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25,000 letters answered and counting


28th September, 2014

Hi Folks, how are You all?...hope You had a good Week. It was sad for me, with having to attend a Funeral and anyone else we know that has thoughts of inviting us to another, please don't as it is unfair on those left behind.......

Terrible Storms across the State Today, with NO RAIN, just drying everything out and 120K Winds. We were Home in the Dark after trying to help a Lady in distress with Her lovely Horse that had hit and cut the Head on the Roof of Her Float. The results of a 17 Hands Horse and a Standard size Float. I have to attempt to educate, as I have been doing since 2001 and point out that Standard Height Horse Floats are accidents waiting to happen with Horses over 16 Hands.


I don't know what it is but I must attract them. Just about every Horse I have started over the last two Years has been an above average A.D.D. Child and this one is no exception. In fact, right to the end of the Career, comes new challenges requiring new approaches in Breaking in Horses for we always knew that they are all different but then You meet them when they are more than different indeed. :)

For the first Week, I set about doing all the preparatory things one may do with a Starter.....but every Day, I had to abort the work inside 20 Minutes actual, due to over reaction to my requests, getting sweaty and I won't work a sweaty Horse. So each Day I have reported to the Owner and discounting Her Daily Fee considerably.

Now You may be thinking that the Horse is nervy, feral and so on.....on the contrary, he is the opposite. He just wants to kiss and cuddle Humans and be all over them like a Rash :)

So I thought, ok, forget all training, just Mouth Him and get on Him but above all, completely forget the Natural Horsemanship and so on, just let the damm Horse make Love to me.....yes, every Trainers Nightmare and many Owners Dream .......and so it was that he settled down, got rid of the stress, the sweat and is ready to ride.

I'll introduce You to Him next Week :) Mind You.....his tally is building. Today a Hay Net, the Ball Cock off his Trough and sundry leather flappers off lead ropes. Never mind, Children must Play :)


Cappo was his usual lovely Boy of course but he and Mrs. HP were once again, two Shows running, my the confusion somewhere in the systems, where Judges are either having the wrong Tests or, again Today, not the required number of Sheets for Pencillers.



I have to tell You that this SERIOUSLY affected Cappo because he is a 10 Minute warmup and he has to be timed to the Minute or he "Dies in the Ass" He was due on, warmed up ready to fire, just like last time, at 3.05pm but didn't get to go until 3.25pm, with the warmup  having to be aborted and lost.

 It is hard enough to qualify and represent the State at the Victorian Dressage Festival. due to the lack of F.E.I Comps, without losing valuable chances of performing at Your best.

Anyhow, we don't know how he went, due to the Storms and Wind and no results able to be posted




We attended the Funeral of Rosie Heath on Friday and the lovely CWA type get together at the Wistow Hall after where there was magnificent catering. Well done Folks. Great Crowd but Sad Day :(

I had People messaging me, asking if I had Her Young Horse for Breaking in. I don't know what that is about. I couldn't believe she didn't make arrangements for Her first love...the Horses??


On the Way Home, we witnessed probably the most Dangerous Semmi Driver we have ever seen, not in this Photo but on another short straight, run a Horse Float off the Road. We were all travelling at 100k and he just disappeared.....on a Road with about 30 60k Bends on it.



After 2 Weeks of consideration and sadness and considered advice, I must dis-associate myself from Watkins Horse Handlers, who have kindly removed our Photos and other material referring to us, from their Website.

After watching a Video of "the first ride on a Breaker' (supplied by the Owner who was granted permission to film) and seeing absolutely nothing remaining that I may have passed on, I must decline involvement.

The Horse, become a vertical  Rearer and sent Home to the Owner after 5 Rides, is going to Clint James of WA, who I shall work with in an attempt to regain the $25,000 investment of the good Client.

I don't know who or what has influenced  Fred Watkins of Watkins Horse Handlers, WA  but strongly recommend he dis-associates Himself, from whoever that may be, as the results of such training, as displayed to us in this Video, can only result in disaster.




If You are selling a Horse, don't ever stand one up like this. Those Days have gone.

If You are a Buyer of a Performance Horse, don't ever buy one that stands like this.




