12th JUne, 2016

Hi Folks. Hope You are all well. I am now Home and things will get back to normal. The Home ended up coming together and would be unrecognizable to those who would have been in it. I just have to clean up :)


Mrs. HP is back at Gainsborough, cleaning up and finishing off. I am in charge of Her Horses and have enjoyed taking my pick for rides around the District :) The Dog is getting the idea and it has been good to have my Daughters and Her other half Dog who is a great roll model.




These are dangerous times!! You could easily lose Your assets.

As You may or may not know, this State has a massive Workcover Debt and they have devised a way to extract the money from those in Business, with massive penalties for making mistakes regarding 'Risk Management'. I have warned about it before.

Now too, the Insurance Companies have sniffed out the possibilities to fail to pay You when Worksafe Inspectors do their dirty work. Take this real serious.!!!!

So has anyone warned You and given You all the Tools to protect Yourself???? If not, why not???

Can You walk around Your Property and see what I see? Can Clubs? I doubt it for everywhere I go I see high dangers. It is a frame of mind and it comes from the art of reading the future. 'Horsemanship'


Have You got Your renewals??? Have You shuddered from the 'loaded questions???????" Think seriously about nit for they will come back to haunt You the moment there is a claim or if You have a claim.

Be careful out there Folks. These are the most dangerous times ever.!!

For instance.....let me pose some questions to You....

  • Do You allow People to tie to twine?.....can a Horse escape then and gallop over the top of another Person from behind say? Go through a fence and hit a Car down the Road???

  • You obviously have Your arena Fenced but is the gate shut? but is the gate to the Property shut the moment a Client drives in?????

  • Do they ride to the arena from the tie up? What if something happened/???.....the Bantam Rooster perhaps?

  • Do You do a Gear check on their equipment?

  • I could go on all Night.





" If You are in fear of a Horse, do something. Standing still, starring at it, trying to pluck up the courage to approach, gives the Horse a snapshot into Your Mind and lessons off Your Vibe"









Serial Pest – there is a serial pest in Perth who is well known to the RSPCA and horse rescue organisations, advertising on the net again for free horses for the 10th Light Horse and food to feed them. The 10th Light Horse associations in WA have no affiliation with him. Please check with relevant organisation before you donate saddlery, horses, feed and money to anyone.


A Reno County jury on Wednesday found a Haven man negligent in connection with a December 2012 traffic accident after his horses escaped from a pen and caused the predawn crash on Haven Road.

The all-woman jury, however, awarded Sheree Jones of Burrton just $35,000 in the case.

Jones, represented by Matthew Bretz of Hutchinson, sought more than $300,000 against Mark Stade of Haven.

The case in the courtroom of Reno County District Judge Trish Rose went to the jury about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, after 2½ days of testimony.

The jury reached a verdict at about 5:50 p.m.

According to trial testimony, Stade braced together metal stock fencing that penned multiple horses on his property by placing them in V-shapes, with one end braced against a barn, but that the panels were not individually wired or pinned together.

Four horses escaped the pen and wandered into the roadway after nudging open the fencing along the barn. Jones, on her way to work at Haven schools before 6 a.m., struck the last horse in the group on Haven/Buhler Road.

Bretz argued Stade violated basic safety rules and created a public hazard by not securing the fence panels.

Stade’s attorney, Jason Janoski of Wichita, argued the panels had been in place more than 30 years without incident, and that Stade was not liable because he had practiced “reasonable care.”

Jones claimed problems with her lower extremities after the crash, including a herniated disk that required surgery, that she continues to fear walking down stairs or driving at night and is limited in activities with her grandchildren.

The defense contended not all her physical complaints are related to the crash.

The plaintiff did not specify during the trial a specific amount sought for medical expenses, suggesting instead a $300,000 verdict for the case to send a message to Stade and the public for his negligence.

An earlier filing in the case, however, sought $32,800 for past medical and up to $250,000 for pain, suffering and disability.





A rider who was kicked in the face at an eventing trot-up and needed 20 stitches is calling for all competitors to wear hats at horse inspections.

“I will be wearing my hat at every trot-up from now on,” said Rebecca Page. “I think they should be compulsory, especially at the lower international levels as the horses aren’t experienced with that sort of set-up.

“It doesn’t take a lot to spook them — they’re live animals, we can never truly say we have full control. It was a freak accident, but it’s something I could easily see happening again as there are so many horses in such a small space.

rebecca-page-stitched“It could have been so much worse and quite frankly I am lucky just walking away with 20 stitches and a scar on my forehead.”

Remarkably, Rebecca went on to complete her CCI* after the accident, which happened when she was kicked by her ride Liberty Bell II at the first horse inspection at Houghton last month.

“It was only our second event at this level so we are by no means professional — we both still find the atmosphere of the international events very overwhelming,” said the 19-year-old.

“The trot-up is the place you least expect accidents — I did not expect to be laid out surrounded by people, waiting for an ambulance to take me to Kings Lynn hospital.

“By no means was Libby being nasty, she just got excited and bucked and caught me on the head. I suffered a 10cm laceration down to my skull just above my right eyebrow. I don’t know how I wasn’t knocked out and I haven’t suffered any headaches — it was an absolute miracle.”

Rebecca’s mother Sarah trotted up Liberty Bell, who passed with no problems, but the rider admitted the first thing she said after the accident was: “Well, that’s the end of my one-star!” But she was wrong.
‘I didn’t think I’d actually be riding the course’

Having been given the all-clear by the hospital, Rebecca also had to be checked by the on-site medic at the event, Nicola Wallace-King, who was happy to sign the rider off to compete.

“It was pretty swollen the next morning, but I got my hat on and, while it was by no means comfortable, it was definitely bareable,” she said. “I was delighted even to be allowed to do my dressage test, but for Libby to do the best test she has ever done was even better.”

The pair scored 53.5.

“I walked the cross-country several times — it was tough, but I didn’t think I would actually be riding it,” said Rebecca. “I had to be assessed again on Saturday so it wasn’t until my last walk that morning that it kicked in that I was actually going to ride round my toughest track to date with 20 stitches in my head — nervous would have been an understatement.

“But I learnt that day that my little Libby should never be underestimated — we went clear and inside the time.”

Rebecca made it through the final horse inspection without drama, wearing a hat.

“Showjumping is both of our weakest phase,” she went on. “Libby was tired and it was a big track. We never expected a clear. However, Libby had other things in mind and jumped a foot perfect round to bring home a double clear.

“It was a huge achievement and no words can describe what it feels like to get this result on a horse you have produced yourself. It was an amazing end to the week that had the most horrific start. I was very lucky and I cannot express my thanks enough to the people that made it possible for me to ride.

“Against all the odds, we completed Houghton Horse Trials with a double clear to finish 33rd out of 76 starters.”






Hi there, Your Horse Law website was the first that came up in my google search for information regarding horse ownership liability and rights...I hope I've come to the right place! I agist my QH gelding at my local pony club. Its a small club, with only two other horses agisted, both belonging to the same family (the family of the presidents). I am having a problem however. The wife of the family insists on locking up all the horses when she arrives at the property. She puts my gelding in a small yard without food, so that for the duration that they are there, her 4 year old son can 'play in the paddock'. I've told her that an agistment paddock is not a playground, and I don't give my consent for her to lock up my horse without my knowledge - however I am then accused aggressively of 'not caring about endangering the lives of children'. Last week when I arrived at the pony club, I found my gelding who had been left in the yard for 3 hours whilst they took their pony and children to the beach. She refused to let him out. She does this without my knowledge or consent. I've contact the RSPCA who advised it is not a case of neglect, until the animal shows physical signs of suffering (e.g. noticeable loss of condition - not going to happen as I feed him twice daily), or if I can prove they have malicious intend to kill my horse. I was under the impression that horses and pets fall under common property law, and other parties are not allowed to handle property that doesn't belong to them, without expressed consent from the owner. I am worried also about liability issues. Gangs of teenage boys have been caught in the past entering the paddock to throw sticks and rocks etc. If my horse is confined and alone in broad daylight, he is a target with no escape. If he breaks his leg or something, I don't want to be in the position where I have to chase this family for vet fee's. I also don't want a child seeing him alone in a stall and walking in to 'pat the pony', potentially injuring themselves and making me liable. This is all happening without my knowledge, and I am annoyed to say the least. PCV said they have no specific policies regarding authorises handlers of horses and ponies. I find this to be so unreal! Surely you cannot handle someone elses horse without consent. I am thinking of turning down the legal pathway now, before it escalates further. Unfortunately I am in a remote area with scarce options available for agistment. The only other place is 40 minutes away and has flash facilities, paddock agistment starts at $160 per week, which doesn't really fall in our budget. Hopefully I can just get these people to stop touching my horse - then all will be fine! Do you have any recommendations? Regards









Eagle Point, Oregon – A bicycle thief in the Walmart parking lot never expected swift justice from the past. At approximately 10:00 am, an unidentified woman walked out of Walmart and saw a man riding away on her bicycle.

She yelled at passersby to stop the thief and one man sprang into action. The cowboy, who happened to have a saddled horse in his trailer, unloaded the horse and chased the thief. The cowboy’s aim was sure and the lasso landed the thief in jail.

Police arrested Victorino Sanchez on suspicion of theft and booked him in the county jail.






A new system of dressage scoring due to be tested this summer could make judging fairer, more accurate and more educational, according to its creators.

Wayne Channon, secretary general of the International Dressage Riders Club, has been working with dressage at Hickstead founder Dane Rawlins on the method, which they believe would bring the discipline in line with other judged sports such as gymnastics.

It involves riders starting theoretically with a 10 for each movement, from which fractions of marks are deducted depending on the seriousness of the error or weakness.

Wayne explained that a codified system would be agreed to determine how much would be deducted in any instance.

“If a horse has one irregular step, for example, that might be a 0.1 deduction,” he said.

“If it’s more than two or three steps, that might be a 0.5, five to 10 steps might be one mark deducted, all the time could be two marks lost.

“There are eight components [such as impulsion, contact and precision] that judges are supposed to look at and work out which problems there are with each, then make the appropriate deduction.

“With our system, judges can look at the components and make very specific deductions, which are documented.”

As currently, judges would watch tests but would call out each deduction as appropriate, which would then be entered by an assistant using a smartphone or tablet app, pictured.

Wayne believes the method will provide more detailed feedback for riders and trainers, on exactly where marks have been lost, but also result in more accurate scores and remove any bias.

“If someone’s very famous, and you know they’re going to get 75%, you start with that viewpoint, so you’re a bit on the upside already,” he said.

“You can’t train people not to have these biases; conformational bias is probably one of the worst.

“Properly used, these components should allow a more normal moving horse to beat an extravagant mover if the latter didn’t have good rhythm, contact etc. Currently, that really does not happen much.”

The system is due to be tested, alongside the current method, at Hickstead next month (28-31 July), in the invitational grand prix class being held during the British Dressage (BD) regional championships.

A BD spokesman said: “There has been much talk of this system for some time now but it is very difficult for us to comment as we’ve not seen a clear plan of the system, how it works and the associated pros and cons.

“From what little we do know, there are reservations but we will always strive to keep an open mind.

“We look forward to working with Dane and Wayne on their findings and subsequent recommendations, but must never lose sight of the fact that we must continuously strive to improve the training and education of judges to ensure fair competition.”





O-Bahn extension an obstacle for major international equestrian event at Parklands

THE $160 million O-Bahn extension is causing a major headache for a prominent international equestrian event held in the Adelaide Parklands. Organisers of the Australian International Three Day Event must re-route the cross country course and remediate land to an international standard before the November competition. The news comes as the government seeks to close even more of the parklands to the public while the O-Bahn project is completed. Event organiser Gillian Rolton said in previous years riders did a 1.2km loop right through the area where the O-Bahn is now being built. “It was a very beautiful part (of the parklands) that’s normally televised around the world, but now we’ll have to re-route that part of the course and do a fair bit of work on ground conditions to make international standards,” Ms Rolton said. “It’ll come at a cost but we can’t afford to have a bad report from the international sporting association and we need to protect the longevity of our horses and riders.” Ms Rolton did not speculate on how much it would cost to get grounds to an international standard, but hinted at wanting State Government support.

“It’s something we’re hoping we can get a solution to with all the parties,” she said. The annual horse event is one of several popular festivals to be impacted by the O-Bahn extension, which aims to reduce bus travel times and ease ring-route congestion. Adelaide City Council has confirmed this year’s Cheesefest and the Korean Culture and Food Festival will be moved, but their new locations were still unknown. Adelaide Fringe chairman David Minear reassured the public next year’s festival would not be impacted by the O-Bahn works, which were expected to be finished in 2017. A Transport Department spokeswoman said work on the O-Bahn would be reduced during events in Rundle and Rymill parks next year. “The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Gluttony and the Fringe Club play an important role in the success of the Fringe and we will be ensuring it is business as usual for these important East End venues,” the spokeswoman said. Adelaide City Council’s infrastructure and public space committee last night approved the government’s request to use more land in the parklands during the O-Bahn construction. The request will now be considered by next week’s full council meeting.





A rider crushed when a lorry spooked the horse she was riding started walking again last week after months of operations on her foot.

Scarlet Coughlin, 18, was injured when a big lorry sped round a corner overtaking her on a blind bend outside Seering in Essex on 12 February.

“I was hacking back to the yard when a lorry overtook me just after the 20mph sign where the road narrowed. The horse slipped over and landed on my right foot,” she told H&H.

She was taken to Colchester hospital for emergency surgery then spent two-and-a-half weeks in the Royal London hospital having her foot reconstructed.

A total of seven bones were broken plus ligaments torn in the accident. Skin grafts were needed and bolts were put through her shin, heel and toes as part of the operation.

In March her foot became infected so she had to go back to hospital, have the wound opened and flushed out again.

scarlet“I started walking last week, but my foot is still too swollen to fit in my shoes,” said Miss Coughlin.

The horse she was riding escaped with a few cuts.

“My horse had lost a shoe so I was riding a friend’s from the yard,” she explained.

“We put my horse out on loan after the accident. She’s coming back in a month’s time, but I still don’t think I’ll be able to get my foot in a stirrup.”

The accident was reported to the police, but the driver could not be traced.

“Drivers don’t understand horses and lorry companies should train their drivers to slow down when they see a rider. Even the safest horse can spook,” said Miss Coughlin.

She is promoting the Slow Down For My Horse campaign launched on Facebook in her local press.

The Writtle College student, who has been an active member of the Essex Farmers PC, has been able to continue her BTEC in horse management at the college, but examiners had to rely on previous videos for the practicals.

“I’m hoping to get into university on time, and go to the RAU in Cirencester to study international equine and agricultural business management,” she said.




It was meant to be the pinnacle of her sports career.

Miss Gemma Foo, 20, one of Singapore's para-equestrians, was to compete in September's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

But on March 29, while in Cologne, Germany, and training for a competition, the horse that Miss Foo was on was startled by a loud noise and bolted, leaving her badly injured.

Neither Miss Foo, who has cerebral palsy, nor her mother Madam Jacqueline Lim, 51, knows what the noise was.

"Horses are very sensitive. When we train, we require complete silence," she told The New Paper at her home in the Thomson area.

The horse, Cassis Royal, was an 11-year-old and Miss Foo's regular ride and she had been thrown from her horse before.

Usually, she just needs to sit it out to get her strength back. But this time was different.

