Horse Problems Australia
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25,000 letters answered and counting




25th January, 2015

Hi Folks.


h  Happy Australia Day.

How has Your Week been?

We have had lovely Cool Weather with only a couple of Hot Days for the entire Month. Many Days 13 Degrees Cooler than Victor Harbor :)

This has enabled me to do the Physical Work and get closer to some R&R if that's possible. Finally finished welding up my front Gate. This aught to keep the Scum Bags out :).....or at least the Staffy that is coming soon will :)






Snip fell with Mrs. HP Today, on the Road, down on his knees and his Nose. Skin off and swelling but hopefully ok. Ice Packs for Mr. Snipster. Rider remained seated :)




I got saddled with another one from the Dressage Queen Club. Lovely Warmblood, seen here 120 Seconds after arrival.


We were laughing at a Client who took Her Horse to the Vet last Week, for a lump beneath the stomach and it was found to be TOO FAT :).....much to Hubbies annoyance and I may have a similar occurrence.

Mrs. HP wrote the Mare off as NOT BEING IN FOAL a Week or two ago, over due now but strange things are happening beneath Her too now :) We won't leap in Glee just yet but one never knows however, there is just as big a chance of the Fat Problem being repeated here :) They all need a 'Fat Controller' I reckon



For Sale on Facebook....Mounting Block






Hi John and Linda Firstly well done at Southern Vales on the weekend and I see you are on the state Dressage Squad, you guys must be so thrilled. Your dedication and hard work and love of what you do pays off. Well we are in the new house and the horses have settled remarkably well and we have noticed a change in them all for having them right in the backyard and becoming more part of the family rather than seeing them once a day. Steve has started riding Drover again now we are in and we are amazed how well he just got back into work. He is loving his trail rides and Steve is exposing him to so many new things. We have a creek that he has been taking him up and down ( I was petrified that Drover would lurch over it but Steve continues to tell me not to panic and has confidence Drover will listen to him).

 He set up some XC jumps for Brayden and in a few spots there are small ends of logs on the ground and he has walked him over them and again no leap or lurch. He even scared the pants off me last night and did about five strides of trot. When I asked him why he did that he said he wanted to see if he could and get a feel for it. Drover actually seemed very relaxed about the whole thing and it just shows me that ground work is everything!!!!!!!! The bond and trust they have with each other shines through every time Steve gets on that horse. Now we just have to teach Steve how to trot but I must say his seat was quite good and no bouncing and hands were great. I sent you a pic of their first ride and Steve says he knows “Longer reins” but says it is my fault because I am supposed to tell him but I was too busy taking photos! Anyway hope to see you guys again once your jobs are done and your hand has healed. Regards Jane


Hi Jane. Well done to Steve and 'Drover'/ They do make a very Photogenic Couple. "He's a good Boy he is".....and the Horse isn't bad either

The Reins are fine!! :)

My Operation is on 4th February and they say I'll be out of action for 3 Weeks ( I say one) I have refused General again and will have a nice Chat with the Surgeon as he cuts away. (Cutting my right Hand open which has got a Callous growing across it from Hard Work.) That doesn't seem fair, does it??? Dole Bludgers don't get them :( It is pulling my Fingers shut with the pressure.

So we shall see You after that. Regards




Ok HP, I'm gonna have a crack at this cause I actually don't have that DVD:)....the mare was telling you and the 'catcher' that she hasn't been enjoying her flat work lately & so needs a little time out both mentally & physically. Bush bashing is a great way to balance training & keep the horse sane! And I daresay u put your hand up for the job of trail rider cause that new gate & current state of affairs in our world is doing your head in & u need a little R&R too!!!! Jo

No Jo. Sorry.

Hey John I would have to say the saint mare acting like that ... She is in season :) wants a root not a person !! Nic :):)

No....You disgusting Girl

Hi John, would the answer to the Quiz , The Mare is a saint and a deep thinker, putting her ears back at the catcher, would it be she needed more of a break, that she had been stewing over things at night time and it all got a bit too much for her? That she need more Empathy and understanding for the catcher as well? Cheers Lizzy

No Lizzy

Did the horse being caught react 'aggressively' as the catcher surprised it while it was sleeping/dozing? Fi

No Fi.

From Cheryl

The catcher may have been too aggressive in his approach to her without first letting her know .

No Cherly.

John- On your blog, and  labelled 'Quiz of the week'... a very fuzzy pic of what appears to be a dvd cover, then an anecdote question...which I read (interpret) as:
The subject Horse is normally confident quiet, and well mannered. Saw someone approach her last week, to which caused her to put her ears back and visually display an objection to the persons present closeness, and forward movement towards her....
     option a) Person in question did so while the horse was feeding, and was not known to the horse. Additionally person while doing so was maintaining direct eye contact and displaying a conflict-stance indicating unknowingly  to the mare that they wished to be dominant over the mare's feed.
      option b) the person was unknown, noisy, not paying attention, and not confident and the mare knew she could get away with it- she was trying out the individual
      option c) mare did not wish to be taken from paddock due to discomfort after previous days activities, and therefore did not wish to entertain a further encouragement of same./  mare saw a pony-club halter set or other style of equiptment previously suffered,  and chose to (not so politely) decline.
       option d) person needed shower and smelt like unpleasantness ie fuel, and mare wanted 'breathing space'.
        option e) none of the above, I did not directly observe and missed the cues, and got it wrong due to brief info given, and lack of knowledge of said 'saint'.

No Cheesy Muffin and You have been to our place as well so no excuses :)

Dulcie was tell us that she needed Shoeing and that the GRAVEL PATH to the Saddle Up area, has 12mm Gravel, which was giving Her the discomfort.

Such is the Brains of this Mare and such is the lengths Horse Owners must learn to go to, to be GOOD  at the game.

Of course People weren't to know about the Gravel Path but would they have worked it out if they did casually know about it??????

Anyhow, everyone's a Winner. If the Ladies who wrote can Facebook Message me (not email) and give me their address, I shall send the DVD's to them for having a Crack!! Something I admire.



Very pleased to have correctly fitted this Big Gal. Thankfully, since getting the 4 New Trees, we have had 100% success rate in 12 Months.

This Weeks new Client designed one


and another...thanks.....

hi John, Just want to share with you a pick of Firestone Lodge Polly. She's look very Smart and content in her fabulous new saddle. And no funny stances from her after I have girthed her up. Now just needing a matching breastplate. She measured 44 inches from elbow to elbow if this helpful. The colour of the saddle is Tan with a Basket weave pattern. and i like the style of the two picks below. Ok will wait for your response Cheers Shar



Lovely Horse Shar. Wow!!! Well done. Thanks for feedback. That Saddle started enhanced design by others :)




John. Tip of the day. For the amateur of course!! Always make sure the old faithful dosnt get left out with affection when there's a new arrival!! Can cause unwanted, loneliness, change of behavior / appetite and other things.. ....Clint James





Hi John, Just a quick email to say thank you for your training methods and the hobbles I purchased from you I used a few years back to hobble train my Warmblood. Suffice to say they have paid for themselves!! The White tape is NOT hot and usually sits at chest height and has been successful (until now) at temporarily blocking off the corner. Only some minor rub marks of ruffled up hair on the inside of his leg but not one bit of sweat and stood calmly waiting for me to arrive - he was thankful! He would have been there for maybe a couple of hours. All I can say is thank gosh he didn't panic. One piece of equipment I highly recommend. Thank you for giving us confidence to do everything ourselves. I have a better, safer and bolder horse for it. Kind regards, Carly

Super effort from You Carly. Well done!!!! Good Horse Owners.......lovely Horse by the way!!!!!





Hi John, how are you & your lovely wife & horses? Not sure if you remember me, but I came to see you re the paint gelding Awe Shucks with the supposedly bone chip on his foreleg. Megson did not front for trial in late 2013, therefore I was awarded everything plus costs.  Her lawyer was the only one that came on the day of trial. I had since been trying to find her & serve her with the amount she now owes me (around $10K) & after several moves by Megson, I finally was able to serve her! I have kept in contact with THE lAWYER You put me onto & have sent the email below, but to date, have not had a reply.  Can you tell me what is meant below?

Megan was the Plaintiff in this Matter and the writer the Defendant. I don't often assist Defendants' but in this case I did because of my judgment call.

The Horse was sound when sold, sent to a Rough Cowboy Trainer and suddenly was unsound. Now the Defendant is chasing the Plaintiff



 A teacher was killed when she was thrown from her beloved horse
A school teacher died in a freak accident when she was thrown off her horse - described as the "love of her life."

Animal lover Jayne Goodwin, 44, was heard shouting "she's going" before falling from her "flighty" six-year-old Friesian Kali on January 9 last year.

An inquest heard the experienced rider, who had taken Kali to several shows and had recently taken up dressage competition, was returning to her stables when she suffered traumatic brain injuries following the tragic fall.

Ms Goodwin's family, who told the inquest that she had fulfilled her life dream of having a full stable of horses, took the decision to turn off her life support machine on January 28 last year.

Leeds Coroners Court, West Yorks., heard in a statement from her brother, Chris, that Ms Goodwin had loved animals since she was a child.

The statement said: "The love of her life was Kali. As a child Jayne had always dreamed of a day when she would have a life full of riding and a stable full of horses and she was living that life." The inquest heard Ms Goodwin, of Lofthouse, near Wakefield, kept seven horses at stables in Methley as well as owning three dogs and seven cats. She had taken Kali to several shows and had recently taken up dressage competition. However, coroner David Hinchliff said the mare had developed a habit of suddenly setting off before her rider was properly mounted. Reading from a statement given by her friend Georgina Adkin, Mr Hinchliff said: "Kali was always flighty, but Jayne was a very experienced rider and felt she had Kali's behaviour under control." After going riding with friends on the evening of January 9, Ms Goodwin dismounted Kali to close a gate as the group returned to the yard and then tried to get back on the horse. Mr Hinchliff said: "She put her leg into the stirrup, but as she went to lift her right leg over, Kali raised her head and set off at a fast canter."

Ms Goodwin was heard shouting "Oh Christ, she's going" as the horse bolted. She went out of sight of her friends before falling to the ground.

Miss Adkin shouted her name but got no reply, then saw Ms Goodwin on the ground "at a funny angle" with her helmet still on.

She told the inquest: "I wasnt sure whether Kali had hit her in the head as Jayne got on or whether it was the speed at which she set off that caused her to fall."

An ambulance was called after Miss Adkin saw blood on the ground and realised her friend was unconscious.

Ms Goodwin was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where a CT scan revealed she had suffered a "very severe and unsurvivable brain injury".



Yes, it drives me to ruin. Almost Weekly, another dies in Britain and the cause just stands out like the proverbial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, the beautiful Clothes, the wonderful Grooming, the lovely Crop and NO HORSEMANSHIP at all. Always ON THE MOUTH, never any relief for the Horse, TRAINED HELPLESSNESS, not knowing how to get on a Horse because the BHS teaches them incorrectly and we have the Horse running off DURING MOUNT UP, over and over again.

When will they learn???????????




Horse Float Design.

Welded Chest Bars

Thanks to Oldbury Equine Clinic








It basically says as follows:

  • That the lower level Countries shall go on first

  • That the EU TV Watchers are not interested in us and that only the good Countries should be seen on TV.

THE EA HAVE BEEN ASKED WHO VOTED ON THIS?????? Here is their answer.....


Equestrian Australia (EA) clarifies its FEI rule change process Some members have sought clarification from EA on the FEI rule change procedure. The enquiries follow the publication of the recent FEI rules and in particular the rule change regarding Championships and CDIO team competition and draw process. (FEI rule 425.3 & 425.3.3). EA wishes to clarify its process for dealing with FEI rule changes: Proposals for FEI rule changes are generally sent for comment and consultation to National Federations well prior to the FEI General Assembly (GA). EA has well established procedures to deal with these consultations and has followed these precisely. The FEI sport rule change proposals are sent by the National Office to the Equestrian Australian Sports Committees of which there are eight. Prior to the FEI General Assembly, the National Office collects the comments/feedback from the relevant Australian Sports Committees, sends this input back to the FEI and also gets instructions from the EA Sport Committees on how to vote upon any rule changes at the GA. In respect of the dressage rules the Australian Dressage Committee (ADC) did provide feedback on the original proposed rules and this was forwarded to the FEI. The information is collected both in written format and verbally via a teleconference which was held between the CEO and chairpersons of each of the national sport committees prior to the CEO’s departure for the General Assembly. It is not the role of the National Office, CEO or the National EA Chairman to deal directly with these technical matters relating to sport rule changes. The CEO and Chairman take their instructions from the sport to the FEI General Assembly, where they have an opportunity to express the views of Australia, raise concerns, and advocate for amendments as appropriate. In the General Assembly this particular rule was not debated or discussed and no other nation raised it. The Proposed 2015 rule changes for dressage sent by the FEI for coordinating comments did not include the proposed rankings-draw rule and so neither the National Office nor the ADC were aware of it. At the FEI General Assembly the rule changes are voted on in a single block. That is, the vote is not in relation to each individual rule change but on the rule changes as a whole. EA understands that what has occurred in this instance is that the rankings-draw rule has changed in-between EA receiving the first proposal of rule changes and prior to the GA. Having reviewed FEI rule 425.3 & 425.3.3 at its last teleconference, the ADC’s position on this rule is that it does not support in principle the seeding aspect for any draw process but the ADC appreciate the need to make the sport attractive for TV and other media at certain events.




Peston teenager died from blunt head trauma while horseback riding along a Southwest Ranches canal last December, the Broward Medical Examiner's Office has found.

An autopsy report for Maria Lucia Rodrigo, 16, who was found Dec. 4 on the ground next to an 18-year-old bay gelding quarter horse named Brownie, was released Friday.

Brownie died from head and neck trauma from an acute fall, according to a report from the University of Florida's Veterinary Medical Center, where the horse's necropsy was performed.

Lucia Rodrigo

Photo courtesy of Terri Shure

No medical evidence was found that might have caused a sudden collapse of the animal. His saddle and tack appeared to have been properly positioned and secured, and it appeared that the horse lost foot control during a high-speed gallop, the university's report said.

The Broward Medical Examiner's Office found Rodrigo's death was an accident. She suffered a broken right collarbone and multiple skull fractures.

Rodrigo was the daughter of Maria Alejandra Nandin Castrillio and Alberto Mariano Rodrigo Bianchi. She is also survived by a brother, Felipe Rodrigo Nandin.

She was an experienced and enthusiastic rider, Rodrigo's friends in the area's equine community said. She and Brownie were found on the bank of a canal that flows along Griffin Road west of Bonaventure Boulevard and is popular with riders.

Witnesses reported she was riding at "a full sprint" before her death, Davie police said.

A memorial was held for the former Cypress Bay High student at Plenitud funeral home in Pembroke Pines, where her coffin was covered in yellow roses. Her remains were taken to Uruguay for burial.

Horse and rider dead
Davie police investigate at the scene where a horse and rider were found dead. (Taimy Alvarez)
Ten days after her death, more than 100 horseback riders celebrated Rodrigo's life with a two-mile walk between parks in Davie.




KINGMAN - A pair of Kingman women were arrested and charged with felony theft after they allegedly stole a horse.

Laura Noreen Smith, 21, and 18-year-old Kimberly Catherine Loller were taken into custody Wednesday.

Patrol deputies spotted the horse tied to a post in the backyard of a home in the 3500 block of Ryan Avenue. Realizing the area is not zoned for livestock, deputies contacted a male at the home at about 1:30 p.m. The person told deputies his sister, Smith, and his girlfriend, Loller, brought the horse home Tuesday evening. He also told deputies the women were at a store buying food for the animal.

The alleged victim was contacted and identified the horse by unique markings and shoes.

Smith and Loller returned at about 2:10 p.m. The women said a friend named Steve gave them the horse, but they didn't know his last name or his phone number.

A neighbor told deputies they saw the pair walking the horse early Wednesday.




A policewoman who sold two dangerous horses after claiming they were "well mannered" and had "never put a hoof wrong" was handed a 12-month suspended jail sentence. Carrie Vinson, 33, who has resigned from Gloucestershire force since the offences, was also ordered to pay £10,000 in costs and £2,000 compensation – and was placed on a tagged curfew for two months.

Vinson, of Severn Waters, Leonard Stanley, near Stroud, who had been thrown off one of the horses herself before selling it as "viceless", admitted six offences of fraud. She had told a friend the horse had "a screw loose" but still went on to sell it as well behaved and safe.

Gloucester Crown Court heard she was running her equestrian business "on the side" with police permission – but at the time of the offences was being investigated by her force because she was on sick leave but suspected of being fit to work.

Passing sentence, Judge Jamie Tabor QC told her she had "knowingly sold two horses to female clients knowing that they were unsuitable and dangerous in certain circumstances."

With regard to a horse called Fly she had deliberately misled buyer Amy Whatley into believing it was viceless only days after it had been returned by a previous purchaser, said the judge.

"You yourself fell off Fly after it reared," said the judge. "Not only was this sale dishonest but it was also potentially dangerous. Within a few days of selling Fly you advertised a horse called Derek, saying he had "never put a hoof wrong". Even allowing for advertising puff this was not simply an exaggeration but a thoroughly dishonest representation, Derek had not only thrown you but actually caused you physical injury requiring you to go to hospital for treatment.

"In an unguarded moment you were to say to a friend that Derek had a screw loose. To describe the horse in the way you did after that accident was in my judgement the worst aspect of the case. As a result the horse was passed onto an unsuspecting purchaser. You pretended that the horse belonged to a young girl when it did not. This was undoubtedly to disguise your dealing status."

The first charge Vinson admitted was that between May 20 and June 30, 2012, she described Fly as having no vices when she knew he had previously behaved dangerously.

She further pleaded guilty to selling Derek between April 3 and June 30, 2012, without disclosing he had previously behaved dangerously and that between April 1 and June 30, 2012, she failed to disclose when selling Derek and a horse called Linda that she was in the trade.

Vinson also admitted that between the same dates she made a false representation to Jane Jones when selling her Derek and Linda, that she was doing so on behalf of another woman when in fact she was not. Finally she admitted that in December 2011 she dishonestly failed to disclose when selling Lady that she was in trade or business.

Vinson runs her current business, Carrie Vinson Equestrian, from land at Coaley, near Dursley, and at Pilning, near Bristol.

Prosecutor Lee Reynolds said: "One of the aggravating features of this case is that animals which the defendant knew to have previously displayed unpredictable behaviour – in fact having previously thrown herself and other people, causing injury – were sold as being perfectly suitable and safe animals. This was a deliberate and fraudulent mis-description of the animals."

He told how Fly was initially bought from Vinson for £2,000 by veterinary nurse Christine Cooper who had been thrown from a bolting horse ten years earlier but had decided to start riding again. She told Vinson she had suffered a nasty fall and wanted a horse with no vices who could be ridden alone. Vinson assured her Fly was a "perfect horse, a confidence giver" .

However, after buying Fly in April he began "napping" and rearing up and his behaviour got progressively worse.

She called Vinson and asked her to come to look at him – and when Vinson did so and rode him herself she was thrown off.

Vinson promised to attend every day that week to school the horse – but did not do so.

A few days later Ms Cooper jumped off Fly in fear when he reared up and went backwards. She then took him back to Vinson in late May.




Tributes have been paid to an “exceptional horse woman” who died from injuries she sustained while clipping her horse. Mary Hancy, 55, from Norfolk was fatally injured in the accident, which happened on Sunday 11 January. Her daughter, Kelly, told press that it was case of her being in the “wrong place at the wrong time”. “We were just clipping at the time and it was the last horse that she had bred,” she said. “He was only five years old and he was a bit spooked by something and kicked out and caught her.” East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA) confirmed to H&H that it had attended the accident (stock image used). “Dr Temesvari and critical care paramedic Rod Wells were called to an equestrian accident in a small village near Thetford,” a spokesman said. “The team arrived at 12.27 to assess, treat and transfer a female in her fifties who had suffered trauma due to an equestrian accident. “The East of England Ambulance Service was on scene, but called on EAAA after the patient rapidly deteriorated. “The patient had suffered injury to the head and abdomen.”

The EAAA crew flew Mrs Hancy to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge in a critical condition. She later died of her injuries. An inquest has now been opened into her death. “She had dedicated her whole life to horses,” her daughter added. “She was very passionate about breeding Hanoverian and German warmbloods for many years and had helped run a riding school and stud with her very close friends Howard and Valerie Rose. “She was always a familiar and friendly face at local showjumping competitions.”


and the British answer.....Crash Helmets.....DON'T TEACH HORSEMANSHIP FOLKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





A new study has thrown a spotlight on the question of head protection when handling horses on the ground. Hospital patients admitted as a result of horse accidents during a 5 year period at the University of Kentucky Trauma Registry have revealed that there were equal rates of head injury for both riders and handlers. All 3 of the deaths recorded were handlers on the ground rather than riders. One was caused by a kick to the head, another a kick to the chest and the third after a fall from a trailer when loading a horse. As a result of the survey, researchers have concluded the “findings reinforce the need for protective equipment usage at all times around horses”.

 Accidents closer to home

The topic was highlighted last week closer to home (28 May) when Irish vet Gerard Long was killed after being kicked in the head while treating a mare in Co Tipperary. The Irish Health and Safety Authority told H&H that it is investigating the death but a conclusion is expected to take “a number of months”. There have been several other fatalities from injuries incurred on the ground in Britain in the past couple of years. In 2011, 16-year-old Lauren Bryant from Scotland died after being found with serious head injuries having gone to catch her horse from its field. The following October a bank manager suffered fatal head injuries while trying to calm a horse in the back of a lorry. Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher was also in the news in 2012 after he was kicked in the head when a horse he was leading in at his yard in Essex slipped and fell on him.

The most dangerous times on the ground are considered to be lungeing, leading, loading and turning out. But, despite the horror stories, many riders are still reluctant to wear a hat when dismounted. “I accept that having and handling horses comes with a level of risk,” said H&H reader Lucinda Waldron. “I’m unlikely to wear my hat all the time on the ground, but I am aware that it’s not always the sensible option.” “While I always ride with my hat on, I definitely don’t always wear one while working on the ground with my horses,” added another reader. Rules and regulations Approved safety hats when mounted are compulsory for British Showjumping competitors, for British Eventing except for dressage and prize-giving at intermediate and above, and at British Dressage except for advanced and above. But there are no regulations referring to handlers on the ground. In racing it is compulsory for all stalls handlers to wear safety headgear, but not for anyone else helping on the ground. There are no specific guidelines for registered farriers or vets about hats.

 The Pony Club teaches that wearing a hat when entering a stable, turning out, loading and lungeing is “best practice”, but does not have a blanket policy. Nor is wearing a hat when not mounted a requirement for many insurance policies for livery yards and riding schools. “Our insurance has no requirement saying that hard hats must be worn while handling horses or on the ground around horses,” said Kathryn Herring from South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB). “We do however encourage the wearing of hard hats. “We would also advise clients to carry out risk assessments to include where they feel it necessary to make people wear hard hats on the ground.” Too hard to enforce?

A spokesman from the Pony Club told H&H that there is no “over arching rule” because “given the scale of the membership it would be un-enforceable”. Ms Herring told H&H that some of her clients suggest that it would not be safe to make employees wear hard hats all day in the summer because of the risk of fainting. But despite the concerns raised, some in the equestrian industry say they would be happy to wear their hats more often. “I wouldn’t have a problem if an employer asked me to wear my hat when on the ground,” said H&H reader Jessica Fardoe. “I think it’s just a good safety precaution -— especially if you’re on a yard with fit and often unpredictable competition horses.” Instructor Danielle Dawson said: “I make all the Pony Club kids wear them at all times doing horse care. I don’t think that it is health and safety gone mad.”




Emergency crews from Woodford and Anderson counties rescued a 1,200 pound horse from a pool on Thursday morning. The Woodford County emergency management director said he thinks the horse broke free from a neighboring property and fell into the pool when it tried to step on the cover. He said it was unclear how long the animal was trapped. Firefighters, emergency management personnel and a crew from the Anderson County Large Animal Rescue all helped out. "You have an animal that's in distress. We didn't know how long he'd been in the water, and he's tied up too, so we had an issue of getting that horse secured so that when we did get him free, he didn't get somebody hurt," Woodford County Emergency Management Director Keith Slugantz said. Once the horse was free from the pool cover, firefighters got the animal to the shallow end where they used a harness to pull it from the water. "They got blankets on it, and got it back home and in a barn, and turned it over to the owners," Slugantz said.









Olympian Roycroft against HENDRA vaccination



Former Olympian Vicki Roycroft says Equine Australia is shutting down dissent in elite riding circles about mandatory vaccination for high performance horses. (Kim Honan)
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Olympic legend Vicki Roycroft has criticised Equestrian Australia over its push toward mandatory Hendra vaccination for elite competition horses, saying they are trying to silence critics of the vaccine.

She said Hendra was like Ebola because, despite their undeniably fatal potential, they are both delicate organisms and not easily spread through casual contact.

Ms Roycroft said a panel recruited by the peak Australian horse sport organisation was unfairly weighted in favour of 'pro-vaccination'.

She believes pressure was being brought to bear against opponents of mandatory vaccination.

"There has just recently been put out from the Federation a little bit of a warning notice to elite riders, so I think that's a bit of a subtle warning 'don't go saying things like I'm saying'," she said.

"Quite honestly and forgive my language, I couldn't give a rat's arse.

"If I'm going to be in a team now, it's because I win so much that they can't leave me out."

Executive officer of Equestrian Australia, Grant Baldock told the ABC his organisation had suspended a proposed by-law on mandatory vaccination until the panel reviewing the matter comes to a decision.

He said the aim of the by-law was to ensure the safety of riders, members of EA and members of the public.




A KEY figure in the ownership of a horse central to the cobalt issue has suggested a “cultural change’’ is vital to correct the reliance some trainers have on vets, seemingly embedded in stables.

Terry Henderson, a director of OTI Racing, which buys horses in Europe and puts Australian-based clients into the ownership, issued a special newsletter this week explaining the cobalt issue as it affects them with Lidari.

Lidari tested positive after finishing second in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington in October last year and is at risk of losing $90,000 in prizemoney, not to mention a Group I placing that increases stud value.

Yet, in the bigger picture, Henderson is concerned with some trainers relying on vets to treat a horse before and after races with supplements as a “security blanket’’ and with no scientific benefit.

“You can see, and it happens in many businesses, you can see how this cultural movement happens,’’ Henderson said.

“What starts off as this great relationship, a close working relationship between two parties, develops over time into something that can be even more positive on some occasions but often take a more negative turn.

“One would wonder whether this relationship in many stables has got to the stage where it is just too close,’’ he said. What I’d really like to see is a move towards a greater focus on the sheer horsemanship of trainers rather than the blending of two sets of skills to get a horse to the races.

“There will always be vets and they’ll always do a valuable job, as they do now, but if it gets to the stage where they are part of the stable’s day-to-day operation one questions whether that’s healthy and, indeed, that is what we’d like to see a shift away from.’’

The new breed of rookie trainers, who have had experience not only locally but also under the guidance of internationally acclaimed trainers, have had a greater exposure to horse husbandry and natural techniques to help a horse. I think one of the big advantages of becoming more internationalised is that the young guys going into training these days are more than likely to have experience with stables around the world,’’ Henderson said. “As a result of that, they’ll pick up techniques and processes that they can adopt when they come back here.’’

OTI have had horses with Danny O’Brien, the Flemington-based trainer with three cobalt positives, and have a number with Caulfield trainer Peter Moody.

“We don’t have any with Dan at the moment, simply as a matter of timing,’’ Henderson said on RSN’s Racing Ahead yesterday.

“There is no intention whatsoever to move our horses away from Peter Moody at the moment. Now the findings that come out of this investigation may force us to do things. Who knows what is going to come?

“We’ve had a great association with Peter and still do,’’ he acknowledged. “That doesn’t mean to say that he, like any supplier of services to any business, doesn’t have to be questioned at times on what’s going on in that business.’’

President of the Equine Veterinarians Australia, Nathan Anthony, said members of the peak equine veterinary body considered the health and welfare of horses as their first priority.

“Our members take the health and welfare of horses seriously. They are registered and regulated by the veterinary practitioners board in each state and territory, which can investigate and discipline any vet who breaches the rules of racing or behaves unprofessionally,’’ Anthony said.




