Horse Problems Australia
25,000 letters answered and counting
20th April, 2014
HI Folks. Hope You all had a lovely Week. We have had a shocker.
Mrs. HP has still been very sick and I have had Her off to the Doctors twice and Saturday to the Hopsital twice. X-Rays for Broken Ribs or Muscle Tears through violent coughing non stop with pain worse than Her broken Leg. :( Not good. Anyhow, a preliniary assessment of the X-Rays by the GP didn't show a break so they are thinking ripped Muscles off the Ribs but the Radioligist will examine on Tuesday. Nevertheless, as tough as she is, she is crying when she coughs, a Catch 22 for if she doesn't clear the chest now that it has broken, then pnumonia can come. :(
The Horses are all wondering why I am caring for them Morning and Night. They are also starting to get exhuberant, wanting activities.
Lunch Time Sunday.....turning the Corner. Pannadeine Forte did the trick to allow coughing.
THE BEST HOT CROSS BUNS IN THE LAND
Yep....meet the odd roasted Macadamia Nut and NO CHEMICALS!!!!!!! Out of this World and thanks to our Dutch Neighbours for our Easter Supply.
THE STATE DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
I commented on how well run they were and of course we all know it is a lovely venue but the numbers of entrants were down drastically and I do hold by the fact that no Event should be run for more than 2 Days. It is NOT fair on the Horses. The problem with these Championships of course, was the combining of the Show Jumping Champs, witht the Dressage Champs, which was highly successful last Year and a great idea BUT NOT AT WAYVILLE. The place is too small. So not against the combined Champs but not there. Has to be at Strath or some place else. It also places a major inpost on competitors financially with fuel, wear and tear on vehicles and so on.
Here is cool Snip who is a Bold Boy that never looks at a thing unless he wants to go up and investigate it. Would make a great Eventer.
THE TEA TREE GULLEY COUNCIL
What a deceitful Organization this is. There is one thing that answer all in dealings with Govt or all descriptions and that is time. Over time the Truth and in this case their Lies, come out.
I don't have to tell You the story as You can see their sign where the Horse Trails were promised to go but secretely and behind their Bald Faced Lies into the Face of many, was their Plan to rip down the SIGNIFICANT TREES to Build the big Shopping Centre and here it is here Folks. Lying deceiful Mongrels from the Manager to the Councillors.
I haven't used these before (forgot about them) but they buried a Truck Load of Blue Asbestos beneath the current new Viceroy Residential Care Facility
, killed the Koalas by dropping the Manna Gums and a few Tonnes of Car Bodies for good measure.
click on these to expand them. (Soft People won't want to click on the third one.
and blow me down, the past Photo is of the Trees they have just dropped!!!!
Wonderful Council the Tea Tree Gulley Council. Deceitful and dirty
HORSE FLOAT DESIGN
I shall attempt to find that Video for You Sharon.
SENDING THE HORSE BACK
Hello there, I am just inquiring Into what the procedure would be for my case; Around 19th feb 2014 I sold my horse to a lady in Vic (I am in western NSW), she willingly bought him sight unseen and did not request a vet check, we had discussed over phone everything about horse and his previous experience with shows which I told her everything honestly and to the best of my knowledge. Henceforth, she was happy to purchase horse just on photos and conversation with me, he was trucked down to VIC (4 day trip), and was at her property for 4 days. On the fifth day she text me saying he wasn't sound, he was sound when he left my property to which I have many witnesses who saw me working him in the week before he left on truck, he never once hinted he was lame or looked lame. So I requested a vet check , to which result came back he was lame. She demanded full refund and trucked horse back to me without giving me a choice in the matter as to weather I accepted horse back. I did say in purchase I would accept horse back only if she was unhappy but I requested he had to be in the same condition he left in. My horse returned to me skinny , unlooked after , covered in mud with bite marks all down his rump, and extremely lame. Defiantly not what I put on truck. She has now taken it to lawyers demanding a full refund as well as costs for transport, I do not believe this is fair??? What can I do?? Kind regards Jan
Legal advice being obtained by Jan
ADELAIDE HUNT CLUB
As You all know, the EA is currently conducting a review of Coachingn and holding 'Focus Groups' around the Country. Would they handle 'Obesity'? I doubt it very much.
