Global Champions Tour.

 It will be the first time an equestrian contest has been held at the historical home to Trooping The Colour. Spectators at the parade ground, next to St James’s Park, will see nine of the top 10 riders in the world compete for the largest equestrian prize in British history. Peter Phillips, 12th in line to the throne, is the son of Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. He said the event is a great opportunity for city dwellers to see the sport. “This is the diamond league of showjumping. We have the best riders and the best horses in the world competing for the biggest prize money,” he said. “This will be the richest showjumping event in the UK this year. “The point of the tournament is to reinvigorate the sport, to bring it into central locations and make it more available for people to enjoy.” This will be the second time the championship has come to the capital after a successful visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last year. Charlotte Casiraghi, who is fifth in line to the throne of Monaco, will also be competing British champions Scott Brash and Ben Maher, who won the team gold at London 2012, will be competing ahead of the World Equestrian Games in Normandy at the end of the month. Rock star Bruce Springsteen is expected to attend to watch his 22-year-old daughter Jessica in action while former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be cheering on his daughter Georgina. Charlotte Casiraghi, who is fifth in line to the throne of Monaco, will also be competing. Mr Phillips said: “The Horse Guards Parade is a stunning venue. With all the ceremonial significance, it is the perfect equestrian amphitheatre. “You used to get showjumping on Saturday afternoon TV but it has died away. Giving people the opportunity to see the horses in real life will hopefully make it more accessible.” Ben, 31, from London, said the competition will be tough but he hopes for a home win. He said: “There are many, many good riders. Everyone on the tour is capable of winning the big Grand Prix in London but at the moment Scott Brash is one of my biggest rivals on home turf. “I would say Scott and I will be doing our best to get a home win.”




A Trevor woman died and two others were injured as the result of a three-vehicle crash in Bristol late this morning. The identity of the woman who died in the crash is not being released at this time, Sgt. Robert Croeker, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said. From a sheriff’s depar

Today at 11:02 AM, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies responded with Bristol Fire and Rescue personnel to reports of a serious motor vehicle accident at the intersection of STH 45 (200th Avenue) and CTH WG (State Line Road), in the Village of Bristol. A westbound 2014 Ford Focus being driven by an 81 year old male from Zion, Illinois proceeded thru a red traffic light striking a northbound 2008 Kenmore Semi-tractor flatbed being driven by a 44 year old male from Dodge Center, Minnesota.

 This collision in the middle of the intersection forced the flatbed Semi-tractor into the southbound lanes of STH 45. The Semi-tractor then struck a third vehicle, which was southbound on STH 45. The third vehicle, a 2007 GMC Sierra Truck with a horse trailer, was being driven by a 23 year old female resident of Trevor, Wisconsin. According to multiple witnesses at the scene, both the Semi-Tractor and the GMC Sierra Truck had green lights at the intersection. There were no horses in the trailer at the time of accident. The 23 year old female driver of the GMC Sierra sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision with the Semi-Tractor.

 The 81 year old driver of the Ford Focus was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for serious injuries. The 44 year old driver of the Semi-Tractor was taken by Bristol Rescue to St. Catherine’s Hospital Emergency Room in Kenosha for minor injuries. Assistance at the scene was provided by Bristol Fire & Rescue, Newport Fire & Rescue, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and Flight for Life personnel. The Sheriff’s Department Mobile Command Unit also responded to the scene and was utilized by all personnel during the incident. Alcohol does not appear to have been involved. The investigation is continuing and Sheriff’s Department personnel are currently working on confirming the identity of the driver that sustained the fatal injuries.




A 3-year-old boy was killed Wednesday evening, Aug. 6, after being kicked in the chest by a horse. The accident occurred around 7:50 p.m. on CR 6479 in South Liberty County. Colton Lee Clegg, 3, was accompanying his father, Christopher, and uncle, Joseph A. Stevens, as they unloaded horse feed from a truck. “While this process was taking place, it was reported that Colton was holding the gate for his uncle when one of the horses knocked a feed bag out of Joseph Stevens’ hands, spilling the feed on the ground,” said Capt. Ken DeFoor, spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, in his emailed statement. “Young Colton started to pick up the feed when his father, Christopher, hollered to Colton and told him to get away from the horses and spilled feed.” The child reportedly threw up his hands, which evidently spooked one of the horses, which kicked young Clegg in the chest. The child’s father loaded his son into the truck and began transporting him to the hospital. He was met by Liberty County EMS and paramedics began life-saving procedures while awaiting the arrival of a Life Flight helicopter.





Madeline after plastic surgeons repaired the damage Madeline Mills and her dad Daniel were in a field owned by her grandparents last Saturday when a horse kicked out unexpectedly, catching her in the face. The three-year-old suffered severe injuries in the accident, losing much of the skin above her eye and suffering nerve damage in what her mum Sarah described as a “horrific accident”. Madeline was rushed inside by her dad and work started immediately to stop the flow of blood. But, just a few minutes later, a paramedic from the East of England Ambulance Service arrived and took control, keeping a careful eye on Madeline, who was slipping in and out of consciousness.

 A team from Magpas Helimedix were also called but Madeline, a pupil at Littleport Community Pre-School, was declared stable enough to travel to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, in an ambulance – which arrived later. The following day, plastic surgeons carried out work to repair the damage caused in the incident and Madeline returned home, where, according to mum Sarah, she “hasn’t once complained that her head hurts”. She said: “She has been so brave, the bravest kid in the world. She has been back out with her Shetland pony, Lucy, already and hasn’t once complained that her head hurts. “I can’t praise all the emergency services enough, they were outstanding, from the paramedics right through to the doctors at Addenbrooke’s. It was a horrific accident and so close to her eye. “We were obviously worried that she had been brain damaged because she was slipping in and out of consciousness but when you have a paramedic there who is being so supportive and calm, it really helps. He was amazing.” Sarah added that Madeline will return to the hospital next month for checks on her progress but said that she is expected to make a full recovery. 0 comments




Accident re-enactment for footballer The West Australian A Perth judge was yesterday shown re-enactments of the moments before a car crashed into a horse near Mt Barker three years ago, seriously injuring a 19-year-old man.

 Warrick Proudlove suffered severe head injuries when the car he was a passenger in hit a horse on Albany Highway in 2011. His family is now taking legal action against the driver of the car, Harley Burridge. District Court Judge Richard Keen was yesterday shown a number of re-enactments of the night, including footage showing a witness from the night of the crash trying to stop the driver. Mr Proudlove's lawyer Theo Lampropoulos is arguing Mr Burridge was not paying close attention to the road when he drove into the horse. Mr Burridge's lawyer Gail Archer told the court she did not believe the witness was standing on the road before the accident.




Geraldine Jones, a 51-year-old mother of two, suffered head injuries while fulfilling her ambition of riding a horse across a sandy beach, having recently been given the all-clear from cancer

A woman who had survived breast cancer died while fulfilling her 'bucket list' dream of riding a horse along a beach. Geraldine Jones, 51, had only recently been given the all-clear after four years of chemotherapy when she was fatally injured on a beach in South Wales. She had been realising a "life-long wish" to ride on a section of coast she loved, as part of a renewed resolve to "appreciate every moment" following her recovery, a family friend and former colleague said. After her diagnosis in 2010, the mother-of-two had compiled a 'list of things to do before you die,' or bucket list, which included riding along wide, sandy Llangennith Beach in Gower, South Wales. Having beaten the disease, she was making the wish a reality with a friend last Sunday morning when she fell from her horse and died from head injuries, sustained despite the fact that she was wearing a helmet.

A female fellow rider, and a passing jogger, gave her first aid before a coastguard doctor and air ambulance arrived but Mrs Jones could not be revived. Nicky West, chief executive of St Michael's Hospice in Hereford - where Mrs Jones worked as communications director until last year - and a friend, said: "After being diagnosed with a potentially life-limiting disease, Geraldine became even more keen to appreciate every moment, be that going to places she had always wanted to, or little things like spending time with her family or walking the dog. "She loved that part of the coast and doing that ride was something she had always wanted to do. It was a life-long wish and she was really excited about it. "A bucket list is often linked with people who are about to die, but Geraldine had come out the other side and was trying to live life to the fullest."

 Staff at St Michael's broke down in tears when the death of Mrs Jones, who used her maiden name, Rose, for professional purposes, was announced. Ms West described Mrs Jones as "a much loved member of staff" with "a vibrant personality" and "exceptional writing skills". Even after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Mrs Jones had continued to work at the hospice, displaying "great dignity and strength" as she recovered, Ms West added. After seven years working at the hospice she became a freelance PR consultant so that she could spend more time with her family. Mrs Jones, known to loved ones as Geri, leaves her husband, Tim, and sons Olly, 16 and Henry, 12 who she lived with in Fownhope, Hereford.

They were said to be "in deep grief" and too upset to talk about her death. Another friend of the former hospice worker, who was said to be an experienced rider, said: "Riding on the sand was something Geraldine was really looking forward to. We've been told there was a huge smile on her face as she walked down to the beach." A friend of Mrs Jones's family, Angie Morton, posted a tribute on the Hereford Times website. Addressed to "Tim, Olly and Henry," it said: "We are all devastated and our hearts go out to you. "Geri was a wonderful person and a true friend. Every time we met we picked up where we left off. It was a privilege to have known her. She will be deeply missed." Coastguard Steve Jones praised Mrs Jones's riding companion and the runner, both of whom tried to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. "They made a valiant effort," he said. "The other lady rides down there quite regularly, so it was very upsetting for everyone. "They were not doing anything wrong. They were just enjoying the day, as everyone was."









The Rider had been using a Market Harborough in Her Lessons in Britain but the Coach doesn't subscribe to their use. Fair enough.....Coaches should be able to teach Riders to train their Horses without equipment, during a lesson.

However, the Pupil, much to Her Credit, was not happy with how the Horse was going and wanted a second opinion. We have viewed both Video's and the Photo's accurately depict the majority of the work in each

Hi John and Linda!

Okay here are my videos, video one is our warm up shape - is this correct? I have not attached the market harborough yet

This video is of us working in the market harborough as I would normally, during our schooling sessions:

This last video is of me riding Leo as my instructor wants me to:

Which is correct?  I feel like the Leo works so much better when he is in the market harborough, or even when im riding him long and low!

Best wishes ,

Pam  x


Well of course this is the PERFECT EXAMPLE of the BHS and Pony Club systems at work and has the following effect upon Horses (not to mention the Rider)

  • The diminishment of the Mouth

  • The total frustration of the Horse......risking eventual Buck Off and a total dislike of the Rider, by the Horse

  • The anti building of the correct Muscle tone for riding 'English'

  • Risking 'Rider induced Veterinary Problems'

  • The training of Bad Hands on a Rider

  • The deterioration of an 'independent Seat'

  • plus more, not to mention the complete waste of the $$$ of the Pupil.

So once again and again and again on this Blog, in the defense of Horses everywhere, if You are going to ride the "ENGLISH DISCIPLINES" either do it right, do it correct or stay right away from the Mouth of the Horse until You can get the good help.

Of course I don't have to tell You that the Coach here is dreaming and should not be Coaching at all.

** The Coach recently went from 15 Pound to 25 Pounds a Lesson.

Another Horse saved. What it's all about Folks







Dear HP, just wondering if you can give me some advice on a horse with the most annoying mouth problem.  He came to us as a very anxious horse with a severe cold backed problem, man made of course.  We have got that area covered now but have never been able to improve the anxiety in his mouth.  The second he has any mouth pressure he opens his mouth quite wide and grinds on the bit as long as that contact is present, even the lightest pressure .  We have had his teeth done, he has had the chiro who discovered he must have broken a rib at some stage which explains the buck on saddling and mounting. 

We find we can only ride him in a rubber bit or happy mouth as the noise from his grinding is so distracting.  A noseband only disturbs and distracts him more and he braces on it to allow himself to grind more and tosses his head so we dont use one. The anxiety is not specifically from being ridden as he will go all day in a straight line sucking on the bit nicely but immediately opens his mouth to turn a corner.  He did always get his tongue over the bit as well which limited us to the bits we tried, but we seem to have worked him out of that habit.  It is the contact that causes the problem. 

We have tried so many bits, at the moment he is in a pee wee at home which he seems to like more that any other but we cant do a dressage test in a pee wee. Cross country he is in a rubber mullen mouth pellam, he doesn't actually need the leverage for control but the bit stays high in his mouth and keeps still and he travels nicely in it and it does not distract him.  I have got myself a Myler book and am wondering if a MB 36 mouth piece would be another option?  Maybe its the tongue pressure that is the key? Maybe its just a habit now?  Maybe you have come across this before and have something else I could try?  He is a Clydie station horse cross, very athletic, very soft on the ground and in the saddle even with this resistance, I can only imagine how good he could be without this distraction.  We do a lot of work on the ground and in the early days he opened his mouth with anxiety even with the halter and rope but he doesn't do that now.   I would be grateful for any advice, many thanks Sharon

Hi Sharon. Sounds like a technical one indeed. I had one of these Letters last Week. I look for hints in Letters and I note the comment "need the leverage for control"

When one needs "Leverage" to ride a Horse, we must have resistance or a 'substandard Mouth' Resistance and Mouths with a lack of integrity causes Horses to open Mouths, grind Teeth and more. So this could be the problem. You may know that I heavily promoted the spreading of the Myl Bits but have since changed the design a little, which has often helped more. Just remember that Horses will become resistant to protect themselves from things that Owners often don't know exist. For instance....a cracked rib or other associated but not seen damage could do it. Horses with poor conformation and are therefore "Not fit for purpose" for the chosen Sport, will resist to protect themselves so many things.

Please read the attached e-book which shoujld make you reflect much






Hi John

I have a 10yo arab gelding, he is my endurance horse, he is fit healthy and sound. I compete over 80 to 100 km and he has always vetted through perfectly, all A’s. He is not built for dressage physically or mentally so I tend not to do it. He tends to be quite hollow backed, head high and is rump high. I have had some dressage lessons on this horse and was told that I was wasting my time, he is not interested and pretty much ADD!! He was rejected by his dam and hand raised, very full of himself. He has had work in your running reins, market harborough and knows how to go on the bit. He gets ridden out through the bush tracks about 5 times per week, 10 + kms at the trot. I pretty much just ask him to trot and let him travel with his head where ever he likes on a loose rein.

He is quite a spooky horse and prone to shying, when left to his own devices he trots along happily with his head a little high and spends a lot of his time turning his head from left to right to look at everything! If I ask him to lower his head he will, and I can take some contact put him on the bit which keeps him straighter and stops him from looking around so much but it seems to detract from his enjoyment of the work? Also I am riding over uneven ground, up, down, ruts, wash outs, over sticks, branches etc and I tend to leave his head alone so he can negotiate the terrain. But I worry about him travelling with his head high and back hollow (before getting into endurance I mostly competed dressage) it goes against the grain for me to allow a horse to travel hollow, building the wrong muscles.

My question, should I ask him to travel with his head lower? He will do it but I have to keep reminding him constantly as it is not natural for him. Or should I just allow him to travel along happily however he likes? Would it be worth him being lunged in your running reins a few times a week? before I ride him out?


Hi Karen. Your Coach is right. The Horse isn't suitable for Dressage. Not 'fit for purpose' for Dressage but fine for Endurance.

The reason he doesn't want to collect of course, is because he is not built for it and it would be uncomfortable for Him. Especially whilst carrying a Rider and IN THE CURRENT Muscle state.