Racing Victoria in Australia introduced a local rule on April 14, 2014 that designates cobalt as a prohibited substance at a concentration greater than 200 micrograms per litre in urine. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Australia nationwide has adopted the same rule on cobalt thresholds for Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Last week, Racing Victoria Chairman of the Stewards Terry Bailey issued a statement that horses for the stables of trainers Peter Moody, Mark Kavanagh, and Danny O’Brien had returned samples in which cobalt was detected above the permitted threshold. Chairman Bailey stated, “It is now our priority to gather all facts to determine the circumstances surrounding each case. We will not be putting a timeline on the completion of this process and will not be commenting on the specifics of each case while our investigations continue." All three Melbourne trainers are highly regarded horsemen. Moody was the trainer for the brilliant Black Caviar, O’Brien has trained a Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate winner, and Kavanagh trained Melbourne Cup winner Shocking. So what is cobalt and does it possess performance enhancing qualities? Cobalt is a heavy metal salt that is essential in the body to make red blood cells and is present in all animals at varying low trace levels. Many racing officials, veterinarians, and scientists around the world believe that similar to EPO [erythropoietin] in human athletes, cobalt at higher than trace levels can produce an increased number of red blood cells, which in turn allows more oxygen to travel through the horse’s body, therefore reducing the onset of fatigue. In addition, increased levels of cobalt in a horse can also have severe adverse effects on a horse’s health.  Concerns have been raised about how the thresholds were set, but Australia would seem to be on firm ground in how they developed them. Initially, in 2013, Harness Racing for New South Wales Integrity Manager Reid Sanders became aware of possible cobalt use as a performance-enhancing agent in harness horses. Sanders conducted research in Australia, the UK, the U.S., and Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Jockey Club has a more stringent threshold level of 100 micrograms per litre (half the Australian threshold), and reportedly has never encountered a positive in testing for cobalt since 2006.  It is important to note that after Australia first undertook research on Cobalt in 2013, by Jan.1, 2015, the entire country had a policy on thresholds in Thoroughbreds and harness horses.  While there has been some conjecture, particularly in the U.S. as to how much of a performance enhancing agent cobalt truly is, the Australian and Hong Kong authorities do believe that higher than natural levels of cobalt can increase a horse’s performance. That does appear to possibly have been the case in this instance in Australia. Four of the five horses that have tested positive for cobalt seem to have improved performances over their prior race results. Three of these horses were trained by O’Brien: Caravan Rolls On, Bondeiger, and De Little Engine. Moody trained Lidari, and Kavanagh trained Magicool.  In an article in Australia’s Herald-Sun, Matt Stewart referred back to the performance ratings assigned to these horses in the races in which they tested positive:   Bondeiger-ran a career best by 3 1/2 lengths De Little Engine-ran a career best by seven lengths Lidari-ran his best race in Australia by a length  Magicool-rated a career best performance by 5 1/2 lengths    Caravan Rolls On was the only horse said to have underperformed, finishing eighth. Racing Victoria Chairman of Stewards Terry Bailey commented further on their investigation last week: “Our investigations will determine whether any or all of the trainers will be charged with a breach of the Rules of Racing. They have the presumption of innocence and are free to continue racing at this time.” Although the cases in Australia are far from closed, they show one thing: testing and rules are working as intended. Can the same be said elsewhere in the world? International cobalt thresholds in urine and blood were discussed at the International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians (ICRAV) in September 2014. At the conference, there were discussions regarding cobalt in Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. No other major jurisdictions had substantive reports. Turning to developments in U.S., despite the diligent efforts of talented industry veterinarians, scientists, and regulators, no consensus has been reached on thresholds that would indicate improved racing performance or levels that would be toxic or harmful for the horse. For example, at the October California Horse Racing Board committee meeting of the Medication and Track Safety, equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur did a comprehensive situational analysis on cobalt and discussed some possible recommendations for cobalt thresholds to be presented to the Board in the near future. Similarly in November, Dr. Mary Scollay, the equine medical director of the Kentucky Racing Commission, told a Kentucky legislative subcommittee that cobalt potentially had performance enhancing qualities but also had potential toxic effects by contributing to exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH).  In a news release on Oct. 16, 2014, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium announced that its Scientific Advisory Committee was not prepared to set a recommended threshold for cobalt until “research performed by Dr. George Maylin for the United States Trotting Association is made available for review.”  Dr. Maylin is the Director of Equine Drug Testing in New York. On Sept. 4 last year – more than a month before the RMTC announcement - the New York Gaming Commission declared that it will “issue a standard 10-year suspension to anyone who violates the harness rules prohibiting the use of a substance that abnormally oxygenates a horse’s blood, including the supra-dietary administration of cobalt salts.” However, to “enhance the efficacy of this new program” the commission declined to publish their laboratory threshold for cobalt. The rule applies only to Standardbreds, and one wonders about the commission’s ability to enforce a 10-year suspension absent a published threshold.  Two other jurisdictions have instituted rules with published thresholds and penalties. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced that effective Sept. 30, 2014, there would be a regulatory threshold of 25 parts per billion for cobalt. The Indiana Commission has stated that they have seen a significant decrease in cobalt concentration in samples now that a regulatory threshold has been established. In New Jersey, Jeff Gural, the owner and operator of the Meadowlands, one of the premier Standardbred tracks in the country (as well as two smaller harness facilities in upstate New York), is not waiting for his regulators to take action. Under house rules, Gural has instituted his own out-of-competition tests with a threshold of four times the standard deviation for cobalt at the normal level. Since the beginning of 2015, one trainer has been suspended and another is under investigation at the Meadowlands. There is much more work ahead both in the U.S. and a number of other major racing jurisdictions to properly address this serious cobalt issue. It is clear from this cobalt situation that the state-by-state decentralized nature of the medication regulation, testing, and penalties enforcement does not serve U.S. racing adequately. The U.S. Thoroughbred racing industry needs a well-funded, centralized national program for medication testing and enforcement to improve and protect the integrity and credibility of the sport. It is impossible for the industry to continue to operate a high-integrity racing program with an underfunded patchwork of state regulators of wildly varying abilities and understanding of these important issues. As former Governor of Kentucky and owner of Airdrie Stud, Brereton Jones said in an interview for this website, “Either we eliminate the problem or the problem is going to eliminate us.”





Tradition in many breeds holds that all horses have the same birthday: January 1. But when it comes to feeding young horses, it might be better to do so according to each horse's individual birth date, a Japanese research team recently concluded. Because foals go through seasonal growth periods—slower growth in winter, much faster “compensatory” growth in spring—they have varying energy needs throughout the year. Even though the weather changes and actual seasons of the calendar year are the same for all foals on the same farm, the seasonal growth period for each foal can be quite different depending on the animal's date of birth. And the effects of this seasonal growth variation could be quite significant in Thoroughbred racehorses, which go through more dramatic changes, sometimes growing very fast, said Takeshi Miyake, PhD (Agric), of the Comparative Agricultural Sciences Department at Kyoto University.

Proper nutritional management of growing horses during their specific compensatory growth periods could have a critical influence on the horse’s growth potential, as well as its resistance to osteochondritis dissecans and other juvenile osteochondral conditions, Miyake said. Miyake and his colleagues developed mathematical equations to calculate growth curves for Japanese Thoroughbreds based on the horses' birth dates. To create the equations, they compiled more than 15,000 measurements from nearly 500 colts and fillies over a 10-year period. Among the most important measurements were wither height and total body weight, they said. Their equation suggested that nutritional needs can vary significantly from one foal to another depending on its birth date.

 That’s because, as they found, the “meeting point” between the slow growth period of winter and the fast growth period of spring is different from horse to horse, Miyake said. Even though that meeting point always occurs in the winter-to-spring transition period, that critical point might be several weeks apart, from horse to horse. The farther apart the horses' birthdays, the more different their growth periods were, he said. “The combined knowledge of both body weight and wither height would be useful for detection of the unbalance between weight and height which may cause the critical growth disorders on young horses, especially for the horses born in June,” the researchers stated. “The individual percentile curves of body weight and withers height for each horse based on his/her birthday would be a useful diagnostic tool for careful feeding management of young Japanese Thoroughbred horses during compensatory growth periods,” they said. The study, "An Approach of Estimating Individual Growth Curves for Young Thoroughbred Horses Based on Their Birthdays," was published in the Journal of Equine Science. 










Hi John and Linda! Hope things are going well, I've been following your blog religiously and keeping up to date with what's going on in you're part of the world. Bush fires terrify me, it's something that doesn't exist here and the thought of it is awful :( I'm emailing you to ask for any advice you might be able to offer, when I'm cantering Leo I am finding it really hard to tell when he is on the correct lead, I'm really embarrassed about it!! I've never had a problem before and it's really getting me down :( I try to have my boyfriend there with me as much as possible as I've taught him to be able to help me ;) but mostly I'm on my own and struggling. I've tried looking down at the shoulders but that doesn't help and ive tried feeling for which way his body is pointing my hips but I'm struggling with that too. I did a full circle in counter canter last night (my friend told me I was on the wrong lead eventually) but it felt as lovely and as balanced as the correct lead! Can you offer any advice? I only use the market harbourgh in canter now because my hands have improved a lot :) Best wishes Katy *and Leo on he other side of the globe xx


Hi Katie. Mrs. HP here.

It would help if You had Mirrors and of course, watch Your rides back on Video. Of course, You mustn't allow 'Counter Canter' because You are not ready to teach changes yet.

The Leading Leg Shoulder, pushes further forward then the other and this is what you should be watching out for. You must NEVER look at the Shoulders though, until the Horse is established in the Canter, otherwise You will lean forward and put it on the wrong lead.

To ensure the Horse takes the right Lead, so that You don't have to check, ride a 10 Metre trot Circle and on the last quarter of that ask for Canter and then enlarge to 20 Metrres. The tighter Circle is more than likely to put Him on the correct lead.

If You are going large and asking from a Corner, make sure You ask GOING INTO the Corner, not coming out of.

Make sure You look up and to the inside, putting Yourself in the correct Canter Lead position.

Make sure You Sit Trot long enough prior to the Canter so that You can feel the WING of the Horse's Hind Legs, which in turn makes You feel Your alternating Cheek Bones and when Your inside Cheek bone is down, that is when You give the Canter aid.

This sounds like it is a Leads problem as well as an identification problem Katie.

HP now.....

Close Your eyes at the Canter and teach Yourself to identify the leading leg. Open them to look during practice. Shut them again and concentrate. Think about it, listen to it and feel it.









I was wondering if you made a DVD on float training?
I really need to be able to see your method in action so I know what I have to do.

He is 10000% fine with the two people method as in one just stands in the float so he doesn’t look off, and the other taps, he basically will self load in those situations and travels well in the float. I have a huge angle for him so space is not a problem.

But when I am on my own it’s pretty much a gamble if he goes in or not. If he doesn’t go in, he will pull back and just hang back on the ramp. Sometimes will do a mini rear off the ramp but will go back on the ramp, get up to the top and just stay there.

I want to get out more this season with him but trying to plan it so someone else is around “just in case” is pretty crap.


Ok Alex. Thanks. I understand. I have a DVD Set in progress on this and all the problems that go with them, plus all the systems, but not yet.

I am pretty sure I have a Youtube Video on one of my systems, which you should try on Your horse (because people tell me about my system being so successful from time to time. Go have a look.


There are several systems for ONE PERSON loading. The less effective of them is the Tom Roberts Method because it fails to control the rear end.

  • Pat Parelli (where you drive them  but much prior work required.
  • Jim Wilton where You lay a stock whip on the ground alongside the horse, ask it to come up, it doesn;t and so the stock whip jumps up in the air at the back like a Cobra :)
  • My Method

Best of Luck





Hi John, Thanks so much for the reply. We had an interesting ground session yesterday which was purely focused on him staying out of my space - he is not allowed to touch me without my invite. It was fascinating to watch him try and work out the new rules. I'm pleased to say it worked and I had a much more respectful horse by the end who wanted to be near me but was waiting for the ok to do so. Phew! I am very interested in the leg restraints training, but what facilities do I need? I have a round yard but I do not like using it as it is small and not lines so easy for legs to go through. Cheers, Hannah


The bottom two Rails need cutting out by Hubby. 10 Minute job. It is absolutely pointless to have such designs. Hence my new one's

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Hi John I had to send you these photos! My daughter and I learned from you about 5 and a half years ago how to halter and lead train a foal early in its life and we have been doing that ever since. That foal was the third foal that we had bred. This is our latest foal born about 6 weeks ago. Today she was assessed for the Australian Sports Pony Register at a property about an hour float ride from us. Float loading took no time at all because she walked straight on (we practiced a couple of days ago). She walked straight off calmly, mum and foal lead together by one person. The photos are of her new owner who is about 5 or 6 years old happily leading her from the arena back to the stables. Such a gorgeous sight. Of course this is not something that you would do with just any foal, but we knew this one would be fine. It is just so easy when they are so young and the more things you do with them, the more you can do! I hope you enjoy this little story and the photos Kind Regards Wendy

Well done Girl. Wonderful to see. Horsemanship at it's best.






Ok John, well the Standy lady has driven me nutty - can;t ride on her property because of insurance, on again , off again… whatever. Cross that one off the list. Our neighbour has an appaloosa / arab - 15/5. It is slightly pigeon toed, but the vets have given it the once, twice and thrice over. Just went to see it / ride it and I lunged it too and will have video on Sunday for you. It’s nervous, but when you give it direction and ride well, she totally relaxes. It has no muscles in neck, yet moves with her head down - not lama-like. half way through the ride the lady selling her starts crying with pride, and asking us if we take her she will pay us for our time! I’m not joking! LOL!. I have said no, but will free-lease it for my daughter to ride while I find something else. So here is my enquiry: She is unusually fat - yet slim in the shoulders. The tummy is ROCK HARD. And she was extremely girthy, and the owner 100% promises she never has been till today. I suspect this horse is pregnant. The Vet is away for 2 weeks. Any way I can tell before then? If she is pregnant, she would be 6-8 months gone at least. Thanks for your time Phae

Stay away from it Phae. You don't need a all the drama that can come with this. Regards






What a great training tool - thanks for emailing me. I have started watching the leg restraints DVD set that I purchased - great. Over the last few weeks with my problem pony - I have mounted bareback with halter while hobbled, with saddle (no stirrups) hobbled, did a week of de-sensitising with stirrups (this seemed to be the issue). Finally today I had my first walk and trot. Could never have managed this without the hobbles. Great to know about the online training - next month when I start my brumby I will keep this in mind when I get stuck again LOL Kind regards Megan

Thanks Megan. Well done.






Hi Would highly recommend you visit this website-perhaps it will give you a little more balanced outlook for your articles-even these guys are professional enough to show both sides of the story, drawbacks and positives.After also having viewed news reports featuring yourself on Today Tonight I think you are simply using your one sided views to generate sensationalism and attention for your business-it is funny how not one of the comments agreed with your view, perhaps it is time to consider why that is. http://www.b Regards

 Tiffany Graham

Hi Tiff......we must stop meeting like this :)

The Site You referred me to is a Profit making Sales Site for Racehorses so they would speak glowingly, wouldn't they?

Next time You are at the Dressage, count how many Ex Racehorses there are there, if You can find any. They don't suit Dressage because they are too tense and can't move Tiff.....and, I never have to wait long for an example to my words.........

last Week, Dressage at Southern Vales Dressage Club.......what Bucked a Girl off?....the new Off the Track Thoroughbred did......

You aren't going to change me but thanks for the debate.




Thank you for your reply, I have purchased one and am looking forward to receiving it as the one I have been using is a rubbish made version. My horse has a terrible "head In the air" issue and very unbalanced in her canter I can hold her rounded at walk and trot but almost impossible in canter and she drops her shoulder and falls in, she finds cantering on a circle very difficult,  so this will help me. I have a few questions. ... How long should I ride in it to begin with each day? And is it a matter of using for a certain period then trying with out it? Can I jump her in it? I am only schooling at under 80 cms.  Kind regards Annelies 

Hi Annelies,

t sounds as if some of Your foundation Stones aren't in place, because of the Horse is unbalanced in Canter, it is going to struggle in all other areas there. So I recommend to You that the Horse Leg Yields properly. You can ride the Horse for Your normal session and You can jump in them too, being mindful of ensuring 'the release' and perhaps have it longer in adjustment at first. Then work up relative to Your release and the understanding of the Horse. Regards





18th January, 2015

Hi Folks

Hope You had a lovely Week. We have been praying for Rain and thankfully got 25mm so maybe not having to buy Water this Year Yay.

Hasn't been much Horsie work this Week as I have been hard at it cementing the Track in for our front Gate (13 Metres long) and quite a job on one's own. Anyhow, got it finished Yesterday. Now for the concrete to cure and then get an electrician in to


I have however been riding the Darling this Week, so we could go down the rough Roads. Went Bush Bashing. Nothing better in Life :)

She sure is a Good Girl but a very deep thinker.




to winning answer, a copy of the

You wouldn't get more high end than this.

As You know, this Mare is a "Saint' but last Week, I saw Her being caught and she laid Her Ears back at the Catcher and even half threatened them.






Went to the lovely Southern Vales Dressage Club with all of it's wonderful arenas Today, where the 'Snipster' was in the Elementary, which he won.


 Cappo did the Grand Prix (but unofficial due to not enough A Level Judges at this Comp) but big thanks to Judge Wendy Hunt for graciously Judging them. Once again, Cappo was improved at the level and showed much more confidence which is what we are looking for.

Then Mrs. HP rode a lovely Pony for Kerry Glass (first ride on the little Boy) and he was great too, He was the only one in the Class though

So great Day. Lovely Club, great Cool Weather and good turnout.


The manipulation of Agistees via the use of Social Media, to evacuate Gainsborough on the Day of the Bush Fires, when the Property was NOT threatened, has had many negative results since. Not only were the Agistees manipulated but as well, the Police Officer at the Road Block just down the Street, who was pressured with the arrival of a convoy of Horse Floats which blocked the entire Road, led by a particular agistee who had taken Her own Horse away during the allowed time for evacuation, Dave Garland was asked by the Police and he declined so then she rang me to over rule Dave and I declined, knowing that the Wind Had swung to the South West at 12.4 knots, seen by us at the prescribed time at our Home prior to arrival in Adelaide and all threat was gone., but she wacked on such a turn that she was allowed through. Since then, Peoples incomes have paid the price, the income of Gainsborough has paid the price, major expenses caused for all and sundry but worse, at least TWO HORSES WITH COLIC and another smashing it's Head against the Wall of a Float and injuring the Eye Sockets. Not bad for an R.S.P.C.A. Inspector with a Power kick.


Anyhow, as promised to all at Gainsborough, action would be immediately taken to put Gainsborough at the forefront of security and Fire Risk/

My thanks to Dave Garland for his work on the instillation of Sprinklers, protecting the Northern side of the Property for all Stables and Tanks. A Mobile Fire Fighting Unit will also be ready for the next Bush Fire Day, for any Case where a Fire may come DOWNHILL from the SE, to be fought in Grass Lands to the East. (NOT SCRUB) and to protect our Trees (for the Paddocks won't Burn)



Nice to see Dave get through his Apprenticeship and be sending Home some nicely broken in Horses.

Now I just got to introduce Him to Ariet :)








Hi Mr HP.
Would love to send him to Clint James but I don't know if it would be able to happen because he is at least 6 hours drive from here. With regards to second best, would a dressage type backyard trainer or full fledged dressage trainer do? I have to go with a place I can drive too, don't want to fall asleep at the wheel of a car and cause and accident :)
Sorry about the frequent dumb questions. You might get a lot from me this year since I am committing myself to this. I am looking forward to the challenge though :) 
Thanks again.

Hi Hayley.

Then if You are 'committed' you should be starting the Horse Yourself. You can easily do the lot, up to the ridden part and only then make Your decision. This is the Age of Technology and I can sit on the top of Your Round Pen and guide You through the process when and if You get stuck, just like this Young Lass this Week, who had not been able to catch this completely Wild Horse that was 'UNTOUCHED until this Day.



about 10 mins after the lesson.

Thanks heaps for today, it means everything to me that I have your help with the horses.

I still cant believe I patted him today and he seemed to enjoy it, licking my neck and stuff



So it doesn't get any more High end than this. Therefore, starting the domesticated Horse is easily within the reach of Owners now and think about the educational opportunity?



So here is another successful Owner Breaker.



thanks very much John, now I better give you an update on young Neo. Thanks again for the initial work you did with him, made the job of breaking him in easy and pleased to say I did it all myself.  I have your Mouthing and Riding the Green Horse DVD's and I followed them as closely as I could and I now have the softest mouth on a horse I have ever had and the most amazing "air brakes".  I just begin to do a one rein stop and he has stopped before he even gets his head around now.  I was cantering on the 4th ride. Neo has been an excellent boy as well and has not put a hoof wrong at all.  On 2 occaisions he did buck which he was shut down immediately with a ORS, but I believe due to a girth he didn't like.  He is the most fun horse and we are really building a great, confident relationship together.  I can ride him out with other horses or on his own and we have dressage lesson once a week.  Best horse I have ever had.  I have attached a photo of our first ride and then another about 2 weeks later.  

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Hi Mr HP.

My Name is Hayley and I come from a small place called -----in the back of the wheatbelt in NSW

I have a young Arab Stallion (Pure crabbet so he is the stocky, riding type arab) who has just turned 5 in December and I have been thinking of mouthing him. I have left him so long to do anything with as I have a young son and an illness that i suffer with when I over do things, and also his (the stallions) body and mind have only just matured in this last year. I have done the natural horsemanship ground training with him ( needs a refresher though), have taught him to rug, put the front leg strap on him etc so it's not like he has sat there doing nothing.
I have been thinking of mouthing him myself and then sending him off to a breaker for the miles on the clock. I would have to send him to a breaker for the riding as I have hardly ridden for the past 4 years (due to the birth of my son) and I have no suitable horses or riders for him to follow on the property.

Do you think it is suitable for me to mouth him and send him to someone else to put the finishing touches or should I just send him away regardless for the whole lot. Seeing as I live so far away from any breakers, it would be an expensive exercise to do the whole lot. Also if I mouth Him and send him to a breaking facility who only like the natural horsemanship style of riding will that reduce his mouth and confuse him?
I want to do what is right for the boy. I am not in any hurry to do anything just now (too hot) just weighing up my options and my purse!

OK you probably want info on Me.
*Age : 31
*height: 160cm
*Weight: 69kg (Yes on a diet)
*Years with horses: 20 years
*Ridden years: 15 years
*Never broken in a Horse
*Halter Trained 2 Foals
*Use training tools by yourself, Clinton Anderson and Ken Faulker. (Don't really like Parelli as I find it to hard to understand for myself)
*Have you DVDs on Mouthing, Green Horse, Leg Yielding & leg restraints training. 
* Only myself as the horsey person in family.
* Have a good roundyard.
* Age : 5
* Height: about 14.2hh
* Build : solid
* Temprement: Smart, Aloof with strangers but enjoys the company of those he knows, doesnt suffer fools gladly, Inquisitive, learns thing very quickly ( Took 20 min to learn to rug)
* I have measured his mouth for a 5 inch bit ( used old bits from the shed just to get the correct size and size up the bridle. No pressure was put on the mouth at all. Bit was in and out)
* Has served mares for me ( In hand and paddock)
* used to run with a gelding until he decided he was the boss.
* Is paddocked next to geldings.
I hope this is all helpful info for you. I tried not to put my life story. Also I really want to mouth this boy even if I never end up getting him broken in, because if I ever sell him and the next person want to show him in hand, Stallions have to be bitted to be shown, and I want to be fair on him and teach him what a bit is for and not have someone just sling one in his mouth and expect him to know what to do with it, somewhere down the track.
Looking forward to your reply.
Yours sincerely

Hi  Kerry

Well done. Good Letter. Well thought out!

By all means. Arabs don't suit many of the Male Trainers for they need the gentle touch. So go right ahead. Read the Letter above for You to see what is possible.

On the subject of sending the Horse to a NH Trainer for the Riding side of things.....absolutely NOT!! They just Ruin Mouths. NH is NOT a system of 'Starting Horses', it is a Ground Manners system. REMEMBER, You have Health issues and one Day soon, You just may wish to Hell You still had the Mouth You put on that Horse, when the big Red Fox or Quail get's up out of the Stubble :)






Hello John & Lynda, Thankyou for your inspiring website and for sharing your knowledge.. I keep jumping on the website all the time as you both make so much sense.. Thankyou Always enjoy the youtube videos and the updates.. By the way the new front gate is awesome….Working hard as usual..

 I have a 4yr old Andalusian gelding at the breakers at the moment but he is not loving the experience.. He is trying to tell me that he is not happy, but the breaker thinks he is just too electric for me, but i need to start again on his ground work.

.I am a novice at this..But I am not stupid…I can and will learn.. All my other young horses have been broken in really well…... i’ve been spoilt… He turned 4 on the 31st December 2014.. He was apparently "green broken” back in May 2014 with another breaker then left in the paddock..

 We seem to think that he just did not have any ground work done at all the first time around….Only God knows... He is just the most beautiful boy with such a kind eye.. He has not bucked but has reared with pressure on him..He seems to be in fast forward all the time and just thinking way too much in front of himself.. he just looks so worried…. I do know he has had side reins used on him.. Could you please email me your free ebook so i can get a start on your ways and then on to the real work as he is coming home next week.. I will check him out when he gets home and go from there... Kind Regards Jackie

and a very wise decision too. Use the period as an assessment. I can tell You have the Goods to "Listen' and get to the bottom of the Horse. Kind Eye, Lovely Boy....equals Problems with Horse Trainers. Regards





Hi John,

How are you?  I have just purchased your colic recipe, did you need this email address to email it to me?

It's been a long while since I've needed to ask for advice.  I recently purchased a horse from a man in NSW, his name is Wayne Brown.  I saw the horse advertised on horseyard and it read beautifully and he also supplied a video.  Having owned my original horse for years and not being used to buying another one this add sounded perfect and after chatting to Wayne he knew what I was after and said that Cruise would be suited to me, I am a 50yr old rider, can ride but can get nervous on a horse that is spooky or silly.

Anyway Cruise arrived last week, very very thin and in poor condition.  Apart from that though his manners are amazing, he kind, gentle and listens. I've only been doing ground work with him and will ride him in 2 weeks once he has put on a little more weight. I was only after a quiet trail riding horse who is happy to go out and about without too much fuss.

I have now come across your site on purchasing horses and notice a video of a paint horse and it's from the same buyer and you have "warning" against the video and now I'm a little concerned.  Have I bought from a dealer?  And if so do you know if he has a good or bad reputation?

Are you able to have a quick look at the video and pic of Cruise and see if you can see anything I need to be concerned about.  I did have a friend look at the video before I bought him and she looked out for things like he nicely lowered his head over the bridge, didn't hesitate about stairs and confined areas, kept a nice pace at the canter and trot without tossing his head and was ridden by a child for the duration.  I would love your feedback on this horse if at all possible. The video is below and I have attached a pic as well.    (this is Cruise, hes a 14 year old stock horse - branded)

Thanking you


Hi Belinda

Yes, he is the "Master Dealer" of Australia. I have had many Court Cases with Him.

That isn't to say this Horse is no good. You must take them on their merits but

It is not a good policy to leave Horses 2 Weeks as that is one of the tactics he would use against You later and You don't feed unknown horses up and then think you won't get killed when a Mature aged Lady.

However, first check the Brands with either the stock horse society or the AUSTRALIAN JOCKEY CLUB for he has sold  racehorses as stock horses.

all the Vids are the same, Kids, Traffic Bridges, risking injury to Kids for the sake of $$$ and often the token Scum Bag. He loves me :)

Best of Luck



Dear John I had to share this with you. After recurrent colic and $3K in vet bills and no clear answer as to why someone put me onto your recipe. I was a little sceptical but desperate! I was lucky enough to have a horse that will eat anything - so he hoovered up the mix in chaff. It was funny to see him smacking his lips as they stuck together from the honey! The photos show the amount of sand out of one dung pile! I estimate there to be about 4 cups of sand. It was after heavy rain so it precipitated the sand out of the manure making it easier to see. As you can see its a phenomenal result! I am happy for you to use my photos and testimonial if you would like. I will be giving him a follow up treatment in 2 weeks and on Vet advice will treat him for ulcers, as she believes the sand must have been very abrasive. I rode him today for the first time and he was like a 2 year old!




Well done for having an open Mind, something the Veterinary Community need to learn for if it isn't in Vet School, it doesn't work. That I can get but I can't get that they won't research it :) Regards







FLEMINGTON trainer Danny O’Brien believes Racing Victoria will admit to “an own goal which should have been avoided” and that he, Peter Moody and Mark Kavanagh expect a quick resolution “hopefully within the next few days”.

O’Brien is one of three famous trainers linked to a cobalt scandal that has rocked Australian racing.

O’Brien, speaking on Melbourne radio station SEN, said he, Moody and Kavanagh had done nothing wrong and there had been no cobalt administered to any horse “in any way shape or form”.

Three horses trained by O’Brien and one from the Moody and Kavanagh stables all returned a positive swab to Cobalt, which was above the permitted threshold of 200 milligrams per litre of urine.

O’Brien said he’d been “frustrated” by what had unfolded and he was looking forward to Racing Victoria explaining the situation to “everyone next week”.

“We have a fair idea now of what has happened. We have done nothing differently to what we have done for a number of years,” O’Brien told SEN.

“It doesn’t appear that this rule has been terribly well thought out or researched as to what normal treatments can have an effect on this threshold.”

O’Brien said his stable had always given certain drips and supplements to horses to ensure they race at their best and, importantly, recover quickly as well.

“There is nothing sinister that had gone on with these horses. The numbers on the tests show that,” he said.

“The rule was brought in to try and stop what was taking place in the racing world where horses were dosed up with this cobalt chloride to improve their performance.

“The levels that came back on horses that had that obvious cheating are through the roof. Our horses are marginally over the threshold.

“It appears to have happened over a period of time on a build-up of their normal race day supplements and treatments.

“Unfortunately they (RV) did not think this rule through. I think Racing NSW had a fair idea that there were going to be issues and they were loath to bring it in.

“We have rushed into it and you have seen some massive collateral damage for racing and in particular for Peter, Mark and myself this week.”

O’Brien described as a “very distressing week for his wife, parents, family and himself.”

Moody, Kavanagh and O’Brien have professed their innocence from the instant the drama began last Wednesday.




Now is the time for Racing Victoria to get serious about drug cheats and adopt the same policy as the police tackling the ice problem.

While the police can charge drug users, the main target of their offensive is the supplier or distributor.

In their investigation of the present cobalt cases, RV must seek to identify the source of these illegal go-fast drugs.

