Horse Problems Australia
25,000 letters answered and counting
25th October, 2014
Hi Folks, hope You are all well. Been good
Weather although no Rain as usual. Hay should be in short supply this
Year and expensive and if this keeps up we are in for higher and higher
Feed prices. Stock up early if You can. I am buying out Years supply,
THE MAGNIFICENT CAPPO
Mrs. HP wanted to qualify for the Victorian Dressage Festival and to start competing against the top Horses in Oz.
Not withstanding this, Cappo and Snip had a 10 Days off after the Spring Championships two Weeks ago and Cappo learnt the Grand Prix Test in the last 3 Days. The freshness of the Mind is the priority here.
Our Thanks to Loyla and Peter McGrath for hosting them for the Week, at their lovely Property in Inman Valley.
Cappo was the only entrant but performed great in his first Grand Prix
start and attaining scored above the mandatory 58% needed to get a start
at the Victorian Dressage Festival, with 62.230%, which was very
pleasing, considering there is much more room for increased scores, this
being his first go and Him now knowing what was really next.
CONFUSION IN TRAINING
I have been watching the two new Dressage Tests to enable Horses to make an easier transition to Grand Prix, those being called Intermediate A and B but on the Ground, due to their design, I can attest to the fact that it actually makes it more difficult because it gives Horses pre-conceived ideas as to what Grand Prix will be when in actual fact, many of the movements actually act as a trap to the Horse and gives them false expectations about movements which is not helpful.
This is why I say there is considerable room for
improvement in scores for Cappo, as he gets more confident and
knowldegeable of the Olympic Test. It is highly difficult with little
time to prepare for anything and wondering what may be coming this week
which is the opposite of last Week is by far the most difficult part of
Snip will go along to Victoria as well as he is
ready to mix it with the better competition across the Border.
LISTEN TO YOUR HORSES
AND so it was proven, that the number of mistakes made by Cappo at the Spring Championships, blamed by me on the hardness of the Ground due to no Irrigation and that F.E.I. should be run by Law on Sand, none of them were seen Yesterday, in the Sand Arena and in fact, the only real mistake was an excessive number of 1 times changes across the diagonal, meant to be 15 of them - OMG - Cappo did 18 of them lol, without a miss.
The Horse was taken to another Trainer who I have asked to assess the Horse and attempt to fix it's vertical rearing, which caused the Horse to be sent Home to the Owner after 5 Rides.
The Horse was exhibiting signs of injury and on viewing of the Video taken by the Owner, I saw an incident where that injury could have been caused.
the new Trainer, called in the Vet's after the Horse laid it's Ears back when he put his Foot in the Stirrup.......
and yet fine to mount bareback
The Vet's examined the Horse and said...
That the Horse required a 3 Months spell, that it ....
torn tissue, a tender Hip and Sacroiliac Joint damage. And that Clint James had done an outstanding Job diagnosing her and that if it were over looked she would of needed more time off.
More on this Week, due to an attack on me via Facebook, by a fellow Trainer (the one who I believe detrimentally influenced the fist one) and turned Him from a quiet and soft Operator to an unacceptable approach to an unbroken Horse, such that initiated my original withdrawal of support. We shall see if he can take it as good as he gives it.
Kim Van Dort from SYDNEY OR THE BUSH, giving the Thumbs up on her Hubbies new Saddle.
It's Show time
THE ATHLETIC ABILITY OF THE DRESSAGE RIDERS
with Ruth Scheeberger's lovely and speki Warmblood "expressing Herself as she Kangaroo Hopped across the Park at the Springs.
Dear John I spoke to Linda on the telephone several days ago about these anti-cribbing collars. I believe you are already familiar with a malfunctioning one. Please find in the attachments a copy of my brief that I put before the tribunal in Sydney. By the way Mr Barclay has not paid. However, before I even bother to register the judgment your exposure of his business might discourage other people from doing business with him. It would be better hurt his business rather than chase him for $210.00.
Application to the Tribunal concerning ELIZABETH
ENGLERT - RICHARD JAMES
1. There was a contract made by the respondent,
who provided the applicant on 20 March
The Case of the NSW Coach who successfully influenced a Buyer to purchase the Son's Horse, which during the Vet check was found to be 1/5 Lame. It was explained away as War injuries of the Jumper and not to be worried about. The Horse was then X-Rayed and found to have a Bone Chip but was still purchased for $30,000 when the Coach of the Purchaser went and rode the Horse and found it to be ok.
Coaches should realize that such advice could and should land them in Court, possibly jointly sued with the Vendor. Coaches should warn Pupils off any Horse with perceived problems.
The Horse arrived at the Home of the Purchaser and was noticed to be Lame in the Lesson WITH THE SAME COACH. The Farrier couldn't shoe the Back Legs because the Horse couldn't weight bear to allow this.
The Horse was then not able to be ridden........forward 12 Months......(another huge mistake)
DON'T TRY AND TREAT OR FIX HORSES THAT YOU BUY!!!!! Conduct Veterinary investigation immediately and Legal action if required.
The Vet of the Purchaser then removed the Bone Chip and found long term Osteo-Arthritis, declaring the Horse can NEVER be used for the purpose, that of Eventing.
DON'T TRUST EA COACHES! Unfortunately, the Crooks amongst good Coaches are not controlled by the EA who are not interested in the matter. Especially in NSW!
VIGILANCE URGED FOR ONLINE HORSE ADVERTS
Horse owners are urged to be vigilant after more than 100,000 “inappropriate, misleading or illegal” online pet adverts were removed in just six months. The ads were taken down from some of the UK’s biggest classified advertising websites following a six-month pilot scheme run by the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) to regulate online pet sales. The group is now urging owners — including those of horses — to report any suspicious adverts. Clarissa Baldwin, chairman of the PAAG, said the amount of adverts that have been blocked so far is “truly staggering” and a “real eye-opener in terms of the scale of the problem”. Ads taken down include those selling underage animals, banned breeds, illegally imported or endangered species and animals being offered in exchange for inanimate objects. PAAG member World Horse Welfare found an advert featuring a 21-year-old ex-sport horse who had “dropped weight rapidly over the past month” and yet was being offered “free to a good home”. “Obviously we had a number of concerns and contacted the site to ask them not only to remove the advert, but also to pass our number to the advertiser in case we could offer some advice,” said the charity’s Sam Chubbock. Websites can sign up to a “minimum standards” scheme, which is endorsed by Defra and aims to improve the welfare of pets sold online by encouraging websites to filter out illegal, unethical and unscrupulous advertisements. The classified advertising websites involved in the pilot scheme — Gumtree, Pets4Homes, PreLoved, Vivastreet, FridayAds and EPupz — removed adverts highlighted by their own filters, and those reported to them by PAAG volunteer moderators. Animal welfare minister Lord de Mauley added: “We can all play a part in ensuring the welfare of pets sold online. If anyone sees a suspicious pet advert, from the sale of under-age animals to banned breeds, I would urge them to report it directly to the host site. If the advert isn’t removed quickly, they should contact the Pet Advertising Advisory Group straight away.”
Here in Australia, Horse Deals Magazine and others have resisted calls by Victims of Serial Pests who Week after Week, sell Dodgey Horses to the innocent, using their Magazines as their Sales outlet.
ADVERT OF THE WEEK
TIP OF THE DAY
"If You ever plan on buying Hay in Bulk, DON'T unless You first buy one Bale and get the opinion of all of Your Horses. Hay, not matter how lovely it looks, can be disliked by Horses and you can get caught out badly. Tomorrow, I am buying one Round Bale from one Farmer and One from another. The Horses will be the Judge.
A little known fact is that Oat Varieties play a part in this dislike. Steer clear of Winteroo Oats and Steer towards Brusher."
ANOTHER GAINSBOROUGH DONNER DUCIO
First outing Yesterday and Judge says " Nice
Horse - Great future"
SOUTH AUSTRALIA PREPARES FOR GLOBAL
WARMING IN THE HORSE INDUSTRY
The horse sector in South Australia has gone on the front foot to tackle the effects of climate change, launching an action plan for horse owners that has now been copied in the northern hemisphere. The key industry body Horse SA is encouraging 3000 horse owners and more than 70 local organizations to adopt the action plan as part of their management of horses and events. It looks at the impact of hotter temperatures, extreme weather events, less rainfall and increased risk of disease on the areas of riding and training, horse health, stabling and feeding, land management and welfare and safety. SA horse industry confronts climate change
In a peri-urban environment where many horse owners work, it's important that they have a property management plan which prevents issues such as erosion from over grazing, water and feed shortages, weeds and disease arising from mosquitoes, insects or wildlife. She says the SA plan caught the attention of the US horse industry and has now been copied by Horses for Clean Water, a group in Washington State that joined with the King Conservation District this year to hold its first seminar on future proofing the horse industry.
Jacqueline Rafael and her husband run seven horses that they ride for pleasure on two hectares at Gawler, on the Adelaide Plains, and have transformed their property from a clay block covered in weeds to a model of good property management. Every outbuilding has a rainwater tank, shelter belts have been planted to shield the stables from hot sun and driving winds, manure is collected and used for mulch, and the property kept clean and clear of debris in accordance with the Rafael's bushfire plan. SA horse industry confronts climate change
Jacqueline Rafael says the winter just past was the coldest she's experienced in the 12 years since they arrived, and temperatures in summer were up around 50 degrees Celsius. She says they can't afford to ignore climate change, and found it a simple matter of working the action plan in with their property management. 'It's just old fashioned common sense,' said Jacqueline Rafael.
The Gainsborough Equestrian Centre, in Golden Grove Adelaide, has long ago led the Industry in all things Environment but it good to see others falling into line. 10 Years ago, Water came to the forefront of planning when $40,000 was spent on Rain Water Tanks without any Govt. Subsidies, for all Horse Stables.
10 Years prior to that, an extensive Tree
Planting Programme was undertaken and the Gainsborough Equestrian Centre
at Golden Grove, boasts the best Horse Sheltering from Global Warming,
Creeks were rehabilitated at a Cost of $100,000, after the previous Owner had trashed them.
and Pasture Management on Paddocks with non existent Top Soil, was carried out...
The Gainsborough Equestrian Centre has been proud to have led the South Australian Horse Industry, 20 Years before current thoughts.
PICK UP YOUR HORSE MANURE
We drive back down the Road and pick up any Horse Manure dropped by our Horses. Every Day this Week. You should support the Industry and protect it from complaint as Local Govt are not a Friend of the Horse and many will do anything to close You out!!!!!!!!!!!
HORSE RIDERS CAUSE BIG STINK
Riders have reacted angrily to a survey which
has revealed 97 per cent of people thought riders should pick up their
horse's poo from roads.
Four out of every 100 horses colic each year, making it the most common equine emergency. While most cases do not require surgery, 7-10% of them do involve lesions that are only correctable through surgery. But how does a veterinarian decide whether to put a horse under the knife? Diana M. Hassel, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC, an associate professor of equine emergency surgery and critical care at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and colleagues recently reviewed methods veterinarians can use to evaluate whether a colicking horse should be referred for surgery.
