22nd November, 2015


HI Folks, hope You had a great Week and that all of Your Neddies are well........we had a disaster....


FIRST OF ALL, I must completely compliment the Organizers' of this Event. It was wonderful and all of the Officials were just great!!! If I may single out a couple that we personally dealt with......

  • EA National Amelie Patrux. She was wonderful/
  • Madge who looked after our Stable Block. She was great.
  •  Denise Rogan,  the Riders Representative, form Sydney, was most helpful too.
  • Rachael Garland  from Gainsborough for strapping for Mrs. HP and assisting with the 'Best Presented combination"

but the excitement all turned to dust because of a simply change in equipment.......

Mrs. HP always rides with a loose Curb Chain as well don't believe in them (or double Bridles) It's hard enough as it is with about a Kilo of Steel in the Mouth of a Horse as it is. It's ridiculous and of no use at all, only negative possibilities.

Due to the stringent inspections taking Place, being an International Event, she thought she had better make the Curb Chain a little more acceptable to eye of the Inspector and she adjusted it up a little more flush. As a result, Cappo put his Tongue over the Bit throughout the Test ( something that he has never done before)



and quite unbelievably, waiting to after the final Salute, on the wya out on a long rein, to re-adjust his tongue back to normal.



As a result, his score was just short of going through to the Freestyle on Friday Night and so as to get Him out of the Hot 10 foot square Canvas Stable with Lights on all Night, we immediately left our Motel and picked Him up at 10pm Thursday Night and took Him Home. He hadn't been drinking property either and it had been 40 degrees the Day before and at least 35 on the Thursday. Terrible stuff for all Horses. Once again, thanks to ----------------------------------for text messaging to advise we were out of the Event. Fair enough too.

Such a shame. Big expenses but lot's of valuable knowledge gained.



Yes, I am always on about the Horse Industry making adjustments to Show times.  There were many Horses struggling at the Event with Vet's drenching and dripping Horses regularly.

Cappo had not drunk properly and yes, although a wonderful job had been done by the Organizers, the 40 Degrees and then living beneath a Canvas 10 foot square Tent was horrendous. One has to wonder about scheduling. Thanks goodness it cooled down for the Eventing.  Mrs. HP almost vomited in Her test, partly caused by having a bad Flue as well.

By the time we went Home on Thursday Night at 10pm, Cappo's Manure was starting to Ball up from his normal lovely Manures. It all may have been for the best.

So 4pm for the Dressage....could it have been at 6pm????? Thoughts have to move to Twilight Dressage Folks!!!!







Yes, can't help myself :) As I said, a wonderful Event and well run. I particularly liked the fact that Cappo was checked for Spur marks after the Ride and the Bits checked for correctness and sharpness, blood in Mouth etc) Great stuff.......but EA National.........."You forgot to shut the Gates"

Yep, 10 metres from the City Main Road, Millions of Dollars in Horse Flesh and the Gates were open the whole two Days I was there. One for the future Folks.........well I had a good Week at least :)


 I have had a Young unbroken Horse visiting, now for 3 Hours an I backed Him on Monday Evening. First up had to retrieve my Leg


and then I had to fight with Him to retrieve my Reins.......


.......5 minutes in Round Pen.......


then 10 minutes on arena.......thanks Cappo


....and then led the ride Home....



I don't know what it is about me the last two Years but I simply attract A.D.D. Horses or high Intellect. Almost all of them. He is a funny Boy this one :)

Second ride........15k on Goolwa Beach  :)




It never takes long when I write about controversial subject that cause heated debate and emotions to flare up, for another case to come out of the Blue, completely supporting my view. You will remember my trying to the side of some Young Horses  on last Weeks Blog? Incidentally, those Young Horses (Multiple and 100% of them) were detrimentally Psychologically damaged and Training effected, exposing them to risks for their future.

The majority of so called' Horse Lovers' on the Social Media, take the side of the Perpetrator and attack the Reporter. This is a puzzling phenomenon.

I have been the Villain in the piece this Week, that I should dare discuss such Training.

Wammo, Monday Morning...........



I have written this for you to use if you want - feel free to use all, any or none of it! Am working on the a detailed report of what happened. Many of you will have already heard about my next case, and some of you know who these poor people are. I will start by saying this is not about the use of training equipment. This is about animal abuse – and a person distressing a young girl just because of his ego.

 A 15 year old girl in Tasmania, pays $475 to go to a two day training clinic run by a person from America doing clinics in Australia. The lesson she gets is how to flog a horse. (He has offered a partial refund.) On day one of the clinic, the so-called “trainer” gets on her horse to teach it to leg yield, because it is not responding to leg. The horse has obviously not been trained to do this so the “trainers” response is to cut it with spurs. He then gets off and flogs the horse with a whip to make it side-pass. Horse is left cut and covered with blood. He says ‘”You have to use sharp spurs, because blunt ones only bruise them”. Tells the teenage girl that the horse is now too sore, and that she will not be able to ride it. A chiropractor saw the horse three days after this happened, and he could not treat the horse because he was still too sore, and still had huge haematomas on both sides. This has been a very traumatic experience for this young girl. I will add that the horse is also a very placid, quiet type who in no way deserved the treatment he got from this man – in fact no horse should be bashed into submission. If he is prepared to do this in front of witnesses, I can only wonder what he does to problem horses when he is alone with them???? It is pleasing that the majority of people have been very supportive, but it is a sad fact that this man has a few supporters in this country who agree with his methods and obviously treat their horses in the same way. Another very sad fact is that someone should have stood up to this man a long time ago. This fight is not about any particular horse discipline, It is about training methods. Although if he is allowed to continue, he will bring your sport into disrepute.

Dear Sir,  I am emailing you to express my utter disgust at the way you treated my daughter at the Westbury clinic this weekend, and more to the point your mis-treatment of her horse. I paid for a professional training clinic – not for you to teach a kid how to flog a horse, I could have done that myself for free! You must think you are a legend, intimidating 15 year old girls – and bashing horses until they are bloodied, bruised and left with haematomas. A professional can train a horse using kinder means than your ways, and being a green horse, with no idea of what you were asking from him, you instead reacted with ways that no horse deserves. With paying such an exorbitant amount of money we expected to be able to bring home at least some useful training activities for her horse. Due to her not being able to attend on day 2 with her horse being too sore and lame from injuries inflicted by you, we expect a full refund of our money, as she did not receive any benefits from watching you beat up her horse – that is really “professional” when you make her horse so sore she can’t even ride it at the clinic you have charged her for! ----------- will never resort to the inhume tactics that you use when training her horses. Hope you feel good about yourself, taking money from kids and giving them nothing but disappointment in return. Bronwyn --------p.s. you can post the cheque to me at---------Oatlands Tas 7120


Photo - The Clinic

Photo - the Horse in question

REPLY FROM the American Trainer


We have been traveling so service is off an on. When we get paid you can have your $275 back but the $200 deposit was non refundable to get us over here. I do want to express my apologies to you and your daughter. I did not realize there was such misunderstanding with what I was doing. Ask Michelle that I was very cautious before even getting on your horse to make sure you wanted something fixed. I feel the need to clarify my actions but I also want to say that you had every right to stop and ask me to get off or ask for further clarification or even approach me the second day about your concerns. Some problems cannot be fixed without getting a little ugly if you want the problem truly fixed and not have to deal with it again. Understand we start asking as light as possible but some horses need to be asked more aggressively to start thinking. I stop being demanding the second the horse gives me the first step to the right answer and once they figure out the answer is simple they got it down and there isn't an issue again. Had you stuck around the whole second day and really paid attention to my explanations the whole time I think you really would have seen the difference in all the horses including yours. I go back to my philosophy "we whip so we DONT have to whip, kick so we DONT have to kick and spur so we DONT have to spur." You can look around my website and watch videos of interns & colts. I didn't get a reputation for being mean and abusive. All my horses are fat, happy and respectful. They look for a leader not a fight. I'm sorry you've adopted such a negative view towards me but I think if you ask around to others your view may change. I realize I can't please everyone. Bogie

Now.....we all make mistakes in Life, errors of judgment and so on. I must compliment Bogie on his appol and openness. I hate this sort of stuff but we must continue to question and  educate.....for the Good of the Horses.



This is 2015. One would think that by now, all Trainers' would have their act Together and have got with the Horse Welfare programme as demanded by the Horse Loving Public on Social Media now, across the Planet. Not so.

Both English, Western Disciplines and others, all still show over the top Training methods, in Public and in a way that shows a normality found in the blasé ignorance that anyone in the Crowd cares. From Andraes H with his non stop Rolkur in front of the Stewards to Isabelle teaching the same on a Youtube Vid the other Day (pulled after my Facebook followers started watching it) to the cruelty with Western Pleasure now, the Acid on the Legs of the Walking Horses, the broken Legs of the Endurance Horses or the Face Ripping and Jagging Arab Halter Classes of this Day. We are still in the Dark Ages Folks and in many ways, we are actually getting worse, not better.

I don't know how it happened but it shouldn't have happened. I don't care if it was God on the Horse, there should never be Hair off, Skin off and definitely not Blood. The Trainer should immediately look in the Mirror and re-assess his Training systems for on this Day, with this lovely quiet Quarter Horse, the Training system was an Ass..........which brings me to the Western Disciplines, yet again.

I used to be in it and I left it 30 Years ago because of Wall to Wall Bullies. I didn't want to be associated with it. They haven't progressed. The Yanks have to take a large portion of the Blame here. There is obviously a very deep Culture of Bullying with the American Culture and a lack of empathy for the Horses. Australia copies them in all they do, from Obese Coka Cola and Hamburger Fat People wall to wall to Horse systems that hurt Horses. The stupid Bloody Australians all follow along like Sheep with Blinkers on.

I am afraid Folks, there is no hope

This incident and commentary, has had nothing to do with anyone at the Clinic. We wouldn't have a damm clue who was there and don't care. This is only about Clinicians versus Horses and if anyone is complaining about the poor Humans' in the equation, then go join a Human support Group and stop calling Yourselves Horse Lovers'  The only Victims here are:

  2. The Child
  3. The Mother
  4. The Industry

instead of worrying about a big tough Male Cowboy, start carrying out the responsibility of all caring Horse Owners and stand up for the lovely Horse, if not the 15 Year old Kid, alone at the Clinic with no backup.

"Who's looking after the Horses?"



 comes downThe Clash of Training systems, as prompted by the Internet, in the chase for the $$$$$$, has spurned the race for favor. All sorts of claims and all sorts of systems, many so technical and difficult to learn that People simple cannot replicate them.

Everything I do or say in Life, is almost always immediately followed by another sign or instance of what I was just talking about. It is incredible. For instance, speaking about the English Coach last Week and Bam, the very next Morning comes the Clinic in Tasmania with the Blood soaked Horse. It makes one continually reflect. By Monday Afternoon, I had already come to the view, upon relflexion of all of the systems. that the bottom line is this.

"Horse Training is not Rocket Science" and yet the majority of the Internet Guru's like to make it so. So much so that most People are totally confused these Days, which is why they run from one Coach to another when the whole time it just compounds the negative effects on their Horses

"If a system of Horse Training cannot be understood and carried out by Novices, in my opinion, the system is s fail. I submit therefore, that the more confusing they are the greater the confusion for the Horses. They pay the price.

So came Monday Night and the 'Non Horsey Husband' watches me take the first ride on their unbroken Horse. After, he makes the observation " I notice there is no fighting, it's all just Light" and of course as usual with "Non Horsey Husbands" they come up with cracker observations but are often dismissed by Ladies as knowing nothing. He had observed my Hands on His Horse.

YES, the success or failure of any system of Horse comes down to the HANDS and how that system demands that You use Your Hands. At the end of the Day, You are dealing with a lump of Metal inside the Mouth of an Animal and if You are going to get RELAXATION, no stress and TRUST OF THOSE HANDS, the system needs to offer lightness.

Those systems that recommend Bumping the Mouths of Horses are an abject failure and cause nothing but the ANTI German Training Scale, with Tension NOT RELAXATION.

Systems that require a Rider to be lifting the Head of the Horse upwards, are doomed to failure when in the Hands of those adapting to them.

and the most damaging system of all, is the one where the Owner is required to Jag and Jab the Bit within the Mouth of the Horse, causing unhappiness in 100% of the Horses that I have observed and when transferred to Saddle, show Horses that are continually BRACED in the Jaw, protecting themselves from the Hand, caused by the system.




You tell me? I'm all Ears but across the Years, I have NEVER seen One Owner challenge a Coach. You Read on Social Media however, in 100% of Cruelty Threads, "I would have gone up and ripped Him off the Horse!!!!!!" Yea Yea, then why have I never seen it?????

So, at Clinics take it as read, that Horses are completely exposed to the Coach, many of who are running on Ego and others who don't even know the History of the Horse. Horse Owners should uphold their words of Love they continually express and prove it!!!!!!!!! There is nothing wrong with a Pupil questioning a Coach. I love it and Mrs. HOP loves it. If You ain't got the answers, You shouldn't be taking Money!!!!!!!!!









A serious accident waiting to happen. Rope Halters rarely break but the Faces of Horses do.




"When building Tie Up Rails, 100mm Metal Pipe is not suitable and will bend double if a Horse pulls back UNLESS IT IS HIGH tensile Bore Casing."




We do not want to see a debacle the likes of last Year with a Social Media driven Bush Fire prevention Plan and Convoys of Floats with Hairy Arm Pitted Women standing over Police and removing Horses without permission.

So the Management ( in their wisdom) invited the CFS for a complete Inspection and then conducted a Meeting of Agistees, where a CFS Officer spoke to all about all matters affecting the property.

Without going into all the detail, they declared 'Gainsborough' safe to leave Horses on if a Bush Fire Comes, precisely what I declared last Year. You do the work, You get the result.

So please all follow the Plan and all will be well. Go prior to cut off and then all Gates will be locked.




Are we all prepared? I lit a Fire on the Day before the Ban came in this Week and managed to get not one but 3 Fire Trucks turn up :) The Council didn't tell them I had rang and warned them :) The Fire Boys were most impressed with the equipment and state of the Property and thanked me. False Alarm.




There was a recent Study in Britain, about how to save in juries to Vets' and I commented that they had missed the 'Holy Grail'.......HORSEMANSHIP. They just don't get taught it.

Here, at the Adelaide International, You will see the problem showcased in this Photo.

  • Inappropriate Clothing

  • One Vet on each side (incorrect in Horsemanship terms)

  • The Young lass standing in the Broken Legs position from the Cow Kick.

  • Head down eating Grass ( which I would probably be the only one to know it was all 'Barley Grass" because I checked it on my haunches.

The fact that these Horses have been there done that don't mean a thing in 'Horsemanship Terms' You never know!!!!!

We arrived with Cappo. You can't find a quieter Horses BUT!!!!!!! he is most private about his Anus :) He could even kick You if You start fiddling around there. We explained it to the Vet, they said unload.....I dropped the back of the Ramp and said "Why don't You do Him in the Float?...THE CRUSH???....he looked at me with a "Penny Dropped' look and yes, walked into the Float and took his Temperature in complete safety. I could see Him thinking :)

Horsemanship Folks, learn it to save Your Bones!!!














6 HORSES WITH THROATS CUT - here we go Your Security up to scratch Folks??????

AN investigation has been launched after six horses were savagely attacked near Pontardawe by having their throats cut.

The bodies of the horses, which were believed to have been kept in stables in a disused quarry, were discovered on Wednesday morning when RSPCA inspectors were called to the area. While the family of the owners said several of the animals had died, the RSPCA only confirmed one fatality.

Bethan Davies, brother of horse owner Kyle Bradnum, said: "We have been devastated by this.

"We had a phone call to say the RSPCA were up there, and went up to find the horses had been killed.
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"One of the horses survived, but it has had 14 stitches in its neck.

"The all had clean cuts across their necks.

"But we don't know what to do next. There isn't much we can do."

The dead horses included a six-month old Shetland foal, two section C show fillies, and a six-year-old mare.

Pontardawe councillor Mike James said: "This is an horrendous incident, and is utterly unacceptable.

"It appears they had their throats cut and they bled to death."

A spokesman for South Wales Police said they were aware of the incident, but that it was a matter for the RSPCA to investigate.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA would only confirm that one horse had died and would not comment any further. She said: "The RSPCA can confirm that it has attended a premises in Pontardawe and removed six horses.

"One was found dead.

"We are unable to comment further on this matter.

"We will always look into and, if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare, but a lot of the time many issues will be dealt with by advice and education and it is not always appropriate to publicise this information for legal and data protection reasons





One of the three overseas backpackers killed in the Esperance fires was a 29-year-old Norwegian woman who had just moved to the south-east town of WA.

Anna Winther's body, along with Julia, a 19-year-old woman from Germany, and 31-year-old Briton Tom Butcher, was found in a burnt out car.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson Gregson said yesterday the Esperance fire conditions were "catastrophic and unstoppable".

Mr Park said though the fires had devastated the community, they were showing great resilience.

She said they were not getting complacent because "the fire is still burning and could turn around and come back".



SINGAPORE: Gallop Stable has suspended horse-riding activities to the public at its Punggol Ranch, following an incident which resulted in the death of an elderly woman on Saturday (Nov 14).

Responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia, the company said its first priority is to help the victim's family.

Gallop Stable said its preliminary investigations showed that the incident took place while the woman, who was in her 70s, was dismounting from a horse. It added the woman had panicked while doing so and appeared "nervous and blank" despite instructions and assistance by staff.

The company said the horse became agitated and raised its front legs, and the woman then lost her balance on the saddle and "dragged the horse down with her". The company said staff tried to get the horse up as quickly as possible.

A MediaCorp hotline caller, who wanted to be known only as Ms Chia, said she witnessed the incident. According to Ms Chia, the old woman was supposed to dismount using "stairs". However, getting the horse in position proved challenging despite efforts by staff.

Ms Chia said the horse seemed agitated and suddenly "stood on its feet", causing the woman to fall. She added that the horse appeared to slip and "fell flat" on the victim. She said staff and other by-standers tried to help the victim, succeeding only about 10 minutes later. Ms Chia said she noticed that the woman's "lips had turned purple".

Gallop Stable said that a "first aider", believed to be one of the victim's relatives, performed CPR on her, and that an ambulance arrived after 15 minutes. The company added that all staff had abided by safety and emergency protocols.

All staff handling horses will need to have at least a year's working experience with horses, while the animals used for such rides have to accumulate about 365 days of riding activities. It said that staff and instructors are trained first-aiders and have basic kits for emergencies.

The company said it is seeking legal advice and that from its insurers.

A spokesperson said: "It's tragic that such an incident has happened even though all our precautionary measures have been in place since the start. This is the first such outcome and our deepest condolences and sympathy goes to the immediate family while we are conducting a thorough investigation on what exactly happened." 





News of the 44-year-old’s death spread among anti-hunting and saboteur groups on Facebook, prompting a stream of bile towards the former helicopter pilot, with many making reference to the so-called "karma" of her passing during a hunt where an artificial trail is laid.

Pro-hunting group Ban Hunt Saboteurs (BHS) informed Huffington Post UK it had amassed close to a thousand screenshots highlighting abuse towards McCormick and identified some 800 individuals responsible.

Some commented McCormick had received her “comeuppance”, while another stated: “You reap what you sow, bitch.” Further comments expressed hope she suffered before dying in hospital.

The Sunday Times points out legal professionals and a retired NHS worker were among those posting abuse about McCormick, including Rachel Baxter, who wrote: “Karma. I salute you.”

When contacted by the paper, the 41-year-old, who works with young offenders and provides legal advice for a young people’s charity, insisted: “I don’t have to explain or justify myself to anybody.

“I think that if people are out hunting then there’s a risk that accidents will happen. That’s what that comment meant. It doesn’t mean anyone deserves to die. I could have worded it better but I’m entitled to my opinion.”

Rick Jones of BHS believes there has been an explosion over the last year or so of a phenomenon known as the ‘keyboard sab’.

He explained: “They read the propaganda spewed out daily by the hunt saboteurs and believe every word they read. Soon, they become so enraged, they throw every ounce of decency they have in them out the window. They become unrecognisable, spewing out torrents of vitriolic bile, wishing death to anyone who rides a horse, owns a gun or happens to be a farmer.




THE Melbourne community is in mourning following the death of Jim Moloney, who trained the legendary Vain, arguably the greatest Australian sprinter of the 20th Century. Moloney, who died overnight on Friday, was 90.

Moloney was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame earlier this year, joining his champion sprinter Vain who he trained to win 12 of his 14 starts, including the 1969 Golden Slipper. He is also the patriarch of a racing dynasty featuring his sons John and Gerard Moloney, both trainers, and his grandson, the leading apprentice Patrick.

Known as a true gentleman of the turf, Moloney was trhe son of Warrnambool-based trainer Jerry Moloney. Jim Moloney took out his own licence in 1946 and trained Llandrillo to win the 1950 Australian Steeplechase and the Grand National Steeplechase a year later, while in 1955 he won the Newmarket Handicap with Swynphilos.

He came to national prominence with the achievements of Vain, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

The majority of Moloney's major winners were ridden by Pat Hyland, his long-time stable jockey and friend, who paid tribute to his mentor in the Age newspaper.

"It is sad because he was more like a father to me," Hyland said. "He was a wonderful horse trainer, horseman, father and friend. He always had time for you and that's probably why we formed such a terrific combination.

"One day after I turned 15 I arrived at Jim's stable at Warrnambool and a week later we packed up and went to Melbourne," added Hyland, whose association with Moloney lasted from 1956 to 1989, when he started training himself.

Moloney's many other big-race wins included the Caulfield Cup with Affinity in 1984, Victoria Derby with Raveneaux in 1986 and Sydney Cup with Arctic Symbol in 1970.

"The Victorian racing industry is saddened at the loss of Jim Moloney who has left an indelible mark on the sport in this country as a legendary trainer and mentor," said Racing Victoria's chief executive Bernard Saundry.

"Jim was renowned for his unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of his horses and his canny ability to get the most out his team come raceday."

The Moloney family continues in Australian racing with Moloney's sons John and Gerard trainers at Caulfield while Patrick is the reigning champion apprentice in Melbourne.




t’s a story seen all too often lately in the United States – recalls. There have been recalls of everything imaginable from cars to toys to human produce and meats, and to animal feeds. The focus of this article is the recurring problem of monensin in horse feeds and the resulting havoc at once-thriving horse farms, in this case Black Fence Farms near Clovis, CA. It was Western Milling that produced the horse feed purchased by Black Fence Farms back in September that poisoned and killed horses. The horse watch at Black Fence Farms continues even now, Nov. 13 and beyond, since every horse – all 49 animals – have been affected by monensin poisoning and 13 horses have died to date.
9-year-old Reagan Amador's pony, James Blonde, now has a damaged heart
courtesy of Katie Flanigan

It is high time that horse feed manufacturers come to grips with their procedures and processes. The mistakes made at milling companies, lack of cleanliness with equipment, careless procedures, lack of quality control and slovenly practices cost horse lives. According to Florida attorney Andrew Yaffa of Grossman Roth, P.A., during an interview, the problems that occurred at Western Milling in September are much more common than horse caretakers realize.

Yaffa represents the owner of Black Fence Farms, a horse ranch and riding facility east of Clovis. All of the horses remaining at the facility are in danger from the monensin-tainted feed, and some are more severely affected than others. At least 13 horses have died already since ingesting the tainted feeds from Western Milling.

Monensin [an ionophore] is primarily used to feed cattle for feed efficiency improvement. During the milling process, as cattle feeds are switched over to formulate horse feeds, cross-contamination can occur and mistakes also happen from human error. It is important for everyone - milling companies, employees and horse people - to understand that monensin is highly toxic to horses, affecting heart and skeletal muscles. Toxicity levels depend on the amount fed to a horse and the individual horse’s physical constitution. Symptoms of monensin poisoning include stiffness, imbalance, inability to stand, colic, sweating, kidney failure, damage to the heart, bloating, respiratory problems, muscle wasting. Death from monensin in a horse is dreadful.

A recall by Western Milling, a subsidiary of O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling Company, was made on Sept. 25 for Western Blend Horse Feed [lot 5251]. The company said little more than the feed was "potentially” contaminated with monensin and that it had been supplied to California and Arizona.

California Department of Food and Agriculture [CDFA] investigated and confirmed in the October 2015 Animal Health Branch Newsletter that tainted feed caused the horse deaths.





A TODDLER who was kicked in the head by a horse at her family's stables in Ashurst Wood has been reunited with the doctor who helped save her life.

Little Daisy Osborne clutched a teddy and a toy helicopter as she met Dr Kevin Enright, of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, for the first time since her horror ordeal.

On Tuesday, she watched the air ambulance land at its base following a callout which served as a chilling reminder to her parents of the day they almost lost her.

Daisy was flown to the specialist neurological unit at St George's Hospital in London accompanied by her grandfather, after her mother Georgie, fainted at the scene.




A horse rescued by an animal sanctuary was so emaciated it died within hours.

Polo, a 15hh chestnut thoroughbred-type mare, was in such a poor state she could not stand when she was found.

Volunteers from The Retreat Animal Sanctuary in High Halden winched her up and took her in, but she died a few hours later.

The horse died within hours

Billy Thompson, who runs the sanctuary in Cripple Hill, said: “She was in an appalling state, the poor thing.

“She was terribly emaciated, was lying down and could not get up. We winched her up and got her back to our place but she died in the night.

“She was still eating until she took her last breath, the poor thing.”

Polo and other horses had been dumped in a small field in High Halden, close to the sanctuary, and was discovered last Thursday.

Mr Thompson said: “The woman who owns the field does not keep animals, but occasionally she finds travellers horses put in there.

Polo was too weak to stand when she was found

“We do not know when these were abandoned or dumped. We had a vet with us when we went to see Polo and he said it would be OK for us to try to get her home in our animal ambulance.

“We had some hope that she would survive and stayed with her all the time, but she died in the early hours of Friday.

“From her teeth, we think she was quite old. She had been microchipped so had probably started life as an expensive horse, but once they can’t be ridden, they sometimes end up like this.

“Abandoned horses are at an epidemic level at the moment. We have taken in four or five in the last month.”

Mr Thompson said the other horses in the field were in not such a bad state. The sanctuary had been supporting them with feed and rugs but they had been removed.

The RSPCA was also called to the field were Polo was being kept.

A spokesman said: “When our inspector got there, the rescue centre was already dealing with the situation.

“We are very concerned to find these horses in this way, one of them very poorly, and are very grateful to this local charity for the obvious care that they were taking of the horses.

Billy Thompson runs The Retreat Animal Rescue Centre

“Sadly situations concerning fly-grazing horses are not uncommon.

“The country is currently in the grip of a horse crisis with the RSPCA and other horse welfare charities struggling to cope with the numbers of abandoned, neglected and abused horses.

“The RSPCA is stretched to breaking point with about 125 places at our equine centres but more than 500 horses in our care.

“We are also calling for better enforcement of legislation surrounding identification so that we can trace the owners of neglected or mistreated horses.”









Fourteen horses were struck down with sweating, rapid breathing, muscle trembling and a loss of coordination last winter.

Eight of them died and researchers from the University of Adelaide suspect the marshmallow weed, commonly found in pastures in southern Australia, may be the cause although it has never before proved fatal in Australia.

"The plant sometimes tastes sweeter and some horses will eat it," senior lecturer in equine medicine Lidwien Verdegaal said.

"When it has rained a lot, it grows rapidly and it's possible that if there is nothing much else in the paddock, a horse will eat it."

Dr Verdegaal said researchers had collected information on the horses including their diets and clinical signs in a bid to identify any common factors.

He said a protocol would then be established for the investigation of such cases in a bid to prevent further horse deaths.




Melbourne Cup: the race that stops a nation, and also the beating hearts of the horses that run in it.

Following a leg injury sustained at the Cup earlier this month, triple runner-up and fan favourite Red Cadeaux became the fourth horse to die from competing in the race in just three years. It follows the deaths of two horses last year — Admire Rakti, a frontrunner who collapsed and died at the stalls after staggering to last place, and Araldo, who was euthanised after breaking his leg when he became frightened by the crowd — and another in 2013.



The Queensland Opposition is calling on the State Government to end a stalemate between horse owners and vets over the handling of potential Hendra cases.

Vets are refusing to treat sick horses that have not been vaccinated against the deadly virus, because of workplace health and safety restrictions, and a concern for their safety.

Labor MP Jim Pearce stirred up the issue by stating that vets who refuse to treat horses should still be able to do so, provided they wear the correct protective equipment.

The suggestion was met with strong opposition by vets, who argued they feared prosecution under workplace health and safety laws.

The Liberal-National Party's Deb Frecklington says the recent prosecutions of three vets over how they handled cases of Hendra virus shows vets' concerns are legitimate.

"Horse owners are calling on vets to treat unvaccinated horses, and I certainly feel sorry for those horse owners who are put in that situation," she said.

"But because of the recent prosecutions that is why vets are now clamping down more by saying they have to follow the law.

"This has been an issue for many years but I think was has brought this to fore is we have seen these prosecutions happen recently.

"We have been able to follow the process through and see what Workplace Health and Safety are doing to these vets by way of prosecution if they don't comply."