However, the lunging (without weight on Him) certainly could be beneficial, both in fitness and capability to in fact 'carry the Rider' and if that was done for a minimum of 3 Months, just 10 minutes, it may well be that You could then mix Your Riding up. Let his Head go when it matters and put Him down for periods when the going is fine. Having said that, 'Periods' means to be operating on the 'German Training Scale' and to build from small beginnings, always mindful of the state of the Horse and what it is telling You. Well done!



Love this horse! Shezeyecandy 120 races and so jaded when she retired in April.  

Now look at her

You sure are having fun Madam. Every time I see You there is a Grin from Ear to Ear :) Well done. Making a difference Girl!!!!






 I have just been ripped off with a TBand have read you website and it says abut warm bloods, I was looking at a warmblood as I was told to stay away from tb J what is the issue with warmbloods? I don’t want to be ripped off again  Thank you  Yours Sincerely  Jodie


Hi Jodie Your email is not easy to understand but Buying Horses depends on Your ability as a Rider. You have read about Thoroughbreds but Warmbloods are PERFORMANCE BIG MOVING Horses and MOST OFTEN suited to GOOD RIDERS, not the average Riders out there. So be careful. The bottom line though is Your Riding ability, what use you are wanting this horse for etc etc. regards


I am only a beginner – can trot, started cantering but only short bursts, and have done small jumps so I am looking for beginner horses, and was told my tb was for total beginners (yes I know my stupidity) and now there is a warmblood that is supposed to be for beginners as she is old and doesn’t really like trotting, but I am now worried about her J What should I be looking for? Thanks so much in advance

You should be buying the Horse in the Photo above!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beginners SHOULD STAY AWAY from Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods and Riding Ponies. Stick to the Mighty Standarbred Horses and buy a Gelding.




Hey HP and Linda...I had chiro out to check Indy and Arnie. Arnie ok just a little sore from a recent fall he had. Indy on the other hand, and as I suspected, needs an xray on his stifle and hockL Last time I had this prognosis on my very first horse over 20 years ago, I had to have it put down....I’m feeling really ill right now.....I’m not a pessimist, trying to be an optimist.... I’m more a ‘realist’....

Fingers crossed Jo. He may live out his Days in the Long Yard with the 'Baldy Bay' Sounds good :)

Well I’ve decided that the good ‘ol feed, as in the cause of my asthma!! I’m already allergic to horse hair, but since feeding Lucerne hay,  I’m a train wreck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am the type to always avoid processed feeds...however, after 2 days off work, 2 doc visits and scripts for steroids, antibiotics and nasal spray............I have succumbed to the decision that processed is the way to go....LESS DUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My horse are well looked after, I’m sure they’ll outlive me!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I well know how You feel Jo. I started my Life healthy but a Nurse in the Naracoorte Hospital set my Bed on Fire with a Cigarette and the shock of the injuries gave me choric Bronchial Asthma, which for the first 16 Years of my Life had me near Death 7 Days out of every 14. At that Age I was the size of a Jockey. Go the processed ey?

Hang know I’m blonde, so don’t get too bloody cryptic...........what do you mean? I’m very sensitive right now....what’s the ‘long yard’...





having trouble with emails .i grow up with horses but alot has changed and with knowledge of horses since i owned a horse daughter is a beginner but is too soft with her horse( jackson 7 years old) and he is now putting it over her which is not the outcome we wanting as we brought him for her anxiety. we bought him may 2013 but since then have a few hiccups first she slipped off while standing still and cracked her pelvis then neighbouring horses kicked the fence out ( jackson has been moved from there and is in better company now) and ripped his leg which took forever to heel as it was on a back leg joint then kim

berly (daughter 25 years old) starting getting some confidence and fell off and broke her arm which jackson only took two steps forward while she trying to get on bareback which i told her to make sure he never moves while mounting.i put jackson in a bitless bridle as she was destroying his mouth which did help . kimberly needs the skills to get respect from him and being her mother teaching her is not working out as even trainer have told they could not teach their i thought maybe remouthing and mouthing aswell as complete leg yielding .we are now going to get kimberly lessons on riding and wanting to do 2 day coarse on horsemanship by a very well respected trainer here in========= we are making our way through farriers to find someone works on balance also a bodywork therapist so that he is as comfortable as my husband fell in love with jackson and now wants a horse to share with me and go riding with our daughter which brings me to prepurchase inspection dvd options.

any advice on options would be great.thanks


The Horse here actually sound like a very nice Person. I get the vibes that the Daughter may need some fitness programme, dietry advice first up, before attempting to rectify the Horse. To be successful in the Horse Industry, we must occasionally "Look in the Mirror" for there we shall find the problem.



Hi Linda
Just wanted to say how I noticed that my riding has improved so much since my lessons with you.  Today I took that young pony to a jumping lesson and rode in a group and she went around like a seasoned pony.  So good off my legs that I can make her go any where with my legs.
I couldn't have got a horse going like this before.  I can feel it all now so much better.  thankyou :)  (just wanted to let you know)







3rd August, 2014


Hi Folks. Hope You had a lovely Week. We had 15 mm of Rain which helped again. Can You tell I am paranoid? :)




Well the World has officially gone Mad with Hitler in Russia, the Butchers in Iraq and Libya, the hatred in Palestine/Israel and God knows where else. Forget controlling Global Warming, no point trying because these Clowns are going to continue blowing up Oil Facilities and the Yanks, Russia and China busily arming them all as fast as they can sell. New Years Eve every Minute of the Day. Bring back Saddam Hussein and Gadaffi for the most Racist bunch of Folk on the Planet need Dictators or it all goes to Hell. Then ban Religion and we may have a hope.



Well, we wish Dave and Rachael Garland all the very best as they took over Gainsborough on 1st, the Horses Birthday. (Happy Birthday to all)

I was back there this Week, replacing the last substandard Rails and Post after 17 Years cursing the previous Owner who built everything el cheapo, even to the extent of buying Pencils as Posts and putting them in UPSIDE DOWN to make them look Fatter. :)

Now we have 50mm 100mm x 3mm Galv that they won't eat and nor will the white Ants.


last Week one of the last jobs, fencing the Dressage Arena.




With every closed Chapter in Life, one thinks back to the past and wonders if You wasted Your time on this Planet or if You made a difference. At least, I don't think I could be accused of "Not having a Crack"........and as I cleaned out the archives at Gainsborough, I came across some memories of such............

In early 1980's, the Quarter Horse Racing Industry here and the Eastern States were struggling along, getting no-where, dreaming big dreams but racing for $300 a purse. One Day, two unknown Dudes drove into our place and spent 3 Hours telling us their frustrations with the scene here and their desire to move the Sport from the current and Birth place of 'Willomurra Quarter Horse Stud' and would we cater for them at our Property where I had built a Thoroughbred Race Track, at the Birth Place of Comic Court who broke Pharlaps Record in the 1950 Melbourne Cup and the launch of the Career of Bart Cummings.

It is always my Irish Blood that makes me say Yes to the 'Under Dogs' and I agreed to spend the huge amount of money to built their STRAIGHT Track, Electric Timing, Photo Finish Tower, Mounting Enclosures, Stewards Rooms and God knows what else. Within two Years, this occurred.....



and all of the Sprint Race Trainers from the other States were preparing to move to SA where I had also got agreement from the Minister of Racing here, to approve Betting for the Sport.......however......Human Nature and an extreme jealousy based around the fact that it was held that fast speeds could NEVER be run on a Grass Track and all Hell broke loose after a 3 Year Old Filly broke the WORLD RECORD on our Track..........You won't believe what took place then and how Humans destroy their own Worlds to spite their Faces, loyalty disappears and I lost $386,000 trying to Week......

the Good News was that this Weekend was the FIRST TIME a Carnival atmosphere had been seen at any Race Meeting in Australia and commencing with the South Australian Jockey Club who were watching closely with fear and trepidation, became shocked into slowly introducing such things at their Race Meetings as their Old fashioned ways gradually got broken down and the rest is History, with the Melbourne Cup and every where else, getting the idea. I take full credit!!!!!!!!!! for dragging them out of the Dark Ages where the most exciting thing at the Gallops (apart from a win) was the Pie with Sauce.



Mrs HP is happily back riding effectively again and having a ball with Her Cousin. Horse Heaven I think You call it :)


here is Cynthia Today on Soldato





I must congratulate my Brother and his Horse which ran second in the City, in Open Company yesterday, at the age of 11 Years. Amazing effort of keeping one of these sound and still willing to fire. He won his start before that also.





" Always bear in Mind, if You think a Horse may not be listening, that they can often think You want the last thing that they were taught new, on the last ride. The thinking Trainer is always the successful one. "





Nikki from North Queensland showing why she has been successful.








Hampshire animal rescue specialists and fire crews rescued seven horses following a serious collision on the A303 earlier this evening (23 July). The trailer, carrying 10 horses in total,was in collision with another lorry on the eastbound carriageway near Thruxton just before 1600 hours. With the trailer containing the animals on its side, three animal rescue specialists worked with vets to first sedate the animals and then remove them one by one from the overturned vehicle. Watch Manager Jim Green, one of the animal rescue specialists in attendance, said: "This was one of the most difficult and challenging animal rescues we have been called to in Hampshire. " "Generally we get called to deal with the rescue of one animal so to deal with 10 horses in one incident was significant." "We quickly put a plan in place and ourcrews managed to cut away part of the back door of the trailer. We were able to corral each of the animals out of the trailer and triage them as they exited." up top Thanks to the efforts of the crews, seven of the horses survived the collision and were taken to veterinary hospital. Sadly one horse was killed in the collision while two more had to be put down at the scene. The drivers of the two lorries were not seriously harmed in the incident. Crews from Andover, Winchester, Brockenhurst, Eastleigh and Lyndhurst assisted with the rescue of the animals. The stop message was recieved at 1942 hours. Hampshire Police are investigating the incident and anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact the Roads Policing Unit at Whitchurch on 101.







Vince J. Marsero and his family planned to enjoy a few days with relatives before a wedding on Saturday. That changed abruptly on Thursday night as they drove along Route 119 South in Fayette County. Just before 10 p.m., the family's Chevrolet Suburban struck a horse that ran from the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Dunbar into the southbound lanes, state police at Uniontown said. Fireworks exploding at the fairgrounds apparently spooked the horse, causing it to run free onto the highway. “I never even saw what we hit,” said Marsero of Boothwyn, Delaware County, who was driving. “It hit on the windshield. ... They (people at the scene) said the fireworks were going on at the fair and spooked one of the horses,” he said. Marsero and his family — wife Cheryl, who was in the front passenger seat; son Vincent, 15; and daughter, Melinda, 21 — were treated at Uniontown Hospital and released Friday morning. Vincent and Melinda were sitting in the rear.

 Another vehicle, driven by Joyce Thorpe of Uniontown, then struck the rear of the Marseros' sport utility vehicle stopped near Monarch Road, state police said. Thorpe was flown to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of “moderate injuries,” authorities said. A hospital spokeswoman had no information about her condition. William Jackson, fair board president, did not return calls seeking comment. An unidentified woman who answered the telephone at the fair office said the incident is under investigation by board officials. The impact with the animal shattered the SUV's windshield. “There was a lot of glass, shards of glass,” Marsero said. He said he and his family were headed to the home of a relative, Kathy Dragone of North Union.

They were coming in to attend the wedding of Dragone's son, David, Marsero's cousin. “We were in the last five minutes of our four-hour trek,” Marsero said. “We were a couple minutes from getting to the house here.” Marsero said he spotted Thorpe's vehicle steadily approaching his Suburban after it had stopped. “I actually yelled to brace,” Marsero recalled. “It was like five, 10 seconds (before impact).” The crash might have put out his vehicle's lights and “made us dark on the road,” Marsero said. His wife suffered eye injuries and was told to see a specialist when she returns home, Marsero said. His daughter suffered a “large contusion” on her foot. Police did not identify the horse's owner, who went to the accident scene and found the dead animal. “I was so sorry for that,” Marsero said. “I felt really bad for the horse. I'm thankful we're all healthy, and the person behind us is getting treatment.” Marsero never expected his family trip to take such a turn. “It was just amazing,” he said. “We're very fortunate.”




GENEVA – An effort by horse advocates to pass a bill that does more to stop the cruel practice of “soring” Tennessee Walking horses and two other breeds has apparently stalled, even with wide bipartisan support. Related Links Bill banning cruel horse practice stalls Soring is described as intentionally inflicting pain on the front legs and hooves of Tennessee Walking horses, Racking horses and Spotted Saddle horses to exaggerate their high-stepping gait, said Gail Vacca, president of Illinois Equine Humane Center in Maple Park. “It is a horrifically cruel practice – just horrible,” said Vacca, who supports stronger legislation to end the practice. “It just defies description ... they use caustic chemicals on the horse’s legs and chains, shoes with nails sticking into their feet. It’s totally sadistic. It’s sickening.” Sue Balla of Casey’s Safe Haven in Elburn agreed more needs to be done to stop soring.

“They do this so the horses will pick their feet up higher in the show ring,” Balla said. “It is a horrific, cruel, barbaric thing to do to an animal. They are forcing them to be in so much pain so that they will pick their feet up higher. That is the show world.” Diana Anshakov of Newark said she stopped showing her own Tennessee Walking horses because of the abuse in the industry. She has been working to get support for HR 1518, a bill pending in committee. The bill would amend the Horse Protection Act, which already bans soring, to have USDA enforcement so the industry is no longer policing itself. It also would increase penalties, among other provisions. The bill has 190 Democratic and 115 Republican co-sponsors across the country – from Hawaii to Florida, New York to Texas. In Illinois, 16 of 18 representatives are co-sponsors except U.S. Reps. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, and John Shimkus, R-Collinsville.

The bill has wide support from humane, veterinarian and equine organizations that testified at hearings late last year, but it remains stalled in the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade subcommittee. Anshakov said she believes if three more Republicans became co-sponsors, the bill would move on for a vote. Anshakov said having 118 Republicans on board as sponsors would fulfill the “Hastert rule,” an unwritten rule that a bill should not advance for a vote unless it was a “majority of a majority” ensuring it would pass. Anshakov said she called the offices of both Hultgren and Shimkus to ask for their support as co-sponsors. She said an aide told her Shimkus would not because he is not on the committee




TOM CRUISE surprised revelers at a horse racing event in England when he showed up on Ladies' Day. The Mission: Impossible star donned a gray suit, blue tie and sunglasses to visit the famous Glorious Goodwood racecourse near Chichester, England on Thursday (31Jul14).

He posed with guests and mingled with royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips. Cruise received a special welcome to the races by the British Army's Yorkshire Regiment band, which played the theme tune to his famous action movie. He is currently filming the fifth installment of the franchise in London. Cruise even presented the Magnolia Cup trophy to English supermodel Edie Campbell, who rode the winning horse in the ladies' charity race.





BALLINGER, Texas (AP) — A West Texas teenager girl has died after being kicked in the head by a horse earlier this week. A Shannon Medical Center official said Thursday that 17-year-old Ashley Virden was pronounced dead on Wednesday.

Virden was riding horses with her father at their home south of Ballinger on Tuesday. The Runnel County Sheriff's Office says the horse bucked her off and then kicked her in the head. A family member tells The San Angelo Standard-Times that the girl's body will remain on life support so her organs can be donated. The family member says they've already found a match for her lungs and possibly for her heart.