“It is essential that the veterinarian is aware that an owner is willing to send their horse to a referral facility if needed right from the start,” Hassel said. “That way, if there are any concerns about the possibility of the horse needing surgery, there will not be delays in transport that could negatively affect prognosis.” Next, Hassel and colleagues recommend veterinarians perform a thorough physical examination, including rectal palpation and passage of a nasogastric tube, to obtain valuable information that will help them determine if referral is needed.
Veterinarians can also use transabdominal ultrasonography, abdominocentesis (sampling of abdominal fluid), lactate analysis of peripheral blood (blood in the extremities) and/or abdominal fluid, and blood glucose concentration as diagnosis tools to guide a recommendation for surgical referral. “Although most of the factors described are known, many still remain rarely used in practice,” Hassel noted. “The value of abdominal ultrasound in early diagnosis of several GI disorders is extremely high, yet many practitioners do not routinely use it.” So what is Hassel's advice to an owner of a colicky horse? “My advice to owners who find their horse acting colicky is to immediately call their veterinarian and describe the symptoms their horse is showing,” she said, because in cases that require surgery, early detection and referral are key to a successful recovery.
The best PREVENTION for Sand Colic is found here http://www.horseproblems.com.au/veterinary_assessments_online.htm
FINDING THE RIGHT AGISTMENT CENTRE
Type of Board Many boarding barns offer a few different levels of care. They could include:
Self care, where you do all of the feeding, blanketing and maintenance of your horse yourself. This would also include cleaning the stall and turning in and out, should a stall be available to you.
Partial care, where your horse is cared for during either the morning or evening hours by barn staff, and you as the owner are responsible for the other half of the day. In most cases, this would include the feeding of one meal by barn staff and then turning out or bringing in. Most partial care boarders are responsible for their own stall cleaning, blanketing and other care.
Full care, where you are not responsible for any of the day-to-day maintenance of your horse. Full care typically includes stall cleaning, turnout and feeding. In some barns, it might also include blanket changing, applying fly spray and masks, and holding for the vet or farrier. Your lifestyle (work schedule, family obligations, frequent travel, etc.) and financial situation tend dictate the level of care you’ll need for your horse.
Management Style There are many different factors that come into play with regards to barn owners and the way they operate the facility. Some of the questions you will want to consider include: Does someone live on the property to keep an eye on the horses or are the horses alone overnight and on holidays? Does the facility have set hours of operation? This will particularly affect you if you work an unusual shift and can only get to the barn during non-traditional hours. Are you allowed to feed the feed of your choice or are you required to have your horse on feed the entire barn uses? If your horse is on supplements, will those be fed? What about the vet and farrier? Can you bring your own horse health team in, or must you use the vet and farrier of the barn owner’s choosing?
Amenities Depending on your area of the country and your riding goals, certain amenities may be non-negotiable, such as a lighted ring for after-work rides in the winter, or an indoor if you get truly inclement weather. Be aware that amenities such as these, even if standard in your area, will add additional cost to the board as owners must upkeep additional buildings. Finding the right boarding barn might take time and diligence to locate, but the peace of mind that comes from knowing your horse is well cared for is worth its weight in gold. Finding a few great new barn buddies is just icing on the cake!
NEWS OF THE DAY
BAIL REVOKED FOR PONY KILLER - PENDING
A builder who used a butcher's knife to kill six miniature horses in South Australia as revenge on clients who owed him money has had his bail revoked. Michael Martin John O'Connell, 50, who owns Middleton Developments south of Adelaide, was taken into custody ahead of sentencing next month. Clients Melvyn and Julie Jackson owed O'Connell a $37,000 final payment for about $200,000 worth of renovations carried out by his company. Prosecutor Peter Cannell said after getting drunk at a Christmas party last year for his employees and subcontractors, O'Connell drove about an hour to the Jacksons' horse stud at Clayton Bay and slit the throats of six miniature horses. "The accused has entered through a locked gate ... and then proceeded to one by one cut the throats of those six miniature horses,"
Mr Cannell said. "The horses were discovered deceased the following day by an employee. "His intention was to make the victim Julie Jackson pay ... get the victim somewhere where it would hurt." O'Connell later disposed of the butcher's knife and blood-stained seat covers from his car at sea. The court heard O'Connell made frank admissions about his actions when police spoke to him about the crime a week later. A civil damages settlement had since been reached between O'Connell and the Jackson family worth about $60,000. It was a scene that filled me with horror and heartbreak.
They were part of our family in the same way that our children are. Melvyn Jackson Ms Jackson read a victim impact statement in court, in which she said the "blood-fuelled massacre" had sent her family's life into turmoil. "I have lost more than six miniature horses, I have lost myself," Ms Jackson said. "I wish everyday for a different outcome for my babies. "How could anyone expect a house renovation to result in the death of six horses. "How could a builder plot and plan such a callous attack and carry it out? "This has not just tortured me, it has tortured my family.
"My life is forever impacted and my heart forever broken." Mr Jackson told the court when he arrived at the stables he was confronted by blood-splattered walls. "It was a scene that filled me with horror and heartbreak," Mr Jackson said. "They were part of our family in the same way that our children are. "They can never be replaced. We have not used those stables since that night." Court heard O'Connell snapped O'Connell's lawyer Nick Healy said his client had since lost about $2 million worth of contracts and was horrified by his actions. "He simply snapped and he and the victim have been paying for this ever since," Mr Healy said. "At no time did my client try to excuse his conduct."
Mr Healy described the married father of four as a respected member of the local community whose actions were bizarre. A miniature horse that survived attack on six others in SA PHOTO:
One of three miniature horses that survived a gruesome attack on six others. (Alina Eacott) He said at the time of the crime he had building contracts worth about $4 million. He said about half of his staff had also left and a custodial sentence would see his business collapse. But Judge Paul Cuthbertson questioned whether it was already too late for O'Connell's business. "I would have thought his business is gone already, who would want to deal with him?" Judge Cuthbertson said. O'Connell pleaded guilty to aggravated serious criminal trespass, which carried a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail. He also admitted to property damage for killing the horses, which attracts a term of up to 10 years. O'Connell's lawyer urged the judge to suspend any prison sentence. But the prosecution called for a custodial sentence because of the seriousness of the offending.
KILLED BY THE ONE SHE LOVED
KATRINA is believed to have hit her head after the force of the kick from 12-year-old mare Mia threw her into the air, it is reported.
Oct 24, 2014 10:32 By Keith McLeod KATRINA is believed to have hit her head after the force of the kick from 12-year-old mare Mia threw her into the air, it is reported. Mia A GRAN has died after being kicked by the horse she loved, it was reported today. Katrina Hunter, 60, died three days after the freak accident at the Muirmill equestrian centre near Symington, Ayrshire. Katrina is believed to have hit her head after the force of the kick from 12-year-old mare Mia threw her into the air, it is reported. She was rushed to Kilmarnock’s Crosshouse Hospital following the accident but lost her fight for life on Saturday. It is thought Katrina was grooming the horse when it suddenly kicked out hitting the mum-of-two in the pelvis. She was thrown into the air and landed on her head, reports say.
Katrina had only recently become a gran. It is reported Katrina had had Mia for seven years and that the pair had developed a great bond. One theory is that Mia was spooked by another horse which bit her on the neck. Today one of the owners of the Muirmill equestrian centre would only say:”I’ve got nothing to say on this thanks very much. “I just feel this is a private family matter, and I’ve got nothing to say on it. That’s all I’ve got to say.” A friend of Katrina is reported to have said:”She loved Mia to pieces. “She got Mia about seven years ago and they had a great bond. “Family and friends will miss Katrina terribly. “She was just lovely.” Today Police Scotland said the tragedy had not been reported to them. Tributes were paid on social media. One woman said:”I’m still crying every time I think of Katrina. Life is just not fair. “I can’t believe this has happened to such a lovely person.” Another woman wrote on Facebook:”We are so sad to hear this terrible news. “We feel so blessed that we got to see her just a few weeks ago.”
SUBURBAN LIFE NO LONGER SUITS HORSE
Darius Hutch, mounted on his brown gelding, Rocco, rounded a low branch on West Little York Road Sunday night, when he heard an engine behind him and saw the headlights of a red SUV. Moments later, the Chevy Tahoe struck him and his horse, sending him airborne.
The Tahoe continued on to smash a telephone pole into three pieces and mangle 100 feet of chain-link fence before stopping. Although his horse and the driver both died, Hutch survived with fractures and abrasions. "It felt like someone pulled the skin off me and poured salt all over me," said Hutch, 25, who lives in a small ranch house on McCrarey Road in Acres Homes, not far from where he was hit. "It was like my body was on fire." In the vibrant, urban sprawl of metropolitan Houston, the car-and-horse collision might seem odd - something reserved for rural farm-to-market roads instead of big-city streets. But in Acres Homes, west of Interstate 45, north of Pinemont Drive and about 8 miles northwest of downtown, the community is full of modest houses and large wooded or vacant lots, where residents still keep horses and the occasional chicken.
LETTERS OF THE DAY
Hi HP, Got the mouthing ropes and 30 cm girth safely thank you :) Cutest girth ever but very well made, always confident I'll get quality when I order from you :) I'll send you through a picture of it on my mare when I remember to take my camera out with me. Cheers, Lisa.
Hi Mr HP please find a pic of my 3 year old Arab gelding 3 weeks under saddle, this is the first time I have used your mouthing methods when I am breaking in. I am very impressed I bought your DVD. This gelding will join his brother with me as an endurance horse when he is old enough. Also must mention this is also the first time I have waited until the horse is 3 to start under saddle, and I am glad as he was a very immature physically and mentally as a 2year old Amanda
Well done Amanda
Hello John, A while back I emailed you regarding my gelding being very aggressive... turns out he was a colt :-S and obviously a late bloomer. He was sold to me as a gelding. never mind! he is no longer a colt now and is settling down nicely and respecting my boundaries, still has a lot of spunk, but I have just started lunging him in the roundyard and he joined up nicely after a few minutes. I will be wanting to mouth him soon, my trainer wants to long rein him, but I have always ready your articles for advice and I have heard many a good thing about your mouthing system im pleased to say :) So I would like to look into getting your dvd, however I thought I read that your mouthing system only works with your gear (correct me if im wrong) but I cant for the life of me find where on your website it says that, I may have imagined it haha. If that is the case, can you tell me why your mouthing equipment is better than a traditional roller? can a traditional roller still be used to accomplish the same thing Thank You Cassie :)
You only would have read that most Rollers won't hack the system but certainly try with Yours first and see how You go. I do however strongly recommend my new Mouthing Ropes, which are designed for the system and won't trap Horses and make them rear over. Most normal Rope doesn't give that luxury.
I say it again, the system saved me twice Yesterday, when a Horse attempted to Bolt on me when it lost it.