Well they had better for the future holds risks for Coaches if the EA doesn't come up with a new Policy to cover such risk as well as the Welfare of Horses via Obesity, another subject that I doubt will be in the review. People of these Days stay well away from the hard issues.
An EA Coach was teaching this Lady when this Photo was shot. So plenty to think about Folks. Including the fact that if the Lady fell off (which is more likely due to the lack of athleticism and the Plumbob effect) could she sue the Coach for allowing Her to ride.......with that Rump......in that Saddle? Well of course, it is coming Folks, so get ready for it.!!!!!!!! We don't have to mention Horse Welfare....do we?
NEWS OF THE DAY
RIDER INJURED ON BRIDGE
A RIDER has spoken of her anger after a van driver spooked her
horse, causing him to fall on top of her.
FATHER OF 2 KILLED AT EVENTING
owner Cathal O'Malley (45) was critically injured yesterday
afternoon and died a short time later at Tullamore hospital.
ARAB SHEIKH BINS THE HUNTER VALLEY OVER POLLUTION!!!!!!!!
LETTER OF THE DAY
Hello John I emailed you a couple of weeks ago about my warmblood filly, green broken, suddenly deciding she would not go forward in the arena. You told me to take her out on the trail to learn to go forward. This I have done every day since, on our own, as I am unable to have someone come with me at this time. It's been going okay. At first she would stop especially at the beginning and I would tap her on the rump with a jump crop as you describe in one of the articles on your site. This worked well and she hasn't stopped and refused to go forward the last few rides. Until today. I've just been riding around the paddocks at home and into the neighbours and have been avoiding any areas that might cause problems such as crossing water. But the last few rides we have gone over some wet ground and she has been good with it. Today we went along a track that she had been along before. There were 2 puddles but a dry area between, which she had previously gone through no worries. Today she stopped and then starting going backwards when pressed to continue! This was scary as she even started to go backwards down a bank. I got her back facing the puddles by turning her and then got off and led her between them. She didn't resist then. I got back on and rode her back between them, no problem. I am really worried about this backing up though. What can i do to nip this in the bud? The funny thing is, the breaker wasn't very clear about how he had taught her to back up, and I have been meaning to teach her this myself, now I'm wondering if I should start in light of what happened today. Please help! PS She didn't have a good stop from walk to halt either, but I've been working on this. She is starting to stop to seat, but when the chips are down, if she won't stop after being asked with seat and then blocking on the reins, I see-saw on her mouth. She now mostly stops without having to do this. Is this wrong? Please advise. Alison
Firstly, forget the 'stop from walk' and 'listen to seat' These are some of those things that come AFTER the Green Horse State, which is to be utilized to 'expose to the World' to 'Make Bold' and to get 'Forward' Forget all the 'English' type things. They will only get You into trouble.
Regarding the Water, puddles, this is simply normal things taht the Green Horse Rider encounters, which is it is why it is the job of the 'Trainer', not the Owner, because most Owners are not equipped with the skills, Heart or bravery to tackle them. For instance, If I were on Her, the Puddles issue wouldn't not have been such. Just stronger riding and making the Bold Horse. (See my Green Horse DVD's for all of this stuff"
The going down the Bank is irrelvant. The direction doesn't matter, it is just that the Boldness hasn't been put on the Horse yet and going backwards can be anywhere.
Sawing on Mouths of seasoned Horses or Green Horses is an absolute NO NO and anyone who does it is a fool.!!!
So, given the fact that You are not a Trainer but have been dela an ill prepared Green Horse, You must be mindful of NEVER asking more than You can prosecute. So, the Water, get off and Parelli the Horse through such things, then ride them. OK>? Regards
John, thank you very much for the advice. I will stop the see saw on her mouth immediately! I have only used it in the instances where we have been going down a hill she didn't want to go down, and she starts to walk very fast, toss her head and break into trot. What should I do instead? Also, I do have the Green Horse DVD. I will watch it again, but I do remember that in the DVD you stop the horse and back it up if it goes to walk through the bit. I can't do either of these things on my horse.
why can't you?
