Hi Folks. Hope You had a Good Week. We got 1.5mm of Rain and were
jumping for Joy :)
Unfortunately, due to the tough skin, most of the stitches broke out,
leaving gaping hole in Middle of Hand and stitching lines open so put me
back a couple of weeks but getting there now. Proud Flesh has done it's
job and last Doc visit in Morning.
So no Horsie work or News to give You. :( Plenty lined up though :)
So I'll concentrate on Opinions and Editorials Today.
Due to Buyer seeing damaged packaging, this Saddle sent Home at my cost
WITHOUT BUYER SEEING SADDLE!
Quarter Horse Tree
Size 14 inch
$1200 plus Postage.
click to xpand
This is a subject that I don't like to discuss as Mrs. HP has suffered
at my Hands over the Years, because of my commentary.
However, the good gains made a couple of Years ago, where Judges lifted
scores across the State, whilst stilling getting the very same outcomes
but hugely encouraging those spending the Mega Dollars in times when the
Economy has been struggling, have been lost. Many Judges have gone back
to the same old 56556566556655 Days, with the only difference being the
ridiculous half a percent which is an excuse for having Judgment and
proof of the intention to be stingy.
FEEDBACK from around the Traps and the back of the Floats has been one
of disappointment, frustration and talk of leaving the Industry. What an
MATTERS OF ORGANIZATION
There are many other points of unfairness that negatively influence the
Industry and this is without Human interference or bias but simply Human
Management decisions and 'same Old'
The Dressage Horse of the Year has been
presented. Congrats to the Winner but the system gets it wrong. The
Winner was beaten consistently at every Level by Cappo, throughout
the entire Year but because the "Rule is an Ass' it means that if a
Horse doesn't go to all of the designated ( I think 6 Shows) they
don't win, regardless of the fact that the Owner of one Horse may
not desire to subject their Horse to extreme Heat on the Day or risk
Legs and soundness because of Hard Ground and we are talking F.E.I.
here, where Comps MUST BE ON SAND!!!!!. I know the Rule was written
in another era but Sports must evolve to the conditions and
especially to Global Warming./
Then we have the Young Rider of the Year,
where "The Rule is an Ass" throws up a Winner who stayed at a lower
level where one gets higher percentages, where other Riders
continually upgrade to levels where Judges simply score lower and
say it is the Rule to do so, and yet the Trophy is based upon
There are many anti encouraging Old Rules like
this in the Industry and they need thinking about and re-vamping.
TIP OF THE DAY
" In Dressage Training, all Horses are different in brain and build.
They must all be ridden in a way that suits them, not systems learnt by
IS HE A SMART HORSE OR A DUMB HORSE?
I'll always remember the words of a Horse behavioral Doctor, that
"Horses have the minds of a Goldfish" when I think about the
intelligence of the Horse, that Scientists love to study.
I fed this Morning and there is a new system in place, whereby Fatso
Cappo who is a faster eater than the Snipster, is left in a Yard over
Night, so that Snip can eat the full Meal and then in the Morning, Cappo
is let out of his Yard into the Paddock, Hay hung up, he tells Snip to
rack off, who Gallops around to his Yard, where he is locked up for the
Morning, so he gets his full Meal. Let out when finished and giving the
incentive to eat faster to get back to the Paddock.
I arrive this Morning, knowing that I have to let Cappo out and bring
Snip in, but first went to Snips Yard which has the Gate open for Him to
come in and hung his Hay Net......but he didn't come in, regardless of
calling to Him. He stayed at the Tree where Mrs. HP hangs Cappo's
Morning Feed, in the Paddock. So I changed the rules. I had to go get
Is he Dumb?
Many would say yes because on all other Mornings, he Gallops into the
Yard ready for his Hay Net, but I had changed the system.
In fact I am dumb and the Horse is smart. I saw Him standing beside the
Tree, waiting for the ritual, Cappo arrives, Hay Net gets put up, Cappo
tells him to Pee Off and he Gallops into his Yard. I, being the Supreme
Being here, should have worked out that the Horse was telling me that I
HAD CHANGED THE RULES (I would if I was awake :)
So Horses that appear unintelligent, are almost always reacting to poor
advice from the Human and are never dumb!!!
PHOTO OF THE DAY
LISTEN TO THE HORSES
http://www.horseproblems.com.au/DVD%20Sales.htm#Listen to Your Horses
By now, almost all
of the 27 Horses featured on our "Listen to the Horses" DVD Set, have
come full Circle, with one of the last appearing on my aushorse this
and the advert in part, says this......
also be ridden but not a performance horse as she has a slight
restriction of her near hind due to a scar."