DIET FOR THE OFF THE TRACK THOROUGHBRED
SAVE THE RACEHORSE DREAMERS- read this
Hi HI I have just found your website and think its amazing! It was highly recommended to me from the lady down the road. I am wondering if you can help me? I have an OTT and have started him back into work after a big spell. Looking at diets...... so much to chose from! He has ulcers (currently under treatment) and is a chronic windsucker that he has worn his teeth down. I am hoping for a natural diet? Most information I have found online is from overseas and don't really know what it is like to have horses in Aus. Any help would be much appreciated. Kind regards, Mel
Before I read it, I was preparing to tell You to fix the Ulcers, fix the Wind Sucking (which I hipe you have fixed the Wind Sucking and if You haven't, forget everything You are planning and everything I say.
Then fix the Sand.http://www.horseproblems.com.au/veterinary_assessments_online.htm
Basically, a balanced Diet is necessary, that takes into account the Veterinary condition of the Horse and the likelihood of Ulcers re-occurring. I have emailed You that Diet.
It is of EXTREME importance that the Diet manages the Health of the Horse as well as the Mind, with the appropriate Minerals etc, as well. Best of Luck
THE BRITISH CAVELRY
John, Check this out. A machine that was no doubt invented by the British Horse Society.
No wonder our relatives in the Light Horse used to say that the Pommy Cavalry couldn’t trot their horses over a rolled up blanket without falling off. John F
All electric 240, volt ac or dc powered horse riding exercise machine from the very late 1900s its fully functional,trot cantor & gallop,these were used as cavalry training units for officers in mounted divisions throughout Europe. ,as well as on luxury ocean liners of the time . this is very rare world wide as only two others are known to exist . the ''Titanics'' gym equipment was made by the same company that manufactured this unit ''spencer heath & george ltd''. An adaptor comes with it also so any other type of saddle can be used on it but beware this old horse can be fast !,this is very heavy but comes apart for moving just plug it in & off you go ! was formally used by a disabled horse enthusiast in York England ,prier to that in an officers cavalry school .
I like the park brake lever in front of the saddle. Probably stopped it walking off as they mounted or emergency stop at canter.
Lol John. Classic :)
Hi John & LInda, I'm so
pleased with the collar I have I would like to order another. Thank you
for designing and making such a great product. Cheers, Louise
RESISTANCE THROUGH TRANSITIONS
Hi John, I'm good for bits thanks, already have a couple of yours. I did intend to ask yours or Linda's advice on what DVD/s would be suitable but I was filling in time at work and ended up just ordering. I have chatted to you before about my mare and her floating issues (weaving ect) that's still a work in progress. The main thing I am having trouble with is resistance in transitions, Jill will work on the bit quite ok, but when I ask for a transition the head goes up but will come down again within a stride or so, it's mainly upward transitions. She has been doing this pretty much since I got her late last year, I had thought we would be able to work through it but I'm honestly tired of all the different suggestions on how to deal with it. I don't doubt that my riding is far from perfect! I use a double jointed snaffle, teeth are fine all her gear fits ect. I would appreciate your advice on my DVD selection, please let me know if you think a different one would be more suitable. Cheers Sarah
Hi Sarah Lunge Your Horse in our Running Reins system (which comes with 45 Page e-book) and do many upward and downward transitions through the Gaits You speak of. With the Horse in the frame required and that cannot leap above the Bit. This can be a strength thing (in which case the lunging will help immensely) or a habit, or anticipating smack in mouth from bad hands or Veterinary. the Re-Mouthing DVD's have 2 or three hours on this subject. INSIDE LEG TO OUTSIDE REIN DVD Sarah. I just asked the Boss regard
PONY CLUB CAMP DRAFTING
Hi John Just thought I would send you a few pics from the APEC campdrafting held this month in Lewiston. Felicity and Comet did very well. As you know, he thinks he is a person, not a horse, so he was more scared of the other horses, rather than the cattle. That, I don’t understand because the cattle were bigger than him with very large horns!!!! Notice the large gap between him and the other ponies in the photos!!! Notice also that Felicity has grown and is now looking a little big for him? Damn he is such a great little character and it will be such a shame when he is too small for both of us. I also enclose a couple of photos to show you that the pony clubbers who attended to achieve their pony club campdrafting badge didn’t hang off their horses mouths at all and even though the horses were a little worried when first introduced to the cattle, all participants were calm and relaxed and did extremely well. A great day was had by all and APEC hopes to host a similar event next year. Love to both you and Linda. Happy trails. Mel, Felicity & Comet XX
Great Idea Mel and well done to Comet!!! What a Darling? Glad to Hear the Kids stayed off the Mouths when not directing their Horses.
WHAT AGE TO BREAK IN?
To Horseproblems Australia, So I have a question regarding the best age to start a horse under saddle. I have an ASH X QH filly coming on 2 years and after months of groundwork and desensitization; I feel that she'll be ready to be properly broken in as soon as she hits 2. After doing a lot of research on the topic, I've noticed a huge debate over starting 2-year-olds. From some websites I've gathered that starting a horse at 2 years of age can injure them a few years down the track, while other sites and (older) books say that 2 is an ideal age. A family friend has a 6-year-old which she was riding at 18 months, who I ride regularly with no issues of unsoundness. I broke in a 3-year-old about two years ago, however I was only 13 and didn't entirely know what I was doing nor had I done much research, but he also turned out fine with no issues of unsoundness. As I'm planning for this filly to be my pleasure riding horse with occasional campdrafting for the rest of her working life, I was wondering what age you'd recommend starting her? My main mare has sadly formed a ringbone so I was hoping to break in the filly over my Christmas school holidays and lightly ride her for all of next year but as you can see I'm very stumped as to whether she is old enough or not. Thank you, Georgia
The correct answer Georgia, is that 2 Years Old is too Young to start Horses. Purely and simply because of Veterinary reasons and facts. Humans are like little Kids on Christmas morning and can't wait to open the presents :) Hence the early starting.
Then You get early starting in the Quarter Horse Industry and now the Stock Horse Industry, driven by the $$$
If You must, then just pleasure ride. NO FLAT WORK AND NO CIRCLES. Little Canter. Then You should be right (providing You are not over weight that is.)
I have a Vet in the Car with me as I type and he agrees :)
19th October, 2014
Hi Folks. Hope You had a great Week. I had an exhausting one and quite eventful. below,
Seriously sprained my left ankle when stepping off Rocks below, with a full back pack on and trod on another.........then two Days later, twisted the same ankle on another Rock and in my speedy attempt to not take the weight on it, stumbled forward through a Gate and broke a Rib :) So it's been a painful Week riding all these Horses.
Another of Mrs. HP's Cousins is here from Holland and this one is a 'Young Horse Trainer' and so it was the perfect opportunity to throw Her on one of my current Breakers, Gus, and intro some introduction to Flatwork. :) His Owner, Auntie Loyla thought it was most entertaining but I don't know about Mr. Pork :)
THE GREEN HORSE
Hi John and Linda Thanks again for all your time yesterday, we really enjoyed being able to see Drover out and about. I think he really enjoyed his trail ride and it was amazing to see how much you were able to add on to his education in a trail ride. It was also great to see you and Linda out there riding together and having fun. Kind Regards Jane
Yes thanks Jane. Had a lovely Ride. In fact Mrs. HP said to me as we were going along, that this is the first fun Ride she has had in Years :)
Hell!!!!!!!! that must be a Rock :)
Not quite sure about the waving of Arms
On the Bit a little for the first time
Hit the front for his first time
and Cappo's full Sister...the Saint of a Dulce
I hadn't planned it but I have had a big Week on the Young Horses. Here is the second one.....meet 'Gus', who I have Nick Named "Gummy Shark the 2nd. He and his Mate have had a major Fall Out.
I thought "If You want to Bite everything that exists on the Planet, I'll put You in together for an afternoon. WELL!!!!!! It was Hell fun for about half an Hour but then Gus decided he had just had enough of Gummy Shark 1 for he never let's up. He is in fact a total Pain in the Ass :) and Today, Gus didn't want to know about his Games of Rearing and Platy Biting. First they started to get more serious and then Gus decided that was it. When I went to Feed Tonight, despite them being back in their respective Yards, Gus went HIm whilst on the lead Rope with me. Lolarama Sucker....how does it Feel. This is How Your Mummy Feels at the end of a Session with You....after You spend an Hour trying to Put Her in Your Mouth hahahahahaha. Pay back
Anyhow, here he is on his departure on his first Ride out in his Career.
Leading Him must be one of the nicests Mares in Australia. The fabulous Gainsborough Donner Dulce Vita, who we have purchased back. Cappo's full Sister. Just the best Lead Horse in Town (even though a Mare) as she was my Roping Horse immediately after her starting
anyhow, next Day, around the District on his own and he was a perfect Boy. Nothing like stimulation. No biting, eating things, just concentrating on his very existence :)....we even met some Friends along the way. Camp Drafters no less. Thank God not Thb's :)
Amazing what a first time out alone Horse will do with relaxation.!
and so Today, thanks to Leanne Bossema from Holland, his first go at the arena and 'On the Bit'
Leanne, seen here on the back during a Comp.
GUMMY SHARK 1
He is back with vengeance however and ready to Rock. Been driving everyone Mad with his Games, so he gets ridden again Today and Tomorrow and then Monday, to the Paddock for a Week, before we go the Dressage Training.
DRESSAGE JUDGING ADN HAPPINESS
and on the Flip Side..........
Congrats to Jess Demczuk for winning the Elementary Championship Today at Southern Vales DC. She was over the Moon with the Judge.
"Omgomg john and linda guess what!! Pom and I won champion elementary at southern vales!! 67 and 72.7 %. Wonderful positive comments with great contructive feedback!!! "
Well done to You Jess and to the Judge. Great.
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Well the Husband likes it.........
AND ANOTHER great design job
Just letting you know I received saddle today ...
Beautiful ,love the look .. have tried it on about 20 min ago , fits him and me perfect with some room . So comfy and so much lighter than my western saddle . He can feel leg cues , and I him. ' I'm off tomorrow so will have it on him again and will send pics . Tonight was more getting adjustments sorted.. So very pleased with it . Even got an awesome side pass so he felt my clumsy cues and made sense of it and did it tremendously well .
English Girths (elastic) Full/Cob/Pony
WIND SUCKING COLLAR
Thankyou :) Wind sucking collar I bought from you is working great by the way - he doesn't mind having it on either! Karina
Pawing Chain. (Kid Leather and Neoprene inside for the protection of the Horse)
GOSSIP OF THE DAY
TIP OF THE DAY
" Dressage Riders who ride with a 'Blocking Hand, can and do cause Ulcers in Horses"
HORSE PURCHASE ASSESSMENTS
There are some decidedly dangerous prospective Horse Purchases to be had
in South Australia right at this time. Mainly Warmbloods, so watch
THE HORSE CAN TELL YOU IT'S RUGGING PREFERENCES
LISTEN TO YOUR HORSES.......ours tell us every Day. but anyhow.......