The Nut Cases of the Horse World






Hi John, I emailed you some time ago about a horse I went to look at that was for sale because his young rider couldn’t get him to stand still enough to mount up. Turns out it was a ==== horse, sold to her as “quiet in the saddle, but a bit green on the ground”, and he was - quite frankly - a death trap. He was a shaking ball of nerves and I couldn’t even put weight in one stirrup without him erupting sideways. L

I told her to give Fair Trading a call, wished her the best, and walked away. When I started chatting to friends about it, all sorts of stories came out of the woodwork about other horses purchased from Wayne who were also nut jobs. One particular friend of mine lived in the Illawarra region many years ago, and was sold a mare who, within a day or arriving, went completely and utterly lame. A vet check revealed major problems that this horse would have been suffering for years, and it wasn’t something that had happened in transit. She asked Wayne for her money back, and he refused, so she sent around her partner at the time, who was a bikie, and Wayne quickly decided it was in his own best interest to refund her money. J So after having a look at that first horse, and many others, I became a little jaded as the vast majority were just plain un-rideable.

 In the end I decided to start with a youngster and bought a lovely 1yo stock horse colt and have had him for a year now. He is coming along beautifully with his groundwork. Such a willing boy – he really is a pleasure to own. Have just had him gelded so I’m sure he will only get better with time. He’s still too young to break in yet, so I thought I’d keep my eye out for a project horse to play around with until the young fella is old enough to ride. (I also have a 20yo QHx who I still occasionally trail ride but he is starting to tell me it’s time for retirement) L

So anyway, a couple of days ago I find a horse on gumtree and the lady selling him is being very upfront that this horse has issues on the ground. Pulls back violently when tied up, hard to catch, can be quiet one moment, but a nervous wreck the next. Will totally bowl you over if he gets a fright. He is supposed to be lovely to ride under saddle though (I will make my own judgement on that however). Now the reason for my long-winded story is this….turns out this horse is yet another Wayne  special. :-/ I actually laughed out loud when she told me he was a Wayne horse. I mean – I live over 5 hours away from Wayne, so the chances of me running into another one of his horses would be pretty slim you would think, but obviously not. At least the lady is being honest about this horses issues and has made it clear she won’t sell him to “just anyone”. I haven’t made up my mind yet whether to bother going to have a look at him or not, but I just thought you would appreciate the story.

Kind regards,


For Sale to a very knowledgable sporting/polocross or horse sport person. 
Not for beginner or anyone who lacks any confidence at all. Someone destroyed this horses trust and if you are not confident then please don't even bother enquiring. 
It's not in the saddle that this boy is a problem. To ride he is fantastic, balanced with lovely paces and a perfect stop. Quietly forward no need to kick he is a pleasure to ride. 
It's on the ground that he is unpredictable. If He is scared he is dangerous. He will pull back and he doesn't care if your behind him. Catching him is tricky. Some days he is quiet and soft and then the next day he is blowy and tense and there is no predicting why? If you can just ignore it and continue on he will come round and will be fine. He is only available to someone who practices natural horsemanship and would be perfect for someone who practises liberty training. If you don't know how to treat horses with respect then this boy is not for you. But to the right person he is well worth the effort. 
Can shoe, rug get his teeth done and float. 
Stockhorse 14.2 8/9 years old $1000 firm. 
Some history is known about him. 
This horse will not be sold to just anyone. 
Wyee Point



and of course we can see the Stories of the Sad Horse, in his Eyes :(



As I have been warning for a couple of Years now, the buying of a Horse is a highly dangerous thing and I have 'fought the good fight' against one half of the problem, that of lying Horse Sellers but of late, to point out the unsound Horses that are of plague proportions but generally ridden by People who don't even know it.

I had a well known Victorian Vet against me in a Court Case a couple of Years ago and she insisted that the subject horse was not lame because it didn't show lameness. Well "Read my Lips"......

THE VAST MAJORITY OF UNSOUND HORSES DO NOT SHOW LAMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and so it was this Week alone, that we examined Video of 3 separate potential Purchases for one single Client.

ALL 3 HORSES were either unsound or would have gone unsound with Dressage. $44,000 worth of risk.

Always ask Yourself why a Horse, (in 7 out of 7 Photos) stands with one rear Leg back????

Be careful out there Folks!!