But instead of fine-tuning the halter training on the young animal and finishing her other 4-H projects, Macy has been fighting for every breath after being trampled on the chest by a horse two weeks ago at her family’s rural Pennock farm. The accident crushed one of Macy’s lungs and broke multiple ribs. The little girl, who is going to be a fourth-grader at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg School District, is lucky to be alive, said her mother, Monica Rohner. Just three minutes after the helicopter landed with her at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital on the evening of July 17, Macy flatlined. “She crashed on the table,” said Rohner, in a telephone interview from Children’s Hospital. Medical personnel moved quickly. After eight minutes of CPR, Macy was resuscitated. “Thank God everybody was in the right spot, where they needed to be, to bring little Macy back to us,” said Rohner, who is an obstetrics nurse at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Last week, during a grueling, 6½-hour surgery, doctors removed the top lobe of Macy’s right lung.

In a series of ups and downs dealing with pain, breathing and eating, she is gradually being weaned from tubes that pumped oxygen, food and medicine into her body. “She might be small, but she’s tough,” said Rohner, adding that just a few days before the accident, the 70-pound, blond-haired girl had been hefting hay bales that weighed 45 to 50 pounds. Horse ride Macy and her 14-year-old sister, Dacotah, typically ride their horses nearly every day, said Rohner. That was the plan two weeks ago when they were bringing their horses from the pasture. But Dacotah’s horse – a quarter horse that’s the biggest one on the Rohner farm – got spooked by some wire and thundered away, plowing Macy down in the process. Rohner was at a 4-H leaders’ meeting when she got a frantic call from her son, Gavin. “He was hysterical,” she said. “He said, ‘come home. Macy got hurt bad.’”

A family member started driving Macy to Rice Hospital. Rohner met them down the road, jumped in the car and called 911. Although Macy was struggling to breath, Rohner said her daughter was able to say, “Hurry, Mom. Hurry,” as the car sped down the road. Their vehicle was met midway by the Willmar Ambulance and Pennock First Responders. “I picked her up and ran to the ambulance,” said Rohner. After being intubated at Rice, Macy was airlifted to the Twin Cities. “She did not look good when she got in the helicopter,” said Rohner. “I prayed that there would be an angel with her.” Recovery As Macy was flown to Children’s Hospital, Rohner and extended family members made the trek in a caravan of cars. The drive was the “quietest and longest ride to the Cities ever,” said Rohner. “We prayed the whole way.” She knew others in her church and farm community were also praying.

 “I think we definitely needed the prayers,” she said. With her mother constantly at her side in the pediatric intensive care unit, Macy has been wowing doctors with her recovery. “They’re amazed because of the extent of her injuries and that she was able to pull through … and that she’s recovering as fast as she is … and how strong she is,” said Rohner. With the help of physical and occupational therapists, Macy has taken a few steps with a walker and has started to eat more solid food. Some days are better than others. Macy is still struggling with the use of one arm, said Rohner, but there was no apparent cognitive damage as a result of oxygen deprivation before she was resuscitated. Getting better and going home in time for the County Fair is the goal Macy is working toward. “We’re still hoping to get her out of here by the fair,” said Rohner. “We have high hopes, Macy and I do.” Rohner has not left her daughter’s side since the accident. She said the support she and Macy have received, and the help her two other children back home have received in her absence, has left her awestruck. “Everybody’s just been unbelievable,” said Rohner, who wonders how she can thank everyone. “It’s wonderful how nice and how helpful everyone is being.” A benefit for Macy will be held Sept. 14 at the Pennock Fire Department.





STEVENS COUNTY, Wash - The Washington Department Of Fish and Wildlife is actively hunting a cougar near Deer Lake in Stevens County. Tuesday night fish and wildlife officials say a cougar came down from the hills and attacked a 14-year-old horse. The horse was later put down because of its severe injuries. The mare, named Diamond, was a prize horse to Sandy Ridler, who said, "even though I am heartbroken about my horse, I am glad it was not one of the children." The attack happened less than a mile down the road from Camp Gifford,a kids camp that is a summer gathering for about 150 kids.

KHQ spoke with camp leaders who say the cougar was sighted in the woods just hours before the attack. The kids were moved from a wilderness camp to the main camp on Deer Lake. Chris Adams with the camp says "it would normally be about one or two people walking around the camp," for head checks. But with the attack "it's now three or four making a lot of noise because you don't want to startle anything. Also as much as possible staying indoors after the sun goes down."

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says the attack was rare event. Officials say they are tracking the cougar and if they catch it they will euthanize it.



Both deaths — unusual during Utah’s wild horse roundups — occurred Wednesday, the third day of the BLM’s Blawn Wash gather in the Wah Wah Mountains of Beaver County, about 35 miles southwest of Milford. The agency finished the roundup Thursday with 143 horses removed from Blawn Wash, Reid said. The BLM uses a contractor whose pilots fly helicopters over the area until they find a small band of horses. A chopper then "herds" the running horses into a corral temporarily set up on the range. The horses are loaded into trucks and taken to a second temporary corral, in this case, on a nearby ranch. That is where the filly died. Reid said the young horse was the first yearling placed in her corral that morning, and was alone and pacing. Workers were determining the genders of other horses and not watching the filly when they heard her slam into the corral panel. Anne Novak, executive director of the organization Protect Mustangs, criticized the BLM for the loss of the horses.

 The yearling "was obviously terrified by the whole ordeal," Novak said in an emailed statement. "Once they are terrified, the risk of injury is high. The BLM needs to train their staff to understand wild horse behavior so tragedies like this will never happen again." She also said the BLM was wrong to kill the 7-year-old mare whose previous injury had healed. "The BLM should have made an effort to give her the best veterinary care possible. Horses heal and this mare had already recovered from an injury in the wild," Novak said. "I’m sure someone would have adopted her to help her get well." Reid said there was nothing the BLM could have done differently to save the filly. "She was not being pressured. She was not being moved," she said. "It’s just an unfortunate circumstance."

The veterinarian at the roundup judged the sorrel mare to be in pain because there was severe swelling and her leg was slanted inward at a bad angle, she said. BLM rules require suffering animals to be put down. "It’s very unfortunate that someone would make a statement [while] not having all the information," Reid said of the criticism. The Blawn Wash includes a large section of state lands that were seeded over the decades with grass for livestock and are a magnet for the wild horses. The BLM’s management plan calls for no horses to be there, although they have ranged there for more than 100 years. The 141 horses were trucked to the Central Utah Correctional Facility at Gunnison, where they’ll be examined, vaccinated and prepared for adoption. The prison inmates may keep some for training. Even with 143 horses removed, Gus Warr, the agency’s manager for wild horses and burros in Utah, figured more than 100 would remain in the Blawn Wash area.

Utah has nearly 4,000 wild horses, more than double the number the BLM has set as the upper limit. Ranchers in the region sued the BLM, and county commissioners in Iron and Beaver counties threatened their own roundups if the agency did not reduce the numbers of wild horses. Besides the Blawn Wash roundup, the BLM has trapped 25 horses and intends to trap 25 more when they go for water on private land in Iron County. The agency also plans to remove 30 from along State Road 21 in Beaver County, near Nevada, on Friday. The plan was to remove only 10, but the Utah BLM recently got approval from Washington to remove 20 more from the Sulphur herd. Warr saw 140 horses near the highway on Sunday, Reid said. Those 30 horses, coveted because of their Spanish lineage, will be put up for adoption via the Internet in the fall, Reid said.






Hi John!

I'd be really interested in hearing your opinion this topic!

My instructor has come back from Holland training with a Grand Prix rider over there for 2 years.  Now, my question is:  I have a young horse who has just come back from the breakers and I want to do everything correctly from the start!  I want to ask you about getting  a horse on the bit (very controversial I know).  My instructor said with the horses in Holland they 'massage' (play with their mouths/alternating squeezes on each rein) the bit in the horse's  mouth until they soften and are then pushed forward into the contact.  I'm thinking about buying your 'above the bit' dvd to help me when I cant get lessons.  What is your opinion on this method (or really what is the HORSE'S opinion?)?  

Thanks very much,



Hi Dale. Firstly, I have always opposed the view that sponging the Reins for any reason, is a correct system, both in 'English' and 'Western' I have put the odd Breaker 'on the Bit' and have never adopted the system either.

I have just asked for two other opinions here, one a Grand Prix Rider and another a Head Rider for a Dutch Grand Prix Rider and they don't even believe that this story can be right, for they don't do it, don't believe in it either.

Luckily, in case You are interested, we recently did a Video on this subject. It is here. -

Pulsating or 'Jiggling' the Reins Reins and therefore the Bit in the Mouth of the Horse, apart from being uncomfortable for them, trains the Horse to NOT 'come onto the Bit, which in Dressage is not the desired outcome for they have to be, regardless of the arguments of how much on the Bit. In my experience, it trains what I describe as a "Head Bobber' and removes 'trust in the Hand of the Rider' which is the main ingredient in having a Horse dare do it at all.


Thanks John;

I've made the decision to change instructors!  It didn't sound right to me and it's good to know that I've at least got some common sense!  Thanks so much for your help, you do a great job helping the horses and I'm really happy that you were able to answer my question :)

I've made up my mind and I'm going to fork out to get your dvd that will hopefully put me on the right track.  Do you recommend your 'above the bit' dvd?  Or the video you've linked me below?  I wish I could get both but will have to wait until the next pay check!







Hi john, Just another quick  update firstly just for your information no my weight is not on the rise and I don’t eat macka,s Jmy weight usually sits around the 64 kilos so don’t think that’s an issue with this mare J I have been doing lots of ground work with her and after the last mounting episode that i emailed you about (taking two hours to get rid of all the negative behaviour )it has only taken a couple of minutes each day to get on with no ears back etc and now she will stand without chomping the bit etc and wait till asked to move off i have been doing lots of walk over here then stop some back up then halt for awhile then move of etc ,have also everyday worked on lateral flexing and moving here around backwards sideways etc and now I don’t get ears back when i apply my leg J so onwards and upwards have also snuck some dressage training in as well cheers Tracy


Well done Tracy. Great work!





Hi, I have been reading your section about rearing horses and just wondering some advice on my horse. I have a 16hh quarter horse gelding who wasn't gelded properly and believes he is a stallion at times. I have had numerous people ask to buy him off me for a lot of money, but I love him to much to sell. But. He has a habit of rearing whenever something doesn't go his way. If he doesn't want to do it he will just go up. I brought him at the age of 3 and had him at a breakers for a bit over a week. They had trouble with him trying to jump the round yard, as he didn't want to go forward. I got him back and he seemed fine and was going really well, but they told me if he wanted to rear to just simply get him to do something else and not make him do it.

 To avoid the situation, but it wasn't working with him and it didn't feel like it made any difference, that were more natural horsemanship people and it didn't suit my horse. I then moved towns and he had to go on a break in the paddocks as it got way to wet to ride. When I went to start working with him he was just rearing all the time, and it got to a point of him almost going over, and one day he went up that quick he hit my face and bruised it bad, I then had a local man take him for about 4 weeks while I was away to get him out of the naughty habits. The man said that he would try run him into trees and go up when he didn't want to do things. But also said he is a very smart horse and had great potential, and after the first week he was as good as good. He told me what I need to do and I did it all through the year and he was the best horse, really quiet and just so loving and happy etc.

I had to stop riding him not only because of the wet season but because he will not go on his left lead, he isn't behaving naughty or anything he just wants to go on his right. But he has gone back to the rearing and bucking and I just can't afford heaps of professional help due to being a year twelve student and having no one here interested in horses and no real help. I have family members and close friends who are willing to help me but live in different towns which will mean I have to move again. But have been told it's to dangerous being a female and so small trying to handle such a big horse carrying on.

 I will be moving and taking my horse but not until the end of the year and if he is still behaving like this I'm not sure how I'll move him, but will have a lot more time with him to get him into a discipline he enjoys as he is extremely smart and inquisitive. But I would like to have some advice from a professional to tell the people who can help me and for my to try work with him as best I can. He is the best horse I have had and is turning 6 this year. But when he isn't ridden over the wet season which is general June/July and start of August he goes silly. I do ride him everyday when it's not wet, and when I move it won't be as wet over there. Thank you for your time! Regards Natalie

Mmmmmmm Natalie.....he does sound difficult!! I wish You had have said what the Man who had Him for 4 Weeks suggested You do going forward for if he was successful, surely that would be the way to go??

When You read my article, You would have read about the Veterinary considerations and I wouldn't have been too worried about this with this Horse until You mentioned that he won't take one Lead and of course now that needs to be investigated and ruled out, prior to making decisions as to what to do to Him, for most Horses that rear are communicating in some way.

Then of course to the comment about Him "thinking and behaving like a Stallion at times" and those Horses do tend to like to walk around on their back Legs a bit but need a more disciplinary approach than other tactics. So if the Veterinary has been eliminated, he is being naughty and the following tactics would help, and I shall Label them as to whether You can do it or not:

  1. Take the Wind out of his Ego by You carrying out "Leg Restraints Training' on Him. (You)

  2. When he starts rearing, get off and "Endorphin Tap the Horse" (Maybe You)

  3. When he rears, let Him read the Newspaper (others)

  4. Have a long dressage whip that will reach under his Gut and use it when he exposes himself (Cowboy)

  5. Tie his Tail to his Halter, through his legs so that when he comes up, he wedgies Himself :)

That'll do for now....phew :)




Thank you for your reply! I took him for a ride yesterday and the day before. Not so bad! He didn't crush me against rails however mounting he wouldn't stand still. The first ride he ran in a few circles. I carried a whip with me and since he dislikes them he behaved when I showed it. He has never been abused with whips but he has a larger fear of them than any horse I know. When I got on him he didn't rear but wouldn't stand still no matter what I did. I got him doing some work in the arena and after 1 minute he was working round and on the bit, only played up a bit when trotting passed some jump wings next to the fence. The second ride was similar but as soon as I got on I tried to get him to halt but he started half rearing and kicking about. But after another minute, perfect. There may be an issue with his girth. When he was 2 he jumped a 150cm wooden fence and cut himself open. I had a woollen girth sleeve on his girth to ease pressure but it has disappeared. He used to always nip when I did the girth up but then he got over it even without the sleeve. I always stretch his forelegs out before a ride - a German dressage rider showed me and explained it helps in making it more comfortable for the horse When he crushed me against rails it was usually just him being nervous. Wasn't nervous this time round. I think he is almost sorted. I'll invest in one of those fancy contoured girths that ease pressure and see what happens. He actually really likes me, follows me around when I go to fix the water in the paddock and everything. He also really loves rides. Arena work is boring but when I take him out we go for 8km runs, chase a few kangaroos, go for a splash in the river or flood waters, find out where the cattle are. He can run all day and still be full of energy. The past couple of rides went exactly how I wanted - well not the rearing part but after I got him going. Will look into vets if the next rides don't go so well. Problem is, the vets within 7 hour drives know nothing about horses - even the equine ones. When he cut himself open they stitched it up when really they should have cut it off. 8 years later it still hasn't healed completely. Thanks for all your help! Will invest in a new girth. -Alicia


Well done Alicia.




Hi John and Linda! I'm from Victoria, and the weather is disgusting, high winds, rain, you name it! I am in the process of buying your retraining the standardbred DVDs as I have 2 STBs and would love another training perspective (which is near impossible to find for a standy!) but the weather has me thinking, what is your advice on training in poor weather? Are there any trading exercises, aside from 101 transitions, to get a horse acclimatised and working well in rubbish weather? Sincerely, Amy


Hi Amy

Take a look at the attached files, which may save You much effort. We have the complete systems for these Horses.