Blanket? No blanket? Blanket? Oh, that frustrating inner battle on a cool day. There are many good reasons to put a blanket on your horse, but there are just as many reasons to leave it off. If only your horse could just tell you want he wanted! Actually, there might be a way to determine whether your horse wants a blanket or prefers to be naked: Cecilie M. Mejdell, PhD, of the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, and colleagues have developed a communication system with horses that allows the animal to express his desire to have a blanket on—or not. “Blanketing horses is common in our culture, but blankets are often used excessively, even into summer,” said Mejdell. Mejdell presented a study she completed with Turid Buvik, Grete Jørgensen, and Knut Boe, at the 2014 International Society for Equitation Science conference, held Aug. 6-9 in Bredsten, Denmark. “(Blankets) could be uncomfortable for the horse, and they also prevent social grooming,” she said. “So it’s important to know what the horse actually prefers.” Using a simple series of easily distinguishable printed symbols, Mejdell’s group taught 23 horses to associate symbols with certain actions. The horses learned that one symbol meant “blanket on,” another meant “blanket off,” and a third meant “no change.” Once the horses had learned the meanings (which took an average of 11 days), the researchers gave them free rein to choose symbols and rewarded them with food for their selection, regardless of which symbol they chose. The team tested the horses under a variety of weather conditions, including sun, wind, rain, and snow, in Norwegian temperatures ranging from -15°C to 20°C (5°F to 68°F). Video clips showed horses quickly making a selection when the researchers presented the symbols and then standing still waiting for their choice to be carried out.
Photo: Courtesy Cecilie M. Mejdell, PhD
“The horses’ preferences were often very clear,” Mejdell said. Video clips presented during the presentation revealed horses quickly making a selection when the researchers presented the symbols and then standing still waiting for their choice to be carried out. Overall, the horses appeared to understand the communication system's benefits, Mejdell said. Blanketing preferences varied from horse to horse, but on the whole cold-blooded draft-type horses chose to be blanketed less frequently than the Warmblood horses in the study. Individually, horses’ preferences seemed to be influenced by weather conditions: the colder, wetter, and windier it got outside, the more likely the horse was to choose to be blanketed. “Communication by the use of visual symbols is a promising tool for the study of preferences in horses,” Mejdell said.
DO JUDGES SEE THINGS THE SAME AS SCIENTISTS
Do dressage judges see horses' behavior the same way a scientist would? Recent study results yielded mixed results: Equestrian professionals do, on the whole, have an appreciation for welfare-friendly behavior in the ring, but they disagree with scientists when it comes to head and neck position. “There is public perception of ridden horse behavior that seems to view the nasal plane behind the vertical and overflexing the horse’s neck as positive,” said Carol Hall, PhD, researcher and principal lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, in the U.K. “Other research has shown that horses are judged as having ‘better ridability’ if they have their nasal planes behind the vertical. And this is despite the guidelines of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).” In Hall's recent study, which she presented at the 2014 International Society for Equitation Science, held Aug. 6-9 in Bredsten, Denmark, she found that scientific stress parameter readings are in line with the FEI guidelines for head and neck positions.
Horses showed higher salivary cortisol levels and higher eye temperatures—both indicators of stress—when in a hyperflexed (behind the vertical) position. Even so, Hall cautioned that these “stress” results could be linked to physical instead of mental stress: “It could just be that they’re working harder. We can’t really make any direct conclusions about mental state based on these data.” In their study, Hall and her fellow researchers investigated 10 horses and their regular riders as they performed a simple two- to three-minute dressage pattern that included three gaits. The team took salivary samples and eye temperature before and five times during the test. Additionally, they video-recorded horses' behavior, which three different groups of equestrian professionals--riders, veterinarians, and riding instructors—then evaluated.
The researchers found minor discrepancies among the professional evaluations for certain behaviors, such as salivation and tail-swishing. But they noted significant differences when it came to head and neck position. Veterinarians and riders seemed to correlate a behind-the-vertical position with higher energy levels and an in-front-of-the-vertical position with reduced suppleness, Hall said. Instructors, however, generally appeared to favor the neutral (vertical) nose position. Meanwhile, the team found that the longer the horse carried his head low (with his nose below the abdominal line), the higher his salivary cortisol concentrations rose. And the longer he carried his nose behind the vertical, the more his eye temperature increased.
Scientists can be so mis-leading :) This statement........ hyperflexed (behind the vertical) position.
does NOT necessarily mean ROLLKUR but they are cunningly trying to portray everything that is behind the Vertical, as such. This of course is incorrect.
They have a pre-occupation with 'behind the Vertical' and need to go study "Above the Bit' which causes much more ridden damage to Horses!!
We can both categorically say, based upon our Study which is Thousands of Horses, that indeed, "Behind the Vertical' can even be used to aid in Veterinary afflictions of the rear end of Horses. Above the Bit just destroys them
Kerry Glass Hi John, little Sass won the Novice Pony Champion at SVDC today with winning both tests 68% and 62% a big thank you to Linda her lessons are so correct to the training scale xxxx
NEWS OF THE DAY
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN JOCKEY DIES
Apprentice jockey Caitlin Forrest has died after a fall at Murray Bridge racecourse near Adelaide. The 19-year-old suffered horrific injuries when her mount Colla Voce fell, bringing down three other horses, and she was flung to the ground ahead of the trailing pack on Wednesday.
She was reportedly semi-conscious and responsive when airlifted to the
Royal Adelaide Hospital but later died from her injuries.
Forrest's boyfriend, fellow jockey Scott Westover, said on Facebook:
"Today has been the worst day of my life.
Mr Westover's Facebook page has this morning been flooded with
condolences and messages of support.
HORSE TRAILER ACCIDENT
Chopper 9 flew over the scene, where crews were cleaning up debris that
was scattered all over the highway.
IT�S not often that animal activists do animal owners a favour. But that's precisely what radical fringe group the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses did for horse owners and horse racing last week. Their enormous billboard between Footscray and Racecourse roads (below) — which has been removed — telling us that horse racing “kills” and asking, “Is the party really worth it?” provides the perfect chance to expose some important facts about these extremists. For example, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, a group that is allegedly concerned with horse welfare, spends virtually no money each year caring for horses. In 2012-13, they spent only $313 on horse rescue and rehoming. During the same period, they spent more than 10 times the amount on photographic equipment and the same again on campaigns and events, printing and stationery. In comparison, racehorse owners spend about $30,000 each year caring for a single racehorse. In Victoria alone, more than $300 million is spent annually on the training, care and welfare of racehorses. But the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses is not the sort to trumpet that fact. That’s why they continue their wildly incorrect claims that 18,000 racehorses are killed each year.
In the real world, evidence shows that Australia-wide, between 650 and 960 racehorses are put down per annum. As with family pets, accidents happen, animals age or can’t find homes and so are euthanised. It is important to put those numbers in perspective using further real world figures. According to the RSPCA’s national summary, 10,378 dogs and 19,448 cats were put down by the organisation in 2012-13 alone. In my view, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses cannot and should not be taken seriously. Their figures shouldn’t be taken at face value. They seem to have no credibility when it comes to spending money on horse welfare. But what should be taken seriously is the economic and cultural damage they continue to inflict on Australia’s horseracing industry, first jumps racing and now flats racing, too. This group has nearly destroyed our rich cultural heritage of jumps racing.
Australia’s oldest steeplechase, the Great Western, was first held at Coleraine in 1857. The poet, politician and horseman, Adam Lindsay Gordon, immortalised the track in a poem. Casterton, where horses jump live hedges beneath rolling hills, is one of the prettiest racecourses in Australia. There is no greater sight than watching horses gallop off the course proper and continue cross country, aside from the Melbourne Cup, perhaps. And that is what activists are putting in jeopardy — our history, our culture and our national economic wellbeing. Horse racing is a major employer. It earns significant domestic and international tourism income. A rebuilt jumps racing industry has the potential to grow this further. Like England’s Grand National steeplechase at Aintree, a showcase race should aim to draw 150,000 people and 600 million viewers each year.
PREMIER Denis Napthine has been a strong supporter of horse racing and jumps racing, in particular. The Government shows the nation how support for the racing industry can, and should, be done. For too long, Australia has let a vocal minority — animal activists and green do-gooders — attack our history and our culture. We have allowed this radical fringe to damage our economy. As a nation, we have permitted the people who know least about horses — or farming or fishing or forestry, for that matter — to strangle these industries in red tape. We’ve let them dominate media debates and shut down businesses. This hasn’t just damaged our cultural heritage. It hasn’t just hurt our rural communities. It hasn’t just harmed our economy. It has destroyed our economic potential, too. Horse racing is currently worth $2.1 billion to Victoria. With continuing support, particularly for jumps racing, imagine what more it could do.
BILL GATES DAUGHTER ON A WINNER
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has shelled out $US18 million in California to buy an equestrian estate off weight loss guru Jenny Craig. Gates, whose daughter, Jennifer, is a keen showjumper, completed the deal to buy the 228-acre Rancho Paseana, located in Rancho Santa Fe, in mid-September. It is understood that Gates intends to keep the property as an equestrian facility, with local media reporting it will be operated as a hunter-jumper facility. The estate, about 20 minutes north of San Diego, includes five barns, a three-quarter mile racetrack, a guest house and an olive grove. Four of the barns have 30 stalls each, while the fifth is set up for the care of injured horses. Craig had used the facility, which she has owned for about 20 years, for the training of thoroughbreds, but closed the operation in 2013. A real estate agent linked to the sale said Craig had wanted to keep the property as a horse facility. She had in the past received offers for the property from developers. Documents show that the Gates company that purchased the property is Watermark Estate Management Services, based in Kirkland, Washington. Gates is ranked by Forbes as America’s richest person, with a net worth of about $US80 billion. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given away $30 billion since 2000.
NEW TRAINING SYSTEM|
With its space-age design, it would not look out of place in a theme park but its creator claims it will revolutionise the training of racehorses. Planning permission has already been approved for the construction of the mile-long monorail system just outside the Berkshire training centre of Lambourn with work expected to being before the end of the year after the recent appointment of a Project Manager. Ultimately running along the track will be a computer controlled unit housing between six and 12 horses as they exercise with controlled weights on their backs rather than riders. By this time next year, it should be completed and Turkish industrialist Mehmet Kurt, who has poured $20million (£12.4million) into development and will spend a further £10m on his system’s construction at Kingwood Stud, is convinced the horse welfare benefits will win over any sceptic minds in racing.
Kurt this week outlined his plans to a Jockey
Club delegation headed by chief executive Simon Bazalgette but he
already has a prototype operating near Istanbul.
Kurt, a former president of Adanaspor football club who studied the movement of wild horses in Arizona before designing his prototype, claims his system can also play a significant role in the rehabilitation of injured horses. The man, who has won the Turkish Derby twice with The Best (1993) and Batrobel (1999), said: ‘When I had young horses which were exciting and expected to become champions were injured too often, I felt I had to find a solution or leave the sport. ‘Breakdowns and muscle injuries arise when horses are pushed beyond their capabilities at a very young age. ‘This is about making a horse ready for training. The idea is to make it as natural as possible with no restriction on movement.’ Kurt has had horse in training with Richard Hannon this summer and intends to increase his British string. He will intend this week’s next session of the Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket this week with bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud. Kurt’s intention is to practise what he preaches and pre-train his young stock on his system. He insists he can win over the traditionally conservative racing community to join him. ‘I know people have old habits but when they see horses going from the Kurtsystems to be winners they will change to new habits,’ he said. He already has one convert, renowned US Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts, who said: ’I see potential in it, amazing potential.’