It is naive to think that trainers source and administer the cobalt themselves. Rather, it is more likely that a third party promotes and supplies the cobalt to a stable. That person (or persons) must be identified and banned for life. Furthermore, if it is someone who comes under a professional regulatory body – such as a veterinarian – then that person should also be dealt with by their regulatory body for professional misconduct.

Racing Victoria and racing commissioner Sal Perna have greater power than most people realise. They can investigate unlicensed people and ban them for life.

When performance-enhancing drugs are involved, that is a police matter. If the drugs in question are illegal or restricted, then trafficking charges might apply.

Charges of conspiring to defraud the betting public also come into play.

Cobalt chloride is at the centre of the present doping tsunami gripping Victoria. Cobalt is not new; it has been around for decades as a mineral supplement for animals. It is a necessary mineral for normal body function and occurs naturally in every horse. However, its misuse as a blood-doping drug is relatively new.

It was first identified as a potential human blood doping drug in 2005, but since then racing administrators around the world have identified cobalt as a threat to racing integrity and have scrambled to outlaw its use.

It has surfaced in the US in recent years in harness racing. Twotrainers were barred from racetracks because of elevated cobalt levels in their horses.

There were concerns about cobalt being a factor in some unexplained deaths in a prominent stable in California, although nothing was ever proven.

In the 1950s, cobalt was used to treat anaemia in humans, but this was abandoned due to toxicity problems.

Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey and head veterinarian Brian Stewart have acted swiftly to protect Victorian racing from the Cobalt threat.

In order to differentiate between naturally occurring cobalt and that which has been administered, Racing Victoria introduced a threshold level with a wide margin. It also widely publicised that it was testing for cobalt and that a new rule and new threshold were to be introduced. In effect, they warned any trainer using cobalt to stop.

In light of that, the fact that Victoria racing has been engulfed in a cobalt crisis is even more disappointing.

Cobalt has attracted the interest of doping cheats because it causes the body to produce more red blood cells. Drugs that do this are categorised as "blood doping" ones. An increased red cell count allows an athlete – human or horse – to carry more oxygen and thus improve endurance.

Cobalt tricks cells into believing they are deprived of oxygen, which then causes the body to produce more Erythropoietin (EPO), which in turn increases the red blood cell count. This effect of cobalt chloride means it is classified as a Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) Stabiliser.

This terminology is relevant because both EPO and HIF are specifically identified as banned or prohibited drugs by the World Anti-Doping Authority and by the Australian rules of racing.

There are possible links to harness racing in Australia. In the case of Newcastle's Darren Smith, who has 17 cobalt positives before Racing NSW stewards, the source of the drug was allegedly a disqualified harness trainer.

In a similar case in Victoria four years ago, Richard Laming was disqualified for three years after two of his horses tested positive to EPO. No source was ever identified in the Laming case. If the person who supplied Laming was identified and charged by the police, it would have sent a message to anyone wanting to corrupt horse racing that there will be consequences.

That is the message we now need to spread.




RACING Victoria’s chief vet Dr Brian Stewart says there is “next to zero’’ chance that contamination or a vitamin boost would push a horse’s cobalt levels above the legal threshold. The threshold was set in April and the positive tests that have come to light in the past two days occurred in a cluster in October and November during the rich spring racing carnival. Top-rank trainers Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh face career-crushing three-year disqualifications if ultimately charged and found guilty.


I would have thought it highly unusual for a Chief Vet to be entering the debate whist there is a Stewards Enquiry going on here. The good Vet forgot to mention that it ILLEGAL and if some do it and OTHERS don't, RACING gives Unfair advantage to the Rich and Famous. Surely not???????????????. I have spoken to a number of Race Horse Trainers who all knew what was going on, all knew that they were being unfairly beaten and all who would not damage their Horses Health because they care more.

Well let me give the inside running on this matter. It is well known within the Industry, that certain Vets are in on this Game and facilitating what I call Corruption. Race Horse Trainers call it "Such and such Vets' Training the Horses"




After reading that News Item, The Good Gentlemen are all innocent. Just ask the Chief Vet. He can't be wrong




WRENTHAM (CBS) — A horse was rescued Thursday morning after being stuck on the ice overnight. Wrentham Fire Department responded to a call shortly before 10a.m. where they found a horse lying on the ground on Chestnut Street. The horse, Bob, had apparently wandered from his stable, slipped on ice in the middle of the night and was unable to get back up.

Local officials, along with the Massachusetts Equine Clinic were able to harness Bob using a front end loader, fire hoses and chains, and pull him upright. According to Wrentham Fire, he was then able to walk back to the barn on his own.











CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Colic. It’s a grim word with dire meaning for horse owners. Colic kills backyard ponies and million-dollar race horses alike. The early symptoms can be subtle, easily missed. By the time the signs are unmistakable, sometimes it’s too late. Erin Venable, assistant professor of equine science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and an expert in equine nutrition, wouldn’t be the first researcher to want to find a cure. But she is one of a small number with access to one of the best research tools available – cannulated horses, eight of them.

A cannulated horse is one that has had a cecal cannulation procedure. That means the horse has a surgical portal through which researchers can access the section of the horse’s gastro-intestinal tract called the cecum, which is the anterior portion of the large intestine, or the hindgut, which is where a horse does most of its digesting. The cecal cannulation makes it possible for SIU researchers to sample intestinal contents in order to study nutritional or digestive physiology. Venable came to SIU after nine years as a nutritionist at Purina Animal Nutrition. She found that horse owners, regardless of their educational backgrounds and despite the wide range of horse care philosophies, were anxious to learn more about how to care for their horses. As she strove to answer difficult questions, Venable said she was continually frustrated by the limits of what is known about horses. Colic is the leading cause of death in adult horses (after old age), according to a 1998 study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At that time, the colic cost horse owners an estimated $115 million a year. Another, more recent study, The Horse Report, prepared by the Center for Equine Health at the University of California Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, stated that approximately 920,000 horses suffer a colic episode each year, with more than 64,000 of those life-threatening situations. Despite these numbers, reliable prevention of colic and effective early treatment of it remain a mystery. Venable, who has devoted her career to solving problems, plans to use the SIU cannulated horses to address many equine issues. Many of those issues relate to colic. Efficient and reliable methods of colic prevention and recovery are her most ambitious goal.

 “These cannulated horses allow us to study in real time what’s going on in the cecum,” Venable said. One thing she wants to know more about are the microorganisms in a living horse’s functioning cecum. There are thousands of bacteria in a horse’s hindgut that are not yet identified. A healthy bacterial profile is necessary for a horse to digest the fiber that composes most of its diet. To assist production of “good” bacteria, many horse owners add probiotics to their horses’ diets. However, conclusive proof about the effectiveness of probiotics is lacking. “We have thousands of bacteria that have never been identified in a horse’s cecum, so it’s no wonder probiotics don’t work,” Venable said. “We are making recommendations for an animal’s health and we don’t even know what is really going on in the system.” Real-time access to a horse’s digestive system, provided by SIU’s cannulated horses, will help Venable and graduate student researchers identify the profile of bacteria present and how that changes with diet, stress and travel. Ultimately, that will contribute to a better understanding about what a horse really needs to prevent, treat and recover from a colic episode.

Stephanie Bland, a doctoral student in equine science, is conducting research using samples from the cecum. She recently completed a two-part nutraceutical study in the laboratory in which she studied the effects of a dietary supplement to see if the supplement decreased the opportunistic bacteria in the hindgut. Now she’s taking the study more directly to the horse to study several dosages, again looking to see the effects on opportunistic bacteria, but also testing the digestibility of the supplement. “This is important because a majority of nutraceuticals (supplements, probiotics, etc.) do not have tested and approved dosages – only recommendations,” she said. Other SIU equine research with the cannulated horses involves studying how horses’ gastro-intestinal systems react to travel stress. Change in environment or diet can lead to colic in horses. Many horses are frequent road travelers. Venable describes the cecum as “the ultimate stress organ,” so it’s reasonable to expect signs of stress to show up in the cecum. Other projects may involve testing some of the theories of colic prevention – namely, that feeding should mimic a horse’s mobile grazing pattern as much as possible. This means feeding a diet high in fiber and allowing a horse to eat many small meals a day.

This is easier to do with some horse management systems than others. Venable said future research may get into the specifics of how to feed to prevent colic, particularly in stalled horses or those without free, continual access to pasture: how many meals a day, how large, and how long is the minimal daily turnout required for a horse with good gut health? As for the horses themselves, Venable states quite plainly there are no horses better cared for than the cannulated horses at SIU – because of the students who take care of them. Venable had a team of nine undergraduate students in the college’s “i2i” program to help care for the horses over the summer as they conducted research. “They are heavily invested in these horses,” she said. “They’ve sat up all night with them, they’ve performed daily examinations, daily grooming and bathing, they make sure the horses get the pasture turn-out time they need. There’s a huge amount of ownership and connection for the students and our cannulated horses.” The horses are quarter horses or Thoroughbreds, selected because their body types are the most common for horses in America. The horses are all in the prime of their lives, five to 10 years old. Venable selected them based on overall health and temperament. “These horses are all special to us,” Venable said. “Ultimately, they will save a lot of lives.”



UNNELL — Nova isn't exactly a horse of a different color, but the chestnut brown-and-white paint mare had pigment tattooed around her light-skinned left eye to help protect her against cancer. “I've been researching this for about a year,” said Jessica Tosi, a Bunnell resident who owns the 7-year-old horse. “I've been going back and forth on this. I won't even get myself tattooed, but I decided to do it because of the risk of cancer to the eye.” Squamous cell carcinoma is one of two types of skin cancers common to horses, said Dr. Mandy Trotter, one of the veterinarians at Shelton Veterinary Clinic on South State Street. “It is highly invasive to the eye and surrounding tissues,” Trotter said of the cancer. “It's likely to come back even if it is removed.” Tosi, who had worked alongside Trotter as a vet tech at the clinic, had many conversations with Trotter about the procedure. While Trotter is not schooled in the art of medical tattooing, Flagler Beach tattoo artist Tara Madison is. Madison has a medical tattooing business, Medco Ink, and also works at the business her husband owns, Inflicting Beauty. She agreed to tattoo the horse at Trotter's request. “This is a first for me,” Madison said Monday. “If I had never been around horses, this would have been a bigger deal for me.” The tricky part had nothing to do with Nova, who was very well behaved, and everything to do with Monday afternoon's persistent rain. The tattooing was being done under a temporary tent set up outside the clinic. Nova was “twilighted” — sedated, but still awake and standing — for the procedure.













Hi John, Quick question. I have started the the remouthing process with my horse, first time testing the lateral mouth he objected quite a bit which I was expecting. After 3 sessions he now does it with the slightest pressure even sometimes with the rope pressure alone, he is a bit of a smarty pants ! With testing the front brakes at first he needed quite a bit of pressure but now stops quite easily but his head stays up in the air whilst walking around until I ask for him to stop, but once the pressure is off his mouth head goes back up, if I keep the pressure on he just backs up. He also at the start could not back up but I can now back him around the yard with 2 fingers pressure. Should I worry to much about the head not being down when walking around testing the front brake and move onto the running reins ? (Considering I guess that yes he now has front brakes and the running reins will teach him about going in a frame )


This could depend upon the Conformation of the Horse for if it is built with the Llama Neck, they are used to going around like that throughout Life. You can change that with our systems but long term. However, it could be retained resistance and of course, that is explained on the re-mouthing dvd's as well. Regards






Dear Sir/Madame

I am not basing my response on emotion as you put it but on personal first hand experiences.

When I refer to bad eggs-these are generally horses with psychological issues as you name it. 

I was a novice horse person when I rescued my ott tb and he is a gentle soul and we have developed and learnt together.  It gives a novice a false sense of security that by avoiding an ott tb that they will be safer-this is just not the case. Accidents and deaths can occur whilst riding any breed of horse-it is not the breed, its is the animal. Horses are the most dangerous animal in Austraila, horses, not thoroughbreds.

I don't deny that the way in which the majority of racing thoroughbreds are kept in very unnatural conditions, resulting in many developing health and mental issues as stated in your article, however I do have an issue in that the article is so one sided. I think you can warn people of the potential issues, but also provide the potential of a positive outcome when choosing these horses to, as there are many.

The picture of the young lady who passed away-she had absolutely no contact on the reins either-how do you expect to be in control if handling a horse like that-thoroughbred or any other breed.

I am not surprised you are getting such a negative response to your article as it is so negative, biased and poorly written.



Hi Tiffany,

Enough with the "Dear Sir/Madam......You know my Name by now :) Human Nature is a funny thing and so is Body Language :)

Yes You have had good experiences and that is good but remember, You have had a handful of Horses through Your Hands and I have had Thousands. I speak on my sample. I completely stand by my view, that the OTTB is the most dangerous of Horses (to the Learner and Novice Families) across the Country and You only need one reason to say that. THEY HAVE NO BRAKES!!!!!!!!!! when they leave the Track. When You say the Young Lass had NO CONTACT, let me tell You that a few seconds after this Photos, she had a 100KG CONTACT as she desperately but vainly, tried to stop the Horse which Bolted. Why? Because they have NO MOUTHS Tiffany. The VICES that confront unknowledgeable People, such as Weaving, Fence Running, Climbing the Walls of Floats, Jog Jogging, Ulcers, Sacro Damage, Wind Sucking and the rest, are all too difficult for them to begin to know what to do with. Hence the warnings.

Thanks for the debate though.






I have a young (3years) clydie cross who has been broken and very quiet, recently purchased.   I have seen him ridden in an enclosed round yard and I have sat on him in a round yard with assistance.
I am a mature woman and don't want to make any mistakes if I can help it.  I would like to purchase some videos to guide me.  Which would you recommend as the first and second in your dvd's.  I was intending to send him out for further training but would like to do it myself if possible.
Many thanks!


HI very careful!!!!!!!....for that is not normally how it is done. The Horse is obviously "Green Broke' and so Green that it hasn't been ridden out???????

Anyhow, the absolute first thing You need to do is to go do this:

have it Video's and let me see it on Youtube if you want.

Then I could advise You completely, having seen the Horse and Yourself.

I don't just go and tell People to buy DVD's. I am from the Old School where integrity is everything







Hi John,  I am in need of some advice. I have a 5yo ASH who is incredibly active and athletic, full of energy and forward movement. He is hyperactive and gets bored (hence agitated) easily. His brain is always active and this results in him being quite a stresshead - never spooky, but tense and  worried, plus his default escape is to run away. He is quite independent, brave and inquisitive generally.  I feel that to progress in our training I need to work on two things - slow his mind down, and hence his feet will slow, and develop more respect for me.

 He is quite disrespectful in that he won't consider my personal space, will ignore me when there are more interesting things happening, will often barge me with his head etc. I feel that if I can get his focus on me rather than on the rest of the world then I should be able to help settle his mind.  Do you have any advice on how to do both of these - gain more respect (I have been considering a form of join up??) and slow his feet/mind? This horse has been a massive challenge and learning experience for me - I have a fantastic bond with my two older fellows and it's been a real wake up to realise it isn't that easy with all horses, however he is a really fun and exciting horse so he is worth the effort! Thanks in advance,  Hannah

Hi Hannah. He sure is distrustful.....and therefore, as every Trainer on the Planet says every Day (including me Today) fix the Ground Work and the rest will follow.

Your Horse will be one of those with a touch of A.D.D. and they need respect even more. They need Leadership. I have had a string of them in the past 12 Months. Almost all of them. Male and Female....starting to wonder if it is me :)..........These Horses above all, need LEADERSHIP on the Ground and without it, they are AT SEA WITHOUT A RUDDER.

So You are right, "What You Manufacture on the Ground - You inherit under Saddle"












Hi Folks, in terrible Week for the start of the new Year, I hope You didn't suffer directly. The World has lost it.


Well, the Global Warming is working well so be prepared. The second one, a few Years ago, was about Radical Islam and I well remember the outcry from the Tree Huggers. I rest my Case!

enjoy Your Air Flights Folks


We didn't suffer directly from the Bush Fires but graphically saw the reasons why these Fires are growing in intensity across the Nation. GLOBAL WARMING! I haven't seen this before but the proof is before us. One Day only, 41 Degrees and here are the results. The World is dying and in the end, must die sooner rather than later. Here is a selection from our Garden, taken the Day after.

and I could go on right around the Gardens. Even the Gum Trees dropped Green Leaves the following Day.

To top that off, with the flooding Rains across South Australia this last few Days, following on from the Bush Fires, WE GOT NO RAIN!!!!


Despite the endless and no doubt boring commentary by this Website, now for 14 Years, about all things Horsemanship and often about Bush Fires, the stories are flooding in thick and fast of the cases where Horses could not be got onto Horse Floats and were left to take their chances with the Fires. The Horses paid for the incompetence of the Owners or their failure to listen or even get help from experts. One in particular, goes like this.

Two very valuable Young Thoroughbreds, yes typical Racing Industry, not Halter broken at 6 Months of Age or Older and the task given to Good Samaritans (one who got injured) to rescue them. 3 Hour Fight.........forget how the story ended but You get the message



The writing is on the Wall, the CFS is not necessary going to save Your House!!!! If You want it saved, You have to be equipped to do it Yourself. If You are stupid enough to have Tall Trees around Your House, forget it and leave but if it is cleared well back or have Grasslands in the run up, You can well fight one.

This Week, taking my own advice, I well prepared our Victor Harbor Home, with Sprinkler systems and mobile Fire fighting set up and re-filling station with high flow rate.

  • Tank $80 (throw away from Cereal Growers) 1,000 Litres (1 Tonne)

  • Quick connect couplings. Hoses $20

  • Pump

  • 36 Metre Hose Real $195

Yes, it's Plastic but I ain't getting that close to a Fire and plus, I will be covering it with sheet metal this Week. Easy.


Have You got them? Did You know it is Council Law? Has Your Neighbour got them? If not have You asked the CFS why?

As with everything, there are responsible Citizens and there are those who care not. That side of Society must start to feel the pain.

You don't have a Tractor and a Plough for Fire Breaks?.....of course You won't but You MUST have a Back Pack??????,,,,otherwise You can't spray Weeds, can You?...and being a responsible LOVING Horse Owner, You sure do spray those Broad Leaf Weeds....don't You??? Again, of course many don't but for the Responsible Citizens and Horse Owners amongst us, a FIRE BREAK can just as easily consist of ROUNDUP during Spring and Winter, as in my Case........


and of course this is a good example of a typical problem with a Neighbor. Note the Tyres the piles of Tree Branches and the Plastic Chairs. These are the Dangers we face and why we need to ACT!!



Go to the WA one and You will see why the SA one is a complete joke. They have to get their act together fast!



Tomorrow, we are delivering the equipment for the protection of Stables 1-10 from Fires from the North and the Cigarette Throwers passing by. Those who may have not noticed over the Years, may now notice that I have always kept the complete from of Gainsborough, devoid of all Grass, right to the Road.

Gainsborough will also have a Mobile Fire fighting Unit, to stop any GRASS FIRE approaching from Seaview Road and to protect our Trees.

A new Fire Plan will be announced soon.



Hello John

Thank you for your time and generosity - your website is really useful to me as I attemp to re educate myself in horse buisiness after twenty five years out of the saddle.

I would like a copy of the 145 page e-book please.

The horse and I thank you.





Hi I just wanted you to know that -------- owner has refunded me the money in full yesterday and I have returned her. I can't thank you enough for your help. I will certainly be more careful next time ! Many thanks




Just read this and it was entertaining Hope you are both well and surviving the fires and now the rain. Cheers Leisha

SA Advert No. 99012 10/01/15 QH gelding 15hh Price: $1,500 Chester is built like a brick outhouse. I bought Chester to try to find my lost confidence. Trained in both Western & English, knows his leg aids, has good ground manners & is easy to float, but let’s just say, he's not a confidence builder! Chester had a soundness check in the past but the Vet’s guide dog didn't pick up that he has minimal sight in his left eye.. This doesn't bother him or affect his ability to be ridden. He has worked cows & spent time on a station in NSW. The fact that he can stop on a dime from a canter when you say ‘Good boy’ is testament to his previous experience! Chester has plenty of.. Appetite! Food is his God followed closely by the ‘loves’ of his life.. A grumpy Arab mare and a yearling QH (that he believes to be his long lost child!). Chester would pig-root over hot coals for his ‘loves’! He also has lots of.. Personality. He LOVES attention and will actually lay his head in your arms (for as long as you can hold his fat heavy head up)! Chester has absolutely no kick or bite and is just lovely to lunge with word commands. Chester is up to date with farrier, teeth & worming. Chester is the perfect horse for someone, but that someone is not ME… Nor is it a child, a teenager or anyone other than an experienced rider with nerves of steel! Chester is for sale (unbelievable but true) for the bargain price of $1,500 This price is negotiable but the home is NOT! Chester will not be sold to the first person who rocks up… Phone 0422 552 9120422 552 912 to discuss




Hi John Wanted to give you my experience of Queensland Itch and how I have dealt with it. I had a TB who became so itchy literally overnight that he ulcerated a cornea whilst scratching his head. It was not only an expensive vet bill that I had to meet, but I also had the worry of him doing it again unless I got it under control. I have found that the following worked not only for him but other horses I have here (which is Coffs Harbour, 1 km from the coast and according to my vet, the Las Vegas for bugs.) A mesh rug (if you can stretch the budget then a Wildhorse pymethrin treated mesh rug). It will allow the air to flow so horsey doesn’t get too hot but the bugs can’t bite through it. Brute rubbed over once a week anywhere where the rug doesn’t reach.And a good fly veil. And every day ¼ cup fresh ground linseed. (I have a coffee grinder at the stables so it gets ground and fed immediately). Best oil I know to lubricate from the inside. Unless I’m washing, grooming or exercising the horse, I do not take that rug off. I’m not a rug terrorist. I have calm, non itchy, cool horses – the UV doesn’t get through either and I know it works. If the midges/insects can’t bite, the horse doesn’t get itchy. I have a two year old QH here right now and the only place she has signs of itch is around the back of the hocks where her Wildhorse rug doesn’t reach and I have failed to rub Brute. It’s mild and I’ll catch it next time. Love your work John. Regards Vivienne









If You are fencing for Foals and using the new popular TURBO WIRE, remember that when Young, they have to be stopped from getting beneath a top electric wire and then running with it zapping. This is the injury that occurs.

Have a second, Mid Range Wire to stop Foals from stepping beneath a Top Wire"




Finally finished the front Gate :( Trench Digger coming Today for the 13 Metre long foundation for the Track.

The Boss is pretty pleased :)



and amongst all of this, we have been clearing the low Branches and sticks from 300 Trees on the Land where Donner Bella is due to Foal within the next two Weeks. Mrs. HP bets on a Colt but we shall see.



Dear Sir/Madame, I must say I was a little disappointed about the negative angle taken re. off the track thoroughbreds. It is making a very sweeping statement that the majority of thoroughbreds off the track are as you describe. I know of huge numbers of thoroughbreds who have gone on to be wonderful life time companions for their new owners and have had absolutely no difficulty in this, myself included. I was anti thoroughbred myself due to all the miss representation of them being hot and out of control, i was a stock horse/qh girl through and through. That is until I had a rescue ott tb find me, he is the most amazing, level headed horse I have ever owned. He is only young-rising 5 and he was a colt when i got him, yet he has NEVER put a foot wrong. I would not part with him for any amount of money I was offered. I have had to do very little training with him and my 10 yr old can ride him unassisted. Yes I understand there are some pretty nasty ones out there-I am a vet nurse and have done stable hand work most of my working life, so I am not completely naive, but it frustrates me that due to hard line negative articles such as yours that many great x-racers end up overlooked and at knackeries due to being all thrown in the same basket with the other BAD EGGS. There are bad eggs in every breed. I have had a stock horse and currently have a qh mare agisted here that are have the worst attitudes I have ever seen, I sold the stock horse pretty quick and in all honesty I love horses but I have absolutely no time for the qh mare, the owners know she is unsafe to sell on but they don't want to put her down either so at 15 she is a paddock ornament. There needs to be a little more balance in what you have written I feel. Regards Tiffany


Hi Tiffany. I understand Your emotions. I have plenty of these Letters.

I notice You use the words BAD EGGS and 'nasty one's' but in defense of the Breed, I have not met those Horses. I have broken in large numbers of them and they are no different to other Breeds.

My article is about the Human inflicted problems with the Ex Race Horse, the Veterinary and the Psychological. You surely won't argue that these exist in plague proportions with the Victims of the Racing Industry?

I represent the Novice People of the Industry and fully realize that we all have our glowing success stories with these Horses, but the NOVICE Folks should not be subjected to the risk. There would be 5,000 Letters of grief on my Website, amongst the 25,000 I have answered.

So given the percentages, it is my judgment call to warn them off the Horses completely. I know that this will give better outcomes, provide less injuries and Deaths and keep more People in the Horse Industry.






High profile Person sells a high priced Horse to a well known Buyer. Horse requires after Sales support. High profile Person puts High Priced Horse in Paddock with other Horses, gets injured, quite seriously. Well known Buyer not happy Jan, which brings me back to the Bush Fires///



During a Bush Fire, putting sundry Horses that don't know each other, in with each other, CAN be a cause of injuries for the Pecking Order and relationships have to immediately be redrawn. Horses don't know that they should behave because there is a Bush Fire coming, they only know that an interloper has been put in with the Herd and Girl Friends of the Heads of existing Herds. Be warned.



Yes of course, broken Neck via whiplash. Stupid Mummy!!!!!







New Zealand's top equestrian star Andrew Nicholson is considering a switch in allegiance to Britain following a fall-out with Equestrian Sport NZ.

The Herald on Sunday revealed in November Nicholson had asked to be withdrawn from this year's high performance squad after a disagreement over the handling of his horse Nereo following the difficult cross-country phase at the World Equestrian Games in France last year escalated into a stand-off with the national body.

Nicholson's withdrawal from the national programme leaves him without campaign funding and places a major question mark over his chances of chasing a fourth Olympic medal in Rio next year.

His self-imposed exile from the New Zealand team led to several pleas from equestrian observers for Nicholson to consider competing for other countries.

In an interview with equestrian website, the three-time defending Burghley champion hinted it was something he may investigate.

"I am touched by all these people wanting me to ride for their nations," said Nicholson, before adding "do you think the British would have me?"

When pressed for a more serious answer, Nicholson responded: "On a serious note, last year marked 30 years since my first appearance on a team for New Zealand at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to represent my country on every occasion but if the situation warrants it, then [switching allegiances] is something I suppose I would have to consider. I am not quite sure I could get a license to ride for other nations but I can quite easily get a British passport. I consider everything."

Despite the highly publicised spat leaving his future with the New Zealand team in limbo, Nicholson said he did not regret his actions in France.

"As far as my federation and my problems with them, I do not think that I could have done anything differently with that. I got myself in a bit of trouble, but I was concerned about my horse Nereo and his welfare is my priority and I would never compromise on that," he said.




Naomi Brough doesn't remember the fall that left her with full-body bruising, cuts, splitting headaches and swelling on her brain. Battling memory loss, and from information provided by the handful of good Samaritans that came to her aid in Dapto on Tuesday, she is piecing together how a P-plate driver in a blue car came "flying past" her horse Joker, spooking him and causing him to rear up, bucking her off his back and head-first onto the road. From her bed in Wollongong Hospital,

Ms Brough has a simple message for motorists that regularly rev their engines, beep their horns, yell from their cars and generally aim to scare her horse for fun: "Stop." Ms Brough was riding Joker along Marshall Mount Road, as she does often. The pair were just metres from home when Ms Brough's memory fizzles out. "I don't remember much. A few people helped me, they all saw a blue car flying down the road," she said. A teenage boy named Kyle, who was skating to his friend's house, said he heard a loud thud behind him as the car drove past. He looked back to see Ms Brough lying on the roadway. Ms Brough's husband Jeff said she had "little flashes" of the day the incident occurred. "But when she first woke up she thought we were in September 2011," he said. "Then she forgot we had Christmas. The doctor said if she hadn't been wearing a helmet, she would be dead." See your ad here Kyle refused to leave Ms Brough's side, even after ambulance crews arrived. "He kept her calm. I have to thank him," Mr Brough said. A woman found Joker wandering the road, and door-knocked houses until she found the Broughs. The Broughs spoke to the Mercury to praise the efforts of Kyle and other witnesses, and to condemn the drivers who, Ms Brough said, regularly aimed to spook horse riders using the road. "We want to educate young drivers to slow down. It's a one-tonne horse - it can do some damage," Ms Brough said. "I'm pretty upset. They're putting riders and horses at risk." Ms Brough said doctors were initially concerned about broken bones, spinal damage or brain injury, but once cleared of serious injury, she hoped to be discharged from hospital on Friday.



The horse struck by a car Thursday night near Marshall died within an hour after the accident. Dr. Luis Rivas, a local veterinarian who treats large animals, said Friday morning he had been called by the Ohio State Highway Patrol to come to the scene and try to treat the horse, but before he arrived the patrol called back and told him the horse had passed away. The accident happened around 6:30 p.m.

Thursday on SR 124 just east of the entrance to the Marshall Church of Christ. The Highland County Sheriff’s Office, the Highway Patrol, the Paint Creek EMS/Fire District and the Marshall Fire Department responded to the scene. Traffic was blocked at the scene Thursday evening. Details remained sketchy Friday because the state trooper who responded to the incident was out most of the day Friday handling other accidents, according to a dispatcher with the Highway Patrol in Wilmington. The horse had apparently broken loose from a field at the nearby residence of an Amish family. Bystanders huddled around the animal lying on the highway in the freezing temps and attempted to comfort the injured horse, with one woman placing a makeshift pillow under its head. At one point the horse attempted to stand, but individuals at the scene kept him from doing so. One law enforcement official at the scene said he believed the horse had just been “clipped” by the automobile, which was reported to be a Toyota Prius. According to Paint Creek officials, the driver was not seriously injured and refused treatment, choosing to drive himself to the hospital for possible stitches for a minor head wound. The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle, according to Paint Creek officials. A patrol dispatcher was able to provide only the last name of the driver, but not the first name or any other details. She said she did not know if any citations had been issued.