On behalf of the Horse, let me tell You that this lovely Mare is
completely UNSOUND FOR RIDING and anyone who rides Her don't love
She came to us for assessment, from Kangaroo Island and was ridden by
Mrs. HP for 5 Minutes. Declared completely unsound, released from Her
ridden torment. The VERY responsible Owner then sold Her as a Brood Mare
and I see she has had two Foals.
Best of Luck to the lovely Mare
You find a "Can't be ridden Owner" once more.
YARN OF THE DAY
The last Chariot Races held in South Australia, were held during our
'Wild Colonial Weekend' and was the real deal. Featuring Vet Bill
Harbison and Farrier/Horseman Pete Bath.
The last "Wild Horse Race' held in South Australia, was run at the same
event and won by the same two Gentlemen :)
DON'T TRY AND FIX THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is about a $26,000 Purchase and this is part of what the Buyer says
I had only had the horse home for 3 weeks when he became acutely lame.
Since then the lameness has waxed and waned and then became acutely
worse over the last 5 weeks. During this time we had chiropractors,
acupuncturist, farriers, massage people work on him.
Well the bottom line is that the Vendor should have been approached 2
Months ago, thus saving lot's of money on a range of Horse
Professionals, NONE OF WHO HAD ANY CHANCE OF FIXING THE HORSE or even
DIAGNOSING the Horse....and........
WHO ALL add to the confusion for any future Court Case!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
first up on possible Court Case situations and then only use Chiro's and
the rest, UNDER VET ADVICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Lady asks me what should have she done because You can't afford to
MRI Horses You Purchase.
My reply is to IMMEDIATELY involve the Seller, furnish them with the
Veterinary Records and send the Horse back. If there is a doubt, YOU
DON'T WANT THE HORSE!!!!
HORSE PURCHASE ASSESSMENTS
Hi John, I offered $32k and ended up
agreeing on $38k pending vet check. Had the vet check done today -
flexion tests etc all fine but the vet expressed concerns that his feet
weren't good - slightly pigeon toed, unbalanced (higher inside walls),
cracked (unshod). He's slightly offset in the knee but his main concern
seemed to be feet. For some reason he didn't do the x-rays requested but
is going back tomorrow or Thursday to do them. How concerned should I be
about his feet? The vet will send a report through in the morning - I'll
send it to you (if that's ok) as soon as I get it. I'll send photos of
his legs when I get them too. Are there any specific things I should
ask/ask the vet to check regarding feet? Cheers,
This is of course the great unknown
and one that You have to rely on Your Vet's for the answer. It comes
down to the individuals judgement and it is always a lottery, which is
why Vet's point it out.
No-one and no Vet, can ever guarantee
things in this area.
Perhaps get a top Farrier to take a look and
give an opinion.
The alternative now is to submit the opinion to
the Vendor and see what their position is on it regarding price and then
make decisions based upon a reduction.
Once a Horse fails a Vet
check (which I take it this Horse has) they are always far more
difficult to sell.
Best of Luck. Buying Horses is always fraught
with disappointments but DON'T let Your emotions get in the way of
judgment, like the majority of Ladies do.
Thanks John. Lol re emotions...I'm trying hard to be practical atm :D
I've spoken to the vet again and my plan is to ask them to get his feet
properly trimmed (the vet was gobsmacked that they presented him with
such bad feet - looked like they hadn't been done for ages and then
quickly had the nippers on but no rasp!! And the farrier had just been
to the other horses apparently!!) Then the vet will have another look -
his advice was that if they're no better or worse, then walk away. Arghh
lol. Thanks again - I'll let you know what happens.
Yes, sadly, there are plenty of Folk out there who think of the Money
but not the care of the lovely Horse. For the Readers, we recommended
You buy the Horse (one of the few) and now You get this :( Best of Luck
MRS. HP'S RICH PUPILS :)
I always warn You to NEVER buy "Sight unseen" - do as I say not as
I do :) ....well congrats to one of Mrs. HP's pupils who just took
delivery of a lovely well Bred Warmblood for a Budget price and sent
Happy Pics last Night of Mother riding and Young Daughter. Well
done....(but they did get a Vet check)
Congrats also to another Pupil who just took delivery of Her new
Warmblood, whic came here this Week for a Lesson. He too came with our
recommendation as his Vendor graciously floated Him to our Property for
Mrs. HP to ride.