She doesn't stop from walk to halt. Just tucks her head in and keeps walking through the bit.
That's why I started to do the see sawing as I didn't know what else to do.
Actually in the arena I did used to do a one rein stop to stop her. But that isn't always practical or safe out on the trail.
Hi Again. Well I hope You realize that You don't have 'Leg On' a Green Horse at this stage of it's Life for Accelarator and Brakes just cause confusion.
In so far as the failure to stop at that point, this is simply a Mouthing issue or now a confusion issue. Don't have 'Leg on' Take the feel and across the one or two seconds, progressively increase the Brake on a scale of Zero to 10 to what ever it takes to stop the Horse and then soften of course. You can't allow any Horse, Breaker, Green Horse or seasoned Horse, to walk or run through Hands. Many People think You cannot take control of the new Mouth. In fact, if You don't, You won't have a good Mouth. Regards
Yes John, I don't have leg on when I ask her to stop.
Instead of the see saw I will just increase the pressure until she stops - got it. I know it is going to take a lot of pressure at first!
I also fully understand the release after the stop.
Should I start to teach her to back up now? Using no leg of course.
Yes Alli. Back up represents part of the Mouthing. Cheers
LETTERS OF THE DAY
THE GP SADDLE
Hi John, I’m doing the best I can to spread the message that the all purpose saddle is an anti-riding saddle. The reason I am having this rant is that I’ve leased out my horse -----, as my daughter has moved onto a more forward horse and my son isn’t interested in riding. ----- is one of those super calm, brave, tolerant and kind horses that every kid should get to own so they can do anything and everything, knowing the horse will help them every step of the way.
So the young lady who is riding him took him to a lesson and the comment from the instructor was that he “has a back problem” because he is moving stiffly and doesn’t track up. So I asked for photos. Photo with the dressage saddle in show gear is ---- in December 2013 ridden by ---- – and yes I do say “hands up ----” The other photos are their lesson this week – all purpose saddle, legs too far forward, rising too high (this horse has a very low trot), and crashing back down, hollow back, head high.
---- is riding him and overall I would consider her a more balanced, softer rider than ----, but the saddle!!!!! So I’ve posted---------- video on the group facebook page and I’ll be taking over my spare dressage saddle today. Spreading the word on nutcracker bits and all purpose saddles – I’ve changed 3 families over to dressage saddles and barrel/lozenge bits. Only a few more to go! Pam
I hear You Pam but I note the Horse has a back protector on for whatever reason?????? The observation I would like to make out of this though is the Lessons with a CONTACT when the Horses are never ROUND. This is Universal across the PC World and it is this that also causes much of the problems for Horses. ***Note, both Phot's show the same, Rein Contact and NO ROUNDESS. This is a Massive COACHING problem in this Country. Mrs. HP will NEVER allow a Pupil to go around like that. You are either teaching RIDING or teaching Horse Training meaning ROUNDNESS. If is is only RIDING You are teaching, then let the damm reins go and stop swinging off the mouth of Horses and interfering with the learning of the independent A Seat and Balance anyway. A complete conflict. Nice Horse!!!!
STIFLE LOCK AND DRESSAGE
Thanks John. Also in your experience, can you tell me what the likelihood of a horse with stifle lock succeeding in dressage? This horse does not have typical straight hind leg confirmation. Regards Stephanie.
