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19th October, 2014


Hi Folks. Hope You had a great Week. I had an exhausting one and quite eventful.  below,

Seriously sprained my left ankle when stepping off Rocks below, with a full back pack on and trod on another.........then two Days later, twisted the same ankle on another Rock and in my speedy attempt to not take the weight on it, stumbled forward through a Gate and broke a Rib :) So it's been a painful Week riding all these Horses.

Another of Mrs. HP's Cousins is here from Holland and this one is a 'Young Horse Trainer' and so it was the perfect opportunity to throw Her on one of my current Breakers, Gus, and intro some introduction to Flatwork. :) His Owner, Auntie Loyla thought it was most entertaining but I don't know about Mr. Pork :)




Hi John and Linda Thanks again for all your time yesterday, we really enjoyed being able to see Drover out and about. I think he really enjoyed his trail ride and it was amazing to see how much you were able to add on to his education in a trail ride. It was also great to see you and Linda out there riding together and having fun. Kind Regards Jane


Yes thanks Jane. Had a lovely Ride. In fact Mrs. HP said to me as we were going along, that this is the first fun Ride she has had in Years :)


Hell!!!!!!!! that must be a Rock :)

Not quite sure about the waving of Arms


On the Bit a little for the first time



Hit the front for his first time

and Cappo's full Sister...the Saint of a Dulce




I hadn't planned it but I have had a big Week on the Young Horses. Here is the second 'Gus', who I have Nick Named "Gummy Shark the 2nd. He and his Mate have had a major Fall Out.

I thought "If You want to Bite everything that exists on the Planet, I'll put You in together for an afternoon. WELL!!!!!! It was Hell fun for about half an Hour but then Gus decided he had just had enough of Gummy Shark 1 for he never let's up. He is in fact a total Pain in the Ass :) and Today, Gus didn't want to know about his Games of Rearing and Platy Biting. First they started to get more serious and then Gus decided that was it. When I went to Feed Tonight, despite them being back in their respective Yards, Gus went HIm whilst on the lead Rope with me. Lolarama does it Feel. This is How Your Mummy Feels at the end of a Session with You....after You spend an Hour trying to Put Her in Your Mouth hahahahahaha. Pay back


Anyhow, here he is on his departure on his first Ride out in his Career.

Leading Him must be one of the nicests Mares in Australia. The fabulous Gainsborough Donner Dulce Vita, who we have purchased back. Cappo's full Sister. Just the best Lead Horse in Town (even though a Mare) as she was my Roping Horse immediately after her starting

anyhow, next Day, around the District on his own and he was a perfect Boy. Nothing like stimulation. No biting, eating things, just concentrating on his very existence :)....we even met some Friends along the way. Camp Drafters no less. Thank God not Thb's :)

Yes....I know....he never shuts up :)


Amazing what a first time out alone Horse will do with relaxation.!


and so Today, thanks to Leanne Bossema from Holland, his first go at the arena and 'On the Bit'

Leanne, seen here on the back during a Comp.






Well he 'Hit the Wall' emotionally early in the Week and has been having a Holiday at the Trainers :) His Mind could only handle so much responsibility of hitting the Trail and intro to Arena and he felt flat.

He is back with vengeance however and ready to Rock. Been driving everyone Mad with his Games, so he gets ridden again Today and Tomorrow and then Monday, to the Paddock for a Week, before we go the Dressage Training.






and on the Flip Side..........

Congrats to Jess Demczuk for winning the Elementary Championship Today at Southern Vales DC. She was over the Moon with the Judge.

"Omgomg john and linda guess what!! Pom and I won champion elementary at southern vales!! 67 and 72.7 %. Wonderful positive comments with great contructive feedback!!! "


Well done to You Jess and to the Judge. Great.

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AND ANOTHER great design job

Hi John 
Just letting you know I received  saddle today ... 
Beautiful ,love the look .. have tried it on about 20 min ago , fits him and me perfect with some room . So comfy and so much lighter than my western saddle . He can feel leg cues , and I him. ' I'm off tomorrow so will have it on him again and will send pics . Tonight was more getting adjustments sorted.. So very pleased with it . Even got an awesome side pass so he felt my clumsy cues and made sense of it and did it tremendously well . 
Thank You
Regards Patricia   





English Girths (elastic) Full/Cob/Pony



Thankyou :) Wind sucking collar I bought from you is working great by the way - he doesn't mind having it on either! Karina



Pawing Chain. (Kid Leather and Neoprene inside for the protection of the Horse)





Somewhere in Australia this Week, at a top Dressage Facility, a stressed and well Bred Horse was chased around in Indoor Arena, with Whips and with a Rider on board. In the end, the Horse attempted to leave and got the front Legs over the outside Fence. You would think that would be enough....wouldn't You....but alas, no, not once but at least 4 times over the Fence with the front Legs. The Vet was called and the Rider declared they won't be riding said Horse any more. ......and they call Cowboys Cowboys?



" Dressage Riders who ride with a 'Blocking Hand, can and do cause Ulcers in Horses"


The case of the Stallion Service, where the progeny could not be registered as required later.



Assessed 6 Horses now for a Client and all found to be either substandard or unsound.

There are some decidedly dangerous prospective Horse Purchases to be had in South Australia right at this time. Mainly Warmbloods, so watch it!!!!!!






LISTEN TO YOUR HORSES.......ours tell us every Day. but anyhow.......

Blanket? No blanket? Blanket? Oh, that frustrating inner battle on a cool day. There are many good reasons to put a blanket on your horse, but there are just as many reasons to leave it off. If only your horse could just tell you want he wanted! Actually, there might be a way to determine whether your horse wants a blanket or prefers to be naked: Cecilie M. Mejdell, PhD, of the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, and colleagues have developed a communication system with horses that allows the animal to express his desire to have a blanket on—or not. “Blanketing horses is common in our culture, but blankets are often used excessively, even into summer,” said Mejdell. Mejdell presented a study she completed with Turid Buvik, Grete Jørgensen, and Knut Boe, at the 2014 International Society for Equitation Science conference, held Aug. 6-9 in Bredsten, Denmark. “(Blankets) could be uncomfortable for the horse, and they also prevent social grooming,” she said. “So it’s important to know what the horse actually prefers.” Using a simple series of easily distinguishable printed symbols, Mejdell’s group taught 23 horses to associate symbols with certain actions. The horses learned that one symbol meant “blanket on,” another meant “blanket off,” and a third meant “no change.” Once the horses had learned the meanings (which took an average of 11 days), the researchers gave them free rein to choose symbols and rewarded them with food for their selection, regardless of which symbol they chose. The team tested the horses under a variety of weather conditions, including sun, wind, rain, and snow, in Norwegian temperatures ranging from -15°C to 20°C (5°F to 68°F). Video clips showed horses quickly making a selection when the researchers presented the symbols and then standing still waiting for their choice to be carried out.

 Photo: Courtesy Cecilie M. Mejdell, PhD

 “The horses’ preferences were often very clear,” Mejdell said. Video clips presented during the presentation revealed horses quickly making a selection when the researchers presented the symbols and then standing still waiting for their choice to be carried out. Overall, the horses appeared to understand the communication system's benefits, Mejdell said. Blanketing preferences varied from horse to horse, but on the whole cold-blooded draft-type horses chose to be blanketed less frequently than the Warmblood horses in the study. Individually, horses’ preferences seemed to be influenced by weather conditions: the colder, wetter, and windier it got outside, the more likely the horse was to choose to be blanketed. “Communication by the use of visual symbols is a promising tool for the study of preferences in horses,” Mejdell said.




Do dressage judges see horses' behavior the same way a scientist would? Recent study results yielded mixed results: Equestrian professionals do, on the whole, have an appreciation for welfare-friendly behavior in the ring, but they disagree with scientists when it comes to head and neck position. “There is public perception of ridden horse behavior that seems to view the nasal plane behind the vertical and overflexing the horse’s neck as positive,” said Carol Hall, PhD, researcher and principal lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, in the U.K. “Other research has shown that horses are judged as having ‘better ridability’ if they have their nasal planes behind the vertical. And this is despite the guidelines of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).” In Hall's recent study, which she presented at the 2014 International Society for Equitation Science, held Aug. 6-9 in Bredsten, Denmark, she found that scientific stress parameter readings are in line with the FEI guidelines for head and neck positions.

 Horses showed higher salivary cortisol levels and higher eye temperatures—both indicators of stress—when in a hyperflexed (behind the vertical) position. Even so, Hall cautioned that these “stress” results could be linked to physical instead of mental stress: “It could just be that they’re working harder. We can’t really make any direct conclusions about mental state based on these data.” In their study, Hall and her fellow researchers investigated 10 horses and their regular riders as they performed a simple two- to three-minute dressage pattern that included three gaits. The team took salivary samples and eye temperature before and five times during the test. Additionally, they video-recorded horses' behavior, which three different groups of equestrian professionals--riders, veterinarians, and riding instructors—then evaluated.

The researchers found minor discrepancies among the professional evaluations for certain behaviors, such as salivation and tail-swishing. But they noted significant differences when it came to head and neck position. Veterinarians and riders seemed to correlate a behind-the-vertical position with higher energy levels and an in-front-of-the-vertical position with reduced suppleness, Hall said. Instructors, however, generally appeared to favor the neutral (vertical) nose position. Meanwhile, the team found that the longer the horse carried his head low (with his nose below the abdominal line), the higher his salivary cortisol concentrations rose. And the longer he carried his nose behind the vertical, the more his eye temperature increased.



Scientists can be so mis-leading :) This statement........ hyperflexed (behind the vertical) position.

does NOT necessarily mean ROLLKUR but they are cunningly trying to portray everything that is behind the Vertical, as such. This of course is incorrect.

They have a pre-occupation with 'behind the Vertical' and need to go study "Above the Bit' which causes much more ridden damage to Horses!!

We can both categorically say, based upon our Study which is Thousands of Horses, that indeed, "Behind the Vertical' can even be used to aid in Veterinary afflictions of the rear end of Horses. Above the Bit just destroys them



Congratulations to

Kerry Glass Hi John, little Sass won the Novice Pony Champion at SVDC today with winning both tests 68% and 62% a big thank you to Linda her lessons are so correct to the training scale xxxx









Apprentice jockey Caitlin Forrest has died after a fall at Murray Bridge racecourse near Adelaide. The 19-year-old suffered horrific injuries when her mount Colla Voce fell, bringing down three other horses, and she was flung to the ground ahead of the trailing pack on Wednesday.

She was reportedly semi-conscious and responsive when airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital but later died from her injuries.

Also injured in the crash was Libby Hopwood, who was taken to Murray Bridge Hospital for observation.

Forrest's boyfriend, fellow jockey Scott Westover, said on Facebook: "Today has been the worst day of my life.

"I lost the love of my life.

"I love you so much my beautiful girl and I'll never forget the best 3 years of my life I had with you.

"I know there will be an angel up there watch'

Mr Westover's Facebook page has this morning been flooded with condolences and messages of support.

"Caitlin loved and breathed what she wanted to do. To be a jockey," one friend wrote.

"My heart aches for you all. Such a beautiful young soul taken far too soon," wrote another.

The news came in the same week another Australian jockey, Queensland-based Carly-Mae Pye, lost her life in a barrier trial at Callaghan Park.