Madam Lim saw that her daughter could not move and that her lips had turned very pale. When she noticed a bulge at her abdomen, Madam Lim called for an ambulance.

"The paramedics treated it like a trauma case and completely immobolised her," said Madam Lim.

The fall had ruptured her spleen and blood was leaking into her abdomen. Upon being rushed to hospital, she was operated on and sent to the intensive care unit for two days.

She was warded for two weeks in the hospital in Porz, Cologne, before returning to Singapore.

Madam Lim, a part-time yoga teacher, said that a doctor told her that "if we came in one day later, it'd have been too late".

"It was so shocking and traumatic," said Miss Foo.

Miss Foo was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia, the most severe form of cerebral palsy, when she was born prematurely.


She took up riding as a form of therapy when she was eight and was picked by national coach, Volker Eubel, to join the national equestrian team when she was 14.

Cassis Royal is specially trained to suit Miss Foo's needs and she treats it like a confidant.

An accomplished rider, she clinched the top position in two of three dressage events during the Mannheim Para-Equestrian Championships in Germany in 2012.

She later represented Singapore in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

It was the first time an Asian para-equestrian team had taken part in the Games.

But the results saw her being placed outside the top 10 of her individual dressage events.

She continued to improve and her results from 2015 secured her a place in this year's Rio Games.

But now, the possibility of getting her best results hangs in the balance.

Her doctor had advised her to refrain from riding for three months.

She plans to return to Germany this month to try riding again. But it remains to be seen if the wound has healed enough.

Madam Lim said: "People spend four years training for the Games. For us, it's a huge step backwards."

Miss Foo's positivity still shines through during this trying period.

She said: "It was definitely a setback from what we've trained for for so long, but we can't foresee accidents."

She admitted that it would be difficult to regain her feel for riding again, but she is excited at the prospect of getting back in the saddle.

"It is mind over body," she said. "If you believe you can achieve, you can do it."

Miss Foo is thankful that her family is behind her. "Since day one, they have been supportive of everything I do. My family understands the commitment of this sport."

Outside of riding, she is pursuing a diploma in mass communications at the Management Development Institute of Singapore She aspires to be a writer and often writes online book reviews.

When Miss Foo is finally reunited with Cassis Royal, she knows she will have to train hard to make up for lost time.





The Cheshire Bloodhounds Hunt club put their foot down when Pricey showed up wearing a diamante jacket

The star broke the rules

Katie Price was reprimanded for wearing 'totally inappropriate' clothing to film her new equestrian show.

The 38-year-old was told off for not abiding by the 'proper dress code and etiquette' when she turned up to film an installment of Katie Price's Pony Club.

Julie Finney from The Cheshire Bloodhounds Hunt said: "Kate arrived in this diamante jacket and we told her, 'You can't wear that.'

She added: "We have a proper dress code and etiquette that we follow. As we were filming for TV, we did not want to look bad."

Katie was eventually given the go ahead to take part after switching to a formal riding coat, tie and pin.

Speaking to The Daily Star , Ms. Finney added: "Kate joined the hunt. The kids rode too. They loved it."

Katie's reps have chosen not to comment.

Katie Price's Pony Club is an upcoming six-part series which will follow Katie guiding young riders into the world of pony riding.

Pricey's children Junior and Princess will be amongst the youngsters trying their hand at riding.

Katie likes to bring a touch of glamour

Earlier this year the former glamour model gushed about the opportunity as she discussed the show coming to TLC.

She said: "I've not done a reality show for four years and I'm so excited to be doing this with TLC. This really is a dream come true.

"It brings together my biggest passions – my family, my friends and my animals. Expect a lot of pink, a lot of noise, much chaos and a fair few feathers ruffled along the way!"

The show will air on TLC

Katie first began riding horses at the tender age of seven.

These days the Loose Woman is skilled in the art of technical dressage and is the proud owner of five horses.

Having once said she would ride every day if it was possible, the blonde already has her own range of equestrian-themed clothing.

Earlier this year it was reported that Katie was seriously planning on becoming a jockey .









Anderson, Indiana – Just Dance With Me, a 3-year-old Standardbred cart racing horse, drowned during a practice run on Tuesday at the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The bit broke, making the jockey lose control of the horse. The horse went through the inner fence and into the pond, with the cart still attached. The fire department responded but was unable to save Just Dance With Me’s life. The jockey was uninjured.

This is the first time a horse has drowned in the pond, according to Rick Moore, the parks Vice President. “Horse racing, much like any other racing sport, has its inherent risks that we must continue to keep in mind,” he said.













 “Hey! See that bucket of feed over there? Yeah, that one. Can you grab that for me, please? I’m kind of hungry.”

Wait a minute. Did your horse just speak to you? Actually, he might have—in his own way, of course. New research by European scientists has revealed that horses do, in fact, try to intentionally communicate with us to achieve certain goals.

In their pioneering study, researchers have determined for the first time that horses are capable of heterospecific referential communication—essentially, the ability to communicate about something, specifically to someone else. More precisely, to us.

So does that mean our horses actually “talk” to us?

“They sure do,” said Rachele Malavasi, PhD, of the School of Ethical Equitation, in Moncigoli Di Fivizzano, Italy. Malavasi carried out her research in association with Ludwig Huber, PhD, professor at the Comparative Cognition Unit at the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna in Austria.

“Horses are social animals which have evolved skills to maintain their social unity: affiliative relationships, protection from outsiders, social facilitation, and even social learning,” Malavasi explained. “We know now that their skill set also includes the ability to communicate intentionally with humans.”

In their study of 14 horses’ behavior, Malavasi and Huber placed two buckets just out of each horse’s reach. Each bucket contained either carrots, apples, or oats—as at least one of these treats would be likely to attract each horse, they said. The horse and handler stood inside a fenced-in area where they could see the buckets on opposite sides of the enclosure, just past a gate.

The handler did nothing but stand there. The horse, therefore, had to figure out a way to communicate to the handler: “Get me that bucket!” And so they did. In fact, for the most part, they did whatever it took to get the message across.

“The horses would alternate their gaze between the human and the reward (bucket), with the aim of conveying the attention of the experimenter to the desired reward,” Malavasi said. “But if that didn’t work, the horses would demonstrate real flexibility in their communicative strategies. They would nod their heads, turn their tails, and move their heads quickly toward the rewarded bucket in a ‘pointing’ kind of behavior.”

What’s more, the horses only made such great efforts when the human was actually looking at them, she said. The scientists instructed the “test” human to turn her body in different directions—as horses do appear to be able to detect a human’s attention toward them. When the humans seemed to not be paying attention, the horses first tried to get their attention before communicating about the food bucket.

“The horses searched for eye contact with the experimenter by turning their heads back to the experimenter,” said Malavasi. “But if they didn't obtain the reward, they would switch to another strategy, where they walked back to the experimenter and touch her.”

Until now, the only domestic animal shown to be capable of heterospecific referential communication is the dog, she said. Now that we know that horses can do it, too, it’s possible to extrapolate the significance of the findings even further—as it suggests that horses are capable of thought-out problem-solving.

“Having this ability means that horses do not just ‘behave’ without considering the consequence of their actions,” she said. “Rather, they are able to create a mental plan (for example, to reach a goal with the help of others around them), to evaluate the attentional state of that audience, and to modify their communicative strategy accordingly. Horses seem therefore able of iterative problem solving strategy.”

While all horses probably have the ability to intentionally communicate with us, many handlers don’t see it, Malavasi said. And some horses might have “given up” on trying to communicate with us, she said, especially if they have experienced learned helplessness through constant isolation and/or abuse.

“I recommend spending some time doing nothing but observing your horse in the field, if not with other horses, then alone,” Malavasi said. “Horse people need to know how horses communicate and especially how their own horses communicate.

“We found some horses were very ‘talkative,’ whereas others would use very subtle signals,” she added. “Learning the communicative strategies of your own horse is like getting to know another person: You’ll never stop learning, but the more you know, the more you love.

“It’s also possible that your horse has given up in communicating with you, because you never listen,” she continued. “That’s an unfortunate situation, but it can be fixed. If you don’t know what your horse wants, be creative, and test solutions. It could be a great game to play together, and you’re sure to see a positive change in your horse's attitude!”

I can now relax!

Now let's see if they can find out something even more surprising and this time I am not giving hints







I went way beyond that long ago. I read the Mind for them to tell us






Aylett, Virginia – 40 horses were seized from the New Beginnings Horse Rescue, a private horse rescue organization, on Wednesday. 11 of the horses seized from New Beginnings Horse Rescue were seized from Peaceable Farm in October of 2015. Cassy Newell-Reed, owner of New Beginnings Horse Rescue, was charged with 3 counts of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor. The horses at New Beginnings Horse Rescue were deprived of adequate food and water on a regular basis, and the sheriff received multiple reports over a period of time.

As is often the case with small rescues, they expect a boon of financial donations when they rescue large number of horses, but when the donations run out, they do not have the resources to continue caring for the animals. New Beginnings mission statement is “We provide rescue horses that have been abused and neglected with a new beginning by rehabilitating, retraining them and then rehoming them.”

The Orange County Sheriff released a press statement that said in part:

Unfortunately animal rescue organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia do not have state oversight. They are not inspected or regulated. During the Orange County seizure in October of 2015, our Animal Control Office faced a crisis situation involving more than one hundred horses, and we were led to believe New Beginnings was a legitimate rescue organization.

We understand, and share, the deep concern and frustration of all those who are outraged at the suffering these horses have endured. The fact that the situation in King William County is strikingly similar to what occurred in Orange County last October underscores the reality that the lack of oversight, inspection and regulation of animal rescue facilities in Virginia limits the ability of local government to prevent, manage or budget for these situations.






Chrome. It enchants horse owners and judges alike, turning heads in the barn and in the competition arena. Many horsemen covet and some even breed for eye-catching white legs and facial markings, and fans ooh and ahh about it from the stands. The flip side to flashy, however, is that the underlying unpigmented skin is vulnerable to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays—and burn it does, becoming red, sensitive, and peeling. But these horses’ reactions can become even more serious than sunburn, involving localized swelling, crusty scabs, oozing blisters, and areas of severe inflammation.

These are all signs of photosensitivity, which can be brought on by a variety of exposures. Primary Photosensitivity Some plants (St. John’s Wort, buckwheat, perennial ryegrass, whiteheads) can cause skin problems when horses ingest or even touch them. Photosensitivity is a severe dermatitis (skin inflammation) that occurs when certain plant pigments damage nonpigmented skin cells with sun exposure. The pigments get absorbed in the gut before passing to the skin via the circulatory system. Stephen White, DVM, Dipl. ACVD, professor and chief of service in dermatology at the University of California’s School of Veterinary Medicine, in Davis, explains that “photosensitivity in the horse is usually caused by a photodynamic (inducing or intensifying a toxic reaction to light) agent … in or on the skin that absorbs energy from light and transfers it to skin cells, which ultimately destroys them.” This is known as photosensitivity Type I, sometimes called primary -photosensitivity.

“The activating light is generally in the ultraviolet A range (320-400 nanometers),” he continues. “Melanin (pigment) in the skin screens ultraviolet light, thereby limiting photosensitivity reactions to white and light-colored areas of the horse’s body.” Indeed, hair and melanin tend to block passage of light, and hairless areas of skin, in particular those around the muzzle, ears, eyes, face, udder, beneath the tail, and on white legs and the coronary band are most susceptible to UV exposure. “Photosensitization in pigmented skin,” White reports, “is not usually the case unless there is a ‘lap-over’ effect from a nearby un- or lightly pigmented area.” As one might expect with horses’ grazing habits, the inciting cause of skin damage in most photosensitization cases is plant consumption. However, “there is thought that certain plants such as clover may cause photosensitization by contact if they are moist, as might occur in a rainy season,” says White.




 Last weekend at an event my horse stopped drinking, which has never been an issue for him before. He also doesn’t seem to be as keen to drink on the trailer as he once was. Do you have any suggestions on how I can keep him drinking?

A. Staying adequately hydrated is vital to your horse’s overall health, well-being, and performance ability. Dehydration not only increases the chances of an impaction colic but also reduces fluids available for the production of bodily fluids such as saliva, mucus, and digestive secretions. Dehydration can also lead to issues with muscle contraction and nerve conduction, thus it negatively impacts performance. In severe cases it might even lead to tying-up.

So if your horse is dehydrated not only does this have health implications, but he also won’t be at his competitive best! In fact it has been reported that a 1% decrease in hydration can result in as much as a 4 % drop in performance.

“In fact it has been reported that a 1% decrease in hydration can result in as much as a 4% drop in performance.”

Not drinking while traveling or while at shows is not an uncommon issue in sport horses. There are several possible reasons why your horse might stop drinking.

1.The show water might smell or taste different than your water at home. The amounts of dissolved solids and salts varies with water source. Municipal water is often treated with chlorine, and if your horse is on well water at home, he might find city water’s taste or smell off-putting. It’s a good idea to take some water with you from home just in case. Try mixing water from home with the show water. You can also put apple juice, flavored drink mixes (Kool-Aid), apple cider vinegar, or something similar in your water at home before you leave and then continue the same at the show. This masks the taste and smell of the water. Just be sure that you also provide a source of untreated water for the horse, in case he also finds the water additive offensive.

2. Your horse might have lost valuable electrolytes during transit or as a result of heavier work, which is negatively impacting his thirst reflex. This can be especially true if the weather is unusually hot. Adequate circulating sodium levels are part of maintaining a desire to drink. When horse’s sweat they lose large amounts of sodium and therefore might also lose the desire to drink even though they are dehydrated. You might not be able to see it, but a horses can lose a significant amount of sweat during travel, potentially as much as 18 liters over a 10-hour trailer ride. This could mean that your horse is suffering from low-level dehydration by the time he arrives at your destination. You can combat this by insuring adequate salt intake and, additionally, using a well-formulated electrolyte.

3. You might not be providing adequate sodium on a daily basis. You might think that by providing a salt block you have this covered, but few horses use a salt block adequately. A 1,100-pound horse needs to consume 10 grams of sodium a day, which is provided by an ounce (about 28 grams) of sodium chloride. This is equivalent to 2 pounds a month. Keep in mind that this requirement only covers maintenance needs.

Without adequate salt intake, sodium levels fall and your horse is closer to losing that desire to drink. It might then only take an unseasonably hot day or a long trailer ride to push your horse into that no-drinking zone. While you should have salt available for horses all the time (don’t forget to take your salt block with you when you travel), horses might better use loose salt added to their daily feed ration. I prefer to provide 1 tablespoon of salt per 500 pounds of body weight each day in feed. Heavy work days or particularly hot weather call for an electrolyte in addition to this daily salt.

4. Decreased feed intake. Consuming feed, especially forage, encourages fluid intake, so if your horse has gone off feed you might find he goes off fluids as well. Stress is a common reason for horses to stop eating, so taking necessary precautions such as using preventative doses of omeprazole (the drug approved for treating and managing gastric ulcers in horses) when traveling to reduce gastric ulcer risk. This might help not only encourage eating but drinking as well. Be sure that your horse has access to feed while in transit.

5. Your horse might be stressed by the horses he is being transported with, making him less willing to eat and drink. Some horses are dominant and others less so and when placed together in close quarters this can create a lot of stress especially for the less dominant horse. As a result they could become too stressed to eat in transit or drink at rest stops.