HOW IT WORKS
Units housing between six to 10 horses travel along a one-mile monorail covered system exercising on an artificial racing surface. Loose connecting reins allow each horse freedom of movement to make exercise as natural as possible. System can be shut down by an operator travelling in control car behind the horses. Automatic shutdown also checks in via sensors on the tethers if a horse stumbles or falls. System designed to run at speeds of up to 35mph and horses would work for up to an hour a day Weights gradually increased on each horses back, starting at 20 kilos and peaking at 60 kilos. Respiratory and heart rate monitors on each compartment
An equestrian centre shot dead a perfectly healthy former racehorse and dumped it in a mother-of-two's garden at night following a dispute over an unpaid £30 bill. Seven-year-old Kit was being kept in a DIY livery field owned by GG Centre in Raskelf, North Yorkshire, at a cost of £10 per week. But 26-year-old Beckie Warner - an experienced rider who leased the horse - told the centre she did not want to pay the charge until the end of Kit's stay. Ms Warner claims she received a phone call last night, telling her that Kit would be left tied to a tree if she did not pay up. Just one hour later, she heard a dumper truck stop outside her house. She then saw Kit dying in her front garden from a single gunshot wound to the head, she says.
Today, an RSPCA inspector claimed the horse had been killed illegally with a.38 pistol and said there was nothing physically wrong with the animal. But the owner of the GG Centre claims they had no choice but to put Kit down humanely, using a licensed specialist, after several failed attempts to get the horse into a box. Police also confirmed that two men, aged 36 and 53, are being questioned over the incident. Ms Warner said: 'I am absolutely devastated. I still cannot think straight. It's like being in a trance. 'I cannot get my head round what has happened, that someone could do something so evil. It's unreal - it's like something you would read about.
'I'm distressed by how somebody could do something so evil to an innocent animal, put a bullet in its head for just £30, not three grand but £30.' Ms Warner said she had to tell her daughters Honey, seven, and Lexi, four, there was a cow under the sheet for fear of upsetting them. She said: 'At about 9pm my horse would have been in her field happily eating grass and someone has taken her out, put a bullet in her head and dumped the body in my garden. 'The body was still there at 11am this morning, I had to tell my girls it was a cow under the sheet. They used to ride her.' Ms Warner said she had been looking after the horse - which belonged to a friend - since April, as part of a full loan agreement.
She claims she placed the horse at the GG Centre two weeks ago at a cost of £10 a week. The firm allegedly asked her to pay up front but she did not want to pay until afterwards.
She said she received a phone call from the centre last night, asking again for the money. Ms Warner said: 'They asked me to pay a month up front but I didn't because people had warned me not to, I told them I would pay at the end of the month. 'Somebody from the centre phoned me last night and told me to pay up, but I said I would be paying them at the end of the week and they seemed fine with that. 'They told me if I don't pay up they would tie my horse up in my garden.' Today, Edward Harvey Johnson, owner of the GG Centre, confirmed the horse had been left with them in a DIY livery field, at a cost of £10 a week. The stables describes itself on its website as ‘one of the finest horse and rider facilities in the UK.’ He said the centre had tried frequently to contact Ms Warner, explaining they would tether the horse in her garden if she did not contact them. But he claims they were forced to put down the horse after several failed attempts to get Kit into a horse box. He claims it was done humanely by a licensed specialist in the field, before it was transported to Ms Warner's garden. Mr Johnson said: 'We removed the destroyed horse for them to dispose of in the correct or legal manner, as is the responsibility of the owner
'We are satisfied it was handled in the best possible way and we fulfilled our obligations for the safety and well-being of the general public. 'In this business you have to make these kind of decisions and they are not always pleasant or easy, but they have to be made. The buck has to stop somewhere.' Neighbours spoke of their horror over the incident. Donna Spencer, who was at the scene last night, said: 'The lady only had the horse on loan, she didn't own it. 'He phoned her and threatened her, and said if she didn't pay the money, the horse would be tied up in her garden. 'I'm just sickened, I can't believe someone has stooped so low to shoot someone's horse over £30. This needs to get out there.'
And Dennis Jarvis said: 'There must have been about 12 police vehicles coming and going, vans, cars and officers in plain clothes. 'I looked down from my window and could see a big shape under some sheets, and I thought it might be a human body.' North Yorkshire Police today confirmed a 36-year-old man from Raskelf and a 53-year-old man from York were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. They remain in police custody. Karen Colman, an RSPCA inspector, said the arrests had been made at the GG Centre in Raskelf.
LETTER OF THE DAY
WHEN TO USE RUNNING REINS
Hi John I just have a question about lunging a
young horse in your running reins. Is it too early?? I have a 3.5yo appy
x WB, he is 4 in February, he was broken late last year and then turned
out straight away as advised by the breaker, he had got very very sour.
So we have brought him back into work, he was originally a bit of a
challenge, so pig headed. He had NO mouth, I did some work with him and
he now has a good lateral mouth and basic front mouth, he stops, rein
backs. He is my daughters horse, she is 15 yo, 55 kg and riding him, it
took a bit of work to get him going forward. So now he is forward with a
soft one rein stop but he has absolutely NO idea about softening to
contact on 2 reins. He does soften on turns. I have pretty much told my
daughter not to worry about his head and mouth, just ride him forward
with soft reins lots of changes of direction, pace etc. But when going
forward, if she needs to take some contact to steer, steady him, he
resists the contact. I really do not like him practising this behaviour.
My daughter wants to do all the work herself. Independent! The horse is
quite weedy but not badly put together, not terribly upside down etc
Hi Karen. The short answer of course is go for it.
The causes for this could be one of two things. The Trainer not getting to 'submission' stuff like I do and have been doing in the first Week of all these Horses....or....
The conformation of the horse is such that it will naturally want to protect itself. In other words, "Not really suitable for the Purpose' of English Riding. Such Horses, apart from rejecting them for such use, need early intervention, to turn their Body around. (which You can do and I have done.) To influence nature.
If I may comment on the sentence which I highlighted......this soft reins thing is completely anti productive and in fact building upon the incorrect Muscle development, as well as deteriorating the Mouth. So it is really 'bit the bullet' and have these Horses SUBMIT to a soft and correct outline or STAY RIGHT AWAY from their FRONT Mouth, using the Laterals for brakes etc.
Your Daughter may well need a Market Harborough to insist upon submission and if You get drama, then start considering the Veterinary, CONFORMATION and so on. Regards
LETTERS OF THE DAY
INSIDE LEG TO OUTSIDE REIN
PANIC THROUGH TRANSITIONS WITH STANDARDBRED
Hi John, could I ask you a question, I have a standardbred as a riding horse, before I got him he had apparently been to a few trainers and didn't cope with the fast training method and became very anxious, the lady who owned him was scared of him and he came to me, now he is a big scaredy cat and a lovely boy, when I first use to ride him he would stick his head in the air and jig, jog I have spent many months getting him to walk calmly on a loose rein and then to come into the bit, I have just started to ask for trot were apon he slams his hoof down when asked for trot and tanks of in a panic, I am just asking for a few strides on a loose rein and he has started to settle, but the one problem I can't seem to solve is , after trotting he wants to take over and trot when he wants, I ask him over and over again softly at first then if he doesn't listen I ask him harder to just walk, he just doesn't seem to want to listen to me, how do I show him it doesn't have to be a fight all the time just relax after a trot and stop arguing with me, it's becoming so frustrating he doesn't have to get in a state about things , I do ride in your market harbourough , just want him to get that Ime not going to thrash him and just realax, I whish people wouldn't mess with horses minds, Ime pretty sure he's been belted or something, sorry for the long questions I just need to find the answer for this horse so he can relax and enjoy life, thank you. Leslie. Canada
This is a massive subject Leslie (aren't they all?) but to put it very simply for You, Your problem in essence, is attempting to trot "with the loose rein" You should ALWAYS be walking such a Horse "on a pleasure rein" but when ready to trot, pick the Horse up momentarily, to attain submission and a frame and then trot off (with complete control from the English perspective) It is the lack of support and the allowance to "run" that will not show the Mind of the Horse that "all is well through the transition" Here is Loyla's Today (on his second only ride out in his Life) alone.
Of course that pre-supposes that the Horse has been taught to 'Leg Yield' and most of these haven't. It also depends if the Owner is wanting to ride in the "Western or English' style but if it happens to be 'English' then 'On the Bit' solves this problem. 'On the Bit' for this particular problem, actually acts as a Psychological Crutch to such a Horse and gives them boundaries where as the Loose Rein leaves them with having to make too many decisions, too early, on their own, which heightens stress levels.
BIG GIRLS AND MOUNT UP
I have one of your saddles, love it tho my horse
has got a bit rounder with spring! Fat QH, 15.2hh approx. The saddle
slips around even when a lighter person gets on, no wither on him. I
have a mesh lining under my blanket, but looking for a better one. Are
yours non slip and would they be ok just with a thinner blanket over?
Also do you think a breast plate would help. I am 5ft 10 and about about
100kg(dont tell any one) and I wonder why it keeps slipping. There are
heavier blokes than me that ride in the old westerns and their saddles
dont slip (look at John Wayne). My saddle blanket that goeas over is
very thick, so maybe thats the problem! I dont know , any ideas?? Liz
A few comments
Thanks for that, thick blanket has to go, and next pay will order one of your neoprene blankets. It doesnt slip around when I ride, so hoping I am a balanced rider, it’s just mounting up. Dont ride drunk either but may have a beer afterward Thanks for that, I guess I will order thru your website? Liz
Ok Liz, I didn't handle the
"Mounting Up' question. I didn't realize this was the issue.
So You absolutely must have a Mounting Block and help from a Second Person, to hold the Off Side Stirrup, to save the SADDLE CUTTING INTO the Wither of the Horse, for that is what happens.
Best of Luck
Thank you for your quick reply. You and your wife are superb horsemen and it is disappointing I can’t attend a clinic but it appears your video products are excellent so I shall look into them in regards to starting a young horse. Can you recommend suitable ones for my needs. The filly we bred is a year old now and I was wanting to determine when I should start introducing her to the saddle etc. She has all the essentials in regards to halter training/yielding, round yard, worming, injections, farrier work (I do my own trims so she has had plenty of exposure) etc. I have come through a Natural Horsemanship background and am a Western riding competitor. I know she is too young for weight bearing but I thought pretty soon she could go through the bagging down & saddling process in the round yard at liberty. I don’t want to rush her progress and would appreciate your advice. I have 3 other horses, her mum and two geldings, one retired and the other one is my current competition horse. I am not inexperience but not so young any more and realise that some time in the future I will have to re-home my filly and want to turn out the best horse I possibly can to ensure her a happy life with her future human partner.
The Horse is way too Young for putting Saddles on. You see there is a vast difference between the influences of the current Western and Stock Horse World and the English Disciplines. Do You realize that Warmbloods for instance, don't fully mature until 6 or 7 Years even but Quarter Horses perhaps 4 or so. Riding 2 Year Olds no matter the Breed, is in breech of all Veterinary protocols, common sense and fairness.