that would be a matter of preparing the Horse for the task and then seeing if that Muscle Preparation has fixed the issue or made it worse. Rither way a good outcome for then You can get better advice from the Vets if need be. Our Running reins lunging system often fixes these Horses. Regards
MY RESIDENT COMEDIAN
Saw the local cowboy this arvo while I was feeding my beast and he was trimming the neighbour’s feet. He’s been lined up to work with that young chestnut gelding that bucked the other rider/trainer (not the owner) off....Anyway, as he was taking off his apron and putting his ‘hobble’ belt back on....seriously...I looked at him and exclaimed “You’re kidding, are they knee hobbles? Can’t get yourself a normal belt? You have expensive taste!”...........Yes of course, all cowboys use knee hobbles as a belt (you never know when you may need your hobbles...hobbles on the go..who needs bailing twine, just use your knee hobbles....MacGyver would have worn a ‘hobble’ belt.....101 ways to use hobbles............) I had fun paying out on him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.He asked how my hoss was going. Of course I explained about the cantering stuff and how he is still only young. He said, your horse is a “cold blood so won’t mature until around 8”....So I replied...god I could be dead before then...life’s too short.......GROW UP HOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, as I like to get the last word in and while saying goodbye, I said to the cowboy....”Hey..If you can’t handle the chestnut pony, let me know, cause I’ll have a crack!!” Of course the owner of the neighbouring horse cracked up, but the cowboy just adjusted his hatJ said nothing and lit up a durry....Was that a sign of uneasiness? Shock? Disbelief? Could an old blonde chick ever challenge a cowboy???????????? SHIT< I JUST DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Flirting gets me in trouble every time....DAMN!!!!
I tried selling u to him years ago, but he is the stubborn NH kind. Now it’s the guys vs the chicks (with a little help from HP)J I like presenting my evidence and proving people wrongJ
You ride Horses that are learning that stuff, with 2 Hands for at least 2 Years. Go watch the Western Competitions. During that time, they learn to neck rein and only then are they "Bitted Up" and HAVE to ride with one hand. Expecting anyone or any Horse to be ridden with one hand is a guarantee of ruined Mouth and confused Horse!!!!
LEAVING THE YOUNG HORSE AT HOME
Hey Nurse John how are you ;-)? Hopefully a quick one when you get time...how do you go about teaching a young (18 month QH) to be left alone in the paddock? Any ideas. He has been with us two weeks and I need to take the other two out riding. There is three of them all together. Cheers Lorri
Lock Him up in the Roung Pen and whilst You are at it, Hobble Train Him for add on training and safety, plus give HIm something to entertain HImself with. Don't ever risk Paddocks. Too 'Cold Turkey' x
14th April, 2014
Hi Folks. Hope You are all well.We have finally come to the end of a Month too busy with Mrs. HP's Sister's Wedding and on the Flight caught Influenza A, then Home One Day and had to drive to Melbourne for the Week with Dressage with the Stars, then preparation for a Week for the State Championships and now the last 4 Days back and forth Morning and Night from the Wayville Showgrounds, because we won't Box our Horses. Consequently, she has had the Flue come again and has been very sick throughout the Weekend. Anyhow, if there is one thing that drives these Dressage Queens on it's that 'Bloody Rug' for the Small Tour being the F.E.I. Intermediate 1 and Prix St. Georges plus the Intermediate 1 Freestyle, over 3 Days. Thankfully, she succeeded but she is being dragged to the Doctor this Morning by me as I am pulling Rank now.
STATE DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
I got given a smacking around the back of the Head of an EA Official, for some of my comments on the lead up to these Champs, about the venue creating so much expense and 4 Days instead of 2. I was informed that if it was not held at Wayville, it wouldn't have been held at all as they had no idea that Strathalbyn would get 100mm of Rain a few Weeks ago and without that Rain, the grounds would have been too dry. Strath has lost it's water entitlement due to some Mining Development (but are putting a Bore down now) I explained that most of the concerns I raised were direct from Riders but the Official pointed out that virtually every point I had made, was wrong. I said I would appologise if so and I do now.
Compliments to the hard working Staff who made the Event run pretty well. Special mention to Margaret Jones and Graham Rodder...oh...the Girls in the Birds Nest.
At the end of the Day, the bottom line is that 4 Days is too much for Humans and Horses. The Champs should be two Days only. The Horse Industry need to buy their own Land and protect their future for right now and in the past, they are completely vulnerable and that to me is mindless.
It was most interesting watching the presence and scoring of the
International Judge this Weekend. There is no doubt in my Mind, that she
spot on and South Australian Judges who were 6% above her on the
first Day, soon fell into Line on the Second on Horses that are
Pyhsically challenged and still rewarded. The Judge, has run many
Judges workshops in this State in the past but they still see things
differently to Her which is perplexing.