In the horses that I have worked with the simple act of insuring daily salt intake typically turned things around for nondrinkers. Here are some other tricks you can try to help get fluids in to your horse:

Soaking your horse’s hay can be an easy way to get water in to him.

Photo: Michelle N. Anderson, Digital Managing Editor

Soak your horse’s hay: This is an easy way to get water in to your horse. Soaking for about 30 minutes is plenty. Make sure you remove any soaked hay from your horse’s stall before it turns sour which can happen quite quickly in hot weather.

Add water to grain and supplemental feeds: A lot of horses love sloppy meals, and this can serve as an easy way to get water in to them.

Add a handful of sweet feed to your horse’s water: There are some commercial water-additive products designed to encourage horses to drink, and these additives reportedly work well. Also try adding a handful of oats or sweet feed to the water and see if it does the trick. Just remember to always have additional water available, so the horse has an alternate water option available if he decides he likes the additive water even less than regular water.

Train your horses to drink saline: Research has shown that horse that consume 0.9% saline solution (add 1 tablespoon of salt per gallon of water) when hot subsequently consume greater amounts of plain water than those horses that consume only plain water. You can train your horse to drink saline. Start with 1 tablespoon in a 5 gallon bucket and build up to 5 tablespoons dissolved in a full 5 gallon bucket of water.

Hang multiple water buckets around the stall: Don’t ask why but this recently worked for a friend’s horse who wasn’t drinking. She tried it on the advice of a friend. Whatever works!
Take-Home Message

If none of these work and your horse starts to display signs of dehydration you need to contact a veterinarian, who can determine if intravenous fluids are necessary to rehydrate your horse.












Hi John Do you know anyone using your technique that I could get me to remouth a horse SE Melbourne. I bought your DVDs but would really prefer to get some help if possible. Thanks Rachael

HI Rachael

Don't be a wimp :) It is completely within your means.

and I have stopped recommending People. Never again :(

Let me know of your success. Look at this, Novice Girl in Scotland. WB, first ride. Look at the Mouth







Hi John

I just came across your page about growing lucerne trees. I live at Cherry Gardens. They grow along the roadsides around here and my horses love them. I've always wanted to plant some in a fenced off area behind my stables but have never been able to find a supplier anywhere nearby. Just wondering where you got yours. I can find places to buy seed but would prefer seedlings if I can get them.


Lol Jenny :) I get them by the roadside at Cherry Gardens hahahahaha

Just go pull them up during the wet season, throw them into a bucket of we mud, go home,. drive the shovel in the dirt ONCE, wiggle it side to side to make a gap, throw tree, drive your heel in behind it. all done

Trim them and don't let them get rank and too tall. Cut noff the tall one's to your height.





Hi  John.  I contacted you previously concerning our arena at Murray Bridge.  The property is on non wetting sand. We had the area for the arena levelled (it as already very flat)  with a large bulldozer but it is way to soft and deep to work our horses on. We have had 5 truck loads of crusher dust added and graded in this helped but it became inconsistent with hard and soft areas.   The sand seemed to  have taken over again we have since added a layer of clay  and had this harrowed in then graded. But we still have soft areas which are now also slippery.   Am I correct in thinking we should now just bite the bullet and have some sort of crushed rock base put down with and use a layer of our own sand on top or use some other kind of topping..            Thankyou for your advice

Hi Alli

I have never recommended using crusher dust (whatever that is) under an arena. If You read my article, it only talks of big tough bases like at least road base. Beneath my Show Jumping arena at Golden Grove are rocks the size of Volkswagens :)

Clay is the big non no for everything

So, You need a proper base. ROAD BASE, rough as guts, like the country roads.. Rolled down flat, before you start. Then you could put a couple of inches of DOLOMITE FINES ON if you wish, or straight sand.

The key to Murray Bridge is to lift the base up at least 300mm off the ground so this may work in your favor. It's low lying Country.







Hi John, My partner and I are looking at building a full size outdoor arena and I came across your website whilst doing some research. The intended use for our arena is private along with allowing the people who agist their horses (we have 6 at the moment) to use it as well. We are on a 42-acre property NW of Brisbane, and have a gently undulating area on the north side of the property we can use, close to where the power comes into the property, so we are also looking at night-time lighting in the future. I have two verbal quotes so far: one for $38k and another for $80k.

 The first quote was from a guy recommended by our fencer – all inclusive, he wears the risk, but a 4-5 month waiting time. He talks about laser levelling, different layers and does a site inspection to confirm beforehand. The second quote was from a guy that only specialises in European style arenas, and insists that no compacted base be used. His recipe is levelling the ground, special geotech layer, 100mm clean stone, another geotech layer, special equestrian sand on top (dependant on needs as to what type is used) and then fully fenced. I rather like and prefer your pragmatic do-it-yourself approach. In today’s figures, what budget should we allow if we project manage and co-ordinate sub-contractors ourselves? If we aren’t competing in the Olympics and are not using it for commercial or competition purposes, I believe this is the best way to go. Interested to hear your thoughts, Thanks, Peter


Hi Pete. Lol to the second Guy :) I would be telling Him to 'Gotekbuggery" hahahahaha

Depending upon Your District and how far Quarries are away etc, top's $20,000 if You use Your nous. Like.....ask the Council Boys for some ripped up Bitumen Road, go to the Quarry and plead poverty and ask to see their reject rough stuff. If You do use such, even rock upto a foot in parts, after rolling it down hard and flat, do put 100mm of dolomite fines or similarm over it, before putting the sand on. Do some investigaqting and get some quotes. The Quarry will have Truckies.







5th June, 2016


HI Folks. How are You all. Hope You had a good week and didn't get into too much trouble. Not easy staying out of it in this World now.

Who's going to win the election? It's a toss up.



Remember a few Years back, me introducing You to Mr. X and asked You to 'Watch this Space?"  Well he is here now, got Malcolm Hell worried, probably will have the balance of Power and that will be great for South Australia. I can't vote Liberal here, in Mayo as I have Mr. insincere to his Wife as my Member. Jamie Briggs.



Well we are coming to the end of the Road for the Reno and we thank Abdul the Tiler and Craig the Electrician, my Old Mate Peter Brown for his Carpentry skills and for getting the Kitchen basically together. It is quite a shock when You pick up a new Kitchen from Bunnings and they wheel out an 8 5 Trailer load of Cardboard Boxes and a Million screws and say "go put it together" OMG!!!!!!!!!! Thanks too to Mrs. HP's very smart Mum and Sister Paula, for their help on the Painting and decorating.


Farewell to Craig and his Daughter, who had recently found their own Property North of Adelaide and shifted out Yesterday. Craig did a wonderful job with the Solar Lighting systems for all of the remote Stables on the property and it is wonderful having Light from the Sun all over the Place now. We wish them all the best.

We have already installed the big Flood Light on top of the Hay Shed, for the first two Round Pens and wash down Bay and Float Car Park.

Cappo and Dulce are now back at Victor Harbor and Mrs. HP's new Horse arrives there tomorrow as well, so she will be back to three of them which will give me a ride own and again on the spare Girl.

Mrs. HP is now at Gainsborough, preparing the Home for Her Mum and I am back in Victor, "Pruning the Roses"



goes to the Stable 17., for wonderful Yard Maintenance. Well done Folks and thanks.

I have been Weed Spraying this Week and last and Paddocks have been shut up unless Sunny Days. The Weeds are a never ending battle.




My sincere congratulations to the tireless work done by Juliana and Mark Waugh, after the Death of Her Daughter.

A 'Code nof Practice' has been announced by the NSW Government. Go here to comment:

and whilst You are at it, you may want to point out the gross irresponsibility regarding their Photo for Launch, below.



It boggles my Mind to think that they would REPLICATE the exact set of circumstances that killed Sarah Waugh, in this Photo and tha they would be so inept as to go get a STOCK PHOTO from and exhibit the following as spotted by my 170 Comments on my Facebook Page last Night, during my Quiz of the Week.

  • Ill fitting Bridles

  • Possibly illegal Helmets

  • People who probably can't ride and are Models.



  • Horses that do not like the People

  • Horses that are turning to watch and ask why they have their Mouths being pulled on and faught with for no reason, just torchure.

  • Horses that are BEING TRAINED TO BE BOLTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Horses that don't suit the Riders

  • Riders in GP Saddles

They will never get this Industry right so long as they alienate all thoughts of HORSEMANSHIP. "The Art of reading the future with Risk Management in Mind"

The only thing missing here is Professor McGreevy's 'Rein Gauge"

Appols to the Waugh's but I am sure they will see the point.




" Holding a Contact on the Mouth of a Horse AT THE HALT, UNLESS in competition and under the eye of the Judge and that it is a required movement, RUINS MOUTHS, caused LEARNED HELPLESSNESS, SADNESS, Horses that hate their Owners and future BOLTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
















Sarah Waugh was 18 when she fell to her death from a thoroughbred racing horse that bolted during a jillaroo course in 2009.

Five years later, TAFE NSW was convicted and fined $300,000 over the death of the former Newcastle Grammar School student who was an inexperienced rider.

On Wednesday, the NSW government will introduce a new draft safety code to regulate the horse riding industry for the first time.

Sarah's mother Juliana and her family have been campaigning since 2009 for the changes in the hope they can help prevent another family from experiencing the same tragic loss.

"In seven years, it has taken my husband Mark and I to discover that there were no regulations in place to prevent the everything-that-could-go-wrong-and-did-go-wrong circumstances that led to Sarah's death," Mrs Waugh said.

"There were no regulations to set minimum standards when dealing with inexperienced riders around horses.

"On average, one worker in NSW is hospitalised every day due to a horse-related injury. We must redouble our efforts to improve safety across the industry and in particular I commend Juliana and Mark Waugh for their ongoing advocacy on this issue."

Mrs Waugh said she hoped the new code would help improve safety in the horse-riding industry overall.

"The code is the beginning of a tsunami of change in the equine world and contributes to a new culture of safety," she said.
Sarah Waugh with her parents Mark and Juliana, and brother Jonathan.

Sarah Waugh with her parents Mark and Juliana, and brother Jonathan. Photo: Supplied

When the Waughs were looking for answers to how and why their daughter died, they discovered there was no regulation of the industry.

Their daughter was given a horse that she was too inexperienced to handle.

"To see the draft coming out tomorrow is a huge relief to us. We want the industry to comment on it so it will be as good as it can be".

Victor Dominello, the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, will on Wednesday open consultation on the new draft NSW Horse Code of Practice.

"This code of practice will assist workplaces to prevent horse-related accidents and fatalities by ensuring that people working with beginner riders are adequately trained," Mr Dominello said.

Mrs Waugh said the proposed new code would give the horse-riding industry little excuse for ignorance when it came to ensuring the safety of riders.
Sarah Waugh was doing a jillaroo course when she fell from a horse as it bolted.

Sarah Waugh was doing a jillaroo course when she fell from a horse as it bolted. Photo: Supplied

Sydney District Court heard in 2014 the horse Sarah fell from was hired by TAFE's Western Institute from a supplier and it had competed in a race about six weeks before the accident.

Mr Dominello said that since June 2011 in NSW, there have been almost 2000 workers compensation claims for workplace injuries and occupational diseases relating to horses, costing the scheme $14.3 million.

NSW would become the first state to develop a workplace code of practice to guide employers in the horse industry to reduce risks and meet their safety obligations. There have been 133 deaths in Australia between 2000 and 2014 and 18 per cent involved people under 20.

The draft code tries to ensure the horse and the experience of the rider are matched.

The voluntary code will apply to any person conducting a business or activities involving horses.

The final code is expected to be introduced by October.

When the Waughs were looking for answers to how and why their daughter died, they discovered there was no regulation of the industry.

Their daughter was given a horse that she was too inexperienced to handle.

Mrs Waugh said the proposed new code would give the horse-riding industry little excuse for ignorance when it came to ensuring the safety of riders.

Sydney District Court heard in 2014 the horse Sarah fell from was hired by TAFE's Western Institute from a supplier and it had competed in a race about six weeks before the accident.

Mr Dominello said that since June 2011 in NSW, there have been almost 2000 workers compensation claims for workplace injuries and occupational diseases relating to horses, costing the scheme $14.3 million.

NSW would become the first state to develop a workplace code of practice to guide employers in the horse industry to reduce risks and meet their safety obligations. There have been 133 deaths in Australia between 2000 and 2014 and 18 per cent involved people under 20.

The draft code tries to ensure the horse and the experience of the rider are matched.

The voluntary code will apply to any person conducting a business or activities involving horses.

The final code is expected to be introduced by October.





Hollingsworth contested the allegations in a lengthy court hearing, arguing she had entrusted the feeding of the horses to others who had apparently not carried out her instructions as directed.

However Magistrate Mark Douglass found Hollingsowrth guilty, saying she had ultimately been responsible for the animals.

She previously told the court the horses had been her “saviour” after suffering from post traumatic stress following her ordeal with the police force.

In sentencing proceedings conducted in Wollongong Local Court this week, Magistrate Douglass said the case against Hollingsworth had been “overwhelming” and described a series of photographs depicting the poor state of the horses as “powerful and compelling”.

“The court was disturbed by the level of suffering these horses were exposed to by the … lack of treatment and lack of care,” he said.

“[The evidence shows] there was just simply not enough feed and the horses were not fed every day.

“The causal link between poor maintenance, poor diet, poor feed and subsequent infestation was the responsibility of Ms Hollingsworth.

“There's no basis for concluding that the condition Ms Hollingsworth’s horses found themselves in had anything to do with other than her lack of sufficient care in relation to providing vet treatment and feed.”

Magistrate Douglass found Hollingsworth’s negligence was so serious he banned her from owning any horses for two years, and ordered that those still in her possession be sold or given away immediately.

He also ordered Hollingsworth pay the RSPCA $122,931 in legal fees and $484,148 to cover the cost of veterinary care, feed and boarding for the seized horses.

- Illawarra Mercury





 Hana Dickson walks through a paddock with a horse Photo: Social media tributes are flowing for Hana Dickson after the fatal accident.

A 31-year-old horse trainer and equestrian rider has died after being thrown off her horse in Hopeland, south of Perth. It is understood Hana Dickson was riding at a property on Jarrah Road when the accident happened on Saturday morning. Paramedics were called to the property and she was taken to Rockingham Hospital, but could not be revived. One of her horses, Disciple, was scheduled to race at Belmont on the same day. Tributes have flown in for Ms Dickson on her Facebook page, with those who knew her expressing their shock and devastation. Ms Dickson's sister Sarah said the tragedy left her feeling "lost". "Please let me wake up tomorrow and this was a dream," she wrote. "Walking away from you in the hospital was the hardest thing I have ever done." Friend Kate Lilly described Ms Dickson as "a beautiful kind-hearted soul taken too soon". "I will always cherish the few conversations we had, and I just wish we had more time. I am absolutely heartbroken and I will miss you very much," she said. WA police said a report would be prepared for the coroner.




 THE Cannonvalley Pony Club will tonight pay tribute to Billie Kinder at their clubhouse from 6.30pm.

A message box for the family will be available for those wishing to pass on their condolences.

Cannonvalley Pony Club president Brooke Mansfield described the loss as "devastating".

"She was a happy, vibrant, talented, dedicated little person that had ability and knowledge beyond her years," she said.

"We're just devastated, the whole community.

"Not only the horse riding community; Danny and Dave were very popular community members and the whole community is just rocked to the core."


A YOUNG star has been lost too soon - former Whitsunday local, Billie Kinder, died in a horse riding accident yesterday.