Bend resident Theresa Denham believes it's no mystery how her retired show horse ended up dead and mutilated in a canal behind her property off Dodds Road east of Bend. "He was ripped open though his neck to his chest and was partially eaten by what (I) presume to be a cougar," Denham said Thursday. "His name was Miracle Walker, but we called him Willie.

 He was a phenomenal horse." Denham said the real mystery is why she and other neighbors were not warned. "We called (the Oregon Department of) Fish and Wildlife," Denham said. "They said there have been cougar sightings in the area. It's appalling that people weren't notified there was a killer cat." The ODFW confirmed Thursday afternoon that at least one cougar was reported to be seen in the area Monday. However, ODFW biologist Cory Heath in Bend said the agency cannot confirm how the horse died. Heath said wildlife officials spent several hours Thursday afternoon investigating and could find no evidence of cougars in the area, or that the horse was killed by a cougar. He said because the horse was buried, they could not examine its remains.

The body of the Tennessee Walker was discovered Wednesday afternoon by employees with the Central Oregon Irrigation District. They took a photo of the horse and then buried it. Heath said he has viewed the photo but could not determine the cause of death. Nearby residents told NewsChannel 21 that two cougars recently were spotted on a road with the apparently fitting name of 'Cougar Trail' -- located only a couple of miles from Denham's home. Neighbors said  they are now keeping a closer eye on animals, and worry about the young children living in the area. Denham said she's lucky her other five horses are safe and she will no longer be putting them in pastures until the cougar is captured. "We pulled all of our horses into small paddocks really close to the barn," Denham said. Heath said cougars are known to live in the area and nearby Oregon Badlands. He said residents of the area should always be aware of wild animals and can report cougar sighting. The Bend field office's number is 541-388-6363. Oregon is home to more than 5,000 cougars, also called mountain lions, according to its



One person was transported to Belleville General Hospital and a horse was killed in a crash south of Spring Brook on Monday night. Stirling-Rawdon Police responded to a motor vehicle accident shortly after 10 p.m. near the Harold quarry where an investigation revealed that a southbound vehicle had struck one of two horses that crossed the highway. Police say the horse that was hit, which sustained a severed leg, was killed instantly. The driver was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle was extensively damaged in what police deemed an unavoidable accident. No charges were laid and the origin of the horses has been determined. The investigation was still underway earlier this week.




MIAMI — The state has fined a company $4,000 for tainted feed that poisoned 22 horses at one Florida equestrian center. Eleven horses at Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie have died since October. The feed contained additives safe for other livestock but toxic to horses. A Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services investigation found two violations for adulterating and misbranding commercial equine feed and two violations of distributing adulterated feed. Lakeland Animal Nutrition was fined the maximum of $1,000 for each violation. The Lakeland-based company settled last month with the center and the owners of 20 horses. The owners' attorney says that allows them to buy new horses. One owner, Debra Buis of Weston, said Wednesday the center's patrons are "still in a really dark place" and expect more horse deaths.




Ten horses died in a Wright County barn fire on Dec. 28. Fox 9 has now learned the owner of the horses is no stranger to fires or allegations of neglect.

Dr. Mohammed El Deeb is a dentist and used to be quite active in the horse racing world, but that all changed after an investigation that cited another barn fire and horse neglect near Buffalo. He's not allowed to race anymore, but he still can have horses.

Horse farm manager Ron Winget remembers the sounds the horses made as he and a passerby tried pulling them from a barn in flames. Winget and the other person both suffered smoke inhalation and got four horses out, but 10 died.

El Deeb was in Egypt when the fire broke out, and is still in Egypt.

“I know he's upset. He was crying on the phone about it,” Winget said.

A 2008 police report diagrams and documents an investigation into "the issue of neglect in not providing horses with shelter" on the farm, noting "one adult and three foals" dead, "two babies that were born in the winter that died because they were left out in the cold."

Court records say El Deeb reached a plea deal, pleading guilty to failure to provide shelter.

Winget told Fox 9 he just learned about the problems on the farm from an investigator on Wednesday, and said it has been well taken care of in the four years he has been there.

El Deeb owns another horse farm in Lakeville, and there was also a 2003 fire that killed 18 horses. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Just last year, the Minnesota Racing Commission revoked El Deeb's license to race his thoroughbreds in the state, citing the Lakeville fire, the issues at the Buffalo farm, and more, finding "shocking instances of equine neglect and death."

He still has horses, however. They were on the farm on Thursday. The latest fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal



The incident near the Inner Harbor began with a jubilant 8-year-old reaching from her wheelchair to pet a horse in the Baltimore Police Department's mounted unit. It ended with the horse maiming the girl's hand, according to a $1 million lawsuit filed by her mother.

"The horse did not release its bite and [the girl's] hand had to be ripped from the horse's mouth," says the lawsuit filed by Arianna Jacques' mother, Lisa Gillespie of Queen Anne's County. The left hand of the girl, who has cerebral palsy, "was severely injured with bone showing and needed two surgeries."

The lawsuit — which is being challenged by attorneys for the city — is one of the latest legal entanglements for the Police Department.

A six-month Sun investigation published last fall showed that the city had paid $5.7 million since 2011 in court judgments and settlements related to lawsuits accusing officers of brutality and other misconduct. Gillespie's lawsuit, filed last year, was listed in records that The Baltimore Sun requested from the city detailing all lawsuits filed against police officers in 2013 and 2014.

A city judge recently ordered Gillespie and the city to try to resolve the case in mediation.

According to the lawsuit, the city's mounted unit was providing security and crowd control for the Baltimore Grand Prix in August 2013 when the incident occurred.

Before the incident, Arianna had the full use of only her left hand because of cerebral palsy, the lawsuit says. She used it to communicate and to operate her wheelchair.

According to the lawsuit, when mounted officers approached Arianna and her mother, the child became excited and waved. Officer Arturo Garvin told the girl that she could pet his horse, Buster, and lowered its head. Garvin assured Gillespie and Arianna that the horse was friendly.

For no apparent reason, the horse clamped down on the girl's hand.

Gillespie, who lives in Centreville and is represented by attorneys Michael H. Berestonof Annapolis and Robert Joyce of Baltimore, accuses Garvin, a seven-year veteran, of gross negligence and negligence for failing to prevent the horse from attacking without cause, according to the lawsuit. Gillespie also accuses the agency of hiring employees without adequate skills to oversee police horses.

Garvin declined to comment, and Baltimore police spokesman Lt. Eric Kowalczyk said the department would not comment on pending litigation.

A law firm hired by the city to defend officers has responded in legal filings by saying that Gillespie and Arianna took a risk by petting the horse.

Garvin was not negligent and did not have an "evil motive, influenced by hate, to deliberately and willfully injure" the child, wrote attorney Merrilyn E. Ratliff of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston. Gillespie and Arianna "requested to touch a large animal, chose to touch it near its mouth, and assumed the risk of that animal's behavior," Ratliff said.

One of Arianna's lawyers disagreed. "Garvin is just as grossly negligent in this behavior as would a patrol officer, working in the crowd during the Grand Prix, to allow minor children to touch his service weapon," Joyce wrote in a court filing.

Garvin began riding horses 15 years ago as a hobby while he was in the military, according to a televised interview at the 2013 Preakness.

Although Gillespie is seeking $1 million, Maryland's Local Government Tort Claims Act generally caps damages against local governments at $200,000 per claim. The statutory cap can be exceeded when there are multiple claims in a lawsuit, and if there is malice, the cap may not apply.

Mounted officers serve as ceremonial representatives and goodwill ambassadors of the department, but the horses also help officers break up disturbances and chase criminals. Children sometimes ask to pet the horses and chat with the officers.

Baltimore police would not discuss procedures that mounted unit officers use when the horses interact with people.

But a retired Cleveland officer discussed the way he handled his horse in public settings.

Shawn Howard, who spent 10 years in that city's mounted unit, said he always told people to pet the side of the horse's head and not reach near the mouth.

Howard said he would always jump off the horse to give it food when residents offered treats. He put the food in his extended palm so the horse wouldn't grab his hand.

It's common for horses to "nip" people, Howard said, and officers sometimes don't have enough time to react when people raise their arms.

"It happens so fast when people put their hands near the mouth," he said. "The horse immediately thinks he's getting a treat and bites the hand."

A website devoted to Baltimore police history — going back decades — shows dozens of photos of children and adults posing with and petting the horses.

Baltimore's mounted unit has a storied tradition as one of the oldest continuously operated mounted police divisions in the United States.

The unit, formed 127 years ago by a Confederate soldier who served under Stonewall Jackson, initially enforced the city's 6-mph speed limit for horse-drawn carriages. As late as 1995, the department still had a horse named after the general.

In his voluminous history of the city Police Department, W.M. Hackley devoted 66 pages to the unit, including photos of officers patrolling after the Great Fire of 1904 and during the riots of the 1960s, as well as participating in parades. In 1994, a quarterhorse named Bozman died after running into a parked car while chasing a burglary suspect.

The unit had 24 draft horses in the 1980s, but that number dropped to eight in 2013.

Hard times hit the unit in 2009. The Great Recession forced the department to trim expenses from its $312 million budget. But groups like the Baltimore Community Foundation and the nonprofit Police Foundation raised money to feed and care for the horses. Schoolchildren also sold cookies and lemonade to raise cash.

In 2010, the 7-Eleven convenience store chain even donated $5,000 and gained naming rights to a purebred Percheron once known as Blackie. It became Slurpee, named after the store's frozen beverage.

Barney, one of the horses in the unit, also made an appearance in an episode of HBO's series "The Wire."




A Florida family is in shock after finding its pet horse slaughtered and gutted for her meat. Rolando Serrano returned to his Hialeah Gardens house Wednesday to discover the animal, named Puti, had apparently been murdered, reports NBC 6. "I don’t know, not human, who could do that to animals," he told the station. Serrano said the white 7-year-old mare, who he'd only owned for less than a month, had been left happy and healthy the day before. He made the sickening discovery when going to feed the horse by its barn.

"I thought it was another animal when I saw it. When I get close, I saw it was my horse and I got nervous and my wife was crying," he said. Cops are now investigating the horrific incident.







If you want to get a clear look what’s going on in your horse’s joints, optical coherence tomography (OCT) might be a new method to use, according to a group of Finnish researchers. “In contrast to arthroscopy, OCT allows us to evaluate the cartilage beneath the surface, as well as determine the exact thickness of the cartilage,” said Tytti Niemelä, DVM, PhD, of the Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine at the University of Helsinki, in Finland. This newly tested technique works by measuring light that is scattered or reflected off microscopic structures inside the joint. It’s so powerful that it can create cross-sectional images of 1 to 15 micrometers in resolution, in real time, like a video camera. It works similarly to ultrasounds, except instead of measuring reflected sounds, OCT measures reflected light—and at much higher performance levels. Arthroscopy shows real-time images via a tiny camera placed inside a joint that has been filled with fluid (to expand it and make it easier to see).

While it’s a very useful tool, arthroscopy is limited because it can’t reach all parts of the joint, Niemelä said. Additionally, degenerative changes in cartilage can be hidden from the camera view under healthy cartilage, she said, and it can be difficult to distinguish between superficial (minor) and deep (severe) cartilage lesions with the arthroscope. What’s more, veterinarians don't always agree with each other about what they’re seeing on arthroscopy, with interobserver reliability reaching only about 30%. Niemelä believes OCT could be the solution to these problems. Even if interobserver reliability with the new technique isn’t stellar (running at around 50%), it’s still an improvement over the low reliability with arthroscopy—and it allows for far more detailed access to what’s going on inside the joint. “As my study shows, OCT makes the evaluation (of lesions) a little bit more reproducible (meaning more scientists agree with what they see in the images),” Niemelä said. “Also, the thin OCT catheter can reach parts of the joint which are not available to arthroscopy. Furthermore, in the future, another imaging goal will be to evaluate cartilage quantitatively (elasticity, etc.) with OCT.” She stressed that OCT isn’t meant to replace arthroscopy completely. A combination of the two techniques will probably provide the best overall view, combining the technological advantages and leading to the most accurate diagnoses. “I would recommend OCT together with arthroscopy in all situations as soon as there are enough studies (on their combined use) and it is available in veterinary medicine at a reasonable price,” Niemelä said. “Currently, there’s a lot of research going on with OCT, and it will probably be in routine use in human medicine quite soon.” The study, "Application of optical coherence tomography enhances reproducibility of arthroscopic evaluation of equine joints," was published in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica.






Hello, I purchased the halter breaking DVD’s a while back and had been using them on my warmblood filly. This filly was born at 314 days, and was very weak and bottle fed for three days until strong enough to get up – so was a little behind the eight ball to start with. At 6 weeks old, she got caught in a fence and due to the halter training that I had done with her (as per your DVD’s) I was able to tie her up, handle her and treat her leg each day.   At 10 weeks old – I had to evacuate the filly and her Mum due to fires at our place. I was able to load her straight on the float, one slight resistance – but she felt the pressure and came forward.   I have just gone back to get her, which is two weeks after she left and I am unable to load her. I applied the same pressure principles, but she has grown a fair bit (heaps in 2 weeks) and has come to learn that she has the weight over me. When trying to load, the filly would constantly rear up and in the end threw herself on the ground a couple of times, even refusing to get up. Even when leading in hand, she has started to rear, playfully.   In the end, I had to leave her at the place she had been staying as she was stressing herself out too much. It was a 110km trip home that I felt if I had persisted, may have arrived home with a dead horse on the float.   I realise that you are very busy, and are probably bombarded with emails in regards to this kind of stuff – but would really appreciate any kind of advice!!  She was going so very well to start with – but circumstances beyond our control have come in to play and most probably at a very important time of her training!!   Just trying to find  out if I need to go back to the start, or if there is a point that I can come back in with her and get back on track.       Thanks in advance, and I completely understand if you are too busy J   Cheers Fi


Yes Fiona, not unusual at all. You have to keep these Young Horses progressing in their work and GIVING and saying YES, as they grow into their Bombastic Warmblood ways and with Mummy in their Ears. Things like dragging the Lead Rope, REGULARLY, and in particular LEG RESTRAINTS TRAINING. That stops all the behavioral, disrespect and testing of Mummy :)  She now needs tying up, (with a Neck strap) and taught to tie up properly (which she will not at this stage) So get after Her Fiona, before it's too late. Regards




Hi there, Sorry if this is long. I brought an unbroken 2yo unraced TB, had him broken in as a 3yo worked him for a bit and then turned him out. Brought back into work, he was a happy horse but I know on hindsight had no idea really how to bring on a young horse correctly and let him get away with things such as working on a contact. Then we entered for some royal shows (he is a show horse) before these I got lessons and we were aiming to get him on the bit and a degree of collection, he fought against it and would stop dead whilst I was riding and refuse to move. We eventually got him going but with draw reins (I now know this is wrong).

He won at his first royal show and then we went to another where he ended up going up in the air and me falling off (was not expecting it and not sure what caused it as I was coming back to the walk from trot) I couldn't ride for the rest of the day but that night rode as to let him know he couldn't win, although he did really shake my confidence. I then left him for weeks and within a 6 month period occasionally tried to bring him back into work with the same outcome - not successful. He has had his teeth checked, chiropractor and a vet check to check for any physical issue which he does not have. When riding him it is like he has no concept of the bit and what I am asking, hence my research led me to you and your re mouthing system which to me seems like the answer I am searching for:

After reading through your website and watching your remouthing DVD I understand it has been my fault and let his mouth go to shit, and he is one serious spoiled horse, it's my fault and I hope it's not too late to change both our ways. However the last few months he has not been spoiled and had paddock time with no feed or rugs. I am wanting to be able to take him back out competing at agricultural and royal shows, do some dressage tests and enjoy riding again in general with both me and the horse being happy. Showing is a passion of mine and I want to get back out there as soon as possible. I want to enjoy riding again as in the past it has been unenjoyable and often ends with me in tears and how I see it now a confused horse. If I could have him going like Mrs HP has her steel grey(may even be a buckskin didn't take much notice of colour ) horse going in a video on the website ( think the horses name was Cappo?) I would be the happiest person in the world. I want harmony and softness. And instead of my aim being trying to get his head down every time I ride, be able to have that established and work on other things. Thanks Breanna


Hi Breanna. Yes, Your Young Horse most probably had a substandard Mouth to begin with and no concept of going forward plus submission and so the brakes come on as they do so often with Horses, then rear of course.

You therefore need to follow that Re-Mouthing Dvd and follow it through the first part, the same as with the Off the Track Thorughbred Fred. Continue our lunging system for a few Weeks and establish FORWARD whilst submitting. Teach the Voice commands whilst You are at it, establish subtleness, long and low, flexion, bend etc.

That will then give the Horse the Hint of what You are asking for when next You ask for some submission (WHICH YOU MUST NOT DO AT A WALK but commence at a FORWARD Trot. Best of Luck





Well Mr HP, I took your advice. I bought a Standardbred. Allie is 7 years old. She bled from the nose so she's been stood down from harness racing. She's well bred so her owners put her to their stallion. Apparently she didn't cope with the change from racing life and feed to being a brood mare out in the paddock, and it was also a bad drought season. In August she had her foal and she walked away from him. She would not accept him at all and had no milk. Despite the owners' efforts, he died at 5 days old. So in late November they sent her to the Laidley horse sales.

 Her owners told me they were feeding her twice a day, but I don't know what they were feeding her because she was a condition 2. She went to a doggers yard at Bald Hills in Brisbane and I bought her through re homing volunteers called Last Chance Horses. They saddled her up and climbed on, and said she was very patient although she didn't really know what to do. I haven't owned a horse before and after reading up, I was looking for a Standie and I don't mind a bit of a fixer upper. When I saw Allie on their Facebook page I was sure she was for me. No one else came forward and I bought her for $650 with 3 days left to the knackery. I tracked down information about her past online and through ringing up her former owners.

 I have been very lucky to find caring and cheap agistment 25 min from home. My agistor is an experienced animal nutritionist. He's Thoroughbred crazy but we will forgive him for that because he looks after her really well. He is feeding her lucerne hay and breeder pellets, and it's been raining so there's decent grass. She's eating flat out and noticeably better after two weeks but it might be another month or more before she gets up to condition 3. I'm feeling my way as to what to do with Allie as she fills out. I have a friend who's a retired equestrian and has retrained a number of Standardbreds and she is very fond of them. (Unlike my agistor who keeps comparing her to Thoroughbreds - unfavourably of course!) My friend says until she is in better condition just lead her around, take her for walks, and work on training voice commands of walk on, woah, back. I'd really appreciate a copy of the e-book, and any advice on which info I should be looking at for retraining Allie to saddle. Attached are some "before" photos of Allie on the day she arrived, and one of her sire, John Street North. Best regards and thanks for your advice to buy a Standie. I had never really heard of them before I read your website. Allie is a lovely horse, she will give me the safe learning project that I need, and she deserves another go. Pip


Hi Pip

Poor Girl....not wonder she couldn't handle the Foal. There are some bad Humans in the Horse Industry!!

I do understand the point of the of Your Friend however, exercise will only help the process and remember, You have a lot of work to do to put Muscle back on that Horse so better to start earlier rather than later, (providing the Horse is in good enough Nick). Files attached. Regards



Hi Can you please tell me do you take horses for training? I have a seven year old paint gelding who was started as a two year old ridden around the paddocks and trails for 12 mths then went to a trainer for some western training for 3 mths then brought home and turned out for 6 mths due to illness( mine not his). Brought back into work and ridden by my daughter as I was still unwell. Taken to pony club on occasions, casual polo just for fun with friends trails, some dressage and flat work, local ag shows and working equitation, ridden 3-4 times a week for an hour, one of them is a lesson with good instructor. Shownigby in western. Nice enough horse, never bucked kicked bitten well cared for teeth back etc good quality well fitting gear. In April 2014 horse decided to rear , didn't want to go into arena . Horse then was good for that lesson. Horse has gone on to rearing every now and then have ruled out teeth bits saddles etc. he doesn't get out of work because we do not get off, he is whacked on the bum and driven forward or if I'm riding he is spurred when he's up and given release when down , I ride with training rings BUT it's not resolving issue as the rear is still there whenever he decides to pull it out. Horse has been to two different trainers but still rears. Can be great for weeks or months on end then does it. It's not that he's spooked or that I'm blocking him from going forward with my riding , can't even say that it's when he's in a piggy mood because it's not. Just seems to come out of no where because he thinks he's done enough work and that can be 5 mins into a ride or the end of a ride. Last rear he reared 5 times then flipped over, that was with me on him and I know I am extremely lucky to not have been hurt. Obviously If i am talking to you I would like to fix this horse but can you honest tell me is rearing a problem that can be fixed permanently and can he go on to be a enjoyable safe ridden horse of use or will it just be a bandaid fix and the rear will always be there lurking under the surface? So many people tell me different things. I know this is dangerous I'm no longer riding this horse he is only getting ground work for two weeks now.This is this horses last chance before he becomes a paddock ornament forever or worse goes to the doggers. Thanks Lisa

Get back to You this evening Lisa, but more info please.

  • How many times a week ridden lately
  • how long the sessions
  • are the sessions western training
  • which discipline?
  • show me standing up photos as of now SQUARE
  • rear on photos....SQUARE
  • Height of Horse
  • Weight of Rider

Hi again Lisa

You can imagine the difficulty with one of these, from afar, but I can assure You that Horses don't do these things without a reason. There is always a reason and it is normally always found in latent Veterinary, injustice in Riding, Bits, etc.

The two pointers worth questions, from the Photos, are the fact that the Horse DOES NOT have topline on the Neck and further, it has Poverty Lines at the back of the Rump. That is normally a sign of discomfort or real pain, but whatever it is, it shouldn't be so and needs investigating.

From a ridden Justice viewpoint, if I may comment about the ridden schedule.

Given the ridden is only 3 times a Week, the 45 Minutes to an Hour would be extremely lengthy based upon our activity. Remember, dislike of the Arena can equal rear. Rear is the Horse talking to You, so something is not right. I would suggest You break it all back to 20 Minutes for a while. You say the Horse also gets 10 Minutes lunging prior to riding so add that on too for the Horse is COLLECTED throughout. My Wife rides Grand Prix and I would Shoot Her if she rode any more than 45 Minutes and the times I get my way it is 35 Minutes.

Then there is one of Your Photos where the Horse is standing rear on. Here is a cut of it. Could you do a proper one, standing dead centre behind and squared up like this.

v This Rump does not look right





Hi John, Hope you are ok with the fires. As you know my OTTB is going fabulously. We had another brilliant ride today and every ride is just a pleasure. He is such a good boy. I have a question this time :)

In August last year I had a bit of a stack before a lesson and my instructor had to ride as I put a few big holes in my shoulder muscle - stack was entirely my fault. Anyway, when she finished I got in so much trouble for the horse being extremely behind the aids. My instructor struggled to keep him going and she rides at high levels. She suggested boot camp to train him but I'm stubborn and want to learn to do this myself. Since then I've stopped the "go but no" and have worked really hard. The last two months have been fabulous. I no longer work harder than him LOL and today everything was so easy. We've started canter loops and canter diagonals. He is just a pleasure.

 My question is yes, he can do little spooks at canter but they're more swerves than a spook. Previously he'd do a really horrid thing with giraffe neck, hollow back and jack hammer back legs if he got upset or drop the right shoulder and spook. I'm thinking that because he is now on the aids he's too busy paying attention so when he gets a fright it's over before it registers. Does that sound right? He's always been the type to get over things quickly. He is so soft, light and obliging these days. It's really nice. Had to work a little for it today as he had a week off, but we got it pretty quickly. The arena is a bit ick as it has a very high hedge with gaps that can cause issues when a horse, person or car appear from nowhere. He had spots where he'd always be looky but they seem to have disappeared now. If it were mine the hedge would be half the height but that won't happen, unfortunately. As it is, I can barely see the other side when I'm on the horse, so he sees less than I do, which is why it is easy for something to suddenly appear. We had a bloody roo bounce out one day, but as per usual he settled in three passes. K

Without seeing the Horse K, this one is a tad difficult to hazard a guess on. I can only tell You that Arena's with gaps and things that can move behind the hedges, do cause Horses to react and suspect what may happen next. The feeling of the unknown where as You know, Horses want to have everything pigeon holed in place, so that they can keep their World in order. My Horse this Week had Her Head on my Feet because I had gone out in the Paddock with Plastic Sandals on.

The other thing that I often notice with 'English Discipline' Riders' is that they don't stringently follow the rules of controlling such stuff. As You know, evasion breeds evasion and this is not taken seriously enough by Coaches. If You Horse is going down the long side, Boomerangs out 5 Metres, but continues on and back to the Track, the Horse has won and indeed been given permission to evade. If the Horse runs against the Leg (which it is) and the Leg is not strong enough during travel, then the Horse should be brought to a screaming Halt and completely Leg Yielded back to the Track, before continuing. I see many such evasions in Dressage, Regards






Hi John, I’ve got a horse with a cough! I have owned him for 14 months who arrived from SA to Tassie with a cough. Its was a dry cough and at first I thought it was from the travel, boat, etc. 14 months on and he still coughs every ride. I walk 1 to 10 laps of an arena, or 10-20 minutes up the bush but as soon as I go into the trot he will cough anywhere between 6-12 times. He also does the same on the lunge. And will not cough again until the next day or following ride. He does it at events, shows and even if he’s fairly distracted. He’s had no nasal discharge, blood, nothing at all. It’s a dry cough with no other symptoms. Although he does fatigue easily. He’s had Bromotrimidine, Preddy Granules, Macrolone Granules and Dexapent. He’s been scoped by a good vet in Tas and nothing unusual there. Plus I’ve tried all the herbal remedies, Alovera juice garlic etc! Ive changed feed, he’s been stables of a night over winter but is not now, fed no hay, fed chaff, no chaff. He’s had no reactions to any types of feeds. He’s now just on grass and no grain feed at all. Nothing has helped this poor guy. Any suggestions. Could it be cause of habit? When we looked at him to buy him (one week before he arrived here in Tas) I rode him over 2 days and no coughing…. (I videoed it and have even watched it back. ) The previous owners haven’t told me ALOT about this horse so they are no help. The vets are unsure where to go from here and are still treating it as a type of asthma, however I’m not convinced as he doesn’t get short of breath. He’s a fairly lazy horse and does get tired easily, but I think that’s just his character. Any help or suggestions would be great J Sarah

Hi Sarah. That is one for the Vet's of course. I can only provide hints on diagnosis. I would make up a Nose Cover out of a breathing Rag or material from dust guards perhaps, to just see. I have met Horses like this and found that it is the Dust from the arena that they don't like and are susceptible to. In fact Snip is a bit like that. Others will do it when starting out trotting because it is the thing they do. As for the cause, I have to leave that one to the Vets'. Best of Luck with it. Regards





Hi Just thought I would give you a quick update - I collected the horse on Sunday, and the vet came to inspect his eyesight today. The vet conducted the reflex test as well as the light test, and his vision was normal. However, she did some flexion exercises through his neck, and surprise, surprise - he could not flex to the left, which explains why he has been refusing to turn left, and becomes flustered and upset and tries to escape. We will also be getting the vet to look at his teeth (as he was extremely skinny (all ribs showing) with no topline), and then a therapy regime with an equine physio and chiro. I will keep you posted. Thanks :)

Well done Girl!!!






Hi John Here are some photos :) Crap - didn't realise he had lost so much in the back end :( I really need to keep a better eye on things............ Chiro had told me lots of walking over trot poles in a straight line (10 minutes a day) and lots of riding at a walk in straight lines. His back is better than it was (badly under run heels from poor farrier work, they are getting better with new farrier - part of the reason for not being able to ride until now). Haydon hates the round yard and the arena but loves going for a trail ride - would I be fair in say following your running reins rehab program and then taking him for a trail ride (at a walk only) 2 to 3 times a week based on the photos attached? I would also listen to him and adjust as necessary based on how he copes? Haydon is a 10 year old Standardbred - raced in NZ and Australia, off the track about 4 years (left in a paddock for a couple after that). I have had him two years and we have been battling with hoof issues (creating back issues) due to a lack of professionals in the area. Have found a decent farrier now and things are improving. I've also had a couple of very full on years so the horses have had lots of TLC but very little in the way of riding :) Haydon has won some led breed classes at shows (which proved we both hate showing) and I mainly want to go trail riding with him and do some endurance riding. The plan was to do our first 20km ride at the end of March. Do a couple of those to see how we both go and do a 40km ride in winter. Do a few of those (depending how we both cope) and look at building up to our first 80km ride in 12 to 18 months. I do not wish to compete but just spend good time with my horse and enjoy the countryside. Cheers


Hi again Karen...we must stop meeting like this :)

In short, the Horse didn't fare well in the Racing Industry and suffered a reasonable amount of damage to the rear end and in particular the Sacro region, most obvious in this


.n That increased damage, compared to other Standarbeds was hurried along by the poor conformation of his rear end.

So the Saddle slipping back, the Saddle fitters and other sundry experts.....I bet they didn't mention this subject??

The bottom line is that You need to either properly prepare the Horse and ignore his likes and dislikes, if You are going to ride him in fairness.