Then we have the third Pupil, Her too with a lovely Budget prices but
unbroken Warmblood who is turning out to be a Darling. Another purchased
off a Video. (but Vet Checked)
So a Group of frustrated Pupils who were all going off their Titties
being Horseless and now with big Grins on their Faces :) Happy Dressage
Queens - Happy Hubbies
NEWS OF THE DAY
F.E.I. BANS ENDURANCE RACES IN UAE OVER HORSE WELFARE CONCERNS
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has removed the remaining
two FEI endurance rides of the winter season in the United Arab Emirates
from its official calendar as an “emergency measure” in the wake of
escalating concerns about horse welfare. The FEI has been sharply
criticised for its reactive stance to regular horse abuse scandals in
the Middle East sport. But in a surprise move its newly elected
executive board, chaired by FEI president Ingmar de Vos, has
disaffiliated the two FEI rides scheduled for next month “to protect
horse welfare and to preserve the integrity of the FEI rules and
regulations at FEI events”.
According to a statement, the move follows a mandate from the FEI
Bureau, which is responsible for the FEI’s general direction, to the
executive board “to urgently investigate horse welfare issues and
non-compliance with FEI rules and regulations in the UAE”. “We have made
this our top priority and will make our conclusions as speedily as
possible so that the recommendations can be presented to the bureau for
urgent consideration”, said De Vos, who was FEI secretary-general before
succeeding Princess Haya as president in December.
Doping scandals, fatal injuries, rule-breaking and the running of
“ringers” in Middle Eastern endurance, many of which have been exposed
by Telegraph Sport, have centred around the many large stables owned by
Princess Haya’s husband, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed, and other members
of the Maktoum family. They are estimated to have 700 endurance horses
at any time, mostly purchased as ready-trained horses from Europe,
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On Aug 1, the FEI introduced tougher rules with, among others, the aim
of reducing the injurious high speeds at which the races – covering up
to 100 miles in a day – are routinely conducted in the Middle East.
But during the current UAE season (October-March) there has been
no evidence of improvement. Instead, one of a growing number of longer
distance events has been switched to the less-rigorous national rules of
the UAE equestrian federation. At a national race for mares only in
Dubai yesterday, the winner completed the last loop at an average speed
of 22mph. It was at a “national” ride at Al Reef in Abu Dhabi, last
month that pictures emerged of the Maktoum-owned Splitters Creek Bundy
breaking both forelegs simultaneously. The FEI’s decision must cast some
doubt over Dubai’s ability to host the 2016 World Championships, awarded
to it last December despite the scandals.
The Swiss and Belgian equestrian federations announced this week that
they would consider a boycott. The FEI is now facing greater pressure to
act from member countries. In the wake of the Bundy scandal, the Danish
equestrian federation banned its riders from non-FEI sanctioned events
staged in the UAE. The American Endurance Ride Conference is due to
consider forming an alternative international governing body at its
annual convention next week. Equestrian bodies in New Zealand, Australia
and Germany have also made strong public statements after the Bundy
incident. The British Equestrian Federation has written to the FEI about
the concerns registered by Endurance GB, which is still considering a
controversial sponsorship proposal from Sheikh Mohammed’s Meydan
EQUESTRIAN ESTATE FOR SALE
Former FedEx President and CEO Ted Weise is selling his gigantic 50-acre
equestrian ranch in South Florida for $US22.9 million, according to the
Wall Street Journal. The massive home spreads out in Jupiter, Florida,
roughly half an hour from Palm Beach. Weise and his wife bought the land
back in 2004 for $US2.7 million, four years after he had retired from
The gated ranch comes with horseback riding trails, a guest house, a
four-acre lake, eight hours paddocks as well as a 12,000-square-foot
mansion. Inside the mansion — which Weise and his wife had custom built
— is a 1,000 bottle wine cellar, five bedrooms, and a vault that doubles
as a panic room. Todd Peter of Sotheby’s International Realty has the
listing. Welcome to gorgeous 50-acre equestrian ranch near Palm Beach,
The mansion sits on a sprawling amount of land with horse paddocks, a
four-acre lake, and plenty of horse-riding trails.
They then custom-built the huge 12,000-square-foot mansion onto the
DAUGHT OF THE BOSS GOES GOOD
Put Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck on a horse and there's no stopping
Springsteen, daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa,
won the Spy Coast Farm speed class at the Winter Equestrian Festival in
Florida on Friday, Feb. 13, according to a report on Horsetalk.