The 12-year-old, her mother Danny, father Dave and 15-year-old sister Charlie were well known and liked in the Whitsunday community before moving to New South Wales.

Both girls attended Cannonvale State School and St Catherine's Catholic College, while their parents were long time members of the local marine, tourism, education and photography industries.

Whitsunday Equestrian Group president Tracey Davies said they would never forget Billie.

"Our hearts go out to the Kinder family at this very, very sad time," she said.

"Many of us will have fond memories of this special girl.

"In Billie's honour we will be providing ribbons for each rider to wear at the Whitsunday Equestrian Group Supreme event this coming weekend."

A star of the horse riding scene, Billie earned the titles of NSW Champion Primary School Showjumping Rider and Overall Primary School Champion Rider in 2015.

Equestrian NSW took to Facebook to mourn the loss of "one of our best young riders".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Billie's family at this very sad time," the post read.

National news has reported that Billie was leading the horse when it became spooked and trampled her on a private property in Pitt Town.





Alison was left with horrendous spinal injuries following the accident

A showjumper has been told she will never walk again after being thrown from her horse in a horrific riding accident.

Alison Bannister was left paralysed after her horse Tino fell trying to clear a fence at a showjumping competition.

She was left with horrendous spinal injuries.

The 50-year-old was taking part in a British Show Jumping Association event at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre on March 16 when tragedy struck in West Lothian.

Renfrewshire Council worker Alison, of Paisley, is being treated at the Spinal Injuries Unit at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

She has been told by medics that she will need to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life, reports the Daily Record.

Her husband, who watched the terrible accident unfold, is now faced with the task of transforming the home they share to make it suitable for her to live in.

Devoted Paul, 50, is determined that his wife will return to her home with her dignity intact and be able to have a good quality of life.

He said: “The most important thing for me now is that she comes home with dignity.

Devoted Paul is determined that his wife will return to her home with her dignity

“She is a proud woman, someone who has served her community for many years.

“She deserves to come home and be treated with the respect she deserves.

“I have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the adaptations required.

“Asking for money is completely alien to me but, in order to get her home and for her to live properly, we desperately need help.

“Alison has been employed for 28 years in the field of trading standards, committing her working life to helping consumers and businesses.

“Now, I need to ask for help for Alison.

“She has a provisional discharge date of August 21, so I’m trying to move heaven and earth to make sure things are ready.”

Though some assistance will come from the local authority, which Paul says has been very helpful so far, he will have to find extra cash to make certain changes.

These include: ramps to access their home; work to widen doorways and the creation of a ground-floor bedroom and bathroom for easy access.

Since it was launched on May 28, the fund has raised more than half of the £10,000 required to transform the home.

Alison was an experienced horse rider, having first sat in the saddle on her family’s dairy farm in Galloway aged just four, and had been competing in amateur competitions for the past five years.

Paul, who has been married to Alison for nine years, was acting as a stable boy on the day of the accident.

He said: “They had jumped the first fence successfully.

“The only way I can describe what happened is that the horse tripped.

“He was approaching the fence and lost his footing. He tried to stay on his feet but in the end he was too close to the fence.

“He is a very honest horse and he and Alison have a very strong bond.

"He tried to keep her from falling off ... but he just couldn’t. He ended up somersaulting, taking Alison with him.”

The freak accident changed Alison’s life in an instant, and she now faces years of physio treatment and rehabilitation.

She will use a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

Paul says seeing his soulmate in such terrible circumstances is heartbreaking, but Alison’s strength has kept them both going.

“I visit her on a daily basis and my heart breaks on a daily basis. But her strength and fortitude are just unbelievable.

“She is so positive and keeps me going,” he said.

He also thanked the staff in Alison’s ward, saying: “They are, quite simply, fantastic.”

* To donate to the fund visit





The Princess Royal is to be honoured with the highest award in equine sports for her achievements and contributions to the equestrian community. She will be presented with the Longines Ladies Award at a ceremony, which will be held on June 13 at London’s Natural History Museum.

This is the fourth year that this prestigious award is to be handed out. It honours women who have been consistent in their achievements and accomplishments in the equestrian community and who have contributed significantly to the sport and industry as a whole. Previous recipients include Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Criquette Head-Maarek, Jing Li, Bo Derek, Sophie Thalmann and Athina Onassis de Miranda.

This year’s award-winners have been judged and decided on by three leaders in the equestrian world: Mr. Ingmar de Vos, President of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale); Mr. Louis Romanet, Chairman of the IFHA (International Federation of Horseracing Authorities); and Mrs. Nathalie Bélinguier, President of the FEGENTRI (International Federation of Gentleman and Lady Riders).

Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President and Head of International Marketing of Longines said: “We are delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is to be honoured this year’s Longines Ladies Awards. She is a formidably talented horsewoman and deserves huge praise for her achievements and contributions in the equestrian world. We are thrilled to have her as our special guest at this year’s awards.”

Longines has been associated with equestrian sport since 1878, when it first produced a chronograph with a jockey and horse. These were first used to time races on the course in 1881. Longines remains very popular with jockeys and professionals, and is still used to time events on courses today.

For more than forty years, the Princess Royal has been a keen sportswoman and horse rider. She competed with the British Eventing team for several years. She was also nominated for Sportswoman of the Year by the Sports Writer’s Association, the Daily Express and World Sport; and the British public voted her the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

In 1971, she became European Champion. She won three more European Championship medals: team bronze in 1973; team individual and team silver two years later. The following year, she was selected to represent great Britain in the Summer Olympics in Montreal Canada. Her stellar performances on horseback led to her being appointed President of the International Equestrian Federation. She served two terms, in 1986 and 1994.




Hohenwald, TN – A woman has been arrested and jailed for abusing 11 horses and 1 donkey. Included in the group was a Gypsy stallion. Amanda McClure allegedly failed to provide adequate feed or care for her animals. The animals were seized by the Lewis County Sheriff and transferred to Horse Plus Humane Society. 3 horses had already died on the property and were in various states of decomposing.

McClure was arrested and held in jail on a $50,000 bond. She is waiting for her court date on June 8. The Gypsy has made a remarkable transformation at the shelter as seen in these before / after photos.

Gypsy Stallion





An upstate New York woman and her horse were involved in a hit-and-run accident with an irate minivan driver on May 31, suffering minor injuries after the royal dickweed screamed an obscenity at them and slammed his vehicle into the horse's hindquarters.

According to WTEN News 10 of Albany, the 26-year-old woman, identified on Twitter as Kait Kennedy by WTEN reporter Lauren Linder, was riding her horse Cali along the shoulder of the road in Schodack, NY, when an old silver or gray minivan driven by a man in a baseball cap pulled alongside them

"It's illegal to ride a fucking horse on the road!" the man reportedly yelled, then laid on the vehicle's horn.

The sound of the horn reportedly startled Cali, causing the horse to bolt into the path of the minivan—which in turn caused the vehicle to slam into horse and rider, sending both of them flying to the ground. The minivan then sped off, but not before Cali, scrambling to her feet, sunk a walloping kick into the minivan's passenger-side front door.

Kennedy was diagnosed with a bruised collar bone as a result of the accident. Cali, who was hit from behind, sustained an injury to her back right foot as a result of a twisted horseshoe, as well as an injury to her hindquarters. Both are recovering.

The minivan's driver is described as being white, middle-aged, and possessing a heavy build, with dirty blond hair and a matching beard. He is also described as a real piece of shit, but that's just by us.




Glenwood, Iowa – As originally reported, Logan Allen posted photos of waterboarding and abusing horses and other animals on his Facebook page.

 In the photos, Allen can be seen spraying water on the face and body of a horse that was tied up on the ground. In another set of photos, Allen posted pictures of dogs attacking and ripping apart a cow that was roped front and hind by cowboys on horseback. Allen’s photos went instantly viral around the world, making him one of the most hated “cowboys” on the internet. Nearly 20,000 people signed the petition to have him charged with Animal Cruelty.

The acting lawyer for Mills County and Mills County Sheriff Gooz filed a livestock neglect case against Allen. Magistrate Ken Whitacre, apparently a private lawyer from Glenwood, wrote in his dismissal of the case “I do not find probable cause that Allen committed the offense.”

The dismissal of Allen’s case sends the clear message to those in Iowa that abusing animals is acceptable in the state.




Quincy, Michigan – A Sheriff Deputy with the Branch County Sheriff Department has died following an accident Monday. Deputy Mike Winter, age 39, was riding in a Memorial Day parade when tragedy struck. A noise scared his horse, which bucked violently, throwing Winter to the ground. Deputy Winter struck his head on the pavement and suffered serious injury. A nearby nurse rendered emergency aid until paramedics arrived and transported him to Parkview Health hospital. His condition was originally classified as serious, but Tuesday he succumbed to his injuries and passed away. Donations for Winter’s family are being accepting at the Branch County Sheriff Department.




Photos were sent to News of the Horse of a live mule being transported hanging upside down, suspended only by ropes tied around its legs, on the back of a pickup truck. The pickup, in an unknown location, has a pen built into the bed of the truck, and there are 2 or more horses inside the pen. There was no room inside the pen, so they tied the mule on the back of the truck upside down, the ropes tied tightly around its legs right above its hooves.

The only information with the photos was that the mule was possibly being sent to slaughter and the photo may have been taken in Mexico. The mule does not appear to be dead as its tail is not hanging limply.




Pilesgrove, NJ – 19-year-old Coy Lutz was doing his best to hang on the bareback bucking horse for 8 seconds at the Cowtown Rodeo Saturday night. His parents were among the 2,200 spectators in the stands.

The horse Lutz was riding, H3, successfully bucked him off, but then kicked him several times before people could get the horse away from him. EMT’s rushed to his aid and he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Lutz death is the first time someone has died during a rodeo at Cowtown since it started holding rodeos in 1929.





WOLFORD, N.D. – A Wolford family known for its horse-drawn wagon rides is grieving after a hayride at the weekend turned to tragedy.

The Halvorson family was operating a hayride on state Highway 17 just west of Wolford on Saturday afternoon when the wagon was rear-ended by a three-quarter-ton pickup truck, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Bradley Cichos, 53, of Rugby, died at the scene, along with the two Clydesdale horses pulling the wagon.

Four other people were injured, including the 4-year-old daughter of Landon and Sierra Halvorson. Amiyah is being treated in a Minneapolis hospital for multiple injuries and her prognosis is unknown, WDAZ-TV reported.

Landon’s father, Lyman, and Lyman’s 18-year-old daughter, Kenzie, also were hurt. Lyman Halvorson remains hospitalized, while Kenzie was treated for a broken foot, a broken nose and several cuts and released.

Cichos’ wife, Margaret, also is being treated in a Minneapolis hospital for multiple injuries.

“It’s one of the worst accidents we’ve had in this county in several years,” Pierce County Sheriff Josh Siegler said. “We’ve never had this many people injured from one vehicle accident, not to my recollection anyway.

“Just a terrible tragedy,” Siegler said.

No charges have been filed against the 75-year-old Wolford man who was driving the pickup. He wasn’t hurt in the crash.

The Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate.








 The New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Department of Primary Industries’ contribution to the national Hendra virus research program will be showcased at the National Hendra Virus Research Program Symposium held in Brisbane this week.

Jeffrey Hammond, PhD, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) director of science and research, said the symposium allows researchers from across Australia to share their project findings from the National Hendra Virus Research Program.

Hendra virus has had devastating impacts here in Australia, including four human and 77 horse deaths, since it was first identified in 1994,” Hammond said. “Following the unprecedented number of Hendra virus incidents in 2011, the Commonwealth, Queensland, and New South Wales governments contributed a total of $12 million to accelerate our understanding of Hendra virus.”

He added that the NSW DPI, in collaboration with national and international agencies, has contributed to the three-year research program to gain a better understanding of how and where Hendra virus exists in bat populations in areas ranging from Cairns in Queensland to Batemans Bay in NSW.

“Part of this research involved the collection of more than 15,000 urine samples from flying foxes located at 50 roosts which covered all known equine case locations,” Hammond continued. “In addition, data including roost size, species composition, and reproductive status were recorded and analyzed for associations with the occurrence of Hendra virus.”

The urine samples were processed at the DPI Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute Centre of Excellence for Animal and Plant Health to determine the presence of Hendra virus.

“The research has provided a better understanding of high-risk periods for virus transmission from bats and situations in which environmental contamination might lead to the infection of horses and subsequently spread to people,” Hammond said. “Collectively these data will enable the development of strategies to minimize the impacts of Hendra virus.

“While our understanding is not complete, horse owners are already using the information that has come out of the program to make informed decisions about their horses and their own safety when it comes to Hendra virus,” he concluded.

The deadly hendra virus has been known to yield numerous clinical signs in horses including respiratory distress, frothy nasal discharge, elevated body temperature (above 40°C, or 104°F), and elevated heart rate; however, authorities caution that hendra infection does not have specific signs.




PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has handed down punishments to seven harness-racing drivers and owners accused of providing a banned substance to horses.

All seven were convicted of giving cobalt to their animals. All seven were fined, and five have been suspended from racing, four of them for more than a year.

William Varney chairs the Maine State Harness Racing Commission. He says the substance makes animal produce more red blood cells. "And the more red blood cells that they have, the stronger their endurance and the better that they would race."

However, colbalt can be harmful to a horse's health, and can sometimes lead to death.

Varney says the blood of horses that finish races in first, second or third place are tested for banned substances. He says random off-track testing is also being done. Varney says word that the commission is testing for cobalt has cut the number of cases dramatically.





 The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced two adverse analytical findings involving prohibited substances.

Samples taken at the CEI1* in Doha, Qatar, on April 22 from the winning horse Centurion, ridden by Abdulla Mubarak Rashed Al Khaili, of the United Arab Emirates, have returned positive for human erythropoietin (EPO, a banned substance under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations).

Samples taken at the same event from the second place finisher Sur (Mabrouk), ridden by Mohd Butti Ghemran Al Qubaisi, also of the United Arab Emirates, returned positive for human EPO, as well.

A peptide hormone that is produced naturally in the body, EPO is released from the kidneys and acts on the bone marrow to stimulate red blood cell production. An increase in red blood cells improves the amount of oxygen that the blood can carry to the body’s muscles.

Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, EPO has been banned as a performance enhancing substance for human athletes since the early 1990s, but a reliable testing method was not in place until 2000. The FEI banned EPO’s use in horses in 2010.

“EPO is well known in human endurance sports in which an increased number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells is an advantage, but the substance has little benefit in equestrian sport and this is the first time we have seen FEI horses testing positive for EPO,” said FEI Veterinary Director Göran Akerström, DVM. “Horses have a large natural reserve of red blood cells stored in their spleen, and the use of EPO would actually have a negative effect in many horses as the increased level of red blood cells would slow down blood circulation.”

Added FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez, “Clean sport is a top priority for all governing bodies and a key part of that is protecting our clean athletes. So we will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that there is no room in our sport for those who attempt to gain a competitive advantage through the use of prohibited substances.”

Both athletes have been provisionally suspended from the date of notification (June 2). The two horses have also been provisionally suspended for a two-month period.