Hi John and Lynda

Hope your comp went well today.  Wasn't the weather disgusting?  60km winds
at home and Steve wasn't going to let that stop him practicing his new found
skills.  He hopped on in the arena today and enjoyed spending some time on
his horse.  Drover was absolutely perfect and did not put a hoof wrong.
Thanks John you are a great teacher and we are constantly astounded as to
how far this little horse has come in such a short time.  Looking forward to
next week.  Thought I would send you a photo of them today.

Kind Regards


Hi John and Lynda Hope your comp went well today. Wasn't the weather disgusting? 60km winds at home and Steve wasn't going to let that stop him practicing his new found skills. He hopped on in the arena today and enjoyed spending some time on his horse. Drover was absolutely perfect and did not put a hoof wrong. Thanks John you are a great teacher and we are constantly astounded as to how far this little horse has come in such a short time. Looking forward to next week. Thought I would send you a photo of them today. Kind Regards Jane  

Well done Steve. Legend! 




Is elastic fantastic? The impact of elastic inserts on rein tension

Hayley Randle, Alison Abbey
Duchy College, UK
Corresponding author:

There is an industry wide interest in developing horse equipment to enhance riding and training
practices. Elastic has been used over the years to achieve ‘give’ in and flexibility in equipment such as
girths and reins. Sustainable and ethical equitation relies upon the effective delivery and receipt of
clear signals and timely pressure-release. This study aimed to determine the effect of elastic insert in
reins on first, the tension applied for normal riding and a walk to halt transition, and second, the
ability to release the tension in the reins. Thirty regular riders (≥4 times/week), all female, average age
22±3.87 years, participated in this study.

The Centaur Rein Tension GaugeTM was fitted to a fixed structure and reins with elastic insert or standard rubber reins were attached. Both sets of reins measured 20 mm x 6 mm (width x depth) and weighed 350 g. Rein tensions (N) were measured for left and right hands, both rein types whentaking up a normal riding contact and executing a walk to halt transition using a cross-over design. The time (s) for a total release of tension was also derived for each
rein type. There were three replicates for each rein type. Significantly different tensions were observed between the two types of rein (F1,16=5.54; P<0.05). Lower tensions were exerted with the elastic insert (3.33±1.97N) than with the rigid reins (5.83±1.17N) in the normal riding contact condition, whilst higher tensions were evident with elastic insert reins (21.3±6.19N) than with rigid reins (15.8±4.4N) in the walk to halt transition. The time taken for rein tension to return to zero following complete release from a set value of 25N was significantly greater and less consistent with the elastic insert reins (F1,8=5.05; P<0.05; 3.85±3.22s) than with the rigid reins (0.53±0.27s).

 This study suggests that although elastic inserts in reins may result in less tension in generalriding, they may alter riders’behaviour in terms of the tension applied when executing a particularequitation task. Furthermore, elastic inserts in reins may have a deleterious effect on a rider’s ability to applynegative reinforcement accurately and therefore clarity during training.

LP: Rein design which includes elastic can have a substantial impact on the tensions applied
particularly when making transitions during equitation. The impaired ability to simultaneously release
pressure may have a negative impact on equine learning and training, and consequently equid stress
and welfare.

Once again, Scientists trying to be Horse Trainers. They can do all the silly tests like this that they like but it will NEVER throw up an accurate assessment. They can never take into account the Veterinary condition of each Horse, the integrity of the Mouth of each Horse, I bet they all had British Nut Cracker effect Bits and so on. Total folly!!

Horses are not Machines and therefore cannot be studied like such.



The influence of rider handedness on rider position

Anaëlle Faouën1
, Katrina Merkies2
1Agrocampus Rennes, France; 2University of Guelph, ON, Canada
Corresponding author:

Riders learn early in their riding career that the ideal riding position shows vertical alignment through
the rider’s ear-shoulder-hip-heel with equal weight distribution on both seat bones. Without the
correct position, riders cannot give the aids correctly which in turn affect performance. Lateral
dominance may affect the symmetry of a rider’s position and hence impair clear communication with the horse. The aim of this study is to determine if a correlation exists between the rider laterality and rider symmetry. A survey was completed by 25 female riders (18 right-handed, 7 left-handed) to collect demographic information and information on their riding discipline, level and frequency.