The meet was held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Springsteen, 23, rode the 12-year old mare Davendy S, aka Annie, to
"I know exactly how she is going to be every time I go in the ring,
which is really nice. She makes it easy for you. If you tell her to go,
she wants to go, and she wants to win," said Springsteen about Daveandy
S in the Horsetalk report. "I had a pretty clear plan today. I was able
to watch most of the class go, so I knew what I needed to do and that is
always helpful. She is just such a fast horse across the ground and in
the air. Even the other day, I added strides in a bunch of places and I
still had the leading time. She is so quick on her own, so that is
obviously a very helpful advantage."
The cold weather, even in
Florida, affected the competition.
"I don't have to do anything
with her in the morning, she is always so quiet and so good, but I think
the weather definitely gives them a little extra energy. She felt really
good today," Springsteen said. "She is really sweet, and she is very
calm. She is perfect always, all around."
Springsteen helped the United States take the Aga Khan Trophy for
showjumping at the Royal Dublin Society Horse Show. Earlier at the
Winter Equestrian Festival, Springsteen missed out on a Challenge Cup
Jessica Springsteen, Bruce's kid, is born to ride "It
is definitely nice to win. I am so happy," Springsteen said. "A few
weeks ago we would have won the WEF (Challenge Cup), and then I had the
last rail yesterday and we would have won, so I am happy to finally get
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INTO THE HALL OF FAME FOR REHAB WORK
A four-legged, hooved UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital volunteer is now
in a national hall of fame. Magic, an 8-year-old American Miniature
horse, was inducted into the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Horse Stars
Hall of Fame as a humanitarian for her inspirational impact on the
She works for Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, which has a
partnership with UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital. The hospital treats
patients who have suffered traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries,
burns, amputations, strokes or major joint replacements. It is also
the training hospital for the therapy horses. Amy Kinsey, a UF Health
recreation therapist, said Magic helps patients as they work on
standing, reaching, walking and communicating during therapy. “We
have patients that haven’t showed any verbal expression since they have
been here but end up smiling after interacting with the horse,” Kinsey
said. Debbie Garcia-Bengochea, Magic’s owner and education and media
director of Gentle Carousel, said all of the horses do amazing work, but
Magic tends to be in the right place at the right time.
“She seems to find the person in the room that needs someone the
most,” Garcia-Bengochea said.
Magic travels around the country to visit communities in need, like
Newtown, Connecticut, after the Sandy Hook tragedy. More than 600 people
crowded around the Newtown library just to see Magic, Garcia-Bengochea
said. Magic was named one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Heroic Animals,
one of six awards Magic has earned. She also has her own book, “The
Power of Magic,” published in 2014. Magic spent last Christmas at the
Ronald McDonald House, and she spent New Years Eve donning a tuxedo
shirt while visiting UF Health Shands Rehab patients. “Rehab is so
hard,” Garcia-Bengochea said. “To be able to have something that is so
interesting and distracting to allow patients to do something they
didn’t think they can do is what it is all about.”
DEAD HORSE PARTS FOUND NEAR RACEWAY
Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- One dead horse and parts of another dead
horse were recently found in the desert near Las Vegas Motor Speedway,
sparking a Clark County Animal Control investigation.
resident Kacey Hardison says he made the gruesome discovery late last
week when he came to the desert to go shooting. "I just drove behind
these little cinder blocks and I saw these two dead horses," he tells
us. Hardison says he saw one dead horse tied to a cinder block. Another
horse was found in two parts.
Action News was alerted by
Hardison on Thursday. We called animal control, who sent officers out to
investigate. Animal control's Jason Allswang says there's a possibility
the finding is a case of cruelty or neglect, but it's too soon to be
definitive. "There were other things that were left at the scene that
lead us to want to further investigate the situation," he adds.
Animal Control says it could take weeks, if not months to determine what
This is an ongoing investigation. Action News will
update this information as soon as it becomes available.
THREE PONIES MAULED BY DOGS
Three ponies were mauled to death by dogs in their field in the West
Midlands last week (Saturday 21 February).
Police were called to
Parkfield Road, Dudley, just before 5pm after reports that two dogs had
attacked the ponies while the were grazing.
arrived, one of the ponies had already died from its injuries.
vet was immediately called to put down the other two ponies who were
seriously injured in the attack.
West Midlands Police has
confirmed to H&H that two dogs were seized by authorities later that
night at an address in Parkfield Road.
“The dogs are currently
being held in kennels while their breed is determined and an
investigation carried out,” a police spokesman added.
H&H has been contacted by many readers in the past who have had
their horses attacked by dogs.