Chopper 9 flew over the scene, where crews were cleaning up debris that was scattered all over the highway.

Howell was injured and was taken to a hospital but since has been released.

After Howell was released from the hospital, Channel 9 caught up with him at a nearby horse farm where his two horses were being cared for.

Howell told Channel 9 he travels about 10 miles per day and then camps out at various places.

The Times and Democrat recently did a feature on Howell about how he set off from his home in Tennessee on a trip to Niagara Falls, New York.

Howell told the Times and Democrat that he was motivated to take the journey after receiving a terminal diagnosis from his doctor.

The Vietnam War veteran, who suffers from complications to Agent Orange exposure, told the newspaper he "just doesn't want to die on the porch."






IT�S not often that animal activists do animal owners a favour. But that's precisely what radical fringe group the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses did for horse owners and horse racing last week. Their enormous billboard between Footscray and Racecourse roads (below) — which has been removed — telling us that horse racing “kills” and asking, “Is the party really worth it?” provides the perfect chance to expose some important facts about these extremists. For example, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, a group that is allegedly concerned with horse welfare, spends virtually no money each year caring for horses. In 2012-13, they spent only $313 on horse rescue and rehoming. During the same period, they spent more than 10 times the amount on photographic equipment and the same again on campaigns and events, printing and stationery. In comparison, racehorse owners spend about $30,000 each year caring for a single racehorse. In Victoria alone, more than $300 million is spent annually on the training, care and welfare of racehorses. But the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses is not the sort to trumpet that fact. That’s why they continue their wildly incorrect claims that 18,000 racehorses are killed each year.

In the real world, evidence shows that Australia-wide, between 650 and 960 racehorses are put down per annum. As with family pets, accidents happen, animals age or can’t find homes and so are euthanised. It is important to put those numbers in perspective using further real world figures. According to the RSPCA’s national summary, 10,378 dogs and 19,448 cats were put down by the organisation in 2012-13 alone. In my view, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses cannot and should not be taken seriously. Their figures shouldn’t be taken at face value. They seem to have no credibility when it comes to spending money on horse welfare. But what should be taken seriously is the economic and cultural damage they continue to inflict on Australia’s horseracing industry, first jumps racing and now flats racing, too. This group has nearly destroyed our rich cultural heritage of jumps racing.

Australia’s oldest steeplechase, the Great Western, was first held at Coleraine in 1857. The poet, politician and horseman, Adam Lindsay Gordon, immortalised the track in a poem. Casterton, where horses jump live hedges beneath rolling hills, is one of the prettiest racecourses in Australia. There is no greater sight than watching horses gallop off the course proper and continue cross country, aside from the Melbourne Cup, perhaps. And that is what activists are putting in jeopardy — our history, our culture and our national economic wellbeing. Horse racing is a major employer. It earns significant domestic and international tourism income. A rebuilt jumps racing industry has the potential to grow this further. Like England’s Grand National steeplechase at Aintree, a showcase race should aim to draw 150,000 people and 600 million viewers each year.

 PREMIER Denis Napthine has been a strong supporter of horse racing and jumps racing, in particular. The Government shows the nation how support for the racing industry can, and should, be done. For too long, Australia has let a vocal minority — animal activists and green do-gooders — attack our history and our culture. We have allowed this radical fringe to damage our economy. As a nation, we have permitted the people who know least about horses — or farming or fishing or forestry, for that matter — to strangle these industries in red tape. We’ve let them dominate media debates and shut down businesses. This hasn’t just damaged our cultural heritage. It hasn’t just hurt our rural communities. It hasn’t just harmed our economy. It has destroyed our economic potential, too. Horse racing is currently worth $2.1 billion to Victoria. With continuing support, particularly for jumps racing, imagine what more it could do.







Microsoft founder Bill Gates has shelled out $US18 million in California to buy an equestrian estate off weight loss guru Jenny Craig. Gates, whose daughter, Jennifer, is a keen showjumper, completed the deal to buy the 228-acre Rancho Paseana, located in Rancho Santa Fe, in mid-September. It is understood that Gates intends to keep the property as an equestrian facility, with local media reporting it will be operated as a hunter-jumper facility. The estate, about 20 minutes north of San Diego, includes five barns, a three-quarter mile racetrack, a guest house and an olive grove. Four of the barns have 30 stalls each, while the fifth is set up for the care of injured horses. Craig had used the facility, which she has owned for about 20 years, for the training of thoroughbreds, but closed the operation in 2013. A real estate agent linked to the sale said Craig had wanted to keep the property as a horse facility. She had in the past received offers for the property from developers. Documents show that the Gates company that purchased the property is Watermark Estate Management Services, based in Kirkland, Washington. Gates is ranked by Forbes as America’s richest person, with a net worth of about $US80 billion. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given away $30 billion since 2000.





With its space-age design, it would not look out of place in a theme park but its creator claims it will revolutionise the training of racehorses. Planning permission has already been approved for the construction of the mile-long monorail system just outside the Berkshire training centre of Lambourn with work expected to being before the end of the year after the recent appointment of a Project Manager. Ultimately running along the track will be a computer controlled unit housing between six and 12 horses as they exercise with controlled weights on their backs rather than riders. By this time next year, it should be completed and Turkish industrialist Mehmet Kurt, who has poured $20million (£12.4million) into development and will spend a further £10m on his system’s construction at Kingwood Stud, is convinced the horse welfare benefits will win over any sceptic minds in racing.

Kurt this week outlined his plans to a Jockey Club delegation headed by chief executive Simon Bazalgette but he already has a prototype operating near Istanbul.

He was inspired develop Kurtsystems after becoming frustrated by the level of injury to his young horses when they went into training.

He is convinced that, more often than not, riders tugging at the reins of embryonic racehorses do more damage than good.

Kurt says results in his homeland endorse his methods. He claims horses which undergo a conditioning programme of ‘controlled exercise’ develop stronger bones, cartilages, muscles and tendons, making them more resilient to the rigours of full training.

Kurt, a former president of Adanaspor football club who studied the movement of wild horses in Arizona before designing his prototype, claims his system can also play a significant role in the rehabilitation of injured horses. The man, who has won the Turkish Derby twice with The Best (1993) and Batrobel (1999), said: ‘When I had young horses which were exciting and expected to become champions were injured too often, I felt I had to find a solution or leave the sport. ‘Breakdowns and muscle injuries arise when horses are pushed beyond their capabilities at a very young age. ‘This is about making a horse ready for training. The idea is to make it as natural as possible with no restriction on movement.’ Kurt has had horse in training with Richard Hannon this summer and intends to increase his British string. He will intend this week’s next session of the Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket this week with bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud. Kurt’s intention is to practise what he preaches and pre-train his young stock on his system. He insists he can win over the traditionally conservative racing community to join him. ‘I know people have old habits but when they see horses going from the Kurtsystems to be winners they will change to new habits,’ he said. He already has one convert, renowned US Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts, who said: ’I see potential in it, amazing potential.’


 Units housing between six to 10 horses travel along a one-mile monorail covered system exercising on an artificial racing surface. Loose connecting reins allow each horse freedom of movement to make exercise as natural as possible. System can be shut down by an operator travelling in control car behind the horses. Automatic shutdown also checks in via sensors on the tethers if a horse stumbles or falls. System designed to run at speeds of up to 35mph and horses would work for up to an hour a day Weights gradually increased on each horses back, starting at 20 kilos and peaking at 60 kilos. Respiratory and heart rate monitors on each compartment




An equestrian centre shot dead a perfectly healthy former racehorse and dumped it in a mother-of-two's garden at night following a dispute over an unpaid £30 bill. Seven-year-old Kit was being kept in a DIY livery field owned by GG Centre in Raskelf, North Yorkshire, at a cost of £10 per week. But 26-year-old Beckie Warner - an experienced rider who leased the horse - told the centre she did not want to pay the charge until the end of Kit's stay. Ms Warner claims she received a phone call last night, telling her that Kit would be left tied to a tree if she did not pay up. Just one hour later, she heard a dumper truck stop outside her house. She then saw Kit dying in her front garden from a single gunshot wound to the head, she says.

Today, an RSPCA inspector claimed the horse had been killed illegally with a.38 pistol and said there was nothing physically wrong with the animal. But the owner of the GG Centre claims they had no choice but to put Kit down humanely, using a licensed specialist, after several failed attempts to get the horse into a box. Police also confirmed that two men, aged 36 and 53, are being questioned over the incident. Ms Warner said: 'I am absolutely devastated. I still cannot think straight. It's like being in a trance. 'I cannot get my head round what has happened, that someone could do something so evil. It's unreal - it's like something you would read about.


'I'm distressed by how somebody could do something so evil to an innocent animal, put a bullet in its head for just £30, not three grand but £30.' Ms Warner said she had to tell her daughters Honey, seven, and Lexi, four, there was a cow under the sheet for fear of upsetting them. She said: 'At about 9pm my horse would have been in her field happily eating grass and someone has taken her out, put a bullet in her head and dumped the body in my garden. 'The body was still there at 11am this morning, I had to tell my girls it was a cow under the sheet. They used to ride her.' Ms Warner said she had been looking after the horse - which belonged to a friend - since April, as part of a full loan agreement.

She claims she placed the horse at the GG Centre two weeks ago at a cost of £10 a week. The firm allegedly asked her to pay up front but she did not want to pay until afterwards.

She said she received a phone call from the centre last night, asking again for the money. Ms Warner said: 'They asked me to pay a month up front but I didn't because people had warned me not to, I told them I would pay at the end of the month. 'Somebody from the centre phoned me last night and told me to pay up, but I said I would be paying them at the end of the week and they seemed fine with that. 'They told me if I don't pay up they would tie my horse up in my garden.' Today, Edward Harvey Johnson, owner of the GG Centre, confirmed the horse had been left with them in a DIY livery field, at a cost of £10 a week. The stables describes itself on its website as ‘one of the finest horse and rider facilities in the UK.’ He said the centre had tried frequently to contact Ms Warner, explaining they would tether the horse in her garden if she did not contact them. But he claims they were forced to put down the horse after several failed attempts to get Kit into a horse box. He claims it was done humanely by a licensed specialist in the field, before it was transported to Ms Warner's garden. Mr Johnson said: 'We removed the destroyed horse for them to dispose of in the correct or legal manner, as is the responsibility of the owner

'We are satisfied it was handled in the best possible way and we fulfilled our obligations for the safety and well-being of the general public. 'In this business you have to make these kind of decisions and they are not always pleasant or easy, but they have to be made. The buck has to stop somewhere.' Neighbours spoke of their horror over the incident. Donna Spencer, who was at the scene last night, said: 'The lady only had the horse on loan, she didn't own it. 'He phoned her and threatened her, and said if she didn't pay the money, the horse would be tied up in her garden. 'I'm just sickened, I can't believe someone has stooped so low to shoot someone's horse over £30. This needs to get out there.'

And Dennis Jarvis said: 'There must have been about 12 police vehicles coming and going, vans, cars and officers in plain clothes. 'I looked down from my window and could see a big shape under some sheets, and I thought it might be a human body.' North Yorkshire Police today confirmed a 36-year-old man from Raskelf and a 53-year-old man from York were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. They remain in police custody. Karen Colman, an RSPCA inspector, said the arrests had been made at the GG Centre in Raskelf.