Speaking of large animals, have you ever thought about the value of a racehorse? Horseracing is big money, and much of that value rides on the backs (excuse the pun) of the racehorses themselves. A horse bred for racing can be valued in the millions, and its health is part of their ROI to the owner. At MEMS & Sensors Industry Group’s last MEMS Executive Congress, I recently learned about Pegasus Equine Technology, developed by Horse Sense Shoes. Pegasus Equine Technology tracks a horse’s postures, gate and other variables. By using the combination of an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, temperature sensor, and pressure sensor, Horse Sense creates real-time biometrics to monitor the health of high-value horses. The biometric technology can tip off the vet before there are life-threatening issues (to both horse and jockey). The Pegasus is attached to the underside of the horse’s tail to best monitor the biometrics. Apparently horses don’t enjoy getting their temperature taken with a rectal thermometer, so the Pegasus is a HUGE improvement for everyone involved in monitoring a racehorse’s health.

The placement of the Pegasus device brings up an interesting topic often bantered about in the wearables space. Where is the best place for a wearable? It’s the place where you don’t realize you’re wearing it. For a racehorse, it might be the inside of the tail. For a dog it might be around the collar. So what’s the equivalent perfect spot for a human? Perhaps we don’t need to get too specific but I would warrant that it should be in a place or in an article of clothing that has the highest biometric advantage and is neither invasive nor annoying. I look forward to the day one of those exists for people like me.

But even before we decide where the best location is for any animal, we still have some challenges to address in this Internet of Animals. Power management and creation are still big un-cracked nuts, as battery technology is remains quite ancient, given our advances in other areas. Security is also important; if I am running a multi-million/billion dollar farm, I want to ensure that the data I am transmitting is secure and un-hackable. Likewise, standards and interoperability are also critical because we would want to guarantee that all the devices are truly connected and are managed efficiently in the cloud.

This gets us to our last nut to crack -- analyzing all the data that our MEMS- and sensor-laden animals provide: How will we both extract and manage all this data? Yes, we are still talking about animals, but as with any IoT scenario, we need to address all of these issues. Fortunately, we can learn more about the technical challenges of applying MEMS/sensors to human-centric IoT devices by observing what’s being done with them in the animal kingdom.

With all of this thinking about animals, I am starting to believe that it may be a good idea to become a vegetarian – or at least take my dog out for a long walk.





 For many years, the mainstay of treating pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, or equine Cushing’s disease) involved administering daily doses of the medication pergolide. But could there be another option ahead? Researchers from Europe recently described a novel—and still experimental—surgical procedure designed to treat PPID with positive results.

Equine Cushing’s disease is a disorder of the pituitary gland’s pars intermedia caused by an adenoma (a type of tumor). Classic signs, most frequently seen in older horses, include an abnormal hair coat, loss of muscle tone, altered fat deposition, and chronic laminitis.

In humans with Cushing’s disease (a related, but ultimately different condition), surgical pituitary growth removal is the treatment of choice; however, none of the currently employed surgical approaches used in humans would be feasible in the horse. Specifically, the human-based surgery would require drilling through several centimeters of bone and using long, slender equipment to reach the tumor—tools that don’t currently exist.

“In other words, none of the surgical procedures in human medicine permit adequate access to the pituitary gland in horses,” explained Aimée Sakes, MSc, from the BioMechanical Engineering Department of Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands.

As such, Sakes and colleagues got creative to develop a new technique for performing surgery in horses with equine Cushing’s: an endovascular—or intravenous—surgical approach.

As it turns out, horses are lucky to have a unique connection between the superficial facial vein and the pituitary gland.

“This superficial vein can be used to guide a flexible instrument toward the pituitary gland, which we did,” she explained. “A prototype flexible device with a distal cutting edge was inserted into this superficial facial vein, guided toward the pituitary gland, and was able to successfully remove tissue from the pituitary gland in a horse cadaver, simulating removal of a pituitary tumor in live horses.”

The study authors are continuing to develop their prototype instrument and procedure, hoping the technique could someday be capable of “improving the outcome and quality of life in horses suffering from Cushing’s disease.”

The study, “Design of an endovascular morcellator for the surgical treatment of equine Cushing's disease,” was published in The Veterinary Quarterly








Dear John Linda rang me back and gave me a tracking number for Australia Post. I got on Australia Post's website and keyed in the tracking number. Australia Post said it arrived at Pitt Town Post Office today. I attended the post office and sure enough it was there. I was advised by the postmaster that it took about 6-9 business days from the outer skirts of South Australia and 3-4 business days from the metropolitan area. This applies to other States as well. Now I know. I would like to take the opportunity of thanking you and Linda for the DVD's, and the gear I have purchased in the past.
 Today, Nicole Bortolussi rode my 3 and a half year old warmblood gelding Belissimo out in our local national park for the first time. He was backed for the first time on 16 May 2016.

 Nicole mouthed him according to your method and he already does fantastic one rein stops. This horse totally gets it and is enjoying his new career under saddle. We are using your bit and that is why I ordered one for him as we are using Nicole's at the moment. Your breaking-in roller and running reins are fabulous and safe. It sure beats a lot of the "junk" you see in the saddlery shops. Nicole and I have handled Belissimo since he was 6 months old. I have ponied him off my mare Caprielle in the national park for 2 years without any trouble. The horse is totally comfortable and trusts us both. Your mouthing DVDs and Linda's dressage training DVDs have been an enormous help to both of us. We get a lot out of your work because we are both very experienced horse people and we identify strongly with your way of thinking. So thanks again and I will be buying more stuff from you in the future. If you or Linda do ever come to NSW to work or compete, please do not hesitate to look us up. Cheers Elizabeth

Thanks Liz. Most kind. Congrats to Nicole. She is a good Hand indeed. Regards






Hi John
I have a 6 year old and I just have been sent this photo of him when the stud he was born at, broke him in
What are you thoughts?
Is this regular practice...
This is the same horse
With me now. 4 years later

Barbaric Chloe. Which Country is this? Poor Horse. These People give 'Leg Restraints training' a bad name

Well done on Your efforts. Lucky Horse!!!!!






Hi Mr. Horse Problems,

I was just reading on your website & found this:

Just give us the story and show us the Video.

We have the best rehab systems on the Planet, proven time and time again for Stifle or Sacro Problems and can see things that many cannot.

My QH mare trips on the hind & short strides so believe she likely has problems back there.  She has old scars on her rr stifle & fetlock & LF shoulder from before I bought her.  If I send video of her lunging do you send me your opinion or how does this work?

Thanks, Sylvia in Canada 


Hi Sylvia. I have CC'd Leslie Ball, my Agent in Canada

 (who stocks my Products) The RUNNING REINS SYSTEM, which comes with a 44 Page E-Book with much proof, many photos and all instructions if you purchase it. Look in my signature below and find Her website if interested. Meanwhile, I include a couple of e-books in this email, for You

 Kind Regards






Hi! Did you get the email for Youtube? It's (underscore/underline between edh & ja) Btw when I broke in horses i followed Monty Roberts system but I noticed that it didnt work on every horse. Do you show in the mounting DVD how you start a horse or other preparations before the first ride? Kind regards, Jade USA


HI Jade

I have never been able to find any Monty Robert system for breaking in a Horse. ONLY JOIN UP shows.

I however, will back my systems against all and I have money to back it should anyone want to take me up on it. People around the World, (the majority) get on Wild Animals that are Lethal Weapons with a huge 'Flight Response' and risk their lives, because of failed Mouthing systems. I however, I want AIR BRAKES, to save my Life and to save the Career of the Young Horse.

 Watch in real LIfe, one of my International Pupils in Scotland, starting a Warmblood (the most difficult of all) two weeks ago. This would have bucked off the majority of People around the World, including ALL ROPE HALTER PEOPLE.

So to answer Your question, you can't put a whole system on one DVD Set. So the complete issue is The Complete Leg Restraints Training Tying up the Horse Mouthing the Horse Riding and Training the Green Horse. There are some files attached here for your the way....I was asked to supply horses for Monty. I did so. He knocked them back...too wild...I had to break them. Here is one of the Family, the Olympic Level South Australian F.E.I. Horse of the Year :)








29th May, 2016


Hi Folks. Hope You have all had a lovely Week and haven't got into too much trouble.

The Boss has had enough, having fed up 30 Horses, ridden, 6.30am and because the Tiller's were coming next Day, decided to paint the walls and ceilings of the Kitchen and Passageway, finishing at 5,15am the next Day. So I have delivered Her and Her Horses back Home and I will stay over because Her Mum suddenly has to care for Mrs. HP Sister who was flown from Alice Springs with a Medical emergency and will care for Her for a Week.

Anyhow, I forget if I mentioned it but the Tradies are completely out of control in Adelaide, charging like Lawyers and appear to be well used to it. I had a quote for re-routing some Copper Pipes and some plastic pipes (with me doing the hard yards first) $8,000.......oh, extra if they had to remove roof tiles to take a Peek where the Pipes run. but wait there is worse.....went down to the Kennard's Hire, to hire a machine to smooth off the glue left on the Floors, after the tiles had come off. $460  for a Day!!!!!!!! Hell.....dropped into my second Home (Bunnings and purchased a blade for my Grinder and completed the job for $70 and own the Blade Grrrrrrrrrrr.


I can't wait to get out of the Hell Hole Adelaide. The Roads systems have been totally neglected by the 14 Years long Labor Government, with Traffic Jams everywhere You go. They love building Populations at all costs but do NOTHING to cater for the Multitudes. We were in Curtis Road Munno Parra West the other Night, on the very edge of the Suburbs with nothing but Paddocks next and there was a Traffic Jam. It's out of control and then 2.5 Hour to get to Victor Harbor, even though the South has an expressway. Disgusting. Bankrupt State.



Our Road is once again getting the Night Time visiting Scum Bags, ripping up the 'kept with love' Grass verges of the Neighbors/ Two Nights ago, one of them....a Female, lost it and went down a big embankment, spending the Night in the Car. We came across a 4 x 4 trying to extricate Her but he too was down over the Bank and getting nowhere. I came along and gave him some Country Advice and he then managed to remove Her. No thanks but lot's of screaming when I asked Her who she was visiting :) Drug addict skinny Scum Bag piece of work. I'd still be contributing to Her cost of living no doubt. and she has probably got a Labor Party give away House to Losers as well.




Go the Snipster!!!!!!, complete with a Junior Rider, ran Third to two State Senior Squad Members and beating others. Outstanding effort by both Horse and Rider who has only been riding Him for Weeks. I must say that it is a pleasure to sell honest, well adjusted, Australian Bred Horses who can brain the Imports

Meanwhile, Mrs. HP has yet another PERFECT Horse, another Duccio Progeny. Dulcie by the way is training medium level now. She is such a smart Girl :) My Girl lol



He now goes to Sydney for the Junior Nationals so any Sydney Siders, go and say Hello to Him. He is such a lovely Boy he is.

Off and running Samantha Coleshill :)........put Your Chest back in Dad




Catch You in the great unknown 'Old Fulla' and we shall ride again. My Thanks to Denise and Steve Thompson for keeping You happy and healthy through Your last Years and for carrying them safely through the Forests. 

34 Shows, 29 Wins, 24 Championships and State Champion two Years in a row. The Body of how Quarter Horses used to be and now




Well he went Home to his Owner and she rode Him out a few times with Her Friends but then felt he was not happy in the Mouth. Turns out he had an erupting Tooth and it needed 18 Months off.

Well I got this pleasing Letter Yesterday.

Hi John and Linda, Some pics of Will the other day on our first ride in 18 months. He was a good boy and was happy to have me (although not very elegantly) on board. He played with the bit briefly but settled and it was not an issue. I did all the prep beforehand and kept the ride short (5mins) as per your instructions. Next ride will be in company around the farm. One step at a time. He has been very good with the ground work leading up to now. Part 2 to follow Cheers Sally

Well done Sal. Lovely to see. He's a good Boy he is!! Just one Tip, watch You don't support Him with the Legs too much. The engine is in the back remember.




Hello! I've bought a 4 year old crossbreed that's not broken in. I have done it before (though it was a long time ago) but there is always ways that are safer but often times faster as well! I would like to do it in the safest way possible. It is a very kind horse but he has a strong flight reaction I've noticed. He is not so used to pick up his Hoofs. I would like him to be very calm with the farrier! Have any DVD when you go from fresh horse to broken in? Kind regards, Jade  Sweden.

Hi Jade. You have come to the right place and at the right time. The fact is that the EU and British systems don't provide such security for the first ride on a 'Starter'....which is a highly dangerous thing to do, let's face it. Humans climbing on the back of a Wild Animal and hoping to survive. Most do it as a Lotto but here in Australia and America, we like to protect our Bones.

Take a look here, at one of my International Pupils, last Week, on a Warmblood Horse THAT WOULD HAVE BUCKED 3 times alone, in this Video but is now being ridden on the arena. Thus saving the Bones of Young Katie and the Career of the Horse.


my absolute congratulations with the wonderful Mouth on this Horse and the great reading of it's impending thoughts. Well done Girl




 and the Scientists scream "He's bulging out of the Shoulder hahahahaha




Hi John, I am interested in your Buck Stopper, can you please tell me a little more about it? How does it work and is it something that horses can eventually be ridden without? I have a super sensitive 4 year old horse, who bucks out of fear, the second he feels the girth go around him. You can see the look in his eye, it is one of true fright. Have done all the ground work and desensitising, have taken him extremely slow. He has been sideline hobbled when saddling him up and he still tries, to have a good go every single time. Am at the point were I think it may be safer to send him to horsey heaven, unfortunately. He has been sent to so called experts that haven’t been able to fix him. I am yet to actually put a leg over him as he is extremely unsafe as he is. Many Thanks Stacey


Hi Stacey

The Buck Stopper could be the answer for You, to stop the Buck during the initial riding until he gets his head around the fact that all is well. BUT.......... with my Buck Stopper should be accompanied with the knowledge in my  complete system of how you should be training this horse, PRIOR TO RIDING, so that You can in fact SHUT THE HORSE DOWN as well.

 That Video is here.........and You really should invest in it.


 In other words, as a realist, You never rely on anything. However, I have tested it over a period of 12 Months, on two bad Buck Jumpers and stopped them both.

What did the Trainers do??????? How did they Mount?

These Horses can arrive at a situation where they even think they have to Buck or that You want them to Buck. You have to remove their expectations by proof of controls.

Thanks John, I will look into them. ======= and you come highly recommend by her. It was F----- who broke him in. Unfortunately from what Ive been told Fred isn’t the breaker he once was. I always thought this horse could be an issue, as he has always been super sensitive, that is why I sent him to Fred, thinking it was the right thing to do. I can’t say if Fred did or didn’t do the right thing by him, but if he did what he did to the chestnut in the video that was going around, my horse would not have coped with it. I was told that Fred would shut him down every time he would try to buck. Unfortunately I only have photos of Fred riding him and didn’t actually get to see for myself how he rode him. Fred did ask me to pick the horse up after around the 4 week mark as he went sore in the back end. Fred thought he was having stifle issues, which I had fully checked out and X-rayed and the vet couldn’t find the problem. So at the vets advice, I turned him out for 18 months to grow and mature. I then sent him to ====== for 5 weeks, to be restarted, she wouldn’t even get on him! Was a total waste of time and money. I think she did contact you about him because Fred had broken him in. Extremely disappointed in her, she advertises as a horse breaker/problem solver when she won’t even get on and ride them herself! Anyway thats my story. I shall look into your products. I already have a couple of your DVD’s but not the ones you have suggested. Many Thanks for your time,  

Well on this Video, You will see devised systems by me and Clint James from WA, that achieve successful riding on the most suspect Horses. Best of Luck.