Under changes to the law, which
came into place in May last year, dog owners can now be prosecuted if
their dog causes injury to a rider on public and private land, including
It was already an offence under the Dangerous Dogs
Act for any dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.
Riders and industry figures would still like further changes in the
law to tackle the growing problem of dogs chasing or attacking horses.
Currently prosecutions can only be brought if the dog harms the
rider or puts them in fear of being injured.
“We would still like
to see attacks against other animals be criminalised,” said Lee Hackett
from the BHS. “At present it is very difficult to take action if a dog
attacks a horse. We do need more people to report incidents and even
near misses. Without data we will never achieve changes in legislation.”
In 2013 H&H reported that the number of dog attacks on horses had
almost doubled in the past year, according to the British Horse Society.
HORSE ACCIDENTS IN THE UK
Great work done by horseaccidents.org in Britain.
Each Flag has up to 200 accidents in an area.
STAGE COACH HORSE SAVED
Animal abuse exposes one of the ugliest sides of humanity. Currently, a
video of a stagecoach driver beating up his horse is gaining attention
in Korea for its brutality.
The incident occurred in the
city of Gyeongju at a vacant lot. In the video shown above, the driver
can be seen hitting the horse starting at the 0:20 mark with what
appears to be either a stick or a whip. The horse attempts to flee the
driver, yet once the driver catches up, he continues to flog the horse.
Even after the horse collapses from the pain, the driver continues to
hit him. The beating actually gets worse, as the driver repeatedly flogs
and kicks the horse in the head.
Although other people can be
seen slowly gathering around the horse, they appear to be more
interested in taking away the stagecoach equipment than actually caring
about the horse.
A witness told JTBC News, "The driver felt
justified in hitting the horse and there was no person who stopped him.
The horse, who was being struck by a wire-like instrument, was gasping
for air and looked like it was under extreme torture."
reporters showed the driver the video, he reportedly said, "That never
happened. I don't know."
Meanwhile, the Korean animal rights
group Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) is collecting
signatures for their petition to place a sales ban on the driver's
business as punishment. The stagecoach driver is reported to work in a
business that caters to tourists who want to see the city.
Netizens appear to prefer a harsher punishment, however, as top comments
include, "Ah, just beat him up like he did to the horse...," "What are
you doing to an animal who can't even speak for itself," and, "The
problem seems to be humanity."
When covering veterinary conferences, there's always that one
presentation that stands out among the rest.
At the 2014 American Association of Equine Practitioners
convention held this past December, that presentation for me was one Dr.
Rob van Wessum gave on detecting sacroiliac disease (SI) in horses. It
was incredibly practical, presented in an easy-to-understand manner, and
included lots of imagery and videos, yay! If a horse's haunches make a
smaller circle than the rest of the body when longed, he might be
showing signs of SI disease.
Photo: Kevin Thompson
But above all that, it's a topic I'm genuinely interested in. My horse
Hannah struggled with some hind-end lameness about two years ago,
stemming from the SI region (where the spine meets the pelvis). I've
been devouring any information I can find on the issue ever since. What
Dr. van Wessum described in his presentation was a "checklist" he's
developed over the years to determine whether a horse has SI disease.
It's comprised of six simple tests the veterinarian can perform during a
standard lameness exam. If a horse shows at least three of the six
indicators, chances are he has SI disease. And Dr. van Wessum is pretty
confident in his method--he's looked for these signs in 2,467 lameness
cases he's evaluated over the last 10 years and used them (along with
advanced imaging techniques) to help diagnose 327 horses with the
disease. Without further ado, here are
Dr. van Wessum's six indicators of SI disease: Tracking narrow behind.
He said affected horses often look like they are "walking on a cord,"
placing their hind feet on the same line in front of each other at the
walk and, even more so, the trot.
A lateral walk. Upon walking an affected horse in a serpentine pattern,
the front and hind limbs on the same side move forward at the same time,
similar to a pacing gait.
Haunches in/out. If you longe an affected horse in a circle, you'll notice
that the hind limbs don't follow the same circle as the front limbs,
with the haunches making a smaller circle than the rest of the body.
Asymmetric tail position. When an affected horse walks in a
serpentine, he will lock his tail to one side.