 Each rider was videoed riding her own horse with markers affixed both to ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. Sixty still frames/gait/rider were captured from videos taken from both left and right sides and the rear while riding in a straight line at the halt, walk, trot and canter. Rider symmetry was determined by measuring the angle of displacement of a horizontal line drawn through the rider’s ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles from a vertical reference line. To account for the crookedness of the horse, the displacement of the horse’s spine in relation to the rider’s spine when viewed from the rear was used as a covariate in a mixed model analysis, with dominant hand, riding discipline, level of therider and gait as fixed factors and rider as a random factor.

 Paired t-tests compared rider symmetry on left and right sides, and independent t-tests compared overall riding position for left and right-handed riders. At the halt, the position of all riders was very close to the ideal (P>0.20). All riders differed in their head, leg, knee and chest positions on the left versus the right side (P<0.011). Beginner riders leaned more forward than advanced riders (10° vs. 4°, respectively; P<0.011). Right-handed riders leaned more
forward (P<0.002), tilted their head to the right (P<0.0001), twisted their torso to the right
(P<0.002), carried their legs more forward (P<0.005) and had a more open knee angle (P<0.028)
whereas left-handed riders tipped their head more forward (P<0.0001), and pushed their right heel
down farther (P<0.04).

Thus, handedness does appear to affect rider position.
LP: While all riders can achieve almost ideal riding position at the halt, increasing movement of the horse alters rider symmetry. Right-handed riders lean more forward and carry their legs farther forward. Riding position of left-handed riders is closer to the ideal ear-shoulder-hip-heel alignment.

Awareness of riding position can help riders and coaches improve communication to prevent
inappropriate signalling that could lead to confusion in the horse and conflicting corrections from the



A pilot study investigating the prevalence of loading problems at an
equine referral hospital

Emily Hancock, Gemma Pearson
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Corresponding author:

Behaviour problems such as loading in horseboxes or trailers can result in time delays, frustration and potential injury to horse or handler. Consequences of poor loading responses mayinclude being unable to get the horse to a hospital for treatment, or delaying it. Atdischarge, poor loading may be detrimental to their existing condition, especially orthopaedic injuries if a prolonged time is spent moving around or hyper-reactive behaviour exhibited. To assess whether loading is a significant behaviour problem, data was collected over a 6 month period at an equine referral hospital.

Clients were included in the study if the horse spent more than approximately 1 minute standing at the bottom of the ramp when loading was attempted, or after 2 or more failed attempts at walking up the ramp into the trailer. The age, type, use and reason for hospital visit were recorded. Length of time to load, method(s) used to facilitate loading and whether hospital staff assistance was required was also recorded for analysis. This study may indicate if horses that have undergone veterinary treatment/surgery are more reluctant to load, perhaps as a consequence of injury/illness and an unfamiliar environment. The data collection for this study will finish on 30th June 2014.

 As of 15th May 2014, 8.8% of 385 hospital appointments had problems loading when discharged, of which 76% required staff assistance. Time delays of over 30 minutes were recorded (26%); however, the majority (56%) were loaded within 15 minutes. Methods included using food, lunge equipment, IV sedation and stronger head restraint. The most popular successful method was using negative reinforcement through whip taps on the ribcage to make the horse walk forwards.

 This method was used the majority of times when staff assisted. Time is very precious in busy equine hospitals and involvement of staff in
loading difficult horses prevents them from completing their normal work. The current study may encourage horse owners to practice loading with their horses, both increasing their own and their horse’s confidence that they will load if they need to transport their horse to a veterinary hospital.

LP: Many horses are not completely confident when loading to travel, resulting in them refusing to load, causing time delays and stress for both horse and owner. This study at an equine referral hospital showed that around 9% of horses were not good loaders. This could delay veterinary treatment or make existing injuries worse. Owners should practise loading their horse at home to increase confidence when loading in everyday and emergency situations.


Once again, this Study would not have taken into account "Horse Trailer Design', the 'Horsemanship skills' of the Owner, the experience of the Horse, whether Green, unbroken or not, the ability of the Driver and whether the Horse hates traveling with them and much more. Complete Folly once more but makes them feel good.

Time to go find a cure for Colic, find out the damage modern feeds are doing to Horses, do more work on Worming and much more. Scientists are frustrated Horse Trainers but without the ability to understand.