Hi John I just have a question about lunging a young horse in your running reins. Is it too early?? I have a 3.5yo appy x WB, he is 4 in February, he was broken late last year and then turned out straight away as advised by the breaker, he had got very very sour. So we have brought him back into work, he was originally a bit of a challenge, so pig headed. He had NO mouth, I did some work with him and he now has a good lateral mouth and basic front mouth, he stops, rein backs. He is my daughters horse, she is 15 yo, 55 kg and riding him, it took a bit of work to get him going forward. So now he is forward with a soft one rein stop but he has absolutely NO idea about softening to contact on 2 reins. He does soften on turns. I have pretty much told my daughter not to worry about his head and mouth, just ride him forward with soft reins lots of changes of direction, pace etc. But when going forward, if she needs to take some contact to steer, steady him, he resists the contact. I really do not like him practising this behaviour. My daughter wants to do all the work herself. Independent! The horse is quite weedy but not badly put together, not terribly upside down etc Cheers Karen

Hi Karen. The short answer of course is go for it.

The causes for this could be one of two things. The Trainer not getting to 'submission' stuff like I do and have been doing in the first Week of all these Horses....or....

The conformation of the horse is such that it will naturally want to protect itself. In other words, "Not really suitable for the Purpose' of English Riding. Such Horses, apart from rejecting them for such use, need early intervention, to turn their Body around. (which You can do and I have done.) To influence nature.

If I may comment on the sentence which I highlighted......this soft reins thing is completely anti productive and in fact building upon the incorrect Muscle development, as well as deteriorating the Mouth. So it is really 'bit the bullet' and have these Horses SUBMIT to a soft and correct outline or STAY RIGHT AWAY from their FRONT Mouth, using the Laterals for brakes etc.

Your Daughter may well need a Market Harborough to insist upon submission and if You get drama, then start considering the Veterinary, CONFORMATION and so on. Regards









Hello, Please could you shed some light on inside leg to outside rein? I understand that this method supples the horse and gets them on the bit but i don't actually know what the aids are. Obviously your using your inside leg but what do you do with your outside rein and do you use your inside rein at all? Thankyou! :-)








Hi John, could I ask you a question, I have a standardbred as a riding horse, before I got him he had apparently been to a few trainers and didn't cope with the fast training method and became very anxious, the lady who owned him was scared of him and he came to me, now he is a big scaredy cat and a lovely boy, when I first use to ride him he would stick his head in the air and jig, jog I have spent many months getting him to walk calmly on a loose rein and then to come into the bit, I have just started to ask for trot were apon he slams his hoof down when asked for trot and tanks of in a panic, I am just asking for a few strides on a loose rein and he has started to settle, but the one problem I can't seem to solve is , after trotting he wants to take over and trot when he wants, I ask him over and over again softly at first then if he doesn't listen I ask him harder to just walk, he just doesn't seem to want to listen to me, how do I show him it doesn't have to be a fight all the time just relax after a trot and stop arguing with me, it's becoming so frustrating he doesn't have to get in a state about things , I do ride in your market harbourough , just want him to get that Ime not going to thrash him and just realax, I whish people wouldn't mess with horses minds, Ime pretty sure he's been belted or something, sorry for the long questions I just need to find the answer for this horse so he can relax and enjoy life, thank you. Leslie. Canada


This is a massive subject Leslie (aren't they all?) but to put it very simply for You, Your problem in essence, is attempting to trot "with the loose rein" You should ALWAYS be walking such a Horse "on a pleasure rein" but when ready to trot, pick the Horse up momentarily, to attain submission and a frame and then trot off (with complete control from the English perspective) It is the lack of support and the allowance to "run" that will not show the Mind of the Horse that "all is well through the transition" Here is Loyla's Today (on his second only ride out in his Life) alone.

Of course that pre-supposes that the Horse has been taught to 'Leg Yield' and most of these haven't. It also depends if the Owner is wanting to ride in the "Western or English' style but if it happens to be 'English' then 'On the Bit' solves this problem. 'On the Bit' for this particular problem, actually acts as a Psychological Crutch to such a Horse and gives them boundaries where as the Loose Rein leaves them with having to make too many decisions, too early, on their own, which heightens stress levels.







I have one of your saddles, love it tho my horse has got a bit rounder with spring! Fat QH, 15.2hh approx. The saddle slips around even when a lighter person gets on, no wither on him. I have a mesh lining under my blanket, but looking for a better one. Are yours non slip and would they be ok just with a thinner blanket over? Also do you think a breast plate would help. I am 5ft 10 and about about 100kg(dont tell any one) and I wonder why it keeps slipping. There are heavier blokes than me that ride in the old westerns and their saddles dont slip (look at John Wayne). My saddle blanket that goeas over is very thick, so maybe thats the problem! I dont know , any ideas?? Liz

Hi Liz

A few comments

  • Thick Western type Blankets do that
  • Not using a back cinch does that
  • My neoprene blanket underneath whatever helps stop THAT
  • I don't get slipping...ever
  • Breastplate would help
  • Balanced Riders don't get it.
  • Drunks do :)



Thanks for that, thick blanket has to go, and next pay will order one of your neoprene blankets. It doesnt slip around when I ride, so hoping I am a balanced rider, it’s just mounting up. Dont ride drunk either but may have a beer afterward Thanks for that, I guess I will order thru your website? Liz


Ok Liz, I didn't handle the "Mounting Up' question. I didn't realize this was the issue.

Of course, when we are heavier, the less athletic we are, the more pressure on the Horse, the more slipping of Saddle, the More unhappy the Horse, the tighter the girthing is done, the more unhappy the Horse. Ears start to lay back etc.

When we are heavier, we absolutely must think first for the 'Welfare of the Horse'. Only Today, Mrs. HP told me that my own Horse that we sold a couple of Years back, was laying Her Ears back on GIrth up, thus telling a Story.

So You absolutely must have a Mounting Block and help from a Second Person, to hold the Off Side Stirrup, to save the SADDLE CUTTING INTO the Wither of the Horse, for that is what happens.

Best of Luck





Thank you for your quick reply.  You and your wife are superb horsemen and it is disappointing I can’t attend a clinic but it appears your video products are excellent so I shall look into them in regards to starting a young horse.  Can you recommend suitable ones for my needs.  The filly we bred is a year old now and I was wanting to determine when I should start introducing her to the saddle etc.  She has all the essentials in regards to halter training/yielding, round yard, worming, injections, farrier work (I do my own trims so she has had plenty of exposure) etc.  I have come through a Natural Horsemanship background and am a Western riding competitor.  I know she is too young for weight bearing but I thought pretty soon she could go through the bagging down & saddling process in the round yard at liberty.  I don’t want to rush her progress and would appreciate your advice.  I have 3 other horses, her mum and two geldings, one retired and the other one is my current competition horse.  I am not inexperience but not so young any more and realise that some time in the future I will have to re-home my filly and want to turn out the best horse I possibly can to ensure her a happy life with her future human partner.
Warmest regards

Hi There,

The Horse is way too Young for putting Saddles on. You see there is a vast difference between the influences of the current Western and Stock Horse World and the English Disciplines. Do You realize that Warmbloods for instance, don't fully mature until 6 or 7 Years even but Quarter Horses perhaps 4 or so. Riding 2 Year Olds no matter the Breed, is in breech of all Veterinary protocols, common sense and fairness.

During the breaking in process, by the time one does put a Saddle on a Horse, it is a non event anyway so it isn't important to be worrying about that during this time. Stock Whip Train the Young Horse, Leg Restraints Training, Float Loading and the rest, yes....go for it. I strongly recommend You leave the Young one to 3 Year old. Regards



Hello again John and Linda   I have an idea I’d like to share / pass by you.  As a weekend barefoot trimmer I often come across horses (many OTT Thoroughbreds and other high energy horses; Arabs) that can and are difficult to trim.  By difficult to trim I mean that due to any number of reasons, often historically bad treatment, they do not want me or anyone else lifting/touching their hooves, and will ultimately pull away and/or kick, to the point where it becomes very difficult and usually so dangerous that I cannot trim them.  My clients don’t like their horses twitched or sedated in order to be trimmed (nor do), however they are losing farriers/trimmers due to their horses actions.   Now I’m the first to admit that I’m not the most experienced horse person around.  This is potentially where you guys come in.  I’m keen to gain greater skills in this area; dealing with horses that have a problem letting their owners, and farrier/trimmer lift their feet appropriately.   To be clear, I’m just focused on the hoof trimming and behaviour of horses to allow their feet to be handled safely and with respect to people.  My question therefore is this – do you think this is something you could teach me (for a fee of course)?       Happy to give you a call to chat over the phone.   Cheers   Geoff

Of course Geoff, this is my subject :) You are dammed if You do and dammed if You don't though, with many Owners thinking their Horse is the perfect Angel when it is in fact very naughty and others simply having no idea about things such as Leg Restraints to re-train. It sure would be beneficial though, for You to understand all of the systems and to see how safe they are. Regards



Thanks. Let me clarify she is in a very nice comfortable yard most hours of the day, but the owner of the property does like to tether her in another paddock that has parts of the external fence down. I’m not really happy with this arrangement, but they are currently doing up her original paddock. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before she goes back there. Thanks for your help. Kind regards, Pamela







Hey John and Linda! How's things back in SA? I was wondering if I could ask a question of you and Linda Could you please describe the signs and symptoms of Bridle- lameness? I have started riding '======= again after his (and my) 7 week spell. The first couple of rides were great and it was like he hadnt had any time off. The last two rides have been different however. The first time I started doing canter work and all was well until he started wanting to speed up all the time so I went about doing some circles and transitions and getting him focused (I was in a large open space and we was much more interested in the cattle across the road than in what I was telling him). He then started jacking up and doing these little hoppy things with his front end every time I sat trot and wanting to hop into canter. I thought I would then let him bowl along in canter for a bit but when I gave him a loose rein and put leg on he just started jacking up in his front end and not going forward. I stopped and went back to rising trot for a bit while I thought about what had happened and he settled into it again.

 When I then tried for canter again he did the same thing. I thought 'maybe I'm not allowing him to go forward well enough' so I basically gave him the reins and told him to go along the straight and he was good. Then today, he trotted around nicely for about the first 10mins and then started feeling like a coiled spring and wanting to go, so asked him to canter again, and he propped and almost stopped and then started off again in this short choppy trot and wouldnt go forward. I pushed him through that and he settled into a nice forward trot again for a while and then I asked him to halt and then walk on- he then started swishing his tail, flicking his back end up and hardened his back. He usually does this kind of thing when he's getting bitten by a midgy so I checked him over but there was nothing there. I tried again to just ask him to walk on from halt and he really jacked up and started doing these see-saw hoppy thing with both ends and getting all anxious. I thought it might have been something pinching him with his gear, so got off, checked and re-arranged everything and put him on the lunge for 5mins to have a look at him- nothing- he went forward nice and calm both ways. So I got back on and tried to just walk-halt-walk-halt and every time I asked him to walk he was getting upset and flicking his back end around.