Three Queensland vets are currently being prosecuted by Workplace Health and Safety over how they handled cases of Hendra virus in horses.
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Ms Frecklington said the Minister for Industrial Relations, Curtis Pitt, needed to take responsibility for the issue, and was calling on him to convene an urgent round table to address the stalemate.

"Unfortunately Workplace Health and Safety, under the guise of Mr Pitt's department, has come down extremely strongly and has been prosecuting vets in relation to the Hendra virus," she said.

"This isn't just about personal protective equipment (PPE); it is about the ongoing treatment of a horse that is suspected to have the Hendra virus.

"The buck lies with Mr Pitt who needs to look at the practices from the workplace health and safety point of view, and get everyone together in a room and sort this out."

The ABC has contacted the Minister for Industrial Relations, Curtis Pitt, for comment.

Meantime, a departmental spokesman said there had been no communication from Ms Frecklington requesting a round table be established.

Ms Frecklington was critical of how the Department of Workplace Health and Safety has pursued the prosecution cases.

"I don't know why Workplace Health and Safety have been so dogged in their prosecution of these vets who are doing everything they can to help affected horse owners," she said.

"The cases that Workplace Health and Safety are taking through to prosecution aren't cases that involve the Hendra virus [in humans].

"If we are going to be prosecuting vets around trying to get a better outcome for horses with Hendra virus, we should at least be targeting ones that are relevant to the Hendra virus."

While one of the cases is known to relate to a horse that was infected with Hendra, the virus did not spread to its owners or treating vet staff.

Ms Frecklington is calling for a round table comprising of experts to come up with a solution, but did not suggest one of her own.

"I'm certainly no expert in relation to the Hendra virus and the treating of it; I'm not a vet, and I'm not an expert in the workplace health and safety practices of veterinary surgeons," she said.

"So that is why this needs to be bought together at the ministerial level, because the concern is coming from workplace health and safety practices.

"This is really about common sense, and I want to see Mr Pearce pick up the phone and call Curtis Pitt, the relevant minister for workplace health and safety, and work this out."

Queensland Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne said he had not heard from Ms Frecklington on the Hendra issue either.

"There has been no correspondence or questions from Deb Frecklington," he said.

"Deb Frecklington is late to the party again.

"My department has been in discussions with vets and horse owners and associations for a number of months.

"Some vets will not treat horses that have not been vaccinated against Hendra and there is no easy answer to this.

"The Government does not have the regulatory power to force vets to attend to ill horses, and the Government does not mandate that the vaccine must be administered to horses."




The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced that two sporthorses have tested positive for prohibited substances. Samples taken at the CSIO2* in Tehran, Iran, which took place Sept. 22-24, from the horse Sir de Diamant, ridden by Mohammad Davoud Shekofti, of Iran, have returned positive for the banned substance stanozolol and its metabolite 16β-hydroxy-stanozolol, an anabolic steroid that promotes muscle mass. The horse’s sample also tested positive for the controlled medication substances dexamethasone (a corticosteroid used to treat inflammatory and auto-immune conditions) and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug flunixin meglumine. Further, samples taken at the Young Horse Endurance Championships in Valeggio sul Minico, Italy, on Sept. 26, from the horse Barbaforte Bosana, ridden by Camilla Malta, of Italy, have tested positive for the banned substance ergonovine, a vasoconstrictor. Both athletes have been provisionally suspended from the date of notification (Nov. 16).

The horses have also been provisionally suspended for a two-month period. Support Personnel In a separate case, the FEI has notified veterinarian Pasha Syed Kamaal, of India, that a case has been opened against him as support personnel in the 2012 case of Glenmorgan. Samples taken from the horse, which was ridden by HH Sheik Hazza bin Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates, in the CEI3* 160 km at Al Wathba on Feb. 10, 2012, returned positive for the banned substance propoxyphene, an opioid analgesic, and its metabolite norpropoxyphene. The FEI Tribunal had already imposed a 27-month suspension on HH Sheik Hazza bin Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the person responsible, which was reduced to 18 months on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). During the FEI Tribunal and CAS proceedings Syed Kamaal made statements confirming that he had administered the product Fustex to the horse on the night before the event. Fustex contains propoxyphene, although it is not listed as an ingredient. Syed Kamaal has been provisionally suspended from the date of notification (Nov. 16) in advance of the case coming before the FEI Tribunal.

 Final Decisions Further, the FEI Tribunal has issued final decisions in the case of the horse Up Date 2, with sanctions imposed against the rider, horse owner, and veterinarian. Samples taken from the horse at the CSI3* San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy, on Aug. 9 returned positive for stanozolol. A two-year period of ineligibility was imposed on the rider, Mariano Ossa of Argentina, the person responsible (PR) under the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations, from the date of sample collection. However, the FEI Tribunal reduced the period of suspension by five months as substantial assistance from the PR resulted in proceedings being opened against the horse owner and the veterinarian.

As a result, the PR will be ineligible through to March 8, 2016. He was also fined CHF 2,000 and ordered to pay CHF 1,000 towards the legal costs of the judicial procedure. Additionally, the horse has been disqualified from all placings at the event, as well as from all placings achieved since May 21, 2014, the date of administration of the banned substance. The horse owner, Fabio Mazzarella of Venezuela, and the FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian William Yerkes, VMD, MRCVS, of the United States, were both charged under Article 2.2 of the FEI Equine Anti-Doping Regulations relating to use or attempted use of a banned substance. A two-year period of ineligibility has been imposed on Yerkes, and a 19-month suspension for Mazzarella. Both periods of ineligibility have been backdated to May 21, 2014, the date when the Banned Substance was administered to the horse. The owner has also been fined CHF 5,000.






As more than 100 horses arrive to compete in the Australian International 3 Day Event (AI3DE) in Adelaide, one man has the responsibility to ensure they all stay healthy.

Riders from around the world compete in three different levels (two, three and four-star) dressage, cross-country and showjumping events.

For event head vet Dr Andrew Hunt, it was imperative to ensure the horses had travelled well and were in perfect health before they were allowed to be stabled on site.

"We don't want any horse coming in that has a respiratory virus or a cold or something like that," Dr Hunt said.

With horses travelling from as far as Perth, Sydney, central Queensland and the UK, Dr Hunt said it was important to make sure the horses had all arrived in perfect health.

Each animal was microchip scanned, had a rectal temperature taken and given a unique registration number for competitions and stabling.
Associate vet Penny Dow checks the rectal temperature of four-star horse Adelaide Hill.
Photo: Associate vet Penny Dow checks the rectal temperature of four-star horse Adelaide Hill prior to it being checked into the stables at AI3DE. (891 ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson)

Brands and markings are also checked to ensure the horse presented is the same as the animal listed for the event.

Horses that arrive with higher-than-normal temperatures are monitored for the next five to six hours for improvement.

"We have a good referral centre down the road, so if anything shows any signs of illness we send them there to be managed in a hospital situation," he said.

Over the course of the event, each animal is officially checked a minimum of three times to ensure it is in peak condition.

Riders can also access treating vets on the course to have their animals checked outside of scheduled inspections.

"These are all high-end [human] competitors," Dr Hunt said, "so they are very well versed that the horse has to be first and foremost."

Dr Hunt said in an event of the size of the AI3DE, there could be up to 20 vets on site.

Staff vets were present at the showjumping, equestrian and along the seven-kilometre cross-country course.
Caroline Bew leads out four-star competition horse Adelaide Hill from a float with owner Christine Bates by his side.

Photo: Vet staff standby as four-star competition horse Adelaide Hill is led from his float by Caroline Bew, with owner Christine Bates by his side. (891 ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson)

"The cross-country course is divided up into sectors and in each sector we have a team of vets so we can get onto things quickly," Dr Hunt said.

Ground jury and senior vets have the power to remove a horse from an event mid-competition if they fear for its health, but Dr Hunt said it rarely happened.

It is often the riders who withdraw horses before problems become serious.

"The last thing [the riders] want to do is pursue on a course of this magnitude when the horse isn't quite right," he said.

"At this level they are either 100 per cent or they are not at all — there is no grey zone."
The value of a modern competition horse in Australia

Although racehorses traditionally lead the value stakes in Australia, Dr Hunt said it was not uncommon for millions of dollars' worth of animals to be at an event like the AI3DE.

Horses were a mixture of thoroughbred and warmblood breeds, with the quality of horses rising each year.

"In Australia, racing is the pinnacle equestrian sport but around the world, particularly in Europe, [equestrian] is the prime event," Dr Hunt said.

"Most of the big money in Europe is in the showjumpers mainly, then the dressage horses and eventers."

Dr Hunt is a director at Horsemed SA and Morphettville Equine Clinic, a practicing veterinarian since 1990, and has travelled with the Australian equestrian team since 2000.

He and his wife also operate an equine stud in the Adelaide Hills.

"This is our life," he said.

"Some people have beach houses and go surfing — this is what we do on our weekends off."

The AI3DE is in the eastern Adelaide Parklands from Thursday to Sunday.




Sudden death results from a man-made problem stemming from the mouth that spawns increasingly serious problems in the throat, lungs and heart. A bit breaks the lip seal during strenuous exercise, destroys what should be a vacuum in the mouth, releases the soft palate from its locked-down position, and allows the throat airway to collapse. Death follows from suffocation, waterlogging of the lungs and heart failure.

An emeritus professor of veterinary surgery describes this sequence in a paper published online ahead of print in the peer-reviewed journal, Equine Veterinary Education.

Dr Bob Cook, from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in the United States, notes that there is no consensus on the cause of sudden death in racehorses, despite several racing jurisdictions having mandated necropsies for years.

Cook’s research since 1958 into ear, nose and throat diseases of the horse led him, in 1997, to investigate the effect of a bit on a horse. He went on to develop a widely used bitless bridle. He reasons that “bleeding”, as it is known in racehorses, is the same as an airway emergency in human medicine known as negative pressure pulmonary oedema.

Cook – a pioneer in the use of the rigid endoscope – was the first to conclude, in 1970, that when a racehorse showed blood at both nostrils this came from the lungs, not the nose or throat as previously assumed.

When flexible fiberscopes became available, Richard Pascoe in Australia confirmed this and used the term exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH) to describe it.

In 1998, Cook’s team at Tufts first suggested that the mechanism for EIPH was asphyxia. EIPH in racehorses led to a controversial policy – justified as prevention – that permitted US racehorses to be given the diuretic furosemide on race days. Furosemide did not prevent EIPH, yet the majority of American racehorses still run on this medication.

Cook now proposes that, although a neurological disease of the voice box can occasionally trigger asphyxia, lung bleeding and even death, the evidence is more consistent with the bit being the cause. He believes that prevention of both EIPH and sudden death requires an equipment rule change around bit use rather than medication or surgery.

Cook compared his ante mortem data on sudden death with a 2011 review of post mortem data from mandated necropsies in six racing jurisdictions worldwide. He concluded that the data comparison supports a unifying hypothesis on the cause of three unexplained problems – that the bit is the ultimate cause of soft palate instability, “bleeding” and sudden death.

He recommends bitless training and racing trials to show stewards that bitless racing is both possible and preferable and will reduce the prevalence of all three problems.

Cook writes: “The speed with which death occurs suggests its cause, there being few things that can kill a horse in a matter of seconds … A horse can survive for weeks without food, days without water but only seconds without air.

“Aside from asphyxia, only cardiac failure kills as quickly. As cardiac disease in the racehorse is rare and as cardiac failure can be a sequel to asphyxia, asphyxia is clearly a candidate for the cause of sudden death.”

Cook says that in the wild a horse runs with its lips closed, mouth shut, tongue immobile, poll extended, the head/neck pendulum unhindered, balance perfect, with no slobbering.

“But because of bit usage, many racehorses run with their poll flexed, mouth agape, lips parted, tongue protruding, head/neck pendulum constrained, balance upset and saliva streaming.”

Such horses are, he says, denied the oral vacuum that keeps the soft palate in its locked-down position, and also denied the ability to breathe, balance and conserve energy. Horses are nose breathers, not mouth breathers. Surgery, in his opinion, is not the answer to instability and dorsal displacement of the soft palate.

gb-racing-economic-impactAccording to Cook, bit-induced obstruction of the throat airway accounts for abnormally intense and accumulating suction pressures in all ensuing sections of the airway when a horse breathes-in. As a galloping horse takes two and a half forceful breaths a second, even transient airway obstruction can quickly cause serious consequences.

It accounts for the endoscopically observed dynamic collapse of the soft palate and many other areas in the throat, voice box and windpipe. In the lungs – where abnormal suction pressures are at their most intense in the tail-end small airways – this explains, why heavily blood-stained oedema fluid is drawn from the lung into the airways and a horse “bleeds”, he says.

The physics of suction in a horse’s lungs are the same as for a hickey on human skin, but the “sucks” are more brutal and more frequent. In one minute – 150 negative pressure “insults” – a horse can be sucked to death. As he writes, “30 strangulated breaths” may be more than enough to kill.

Cook concludes: “Bit-induced asphyxia and its consequences are preventable.”

He urges racing’s administrators to investigate bitless racing and “update a rule incompatible with equine physiology”.

Removal of the bit, he says, will banish undoubted pain in the mouth and suspected pain in the chest; allow a racehorse to breathe freely; and greatly improve its quality of life.

In addition, he predicts it will reduce the prevalence not only of asphyxia, lung bleeding, and sudden death, but also that of catastrophic and non-catastrophic limb injuries.

Cook reminds us that unimpeded breathing is essential for optimum performance. Mental and muscular fatigue is a sequel to breathlessness. Cook implies that metal in the mouth can take the “heart” out of the horse. Weak muscles have disastrous consequences for tendons, joints and bones. Add in, he continues, the expense of head/neck pendulum interference that prevents a horse from making full use of this crucial energy-saving device.

A rule change to permit bitless racing, Cook avers, will reduce injuries to exercise riders and jockeys, lengthen the life of racehorses, and improve racing’s public image.

Bit-induced asphyxia in the racehorse as a cause of sudden death
W.R. Cook










Oct 13th, 3:05pm
Hi John, my little story with gripe lol. Recently I rescued a gorgeous little bay TB mare from the doggers. As expected she was poorly and very sore in the body as she had been used as a polycrosse pony after her racing career ( which only lasted 4 races as she was to slow) so in between all of that she ended up at Echuca market and was put onto the RHV truck and then to me. She is a beautiful mare , kind and willing to try whatever I present to her. However my gripe (perhaps for forum discussion) is that there has to be some kind of directive for the TB racing association that make the handlers/owners responsible for the early education of these poor horses. Its no wonder that so many of them end up on the meat wagon. As I am slowly working Lily into her new life I come across new issues everyday that relate to her past. EG she is SO co dependant on other horses, she fidgets ALL the time, she has NO mouth , on the lunge she gets worried if I lift the leadline up.. etc etc. These are the things that should be addressed when backing a horse not leaving it until a horse is 7,8,9 years old and hope ( or not even care) if the horse is able to go on and lead a happy life after racing. I wish there was a way of policing this type of handling but I know its almost impossible. I also wonder how many people get hurt buying these horses thinking it will be easy frown emoticon Its so sad for our 4 legged friends

7:56pm  19th November, 205

Hi John, just a quick update on my little rescue horse Lily. Since I last wrote to you she has come such a long way. Today I was able to work her in gale force winds without her being distracted at all. She now stands still while in the wash bay and being tacked up. She doesn't pour the ground anymore while I wash her. She has stopped fidgeting most of the time. She now holds up her own hoof for me to clean. She is shod too so being a TB and having flat feet she is doing so much better with her aluminium shoes. Light weight but effective. CB is also wearing them now.. Love them. She is getting better out on the road, still co dependant till I get past the neighbours letter box but once we are its off and running. I am so happy with her progress and who she is becoming within herself with confidence and trust. I am aiming to take her to her 1st ARC day in Jan all going well.. So happy this little mare chose me grin emoticon cheers Jude
PS. Lily said to tell you there is life after racing and polocross after all grin emoticon grin emoticon

Well done Jude, Great effort and give my regards to Her. x






Hi there,

Im trying to find the right information, or forum to ask for some advice.

Ive just taken on a beautifully natured apply gelding, who has just turned 5, although the last owner told me he was 6 turning 7!!

I have recently found out he was sedated, mouth and double ear twitched at the time of his castration!!! Devastated.

This horse has a very gentle nature, however when his trauma is triggered its impossible to get through to him. He goes to another place, its like he is having a full blown anxiety attack and just flips out.

Ive considered  starting to train him with a neck rope only, i have the patience and skill enough to do so. Having a halter on is extremely stressful to him because of the past ear twitching, i can manage to get a bridle on him and mount him but after about 2 minutes he feels the head strap behind his ears and freaks out and becomes highly sensitive all over this body.

Just looking for any particular techniques or advice that i can find so i can help this guy? I have never dealt with this kind of consistent ear trauma before.

I have another gelding who has trauma related to rugging and acts the same way, we have managed this and worked on it but it will always be there and is part of his care plan to do things differently.

Looking forward to hearing from you, would love to hear if you have any ideas!!

Hi Kirsty.

This is a very technical case., so more info required.

When You say goes NUTS  please explain. Is this with a Bit in the Mouth of the Horse? What BIt? Was the Horse Mouthed? Is the Mouth good???

The Horse obviously has a deep psychological problem. Have You left a webbing Halter on the Horse in the yard, to let the Horse get over it?


....the Lass didn;t get back to me






My name is Emily and I just read your post about rearing horses. I had a quick question for you and was wondering about how I should go about addressing it or what your opinion is if you've got the time to spare. My boyfriend purchased a 6 year old quarter horse this past spring. We know very little about his history. Except that he had been a trail horse. A few problems have cropped up here and there but nothing serious that I haven't been able to address. Though yesterday evening I groomed him got him saddled and ready to ride and when I went to put the hackamore on and adjusted it he reared up and went over backwards. I've never had a any horse rear before or buck. After I checked to see he didn't hurt himself I did lunge him in the round one and he joined up with me for the first time then our neighbor advised I ground drive him. That all went well. I'm thinking it was the hackamore but that's all that I've ridden him in. He wasn't uncomfortable when I put the saddle pad on or the saddle so I don't think that his back is bothering him, although if you think that might be a probable cause I can have a chiropractor come out to take a look at him. Thank you for your time.

HI Emily. These things are always very hard to put the Finger on and much work to be done to get to the bottom of such things.

If You mean this thing here, to be a Hackamore, I would comment that I hate them with a passion and know that they are designed to promote rearing, by clamping the Snout in a Vice with a Chain coming to bear on the back of the Lips.

This is a Hackamore

perhaps you can give me some more info?


Thank you for getting back to me. This is exactly what I've been using.

Ok Emily, then I would be carefully checking for a sore bridge of the nose or side of the face. These types of equipment (which I have never been a Fan of) are often and interestingly designed with a HARSH rope over the Nose, symptomatic of a lot of the Western thinking and tradition. If I were designing this piece of equipment, at least I would have soft laughing rope there. This Culture defeats the whole purpose of the argument of Bitless being oh so kind. It's all just words for in the real World, the Bit can and does run rings around them.

For a start, a Bit only sends one set of signals, give to this pressure from this location. Sidepulls and mechanical Hackamores etc, and indeed Bitless Bridles, give at least two directional messages and requests, often the opposite to each other and as I said in my opening remarks, often clamping the Snout of the Horse in a Vice. What kind of sophisticated signal is that?????

Meanwhile, in a Career of over 25,000 Horses, including the next one last Night having it's first ride after only 4 hours Work from unbroken, to where I even graduated out of the Round Pen and ended up leading back Home.

Just my experience and opinion Em. You make Your own Mind up though








My restless, not herself , fit chestnut thoroughbred filly had 500mls over her tongue at 10.30am on last Wednesday then she finished the rest mixed into her feed that night. She ate it all. Immediately, she relaxed and stopped walking her box and looking longingly up the road and stood quietly for 2 hours. Manure improved. I also started her on -- cleans & flushes as I feel she is trying a bit hard too urinate. > Over the next few days she improved and I worked her on Sunday, a nice 2.5km trot and 3km canter on lovely sandy river track. Exceptional work, relaxed, steady and giving. >

On the day, I was unable to get onto my -------------, whom I know reasonably well. I used his locally ---------. I spoke to him on Sunday and he had plenty of ------------  > Yesterday she galloped over 1300m and went very nicely, recovered well and was all good. On returning home and settling into her box, I noticed her again a little unsettled and having a few rubs around her off side. Eventually finished off her morning hard feed but slightly finicky, unusual. > > Anyway, she has mostly improved greatly, but as we are prone to do, I just felt she still was experiencing discomfort and some kind of mildish irritation.

She is absolutely going enormous, looking as good as any horse I have ever sat on, and I have her nommed to run at Warrnambool on Monday over 1300m. > > I considered that if over last night she was still a touch restless, that I would give her the proper recipe with the candied honey this morning. > Her manure was okay this morning, but somewhat pelletised for my liking, and I saw her have a distinct rub on her off side again this morning from the kitchen! > So, because I was so impressed with the gentle but helpful tonic, I have now fed her 500ml over her tongue again, and she is finishing the rest on her feed. > Again, she pretty much immediately seemed too relax, and poo already smoother and her much happier. > > It struck me, after giving the ----------- > The perfect vessel for sand to adhere to. A bit like a cell swallowing up another molecule. > > It is a fantastic thing. > >

 Do you think that "horses should never be fed ------" is utter bullshit, or just typical opinionated, ignorant horse forum queens general topic of most experts...! > > I am half considering this may be a kind of wonder tonic, obviously not to be over used, but judiciously, and to give horses a general pick me up, internal treat!! > >

So far, -------------- at home seems very happy to have received this treatment this morning and, as long as she maintains her present state and continues to improve, and of course, as long as we do get a run at Warrnambool, she will definitely be racing. > I expect she will run very well! > >

 Thank you for keeping this recipe. It is brilliant. I like your other work too, and occasionally find myself referring to videos for specific issues. Great, no nonsense, thinking horse stuff. Keep it up, horses everywhere benefit! > > Thanks again > > Michaela Crompton


HI Michaela You would need to do this horse again, now. First up they need it two weeks after the first. Yes, it would have helped the HOrse but not got it all this time.

You are right, it is a miracle product. Look in my signature on this email and see the South African Agent. He is so because his horse was sent home to die from Vet Hospital and he got 50kg out of the HOrse. My Uncle Jo O'Leary, the Vet at Naracoorte in the South East invented it as their stables were on a sand hill.

and Yes, opinionated Forums know nothing about our Product. Listen to none of them.

Well done and thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it






Hi john I have been reading up on your arena building process and find it most informative. Have a couple of questions if you don't mind. I have prepared 60x20 area cut into a slope that is laser levelled and drained on a 1percent fall both diagonally and width wise. It has been sitting for 2 years!! Finally trucked in13 loads of sandstone recently, about 156 tons. I am aware that I require approximately another 20 loads! I am now finding it difficult to locate more sandstone and was wondering if I could use rough road base for the remainder of my base? Will these two products (sandstone and road base) mix together sufficiently for the base? The arena has grassed up over time and I will be getting a drott or a D5 to take the grass off and place it on my embankment. Should I get him to mix these two products together or should they be laid separately? I appreciate your time in reading this email and will hopefully hear from you soon. I have sent a few pictures of the ( one day soon arena) !! Regards Sue

Not a problem Sue. Go right ahead. Regards






15th November, 2015

Hi Folks. Hope You had a wonderful Week. Unlike poor France :( It was always going to happen an will happen more and more. Nothing the Politicians can say will save it. I never thought I would support Putin but that God he has sought to expose America for their pathetic games and fighting Proxi Wars within other Countries.  Obama has failed totally.  Donald Trump!!!!

We have been preparing for a busy Month coming up, with the Adelaide International this Week, then Mount Crawford for two Days and then the Victorian Dressage Festival.  Along with that, we are hosting this Years Street Party on Saturday Night where I hope to win the prize fort the Best Pizza competition :)

Been busy putting finishing touches to the Freestyle Music and my Dear Mum would be happy to know that in the end I did get something out of Her forcing me through 7 Years of Music Lessons at Mother Mary Mckillop Convent where the Nuns used to hit me over the knuckles for mistakes :)



Yet another A.D.D. Child :)  He reaches down and Hands me equipment :)

3 Hours work done and riding Tomorrow Night. Budget Horse starting






Experienced and emerging Australian riders will converge in Adelaide for the fifth staging of the Equestrian Grand Final when the event takes place as part of the 2015 Australian International Three Day Event happening from 19-22 November 2015.

Equestrian Australia (EA) has today published the complete list of finalists which includes more than 50 combinations in three Olympic disciplines including athletes from each mainland state. Riders will chase Grand Final glory in Adelaide as it runs in conjunction with the Australian International Three Day Event for the first time.

Senior and Young Riders will go head to head in the Dressage Grand Final including Equestrian Grand Final Ambassador Stuart Archibald. Victorian based Archibald is one three Young Riders in the field including Morgan Duell (also from Victoria) and Cooper Oborn (from South Australia).

Individual and team honours will be on the line in the Dressage with four teams battling it out for the inaugural Grand Final team championship.

“To be in this beautiful scene and at the Australian International Three Day Event will be a great promotion for Dressage in Australia,” said Archibald. “We dressage riders like the scene and the atmosphere and so do our horses. The bigger the atmosphere the better our horses will go,” he said.

The Dressage Grand Final will be a CDN Small Tour teams competition. The classes run will be a Prix St-Georges and an Intermediate 1 Freestyle. Eleven riders (8 senior riders and 3 young riders) competing as Individuals and in teams of three.

The 2015 Dressage Grand Finalists includes:

Stuart Archibald - Roxbury Lucille
Heather Currie - Donnerblitz
Morgan Duell - Florinzz
Sally Engelhardt - Keribee Galileo
Fiona Guthrie - Don Duchovny
Cooper Oborn - Fairbanks Picasso
Linda Oleary - Gainsborough Donner Capo
Niki Rose - Wallstrasse
Ruth Schneeberger - Royal Dancer
Anne Smith - Lyrical
Julia Weir - Rashada


Vet Checks on Wednesday

Mrs. HP is on 4pm Thursday with the Prix St. Georges and 4pm Friday with the Intermediate FREESTYLE TO MUSIC

Free entry Thursday and i think $10 Friday.




I must say that I have a personal 'axe to Grind' on this particular one because the Clinician, due to incompetence, seriously distressed multiple Young 'Green' Horses, including one that I had started and that had won at it's first outing, together with other Pupils Horses of Mrs. HP. It riles me much to see Young Horses who know nothing but a smooth start to their career, being distressed, putting up with 'Learned Helplessness' for 45 Minutes and retaining training psychological damage at the next Lesson with Mrs. HP. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr They Float in and out of the State, charge like 'Wounded Bulls' and confuse the Crap out of Riders; and Horses.! This one is from Queensland. Here is a short summary of Her Coaching:

  • Teaches the same Lesson to all Horses, regardless of where they are at.
  • Sits on a Chair throughout and doesn't move
  • NO FEEDBACK after Lessons.
  • Completely dismissed the principles of 'Inside Leg to Outside Rein'
  • Over flexing Horses violently to the inside for 20 Minutes at a time
  • Not allowing the use of the outside Rein or Leg

Let me say a few words about Owners of 'Green Horses' Why People would ever risk the future of their Young Horses with an UNKNOWN Coach, is beyond me. People who take GREEN HORSES to ANY visiting Coach, risk damaging the Career and the Mind of their Horse, Remember, MOST DO NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE to nurture Green Horses correctly. You then have the Human Ego kicking in in front of Fence Sitters with Coaches wanting to PROVE THEMSELVES to the detriment of the Young Horses. No 'German Training Scale'

Regimented 45 Minutes what if the Horse only requires 20?

 'Green Horses' should NOT EVEN BE AT CLINICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a no brainer and a 'Recipe for Disaster' Few Clinicians put the Horse first. Even with the few I have sat through, I have seen enough to know it. I watched Stephan Peters ruin Shiraz Black at Equitana, via Ego, pushing the Horse past it's Limits for Showmanship reasons.



This still does not work properly, regardless of reviews. There are Coaching Nutters' running around the Country, without any checking and testing. Yes, they may go through the accreditation system way back when but then they may get swept away by yet another (normally International) Clinician and completely change their way of teaching, regardless of whether it is proven or even works. The system does not check them. Yes, they have to go to the odd Coach update event, like going to watch Martin Plewa this week and get Brownie Points in Your Coach Book but NO ONE CHECKS THE COACHES.

  • No checking or watching Coaches
  • NO feedback requested from Pupils of Coach
  • No statistics taken from Coaches as to who or how many they are teaching
  • Anyone, 'Nut Cases; and all, can go do Clinics.
  • What are the Show Results of Pupils of a Coach. Do they all Lose or many win???????
  • Inspections of the condition of the Horses of Pupils. Are they hollow, Muscle degenerated or wonderful topline?????
  • and I could go on and on and on.

Administration of this industry is in a shambles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now to take the emotion out of it and please forgive me....the Owners of un-started Horses go through a lot of Blood Sweat and Tears on the Road to eventually riding them (without being killed in the process.)