A Preliminary Study to Investigate the Number of Elite Dressage Riders
Competing in Pain in the United Kingdom

Victoria Lewis, Emma Davies, Ruth Kennerley
Hartpury College, United Kingdom
Corresponding author:

Equestrianism is more dangerous than many sports including motorcycle riding, skiing, football and rugby with one in five equestrians seriously injured during their riding career. In addition to the high injury incident rate which could cause the rider to experience acute pain, saddle design and the lifestyle of elite riders could further aggravate the symptoms of chronic pain. An elite rider suffering from pain may still choose to compete with pain due to the pressures from sponsors and owners and the need for competition success to promote the rider and support the rider financially.

The welfare of the rider needs to be considered and continuing to ride with pain is an issue which British Dressage needs to address. Therefore, this study is a preliminary study which aims to identify the number of elite dressage riders competing with pain in the United Kingdom which should provide British

Dressage with an incentive to develop sports medicine, education for coaches, rehabilitation
techniques for the rider and improve ergonomic technology, all of which would increase performance.
In order to meet the aim of this study, a quantitative approach was used due to the experimental nature of the study. Questionnaires were distributed to 50 elite dressage riders at the Festival of Dressage located at Hartpury College to establish the prevalence of competing with pain. In order to achieve the most reliable results, professional elite dressage riders were used as the lifestyle and workload of these riders is more likely to be standardised in comparison to amateur riders. 74% of elite dressage riders compete while experiencing pain.

Pearson’s Chi2 Test was used to identify any associations and statistical significance was set at There was a highly significant relationship between competing with pain and pain affecting negatively on performance (X2=16.216a and the rider experiencing pain and the treatment of pain

Further research is needed to determine why riders continue to compete with pain; the impact
competing with pain has on rider performance; the design of dressage ergonomics and to identify a method of treatment of pain which riders can use to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s mission of clean sport.

LP: In equestrianism, there is a high injury incidence rate which could cause acute pain to the rider.
Furthermore, the lifestyles which professional riders endure could also cause chronic pain to the rider.

As a result, a study was conducted to establish the number of elite dressage riders competing with pain in the United Kingdom. 74% of elite dressage riders used in the study competed while experiencing pain. This information can provide British Dressage with an incentive to improve sports medicine, dressage ergonomics and rehabilitation techniques for the rider.









In December 2013, I requested the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, which crowns the Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship, return the Graceland Challenge trophy due to the rampant abuse in the Tennessee Walking Horse’s “big lick” segment known as horse “soring.”



 This year, the event, which has been plagued with this abuse for more than a half-century, saw inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture disqualify nearly half of the horses they inspected at the 10-day event due to signs of current soring, scarring and other violations of the Horse Protection Act of 1970. Additionally, all five judges of the event have recorded violations of the HPA. Throughout the event, and as they have in the past, the pro-soring coalition in Tennessee continued to point fingers at the inspectors, arguing that the trainers were not violating the Horse Protection Act and abusing these majestic animals. Fortunately, the facts are on the side of the groups working together to eradicate soring by working to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, introduced by U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.

 That bill currently has 305 co-sponsors in the House and 57 in the Senate. The PAST Act is supported by more than 600 groups and key individuals, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Horse Council, U.S. Equestrian Federation, National Sheriffs’ Association, former Tennessee Gov. Winfield Dunn, former walking horse industry president Bill Harlin, and the veterinary medical associations from all 50 states. This year’s Celebration was not such a celebration at all. Only three horses competed for the World Grand Championship, which typically has a dozen or so entries.

 Most of the horses had been disqualified in the weeks before by USDA inspectors. The crowd, which formerly boasted 30,000 fans in its heyday, dwindled to nearly 20 percent of that number, according to sources who attended. During the final week of the event, the media uncovered misrepresentations by the Celebration’s Veterinary Advisory Committee, which was clearly nothing more than a politically motivated move designed to lend credibility to the industry so that trainers could continue to abuse horses. The horse that was crowned world grand champion, I Am Jose, was trained and ridden by Casey Wright, who has numerous violations of the HPA for soring and abusing horses, and all but one of the top 10 trainers who received the most prize money at the Celebration have multiple HPA violations. Astounding, isn’t it? There is more. I must mention that the pro-soring coalition brought noted cockfighting advocate B.L. Cozad to the grounds of the Celebration to speak in its “Hall of Fame Club” against protecting animals from abuse. Cozad actually stated, “Horse soring is a victimless crime. Why is it illegal?” To Mr. Cozad, and the pro-soring groups, I say there are victims.