Hi, my wife has a young gelding that was broken in and has been back home for about 2 weeks. He is girthy and according to the breaker, a very reactive horse. We don't have any issue with the breaker as she kept us informed of his issues all along and took him along slowly to the point where he can do most things. The remaining issue she had with him is when she gave him a day off he regressed a bit and was reactive he next day; needing to have a fair bit of ground work and started with a roller on before trying the saddle. Since he has been home he was left for 4 days, (we have to work to pay for the horses) and was bad the next day to saddle but ok to ride, then fine the next 2 days on rides of around 10 kms. This week he was left for 5 days and wasn't too bad with saddling (still a lot of ground work done) but when my wife rode him out she had barely got him out the gate when he started bucking and dumped her on the road. We took him back in to our arena and my wife did about 15 minutes of ground work with him before she remounted and then just rode him in the arena for a half hour. Ok that was all just background. Now to the questions. Given he was ridden 6 days a week for 8 weeks and he still has to "re-learn" after a day off are we ever safely going to be able to ride him on weekends without doing an education session with him before he is taken out to the forest? Are we expecting too much from him too early? With the bucking, he has done it at girthing, but this was the first time while being ridden; do you think he is likely to learn to buck from today if we can stop him doing it again? Would your buck stopper help? Finally, my wife has 2 other horses to ride and works, should we just accept that he is not going to be the horse for us and find him a home with someone who can give him more time? Regards, Doug

Yes it would Doug but You need to go further. Follow these steps

  • Show me the Vid
  • Then I suspect.........
  • Then watch this. THE GIRTHY HORSE

and ensure Your Wife rides as the systems dictate.

Only then will You be able to answer the other question Doug.

 Best of Luck


Hey Today was Dressage, had the best test I have ever done on any Horse, !!  got a score of %70 which is much better than Moonta, 42%. Can't thank You both enough once again. Have a wonderful time back Home. xx

  Well done Girl!!!!!!



The Case of the Bankrupt Level 2 Coach that sold a Lady into a $100,000 Horse Purchase. The Purchaser was unaware that the Coach was a Bankrupt. The Coach has been referred to the A.S.C. and the Receiver Administrator





Equestrian Australia (who I have been warning for at least 5 Years now but don't listen) are to be sued shortly, for damages caused to Victims of Corrupt Coaches who have performed Crooked Horse Deals. As I have always said, the problem is a rampant one and the biggest rip off for the largest amounts of money, is carried out by EA every State. I have Folders full of them.





" Shown weakness to a Horse will cause a loss of respect and in some cases, a real dislike of You. That can and does turn to Life threatening Danger. Take it seriously!!"















Lawrence County, TN – Savannah Brus, 12, is a very lucky girl who will live to ride again thanks to the Troxel helmet she was wearing. Savannah, who has been riding her entire life, was riding her Appaloosa mare when she suddenly reared, flipped over backwards, and rolled over Savannah trying to get back up. Savannah’s mother saw her daughter’s life flash before her eyes. “My daughter was dangling from her stomach on the back of the horse with her head under [its] front legs. To be honest, when she first stood up and she was hanging there, I thought she was dead. She was just hanging.” Even while watching it happen, Savannah’s mother was yelling for people to call 911.

Savannah was flown to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where she is being treated for a fractured back and pelvis. Her helmet was crushed in the fall. It takes about 8,000 lbs to crush a helmet. “8,000 pounds of pressure would have squished my daughters skull and she would not be here. I mean, she would have died instantly. Her skull would have been that helmet,” Savannah’s mother told reporters. “Please put a helmet on your kid.”





Texas – When 102 year old Grandma Riggs was asked what she wanted for her birthday, her answer was quick. “I want to go see the horses,” she told her family. After visiting with the horses, she asked to ride. Her family knew it had been awhile, but they got their best horse out and grandma climbed the mounting block. After she was in the saddle, the horse refused to walk. “He knows I’m not supposed to be on him,” grandma quipped for the video. The horse finally started moving and grandma got the wind in her hair one more time. She hopes to do it again for her 103rd birthday next year.




Carterton, NZ – When 24-year-old cafe worker, Louise Sharp, went to bury her senior horse, she expected that it was a heart attack or just old age. 25 year old Duggie was laying in his paddock, the best friend and companion Louise has ever had.

Louise’ saddness at the passing of her friend turned to shock and anger when she discovered a large hole on the side of Duggie’s neck. The blood that had oozed from the wound and mouth told a violent story. “He was a trustworthy best friend of mine and I’ll be heart-broken the rest of my life that someone took him from me … he didn’t deserve to die like that,” Louise told reporters.

Police and the New Zealand RSPCA are searching for answers. No other horses in the area have been shot, leading them to believe it may have been a personal grudge.





Westport, Massachusetts – A leisurely horse ride along the beach turned into a nightmare for a local woman. She was riding her horse along the beach when her horse threw her off. The horse then ran into the ocean and began heading out from the shoreline.

The desperate woman called the Westport police and officers responded. Firefighters Tony Ward and Bob Porawski, both trained in water rescue, donned their gear and waded into the water. The horse was 40 feet from the rocky shoreline by this time, standing in chest deep water. For 45 minutes the two rescuers struggled to capture the horse. They were finally successful in putting a rope halter and lead on the horse and leading him to the beach, away from the rocky shore. The horse was uninjured as was the rider.





New Holland, PA – A severely abused horse was brought to the New Holland Sales Stables to be sold at the weekly horse auction on March 21. The horse had hooves so long they were curling up, one of its eyes was so infected it was swollen shut, and the entire horse was covered with lice. Injured HorseAn auction worker noticed investigators with Animals’ Angels documenting the horse’s condition. The worker grabbed the horse, led it to the back, shot it, and the horse was dumped in a large dumpster. Animals’ Angels reported “It is also concerning that action was taken only when auction workers realized that the horse had been seen by investigators, at which point it was shot rather than being attended to by a vet.”

It is illegal in Pennsylvania to sell a horse that “which by reason of debility, disease or lameness, or for other cause, could not be worked or used without violating the laws against cruelty to animals, or leads, rides, drives or transports any such horse for any purpose, except that of conveying the horse to the nearest available appropriate facility for its humane keeping or destruction or for medical or surgical treatment.”




Allentown, NJ – Philippa Humphreys, a very high level cross country jumper, fell from her horse at fence 16 during the cross-country time trial at the prestigious Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event. Humphreys, a British citizen living in Michigan, had been riding horses since she was just 2 years old and was considered one of the best. Her horse appeared to catch its front legs on the table jump, rotating the horse and sending Humphreys off and to the right. Medical staff rushed to her aid, but her injuries were too severe, and she could not be resuscitated. Philippa leaves behind a 6 month old baby and husband.

Mrs Humphreys is the 3rd jumper to die within 3 months. Olivia Inglis passed away in March and Caitlyn Fischer died in April.





Wellington, FL – A trainer in Florida, 36-year-old Elena Escoda, was hired by Mexico resident Gonzolo Senosiain to care for his three prized horses in Florida.  They were an elderly German Oldenburg gelding and 2 purebred Spanish stallions.  The arrangement fell apart when Mr Senosian noticed Elena spending an exorbitant amount of money on the Visa card he provided her to care for the horses.  When Mr Senosian threatened to cancel the credit card, Elena disappeared with the horses. Mr Senosian hired a private detective to find his horses.  The detectives job was easy when Elena posted one of the horses for sale online for $65,000.  Elena was arrested and booked into jail on charges of fraud and grand theft.




An Inola woman who was critically injured when a horse fell on her before a rodeo near Talala last weekend has died.

Teresa Leake, 49, was taken off life support at a Tulsa hospital on Wednesday, said Cletis Coe, pastor of Cowboy Country Fellowship, a Talala church that ran Saturday’s rodeo.

The accident happened during the second night of the church rodeo at Common Ground Ranch Arena, about 2 miles north of Talala and west of U.S. 169.

During preparation for the event, a horse Leake was trying to break in reportedly reared up and fell on top of her. She was airlifted to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition.

“The horse she normally rides had a cold, so she was working another horse that she had for a little over a year,” Coe said. “It’d been a good horse, but then all of a sudden it started acting stupid.”

Leake’s husband, Randal Leake, said his wife was an organ donor, and that the operation was conducted Wednesday.

“She helped five people yesterday,” Randal Leake said.

An obituary states Leake was a member of Cowboy Country Fellowship and various barrel racing associations.

Her funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Oologah Assembly Church of God.

Kyle Hinchey 918-581-8451




A man was killed in a horse accident at the Island County Fairgrounds today.

According to Wendy Moffatt, division chief of South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the man was either "kicked or stepped on" and died of his injures. The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Moffatt said the accident occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. between the arena and the campgrounds. The man was inside a horse trailer at the time.

"I’m not sure if he was loading or unloading the horses,” she said.

A single witness of the accident called 9-1-1 and first responders arrived to find the man unconscious and not breathing. Paramedics and fire personnel performed CPR for about 30 minutes but the man could not be revived, Moffatt said.






A Terrell High School Student died after being kicked by a horse.

The accident happened in the 200 block of Geise Street in Bronwood close to 8:30 Sunday morning. A horse belonging to Ron Justice escaped.

Authorities say his 15-year-old son was attempting to capture the animal.

"One of their horses had gotten out and he was trying to get the horse back in and somehow or another the horse kicked him in the chest," said Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens.

Authorities say they have gotten calls about loose horses in the area before, but they don't know who they belonged to, or if it was the same horse.




On his way home from an exciting and splendid competition in La Baule, Doda de Miranda was confronted with a tragedy. His 16-year-old daughter’s horse AD Welcome du Petit vivier died during a tragic truck accident. On his Facebook Doda de Miranda announced the loss of the 17-year-old Belgian Warmblood horse.

“Today we lost a dear friend, a part of our family. On the way back from the CSIO5* in La Baule we had a tragic car accident. In this accident we los one of our horses. A horse that jumped 4 clear rounds last weekend. My daughter’s favorit will hopdefully enjoy the after life … ”

AD Welcome is a Flamenco Desemilly-son. Together with Viviane de Miranda he jumped together some international rankings in the 1.15m classes. Before he jumped to the stage in the 1.45m classes with Athina Onassis.

Our thoughts and respect go to Doda, his daughter and family …



Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese equestrian rider Hiroshi Hoketsu, 75, is to miss out on becoming the oldest ever Olympic athlete after his horse fell ill with a cough, officials said Thursday.

Hoketsu was set to break the 96-year-old record of Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who was 72 years and 280 days when he won his sixth Olympic medal at Antwerp 1920.

Hoketsu, who turned heads as the oldest athlete at London 2012, had been keen to compete at the Games in August in Rio, in what would have been his fourth Olympics.

But he had to ditch his bid after his horse, Brioni W, developed a cough, Japan Equestrian Federation spokeswoman Azusa Kitano told AFP.

"Unfortunately I have given up on the dream of competing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, because I don't want to make undue demands on my horse," Hoketsu said in a statement released by the federation.

"For now, I'd like to concentrate on helping the horse get better."

Hoketsu's previous mount, Whisper, competed with him at the last two Olympics, but she was euthanised in 2013 after an infection following surgery.

He had been trying to qualify for Japan's four-member equestrian team in Rio before Brioni W, a 15-year-old gelding, fell ill.

Hoketsu didn't elaborate on whether he will now try to break Swahn's record at the 2020 Olympics on home ground in Tokyo, when he will be 79.

"I haven't decided anything yet about the future," he said in the statement.

An appearance at Tokyo 2020 would complete a circle for Hoketsu, whose first Olympics was in the Japanese capital in 1964, when he came in 40th in show jumping.

Forty-four years later, in Beijing, he was 34th, before placing 41st in London.






A HELICOPTER ride is a good birthday present, but Corella farmer Michelle Ross was much more thankful today to know her unborn child is safe and well.

The 31-year-old woman, who is 39 weeks pregnant, was moving her horses between paddocks on Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by "one of the bigger ones".

"One of the horses, as I was leading them through a gateway, decided to kick out at another horse, but I happened to be standing there," Ms Ross said.

Ms Ross' husband saw the kick land in the side of her stomach, and immediately dialled triple zero.

"It wasn't the best of situations to be in," Ms Ross said.

"All I could think about was if bub was okay."

"How would I know if I couldn't see inside?"

An ambulance rushed Ms Ross to Gympie Hospital, before a helicopter delivered her to Nambour Hospital.

The next night and day were a flurry of tests and checks, but to Ms Ross' relief, both the placenta and baby appear unharmed.

"I've had ECGs to monitor the baby's heart rate, I've had ultrasounds to make sure there's no problems with the placenta and there's no bleeding inside, and I have a bruise to the side of my stomach where the horse did get me," Ms Ross said.

"But bub's well cushioned in there and everything is really good."

Michelle Ross was kicked by a horse to her stomach.

That came as a huge relief to Ms Ross, who celebrated her 31st birthday yesterday in hospital, but doctors will continue to monitor the baby's health today to be sure.

"It wasn't the way I thought I'd spend my birthday, but making sure bub's okay, I'm okay with that," Ms Ross said.

The double-barrel kick caused bruising to Ms Ross' stomach, and also hit her elbow.

"Luckily she got me towards the end of the kick," Ms Ross said.

She said she was glad one of her other children hadn't been in her place, or the situation could have been much worse.

She said she won't let the experience deter or frighten her in any way.

"Living on a property, you deal with different situations every day," she said.

"Sometimes you're in the wrong spot at the wrong time, and yesterday was one of those days where I just happened to be in the wrong spot and got collected by a flying hoof."

Once the baby's health was confirmed, Ms Ross' father even saw the funny side, sending her a message: "The things you do for a ride in a helicopter."

Ms Ross wished to thank the paramedics, helicopter and hospital staff who brought her to hospital and monitored the baby.

"It's been an eventful couple of days, but I'm feeling good," she said.













Hi HP, Hope you and Mrs HP are well and not working too hard :)

 I'm hoping you can give me some ideas on how to get a young pony forward in hand. I'm leasing a rising 3 year old colt who is very quiet and laid back. So laid back that I'm having trouble getting him to move faster than a walk! Breed is a welsh a. My plan / hope with this colt is to show him in hand for a season then send him back to his owner, but I've got to find some way to get him to move as I'm even having to drag him along when walking him on the lead. I have him in a rope halter with a 12 foot lead rope. Flicking him with the leadrope or with a dressage whip to get him to walk faster gets a response of ears flicking back (in a listening way, not a nasty way) and he raises his head but he doesn't move any faster. I think he was shown successfully as a weanling, and then turned out.

 I've had him for around three months now and have managed to get him to move out of my space now - previously all he wanted to do was be as close as he could and have pats and cuddles and smooches. I can get him to yield his quarters and shoulders away from me when I apply pressure, and I can get him to walk around the round yard on the lunge, but I can't get him to trot either on the lunge or in hand. I just can't find his go button. So far I have tried spinning the lead rope at his quarters to get him to step faster - no go, he doesn't care even if I accidentally hit him with the leather ends. Cracking the lunge whip behind him doesn't even get an ear flick, tapping him with a whip, nothing. I'm starting at a pressure level of 0 and going up as far as I am comfortable with, none of which is getting a response.