First, the Horse Trainer risks their Life by getting on them, then works overtime to nurture the Owner through the mostly unknown process of riding the Green Horse. Over and above the Call of Duty and worrying much. Their financial investment in the project, which is often upwards of $30,000 these Days, is quite simply at risk, right along the way.

Things go well, Phew...we got through the Danger Period but the Horse is still GREEN, it doesn't understand the Dressage World, it is still trying to get it's Head around every Day riding and simple tasks on an Arena. So why would some FOOL start playing with unfair demands of flexion like a One Rein Stop, for extended periods of time??????............I'll shut up, I am going to get emotional again.

Just don't go to Clinics with a Queensland Female.

and talking about Clinicians.............





Also, there has been a lot of RUBBISH spouted over the last year, in Dressage circles, about ‘Inside leg to outside rein’ being wrong, and now, ‘Leg Yielding’ is also WRONG??? There have been videos by Manolo Mendez  saturating the Internet here  where he states  that “Leg Yield is POISON for the horse!”

Charles de Kunffy states “The leg yield is of no therapeutic or atheletic value to the horse.what so ever. In fact one could easily argue that it can cause harmfully counter productive stiffening and disengagement" .

Those who are "Pretenders' in the Horse Industry, have to play with the Heads of the Plebs, so they can create confusion and get their share of the $$$$$$$. It happens across the World. We have several here. Mendez is wrong!  Charles de Kunffy (who ever he is) obviously knows little about the correct Veterinary protection of the Horse, from the Rider. He too is talking Spin. They now have the Internet, the Video Editing Skills to impress, the wonderful images to catch the eye and have endless time in front of a keyboard, because they don't spend enough time on Horses.

So 'Leg Yield is Poison for the Horse is it?" Mind telling me then why it is compulsory already in Novice Dressage Tests??? Why also that without it, on the progress of the Training of Young Horses, You can't do Half Pass, Canter Pirouette, without learning the 'Leg Yield?" Why the Walk Pirouette is introduced in Elementary Dressage and Riders' are judged on nit???? They are Grandstanding and playing with the Heads of Horse Riders, normally for financial reasons. $$$$$ are always behind outrageous let me get this right.....'No Leg Yield' and so we have Millions of Crippled Horses going around ABOVE THE BIT do we????? WITHOUT SUPPLENESS??????? Perhaps the Germans must have been wrong with their Training Scale???? Next we shall have some Charlatan trying to re-write that too.........oh.....just came across this.......

"A Master Class with Karl Hester".....Youtube.........he says " The Leg Yield is a wonderful Tool because it creates SUPPLENESS in the Horse"

and speaking of such, this leads me to this Letter..........

This is a great summary, although is it fair to note that the 'above the bit' pic is on the high end of the exaggerated scale? The difference between 'on the bit' and 'above the bit' can be just a whisper.....? Is that a fair statement?


Now You bring me to one of my 'Pretenders' He plays with the Heads of People too and I have seen at least 20 Horses ruined with his systems. Got the uniform, big words, smart Video, great images, too much time on his Hands and would be making a squillion.

If You know enough about the Training of Horses, You can immediately catch these Blokes out. First up, who rides like Photo 1? If You did, many Judges would have You 'above the Bit', but let's give Him that one. Now look at the statement about 'behind the Bit' Anky would love it and the entire Dutch Team would as well. It's a shame he didn't ride at the Olympics but he couldn't as he couldn't gain the Muscle on the Horse to achieve the movements. He says.......

" his strides become uneven, causing Him to take shorter steps with HIS Hind Legs and bigger steps with the front Legs" Edward Gal would like that I am sure. In fact the opposite is true.


So let's translate all of these big words and impressive Media, to the Novices out there, who are the audience. Horse Training is 'not Rocket Science' and yet because it is made to be so by a plethora of these 'Interlecturals' Millions of Horses around the World suffer as a result, for You show me a Novice who can replace any of it. These systems are NOT ACHIEVABLE for the Plebs!!!!!, which is why I see so many Rearing and Bolting Horses at the Dressage, the Product of these systems. 3 at the Last Event.

So sorry for being one of the few who will challenge these People but someone has to.




This is a current advert doing the rounds.

---------- is bred for success!
He is a 3yo, brown WB gelding currently standing approx 16hh but expected to mature approx 16.3hh.

Forrest has been extensively handled since birth & has recently been professionally started by SA rider --------
Forrest is sensible, well mannered & willing to learn. He is still very green but is coming along well and is an easy, enjoyable ride.
He will make a superb mount for any discipline including dressage, jumping, hacking, pony club, trail riding or simply for pleasure.
Being a working mum, I'm not able to devote as much time to forrest as I would like. As such, I'm looking for a kind rider who is perhaps in a similar time poor situation to me- mum, working full time, student- to share Forrest with. I'm very flexible and willing to consider any reasonable expressions of interest.

Put it in the Paddock where it belongs Darling. It doesn't need work!!!!!!!!!!!!!



" If a Horse tells You "that is enough Today" . They know best. If Coaches push, take Control!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" The Horse relies upon 





This Week, the Case of Bitch Fight from Hell involving two Gay Guys and a Gal :) Lease gone wrong and all Hell broken Loose with Facebook Slander and the worx.

Leasing Horses without a stringent written document is foolhardy.








Independent sports media producer IMG has beaten out 11 other bidders to become the FEI’s production partner.

IMG is the world’s largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming, and joins the FEI on July 1 for a five-year term as its production partner. The move follows the decision last December to renew long-standing broadcast distribution partnerships with IMG and the European Broadcasting Union to the end of 2022 in agreements that will generate markedly increased coverage of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events.

Bids for the production role were received from 12 industry leading companies, including MBP-TV, which has been the FEI’s production partner for almost 20 years.

“MBP-TV has played a vital role in helping the FEI to develop its equestrian broadcast coverage, and we owe the talented team at MBP-TV a huge debt of thanks,” said Christian Osterode, FEI Head of Broadcasting and Media Rights.

“Our demands have grown so dramatically that we now need to partner with a globally networked organisation.”

Osterode said that the new partnership would deliver compelling, cutting-edge content for broadcast, from traditional television to the new digital platforms in online and mobile.

“IMG has the wide expertise we need to grow uptake of our equestrian content globally, and the recent renewal of our distribution partnership with IMG now provides a deep synergy that will deliver enhanced services to the FEI’s broadcast clients.

“It is vital that the FEI demonstrates the strengths of equestrian sport against the Olympic backdrop and as our sport grows globally,” Osterode said.

The partnership, which runs until 30 June 2020, covers post production services for the FEI’s entire portfolio of broadcast products across the FEI-named series and championships. The partnership also includes a wide range of programming for the FEI’s global broadcast partners as well as for the FEI’s digital platforms such as FEI TV, FEI TV On The Go and the FEI YouTube channel.

As part of its new role, IMG will also be in charge of the overall coordination and liaison with the FEI’s host broadcasters on the production of live broadcast signals as well as providing the FEI with strategic consultancy in the broadcast production area.

IMG will also partner with the FEI on its magazine programming, including FEI Equestrian World, the FEI’s flagship monthly magazine show which captures the spirit of equestrian sport and lifestyle for mainstream audiences, as well as the annual FEI Awards, event trailers and previews, and associated content including video news releases.

Graham Fry, Global Head of Production for IMG, said: “IMG is delighted to be appointed as the FEI’s production partner and we look forward to establishing a long-term relationship across the sport. We believe our creativity and production expertise will enhance the viewing experience for broadcasters and viewers around the world. The FEI run events across the globe and its diverse equestrian disciplines provide a challenging and exciting opportunity for the IMG production teams.”





Dear Racing Participant,

Tax Parity with Victoria

Throughout the year Racing NSW continued to prosecute the case with the NSW Government for the introduction of parity with the Victorian Racing Industry in respect of the sharing of TAB wagering revenue between the Government and the industry.

Under existing arrangements, for every $100 bet on the TAB, on average $83 is distributed to the punter. The remaining $17 (TAB wagering revenue) is shared between the State Governments, Commonwealth Government, Racing Industry and totalizator operator (TAB). The NSW State Government takes $3.22, which is the highest share of any State Government in Australia. The Victorian Government only takes $1.28, with some State Governments (e.g. South Australia and Tasmania) now not taking any part of the wagering revenue.

The current inequity that exists between the share taken by the NSW Government as compared to the share taken by the Victorian Government has meant that the Victorian Racing Industry [three codes] receives $100 million more per annum than the NSW Racing Industry to fund prizemoney, racecourse improvements and other payments to participants.

Initially, in response to our representations, the NSW Government provided a grant of $10 million to enable Racing NSW to conduct the 2015 Championships series having already provided $10 million towards the 2014 series of The Championships.

Subsequently, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Racing, Troy Grant MP announced that the Government had resolved to reduce the tax on wagering to bring it in line with the tax imposed on wagering in Victoria (Tax Parity) and that it would be phased in over a 5 year period and would form part of the annual NSW budgetary process.

During this entire process the Deputy Premier has been a vigorous advocate for NSW to achieve parity with Victoria.

However, Racing NSW was concerned that under the proposed structure the funding would become a year-by-year proposition subject to the economic circumstances and political vagaries which may exist from time to time. In addition, we were concerned that the arrangements would only relate to the commitment of funding for a five year period, with no guarantee that it would continue thereafter.

Following these announcements Racing NSW liaised with the Minister and his staff with a view to having the new arrangements brought forward by 6 months, thus providing the Industry with $19.3 million in this financial year. In addition we submitted that the arrangements should be implemented by way of legislation thereby giving the Industry more certainty over its finances.

Following Racing NSW’s submissions, the Minister advised on 10 July 2015 that the tax reductions and associated rebates to the industry would be brought forward and would be implemented by way of legislation which would be introduced in the November session of Parliament. This provides the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry with certainty over its future revenue streams.
The approximate payments to the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry are as follows:

Financial Year NSW Thoroughbred Share of Tax Parity
2015/16 $19.3 million
2016/17 $34.8 million
2017/18 $34.8 million
2018/19 $42.5 million
2019/20 $50.2 million
Ongoing $69.6 million

The benefit of the reductions in wagering tax [approx. $70 million per annum when full parity is achieved] will flow directly to the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry, enabling Racing NSW to implement its Strategic Plan over the next five years. The Racing NSW Strategic Plan can be found on the following link:

Racing NSW wishes to place on record its immense appreciation to the Premier the Hon. Mike Baird MP and the Deputy Premier and Minister for Racing the Hon Troy Grant MP for making parity a reality and ensuring a prosperous future for the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry and its 50,000 participants.

Racing NSW will be making further important announcements regarding this matter over coming days.

Yours sincerely,

John Messara AM
Chairman, Racing NSW




Equestrian sports at the Olympic Games will look radically different from 2020, if proposed format changes are approved. The massive overhaul is the main item on the agenda at the General Assembly of equestrian sport's world governing body, the FEI, which is being held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this week.

All three of the equestrian sports on the Olympic programme - eventing, show jumping and dressage - are in for major changes, as all sports vie to remain part of the Games, to fall in line with the International Olympic Committe's Agenda 2020, which strives "to create attractive, modern, TV- and spectator-friendly sports" that will attract "a new generation of fans".

Crucial elements include a shorter time frame - two hours of TV coverage, which is challenging for multi-day sports like equestrian - and moving from a 'sport-based to an event-based programme' for Tokyo 2020.
Cutting the teams from five to three would mean a lot fewer opportunities for NZ riders to represent their country
Iain McGregor

Cutting the teams from five to three would mean a lot fewer opportunities for NZ riders to represent their country

FEI president Ingmar De Vos says that although the Olympic Agenda 2020 is the driving force, the sport was already well aware that the changes were needed, both to format and presentation of horse sport. "Why do we want to change our formats and the way our sport is presented? The answer is really quite simple, because we want to remain relevant in today's ever changing sporting landscape and gain the exposure and visibility our sport deserves," he said in his opening address.

"As the IOC President aptly said last December, 'to change or to be changed, that is the question'. This is why we are here today, to lead that change. We need to take advantage of the excitement and drama of our sport, make it easier to understand, attract young and larger audiences, be broadcast friendly and see more nations represented in our sport."

One of the key proposals is to "harmonise" equestrian sport at the Olympics, with a cap of three team members in each of the disciplines - in previous Games, dressage has had three or four members to a team, eventing four or five, and show jumping four. This will - according to the FEI - have the "byproduct of increasing the number of flags at the Olympics". Separating individual and team events and removing team drop scores has also been put forward.
Leading the change: FEI President Ingmar De Vos and FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibanez at the FEI meeting in Puerto Rico
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Leading the change: FEI President Ingmar De Vos and FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibanez at the FEI meeting in Puerto Rico

Under the new proposals, dressage would have a total of 15 teams and 15 individual athletes, using heats to qualify the top 18 for the individual final, "maximising the emotion and drama of the sport." There are also proposals to modernise the dress code, introduce music, and shorten the tests.

In show jumping, there would be 20 teams and 15 individuals, with a jump-off for first place in both individual and team. If team gold is decided by a jump-off, all three team combinations would compete against the clock but only the best score would count. Other proposed changes would see the team jumping mirroring the current successful FEI Nations Cup format, with just the top 10 teams starting with zero penalties in the medal-decider final.

In eventing, the dressage phase would be condensed to a single day using a shorter test, and the traditional format of dressage, cross country and jumping would be kept "to retain the essence of the discipline, protect horse welfare and ensure reliable immediate results."
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The individual show jumping phase of the eventing would be used as the qualifier for the top six or seven teams to go through to the team final, with the potential of having all three team members in the arena together, jumping one after another, so that a team result would be instantly available. There is also a suggestion that the sport of eventing is renamed, with the idea that an alternative like equestrian triathalon could improve understanding of the sport for a mainstream audience.

The FEI will present more detailed format change proposals based on feedback from today's session at the FEI Sports Forum 2016 in Lausanne next April. New formats will then be voted on at the FEI General Assembly 2016, before being submitted to the IOC before its executive board meeting in early 2017.


Bahrain’s national equestrian federation has been suspended from the FEI. The decision was made today during the FEI’s General Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It follows the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to suspend the Kuwait Olympic Committee following recent amendments made to the sports legislation in that country that affect the autonomy of sports organisations, including national federations and their member sports clubs.

The suspension is valid until the relevant government authorities ensure that the national sports legislation is fully compatible with the principle of autonomy of the Olympic movement established by the Olympic Charter and the statutes of the various international federations.

Following the IOC’s decision, and in order to preserve the autonomy of equestrian sport and safeguard the independence of the Kuwait Equestrian Federation as the sole authority for equestrianism in the country, the General Assembly suspended the national federation with immediate effect.



In order to prevent athletes being affected by this decision, Kuwaiti athletes will be eligible to compete under the FEI flag during the period of the suspension.


The FEI General Assembly approved the affiliation of the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Federation, bringing the number of national federations affiliated to the FEI to 134.

Modifications to FEI regulations

Delegates approved modifications to the FEI General Regulations. The main changes include:

• Applications and allocations of FEI-named events.
• Advertising on athletes and horses and promotion.
• Horse passports and microchips.
• Protective headgear.
• Protests, appeals.


The General Assembly approved modifications to the FEI Jumping Rules and the Rules for Jumping Championships and Games.

Frances Hesketh-Jones Triulzi, of Italy, was elected FEI Honorary Steward General Jumping, replacing Johan Heins, of the Netherlands. Jumping Official Bernardo Costa Cabral, of Portugal, was promoted to Level 4 (“O” status) course designer, having fulfilled the requirements.


The General Assembly approved modifications to the FEI Dressage Rules.

A modification to Article 427.1 means that protective headgear will be mandatory for children, pony riders, juniors and young riders at horse inspections.

Article 430.6.1 will be modified to introduce a 2% penalty for a first error of course and elimination for a second error of course. This rule will apply only for Seniors, Under-25 riders and Young Riders. Errors of course in the Juniors, Pony Riders and Children categories will be penalised in the same way as Young Horses, with a 0.5% penalty for a first error, 1% for a second error and elimination for a third error of course.

Following discussions between the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH), the national federations and the FEI, specific tests and a judging system for young horses have been developed. The tests will be published on the FEI website in the coming weeks. An FEI Championship for seven-year old horses will also be introduced in 2016.


The General Assembly approved modifications to the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Rules.


Delegates heard an update on the application of the Endurance Strategic Planning Group (ESPG) recommendations, the majority of which have been implemented.

Endurance Committee chairman Brian Sheahan gave a report to delegates, detailing additional key recommendations that are being implemented.

These recommendations include:

• Key Performance Indicators consisting of the number of NFs organising Endurance events; number of CEIs; number of registered horses and athletes; number of starters; the relationship between metabolic issues and lameness; horse fatalities; number of horses leaving competition per year; number of doping cases; and promotion of officials.
• A lifetime ban for a horse that suffers a fifth consecutive disqualification for gait irregularity at FEI and national events.
• An increase to 80 penalty points (from 50) for an athlete whose horse suffers a catastrophic injury.
• Ranking lists, including additional ranking points for athletes with no penalty points.
• Online publication of progress reports.
• Coaching development programme.
• Generating sponsorship.
• Endurance Organisers Guide (to be ready in March 2016).
• Endurance FEI Coaching System (to commence in February/March 2016).

The General Assembly approved the modifications of the FEI Endurance


The General Assembly approved the modifications of the FEI Vaulting Rules.


The General Assembly approved the modifications to the FEI Reining Rules.


The following appointments were confirmed by the General Assembly:
Regional Groups
• Sadyr Mamytov (KGZ) was elected as Chair of Regional Group III for a four-year term (2015 – 2019) to replace Chair Sergey Buikevich (KAZ)
• HE Sheikh Khaled Al Khalifa (BRN) was re-elected as Chair of Regional Group VII for a third and final term of four years (2015 – 2019)
• Hossein Shafiee (IRI) was elected as Deputy Chair of Regional Group III for a four-year term (2015-2019)
• Sami Alduhami (KSA) was elected as Deputy Chair of Regional Group VII for a four-year term (2015-2019)
• Richard Sunderland (NZL) was elected as Deputy Chair of Regional Group VIII for a four-year term (2015-2019)
• Gayle Hanssen (ZIM) was elected as Deputy Chair of Regional Group IX for a four-year term (2015-2019)

In other appointments:

Driving Committee: Karoly Fugli (HUN) was re-elected as Chair of the FEI Driving Committee for a second four-year term (2015 – 2019).

FEI Audit and Compliance Committee: Jack Huang (TPE) was re-elected as a member of the FEI Audit and Compliance Committee for a second term of four years (2015 – 2019)

Vaulting Committee: Following the appointment of two Committee members by the Bureau, a draw was conducted to attribute the term of office for these new members. The terms have been allocated as follows:
• Suzanne Detol (USA) – 2015-2019
• Kai Vorberg (GER) – 2015-2016

FEI Tribunal: Henrik Arle (FIN) and Armand Leone (USA) were re-elected to the FEI Tribunal for four-year terms (2015-2019). Laurent Niddam (HUN), Chris Hodson (NZL) and Ludovic de Villele (FRA) were elected to the FEI Tribunal, also for terms of four years (2015-2019).

Nominations Committee:
• Andrew Finding (GBR) was re-elected as a member of the FEI Nominations Committee representing Regional Group II for a second term of two years (2015-2017). The Committee has re-elected Andrew Finding as Chair for a further two-year term.
• Dorrottya Strobl (HUN) was re-elected as a member of the FEI Nominations Committee representing Regional Group I for a second term of two years (2015-2017)
• Alesia Machulskaya (BLR) was elected as a member of the Committee representing Regional Group III for a two-year term (2015-2017), replacing Bahruz Nabiyev (AZE) who has resigned.
• Betty Wates (JAM) was elected as a member of the Committee representing Regional Group IV for a two-year term, replacing Naomi Roachford (BAR).
• César Hirsch (VEN) was re-elected as a member of the Committee representing Regional Group V for a second two-year term (2015-2017)
• César Lopardo-Grana (ARG) was re-elected as a member of the Committee representing Regional Group VI for a second two-year term (2015-2017).
• Badre Fakir (MAR) was re-elected as a member of the Committee representing Regional Group VII for a second term of two years (2015-2017).
• Melanie Chew (SIN) was elected as a member of the Committee representing Regional Group VIII for a term of two years replacing outgoing member Yasuhiko Haruta (JPN).
• Zara Nicolle (ZAM) was elected as a member of the Committee representing Regional Group IX for a term of two years replacing outgoing member Mary K. Binks (KEN)

Veterinary matters

The General Assembly approved the modifications to the FEI Veterinary Regulations.

The chair of the Veterinary Committee, John McEwen, gave detailed information about the global Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Programme (EADCMP), which will be progressively rolled out during 2016. The Programme will be coordinated from FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI), with the Veterinary Department managing its administration, including the selection of events at which testing will take place and the number of horses to be sampled. Additionally, testing will now be increased at lower level events as determined by the FEI Veterinary Department.

Other changes for 2016 include permitting the use of the GnRH vaccine, subject to it being recorded in the horse passport, and prohibiting the use of tongue ties.

In addition, under the new FEI Veterinary Regulations, national federations are required to upload horses’ description page and diagram to the FEI database prior to competition.

Equine anti-doping rules

The General Assembly approved the proposed changes to the Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs), including the Specified Substances concept.

The purpose is to recognise that it is possible for a substance to enter a Horse’s system inadvertently, and therefore allow the FEI and/or the FEI Tribunal more flexibility when prosecuting a case or when making a sanctioning decision.

The revised EADCMRs will be implemented on 1 January 2016.

FEI Solidarity

Since its inception four years ago, the FEI Solidarity Programme has made a significant impact on the development of the sport worldwide.

The key recommendations to further grow the project include:

• Update the FEI Solidarity Programme’s catalogue, showing a clear pathway from Grassroots to Elite level with clear development phases/steps.
• Digitalise the treatment of data using an appropriate professional project management tool.
• Develop a training course for the NF Administrators.

Theo Ploegmakers, President of the Dutch National Federation (Group II), was elected as a member of the FEI Solidarity Committee for a one-year term, replacing Jukka-Pekka Leskinen, of Finland.

Hugues Rene, President of the Mauritian National Federation (Group IX), was elected as a member of the FEI Solidarity Committee for a one-year term replacing Ibrahima Wade (SEN).

The 2016 FEI Sports Forum

The next FEI Sports Forum will take place at the IMD business school in Lausanne on April 4 and 5.

The topics for the Forum will be FEI Officials and discipline formats for the Olympic Games and FEI World Equestrian Games.

FEI Bureau

At its second meeting immediately following the General Assembly, the FEI Bureau today agreed proposals for the new Event Riders Masters series and the Africa Eventing Cup 2016.

The Event Riders Masters is a new series set to start in 2016 which will link six CIC3* competitions in Great Britain – Chatsworth, Bramham, Barbury Castle, Gatcombe, Blair Castle and Blenheim – with expansion to further nations in 2017.

The Africa Eventing Cup 2016, a development project, will aim for participation of four nations in Group IX – Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa. This follows the successful inaugural event held last year.




 A STOLEN horse box was deliberately crashed into a family home near Darlington – injuring a 17-year-old girl.

The home owner, who did not want to be named, said his daughter was asleep in her bedroom at the front of the property when the house was targeted.

Emergency services arrived at about 12.30am and Durham Police's serious crime team have since cordoned off the area.

The girl suffered cuts and bruises. Her father told The Northern Echo: “I just pray to God that they get the people who have done it.

“I’ve lived here for 12 years and never had a problem here – I’ve never had a problem with anyone.

“It’s not just an accident.

“We were all asleep and we were obviously in.”

The family of four were asleep when the stolen horse box crashed into the front of the detached house on the outskirts of Darlington.

The impact caused severe structural damage and neighbours reported hearing a “loud bang” during the night.

The 39-year-old father added: “Everyone else is alright, touch wood.

“All I knew was I heard a massive bang, I jumped up and pressed the panic buttons and obviously alerted the police and they were here within three or four minutes.

“My daughter’s bed is up against the back of the wall so if it was anywhere else, she would have died.”

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward with any information about the crime.

A Darlington police spokeswoman said: "In the early hours of November 12, police were called to an address in the outskirts of Darlington.

"A stolen horse box vehicle was deliberately driven into a private dwelling, before the occupants of the vehicle made off in another vehicle.

"Substantial damage has been caused to the family home.

"Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, or for anyone with information, to get in touch.
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"Any calls will be dealt with confidentially."





A woman injured in an accident in Wingham on Tuesday suffered a fractured sternum and fractured ribs and remains in hospital, confirmed the Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command on Friday.
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The woman is believed to have been injured when her horse was hit by a car and it is understood the horse suffered minor injuries in the accident.

The woman was transported to John Hunter Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter following the accident on Bungay Road.

Police investigations are underway into the actions of the driver.




TORONTO - Jason Priestley says he's on the mend after suffering a concussion in a fall from a horse.

Priestley was shooting a scene for his Toronto-shot his upcoming TV series, "The Code," when the accident happened Monday.


Producers say he was taken to hospital as a precaution and discharged the same day.

The former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star adds on Twitter that he was advised to take a few days off but looks forward to getting back to work.

Production on "The Code" is expected to resume next week. Priestley plays a former pro hockey player who uses his ability to read people in his new gig as a crime-solving private investigator.

"The Code" is set to premiere on Global next spring.

Priestley tweeted about his fall on Wednesday.

"I got my bell rung pretty good," he tweeted.

"Because I have a history of concussions, they took me to see a neurologist for an assessment.... But I am definitely on the mend and looking forward to getting back to work with all the wonderful people on The Code."

Priestley fractured his spine and suffered a concussion in a near-fatal car crash at the Kentucky Speedway in 2002.

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British police are investigating whether a drone might have been responsible for a police horse bolting in his paddock and suffering a fatal injury.

Fimber died following an incident at West Yorkshire Police’s Carr Gate complex on the outskirts of Wakefield on Thursday, October 15.

Security camera footage shows that the 14-year-old horse appeared to have been spooked while in his paddock, causing him to vault the fence and collide with a wooden post.

Fimber, an 11-year veteran of the force, died from his injuries on the way to the vet.

Police are now appealing for information to trace the owner of a radio-controlled drone which they say could be linked to the incident.
Fimber died from injuries sustained in a collision with a post. Photo: West Yorkshire Police

Fimber died from injuries sustained in a collision with a post. Photo: West Yorkshire Police

The radio-controlled drone was found at the Carr Gate site at 1.10pm on Sunday, October 18 – three days after Fimber’s paddock accident. It was spotted by the police helicopter crew as they came in to land.

The drone is a Walkera Runner 250, which is about nine inches long. It is widely available and costs around £200.

“We have reviewed CCTV footage which shows Fimber bolting, seemingly in reaction to something nearby,” Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, who is leading the investigation, said.

“This resulted in him being seriously injured and led to his death. We cannot discount that this drone was involved.

“There is a possibility that Fimber was reacting to the drone landing nearby or being close to him when he bolted with tragic consequences.

“We know he was used to the helicopter taking off and landing nearby and by the nature of his training would be used to loud noises, which tends to suggest it was something unusual that caused him to react.

“I am very keen to hear from anyone who has any information that could assist us in tracing the owner of this drone.

“I appreciate that radio-controlled drones are becoming increasingly popular and I am not wanting to detract from the pleasure people get from flying them.

“Clearly, flying one near to an operational police location such as Carr Gate, where the helicopter is regularly taking off and landing, is not appropriate and could have very serious consequences.

“I want to appeal directly to the owner of the drone to come forward so that we can bring this matter to a conclusion.”




In a breaking story released to media on Nov. 9, a retired Thoroughbred gelding was shot at Pleasant Ridge Farm in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Friday. The 8-year-old bay horse named Tres was found seriously wounded in a farm pasture on Arden-Nollville Road at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Tres had been shot three times by an unknown offender. The bullets – two in his face and one in the stomach – resulted in critical injuries to the horse. Later on Friday afternoon, it became necessary to euthanize the injured horse according to Capt. Scott Richmond of Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.

Tres was retired from racing and bought by Jasmin Duffy as a prospective show horse. She retrained the Thoroughbred to become her horse partner in show jumping events. Duffy had the horse for just about five years and thought of Tres as her everything horse. She says, “He meant the entire world to me.” She has been an avid rider for 11 years and has plans to go into horse-assisted therapy work once she is out of college.

Stephanie Duffy, Jasmin’s mother, says that they are certain that Tres’ shooting was not due to a hunting accident. Both the Duffys believe that Tres was the chosen target for the shooter. They also think that the horse tried desperately to get away based on the scuffed ground and the hoof prints. The shooting was a brazen act in broad daylight perpetrated against a horse that was grazing. There was not just one shot that could be attributed to an accident. Instead, there were three shots and that spells out “deliberate shooting.”

At this time, the shooting is under investigation by the Berkeley County Animal Control officers.

Richmond confirmed what is known about the horse’s shooting at this time. He said that Tres was shot sometime after he was turned out at 8 a.m., and noon, when he was discovered with wounds. The shooting took place in the horse’s pasture but other horsed turned out with him were not hurt or nearby. Richmond stated that there were no witnesses to the shooting of the horse and that an active investigation is underway.