The victims are the horses that have no voice, the equine industry that is being destroyed by these crimes, and the Tennesseans who no longer want their state to be known as the “horse abuse capital of the world.” Over the past several months, I have had numerous conversations with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., about bringing the PAST Act to a vote so this torture can be stopped for good, but it appears that Speaker John Boehner is now holding up the legislation. I thank McCarthy for his time, efforts and leadership on this issue and call on Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the PAST Act to a vote during this Congress. Gentlemen, our country and our horses need you. Priscilla Presley is an actress and founder and chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises.




John Warren, the Queen’s bloodstock and racing advisor, said on Thursday that it is “entirely right that [the rules of racing] are applied fully, fairly and consistently” as the Queen’s mare Estimate was stripped of second place in this year’s Gold Cup at Royal Ascot after failing a dope-test for morphine. Estimate was one of seven horses disqualified from races earlier this year by a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel on Thursday, following a rash of positive tests for morphine and oripavine, a related opiate, in June and July. N

The Queen’s five-year-old, who won the Gold Cup in 2013, was the most high-profile of the horses to return positive tests, with the mare’s disqualification costing her owner nearly £81,000 in prize money. No blame for the positive drug tests was attached to any of those connected with the horses, with accidental contamination of feed with poppy seeds believed to be responsible for the presence of the banned substances in the horses’ systems. In a statement issued through the Press Association at the conclusion of the hearing, Warren said: “Following today’s meeting of the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority [BHA], we totally accept in full the panel’s findings. “We are grateful to the BHA for its thorough and fair investigation, which concluded that the positive samples from seven horses, including Estimate, were the result of a contaminated batch of feed from an independent supplier. “We also welcome the BHA’s recognition that the five respective trainers, who include [Estimate’s trainer] Sir Michael Stoute, took all reasonable precautions to avoid breaching the rules of racing; and that the accidental administration of a prohibited substance was in no way the fault of those connected to the horses. “Since the positive test on 19 June, Sir Michael has worked with the BHA and other relevant bodies to establish the facts.



Ruidoso Downs, which has had its share of horse doping problems, has announced new rules designed to deter owners and trainers from doping horses they plan to enter in next year’s high-dollar races, including the $2.6 million All American Futurity, billed as “the world’s richest quarter horse race.” Calling those who attempt to cheat a “cancer to horse racing,” track owner R.D. Hubbard said in a news release that the new steps are part of “our on-going effort to ensure the integrity and safety of the sport and its participants.” The rules will apply to horses hoping to compete in the All American Futurity, Ruidoso Futurity, Rainbow Futurity, All American Derby, Ruidoso Derby and Rainbow Derby. Any horse winning all three futurities in a single year earns its owner a $4 million bonus. The new rules will be in place prior to the track’s 2015 racing season, which will run May 22 through Sept. 7. The new rules require that: All horses entered in those races be on the grounds in the Ruidoso barn area 10 days before running in trials. All horses that qualify for the finals of one of the futurities or derbies will be required to stay on the grounds through the running of the finals. All horses will be subject to random checks by the horse identifier and track security. Surveillance cameras will be installed at the stable gates, test barn, and in the barns and stalls of all 20 qualifiers to the futurities and derbies. Any horse not in compliance will be scratched from the trials and/or finals. Hubbard said the new rules were developed with input from the American Quarter Horse Association and the New Mexico Racing Commission. “I must emphasize that we are not yet finished” compiling new track rules, Hubbard said. “There will be additional steps that we are currently working on that will be announced in the weeks ahead.” After the New York Times published a stinging exposé in 2012 that said lax regulation allowed unscrupulous New Mexico horse trainers to dope their horses with near impunity, the Racing Commission rushed to adopt medication standards — and sanctions — recommended by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Those efforts are ongoing, and some of the state’s five racetracks have implemented additional rules to crack down on cheating. The ARCI guidelines are the closest thing the United States has to uniform horse racing standards, and are being adopted by a number of agencies that regulate horse racing.




GRIMSBY international event rider Katy Hurst has undergone hours of surgery in a Leeds hospital after a fall at the weekend left her with critical injuries. Katy, 32, a former Tollbar and Franklin College student, was competing on one of her regular rides on Sunday when an accident saw her thrown from the horse, which then fell onto her. An inflatable air jacket, which was triggered, protected her body but she was left with terrible facial and pelvic injuries. Surgeons were keeping her in a medically-induced coma to aid her recovery and she was in theatre yesterday afternoon.