There were however, other instances of massive swings were the talk of many. There was a South Australian Judge having Cappo 6% beneath the International Judge on Saturday but noteably, Yesterday, was suddenly very close to Her. Such is the value of having someone of the stature of Mary Ziegfriend around the Place.
Mrs. Hp was very thankfull and pleased that the International Judge was complimenting Her all Day, on having the basics right, being on the right track, having avery straight horse and showing outstanding preparation for movements. Thanks Madam.
THANKS TO THE HORSES
Anyhow, Cappo and Snip were lovely Boys throughout and tried their little Hearts out. Snip competed once each of the 4 Days and was 7th, 4th, 3rd and 3rd on the last Day, only half a percent from Winning so Mrs. HP was wrapped in Him, considering he has only had a couple of Medium Trips. he is now gaining the strength required to perform the Tasks and because of his Build, has taken longer. True Unity!!!!!
I noticed another Dream Boat (Mare) of a Horse by Gainborough Donner Duccio in the background and she too was competing in the Medium.
The Snipster Warming Up
The Legend 'Mr. Cappo' was his usual
perfect self and was in the F.E.I. Small Tour. He won the
Intermediate 1 by 4% on his first Day, then the Intermediate 1
Freestyle to Music on Saturday and although he had had enough by
Yesterday, held on to run third in the Prox St. George and secure
Both get a well deserved Week off now and Mrs. HP will as well for she was very sick with Influenze A throughout the Weekend, the Week leading up to it and through the Victorian Trip as well. One tough Cookie is my Wife!!! Typical Dutch :)
Hi Mr HP and Mrs HP, I just wanted to send a quick email as I was at the state dressage championships today and I watched Linda and Cappo do the Inter 1. From the moment they came out, they looked so elegant and made it all look effortless. It was so nice to see a happy horse and I could tell by all the praise that the horse received how much you both love and respect him. He's a lucky horse and it's a pity that there's not more horse people out there like you guys!! Cheers Jodie
Well Jodie.....You just pressed our buttons!!! At the end of a long
hard day and just inside now, making the Boys the Happiest Horses at
the Champs with Paddocks, we are buggered. We both really appreciate
that. There were many unhappy Horses and unsound Horses there. :(
Well done for noticing.
No doubt about You Tracy. Wonderful effort. They can't argue with
that, can they?
Sending you this email as I currently have some horses for sale on Horse Deals and got a weird text and this email correspondence about one of my horses from someone who is so obviously a scammer and not a horseman.I apologise for the language I used in my reply to him or her or whoever they are.Maybe you could mention this type of scam on your blog to warn people.I’m sure most horsemen or women would see through it but you never know.
Keep up the good work mate,love the blog.Always look forward to Monday mornings.
Tara Spanish Stud
From: Mathew House [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
thanks for the reply, I'm from overseas and am always busy here
thats why l wont be able to inspect the horse due to the nature of
my work so I'm OK with present condition, because am buying this for
my son as a Surprise gift so am willing to offer you the
amount($6,000) you required.
Of course this will be some Black Bastard from Nigeria or some other Place.
NEWS OF THE DAY
A woman has been airlifted to hospital this morning after she
suffered a head injury in an accident involving a horse on Sheppey.
An ambulance and paramedic car went to an address off Chequers Road,
Minster, after a call at 9.40am. The woman, believed to be in her
60s, had what is described as an isolated head injury.
HORSE BOLTS IN FRONT OF CAR
The owner of a horse that died after being hit by a car on Monday night appears unrepentant about the accident. The horse, Archie, bolted in front of a car on Brougham St. He was later put down by police. His owner, Richard Hayden, told 3 News that "cars get written off every day". "It's only a car, he should walk." The SPCA cannot remove Hayden's remaining horse, Beautifoal, because she is healthy. Though the Christchurch City Council had impounded Hayden's horses in the past, there was no bylaw preventing people from having horses within the city boundaries. CCC unit manager inspections and enforcement Anne Columbus said the horses were returned when a secure environment had been provided. The driver of the car, Vaughn Bennet, said he was frustrated by the incident - which has left him about $5000 out of pocket on the damaged car.
MAN AIRLIFTED AFTER FALL
A man was airlifted to hospital with head injuries after falling off a horse in Pulborough. Emergency services were called to the scene at around 11am yesterday (Wednesday April 9). The 51-year-old was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton by Sussex Air Ambulance.