Tried trotting again, and he wouldnt go forward well or soften to my contact. We walked around until he had calmed down, then went for a little trail ride just up to the and of the property and he was quite happy to walk and look at everything. At this point I'm thinking- physio opinion for his usual sacro issue or something about how I am riding is irritating him. I do tend to be a bit nagging with my hands and am very conscious of not doing this and have been working hard to just sit quietly and not annoy him. I might change his bit and see how that goes and maybe just ride him on a pleasure rein next ride and see if I have the same issue. This might tell me if its something that I'm doing?? I was quiet and calm about it all and talked to him while we were walking around because he seems to get upset when he thinks I might be. The look on his face when I got off (while champing on the bit) was one of anxiety and he seemed upset. It broke my heart and after coming inside I got straight online and read a few of your articles looking for ideas. I thought maybe he's finally trying to tell me that he doesnt like the way I hold a contact?? Any thoughts would be appreciated . Thanks in advance Pam


Hi Pam

You asked about Bridle Lameness. When a Horse displays such, it becomes uneven, appearing lame in it's trot work and sometimes in walk. It will also take more connection on one rein than the other and won't bend equally in both directions.

However, the symptoms You describe, ie. running way first and then baulking indicates unsoundness, not Bridle Lameness.

You describe that the Horse became very tense and this is another sign of discomfort and the Horse attempting to communicate with You.

Seeing as the Horse has had a spell, it could possible be weakness and may require a sustained preparatory period to build Muscle fitness, prior to riding.

However, we have recently come to discover and perfect the 'Holy Grail' when it comes to how to ride and rehab such Horses. Horses with slight back issues and Sacro. Mrs. HP has been filming a Video on this subject and building upon it slowly. It should end up being the definitive work on the subject.

Trail Rides are a good idea.






12th October, 2014



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Hi Folks, hope You had a good Week and that all is well. Our Life is still a Mad House, never stop, hardly ever a Day Off and must surely change one Day soon. Starting to Water of course, Weed spraying and getting Dulce ready to be inseminated to Versache who is in Victoria. Meanwhile, in order to try to get some Ribs showing on Her, she is coming into full work for the Vet wants weight off and it is a Piglet and a Half.





The Snipster was a very good Boy, in fact the best he has ever been and Mrs. Hp is wrapped with his progress and the way he performed, however it didn't reflect in the Judges scores for some reason with Him only running 4th on Saturday but we came Home early Today so don't know how he went. Mrs. HP was very excited about his last Test however as it had 4 Flying Changes in it, which he did well.




Today, he ran 3rd and 4th in both Mediums but Mrs. HP is extremely pleased with Him. He is a late Bloomer :) He was an absolute Darling though.


and Cappo,

 for the first time in his Career, showed 'some tension' and made some unusual mistakes, difficult to be explained away and required some serious reflexion by us after. Things like 'Breaking from Medium Trot in both tests and throwing in a mixture of 1 and two times changes, regardless of whether the required was a row of two time or one times. He was also more reticent in his Piaffe and Passage........

although he still Won the 'Big Tour' which cheered Mrs. HP up somewhat and in the Intermediate 2, just pipped and ran second, with good scores. This is because of his Piaffe and Passage being correct, which will highly suit Him in the Grand Prix because of double points for the movements.

The highlite of the Weekend were the lovely comments of the InterState Judge, who said "Lovely Horse/Rider. Well done. Training is looking Good" She actually had Cappo 1st in the Inter 2 over the Winner.

The Low point of the Weekend were some of the ridiculous and either inept or something else judging, by high level South Australian Judges who seem to just love to keep SA Horses back. For instance, Judge Caviotto had Mrs. HP 'Riding' mark at 8.0, the InterState Judge 7.5 but the other SA Judge 6.5. He is therefore being obstructive or doesn't know what he is watching but either way he is wrong and insulting Her. Then another SA A Level Judge writing that Snip was tense. She must need a prescription at Spek Savers for he was the least tense Horse at the Dressage Yesterday so what is her motive? Not good enough!

Tonight on my Facebook Page, there is the Quiz, with a prize of $100 Bridle and the question was....

"Why, for the first time in Cappo's Career' did he show "some tension' and make 3 types of mistakes, breaking out of Medium Trot...twice, an unwillingness to Passage and Piaffe as freely as normal and throwing in sundry changes sequences in both the two and the one time runs."

The answer was 'Jarring Up' hard ground, no water, Global Warming etc.

In fact, during the Week I said to Mrs. HP that she should consider not going ]because of the risk to the Horse, the Career and the massive financial and Thousands of Hours of work. Such a Sad thing for the lovely Adelaide Hills Dressage Club that we love going to, great People and so on, (not their fault) but it is the fault of the Industry at large,

AS I HAVE BEEN PREDICTING for Years now for they WILL NOT Bite the Bullet and get their own Grounds. They are always at the Mercy of Govt, Local Govt or others and it is simply not good enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You see, the Water Rights were taken away from the Strathalbyn Grounds due to some damm Mine sucking the Town dry from Water. So now, the Owners have sunk a Bore but guess what???????=======can't use it!!!!!!!!!!!!  No Water License!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So sadly, that is the last time Mrs. HP's Horses will be risked at the Grounds.......


The Rules of F.E.I. Dressage state that it must be run on SAND ARENAS. Therefore, there are now only two options. SOUTHERN VALES DRESSAGE CLUB and Mt. Crawford, who have been most forward thinking and indeed have installed such arenas. Grass is on the way out anyway and so is water, due to a thing called GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!!!!!!!! so progressive moves indeed by the two Clubs.


We would therefore strongly suggest that they put on more F.E.I. Comps and that they get the EA Support to do it. Mt. Crawford servicing the North and South Vales the South. The CHAMPIONSHIPS Shows should be run at Mt. Crawford or Southern Vales in the future.

A Sad situation indeed and one I am not happy to write but I hope Readers can see the seriousness of this situation.

FOR GOD'S SAKE SOMEONE......get out there and BUY LAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



It sometimes takes a little for the 'Penny to drop' but at Oakbank last Week, saw the first break from Medium Trot and yesterday there appeared a small lump in the region of the Splint Bone, on the front Leg of the Age of 11.

So it's a worrying situation where you want to support all the Clubs but such Career Changing Horses that a Rider only has rarely within their Career, surely cannot be risked????? I did notice Today, what appeared to be a noticeable number of scratching but don't know why.






I wrote about the constant changing circumstances to starting a Young Horse (if You are complete) One MUST change and adapt to the Horse, throughout.......and so it is once again with this Young Horse....having got through the 'FRONT MOUTH' problems with the high Danger of him eating everything constantly and out the Gate we went. Everything comes to those who wait and SLOWLY is often QUICKLY.


however, this is probably one of the "Less Bold" Horses I have ever the point where he is too frightened to walk on Gravel, Dirt, Near a Round Yard Fence, near an arena Fence and so back to the drawing board we go. What do do? is too early in his career to be getting after HIm, he doesn't understand,........the next step last Thursday was to be "Training the Leg Yield".....didn't happen.....his lack of Boldness doesn't allow us to go down a Fence Line to assist Him in his

ahead of time, out the Gate 'On his Own' and around our Property a bit, to start the procedure but alas, there is only so much pressure You can put on a Breaker TOO EARLY REALLY and a 'Scardy Cat" when You need to be fair to the Young Horse and go to Plan B again, lead Him to Bush Bashing with another good Horse and gradually Build but hitting the front for brief periods etc......

So....the thought processes........use Cappo?'t risk Him get bitten by a Snake, staking Himself etc,.....use has to much "whoopy Chook' in Him for when the 'Breaker' starts leaping sideways when asked to front up, so down to the Paddock and grab Dulce, put shoes on Her for the occasions, give the Young Horse 3 Days off until after the Spring Champs as she hasn't been ridden for 12 Months and Mrs. HP with Her Hip cannot be risked, so we go Tomorrow. They are not all straight forward but all need to be accommodated!



20 metres outside the front Gate on Thursday, shying at his own Shadow. Dangerous Game Horse starting. There should be Danger money for it :)













Hamilton’s first ever ticket for interfering with a police animal was issued in the downtown core Thursday when a 14-year-old girl with an air horn spooked a police horse and it ran into traffic, police say. It happened around 4:40 p.m. when officers from the mounted unit were on patrol around Jackson Square. They were dealing with drunk man when a pedestrian told an officer that a young woman was spraying “wacky streamers” (think silly string) all over the stairway that leads to the roof of Jackson Square


The girl also had an air horn. When the officers and their horses started approaching her, she started blowing it, police say. The horse wasn’t originally bothered by the noise, but eventually the girl got behind it and blew the air horn again, and the horse bolted into live traffic, police say. No cars hit the horse. The girl was arrested on mischief charges, but was released when the property management company at Jackson Square didn’t want to press charges. The 14-year-old was, however, issued a $250 city bylaw ticket for interfering with a police animal. According to police, this is the first ticket of its kind issued for interfering with a horse. Hamilton is one of the first cities in the region to implement a unique bylaw that allows police officers to issue a ticket to someone who interferes with police animals like horses and dogs. While such incidents don't happen often, some rowdy patrons at the entertainment district have thrown water bottles at police horses or tried to startle them, police say. Officers also have the discretion to issue a non-set fine. If convicted, the person can face a fine of up to $10,000 for first conviction and $25,000 for subsequent convictions.





A PERTH man has been banned from owning animals for 15 years over one of the worst cases of horse neglect ever seen by a top animal welfare agent. RSPCA inspectors seized three horses and a pony from Richard Robert Drozd, 52, in February 2013 after grave concerns were raised about their health and welfare. One of the stallions was so badly emaciated he collapsed several times during initial treatment.

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The chief inspector for the RSPCA in Western Australia, Amanda Swift, said the stallion was one of the worst cases of horse neglect she had seen in her 15 years with the RSPCA in WA and the UK. During the RSPCA's investigation, Drozd lied to inspectors that a vet had checked the animals. He also claimed he was unable to feed the horses after separating from his wife, but refused to surrender them to the RSPCA until months later. After receiving treatment, the pony and one horse were euthanased due to unrelated medical conditions. The other two horses have since recovered and been given new homes. Drozd pleaded guilty to eight charges of animal cruelty in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday. He was fined $16,000 and banned from owning or being in charge of animals for 15 years. The court also ordered Drozd to pay more than $10,000 in veterinary costs. Ms Swift said as an experienced horse owner, Mr Drozd knew how to care for them. "The treatment of these horses is disgraceful and his actions completely inexcusable," Ms Swift said. "The good news is that, against the odds, two of these horses were successfully rehabilitated and are now in great condition and in loving homes."





 Bill Gates has reportedly been fined over $40,000 for not dealing with his horse manure correctly.

The Microsoft boss bought the $8.7million horse farm in Wellington, Florida, last year, where his daughter trains and competes in nearby shows. The estate spans five acres and features a 20-stall barn and a show-jumping area. However, the businessman hasn’t been following waste protocol. He installed a large bin to dispose horse manure too close to a local pond and has been accumulating fines of $250 a day since 18 July. The charges are based on two code violations – the first because the unit wasn’t at least 100 feet away from the pond and the second for not having a permit in the first place. Gates’ current waste palace sits 18.75 feet away from the pond.




CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- It sounds like a page-turning novel: Venezuelan authorities say a gambling ring poisons one of the country's most popular race horses ahead of a key derby, nearly killing the animal and shining a light on an underworld where millions of dollars in bets are made under the table. But the attack on 4-year-old Rio Negro as he prepared for the Army Day derby was real, and just the latest grim milestone in a wave of lawlessness and violence that has made Venezuela one of the world's deadliest places. The horse is still struggling to regain his strength after almost dying.