A "bunny hop" canter. When affected horses canter, they lose their
normal three-beat pattern, and the hind feet land together in a "bunny
I distinctly remember Hannah bunny hopping when she first started
showing signs of soreness! Reduced lumbrosacral flexibility. Place one
hand on the point of the hip and pull the tail toward one side, then
repeat this on the other side. Also make the horse "tuck under" by
scratching each hamstring with a pointed object. A healthy horse's
flexibility should be the same on each side. Walking horses in a simple
serpentine pattern can sometimes reveal signs of SI disease. While my
own SI case study, Hannah, has been sound and symptom-free for more than
a year and a half now, I decided to try a few of these tests on her just
to see what I'd find. The results were pretty boring. We serpentined our
way around the barn, Hannah cantered on the longe, and I pulled on her
tail for a bit. She looked like your average, healthy horse and showed
no signs of SI disease. She did, however, give me some very ugly mare
faces when I accidently pulled her tail a bit harder than I should have.
As you can tell, these are all pretty do-it-yourself tests. But, still
have your veterinarian perform a full lameness exam and some diagnostic
imaging to confirm your horse has an issue. With appropriate treatment,
says Dr. van Wessum, these signs can disappear over time. Have you had a
horse that's suffered from SI issues?
F.E.I. FEEDS BAN
FEI Prohibited Substances List The intention of the FEI Prohibited
Substance List is to ensure that the performance of horses competing
under the FEI Regulations is not affected by Prohibited Substances, and
consequently, to ensure fair play in competition and to maintain the
welfare of the horse. The Prohibited Substances List is comprehensive
and detailed. It allows athletes and their advisors to clearly identify
substances they might normally use out of competition which however, are
not allowed while competing, referred to as Controlled Medication
It also helps to identify the substances which are not permitted
for use in horses at all times, referred to as Banned Substances. It
should also be highlighted that any other substance with a similar
chemical structure or similar biological effect(s) than the substances
present on the list are also considered as pertaining to the list.
Riders should therefore work closely with their veterinarians when
administering any substances. The concept of one detailed List mirrors
the approach taken by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) with regard to
human athletes. We recommend you review this section of the FEI website
regularly for changes in the Prohibited Substances List.
For your information, after any change, a notice period is given before
it comes into effect. After this period, sanctions for positive
detections will be applied. The Equine Prohibited Substances List first
came into force on 5 April 2010. The substances on the Equine Prohibited
List are subject to annual review by the FEI List Group. The List review
process is continuous and results in the publication of an updated list
at least 90 days before it becomes effective on 1 January each year.
Permitted Substances of interest to equine feed industry
The following substances are not currently listed on the FEI
Prohibited Substances List and may be used during events: B-vitamins,
amino acids and electrolytes. These susbstances may be given to horses
in the oral form and in many cases this is still the preferred route of
administration. However in some circumstances a veterinarian may prefer
to administer them intravenously or intramuscularly. Preventative or
restorative joint therapies. Many of these products in the oral form
(chondroitin, glucosamine, etc.) can be given inhe ora form and in many
cases this is the preferred route of administration.
However in some circumstances a veterinarian may prefer to
administer joint restorative therapy intravenously or intramuscularly.
The FEI however cautions athletes, trainers, grooms and veterinarians
against the use of herbal medications, tonics, oral pastes and products
of which the detailed ingredients and quantitative analysis are unknown
and could therefore contain one or more Prohibited Substances. Moreover,
the persons administering a herbal or so-called natural product to a
horse or pony for health reasons or to affect its performance, who have
been informed that the plant of origin or its ingredients do not violate
the FEI regulations, may have been misinformed. The use of any herbal or
natural product to affect the performance of a horse or pony in a
calming (tranquillizing) or an energizing (stimulant) manner is
expressly forbidden by the FEI regulations. The use of a calming product
during competition may also have important safety consequences.
MANSFIELD — A horse that was in serious condition after being removed
from a local farm because of neglect is showing signs of improvement,
the Burlington County Humane Police Department said Friday. The
9-year-old gelding named Toby has shown “slow, steady weight gain” under
the care of veterinarians at an equine clinic in Millstone, Monmouth
County. The horse still awaits surgery for a frostbite injury, but his
demeanor has improved, according to the Humane Police.