A 10-year-old boy is in a coma and had to have his leg amputated
after he was hit by a horse box in Bury.
RUSHED TO HOSPITAL
A horse-rider who was rushed to hospital after being involved in an accident with a lorry today urged the driver to come forward and speak to police.
Claire Macmanomy suffered serious injuries in the collision two
months ago and has been off work since.
GIRL INJURED IN HORSE AND BUGGY ACCIDENT
A girl operating a horse and buggy was injured this morning after a collision with a tractor-trailer Monday morning on Old Philadelphia Pike in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, state police at Lancaster said. The horse and buggy, which was westbound on Old Philadelphia Pike, was turning left at 7:43 a.m. when it was struck by a tractor-trailer that was attempting to pass it on the left, police said. The tractor trailer driver, Jared Kreider, 24, of Lancaster, was not injured. The passenger side of the horse and buggy was struck, police said. The horse was deceased at the scene, and the girl was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, police said. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, police said. The buggy spun and came to rest in a ditch.
RODEO BUCKING SCHOOL DEATH
The Turner Valley teen who died Saturday while participating in a rodeo bucking school in Thorsby dreamed of becoming a rodeo champion.
LETTER OF THE DAY
I am emailing to get some advice about which mouthing dvd you would recommend for me (remouthing vs mouthing dvd’s).
Here is my story (will try to keep it to the point and not start ranting!!):
I have a 3yr old warmblood which has just been broken-in (??) by a friend. Said friend has been breaking horses for many years and gave me assurance that my horse would be safe to ride (no bucking etc as his horses don’t buck), “trust me” was a phrase he used often! Now he didn’t do this for nothing, I paid him good money for the service so was expecting results. So he seemed to progress pretty rapidly and spent roughly 8 days with the horse, by the end of this time I was assured the horse was ‘safe’ and he had me riding him in the round pen – I am a dressage rider and have been riding since a kid, I wouldn’t say I’m the best rider but I try and all my horses thus far I have ridden since breaking-in and produced them myself so not a complete novice to green horses. Now I had to ride his way which was no contact on the reins using seat/body aids only (and yes I did question him on this and told him that I wasn’t comfortable riding with next to no connection to the mouth, sure I knew that a light contact would be the order of the day for a green horse but he meant loopy reins which to my mind was no contact at all and what was I gonna do if the shit hit the fan?!). So I rode my horse like this and he seemed happy, he then said he could do no more with him and now it was up to me, ride him his way for a week then start riding my way. I did protest as he’d ridden the horse out of the roundpen once and to prove a point (I guess) he said right we’ll take him out on the road so I saddled up my other horse and off we went. Went without a hitch and young horse seemed ok, he trotted and cantered him being able to pull him up and stop so I felt slightly better, friend then left me to it. So you can guess what happened – got away with it for 2 - 3 wks but was never happy with my level of control (via the mouth) and realise that riding the horse was under his terms, so two days ago did everything as per normal but this time when asked to walk off horse decided enough was enough head down bucking then when he felt pressure on his mouth went up instead, needless to say I didn’t stand a chance and came off with a few injuries but nothing major. After a lot of ranting/swearing etc etc came upon your website as I’d already decided horse was not safe to ride until he’s mouthed properly and low and behold after watching a few of your videos came to the conclusion that no I don’t have a death wish or the desire to bungy jump so I shouldn’t be riding the horse!! Of course the damage is done now, (no need to do the lateral mouth/front brake test as I know the result).
My question to you is would you recommend the mouthing or remouthing dvd’s? I also have another 2 yr old youngster which in the future would like to mouth myself now, (well frankly I could do no worse a job). Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and also just wondering once I place an order how long usually before receiving (I am in New Zealand).
Thanks so much for your time,
Canterbury, New ZealandHi Cheryl. You be careful!!
This is a remouthing job and more. You also need to know the progression of rein Handling, such as to keep Horses happy, not confused, appreciative of the Rider and when to progress plus how. That is on my Green Horse DVD's.