Get him back into the round pen, 6 Days a Week and follow my e-book. Walking over Trot poles is an old Vet School Wives' Tale. Think about it. You can do it for 100 Years and it will build nothing. You can ride him at the Walk as much as You want :, but if You don't build this Horse up, forget Your endurance ride.





He is a bugger, named Trickster and he is black, well named but the collar is working brilliantly and I have ordered another one so I can alternate while the first one is being fixed. This is the first collar that has really worked without terrible rubbing so well worth the investment. Regards, Karen









Hi Folks, hope You had a lovely time and have made Your New Year Resolutions for they are such an important part of succeeding in Life. I live by them.

My observations of Horse Owners speaking on the Internet in 2014, was that the VAST MAJORITY are still stuck in the last Century. Are You one of the majority?

In a Nutshell, the blaming of Horses for every issue, was the Hallmark of the last Century and still lives on happily Today. You may have noticed if You read my Blog at all or are any of my Friends on Facebook, that I spent 2013 trying to get into Peoples Minds and focused on

and made it my motto. Yes, I see many of my Friends have got the message loud and clear, particularly evident on my Facebook Page where the rest of the Internet go on being Blind but my Friends soon find the real problems with Horses, because they also 'Listen" I'll say it again, to remind You all, for 2015........

    • Horses can read your mind 100% of the time

    • There are no naughty horses, only dumb Trainers

    • Buck Jumping Horses don't want to be so, they have just been forced to escalate to 'Screaming', because they weren't listened to early on.

    • Horses only want to try until they are not heard.

    • So called 'naughty horses' are only communicating with you in an effort to make you listen.

    • Horses know if you care. They also know if you REALLY CARE.

    • Horses all want to please, until they are mistreated or confused.

    • Horses know if you genuinely have their interests at Heart

    • Horses know if you have a genuine respect for them

    • and depending upon your ranking amongst all of those points, will the Horse decide how to score you and react accordingly towards you


and so to highlight what I have been trying so hard to change, ignorance or stuck in the Old Days, here is my first letter for 2015. I'm going to highlight the words that the majority of People use, on the Internet, MOST OF THE TIME.



Hi I am the proud/frustrated owner of an intelligent, yet frustratingly naughty 2 year old. He is currently being broken in, however the feedback that i've received is incomplete and conflicting. One week they tell my sister that he is improving, and the next they are telling me that there is no improvement. Just yesterday, I received this message: "I honestly think there is something missing with him. ... I'm trying a couple more things but when I was riding him the other day, he never turned in the bull ring and just hit the end. ... I was trying to turn him and he just didnt, he sometimes doesnt, and if there is a wall he will hit, when you would think he'd see it. I actually don't think he can see properly, either that or there is something wrong in his head.

He cannons straight into things at times. When out with the lead horse, he scares himself, runs into the lead horse, and scares himself again" The breaker has also mentioned that he fails to retain information. I find this conflicting with our own experiences with him. Is he stubborn? Yes. Does the lesson need to be repeated consistently? Yes. Is he dumb? No. My sister taught him how to lunge in this video attached, and months after he knew what to do, without any reminding or retraining.  

 As his owner, I will be the first to say that this horse is a pain in the arse. A big, spoilt, arrogant little darling who likes to get his own way. However, there is nothing wrong with his sight. He has been ducking and weaving between inanimate objects and trees his whole life, and is one of the most desensitized, overtly social horses we have. His biggest psychological biggest seems to be his over-attachment to his buddies, his propensity to have a tantrum when he doesnt get his way and the ensuing overreaction and panic when he scares himself. I am really at a complete loss in terms of where to go next.

 The breaker seems to be getting nowhere, and insisting on the fact that he's mentally retarded or blind, however when I went to tell them that due to these seemingly insurpassable issues (making him unsuitable for a career as a racehorse), they insisted that they would try a few more things and persist, which flys in the face of them being convinced that he's "not a learner". I guess I am looking for some advice, and if you would be interested in taking this young horse under your tutelage.  Thanks (and sorry for the rant!) :)

Cheers Pam


Hi There. Quite some story and the kind I like.

The first thing that I would like to pass onto You, as my New Years Gift to You is that "There are no naughty Horses, no dumb Horses, only Humans who don't understand the particular Horse at the time. There are 'confused Horses caused by Humans', there are Horses in Pain that Humans don't see, there are Horses with "Learned Helplessness and again, caused by Humans.

I have watched the Video You sent me and whilst the Horse is perfect during it, the Lady makes many training errors, some of which contribute to 'Learned helplessness'.

So yes, I would be interested in helping You both and will answer You on email.


So let's look at each point:

frustratingly naughty

Well trained Horses are never perceived to be Naughty because they know their boundaries and stick to them.

fails to retain information.

Well as You say, he sure did remember You teaching him to lunge, once, Months later......


 Is he stubborn?

If Horses appear stubborn, they the training messages are not being presented well enough.


 pain in the arse

Only Humans make so called Pain in the Ass Horses. They are generally just A.D.D. and highly intelligent and are NOT being channeled well enough.


spoilt, arrogant little darling who likes to get his own way.

Well of course, SPOILT says it all and so Humans that SPOIL Horses, manufacture so called ARROGANT Horses.


mentally retarded or blind,

I watched Him on Video, being taught to lunge, with the ability of the Handler to be low on the scale, such that it could well confuse Horses and yet he came through with flying colours.


Hi, Thanks very much for your quick reply! I am travelling to Adelaide tomorrow to pick him up and bring him home to Port Lincoln. I was extremely unimpressed to learn yesterday that even though the breaker suspected an eyesight problem, they drove him head-first into the bullring wall anyway. When I was told this, it was the final straw, and immediately instructed the breaker to cease activities. I will admit, about 2 weeks before he left to go to the breakers, which is now around 3-4 months ago, he had a tantrum/panic in the float, resulting in him banging his head multiple times. Aside from a few scrapes/bruises, he seemed fine. He responded normally to cues, could lead, lunge etc. But before he proceeds with his education, I will make sure that his eyesight is 100%, and also make sure his body is ready to go in terms healing out sore spots. I am hoping a spell at home will clear his head. This TB is a bit of typical teenager - all talk and bravado, but he is really nervous, and has a huge self-esteem/confidence issue. It sounds silly I know, but its just what i've observed. He has a tendency to get confused/frustrated/flustered, and than the wheels just fall off and he can't process (i guess when the point of rationale fails to exist, the fight or flight kicks in and panic ensues). Once he gets home, I will monitor him, and keep you updated, and let you know when he's good to go. Thanks for your words of wisdom,they are much appreciated. Cheers

Now look at this one, from Facebook, where the focus was almost exclusively on the fact that the Horse was Naughty or the Rider too big and so on. It was shared onto my Wall and my smart Friends soon saw that the real problem one of soundness/discomfort, wrong lead, problems with the back leg tracking, back cinch too tight plus more.



So we know that Horses are 'listening to every word and action we portray but are you? "True Unity' comes from both sides.



Do You watch Horse Videos for Entertainment value? Most do.

During this short film, it turns out that Cappo was also communicating to me, whilst listening to me as well, such is the brilliance of the Mind of the Horse.





So please Folks, in 2015, feel free to try a new way of looking at Horses. You will never regret it and the Horses will be most thankful.






" Have You Halter broken Your Foals Yet????......the Bush Fires are are you going to shift them then???????"
























This jockey got shot for getting too hot to trot.

The Pennsylvania burglar who masturbated in front of a woman on her apartment porch before getting shot by another resident has been identified as Angel Suarez Medero, 21, a horse jockey. reports Medero remains in critical condition after the shooting that ended his bizarre Sunday crime spree.

The jerking jockey got off to the races Sunday night when he masturbated in front of a woman at a second-floor apartment in the Philadelphia suburb Bensalem.

Medero then ran off with the woman’s dog and tried to break into another apartment in the same complex. He allegedly attacked two people in that apartment, and one of the residents shot him.





A FARMER has been banned from keeping horses for five years after a number of underweight and neglected pony carcasses were discovered on his property.

Andrew Paul Thomas, aged 36, from Gwndwngwyn Farm, appeared for sentencing at Llanelli Magistrates' Court, having pleaded guilty to seven counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals at a previous hearing.

The RSPA had received a tip-off from a member of the public that they had seen a dead horse on the farm. When inspectors visited the farm they discovered a number of dead horses dotted around the farm, along with a dead ram.

RSPCA inspector Chris Coleman said: "It was a shocking case and the horses' suffering was totally unnecessary. The animals did not have their needs met."




ROLLING HILLS ( —An injured horse suffered injuries after falling 100 feet down an embankment on Monday evening. The rider was evidently able to make it to safety.
The call came in just before 5:30 p.m. Monday and was reported to be in the vicinity of Horse Shoe and Country lanes in Rolling Hills Estates.

The ground along the side of the mountain, where the horse settled after sliding down the embankment, was described by LA County Fire officials as unstable.
Paramedics were working to save the animal as of 6 p.m., and LA County Fire reported at 7:30 p.m. that the horse’s injuries were minor, and that the animal was able to stand on all four legs.
Crews, including Urban Search and Rescue, used ropes, tackles and other devices as they tried to lift the horse up out of it’s unstable ground. The use of a helicopter was out of the question, due to the area being heavily wooded.
The horse appeared to be a gray and was lying on its side with crews fighting to keep the area lit as night approached.
The rider did not appear to be injured.



A horse and buggy ran away with no driver, eventually flipping onto its side Wednesday morning with three young children inside the carriage. Caernarvon Fire Company Deputy Chief Lennie Martin said the children, ranging in age from 2 months to 5 years old, suffered only minor injuries.

The horse and buggy took off, running over the mother of the children as she was loading the carriage about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Martin said the buggy traveled about two miles before the horse made an abrupt turn at Hammertown and Valley View roads, flipping onto its side. One child was ejected from the carriage, Martin said. All three children escaped serious injury, but had brush burns, he said. The three children and their mother were taken to a hospital as a precaution, Martin said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Martin said the outcome of the crash could have been much worse. At the scene, he said, the children were talking, laughing and crying. Martin said the horse was standing at the scene when crews arrived and was not injured.




EL CAJON, Calif. - Animal control officers are trying to determine if a pit bull that viciously attacked a horse in the East County is the same dog that attacked a rider three years ago. Stacey Russell and a friend were out riding on Quail Canyon Road in unincorporated El Cajon Sunday afternoon when a loose pit bull came charging from a house. Russell said the dog lunged at her horse's neck. "When the dog came, I took my foot out of the stirrup and kicked the dog in the head to get him away from his neck," Russell told 10News. The 26-year-old horse, named Rapture, is blind in one eye. Russell said the dog would not back down. "He hit against Rapture and Rapture spun and went down and I went the other direction and came down on my back and my head," she said. "I really thought I was watching my horse being torn alive, torn to death, just shredded." The horse suffered large flesh wounds on his legs and hind quarters, but is expected to recover. While Russell was down on the ground, she said the dog chased her horse for more than half a mile. Fellow rider Cheryl Paz took off after the dog. "I ended up trampling over the dog with my horse and I had a crack whip in my hand so I started beating the dog on the head and finally he rolled onto the street and kind of just stopped stunned there," said Paz. They said the owner was yelling after the dog and then someone came by in a car, grabbed the dog and sped off. Russell said another rider was attacked by a pit bull matching the dog's description outside the same house three years ago. "They said that the dog is from Pennsylvania and he's from Pennsylvania, but three years ago they said the dog was from L.A. and he was from L.A.," said Russell. San Diego County Animal Control is still investigating. The owner could be cited for creating a public nuisance. "Unfortunately, the dog is dangerous. He needs to be put down. I have pit bulls. I think it's the owners that cause the problems with any kind of dog," said Russell. The woman attacked in 2011 did not pursue charges. Russell has already filed a complaint. "I think the owner needs to be in jail or something severe needs to happen to him for allowing this dog to be like this and to let it run free," she said.




BOSTON — A former jockey is suing a Boston-area thoroughbred horse track after sustaining injuries in a race.

The Boston Globe reports that Andria Terrill is demanding $1.3 million from Suffolk Downs in Revere alleging that racing officials failed to enforce minimum helmet safety standards.

Terrill says she is no longer able to race after being thrown to the ground and knocked unconscious when her horse stumbled out of the gate during a race on July 8, 2013. Terrill suffered three skull fractures in the accident and still suffers from headaches, dizziness and other ailments.

A track official said the lawsuit, which was filed on Nov. 25 in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, has no merit. Suffolk Downs does not plan to operate horse races next year for unrelated relations.








When the veterinarian arrived for the exam, he began with an assessment of the horse’s heart, lungs, and eyes in the quiet of the horse’s stall, something most veterinarians do before proceeding. In this case, however, the result was a prompt discontinuance of the rest of the examination. Upon auscultation (listening with a stethoscope) of the chest, the veterinarian heard a loud murmur over all origins of heart sounds and on both sides of the chest. The murmur completely filled the systolic phase (ventricular contraction, when the blood is ejected out of the heart and into the circulatory system) of the cardiac cycle and was strongly suggestive of a serious congenital heart defect.




It wasn't the water. It wasn't the hay. It wasn't inattention or reckless disregard by caretakers. No communicable disease was running rampant. But something has suddenly killed three horses on Camelot Farms and left another critically ill. Now, owners Mark and Anne Kennedy think they have found the problem. They sent a sample of horse feed the farm used to the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at Michigan State University. Tests there came back positive for monensin -- a supplement used in cattle feed that is poisonous to horses. The Kennedys on Tuesday declined to release the name of the feed manufacturer. About 20 horses are boarded at Camelot Farms in addition to the Kennedys' 22 horses.

 On Dec. 14, one boarder's horse and another that belonged to the Kennedys began showing colic symptoms, an indication of a serious gastrointestinal problem. With quick treatment, those symptoms can subside. But the two horses deteriorated quickly and were taken to the Edisto Equine Clinic the following day. They were dead within 72 hours. On Dec. 17, another boarded horse began showing the similar colic symptoms. That horse died two days later, on Dec. 19. The Kennedys worked feverishly to figure out what was wrong. "It's torn my heart apart," Anne Kennedy said. They called Adam Eichelberger, director of animal health programs at the Clemson Livestock Poultry Health Programs. He came to investigate, the Kennedys said. For privacy reasons, Eichelberger could not confirm he visited Camelot Farms. He did confirm that he recently visited a farm in Beaufort County and found no reason to be concerned about a disease outbreak or maltreatment.

Necropsies of the horses came back negative for any disease. The Kennedys implemented a self-imposed quarantine at the farm. No one was allowed to come or go. They canceled trail rides and lessons. They sent the hay off for testing. It came back clean. Thinking the water might be contaminated, the Kennedys purged the farm's well and ran 1,375 feet of hose to get city water. They replaced all the water buckets and disinfected the barns and feed buckets three times. The Michigan State test results at least gave the Kennedys an answer. It did little, though, to lift their spirits. Anne Kennedy hasn't had a solid night's sleep since the first horse died, she said.


 She lays down, exhausted, and wakes up crying in the middle of the night. She gets up to check on the horses often and runs through a mental checklist of what she's done and what she could have done wrong. Then she lays back down, and the cycle begins again. "I swear I've aged 100 years," Anne Kennedy said Tuesday. Her speech speeds up as she explains the last two weeks of her life -- the heartbreak and helplessness she's felt with each sick horse. The thought of another dying sends her into an even darker spiral. On Tuesday, Mark Kennedy took another one of their horses, Oopsie, to the University of Georgia's veterinary clinic in Athens. The horse is exhibiting the same colic symptoms as the others, and the Kennedys fear she will die soon. The sadness Anne Kennedy feels has an undertone of anger as well. "You open up a bag a food, and you don't expect it to have poison," she said. The Kennedys have continued to be in contact with all the boarders. None have accused them of negligence, and many have come to help. They volunteer to disinfect the farm's equipment, administer medicine and fluids and have even cleaned the Kennedys' home. "It's a real family here," said Ellen Hudson, who boards her two horses at Camelot Farms. "We're here all day and night to help in any way we can. You'll never meet anyone who cares more than Anne and Mark do."


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive deterioration of joint health with no known cure. Not only does OA negatively affect athleticism and quality of life but it is also a major cause of economic loss throughout the equine industry. For years researchers have been trying to find ways to diagnose OA early in the course of disease to either slow or, better yet, arrest its progression. And although OA has proven a stubborn opponent, an international group of researchers recently found that radiographs (X rays) and low-field MRI appear to be useful tools for diagnosing OA. “For our study we chose to use Icelandic horses, a breed that is known to have a high prevalence of OA and one in which a large number of older riding horses are culled due to the pain and lameness that result from the disease,” explained Charles Ley, BVSc, Dipl. ECVDI, PhD, from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, in Uppsala.

 "Young horses without obvious lameness were used in the study in order to include horses likely to have a very early stage of the disease and normal horses. We chose to use two noninvasive and clinically available imaging techniques—radiography and MRI—to see if it was possible to detect early OA changes in the joints." Ley and colleagues collected 75 hock joint radiographs and MRIs from 38 Icelandic horses between the ages of 27 and 31 months. The team then used microscopy to classify joints as positive or negative for OA. The team classified 42 of the 75 joints as OA-positive after they detected lesions on both radiography and MRI that corresponded with OA, including mineralization front defects and joint margin lesions. The team determined that radiography's ability to correctly identify joints without OA was 97%, meaning it had few false-positives, and that radiography was equal to or better than MRI for detecting early joint changes consistent with OA. “Radiography is a widely available, cost-effective, and repeatable method, and the high specificity and high frequency of the detection of mineralization front defects in radiographs suggests that this is a promising marker of early OA in the distal intertarsal joint (one of the middle hock joints)," Ley concluded. "Such a tool has a vital role in selecting horses for inclusion in long-term studies of how and why OA develops and evaluating early intervention and prevention methods for OA.”








Hi John   My name is Megan Watson, and I am an amateur horse owner. I have broken in 5 horses only and have ridden countless green horses straight from the breaker and trained them for dressage. I have bought several of your DVD's and am still learning from them as I re-watch them every time I take on a new horse for training.   Friends of mine have just gone overseas for 6 weeks and asked if I would break in their Australian Riding Pony while they were away. He is a 2 year old gelding that is extremely spoilt and has no ground manners or respect for people at all. The mother of the girl that owns the pony is scared to walk into the paddock with it.    I have had the pony 2.5 weeks.

The first day it attempted to corner me in the stable and double barrel me. It bites constantly as well. I spent a week doing some basic ground manner training with it - leading, tying up, hosing, lungeing in the round yard etc. I have since followed your methods as I have with a few horses to teach the one rein stop and long reining to teach the two rein stop and rein back, driving over tarps etc. I have lunged with saddle and done some de-sensitising with stirrup irons lunging and holding weight on the stirrup irons.    The first time I went to put my foot in the stirrup to put weight on the saddle, the pony tried to kick out and he rolled his eyes back and wouldn't stand still to let me on - even with his head flexed around to his shoulder. I am at a bit of a loss as to what to do. He is quiet in every other way, though is still not a very respectful pony. I have been given ideas to pony him from a quiet horse so he gets used to a person being up in saddle around him, and also to tie sandbags to the saddle to get him used to the weight. I am wondering if you may be able to give me any suggestions?     Kind regards   Megan


Hi Megan, well done on Your achievements thus far. This is an easy one and the complete answer is found on my new Disc 2 of the 'Leg Restraints' dvd Set. The key with this one of the 'lack of respect' of course so fix that and You fix the Horse. You didn't mention Leg Restraints work on this Pony and whether that could be that you don't have those Discs or the profile of the Owner who would spoil such a Horse so, of course would probably slit their wrists if You mentioned them :)

As You know, the subject of Leg Restraints is the only one that I have never taught about in writing because of the danger to Horses via not enough information for the Users.

So the Private Video that deals with this is

and called






Happy New Year to you & Linda xx I had a happy week....Indy getting more confident cantering circles, transitioning and on correct leads, thanks to Linda in my head saying "off the inside leg...look up & in"! Now he has the confidence I'm introducing MH to help eliminate resistance cause I haven't got the knack of correct feel yet. He is finding this challenging. First time on dressage arena for Arnie & I. We trotted 2x long sides & 1x short because he is so unbalanced. That is a huge achievement given the pace has been so ingrained! Took some vid so I can assess and plan for next training date. I have to say HP that your saddle is more comfortable than my dressage saddle & it puts me in a better position!! OH asked when I was selling Arnie so that we could budget for some air con....looks like its gonna be a bloody hot summer at our house! Ride on...:) Xx Jo

Well done Jo. It is such a difficult Sport as we develop and desperately search for information amongst the mire but You are succeeding with two very difficult cases, as well as breaking in Your own Horse. Most don't do that so feel achieved ! xx







Hi Folks. Hope You all had a lovely Christmas and all of Your Dreams came true We had a quiet one and in fact went for a lovely Trail ride before Lunch. :)




Of course the World doesn't stop just because it is Christmas and I was pleased to see that a Waikerie Lady who had sold a Horse to s Strathalbyn Lady, such Horse not being the Age that it was represented as, has settled up without having to be taken to Court.

Remember Folks, if You say that a Horse is a certain Age, You had better be sure of that for if it is later found to be some other Age, the Purchaser could have grounds to demand a refund and costs.




" The new Age designed Bits allows Riders to go without FM Keepers as the Keepers were designed during the "Nut Cracker Bit" Days"







Hi Mr HP, I contacted you a while ago about my rearing TB and you put me onto Clint James. after a lot of internet coaching and one visit my horse and I have changed the way we do everything and I couldn't be happier so thank you very much ;)


Hi HP & Linda, Just wanted to say thanks to Linda for producing such 'amateur' friendly DVDs. I have them all:) the latest challenge has been the canter but I feel we're getting there with Linda's help. My horse is very similar to Dartanyn & we actually cantered 2x360's today, both reins..not pretty yet but I'm grateful for small achievements. Jo





I have my dressage saddle for that, but I want security too and my wintec stock saddle is doing my head in, I cant trot in it, well I can but it throws me forwards and bruises my upper thighs badly, its just horrible, so its gotta go!!

This is a regular message to me these Days. The position is completely incorrect on them. Here is one owned by a Client. First one I have been up close to.









LONDON (AP) — The sport of kings is trying to become less elitist by breaking down knowledge barriers. No longer is British horse racing content with just being at the heart of the social calendar for the aristocracy — as it has been for centuries. The Jockey Club recognizes its future relies on educating the masses about a sport filled with arcane terms and rules. "If you marginalize it too much, the sport in the end will inevitably suffer," said Simon Bazalgette, chief executive of the London-based Jockey Club. So from this month, racing terminology is being explained on big screens at courses, including Kempton Park where the King George VI Chase, one of the biggest races in jump racing, is staged on Friday.

Not everyone will embrace moves to open up the sport beyond the affluent audiences typically associated with the sport. "A lot of people probably quite like the fact they know certain things a lot of the general public do not know," Bazalgette said. "We want to engage the wider part of the audience who are there for a good day out, for whom racing is part of the theater of the day, but perhaps they are not really engaging with it as a sport." View galleryFILE - In this June 19, 2014 file photo, Britain's … FILE - In this June 19, 2014 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, second right, talks to he … Although horse racing is Britain's second biggest spectator sport after football, the Jockey Club believes that around 80 percent of race-goers have little or no knowledge about just what they are seeing. Although a good day out for boozing and gambling, many do not necessarily understand why a particular horse is worth a bet or the difference between flat and jump racing.

 The seven short films, which were inspired by explainer videos at 2012 London Olympic venues and produced by the same company, are all silent so as not to intrude on the atmosphere. "We don't want the old hands to feel sniffy about it," Bazalgette said, of the videos. But it is hoped the videos will provide a better understanding of the sport and boost revenue by encouraging more frequent visits from casual spectators, and then keeping them engaged through the year. What the course videos do not address is the issue that turns some off the sport: why horses are often put down after sustaining injuries during races.

The rights group Animal Aid has listed 144 on-course deaths so far in 2014 on its website. "People don't understand when we are looking after horses if they get injured on the race track, there is no economics involved in it — it's purely the welfare of the horse," Bazalgette said, discussing a welfare issue that does feature on the accompanying "Racing Explained" website. "Unfortunately because of the way (horses) are built they can't always be looked after the way one would like to." Having already captured the champagne and oysters set, the Jockey Club says "Racing Explained" is about engaging the beer and burger fans, who can feel like second-class spectators who can't fully comprehend the dynamics of the sport. Although Bazalgette now heads the Jockey Club and owns horses, he has not always been so engaged with the racing. "I would love it when someone took me, and then forget about it until the next time someone invited me," he said.


Here in Oz, we only have to invite them to get smashed and roll round the Lawns :)





WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A Wausau man has been charged with a misdemeanor count of getting sexual gratification from an animal after authorities say he admitted to performing sex acts on a horse. Thirty-year-old Jared Kreft was charged last week in Marathon County, WKOW-TV reports. His attorney’s voicemail was full, and a message seeking comment could not be left by The Associated Press. District Attorney Kyle Mayo tells WKOW the case is unique. Kreft has also been charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

When Marathon County detectives searched Kreft’s apartment in Wausau, Wisconsin, they found a small amount of marijuana, but no horse porn. Kreft was charged with sexual gratification with an animal sex organ, possession of drug paraphenalia, possession of marijuana as a repeat offender and bail jumping. It is so far unclear who owns the barn and horse.




John Rees-Evans, the party’s parliamentary candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth, made the comments in response to a protester who was questioning statements by his fellow party members. In particular, he was responding to quote by a UKIP member who claimed that “some homosexuals prefer sex with animals.” Rees-Evans said his colleague was right. He said: “Actually, I’ve witnessed that. I’ve got a horse and it was there in the field. “And a donkey came up… which was male, and I’m afraid tried to rape my horse.” Rees-Evans said he then had to hit the donkey to protect his horse. His remarks were captured on video at a protest outside a campaign office He told the Independent: “For me, any kind of non-conventional relationship that people have, I would say I don’t really understand the attraction, but we are a libertarian party.” Earlier this month party chairman Steve Crowther recommended UKIP stay off Facebook or Twitter, in case they say something silly.





The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Inc. board held a surprise meeting Monday and voted to oust Sarah Coxe Lange, the president and CEO of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and board Chairman Henry Lafayette Collins III.

The board also elected Richard M. O’Donnell, who was serving as treasurer, as its president and Wayne W. Grafton as chairman.

In a statement after the meeting held at a local hotel, Mimi Killian, a board member and spokeswoman for the horse show, called the decision “a bilateral, majority decision that new leadership is necessary to move the organization forward in a positive, productive way.”

When Coxe Lange took the reins of the horse show earlier this year, she announced some changes including streamlining the board, beginning a separate endowment fund and establishing new bylaws for the board and attracting new, younger volunteers. Coxe Lange also noted that the Horse Show made a profit of $200,000 in 2014 after years of breaking even, a figure that O’Donnell announced at a previous meeting. The Country Fair earned $400,000 for 2014. Also, the Foundation garnered an 11 percent increase in donations.

“I want people to know Devon has never been so successful, so modern and energized and yet this is happening,” said Coxe Lange.

Coxe Lange, who owns Willisbrook, a horse farm in Malvern and the third generation of her family involved in the Devon Horse Show, called the new endowment “a huge positive.”

“I don’t think there is any other horse show in the country with an endowment,” she said. Chaired by Lauren Lenfest, DevInvest, the endowment is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization seeking IRS recognition of its tax-exempt status.




Two runaway horses which strayed onto a busy section of road at the worst possible time for Christmas shoppers have been caught. The animals were roaming a section of the A229 between Chatham and Maidstone — heading towards the appropriately named Running Horse roundabout — but have now been gathered. Motorists were facing hold-ups following the situation on the Maidstone bound carriageway of Blue Bell Hill while they were diverted to avoid upsetting the pair.


Kent Police dealt with the situation having been alerted just before midday. Traffic was temporarily stopped at Junction 6 London bound of the M20 to allow the horses to be captured.

A spokesman for the force said: "We received a number of calls about two loose horses on the Maidstone-bound carriageway of Blue Bell Hill near the Running Horse roundabout.

"The horses have been gathered and are due to be collected in a horse box soon. Traffic is being diverted to avoid causing distress to the animals and to prevent them from bolting."

It comes as Kent County Council Highways have reported that both major car parks in the town — Fremlin Walk and The Mall — are currently full as last minute shoppers desperately search for presents.




ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - About 700 horse competition trophies are at the center of a court motion involving former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell, who was convicted of stealing nearly $54 million from the northern Illinois city. Federal prosecutors filed the motion Friday in U.S. District Court in Rockford seeking to seize the trophies and other Crundwell assets. The (Dixon) Telegraph reports ( ) the items would be sold, if the motion is granted, with proceeds going to the city of Dixon. The city has so far received $9 million from the sale of other Crundwell assets. Besides the trophies, the motion lists horse show clothing, artwork, hats, bar stools and other items. The government is continuing to search for other Crundwell belongings that can be seized. Crundwell is serving nearly 20 years in prison.