Meanwhile Jasmin Duffy is left with a lot of questions about Tres’ shooting and, thankfully, her remaining horse, Melina, was unhurt during the incident. Both mother and daughter have decided to move away from Pleasant Ridge Farm to leave the pain of Tres’ ugly shooting behind.

Pleasant Ridge Farm is shocked by this shooting incident. Security cameras to protect the property and safeguard the rest of the horses are being installed immediately.




A picture of the rider, who was not named, before the accident. Photo: A man suspected to be drunk was injured after he rode his horse the wrong way down a road in eastern China and crashed into a car.

Video and stills of the crash in Wenling in Zhejiang province on Saturday night have been widely shared on social media in China.

The footage shows the man, who was not named, riding the wrong way down the road before his horse is hit by a BMW.

The man was well known for riding his horse in the city as pictures of him picking up his daughter from school last Wednesday sparked discussions on the internet, the City Express reported.

The newspaper quoted a traffic policeman as saying that a heavy smell of alcohol came from the rider after the accident.

The aftermath of the accident in Wenling. Photo:

The car was not speeding, the report said, and it was difficult for the driver to see the rider and horse in the dark.

The rider was not seriously injured as he was wearing protective gear.

The report did not say if the horse was badly hurt.






Elkhart County deputies responded to an accident involving a horse and several vehicles Saturday.

The incident happened at 7:55 p.m. in Bristol.

48-year-old Melissa Hawn of Goshen and 51-year-old Wayne Stutsman were traveling west on State Road 120 just east of County Road 29.

A horse was loose at a nearby residence and crossed State Road 120 in front of their vehicle.

Hawn struck the horse and it struck the windshield.

The horse was killed on impact.

At the same time, a second vehicle was traveling east on State Road 120 and struck the horse when it was lying in the eastbound lane.

Deputies say the vehicle dragged the hours about 40 yards.

A third vehicle was traveling west on the same road and struck Hawn’s truck bed.

Both Hawn and Stutsman of the first vehicle were taken to the hospital after suffering injuries as a result of the impact with the horse.

The horse belonged to a resident in the 15000 block of County Road 10 but he was not cited for the incident.



A police horse rider was killed and another was injured when a car hit them while they were on patrolling duty at OTS circle today.

A car hit the two police horse riders in the wee hours today. They were rushed to SMS hospital, where Sukhdev (56), succumbed to internal bleedings this afternoon, while Ajay (28) was said to be serious condition, the Gandhi Nagar police said here.

One of the horse was killed on the spot, while second one was left injured and given treatment at veterinary hospital, they said.

The car was seized and its driver was arrested.



Superior, WI ( -- A third animal has now died in a Superior animal abuse case involving a Michigan woman accused of inhumanely transporting about a dozen animals resulting in the death of a horse and two dogs.

60–year–old Jennifer Vail of Michigan, was charged on Thursday with two felony counts of animal mistreatment in Douglas County Court.

A third charge of mistreatment could be added now that another dog has died.

According to the criminal complaint, Vail told authorities she had gotten into an accident while driving the U–Haul early last Friday morning.

She said that's when her horse Ellie was injured.

The complaint says Ellie was in convulsions and struggling to breathe when Vail took her to a veterinary hospital.

A veterinarian told Vail that to keep the animal alive would be inhumane, but Vail would not allow euthanasia.

Superior Police responded to the Holiday Inn Express on Friday where they found Ellie dead.

She was one of six horses being transported in the trailer, along with three German Shepherds and two cats in a U–Haul.

The rescued animals are in a secured location in Douglas County, and the director of the Animal Humane Society says things are looking up for the surviving animals.

"Well we lost another dog last night and that was really sad," said Sheila Keup, director of the Humane Society of Douglas County. "The cats are doing well. The horses were still...we have a lot of work to do but they're doing well. We had their feet done yesterday and there was a lot of thrush and abscess. Abscess in their hooves and that type of thing but they're being treated and doing well."

The criminal complaint says that the animals found were emaciated and showed sign of neglect and dehydration.

Many of the animals had open sores.

Vail told authorities she was driving from Michigan to California with the animals.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 2.








. I often hear people describe a horse as a “woman’s horse,” or conclude from a horse’s behavior that he must have been abused by or received rough handling from men in the past and, therefore, prefers women. What is the likelihood that a horse would relate past experiences with a human’s gender?

A. Your question raises interesting issues, not only about whether horses form memories of people on the basis of gender, but also about the different relationships that men and women have with horses. Let's look at these two points separately.
1. Horses can form lasting memories based on past experiences.

The way a horse was treated in the past can definitely affect its future behavior toward people.1 Horses that have had positive experiences are friendlier and more likely to approach strangers, while horses with negative experiences tend to ignore or avoid people.2

Fear conditioning can occur if anxiety or pain are linked to the experience. The long-lasting effects of fear conditioning can be seen in the anxious reactions that some horses have toward veterinarians and farriers, where restraint and discomfort may have occurred in the past. Fear conditioning resulting from abuse by men is probably quite rare, and there are more plausible reasons that a horse would be wary of men or show a preference for women.

Horses can easily distinguish between men and women using cues like odor, body size, and voice quality, but would only behave differently toward them if a person’s gender was consistently linked to positive or negative experiences. To illustrate this point, consider a horse that is routinely fed by women and trained by men; it could likely form a more positive memory of women and behave in a friendly way toward them.

An animal’s familiarity with people can also affect its behavior. For example, women might be perceived as unfamiliar to a horse that had been socialized only to men, and vice versa. Horses seek safety in their relationships with humans, and for many animals the unfamiliar is unsafe.
2. Horses might react to gender differences in personality and relationship expectations.

A horse’s preference for men or women reflects a “good fit” with the owner’s personality and the type of relationship they seek with the horse.3,4 The horse’s temperament also plays a role; even between species, some personality types are complementary and others lead to social conflict.

Most human personality traits are unrelated to gender, but there are a few exceptions; in general, men tend to focus on personal goals and achievement (a personality trait called “agency”) and women are more warm and nurturing (a trait called “communion”), and have higher levels of social intelligence.

Cultural norms also lead to different expectations about the way men and women relate to horses,5 from “little girls and their love for ponies to modern versions of the tough but sensitive, cowboy.”6 It’s possible that a “man’s horse” is a good match with an owner who emphasizes power and performance in the relationship, and a “woman’s horse” is a good match with an owner who seeks an emotionally satisfying social partner.

In summary, most horses don’t behave differently toward men and women but, when they do, past experiences, personality fit, and cultural norms about horse-human relationships might all play a role.


1Sankey, C., Richard-Yris, M-A., Leroy, H., Henry, S., & Hausberger, M. (2010) Positive interactions lead to lasting positive memories in horses, Equuus caballus. Animal Behavior 79(4), 869-875.

2Fureix, C., Jego, P., Sankey, C., & Hausberger, M. (2009). How horses (Equus callabus) see the world: Humans as significant ‘objects.’ Animal Cognition 12(4), 643-654.

3Graf, P., von Borstel, U.K., & Gauly, M. (2013). Importance of personality traits in horses to breeders and riders. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research 8(5), 316-325.

4Payne, E., DeAraugo, J., Bennett, P., & McGreevy, P. (2015). Exploring the existence and potential underpinnings of dog-human and horse-human attachment bonds. Behavioural Processes (in press).

5Adleman, M. & Knijnik, J. (Eds). (2013) Gender and equestrian sport: Riding around the world. Springer.

6Birke, L. & Brandt, K. (2009) Mutual corporeality: Gender and human-horse relationships. Women’s Studies International Forum 32(3), 189-197.

I met dozens of 'Girls' Horses' and Dozens of 'Man Haters. 100% all became my good Friends!!!!!

So there is no such thing as a Women's' Horse. This is a Human frame of Mind, not of the Horse.








British jockey and author John Francome, who rode more than 1100 winners in his celebrated career, believes a ban on whip use could be positive for the racing industry.

The 62-year-old told delegates at this week’s World Horse Welfare Conference in London that a ban would improve standards of horsemanship and boost public perception of the sport, which in turn would encourage more people to engage with it.

Francome, who entered racing in 1969, said he did not so much see it as an animal health issue with the modern short and padded whip, but said: “Nobody goes to racing to watch horses being hit. They don’t want to see horses being beaten.

“There’s lots of positives from looking at having jockeys carry a whip but not being able to use it,” he said.

“Does it [the whip] look good? Definitely not. And what are the positives of not having a whip? Jockeys would have to keep both hands on the reins and work a lot harder. It’s about 20 per cent harder to ride a finish without using your whip … they would have to think more.”

He said if people had asked him when he was riding if the whip should be banned, he probably would have said “don’t be ridiculous”.

But when you stood back and looked at the benefits of not using them, there were many pluses, he said. He believed there would be better finishes. Jockeys, he said, would need to have better feel and think more.

He said he had not seen one finish in the last month where the result would have been different if there had been no whips used.

But he said he was definitely in favour of jockeys continuing to carry a whip. “You need one if [the horse] doesn’t want to go in to jump or it goes to run out.”

Sweden, he noted, did not allow the use of whips. “A couple of English jockeys have been over and they have said it is extraordinary how much harder they have to work. You’ve really got to think and it’s a different way of riding and I think it’s a better way of riding.”

Francome said racehorses in Britain were well looked after, and even those that weren’t quick enough had access to retraining and rehoming programmes when they left the sport.

The racing industry as a whole should be proud of the way it looked after racehorses, he said.

Francome, who examined issues from a horse’s point of view in his address, said: “I think from a horse’s point of view, we need to be teaching a better standard of riding and we need to be teaching it in a different way so that people ride by feel.”

Too much riding was “done by numbers”, he said.

“Teaching lads to be able to think what they are doing more than just what time they are doing it in is much more important and if I was a horse I would be much more pleased to have someone riding me out who was thinking about where I was going … trying to encourage them to put themselves in the place of the horse.”
Princess Anne said horse owners needed to maintain a long-term interest in their horse’s health and welfare. Photo: World Horse Welfare

Princess Anne said horse owners needed to maintain a long-term interest in their horse’s health and welfare. Photo: World Horse Welfare

The charity’s president, Princess Anne, who also addressed delegates, highlighted the need for horse owners to maintain a long-term interest in their horse’s health and welfare, adding that short-termism and convenience were no replacement for experience and understanding when challenging the status quo in the sector.

The princess stressed that whilst innovation, research and technology played a huge role in helping to improve horse welfare, the importance of experience and knowledge in aiding people’s understanding of horses must not be underestimated.

She called on different equestrian disciplines to work together for the benefit of the whole sector.

Spanish veterinary surgeon Josep Subirana addressed the different attitudes and approaches to equine euthanasia and care around the world where practices varied widely depending on cultural and religious beliefs.

“Religion, fables, literature all condition how we see animals,” he said. “With domestication we took on certain obligations, including providing a good death. Contrary to wild animals, domesticated ones don’t have the mercy of wild predators … euthanasia is a compassionate act that should be granted to animals in need because the alternative is much worse.”

Sir Jim Paice, former minister with the agriculture agency Defra, considered whether British horses were better off inside or outside of the European Union; stressing the importance of an enforceable and robust equine identification system to safeguard the animals.

“The issues of movement rules, disease and ID have an enormous impact on welfare. Almost all of those controls [for import/export] are unenforceable or irrelevant unless the animals can be properly identified and the system has integrity.”

The head of equine clinical orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust, Dr Sue Dyson, took a strong stand on the ever-growing issue of equine obesity, which is widespread in the leisure horse market due to a lack of awareness about assessing bodyweight and condition.

She called on vets to be more direct with their clients about overweight horses and on the sector as a whole to work together in changing attitudes and awareness around what level of condition defines a healthy horse.

“Pleasure horses are twice as likely to be obese as competition horses,” she said.

“A fat horse is not necessarily a healthy horse and we have to educate owners, trainers and judges. All parts of the industry need to work responsibly and act soon.”

World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said: “I have challenged all of our attendees and viewers to go home from the conference and make the decision to do one or more things differently following the discussions which took place and I am confident that if we all make just one change, by this time next year the world will be a better place for horses.”




Gaming Commission Rulings Database
Notice Number: MO 347-2015
Racing Type: Thoroughbred
Track: Main Office
Notice Date: 11/06/2015
Ruling Type: Indefinite Suspension
Rule(s): 4002.8, 4002.9(a), 4022.1(f) , 4042.1,4 043.2(h), 4043.4, 4043.5
Ruling Text:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the occupational licenses of you, Roy Sedlacek, to participate in pari-mutuel thoroughbred racing as an owner, trainer, or otherwise are hereby SUSPENDED IMMEDIATELY pending the disposition by the New York State Gaming Commission (“Commission”) of the scheduled hearing before the Commission, or if you refuse such hearing or default in appearing, SUSPENDED until such time as the Commission in its discretion takes further action, including but not limited to license suspension or revocation or refusal to license.
YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that a hearing in this matter will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at Commission offices located at One Broadway Center, Suite 600, Schenectady, New York, at which time you may be represented by counsel and present evidence and arguments on your own behalf.
This action is taken pursuant to Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law ("Racing Law") §§ 220, 245 and 250; 9 NYCRR §§ 4002.8, 4002.9, 4042.1, 4043.2, 4043.4 and 4043.12, and State Administrative Procedure Act § 401, upon a finding of the Commission that the public safety and welfare imperatively require this emergency action because your continued participation in racing is a potential cause of civil unrest and public harm and further could result in an impairment of the public's confidence in pari-mutuel racing in New York state and have an adverse effect upon substantial State and public revenues and revenues to the industry in general generated by pari-mutuel racing, in that, under the present circumstances you lack the general character and fitness for continued participation in pari-mutuel racing, and your continued participation in pari-mutuel racing is presently inconsistent with the public interest, convenience and necessity and with the best interests of racing generally, based upon the circumstances and charges stated more particularly hereinafter.
The disposition of these matters may result in the revocation or suspension of your license, your exclusion from all racetracks in New York State, and the imposition of fines. In particular, at the scheduled and any adjourned dates of your hearing you are notified to show cause why, pursuant to Racing Law §§ 220 and 250, Article 3 of the State Administrative Procedure Act, and Part 4550 of 9 NYCRR, the Commission should not fine you in an amount not exceeding $25,000 per violation, suspend and/or revoke your license(s) to participate in pari-mutuel racing, disqualify the horses you owned that raced in violation of Part 4043 from such race(s) and from any share of the purse in such race(s), and exclude you from all New York State racetracks whether as a licensee, participant, or patron pursuant to Section 220(2) of the Racing Law and the applicable Commission rules at 9 NYCRR, in that:

The horse “Bossmon,” trained by you, ran in the 4th race at Belmont Park on October 11, 2015 with a drug known as AH-7921 (3,4-dichloro-N-[(1-dimethylamino) cyclohexylmethyl]benzamide) having been administered within one week of the scheduled post time of its race, in violation of 9 NYCRR §§ 4043.2(h) and 4043.4;
The horse “Literata,” trained by you, ran in the 2nd race at Belmont Park on October 18, 2015 with a drug known as AH-7921 (3,4-dichloro-N-[(1-dimethylamino) cyclohexylmethyl]benzamide) having been administered within one week of the scheduled post time of its race, in violation of 9 NYCRR §§ 4043.2(h) and 4043.4;
Your character and general fitness are such, based on the foregoing and your history of rule violations, that your participation in pari-mutuel racing is inconsistent with the public interest, convenience and necessity and with the best interests of racing generally, contrary to Racing Law § 220(2) and 9 NYCRR §§ 4002.8 and 4002.9;
You should be excluded from all New York race tracks whether as a licensee, participant, or patron, based on the foregoing, because your conduct at a race track in New York and elsewhere has been detrimental to the best interests of racing and you are guilty of improper, corrupt and fraudulent acts and practices in relation to racing, in violation of Racing Law § 220(2) and 9 NYCRR §§ 4022.12 and 4042.1(f); and
The horses that you owned and that were raced in violation of Part 4043, as set forth above, shall be disqualified from each such race and from any share of the purse in such races, and such shares shall be redistributed among the remaining horses in the race entitled to the same, pursuant to the foregoing statutes and rules and 9 NYCRR § 4043.5.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the hearing will be conducted pursuant to Section 245 of the Racing Law, Article 3 of the State Administrative Procedure Act, and Part 4550 of 9 NYCRR.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that you may be represented by counsel, cross-examine witnesses, and present evidence and arguments on your own behalf. Interpreter services will be made available to deaf persons and people who are not English language proficient at no charge but should be requested in writing at least one week before the hearing date, or as soon as reasonably possible. You are responsible to deliver this Notice of Hearing to your attorney, if you have or retain one. This shall be a de novo hearing that may result in the imposition of any legally available penalty including a license suspension or revocation and a fine not to exceed $25,000.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE TAKE NOTICE that unless you object before the hearing date, the Commission may conduct your hearing using live video conferencing that allows you and each other witness to participate and testify from another location that might be more convenient. To object to live video conferencing, you must contact the hearing officer with concurrent notice to the assigned counsel. The Hearing Officer will determine, after an opportunity for the parties to be heard, whether or not to use live video conferencing. If you choose to participate in your hearing through video conferencing, then you are responsible to be sure that a copy of any physical evidence that you may want to use during testimony or introduce into evidence has been delivered to opposing counsel and the Hearing Officer before the hearing, and that the Hearing Officer is afforded an opportunity to examine any original of such evidence that you may want to introduce into evidence.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the hearing may be adjourned at the discretion of the Hearing Officer for good cause shown upon the request of any party. Requests for adjournments must be submitted as soon as reasonably possible. Absent a serious emergency matter, no requests for adjournments, except for the initial hearing date of November 10, 2015, will be granted within two (2) business days of the scheduled hearing date. To request an adjournment, you must contact the hearing officer at, with concurrent notice to the assigned counsel at, as soon as possible. Requests for adjournments must be in writing and, after the opposing party has an opportunity to be heard regarding a request for adjournment, approved by the Hearing Officer. If you fail to appear at the hearing, then you will be in default, any appeal you filed and request that you made for a hearing may be deemed withdrawn, and the Commission may proceed in your absence with the hearing. Adjournments on consent of all parties are subject to the approval of the Hearing Officer.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, if you do not appear at the hearing and have not been granted an adjournment, then the hearing shall take place as scheduled and a decision, including by default, shall be made on the charges. The decision may result in fines, not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for each violation, imposed against you; the suspension or revocation of your occupational license(s); the expulsion of you from all pari-mutuel race tracks in New York state; and the disqualification of horses from the races and from any share of the purse in the race in which they participated in violation of Part 4043 of 9 NYCRR.

Suspension Begins: 11/06/2015





I’m continuing to make progress with riding my pony, Chester.  We moved out of the round yard about a month ago and are now both lunging and riding in a large mowed area that I fenced off into an arena (directly behind the fence in the picture) and also riding out of the paddock.  He is well behaved at the walk but the problem starts when I ask him to trot.  I understand he is a 13 hand pony so his trot is going to be quick but he is like a sewing machine!  When he trots he gets faster and faster and starts fighting and swerving off to the side, then I tighten the reins to keep him under control which I know is not the answer.  His steering is good, he does the one rein stop and his brakes are fine.  I just think he is forward moving.  I had an idea that this may be the case when earlier this year leading him around the paddock he jogged and pulled. I had quite a job to teach him to lead quietly and calmly.  He is really good at leading now so he is smart and can learn.  My aim for him is to trot at a steady pace on a loose rein and only then will I attempt the canter.  I’m seeking your advice to get me on track to teach him to slow down and relax.
regards Jo

Hi Jo. Well done in Your achievement to start this Young Horse. Great effort!!

The missing ingredient in Your system thus far is the 'Trail Riding' Fun for Horses, Focus for Horses and Relaxation. Miles on the clock with an understanding of how all the aids work and what they are for with real time indicators to show them"Dodging the Rabbit Burrow being why in inside Leg came on and certain Rein Controls"  etc.

I have said it many times. The Arena is the 'Enemy' of Owners and Riders' of 'Green Horses' They hate it and they see no possible use for it. It causes their Minds to wander to thoughts of evasion and "I would rather be somewhere else as I am going around and around with no meaning and no destination.

If You insist upon staying in the Grass area, You should be concentrating on teaching the Horse the 'Leg Yield', to slow things down and to provide interest to the Horse.


The Please Rein does not suit the Arena when it comes to 'Green Horses' It provides no controls and only confusion because the Horse is not yet QUALIFIED to even go an an arena due to the fact that it is not consolidation more via a few Weeks of Trail Riding AND it has not been made ready to put the Head down and be 'round', ridden 'English' and 'On the Bit', coupled with the fact of being prepared with the 'Leg Yield' to go around 'supple' and 'flexed correctly'. So You get this running and tension. Then fight and then disaster.

So the in the Arena, if the Horse is equipped with the Tools, it is set to a 'rhythm' because it is 'on the bit' and can be taught a 'Tempo' Then comes 'relaxation'........and You now see that even a Cowboy is talking here about the 'German Training Scale' because that's what it really is. OK?



Riding in Paddocks on their own Property, is really anti-productive as well. Nothing beats off the Property. 'Green Horses' need to be stimulated and not have time for thoughts of the commencement of 'learnt manipulation' of the Rider (which they do not do on the Trail as the World is too interesting with a touch of daunting) You are right about Snakes, for sure. Even if You had to Float, with a Friend preferably, to a longer ride as 1 k is not enough to get warmed up. You need minimum of 10k and better further.


Getting back to Your Pony Running, many Amateurs think You can't Half Halt 'Green Horses' and have to stay off their Mouth. This is not true at all. You simply cannot allow Him to even get up to speed. You should do something about that, to control Him. For Him to do that means a lack of control and the wrong lesson to the Young One. They were brainwashed via my Mouthing system and we must keep them brainwashed through the 'Green Horse Stage'


If You insist upon doing it all a 'Little Bit Western' then, You will trot off on a 20 Metre Circle (not large) and operate witht he inside rein being the direct rein, flexing in to diminish the circle where slower speed comes because of an increased degree of difficulty to handle smaller Circles and the MOMENT the Horse slows, let the Circle go larger. Repeat, Repeat, up and down the scale, until he finds the right Tempo.


Thanks HP – without your training gear, wonderful DVDs and support Chester wouldn’t be the lovely riding pony that he is. Chester enjoys riding out on the trail far more than the arena so off we go to clock up the miles!   The only problem now is that I’m on a farm and the paddocks are knee high in spring grasses with the accompanying problem of snakes.  Oh dear, there’s always something...  I’m currently mowing the paddock closest to the house so at least we will have somewhere safe to ride on hot days.  There is a one kilometer dirt track leading up to the house that I could use however I’m concerned about him getting a stone bruise, as he is unshod.








(advice from last Week)

Riding in Paddocks on their own Property, is really anti-productive as well. Nothing beats off the Property. 'Green Horses' need to be stimulated and not have time for thoughts of the commencement of 'learnt manipulation' of the Rider (which they do not do on the Trail as the World is too interesting with a touch of daunting) You are right about Snakes, for sure. Even if You had to Float, with a Friend preferably, to a longer ride as 1 k is not enough to get warmed up. You need minimum of 10k and better further.

I really needed that advice HP.  I wasn’t taking him far enough thinking that he is too young for long rides and should be in the arena – how wrong I was!  I hope in the future I will be in a situation where I can ride off property however for the present I am renting a house in a remote location on 1,500 acres so at least I have plenty of room to clock up the miles.  Yesterday the weather was cool enough to keep the snakes away so I took him out for a long ride however he had a partially empty stomach and as he is very food orientated he played up a bit especially  when we went into a new paddock over the hill.  He is normally confident but he had an attack of nerves and he fought the bit, so I hung on until we came to a steep descent then got off and led him down the hill.  I didn’t go straight home.  I took a detour into another familiar paddock just to let him know that playing up wouldn’t get him home quicker. Today I made sure he had a full belly and then I put a bitless bridle on him – same style (dually halter) as I used on my last horse.  I felt him relax with the bitless bridle. We even did some trotting and I slowed my rising to the trot which helped steady him a bit.  I’ll use the bit again in future once he is more confident in his paces but meantime the bitless is ideal for clocking up the miles.   Thanks again for putting me straight about riding a green horse and also thanks for the advice about circles to slow him. 
regards Jo

Thanks Jo. Well done.

You would well know my thoughts on Bitless Bridles but hey...whatever works. I have the ultimate open Mind. However, if You run into any Scoot or run sideways, please let me know as I would be interested. I won't go on though :) the way....I hope Your Bit isn't a 'Jointed snaffle'??






I have an old Jim Winton breaking in DVD.. However I was wondering what's the difference with using the back leg rope and collar rope with the rope down between his chest/ front legs( as Jim does ) and other people have the rope/ leg tied on the sides.
Is one safer than the other ?


Hi There. Thinking Horse Trainers should always seek to improve, evolve the Industry for the betterment of the Horse. I have found during using the 'Collar Rope' on Thousands of Horses, that when the Rope is put between the front Legs, there is often skin and hair removal when the Horse protest to being stuck. When the rope is on the outside of the Shoulder, nothing goes wrong.  In these Days, responsible People should not be having skin or Hair Loss on Horses. Regards




Wow thanks heaps for mention on your blog ! That's massive :):) I'll keep plodding away doing what am doing find my niche .. But really enjoy buying them so i get too pick how long they stay how they R fed and trained as well as who gets privilege off owning them .. Plus i come with the horse ..last 3 sold all within 5 kms off home ! So see them regularly :) love it .. Bonus off living in Hawkesbury in Syd with 10s off thousands off horse owners and prob just as many prob horses ! And im more shocked than anyone how well am doing .. Said when started the horses will decide .. Glad i got their approval ! Xx Nic







Hi Folks, how are You all? Hope You had a good Week. 20mm of Rain here and that saved me watering for a few Days.


I have been doing more Horse work of late, with visiting Horses from Local, being started by me, on a lessons basis. I had another new one this Week and it was quite entertaining indeed :) You meet them through Your career and they always amuse me a lot. He arrives, steps out of the Float and immediately he is a Weapon on 4 Legs, ready to swipe everyone's Head off with his, walking clean through any Human caught in the way and the poor Owner being highly embarrassed as she tries in Vein to Wrestle Him to a stand still :) Hip and Shoulder and being dragged along off the WEBBING HALTER just like the small Lady going down the Footpath with the big Rockweiller. Phew.....we finally make it into the Round pen and turn Him loose

 He's completely unbroken but highly domesticated. I meet this often....the Lady has been on Him bareback and even walked some small Circles but no Mouth Like many of them, brilliant Horse, highly intelligent and with a touch of A.D.D. I must attract them. 2 Minutes later he has 'Joined up' He learns the 'Yo Yo Game' in 10 Seconds and is backing on a .5 out of 10 and sails through everything I put Him to, including intro to Mouthing. He will be back Monday and I look forward to less wrestling at the back of the Float



I also had a Horse come to be further assessed. The Folks had inherited the Horse by accident but didn't know if it was broken in or not. It had been assessed and put through the customary NH ground work but when I asked if the Horse had a Mouth, they didn't know, so I felt it was a good idea to check that as the Mature Aged Learner/Novice Riders' would perhaps need brakes on the unknown quantity



A very shy and fearful little Mare that couldn't look You in the eye. A fair dose of 'Wild Horse Syndrome'.  I spoke about Her 2 Weeks ago. The Lady has been getting on well with Her since Her visit and she is becoming more trusting. Catching Her in the Paddock and much happier. She will be returning to answer the same question as the first Horse here, has it got a Mouth and is she broken in?



Meanwhile, I have finished welding and installed and painted, the second set of Gates, to complete my fencing project (which is why the Dog)  Now I think I will have a little lay down :)

To the Pedantic :)....not quite finished with hanging work



She has been very busy as usual and did another Clinic Yesterday, this time at Kapunda

She has been accepted into the Victorian Dressage Festival, with both Snip and Cappo. She has been busy here, teaching several Pupils each Week and of course riding the 3 Horses 6 Days a Week as well. I took over the last painting job for Her so she was very happy with that :) Brownie double Points for me :)

She has also been along with a Pupil, to assess a Horse for Sale, which is always fun for Equestrian types :)

So it's a big couple of Months for Her and the Horses with the Adelaide International, the Victorian Horse Festival and the Mount Crawford F.E.I. Competition in a couple of Weeks. I got stuck on the Freestyle Music for Adelaide and had square eyes after a couple of Days of it :)



Today, we went for a Trail Rider on Cappo and Dulcie and saw this lovely but very lame Trotter, who's Feet have probably never been done and he lives his LIfe on the sides of Hills. No Flat ground in his Paddock

We have met the Owner who has a Shop in Victor and a Month ago, we went in and told Her Staff Member about the state of the Horse and that she should ring the local Farrier urgently or she is likely to be on the end of a complaint.

Anyhow, we met Him Today, (lame as a Cat) and no, nothing has been done :(

and he's a Standie




" If You own a Horse and You home it on a Paddock with 'No Flat area' to stand on, You are inflicting 'Ringbone' upon Your Horse"




Not long until Cappo is experiences the big screen at the Adelaide International and because it is run under F.E.I. Rules, he has to be there for 3 Days, locked in a Stable (which he will not like at all. Not the Life he is used to :)  Veterinary inspection on Wednesday and competing 4pm Thursday and Friday.