International rider Katy Hurst is recovering in hospital after her horse fell on top of her at an event. accident: International rider Katy Hurst is recovering in hospital after her horse fell on top of her at an event. Comments (0) GRIMSBY international event rider Katy Hurst has undergone hours of surgery in a Leeds hospital after a fall at the weekend left her with critical injuries. Katy, 32, a former Tollbar and Franklin College student, was competing on one of her regular rides on Sunday when an accident saw her thrown from the horse, which then fell onto her. An inflatable air jacket, which was triggered, protected her body but she was left with terrible facial and pelvic injuries. Surgeons were keeping her in a medically-induced coma to aid her recovery and she was in theatre yesterday afternoon.

 Today her father, Clive Williams, of Ravendale, where Katy grew up, thanked the scores of people who were supporting the family and said medical experts said her recovery would be good – but it would be a long haul. He also wanted to thank all the medics at the scene and at Leeds General Infirmary. He has read all the 70 messages of support which were left on her public Facebook page, as well-wishers prayed for her full recovery. Clive said: "It is going to be a long haul. She has a long journey ahead of her with a lot of rehabilitation. "But there is no reason why she cannot be riding again long term. Riding is her passion." The accident happened as she was riding for an owner on a horse she has competed on all season, taking part in the Intermediate Novice class at Allerton Park Horse Trials. She had just returned from representing Team GB in Poland and had ridden for the team in Austria and Ireland. Her father, who introduced her to pony riding as a child, said: "She is a brave and strong girl and very dedicated. We know she will make a speedy recovery and we will probably have to hold her back. "Everyone has been anxious to know how she is.

It has been a big shock for us all because it could easily have been so much worse." He added: "There was nothing the horse did wrong. It was a complex jump." The dad said: "I can't say enough about the medical team at Leeds. Their care has been second to none. We can't say enough also for the staff at the course. The care and attention they gave to ensure they got to hospital has been great. Everyone has been fantastic." He thanked Katy's partner Adrian Speight – himself an established show jumper – for looking after her yard at Claxby and to everyone who has sent messages of good wishes. He said his daughter had achieved great success in her chosen sport. He said: "It is all her own doing. when she is competing she is up against riders to whom the expense is no object. She has achieved great success coming from little old Ravendale.




REGINA – RCMP were called Thursday afternoon to a serious two vehicle collision that claimed the life of one man just east of Regina. Police responding at Highway 1 near the Balgonie entrance found a tractor trailer carrying horses and a SUV collided. The SUV attempted to cross the highway from the town of Balgonie and was hit by the semi in the eastbound lanes. The 85 year-old SUV driver from Hubbard, Sask. died in the crash. The driver of the semi was uninjured. The semi-trailer had 27 slaughter horses in it, and since the trailer was overturned it was a long process to remove the animals and assess the scene inside. Several livestock experts, including local veterinarians, were on hand to assist with the horses. Of the 27 horses in the trailer, 15 survived. 3 out of the 12 horses that died were put down by RCMP on the advice of vets on scene. Later that night after the horses were removed and emergency crews were about to move the semi off the road, it caught on fire and the Balgonie Fire department returned to extinguish the blaze. The collision remains under investigation by police.



2 HORSES AND BUGGIES CRASH (now I have heard everything)

September 26, 2014- One person was flown to the hospital after an accident involving two horse and buggies. Emergency crews were called to to 11840 Laird Road in Crawford County around 10:15p.m. for the accident. According to Pennsylvania State Police in Meadville, a horse and buggy was traveling west on Laird Road when another horse and buggy driven by a 16-year old tried to pass them. That buggy collided with it, sending it off the road and into two pedestrians walking down the road. Of the victims, Levi Shetler, 20, was injured and flown to UPMC Hamot for treatment of moderate injuries by Stat Med-evac. The other pedestrian, Anna Troyer, 18, was not injured.