During the breaking in process, by the time one does put a Saddle on a Horse, it is a non event anyway so it isn't important to be worrying about that during this time. Stock Whip Train the Young Horse, Leg Restraints Training, Float Loading and the rest, yes....go for it. I strongly recommend You leave the Young one to 3 Year old. Regards
THE RIGORS OF THE FARRIER LIFE
Hello again John and Linda I have an idea I’d like to share / pass by you. As a weekend barefoot trimmer I often come across horses (many OTT Thoroughbreds and other high energy horses; Arabs) that can and are difficult to trim. By difficult to trim I mean that due to any number of reasons, often historically bad treatment, they do not want me or anyone else lifting/touching their hooves, and will ultimately pull away and/or kick, to the point where it becomes very difficult and usually so dangerous that I cannot trim them. My clients don’t like their horses twitched or sedated in order to be trimmed (nor do), however they are losing farriers/trimmers due to their horses actions. Now I’m the first to admit that I’m not the most experienced horse person around. This is potentially where you guys come in. I’m keen to gain greater skills in this area; dealing with horses that have a problem letting their owners, and farrier/trimmer lift their feet appropriately. To be clear, I’m just focused on the hoof trimming and behaviour of horses to allow their feet to be handled safely and with respect to people. My question therefore is this – do you think this is something you could teach me (for a fee of course)? Happy to give you a call to chat over the phone. Cheers Geoff
Of course Geoff, this is my subject :) You are dammed if You do and dammed if You don't though, with many Owners thinking their Horse is the perfect Angel when it is in fact very naughty and others simply having no idea about things such as Leg Restraints to re-train. It sure would be beneficial though, for You to understand all of the systems and to see how safe they are. Regards
Thanks. Let me clarify she is in a very nice comfortable yard most hours of the day, but the owner of the property does like to tether her in another paddock that has parts of the external fence down. I’m not really happy with this arrangement, but they are currently doing up her original paddock. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before she goes back there. Thanks for your help. Kind regards, Pamela
LISTEN TO THE HORSES
Hey John and Linda! How's things back in SA? I was wondering if I could ask a question of you and Linda Could you please describe the signs and symptoms of Bridle- lameness? I have started riding '======= again after his (and my) 7 week spell. The first couple of rides were great and it was like he hadnt had any time off. The last two rides have been different however. The first time I started doing canter work and all was well until he started wanting to speed up all the time so I went about doing some circles and transitions and getting him focused (I was in a large open space and we was much more interested in the cattle across the road than in what I was telling him). He then started jacking up and doing these little hoppy things with his front end every time I sat trot and wanting to hop into canter. I thought I would then let him bowl along in canter for a bit but when I gave him a loose rein and put leg on he just started jacking up in his front end and not going forward. I stopped and went back to rising trot for a bit while I thought about what had happened and he settled into it again.
When I then tried for canter again he did the same thing. I thought 'maybe I'm not allowing him to go forward well enough' so I basically gave him the reins and told him to go along the straight and he was good. Then today, he trotted around nicely for about the first 10mins and then started feeling like a coiled spring and wanting to go, so asked him to canter again, and he propped and almost stopped and then started off again in this short choppy trot and wouldnt go forward. I pushed him through that and he settled into a nice forward trot again for a while and then I asked him to halt and then walk on- he then started swishing his tail, flicking his back end up and hardened his back. He usually does this kind of thing when he's getting bitten by a midgy so I checked him over but there was nothing there. I tried again to just ask him to walk on from halt and he really jacked up and started doing these see-saw hoppy thing with both ends and getting all anxious. I thought it might have been something pinching him with his gear, so got off, checked and re-arranged everything and put him on the lunge for 5mins to have a look at him- nothing- he went forward nice and calm both ways. So I got back on and tried to just walk-halt-walk-halt and every time I asked him to walk he was getting upset and flicking his back end around.
Tried trotting again, and he wouldnt go forward well or soften to my contact. We walked around until he had calmed down, then went for a little trail ride just up to the and of the property and he was quite happy to walk and look at everything. At this point I'm thinking- physio opinion for his usual sacro issue or something about how I am riding is irritating him. I do tend to be a bit nagging with my hands and am very conscious of not doing this and have been working hard to just sit quietly and not annoy him. I might change his bit and see how that goes and maybe just ride him on a pleasure rein next ride and see if I have the same issue. This might tell me if its something that I'm doing?? I was quiet and calm about it all and talked to him while we were walking around because he seems to get upset when he thinks I might be. The look on his face when I got off (while champing on the bit) was one of anxiety and he seemed upset. It broke my heart and after coming inside I got straight online and read a few of your articles looking for ideas. I thought maybe he's finally trying to tell me that he doesnt like the way I hold a contact?? Any thoughts would be appreciated . Thanks in advance Pam
You asked about Bridle Lameness. When a Horse displays such, it becomes uneven, appearing lame in it's trot work and sometimes in walk. It will also take more connection on one rein than the other and won't bend equally in both directions.
However, the symptoms You describe, ie. running way first and then baulking indicates unsoundness, not Bridle Lameness.
You describe that the Horse became very tense and this is another sign of discomfort and the Horse attempting to communicate with You.
Seeing as the Horse has had a spell, it could possible be weakness and may require a sustained preparatory period to build Muscle fitness, prior to riding.
However, we have recently come to discover and perfect the 'Holy Grail' when it comes to how to ride and rehab such Horses. Horses with slight back issues and Sacro. Mrs. HP has been filming a Video on this subject and building upon it slowly. It should end up being the definitive work on the subject.
Trail Rides are a good idea.
5TH OCTOBER, 2014
Hope You had a lovely Week and are all well.
Yes, the World is still Mad with wall to wall Criminals terrorizing our Suburbs, 600 in a Fight in the City Centre last Night, Muslims attempting to cut the Heads of Police and a random member of the Public in Martin Place Sydney, crooked Trade Unions, Crooked Liberal Party, Crooked Labor Party, Police wearing Hoodies and getting Tattoos so they can copy the Criminals (hardly instilling confidence in our Community) Kids being beaten to Death, Issas beheading their way across the Middle East and the list goes on. So did You survive?????......how are Your Horses???
28th September, 2014
Hi Folks, how are You all?...hope You had a good Week. It was sad for me, with having to attend a Funeral and anyone else we know that has thoughts of inviting us to another, please don't as it is unfair on those left behind.......
Terrible Storms across the State Today, with NO RAIN, just drying everything out and 120K Winds. We were Home in the Dark after trying to help a Lady in distress with Her lovely Horse that had hit and cut the Head on the Roof of Her Float. The results of a 17 Hands Horse and a Standard size Float. I have to attempt to educate, as I have been doing since 2001 and point out that Standard Height Horse Floats are accidents waiting to happen with Horses over 16 Hands.
I don't know what it is but I must attract them. Just about every Horse I have started over the last two Years has been an above average A.D.D. Child and this one is no exception. In fact, right to the end of the Career, comes new challenges requiring new approaches in Breaking in Horses for we always knew that they are all different but then You meet them when they are more than different indeed. :)
For the first Week, I set about doing all the preparatory things one may do with a Starter.....but every Day, I had to abort the work inside 20 Minutes actual, due to over reaction to my requests, getting sweaty and I won't work a sweaty Horse. So each Day I have reported to the Owner and discounting Her Daily Fee considerably.
Now You may be thinking that the Horse is nervy, feral and so on.....on the contrary, he is the opposite. He just wants to kiss and cuddle Humans and be all over them like a Rash :)
So I thought, ok, forget all training, just Mouth Him and get on Him but above all, completely forget the Natural Horsemanship and so on, just let the damm Horse make Love to me.....yes, every Trainers Nightmare and many Owners Dream .......and so it was that he settled down, got rid of the stress, the sweat and is ready to ride.
I'll introduce You to Him next Week :) Mind You.....his tally is building. Today a Hay Net, the Ball Cock off his Trough and sundry leather flappers off lead ropes. Never mind, Children must Play :)
Cappo was his usual lovely Boy of course but he and Mrs. HP were once again, two Shows running, my the confusion somewhere in the systems, where Judges are either having the wrong Tests or, again Today, not the required number of Sheets for Pencillers.
I have to tell You that this SERIOUSLY affected Cappo because he is a 10 Minute warmup and he has to be timed to the Minute or he "Dies in the Ass" He was due on, warmed up ready to fire, just like last time, at 3.05pm but didn't get to go until 3.25pm, with the warmup having to be aborted and lost.
It is hard enough to qualify and represent the State at the Victorian Dressage Festival. due to the lack of F.E.I Comps, without losing valuable chances of performing at Your best.
Anyhow, we don't know how he went, due to the Storms and Wind and no results able to be posted
We attended the Funeral of Rosie Heath on Friday and the lovely CWA type get together at the Wistow Hall after where there was magnificent catering. Well done Folks. Great Crowd but Sad Day :(
I had People messaging me, asking if I had Her Young Horse for Breaking in. I don't know what that is about. I couldn't believe she didn't make arrangements for Her first love...the Horses??
On the Way Home, we witnessed probably the most Dangerous Semmi Driver we have ever seen, not in this Photo but on another short straight, run a Horse Float off the Road. We were all travelling at 100k and he just disappeared.....on a Road with about 30 60k Bends on it.
ATTENTION WESTERN AUSTRALIA CLIENTS
After watching a Video of "the first ride on a Breaker' (supplied by the Owner who was granted permission to film) and seeing absolutely nothing remaining that I may have passed on, I must decline involvement.
The Horse, become a vertical Rearer and sent Home to the Owner after 5 Rides, is going to Clint James of WA, who I shall work with in an attempt to regain the $25,000 investment of the good Client.
I don't know who or what has influenced Fred Watkins of Watkins Horse Handlers, WA but strongly recommend he dis-associates Himself, from whoever that may be, as the results of such training, as displayed to us in this Video, can only result in disaster.
TIP OF THE DAY
If You are selling a Horse, don't ever stand one up like this. Those Days have gone.
If You are a Buyer of a Performance Horse, don't ever buy one that stands like this.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The Nut Cases of the Horse World
Hi John, I emailed you some time ago about a horse I went to look at that was for sale because his young rider couldn’t get him to stand still enough to mount up. Turns out it was a ==== horse, sold to her as “quiet in the saddle, but a bit green on the ground”, and he was - quite frankly - a death trap. He was a shaking ball of nerves and I couldn’t even put weight in one stirrup without him erupting sideways. L
I told her to give Fair Trading a call, wished her the best, and walked away. When I started chatting to friends about it, all sorts of stories came out of the woodwork about other horses purchased from Wayne who were also nut jobs. One particular friend of mine lived in the Illawarra region many years ago, and was sold a mare who, within a day or arriving, went completely and utterly lame. A vet check revealed major problems that this horse would have been suffering for years, and it wasn’t something that had happened in transit. She asked Wayne for her money back, and he refused, so she sent around her partner at the time, who was a bikie, and Wayne quickly decided it was in his own best interest to refund her money. J So after having a look at that first horse, and many others, I became a little jaded as the vast majority were just plain un-rideable.