It remains to be seen what the Rules will be as to whether the Owner can take them for Walks. I certainly hope so......but because of this sad World we now live in, one's Mind wanders to such things as security for the Horses. We hope there is plenty.





We have been wanting a Dog for a long time but didn't have a front Fence, so we were most excited to both get half a Day off and to go looking for a rescue one as well.

So off we went to the RSPCA Lonsdale Shelter started looking around for a suitable one. A lovely Lady who was a Volunteer, entertained us for 40 Minutes, while we waited to be seen by a Staff Member, to look at a certain Dog that wasn't yet in the Public. Finally, we rounded one up as our one didn't come and eagerly asked to see the subject Dog., by this time making our mind up to take it Home.

Nah Nah she said, not so fast. "We need You to apply and You have to be assessed" she said.......we explained that we had driven 80k and were very time poor but gave Her a run down about the "Home of the Year' that would have passed through their Gates. What exercise will the Dog get she asked?  11 Hours a Day, 7/7 ......"and what will happen to the Dog in the Night?"......well, it will be tied up just outside our Lounge Room Window, with a cosy Dog Kennel and Mattress. ..........Oh No,,,,,,that's not acceptable, You can't tie Dogs up, they have to be inside the House., she said. I said " What about every Dog between Roseworthy and Darwin, all tied up at Night?  .......but our pleadings were rejected out of Hand and Home we went with our Tails between our Legs, just like the Dogs in the Cages, facing Death. I wonder will she live.......the Dog that is? The City World has gone Nuts.




The achievers this Week were Ladies. First Michelle Payne winning the Melbourne Cup and whilst that was going on, this Young Lady winning with an Ex Rodeo Training Horse for Bucking. Her name is Nicole Bortolussi and she deserves recognition for this one.




It's now 6 days now since the ESA AGM and it was great to see so many members taking an interest in our sport. Thankfully we succeeded in stopping the financials from being rushed through so we could take a closer look. The current financial position is disturbing. These numbers are from the 2015 annual report provided to the members on the night.

- An overall LOSS of $50,000 was recorded in 2015. This is a staggering DECREASE from the $97,000 profit recorded in 2014
- Of the $50,000 LOSS, $49,000 was the 'unaccounted funds' the Auditor noted in the 2014 accounts.
- The discipline committees reported a PROFIT of $38,000, however this has been used to pay Administration costs (i.e. salaries) and not to support the disciplines
- Membership income has DROPPED 33% in 2015 to $165,000. This is DOWN from $248,000 in 2014
- Salaries have INCREASED to $210,000. This is 27% higher than membership income
- Over the past 4 years salaries have INCREASED by a whopping 70%
- Over the past 4 years, membership has INCREASED BY a mere 11%
- The Auditor has recommended that the bad debtor provision be increased. The board of the day rejected his recommendation

These financials are extremely concerning for the future of our sport and this is why it was important that the members were given the opportunity to understand the extent of the financially troubled ESA.

I look forward to my Notice of Motions being on the agenda for the next General meeting. I think they are even more relevant considering the extremely poor state of the 2015 financials.



There will be a Special General Meeting soon, where the Members Must be able to join the discussion




English and Western influence, combined. Well done to Buyer who designed it.




And here is my guy in his fender. He actually MOVES now – he is deceptively wide and most saddles restrict his shoulder movement.





It was alleged this Week, on my Facebook Page, that this Horse was competing at the Evans crown which is an interschool run by a group of schools in the Bathurst area , this was last year .
Even though it was held at a PC ground it wasn't affiliated with PC , O'connell school where the rider was from passed the buck




Every time I open my Mouth, to try and help Humans in situations like this, I get in trouble from one side or the other!! Never Mind, if I save the Life of one Child or Horse, I am happy.


This is 2015 Folks. Council Officers and Councilors would be playing Bowls 100 Metres from here

On Bitumen would You mind?

  • No Helmets
  • No Safety Stirrups
  • Dangerous Footwear hence the need for the Toe Stoppers
  • Webbing Halters
  • Leading 2 Horses via one Handler. The Mind Boggles as to what could happen, let along a kicking match.

No doubt, these Horses are entirely suitable for the job and the Handlers completely competent BUT Risk Management doesn't take that into account. The Beach Ball comes flying up from the Beach and the rest is History. Nothing but Bitumen Carparks and a Public Road.

No Folks, the Industry will NEVER get it and nor will Local Government. I bet they have a Risk Management Officer too. No wonder my Rates are $4,400 a Year :(










The FEI has tackled the national federations concerned “as a matter of urgency” after a video involving the amputation of the lower limb of a third endurance horse emerged from the Middle East.

Last week H&H revealed two other cases, in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, where amputation appears to be a solution to euthanising injured horses, which has cultural and religious issues in Arabic countries.

In the latest video, a grey is seen standing on three legs, without its near fore below the knee. The limb has been removed in a desert, non-clinical situation. At the end, the removed limb is shown to camera. On the same post there is a still image of the horse after breaking its leg, being supported in a hoist at the roadside.

Watch the video here, viewer discretion advised, disturbing content

The practice has already been condemned by World Horse Welfare.

The FEI first intended to address the issue at a forum, but fast-tracked action after seeing the latest video.

A FEI spokesman said: “Amputated horses are at considerable risk of long-term complications. We are taking this matter extremely seriously, and we are addressing this with the relevant national federations as a matter of urgency.

“As previously stated, all member federations are bound by the FEI statutes and agree to abide by the FEI rules and regulations, which specifically includes the code of conduct for the welfare of the horse.”

Swedish dressage star Patrik Kittel is among many posting their abhorrence on Facebook, after reading the H&H story.

Kittel wrote: “It’s among the worst things I’ve ever seen.”

Patrick ey....Mr. 'Blue Tongue' Himself. Oh he is such a softy




SAN ANTONIO – A horse was struck by a car and killed on the Far South Side late Friday.

The accident happened around 11:45 pm. Friday on the 19,800 block of Trumbo Road, near Highway 281 and Loop 1604.

Officials say a woman was driving south on Trumbo Road, when she spotted a horse in the middle of the road. The woman said she was unable to avoid hitting the horse, which died on impact.

The woman’s car badly damaged in the crash, but she was not hurt.





While Prince of Penzance was a 100-1 long shot before it won the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup yesterday, there’s no doubt that the story of the jockey who rode the six-year-old bay gelding from New Zealand to victory is even more remarkable.

Michelle Payne, 30, is the first woman to ride a Melbourne Cup winner. And she’s just the fourth woman to ride in the race, having previously ridden Allez Wonder in 2009 for Bart Cummings. Her first Group One win came a few months earlier on the same horse in the Toorak Handicap.


She’s been aboard Prince of Penzance for all bar one of his 23 races, and only missed that one because she was suspended. The horse has his own extraordinary story — the syndicate paid $50,000 for the yearling, hiding it from their wives and girlfriends and hoping to win the occasional country race. Before yesterday, POP, as he’s known, had already had amassed $600,000 in prizemoney.

The remarkable thing is that a year had passed since Prince of Penzance last won – at the Moonee Valley Cup in 2014 – and Payne was suspended for careless riding in that race.

Payne, the youngest of 10 children, is not new to racing. She has seven siblings – five sisters and two brothers – also in the saddle. The Payne family name has been heard around Victorian racecourses for nearly four decades. Her dad, Paddy Payne, was a horse trainer. Brothers Andrew and Patrick have both ridden in the Melbourne Cup, the latter now working as a trainer, an ambition Michelle also harbours.

Her brother Stevie, who has Down syndrome, is Prince of Penzance’s strapper and on Saturday, drew barrier one for the horse and his sister. Stevie has worked for trainer Darren Weir at his stables in Ballarat for nearly a decade and shares a house with his sister.

A decade ago, after a nasty fall left her with swelling on the brain and a fractured skull, her family urged Payne to give up riding. Her sister, Brigid, 36, died three years later in the wake of a training fall. She was the first of the siblings to become a jockey and had series of brain aneurysms and then a heart attack in January 2007, a decade after another fall that left her in a coma for several days.

It wasn’t the first tragedy to befall the family. Payne was just six months old when her mother, Mary, was killed in a car accident.

Paddy Payne raised his kids, and used to send them outside with boxing gloves on to sort out any differences they had with each other. Stevie and Michelle used to pretend that the rockery in the backyard was a racecourse and they’d hold mock Cox Plates around it. Their father recounted to the ABC in 2009 how Michelle would come into his bed at night and hold his hand so that in the morning, he wouldn’t go to the stables without her.

After the race yesterday, Payne was asked if she’d dreamt of winning the Melbourne Cup.

“You do it every year – this is every jockey’s dream in Australia,” she said.

That wasn’t her only triumph. Right now Prince of Penzance’s connections are all around $500,000 richer thanks to Payne and trainer Darren Weir, who resisted a push from some in the syndicate to take her off their mount.

“To think that Darren Weir has given me a go and [racing is] such a chauvinistic sport, I know some of the owners were keen to kick me off, and [owners] John Richards and Darren stuck strongly with me. I can’t say how grateful I am to them,” she said.

Her advice to everyone who doubted the 7000 race veteran wasn’t up to the task was simple.

“I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything and we can beat the world.”



ELK TOWNSHIP — A 71-year-old Croswell man was injured when the vehicle the man was driving struck and killed a stray horse on East Peck Road Wednesday night.

According to the Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the scene in the 1200 block of East Peck Road at 7:53 p.m., where Gerald Knapp was traveling east bound on Peck Road and hit the horse that was standing in the roadway. Following impact, Knapp lost control of his vehicle and continued east before striking another vehicle driven by Jamie Wells of Peck, who was traveling in the west bound lane.

Knapp had to be removed from his car by the Elk Township Fire Deptartment and Croswell EMS personnel and was transported to McKenzie Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was listed in stable condition. Wells was not injured in the accident.

Following the crash, officials located the owners of the horse on Hamilton Road. They indicated they had purchased four horses that day and three of them got out of the pen. As of Thursday afternoon, two of the horses were still unaccounted for.

Deputies were also assisted on the scene by the Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Team, Peck Police Department, and local citizens.


ABANDONED AND LEFT TO DIE........then the Foal

A dehydrated and starved horse was discovered alone, abandoned and helpless, and the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [RSPCA] officials stepped in to help.

 The horse, a mare newly named Connie, was in sad shape with bones and rib cage clearly visible on her 16-hand frame. Connie was at a dangerous stage in her health and was found in the nick of time. Her rescue and story, now being told as of Nov. 3 to the public is especially poignant since Connie was guarding a surprise – she was in foal.
Connie had a rough time until she was rescued by the RSPCA

RSPCA officials knew they had a steep curve to bring Connie back to health but when animal collection officer, Kate Wright, looked at the mare, she instantly knew she wanted to adopt her. Wright noticed the shock on people’s faces when they saw her new horse. Worse, Connie displayed quite a “grumpy” attitude, yet she seemed bright enough. She relaxed and thankfully eased into her new life quickly.

At first, grooming Connie was awkward since the mare was so thin and bony that she required a light touch. It took a while before she enjoyed grooming sessions and looked forward to the attention.

RSPCA officials knew they had a steep curve to bring Connie back to health but when animal collection officer, Kate Wright, looked at the mare, she instantly knew she wanted to adopt her. Wright noticed the shock on people’s faces when they saw her new horse. Worse, Connie displayed quite a “grumpy” attitude, yet she seemed bright enough. She relaxed and thankfully eased into her new life quickly.

At first, grooming Connie was awkward since the mare was so thin and bony that she required a light touch. It took a while before she enjoyed grooming sessions and looked forward to the attention.






Yesterday I lived through my worst nightmare of being in a serious car accident with the float and horse on board. An idiot driver who tried to over take me on belgrave hallam road in a double line area, had a head on collision with another car and then smashed into my car and float and ran me off the road through a ditch and into a fence, tree and power pole. I am so lucky to have no serious injuries and I managed to pull my beautiful very well behaved horse out of the roof of the float by myself. Bobbie also has no serious injuries just cuts a bruises. This is due to the fantastic quality and well manufactered Rowville floats which I am very grateful for. We are both very sore today but I am one lucky girl to be able to walk away from a crash like that with my life and my horse. My thoughts are with the seriously injured girls in the on coming car and there families, wishing them a speedy recovery. Unfortunately there are so many idiots on the road, everyone please be carful and dont overtake horse floats.




A horse has died this morning after a crash with a car on a busy road.

A man suffered a minor head injury and part of the A251 Ashford Road in Badlesmere was partially blocked after a reported collision between a horse and a car at around 8am today.

A police spokesman said: "The horse is reported to have ran into the road from a nearby field. Officers attended the location and a vet was called. Due to its injuries the horse was later put down at the scene."

The scene in Badlesmere

A man, believed to be driving the car, suffered a minor head injury and was treated at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.

A child, also in the car, did not suffer any injuries.

Two ambulance crews had been called near to the junction for Newhouse Lane.

Traffic was reportedly slow but moving.




Gimme Da Lute, winner of the G2 Los Alamitos Derby in July, had to be euthanized earlier this week after he fractured a hind leg when coming out of surgery. The Daily Racing Form reports that 3-year-old colt originally suffered a condylar fracture in a hind leg after working a half-mile Tuesday morning at Santa Anita. According to the DRF, surgery was performed on Wednesday at Santa Anita. Two screws were inserted into the leg, “but when he got up he got up wrong, twisted it, and broke his leg, and they had to put him down,” trainer Bob Baffert said. Gimme Da Lute won six of nine lifetime starts, and had earned $627,560. In addition to the Los Alamitos Derby, Gimme Da Lute had won the G3 Affirmed and the El Cajon Stakes.




Trainer Gary Moore is said to be recovering well in hospital after being kicked by a horse.

The West Sussex-based trainer was kicked in the back several times by one of his horses yesterday (Thursday, 5 November).

He was taken to Redhill hospital where he spent the night in intensive care.

The 59-year-old suffered damaged ribs and fluid on his lungs in the accident.

Gary is the father of jockeys Jamie, Josh, Ryan and Hayley.

Jamie told At The Races: “He’s broken ribs, punctured his lung and bruised his spleen.

“Hopefully he’ll be all right. My mum is trying to keep him in hospital as long as possible. He might be trying to break free and ringing a few of his mates to come and pick him up.

“He is granite — he’s hard as nails. No doubt he’ll be back very quick.”

The trainer was legging up his wife Jayne when a horse walking around the yard caught him in the middle of his back.

The trainer’s son Josh said that Gary “wasn’t very happy” about an ambulance being called.

Gary trained Sire De Grugy to win the 2014 Champion Chase, ridden by his son Jamie. The horse is always ridden by Jamie at home and the family’s victory proved extremely popular in the National Hunt world.

His oldest son Ryan has recently returned to riding after suffering a neck injury in a stalls accident at Newmarket’s July meeting.

There were fears that the three-time champion Flat jockey would be out of action for the rest of the year. However, at the weekend (31 October) Ryan was back in flying forming taking the Junenile Turf at the Breeders’ Cup with Hit IT A Bomb.

It’s been a tempestuous year for the family as Jamie suffered a broken hip in a fall at Worcester in July, while Josh broke his collarbone at Aintree in April.




The horse knew enough to push a water trough out of the way, leaving a hole in the fence where it lived and giving it a chance to roam free through fields and roads of Nappanee. Unfortunately, that freedom – and the horse’s life – was short-lived. The animal ended up in the direct path of a 1997 Mit­su­bishi Eclipse on Kosciusko County Road 1350 North about 5:50 a.m. Thursday. The driver braked but was unable to avoid the horse and collided with the animal, which died at the scene.

That driver, 19-year-old Isaac X. Rosentreter, suffered facial injuries and abrasions in the collision, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department. He was transported in serious condition to a hospital. When police arrived at the scene, Rosentreter told them he had been driving east near the intersection of County Road 1025 West when the horse suddenly appeared in the road. Police tracked the animal to a Nappanee man, who showed where it looked as if a water trough had been pushed to the side, revealing the hole through which the horse escaped.

Crash victim dies of his injuries A man involved in a crash Oct. 12 has died from his injuries, the Allen County coroner’s office said today. Shawn P. Craig is the 27th motor vehicle crash fatality in Allen County this year, the coroner’s office said in a statement after an autopsy. Craig, 43, of Fort Wayne crashed his car in the 1100 block of Lower Huntington Road in the early-morning hours, the statement said. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the coroner said. Craig was taken to a hospital, where he died. The coroner’s office determined the cause of death to be blunt-force trauma because of a motor vehicle crash, and the manner of death was ruled an accident.




The joint-master of the Cottesmore, Gems McCormick, has died due to an accident out hunting.

Ms McCormick was out with the Fitzwilliam (Milton) hunt yesterday (Wednesday, 4 November) when the accident happened.

She reportedly fell after a fence and suffered a head injury.

It was the Fitzwilliam’s opening meet, and the hunt has “expressed sincere condolences” to her family.

A spokesman for the Cottesmore said: “Gems was a wonderful joint-master and a generous supporter of the Cottesmore hunt. We were lucky to have her as a master from 2012. Always immaculately turned out quietly and efficiently fulfilling her role. She was a pleasure to go hunting with.”

The Cottesmore has cancelled its meet today (Thursday, 5 November) as a mark of respect.

“We are extremely sad to hear to the death of Gems. She was a huge supporter of hunting in Leicestershire and beyond,” said a spokesman for the Countryside Alliance.

“Hunting was a very big part of her life and she will be long missed by the Cottesmore country.”



TIM Bell will be remembered as the cheeky young Queensland jockey who was determined to conquer the world.

Tributes flowed in for the 22-year-old yesterday as the Queensland racing community mourned his shock death in Singapore on Tuesday.

It is believed Bell was locked out of his apartment and fell from the high rise building while trying to get in.

It is understood Bell’s Northern NSW-based parents Grant and Keiley flew to Singapore yesterday, but released a statement before their departure.

“We would like to thank the entire racing fraternity for their help and assistance and all racing authorities for the career of Tim. Tim will always be remembered as our little hero and best mate. RIP Tim.”

Born in Mildura and raised in Tamworth, Bell lived on the Gold Coast in his late teens before moving to Brisbane last year.

For months he had to wake up at 2.30am on Tuesdays to ride trackwork at Eagle Farm.

He was a talented bull rider until racing came calling at 15

Bell had only just taken up a three-month riding contract in Singapore last month.

This was the next step in his conquest to be the best jockey in the world and came on the back of claiming his first Queensland senior jockeys’ premiership in 2013-14 and winning his first Group 1 race aboard Tinto in the 2014 Queensland Oaks.

He had already come far and Tamworth trainer Sue Grills, Bell’s master when he was an apprentice, said he “could have been anything”.

“He came to me when he was 14 and he was like a son to me,” Grills said yesterday.

“Even when he was a kid he was always going to make it and he was a wonderful horseman.

“He picked everything up so quickly and he was so determined make it.

“He never stopped watching videos and he could have been anything.”

Bell first shot to prominence with his success on the Grills-trained Border Rebel. He claimed 12 wins aboard the sprinter, including two Hinkler Handicaps (2010-11) and the Group 3 Takeover Target Stakes (2010) in Brisbane.

Those moments will forever be treasured memories for Grills.

“Winning two Hinkler Handicaps and a Takeover Target Stakes – for a couple of bushies we thought we had won the world,” Grills recalled.

“Another special moment was when we won the Gold Coast Stakes with Ollie Vollie (last year).

“He was a wonderful young fella and he was a bit of a daredevil and always was.

“I’m just devastated.”
Tim Bell,jockey a year on from winning his first group 1 race. Pic Adam Smith

Tim Bell, jockey a year on from winning his first group 1 race. Picture: Adam Smith

Bell started to make some noise in Queensland when just a 16-year-old when he rode four winners in a day at Doomben in 2010.

He was Patinack Farm’s Queensland stable rider in 2011 and had a good association with many trainers right across Australia.

Steven O’Dea was one of his biggest supporters in Queensland and Bell had an affinity with his top galloper Sir Moments in particular, with the pair combining to win the 2014 Queensland Guineas among other feature races.

“We were a good team on the track but above that we were really good mates,” O’Dea said.

“He was always full of cheek and plenty of fun but when it comes down to it, everyone might have thought he was a bit cocky but he was his harshest critic.

“He was tough on himself and wanted to be the best and for what he achieved at such a young age, a lot of people took for granted just how young he was.”

Brisbane trainer Rob Heathcote said everyone at Doomben trackwork yesterday morning could not comprehend the news.

“There was disbelief and shock among the community at Doomben,” he said.

“That’s the key word – disbelief – and you didn’t want to believe it.

“The kid was a prodigious talent coupled with incredible self-belief and he had world at his feet.”
Jockey Tim Bell falls from Dysfunction at Doomben.pic Trackside photography

Jockey Tim Bell falls from Dysfunction at Doomben. Picture: Trackside Photography

Brisbane jockey Jim Byrne said Bell’s death would be felt by jockeys around the world.

“My first thoughts are with his family and for me it was just a privilege to have known him,” Byrne said.

“He always put a smile on your face and always made you laugh.

“I’m gutted and I only got a text from him the other day saying he was loving Singapore and loving life.”

Bell rode his first feature winner in Singapore on October 25 when he won the $150,000 El Dorado Classic on Sebrose.

His last ride was a winner aboard Lim’s Bullet at Singapore on Sunday.

His death comes five years after Queensland lost another top jockey far too soon in Stathi Katsidis.







While most healthy horses can easily carry a rider and saddle, they do have their limits. Now researchers have identified a threshold for when a rider is too heavy for a horse to comfortably carry.

The scientists base their findings on detailed measurements taken of eight horses that were ridden while packing anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of their body weight. The horses ranged in size from 400 to 625 kilograms (885 to 1375 pounds).

When carrying 15 and 20% of their body weight, the horses showed relatively little indication of stress. It's when they were packing weights of 25% that physical signs changed markedly, and these became accentuated under 30% loads.
western rider on horse

The horses had noticeably faster breathing and higher heart rates when carrying tack and rider amounting to 25% or more of their body weight. A day after trotting and cantering with the heftier weights, the horses' muscles showed substantially greater soreness and tightness. Those horses that were least sore from the exercise had wider loins, the part of a horse's back located between their last rib and croup.

Based on these results, the study's authors recommend that horses not be loaded with greater than 20% of their body weight. A 545-kilogram (1200 pound) horse, then would be best off carrying no more than 109 kg (240 lbs) of tack and rider.

Interestingly, this research from the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute has concluded with the same weight guideline as the US Calvary Manuals of Horse Management published in 1920.





 FEI Response to Dr. Robert Cook’s reaction to “hyperflexion” ruling

The intention of the FEI round-table conference on hyperflexion/Rollkur was specifically to address an issue which is of concern to equestrian sport.

Participants at the meeting were selected to include veterinary and welfare authorities as well as sporting experts so that all sides of the debate could be heard and addressed.

Dr Heuschmann presented an anti-Rollkur petition with 41,000 signatures to FEI President HRH Princess Haya before addressing the meeting at length. His request to ban aggressive riding was unanimously supported by the participants.

A review of the scientific evidence relating to head and neck position and its influence on both biomechanics of the back and hindlimbs and airway dynamics was presented, followed by an overview of clinical data relating to injuries. It was concluded that correctly performed flexion of the neck did not have an adverse effect on movement of the back, whereas extension of the neck did influence both back mobility and hindlimb action and could predispose to injury. Whereas there is evidence that any head position other than the natural one may influence airway resistance, there is no evidence at all that oxygenation of the blood is reduced by any of these positions or that blood circulation to the head could be compromised. The veterinary delegates were unanimous in these conclusions.

It is clear that any training method used incorrectly is never acceptable and that aggressive riding must also be prevented. All training methods and aids must be used appropriately and never in a manner which constitutes a welfare issue.

At no stage has the FEI ever endorsed the use of force in training and neither did any of the participants at the meeting. It was agreed by all participants that hyperflexion/Rollkur, defined as flexion of the horse’s neck achieved through aggressive force, is totally unacceptable. The practice has been outlawed specifically because it is achieved through the use of aggressive force. It was agreed that the technique known as Low, Deep and Round (LDR), which achieves flexion in a harmonious way and without undue force, is acceptable.

It was also agreed by the participants that asking a horse to maintain any head/neck position for too long a period is not advisable. During the warm-up it is both necessary and beneficial to change the head/neck position periodically and not to ride the horse all the time in the position required by the competition rules.

Although the meeting agreed that the main responsibility for the welfare of the horse rests with the rider, this absolutely does not suggest that the FEI has abrogated its responsibility on the issue of horse welfare. The role of the FEI is to promote equine welfare, which is one of the core values of the FEI and remains at the heart of everything the FEI stands for.

The FEI has a duty to establish appropriate rules and guidelines to ensure the welfare of the horse. These rules must be based on scientific evidence and be periodically reviewed as new information becomes available. Dr Cook asserts that scientific evidence should have been used to decide whether Rollkur is acceptable or not, but there has been no solid scientific data produced since the 2006 workshop when it was agreed that there was little evidence to show that such techniques cause damage to the horse.

While prior investigations have not shown that the use of hyperflexion/Rollkur causes any clear detriment to horse welfare, the FEI has decided to act and to ban Rollkur anyway. Irrespective of the scientific evidence, or lack of it, the use of hyperflexion/Rollkur is of undoubted concern and the FEI felt it was correct to address those concerns.

The outcome from the meeting has been very widely welcomed, most notably by Dr Heuschmann and by World Horse Welfare. Far from this being a “semantic sleight of hand”, the outlawing of hyperflexion/Rollkur was described by Dr Heuschmann in an interview with as a “major step in the interests of animal welfare”.

Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare, commented: “World Horse Welfare has never and will never support the use of cruel, aggressive riding of any sort for any period of time. We are pleased that the FEI has used this opportunity to draw a clear ‘line in the sand’ regarding Rollkur. It is very encouraging that the meeting looked beyond the emotive issue of Rollkur and considered the broader issues of all unacceptable riding.”

The FEI has now established a working group, chaired by Dressage Committee Chair Frank Kemperman, to expand the current guidelines for Stewards to facilitate the clear implementation of this policy. These guidelines will also be communicated to riders and trainers. The working group is also expected to put forward further proposals for the education of Stewards to ensure that FEI rules are strictly adhered to and that the welfare of the horse is maintained at all times.

The working group members are Richard Davison (GBR), Rider/Trainer; John P. Roche (IRL), FEI Director Jumping/Stewarding; Jacques Van Daele (BEL), FEI Honarary Dressage Steward General/Judge; Wolfram Wittig (GER), Trainer and Trond Asmyr (NOR), FEI Dressage Director/Judge. The working group will also draw on the expertise of a number of other specialists, including but not limited to the participants of the round-table conference*. The working group aims to have the guidelines completed by the end of March 2010.

Guidelines for Stewards will incorporate the use of a whole range of sanctions, including verbal warnings and yellow cards for riders who transgress. Stewards will also be readvised to watch out for signs of distress in the horse, which may include but are not limited to obvious fatigue, profound or inappropriate sweating, persistent rough use of aids (i.e. bits, spurs or whip) and over-repetition of exercises.

The FEI Management is also currently studying a range of additional measures, including the use of closed circuit television for warm-up arenas at selected shows so that potential abuse accusations can be more readily identified and recorded.

*Participants in the Lausanne round-table conference on 9 February 2010 were:

HRH Princess Haya, FEI President

Alex McLin, FEI Secretary General

International Dressage Riders Club, Margit Otto-Crepin

International Dressage Trainers Club, Linda Keenan

Francois Mathy, International Jumping Riders Club

David Broome, jumping representative

Sjef Janssen, dressage representative

Jonathan Chapman, Event Riders Association

Graeme Cooke, FEI Veterinary Director

Trond Asmyr, FEI Director Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage

John Roche, FEI Director Jumping and stewarding

Catrin Norinder, FEI Director Eventing

Ian Williams, FEI Director Non-olympic sports

Carsten Couchouron, FEI Executive Director Commercial

Richard Johnson, FEI Director Communications

Jacques van Daele, FEI Honorary Steward General Dressage

John McEwen, FEI Veterinary Committee Chair

World Horse Welfare, Roly Owers and Tony Tyler

Ulf Helgstrand, President Danish NF

Dr Sue Dyson

Dr.Gerd Heuschmann

Professor René van Weeren

Frank Kemperman, FEI Dressage Committee Chair (by phone)





Metabolism Metabolic Syndrome Horse Industry News

Insulin resistance is a growing concern in the equine community, but scientists are working to develop a new drug to help horses affected by this challenging-to-treat condition

Affected horses and ponies are often overweight, have a cresty neck, are covered in oddly placed fat deposits, and suffer from continual bouts of laminitis. Some breeds are more likely to develop insulin resistance than others, and it’s sometimes observed in concert with equine metabolic syndrome and/or pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction.