Wrapping the lunge whip around his butt doesn't get a forward response, flicking sand at him, loud noises, nothing. He will raise his head, tighten up through his body, put his listening ears on, and if we are at halt will walk on slowly, but I can't get him to go from walk to trot. I can't even get a good walk out of him :( I'm getting exhausted trying to get him to move, he's probably laughing at me on the inside! I don't see him move around much in his paddock, he's pretty sedentary. He is also in by himself as my other pony is a mare, however he can see her every now and then and can also see other horses on other properties. Any ideas? Cheers, Lisa.



Of course Lisa, there are always ideas. They come from an ability to think outside the Square, a belief that there are no 'Problem Horses' and that the entire time we work with them, they are communicating all to us. The problem only comes when the Human is less savvy than the Horse but in my case, that doesn't happen of course.

No matter what challenges You meet with Horses, throughout Your Life, if You first only think in terms of the Horse having a Health Problem, a Mental Problem or a Human Problem of the past, You won't fall short of the mark.

So as You approach so called 'perceived problems with Horses' You must first 'eliminate the Veterinary', then the 'Psychological' and then go look in the Mirror.

So, what would I do?????

I would approach this Horse, as I do every Horse, as an assessment, NOT A TRAINING OPPORTUNITY. So taking all those things into account, what could we do?????

  • It is unheard of that a Young Colt doesn't want to run.

  • Ring the Vet and have his Testicles scanned for bruising and if so, put Him in the Paddock to await Mares or Geld Him if You insist upon training stuff.

  • You could further assess this theory, by immediately going and getting Your Mare and lunging Him, BEHIND HER. Video it!!!! This will tell You much.

  • Does he suffer from "Learned helplessness?" he Veterinary challenged or more? Can You teach Him to lunge, using Her as the focus????????

That's enough for Tonight. I've had a real hard Day but You get the drift. I could sit here and dream up plenty more. Have a go.....



Hi HP, That's why I ask you for help and ideas. 😊 I will get him checked out by a vet for starters and let you know the results. Cheers, Lisa








Hi John - twice in one week eh! I am in the process of mouthing my youngster. We have gotten really good at the lateral mouth (my rope throwing has improved a lot since i saw you ) the mare is a nippy wee thing and I need to be quick when she spins but we have made good progress quickly. When she has had the roller on the past few times, she is very girthy. I make sure I tighten it very slowly but she has tried to go off with it a few times, but she doesn’t bronc, she rears. I haven’t see this before and am worried she will rear when I go to get on. What advice would you give?

Today, I went to test the front mouth and she kept trying to turn to face me, she didn’t understand why I was behind her driving her, so when I asked her to stand she was going side to side and really not getting it, when I took a hold of both reins ,she threw her head a lot but didn’t rear at least - but i can see the potential there (i really don’t want to stuff her) - should I perhaps have someone walk beside her head until she is okay with me behind her?

She is very forward and thinks trot instead of walk. I just read your blog and I know the one rein stop is not for rearers - so what do i do instead if she rears when i get on for the first time? ================== she’s a real firecracker but is teaching me fast! Cheers

Katy from Scotland


They are all different and they all provide challenges, don't they?

The moving left and right, many do. They are Blind directly behind and are wanting to keep an eye on You for You are in a place that 'No Man has ever gone" Imagine the fear?

So to bring this into the realm of the Amateur Trainer, fact the Horse to a fence when doing that, to stop having to challenge the Mouth when it is clearly not yet ready or understanding. Let the fence to that. You then only have to use the lateral Mouth, which the Horse already understand at least.

So by all means, use a Person to lead Her.

Rearing or not, is in "THE HANDS' the feel, release, reading. Snip couldn't back up when we got Him. He reared every time he was asked. ( The English Trainers don't back Horses heaven forbid :)

You saw how to Mount them. Do it Tomorrow. Why haven't You done it TODAY!!!!!!!!!!


She was ace :)

you can hear someone saying that i should get someone to lead her with me on board ;)

 the girl doing the video has been watching me all along with great interest - especially with the leg restraints :)

Great job Katy. You were 'Ace' too.!!!!! You realize that You are the first Person in the entire UK, to ride a 'Breaker' with  ONE REIN?????????????? Pretty well faultless and You know You stopped Her from Bucking, without a doubt. Just some little improvements for You.

  • You don't have to literally drop the outside Rein....just don't have it engaged.
  • Stroke the Horse on the outside Shoulder when preparing to mount.
  • Shorten up Your inside Rein a little but have no contact.
  • Keep Your inside Rein Hand closer to Your Body and moving past Your Hip, not out from the Horse.
  • Stand around a little, relaxing the Horse, when next on.

GREAT MOUTH!!!!! Well done and well done to Your reading and reflexes. Great. Proud of You. You realize You just debunked an Austrealian Scientist????????

Carry on. Not an easy Horse.....and DON'T LISTEN to suggestions about leading lol




Hi John have recently bought a nice little cutting horse. This horse had been broken in for furturity,but didnt make the grade. Then as i understand it has been tried by 2 other trainers.I had a conversation with the last trainer who said in a week was unable to get the horse to use the correct lead going to the right in a circle.I have at times managed to get the correct lead  (probably through luck rather than good management} and it was like riding a bike with a busted rim. Can you give me some pointers on how to help balance up this little horse.She is so eager to please and sweet, i would like to understand the reason this is so difficult for her. Regards Dinah 


Hi Dinah.

These issues are almost always subtle Veterinary with the Horse protecting itself from the discomfort.

The fact that this Horse has been through more than one Trainer, says plenty.

That Veterinary can be real or caused by bad riding -

The key to this is to go through a proper process of Physical preparation of Muscular development and correct riding from a Dressage viewpoint.  Read my 'Tip of the Day' on Sunday Night for something that will surprise You.

So put You and the Horse through a series of tests. Are You riding BALANCED and not being shifted in the Saddle?? Is the Horse going around totally and correctly STRAIGHT, FLEXED AND BENT, if it is not then You have to fix that.

My 44 Page E-Book that goes with the Running Reins system, explains this with copious photographs and success stories.







Hello John,

I'd like I start off by saying you're by far my favourite trainer, and unlike many others, the things you say in regards to horses have a very linear and logical explanation to horse dos and donts.

I have a bit related question; it also touches upon mouthing.
I have a TB x Appy 12 year old mare. Very, very forward. Meaningful walk to everything else really.
I had originally ridden her in your breaking bit, with a head check, and found that the turning capabilities, in that bit, due to the way you have put it together with the hinges, are awesome.
However, being the TB she is, and no matter how many times we have remouthed her, out in the trails, that she knows so well, I have begun to ride in a gag on the second hoop, as they're safety breaks; with that I too have the head check as she chucks her head up. She is very very forward, but in gag I feel her turning is muted a little.

I was wondering whether you have a gag, with a lozenge or whatever else, just so I can get the best of both worlds, as my trainer, Nicole Bortolussi, and I, only use your gear; and every horse we sell goes with one of your breaker bits home.
I would like to stay away from the pelum.

Kind regards,


Thanks Little Darlin :)

Nicole would tell You that I would never use anything but a Snaffle on any horse, no matter what the problem, so I don't sell Gags of course. I do have a Grazing Bit though, which with a chin strap, may be of use to You.


Hello HP! That's fair enough! I only use the gag on the trails as she becomes very head strong, as she knows them so well, and will a hot horse behind her, I have no hope. (She has a superiority complex, she has to be out in front) In an arena I use the breaker bit, as mentioned before, the longitudinal turn on your bits are better then anything I've ever tried. I use running reins on a weekly basis, and Nicole had installed the one rein stop. Do you have any suggestions in lightening up the right rein? I would have no issues with her forwardness if I knew I could stop her on that right rein, left is defiantly her preference :p Kind regards, Emilia (Very soon do I have to buy a new breaker big as Nicole stole mine :p)






Hi John

hope all is going well for you. We've been having a rather poor year with horse being stabled for the last 6 weeks with hopefully just a tendon strain and not a hole. The vet will check the leg shortly and I'll know if he can return to the paddock or if he has to be stabled for a whole lot longer.

Tell you what - I really dislike stabling LOL I go out twice a day to clean the stable and yard. Luckily the stable has that lovely rubber flooring. It's much easier to pick up poo that's been kicked quite literally from wall to wall. He's not so bad in the yard, but does sometimes seem to think it is a wonderfully fun idea to hide poo. Luckily he wees in the same spot all the time, so that is easy to find. I've got my patented 6 bay cleaning method to move the wet to the back corner and then move equal sized parcels up the yard to the wee spot so the sawdust stays the same thickness all the way. Need to do that so he doesn't have to stand in urine soaked sawdust when he wees as that is really bad for their feet.

The yard is, by my reckoning, 3 x 12m with a 3x3 stable. I physically strip back to base and move, twice a day, about 3x8m worth of sawdust. With the 6 bays, that gives it 2 1/2 days to dry out before it gets back to the wee spot. The front part of the yard is where he likes to roll, so that has to be fluffed up at the same time. Then there is the twice daily sweeping of the rubber stable and weekly washing and scrubbing of the floor. Then of course doing the hay nets so he has food all day. It's exhausting!

This is a good picture of his living arrangements (thanks Googlemaps). The yellow paddock is where he normally lives 24/7. The red one was where my retiree lived - a nice 20 acre group paddock. When you compare his yellow paddock to the stable block, his movement is really restricted (the stable block is just above the arena).

Given the big, sudden change in his living circumstances, I make sure he gets out of the stable for at least 20 mins to walk and then another 20 or so minutes to graze, morning and night. Initially a lot of people suggested walking was bad, but for his mental health, I really think it is important. Some days he isn't keen to do too much, others he is eager to get going. We just mooch along on flat ground and let him look at things and eat. On weekends, he spends a couple of hours in a small grassed yard while I clean, just so he has some psychological grazing time. I've been making sure I have long weekends (thank goodness work is very accommodating) so that he can have a nice morning out for half the week.

But, it is hard work (especially with working full time too). The good news is it is nearly over. Given what we were doing at the time, I am pretty confident it is a strain and nothing worse. I am sure he will be very happy to go back to his paddock. Nearly as happy as I will be not to have to clean another stable for hopefully a very long time!! All in all he has been a very good boy, even if his idea of "helping" is upending the poo bucket and spreading manure everywhere...... He does try to sweep and rake, but finds it a little difficult :)

hope you're having a good week


Sorry to hear about that K. Well done, great effort, lucky Horse, good Owners. Wonderful property for the Horses, lovely Trees, secluded. All good. Hope it all continues on track.x






Hi HP, I have an update on my lethargic colt. Vet has been out to see him, bloods have been taken as well as a manure sample which I am still awaiting results from. He seemed to get worse since I emailed you, even more lethargic, although still with a really good appertite and drinking plenty. His shape has changed dramatically too, he was fat all over now he has gone to having a large belly but his ribs can be easily felt and he has lost his topline. No physical soreness was found at all, he isn't lame, and the vet's assessment prior to bloods or a faecal egg count thought mild anemia (pale gums, flat veins) and possibly a worm or sand burden, even though he is regularly wormed and his paddock is kept clean of manure. Temperature is normal, no breathing issues, just flat as a tack. Bloods came back with his iron levels within the normal range of 24 - 40 at 29, but my vet still thinks that thsi is too low, so we have him on Blud sachets. His white blood cells are up indicating he is either fighting a virus of some sort or stressed, and his electrolytes are down, so we have increased his salt intake. Nothing really in the bloods to decisively show why he is so lethargic. Under the vet's instructions I'm giving him a double dose course of Panacur and also some psyllium husks. I have your sand colic recipe - will it be ok to give him that while he is having all this other stuff in his feed or should I wait until he has finished the Blud and Panacur? I don't want to flush them out of his system, just any sand. Also he is a pony, so only around 250 - 300 kgs so I'm wondering how much of your recipe I should be giving him? I am leaving him be in regards to trying to teach him to lunge and the only training I'm doing is the daily insistance on good manners when handling him and also getting him accustomed to wearing a bit and bridle, in preperation for eventually mouthing him. My vet will hopefully have the results of the faecal egg count shortly, and we've also gone ahead and tested him for Ross River Virus as it is a remote possibility. Thanks again for your feedback :) Cheers, Lisa.

Well done Lisa. Trust me, something is wrong. Best of Luck

Regarding Colic, unfortunately no, don't mix treatments. You must allow the Vet to run his course. Regards





15TH MAY, 2016


Hi Folks. Hope You all had a lovely Week. Friends, Fans and Enemies :) I'm still alive and the Death Threat still hasn't eventuated So what's been happening????

Had a lovely ride around the District Today, riding two fabulous Horses and with us came one of our Agistees, a lovely Lady with a great attitude and who is only a Novice Rider, but on a wonderful Horse....who hit the front on more than one occasion.

Here they are in their splendor :)


Cappo was happy to convert some Locals into Horses for the future....

and my Darlin keeping a close eye on Her Brother

Works are finally under control with the Reno and we are now putting the place back together, phew. New Kitchen comes this Week.

We are out of here in 16 Days time and Mrs. HP's Mum (Vicky .RN )and Husband (Terry - Mechanic) will be moving in to take over and run the place for 3 Months. We will then be back and they will go to Victor Harbor, looking for Property, with a view to moving there and then working at the Victor Harbor Hospital, which would be a major coup as Vicky is an Intensive Care RN.


I would like to extend our appols to all of those Folks that we have neglected due to our crazy Life of the past 6 Months and the several mistakes we have made with sending Products, caused by the confusion between here and Victor Harbor. I shall now be able to focus on my Online Business completely, equipped with the NBN to the Home, when we return. This includes my poor suffering Agents in the following Countries.


Everything is going well at 'Gainsborough' and we welcome the new Agistees and farewell those who have purchased their own properties.





Dear John,

Without taking too much of your time may I please request for your opinion and thoughts of Professor Paul McGreevy, study on equestrian equipment?

I look forward to your thoughts and comments.

Kind regards

HI John

I haven't the time to read it or watch it but I take it that it is about the detrimental effects of the Double Bridle on Horses.

If that is the case, I am pleased to see the Scientists finally getting on board late in the piece for I first started on this issue, prior to 2010, with an article in fact, held on the Myler Bits Website HOME PAGE, for 2 Years, and I have been flogging it every since.

They do very well out of my Site and always have. One of the big Name Vets' has got so comfy he now uses some of my words :)

Anyhow, all good for the Horses and read my Lips, the Double will be optional very soon and that will be as good as shutting down a Coal Fired Power Station :)




but.....from the Horse Magazine.


Right now the wide world of the web is aflame with a scientific report that PROVES that double bridles and nosebands have horrendous consequences for the poor horses subjected to them. The ABC news headline gives a fair taste: Olympic equestrian events under fire as research links riding equipment to stress response in horses. And the news items observes that scientists are ‘claiming nosebands and double bridles could cause unnecessary pain and suffering to horses during equestrian events’.

“This study is the first to show that a very common practice, and a very common piece of gear, is eliciting a stress response in horses,” said veterinarian and senior author of the study, Professor Paul McGreevy, “It is worth noting that this response emerged in horses without riders and without rein tension, so it’s possibly just the tip of the iceberg.”

Except the research proves just the opposite, according to Kate Fenner, the lead author of the study, the one who actually carried out the experiments on the twelve horses tested.

When I talk with Kate, a totally different picture emerges from the one that has been doing the rounds of the web, and frantically promoted by the RSPCA and Professor McGreevy.