The key to riding in this Weather (Same here Today but all Horses have been ridden) is to have their submission right and just ride. Rain, Hail or Shine. It is only Horses ridden 'Above the Bit or just above the Bit that give trouble and these Horses, during their Muscle turn around preparation, need to be ridden deeper.






HP Stock Monkey Straps

Hi I received my monkey grips just now and i wanted to tell you how impressed i am at the quality of them. Thank you very much for the fast post and i will buy from you again ( i have my eye on the saddle blanket and a bit) Regards Sam

Thanks Sam. I was impressed too!!





Hi.. my name is Malcolm and im at my wits end with my daughters std bred.. 'Teddy' is an 8yo std bred .. 15.3hh and a beautiful boy.. problem we are having is he is a very grumpy boy who is getting harder n harder to saddle and recently ran on oblivious to my daughters commands and struggle to pull him up. He will behave perfectly under saddle being lead or off a lead just following me around the paddock. He isnt keen to canter which I know he is capable of or trot. We absolutely love our boy and he has paradise to live in here with acres of paddock and good feed. Any help or information will be greatly appreciated by all three of us.. we live in jimboomba  (S/E qld)

Thanks in advance

Malcolm, Jas, Teddy


Hi Folks....sorry to hear that, but at least he has a lovely Home when most end up You know where, so not all bad.

There can be many reasons for all of this and only a complete assessment or at least me seeing Video of Your interaction with the Horse, can give You the definitive answer. However, it is not unusual for these Horses to be Grumpy because many of them of them are resentful after being handled most unfairly during their Career. Then there is the Veterinary. Girthing up problems could simply be that the Horse has stomach ulcers

Then there is confusion aspect and could even be as simply as "training helplessness' via Rein Handling of the Amateur Rider who swings off the Mouth of the Horse as a crutch, often for no reason at all and certainly when it doesn't require it.

So Video assessment would be my recommendation in this case.






Hi to bothJ

Had a great day today.....finished my housework and made the most of a beautiful day. Worked The Big A over pole in round yard, then  MH for first time........ first time he trotted in a frame....just half a round yard, so getting somewhere slowly but surely!

Suffering from a little trot and canter withdrawal lately so brought Indy back to work after his vacation. Wow he’s been neglected and definitely out of his box!!!!! Lunged him first and he actually cantered twice around, non-stop both reins, which he has never done before without a lot of effort!! No lameness evident, just very unbalanced! He either misses me or really needed a break...I think bothJ We then had a lovely trail ride and I realised how much I had been taking him for granted.

Then, came the interesting part....While cooking dinner the other half asked, “So when do you reckon the Standie will be ready to sell on”. Of course I gave him a hairy eyeball and replied “As long as it takes”. Then he suggested that I start my own business so that I can right it all off for tax purposes......:/ Always about the $,  If only I were 20 years younger.....!


Lolarama to the Husband. Way to go. We completely agree with Him Well done on the trot!






But I am having a few issues with the contact that I need some advice on. She gets better each time in the contact and I’m focusing on keeping soft elbows and steady connection. But she chomps the bit in tension and can be unsteady sometimes diving into the hand and other times too light. Just inconsistent. She was like that before I bought her. I’m using your bit and tried a few bits but it didn’t make any difference so to me it seems like tension. She has had her teeth done. My instructor advised me to stop it right away so it doesn’t become a habit and the way to stop it in her opinion was to increase the bend (to say half pass bend or more, eg head at 2 o’clock). As a deterrent when she chomps. Anyway my question is – is this something that will go away when she is more through and more relaxed? What should I be doing? I don’t really want to bend her that much because I feel like she doesn’t associate that with the chomping and that it confuses her. I also feel like its just her neck bending and that she throws the shoulder out and goes crooked.

I have consulted with the Boss and she disagrees with the Bend, not only because it could be penalizing an already tense Horse, that there may be a reason yet not found for the tenseness and that it could stop forwardness and says that the Horse needs to get quicker behind and come onto the Bit more. Lot's of transitions etc. Also that this could be a case for an appropriate noseband in case this is a habit but essentially though, You are dealing with a 'Chestnut Mare' and to quote Tom Jones, this is 'Not Unusual' :) One would wonder what the future holds as the Horse goes up the Grades and how does it handle the pressures of Dressage. When things get much more difficult, what does the future hold? and so early decisions are better than wasting the Years with the same old. So the matter has to be got to the bottom of. HP would immediately take the view that it HAS TO BE got to the bottom of before experimentation. FACT....there is a WHAT IS CAUSING IT????? If that means the Vet investigation, SCOPING to eliminate Throat, Breathing, a full examination of the Mouth, what Bits suit that Horse and much more. Given that 'relaxation' should be the first requirement of the Sport of Dressage, this matter should be investigated with zeal. Regards





Hi John,

I'm hoping you can help me out. I have a brand new problem with my QH mare.

I was riding her today in the round yard, walk, trot and canter no problems. About ten or so minutes into this ride, she suddenly 'spooks', shooting forward like something was behind her. I thought nothing of it as it can happen from time to time. The problem is that she then kept doing it again and again.

There was nothing around that I could see that would be spooking her, no horses running around,not particularly windy. So I jump off and check our tack and everything looks fine. I lunged her in both directions walk, trot, canter. Again no problem.

When I get back on, I can't get her to go forward without her trying to shoot off. She felt jumpy and tense and ready to bolt at any second. Not just fresh, this was something different. She took maybe two or three tentative steps, but then did it again. It felt like she was scared of me being in the saddle

She would slowly crab sideways, but that's it.

I ended up getting off because it wasn't going to be too long before I ended up coming off. After taking off her saddle I checked her back and couldn't see anything odd, and I felt down her back and she didn't flinch anywhere. She was completely calm apart from me being in the saddle.

She's never done anything like this before, and I have no clue what to think, so I thought I'd ask you!

Hope you can help me out


Hi Tanika. Obviously there is something new in the equation. In my experience, these are often Veterinary matters and normally a temporary locking patella or Sacroiliac/nerve pinch so "check the Veterinary" However, no matter the problem, I hope the Horse isn't scooting any more than 2 Metres before being shut down by the Rider for that can only build into a Psychological problem, even if there was not a Vet one. Regards






Hi John, Just wondering of you could spare 5 minutes of your time to point me in the right direction. Last week I purchased a STB from the meat pens at Echuca sales. He has the most wonderful conformation of any standy I've ever owned and such a kind eye. From his brand he is a trotter and rising 5 years old, 15.2 hh never raced. My problem is this, he is so fearful of any touch or movement of my hands of any STB I've ever owned. He has his "bubble" or safe space that he won't let you in. He will follow me around curiously at a distance when I do things in the paddock, however catching him has been a new adventure, even with the webbing halter I left on him. He is also not in a big paddock (I'm not that silly).

I have managed to get him in a yard today (lured him in with lucerne hay) and have put a drag rope on him. I can rug him, I can pick up his feet (he is shod) and he leads like a gem, but his distrust of humans is heartbreaking. He flinches and gulps whenever you make the slightest movement. He isn't head shy, he just flinches/gulps all the time and you can see how fearful he is. So, my question... do I keep trying to make friends with him via the lucerne hay, advance retreat etc, 7 games etc. or do you think I can tap him?? I have tapped a few horses in my time using your method of various ages and breed, but never needed to with a standy. However I have been thinking this guy might benefit as then I can touch him all over and teach him not to flinch and be fearful of human contact. I am also mindful though of the fragile mind of the breed. I would appreciate any guidance as I think this horse is a gem otherwise. Many Thanks, Renee xx

Hi Renee. Unbelievable, isn't it?...but will be very rewarding in the end. Poor Boy!

Anything is worth a try on a Horse like this. Yes, You can spend 12 months trying to get about Him but will it work and when will it work? So nothing wrong at all with 'Tapping Him". Nothing to lose and everything to gain. However, "join up" with Him would also be a necessary element.

The third thing I would be doing would be to ride Him and become his Mate who looks after Him, guides Him and keeps Him out of trouble when he thinks he is it amongst the big wide World. Re-Mouth Him of course and get on in a round Pen for a couple of Days (not like my Youtube Standardbred Vids.

Keep me posted. xx






Hi John,

Another comp, another great outing 😊 came home with a first and a third. I actually value the comments more and for our first we got a "nice to watch". Really happy with that. He was a very good boy.

Have a great week


Well done Girl!





20th July, 2014


Hi Folks, hope You had a lovely Week. Another 26mm of Rain for us and more Rain this Winter than Melbourne nahananana.

Mrs, HP is progressing well and is happy with Her progress, especially because she can now ride completely and effectively again.......walking doesn't matter of course as she still looks like Dustin Hoffman in the Running Man She'll be right though.....although one small glitch is the fact they left one of the Bolts in Her Leg too long and it will have to come out sooner rather than later, because of Her activities.




Yesterday, we were back there again with myself completing last up to date maintenance on the property and Mrs. HP and Cynthia spending the Day cleaning the Home, ready for Dave and Rachael Garland to move in next Week and take over. This will allow us to take a more enjoyable and casual approach, to visit more, have fun, teach and play with Horses there and to train Dave who has started a few and wants to get serious about it. Rachael has a lovely Donner Duccio Young one, who is featured in this Video so he returns Home too, appropriately taking over Donner Bella's yard and Stable.  :)



Maintenance will be carried out from next Week on, on a Daily basis and last Night, we attended a lovely Party at Gainsborough, with the Agistees thanking my Son, Ryan, for all of his support and work when things broke on the property, during the last couple of Years.

We would like to pay tribute to the lovely Ladies who did the Morning Feeds so that Owners of Horses could sleep in, safe in the knowledge that their Horses were cared for perfectly. So thanks Belinda Freebairn, Alice and Lauren for a wonderful job.

There will be another Dutch influence joining the Band at the property, to continue on the training with excellence, currently being carried on by Jess as well as other Training initiatives planned by Dave and Rachael. We look forward to being involved.

Cynthia Bossemma, an F.E.I. Rider in Holland, Mrs. HP's Cousin and Head Rider for will be assisting Folks interested, at Gainsborough but not outside of Gainsborough!!!!




" Re-assurance is one of the most powerful training Tools in Horse work. You look for it but most forget to give it to their Horses"



The first is another taken by a Friend of an Associate here, in the USA and shows how dangerous this can be for Folks Horses.


I hope this was Left Hand Drive


and imagine the Pain of this poor little Soul, tied up via a Chain around the Face for Years Where are they now going to put the Chain....the dumb Bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!








The official claimed he raised concerns about the horses, provided by the United Arab Emirates - a nation that has come under considerable pressure over the alleged abuse of horses in the discipline, and their racing workload - several weeks ago but his advice was ignored.

"It should be unthinkable for the KNHS, as a Federation, to send horses under ownership of the UAE to an international championship, especially now that they have written and spoken out internationally, denouncing the abhorrent [endurance] practices in the Middle East," Van den Dungen said in a statement published on his Facebook page.

"I do not wish to be associated with an organisation that pays lip service to horse welfare by putting success at the World Equestrian Games at the top of its agenda, instead of the welfare of the horse."

He raised particular concerns about two of the horses' participation in five International Equestrian Federation competitions within an eight-month period and claimed the riding of "strange" horses went again the guidelines of the Dutch coaching team.

Maarten van der Heijden, sports director of the KNHS, hit back at Van den Dungen's claims.

"We have horse welfare as a very high priority," he insisted.

"Not only in endurance, but in all disciplines.

"We are very critical, and we will continue to fully monitor and supervise.

"The coach insists continually that the riders train horses in a way that they form a combination with each other as much as possible.

"I understand that all this is a sensitive issue, but we have acted in accordance with the FEI rules.

"We would like to perform well at the World Equestrian Games but never at the expense of horses."

The FEI World Equestrian Games are due to take place in Normandy from August 23 to September 7.




British show jumper Ben Maher and his longtime owners Mike and Emma Phillips have reached an agreement settling legal disputes between them. In December, the Phillipses of Quainton Stud filed two civil law suits against Maher, one seeking the sale of his partner for team gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Tripple X III, and the other alleging that Maher misrepresented the prices of horses he sold for them and pocketed 700,000 euros in “secret profits” from sales of their horses during their eight-year professional relationship. In April Tripple X, who had been owned by Quainton Stud in partnership with Maher, was sold to Eric Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stables.

Tiffany Foster now rides the 12-year-old Anglo-European stallion (Namelus R—Calve Z, Cantango) for Artisan Farms LLC. Quainton Stud released a statement on their website today, July 11: “Michael and Emma Phillips are satisfied that the financial settlement made to them is an acceptable amount that takes into account all the remaining areas of dispute and their legal expenses. The terms of the settlement are confidential but Ben Maher recognizes that Michael and Emma Phillips together with Quainton Stud LLP (of whom they are the sole members) were loyal owners who were instrumental in helping to advance his career to the highest levels in show jumping and for that he will always be grateful. With the benefit of hindsight, he accepts that there were aspects of his working relationship with them that should have been dealt with in a different manner.

"Ben Maher wishes to apologize sincerely for any inconvenience, distress or embarrassment that may have been caused to Michael and Emma Phillips and is grateful to them for their willingness to allow the matter to be resolved. Ben Maher wishes Michael and Emma Phillips continued success in their show jumping breeding program and their high level of involvement in show jumping as top owners and breeders. There will be no further comment on this matter.”





A DARTMOUTH woman has been jailed after she claimed she was too scared to leave her house and pocketed £130,000 in benefits then spent the money on plastic surgery and holidaying in Goa. Scheming Karen Trant, 51, claimed disability handouts for 13 years by saying she could not leave her home by herself, travel alone or go to unfamiliar places. But officials began a probe into the 'agoraphobic' after coming across photos of her posing on an exotic beach, riding a horse and preparing for plastic surgery. Plymouth Crown Court heard the brazen fraudster spent up to five months a year in the Indian party resort of Goa where she bought her own £14,000 holiday apartment. She was jailed for more than two years. She was also jetting into the country for a string of cosmetic procedures including a tummy tuck, liposuction, teeth whitening - and work on her 'bingo wings'. Trant admitted three counts of unlawful representation for obtaining benefits. Sentencing her to 27 months in prison, Judge Paul Darlow said: "You extracted from the public purse £134,000 of benefits to which you were not entitled to.




William Shatner may have pushing all the buttons as Captain Kirk of the Enterprise but on Thursday he needed a little push himself.

The iconic Star Trek actor was left needing to be pushed around in a wheelchair after a horror horse riding accident.

Left with a very badly injured leg, the 83-year-old refused to miss Comic-Con and his appearance at the Legends of TV Land panel in San Diego, California.

Helping hand: William Shatner needed to be pushed around in a wheelchair at Comic-Con on Thursday in San Diego, California
Helping hand: William Shatner needed to be pushed around in a wheelchair at Comic-Con on Thursday in San Diego, California

The animal lover revealed he was injured last Saturday.

William told the crowd of press and fans: 'I was riding a horse and had an accident. The horse got off scot-free. I did not. I wrecked my leg.'

But even though he was unable to walk and in pain, the veteran actor said he would not miss the event.

'I was not going to, in a couple of days I'll be fine, but right now I'm in a lot of pain.'

While during the panel he made jokes and seemed to be doing alright, outside the venue the actor looked as though he was finding things a bit tough.

Show must go on: The 83-year-old refused to miss the Legends of TV Land panel with Betty White

Fortunately, he has a security guard available to push him back to his car.

What exactly William did to his leg remains unclear, however the star could not even wear a shoe on Thursday, covering up his foot with a sock instead.