 Delaware fire authorities are investigating the cause of a barn blaze that killed a dozen horses. Delaware State Fire Marshal's Department Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio said fire personnel responded to a 911 call reporting a barn fire at Yorklyn Arabians, in Hockessin, on Dec. 21. The barn was visibly involved in flames when fire crews arrived, he said. Chionchio said 12 horses were killed in the fire and one survived. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation by the Delaware State Fire Mars

hal's Office, Chionchio said. Though barn blazes can occur at any time, Chionchio said winter is prime time for these fires. So, he offered several fire prevention tips to barn owners and operators: Check barn electric wiring regularly. “People should hire a professional for this and do it every three to five years,” Chionchio said. Install a fire alarm system to alert people in case of fire. Install a sprinkler system. “A sprinkler system is made to suppress a fire, but about 90% of the time, the sprinkler system will put the fire out.” he said. Store combustible materials, including hay, well away from sources of heat. “We recommend that people keep combustibles about 30 feet away from heaters or other heat sources,” Chionchio said. Finally, Chionchio advises barn owners and operators to call 911 whenever a fire is suspected “People should always call 911 when they smell smoke or when they think the have a fire, but they should also call 911 and get a professional out there if they have had a fire that they have put out,” Chionchio said. “People should remember that they are not inconveniencing anyone. It's important to be safe.”




HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Four people riding in a horse-drawn Amish buggy were taken to area hospitals with major injuries after a head-on collision Sunday morning, Pennsylvania State Police reported Monday.
Coudersport-based state police said the buggy, driven by Jacob Peachey, 52, of Spring Run, was traveling north on state Route 1010. A 2006 GMC?Sierra driven by William E. Cowles Jr., 62, of Richburg, N.Y., was going south and was following a 1986 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Clayton E. Hurd Sr., 51, of Mills. State police said the Cowles vehicle tried to pass the Hurd vehicle, resulting in the head-on collision with the horse and buggy.

The horse and buggy were pushed into the southbound lane and the Cowles vehicle overturned onto its driver’s side in the southbound lane. The buggy was overturned and was up against the Cowles vehicle. The Hurd vehicle went off the southbound lane onto the berm. State police said one of the passengers in the buggy was underneath the undercarriage of the Hurd vehicle when it stopped.
The horse was killed in the accident. Peachey suffered major injuries, as did the following passengers in the buggy:?Daniel K. Fisher, 70, and Annie S. Fisher, 69, both of Marshall, Ind.; and Fannie S. Fisher, 62, of Centre Hall. A fourth passenger in the buggy, Hannah G. Stoltzfus, 23, of Spring Mills, suffered minor injuries and was not transported for treatment. The others were taken to either Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., Geisinger Medical Center in Danville or Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, N.Y.
Cowles suffered minor abrasions, but was not transported for treatment, state police said. Hurd was not injured. Both Cowles and Hurd were wearing seat belts.The accident remained under investigation Monday night, state police said. They were assisted on scene by emergency personnel from Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Tri-Town, Wellsville, N.Y., Genesee, Wellsboro and Coudersport.




Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The owner of an illegal horseback riding business faced a judge today. It's the latest development in Contact 13's ongoing investigation into Sagebrush Ranch. Chief Investigator Darcy Spears tells us whether the woman accused of felony animal cruelty will be held accountable. Ribs and hip bones sticking out. Horses hooves severely overgrown and diseased from living in their own waste.

 Mouths full of sores from neglected teeth. Even blindness from infected eyes. The pictures tell the story of the severely neglected Sagebrush Ranch horses. That's what the state argued in court Monday. And they're pointing the finger at Jacque Fitzgerald, who owned the horses until Clark County Animal Control confiscated them in July. Officer Erica Draeger described the conditions at Sagebrush Ranch during Fitzgerald's preliminary hearing.









JACKSON COUNTY-- We often hear of rabies affecting animals like raccoons, cats, or dogs, but horses? Jackson County can add that one to the list after a horse recently tested positive for the disease. This the first case in Jackson County of a rabid horse, and officials say one simple step can prevent you or your animal from contracting the disease.

Since 1994, there have only been 25 reported cases of rabid horses statewide, compared to more than 2,000 reports of rabid raccoons. But Tuesday, that number of horses climbed to 26, with a confirmed case in Jackson County. "Rabies typically takes two forms," T.G. Harkrider, the environmental health director for the Florida Department of Health, Jackson County, said. "They have an excited form or a vicious form, like the foaming at the mouth and the aggressiveness. It also takes a, what they call a dumb form, which is just staggering, can't get up." The Jackson County Health Department, the USDA, and the Florida Department of Agriculture teamed up to investigate the case. The most recent incident was back in 2012. "I've never seen a horse with rabies," John Rosi, owner of John Rosi Reining Horses, said. "I have heard of horses with rabies. It is prevalent in certain areas. Kentucky has a pretty good amount of it. Colorado, Wisconsin." Managing horses for more than 40 years and spending thousands of dollars on his 14 horses, Rosi says having a rabid horse can be a financial loss. "Well, it's a total loss," he said. "I mean, you know, depending on the total price of the horse, it's lost. The thing about it is, when a horse has rabies, there's no cure. He's gonna have to be put to sleep." Officials say the disease can be transmitted through saliva and is spread through the eyes and nose or a break in the skin, even to humans. Vaccination is the only way to prevent transmission. "These particular animals were not vaccinated. It will provide them some semblance of immunity against the disease should they contract or should they encounter a rabid animal," said Harkrider. No word yet on how the horse contracted the disease. Other animals on the property have been quarantined and we're told the risk of more animals getting rabies from the horse is low. Officials say the most reported cases of rabid horses ever statewide was in 1995 with four confirmed cases.




By Edited Press Release Dec 23, 2014 Topics: Medications Navicular Problems Print Email Favorite Share Newsletters Tildren (tiludronate disodium) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and is now available to U.S. equine veterinarians to help manage navicular syndrome. With the recent FDA approval, Ceva Animal Health began selling Tildren in the United States in early December. Approved to control clinical signs associated with navicular syndrome in horses, Tildren is available for veterinarians to purchase through national distribution channels. Tildren is designed to regulate osteoclasts in areas of excessive activity. In navicular syndrome, excessive mechanical stress results in bone resorption outpacing bone formation. Tildren works at areas of active bone resorption, restoring balance to the process of bone remodeling. Tildren has been used worldwide for more than 12 years with more than 250,000 doses administered. Some U.S. veterinarians are already familiar with the product due to its use in international markets.




The University of Kentucky (UK) Horse Pasture Evaluation Program has now completed 10 years of work on horse farms in Central Kentucky and across the state. Over this time, the program has grown tremendously and has had a significant impact on the horse industry and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The idea of having university experts evaluate commercial and private horse farms' pasture composition began after the 2001/2002 mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) outbreak. During this time of uncertainty, the potential benefits for a partnership between UK and the horse industry were very clear. In 2004 the UK Equine Initiative (now UK Ag Equine Programs) was born.

 One program that began within the initiative was the UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, developed by Ray Smith, PhD, professor and forage extension specialist within UK’s plant and soil sciences department, and Tom Keene, hay marketing specialist within the same department. In its inception year (2005), university experts evaluated 14 farms (representing 1,260 acres) for species composition and sampled for tall fescue endophyte presence and ergovaline concentration. During 2014 they evaluated 17 farms, totaling more than 6,600 acres. Additional services have been added, including ergovaline analysis, GPS mapping of sample locations, and tracking of pasture composition changes over time.

While the data collected in this program is valuable, the program does not measure its success based on the numbers, but on the impacts to farms and Kentucky's horse industry. Since its inception, program experts have visited 111 individual farms in 20 different Kentucky counties, many of which have asked the program to assess their pastures year after year. These contacts have become friends of UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and provide continued support and collaborations when needed. Several of these farms have welcomed on-farm research projects ranging from pasture management to weed control and even horse health. Farms have also supported extension events by attending or hosting events, including the annual winter program “Pastures Please!!” and the annual summer equine field day “Equine Farm and Facilities Expo.”

 In 2015 Pastures Please!! will be held Feb. 5 at the Fayette County Extension Office from 6-8:30 p.m. The Horse Pasture Evaluation Program encompasses all three facets of the University of Kentucky: research, extension, and teaching. Detailed information from more than 1,500 individual pastures or paddocks has given researchers a large dataset and a great understanding of Kentucky horse pastures. This information is used for everything from on-farm recommendations to guiding extension programs and educational materials. In addition, the program teaches students. Over the past 10 years, several graduate-level students, including Joy Lowry, Laura Schwer, and current coordinator Krista Lea, have operated the program.

Additionally, the program has employed around 20 undergraduate students from Asbury University and the University of Kentucky, with majors ranging from Equine Science and Management to Human Health, Biology, and Mission Outreach. This program's success is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of many students over the years that have taken a summer job and turned it into a learning and teaching experience. Finally, this program would not exist without the support and collaboration it has received from UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Each year departments across campus, including UK Ag Equine Programs, Weed Science, Animal and Food Science, the Gluck Equine Research Center, Regulatory Services, and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, collaborate.




Ophthalmic examination in the horse is generally limited to crude assessment of vision and screening for ocular lesions. The refractive state of equine eyes and the potential impact on vision and performance requires further investigation.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the refractive state of a large, mixed-breed sample of horses and ponies in the United Kingdom (UK).

PROCEDURE: The refractive state of both eyes of 333 horses and ponies was determined by streak retinoscopy, and the effect of age, height, gender, breed and management regime on the refractive state assessed.

RESULTS: Emmetropia was found in 557 of 666 (83.63%) of eyes; 228/333 (68.5%) of the horses/ponies were emmetropic in both eyes. Refractive errors of greater than 1.50 D (in either direction) were found in 2.7% of the eyes tested. Ametropic eyes included hyperopia (54%) and myopia (46%). Anisometropia was found in 30.3% of horses and ponies. Breed of horse/pony was the only factor that affected refractive state (in the left eye only, P < 0.05) with Thoroughbred crosses having a tendency toward myopia and Warmbloods/Shires toward hyperopia.

 DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The retinoscopic survey found emmetropia to be the predominant refractive state of the equine eye with no evidence of an overall trend toward myopia or hyperopia. However, individual and breed-related differences were found. Such factors should be considered in the selection of horses for sport and leisure, and when evaluating their performance potential. More comprehensive visual testing would be valuable in identifying underlying causes of behavioral problems. © 2014 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.









Hi guys, just stumbled across you on the web and love your work! I'm currently breaking in a 3yo warmblood x and started him in side reins on the lunge. We are now under saddle and working on relaxation. I am using a WTP bit and he seems happy on it most of the time but when I take up the contact he tends to pull sometimes and tilt his head in resistance. Will he settle into this not do you think? Should I just keep going? Would love him to be soft, dont want to ruin him! Cheers!! Jacci

Hi Jacci

The problem would be Your Mouthing system and indeed the 'Side Reins'. (Read that article) If You can imagine, it is far easier teaching a Young Horse to come 'onto the Bit' if it starts with a light Mouth that with a 'resistant mouth' Hence why I do not use Side Reins, at all. So I would recommend that You take steps to improve that Mouth, prior to asking for 'On the Bit'

Also be sure You are not using a 'Nut Cracker Bit'











What can I do to nip a disrespectful and dangerous habit in the bud?   My three year old filly was being led around to familiarise her with a new environment and new saddle  - a loose rein / rope halter / girthed up reasonably -  when she suddenly went down and tried to roll.  I wasn’t quick enough to stop her going down  but did pull her head up and  got her straight back up before she rolled (some yelling also happened).    Ill be keeping an eye out for ‘pre rolling behaviours’  (sniffing and pawing)  - and providing distractions -  but Id like some advice on the best way to  discourage  this habit as I don’t want it to happen when Im trail riding.  K

The Naughty one K :) Off subject but some Life that could impact upon Your career.......Your use of the words "disrespectful and dangerous" may be a little over the top for it is entirely natural for Horses to want to Roll and I am sure it didn't mean to be 'dis-respectful' The activity of rolling, can only be dangerous if the Horse has a Pony Club Lead Rope or the Handler doesn't operate in a NH way during such events. We can agree on the danger to the Saddle though

 So to answer Your question, first off, reading the Horse is essential, in order to stop it completing the act and the best way to stop it is to simply give it a flick with the end of the rope (once again, not possible with PC Lead Ropes.) In case You happen to not know what Lead Ropes I am talking about, it is the 3.6M Rope, with a nice Leather Flapper on the end of it. That is Your 'anti rolling' inhibitor :) Regards






HI John   hope you and Linda have a lovely Christmas and New Years :)   My OTTB is being a very good lad and we are starting to work on his canter a lot more and getting really positive comments from our instructors.  He is just doing so well every ride.  He accidentally nipped me this morning.  He tries to pick up his rope and it was near me and he misjudged and got me.  Got in a lot of trouble for it.  Very interestingly, he got put back in his paddock with his feed. I fed the retired horse in the next paddock, came back into the TBs and he leaves his food and comes over (about 20 m) and gives me a hug with his neck.  I think he was saying sorry.

 He is a funny bugger.  I went away for 4 days at the beginning of December.  Didn't ride him the first day back due to a few things, but brought him up the next day and rode.  Came up his usual calm self but on the way back he was bouncing all over the place.  I think he was being very pleased with himself for being such a good boy.  It was like 'I was good, I was good, I was good good good good good" LOL Proud as punch he was.   Apart from how well my boy is going, I am very proud of myself for helping a girl at agistment get her horse working properly.  She was having a few issues a week back and I gave her a bit of help just to get the horse stretching forward and down.

  It was doing the typical short backwards neck and reefing forward to get relief from hands.  So I gave her a few pointers and in a week the horse is stretching and is long through the top of the neck, you can see the rump muscles visibly working, and the snatching has stopped.  Credit to the rider for that as she's been trying really hard.   I gave her a  bit of a demo with my retired horse on how muscle useage changes depending on where the neck is and how engaged the horse is.  He is an excellent model on the lunge as you can see the muscles twitch the whole way down his back and rump when he is using them.  It really helped her to see what happens when they are like a giraffe vs with the neck lower and rounded. 

Also demonstrated really nicely how slow down and then speed up in gaits helps to get engagement and push.   So all in all, things are going well for us and we will be ready to move up a level this year in dressage, possibly even two if we work hard at it :)  the retired boy will have to get a bit of work as he sort of drought proofed himself a while back and now we've had a bit of rain and he is adding to his stores....  needs a bit of exercise to keep his tubby guts down!  The good bit is he didn't look lame at all on the lunge, so he might be in for a bit more work than he thinks.   He is totally opposite to the OTTB so it is good to ride both of them.   Have a great Christmas   K

Hi again

As a very lovely Christmas present I had a call from my OTTBs race trainer. I sent him an update this week on how the TB is going and as usual he was thrilled to get an update and pictures. He's extremely happy with the home he now has and thinks he was very lucky to have found me. Apparently TB only nips when he is happy. Which is interesting as he has been more mouthy since I got back. Reg says that means he missed me - the whole four days I was gone.....

I like keeping Reg updated as he was genuinely distressed when I had initially called him to discuss if he thought the horse would be suitable. He was upset he was for sale and more upset when he found out he was thin. So I send him a few updates with pictures throughout the year  so he knows he's well looked after.

Hope you had a lovely Christmas


Well done K. Great job and sounds like You have a very good relationship with the Horse, which is a compliment to Your training. Not a lot of Horses do those things. It's good that the Trainer is so interested, normally meaning the Horse was a stand out when at the Stables. Keep up the good work and up the scales in 2015 :)






 Hi John, just wondering if your FM bits are okay to be used without keepers on the bridle? > Alison


Hi Alison

We never use Keepers.

Because the "English World' have to be constantly dragged into the 21st Century, their tradition dictates KEEPERS :) They don't realize that they were invented because of NUT CRACKER Bits :)

The new Age Bits allow a Horse to put the Bit just how and where they like and to carry them better, thus less mis-alignment on the Face. As You would realize, I have ridden a lot in such Bits and even though I ride with No contact, I still haven't seen any negative effect to not having them. I also notice, that when a Contact is held, which is nearly always the case with the English Rider, the Bit is held in alignment fine anyway.







21st December, 2014

Hi Folks. Hope You had a lovely Week.......and what a Week it was in this Country. Sad indeed.

The Horses have had the Week off and are asking to be ridden. It is very important to the well being of Horses on smaller acreage, that they indeed get the proper exercise and they do appreciate it and miss it when it doesn't come (providing the Riding is of quality) Yes, You hear of a lot of Horses walking away from Folks but it shouldn't be that way.

Cappo is back to his Old Self and bossing Snip around again. Meanwhile, Dulcie goes for a Scan Tomorrow, to see if the second lot of Semen worked. The first lot must have been affected by Transport and was only 10%





First to Capo and for those who didn't read my FB Post on this, forgive me for the copy and paste. The question was asked as to how we dissect such an event.

1. Realize that the same thing happened with the transition from Advanced to Prix St. Georges.

2. That we know that his diet is spot on, his Bloods were checked then and we also know that the Vet pointed out that Cappo has ;Short Twitched Muscles" where others have long.

3. Take into account the long Trip

4. Re-visit any changes in Training over the previous Week. The acceptable level but extra pressure during the previous Week.

5. Understanding how he ticks, knowing that he tries very hard, gives the all and gets tired in the Mind.


1. Examine the Test.

2. Examine the other 16 Competitors at the top.

3. Read what the Olympic Level Judges said

4 and put it all together for the future.


1. That the whole 5 Judges were very supportive and can see that he has what it takes, just ran out
 of Petrol. That they all like Him.

2. That at least 8 of the 16 are completely going incorrectly and cannot be repaired and some with Veterinary conditions that cannot be fixed.

3. That Cappo now has all the moves, correctly, can do them easily and has no crookedness issues or Veterinary issues. Just a manageable Psycho issue.

Therefore, the future is very bright indeed and with only doing one thing, getting energy on the Day, would immediately have been top 8, against the best.

So therefore, totally at ease with it all and excited for the future. It was his only 2nd go and the most inexperienced of them all.

Our Thanks to all of the Judges in the Grand Prix, for their very positive and understanding remarks, alluding to the appreciation of the correct training and an understanding of the "Early Days' as Mary Seefreid (sp)



The 'Snipster' had a Ball. He was truly excited to be there and particular so on the Day when he went alone. He was very proud to be the 'Big Boy' and he let us know all Day. He loved it.

He performed 4 of the best Tests of his Life with NO evasionary mistakes. He was proud and tried his Heart out for Mrs. HP.

As You know, we don't rely on the Judges comments to know where Training is and it is a very good thing indeed for one would 'Slit their Wrists' and give up with some of the behavior shown on the Weekend.

The States top Rider and Snipster, both were given 58% in one of the Tests and yet both were 70% tests and Horses. We were forwarned of the Years of apprenticeship those from Smaller States have to go through before getting 'Brownie Points and the words were very true indeed.

In fact, I was forewarned to Video the below Horse, with People saying that the Horse always scores highly and will be a contender. It did and it was, not only in Medium but also Advanced and yet, ........IT HAD A LATERAL WALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seen here on the way to Ribbons Galore....but......big Names, big money.

Disgusting behavior by out of control Judges who need Counseling. Here we had almost the perfect Tests by two Top Class Young Horses, with State Squad Riders on top and they get 58% Folks, yep NOT SUFFICIENT!!!!!!!!!! 5.8 throughout. This is what damages the Sport and ultimately the income in $$$$ terms. The Powers just don't get it.

However, the 'Snipster' was wonderful and with a very exciting future. Finally gaining more strength and was able to hold 'Dance throughout'

Before I forget, I also noticed that Australian Dressage Judging doesn't seem to have noticed that Horses that are HELD, BLOCKED and not correct, should be marked down. It went on all Weekend where they were scored well and CORRECT, Light, Loose Horses marked down. Go figure?????


You should be able to see the Body coming now.



Victorian Polo Horses

Ever been to a Hack Show? :) Here is the opposite lol. Horsemanship equals relaxation, despite being galloped. Including the OTTB's amongst them.






Hi I am a novice inexperienced rider. I have just bought my first horse from my riding school . The owner sold it on behalf of her sisters boyfriend . I was told it was a 9 year old stock horse which the owner had used for polocross which he had and was selling because she was too lazy. When I first rode her she refused to go alot of the time. I was told she was just playing up because I was a novice rider. I thought she seemed uncomfortable though. They put shoes on her and said she was better and lunged and rode her hard . She became more forward but then started kicking out after half an hours riding or being cantered.

She was disunited I had her vet checked and was told she was fine. Another instructor at adult riding club though told me she was sore . So I got her fitted with a new saddle and vet checked by another vet. She said by her branding she was obviously a 7 year old thoroughbred . The seller told me she had no papers . She checked for a chip and found her to be a 7 yr old ex racehorse thoroughbred . She had old injuries causing a sore back and very stiff shoulder explaining the problems with her. I paid 5000 dollars for her and have kept her for 6 months at the riding. School . She is now at another agistement . The vet advised me that she is in no way a beginners horse and not fit to be ridden at faster than a walk . Do I have any legal recourse against either the seller or vet ? I don't wish to be involved in protracted unpleasantness the horse world is very small in west Australia and the seller is an ex best Australian women's ------- very well known but on the other hand I feel I was deliberately misled . Kind regards

My compliments to the Vendor, who has now messaged the Purchaser, with an offer of full refund.

The Lesson here is multiple:

  • Horses that are too slow or quiet are often UNSOUND

  • Such Horse should never be got after...they should be "Listened to"

  • Purchasers should NEVER use a Vet as recommended by a Vendor or in the service of an Equestrian Centre.

The Lady was also sold a $2,000 Stock second hand Stock Saddle (not by the Vendor) but by an interested Party on the sidelines and this should be taken back and refunded also.!



There has recently been a German Coach Educator here, conducting Riding Clinics. If I may, I shall pass some very good advice via others perhaps, to the Gentleman.

  1. Yelling at a Rider is against the Coaching Ethics.

  2. Questioning a Young Rider for patting his Horse is a terrible example to all and wrong.

Now some advice....for the umpteenth time, to the EA. For God's sake start teaching Coaches and Judges to identify UNSOUND HORSES, for the Horse that prompted the Yelling, IS UNSOUND and has been so since I Videoed it at the State Dressage Championships back in April this Year. Yes, it is in my files.

Read my Lips....IT IS UNSOUND. Completely!!!!!!!!!!!!! and screaming like the Coach Educator. Imagine Folks...those in charge of our Industry cannot protect the Horses within I can forgive the German for Listening is not taught in the EU but in SA, this is unforgiveable and must be a total waste of my exposing my Wife to the downside with my Big Mouth!!!!! ...for so many Years, Co-incidentally, my concerns and observations about the Horse, was passed onto an EA Executive whilst she was giving me a little Clip behind the Ears about my Blog :) It is ironical now though.









Get the Mouth of Your Horses checked Folks.

and, the 1930's Horse Drawn Mower, one of which I have in my Garden.





Here is the future Folks


Another last-minute letter from land use attorney Ray Johnson wasn't enough to dissuade the Murrieta City Council from approving a zone change and plans for a horse-friendly gated community on the city's western border. The votes for both the zone change, which required a 4/5ths majority, and the development plan were 5-0. "I couldn't find any problems with this project," said Mayor Harry Ramos, who discussed the proposal with City Manager Rick Dudley over the weekend during his review of the staff report.

The 53-home community, which will feature a 3.5 acre equestrian facility, is slated for land at the intersection of Dry Creek Drive and Vineyard Parkway. The applicant, Larry Markham of Temecula, said the homes -- which will be situated on a mix of 1/2 acre and 1 acre lots -- will be built by Sheffield Homes of Riverside. The zoning that had been approved for the land years ago called for 25 homes on the property, 63 acres near the Murrieta Creek. Markham, who met with members of the council individually before the meeting, was able to double the homes allowed for the land and create 13 acres of open space near the creek.

 Despite the increase in density, Councilman Rick Gibbs said the new plans were an improvement over the old because they included more open space. The development will feature horse trails throughout the property and those trails will connect to the existing network of trails in the area, largely rural land nestled at the base of the Santa Ana Mountains. Gibbs said these types of projects are necessary to help the city attract the CEOs of companies who want a place where they can board their horse. Earlier this year, residents who live in a housing tract nearby complained about the possibility of flies and "horse-related" smells from the equestrian facility but Markham ended up moving it to the other side of the property, which appears to have assauaged their concerns. There was no public opposition to the project voiced Tuesday night.

The letter Johnson submitted -- his second to date on this project -- detailed his ongoing concerns about the environmental documentation assembled by the city, which, he contends, should have required the developers to pay for a full environmental impact report. During his time at the podium, Markham dismissed Johnson's letter, saying it had numerous "factual errors." The council did not formally consider the document because it was submitted at the last minute. Johnson submitted a similar last minute letter ahead of the Planning Commission's consideration of the development. A call to Johnson's office for comment was not returned. He could end up suing to force a full report but hasn't yet indicated if he will do so.




A DRYSDALE man who desperately tried to save his soulmate after a shocking horse-riding accident has described her as an amazing wife and an incredible mother. Justin Evans said Jodi Evans, 28, was riding near her in-law’s Whitcombes Rd home on Saturday afternoon when she fell and never woke. The death has ripped apart the young family’s “perfect fairytale” and left a five-month-old baby without a mother. The ripple effect of grief has since spread across the Lara community where she grew up. “Before I met her I had ­almost given up and it was her that pushed me to try again,” Mr Evans said. “She was for many, including myself, the only person they could turn to with their problems no matter what.”

The couple met in 2009 after Mr Evans saw the ­“stunning” girl in a Westfield store. It turned out they worked in clothing shops only metres from each other. “I used to work at Everlast and she used to work at Just Jeans, so we’d always see each other,” he said. “I was always going in there for no reason, buying all these T-shirts I didn’t want and never wore and deliberately took lunch at the same time. “Eventually we started talking ... that was 2009.” They would go on to travel the world together before Mr Evans proposed on the observation deck of the Rockefeller Center, in New York, at sunset.





A WEDDING photoshoot has ended in disaster after a horse carrying the bride got spooked and made a run for it—throwing her to the ground. Lauren Mahaffey was helped onto the horse to pose for pictures on a Californian beach ahead of her wedding ceremony. But the horse had other things in mind and suddenly bolted from its handlers, launching the bride off the saddle and onto the sand.

Photographer Jarrett Hucks told the NY Daily News that “I’ve talked to a few equestrian people and they said it was the fabric that freaked the horse out. “I’m not much a fan of large animals myself because of the unpredictability of them, but I agreed to take the photo. “I was dumbfounded. I stood there frozen…but she got up laughing. We were all relieved she wasn’t hurt.… She was a really good sport about it,” he added. Thankfully the bride didn’t seem to mind and wasn’t seriously injured.




LAURENS, S.C. - Officials are investigating after a report of almost two dozen dead horses found in a ravine on a property in Laurens County.

Joe Mann, who runs the Big Oaks Rescue Farm in Greenwood, tells WYFF-TV that there were many as two dozen dead horses in the ravine. He says he took three malnourished horses and a donkey from the property and is caring for them at the rescue farm.

Area media outlets report the investigation centers on a property in the community of Waterloo. Deputies were called there Monday to investigate a report of a dead horse.

According to the incident report, animal control was called earlier this month to respond to the report of the malnourished horses and donkey.

No charges have been filed in the case.





A Lunenburg County woman is speaking out about pet obedience following the untimely death of her four-year-old Spanish horse, who had to be put down after he was injured while running away from two dogs. Teresa Alexander-Arab, who lives in Pleasantville, had two horses — Irish and Steele. She was looking out her kitchen window on Sunday when she saw two huskies. She went outside to check on them.

Alexander-Arab's older horse, Irish, was running around frantically while Steele was in a neighbour's yard. He had broken through three fence lines to get there. Alexander-Arab said she grabbed a halter and a lead and starting running to him. She called to Steele and he looked at her. "He was starting to come to me and then one of the huskies took off after him and he just bolted in pure terror," Alexander-Arab told CBC's Information Morning. She said Steele got tangled in something and ran through another neighbour's yard, then became trapped in a swamp.

Alexander-Arab asked her husband to call 911, put their other horse away and call the vet. "When my husband ran off to do that, I'm standing there holding my horse's head out of the water trying to keep him from drowning," she said. "And this damn dog just keeps coming around and he won't go away." The vet told Alexander-Arab that Steele broke his humerus and had to be put down.

'It's not rocket science, but it's hard work' The dogs' owners were there when all of this was happening, Alexander-Arab said. Officials with animal control also came to speak with her and took witness statements. Alexander-Arab, who owns two dogs herself, said Steele and Irish weren't afraid of dogs before this incident. Irish now gets upset when he sees the dogs he grew up around, she said. This situation has left Alexander-Arab distraught and wanting to warn people about dog obedience. Her own dogs have gone through dog training and she said they're still not perfect. There's a strong prey drive in all dogs, Alexander-Arab said. "I think you can assume at some point in your life with your dog they're going to be out of your physical control and that's why you also need to make sure that you have established obedience in them and that they understand that when you call they come back no matter what," she said. "It's not rocket science, but it's hard work."





A woman was thrown off a horse in a crash with a car on a busy roundabout in Wirral. Police said the 49-year-old was riding along Telegraph Road in Thurstaston when the horse was in collision with a black Volkswagen Passat. Officers said the woman suffered slight injuries, including a minor head injury.

The driver of the car, a 40-year-old man, and a young child who was a passenger in the vehicle, were uninjured. *Click here to see all our Wirral stories The horse was also said to be unharmed in the accident, which happened at around 11.10am on Saturday. A police spokesman said: “A horse and a car have been in collision and a female rider has come off the horse. “The rider suffered slight head injuries including a minor head injury.” An ambulance was called to the scene. North West Ambulance Service said it received a report of a collision at around 11.03am. A spokesman for the service said the woman was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital.




Athina Onassis's horse was killed after a rare show-jumping accident on Thursday evening at the Credit Suisse Grand Prix event in Geneva, Switzerland. The French-Greek heiress, who was riding the 11-year-old mare Camille Z, was unharmed, local news reports say.