In the end I decided to start with a youngster and bought a lovely 1yo stock horse colt and have had him for a year now. He is coming along beautifully with his groundwork. Such a willing boy – he really is a pleasure to own. Have just had him gelded so I’m sure he will only get better with time. He’s still too young to break in yet, so I thought I’d keep my eye out for a project horse to play around with until the young fella is old enough to ride. (I also have a 20yo QHx who I still occasionally trail ride but he is starting to tell me it’s time for retirement) L
So anyway, a couple of days ago I find a horse on gumtree and the lady selling him is being very upfront that this horse has issues on the ground. Pulls back violently when tied up, hard to catch, can be quiet one moment, but a nervous wreck the next. Will totally bowl you over if he gets a fright. He is supposed to be lovely to ride under saddle though (I will make my own judgement on that however). Now the reason for my long-winded story is this….turns out this horse is yet another Wayne special. :-/ I actually laughed out loud when she told me he was a Wayne horse. I mean – I live over 5 hours away from Wayne, so the chances of me running into another one of his horses would be pretty slim you would think, but obviously not. At least the lady is being honest about this horses issues and has made it clear she won’t sell him to “just anyone”. I haven’t made up my mind yet whether to bother going to have a look at him or not, but I just thought you would appreciate the story.
For Sale to a very knowledgable sporting/polocross or horse sport
and of course we can see the Stories of the Sad Horse, in his Eyes :(
HORSE PURCHASE ASSESSMENTS
As I have been warning for a couple of Years now, the buying of a Horse is a highly dangerous thing and I have 'fought the good fight' against one half of the problem, that of lying Horse Sellers but of late, to point out the unsound Horses that are of plague proportions but generally ridden by People who don't even know it.
I had a well known Victorian Vet against me in a Court Case a couple of Years ago and she insisted that the subject horse was not lame because it didn't show lameness. Well "Read my Lips"......
THE VAST MAJORITY OF UNSOUND HORSES DO NOT SHOW LAMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and so it was this Week alone, that we examined Video of 3 separate potential Purchases for one single Client.
ALL 3 HORSES were either unsound or would have gone unsound with Dressage. $44,000 worth of risk.
Always ask Yourself why a Horse, (in 7 out of 7 Photos) stands with one rear Leg back????
Be careful out there Folks!!
LESSON OF THE WEEK
Hi John and Lynda Hope your comp went well today. Wasn't the weather disgusting? 60km winds at home and Steve wasn't going to let that stop him practicing his new found skills. He hopped on in the arena today and enjoyed spending some time on his horse. Drover was absolutely perfect and did not put a hoof wrong. Thanks John you are a great teacher and we are constantly astounded as to how far this little horse has come in such a short time. Looking forward to next week. Thought I would send you a photo of them today. Kind Regards Jane
Hi John and Lynda Hope your comp went well today. Wasn't the weather disgusting? 60km winds at home and Steve wasn't going to let that stop him practicing his new found skills. He hopped on in the arena today and enjoyed spending some time on his horse. Drover was absolutely perfect and did not put a hoof wrong. Thanks John you are a great teacher and we are constantly astounded as to how far this little horse has come in such a short time. Looking forward to next week. Thought I would send you a photo of them today. Kind Regards Jane
Well done Steve. Legend!
The Centaur Rein Tension GaugeTM was fitted
to a fixed structure and reins with elastic insert or standard rubber
reins were attached. Both sets of reins measured 20 mm x 6 mm (width x
depth) and weighed 350 g. Rein tensions (N) were measured for left and
right hands, both rein types whentaking up a normal riding contact and
executing a walk to halt transition using a cross-over design. The time
(s) for a total release of tension was also derived for each
This study suggests that although elastic inserts in reins may result in less tension in generalriding, they may alter riders’behaviour in terms of the tension applied when executing a particularequitation task. Furthermore, elastic inserts in reins may have a deleterious effect on a rider’s ability to applynegative reinforcement accurately and therefore clarity during training.
Horses are not Machines and therefore cannot be studied like such.
The influence of rider handedness on rider position
Each rider was videoed riding her own horse with markers affixed both to ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. Sixty still frames/gait/rider were captured from videos taken from both left and right sides and the rear while riding in a straight line at the halt, walk, trot and canter. Rider symmetry was determined by measuring the angle of displacement of a horizontal line drawn through the rider’s ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles from a vertical reference line. To account for the crookedness of the horse, the displacement of the horse’s spine in relation to the rider’s spine when viewed from the rear was used as a covariate in a mixed model analysis, with dominant hand, riding discipline, level of therider and gait as fixed factors and rider as a random factor.
Paired t-tests compared rider symmetry on left and right sides,
and independent t-tests compared overall riding position for left and
right-handed riders. At the halt, the position of all riders was very
close to the ideal (P>0.20). All riders differed in their head, leg,
knee and chest positions on the left versus the right side (P<0.011).
Beginner riders leaned more forward than advanced riders (10° vs. 4°,
respectively; P<0.011). Right-handed riders leaned more
A pilot study investigating the prevalence of loading
problems at an
Clients were included in the study if the horse spent more than approximately 1 minute standing at the bottom of the ramp when loading was attempted, or after 2 or more failed attempts at walking up the ramp into the trailer. The age, type, use and reason for hospital visit were recorded. Length of time to load, method(s) used to facilitate loading and whether hospital staff assistance was required was also recorded for analysis. This study may indicate if horses that have undergone veterinary treatment/surgery are more reluctant to load, perhaps as a consequence of injury/illness and an unfamiliar environment. The data collection for this study will finish on 30th June 2014.
As of 15th May 2014, 8.8% of 385 hospital appointments had problems loading when discharged, of which 76% required staff assistance. Time delays of over 30 minutes were recorded (26%); however, the majority (56%) were loaded within 15 minutes. Methods included using food, lunge equipment, IV sedation and stronger head restraint. The most popular successful method was using negative reinforcement through whip taps on the ribcage to make the horse walk forwards.
This method was used the majority of
times when staff assisted. Time is very precious in busy equine
hospitals and involvement of staff in
Once again, this Study would not have taken into account "Horse Trailer Design', the 'Horsemanship skills' of the Owner, the experience of the Horse, whether Green, unbroken or not, the ability of the Driver and whether the Horse hates traveling with them and much more. Complete Folly once more but makes them feel good.
Time to go find a cure for Colic, find out the damage modern feeds are doing to Horses, do more work on Worming and much more. Scientists are frustrated Horse Trainers but without the ability to understand.
The welfare of the rider needs to be considered and continuing to ride with pain is an issue which British Dressage needs to address. Therefore, this study is a preliminary study which aims to identify the number of elite dressage riders competing with pain in the United Kingdom which should provide British
Pearson’s Chi2 Test was used to identify any associations and statistical significance was set at There was a highly significant relationship between competing with pain and pain affecting negatively on performance (X2=16.216a and the rider experiencing pain and the treatment of pain
NEWS OF THE DAY
THE IDIOTS STILL DON'T GET IT. HORSE LOVERS???,,,,,DON'T THINK SO!!
In December 2013, I requested the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, which crowns the Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship, return the Graceland Challenge trophy due to the rampant abuse in the Tennessee Walking Horse’s “big lick” segment known as horse “soring.”
This year, the event, which has been plagued with this abuse for more than a half-century, saw inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture disqualify nearly half of the horses they inspected at the 10-day event due to signs of current soring, scarring and other violations of the Horse Protection Act of 1970. Additionally, all five judges of the event have recorded violations of the HPA. Throughout the event, and as they have in the past, the pro-soring coalition in Tennessee continued to point fingers at the inspectors, arguing that the trainers were not violating the Horse Protection Act and abusing these majestic animals. Fortunately, the facts are on the side of the groups working together to eradicate soring by working to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, introduced by U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.
That bill currently has 305 co-sponsors in the House and 57 in the Senate. The PAST Act is supported by more than 600 groups and key individuals, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Horse Council, U.S. Equestrian Federation, National Sheriffs’ Association, former Tennessee Gov. Winfield Dunn, former walking horse industry president Bill Harlin, and the veterinary medical associations from all 50 states. This year’s Celebration was not such a celebration at all. Only three horses competed for the World Grand Championship, which typically has a dozen or so entries.
Most of the horses had been disqualified in the weeks before by USDA inspectors. The crowd, which formerly boasted 30,000 fans in its heyday, dwindled to nearly 20 percent of that number, according to sources who attended. During the final week of the event, the media uncovered misrepresentations by the Celebration’s Veterinary Advisory Committee, which was clearly nothing more than a politically motivated move designed to lend credibility to the industry so that trainers could continue to abuse horses. The horse that was crowned world grand champion, I Am Jose, was trained and ridden by Casey Wright, who has numerous violations of the HPA for soring and abusing horses, and all but one of the top 10 trainers who received the most prize money at the Celebration have multiple HPA violations. Astounding, isn’t it? There is more. I must mention that the pro-soring coalition brought noted cockfighting advocate B.L. Cozad to the grounds of the Celebration to speak in its “Hall of Fame Club” against protecting animals from abuse. Cozad actually stated, “Horse soring is a victimless crime. Why is it illegal?” To Mr. Cozad, and the pro-soring groups, I say there are victims.
The victims are the horses that have no voice, the equine industry that is being destroyed by these crimes, and the Tennesseans who no longer want their state to be known as the “horse abuse capital of the world.” Over the past several months, I have had numerous conversations with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., about bringing the PAST Act to a vote so this torture can be stopped for good, but it appears that Speaker John Boehner is now holding up the legislation. I thank McCarthy for his time, efforts and leadership on this issue and call on Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the PAST Act to a vote during this Congress. Gentlemen, our country and our horses need you. Priscilla Presley is an actress and founder and chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises.
THE QUEENS HORSE STRIPPED AFTER DOPING CASE
John Warren, the Queen’s bloodstock and racing advisor, said on Thursday that it is “entirely right that [the rules of racing] are applied fully, fairly and consistently” as the Queen’s mare Estimate was stripped of second place in this year’s Gold Cup at Royal Ascot after failing a dope-test for morphine. Estimate was one of seven horses disqualified from races earlier this year by a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel on Thursday, following a rash of positive tests for morphine and oripavine, a related opiate, in June and July. N
The Queen’s five-year-old, who won the Gold Cup in 2013, was the most high-profile of the horses to return positive tests, with the mare’s disqualification costing her owner nearly £81,000 in prize money. No blame for the positive drug tests was attached to any of those connected with the horses, with accidental contamination of feed with poppy seeds believed to be responsible for the presence of the banned substances in the horses’ systems. In a statement issued through the Press Association at the conclusion of the hearing, Warren said: “Following today’s meeting of the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority [BHA], we totally accept in full the panel’s findings. “We are grateful to the BHA for its thorough and fair investigation, which concluded that the positive samples from seven horses, including Estimate, were the result of a contaminated batch of feed from an independent supplier. “We also welcome the BHA’s recognition that the five respective trainers, who include [Estimate’s trainer] Sir Michael Stoute, took all reasonable precautions to avoid breaching the rules of racing; and that the accidental administration of a prohibited substance was in no way the fault of those connected to the horses. “Since the positive test on 19 June, Sir Michael has worked with the BHA and other relevant bodies to establish the facts.