Despite the pain the Boston Legal star happily chatted away with fellow panellists Betty Wife and Scrubs' Donald Faison at the event.

Even though he was injured by one, William shared his love for animals, speaking with Betty about conservation.

Being in San Diego, the outspoken actor could not help but have a dig at Sea World acknowledging the recent protests at having Orcas in captivity.

He said: 'The Orca is telling us something, it doesn't have to fend for itself [water parks and aquariums] but its basic reason for living is thwarted.'





The multimillionaire, who made his fortune in the concrete industry, is leading a drive to transform China into a global horse-racing centre.
"I want to breed the best horses, best jockeys, and have the best races in China," he says.
We meet at his stables in the Chinese city of Wuhan. There are racehorses all around from some of the best stock in the world.

He shows me stallions from Australia, Japan and Ireland. Last year, he bought 94 horses at auction in Australia, chartered a plane and flew them all to China.
In 2013, a total of 1,730 horses were imported to China, a 64% increase from 2010.
Mr Ren introduces us to Sai Ba, his favourite five-year-old stallion, bought in Australia for £30,000. "Maybe tomorrow, number one!" he says.
We meet Ma Liankai, who Mr Ren describes as "the best jockey in China!"
Tiny and lean, he has just spent three months training in Newmarket, England.
"When I first went to England, I found that they are more passionate about horses than we are. They have deeper feelings for horses than they do for people!" Mr Ma says.
"I met a top-class teacher, who trained me how to build up a relationship with the horse, how to train a horse from a young age until it becomes an excellent racehorse."
In terms of scale and facilities, Wuhan rivals the world's top racecourses. It was built for a capacity crowd of 30,000. There are perhaps 3,000 here today but they are enthusiastic and noisy.

There is just one thing missing because the queues of excited punters are not gambling; there are no bookies here. Gambling is illegal in China.
Racegoers are only allowed to participate in a lottery. They choose a number corresponding to a horse. If it wins, they get a prize - a bottle of Chinese wine. No money changes hands but it doesn't seem to matter.
China's ruling Communist Party frowns on horse racing and has outlawed gambling. It considers the sport to be a symbol of Western decadence - even though it thrives in Hong Kong and Macau, both semi-autonomous Chinese territories.
Underneath the grandstand we see a remarkable sight and a clear statement of intent. There is a huge, empty gambling hall, complete with unused counters.
The people who run this racecourse quietly believe that China will change the laws and allow gambling. If they happens, Wuhan is ready.

The final race is key for Mr Ren. He hasn't won yet today and this is his big chance. He has four horses running.
They pass the finishing post, first, second and third: the perfect result for Mr Ren and for his three winning jockeys who stand, proud, on the podium.
The crowds flock to the faux-bookies to collect their bottles of wine and we have a final word with Mr Ren.
"Ten years. Ten years!" he tells me. In ten years, he says he, his jockeys and his horses will be winning at Royal Ascot.





Calgary police have apprehended the thief who stole an estimated $40,000 worth of tack in Calgary, Alberta, on May 24. The perpetrator is now in jail pending investigation after responding to an ad posted on Facebook seeking a used saddle for sale. “I had posted the list [of stolen saddles] anywhere I possibly could, especially on used tack Facebook boards,” said Katie Macleod, who was one of the tack thief's victims. “A local rider in Calgary put up an ad saying she was looking for a saddle, and the thief answered her ad on the same page I had put the list up saying she had some saddles for sale. Not very smart! “The girl had seen my post and contacted me saying that she’d been offered what she thought was one of our saddles,” she continued. “She sent me the picture she received of the saddle asking me if it was mine, and it was! It had my crappy leathers on this nice, new Voltaire saddle. They didn’t even change the leathers!” Many of Macleod’s barnmates recognized the thief’s name as a local rider who'd previously ridden at Macleod’s farm when it was under different ownership and who knew the ins and outs of the barn. But police suspect this wasn’t an isolated incident. “In the picture this girl sent you can see saddles sitting against boxes full of bridles in the background,” said Macleod. “We think she might have had accomplices, and they’ve stolen more than just our tack.” Macleod took it upon herself to catch the thief red-handed, pretending to be interested in purchasing a saddle posted for sale on Kijiji, the Canadian version of Craigslist. “We just kind of did a set up and had a friend of mine ask this girl to meet




Stratford District Council was forced to remove the carcasses of 2 dead horses yesterday (2 January) that had been left by the side of the road in Halford, Warwickshire.

Passer-by Jane Weldon and her husband Jim reported the ponies to the police on Sunday morning (29 December). But due to the New Year holiday it took several days for the council to remove the bodies.

“2 dead animals lying in the road, I think it’s shocking,” Jane told local press after discovering them.

“It’s a popular place and people walk there with their kids.

“How distressing that these poor animals have not yet been removed,

“Shame on those that mistreated them so and shame on the authorities for not dealing with what is, at the very least, an environmental risk in a more timely fashion.”

Stratford District Council told H&H: “This incident has been reviewed by the RSPCA and is being investigated by the Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

“Stratford-on-Avon District is currently investigating the “fly tipping” element and establishing evidence. No further update or information will be given while the investigation is on-going.”



The New York State Police (NYSP) are hoping the public can help identify those who spray-painted a horse and cut the animal's mane and tail. Trooper Mark O'Donnell, NYSP Troop E public relations officer, said troopers responded to a call on July 21 from a Cayuga County horse owner reporting the incident. “The horse was painted with a sideways letter 'R' using a dark spray paint,” O'Donnell said. At the time of the incident, the horse was located in a barn on the same property where the owner's home is located, O'Donnell said. O'Donnell said the NYSP are investigating the incident. “It's an ongoing investigation, and we're interviewing (people) about the case,” he said.








Hi John and Linda, How are you doing? Glad to see Linda is back in the saddle, won’t be long till you're back out showing them how it’s done Okay quick query, today I had a lesson with an instructor who I’ve had a few times on an off over the past year, however, she and I appear to differ in opinion about how Leo should go. Whenever I’m not in a lesson with her, I school using my market harborough (and dressage saddle of course ;)), so that Leo is long and low, and generally behind the vertical, but his back is nice and swingy - building up his back muscles and top line (I am also lunging every other day in your running reins - to great effect).

 However, my instructor says that he is very front heavy/on the forehand and she hates the market harborough so I don’t use it in her lessons. When I ride with her, she says to let Leo bring his head up - but I asked her is this not hollowing his back? She said yes, but he needs to learn to hold himself up and he can’t do that when his head is plunged down - which I understand. But logic would dictate - with Leo having a naturally low set neck, allowing him to go around like a llama, bracing against my contact is counterproductive to all my lunging/schooling work? She says I need to keep a contact and let the horse find out where to put his head - which doesn’t work because he’s not allowed to put it down :/ I am very confused, and I think that my instructor is wrong - but I don’t want to get into an argument with her. I wanted to ask your advice. I can take a video of both ways (i.e long and low vs hollow) to let you see what I mean - but I’m sure you can imagine what it looks like…yuck! Really annoyed/frustrated and wish I could fly you and linda over here for a visit Best wishes,

South Africa

I can understand Your confusion. It must be difficult. The only element within Your letter that is not desired is the ' on the forehand part' and that doesn't happen if the Horse is 'STRAIGHT' and through,

It is not up to Horses to 'find out where to put the Head'. This is the Sport of Dressage Training where the Rider dictates where and when the Head and Neck of a Horse will be and that should be wherever the Rider wants them. It should also be completely attached to the 'German Training Scale' and the building of STRENGTH in the Young or Green Horse (which you are riding)

The Levels of Dressage and the amount of 'collection' are designed to accommodate the maturity and strength of the Young Horses and You will note that in the Prelim/Novice Grades, the Horses are NOT to go around looking like HACKS with their 'Elementary Outlines' and therefore, their HOLLOW BACKS. Remember, the lower levels are designed to build strength, experience, balance and the rest of it but also MUSCLE TONE, to do the work.

We suspect that the Coach means to have the Horse in the Hackie outline. If so, she is wrong. The other thing we can say is that 'behind the Bit' in training is nothing to be frightened of and is indeed far more beneficial in respect of Muscle Building, the integrity of the Mouth or submission and the use of the back and swing, than attempting to collect the Horse up to this or that higher shape.

Remember this......'Collection' comes from STRENGTH, not HAULING.

It is a progressive building through correct athletic riding to build Muscles.

Linda here......... I would love to see some footage of you riding the horse both ways to make a true judgment but maybe your coach is wanting the horses nose out instead of behind the bit? If ridden correctly, from the hind leg to the bridle then the horse will take a connection in your reins and therefore take his nose down and out whilst still lifting his back. John is right however that we should have enough control of all parts of the horse to be able to put his head wherever we wish and any part of his body!








Hi, just been reading your article about hind end lameness especially in off the track thoroughbreds. I believe I am experiencing some of the signs and I was wondering who in Western Australia would you recommend having lessons with to help me correct/improve my horse?

Well....the answer to that one Tash is that if in doubt, You shouldn't be having lessons, You should be having 'Veterinary investigations of sending us a Video to assess You and the Horse. Then....depending upon what we see, making the decision about Coaches. You raise another very valid point......

The Coaching system doesn't cater for this stuff, Hell yes it should but both PC and EA Curriculums are way deficient, therefore, the MAJORITY of the Coaches in the World are not qualified to comment. That is why I had to point out to an Olympic Medallist that the Horse she was riding was unsound as Hell!!! . It brings up another very good point...the Rehab Off the Track Thoroughbred movement.....again, the vast, vast majority are not going to have one clue about assessing subliminal unsoundness which exists in the majority of them.

Hope that helped a little. Bad Luck. Regards







I really feel for those who are struggling to find that special connection with their horse. You’re so right in saying....”All you have to be is an assertive leader, with empathy when required and reward for a job well operate within the scales of lightness but be prepared to go to a 10...”..........It’s as simple as that....We all need to do a bit of soul searching before we can expect to be good teachers and trainers..... prepared to go to a 10.....that is the difference between NH and good horsemanship and training....

From the wise one, cause I know everything....    –some.....


Ps...I had to do 500+ stop and backups today whilst out on the trail (ride 7) and avoiding another trail ride expedition..... Jo...

.....the frustrated Trainer wannabie but Housewife duties get in the way




Hi Mr and Mrs HP, Just wanted to write to say how happy I am with the barrel D bit I purchased. My 4yo Arabian had been acting like he'd never been mouthed lately, complete and utter resistance in running reins, ridden, or even putting the bridle on. He was rearing, panicking and generally unhappy with my old loose ring snaffle that I had. I put it down to pain and pinching. The first day with his new bit from you, he was a different horse. Not a single protest, no rearing, no trying to flip over and evade, completely calm and relaxed. I was able to lunge him with running reins on for the first time without him slamming the brakes on and trying to rear, or spin and evade. 5 days in and he is letting me bridle him and is just so soft and relaxed. Best bit I've ever bought. Thank you! Regards Vanessa Resonance Endurance

Thanks Vanessa






Terrific! Thanks for that. Just a few more questions (although I expect there could be more! haha)

   1) After the putting the base down, is it compacted from the machinery involved in spreading it or does it need rollers?

Often it is but not always. If in doubt, water it, do it with Your Tractor, my F Truck etc. or get Roller if You can't


After the road base level, what equipment is used to compact it? (or is it also the machinery used in spreading it?)

I simply used my Bobcat.

 3) Do the bases need to be left for a period of time? or as soon as one level is compacted, the next one can be started? 3)

You only have one level of base and compact it all.

 Do the fence posts have to drilled through the base levels?(at the edge of the arena) or is the fence constructed outside the boundary of the base levels and 'fill' used in the gap?  

You can but I first do the base and then drill the posts in after.

 3 cont.) Assuming the posts are drilled through the base levels, is it ok to attach barge boards to the posts to act as a retainer for the top layer and then stack rocks/boulders around the base levels?  

Yes, put Your posts in to fit the exact centre measurements of the length of YOur Permapine 150 x 50 x 3 metres

 I hope these questions make sense. And I greatly appreciate your time to respond as this will create a clearer image in my head.   Thanks heaps Danny






Hi John,   I have a rising 2 yo riding pony x welsh filly whom I purchased as a weanling to keep my own riding horse company.   I have no experience with young horses so this choice in company wasn't the wisest decision and although I have taught her some basics (leading, backing up, lunging etc) she is really testing me and I feel way over my head.   Her current problem is with her feet - making it difficult to trim her as she won't stand still and at times I actually think when she snataches her back foot away she is trying to kick at me. I can get her feet trimmed its just time consuming and frustrating. She also won't stand still when tied. My biggest worry is that my inexperience is damaging this pony.   I don't have any plans for her for myself (as I don't have any kids) and was going to sell her when she is ready to be broken in. But I want to sell a pony that can do the basics and is safe to tie up and have her feet picked up (by a kid).   Someone suggested I try a colar so was wondering if your leg retraints and breaking in colar would fit a pony of this size? and is this what you would suggest (plus DVD of course).   Alternatively do you give people lessons on such matters or would you take her on for such training and if so can you please advise on approximate costs.     Thanks in advance, Elise

Yes I do Elise and this is a simple one. Bring Her down and You can learn and have the Pony fixed at the same time. Regards





Hi John, in response to your answer on your blog as we have discussed in the past re the lessees causing the problems with this horse it is correct .But in saying that I have thought so much about this mares issues the past few weeks that i also include the trainer who broke her in as when she came back she was already resentful about being ridden :/ as in trying to bite when being saddled etc I have also talked to you re the fact that he never rode this horse out Trail riding at all so although he was well recommended what i know now he was not a good choice for starting my mare :/ But I have decided to try and get to the bottom of her issues so will take as long as it takes J

 I did your six weeks as recommended in the running reins to rule out soundness issues so now I am going right back to starting her from the ground up, I have been doing ground work for the past week and she is going well with this although she is still not totally happy with me rubbing under her tummy near her teats she still flinches so will keep progressing with that,

That doesn't surprise me Tracy. I learnt long ago both in the Human form and the Horse that many are touchy around those areas.....which is why I don't go there on the Horse any more. We don't need to at all. We don't Milk Horses.

today i did my ground work with the saddle on and when i was happy with that I proceeded to the mounting block and spent nearly two hours just getting her to stand there on the buckle and allow me to get on and not walk off ,she at first was not happy with me rubbing her whilst just standing there so did that till she was okay with that then when i put my foot in the stirrup she laid her ears back so I just stood there with my foot resting in the stirrup until she stopped pulling a face and then took it out repeat repeat repeat until she didn’t care about my foot in the stirrup  another half an hour later ,I then went to next step foot in stirrup stand there she went to walk of i picked up the rein asked her to stop when she did I got off repeat repeat repeat, you get the picture eventually I got to point of put the leg over sit quietly and when she went to walk off i picked up the rein and backed her a step dropped the rein repeated a couple of times and then she stood for a few seconds and then tried to back up so quietly legs on walk forward drop the rein a few seconds later a few pawing at the ground I just sat there when she stopped that I waited approximately 30 seconds I said good girl gave her a rub on the neck and then got off and put her away J So I guess I will go and repeat this tomorrow and the next until she doesn’t pull faces and try to walk off when I mount,  it is certainly a learning experience cheers Tracy

Well done. Sounds like a long process with this one. Make sure Your Weight isn't on the upward scale and steer clear of Mackas :)...for that issue is often the cause of this problem. Regards



Hello there I am hoping you can please offer me some pointers as I am at my wits end. I have a 14 year old horse that I would like to do endurance on. Out on the track he is amazing but back in the vet ring he is a nightmare. He was trained very poorly in ground manners as a colt and has carried that into adult life. He is very arrogant and has little respect for handler or halter. When he wants to be a right pain he will also nudge you very strongly with his head. The main problem is getting him to stand for his heart rate to be taken. He paws, fidgets, moves from side to side, shakes his head or tries to rub etc. I have tried some mechanical measures like a bull bit or holding a foreleg, but he seems to enjoy the challenge, rather than submitting. Have you got some pointers in how to change the mindset so he WANTS to stand still, rather than be a fidgety pain in the rear end? Cheers very much!! Jeanette

Hi Jeanette. You said it.....Ground Manners. In fact I have just started writing an article on the "Stress in Horses caused by Ground Handling" You put it simply......he can Head butt You, he can rub on You and therefore he has bad Ground Manners. He is also KEPT TOO CLOSE TO HUMANS!!!!! I wish You were nearby.