Onassis, 29, and Camille Z were competing in front of a full arena. After failing to successfully clear an oxer – a show-jumping obstacle that is both tall and wide –, Onassis was thrown and her horse suffered a break in its rear leg.

According to the Tribune de Geneve, it required 45 minutes for teams to tranquilize the animal and remove it by ambulance to a veterinary facility where, after an examination, the decision was made to euthanize the animal. The accident brought a stunned silence to the CHI Geneva arena audience, the paper reports. The event resumed after an hour-long delay.

A competition jumper since her teens, Onassis has been riding Camille Z in competition since 2013. The heiress and her husband, Brazil's four-time Olympic rider Alvaro "Doda" Affonso de Miranda Neto, travel the show-jumping circuit year-round while maintaining homes and stables in Sao Paolo, Florida and Belgium. The only child of Christina Onassis, Onassis inherited the greater portion of her grandfather's Aristotle Onassis's fortune following her mother's 1988 death.

At that time, Athina was 3 years old and her inheritance was believed to have been in excess of $1 billion.

Fighting over control of the inheritance was a source of legal dispute for two decades, leaving Onassis, it has been said, with much antipathy towards all things Greek.

In April, 2013, she attempted to sell off Skorpios, her family's private island where her grandfather married Jacqueline Kennedy in October 1968.









A firm warned by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cease selling the equine ulcer product Gastrotec without that agency's approval has voluntarily recalled that product. In October, Tristar Equine Marketing LLC was one of several companies thatreceived warning letters relative to their marketing of various equine ulcer products deemed by the FDA to be “intended for use in the mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in animals, which makes (them) drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.”Under the act drugs intended for use in animals “require an approved new animal drug application unless they are generally recognized as safe and effective,” the warning letters said. Specifically, Tristar was warned against internet marketing of Gastrotec, which was marketed Gastrotec as an over-the-counter drug for use in horses, and contains a combination of omeprazole and misoprostol. UlcerGard (omeprazole) and GastroGard (omeprazole) are the only FDA-approved products for the prevention and treatment of equine stomach ulcers. On Dec. 12, Tristar voluntarily recalled all lots of Gastrotec down to the consumer level, according to a statement on the FDA website. Tristar representative Jerry Glantz was unavailable for comment. The press release stated that Tristar notified by email its distributors and customers of the voluntary recall and the firm will arrange for the return of the recalled product. Consumers and distributors that have unused Gastrotec should stop using this product immediately, the written statement said. Consumers should contact their veterinarian if they have experienced any problems potentially related to the use of the product, the statement said.




COULD contaminated horse meat still be filtering into the European food chain?

hat is the fear of Euro MSP Alyn Smith, who this week welcomed the European Commission's decision to temporarily suspend imports from Mexico. Horses bought at auction in the US and sold for horse meat in Mexico and Canada are routinely injected with drugs banned in the EU for use in food animals, such as phenylbutazone and butorphanol. The worry is that some of this meat is then crossing the Atlantic.




Doomed horses accidentally fed tainted food are living out their final days in luxury.

Eighteen horses, some worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, were unintentionally poisoned when they were given feed containing an additive safe for livestock, but deadly for horses.

Back in September, the Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Florida gave 22 horses feed containing monensin, an antibiotic generally given to cattle and chickens to make them grow. However, monensin is toxic to a horse's muscles, like the heart. The horses continued to eat the tainted feed for a month before the first horse died. Another died two days later, and a third not long after.

A fourth horse was euthanized and veterinarians predict the rest will die within the week.

An owner of two of the affected horses told the Daily Mail, "There's very little to do other than keep them hydrated, giving them lots of hay, giving them lots of comfort, brushing them, giving them attention and love and baths - it makes the horses happy to be attended to."

Riding lessons have been replaced with vigils over the ill horses.

Lakeland, the company that sold the tainted feed to the Masterpiece Equestrian Center, has since recalled the product and doesn't believe other stables have been affected. The Florida-based feed company is being urged to quickly compensate both owners and Masterpiece, who may seek legal action.




Using genomic analysis, scientists have identified DNA changes that helped turn ancient horses such as those in prehistoric cave art into today's Secretariats. Understanding the genetic changes involved in equine domestication, which earlier research traced to the wind-swept steppes of Eurasia 5,500 years ago, has long been high on the wish list of evolutionary geneticists because of the important role that taming wild horses played in the development of civilization. It was all made possible by 125 genes, according to a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Related to skeletal muscles, balance, coordination and cardiac strength, those genes produced traits so desirable that ancient breeders selected horses for them, said geneticist Ludovic Orlando of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, who led the study. The result was generations of horses adapted for chariotry, pulling plows and racing. Genes active in the brain also underwent selection. Variants linked to social behavior, learning, fear response and agreeableness are all more abundant in domesticated horses. Orlando's team examined DNA from 29 horse bones discovered in the Siberian permafrost and dating from 16,000 and 43,000 years ago, and compared it with DNA from five modern domesticated breeds. Some genes in today's horses were absent altogether from the ancient ones, showing they arose from recent mutations. Among them: a short-distance "speed gene."









Hi John, Just reading through your articles on hindend lameness and after your thoughts on a mare I have and where she may be sore. She's 11yo, very stout mare which I purchased (out of work) about 5 months ago, with the intention of barrel racing and eventually breeding from. She has since gone sore in the hind end, won't pick up her left lead, blows through her turns to the left ect. I have been doing a lot of flat work with her, working on long, low work and trot poles to build up top line and strength behind, she was coming along nicely until the soreness. When she trots, her offside hind tracks straight, however her nearside hind tracks shorter and slightly to the inside and when you yield her quarters to the right, instead of crossing her nearside hind leg underneath, she just hops on it, she is also very tense along her back. No signs of heat/swelling in he legs, I'm not sure where the lameness is coming from? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, I am getting a vet out to look at her. No chiropractors out here! Thanks Chloe


Well done Chloe. You shine above the German Judge :)

This would be a job for the 'Nerve Blocks' and x-Rays and it is good that You are getting the Vet as the Horse is definitely unsound. She is talking to You nicely at the moment. DON'T EVER BUY HORSES OUT OF WORK if You want a Riding Horse. It's a big Trap and oft used.

At a guess (tell us when You find Out) I would say Bone Chip in the Hock. See how You go but well done again!!








I recently got an injury where I had non capped Boots. I thought at the time that Steel Capped must be a good idea. I have since had Letters from Nursing Staff, saying the they have had to cut toes off to remove the bent Boots.

Hi John,
That steel toe cap rumour has been doing the rounds for quite a while, it is a bit of an urban myth.  Check this video out






Hi john. I have been reading plenty and seen slomo video of the negative impacts on the horses spine when mounting from the ground. Imagine if one is agile and flexible the impacts would be less. What are your thoughts in relation to a breaker. Is it safe to mount from a block the first times. I'm thinking you would want your horse to allow mounting from the ground as one is not always going to be able to mount from a block, rail etc. Is it an important part of the training process - Letting them get the feel of you putting weight in the stirrup the very first time, leaning over, then and mounting? Is it important get acceptance of mounting both sides? Would like your thoughts. Cheers, mandy


Good question. My instinct is that it is indeed NOT SAFE and You need no other proof than the mere existence of a Mounting Block, in the location of a 'Breaker' for the majority will turn around in Circles and if they kick a Mounting Block or worse put a Leg through one, all Hell can break loose!!!!. So it is completely anti Horsemanship and poor 'Risk Management'

If we are talking about a Weight factor here, I would have to say that over weight People should never be getting on Breakers.

Does mounting via the Stirrup (the way that I have every Horse in my Career and how most Trainers do it) does not affect Horses at all (providing the Rider is athletic, not over weight and has some Height to them. Height plays a big part in such good Mounting of course.


It has long puzzled me that Females are less athletic than Males. Indeed, virtually 100 Percent of Female Riders that I meet, are less athletic than I (at the end of my Career) no matter their Age. Yes, I realize that Child Birth takes away Core strength but it is the Legs that provide the easy mounting and the soft landing. I think it is the Legs that suffer most in this Society.

So, back to the Mounting Block, yes, we can train Breakers to accept Mounting Blocks BUT NOT during the first few Rides!!







Dear Horse Problems,   Is it possible to print a copy of the Green Horse Colour document.   I like to site and read them away from a computer.   I have been riding for approx 12 months, I have a 3 year old heavy /Aust Stock Horse which I rode in the round yard for 20 mins getting him to go, stop, back up, turn, bring head around and pat his forehead at a stop, mounting no problem. Then after 20 mins I asked him to trot and he bucked me off. I then got back on him and walked around without a buck off. I think I may be doing many of the things on your list that are mentioned as causes for problems on a green horse.   With Thanks,   William


The transition from walk to the first Trot, on the 'Breaker' is the most dangerous moment of the Career. That is when they suddenly feel Girths, back cinches and see a Rider making weird movements on top of them :)

That is why, on the first few Trots and certainly on the first Day, if trotting (which I often don't) the One Rein Stop should be released after 2 strides, then 3 strides, then 4,5,6,half lap, lap and so on. Take control and don't let Your destiny belong in the Hooves of the Horse :) Regards





16th December, 2014


My appols Folks, for the missing Blog this Week. We had all sorts of bad Luck on this Trip to Victoria, including a major damage to the front left axle, bearings, brakes and backing plate,

caused by a missed and slightly bend Stub Axle from the previous accident and the eventual wear and tear.

Our thanks to Steve at the Litte River Mechanic Garage in Little River and Brumby Horse Floats for their kind help as well.

Our Sincere Thanks to Joyce Hollenberg for hosting us so admirably, loaning us Her lovely Float and Car, whilst ours was in for repair.

Then the Laptop died on the way Home and that really ruined my Day, hence no extended Blog.

Then, nearing Home, almost a Head on Collision when a Car overtook another, on a Blind Bend and was in our Lane. Thanks again for the Horse Float saving us with the Christmas Tree Lights that would have frightened the Crap out of the Idiot who would have thought we were a Semi. He swerved violently and missed us.




In short, much to say about this Event.

You would know that Cappo bombed out......once again hitting the psychological and Physical Wall, just the same as when he made the transition from Advanced to Prix St.George and concerns his SHORT TWITCHED Muscle Fibers, but no fear, all Good and most encouraged for the future, for many reasons which I will explain next Week. Then there is the 'Hitler Judging' which was so bad in relation to Snip and other South Australian Horses, that something has to be done about it. Corruption is also alive as well, so to 'Elitism' and an aversion to Australian Bred Horses, via snobbery. More next Week











Morning John. Ill apologise in advance as this will be a long message. I spoke to you a while ago about a qh filly with a situation in regards to her rego. Well the plot thickens. Ill do my best to tell you the whole situation. I'm looking to take it to small claims. In September I purchased a yearling qh filly from a breeder called ---------. The filly was unregistered and I was advised that it was due to a personal issue between the breeder and the stallion owner. I asked if I could contact the stud owner to ask about the rego but was told not to until I owned the filly due to the immense hate between the both of them. I was told that the stallion owner might issue me the stallion slip once I owned her. I was also told that as the breeder was holding two or three breeding slips that the stallion owner needed that she might do a trade. ( there's a bit more to this but you get the idea) I purchased the filly without a vet check and on the owners word as to the healthy condition of her.

She had a long truck trip that took approx two days to reach me. She arrived in great condition. Within a week or so of her arriving we had some rain and basically overnight she developed little lumps on her legs and her front leg movement went extremely crooked ( I have a video of this) I originally attributed this to the lumps on her legs so I confined her off the grass and treated the lumps with a spray, vetadine and a cream to soften them. After a week of this there was no improvement in her knee movement. I then took her to my vet who got X-rays of her knees and sent them to a specialist in Townsville. Based on the video and the X-rays they diagnosed Inflammed growth plates and CARPAL VALGAS. I was assured this was not created by my management of her ( at this stage I had put her on a joint supplement) and that it was a genetic fault. I was advised to confine for 4 weeks and give bute daily.

 At this stage I spoke to the breeder on the phone and advised what the vet had found and the recommended treatment. She sounded very surprised to hear of her knee issue and asked a lot of questions. I advised I would confine her for the 4 weeks to see if she made any improvement and that at the end of the 4 weeks would discuss with the breeder what the situation was. I implied but did not outright state that I may request a refund. During the 4 weeks the breeder cancelled her Facebook account so I lost contact with her. About 2-3 weeks into her confinement she managed to break out and cut her front leg which required removal of a flap of skin, daily bandaging and more confinement. When she injured herself I didn't know whether I would still be able to return her in good conscience as she had the potential to have a scar left from the injury. The filly has recovered from her leg injury with the wound almost completely covered and should have minimal scarring.

 I have spoken to the breeder (managed to do some snooping and got her phone number and email) and have requested she take the filly back and refund my money. This request has also been sent by email and I've sent two follow up emails requesting her address to sent the vets report and X-rays, she has not responded to my emails. She has stated she will CONSIDER taking her back and will talk to me after New Years. So I guess I'm asking some advice, do I have the right to request a refund considering the injury she got while in my care. Does the pre existing carpal valgas and the lies about her rego support this ( on the rego, the stallion owner is adamant she is owed the $1600 and has stated she will provide a statement to that effect if it goes to court and the breeder claims she paid the fee but won't provide the verification) Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. I'm happy to pay you for your time as this is a twisted situation Thanks so much John






An overweight man has been charged with animal abuse in southern Spain after a young donkey died three days after he sat on it at an outdoor Nativity scene. The five-month-old donkey named Platero was on display along with other animals in the centre of the town of Lucena in Spain's Andalucia region, as part of the town's annual Christmas celebrations.

But on December 10, a man weighing nearly 150 kilograms climbed into the donkey's pen and sat on the animal's back to have his picture taken, two animal rights groups, Adebo and Circulo Animalista de Podemos Lucena, said in a statement. A photo widely circulating on social media showed the portly man, who wore a blue shirt and green pants, grinning as he posed on the donkey with one hand on his hip and the other hanging on to the wooden fence that was meant to keep him out. Two days later, the donkey was taken to a vet after local residents contacted Lucena town hall to say that the animal was not able to stand, the animal rights groups said. The donkey died the following day. "Our Platero was literally squashed by a man," the statement said. "The man proudly posed with his almost 150 kilos of weight on the fragile body of the animal, fatally injuring him." Police in Lucena detained a 38-year-old man over the incident and charged him with animal abuse, a local police spokesman said. "TAKE CARE OF ANIMALS! Don't be an ass...Show humanity and intelligence. Respect the rules!" Spain's national police said in a Twitter message that included a link to a story about the case in El Mundo newspaper. Nativity scenes depicting the birth of Jesus can be found across towns and cities in Spain in the lead-up to Christmas, and often include live animals such as sheep and donkeys.



















Hi Folks. Hope You had a wonderful Week.

We have had cool weather with much threatening of Rain but sadly, 2 mm one Night, 4mm another and 3 last Night, so Bugger all :(

Mrs. HP is off to Melbourne Wednesday, ready for the Victorian Festival and I shall guard the Fort and attend to Bella and Dulcie as well as Postage etc. Hopefully, I will have the front Gates sorted by the time she get's back.



I related the incident at the Spring Dressage Championships, where Cappo made uncommon mistakes in his Tests (which started two Weeks prior at Oakbank) and we knew he was telling us that the Ground was too hard for Performance Work.

Well a Splint grew on one of his front Legs, on an 11 Year Old Horse. There is Your proof. With rest (which is an absolute pain when trying to prepare for the Victorian Dressage Festival) the Splint has now gone (thus proving the point moreso

At the time I remember complimenting the wonderful work done by the Southern Vales Dressage Club where they have installed Sand Arenas, not realizing at the time that Mt. Crawford has also risen to the occasion and also done wonderful work. It is hard to believe that an 11 Year Old could get a new Splint (never having had one) during two 10 Minute warm-ups and 2 7 Minutes Tests, but it just shows You the seriousness of this problem during Global Warming. The Industry must make plans.


11 Year Old in Growth Spurt

We all see the Young Warmbloods in the 4 Year Old Classes at the Dressage, meaning they were broken in at 3 or even 2 Year old but knowing that they don't mature until at least 5-6, being the commonly held view.

We have often noticed that they don't mature until 6 or 7 Years of Age but if I told You that Cappo has just grown at least an inch Higher and possibly the age of 11....would You believe me? Of course You wouldn't, so I'll leave it to Your own powers of observations to witness this fact. It is a Miracle.

Of course, at the end of the Day, this is complete vindication of the Training Methods of Mrs. HP who has built a Super Horse from a Pony at a time when we see the incorrect Muscle Development of Horses across the Land as well as World Class Young Horses changing their Body Shapes in a negative way.






Hope Linda and the boys do well as always!
I treated a guy once who had been wearing steel-caps around horses- got his foot stepped on and the steel cap bent into his foot- only his big toe could be saved....senior doctor (who had been a ringer in his youth before working for the RFDS in north QLD) had seen plenty of those injuries and told me that wearing steel-caps around horses was worse than wearing thongs :)

Thanks RN. Most valuable information and something that I did not realize. Imagine so called 'Steel Capped Boots' not withstanding forces????? False advertising then?



During the last 12 Months, I have been holding Fire on a problem with Australia's much loved and preferred Boot but in respect for RM, I want to pass onto You that the current Management is trashing his hard fought reputation with substandard practices.

I purchased a pair about 12 Months ago and within 6 weeks, had sore heels and soles of my Foot. I struggled with this for some Weeks, almost believing that it must be the shape of my own Feet that was causing the problem, but then got a Phone call from my Brother, ironically about a new pair of RM Williams Boots that he had purchased and he wanted to know if I knew the names of any Doctors who could help Him with a Bone Spur that had been caused by his new Boots.

I sent them back to the Shop and they went back to the Factory. They declared that I had been very hard on them, that the Sole needed replacing and the Uppers needed replacing. $100.

Now, I didn't send them in for Uppers or the Sole, both which were fine, I sent them in because of the INNER SOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for this is where the problem lies. So I refused their offer and asked the Shop to send them back to me. Well, that got a result. They then admitted that the Inner Sole was ruined and that they should be replaced every 6 Months!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well of course You are not told that when You purchase and further more, they don't sell them and the Retailer doesn't stock them.

The new Boots came and they were wonderful for 6 Weeks, then sore Feet again. The Inner Sole was ruined. I went back to the wonderful Shop here in Victor and requested new Soles. They got me those as well as an upgraded inner sole from more expensive Boots.


In an attempt to save 10 Cents, they have exposed this Iconic Brand of Boot to such reviews as this one and in the process have damaged the name of old RM. He would turn in his Grave if he knew. :( The Crap Inner Sole is substandard and also poorly designed such that they have to hurt after a few Weeks. The Retailer is embarrassed, I am embarrassed and RM Williams need to get their act together fast.


So compliments to the Wonderful Menswear

The best Menswear Shop in South Australia, now that Trims have closed down.



Back in the Day :) I had just started the Mare....Mrs. HP's first Horse :)



" The Face of a Horse says it all Folks. Depression can be seen on the Faces of countless Horses. How are Your's looking?"







Hi John, I am just after some legal advice re a horse I gave cut a long story short I have a lovely, quiet, professionally broken 3 yr old, who is green broke. I have advertised him as such with 7 weeks at the breaker and 7 weeks trail riding, all the while never putting a foot wrong. I had someone come out and ride him, again the horse did nothing wrong, in fact did everything she asked.....a few days later she messages me saying, yes he's quiet etc, but she thinks he's too green for her.... No problem.... I leave it a few weeks, contact her and offer her the horse for $6,500... I had him at $8,500 when she rode him.....I dropped the price for her because I know she will look after him, and she was going to send him to the same person who broke him in.....ok she came back with if you will take $6,000 for him I will buy him, give me your bank details so I can pay....I did and she paid straight away, she then booked him into the trainers...well that was yesterday, this morning she calls to say she has changed her mind, now she has done this to others I now hear but pulls out before she pays....I. Paying $100 per week for someone to ride him and in agistment....not training, just trail riding which he dilemma I legally obliged to refund her the full $6,000????? She had arranged to collect him today at 11am, so plans were made between the purchaser, the current rider and myself......and it's not at health issue, the purchaser is actually a Vet !!!!! I now find out she does this often with out paying though.. I'm sorry for the huge essay....but would really appreciate your input Thank you so much

Interesting Vet!









I sent you a letter today which I received from this radio station, in reply to a complaint I made about one of their announcers, stating t’breds are not sent to the knackeries only old kids ponies.  The said announcer is involved in racing in WA.  A person representing the radio station returned my phone call today and I told him I was passing the letter on to an organisation who would follow up my complaint and that you would contact him.
Perhaps John O’Leary from Horse Problems Australia could be faxed the letter as he may be interested in posting it on his weekly blog for the world to read.
I would imagine all the horse rescue groups including Animals Australia may be interested in replying to 6PR as well – could you fax this letter to them please.
I am more than happy to make a donation to cover the costs of your involvement in this – please let me know if you are interested in calling for an on air and written apology from 6PR for all the beautiful horses we have lost through the racing industry in this country, by the same broadcaster, in his same time lot and the written apology addressed to horse lovers c/- of you.  John may be interested in adding this to his blog as well.
Many thanks



General Manager : Martin Boylen is standing by the announcer who said t’breds don’t end up at the knackeries.




WESTON, Fla. (WSVN) -- Classmates of a South Florida teen found dead along with a horse she was riding attended school with heavy hearts Friday morning. The teenage rider was identified as 16-year-old Lucia Rodrigo, a student at Cypress Bay High School. "She was always there helping us," said classmate Ana Sofia, "and it's really sad to know that this happened, because you really don't know what can happen next." Davie Police found the bodies of Rodrigo and the horse she was on, at around 4 p.m. Thursday. The disturbing discovery was made at a trail near Southwest 188th Avenue and Griffin Road in Southwest Ranches. There were grief counselors available at the high school Friday, for students saddened to have lost a fellow classmate who died doing what she loved.

"She was a good girl," said another classmate. "She didn't deserve this, neither did the family." "This school has a lot of courage," said one student who did not know Rodrigo personally, "and you know, we're gonna feel sad for this person and we're gonna feel the pain. It's just, many people think, 'It's just one more person,' but we take it seriously here at Cypress Bay." Police are still investigating what caused the accident. According to the owners of Brownie, the 18-year-old male quarter horse, Rodrigo rode him many times prior to the incident. Brownie wasn't easily spooked, but the owners believe he could have suffered a heart attack. "She rode the horse quite a bit. The horse was very well broke. He done a lot of parades. His heart could've gave out and he just dropped quick.

I heard it was quick," said Terry Sheer, a family friend. Sheer's sister owned Brownie. She said Rodrigo went for a short ride but did not return. "She was just supposed to go around the block and come right back," Sheer said. "We all were going to Santa's Enchanted Forest, and we don't know why she went over to Griffin and ran the horse. We have no idea. We didn't even believe that was her, because she was supposed to be right back." A close riding friend of Rodrigo's, Jade Ortiz, said she was on her horse when she learned about Ortiz. "When we heard about it I was actually riding my horse. I just felt, like, weak inside," Ortiz said. Thursday afternoon, Vicky Geddis said she spotted the two racing by. "Literally flying like a race horse," said Vicki Geddis. "I thought that was extremely odd, because we see people on trail rides around here all the time." By Thursday evening, the victim's family and friends were distraught and left questioning what caused the horrific incident. "These are our kids and acquaintances and people that we know; it's just heartbreaking," said Mayor Jell Nelson. "Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family. It's a very difficult time." Rodrigo's family will be going to the morgue Friday to speak with the medical examiner, who will ultimately determine the cause of death. Friends of the victim said she was a member of the National Art Honor Society, and they will be creating a banner in her honor Monday. Rodrigo's funeral is planned for Saturday.





MANITOWOC – A driver was injured and a horse killed on Wednesday evening in a town of Cato accident, said the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department. According to the accident report: Elwood C. Koelder, 69, of Milford, Iowa, was driving a Buick LeSabre north on U.S. 151 when the horse ran onto the roadway and was hit. Koelder suffered non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to a local hospital; his car was severely damaged. The horse, one of two that were loose, died at the scene.




A horse and a teenager were found dead on a riding path Thursday in Southwest Ranches, Davie police said.

The discovery was made by a canal off Griffin Road and Southwest 188th Avenue after 4 p.m. Thursday.

Witnesses said they had seen the teen, who appeared to be a very experienced rider, riding her horse at full speed along the canal.

Vicki Geddis told Local 10 News she saw the horse and rider "sprinting past" her. "And I thought, 'That's really odd,'" she said. A family friend told Local 10 the victim is a high school student from Cypress Bay High School in Weston. "As you can imagine, the parents are heartbroken," Southwest Ranches Mayor Jeff Nelson told Local 10. The horse -- an 18-year-old male -- may have had a heart attack, according to the family friend. The horse was taken to Gainesville to undergo a necropsy. A medical examiner will determine the teen's cause of death.

Everybody loves her, she loves riding horses,” said family friend Terri Shure. “She was a great kid.” CLICK HERE To Watch Joan Murray’s Report Shure told CBS4’s Gaby Fleischman that the horse, 18-year-old Brownie, belonged to Rodrigo’s sister. According to friends at the school, Rodrigo was part of the honor society and is described as always having a smile on her face. “She will be missed. We will do something for her in the art honor society,” said classmate Ana Sofia. “Every single day she will be missed.” A woman who helped teach Lucia how to ride told CBS4 she believes the horse, a 18 to 19-year-old Quarter Horse named Brownie, may have suffered an aneurysm and died on the spot—throwing the young woman from the animal. The woman, who did not want to be identified, said the horse was well known in the area and did not have any known health problems. She also said the Lucia was an experienced rider who had ridden Brownie previously.

 Witnesses said they saw the horse running quickly. “Literally like a race horse, she was flying and I though that was extremely odd because we see people on trail rides here all the time,” said Vicky Geddis, who was waiting in her car to pick up her child at Falcon Cove Middle School. “She literally was on the horse sprinting right passed me.” Geddis said the speed startled her. “It’s not normal to see somebody going that fast on a horse around here,” she said. “You would only see somebody going that fast on a horse like on a racetrack.” Investigators are trying to gather details as to how they died. Southwest Ranches Mayor Jeff Nelson did not reveal many specifics but said in this close-knit community, it’s a challenging and emotional moment. “It’s heart-breaking, heart-wrenching,” Nelson said. “Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family at this difficult time.” Davie Police said the horse will be taken to the University of Florida to undergo a necropsy to determine a cause of death. The Davie Police Department says they expect to have more details tomorrow once they know what killed the horse and the young woman. There will be a memorial service for Lucia Rodrigo on Saturday evening at the Plenitud funeral home in Pembroke Pines from 5 to 7 pm. There is also a Facebook page about a “Ride for Lucia” in Davie on Sunday, December 14th at 9:30 am beginning at Robbins Lodge Park.


If this was the Bit in the Mouth of the Horse, on the Day, it would be vivid proof that the "Bigger Bit approach' is meaningless. For the observant.......what do You see in the Face of the Horse?





Spirit, a horse originally beaten with a baseball bat, has had the first ever documented double fusion in his leg in an attempt to repair and straighten it. Dr. Michael Schoonover, assistant professor of surgery at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, couldn’t find any literature on fusing both the knee and the fetlock in the same limb on the same horse but that didn’t stop him from performing the innovative procedure to help a rescue horse named Spirit. Schoonover consulted with top veterinarians around the country in an effort to determine the best way to perform this surgery. Spirit had a 20 percent or less chance of survival. After two surgeries and several months in rehabilitation at Oklahoma State University,

 Spirit has now returned to his home at Ranch Hand Rescue in Argyle. Doctors say the surgery has been a complete success. Ranch Hand Rescue is well known for innovative and out of the box thinking because of the history it made by placing a prosthetic leg on Midnite “The Horse of Hope” in March of 2011. Ranch Hand Rescue also used Stem Cells and Nano-fiber Solutions Technology to perform the first-ever procedure in the world on Phoenix, a full size 900-pound, 2-year old quarter horse in 2012 to repair a tendon. Ranch Hand Rescue’s mission is to save abused and neglected farm animals with special focus on animals requiring critical care, to adopt out rehabilitated animals, to provide a caring sanctuary for the animals that have ongoing needs and to help people with personal, mental and psychological challenges to change and better their lives through equine/animal assisted therapy. Sprit's job will be to work in Ranch Hands Rescue Equine & Animal Assisted Therapy Counseling Program. Equine & Animal Assisted Therapy, also referred to as EAAT, is a treatment that includes equine/animal activities and/or an equine environment in order to promote emotional growth in persons suffering from ADD, anxiety, depression, developmental delay, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral issues, abuse issues, and many other mental health problems.

 RHR services clients facing the challenges of drug and alcohol addiction, children of physical and sexual abuse, eating disorders, veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, victims of rape and troubled teens. Equine and animal assisted therapy can help the individual build confidence, self-efficiency, communication, trust, perspective, social skills, impulse control, and help them learn boundaries. Since the horses have similar behaviors with humans, such as social and responsive behaviors, doctors say it is easy for the patients to create a connection with the horse. Children, ages 6 and above, and adults alike are finding healing and hope through this powerful form of therapy. RHR is an IRS 501(c)(3) farm animal rescue center and sanctuary that also provides equine/animal assisted therapy to people needing mental and emotional therapy.





The family were on their way to a showjumping competition when a car hit their trailer, which had their horse Paddy inside

A mum has spoken of her terror when the trailer transporting her son’s prized pony was hit by another driver and overturned.