The Green Horse is trying to learn what Legs mean to go forward. It doesn't need Hand, until it knows FORWARD well, otherwise, confusion, rear, jack up or buck through confusion, depending upon the individual personality of the Horse. Regards
LETTERS OF THE DAY
TERRIFIED OF STIRRUPS BANGING
I have a young unbroken horse who is terrified of the stirrups banging on his sides. How would you go about desensitising him?
Lunge the Horse with the Roller, with stirrups hanging well down off the top ring as if saddled. Have my Mouthing Gear on and control the tempo or run so that the Horse cannot learn flight, does have to move walk, trot, canter later, but cop it sweet. You know what to do. Regards
Hi Hp, I have to sincerely thank you once again, for your mouthing system....
Took my hoss out for a ride this arvo and due to the rain this was the first time in over a week! He was feeling really good, spookier than usual and wanting to turn home, so I had to put more pressure on at times, and test the leg yielding! Loose rein at the walk, then he decided to shy at something (unlike him), scoot forward and up! I was airborne and thank god for gravity and having put on a few kilos (never thought I’d say that in a million years!). Seriously, I thought I was gone....... then instinct kicked in and I pulled him around for a one rein stop to shut him down. Fine line though, especially when they go up!...obviously I’m meant to stay on this earth a little bit longer J
Well done Jo.
THE FRUSTRATED HORSE TRAINER - cont'd
B commented to her mother while I was there this arvo...”Gee I’m glad we moved our horse out here! I thought that you would all be unapproachable (sic) and typical ‘horsey’ people”
I said “No, I’m not your typical horse person”J but that’s a good thing!”........ They’re getting the local cowboy out to work with the horse, but I explained that I would be available if they needed some help any other time with groundwork. I explained I’m no pro and don’t have that piece of paper, but I know a little bit and would like to help for the sake of the horse and the young owner. I reckon my horse can do the talking anywayJ
The young girl was given some Parelli DVDs recently. I was amazed that she had no idea about Parelli beforehand but finally saw the light after watching. Interesting..as I just assumed that EVERYONE would be aware of Parelli and at the very least ‘natural horsemanship’ by now!
I usually mind my own business, but I just felt obliged for the horse’s sake! He is such a lovely quiet boy, just misunderstood and owned by a young girl who doesn’t know any better...and you know I’m craving for a challengeJ
Go on....You know You can't wait :) You'll be chaging in no time :)
BUYING A HORSE
Was having a giggle/gasp at your page “Buying a Horse” and have a category to add:
“Child sadly lost interest – because the pretty (shitty?) little chestnut mare I bought them bucks the child off, runs through the bit, won’t leave the group, is impossible to catch, bites during girthing etc etc etc!”
Sadly have seen too many of these in the local pony club – happy little riders completely over horsed on hot-tempered riding ponies (always chestnut mares??) and put off riding for ever.
Happy trails …
Lol Sarah. How true :)
SELECTIVE HEARING OF DRESSAGE QUEENS
I have told this to 20,000 Dressage Queens in my Life.....basically none of them ever listened hahahaha
EXCUSE ME !!! I LISTEN :P...Rosie.
I can confirm, after many Years experience and even as late as this Saturday, Women do not even hear a Male Voice at the dressage. I actually had to start talking in a Female Voice, to be heard, whilst sitting with only 3 of them. It;s a Womens' World Rosie and none of them would realize what I am talking about!
GREEN HORSE WON'T GO
Hi John, need some help!
My 3yr WB filly has been back from the breaker for about 8 wks now.
She is really quiet.
Had some little problems with her over that time which I've worked through -
main one was falling out through the shoulder towards the gate of the arena.
And going sideways when asked to transition from walk to trot on left rein, but I could get her into trot after about 2 steps and then she went straight.
Had her teeth done and got the chiro to check her.
She improved more then and was going well until it rained and I couldn't ride her for a week.
Got back on her 4 days ago. First ride was in the round yard, all good.
Second day in arena she went sideways badly on both reins when asked to trot.
Third day she refused to trot even when the whip was applied. I took her up to the round yard and lunged her. She trotted. I got back on and got my duaghter to back me up with the lunge whip.This worked. I did not use a whip on her myself, it was just the threat of the lunge whip.