If You don't understand and practice the NH Ground Handling training then You need to immediately. This will calm the frustrated and stressed Horse. However, that will take time.

I would therefore utilize the many systems within my Leg Restraints DVD's and shut this Horse down so he can learn some patience and appreciate 'reward and relief' for being calm. I presume You would be allowed to then use such for the purposes of Your Vet check?

Calming the stress within this Horse will drop Your Heart rate much.

So ask Yourself the question, do You handle the Horse like a Pony Clubber or like a Natural Horse Person? If the answer is the former, You have found Your problem. Regards



After using leg restraints on all the horses I train now since I viewed your DVD and with my current knowledge I certainly will not train any horses with out them. I am very grateful that you produced that DVD. Thanks. I have found that through leg restraints and gradual "sacking out" many problems are prevented and simply never a rise. It really seems a pity to me that overly sentimental people have ridiculed these "old school" methods without understanding them. Look forward to seeing these online videos.



New Zealand

Thanks Paddy. Glad You are finding the many remedial, investigatory, Veterinary assistance tools that comes with all the various Leg Restraints Training. You are in the minority but alongside the best :)

Hell, even Pat tried it one Day  but got into more trouble than he expected, only due to his inexperience brought about by his normally anti beliefs in the systems.




Thank you John - all credit to you and Linda for giving me the confidence, tools and support to achieve my horsey goals. Before finding your site I was an adult rider new to horse ownership on the agistment roundabout with an unsound ottb that I rescued from a "rescuer" - ended in tears of course but the horse was saved from a life of misery. I am forever thankful and pay it forward every chance I get! Picture of Herbie when I got him - handsome boy he is but chunkier now. He's going to be quite the sophisticated pleasure horse since I have no desire to compete, only to be as awesome as possible 😜 Shopping time now... S

I'd like to live at Your House S :) The luckiest and most spoilt non ridden Off the Track Thoroughbred on the Planet perhaps?



Hey john, I got a question. Got a mare that pins her ears and sometimes pig roots when leg is applied. Not rudeness, or sore. Had experienced brilliant chiro last week and is a well bred and conformed mare and shows no signs of being unsound with gaits undersaddle. Got off her and pressed her sides, straight away pinned her ears her ears, kept the pressure there and she realised I wasn't hurting her and went to groom me and sighed with relief. Also she is not girthy, never been stabled so I don't believe she has ulcers. I don't believe she is sore but if I find signs in the next couple of rides that she is I will investigate it but at this current moment I don't believe she is. My question is I believe she has been trained with spurs being used incorrectly, as before I got her she was at cutter trainer. Have you ever had a horse like her that hates legs and has a mortal fear of it, if so how did you fix it? Thankyou

Yes, as was the case with this one here (seen being sold to a Kid by me - who lived happily every after) where You could not move the horse a step with Leg for You would get Rear or Buck on the spot. All caused by a Big Spurred Hombre from Port Lincoln and totally psychologically demoralized. :( Lovely Filly too.

So don't use Legs at all for a while, just the tap on the side of the rump and build to light Legs with trust. With this one, we would follow another Horse and when she would stop, we would wait her out :) In the end, she got Her Head around it and as You see, the Kid rode off having to kick :)

Just had a lesson on her with my amazing instructor (been getting heaps of lessons lately) anyway, thinks the horse has been trained with cutting with no legs, and when the other rider before me got on and kicked and whipped the shit out of her for pig rooting and just confused her a lot it turned her sour. Also because I am an English rider and same with the other girl (big person who users the reins as balance) it confused her so it caused the issue. Now I am not going to have tight contact and just going to get her to enjoy her rides and slowly will teach her contact, collection, all that fun stuff. But right now considering her ears are back throughout 60% of the ride it's just getting her to feel happy and confident again until she is ready to try instead of resist it due to confusion. But throughout the time she will be learning leg, because she bloody has to. And I have a whip if she starts pinning ears back and not wanting to travel when leg is applied. Right now though I will be ignoring the pig rooting, as that will go away when she gets more confident. The other rider would bring her to a halt and whack her hard on the ass for it bloody disgusting.

Yes, whipping the ======= out of the Horse will really do it :(



Hello I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I have a 9 yo WB/ISH gelding. He is homebred and was trained by my mother who was great with horses. When my mum quit riding she gave all her horses to me. Samson was one of them. He's always been a fairly safe horse, no bite/kick/buck/rear but just these past few months he has been getting bad habits. I asked my mum and she said he was always like this when she had him. Problems: - biting - kicking - squashing me on the railing of the wash bay when tied - rearing when I go to mount - he does this thing where he stretches his forelegs out and puts his nose on the ground.

He sits there maybe 5 seconds to balance then jumps his hind legs forwards and goes up into a rear. This all started on Easter when I took him to the campsite we were camping at with relatives (my cousin wanted to see him). He knew something was up because they walked up to the house earlier that morning. I took him for a ride to the campsite but he just reared and reared as soon as we got near. The campsite is just near where we go for our fitness training. We have a motorbike track I usually take to get him fit and the campsite was right next to it. He'd rear and rear at the campsite so I got off. I walked him around, got him to look at everything, but when I went to get back on he started rearing again and I lost my grip on the reigns and he got loose. When I got home he was already unsaddled by my dad's girlfriend.

The next day I took him down again, similar things happened but eventually he was calm enough for me to take the saddle off and jump on bareback in the river. Even with all the commotion of little kids and colourful kayaks. Then when I had him saddled and ready to go home I asked my Aunt to give me a hand. I went to mount and he started rearing. We had him on a lunge rein just incase he took off. He reared a few times then lost footing and fell backwards on top of me. I was uninjured apart from my neck which is always needing to be fixed and he just knocked it a bit. Eventually we got home but he was jumpy all the way. I took him to the arena, dismounted, mounted again, took him for a walk/trot/canter/.

 He was on the bit, round, exactly how I expected him at a show. When I was getting on and off he didn't move a muscle. Every ride since he rears when mounting, even in the arena or yards and with people holding him. We live on an 8000 acre farm. We muster cattle, he sees tractors almost every day, hears guns going off almost every day, is kept with other horses. He still does everything on quiet days. I'm not sure what the problem is. My mum always had these with him when he was young. I was going to sell him this year but I think I may need to work on this first. I apologise for such a long message. We are English riders, mostly in showjumping. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, Alicia

Hell Alicia.....not good at all!!. Lucky You didn't get hurt badly. I hope You didn't pull Him over though!!

Certainly, I don't feel this is a job for You to be taking on and that You should get hold of one of Your Local Cowboys to ride for You, as an assessment and experiment and in search of knowledge of the real issues here.

These can of course be a Veterinary Problem, to do with Mounting, pinched Nerves in Girth area or wither and so on or the Horse being naughty or the third issue being the lack of respect and maybe even dislike therefore, of the Horse, for You and a clue towards this is the Horse crushing You against the Tie up Rails. These are all big issues for the crushing of You could also be the Horse screaming not to Saddle it for it knows what is coming. Pain.

So You have to enlist the Vet first and then the Coyboy if then warranted, to have a SHOOT OUT with this Horse and give it some consequences for behaving badly., so as to see the true Horse beneath the surface. He needs to take the Horse to the area and get after it to go where he wishes NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately, from here, that is about all I can advise You. Best of Luck



Hi guys, hope im not being a broken record, but just after your thoughts on the construction of an horse arena.

the arena will be big, 120mx70m, and will be used for western riding disciplines.... Now given that events like barrel racing will be conducted in this arena what would you recommend for the base, given that the events would encourage quite deep disruption of the sand bedding.

I was thinking recycled 20mm concrete as the base, installed to a compacted depth of 150mm, with the top of base FL 50mm above current ground (the paddock is quite flat). Recycled concrete is cheap and sets bloody hard when it bakes out, my concern here is that it might be too hard as opposed to using a crushed rock that will still have a bit more give in the surface should a hoof makes contact, however has potential to bring up stones through the sand. Thoughts?

I have sourced a local menage sand (coarse washed sand about 4mm) to be installed on top of base. 150mm deep, would this be suitable?

Drainage wise, The base will be crowned long ways, allowing for water to run over the surface and off the long edges. I would have sub-soil drainage installed around the perimeter of the arena. My concern here is the surface water run off over 35m is a long way, should i run a parallel sub-surface drain half way between the crown and the long side edge to collect water half way along??? if so, should geofabric be used to encase the drainage running through the arena?

Also, would it be advised at all the install geofabric inbetween the base and bedding layers??

thanks in advance :)

Hi Matt

I must admit that I have not participated in Camp Drafting or Barrel Racing although of course I am familiar with the rigors on the Arena, the speed and the dangers of Horses falling. I should therefore not hazard an opinion that should be taken seriously.

However, I would be considering two factors as priorities:

  • The dangers of falls, and....

  • he mixing of the base within the Sand.

Hooves are often Shod and the power of the Hoof at speed is great. So I would suggest You go around and speak with the current Owners of other such facilities, to be sure of these two questions.

You certainly wouldn't want pieces of a base getting mixed into the Sand, be it Concrete or Rubble so if I had a reaction at all, it would be that the sub base should be of FINES, which won't matter when slightly mixed.

Best of Luck




Hi John, I had a bit of an epiphany the other day, My daughter was having a lesson on her pony, so I did Uncle Pats 7 games, for about half an hour to warm him up, thinking to myself, I need not bother to get the running reins out. Pony hasn’t been ridden in a week due to freezing winds here, so when her instructor arrived, I asked him to ride the pony for a coupe of minutes as he was rather fresh. When the lesson finished, I asked our instructor how did the pony ‘feel’. He said, that the pony felt tight in his back, but after he warmed up was good. So we discussed this, as I said I had just ran him around for half an hour, but, as my instructor pointed out, I hadn’t used the running reins, so I hadn’t warmed his top line up. So, lesson learnt, Do some of Uncle Pats games, then Uncle Johns running reins. lol By the way, using the running reins, everyone is commenting on our ponys new shape, and how he dosent drag his hind feet any more, and how he ( and my daughter) find it easier to get him round on the bit. PS well done on Lindas recovery, sensational! Thanks, Lizzy

Hi Lizzy. Interesting concept, the Battle fo the two Uncles but we both agree that the Natural Horsemanship won't warm ip the Topline but it is indeed good that You have experimented with the two and got a result. Thanks for adding to our knowledge base. Glad the Pony is changing shape for You and of course, all thanks to Your efforts. Well done. Regards



Hi John My daughter has just purchased a property in Tallarook that has a large 100 foot by 60 foot concrete slab . Can this be used as the base for an arena, expanded to a 20m x 60m arena? What should be put on the concrete? Regards John

Hi John. This is the perfect opportunity of laying a rubber coating over that and having the best base of all. (Finances approved of course) That may take all sorts of forms and the new age Glues, but you would need to research these as I am not up with them at the moment. You have the wonderful stuff that is in the Flemington Mounting enclosures, spray on stuff, conveyer belt or get it direct from China. Well done



20th July, 2014

Hi Folks. Hope You had a lovely Week. Nice Rains here again and our Tanks are filling well. On schedule, phew.

Mrs. HP is ready to compete again. Astounding progress. She rode Cappo for a full session Today and did the whole shooting match.

She and Her Cousin have been having great fun, both working together and swapping information, complimenting each other well. Cynthia has been intigued in some of the 'Horsemanship' she has seen here as well and fully admits that not much is seen in Holland. I am commencing the teaching of Natural Horsemanship with Her next Week but have already succeeded in getting Her to let go of the Head of Horses :)

Here we have Cynthia on my Girl Dulce, who is as calm as she always was.

and still the Guts...missed a Pellet. :)


Mrs. HP ready to compete. She rode Cappo for a full sessions this Week, including all the moves. Very happy Lassie :) Today she went for a Trail Ride with Cynthia.......and whilst that was happening, I was.......

Fencing the Dressage Arena at Gainsborough, replacing a Personal entrance Gate for Visitors, replacing a Fence in one of the Stables and other chores. Very tired Tonight.





Hi John,


Holly was vetted yesterday and the only comment the vet had was “you will never be able to beat that temperament, she is amazing”, so all systems go. What is your advice from here. She is very green so do I send her to a trainer for some training, or do I just trail-ride her for a while???? I have a fantastic trainer David Mcinnon. Amazing young man that is really fantastic with young horses. He is the fellow that was responsible for bringing on some of Brett Parberrys young horses, and in my opinion will be a better rider than Brett in the future. Any advice much appreciated as I want to do this right from the start.


Kind Regards


Well done  Julie. Patience is a Virtue possed by many few" :) Best of Luck with Your new lovely Warmblood........which Cynthia would have purchased if You hadn't have.




Hi Linda Just got notification that Nikki and Prince for the second year running have won the Australian Stock Horse National Pointscore for dressage in Under 13 years and went one better than last year and won the showjumping award too (she was runner up last year). See you on Friday Maree

Well done to the Kid from the Bush, who has lessons with Mrs. HP, via Broadband.




Picture 1 – absolutely terrible. This is Rocky my 3 year old Welsh Cob stallion, just back from the breaker. Wouldn’t stand still, and I only dared ride him in the round yard because everytime I moved my hands even a centimetre he would shoot off at high speed. I hate my position, the tension in my body, everything about this picture – yuk yuk yuk. I had to keep my hands like that otherwise we were off!

Another reminder about this lovely Breed. As nice as they are and as good as they end up, start them Professionally and accept ZERO evasion or scooting. It runs in their Breed. I have seen enough now. Air Brakes and You are fine.



Pretty quiet Week......apart from another Agistees from Hell who is such a Pig of a thing that I had to get the Eearth moving Equipment in Today, to replace not one but two Yards that she had trashed, as well as starting Her Horse who in desperation, broke into the Tack Shed and gave me more maintainance work to do. Her name is Hayley Smith. Warning to all Equestrian Centres, don't let Her within a Mile of Your Property and put Her in Your Black Book. She fled in the Night this Week, owing money to all. Your Summons is coming Darling and You may run but You can't hide. In the end, I will Nail Your Ass with a Warrant for Your arrest



"The feeding of Multiple Horses in a Paddock is a highly dangerous activity. NEVER let any of them get near You and I mean 10 Metres. Spread the Feeds out at least 20 Metres apart, to save some being starved by the Boss or kicked and injured as well"






A judge has convicted and fined TAFE NSW $300,000 over the death of a student in a horse-riding incident but agreed with her family it remains ‘‘terribly unfair’’ that the person ultimately culpable for the safety failings has yet to be named. Sarah Waugh, 18, a former Newcastle Grammar School student, died in March 2009 when, during a jillaroo course at the Dubbo campus, she fell from a horse when it bolted. It later emerged the thoroughbred horse, hired by the TAFE’s Western Institute from a supplier, had competed in a race about six weeks before the fatal incident.