“Toby is truly an
amazing horse after all he has been through,” the Humane Police posted
on the organization’s Facebook social media page. “He is really a gentle
soul. Ears forward and beautiful eyes. His demeanor has changed
completely since the first day Officer Cooper saw him. ... You would
never know based on his personality that he lived the way he did.” Toby
and another gelding, Sunny, were seized from a Mansfield farm on Feb. 20
after a Humane Police officer found them emaciated and dehydrated from
suspected neglect. Neither horse had been fed for several days, the
stock tank was frozen solid, and their malnourishment made them
susceptible to cold-weather injuries, the Humane Police said. Their
owner, Kelly Schreiber, 45, has been charged with multiple counts of
animal cruelty in connection with the case and is due to appear in court
later this month. An investigation into the case is ongoing, the Humane
Police said Friday. Sunny was returned to its former owner in Gloucester
County last week after Schreiber agreed to surrender ownership, the
police said. Meanwhile, the Burlington County Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals, the parent organization of the Humane Police,
continues to seek donations to cover Toby’s care. The organization also
continues to review offers from farmers willing to foster Toby.
LETTER OF THE DAY
Hi John, I have reached a point in time where I need to decide whether
to take my horse down the dressage road or the hackamore bridle horse
road. I was wondering if you could find the time and inclination to do a
piece on your blog comparing the two, advantages, disadvantages,
collection on contact vs collection on loose rein, what you can do and
can’t do either way, and anything else you feel is relevant. I have no
intention of competing in any way, I just want to have quality horse
time and would like to work with a relaxed and happy horse, but still be
able to work on collection, laterals, shoulder in, half pass etc. I’m
leaning away from the more formal dressage riding and as someone who is
close to both worlds, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the differences.
I’m presuming that most of the work with the horse in terms of
relaxation, suppleness, straightness, rhythm, collection etc are all the
same. And alas, where does one find an instructor that will allow riding
without contact? Cheers
Hi There. Thanks for the question....not :)
I learnt long ago to stand back, lose the 'paralysis of the analysis'
and to 'call it as it is' for such 'deep and meaningful' questions such
as this one.
I think You are asking with a view to continue with Dressage type work
or just go Trail Riding?
So forgive the dot points:
First up, I think You are confused, like so
many others and such confusion is caused by the competing systems
being sold around the World, such as Phillip Karl, those from Spain
and Portugal and even Germany versus Holland, but I am not going to
argue the for or against of any of them for that would be like
arguing Religion. A total waste of time.
You can compete at Dressage 'not on the bit'
if You don't mind running last. So either conform or don't do it.
Of course You can do all the moves and
grooves with Loose Reins, Western being an example.
You won't find Loose Reins 'English'
If You are talking about this
is not so, it is an archaic tool of torture. This is s Hackamore.
and if want to learn true sophistication (as I did when I went
through this Book as a University Degree approach, only this is
However, if You are looking for the Dressage
Coach who is both technically correct but is KIND TO HORSES first,
they are out there but very hard to find. The test is "Do they
strictly follow the 'German
Training Scale' for most don't.
Then of course there is the question of "Fit
for Purpose' and of course MOST HORSES are not fit for
and then the question as to whether the
COACH has the ability to "Listen
to the Horses" for most don't as they are not taught it.
but at the end of the Day, Mrs. HP will tell
You that all of those ingredients of the Dressage movements that You
talk about, come from being 'on the Bit'
now You are more confused :)
LETTERS OF THE DAY
Hi John, Thank you for your prompt reply. I
hope you and Linda recover quickly from your injuries/ surgeries. Are
you able to please recommend where to get sand for my arena and yards.
This horse stuff is expensive business so I want to get it right the
first time. I am in Kersbrook, SA, and It is a little windy on our hill.
Thanks for your colic remedy, I will use it soon. I’m sure that mix
would flush out the demons in any ones troubled belly ! Regards, Anne.
Hi Anne. Best of Luck with the Horse.
With Sand, you are in a good location but you
must choose the Sand in Your own Local Area and they all differ. I can't
help You. Do You Homework.
However, no point putting it down unless You
control the Wind!!! Therefore Tree Planting in the Long Term but in the
short Term, You will need to invest in Shade Cloth up 900mm on the
Hi I have been reading your articles on
constructing an arena. Are you able to tell me what surface is best to
use on a very sandy soil. Obviously we would get a top layer of soil
taken off and levelled. Are you able to give me some advice on building
with affordability also. Cheers Alli Madill
surface is SAND, then You may get away with only leveling such and
riding to see how you go. Make your decision later then.
if You are REMOVING Sand to LEVEL and You get down to some other type of
material, that isn't suitable or will hold water, YOU MUST ALWAYS HAVE A
Hi, I read your
article on floats and that centre dividers to the floor are dangerous.