Hi John, I am in need of advice, i have re mouthed a 15 year old mare, who was barrel raced and her issue before i started her was she used to jig jog and canter side ways on her way home. after the training, i gave the owner instructions to halt her and back her up like on your blog. I also advised her to just walk everywhere until she had the mare walking home. She has been doing this but the mare has such bad anxiety she is finding other ways of evading. Is there other things i can show her so she can help this poor horse who obvisouly wants to get the ride over and done with. i have had her in running reins also and the mare is very responsive in the round yard and until we get half way home but as soon as she relizes she’s going home she starts to jig jog. the halting and backing has slowing started to work, but the closer to home she gets the more it happens and when she is asked to halt and back up she is starting to half rear, or she turns side ways and goes backwards. Any advice for this horse and her owner would be greatly appreciated, Also i have been using the market harbough on her through out her training under saddle. Bev

The difficulty here Bev, is the absolute necessity that for the system to work, the Handler has to completely understand it, have the absolute timing required but above all else, to be able to get the Head around the INSTANT RELEASE and the TOTAL RELEASE of the Reins. Most People struggle with this with this timing. This is so technical and very difficult. Foreign to most Peoples abilities. It comes right down to that.

If such a Horse, that has just been backed up, feels the Hand of the Rider, even accidently, it will be triggered to Jog again as this is the cue that originally caused the problem in the first place. Riding AT THE WALK, on a contact, is what causes this.

It is also something that every single Breaker I ride, needs to be set in it's ways from the outset as most will accidently break into a jog that wasn't asked for. Some however, will do it intentionally and may try a Handful of times. They can all be fixed, forever, with this system, but the institutionalized Horse like the one you speak of, is the high end degree of difficulty as as I said, fail to throw the Reins away 100% of the times not 99, will ruin the system. Regards









There is nothing more frustrating. I have lost the letter but the Lady can follow Him around the paddock for as long as she likes, he will "Join Up' in Round Pen but in Paddock, forget it.

This is where one needs to play the 'Psychological Card'

Completely ignore this Horse from now. Don't even look at it. Show the other Horse with Gifts, a number of times a Day (briefly) and keep Your back on smartie Pants. Once You have caught Him next time, leave an old webbing Halter on Him, with a short piece (2 foot) of rope hanging, so that You can softly grasp it in the future, as it hangs BENEATH THE FEED BUCKET where Your other Hand will be waiting. These Horses cannot stand being suddenly grabbed.

Lead Him away a few feet, handful of feed and turn and leave. Build on it but always go to the other Horse first. If You are currently feeding in the paddock, in addition to the Grass there, stop with Him and stand guard over the other Horse until it finishes. (unless he wants to playu the game.) He is fat enough.








Hi MrHP Complex mare, HA, she has certainly taught me the value of negotiation. I have certainly learnt to read the warning signs of immanent panic attacks 98% of the time. Still witchy with halter but bridle all good now, mouth wide open & nose stuck out to greet the bit. I'm sure the molasses has nothing to do with it ;) (still no Noseband). Thnx for tip taking it off, now starting to open mouth on her own to remove bridle. Regards Nikki

Well done Nikki!





I have extensively read through your entire website all your articles – horse problems, rants etc in the past. And will do so again now I see you have updated your website to make sure I read any new additions. It is a tremendous and generous effort on your part to place all this online for people to become better horse people. I know how much time and effort this would’ve taken you many thanks.

Many thanks. Most kind.



QUESTION OF THE WEEK (trust her......:)

From last week’s blog....“Therefore and especially as Your Daughter's forte is the Dressage, I would be training ........yes I am saying it......a well build, good temperament and SOUND Thoroughbred. Save Thousands.”.........

That’s interesting coming from you HP!!! But nice to hear something positive about the 20% who are does one go about finding a ‘SOUND’ OTTT?!!! Invest in hind end xrays before purchasing??? The Phantom Horse Trainer

Very good question Madam but you knew that :)

There was another reason I said that, which is the fact that the Rider was a Young one, with the love of Dressage and some ability in that area, plus they are jumping.

Young Riders, (virtually all of us) ruin a string of our first Horses) until we mature. Especially Teenage Girls where 'Peer Pressure' and now 'Social Media' comes into play with even more need to impress.

The selection of a sound one though is complex and basically a lottery, because the fact is that they can't X-Ray everything. Average People cannot afford the M.I.R.

This is where price helps (the disposable Product) but the key here is CONFORMATION!!!!!!!! first and visual observation second. Vet's can feel Leg Damage and You can see the Rear end damage and Pain in Horses by looking at them. I guess this is where the Professional assessment becomes handy.

Getting these Horses on Trial though, is important.




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