Five years on, TAFE admitted in the Sydney District Court on Monday its staff failed to check the history of the horses for use by beginner riders.

It pleaded guilty to breaching occupational health and safety laws, with WorkCover alleging its systems lacked ‘‘any kind of rigour’’ and an ‘‘institutional vacuum’’ had existed.

Miss Waugh’s father, Mark, told the court he felt ‘‘betrayed’’ by authorities and the ‘‘inconsistencies and falsehoods’’ put forward, and feared the full failings that led to his daughter’s death would not be known.

‘‘Despite all of this, no person is yet to take responsibility for the myriad of mistakes that were made, and to compound it all it is still possible that an incident like that which killed Sarah could happen again,’’ he said. Her mother, Juliana, read to the court a diary entry she had written to her daughter in which she said she felt she was ‘‘slowly dying of a broken heart’’. She said she would not be able to grieve properly until mandatory rules for the horse-riding industry were implemented. Barrister Martin Shume apologised on behalf of TAFE .

He said it had since made changes that would prevent unsuitable horses being used and reviewed all its high-risk courses. Judge James Curtis said ‘‘grave’’ fault lay with teachers Sara Falkiner and Geoff Bastian, who had ‘‘the primary and immediate duty to Miss Waugh’’ to ensure she was safe. Judge Curtis added it was ‘‘not helpful’’ for WorkCover to have referred to ‘‘the defendant’’ rather than identifying all the individuals within TAFE who were at fault. TAFE’s then director of education delivery, who was not named on Monday, had also failed to enforce the safety checks and ensure the horse supply tender process ‘‘identified and weeded out’’ unsuitable animals. ‘‘It is I think terribly unfair that Mr Waugh, even at this stage, cannot identify whether to forgive, or not, a natural person who will take responsibility,’’ he said. He fined TAFE $400,000, out of a potential maximum of $825,000, but reduced it to $300,000 for the guilty plea.

Sarah just before Her Death, on the Horse with NO MOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and note the T.A.F.E. Jumps in the background.






A central Queensland property has been quarantined after a horse died from the Hendra virus. The horse was found dead at the property near Gladstone on Thursday. It had been sick for several days. Chief veterinary Officer Allison Crook said the animal had tested positive for the Hendra virus, making it the third case of the virus in Queensland this year. "The property has been quarantined, which means restrictions apply to moving horses and horse materials on and off the property," Dr Crook said in a Department of Agriculture statement on Saturday. Authorities are assessing whether other horses need to be tested. Queensland Health staff are checking on anyone who may have come into contact with the infected animal, but no one is believed to be at serious risk.




Tortilas won the Grand Prix at Aachen and the British and thoroughly deserved to win as well! I would have given Him an even higher score.

Bias is the enemy in Horse Judging and commentating and in my opinion, Euto Dressage showed theirs right here this Week.......


In Dutch there is a proverb which accurately describes the exciting sport and unbelievable competition that occurred in the 2014 CDIO Aachen Grand Prix on Thursday 17 July 2014. When two dogs fight over a bone, an unsuspecting dog will creep up and carry the bone away. This is exactly what happened when Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin and German rival Helen Langehanenberg battled it out for the top two spots in the ranking, but made too many mistakes. Matthias Rath and Totilas benefited from this fault-fest and finished at the top of the leader board.

So in other words, he didn't deserve to win, he never deserved to win and he only won because the others made mistakes!!!!!!!!!! Thank God Euro Dressage weren't judging.

Tortilas and his Rider were great and thoroughly deserved to win. Bravo to them!!.......however, for goodness sake Rider, DON'T GRAB THE EAR OF THE HORSE again. He hates it.






GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) - A 59-year-old Garden Valley woman has died after falling off her spooked horse and hitting her head. Authorities say Charlotte Davis died of a head injury Thursday after the accident at about 10 a.m. on Easley Creek Road. Boise County Deputy Coroner Mike Johnson says Davis was riding with another person when her horse spooked and ran down the road and out of view. Johnson tells the Idaho Statesman ( that the other rider reported the horse came back without Davis, who was found on the side of the road. Emergency responders arrived but Davis died at the scene.




An 11-year-old boy died on Tuesday morning (15 July) as a result of injuries sustained during a riding accident in the grounds of Kirtlington Park, Oxon. Mehdi Junior — son of Mehdi Mehra, who is a member of Kirtlington polo club — was out riding when his horse bolted and he fell. He was wearing a riding hat at the time. Despite efforts from doctors and paramedics, Mehdi Junior never regained consciousness. “Mehdi Junior was starting to show a great interest in polo and was becoming quite a regular at the club,” said a spokesman from Kirtlington Polo Club. “He was coming to the club on weekends, running around with the other youngsters with his foot mallet. “He was very popular and well liked; a polite and well-spoken boy whose life ended so early as a result of an awful accident.” “Our thoughts and prayers must go out to his parents in this very difficult time.” The funeral for Mehdi Junior took place this morning (17 July).



A DEVASTATED horse owner has spoken of her horror after her animal was killed in a collision with a van at the weekend.

Laura, a 16-year-old black and white cob, died on Lizard Lane, in South Shields, on Sunday morning, and her 41-year-old female rider is still in hospital.

As police continue their inquiries to establish exactly what happened, local residents are co-ordinating a plan of action make the road safer.

On Saturday, at the Temple Park Centre in South Shields, a public meeting is being held from 6pm to seek the views of horse riders, villagers and others.

The injured rider is in Newcastle’s RVI where she is to undergo a second operation on her ankle.

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Call for new road safety measures after horse killed in South Shields crash

Laura’s owner, Linda Roberts, has backed calls for the road – which runs from South Shields to Whitburn – to have an entire 20mph speed limit imposed.

The 53-year-old, of Norham Avenue South, South Shields, said: “I was on the scene of the accident within 20 minutes on Sunday, my son-in-law drove me there.

“I’ll never forget the sight that confronted me on that hill. It was horrendous. Laura was dead in the middle of the road. She was a big animal, 15 hands, she must have been hit with real force.

“She had another 10 to 15 years ahead of her.

“Caroline, the horse rider, was lying on the grass verge and there were police everywhere. I can’t tell you how gutted I am.

“Caroline, who must have taken that same route hundreds of times before, is just so lucky to be alive.”

Car dealer and horse rider Nigel Oxman, from Cleadon Village, is helping co-ordinate the community response to the accident.

He has received the backing of Coun Jeff Milburn, Conservative representative for Cleadon and East Boldon, and Coun Tracey Dixon, Labour representative in Whitburn and Marsden.

Mr Oxman also revealed he had narrowly avoided injury when out riding his horse India on the same stretch of road on Sunday afternoon.

He said: “I was on my horse when a van came over the hill, causing my horse to rear up. I had to jump off.

“The driver didn’t stop. He just drove off and beeped his horn as if it was my fault.

“There is going to be a fatality unless something is done. The lady on Sunday was so, so lucky not to be killed.

“We want as many people as possible to sign the petition calling for action on speeding over the next couple of weeks, and we will then have a meeting with the councillors to see where to take things next.

“We will be distributing the petition to riding schools, farms and riding school shops. We want the whole community to get behind this.

“I believe the best way to cut speeds is to have two speed cameras installed there. Speed bumps just don’t stop them, but the risk of a £60 fine will.

“That is probably the way to go, but we will see what people have to say on Saturday.”



Dunn County (WQOW) - The Dunn County Sheriff's Department responded to another accident Saturday evening in the Town of Tainter, after a man was seriously injured while riding a horse. The sheriff's office says witnesses say the rider fell of the horse and then the horse fell on the rider, causing head and leg injuries. They say the man was air lifted to an area hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.





MAGNA — The bodies of 10 horses that died in a large field in Magna have been sent for examinations as the investigation into their death continues. Members of the Salt Lake County Mounted Horse Posse returned to the field near the Pleasant Green Cemetery, 9200 W. 3500 South, Saturday morning to make certain they found all of the deceased animals. Deputy Robert Burton, the posse's coordinator, said the group fought daylight as they searched at day's end Friday. "We didn't feel comfortable enough that we were able to search the fields as well as we wanted to," Burton said.

 "The sheriff requested the mounted posse team come back out here and conduct another search in daylight so we could feel comfortable enough that the fields that the horses had access to, that we searched them." No additional horses were found Saturday. In total, 10 horses were found dead Friday after an area resident reported finding the animals' bodies in the field. It is believed the horses may have died from dehydration, but Mike Reberg, division director at Salt Lake County Animal Services, said it is really too soon to say. The horses have been transported to Logan for a necropsy, which should provide more information. The horses' trough located in the field was empty. "(Dehydration) seems like the obvious situation and the case, but we don't know that for sure," Reberg said. "Really, we want to ascertain time of death and cause of death.

 It looks like (dehydration), but it could be a whole range of things. It could be a disease that struck the herd. We just don't know yet." Detectives from Salt Lake County Animal Services and the Unified Police Department interviewed both the horses' owner and the person hired to care for the animals, he said. "I think anytime 10 animals die, people are concerned and it's a serious matter," Reberg said, noting that he is happy that both Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder and Mayor Ben McAdams are taking the situation seriously. "This could be a felony, it could be a misdemeanor, (or) it could be something else entirely." In addition to the 10 deceased horses, one horse was found alive and is eating, drinking and interacting with other the animals, he said. "So far so good on that horse," Reberg said. He said the incident serves as a reminder to the public to call and report concerns when they have them.

"I think anytime the public sees a case or a situation where they think animals — be they dogs, cats, horses, livestock — are in some sort of distress and they're concerned, they should call because we will respond," Reberg said. "We take these things very seriously. We'll go out and check it out. … People should feel comfortable and OK to give us a call." Burton said the posse's members share a passion for horses and serving the community. "On this situation involving the death of horses, it hits really close to home for them because they care very deeply for their animals," he said. Larry Milburn said he and those in his family grew up with animals and often go riding Saturday mornings. But the circumstances made this ride different. "This is sad," Milburn said. "There's no need for it. I made the comment last night that it takes a lot to kill a horse. I hate to make it sound that cruel, but it truly does, and for something like this to happen, it's horrible."







Any way was on facebook and someone had posted a video of a Natural Horseman guru (don’t need to mention name as I think it’s irrelevant ) So I watch the video and he makes a comment re that people get into trouble with their riding as they don’t do proper preparation on ground ,I think to myself well yes have done all that J didn’t think about it again next morning go out catch the horse and think hmm wont ride today maybe I will go and play with the twelve foot rope ,so I head up to the arena and start doing the NH stuff and to my surprise, Shock, horror realise that I cant move her shoulders without a fight :O especially to the left she threatens to rear run over me etc , so I work on this for a couple of days and then I have all the ingredients shoulders hindquarters forward back etc J

 ( And I would have bet any money before hand that my horse would do all that NH stuff )So today I catch her saddle her up but take the bridle and do all the NH stuff first then put the bridle on stand her next to my mounting block and go to mount she attempts to walk off so I back her up and then precede to get on before I get my foot in the right stirrup she attempts to walk off so instead of doing what I would normally do ( pick up the reins and back her up ) I think okay I will pick up right rein and flex her to stop but she didn’t she kept circling so I think okay well I will just hold the rein until she stops at the same time I then go to put my foot in the stirrup and she lays her ears back and attempts to bite my foot :/

So I resist the temptation to actually kick her in the teeth ;) and just sat there until she stopped which took about twenty odd circles all the time nipping at my foot at times I had considered I may lose a toe ;O, eventually she stopped I patted her let the rein go and stood for a few minutes and then spent the next twenty odd minutes just flexing her into a stop no leg or anything else just picking up the one rein either way. Once that was good I went on to leg on move your hindquarters at first the same reaction tried to bite my foot but after a couple of tries got that going well J I then went onto ask for trot from walk (all this I was on the buckle at all times )and then I get the suck back, snake her neck, ears back, kick at my leg (all this behaviour that I thought I had got rid of ) but I just kept my legs on till she went to trot so after a few repetitions I get trot transition no bad reactions J

I then got sideways backwards walk trot back up all without picking up the reins JAll on the buckle .I then had a real OMG moment I don’t know whether I am on the right track or not but i realised I never ask her to do things I tell her to do things if that makes sense, since getting this mare back from lease I have been trying to get on top of her bad behaviour ears back at every request trying to bite, kicking at my leg etc etc . and I have set things up to make my requests happen :/ I have not allowed her to try and make the choices right or wrong I have been a control freak !!!!! I don’t know whether I am on the right training technique or not but have decided to follow this path for the next couple of weeks and see where it leads ,before I get back onto the dressage training cheers Tracy

Interesting question Tracy. Yes, the "Guru' is correct and I often say that "What You Manufacture on the Ground You inherrit under Saddle" I wonder though about the yellow highlite here. Could it be that the Lessees are responsible for this behavior? If indeed they are though, it could still well revert back to their lack of vigilance to Ground Manners.

Having said that, the same goes for the ridden rules. Dressage Riders almost universally, do not keep the width of training on their Horses and I speak here reletive to Lateral flexion which is one of the things that You were doing. There is no doubt that the keeping of 'lateral lightness' on as well as the incessant work on the front end of the Dressage Horses, has major benefits overall and yet few do it. Only this Week, I rode Cappo and immediately felt that he had regressed in his lateral lightness (as every dressage Horse I mount has) and it simply reflects how People do things and get used to.

So yes, Ground Manners has a huge effect upon the overall rideability of Horses just as poor Ground work is responsible for the failure of many Horse/Human relationships. If for no other reason but the fair and reasonable preparation of the Muscles of the Horse, to support the demands of ridden work, Ground work and other ridden exercises surely must be positive. Regards






Hi John, I read with interest the horse law cases from your blog on July 13th. I wonder if any of these people have thought about their own contribution to ending up with unsuitable horses. In case 1. the purchaser's viewed the horse and noticed that it spooked. They bought it anyway! I think some people have an ideal in mind and are ready to believe anything they are told- eg, 'the horse will settle down once......'. The seller may have been playing down any issues with the horse but the buyers were more than ready to believe anything. It takes courage to walk away from a horse that we want to believe fits our ideal. In case 4. the purchasers bought the horse sight unseen- not a good idea!! I'm not saying it's ok to send a dud horse to someone buying sight unseen, but unless people are prepared to really take their time and not rush in then the chances are they will get a dud. I once sold a riding horse to someone sight unseen, but the woman took three months to get to know me and the horse from a distance- multiple videos with bloopers, photos and a blog. This woman was wise and took her time- and ended up with a horse she was very happy with. Second point is that the people in case 4 paid too much. Again, I think that people see the ideal and are ready to believe anything- especially if the horse has an inflated price slapped onto it. The buyer siad the horse arrived in "shocking condition". Having looked at the photos I think that is an exageration. People need to understand that unless you are using a body scoring system then what sort of condition you think a horse is in is quite subjective. Likewise people need to have a think about exactly what they mean when they think of a 'quiet' horse and understand that the seller might have a totally different idea of what 'quiet' means. I think that case number 2 is a case of some unfortunate people who are just too inexperienced to have seen the trouble with the horse. There was a 10 minute video of the horse, and it's horrifying. That horse is basically a dogger that someone has managed to make alot of money out of - probably about $2200 more than it is worth. Aargh, the mouth on that horse- terrible. It really shows in the trot and canter. For most of this video the horse was following a lead horse. The rider never got off that horse's back- maybe that's the only way she could keep him from running off with her (loved the video soundtrack by the way- 'Runaway Train', haha). The kids who were "doing all sorts of things to this horse" really did hardly anything. The kid mounted the horse from a chair from both sides- no big deal (and I noted that a second person was at the horse's head). The kid crawled under the horse- no big deal (the dogs weren't stupid enought to do the same). If people think that these basic tricks prove a horse is quiet then they really need help in choosing a horse. It is these buyers I have the most sympathy for. Regards, Vivienne

Yes Vivienne, it still amazes me, every time I get an email saying 'Sight unseen and no Vet Check" (which is every Week of course) How many Years of warnings must there be???? If only I could be a Crook. I could be a Zillionaire with what I know. The fact though is, that they are the Victims and they are in the right. The Law takes their innocence into account and they must not be taken advantage of. Both You and I know that they will continue to be so. Regards





Hi John, Thanks for the kind words. It would have been lovely to show you him burying his face in his towel, but it was way too cold! He loves to bury way into his towel! Eyes totally covered. As I've said we've had a lot of kind comments. He has a heart of gold. I've had a few croppers but never his fault. I still remember the first time he stood next to me. Prior to that he'd lap the arena for a good 5mins. This day he stood next to me. Got back on as per usual and for the rest of the ride he was so scared, expecting a hiding. From that day he's never left my side after a stack. Even at a comp last year, think I told you about that. My fault for not listening when he said repeatedly it was too much. Bad stack comparatively, tore muscle, ligament and cartilage from my ribs, but he returned to my side at a comp... I know better now than to take him for granted!