Good point. We have a Shetland, Bobby Joe, and a quarter horse,
Pride...I have not floated them together as Bobby Joe can get his lil
bottom (and as much body as rope length will allow) underneath the
centre divider and I feel that could end in disaster. I want to take
them places together but how do I do so safely...any ideas on how to set
the double straight load float up safely so Bobby Joe doesn't get under
Pride's feet? If I tie him short enough to stop him venturing body parts
over then his head is held high and I understand that's not good for
them either (nor comfortable). Someone else puts a hay bale to the front
to stop their shetland from moving across the other side that way but to
stop them going underneath they have a full length centre divider From
your experience would a heavy piece of rubber fixed to the centre
divider which stops 2 foot before reaching the floor be safe? Thanks so
much for your time. Kind regards Renee
Hi Renee. Good question, made my brain work :)
Let me see..........
Given the most 'scrambling' is triggered via
the back Legs of the Horse, You could try lowering Your division only to
half way back along the stomach of the little one and leaving the rest,
to the back of the Float, open for the BIg Horse.
You could and should though, try the Rubber but
I doubt that will work as smart Pony will soon work out that he can
Given that Ponies are generally as 'safe as
Houses' You could even put a ring Bolt through Your floor, level with
FLANK of Pony and on the side of the division. Put another ring in the
wall above Pony. Then clip Car Safety Belt from floor, over Loins of
Pony, to wall.
The Sky is the limit here.......you could even
put a safety Belt around the Flanks of the Pony, tied in a knot so it
doesn't slide up like a flank rope, and clip that to the wall.
Bottom line is that You can get away with
almost anything with such Ponies and in no time, after the initial
objeciton which is just good training anyway, give up.
THE REARING HORSE
Hi John, I'm hoping you might be able to offer
some advice about my Warmblood who I'm having quite a few troubles with.
We purchased Minty
sight unseenback in June
last year from NSW, he's 10 years old and roughly 16.2hh, he was one of
those "mass produced" horses that was bred at Byalee Stud and sold at
Auction of the Stars when he was young. He was competing Elementry with
his previous rider and training Advanced. He's got a lovely nature and
craves attention although can be somewhat dominate on the ground but
that's the least of our issues. I seem to be having many issues with
forwardness and keeping his legs in the ground. He suddenly developed an
issue where he didn't want to go up the top end of our arena one day
completely out of the blue, so to get himself out of it he just decided
to go upwards until his rider hit the deck, unfortunaly these weren't
small rears either.
Since then he's decided that when he
would rather not go forward he just rears and if given a jab with the
spurs he'll retaliate, this usually happens less than 30 seconds of me
being on him, I think I've been on him maybe twelve times since owning
him and probably fallen off within two minutes of being on him during 5
of those rides if not more. We've had my coach on him in which he reared
maybe 6 times before giving up and behaving himself, I rode him the next
day with no issues, then the day after he went up and received a jab
with the spurs, to show me what he thought of that once he got his front
feet on the ground he chucked in an almighty pigroot and I ended up in
the sand as per usual. I've basically given up and he's been sitting in
the paddock for the last few months.
His previous rider
has stated that he hasn't done this with her which I'm not questioning,
however he seems very controlled with it all, he knows excatly how high
he can go without tipping over and where to place his feet upon landing,
which makes me believe that it may be well ingrained. My issue is that I
believe that if I can get him forward the problem will go away, however
it's proving very diffcult. I've ruled out any pain related triggers,
he's had his teeth done, has a made to measure saddle from Mal Byrnes,
been looked at by vets, etc and given the all clear. He's also ridden in
the same bit, a straight bar
snaffle, that his previous
rider used, I don't believe he's ever had a double bridle on. Here's him
with his previous rider a few months before we brought him, it's
probably not much help but atleast you can see him, he's certainly no
showjumper. Although I do think he's a bit "jammed up" in the video and
the tail swishing makes me thinks he's not too comfortable. While I've
been riding him his outline hasn't made the list of priorities.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
Difficult without seeing the horse ridden now
and by You or someone else.
I can comment on the Bit. Change that
immediately and do a few 5 Minute rides of flat work to let the Horse
experiment with and learn about a new Bit. My experience is that Horses
DO NOT like straight Bar Bits.
I am puzzled why the Video Person was standing
behind the Poles with little attention to close inspection of the Horse.
Whilst the Horse looked pretty reasonable at the event and the show
jumping edited footage was irrelevant, the Indoor footage did show the
Horse not being entirely comfortable.
You need to get better Video. Do 5 minutes of
flatwork down the Happy end and have another Horse in the arena at the
time, walk, trot and canter both ways. Then put a rough rider on to show
us the other end.
As a buyer, the Show Jumping and the Indoor
footage was NOT suitable!!! Learn from that.