Current treatment regimens for insulin resistance center on weight loss, exercise, and dietary and management changes that can be time-consuming for busy horse owners. In other words, there is currently no “cure” for insulin resistance. Scientists at Jaguar Animal Health, however, hope to help remedy that situation over the next few years.

“Notices of allowance have just been granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for two patent applications licensed by Jaguar Animal Health for an active pharmaceutical ingredient called NP-500,” says Steven King, PhD, executive vice president of sustainable supply, ethnobotanical research, and intellectual property.

What this means to horse owners is that Jaguar Animal Health is planning to proceed with NP-500 into the investigational animal drug phase of development with studies in horses. This will determine if NP-500 can help insulin resistant horses either in lieu of, or in combination with, the currently recommended dietary and management changes.

NP-500 was isolated from a North American plant before being synthesized in the laboratory. Scientists used a similar process when acetylsalicylic acid (more commonly known as aspirin) was isolated from the willow tree in 1763 and later synthesized for mass production starting in 1897.

Based on preliminary, third-party studies, NP-500 appears to have a novel mechanism of action that:

Decreases insulin sensitivity (meaning that less insulin is required by the pancreas to control blood sugar levels);
Reduces blood sugar levels; and
Reduces the levels of free fatty acids and triglycerides circulating in the blood stream.

“Insulin resistance, a component of equine metabolic syndrome, is a growing concern in horses, particularly because of the potentially devastating development of laminitis,” added Michael Guy, DVM, MS, PhD, Jaguar’s vice president and clinical veterinarian. “It is our goal to provide a cost-effective treatment option that can be produced in a timely manner to improve the health and welfare of affected horses.”







Hi Mr HP

Just a quick question for you regarding shoeing.
I have always shod my young horses in front and left them bare behind...then at a certain level where they need more collection I introduce the back shoes.

Have recently been advised by a experienced farrier, that this practice is actually not as good as I had thought, and encourages incorrect muscle development behind the saddle. My young horse is a well conformed 4 year old....and works very nicely over his back using his backend, has very expressive movement. He has a lot of thoroughbred in him...with a dash of Oldenberger. I have noticed he still needs a bit of filling out through his backend tho....would adding backshoes help? The way this farrier told it, it evens out their balance and improves the way they use their muscles behind.
I have played with going barefoot...but he lives on sand and grass...and goes to visit my trainer every month where he is kept on rocky ground (paddocked)
Would love to know your thoughts on this! :-)

Email David above L and tell him you saw his free advertising on my site and that I suggested he may assist you for free :) I personally have not seen any evidence of the claim but David is the expert. Regards





Hi John


I have been doing a lot of reading on your website and others like it as I am looking for the best way to train & ride my horse. I have always ridden on long loopy reins when out on the trail even in the arena at times. I have done a lot of ‘natural horsemanship’ with both my horses, to the point where I rode on the trail in a halter. I gave up the bridle about 3 years ago when I began following a NH path which promoted riding only in halter until your horse reached a certain level. I have found myself asking if this is really good for me and the horse. I believe groundwork before mounting is a great idea such as the ‘seven games’ but on hearing of a few problems with friends level 2 horses, I am wondering if this method of NH is the complete solution it claims to be. A friend has been bucked off her level 2 horse about 6 times in the past 4 months, the last time very nasty bucks and this problem is continuing to get worse. It may be that he is sore but clearly the work she has done with him did not save her. Another friend had her horse take off with her and she could not stop him even though she attempted a ORS, as a result she hit the dirt ending up in hospital. Again a level 2 horse. Both these incidents occurred when riding in a halter. This disturbs me and got me looking further to a good compromise between NH and Good horsemanship. As a kid I rode with a bridle, I was taught by my father, a stockman and never had much problem. My horse is bosal and halter trained, never given me cause to worry but I am now putting him back in a bridle with a Myler bit as I feel this will give me more chance to come home safely should things go wrong, particularly on the trail. I was interested to read one post where you said that ‘halter’s, bosal’s and no-bit bridles’ were more likely to have brake failure than a well-mouthed horse in a bridle. It really got me thinking. Do you have any suggests to make the change over to a bit go well for my horse, he is only 7? He has been trained in a snaffle when started at 4.

Thank you for your website as it was reading that one post which sent me looking for a safer way for me. I will now use a bit of both types of horsemanship to get the best for me and my horse.

Cheers Sil.

That's the way Sil.. Open mind and mix it up. Thanks for confirming what I often say about controls on the NH Horses as I have seen many accidents with it. I am not against any of it of course but imho, they should be tuned up now and again with a Bit. Further, the claims made about riding in Halters etc are not backed by the stories such as yours. If I were you, I would -remouth my Horse first, in fairness to the Horse and for your safety

For that You need an FM Bit but my Breaking in Bits are better.

. Then, your NH Riding will be even safer. Best of luck and congrats on the open mind.





Hi HP,
I have been keeping up with all your comings and goings. All very interesting and educational. Sorry about the horse not working out for the wife.
I have a problem and I am not sure where to go for answers, so will ask you on the grounds that you were the only person I could think of that may know the answer.

My neighbours have put up ring lock on our fence between their paddocks and mine and I am worried my horses could get their feet caught in it.
The fence was plain wire, 6 strand and the previous neighbour put it up with our help about 2 years ago, we went halves in the work and cost. So the fence does not need redoing at this stage.
The reason our new neighbours put ring lock on the fence was shortly answered by a dozen sheep being put in their paddocks from their other neighbour.
My new neighbours do not own any animals and have not owned property before now, so I would guess that their other neighbour offered to throw his sheep in if they made the fence sheep proof.
which in itself is a good thing, because their 8 acres of grass is waist high and dead. A very bad thing in the coming fire season.
I don't have anything to do with my neighbours, we had a mild falling out about 6 months ago and have managed to keep it all sane by ignoring each other.( which is how I like it) I thought that if a person wanted to do anything to a boundary fence, it had to be 50/50 decision and agreement of both sides ? I assumed that neither could just go ahead and do what ever they please to a boundary fence without the consent of the other owner.

That is true and if you go get a copy of the 'Fences Act' you will see the simple procedure and Forms of Service etc.

I have enough problems with my other neighbour who has his boundary fence on our side of the creek and his trotters continually mash away the creek wall and half my fence is sitting in thin air from them.

That problem is easily fixed. Contact the Council re environment and water catchment.

I would prefer the neighbours who put the ring lock up had used chicken mesh wire personally. As it is a long boundary fence along all four of my paddocks.
I do not know what to do, as I am not comfortable confronting them. They would probably think I am just making a fuss for the fun of it.
One person told me to wait and if my horses get hurt, then confront them with the vets bill. I would rather address the problem before the horses get hurt.
Do I need to find myself a solicitor or contact the local council ? I really do not want this blown out of proportion and a mud slinging match to start.
I may not like them, but I do have to live next door to them and I like my piece and quiet.
How do I handle this in a way that will not cause a war and how do I find out my rights in regards to boundary fences ?
Regards Maddy

If you complain to any Neighbour these days, about fences, due to the way the World has gone now, you will invariably get a Bun Fight or worse. Ask me, I am an expert on it!!!!!!!!!!!! So if you want to keep the Peace, just put nice long electric Outriggers on your Fence to keep your Horses away.

However, the Law is all on your side and there is not a problem with you either sending them the initial form under the Fences Act and following the Law all the way to the Small Claims Court where the Magistrate will make the decision or send them a registered letter right now, outlining the dangers to your Horses and (in a nice way) and then, should there be an injury, your case would be far stronger. Poor you!!







Hi Folks. Hope You had a good Week. Weather was pretty good, around 20 degrees or less at the wonderful Victor Harbor and looks like we are in for some Rain. Here is hoping.

Mrs Hp held Her Monthly School at 'Gainsborough' Friday afternoon and all Day Saturday and she was petty tired when she arrived Home last Night but heartened with the fact that all of Her Horses were fed, appropriately rugged and a nice Home Cooked Meal waiting for Her..

THE MAGNIFICENT GAINSBOROUGH DONNER DANZA.....the next Saint of a Horse to go to Dressage soon.

- t



Hey Linda, just had to let you know, Ecko won Today. 68%, he performed fantastic!! Thank You for a fabulous Less. I did everything You said and it worked.


Congratulations also go to Dave and Rachael Garland at Gainsborough for this Horse was sold on numerous times, because it was too strong for People. They Re-Mouthed it and the rest is History. Mrs. HP wanted me to say that this is not the first time either and she has been pleasantly surprised at the results of numerous jobs he has done. In fact some of them have been done by Rach :)


.....meanwhile, I spent the Day on one of my very last major projects for this Property, after which I am going to Semi Retire....I hope. :).............


This one is for the Truck entrance as we can't have Trucks driving across the Track for the electric Gate

 meanwhile, I ticked another Box this Week with the completion of the main gate and with electric Motor installed along with tracking to allow auto opening and closing.

and this Week I am going to hopefully save the Life of a Staffy at Animal Welfare. He doesn't know it yet but will be fed Scum Bags should one ever enter the Property



and had the pleasure of working on another Horse as well. This one was an unknown quantity for the Owners, who didn't know the History of it and want to ride it :) Good move having it checked out :)



I have seen lot's of Ponies accompany Horses in Floats but almost fell over with shock this Week when the Big Warmblood turned up with a Leghorn Chook as a Mate hahahahaha. We didn't allow Her on the Arena though but she thought the cracked Maize in the Stable was quite fine for the duration of the Lesson, loading up again on leaving :) Now I have see in all :)





There was a recent article, in an Equestrian Magazine, where the Person being interviewed spoke about one of Her first Horses, negatively, saying that the Mare was a Rearer. In fact she wasn't at all. She was a wonderful Horse and in fact would have gone Grand Prix with ease. Yes, she did rear but in reaction to Violent Hands. Lovely Horse totally wasted.




Hi All, This will be a long letter, as there are many facts which I now am able to get out in the open -so please bear with me, & keep going! I needed a little recovery time…. And I know it won’t fit on your smart phones…… Firstly I want to thank you all very much for making the time & effort to come to the ESA AGM – I know that for some of you, it was a big commitment in time & travel. Your support was invaluable, & I’m sure you saw there were very many like-minded people in the room. For those of you who were unable to make it, your support was still there: & now we have a Special General Meeting before the end of November, perhaps you will be able to come to that. We will still need maximum support – this effort to change the culture of secrecy, lack of transparency, refusal to answer perfectly reasonable questions, lack of adherence to standard governance guidelines [let alone those required by the Australian Sports Commission & the Office for Recreation & Sport, who give us money] – the list goes on….. Just because “this is the way we have always done it” is not a reason to continue: “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got” [Kyra Kyrklund] – if you want change, you have to make changes. This is neither comfortable nor welcomed by many people, but it is inevitable. It is our collective job to make this change one for the better.

 Some of you there at the meeting may have been confused by the lack of ability to ask questions: this was an Annual General Meeting, so it is bound by the Constitution of ESA, as are AGMs of all Associations bound by their Constitutions. There is a strict Agenda, & the Any Other Business item has to be matters of which the proper period of notice has been given [unlike a normal meeting, where items under AOB can be quite unscheduled]. We were hoping that we would be able to discuss our 11 Notices of Motion [which you have already seen], but the ESA Board ruled them ineligible – after spending your money obtaining legal advice.

They could have engendered much goodwill by allowing them to be publicly debated, but decided not to do so. As the NoM will certainly be in time for the SGM, the debate should still happen - & then you can have a say! Financials The presentation of the Financial Report & the appointment of the Auditor [Items 3 & 5 on the Agenda] are about the only 2 places at an AGM where members can ask questions….1] the Auditor was not present [he was at a family function, & had some time ago advised that he would not be available], so was not able to answer queries - & there are many. ….2] we were presented with a complex document as we arrived in the room – this is not good enough! In contrast, EVic & ENSW had their Financials up on their website well before their AGMs. There is a requirement in the Associations Incorporation Act saying that the Auditor must be given sufficient access to the books & sufficient time to do his work – we believe that this was not adequately complied with in each of the last 2 years. You are entitled to have this document explained – it’s your money! There are questions still outstanding from the 2013-2014 Financial Report. You may have heard about an almost $49,000 discrepancy in these figures. The Auditor flagged this, & yet this Financial Report was passed by the Board without question, [& with only 1 signature on it, instead of the required 2]. It is publicly available on the ESA website.

 Despite serious prodding & questioning by concerned individuals from earlier this year, it took the Board until quite recently to put out that it was an error in entering a figure – some 28 months after the error occurred, & 12 months after the passing of that financial year’s figures, which means that this discrepancy was carried forward every month from July 2013. making the 13-14 Financials look much better. So there have now been 2 years [at least] with questionable reporting, subject to Auditor comment which has been ignored…. For those of you who did not get a copy of this Financial Report, I have attached all but the cover page. The notations are mine, & I am far from a financial whizz, so don’t take them as gospel. However, look carefully at the last 3 lines on page 1, & notice the very tiny ‘minus’ signs…….. Also note that the Auditor recommended that the provision for Bad Debts be increased from $2K to $6K – instead the Board decided to remove it entirely Board Vacancies There were 3 vacancies available to the Board, and an effort was made to introduce people with not only diverse business skills who would bring greater transparency, responsibility and good governance to these positions, but also who were connected with the horse scene, each in more than 1 way. We were very pleased that 3 of the Integrity Group were voted into these positions, with large majorities – Shaun Flynn, Manon Strachan & Michael Haese. Michael was in France at the time of the AGM taking his exams to upgrade to FEI Level 3 Course Designer Jumping! I’m sure that every one of these people will be pleased to fill you in on their qualifications: that is if you didn’t already see all their private information released with the voting papers……..a clear breach of privacy……

 Governance, Accountability & Transparency From this point forward we hope there will be change, but there are still obstacles to be overcome. The Board, as a united body, needs to manage the ESA office, not the other way around. The matter of some members not receiving their ballot papers in time for their vote to be counted is also being pursued. These days, there are clear rules for Associations [Associations Incorporation Act, Occupational Health & Safety Regulations etc]: also we are bound by rules from those bodies which give us money eg The Australian Sports Commission & the Office for Recreation & Sport. All of these bodies talk about Conflict of Interest: we are a relatively small organization with small numbers of members & helpers, so we have to be more careful than seems to have been the case in the past. Finally two thing: 1] if any of you have questions, need explanations – please ask, I’ll do my best 2] if you don’t want to be on this distribution list, let me know. Thanks for your patience! Robyn Stokes.

A couple of things caught my eye in the financials:

Membership down 33%

Subscriptions down from $248,657.95 to $165,590.65




Not bad Yourself Sarah! Well done indeed. What an improvement? The Young Lass is doing a great job too. Perfect. If You don't know how to properly round up a Horse, this is the way to go!!!!!!!!!!


Thank you.  Emma is finding him so much easier to ride – the trot used to throw her into orbit and she would land with a thump and he would tense his back and throw her higher and so on and so on.

Now he is soft through the back she is rising lower and riding more softly, so he stays soft and so on and so on.  You know how it goes……..

We still have a way to go, but this is Thowra (Emma’s horse) after 3 weeks in running reins.

After the July photo he had a paddock accident and was out of work for 2 months.  He started back at the beginning of October and we have insisted on head down and long and low when working. 

Well done Girls. Nice effort.


He was broken with a jointed snaffle that was obviously causing him pain and he was somehow taught to run from the pain, I just thought you may like to know you and your bit helped to save this horse and make him useful smile emoticon






be careful out there Folks!!




Hello, My name is -----. I am hoping you might be able to shed some light on our situation. A few months ago we were given a little pony from a lady named --------. She had been given this pony from a man named ------. This pony came to her in very poor condition. It had foundered...the hooves we so long that it could hardly walk. ------ had farrier out and got on top of it! ----- already had several horses and felt she couldn't take on another.....she didn't want it to go to a riding school, so she gave the pony to us! We have been looking after the pony keeping on top of her diet and hooves. My question is now the apparent original owner is wanting to come and look at her...potentially wanting her back....I'd just like to know where i stand. My 4 children absolutely adore the pony. And we have spent quite a bit of money on farrier and equipment. I feel sick not knowing where we stand, especially for my kids sake. Please...what do I do??? It's a he said she said situation with penny and ------ and I'm stuck in the middle! I really appreciate your time and truly look forward to hearing from you. I'm so confused and would like this to be resolved for all without too much heartache. Thank you so much Warmest regards -------




Thanks John, I'll give you basic run down. Basically i purchased a horse early last year, from QLD and had him transported down to me in Victoria. Horse advertised as sound, fit, ra ra ra. Photos of him jumping decent heights and that he was a successful eventer previously- owner assured me on the phone that he was sound- never had any issues other then an abscess once. He arrived in SA on 14-3-2014. After he had arrived i called the seller to let them know he had arrived. She then told me on the phone that she forgot to mention that the people she got him from mentioned that his knee apparently used to swell up after work but the girl who sold him to me said she never had any issues with it. Immediate alarm bells rang. He was in poor condition and bare foot when he arrived so didn't work him until i had shoes on and gave him a few lights lunges and light rides. As i increased work his NS knee started to swell and he became slightly sore. When this happened in would give him a few days off then try again. It kept happening and alternating between knees so decided to pop him in paddock and see if moving around in paddock helped, he then went through a fence injuring hind leg and requiring cast etc- cost me a fortune. After he had the all clear for that started to bring him back in and no luck with knees. My farrier shod him and he was having trouble bending knees. I then put him in the paddock where he has been for about 8 months now, loved the horse dearly so decided to retire him. I recently found out by not rhe girl i bought him from but the person she got him from that he was sold to the lady, ------that sold him to me as semi retired due to knee issues- they said she knew all along about the knee problems. Now his knees have deteriorated to the point he is swelling and sore in the paddock and numerous people have mentioned to me that i would be best putting him to sleep as he is obviously getting worse. I am heart broken, saved up to buy this horse and it has ended up like this frown emoticon to find out that they definitely knew about his issues has shattered me. I have spent so much money on a horse i haven't been able to enjoy and now have to make a heart breaking decision



" The profile of a potential Plaintiff plays a real part in the success or failure of Court Cases. The Gentle Folk amongst us, already suffer a disadvantage. Remember, the Small Claims Tribunals are there to help You, not to assassinate You. Stay focused, cool and calm. Use the experience to savor the discomfort inflicted upon the Defendant which is very good for the Soul "   



NORTH QUEENSLAND - Go the Standy!!!!!!!

Hi Linda

What a journey this year has been you have taken my imported budget warmblood (Franco Tijuana NZ) from the first photo (multiple race winner) to the second photo (GCDG Champion, BDEG Reserve Champion and SAQ Dressage Champion).  We couldn't have done it without our super coach. 

Thanks for all of your support, hand holding and hard truths/kick in the pants when needed.


Great achievement Maree, You must be very proud Mum :)



Hi John! How are you doing?! UPDATE - I have bitten the bullet today and purchased a second pony SHE is a 3 year old hemmmingway filly, who is around 14hh, decent conformation, not very uphill but I’m hoping her show jumping bloodlines will lend her to become a nice jumping pony for a lucky bairn in the future (no pony clubbers though) and she is only 3 so not finished growing yet. I have taken her on as a project. She is friendly, but not particularly well handled, she hasn’t been haltered for at least a year and I doubt she has seen the farrier. She was friendly enough but I was in the field with her and a few other youngsters and observed them, she appeared to be the second highest ranking horse in the field. I got a good vibe from her, beautiful large eyes and a very inquisitive, cheeky nature, she was nippy and quick to turn her behind on us when she didn’t like something, typical mare haha. She has been sold to me very honestly as a project due to her freeness with the legs and teeth, and the owners not wanting her to fall into the hands of a kid who might get hurt. I am ready for a new challenge (along with Leo’s schooling of course) so I plan to do all ground work, leg restraint training, halter training etc over the winter, before mouthing and backing her next year. I am sure I’ll come up against issues so can I keep you posted and ask advice when necessary? I am happy to put $$ as a gesture for your time of course, and I am working on getting a video camera with a GOOD ZOOM. Just wanted to share this with you as I embark on a new adventure All the best, Katy x

Very exciting Katy. I wish You the very best of luck on the project but am sure You will do fine. x






oK  Linda has watched You.  This is a Coaching Problem. Neither You or the Horse are ready to Canter. Advice given in a report.

and on it went for 30 emails........

Right across the Industry, the main thing holding People back and therefore causing unhapiness for their Horses, can be summed up in these points:

  • An incorrect Riding Position, often caused by Saddles

  • Straight Arms with a lack of elasticity to enable relief and softness with timing

  • 'Learned Helplessness' of the Horse caused by the LACK OF giving the Reins for reward, due to the above

  • and of course the behavioral problems caused by unhappy Horses that can't appreciate their Owners as they should.



INTRODUCTION TO RUNNING REINS (Off the Track Thoroughbred)

Have these running reins help with bridle lamness? Now she pins ears back does not want me to catch her. If her tongue comes out at a trot should I do noseband up tighter.

HI Carrol One of the great things about this system is that it will bring out any latent soundness issues which is a WIN WIN for the Horse and Owner as it leads one to the realization that all is not well with the Horse. This often saves Horses from Years of torment as Owners continue the fight and Coaches think 'Naughty Horse'

 So You now have to diagnose what the problem may be. The tongue coming out is not normal and needs investigation. This is here You must learn to "Listen to the Horses" and they will lead You there. Have You had the teeth done? Does the horse have any breathing issues??? Have you listened carefully???? It could well be Sacro being inflamed, due to the correct work, in which case You should push through it as this often fixes them, OR BREAKS THEM and leads you exactly to the problem so you can help the horse. Over to you



The Young Prince enters the Horse Industry....he can ride a bit and has potential.....he soon meets the KIng or the Queen who always has an expensive Horse needed to succeed, only problem is that the said Horse is suspect with the Veterinary and never makes the grade or is not good enough to shine bright for the Stars. The Prince soon learns that he can sell it on and the next budding Young Rider who NEEDS AN EXPENSIVE Horse and has Mothers' support, buys with Stars in their eyes and so the Circle is complete. The Prince is on the Road to being a King.

The Prince soon realizes that he needs many funds to finance the potential fast progression up the Ladder and having watched other Queens selling Horses, decides this must be the route to the El Dorado. and so the dealing begins.

A yearning desire for the funds to service the new Horses, Floats, perhaps a property, makes Horse Dealing a must

Meanwhile, as this story is played out right across this Country with Queens in each State being funded by up and coming Prince's and Princesses, the unsuitable Horses either retire in splendor or meet their Death. Many of the future Prince's and Princesses then leave the Industry as Mummy and Daddy can't afford the enormous losses and so it is that the Industry is damaged with everyone being a loser.







After many years birthing foals on a Northern Territory cattle station, an elderly horse called Crystal has started rearing a more unusual type of offspring — orphaned calves. Crystal's latest adoptee is a five-month-old Brahman calf called Cooper that lost its mother at birth. Crystal and Cooper spend much of their days and nights together at Mount Bundy station, with the calf at times suckling on the mare's teats, despite a lack of milk being produced. Mount Bundy station's bemused co-owner Sue Witham described the unlikely suckling relationship as "a bit wrong" to watch. But she also said the two animals were probably just doing what felt natural. "I'd say she's just missing having foals and he's missing having a mum. The two have come together," Ms Witham said.


Cute story but poor Mare needs Hard Feed and plenty of it. It may not be possible to get it in that area






BLOOMFIELD, Iowa —A man was killed Friday morning after he was struck by a semi while in his horse and buggy.

According to a crash report by the Iowa State Patrol, 77-year-old Norman Jessie Yutzy was driving a horse and buggy northbound on Ice Avenue in Davis County when a semi attempted to pass the buggy in the left lane.

The horse reportedly turned left while the semi was passing, causing the semi to strike the horse and buggy.

Yutzy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is under investigation.






SANTA TERESA, N.M. —Federal officers discovered hundreds of pounds of marijuana hidden in walls of a horse trailer being towed across the U.S.-Mexico border at the crossing in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

Customs and Border Protection said agents at the Santa Theresa port of entry found 215 bundles containing 552 pounds of marijuana valued at $441,600 during a search of the trailer Thursday.

CBP said agents at the Santa Teresa crossing on Thursday also found four bundles containing five pounds of cocaine valued at $160,000 in the air intake manifold of an SUV's engine.

The agency says both drivers were arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents to face smuggling charges.



A man is in the hospital after crashing into a horse before hitting another vehicle.

Police said the 71-year-old man, Gerald Knapp, didn’t see the horse on East Peck Road in Sanilac County’s Elk Township.

After hitting the animal, he lost control and crashed into another car.

The second driver was not hurt, but the horse died.

The horse’s owners said it was one of three that escaped, the other two are still on the loose.




MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ala. - An Alabama woman claims a quartet of rustling neighbors took her miniature horse this past week so they could pay for some meth. reported that someone stole the horse from Christy Israel early Saturday morning. The animal was safely located later that afternoon about 10 miles away from her Montgomery County home according to Humane Society investigators.

Investigators believe the horse was taken with the intent to sell it, but when they realized they couldn’t the horse thief dropped it off.

Israel told WSFA that one of the thieves confessed to her their intent to sell the horse for $150 and use the profits to buy meth.

Police said they are still looking into the matter.

The horse was not injured in the incident.





LANCASTER >> A Santa Clarita woman pleaded no contest to an animal cruelty charge stemming from a horse’s starvation death at a Leona Valley stable and was sentenced to two years in county jail, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Aron Emily Jacques -- who was initially charged with four felony counts of cruelty to an animal and five misdemeanor counts of failure to care for an animal involving nine horses -- was ordered immediately after her plea Tuesday not to own or care for any animal for 10 years.

The 35-year-old woman was also ordered to pay restitution to the horses’ owners and to the county Department of Animal Care and Control for investigative costs, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The charges stemmed from the discovery of horses on her property in February 2014.

One of the horses died on Jacques’ property and three others had to be euthanized, according to Deputy District Attorney Daniel Rochmes.



A dying man from Cardinham has been granted his final wish - to see his favourite horse one last time.

Staff at Bodmin hospital arranged for 5 year old Early Morn to appear on the patio outside the ward where Frank Keat was being looked after.

The eighty-two year old was taken outside to spend time with the animal, days before he passed away.

His passion for horses began when he was 14 years old and started work as a farm hand looking after them.

He went on to buy and sell horses for many years, even judging them. Over the years he won many awards across the country for his judging and was even presented with an award from the Queen at the Royal Cornwall Show in 2000.

Frank's son, Tim Keat said: "It was such a nice surprise for my father. I cannot say thank you enough to the Nurses at the Anchor Ward in Bodmin Community Hospital for doing this lovely act of kindness for him."

Staff Nurse, Samantha Russell who works on the Anchor Ward said: "Frank was a wonderful gentleman, a very popular man who was overwhelmed with visitors and friends.

"His stories of his horses and his career were a pleasure to hear. Being part of making Frank's wish happen is something that I will never forget.

"It really has been the highlight of my career so far and another reason that I love my job."

Mr Keat passed away peacefully on Monday night.

His family have called the nurses' idea a "wonderful gesture."





MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Manatee County deputies are investigating whether the death of a Palmetto show horse is connected to a string of crimes in South Florida.

On Sunday, the 11-year-old horse named Phedras De Blondel was found dead, dismembered and butchered for his meat. The beautiful horse had recently won awards in France and had just arrived at its new Manatee County home several days before the crime. “We haven’t had this sort of case in Manatee County,” Manatee County Sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow said.

But, horse killings have occurred in other parts of Florida. Over the past few years, butchered horses have been found in the Miami area. And earlier this month, a massive illegal slaughterhouse operation was shut down in Palm Beach County. Six people were arrested and about 750 animals were confiscated, including horses, pigs and cattle.

8 On Your Side asked the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office if the Palmetto case could be part of a crime ring. “Certainly that’s one thing we’re looking at too, because we’ve had instances like this where some things have gone on in South Florida and all of a sudden we’ve got things going on here,” Bristow responded.

This horrifying case has horse owners throughout Manatee County on edge. “I think if we had a reason why then maybe it would put all of our minds at ease,” horse owner Beth Shuttleworth said.

Shuttleworth is concerned that more cases could occur. “I think it can happen anywhere. I think anybody is at risk,” she said.

Shuttleworth locks her gates and has someone watch her horses each day. She tries not to live in fear. “I guess it’s just a chance everybody has to take,” Shuttleworth added.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office recommends horse owners take proper precautions. There is a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. To date, more than $35,000 has been collected.



Health and safety concerns have led to the cancellation of a long-running riding event in central London.

The London Riding Horse Parade (not pictured) has been taking place in Hyde Park since 1938.

The original aim of the event was to raise the smartness and safety of riders in the park.

More recently it has developed into a show, with classes for juniors and adults as well as veteran, side-saddle and riding school pony sections.

Combinations are judged on their turnout and the horse is also assessed by a farrier and a vet.

However, it was cancelled last year due to vehicle access restrictions imposed by the Royal Parks.

At the time, organisers said they would do “all they can” to run the parade in 2015.

They discussed other parking options and possible routes competitors could take, but were unable to find a suitable alternative.

Organiser Claire McCaffery-Clarke, from the British Horse Society (BHS), told H&H that the Royal Parks has become “very tough” on vehicle access to Rotten Row.