 There have been other cases of using poison to "sleep" a race horse in Venezuela, including three in the last year. But the attention thrust on Rio Negro's dramatic plight by the media and top level government officials has underscored the growing brazenness of well-organized betting rings that many say threatens to destroy a sport nearly as popular here as baseball. Rio Negro had been heavily favored to win the derby until criminals injected him with a near-fatal overdose of cortisone sometime in June - police aren't exactly sure when. His caretakers say he nearly collapsed and began urinating frequently during a training session four days before the June 22 race. He lost almost a fifth of his weight, his black-colored skin broke out in welts and he was diagnosed with temporary diabetes. "It was painful to watch," said Julio Lobo, one of his veterinarians. Rio Negro is now kept in a dark, cold stable that looks more like a prison with iron bars and proliferation of security cameras to ward off intruders. Authorities have arrested nine people, among them former police officers and a horse owner linked to betting rings. But it's unknown if the investigation, an outcry from top government officials and beefed-up security at La Rinconada track in Caracas can control the rings that some racing officials call "mafias." Gambling on horse races is legal in Venezuela, but the socialist government tightly controls betting at the country's four racetracks and 1,200 off-track betting houses. Illegal gambling is driven by the government's limit of 1,000 bolivars on bets, or about $10 at the black market rate. Last year, the industry in Venezuela handled about $120 million in legal bets, according to the Paris-based International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. But Jaime Casas and others who follow the local horse racing industry say the real money is in illegal betting, especially now as Venezuelans try to boost the value of their bolivars in the face of 60 percent inflation and a plunge in the currency's value on the black market. The illegal operations known as "offices" can frequently be seen operating in plain view from inside the state-sanctioned gambling halls by so-called "bankers" who receive bets in person and by phone. Venezuela's state-run National Institute of Hippodromes declined to comment on the illicit operations. Casas, who runs the Hipicomputo 2000 website that tracks race results, estimated that illicit betting rings move between 50 and 60 times the legal market for gambling. The state-run horse racing agency says that on any given Sunday the government's take from wagers at La Rinconada can surpass $3 million. Casas said violence has also increasingly encroached on the sport through the kidnapping of and threats against jockeys. "Illegal betting has existed in every part of the world for a long time," he said. "But here it was allowed to flourish with so much freedom and impunity."






Up to 100 stallions will be gelded as part of a pilot scheme which, if successful, will be rolled out to the rest of the country. Owners are being invited to submit their animals for the €100 operation which will also include the micro-chip and a horse passport. The scheme is being organised by the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) in cooperation with the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine and with the support of Horse Sport Ireland. Gillian Bird of the DSCPA said: "This is our response to the over-population of horses in Ireland. "There is no control over breeding, and this brings down the breeding quality of the horses. "Often there is in-breeding and the health of the horses suffers as a result." Ms Bird said around 6,000 horses in the Dublin pound had to be destroyed last year. She added that no one wanted male foals, and when these were born through uncontrolled breeding they were often abandoned or destroyed. "Male foals become stallions that are unruly, can't be controlled and can be dangerous," she said. "We are targeting responsible owners who might not have got around to castrating the horses or who may have a problem with the cost." Under the Snip and Chip scheme, a horse owner can contact the DSPCA who will send out a vet to assess the animal. It is then collected and taken to the UCD veterinary hospital for the operation under a full anaesthetic and returned within 48 hours. funded The initiative will be part-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Snip and Chip will cost the horse owner €100, which includes the cost of the operation, implanting the microchip and passporting and registering the owner's details on the Horse Sport Ireland database.





Meet Lincoln, thought to be Europe's biggest horse living in Cumbernauld MEASURING 6ft 10in at his shoulder blades Lincoln is thought to be the biggest horse in Europe.

Lincoln displays his healthy appetite with James Lincoln displays his healthy appetite with James Lincoln displays his healthy appetite with James Lincoln displays his healthy appetite with James Lincoln displays his healthy appetite with James Lincoln displays his healthy appetite with James Previous Next Lincoln displays his healthy appetite with James Previous Next And in a couple of years he is almost certain to be the biggest horse in the world. From the tips of his ears to the soles of his feet the magnificent beast is close to 12ft tall. The massive, black Shire now lives a life of luxury at Tannoch Stables in Cumbernauld. But he faced being slaughtered and turned into pet food when he was rescued by two kind hearted animal lovers. Lincoln, whose official name is Ruskington Leicester, was bought by farmer Ruth Blair and company boss James Mackie and nursed back to health. Given his huge size it is hardly surprising the friendly horse has an appetite to match. But Lincoln turned out to have the ideal owners as Mr Mackie is managing director of wholesale fruit and vegetable company Fresh Direct. He said: "I don't know how anyone else could ­afford to feed him." Each day, the horse munches his way through 26lb of carrots, 24 apples, 11lb of spinach, four or five cabbages plus occasional snacks from Mr Mackie's staff. Mr Mackie said: "Lincoln had been very badly treated, was very emaciated and was going to end up in the meat trade. "When he came to us I thought he was too far gone but he got vitamin injections and got a spark back in his eyes. "Lincoln is the biggest horse in Europe and when I put him into the stable he hit his head off the roof. "He still has a bit of growing to do but already you can't see over his back if you are standing next to him. Sitting on his back would be like sitting on top of a Transit van. "He is a friendly big horse but so far has pulled down three fences and lifted the golf buggy I was in off the ground by picking up the back in his teeth." The biggest horse in the world is 11-year-old Jake who lives in America and is three quarters of an inch taller than Lincoln. Jake is fully grown but Lincoln will continue to grow for the next two years. Ms Blair agreed Lincoln doesn't know his own strength. She said: "He is a fabulous big horse with a kind, docile nature but has a tremendous amount of power in him. He now has a lifetime home."




One of Canberra's biggest developers has vowed not to pursue land development after buying the Canberra Equestrian Centre at Stromlo. The 600-acre rural block was sold in June to Cooleman Pty Limited, a subsidiary of the Doma Group. The Doma Group is responsible for major residential and commercial development across Canberra, including Dockside at Kingston and Realm Park at Barton. Despite concerns from some residents and horse riders, Doma director Jure Domazet said the land would not be developed. Mr Domazet said the property had a personal connection and had been bought on the basis of the business and land value. "We believe that with appropriate investment the existing building can be strengthened," he said. "We also believe that there may be future conversion of other inner-Canberra agistment properties, which would also strengthen this business." The ACT government owns agistment properties, including four in the inner south and three in the inner north. There is a waiting list of about 270 people, some with more than one horse, looking to agist on the land. Territory Agistment, managed by Ryan Walsh, oversees the government paddocks across Canberra. "There is always pressure on government horse paddocks for development, they're seen as a bit of a land bank by the government," Mr Walsh said. Territory Agistment has had some interest from agistees at Canberra Equestrian Centre looking for somewhere to move their horses. Mr Domazet said when news originally filtered out the Doma Group had bought the land, customers were considering leaving. "They were concerned about the future for their horses. Much effort has been expended in reassuring these customers they do not need to be concerned," he said. "We take over management of the property next year and expect the transition will go largely unnoticed." Weston Creek Community Council chairman Tom Anderson said it would be disappointing if the land was developed. "If it has been sold it is something that the community has a right to be made aware of now, not at some time in the future when plans may have been made for rezoning and development," he said.








I borrowed a girth, so lunged her in the new saddle last night then again this morning before riding out. Lifted her back once but no buck even in the canter. It's just not her thing. Certainly felt more secure riding out and my mare was relaxed and walking freely.

My friend showed me how to put the stirrups on and how to do the girth up so that was very handy. Even with help it was a bit of a learning curve after only ever riding in English saddles.







God I don't know where to start. I need help for my poor 8 yr old Pally QH Gelding. The story of Sonny starts with me purchasing him as a weanling. He has always been a sensitive soul both physically (gets sore on gravel, I don't shoe but have used ezy boots when out trail riding, doesn't heal well from scratches and such, gets a sunburnt nose if not wearing an almost full time nose protector on his flyveil) and mentally (learns quickly, but slowly does it as it seems that a lesson learnt in too much of a heavy handed way such as keeping out of your personal space (went to a clinic where a supposed "professional" handled it) created problems with the breaker trying to mount and dismount).

 I kept him separate from the other horses until after he was around 2 years of age. He could always seek contact over a fence line but didn't have a problem with fence running or calling out if they were locked away out of sight. I could ride him out by himself albeit nervous and looky but I just rode through it. We sold our 10 acre farm with very little feed where the horses where hard fed twice daily and in winter with hay. We moved to a 60 acre property where I moved my horses 6 mths before we settled and did not ride for at least 6 months after moving. We have plenty of feed with lots of clover but still lightly hard feed (oaten chaff, lucerne chaff, small amount of sunflower seeds and a little GROWTORQUE for coat conditioning.

 My pally and roan QH gelding became very close and both exhibited signs of separation anxiety. My first thought was they needed to settle in, (we have huge hedges and when you take a horse out of a paddock to wash, ride etc they cannot see each). The roan was always a stubborn horse but I managed to control his behaviour somewhat, but his pawing and stable bashing and kicking I could not. If I had to stable him I would bring the Pally up and stable him 3 stables apart, leave lights on overnight and have the radio on. The pally would sweat up and throw water all over the place and shake uncontrollably. Both would throw their feed buckets around and run the stall and weave.

 I have just sold the roan (the lesser in the separation anxiety) to a competent rider who wants to do team penning. The Pally I sold too to a girl who is a jillaroo, but I reneged and have decided to keep him here as he would not cope with the pressure of being a working horse on a station because of his physical and now metal state. I want to help him and not sell him on in the state he is in at the moment, he deserves better than to be sold on and on because of his mental issues.

 I have tried separating my pally completely but he either runs the fence line (I cannot keep weight on him) or just stands in a corner, one time for four days not eating and I am sure not drinking much as he looked tucked up when I took his rugs off so I gave up and felt I had to put in him in view of the others for his health. A few months ago I put both horses on MAG E and BETA CALM and an anxiety herbal mix, even tried rescue remedy. As whenever I rotated paddocks it was like a gym work out. My shoulder is not the best and having a 500-600- kilo nervous wreck pulling and running into you on the end of a rope is not fun! The roan showed positive signs to the supplements but the Pally nowhere near where I need him to be. I took the Pally off everything as I was not riding him (not fun at the moment) and took him out of the paddock yesterday. I lunged him as I thought exercise would benefit him. I want to get back riding him and hopefully trail ride him in the future. I am buying a Western pleasure show horse to compete with, and have decided to keep my pally for trail riding. Sonny was not happy and rushed through his paces and found it hard to relax, breaking into a canter often. I lunged him in side-reins. When he seemed to be listening we finished and I tied him in the wash bay for a wash. He could see the other horses from where he was standing (it is higher ground wise but the the other horses would have been 50 meters or so away). I stayed in earshot and visited him every few minutes, he was not a happy horse, and ignored his behaviour. When he had dried I rugged him gave him a hay net and a small amount of feed and did a few things further away from him for about half an hour or so. He currently has contact with a couple of my others over the fence line although he paddocks alone.