Heather O’Connor said if it was not for the robust nature of her Ifor Williams Trailer (IWT) and the fantastic response of the emergency services then her son’s beloved pony Paddy may not have survived the incident on the M3.

The mum-of-two was travelling to a show-jumping competition at Sparsholt College in Hampshire with her son Josh, 13, and her husband Brian, 46, when the accident took place.

Paddy, a nine-year-old 13.2hh grey Connemara cross, was travelling in the IWT trailer behind the family’s 4x4 vehicle.

Mrs O'Connor, of Wokingham, said: “The other motorist was going to overtake and we are not entirely sure what happened but from what a lorry driver witness said, he drifted into us, catching the driver corner of the trailer and carried on pushing us over for some while before realising what was happening and pulling away from us.

“The trailer overturned on to its side and you could see the gouge marks in the road where it had been dragged on its side by the force of the accident.

“We ended up stationary with the 4x4 the wrong way round facing back the other way and the trailer up against the hard shoulder crash barrier."

The 43-year-old added: “I opened up the door on the side of the trailer and Paddy was standing there shaking like a leaf.

"He had flipped over the central partition, managed to get himself under the chest bar at the front of the trailer and was standing in the opposite direction with most of his weight on the doors.

“I was amazed at the strength of the trailer holding up. The entire structure has stood firm. If he had broken through and his hoof had come through anywhere, particularly as the trailer was being dragged along the road, the injuries caused could have been devastating.”

Paddy was left with some soft tissue damage to his back and a small cut to his front leg just above where his travel boot had been.

Andrew Reece-Jones, IWT design engineering manager, said: “We are so sorry Heather, her family and Paddy had to go through this awful ordeal but feel very proud that one of our trailers helped protect Paddy from too much harm."

After a well-deserved month of rest, Paddy is recovering well following his ordeal.

The driver who caused the accident was asked to complete a driver’s awareness course, which has now been completed.




BUTTE — Police suspect a confused hunter might have shot and killed an albino quarter horse near Butte. Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich tells The Montana Standard the horse, which was worth about $5,000, died after a “kill shot” with a high-powered rifle struck its heart.

The horse’s owner found the animal dead in its corral along Moulton Reservoir Road on Sunday morning, and police suspect the shooting occurred sometime over the weekend. Police do not believe the shooting was intentional. The owner of the horse told officers he heard shots fired throughout the weekend, but that is normal during hunting season.





For more than 50 years stray horses in public fields and grassland has been a common sight across the Black Country. Allowing horses to graze in public area may seem like a victimless crime, but council bosses and animal welfare charities claim these animals are not only a risk to themselves and the public, but have often been abandoned by owners, as they are too old or injured to be of any use to them. The act of leaving horses to graze on someone else’s land is known as fly-grazing. It is illegal and is an issue which has long plagued the area. Sandwell councillor Ian Jones said many of the horses are owned by descendants of travellers living in the Black Country. He said: “There have been cases of horses frozen to the spot quite literally by their chain. It is actually a problem in all weathers. We have had fly-grazed horses chocking on their chains and they have had to be rescued.” As well as the obvious concerns about the welfare of the animals the horses can also create problems for pedestrians and drivers if they escape and make their way onto footpaths and roads.


There has been a vast increase of fly-grazing in recent years, something both Sandwell and Dudley Councils in particular have been trying to tackle. Both authorities have spent thousands of pounds contracting bailiffs to round up horses and remove them from council land. Since 2011, more than 460 horses have been removed from public highways in Dudley alone, with the council spending £100,000 on removing them. Earlier this year eight horses were rounded up by police after they wandered on to grassland in Wolverhampton and became agitated by traffic. The animals were herded onto the forecourt of a petrol station on Wolverhampton Road East in Sedgley. And in February, two caused a stir when they were seen near to the ring road on Penn Road in Wolverhampton. Councillor Hilary Bills, cabinet member for environment and culture at Dudley Council, said: “The council has developed a range of policies and services to help deal with the problem, including the introduction of the reactive service to remove horses from the highway, in partnership with the local police and a local horse removal contractor. “Since 2011 there have been more than 460 horses taken from the public highway using this service, reducing the risk to pedestrians, motorists and horses alike, and this service is seen as a model system nationwide.”

The Black Country is an area of the West Midlands in England, north and west of Birmingham.[1] It includes the Metropolitan Boroughs of Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell. During the Industrial Revolution, it became one of the most industrialised parts of Britain with coal mines, coking, iron foundries and steel mills producing a high level of air pollution.











Soaking hay is often used by horse owners wanting to reduce its carbohydrate content, but are there risks? British researchers who carried out a study found that soaking hay caused a worrying rise in bacterial levels when compared to dry hay. The losses in water-soluble carbohydrates from soaking hay – which is why most horse owners soak hay in the first place – varied considerably, they found. “While soaking hay, or steaming followed by soaking, can be an effective way of reducing water-soluble carbohydrate content, the losses were highly variable,” reported Meriel Jean Scott Moore-Colyer and her colleagues, who found a range of 0–53 percent in their study.

They also found that soaking significantly increased the bacterial content, compared to the original, dry, untreated hay, which “reduced the hygienic quality of the hay”. The researchers, whose findings have been published in the open-access journal, PLoS ONE, found that steaming was effective in reducing microbial levels in hay, provided it wasn’t then soaked afterwards, which caused an increase in bacteria. The researchers used five different hays to determine the effect of five different soaking and steaming treatments on the water-soluble carbohydrate and microbial content. The methods used were: Dry hay (no treatment at all); Steamed for 40 minutes in a Haygain-600 steamer; Soaked in water at 16 degrees Celsius for 9 hours; Steamed for 40 minutes then soaked for 9 hours; Soaked for 9 hours then steamed for 40 minutes. After treatment, each of the hays underwent testing for water-soluble carbohydrates and microbial content (with bacteria and mould levels assessed seperately).

 The researchers found that protein and ash proportions were unaltered in any of the treatments, the latter being an indication that mineral content was largely unchanged. Hay shortages are starting to bite in Victoria, Australia.They found that all three treatments that used a soaking element (3.4, and 5) were equally effective at reducing water-soluble carbohydrate levels. Hay that was steamed had significantly less bacteria compared with the hay that had been soaked without any other treatment. Hay that had been soaked and then steamed also had significantly less bacteria than soaked hay. Hay shortages are starting to bite in Victoria, Australia.Mould contents were significantly reduced by steaming alone, including in the hay that had been soaked and then steamed, but no difference was seen between dry, soaked, or steamed then soaked.

 The researchers concluded that soaking for 9 hours followed by steaming for 50 minutes in the Haygain steamer was the most effective method for reducing water-soluble carbohydrates and microbial contamination. “Soaking or steaming-plus-soaking lowered water-soluble carbohydrates, but significantly reduced the hygienic quality of the hay which could potentially compromise the health of the horse,” Moore-Colyer and her colleagues reported. Steaming, and soaking then steaming, reduced microbial counts by 93 percent and 99 percent respectively, while soaking alone increased the levels to four-times the amount of bacteria found in the dry hays. The average loss of water-soluble carbohydrates with steaming was only 3 percent across the hays, with a range of 1.4 percent to 6.9 percent. The use of soaking caused an average loss of water-soluble carbohydrates across all the hays tested in the study of 34 percent.

The average bacterial contamination across all five hays was increased five-fold when the hays were soaked for 9 hours in water. They noted that the hays that underwent being steamed then soaked for the nine hours did not have a reduction in bacterial contamination. “Steaming alone has been reported to kill between 60 percent and 99 percent of bacteria present in hay. “The bacteria remaining in the post-steamed hay are likely to be thermo-stable spore-formers that rapidly proliferate once they become hydrated during soaking,” the researchers suggested. They said that soaking then steaming caused the greatest reduction of water-soluble carbohydrates and the largest reduction in bacterial and mould content. “Thus, this treatment produced clean and comparatively low sugar hay suitable for feeding to obese and laminitis-prone horses and ponies. “Steaming alone produced hygienically clean hay but did not reduce the water-soluble carbohydrate content to below the suggested threshold of 100 grams per kilogram for feeding to horses with metabolic disorders.

 “The commonly used practice of soaking hay does result in losses of water-soluble carbohydrate although these are variable and prolonged soaking also results in a substantial increase in bacterial contamination. “Therefore, soaking hay for prolonged periods without further treatment compromises the hygienic quality of the hay, which could have clinical consequences, but more work is needed to confirm this,” they said. Moore-Colyer, joined in the research by Kimberly Lumbis, Annettee Longland and Patricia Harris, said grass hay was still the most common fodder fed to stabled horses in Britain and globally. Hay was classified into two categories – seed hay, which is generally composed of one or two specially sown grass species; and meadow hay, which is a mixture of different grasses and other herbage in permanent pasture.

The nutrient quality of both is primarily influenced by the stage of growth at harvest as well as the mixture of different grasses and other herbage in permanent pasture. Nutrient quality, particularly the content of water-soluble carbohydrates, is strongly influenced by weather conditions at harvest, while the protein content is more influenced by physiological age and soil nutrient status. However, they noted that even mature hay taken from a stressed pasture that was subjected to drought could have high levels of water-soluble carbohydrates. Such hays would be unsuitable for horses with the likes of equine metabolic syndrome, polysaccharide storage myopathy, and laminitis, they said. Thus, in an attempt to reduce levels of water-soluble carbohydrates, owners sometimes soaked hay for long periods, often for 12 hours or more.

 The researchers said that while soaking did decrease the carbohydrate levels, other research had already shown that its effectiveness varied considerably. In that research, losses of water-soluble carbohydrates ranged from 9 percent to 54 percent after a 16-hour soak in water at 16 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, the extent of these losses did not correlate with grass species, or carbohydrate content, so it was not possible to predict how soaking would affect water-soluble carbohydrate loss from any individual hay. Soaking hay for extended periods left liquid reported to have a biological oxygen demand nine times that of raw sewage. As such, it should be disposed of carefully and not poured down stormwater drains.




Veterinarian Angela Smith BVSc outlines the foaling process and signs to look for in a mare who is about to deliver. Before foaling One of the first signs is the distended udder. During the last month the udder usually enlarges. The mares udder may fill up at night while she is resting and shrink during the day while she exercises. When the udder remains full through out the day then foaling is probably imminent. The mare should be watched closely. Filling of the teats as the udder enlarges. The upper portion of the teat is stretched in a manner that is difficult to distinguish it from the rest of the udder. The lower portion of the teat remains small but as foaling gets nearer the teat enlarges and is reflected outward by the increasing pressure from within the udder. Relaxation of the muscles of the pelvic area - relaxation of this region usually occurs about 3 weeks prior to foaling. These changes allow the fetus to pass through the birth canal with greater ease.

 This process is gradual and may not be seen on all mares but in most a distinctive change in the appearance can be seen. A hollow develops on either side of the root of the tail as muscles of the hip and buttock area start to relax. This area can be examined each day when the mare is checked. The abdomen becomes increasingly pendulous as it enlarges and about a week prior to foaling it may appear to shrink as the foal shifts into position in preparation for foaling. This change is not always seen in all mares.

 Waxing  - when wax like beads appear at the end of each teat ( they are droplets of colostrum). They can appear anywhere between 12-36 hours prior to foaling or a week or two before foaling, and sometimes fails to occur in some mares. So this not a reliable method of predicting foaling occurrence as it can be so variable between individual mares. Relaxation of the vulva  - Within the last 24-48 hours before foaling the mares vulva can be observed to swell and relax in preparation to stretching several times it’s normal size to allow passage of the foal. Milk flow - Appearance of wax on the end of the teats can also be accompanied by droplets of milk. Although wax and milk secretion usually indicate delivery will occur very soon, many mares foal without either . While some mares drip or stream milk for several days prior to foaling. Unfortunately, mares that stream milk prior to foaling lose large amounts of colostrum, the vital first milk that contains antibodies and a laxative for the newborn foal. Mares showing spontaneous milk flow should be closely watched , not only for the onset of foaling but also to determine how much colostrum is lost during this period. If the mare is losing a significant quantity it should be collected and frozen. Colostrum can be thawed and fed to the new born foal at birth.

 Restlessness - Many mares exhibit behaviour changes-during the last few weeks of gestation a mare can become cranky, restless and as she enters the 1ststage of labour , the mare usually wants to be left alone. She may walk continually in pasture or stall, switch her tail, look at her sides, kick at her abdomen. These signs are also indicative of colic, but if the mare eats, drinks , defecates, urinates frequently then the first stage of labour is probably in progress. Sweating -As labour approaches the mare often breaks into a sweat. The mare’s neck, flanks may feel warm and damp or a general sweat over all the body may occur. Parturition, or the process of foaling The progression of the physical changes that occur in foaling are divided in to three distinct stages. -stage one – positioning of the foal -stage two – delivery of the foal -stage three – expulsion of the placenta The ability to recognise each stage and to follow the normal chain of events that occur during each phase allows the attendant of the mare to be able to assess whether that mare needs assistance.

 To be able to recognise if the second or third stage of labour is delayed or altered in some way from the normal expectations. Fortunately ~ 90% of mares foal normally. First Stage -this is when the foetus gradually shifts from a position on its back, rotating until its head and forelimbs are extended in the birth canal. The outward signs are, restlessness, sweating of the flanks, as the uterine contractions become more severe, the mare may become very nervous, pacing, walking fence lines, looking at her flanks, kicking at her abdomen, she may paw the ground, may even get up and down several times to help position the foal. Pastured mares usually move away from other mares and may seek an isolated corner of the paddock.

While some mares show few signs during this stage others show marked distress for several hours. Transitory contractions that occur without cervical dilatation cause the mare to show signs of distress then ” cool off ” several times before the foal actually moves into the birth canal. Once these signs are recognised the attendant should check the mare then observe from a discreet distance. The end of the first stage is marked by rupture of the allantoic membrane and a sudden release of allantoic fluid. A process that helps lubricate the birth canal. This usually occurs 1-4 hours after the onset of the first stage. Second stage – delivery of the foal is characterised by very strong contractions of the abdominal and uterine muscles.

 During this period the mare usually positions herself on her side with her legs fully extended to facilitate voluntary straining that aids her expulsion efforts. She may get up and down several times to help position the foal or may even move around with the foals head and legs protruding. If labour continues while the mare is standing someone should catch the foal and lower it to the ground gently to help it avoiding injury. If the mare should lie down next to a wall or a fence the attendant should make sure there is plenty of room for the foals delivery. If the mare is too close to an obstacle the mare should be made to get up and allow her to find a new position, where the perineal region is free. A strong, healthy foal is the goal of all breeders.  The foal is normally presented in an upright position, with its head tucked between extended forelegs. (This the time the attendant usually checks the foal’s position by inserting an arm into the mare’s vagina after she breaks water.

This should be done with a sterile gloved arm or after the arms are suitably scrubbed thoroughly in the appropriate antiseptic solution). As the head and neck appear, enclosed in the bluish-white amnion, the foal’s shoulders pass through the pelvic opening. One foot is usually positioned slightly in front of the other to help reduce the circumference of the foal’s shoulder and there-by ease its passage through the birth canal. After this critical period the mare usually rests for a short time then delivers the rest of the foal with relative ease. The amnionic foetal membranes are usually broken as the foal emerges or as it first attempts to lift its head. If the membrane is not broken immediately after the foal’s delivery the attendant should tear the membrane to clear the nasal passages so the foal can breathe and so as to prevent suffocation of the foal.

 After the foal’s hips have passed through the mare’s pelvis the mare usually rests once more. The foal’s hindlegs may remain in the mare’s vagina for several minutes, in this time it allows the foal to receive essential blood from the placenta via the umbilical cord and should not be interrupted. In most cases, the time from rupture of the allantochorion to the post delivery rest period is completed in minutes, but a range of 10 to 60 minutes is considered normal. As the mare rises or as the foal struggles to stand the umbilical cord usually breaks. Because the foal receives a significant amount of blood from the placenta via the umbilical cord, the cord should not be prematurely ruptured.

 Third Stage -Expulsion of the placenta is the last stage of labour. This usually occurs within three hours. However the normal range is 10 minutes to 8 hours. During this period the uterine contractions continue to proceed in an effort to expel the placenta. The mare will exhibit signs of discomfort. The placenta is expelled inside out because the contractions cause inversion of the placenta as it comes away from the lining of the uterus. The purpose of these contractions is also to cleanse the uterus of fluid, debris and return the expanded uterus to its normal size. As this stage may last several hours it may be helpful for the attendant to tie the afterbirth in a knot that hangs above the mares hocks. this will help prevent the mare from stepping on the membranes and tearing them out prematurely but also adds gentle pressure using gravity to aid in expelling the placenta.

The attendant should not attempt to pull the placenta from the mare’s reproductive tract as this could cause tears and leave remnants of placenta that could cause future uterine infections. Retention of even small pieces of placenta is a potentially very serious condition. Once the placenta is passed it is a good policy to lay it flat on the ground and check it is all in tact. There is new evidence that suggests that the weight of the placenta correlates to the condition of the mares reproductive tract. and also correlates to the health of the foal. The normal placental weight in light horses is 10 to 13 pounds.

The texture of the membrane is important. If the membrane is thick and tough or if it shows haemorrhagic spots, then placental infection might be suspected. When the placenta has been infected the foal will often show some abnormality at birth. Close examination of the placenta is important, if you have any doubts keep the placenta in a plastic lined and covered bucket with a small amount of water to keep moist till your veterinarian can examine it. The amnion has a translucent white appearance, while the allantochorion is normally red and velvety on one side and light coloured on the other. The placental membranes consist of the amnion that encloses the emerging foal and the allantochorion. Sometimes brown bodies of putty-like consistency can be found when examining the placenta they can also sometimes be expelled when the mare’s waters break.

These are harmless remnants that are believed to originate from minerals and proteins deposited in the allantoic cavity during gestation. So in summary the following points should be noted and recorded by the attendant about the placenta. The time required to expel the placenta after the foal’s birth. Absence of any pieces (this can simply be checked by filling the allantochorion with water to check for holes or tears). The condition of the membranes, weight, colour, thickness, and presence of any haemorrhagic spots). Occasionally the mare can show signs of colic after the third stage of labour is complete. If the pains are caused by cramping of the empty uterus are severe in the mare, veterinary attention may be required to relieve her discomfort during this adjustment period. Post foaling the mare should be watched carefully for 4 to 5 days after foaling. It is normal for the mare to have a dark red discharge for 6 to 7 days, but if a yellow discharge is seen this indicates infection. This requires veterinary attention.  






Good afternoon Mr. and Mrs. HP,   May I start by telling you how glad I am to have found you! I have an 11 yr. TWH gelding I trial ride. He was handled extensively as a foal, ‘imprinted’ at birth then turned out with two older geldings for almost 10 yrs. with very little handling and virtually no training. I have had him for about a year and a half. Our training and relationship and been tumultuous to say the least. I have trained ten or so horses over the years so I've had a little experience but am very much an amateur. There are several things we need to work on that I have been unsuccessful in correcting including separation anxiety, leaning on the bit, bolting, and a weak top line. All of which I recognize but unable to find a method to correct these things or anyone who has experience with these issues and suggestions on how to correct them.

 When I found your website every one of our issues is explained in detail. Finally it all makes sense why we're having these problems and I am excited to get started fixing them! I ride Western, English, and bareback. In the arena and around the barn he responds with a feather touch with a flat halter and a lead rope (or hackamore, walking horse bit, or snaffle) when ridden or lead. He is extremely sensitive and has a mouth like soft butter. He responds to leg cues so well I can drop the reins in the arena and ride him with legs only. I ride him on a loose rein whenever possible. My goal is always to get the response I'm asking for using the least amount of pressure possible. We are usually successful, BUT if he thinks that a horse is getting to far away or leaving him, and always when we head back to the barn (at a walk) he gets very anxious, takes the bit in his mouth and bolts, rears, paws, bucks, spins, essentially loses his mind and becomes dangerous to everyone around, including himself. Using a combination of pressure and release, stopping, standing, lateral flexion exercises, turning and going in the opposite direction have helped make him more comfortable being alone but not corrected the problem.

He still gets extremely anxious, takes the bit in his mouth, does not respond to leg cues, refuse to walk, and without constantly holding him back, he would bolt and be gone. He isn't especially spooky; when encountering something he's afraid his typical response is to stop, blow, relax, check it out, and move on. He's has such a great personality. He's sweet, curious, full of mischief, and eager to please, but I've said since I got him that he's just a little odd and doesn't act like any horse that I've met before, in the field or in hand. I know he's come a LONG way in the time I've had him but I'm out of my league with these issues and have no idea where to go from here to help us find a better way to communicate and enjoy each other's company. It kills me having to lean on the bit when he throws a fit and I don't know how to stop it from being a necessity. He is calm and responsive on a loose rein most of the time but turns into a completely different horse if he thinks he's alone. I’d love to read your e-book and any other suggestions on where to start would be very much appreciated.  Warmest regards!

Hi There. Quite a challenge!

First up, I am dead against Foal Imprinting and have met more than enough these Horses and they have all been less than well adjusted.

The secret to all Problem Horse subject, is to shut down the evasion. Any allowance of it, like Bolting off, just compounds the matter and cancels out all attempts at remedy.

Therefore, it would seem that the first job would be to be able to shut the Horse down should it ever attempt to run through Your Hands and if You need to re-mouth the Horse, gain skills or learn lessons, all the answers are on this Website.

You should also come to learn that you can't hold Horses back or at the walk. It is simply not possible to make a Horse walk, with a contact. It only compounds the problems and pits You against them, in a Battle of strength which completely detracts from all psychological training fixes that may be available.

Hope that helped a little









Hi John,

Woke up this morning feeling awesome about the choice we made for our little Gypsy baby. Feeling absolutely over the moon! I looked at his video (attached) and realised he reminds me sooooo much of Stipulate - -----horse (my previous boss) - and she got to ride Grand Prix and represent NZ with ----- ----- was chestnut though and welsh cob/TB x and only 15.2 - which is also the expected height of Tux. The movement and body type - very very similar. Plus I have super temperament.

Last night I have also spoken to a lady who has bought 6 horses off this old guy - She says if he says 15.2 - it will make AT LEAST 15.2 hh. If he says he will shed out to be black - it will shed out to be black. So I am looking forward to my 15.3hh black gypsy partbred.

I managed to negotiate to -----. I have just found out that I have lost my grazing 2 days ago that has been waiting for me for the last two months which I am absolutely gutted about. It was opposite a beautiful pony club with loads of trail rides through the bush and all the facilities and only $10/week. The people who had offered me the grazing spots spontaneously took on two 20 year old horses that were about to be put down that were drought stressed instead. So the breeder is keeping Tux on his property until I find grazing up here. So I will let you know when he arrives and start on your leg restraints DVD. I have the DVD just need to get the gear associated with it. 

I have attached a little clip as a reminder of the awesome little yearling you and I decided on. Thanks so much for your wise advise through this so I could end up with this cool little dude.
Feel good about giving this old guy my money as well. He deserves it.

Kindest Regards


Well done Dianne. Plenty of fun to come :) Never mind about the Paddock. Australia is a "Big Country"

We looked at 20 Horses but got there in the end. Buying Horses these Days is an extremely arduous task, not made any easier by the 'Feral breeders' in this Country







Hello lovely people at Horse Problems, Just wanting to send through a big thankyou for the DVD’s that I purchased a few weeks ago. We have a little warmblood filly, who was born very small at 314 days. Once she was strong enough, I started her on the info in your DVD’s. This was when she was about four weeks old, and we have been working with her for two weeks now. So now at 6 weeks old – she got her leg through two wires on the fence. The wire cut into her leg as it twisted tight around it. Anyhow… I am able to tie my little 6 week old up, work on her leg, change bandages each day with no stress, no worry, no hassles. She ties up next to Mum – and I work on her leg on with no assistance. I DO NOT believe that I would have been able to do this without the information and techniques that you present in your videos – there is no way that I would be at this point within two weeks with a six week old foal. Thankyou thankyou thankyou!!! I have one happy, confident, obedient little filly (all be it with a well bandaged leg!!) Thanks again, looking forward to using your DVD’s more, and seeing what the future brings us! Cheers Fi

Thanks You Fi. Most kind well done on Your good work!!






Hi John, Just an update on the sand colic preventative. Well have treated the two horses with your recipe and they have produced….nothing! J Well nothing obvious which I guess is a good thing. One horse gobbled the feed down but I had starved her as she can be a bit fussy. The non fussy one wasn’t so keen but ate it over three hours. (I didn’t starve her but will next time). There may have been grit as the droppings felt a bit gritty. Hard to tell. Glad to have done it and just hope the honey was okay and untreated as the company had stated. The honey was a bit granulated so hope it was all ok. The first horse seemed more relaxed and happy within herself after treatment, but then again hard to measure as she is a pretty laid back, well behaved horse anyway. The second horse is very relaxed and haven’t really seen a change in her. So hopefully if there was anything there it has passed through. Thanks for your help and hopefully now I can rest easy on the sand colic score…well for a few months anyway. Regards Malinda


It is not always obvious Malinda but be assured, it would be removing sand. I would do them again, immediately, if they haven't been done before. Often, on the second occasion, there is a lot.
Last Night, in WA, a Horse dying after being treated by Vets 3 times, was fixed by our thing



Hi John,

Thanks for your advice will do so. Only delay will be getting more honey as have to get it sent to me.

I did speak too soon with the second horse that had her treatment on Saturday night. I found a big lump of what can only be described as congealed mud in her droppings and this morning the droppings are not so solid despite her only having hay to eat so think stuff is now coming through.

Thank you so much for your help, and the information about this problem.









Hello John, I made a log track to focus rider traffic and reduce erosion at our local pony club. A few people don’t like it. Most don’t know how to lead a horse. Many don’t have a horse that knows how to lead. It’s probably a 20 degree slope. The thunderstorm rain funnels through the area and I have put in 40 m3 to fix it up. “My other concern was for the set up we currently have to get down to the arenas. I don’t at all in any way understand how using the path is safe for horses or riders. Wasn’t it designed for pedestrians for the gymkhana? If so, then that should remain its purpose and horses and riders should not use this for safety reasons. As the picture shows, it is too narrow for a horse and rider and the footing is uneven and very deep in parts. Even as a pedestrian path this could be unsafe especially for older or very young members of the club or like myself, still recovering from knee surgery.” Regards, Vic



Yes Vic, that is a 'Risk Management issue and I, like You, could relate all sorts of injury scenario's that could arise from it. A good Training Tool perhaps, whereby the Handler is outside of the Logs and driving a Horse through there via Natural Horsemanship perhaps.

This Picture says much about Pony Club and it's attitudes. I see the following:

  • The lack of understanding of 'Risk Managament'

  • The belief that the short hold on the Reins will give the control to provide safety

  • The belief that such control can protect a Handler within the bounds of a narrow space

  • and the lack of Love in the eyes, rather than confrontation

So yes Vic, I agree but now You are in big trouble hahahahaha. "Ya Can't Bloody Tell em Mate"







I have been researching how to build an outdoor arena, and came across your helpful website. I was just hoping I could get some personal advice about my own arena. I am in the Hunter Valley - NSW!
I currently have a 60X 20m outdoor arena, with round metal pipe as fencing. The arena would have to be 10 years old now and desperately needs an overhaul! The biggest problem with the arena is that some parts is actually on clay - so it is like sinking sand in the wet and hard as a rock when its dry! We also just have crusher dust as the surface and NO drainage on the arena except for a small ditch dug out that runs along the length of one side to catch any water the runs down off a hill towards the arena?
If you could please help me out with some suggestions on how to fix the clay areas, how to put drainage in the arena and what the best surface materials would be best to use, I would really appreciate it.
I can easily take some photos of the arena as is and send them through to get a better idea of what condition its in and its surrounding landscape!
Thanks very much for your time,


HI Bree. Firstly, I am not a Fan of Drains, of any description. The World doesn't have drains, nor do paddocks, they just have 'Run Off' The moment You go upsetting the status quo, You invite problems and drains, especially those in front of an Arena, can cause problems such as a damp outside track, mosquito breeding and more. All of the arena's I have built, simply run off with 1% to the long end and.6% to the side.

The way to fix Clay is to put a base on the arena. Forget all other options. The base will also lift the height of the arena and give more RUN OFF.








Hi John, thankyou for the e-book, most interesting. Just wondering, we have used your MHs off on on for awhile, works great for my kids. We dont use them all the time but there are times when the use of it makes a huge difference to their way of going. Sorry if this is a silly question, on a young horse newly started, is the use of a MH a no no, I understand they need to learn forward first & not to confuse the go signal with a stop signal trying to mess with their head postion. So far Ive been on light to long rein contact, he would be in his 4-5 wk of riding in total, he is very quiet & relaxed, he is also only 2yrs so I probhably shouldnt be overdoing things, probhably meant to have left him in the paddock till he is 3yrs? Im just taking him along quietly. Recently ive ridden him in a MH on the loosest setting & just found he seems to go so much more balanced & with a consistant lower head carrage. Am I doing the wrong thing to have a MH on him this early in his training? Appreciate & value your opinion on this. Thanks, Danielle


You may have answered Your own question there Danielle. I felt Your Vibe when You observed that you probably shouldn't "be over doing things' Read my Blog Tonight on the subject of maturity. You will be astounded. However to answer Your question, the Market Harborough is a wonderful and most valuable Tool and on the Day You decide to take up the contact and ask for a Head Set but here is the big tip.....for two Days prior to the event, lunge for 10 minutes in my running reins, to give the Horse the Hint about what FORWARD means whilst being RESTRAINED, the area of most confusion for Young Horses and the cause of many rearers on Arenas around the Country. Regards

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