“It is looking incredibly unlikely that the parade will ever happen ever again,” she said.

In past years, horseboxes were able to park at the end of Rotten Row — giving competitors easy access to the parade site.

But once the parks put the new restrictions in place, the organisers decided that there would be “too much risk” to both the competitors and members of the public.

“In the old situation, everything was tight and we could keep members of the public at bay and safe,” Ms McCaffery-Clarke added.

“The Royal Parks have not said that we cannot run the parade, but the restrictions they have put on access mean there are too many variables for something to go wrong.”

She also said that the popularity of the parade has been declining in recent years, partly due to the emissions charge — affecting horseboxes — that came into force in the capital in January 2012.

The charges are between £100-£200 per day, depending on vehicle size.

A Royal Parks spokesman said: “Rotten Row is primarily for the use of everyday park users and horse riders, making it generally unsuitable for event vehicles and infrastructure.

“We worked closely with the event organisers to identify a suitable alternative location to host the event, but at the time were unable to find one.”

As a final attempt to revive the traditional event, Ms McCaffery-Clarke has contacted the Civil Service Riding Club to see if they would consider taking it on or running something similar.

The group is set to consider the proposal at their meeting in November.




A woman was airlifted to hospital on Friday afternoon after suffering serious injuries falling from a horse.

The Palmerston North-based Rescue Helicopter flew to Rangiwaea, west of Taihape, to treat and transfer the local woman in her 30s.

The patient was stabilised at the scene by a St John intensive care paramedic before being airlifted to Whanganui Hospital in a stable condition.

The rescue helicopter was dispatched because of the seriousness of the injuries and the remote location.

Pilot Chris Moody said the call came about 3pm after the woman was thrown off the horse she was training on a farm.

The woman suffered serious pelvic injuries but was conscious and in need of pain relief when the rescue helicopter arrived.

"She was bucked off the horse and an eyewitness said she might have been kicked as she's fallen as well."

The flight to the woman took about 25 minutes from Palmerston North with an about 15-minute trip to the hospita




There was a problem. Ice did not solve it ... instead the rapper watched helplessly as his friend was bucked off a horse at a polo practice ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

Ice was shooting for his reality show "The Vanilla Ice Project" and trotted out some horses at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, Florida so he and his friend Wes Kain could learn how to play.

But while Ice was shooting a selfie video, Kain got the heave-ho from his horse ... and rolled off the back of the animal.

Don't worry ... he's okay (and luckily he and the horse didn't get hurt).


He pulled it over from a standstill!! Unbelievable. Yanks :)





That’s what Andrea Fuller had to say about an incident in July that saw her friend and trail-riding partner Dianne Storey nearly bucked from her horse when a motorcyclist “cracked the throttle” while driving what they felt was too close past them.

Storey’s horse Nellie jumped sideways towards a deep ditch on Division Road, but luckily neither ended up injured.

“It’s very frustrating because they don’t realize it’s a live animal,” Storey said about the incident.

It wasn’t the first time they’ve had a close call while riding their horses from their barn on Division Road to a trail – usually the Jitney Trail.

Every time the pair go for a ride, which happens at least three times a week, they encounter people who don’t follow safety guidelines for sharing roadways with horses.

“In order to get to the trails, we almost always have to go on the road. A lot of cars aren’t passing wide and slow. They’re just zipping right on by,” Fuller said, adding that her horse Danser is road-safe to an extent, like any horse.

Fuller worries that if a car drives too close to him, he could get spooked and jump towards the vehicle, injuring or killing the driver, passengers, Fuller and himself.

She says that they follow the rules of the road – wearing high visibility clothing or reflective vests, riding on the same side of the road as traffic, and riding single file.

Their experience isn’t always negative.

They’ve had very positive experiences with 18-wheelers, particularly King Freight Line drivers, who drive by “at an ant’s crawl” and turn off their equipment.

Fuller once encountered two dirt bikers on a trail outside Pictou County who stopped and took off their helmets when they spotted her and her horse.

She was surprised to learn they’re mandated by the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders to do that.

“I think that’s absolutely amazing. I think it should be here, too.”





A 35-year-old woman in Los Angeles, California, has been sentenced to two years in county jail after pleading no contest to animal cruelty for starving a horse to death in Leona Valley.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that Aron Emily Jacques, of Santa Clarita, entered her plea on Tuesday to one count of animal cruelty.

She was immediately sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Blanchard.

Jacques was originally charged with starving or neglecting to care for nine horses. As part of her plea, Jacques agreed to pay restitution to the owners of all the horses and to the county’s Department of Animal Care and Control for investigative costs. A restitution hearing is set for December 9.

She also must not own or care for any animal for 10 years.

Deputy District Attorney Daniel Rochmes, who prosecuted the case, said several horses were found starving by county animal officials on Jacques’ property in February last year.

One of the horses died on her property and three had to be euthanized as a result of her negligent care, the prosecutor added.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.



The February shooting death of a small miniature horse by a police officer prompted the owners to file a tort claim in April warning Clackamas County in Oregon of impending legal action. By Oct. 21 the parties had reached an agreement, finalized the mutual agreement, and the matter was made public by the Oregonian on Oct. 27, 2015.

The horse named Gir, 30, managed to get out of his pen and was found lying a short distance away in a neighbor’s yard. Because the homeowner believed the little horse was hit by a car, he called emergency 911. Deputy Matt Helmer responded to that call and, observing that Gir was having trouble standing, shot him [in the neck] to euthanize him. According to Helmer’s police report, he contacted a local veterinarian, humane society and a sergeant in sheriff’s office. According to Helmer, these official sources suggested putting the horse down. However, based on the owners’ attorney, neither the Oregon Humane Society nor the veterinarian advised Helmer to euthanize Gir.

Meanwhile, the owners of Gir, Adam and Crista Fitzgerald, were searching for their horse only to find him dead on the neighbor’s property. The horse was sent for autopsy which concluded that Gir received only damage from the gunshot. There was no other injury. The only thing that had been ailing Gir was arthritis due to his advanced age.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts held a meeting with the Fitzgeralds to reach a mutual settlement. Roberts had also released a statement referring to the shooting death of Gir a “mistake” and that a different action should have been pursued instead of euthanasia.

According to the settlement details released on the 27th:

Clackamas County has settled with the family for $24,000. Deputies Deputies will not euthanize pets, livestock or farm animals even at the owner's request, must provide the owner with contact information for a veterinarian to euthanize the animal and make every effort to find the owner. The county is planning on forming an equine response [advocate] team made up of volunteers to handle equine emergencies. It hopes to create a team, fully functional by 2016, dedicated to handling calls involving distressed horses.

Based on sheriff’s office records, deputies have followed up on around 900 calls that involved horses over the last five years. Most were unable to spot horse health issues.

By all accounts, this settlement for wrongful death is thought to be the largest award for a small horse. The solution is deemed reasonable and is expected to deter any future misconduct and provide much-needed education.





 Horses are expressive animals. Their eyes, ears, and body language can tell us a lot about how they feel. But what about those wrinkles that form above their eyes?

Sara Hintze, DrMedVet, MSc, a PhD student at the University of Bern, in Switzerland, recently evaluated whether there’s a link between horses’ emotional state and the amount and type of wrinkles over their eyes. She presented her findings at the 11th International Society of Equitation Science Conference, held Aug. 6-9 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Wrinkles above the eyeball are common in horses but differ in number and shape between and within individuals,” she said. “In the horse community, ‘worry wrinkles’ are often associated with negative reactions, but there’s no evidence to support this.”

She hypothesized that horses experiencing positive emotions would exhibit few eye wrinkles, while horses experiencing negative emotions would have increased eye wrinkles.

In her study, Hintze exposed 15 stallions and one mare to two positive situations—anticipation of a food reward and petting—and two negative situations—food competition and fear (waving a plastic bag). Each situation lasted for 60 seconds, preceded by a 60-second control phase during which the horses were not confronted with any stimulus. Throughout all phases Hintze took photographs of the horses’ eyes, collecting 512 images, and developed a scoring scale based on overall impression, eyelid shape, eye whites, number of wrinkles, markedness, and angle between a horizontal line through the eye and the highest wrinkle.

The more relaxed the underlying muscle, the narrower the eye wrinkle angle would be.

While Hintze noted no significant differences in number of wrinkles or eyelid shape, she did see more eye whites and a sharper wrinkle angle during positive situations than negative. She explained that the more relaxed the underlying muscle, the narrower the angle would be.

“Even though the results of our study are not entirely consistent,” she concluded, “some characteristics of eye wrinkle expression were affected by situations of different emotional states and might therefore be promising indicators of horse welfare.”

Based on Hintze’s preliminary results, researchers can continue studying horses’ eyes for insight into their emotional welfare.

“Assessing animals’ emotional state usually involves lengthy and often invasive procedures (e.g., behavioral tests involving prior training or physiological tests based on blood samples),” she said. “Validating behavioral indicators of emotional state that can be assessed rapidly by visual inspection and without interfering with the horses’ ongoing behavior, would allow us to reliably assess their welfare in any context of interest.”





RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil and the European Union have reached a sanitary agreement that removes the last big hurdle for equestrian events at the next Olympic Games, the head of the country's Olympic Public Authority said Friday.

Marcelo Pedroso told The Associated Press that European regulations for sending horses abroad will be accepted at Rio 2016.

The negotiation with the EU was made by Brazil's Agriculture Ministry, Pedroso said. Most competition horses are based in Europe or abide by European regulations, which should be enough to assure entry to the vast majority of competitors from other regions. Details of the deal will be published next week, he said.

"By solving this issue with the European Union, we are dealing with most of the 300 horses that will be in the Olympic Games," Pedroso said. "At first we accepted Mercosur's regulations and specially crafted Olympic regulations. With this third option that we agreed on we can accommodate European horses and those that already compete in Europe."

Equestrian events at Rio 2016 were at risk because horse owners in Europe were not satisfied with sanitary demands made by Brazil. In October, the head of the country's equestrian confederation warned that events for next year's Olympics might have to take place outside Brazil, in an attempt to pressure for a deal with the EU.

Regulations for bringing horses to and from Brazil are strict, as the country is still subject to diseases affecting horses. Earlier this year cases of glanders, a lethal highly contagious bacterial infection, were diagnosed in a few horses stabled at a military facility near the site of the 2016 Olympic equestrian competitions.

Pedroso said that the EU considers Rio's Olympic venue for equestrian as being of the highest standard since February of this year. "When the Olympics take place, our facilities will be at that level for more than 16 months. It takes time to make sanitary deals, there is a lot of issues involved for both sides," he said.

The Federation Equestre Internationale — equestrian's world governing body — recently said that the Agricultural Ministry had derailed planning for the games by failing to quickly approve the veterinary certificate and protocol needed to bring horses in and out of Brazil.

Pedroso said that informal talks with representatives of the federation have shown that they agree with the terms of the deal.

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 Think back to the last prescription medication commercial you saw on television or heard on the radio. Chances are, the laundry list of potential side effects (most of which probably sound worse than the aliment the drug was designed to treat!) was almost as long as the promotional part of the advertisement. Equine medications’ are no different.

Omeprazole, for example, is an extremely popular medication used to both prevent and treat gastric ulcers in horses, and some horses at risk for developing ulcers receive omeprazole on a daily basis. But some studies in human medicine (doctors commonly use the drug to treat heartburn, stomach ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease) have identified an association between omeprazole and decreased bone density.

“Decreased bone mineral density may put horses at risk for fracture, especially athletic horses,” explained Stephanie Caston, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, in Ames.

Considering the widespread use of omeprazole in the horse industry and potentially disastrous consequences of suboptimal bone health, Caston and colleagues sought to find out whether the drug had the same bone-health effects on horses as it could in humans.

The team first collected blood samples and tibia bone biopsies from 10 study horses before administering them either a standard dose of omeprazole (4 mg/kg/day) or a placebo for 60 days. They measured the horses’ blood calcium levels throughout the 60 days and their tibia bone mineral density at the end of the study.

“No difference in calcium concentrations in the blood and no difference in bone mineral content or density were identified after 60 days of administration of omeprazole to young gelded horses,” relayed Caston.

The exact mechanism(s) by which omeprazole and similar drugs (called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs) could decrease bone density in humans remain unclear. Some hypotheses are that PPIs reduce the gastrointestinal tract’s calcium absorption, thereby reducing circulating blood calcium levels; affect a key enzyme called ATPase in bone cells that help produce energy; and result in a vitamin B12 deficiency that indirectly increases fracture risk.

That said, horses and other hindgut fermenters are unlike humans in that they have relatively high circulating blood calcium levels, high calcium excretion by the kidneys, and high calcium absorption by the intestines. These differences could explain why the researchers did not observe a decrease in bone mineral density in this study.

“The duration of omeprazole administration in this study might not have been sufficiently long to affect bone density,” Caston added. “Additional studies are needed to ensure that standard doses of omeprazole are safe for horses when used long-term.”




 Identifying a knowledge gap, Melbourne, Australia-based veterinarian and executive member of Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA), Meredith Flash, BVSc, decided to find out more about Thoroughbred horses and what happens to them when they leave the racing industry.

“Equine vets care about the health and welfare of horses so it was important to look at how many of the horses bred each year go on to race, and where they go when leaving the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industries,” she said.

Flash’s research involved studying the racing careers of 4,115 Thoroughbreds born in Victoria, Australia in 2005. This is the first time that horses from a foal crop have been followed from birth to nine years of age or retirement from the racing industry.

Flash said that about “three-quarters (74%) of the group officially entered training with 88% of those horses participating in at least one race.

“While there are some perceptions there’s a high rate of over-breeding in the (Australian) racing industry, the results of my study revealed that this isn’t the case,” she explained. “In fact, 40% of Thoroughbreds were rehomed to non-racing homes, 20% were breeding Thoroughbreds, 19% were deceased, 5% were still racing, and another 5% were sold interstate or overseas.”

Flash received numerous awards for her research, including the Norman Larkin Prize and the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) College Prize as part of the shared EVA/ANZCVS Clinical paper session at EVA’s annual conference in 2015, something that humbled the veterinarian. “It was amazing to receive the positive feedback and recognition from my fellow veterinarians for all the work that has gone into this study,” she said.

Flash graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2006 and worked in racetrack practice for the first eight years of her career. Today, she owns her own business—Flash Services—providing locum services for equine practices in Victoria and acupuncture services for horses and dogs in the greater Melbourne area.

Flash has been involved with the EVA executive committee since 2007, first as the young member president, state representative for Victoria, stakeholder chair, and now vice president of the EVA.


  Now I have an even better idea for the Good the same study on the 40% of re-homed Horses and tell us what happened to them and what happened to the Owners???? Tell us what financial suffering was inflicted and what pysical.


I just heard that a Young Girl just down the road from us here in NSW, had a new Ex Racehorse flip over backwards with Her and she is severely injured :(





 Midway through the 2015 All American Quarter Horse Congress, videos of Western pleasure horses warming up in a way that many Facebook and YouTube commenters viewed as unnatural and inhumane sparked outrage when they surfaced online. The response has been divided: Some camps believe these horses’ gaits and training are normal and pleasing to the eye, while others label them as cruel and bizarre.

Regardless, there’s clearly a need for better education and understanding of equine welfare in the stock horse world, and it’s something Melissa Voigt, MS, PhD, PAS, of Agricultural Education Solutions, in Lafayette, Indiana, has been studying for years. She recently developed a model for improving show horse welfare and presented it at the 2015 International Society of Equitation Science, held Aug. 6-9 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Many trainers compromise horses’ welfare for the sake of winning,” Voigt began. “Several organizations (the American Quarter Horse Association, American Horse Council, and Federation Equestre Internationale, for instance) have formed committees to improve horse welfare, but issues still persist.”

Welfare issues in the stock horse industry she’s cited in previous studies include:

An overall incomplete understanding of welfare.
Common occurrences of excessive jerking on the reins; excessive spurring; induced excessive unnatural movement; excessively repetitious aid or practice; and excessive continued pressure on the bit.
Unrealistic expectations and a priority placed on winning by professional trainers.
Novice and amateur riders and young trainers’ lack of knowledge necessary to make sound decisions related to the treatment of their horses.

To effectively improve these horses’ well-being, however, we must first understand why they’re being treated as such. Voigt looked to a psychological model of behavior called social cognitive theory, in which individuals learn by observing others. Moral disengagement through this model, she explained, can lead to unethical behavior.

For example, Voigt said, you observe a rider doing something that benefits them in the show ring. A successful, winning trainer uses harsh equipment on her horses, so that means it’s okay for you to do, too, right?

Or, say you observe a rider practicing questionable training methods, but the show stewards never discipline him for it. Now you’re less likely to report welfare violations in the future because you think there will be little to no consequences for those actions.

She also cites reinforcement from success as a reason for poor welfare: A rider performs inhumane behavior, wins, and thinks it’s okay to keep doing it. “If an individual thinks risk of punishment is worth the increased chance of winning, they will keep doing that behavior,” said Voigt.

After discussing the reasons behind the inhumane treatment of show horses, Voigt listed ways to address the issues at their source, rather than relying on punishment to curb welfare issues:

Desanitize the language (e.g., Avoid vague phrases like, “he tuned-up the horse”), and more accurately describe inhumane practices.
Encourage empathy for the horse’s mental state.
Encourage investigative behavior. For instance, thoroughly vet a trainer’s behavior before hiring him or her.
Create awareness of what equine welfare is.
Create dialogue, particularly with industry stakeholders.
Encourage moral reasoning and emphasize morally acceptable practices.
Challenge social norms.
Create more opportunities for and more easily accessible educational outreach and promote rider skill development.

“Equine organizations should collaborate, be ethical, be consistent in enforcing rules, educate, and be proactive in shaping behaviors,” said Voigt. “Professionals should address concerns, be trusted resources, and work together. Individuals should be responsible for their own horses, be observant, and be stewards for the horse.”

She said social cognitive theory offers a model for understanding what influences people’s behavior toward show horses. “This model can be used to inform the development of efforts from industry stakeholders to reduce the occurrence of compromises to show horse welfare,” she concluded.








Qtn for reference to the remouthing dvd and her lesson with the little girl on the pony....I've been trying to get Indy more on his hind end by stopping and reversing. He is ok on his right lead and happy to go forward and shorten his frame but when on his left, I stop, back up....and he keeps backing up....and backing thinks he is evading because harder on that rein?! so I have to let him come up to go forward...any tips? just persevere knowing that it's his stiffer side?

Hi There, When your horse doesnt go forward on the instant you ask. You must gallop forwards briskly. When doing this I dont care if he isnt round and pretty. Just get a quick reaction to your leg aid. Then go back and try again and see if he responds correctly. Otherwise repeat as often as is necessary but usually horses get in front of your leg within a few attempts. Cheers, Linda






Well done to Dianne Girven in NSW. Check this out. Lucky Horse here Dianne. Well done!!!!

Wow, that Trotting Trainer must have really luuuuurved Him






25TH OCTOBER, 2015

Hi Folks. Hope You had a wonderful Week



I had another one of those rarely seen moments with a little Coffin Bay Riding Pony with a checkered Career and much 'Wild Horse Syndrome" and distrust. Couldn't even look You in the eye :( The Owners couldn't achieve much with Her.

I must admit, I was slightly taken aback when she turned and walked into the centre of the Round Pen to me, after 2 MInutes and that allowed us to get to know each other. She couldn't be Cut back and trimmed or anything much.

I ended up winning Her Heart and introduced Boots to Her, ending up cutting back and trimming Her all around and even jumped on bareback with no equipment. I think the Owner had a Tear in Her eye :)



The Bosss finally made it :) 3 Coats, 390 Metres in total but the Dutch March on!




Very Proud of my Wife and Cappo, to have been invited by EA National and drawn to compete in the Dressage Equestrian Grand Final, to be held under F.E.I. Rules at the Adelaide International at 4.15pm on Thursday 19th November and the Dressage to Music Friday 20th at 4.30pm.

$12,000 Prize Money. 8 Seniors and 8 Juniors


He sure is a Star :)




EA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Tomorrow Night, Monday.

bring Your G Strings

Don't miss it. The Industry depends upon You!!




Lady Bucked off last Week....... ex Rodeo Horse. *brave Girl)

Hi John sorry about my testing delay ... Buldging disc has settled down finally .. After I ignored the chiro and started riding again ..good long walking trail is like a back massage I reckon
Ok so first test today sorry no one here too film ... Very interesting he was so shocked couldn't put his head down started moving like a warmblood and he's heavy paint ! He he sent him around a few times each way ... Then hoped on .. Was naughty and let him keep his neck straight .. No dramas .. Flexed him both ways at halt .. Walked off he was def a bit worried and tested the collar out seeing how far he could drop his head .. Shock hid head quite a few times too trying too dislodge it ... Moved up too trot ... Never a buck attempt .. But I def had his full attention the whole time .. Psycological effect I reckon will work much quicker than one rein stop ! Will be interesting
In saying this he's never tried in round yard .. Only on grass arena ... Base and sand coming
Will take him down there next as will be full test :) though in saying that your invention couldn't have come at better time ... Had a meeting will an old horseman in his 70 s who is getting out off being a racing owner and has 25 tbs needing too be sold ... He breed the lot and wants them properly rehomed ... So your quiz q now applies too me ! So will remouth , running reins , heaps off trails ... And now with buck stopper can up my own safety levels .. Thanking U muchly ! Must be doing something right as all my work is word off mouth :) keep U posted Nic

Congrats Nic. Great effort. Rough Horses are more difficult for the Female as we have the strength advantage. You be careful, but at least he had his Head up where it should be. Let's know more when You venture out. Regards

You were right ... Thought would try no buck stopper ... He was worse bucked straight from halt and had hard time using  one rein stop too shut him down lots off spinning ..on  positive note he only tried once .. We still in round yard .. Finished ride with trotting no contact both ways .. Round yard only 12m so too small too canter much .
Back too buck stopper for tomorrow ride.
Keep U posted .. Nic

. But def after not using it can say it made psychological diff when on ... He def tried bucking less today but was shut down easier with on
.. Will stay in round yard til no bucking in there first .. Im never in a rush .. Btw found out he been through a few trainers since buck school ! So this one was never going too be a simple case .. Worst type off bucker as so many many wins .. expect too have him at least 6 months too yr til I know he's safe :)




I must admit I did search for the roller under “training aids”, “for the horse and “accessories” and couldn’t find it.  I use a roller for things other than mouthing (like the running reins) so didn’t think to look in mouthing.  For my simple brain, training aids seemed the most appropriate category.

On the subject of pony club, here in rural NSW, it is not so much the rules that impede progress, but the bloody minded outdated attitudes of the people who go to pony club.   I listened to one kind mother (chief instructor of our club) and her diatribe on the single jointed snaffle and how it was “the kindest bit to use”.    My pony club is pretty backwards though, with many people refusing to use dentists as its “all rubbish” and saddle fitting is just a fad that will pass.  “My dad had a 50 year old saddle and its perfectly fine for me to use”.  Then they wonder why their horse refuses to jump, pigroots on landing, is head high, is hard to catch, girthy to saddle up, bucks etc etc etc. 

I LOVE my HP saddle and so does my horse.  He is a tolerant type and will put up with just about anything, but since we switched to your saddle we have found the forward – and it is great!

And before I discovered your bits I was in a french link snaffle, which was better than the single joint, but still not perfect for my horse. 

So now I have go and stop…

As You know, I put a lot of effort into promoting M  yler into this Country, with their fantastic next advance of the Horse Industry. After riding in them a couple of Years, I did a bit of experimenting (in the workshop) and pretty sure I have improved now. Here is a Letter from England.






Hello John,

I just had to tell you about this.
We tried  your FM barrel bit on Dan this morning.

Miriam had been having some problems with Dan, her newly started Standardbred, as he appeared to not have a clue about 'Steering' in the M yler Full Cheek Comfort Snaffle in the arena, in fact, when she applied a light left turn aid, he opened his mouth and went RIGHT!

Now, the 2 bits LOOK very similar, but the difference was amazing. He suddenly understood EXACTLY what was wanted, stopped opening his mouth (I don’t use any nosebands) and was changing reins like a pro. – immediately after the bit change!

I could not believe how responsive he became to the halt aid either. I said to Miriam that it looked as if she had only about 1 ounce of pressure on the rein, but she said no, it was 1/2 ounce or less as, by the end of the 10 minute lesson, he stopped dead, as soon as she picked up the rein!!!
He was remouthed using your system though!
I am VERY impressed, as I have used Mylers for years, but yours is streets ahead – WHY?
I think it is because the HP Relief bit has more 'curve' on the mouthpiece, to wrap around the bars better, giving a clearer aid as it does not ‘Slide’ in the mouth, like the Myler? It does not 'Collapse' quite so much, either, which totally gets rid of the uncomfortable  'Nutcracker' effect? Am I right or is there some other reason why it is so much better?

In any case, WELL DONE YOU!!

Yes, I did tweek the Bits a little, in consultation with the Horses. The result has been outstanding.




Amazing clip of Cappo – you would put your house on it that it was a different horse  You can’t make it any clearer than that!



Far North Queensland - Young Nikki and an Australian Stock Horse.



" If You want to Judge a Horse Trainer, look at their Round Pen. If You see Dings and Dents, bent Rails, You have a pretty good idea of their profile.........good Horse Trainers don't get injuries or damage to facilities"



Death awaits :( The axle is bent and the bearings would be gone.)



Mmmmmmm...thinking..........I know......just this Week.....

" I had a Lady want to bring a Colt to me. He has been Rearing and Biting and she want's to keep Him entire. I asked how high he was??.....she replied "80 CM".............aah, the Horse Industry is so entertaining :)




Dr. Robert. M. Miller.









William Fox-Pitt remains in a stable condition following his fall last Saturday.

The former world No 1 eventer was injured after coming off his horse Reinstated during the World Young Horse Championships in France.

An initial statement posted on the 46-year-old's official website last Saturday said he had suffered a "head trauma" after falling during the seven-year-old class.

Fox-Pitt is currently being treated at Angers Hospital in the north west of France.

A statement from British Eventing read: "William remains stable and under continued observation, however there are no further changes to report.

"The hospital will make no further statements until the beginning of next week, at the earliest.

"We ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time; his family and support team are very grateful for all the concern expressed."

Fox-Pitt, who is based at Sturminster Newton in Dorset, won Britain's top event - the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials - earlier this year.

During a stellar career, he has collected 20 major championship medals, including three Olympic team podium finishes and six European team gold medals as a lynchpin of Great Britain's eventing team.

He is widely viewed as the pivotal figure in Great Britain's eventing team medal bid at the Rio Olympics next summer, where he is expected to ride his 2015 Badminton champion Chilli Morning.




The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has imposed a provisional suspension on a South African rider whose horse has tested positive for a prohibited substance.

Samples taken at a CSI1*-W event in Polokwane, South Africa, on Aug. 29 from the show jumping horse Felix Van De Mispelaere, ridden by Jonathan Clarke to win the competition, have returned positive for the banned substance minoxidil, a vasodilator.

The athlete has been provisionally suspended from the day of notification (Oct. 21), and the horse has been provisionally suspended for two months.

The athlete and the horse owner(s) have the opportunity for a preliminary hearing before the FEI Tribunal to request the lifting of the provisional suspensions.


“I was his last event rider and he retired with me. We both needed each other and it was the perfect story. I will miss him every day,” she added.

“Shortly after losing my horse in an accident I was reading through the horses for sale in H&H and for some reason his advert jumped out at me. I wasn’t looking for a horse and I hadn’t evented before apart from once many years previously.

“The advertiser was Didi Verdina. She explained that Nano needed a special home as he could be a little tricky on the flat and needed a sympathetic rider.

“She loved him and wanted him to go to a five-star home. He was owned by Giovanni, but now Nano was a little older with a settled tendon injury, their hope was to find him somebody who would want to do a lot less but wouldn’t mind him being a little quirky. When I tried him I loved him.”

The pair had training with William Miflin and began to compete. She then bought the horse from Giovanni, with the promise she’d give him a home for life.

Their first event was Tweseldown and then the pair were well on their way.

The horse was quite the character. As well as being a big fan of jam doughnuts, he reared every time Sorrel brought him in.

“If he was plaited then I couldn’t catch him,” she added. “I made the huge mistake of turning him out plaited the night before our first three-day so that he could get some time outside. I went out to catch him at 4am and it took me three hours. We were so late for the trot up. I also learnt not to wear heels at the trot-up. Even at 20 he still reared and thought the trot-up was very exciting and used to drag me along behind him.

“Thanks to him, I am involved in a sport that I love and I have met so many amazing people. He looked after me every day in so many ways and he taught me everything. I am so grateful to have had such an amazing opportunity and so many adventures.”




California Highway Patrol officers are investigating a Temecula Valley Wine Country crash that left a horse badly injured -- and prompted an unidentifed man to fatally shoot the animal, authorities said.

About 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 64-year-old Gilbert Mendez of Hemet was driving his 2015 Nissan Versa east on Mesa Road east of Temecula when he hit the equine.

“All of a sudden, out of nowhere, he felt an impact to the front of his vehicle,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Lassig. “He did not see the object or animal that was in front of his vehicle prior to colliding with it.”