When I came back the wash bay was full of sloshy manure and he was dripping with sweat, the feed was thrown everywhere and he had broken free of the hay twine. I hosed him off again, where he tried to cow kick me half heartedly where he got a good telling off. He became a shaking mess. I took footage of his weaving, and swinging from side to side. I looked last night for help on the net, most of what I read was absolute rubbish. These people I am sure have never owned a horse that has extreme anxiety problems, and everything I read was easily fixed with this or that method. There was no firm examples, like footage just text book examples. Then I came across your video this morning all though the audio is bad and could not hear all that was said about the un-raced mare you had at the time. I am a confident person on the ground, have done natural horsemanship, understand pressure and release, have always used rope halters and 12 foot ropes for safety. I don't put up with rubbish from unruly horses, but this is a whole new ball game. His anxiety is bordering on temper tantrums and nastiness. He often nips with his lips mainly (once on my arm which he got a good couple of hard wacks with the lead rope, put the fear of god in him I think and has never bitten again) but nipples everything, lead ropes, rugs, and still me if he gets a chance.

 I used to have round yard which I used from time to time if my horses were a little fresh and not wanting to listen to me on the ground. Since moving here it is a luxury I do not currently have. I am not a big fan of lunge-line lunging with horses that are badly behaved, as I have been dragged in the arena by my roan and you cannot get behind their drive line if they face you in a large area. Going to install one asap. Long and short of it, I have a horse I cannot part with because I feel he will not get the help he needs. He was never really a problem, shy and sensitive but not hyper. These problems have only arisen since moving him 18 months ago. If I need to send him to a trainer I will, but I feel that this is a learning curve not only for him but for me also, i would love to learn more about this condition in order to help him 100%. We both need help! Regards, Karen


Goodness Karen. Not a nice story. Unfortunately, Your Horse is well down the track and has deep set psychological problems :( I think I would just 'bite the bullet and put Him in with the Herd.

I would almost bet that this Horse has 'Ulcers' Read this.......

If the Horse has them, he may have had them all through and Gut damage would have occurred.

The other thing I would recommend in the short term, is to study the diet of the Horse for missing out on various Minerals etc, also affects this type of behavior.

Regarding Round Pens, read this......

The management of the problems with this Horse are tactical, Veterinary and Psychological. To the least extent, training. Regards


Thank you for your quick response to Sonny and his anxiety. Will get some advise on putting him on some slippery elm for his probable ulcers. He was a little better yesterday, I had him tied up for most of the day alone but in sight of the others. He stood well for the farrier, although with his pacing from side to side on the concrete has made him quite foot sore which has slowed him down a bit. Going to investigate non slip rubber matting where he has been tied or might just put some front shoes on him. I don't want him in pain physically as well as psychologically. I practiced the 'parelli' friendly games with him' and will try again today. I will persevere for a week and see if he settles. If not I will just put him back with the others as you have suggested. I might try tying him up with another horse he is not 'connected' to, every second day or so. I don't want to give up on him as he used to be my favourite horse to take out trail riding. Unfortunately concentrating my other quarter horse for so long has been to Sonny's determent. I will let you know how he goes. Like I mentioned I have taken video of him on the first day of being tied up, it will be a good point of measure if I have any success even if it is only slight. At this stage I am happy for even a small amount of success for his sake. It is horrible for him and brings tears to my eyes to see him so bad. My farrier mentioned I could put him on a particular drug (name escapes me) for training but it is swabable. I have a very good vet and I know she will not recommend drugs if there is any for of risk with them either myself or Sonny. The BetaCalm has tryptophan and the MagE has magnesium and B group vitamins in it from memory, but will check. Going to do my homework now and read the sites that you have mentioned. My learner curve is arching, you never stop learning and sometimes these things happen to us to make us better horse owners! Thank you once again for your time and advice. Regards, Karen


Cheers Karen but with Ulcers, that's not how it works. Slippery Elm can be a good 'Maintainance' alternative later but if the Horse has Ulcers,  (which Your Horse would be a Monty) you have to first get them under control with a course of the Veterinary Product from Your Vet.

I would stop tying this Horse up along, completely and especially for long periods. I suggest You manage his behavior, after sorting the Veterinary and Feeding, within the NORMAL day to day Herd environment.




Yes I agree. Did some research and spoke to my vet today and we will start him on Ulcershield tomorrow for one month. She said it was expensive but that is not a problem thankfully. I brought him up today for a spoil with carrots, lots of rubbing and brushing and attention. He did really well and I did not push it with leaving him tied up. Just an hour with me close by with words of encouragement. He enjoyed it and was happy when I caught him in the paddock to leave his friends and walk away with me. Baby steps, and loads of positive reinforcement for even the slightest try. I know there is a long road ahead, I am lucky enough not to have to work so time is not an issue. It will take as long as it takes and will read and listen to the advice that is offered. If we cannot get to see the light at the end of this very long tunnel he will live his days with me on the farm with my other horses and just become a beautiful paddock ornament. I feel much better today, and I must thank you for touching base with me again, I don't feel quite so overwhelmed as I did. Regards, Karen







Hi John
I just saw your comment re poverty lines indication pain in horses on facebook.
I have a 14yo gelding who tends to get muscle sore so he has a massage therapist out to him regularly but I didn't know that poverty lines were an indication of pain - he always has them even when fat! Just wondering what sort of pain this indicates and in which areas?
I would also like to say your re-mouthing and re-educating OTT horses DVD's are wonderful!
Also wondering on your views on knee hobbling a horse in the float who paws on the way home coming down the driveway (same gelding as mentioned above).
Your knowledge is much appreciated.
Kind regards


Hi Sasha. First to the pawing. No, knee Hobbles are not for this use and can't stop pawing. The Stockmans Hobbles are the one's for that but better still perhaps, a pawing chain, consisting of one of my fence walking hobble straps above the knee and a hobble chain hanging from it. The Horse can then make it's own decision as to whether pawing is worth the discomfort or now.

Re the Poverty Lines, the statement should have read if it doesn't, "Can' point to pain and in our experience, we often find this. Your Horse is probably fine but Photos would help. There is an aura that we can read via such Horses, like that Pinto.







Hey HP! I’ve been a little mute lately...been a busy girl this week and travelled interstate (Brissy) for work training. Now, tell me....I’m struggling with Arnie...given that he had only come off the track 3 months ago, isn’t it unfair to expect him to submit and ‘come round’ with the running reins when it is clearly a conformational/physical and behavioural challenge for him? He is a ‘looker’ and ‘highly strung’ ...Fortunately he is forward moving but he fights the running reins because

 a), he is not used to them and

b), cause he feels trapped and can’t look around.

 I’m having to get imaginative all the time to come up with a training solution for I force him to submit?...The other week we were lunging on the ‘working arena’ that is not fenced because he has such a big trot that is too big for the round yard. Anyway, he was going along nicely with the rr when all of a sudden he decided to freak and blow out thru the shoulder. Of course the only thing I could do was let go of the lunging rein and watch him bolt into the sunset, praying that he would stop in one piece...which he did..... but yay, at least he was cantering, a good sign! ......hmmm a bit of a walk to catch him again... Needless to say, no more lunging out! I’m listening to him and he’s telling me it is too hard so I have gone back to just walking with loose rr on the lower side setting to encourage submission with relaxation and a lower head set. I dunno....any HP wisdom to share?

...Meanwhile Indy (aka fats-good doer) is blowin’ out too but in a different way!! BTW, he was just like your current breaker (and little has changed). Indy has always been ‘mouthy’ and I still give him the end of the lead rope to chew! x


This is a very difficult question indeed but I have the feeling that You have been very unlucky landing this Horse for I get the impression he has plenty of issues and is one of the few 'high end degree of difficulty' I trust You have eliminated the Health issues....Ulcers especially.

Short sessions never hurt any Horse. I have seen Thousands and it is not an issue. It can be made an issue, by a Horse such as this but all the more reason to turn him around which in turn will start to relax Him more. I bet he is a bit of a Llama in real Life.

There are no Round Pens too small for this job so I can't understand going out in the arena....which was a tactical error with such a Horse. I have seen Your Round Pen on Video and unless you have removed panels, it is fine.

Once You get Him UNDERSTANDING (at the walk) no matter how long that may take, you have to bite the bullet and take the Horse on incrementally and work through the fight. The Walk/Trot transition and the Trot itself, is the difficult part but they have to be taken on, at least until you get the Bob in the Head.

You will meet  those who will bear down and pull, rather than give, for 10-15 Minutes. You still have to get the break through (within fairness and no exhaustion) which is why you still gradually adjust up not down, to find the break through point. (providing there is no rear offered). This is typical of such a profile who is protecting the 'flight syndrome observation positions'

 Best of Luck.


Yes I definitely took on a challenge and yes vet believes he could have ulcers (only because most standys do) but haven’t had official check, just managing with changing lifestyle/diet at the moment.....yes he’s a llama x camel, but he’s a lovely boy... Regarding the round pen, I did start in there with the running reins, however, I found that he just tensed up and therefore paced even in circles!! I decided to try and get him trotting again without the rr so as to get him more relaxed. This was successful to a certain degree, although he nearly head butted the round pen panels because he was so flexed off on one rein and would frequently revert to pacing, he also has a huge stride! So I thought it would be worthwhile changing the scenery and going onto the arena where he could stretch out more. I began using the lunge rein through the bridle with some success (no rr initially) as he started to bend more, pick up the trot more often and relax. I reintroduced the rr and we had some resistance but also intermittent moments of giving and more trotting over a few weeks (3-4 times a week). It was as I was increasing the demand (very slowly) as I do each time I start a new session, that he decided to evade. Yes I agree it was a tactical error, however, this wasn’t the first time he’d been using rr and I thought I had judged and prepared him appropriately. Which makes me concerned that perhaps he may be an unpredictable, explosive and dangerous type.....and/or he’s ever so slightly out of his box....and/or just like any other horse where they are born resistors and will take every opportunity they can to test us dummies! He UNDERSTANDS the system but when alert flight mode kicks in he will take all that he can get in order to be able to look up and survey his surroundings. Once again you’re right about taking him on. I’ve been too soft-only because he’s had a hard life before coming to me and I can see how challenging this training is for him. Even though it’s for his own good I’m changing his whole way of going both physically and psychologically. This arvo I BIT THE BULLET in the round yard, took him on and worked through the fight...and it was a fight.....I could tell he was worried, he did the old grunt and pigroot in protest, so I pushed him forward and he decided to pace/canter until it became too physically challenging going in circles...I slowed him down and he finally broke into a nice forward TROT with his head where it should be for a few strides before reverting to the inverted posture and pace (he’s a contortionist). I made sure we ended on a good note with some trot and a relaxed walk with loose rr and then no rr. I think that might be our break through but not getting too excited yet. Hopefully tomorrow will be less challenging for bothJ Thanks HP




Hi Folks

Hope You had a lovely Week and are all well.

Yes, the World is still Mad with wall to wall Criminals terrorizing our Suburbs, 600 in a Fight in the City Centre last Night, Muslims attempting to cut the Heads of Police and a random member of the Public in Martin Place Sydney, crooked Trade Unions, Crooked Liberal Party, Crooked Labor Party, Police wearing Hoodies and getting Tattoos so they can copy the Criminals (hardly instilling confidence in our Community) Kids being beaten to Death, Issas beheading their way across the Middle East and the list goes on. So did You survive????? are Your Horses???