However when I got on her today in the round yard, she would not even walk forward when asked with leg, without my daughter backing me up with the lunge whip.
I am planning to take her out on a trail ride with another horse as soon as possible, as I think she would walk on then. I have taken her out about 4 times since she was broken, and she was great.
But she's not at the stage where I would take her out on her own, and I don't often have someone to go with.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hard to know without seeing the Horse. I can only tell You possible causes of this:
One thing for sure, get out of the arena now!!! and don't go back there until You have fixed this.
Here is the Rein on a Green Horse
IS THE MESSAGE ACTUALLY GETTING ACROSS?
Hello John Oleary,
Regards Olivia who is gaining confidence and
learning to ride properly the classical way :)
You give me hope
Olivia. Well done in deed. Lookin Goooood!!!!
Providing the Mare isn't Lame and or showing signs of any distress, the continued work may strengthen Her in that area and solve the problem. Many Horses make noises but don't show unsoundness symptoms. I would however recommend getting the Vet in and having the Stifle area X-Rayed and other general examination of the rear area whilst there. You do have to eliminate Bone Chips of course. If You get the all clear, continue on with the work and see where You end. I wouldn't be too worried at this stage. I note that she has Her Left Leg forward or we could say Right Leg back in both Photos and whether that has any significance will be revealed. Nutrition is important of course. Lovely Girl!!! Where is the back cinch????
Thank you – she is a very lovely girl. In fact all the standies I have known/owned are lovely – 100% across the board. Back cinch – the daughter’s pally gelding bucks like a champion with one on, even after Greg Powell had him for a weekend. Fine one day, buckjumper the next – both she and I have been launched into orbit this year. Fortunately the first buck never gets us off, so we have the option to ditch. Take the cinch off and he is completely reliable. So we don’t use one on him. It went on after the picture was taken. I saw on the website something about cold backed horses? A webinar? If so, we will be watching with interest. Sarah Sarah
So today Leo (who shame-idly does pull back
on occasion) pulled back from the wall whilst tied to twine (BHS!! -
cant shake em off) but to his horror it didn't snap like it has done
in the past, so he panicked for a few seconds, tried to pull back
again and then i pushed him forward where he stood like a lemon - in
shock i think. now im taking this as a win situation - will he think
twice next time? I think i need to train him to tie properly but am
not sure how to... Just thought id share this with you anyway! Best
wishes, Katy xx Scotland.
Hi Katy. It depends if a Horse was trained to tie solid dueing the breaking in process or not. I know You broke Leo in but would have been constrained severely and Idoubt there would have been any facilities to indeed Train the Horse to tie up Solid and certainly You are in Twine World.
So if the Horse wasn't officially trained, this event could work in two ways. One being that it commenced his training and realization of such restricition or if there was any Pain involved, it could even triggeer Pulling back, dependent upon the Personality of the Horse.
I would suggest that You don't risk it for if he goes again and breaks the twine, he will become a Pull back Merchant. Regardless of Your lack of facilities in Scotland, I can and will tell You (as part of my Horse Training Online) programme, which you used to break in Your Horse. Regards
Hello Mr. HP, after following you on Youtube and looking forward to your blog every week, I thought you might be interested in this weeks blog entry by Epona.tv. These Danish girls spread the “listen to your horse” gospel as well and are spot on when it comes to put the finger in the wound. It seems, colt starting competitions found their way to Europe, with “trainers” scarring horses for life and overlooking symptoms of pain. Have a look if you find the time: http://epona.tv/blog/2014/april/horsemans-calling Greetings from Dresden, Germany Kerstin
had a brief look and see that the Reporter from Epona TV is not
qualified to comment on such Events as she doesn't have the required
knowledge and plus is a bit of a radical, looking to knock the
Trainers at every turn. She can't handle the shock of seeing the
difference between European starting and American influence. She is
full of emotive terms to make the Trainers look bad and a very
dangerous Peerson to have sitting in the Crowd. She uses the word
FLOODING but she forgets how they are started in Holland for
instance, where completely unbroken Horses are just jumped on top of
and Bucked out. Not impressed!