Ruidoso Downs, which has had its share of horse doping problems, has announced new rules designed to deter owners and trainers from doping horses they plan to enter in next year’s high-dollar races, including the $2.6 million All American Futurity, billed as “the world’s richest quarter horse race.” Calling those who attempt to cheat a “cancer to horse racing,” track owner R.D. Hubbard said in a news release that the new steps are part of “our on-going effort to ensure the integrity and safety of the sport and its participants.” The rules will apply to horses hoping to compete in the All American Futurity, Ruidoso Futurity, Rainbow Futurity, All American Derby, Ruidoso Derby and Rainbow Derby. Any horse winning all three futurities in a single year earns its owner a $4 million bonus. The new rules will be in place prior to the track’s 2015 racing season, which will run May 22 through Sept. 7. The new rules require that: All horses entered in those races be on the grounds in the Ruidoso barn area 10 days before running in trials. All horses that qualify for the finals of one of the futurities or derbies will be required to stay on the grounds through the running of the finals. All horses will be subject to random checks by the horse identifier and track security. Surveillance cameras will be installed at the stable gates, test barn, and in the barns and stalls of all 20 qualifiers to the futurities and derbies. Any horse not in compliance will be scratched from the trials and/or finals. Hubbard said the new rules were developed with input from the American Quarter Horse Association and the New Mexico Racing Commission. “I must emphasize that we are not yet finished” compiling new track rules, Hubbard said. “There will be additional steps that we are currently working on that will be announced in the weeks ahead.” After the New York Times published a stinging exposé in 2012 that said lax regulation allowed unscrupulous New Mexico horse trainers to dope their horses with near impunity, the Racing Commission rushed to adopt medication standards — and sanctions — recommended by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Those efforts are ongoing, and some of the state’s five racetracks have implemented additional rules to crack down on cheating. The ARCI guidelines are the closest thing the United States has to uniform horse racing standards, and are being adopted by a number of agencies that regulate horse racing.
GRIMSBY international event rider Katy Hurst has undergone hours of surgery in a Leeds hospital after a fall at the weekend left her with critical injuries. Katy, 32, a former Tollbar and Franklin College student, was competing on one of her regular rides on Sunday when an accident saw her thrown from the horse, which then fell onto her. An inflatable air jacket, which was triggered, protected her body but she was left with terrible facial and pelvic injuries. Surgeons were keeping her in a medically-induced coma to aid her recovery and she was in theatre yesterday afternoon.
International rider Katy Hurst is recovering in hospital after her horse fell on top of her at an event. accident: International rider Katy Hurst is recovering in hospital after her horse fell on top of her at an event. Comments (0) GRIMSBY international event rider Katy Hurst has undergone hours of surgery in a Leeds hospital after a fall at the weekend left her with critical injuries. Katy, 32, a former Tollbar and Franklin College student, was competing on one of her regular rides on Sunday when an accident saw her thrown from the horse, which then fell onto her. An inflatable air jacket, which was triggered, protected her body but she was left with terrible facial and pelvic injuries. Surgeons were keeping her in a medically-induced coma to aid her recovery and she was in theatre yesterday afternoon.
Today her father, Clive Williams, of Ravendale, where Katy grew up, thanked the scores of people who were supporting the family and said medical experts said her recovery would be good – but it would be a long haul. He also wanted to thank all the medics at the scene and at Leeds General Infirmary. He has read all the 70 messages of support which were left on her public Facebook page, as well-wishers prayed for her full recovery. Clive said: "It is going to be a long haul. She has a long journey ahead of her with a lot of rehabilitation. "But there is no reason why she cannot be riding again long term. Riding is her passion." The accident happened as she was riding for an owner on a horse she has competed on all season, taking part in the Intermediate Novice class at Allerton Park Horse Trials. She had just returned from representing Team GB in Poland and had ridden for the team in Austria and Ireland. Her father, who introduced her to pony riding as a child, said: "She is a brave and strong girl and very dedicated. We know she will make a speedy recovery and we will probably have to hold her back. "Everyone has been anxious to know how she is.
It has been a big shock for us all because it could easily have been so much worse." He added: "There was nothing the horse did wrong. It was a complex jump." The dad said: "I can't say enough about the medical team at Leeds. Their care has been second to none. We can't say enough also for the staff at the course. The care and attention they gave to ensure they got to hospital has been great. Everyone has been fantastic." He thanked Katy's partner Adrian Speight – himself an established show jumper – for looking after her yard at Claxby and to everyone who has sent messages of good wishes. He said his daughter had achieved great success in her chosen sport. He said: "It is all her own doing. when she is competing she is up against riders to whom the expense is no object. She has achieved great success coming from little old Ravendale.
HORSES INVOLVED IN CRASH
REGINA – RCMP were called Thursday afternoon to a serious two vehicle collision that claimed the life of one man just east of Regina. Police responding at Highway 1 near the Balgonie entrance found a tractor trailer carrying horses and a SUV collided. The SUV attempted to cross the highway from the town of Balgonie and was hit by the semi in the eastbound lanes. The 85 year-old SUV driver from Hubbard, Sask. died in the crash. The driver of the semi was uninjured. The semi-trailer had 27 slaughter horses in it, and since the trailer was overturned it was a long process to remove the animals and assess the scene inside. Several livestock experts, including local veterinarians, were on hand to assist with the horses. Of the 27 horses in the trailer, 15 survived. 3 out of the 12 horses that died were put down by RCMP on the advice of vets on scene. Later that night after the horses were removed and emergency crews were about to move the semi off the road, it caught on fire and the Balgonie Fire department returned to extinguish the blaze. The collision remains under investigation by police.
2 HORSES AND BUGGIES CRASH (now I have heard everything)
September 26, 2014- One person was flown to the hospital after an accident involving two horse and buggies. Emergency crews were called to to 11840 Laird Road in Crawford County around 10:15p.m. for the accident. According to Pennsylvania State Police in Meadville, a horse and buggy was traveling west on Laird Road when another horse and buggy driven by a 16-year old tried to pass them. That buggy collided with it, sending it off the road and into two pedestrians walking down the road. Of the victims, Levi Shetler, 20, was injured and flown to UPMC Hamot for treatment of moderate injuries by Stat Med-evac. The other pedestrian, Anna Troyer, 18, was not injured.
LETTER OF THE DAY
THE JIG JOGGING HORSE
Hi John, I am in need of advice, i have re mouthed a 15 year old mare, who was barrel raced and her issue before i started her was she used to jig jog and canter side ways on her way home. after the training, i gave the owner instructions to halt her and back her up like on your blog. I also advised her to just walk everywhere until she had the mare walking home. She has been doing this but the mare has such bad anxiety she is finding other ways of evading. Is there other things i can show her so she can help this poor horse who obvisouly wants to get the ride over and done with. i have had her in running reins also and the mare is very responsive in the round yard and until we get half way home but as soon as she relizes she’s going home she starts to jig jog. the halting and backing has slowing started to work, but the closer to home she gets the more it happens and when she is asked to halt and back up she is starting to half rear, or she turns side ways and goes backwards. Any advice for this horse and her owner would be greatly appreciated, Also i have been using the market harbough on her through out her training under saddle. Bev
The difficulty here Bev, is the absolute necessity that for the system to work, the Handler has to completely understand it, have the absolute timing required but above all else, to be able to get the Head around the INSTANT RELEASE and the TOTAL RELEASE of the Reins. Most People struggle with this with this timing. This is so technical and very difficult. Foreign to most Peoples abilities. It comes right down to that.
If such a Horse, that has just been backed up, feels the Hand of the Rider, even accidently, it will be triggered to Jog again as this is the cue that originally caused the problem in the first place. Riding AT THE WALK, on a contact, is what causes this.
It is also something that every single Breaker I ride, needs to be set in it's ways from the outset as most will accidently break into a jog that wasn't asked for. Some however, will do it intentionally and may try a Handful of times. They can all be fixed, forever, with this system, but the institutionalized Horse like the one you speak of, is the high end degree of difficulty as as I said, fail to throw the Reins away 100% of the times not 99, will ruin the system. Regards
LETTERS OF THE DAY
CAN'T CATCH THE HORSE
There is nothing more frustrating. I have lost the letter but the Lady can follow Him around the paddock for as long as she likes, he will "Join Up' in Round Pen but in Paddock, forget it.
This is where one needs to play the 'Psychological Card'
Completely ignore this Horse from now. Don't even look at it. Show the other Horse with Gifts, a number of times a Day (briefly) and keep Your back on smartie Pants. Once You have caught Him next time, leave an old webbing Halter on Him, with a short piece (2 foot) of rope hanging, so that You can softly grasp it in the future, as it hangs BENEATH THE FEED BUCKET where Your other Hand will be waiting. These Horses cannot stand being suddenly grabbed.
Lead Him away a few feet, handful of feed and turn and leave. Build on it but always go to the other Horse first. If You are currently feeding in the paddock, in addition to the Grass there, stop with Him and stand guard over the other Horse until it finishes. (unless he wants to playu the game.) He is fat enough.
UPDATE ON NOSE SHY HORSE
Hi MrHP Complex mare, HA, she has certainly taught me the value of negotiation. I have certainly learnt to read the warning signs of immanent panic attacks 98% of the time. Still witchy with halter but bridle all good now, mouth wide open & nose stuck out to greet the bit. I'm sure the molasses has nothing to do with it ;) (still no Noseband). Thnx for tip taking it off, now starting to open mouth on her own to remove bridle. Regards Nikki
Well done Nikki!
I have extensively read through your entire website all your articles – horse problems, rants etc in the past. And will do so again now I see you have updated your website to make sure I read any new additions. It is a tremendous and generous effort on your part to place all this online for people to become better horse people. I know how much time and effort this would’ve taken you many thanks.
Many thanks. Most kind.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK (trust her......:)
From last week’s blog....“Therefore and especially as Your Daughter's forte is the Dressage, I would be training ........yes I am saying it......a well build, good temperament and SOUND Thoroughbred. Save Thousands.”.........
That’s interesting coming from you HP!!! But nice to hear something positive about the 20% who are sound...so....How does one go about finding a ‘SOUND’ OTTT?!!! Invest in hind end xrays before purchasing??? The Phantom Horse Trainer
Very good question Madam but you knew that :)
There was another reason I said that, which is the fact that the Rider was a Young one, with the love of Dressage and some ability in that area, plus they are jumping.
Young Riders, (virtually all of us) ruin a string of our first Horses) until we mature. Especially Teenage Girls where 'Peer Pressure' and now 'Social Media' comes into play with even more need to impress.
The selection of a sound one though is complex and basically a lottery, because the fact is that they can't X-Ray everything. Average People cannot afford the M.I.R.
This is where price helps (the disposable Product) but the key here is CONFORMATION!!!!!!!! first and visual observation second. Vet's can feel Leg Damage and You can see the Rear end damage and Pain in Horses by looking at them. I guess this is where the Professional assessment becomes handy.
Getting these Horses on Trial though, is important.