We had big Storms this Week and they put paid to Mrs. HP's Mirror. More work to be done here.

Thanks the Lord I have my helper :)



Spring Dressage Championships on next Week, at Strathalbyn and Capp is doing the "Big Tour' "Intermediate 2" and the EA Big Entry Tour, the Gateway to the Grand Prix...the end. :)

by the way, he only had one Horse up against Him last Week, they are sadly pretty thin on the Ground at this Level, but he won.

This Week, he will in fact be entered in the Olympic Level at the Victorian Dressage Festival. Go Cappo





I have some very talented Clients, who keep coming up with new designs Well done. Awesome.






Well he is interesting challenge indeed. A very cute but terribly frustrating Horse indeed and certainly one where I have had to throw the Book of Horse Starting out the Window.

You see, he just wants to wrap his arms around Humans and put everything that they own, in his Mouth.......both in his Yard when alone and when Handling Him too. Here is an example of his Yard antics........


"How's Your Day been? "    :)

I've had fun fun

I've ripped the pipe off my Water Bin........

I've ripped the Float Valve off the fitting

I've then got down on my knees, under the electric Fence and dug up the hoses......and yes, traced them another 12 Metres to find out where they go......

ripped everything else out......and then we go 'Horse Starting"


Well I had to abort the first 5 Days, inside 20 Minutes, due to his inability to grasp the fact that we were to do 'preparatory horse starting things" 'Ground Manners' and other stuff. This of course was all foreign to Him as he 'Catches Humans' and cuddles them :) He sweated up with I had to throw the Book of Horse Starting out, as I said and just Mouth Him and jump on, in the faith that the ridden responsibilities is what he has been waiting for his whole Life and the added responsibilities may make Him forget the 'Games"......but........

You can't front Mouth this Bloke, WITHOUT RISKING HIS LIFE because he has constantly got everything in his Mouth and would be trapped in an instant, cutting his Mouth in the forget that.......

anyhow, Saddling up is a challenge and somewhat time consuming as he has everything You need......IN HIS MOUTH






First Mount up of his Life.....but no, Bugger HP....he just wants to chew the crap out of my double stitched Reins



anyhow, we finally got aboard and away we went.



as I said.....NO FRONT MOUTH



but then I don't need one :)


anyhow, we all survived and he had Fun :) We shall progress no doubt, during the Week. Can't wait to show Him some Kangaroos



and Oh............I found a very Stiff Old Lead Rope for special occasions




"MY GIRLFRIEND' IS BACK.....well my other one :)


Dulce, on Her first lunge and first ride this Week.


You see now why we keep talking about 'Conformation" You buy it, You Breed it and the rest is easy.






Amongst the many 'Predictions' I have come with on this Blog over the Years, like the Birth of "Horse Racing Kills People, I have been also subtly trying to drop the Hint to the EA, that they too face the distinct possibility of inheriting their own little Group of protestors, at the Dressage, at the Stock Horses for riding Horses too Young, at the Quarter Horses for Genetically modifying or Breeding with HYPP Halter Horses to be Cripples and so on, but none of them have ever got the hint.


.....but back to the EA

The allowance of unsound Horses to compete and not be turned an eye to, has gone on regardless. I wonder if the Administrators will ever get the hint?


To my complete surprise, the Breeding of our much loved Quarter Horses, by People who must be questioned as to their ethics and with the AQHA standing by and allowing it, let alone giving Champion Ribbons for it is SICK to say the least. Humans playing God with our wonderful creatures. America You should be ashamed of Yourselves.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






Been treating Your Horses for Sand Colic Folks????





Guess what? Brad placed 1st in our first test and 2nd in our second test today at SADA! I attached some photos for you :) thanks for your help and support!
Hope you have a great weekend.


Weeeellllllll......not bad Girl. That looks like the perfect advert for the Boss's Leg to Outside Rein


This Lauren, is one Hell of an effort. First outing, on a Chestnut OTTB, is a credit to You indeed and no wonder You won, because Your Dressage here is correct!!!!!!...and relaxed Horse!!!!!

On a side note, I suspect the Man with the Nikon Camera at work here????








A horse was freed from a lorry by firefighters after it got stuck trying to jump over the partition into an adjoining kitchen space.

“The horse had its front half in the kitchen area and its back in its own living quarters,” said Ian Carpenter from Rushmoor fire station.

The lorry was travelling on the A331 past Aldershot in Hampshire at 2pm on 15 September when the accident happened.

Horse Rescue 1The police shut one lane of the dual carriageway to wait for the firefighters and vet to arrive.

The horse was “highly strung” and the animal rescue specialist decided with the vet it needed to be sedated.

The lorry was then driven to a local watersports car park to allow firefighters to cut the partition and free the horse.

Cutting the horse free took 1.5hr. “It was a long and complicated job,” added Mr Carpenter.

A second horsebox was brought to the scene to take the horse back to its owner’s yard.

The horse was luckily uninjured and made a full recovery.





A car collided with a horse and cart in Stonnall, near Walsall, on Friday (19 September) seriously injuring the passengers and killing the horse. Three ambulances from West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the junction of Chester Road and Lazy Hill just before 8.30pm. A trauma doctor, paramedics and medics from the Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) team also attended the scene. “Upon arrival crews found a horse-drawn cart and a car which had been involved in a significant collision,” said a spokesman from the ambulance service. “A young boy, who had been riding the horse at the time of the collision, sustained a serious head injury and abrasions to his body.” The medics anaesthetised the boy at the scene to stabilise him and he was then taken to Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital. The 17-year-old girl thrown from the cart had suspected spinal injuries. She was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a regional trauma centre, for further emergency treatment. A man and two-year-old boy in the cart were found to have suffered less serious injuries. Both were taken to Walsall Manor hospital along with the driver of the car — a man believed to be in his seveneties who had sustained a minor head injury. The horse was pronounced dead at the scene by an emergency vet.



All parties involved in a serious collision at 65mph while travelling in this Equi-Trek horsebox escaped serious injury. The owner of the Equi-Trek Sonic, Mrs Bryce, said: “We cannot praise Equi-trek enough. Despite the considerable damage to the exterior of the vehicle, all passengers including myself, my 18-month-old grandson and my pregnant daughter walked away from the accident with only minor injuries. Our beloved pony was also unharmed, except for a small graze.

 “My daughter, who was driving the Sonic at the time, went on to give birth to a healthy baby girl a few months after the crash. I would never consider purchasing any other make of horse transport.” Equi-Trek horseboxes are designed to be among the safest, strongest horseboxes available. For more than 10 years, Equi-Trek has set the standard across the horse transport market by building only on brand new chassis, which carry full European Type Approval from the Vehicle Certification Authority (VCA). This ensures Equi-Trek vehicles meet the crucial safety and environmental criteria compulsory for all new vehicles in the UK. And as Equi-Trek products are always built in ISO9001 approved factories, this ensures the continued improvement of the quality of the product and service to the customer. It is the unique construction of Equi-Trek horseboxes that make them lightweight, but incredibly strong. For safety and strength, the reinforced bulkhead between the driver/passenger and the horse area is built into the construction of the horsebox. This can only be achieved when the chassis is at the beginning of its construction, which is why Equi-Trek exclusively use brand new chassis throughout their extensive horsebox range. It affords superior integral strength, hugely reducing the risk of injury to you and your horse.




A mare had a lucky escape at the weekend when she was rescued from deep water, where she nearly drowned.

The grey cob was spotted struggling in the water by a passer-by at Alberta Caravan Park, Seasalter, Whitstable on Saturday (20 September).

drowning rescueShe was up to her neck in the water and too weak to get herself out up the steep bank.

Officers from Kent Fire and Rescue and the RSPCA waded into the water to put a harness on the horse, before dragging her up the bank to safety.

She was unhurt in the incident.

“I was very relieved there was a happy ending to this one. I think we may have been just in the nick of time,” said RSPCA inspector Caz Doe.

“It didn’t look good when we arrived and to be honest, I didn’t think the horse would make it. She was absolutely exhausted and really struggling — we think she had been in the water for at least a couple of hours.

rspca 2“When she was finally on dry ground, I was amazed she stood up. I had half expected her to collapse from the cold and shock. I put it down to her being in such good condition — she had fat reserves to give her energy to keep her going when other horses just wouldn’t have made it.

“It was such a good example of great teamwork — a really strong joint effort which saved the life of this animal I have no doubt.”

The mare has since been reunited with her owner.







A motorist has died in hospital after his car crashed with a runaway horse.

The 22-year-old, from Doncaster, died on Thursday. The horse was killed in the collision, which happened at 06:05 BST on 18 September.

South Yorkshire Police said the man was driving a blue Audi A4 along Moss Road, near to the junction with Heyworth Lane, Askern when the crash happened.

Officers have appealed for witnesses to contact them.




SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. (AP) — A motorcyclist has been killed in a collision with a wild horse on U.S. Highway 50 in Silver Springs. The Nevada Highway Patrol says the cyclist struck the horse while it was standing in the highway near Rocky Road about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Silver Springs is about 35 miles east of Carson City. The victim's name hasn't been released. The patrol says he was thrown from the 2007 Harley Davidson he was driving west. He landed in the unlit, eastbound lane where he was hit by three vehicles. The patrol says the drivers didn't see the victim and couldn't avoid striking him. All three drivers stopped to assist and investigators say they don't believe that alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. The horse had to be destroyed.







Hi John I hope this finds you and the lovely Linda in good health. Ok, I'm gonna go with the point version for ease of conversation...

- Need advice - STB gelding, foaled Nov 2003, raced 4 times from Aug 2009 to Dec 2009 - 2nd, 2nd, 5th & 1st -Spoke to his trainer/race driver Craig Turnbull - Retired due to blowing tendons twice, rested and came back in to work and got sore again

 - Passed onto TB trainer, Robbie Laing, who wanted him for a lead pony - No good for this, too fresh/full of feed and inexperienced.  RL said he would not be any good for leading the TBs until he had at least another 3 yrs under saddle - I feel he was not broken in properly, showing due diligence etc, rather "they just threw the saddle on and rode him, he bucked a fair bit" - Horse then was injured badly in a fence encounter ( has a bad scar approx 9 inches long on his nearside hind cannon bone) and given to someone for his daughter for jumping - Apparently daughter went to PC and was said to be "very heavy handed"

- Passed to another lady (who gave me some of this info) who found him to be very nervous, wary and stand-offish.  She didn't have time and gave him to -Another lady (who didn't have time or knowledge) who found him to be the same and then  .............

 I BOUGHT HIM.  Obviously I did not know all of the above info prior to purchase. I have found him to be the same  ie nervous, wary, scared, mistrustful, stand-offish and especially bad with men I got him 19th June this year and have spent the winter letting him relax, settle in, gaining his confidence by letting him know I will not hurt him and I am his leader ( through your website/videos and 7 games) Through this time he has been agisted with my mare (she is boss cocky) and time spent with (both of) them has been limited This is about to change, my husband and I have purchased our own small acerage and both horses will be living on site.  At this point I need to get serious and get this show on the road.