We had a lesson this week with the instructor I used to see with my retired horse. She had us doing the same work as our normal instructor, even though I didn't tell her our homework. That makes me really happy that two instructors see us at the same level. She is fantastic and we quickly went through go exercises and had him up in front and powering. Amazingly go is an issue, with a multi race winning horse! But great instructor and pleasantly forward in the lesson. Again, thanks for the kind words. He is a lovely horse. He has a very strong sense of fair. He has occasions where he makes a mistake and panics and runs to the end of the lead and will rear. Less these days, but it still happens. The rear is self defense. I just leave him be and ask him to keep doing what we're doing. He's getting past the worrying, mostly. If I think too much it makes me sad. But he has a great home now. Had such a lovely comment at our last outing "horse confident with rider", it's nice a judge can see that. So it's nice you can see his softness in his eyes. He's taken a while to come out of his shell, but he's a larrikin now! Personality plus. K


As a very bad Ps we got a 4th at that comp last year! It was raining so I presented covered in mud on my jacket and jods. After our test judge spoke to me and said he wasn't consistently off but was off at times in the test, so we retired for the day. Not good that a lame horse and rider could beat sound competitors! I struggled to drive. It really hurt......... K

Yes K, they are all lovely Horses, every single one of them. It is just the Industry that makes them do the things they do. Well done.




G'day again HP's.   Thanks for the quick delivery of the leg restraint training video.  I've spent a bit of time with Fred Watkins in the past and had a good knowledge of the basics, but even my horse loathing husband watched it with me.  Got a lot out of it.    I started on my "touch my back legs and I'll knock your block off" 22 month old highland gelding.  Good with the fronts.  The backs.  Oh, you should have seen it.  He lost his brains and ended up laying in the dirt.  So I took the opportunity to play farrier on all his feet, lay on him, pat him everywhere... y'no, just take advantage of the situation he put himself in.   I no longer have a youngster that wants to kick.  Fancy that.  Naturally I'll repeat the process to cement the idea.   Just wish we could convert the pony clubbers, the "riders" into becoming actual horsemen and horsewomen.      Here's a pic for you.  My daughters pony.  Leg restraint trained.  Halter trained. Kid proof.  She's leading him with her little friend on board.   Hope you like it.   Thanks for your fabulous service.    Cheers   Vicki


Lol Vicky, cute Pic. Sure sorted Him out. I must congratulate You for not just watching a DVD for entertainment value which many do. For You to pick up on my comment about jumping on a Horse that trips up is a highly beneficial thing, is outstanding and you reapt the benefits.




Hi John, I just moved my 9yo OTT TB to a new agisitment (i.e. new environment, new pasture, new facilities) and we had major bucking tricks (about 7 sessions, decreasing in severity as he did not get me off and I kept him going gently) my first ride on him in the arena (3 days after move). Can I get your thoughts on whether you think this would be from 'grass' issues, anxiety, pain/health issues? I have the chiro to him this week, his saddle is fitted and I just took him for a walk yesterday. Planning to ride again tomorrow, and do one rein stops as your info suggests if he bucks again.

Whatever the cause is Fiona, it is unacceptable and You need to take steps to mitigate it. Just keep Hospitals ever in the back of Your Mind :)

It could be the Grass, it is likely to be seperation anxiety but whatever it is, action is needed. This is where the Letter of the Day comes into play. You need more submisison of attitude and so back to the Ground work. The other thing is that You should also adjourn to the Roundpen and do a session on re-mouthing the Horse (which in itself will gain You more accemptance and less attitude as well as prepare Your Horse better for One Reins Stops because alwasy remember, the poorer the lateral Mouth the more Danger there is in peerforming one.) However, the system that I know has the greatest affect is some 'leg restraints work' for that, above all else, gets faster and more strong benefits than anything. Then, of course, shut this Horse down the MOMENT it tries anything. The simple fact that You say he did this many sessions and that he didn't get you off, means that he did it to much and he coujld have gotten you off or could in the future. Don't take risks, take control. Regards





Leg Restraints Training

I just wanted to say THANK YOU from North Pole, Alaska for making such a wonderful instructional video on the use of leg restraints. I was at a loss on how to do this safely not just for me but for my horse. I know that many people think this is a very cruel training technique but if they only knew the true benefits of hobbling – restraining your horse. Before watching your video, I had hobbled my horse on one leg thinking it was OK because he is great with ropes around his legs and feet…YET… he still freaked out when the rope was caught on his pastern, and pulled very hard on it and he received a rope burn from freaking out. I felt like a terrible owner and I just could not figure out what I had done wrong as I felt I had done all the desensitizing correctly. Well, I guess not! This is where finding your website and video came into play. I purchased the Leg Restraint video. Wow….it opened my eyes and taught me so much. This video needs to be seen by all horse owners! After watching this video, my horse is now hobble trained and I use them all the time! It has taught my horse patience and has totally freed us both up for field grazing on the trails! He is not afraid to be restrained. My hobbles are tied to my saddle no matter where I go! Thanks for such a great video and I will recommend it to many. By the way..the rope burn my horse received from my “stupidity” took about 4 days to heal and now he is perfect and you would never know it happened….Of course I will never forget! Please feel free to use the above on your website! Lynn Crance



Thanks Lynn. Yes, when I read Your first Letter I knew You had been ill advised. Well done and Regards




Hi John and Linda , I hope this finds you both happy and well. I need some advice on which DVDs I should get to start formal riding work with my new standie. Herbie spent about 9 months yarded before I adopted him so we've spent months hand walking to improve feet and legs. I got on him fairly early on with no drama but he was not at all comfortable - particularly down hills and stepping to centre (even on lead). I suspected he might be stifly because he had dermatitis on both and would kick out a lot and try to bite them as well as having a static movement behind - something also locked up a few times at walk. So I packed away the saddle and commenced building work - our road is one long gradual hill with a few steep bits and the walk straight up and slow zigzag descent seems to have worked a treat. I've recently started riding out and he's much better - dermatitis is all clear too and he doesn't try to kick your head off if you touch his stifles anymore. So I'm working on the leg yielding under saddle now and have begun to lunge in RR at walk - slowly building up the time and looking for complete relaxation before moving on to trot. I think he's ready to start some slow formal work under saddle and need some guidance on what comes next. Does IS leg to OS rein cover it off or is there something else you suggest. My riding ability is not bad on a push button school master but teaching a horse is altogether different. I'd like to make sure I'm doing things correctly and in the right order so as not to create confusion later. Hope you can point me in the right direction. Cheers, S PS he's such an awesome horse - full of attitude and quite colty at times but I've never felt so safe riding out. We go past silly galloping horses, alpacas, bush turkeys rustling in the bushes, kids running around playing brandings, trampolines, bins (has to inspect every one), fires, tractors, boats, cyclists, dogs, kangaroos, and the list goes on... Herbie's solution to something scary is usually to stop dead, consider, and then go for a closer look! All this in a loose rein. The only thing that freaked him out was a horse and cart.... S

I am aware that You have the tools for the task S, so yes, we have to remember that although the Standardbred is not looked upon as a Dressage Horse (not their fault but perceived bias) they above all, need the benefits of 'Balance' to remove 'tension' and to provide 'relaxation' Therefore, although a Rider can achieve good outcomes with normal two rein riding, their empowering themselves with the knowledge of the principals of "Inside Leg to Outside Rein' will make it easier for the Horse to progress from a Cart Horse to a Dressage contender. Well done S. Good Ownership indeed!!!





Hi there,

I was reading your arena construction responses with great interest as they are very informative.

We have a property in Langwarrin, Victoria and the location for the arena just so happens to have almost perfect topography for the fall required (in both directions). Can we put a base straight down on this land or do we need to dig?

Juest straight on. The more digging the less consolidated. Regards





Hi John, Well, I've actually started to see Sky again, every day. I lost my 'mojo' for a LONG time there, and it was only made "easier" by the fact that the agistment is full care - they organise everything, he gets ample feed, etc. Unfortunately it makes it very easy to not interract with him, so basically he's been unhandled by me for well over a year, and when I have handled him, it hasn't been pretty - him pulling back and escaping, etc. So I've started with baby steps - the ones you don't like, lol. Because trust between both of us has been broken, I'm at the point of starting from scratch - even going in and grooming him in the paddock type stuff. I'm doing basic groundwork (e.g. 7 games) in his paddock because as soon as he's taken out, he goes "up" in energy and skittishness. I'm not a good enough leader at the moment for him, but in a week and a half I've already come a long way - we both have. I've actually wondered if he has ulcers again - he's as skittish as hell. I was patting him in the ribs (stroking, friendly game), stopped for a second, moved my hand back and he jumped half a foot away, that's how skittish he is. Spoke to the vet, the vet here seems to think skittishness ISN'T a symptom, and only uses them not eating or losing weight as a sign. Afterwards I remembered when Sky DID have ulcers, he wouldn't stop eating - he gorged himself in an effort to stop the pain. After he was Omoguarded, he settled down. So now I'm not sure whether to go ahead with the Omoguard ( expensive) or whether it is just lack of handling. Anyway (yes, it's another Sarah essay. It's been a while, figured you missed them), what I'm wondering is, I know your thoughts on Sky and mounting and mounting blocks. What are the chances of densensitising him to a mounting block like below, BEFORE I start riding him? Because no matter how much weight I lose, I'm stiff from never having had to mount from the ground, and I sure as hell don't want to be practising on him! And doubt there are any other horses around that I can practice on. I'm willing to take as long as it takes, but what would I need to do, and, do you think it is even possible with this horse? Thanks immensely....also, as a side note, you'll know when I'm thinking of getting close to riding him, because I'll be ordering a saddle from you. I ain't taking chances with a self emptying saddle on this boy this time!! It won't be for a long, long time though. Cheers, Sarah

Hi Sarah. The training to the Horse to this Block will do Him Good. You can do it with simple repition, advance and retreat and patience, with Leg Restraints Training which he has on Him or via the tapping of a whip on the off side, to get Him to move over to it. The warning is that whilst Moujnting Blocks are of great assistance to the Physically challenged, it can also enhance Danger, if the Horse isn't truly giving to the use of it. Best of Luck


Case 2

Hi again

He hasn’t been ridden yet, 6yo standardbred gelding 15.3.hh.

I really need to start from scratch eg getting respect from the horse on the ground first, safety tips and how to earn trust and respect from horses in general before I even think about trying to ride him.

I don’t have a lot of confidence from past terrifying experiences as a teen  where I was not in control and the horse was green/young. I was never taught horse psychology and how to get respect from the horse, so have researched heavily the past 8 yrs after leaving the “horse world” feeling hopeless but wanting to learn how the professional horseman and woman developed relationships with their horses…….This has led me to, Pat Parelli, Buck brennaman, ======= & Wayne Banney. They all seem like they know their stuff but I need help building confidence before I can do most of the things they are asking. I don’t know where to start,  how and when to move forward and if the horse is actually showing me true respect.

I have been following your podcast on dangers during feeding and using this with my 19 yo mare and the standardbred as they are together in the paddock as he can be quite pushy and intimidating when there’s food around.

The first time it happened he approached me with his ears pinned and arrogant nearly walking straight into me to get to the mare eating. I was scared and shocked at the same time especially because he challenged me when I tried to make him move away.

The next time I fed them I started by carrying a large lunge whip to the fence and making him stay out of my way while placing the feed buckets in their holders. This was without going into the yard as I wasn’t sure if he would move when I asked him. He did move J and then I kept him away from my mare so she could eat because he hogs all the food from her (all outside the yard first)until he stood still with his head down and showed no interest in the food, then I left him.

A couple of days after doing this I entered the paddock (nervously) when he was already about 20 meters away from me not expecting to be fed. I had a wheel barrow of hay that I took in with my whip and as soon as he started to walk towards me I hit the whip on the ground aggressively and walked at him at the same time until he turned away and stopped. I then separated and fluffed up all the hay biscuits into 2 piles and left the yard. He then walked to the food when I was out of sight.

I smiled and thought I did that right, but still lack the confidence to really know for sure that I earnt a little respect that day, and where do I go to from here? What’s the next thing I should try and achieve with him? He’s easy to catch and rug while being held, but seems nervous when tied up and grooming which makes me too scared to pick up his feet and groom him alone.

I know that the saying is “green on green makes black and blue” but I really want to achieve this and grow with the challenges and feel that I need experience from the right people to make this happen.

I don’t want to quit and really want to learn how to feel less intimidated by horses in general so I can give him a new happy life. Any ideas and advice are appreciated.

Cheers, Kristal

P.S I have bout your testing the lateral mouth DVD and it looks great

Hi Kristal,

Well done on the Paddock feeding.

Appols for scratching one Name out of Your List because he doesn't rate. It is easy to be a Legend on the Internet but they need to be one in the Yard too.

The Internet Guru's are like Poet's. They often make things far more technical than they should be and must spend a lot of time writing Dream statements to impress or perhaps to be remembered by. It ain't that difficult!! Especially with a Standardbred. Uncle Pat coined the Phrase "Paralysis of the Analysis' and I recommend You don't fall into it for You will never get there.

There are a certain Group of Horse Owners who struggle with confidence. They are especially vulnerable to Romantic statements and can get hung up with them. To gain a 'relationship' with Your Horse, all You have to be is "An assertive Leader, with empathy when required and reward for a job well done. To operate within the 'Scales of Lightness' BUT BE PREPARED to go to a 10 if needed. THIS IS WHERE THE AMATEUR GET'S CAUGHT OUT with the Romantic Refrain of the Guru's 'touchy feely' words that often get used. Case in Point is Your Paddock exercise.

So go out there and DO IT!!!! Tomorrow, go catch the Horse, forget about GROOMING and

start teaching Your Natural Horsemanship....and although You may not be the profile to want to entertain Trust me, You should...for many reasons.



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