Mendez, who told police he was going about 35 mph when the incident happened, stopped and went to check on the horse.

At that time, a still unidentified man arrived to the scene and shot the animal to euthanize it. It is unknown what type of gun the man used, Lassig said.

The person left before CHP officials arrived, Lassig said.

Lassig said Mendez suffered minor injuries but did not go to the hospital. Mendez’s vehicle — which was totaled — had to be towed away.

Lassig said officials have made contact with the owner of the horse, but they’re still trying to figure out how it escaped. They’re also still trying to determine who shot the horse.

It wasn’t the first time a horse got loose in Wine Country this week.

A wild Nevada Mustang and her foal got out of their enclosure and ran around the Villa Chardonnay animal sanctuary for a period of time Sunday before volunteers caught up with them. One volunteer was injured when the horses got out.

Villa Chardonnay CFO Louise Gardner said such incidents are uncommon. She said the escape of the horse happened because volunteers were trying to hastily move more than 100 of the animals to a temporary location near Keyways Winery.

Gardner called Wednesday’s accident “tragic.” She said horse owners should be vigilant to make sure the animals don’t escape.

“You just have to secure your animals,” she said. “You have to secure them very, very well.”





SPANISH MAN BEATS HIS HORSE TO DEATH (warning - graphic photo)



A man was put behind bars in Mallorca on Wednesday after being found guilty of beating his horse to death when it failed to win a race, marking the first jail term for animal abuse in Spain.

The six-year old steed, which had previously won 24 out of 112 races, had broken into a gallop during a race which had prize money of €500.

"The atrocious death of this racehorse inside his own stall at the racetrack constitutes an aberration in the 21st century," wrote the judge in her decision, handed down on September 21st, adding that to beat a horse to death in this way was one of cruelest deaths imaginable.

She sentenced him an eight-month jail term and on Wednesday rejected an appeal and refused to allow its suspension, although usually a prison sentence of up to two years is suspended for a first offence.

She argued that for the animal abuser to avoid a jail term and instead do community service "would be an absurdity and counterproductive to justice".

The decision that saw Sánchez transferred to a jail last night was welcomed by Spain's animal rights charity Partido Animalista (PACMA).

"This is the first time in Spain ever that a person has been sent to jail for animal abuse and it’s a huge step forward," Silvia Barquera, the president of PACMA, told The Local.

"Although we see lots of cases of people found guilty, the sentences are low and the abusers don’t go to prison. They essentially get away with it," she explained.

"But in this case, the judge recognized the sheer barbarity of the crime and saw that justice was served," Barquera said.

"It sends a message and sets a precedent that such animal abuse is not acceptable and will not go unpunished."





SOMERSET, Va. (WJLA) — A Virginia community is outraged after nearly 100 emaciated horses were seized from a horse rescue farm. Working off a tip, Orange County officials found dozens of animals near death and some were already dead.

The pictures are hard to look at. Dozens of horses at Peaceable Farm in Somerset, Va., starved and near death. Since Monday, the Orange County Sheriff's Office seized 81 malnourished horses. When deputies arrived at this farm, seven were already dead, five more were euthanized.

"They have been out without any type of proper nutrition like hay or grain for an extended period of time. That doesn't happen overnight," said Lisa Schuetz of Central Virginia Horse Rescue

The emaciated horses were sent to area rescues. Ten went to Schuetz - where the long process to rehab the animals has begun.

"They are so underweight; right now they can only be fed a small amount of alfalfa hay every two to three hours," added Schuetz.

The owner of this 107 acre non-profit farm was allowed to keep about 20 horses. Authorities say those animals were in better condition and, by law, could not be seized - a notion that doesn't sit well with many in this community - and convinced these cousins to make regular trips to Peaceable Farm to monitor the health of the remaining horses.

"It's just wrong," said Amber Blackburn of Orange, VA.

"We feel they should not allow her to have animals anymore since she's letting them die and neglecting them," concluded Sarah Hablick also of Orange, VA

Charges against the owner have not been filed. ABC7 did reach out to the owner of Peaceable Farm, we have not received a call back. An online petition to seize all the animals has been established. That petition has just shy of 10,000 supporters.

Late Friday, the Orange County Sheriff's Office announced a press conference for Monday at 2:00. The Sheriff will be joined by a county prosecutor.




Olympic rider Tina Cook is calling for riders to take extra care when travelling their horses after her eventing world team silver medallist De Novo News (“Herman”) died due to complications from shipping fever last week (13 October).

The 12-year-old developed pleuropneumonia — when infection in the lungs (pneumonia) breaks out into the space between the lungs and the ribs — after returning from Strzegom, Poland, in June.

Some fluid was drained from Herman’s chest cavity, but an inoperable abscess also developed. This was being treated with intensive antimicrobials and the horse seemed to be improving, trotting around the field and gaining weight. But the infection spread to his hocks and he was put down.

“I want to learn from this if there is anything we could have done differently,” said Tina, who bred the horse and owned him jointly with Jim Chromiak.

Herman travelled home with four other horses, who are all fine. They had a break at Dutch rider Tim Lips’ yard during the journey.

“After competing my horses have half an hour in the stable to relax and have a drink before they are loaded,” said Tina. “During the journey we check them every couple of hours and offer them a drink, as well as taking suitable breaks to allow them to get their heads down and get the discharge out of their noses.”

Dr Mark Hillyer, a partner at Newmarket Equine Hospital, who had been in charge of the horse’s care since he was transferred there in late July, said: “Tina did everything right and was just unlucky. Sometimes out of 40 horses on a plane only one gets shipping fever so there is an individual susceptibility.

“The single key factor is that horses travelling need breaks where they can get their heads and necks down — they should graze or be given food or hay on the ground. The ideal would be a break every four hours.

“The infection comes when bugs at the back of the throat get down into the lungs because of the head and neck being up for a prolonged period. Cases such as this are uncommon, but they are almost invariably associated with transportation.”

Tina added: “Herman battled the infection bravely for three and a half months, but in the end it got the better of him. I’m devastated — he was a very kind horse and I always thought he’d be my four-star winner as he had all the attributes.”

H&H vet Karen Coumbe added: “Horses that travel long distances even under the best of conditions are most at risk, especially if they travel more than 500 miles. Diagnosis can be difficult in the early stages and unfortunately it is a risk associated with travelling horses.”




KANPUR: In a horrific incident, a 13-year-old boy was dragged to death after being tied behind a horse at Rajpurwa village under the limits of Rasoolabad police station in Kanpur Dehat district. The incident, which took place on Oct 15, came to light on Sunday when the victim's parents approached and narrated their ordeal to the local police. The victim, identified as Akash, along with his younger sibling Mohit (8), had gone to collect fodder for cattles in the nearby jungles. Rajesh, father of the deceased said, "One Meghnath and his teenage son Madari, who resides in the neighbourhood, following an old enmity, came and beat up my sons. When my boys resisted and tried to raise and alarm, they tied my elder son to their horse with a rope and dragged him for more than 20 minutes." The injured boy was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. On Saturday, parents of the boy met senior police officials, who directed concerned police station to lodge a case and arrest the offenders. "We have booked Meghnath and his son Madari under various sections including 304 of IPC (Indian Penal Code) and launched a hunt to nab them," SHO Jitendra Kumar said.. . .










What jobs do you consider dangerous? Firefighting? Construction work? Law enforcement? How about horse health care?

In a recent survey into occupational injuries in the United Kingdom, equine veterinarians came out on top, and not in a good way. The survey results showed that this profession is more dangerous than any other civilian occupation in the U.K


“The average veterinarian will sustain seven or eight work-related injuries throughout their career that will impede them from practicing,” said Gemma Pearson, BVMS, MRCVS, a senior clinical training scholar in equine practice at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, in Scotland.

To get a better idea of the work risks equine veterinarians face and how to mitigate them, Pearson surveyed 168 U.K.-based practitioners and presented her results at the 11th International Society for Equitation Science Conference, held Aug. 6-9 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Eighty-one percent of them said they had sustained at least one injury from a patient in the past five years, and 67% said they put themselves in potentially dangerous situations either daily or a few times a week.

Upon asking how often they work with difficult horses, 63% of the respondents said daily or weekly, and 95% said daily, weekly, or monthly. But what do practitioners consider to be “difficult”? The most common equine misbehaviors they listed were:

Being pushy, which can result in veterinarians getting knocked over (95% of respondents)
Won’t stand still (92%)
Needle shy (91%)
Head shy (85%)
Clipper shy (84%)
Kicks out behind (67%)
Pulls away (58%)
Won’t load (55%)
Strikes out (50%)
Rears (49%)
Refuses to enter stocks (49%)
Refuses to be caught (49%)
Biting (41%)

Pearson also surveyed practitioners about restraint methods they use with noncompliant horses and how effective they view them. These included:

Sedation (99% of veterinarians found this method to be at least fairly useful)
Nose twitch (74%)
Neck twitch (69%)
Chifney bit (57%)
Bridle (49%)
Holding up a forelimb (47%)
Food distraction (40%)
Positive reinforcement (20%)
Overshadowing (8%)
Negative reinforcement (7%)

Interestingly, the learning theory techniques (such as positive and negative reinforcement) that veterinarians found least useful are the very methods that might make horse handling safer.

“Horses learn primarily through removal of pressure. This is something we call negative reinforcement or removal reinforcement,” Pearson explained. “So if a vet raises the horse’s vein to inject it, the horse jerks its head back, and the vet removes his or her hand, the horse is more likely to offer that behavior when the vet raises the vein again. The horse will jerk his head back faster and further and then might begin to rear.

“If, instead, the vet puts their hand somewhere on the neck and then removes the hand when the horse stands still, the vet quickly trains the horse (through removal reinforcement) to stand calm and relaxed while being injected.”

The low percentage of veterinarians who indicated they found learning theory techniques useful might be partly due to their lack of understanding of these methods, said Pearson.

“Veterinarians say the terminology is very confusing,” she said.

From the same pool of survey respondents, 45.5% said they had never received any teaching about equine learning theory. However, 44% believed they had moderate knowledge about how horses learn and could apply that in their practice. To test this knowledge, Pearson gave each practitioner a scenario and asked him or her to describe the learning theory term being applied. For instance, a handler releasing his pressure as soon as a horse responded by entering the stocks, would be an example of negative reinforcement.

Based on the veterinarians’ responses, their actual knowledge of learning theory terms was much lower than they claimed.

“Equine veterinarians have a poor knowledge of equine learning theory, which might compromise their ability to work safely and effectively with their patients and correlate with a high injury prevalence within the profession,” Pearson concluded.

She suggested integrating equine learning theory into courses during veterinary school to help veterinarians understand how to incorporate learning theory into their practice and more safely work with difficult horses.

“At our equine hospital we see many horses that other vets have found dangerous to deal with,” Pearson said. “By using learning theory techniques we have found we can very quickly (within minutes) teach horses to stand calmly and accept treatments.”

Vet's get injured simply because of a lack of Horsemanship, both in their Courses and within the wider UK Horse Community.

Discussing "Learning Theories' will not help at all. Just Train the Horses properly and take control!!!!!! Fix the Horsemanship and the Vet's will be protected. They NEVER are at risk with ANY of our Horses!!!!!!!!!!! and don't need Drugs, twitches or Crushes.





Judging the level of pain or discomfort a horse experiences can be a challenge for anybody. We have to rely on behavioral signs that differ among horses and change across situations. Responses to pain include active behavioral indicators (such as ear-pinning, flank-biting, and lameness), or suppression of behavior; stoic horses fall into this latter group. This lack of expression could indicate a higher tolerance, but suppressing signs of pain might also reflect an evolved survival strategy in prey animals, including horses, because it hides vulnerability in the presence of predators1.

The horse can reveal pain, fear, irritation, and contentment through its body language. Some aspects of these emotional states are involuntary and impossible for even the most stoic horse to suppress.

The Eyes A horse’s eyes are a window to its emotions. When a horse experiences distress or pain, the pupils dilate or constrict, and the eye changes shape. A relaxed horse has a round, soft eye, but when in pain the eyelids might close and the orbital crest bones become exposed and prominent2. The eye takes on yet a different shape when a horse experiences stress or fear—it becomes triangular, and wrinkles form above the eye; the greater the number and depth of wrinkles, the more stressed the horse is likely to be3.

Other Facial Indicators2 Horses experiencing pain might hold tension in the jaw and clench or grind their teeth. Tension above the mouth causes the upper lip to draw back, creating the appearance of a pronounced “chin.” The horse’s nostrils become rigid and dilated. The horse might also hold its ears stiffly to the side or back, giving the appearance that they are set widely apart.

Body Posture Some horses react to annoying or aversive stimuli with learned defensive behaviors (avoidance, escape, and aggression), but a withdrawn body posture is more widely recognized as an indicator of pain. The withdrawn horse4 has a low head carriage, with the neck horizontal to the ground rather than rounded. It has a rigid stance and fixed gaze, head position, and ear position.

Changes in Activity Level Expressive horses might become restless, irritable, anxious, or aggressive when they experience pain, but stoic horses, and those with chronic or severe pain, typically become less active and more isolated. They are often indifferent or slow to respond to events going on around them, have a loss of appetite, and show changes in sleep patterns—especially if laying down is impaired by the pain.

Horses with low emotional expressivity have experiences that are more intense than their body language reveals. Your horse is fortunate to have an owner who cares about how he is feeling, because it can be easy to miss or brush off the stoic horse’s subtle signs of pain, discomfort, fear, or even happiness. Becoming familiar with your horse’s typical behavior will help you recognize changes in facial expression, body posture, and activity levels that signal pain or discomfort.

Remember: Contact your veterinarian if your horse shows signs of severe or chronic pain that might be associated with an injury or illness requiring medical attention.




 Horses and high-starch diets generally don’t mix well. Not only has this type of diet been shown to disturb the composition and activity of the gut microbiota, increasing a horse’s risk of colic, but it might also affect behavior, according to the results of a recent study.

“Because it is known that intestinal microbiota can interact with the nervous system, modification of the microbiota may directly alter behavior,” noted Alexandra Destrez, PhD, Lecturer at AgroSup Dijon (UMR Metafort), in France.

To investigate the extent to which intestinal stress caused by a high-starch diet is associated with behavioral changes, the researchers employed six healthy geldings which had previously been affixed with a fistula (surgically-created passageway to digestive system). The horses were fed two energy-equivalent diets twice daily over three three-week periods (with a five-day transition period between Periods 1 and 2). Diet H was comprised of 100% hay (Periods 1 and 3) and Diet HB included 57% hay and 43% barley (the high-starch diet, Period 2).

To monitor the diets’ effects on horses’ physiological status, researchers collected blood samples during the second week of each period and cecal and colonic samples during the third week of each period. And, to analyze behavior changes over the course of the study, the team put each horse through two different tests during the second week of each period:

A sociability test, which involved introducing each horse to an unfamiliar horse in an adjacent stall for 10 minutes. The researchers videoed the test, categorizing behaviors such as resting, vigilance (usually defined as a stress indicator), and interacting with the unfamiliar horse; and
A novel stimulus test, which involved placing horse in an arena containing a bucket of pellets on the opposite side (which horses were first acclimated to for a period of five days). For each subsequent test, researchers placed a novel object, including a red fire extinguisher, gold cardboard box, and a blue and white road sign, in front of the food-filled bucket. They videoed the horses for five minutes and categorized behaviors such as eating, interacting with novel object, and vigilance.

The team determined that the HB diet was associated with significantly higher white blood cell concentrations, which can indicate hind gut acidosis. And, in accordance with previous studies, Diet HB diet was also associated with a significant increase in the concentration of certain types of bacteria in the cecum and colon.

Further, the team found that the duration of vigilant behavior in both behavior analysis tests was found to be significantly positively correlated with the microbial disturbances induced by the high-starch diet.

“Behavioral cues may be used as noninvasive indicators of alimentary stress,” the team concluded, adding that these cues might prove useful in the future to help prevent digestive upset associated with high-starch diets.

The study, “Changes of the hind gut microbiota due to high-starch diet can be associated with behavioral stress response in horses,” was published in Physiology and Behavior.




 Nearly a million women could be suffering from uncomfortable breast pain while horse riding, according to a new study.

Forty percent of the 1,324 women riders surveyed said they had experienced breast pain while riding, with the most painful activity being the sitting trot.

The study, by the University of Portsmouth and Sparsholt College, found breast pain was the fourth greatest barrier to women riding.

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The other impediments were not having enough energy, a lack of time and work commitments.

Three-quarters of Britain’s 2.7m riders are female, meaning around 800,000 women in the UK could be suffering from breast pain caused by the activity.

"We have evidence now that breast pain is quite prevalent in the riding population."
Dr Jenny Burbage

Just over half the respondents were classed as having a large bust, with a cup size of D or above.

Women with a larger chest were found to suffer more, with 21 percent of the respondents reporting that the pain affected their performance.

Dr Jenny Burbage, a senior lecturer in sports biomechanics at the University of Portsmouth, told Horse and Hound magazine: "We have evidence now that breast pain is quite prevalent in the riding population."

The university’s Research Group in Breast Health is trying to establish whether there is a link between good breast support and good riding.

The problem is not confined to horse riding. A study last year by the same research group found one in five women are put off exercise because of their breasts.

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Tennis star Simona Halep had breast reduction surgery at the age of 17 to take her from a size 34DD to 34C.

She has said of her performance on the court before the operation: “My ability to react quickly was worse and my breasts made me uncomfortable.”




Health and welfare issues affecting Europe’s horses cannot continue to be overlooked, the chief executive of British-based charity World Horse Welfare says.

Roly Owers was commenting ahead of a conference set to disucss the challenges facing Europe’s horses, donkeys and mules.

Next week’s meeting, hosted by Julie Girling, an MP in the European Parliament, will discuss many of the issues raised mid-year in a major report prepared by World Horse Welfare and Eurogroup for Animals, entitled Removing the Blinkers: The Health and Welfare of European Union Equidae in 2015.

Removing the Blinkers represents the first attempt to map out the sector and examine the laws, health and welfare problems facing Europe’s 7 million equines.

The report highlights several gaps in statistical information about equines across member states, despite the industry contributing an estimated €100 billion or more to the European economy every year. The sector provides employment for at least 896,000 people across the EU and uses at least 2.6 million hectares of land across thecontinent.

The report also reveals wide variations in their legal status across Europe, which can switch from farm animals to companions depending on their use.

Whilst the equine industry is not the most animal-intensive in Europe, it is one of the most effective in terms of creating value and jobs, particularly in rural regions that may lack other types of economic activity.

Equines fill roles as leisure and companion animals; working animals in tourism, forestry, agriculture and food production; as well as animals used for therapy and training and elite athletes in sports.

Owers, who was one of the authors, said he was delighted that the issues raised in the report would now be discussed at European level.

“We cannot allow the equine sector to continue being overlooked, either in terms of the health and welfare issues, or in terms of securing a sound future for a sector that has traditionally been one of the prides of Europe, that is proving to be such a valuable export industry and that is still so relevant to European society today.”

Girling said the economic value of the equine sector to the European economy was huge, yet equines had largely been ignored in comparison to other animals.

“It is time to take stock of the equine sector within the EU, and to examine how we can protect the health and welfare of Europe’s horses, donkeys and mules, and at the same time maximise the value of this sector for Europe’s economy through some very simple initiatives.”
World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers

World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers.

The conference will feature key speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the equine sector, who will respond to the conclusions and suggested next steps on key issues which feature in Removing the Blinkers.

These issues include equine identification and registration, welfare in transport, welfare at slaughter, responsible ownership, and rural development.

The conference will be hosted by Girling, in cooperation with Eurogroup for Animals and the European Horse Network. It will be held in the European Parliament next Wednesday.

The authors of Removing the Blinkers urged the European Commission to initiate a study to analyse the economic and social impact of all aspects of the equine sector.

They called for species-specific equine welfare legislation. Equidae often fell between the cracks of legislation designed for farm or companion animals, they said.

Equine welfare in sports and leisure should be given a priority equal to that of the safety of the rider, and higher than other considerations, the report said.

The authors also recommended better slaughterhouse monitoring.




An email containing the link to the questionnaire was sent to 943 veterinary surgeons, and paper-based copies of the questionnaire were posted to 985 practitioners/practices (which included some of the practitioners who were emailed directly). In total, 112 questionnaires were returned online (response rate of 11.9 per cent) and 136 paper-based responses were returned by post (response rate of 13.8 per cent), producing an overall total of 248 responses. A percentage response rate was not calculated due to the overlap between contacting practices and practitioners, which meant the total number of vets contacted could not be calculated. Fifteen postal respondents did not complete the ethics statement section, and five respondents were not based in the UK. These responses were excluded; therefore, 228 responses were used for the final data analysis. Some participants did not complete all sections; therefore, the total number of responses is given for each question.

The majority (55.7 per cent) of veterinary surgeons worked in mixed practice (127/228 responses), 22.8 per cent worked in first opinion equine practice (52/228), 17.9 per cent in first and second opinion equine practice (41/228), 3.1 per cent in referral only (7/228) and 0.44 per cent (1/228) in ‘other’ employment (equine charity work).

The number of years since graduation for each participant ranged from 0 to 47, with a median of nine years and a mean value of 14.0±12.0 years (n=226 responses).

The mean number of colic cases that participants stated that they saw was 5.00±4.36 (mean±SD) cases per month, with a range of 0–30 (n=216 responses).

When asked to rate their confidence when assessing a case of colic (0—not confident to 5—very confident), 48.2 per cent (105/218 of participants) rated their confidence level as 4 and 99.5 per cent of respondents rated their confidence level between 2 and 5 (217/218). A number of respondents who had recently qualified rated their confidence level highly









Hi John
I own a 7 year old warm blood gelding who was broken in as a 5 year old . He has always been heavy at times in the hand but it seems to have got worse . He had been seen by Chiro vet and dentist and all good .. He gets quite heavy in the hand more so in the left rein and at times really bares down and runs through the bridle ..
I'm thinking evasion or a learnt behaviour to get out of work due to myself not being educated enough to prevent /change this

He is the same on the lunge at times and appears to lock at the poll/jaw

Cheers Marisa

Was the Horse broken in by a Dressage type Trainer who is a Male???

Hi John 
Yea broken in by make dressage rider and breeder who holds them in tight in a constant dressage frame from fresh broke .. Then after I purchased two weeks with what I can only describe as a cowboy ... I failed picking suitable person ... 
I have owned for two years but have not done much due to family and health .. Just starting up again and I'm very ordinary so a lesson with Linda would be way too humiliating ... 
I will look at those links 


Hi again MR HP

I have looked at a lot of your article and think I may have found the cause of some my horses issues with his leaning and running through the bit ...

The breeder taught me to lunge him in side reins non elastic side reins which I have used religiously ... This is bad and I kind of knew that as I believe a young broken horse should be ridden long and low and ridden from back to front .... 

But as I'm knew I followed what I thought was a very knowledgable horse woman 

Any how I'm looking at your lunging system the running reins or is a market harbrough better 

Any advice most greatly appreciated
Many thanks 👍

My view, experience and observation of Horses over many Years, has been that SIDE REINS are fine on Horses with ESTABLISHED Elementary Dressage Training or above but have only NEGATIVE effects upon those below. That includes all Young, Green, Off the Track Thoroughbreds and the rest.

If You think logically about it, they go completely against all of the platitudes of  "engagement, over the back. building topline and more" They are against the "German Training Scale" as well.

So yes, our system is far more appropriate and my possibly hollow words about such can easily be proven as true, with the dozens of case studies and the fact that many Horse Health Professionals are now recommending them. Regards

The Market Harborough, it a brilliant tool, ONLY REQUIRED by those who are not completely up to speed with riding a horse ROUND 100% of the time, when not walking or standing around. Then it has to be the pleasure rein. The other use for it is for the re-education of hard mouthed horses and to put the powe into the hands of those with less strength, to be able to ensure submission prior to SOFTNESS the moment it is asked for, rather than continuing the fight that the horse is used to. It also stops horses BORING DOWN and you can easily make them SIT more and give soft collection





Hi John,

I have a question about canter in a standy- highlighted below....

A couple of months ago I brought home a gorgeous 11yr old, 14.4hh standy mare from the breeder who had to urgently find new homes for all her horses. It's one of those situations where we just clicked. She has a lovely disposition and is very sweet. She is fairly laid back most of the time but inclined to the odd panic attack. She had been allowed to walk all over the previous owner and I was told we may need to sedate her to do her feet and teeth. I managed to do her feet without too much fuss after just a little bit of groundwork and setting some boundaries. Her teeth were done without fuss after and initial leap away from us after the gag was put on. She was totally relaxed after a short time. 
Her feet are an ongoing project for me. She was over 2-3 inches overgrown at the toe so the white line was very stretched and torn and her hoof walls are ultra thick (she was on the verge of founder too). I have got them back to a fairly reasonable shape and length.
This mare was broken in to harness as a youngster and then turned out as she had no racing potential. After a few years she spent 3 months being trained for saddle work and was then ridden off and on for 12 months before being turned out again. That was 4-5 years ago. 

I've spend a few weeks taking her for walks so I can assess her on the ground. She's a cool customer while out and about and has no issues with cars and dogs. I've just taught her the one rein stop from the ground on the lunge and she is doing that well now. I've also got her to canter on the lunge a few times. The left lead is ok and we can get about five strides before she stops. The right lead is more difficult for her. In her first attempts she threw in a bit of a pigroot and a kick. Other times she starts off ok and then falls apart, losing co-ordination and has fallen into pace at times. Is this normal for a standy or can it indicate a problem?

Photos attached (I resized them so I hope they are ok for you- not too big) are from our session today when I used two reins on her for the first time and then long reined her home from my friend's place. She was awesome and in our next session I will start to ride her (I've just sat on her a couple of times so far). 



Hi Vivienne. Lovely Horse!!!!!

Falling apart is completely normal and she looks fine in Body. It is the LACK OF BALANCE that causes this with them. This is we strongly recommend establishing their Dressage correctly and so setting it up on the lunge as well.

This is also the reason for the absolute necessity of LEG YIELDING training, PRIOR to any Flatwork. No Leg Yielding, NO BALANCE and then Pacing, stress and more.

'Suppleness is a MUST. There MUST NOT be any 'flexed off' happening.!!!!! There MUST NOT be any 'above the Bit' happening Well done with this lovely one. Credit to You.

Re-Training the Standardbred to Dressage is here







Dear John, I hope you & Linda are doing well. Congrats on all Linda’s dressage success, I hope to see you guys at the DF at Werribee again if you make it! I have a question for you. I’m seeking advice as its doing my head in! I own a sensitive soul, a WB mare for dressage. The weekend just past I moved her from Winter agistment where she was quite settled & happy living. However I can’t afford to do this all year round, so she lives there over the winter until I’m ready to bring her home. When I moved her there back in June she settled in straight away. Now that she has come home, back to the same surroundings & set up as she was in previously she is not settled, is not eating her hard feeds or hay! She is happily grazing which I’m glad about. She has a neighbour which she can scratch over a low electric fence which is how I had it before. This is comforting for her but I’m not sure if it’s the best idea. So we are at day 4. She still isn’t coming up for her meals morning & night, barely eating them & not touching her hay. I have given her a choice of 3 hays just so I can eliminate her not liking one. Even the Lucerne she isn’t touching! Each morning I go out there at the same time, she will either just stare at me & continue grazing or she may walk half way up then graze. At the agistment place she was eating consistently & would come up for meals & finish both that & her hay. I have her on a course of gastrozol just in case she is ulcerating from the stress of the move. I guess my question to you is, is there anything else I should be doing or can do? Is this a matter of time thing? She has done this before in this situation. After the dentist back in March or April of this year. I have kept her in work as I want to keep her routine the same. I would really love your insight & appreciate any advice. Kind Regards,

Hi There ,I wonder what caused this in this Horse? The Scientists should tell us why perhaps :) We have both discussed this and both agree that we would withdraw all the Man made feed and let the Horse adjust to the point where it will contact You when wanting something further. Meanwhile of course, condition is always a considered factor and we don't want them losing too much condition however at times, we must go there. Let's know and yes, Linda will be in Melbourne whilst I guard the Fort. x

Hi John & Linda,   Thank you so much for the reply. This morning she was waiting along side the fence & came up to the brekky bowl! Last nights feed was 60% gone & hay scattered around further. She did stay to eat it for maybe 10min or so then just wondered off grazing. I have also consulted the guys from KER & they’ve suggested its just a matter of time thing. Stick to the routine & ride it out. Its funny tho, just when I get a glimpse of things being better in the very same day she can turn the other way again. We missed our scheduled ride last night due to excavation works outside the shed where the float is kept. (no arena on property so I float to local equestrian place to train properly.) I am reluctant to stop feed altogether but will if it looks like it may work. I may strip it back & take out all supplements to make it more inviting, as I need to keep the routine happening of me going out there at feed times. Thank you once again!   PS I love the vid of Cappo  at the dressage comp, they sure do tell you when something isn’t right! When the ground is hard my mare just doesn’t want to go forward. When the ground is perfect she feels so springy & energetic!   Kind Regards,   Sharrene



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