 My question is .............. - Do you agree my assumption of his breaking could be correct? - Has the passing from owner to owner further unravelled this poor horse? -Do you feel the whole process (breaking in) needs to be started again.  At the start.  Properly. - I understand you don't personally know me or my ability, but under your guidance do you feel I could be steered in the right direction for a favourable outcome? - Or do you think this horse is past it? -What do I do next ? Thanks John Warm regards Shelene


Hi Shelene, the Horse must be given the total benefit of the doubt of course and I would advise You to simply start from the bottom, for his Mind and Your protection and see where You end.

The statement about 3 Years under Saddle is simply ridiculous and the fence injury is also typical of the Racing Industry. They all want to win a Squillion but so many risk their Horses in crap fences. I have had a Breaker as my Roping Horse.


Your Horse has been through a series of bad scenes and is completely forgiven for whatever he may or may not have done.

So Re-Mouth Him and jump on. Trail ride and make it fun for the Horse. Regards







Hi John,

Always enjoy reading your articles.  The area I am particularly interested in at the moment is seeding two paddocks for horse pasture and rotational grazing.  I read with interest that horses hate clover which confused me as the majority of horse pasture mixes contain two kinds of clover. 

You suggested a variety of grasses such as kikuyu, phalaris, coxfoot, fescue, etc.  Would you be able to expand on the etc so I can get a complete understanding of the varieties suitable.  I understand the complexities of horse keeping and grazing on small paddocks but am aiming for effective management for future longevity.

I live in Loxton (rainfall approximately 250mm annually) and have lived on our 8 acre property since May 2013.  We have one horse (with another on her way from lush green Victoria) which have their own yard and stable (one acre each) with no ground cover just sand.  During day I graze out on one of two paddocks (one is four acres one is three acres). There are some grasses such as clover and barley grass but majority is weed and has been sown with wheat in past (lots of cultivation) and wish to improve grazing (actually to create grazing).  I have been battling with weeds such as calthrop, turnip, onion weed, cape weed, marshmallow, etc, etc, and now three corner jack.  You may think Im crazy, everyone else in Loxton does, but I refuse to spray any poison on our place.  Im not a greeny but am highly concerned with the excess of poisons sprayed in this area and now refuse (stubbornly to contribute). 

Thank you for parting with your knowledge and time.



Forget Your pasture mix Gem. You have every reason to just go out there and sow Kikui. Low rainfall, sand, Three Corner Jack and every other Week. It will do all Your work for You and is the only one that will. Horses don't like Clover and Clover doesn't like low Rainfall. The worst Weed You have at Your Place is the dredded Barley Grass Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr You won't kill that without Poison and most won't kill it anyway. Kikui will. Then, just feed the additional necessary Feeds taking into account Your Soil Test which will tell You what is missing.
Plant it right now and irrigate it. You will be amazed. Regards





I had advice from the local Vet about not being able to catch that Horse You spoke about last Week.

He advised to use water as a reward – emotionally hard to do and can take a couple of months but it is the best solution to the problem he can offer.

Water is removed from paddock and it is only after horse approaches and allows to be caught that water is given along with treats.  This may take a number of days.  I am not totally sold on it, but the vet who manages the property and who is a fan of Steve Brady, would like to give it a go.  As we are in a bushfire area in Brigadoon it does make sense and I guess I will have to toughen up.

Best wishes


Not used it Anne and won't be but thanks for the feedback.




Hi I have a Standardbred that continuously chews on his bit and gets his tongue over the bit. He puts it back under but he puts it over, under, over under the whole ride. What sort of bit would you recommend. thank you Lisa


Hi Lisa

The first thing that I have to say is that these problems are not always about Bits. They can be and yes You should experiment but Veterinary investigation is also necessary. This can be a breathing problem, Throat, Teeth etc. Scoping the Throat and so on. The third thing it can be is 'The stressed Horses" and Training regimes of the relaxing nature are necessary.

You can also use mechanical means to stop it, in case it is a habit but strictly observe and listen to the result in case it upsets the Horse.

Sorry Lisa, but probably not the answer You wanted and not financially smart of me but true to my way forever, the Horse comes first.







Hey John Real quick one...I have finished front and back hobble training on my 2yo QH gelding. Not a huge amount of resistance and when done with the back today I filed all four feet without a fuss. My question is; Do you ever need to pull out the hobbles and train again? The real test will be tomorrow when the trimmer comes to trim him properly! Will hopefully get to the video soon to start the online hols and work and all that stuff that gets in the way of what we want to really be doing! Cheers Lorrie


The Collar roping is the thing that cements the farrier coming but Your Horse will probably be fine. The important thing is that the Farrier, TREATS THE HORSE AS A BREAKER and is careful, gentle, not pulling legs out too far or TOO HIGH. Using the smarts and giving rests.


Cool sounds like a plan. Tomorrow I am planning on just getting farrier to do a gentle file. I will work more on the cutting later. He is a good horse just not handled right with his feet with prev owner. Thanks John .


Great news..other than a little bit of re-balancing on the horses part, he did really really well. Thanks again John. Chat soon. :-)

Well done Lorrie!





Hi! I received the girth yesterday, rode for three hours today and not a mark on my horse's sides! So happy! Thank you! Regards Tanika

Many Thanks Tanika.






Hi John I was researching stifle lock after a friend told me to stop being silly and to work my standie despite his intermittent stifle lock and I found your information on stifle lock very interesting. I bought a 13 year old standard bred about a year ago that has only been off the track for about 2-3 years and who has over the last 5 months developed an intermittent stifle lock. I've since been avoiding riding him for fear of causing any joint damage or causing him any pain. At present I only do ground work with him (2x a day) which entails walking over trot poles (every 2nd trot pole is now slightly elevated about 20cm), hind & fore yielding and have been ponying him at walk behind my riding horse on trail rides. I only trail ride with him in tow about 2x per week. Anyway, having read your article I feel inspired to do a bit more with him and build the muscle necessary to help him. I've just placed an order for your running reins and was wondering how I can get a copy of the following: The Running Reins system comes with 45 Pages of Proof and instructions, across many Horses. Please let me know if the running reins system which I've ordered automatically comes with the 45 page Proof and instruction manual? I really want to get this right. I want the best for my horses and I certainly don't want to cause my boy any unnecessary discomfort or further damage. Also any advice is appreciated. Many thanks Glenda


The system has been posted to You and the E-Book that comes with them sent. Follow it closely and You shall have success. Regards






Hi John,   I have just watched your video on feeding the bossy bay horse, and will be following your method next time I feed my daughters extremely bossy horse.  I have been in fear of my life at times, and have been taking in my whip to keep him away.  Trouble is, he knows when I do not have the whip and is in my face trying to push me around.  I have a stock whip, which I will now use as you have suggested as he starts to try and double barrel me before I am even in the paddock!   I am hoping you can help me with suggestions of what DVD's and equipment I can order to help my daughter with this young big bossy horse.  He was broken in using Natural Horsemanship methods nearly 12 months ago now, and my daughter does ground work with him 4 to 5 times a week before she rides him. 

 He has days when he is soft and listening to her, but lately has more and more days when he is constantly fighting her.  He will rear and strike, spin and double barrel and squeal.  She also works him in a round yard at times and he rushes up to the gate, halts and rears and she fears he is going to try and jump out (it's a very high gate).  While being ridden, he also has days when he listens, but more days lately when he is totally ignoring her.  He threatens to buck if she pushes him, pushes through and takes off, or sucks back and refuses to go forward.  She has instruction once a week and her instructor has advised not to push him through these moments as he looks like he would just lose the plot.  

 He is inconsistent also with tying up and floating.  Some days he will tie up quietly, other days he will pull back, paw the ground and generally move as much as he can.  When being floated, he will hesitate going in and keep running back.  We can get him in, but it takes several attempts, and even when he is completely in, will back out again at least twice before we can close the back.   My daughter does not want to give up on him and is very attached and committed to fixing these problems.  She is a little thing (even now at 20yrs) and he is quite a big solid 16.1hh appy x wb who has just turned 5.  When he is good, he is lovely, but when he is bad, he looks like he is going to seriously injure her. 

 Everything seems to be on his terms, and she needs help to alter this.    We live in Victoria, so can only seek your help through your DVD's.  If my description of him seems beyond help via DVD's, can you suggest a good trainer in Victoria that may be able to help?    I also read your view on taking off rugs and found it very interesting.  It does bring me to ask this question though:  when rugging or unrugging a bossy horse, should you not do it when they are eating?  you say in your short video to leave them alone to eat.  My daughter's horse has tried to double barrel me when rugging him in the paddock while he is eating.  With this type of horse, should you rug/unrug before feeding or after and should he be haltered to do so?  In my 20 years of owning horses, I have never had this problem before.  

 Before I go, I would like to add that my daughter has always been complimented on her soft hands and independent seat, so do not think that his ridden problems are caused by this (although there may be other things she is doing wrong).  He is also regularly checked for soreness and has his saddle fitted correctly every 6 months. teeth checked every 6 months and always regularly shod.  He is on very little feed at the moment, just enough to ensure he gets his vitamins and magnesium as the spring grass has kicked in.  He is ridden in an arena, round yard, jumps paddock, on the roads and often taken out for rides in the bush, so do not think boredom with his work should be the problem.   I hope you can suggest something to help us, and thank you for your great web site.  I have continuously read your articles over the last few years and appreciate your dedication and straight forward way of dealing with so many problems.   Cheers Wendy  


Hi Wendy

Sounds like a slightly dangerous situation, which if not reined in, may result in injury.

Either this Horse is started in a substandard manner (quite possible if exclusively NH) or one of those who has a touch of A.D.D. and needs much stimulation as well as being brought into line.

However, either way, the absolute fastest way for Your Daughter to gain more respect as well as quell his exuberance, is to introduce some "Leg Restraints Training" Incredibly, this instantly gives the Power to the Human, by default. " What You Manufacture on the Ground, You inherit under Saddle"

I note that Your Daughter is already performing NH regularly and submit that it is not helping. Hence adding a different shift.

You should therefore get the Leg Restraints DVD's and some of the following equipment.

Natural Horsmanship, as much as I use it and support it, can even have the opposite to the desired effect







On a more positive note and just keep this one in the round yard for now (Murphy’s Law).....since changing Indy’s diet by adding a processed feed including balanced vits and mins, he is now feeling feisty (yes I fell off when he shied not bucked the other week), wanting to go forwards. I watched Linda’s canter dvd for the zillionth time, focusing on leg yielding and yesterday he cantered 2 circles in both directions for first time, and I had to hold him back!!!! My hypothesis has been that he has been lacking in essential vits and mins, therefore causing muscle cramps/tying up, stifle lock, refusal to work....God I wished I looked at the diet before everything else!!!! I’m holding my breath for a bit longer until sure that I don’t have to take him to Sydney for x-rays......WISHFUL THINKING!, but if we don’t have a little hope, what’s the point?!!!!...and he has had a runny eye since moving to the new agistment place at start of year......that has stopped since being on the new diet for 1 month (mg)....don’t spread the word yet, could be a fluke and I could be way off base X hope

You raise an extremely valid point and one that I have paid little attention to over the Years. This is a massive area and I completely agree with You. There is so much mis=informaiton around and reading tags on Bags is basically a waste of time. The number of incorrectly fed Performance Horses would be astounding. Well done Girl.




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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