Instead of ALL nosebands combined with double bridles having bad consequences for the horses, the only problem comes when they are used illegally. According to Kate, “A properly fitted noseband with the conventional two fingers of space, has no bad effect at all and that is what comes out of our research, in fact we’ve proved that there is no problem when they are used properly. I can’t comment on what the RSPCA are saying, but you are quite right, the extreme effect is only in condition 4, where the noseband is tightened so there is no space under the noseband. The problem as I see it is that the rules are not specific enough – if they were, and they ensured that all the nosebands were properly fitted, with the two fingers of space, then we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

Interesting isn’t it, how research can prove one thing – and then be used to prove the opposite?

While we are on the subject, I do believe there is a problem with drop and flash nosebands used with snaffle bridles in Young Dressage Horse classes. The stewards seem to routinely ignore purple tongues and hideously tight nosebands. Now if, as their advocates claim, the drop noseband is a useful training tool, then it should have no place in the competition arena – the solution is simple, only allow cavesson nosebands fitted with a two finger space, and enforce the rule.

I suspect that the FEI is about to make the double bridle optional for Grand Prix dressage. Sad in that another tradition of our sport goes, but when we have World and Olympic champions who consistently misuse double bridles, it is perhaps no great loss – although they will be just as ugly in snaffles.

And in the meantime, next time you find a shock horror report, take the time to go to the original document, try to talk to its author, and you might find that the web furore is just the usual publicity seekers trying to get their moment of notoriety in the media and that the truth is quite different…

Chris Hector


and from Mary Hanna.....

"From a reliable source... They used horses that had never had a double bridle or nose band before"

and of course if that is true, the study is irrelevant. The Jury is obviously out.




At a Lecture in Rural NSW last Week, Dr. Andrew McLean ( lobbied ( as he does regularly) against the 'Power of the One Rein Stop'

McLean mainly rides a Lectern which has been his Mount for as long as I can remember and if working with Horses at all, only does Ground Manners work. He is not experienced in riding Problem Horses or Breakers.

He said this or words to the effect.........

"However, he did spend quite some time criticising the "one rein stop" saying that it causes the opposite shoulder to bulge etc. and that it would not work with a bolting horse. He has missed the point completely that the one rein stop prevents the notion of bolting in the first place. He stated that horses should only be trained with the two-rein stop. He constantly emphasised pressure/release in rein handling. "

Well of course he is wrong, completely wrong but wouldn't know it. I don't need to say a word in defense of the One Rein Stop, just let the Thousands of People who have had their Life and Limbs saved by it speal and there are so many of them that I only have to go to me INBOX OF TODAY



" Ya Can't Bloody Tell em"


Hi John and Linda! How are you? How is the house coming along? Thought I would tell you a wee story about something I've been doing. A very novice lady at my yard has a very heavy set stocky young cob who has started to bolt home and jog with her. She is a complete novice and typically hangs off his mouth etc etc. whenever he puts in a spin she comes pinging out the saddle and he is free to do as he pleases!

 Now, when she got the horse a few months ago it didn't bolt, but it quickly cottoned on that it could turn on a hack and she couldn't stop it, so the following months proceeded and the horse got worse until the point where a number of people tried to hack it out and it would always end up back home much sooner than intended!

This was where i stepped in and offered my help - fresh from my visit with you ;) well I remouthed the horse in the school a number of days, it had no lateral mouth but being a cob it was laid back and we got there after a few sessions in my home made round pen in the arena. Well, then I thought I gotta get out and test out the system! I headed along the track away from the yard and we got to the usual place and sure enough the horse did a nasty turn to the side and started to take me back to the yard at a swift trot, well I reached for the old trusty one rein and whirled the horse round and round. He fought for at least 5/6 turns until we were facing the correct way (we didnt get that reaction in the scjool ofcourse) I skelped his ass and we went on our way. THe horse had had a little kick to its ego methinks! I went further along the track until I felt confident the horse was forward and willing. We headed for home on a loose rein and the horse started jogging. We did the stop reverse a number of times and by the time we were home the horse was relaxed and putting it's nose down and looking rather happy - much to the owners gratitude!

I then said that for the horses sake the owner isn't ready to hack him herself as he will go back to his old ways as she can't let the reins go and has no idea at all basically. But she went for a ride the next day and the horse dumped her and ran off again. So I got on a few days later and hacked him longer each time and he tried to bolt but was shut down each time. I spoke to the owner and we agreed he should be sold to someone who can cope and she can get something older. So I continued to ride the horse a few times, each time he was turning for home less and we were getting on really well.

Yesterday I said to her not to ride him out as he is currently doing well and I didn't want my hard work undone as someone was meant to be coming to view the horse today. Well my friend has just messaged me saying that she saw the owner at the yard today, she had a male friend on the horse who tried to hack him out (to prove he was a good rider indeed!) and the horse bolted and he made the horse canter home along the track - trying to show off or something? No doubt hanging off the mouth.

 So I have expressed my annoyance to the owner and have said she will have no more help from me (I didn't charge a penny for any of my help either as I didn't feel I was ready to charge incase I couldn't fix the horse). So just thought I would share this tale with you as it is probably something you have experienced 10 fold - you really can't bloody tell em eh!! So frustrating. On the plus side though, Leo's schooling is coming along fantastic, our lateral movement is getting good and i smile everytime I ride :) Hope you're both well!





My 2 year old turned out in a green paddock now but I set myself a challenge basically to save his life because everyone feared him and rode him at this show (very basic hacking) my hat blew off and hit his bum and he didn't skip a beat. It was a lot of HARDWORK but I felt secure in his mouthing, his mother bucks and they ride her in harsh bits, so everyone said he would Buck but not once 😀 he bolted first ride out one rein stop he never did it again 😀 so when you are ready for students please pick me I want to learn how to be kind to my horses 😀



LETTER 3 (archive)

For anyone who questions your methods you could share this story with them.

My little six year old daughter has been "riding" since she was two years
old. Started on lead pony, etc, etc and last weekend we allowed her her
first ride in the park off the lead on her very lovely 14 yo been there,
done that pony. For the last two years I have drilled her on the one rein
stop - to the point where she could probably teach just about anyone how to
do one. During this first ride in the park - loopy reins all the way - this
cheeky pony didn't bolt, but he did go for an unauthorised canter with six
year old on board (probably because older sister always cantered him in this
particular spot, so was expecting this day would be the same). Little six
year old hauled him up with her one rein stop within about 10 or 15 metres
and although a bit shocked with what happened, after the initial surprise,
felt super confident and all powerful, because she knew, when the chips were
down, she could make this pony stop and listen to her. The rest of the ride
pony didn't put a foot wrong - back to loopy reins - and a fun time was had
by all.

I sincerely hope anyone who has children riding and reads this, please,
please teach your little ones and their ponies this technique - not only
does it give them much confidence but even more importantly keeps them safe.
Should be first lesson taught to every kid at pony club imho (along with
training the ponies as well). And for any doubters out there, my little six
year old can tell you how important it is to have this particular tool in
your horsemans tool kit!

Regards and thanks again,



of course, I only have one comment. That if the good Doctor rode dangerous Horses, he would know that it has nothing to do with the SHOULDER, it has only to do with the dis-engagement of the HIND QUARTERS, thus taking the Power of Buck, Bolt from the Horse.

 Bucked off the last three owners and fixed that Day.

So don't listen to the Scientists who impress with big words Folks. Your Life may be saved one Day, as against the countless Deaths of innocent People in Britain, who try and use TWO REINS.





" Don't lean foreword when backing a Horse. As You are attempting to back it, You are telling it to go forward, confusing to say the least"











One Woman, Three Wild Horses and 5,330km!

Alienor Le Gouvello (Wild at Heart Australia) & her 3 Guy Fawkes heritage horses continue north along Australia's 5,330km Bicentennial National Trial (BNT); the longest trail in the world! I had the pleasure of meeting Alienor and her horses last Sunday during the 'Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse' Open Day. I even spotted one of your quality head collars working a treat on a young gelding! Their journey started on the BNT in November 2015 showing just how gutsy & determined they truly are! Enjoy their Story, Photographs, Show your Support & Make a Donation :)

Kindest regards
Tania aka. Whirlwind :)







Kittitas County, Washington – Sheriff Deputies with the Kittitas County Sheriff Department seized 14 horses from a Thoroughbred Rescue Tuesday afternoon. The Sheriff Office had been investigating Emerald City Thoroughbred Project for quite some time, and are pressing animal cruelty charges against founders James and Deborah Kingcade. “We usually try to work with animal owners to come up with a plan to care for the animals,” Undersheriff Clay Myers said. “But all of those processes have failed in this case. We now feel obligated to take this to the next level and take the animals to ensure they can be cared for.”

The Kingcade’s were also found to be in possession of a stolen horse when they refused to return Aine Morris’ horse, Eve. After 3 months, multiple lawsuits and the Kingcade’s being found in contempt of court, Eve was finally removed from the rescue. She was living in absolutely horrible conditions, had no veterinarian or farrier care for her severely foundered hooves, and was underweight. Aine Morris started a Facebook group, Justice for Eve, to chronicle the events.

A horse allegedly left behind at the Misty Ridge Equestrian Centre. (Supplied)




Council Bluffs, Iowa – A trainer who won 1st place in the 2013 Iowa Horse Fair Colt Starting Challenge has found himself under fire for his unusual training methods. Logan Allen posted public photos to his Facebook wall of a horse with the caption “bad boy…” The photos have ignited a firestorm of anger on social media and many calls to the Sheriff Department.

The first photo shows the horse tied up, laying on the ground, while a garden hose sprays water all over its body and face. Its legs are tied up tight and its tongue is hanging limply from its mouth.

The second and third photos show the same horse completely covered with a large grey tarp while water is continuously sprayed over the horse and tarp. Most people who view the pictures believe they are substantive proof of animal abuse.

Logan Allen has since removed the photos from his Facebook timeline.


  Yes, that's off the tongue!!!





Kittitas County, Washington – Sheriff Deputies with the Kittitas County Sheriff Department seized 14 horses from a Thoroughbred Rescue Tuesday afternoon. The Sheriff Office had been investigating Emerald City Thoroughbred Project for quite some time, and are pressing animal cruelty charges against founders James and Deborah Kingcade. “We usually try to work with animal owners to come up with a plan to care for the animals,” Undersheriff Clay Myers said. “But all of those processes have failed in this case. We now feel obligated to take this to the next level and take the animals to ensure they can be cared for.”

The Kingcade’s were also found to be in possession of a stolen horse when they refused to return Aine Morris’ horse, Eve. After 3 months, multiple lawsuits and the Kingcade’s being found in contempt of court, Eve was finally removed from the rescue. She was living in absolutely horrible conditions, had no veterinarian or farrier care for her severely foundered hooves, and was underweight. Aine Morris started a Facebook group, Justice for Eve, to chronicle the events.





Members of a NSW community are concerned for the welfare of 17 horses left behind at a property west of Sydney after four "emaciated and starving" animals were recently seized.

Kylie Maher, the owner of Misty Ridge Equestrian Centre, near Kurrajong, had the horses removed from her care on March 31 after locals became concerned they were not being properly fed.

Photos uploaded to the Help Save the Misty Ridge Equestrian Centre Horses Facebook page, reportedly taken in late April, show horses left behind with their ribs clearly visible.

Catherine Brown, who runs a riding school in nearby Glossodia, told ninemsn some in the community are worried for the remaining horses as the temperature drops.

"It's a cold day in the Hawkesbury today, and they don't have enough weight on them to get through the winter," she said.

"It just can't keep going on, it's horrible."

The centre is now believed to have closed but the animals remain on the farm.
A protest was held outside the centre on April 30. (Supplied)

A protest was held outside the centre on April 30. (Supplied)

A protest was held outside the centre on April 30, with residents demanding the RSPCA seize the rest of the horses on the property.

RSCPA spokeswoman Jessica Conway told ninemsn inspectors and equine veterinarians have checked on the horses "every couple of days" and that "improvements had been observed".

Ms Conway refused to say whether charges are pending against Ms Maher.

"The matter is subject to ongoing investigation," she said.

The centre's Facebook page, previously highly active, has not made a post since the horses were seized.
Residents are concerned about the animals as winter approaches. (Supplied)

Residents are concerned about the animals as winter approaches. (Supplied)

"Most of the horses had various issues. Staff members have been removed due to actions beyond mananagents (sic) control and we are working towards a better environment at Misty Ridge," the last post read.

Phone calls and Facebook messages to the centre's page were not returned.

Ms Brown said she believes there should be a national animal cruelty registry, as has been rolled out overseas.

"As a riding school owner, I have to have a Working With Children check, so why not the same for animals?" she said.

"The poor horses need someone to speak for them."

The seizures comes three months after the RSPCA carried out its largest ever animal cruelty raid.

More than 100 malnourished horses and ponies were seized from a property in west Victoria.





A seventh Olympic Games beckons for Kiwi equestrian Mark Todd after finishing fourth at the Badminton Horse Trials in England. The 60-year-old went clear on his mount Leonidas in the final showjumping phase, but is ruing a poor dressage at the start of the event. Todd says Leonidas is a horse that is well capable of being up near the lead in the dressage but hasn't put a foot wrong since. Germany's Michael Jung confirmed his favourtism for Olympic gold with a commanding win to complete the triple crown following wins at Kentucky, and Burghley.





Council Bluffs, Iowa – A trainer who won 1st place in the 2013 Iowa Horse Fair Colt Starting Challenge has found himself under fire for his unusual training methods. Logan Allen posted public photos to his Facebook wall of a horse with the caption “bad boy…” The photos have ignited a firestorm of anger on social media and many calls to the Sheriff Department. The first photo shows the horse tied up, laying on the ground, while a garden hose sprays water all over its body and face. Its legs are tied up tight and its tongue is hanging limply from its mouth. The second and third photos show the same horse completely covered with a large grey tarp while water is continuously sprayed over the horse and tarp. Most people who view the pictures believe they are substantive proof of animal abuse. Logan Allen has since removed the photos from his Facebook timeline.





Council Bluffs, Iowa – Logan Allen, the now infamous trainer who posted photos of waterboarding his horse and photos of roping a cow and training dogs to attack, has come forward and talked to local media. Logan spoke to KETV 7 and WOWT 6. “I love horses more than anybody out there,” Logan told KETV. “Every day I use horses and the last thing I’m going to do is hurt one. I mean, they’re a partner to me. I’m not going to hurt my partner. It’s just a technique that some people do with their horses to gain trust. The absolute worst thing you can do when you lay one down is to hurt him, and I did not hurt him.” Logan brought a 3-year-old horse named Prickly Pear to Hooves and Paws Rescue to meet with WOWT. He brought Prickly Pear to the rescue to prove that the horse is alive, despite many people claiming to the contrary. His actions may not quell the controversy, as the horse Logan brought to the rescue has a star, while the horse in the photo being waterboarded does not appear to have a star. Logan told reporters “The horse’s face was never wet.”




KILLED BY HER OWN HORSE (note the expression and the English Mouth cranking)

A keen equestrian and animal lover was killed by a horse in an accident at the stables she managed.

Kathryn Bull, 39, died instantly at the Cross Lane Equestrian Centre at Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, on April 29.

Exact details of the accident are not yet known, but her husband Steve said she had not been riding when she was killed.
Kathryn Bull, 39, (pictured) was killed by a horse in an accident at the stables she managed

Kathryn Bull, 39, (pictured) was killed by a horse in an accident at the stables she managed

'I was at home, it was my day off, and I got the call at 13.34 and was told to come to the yard,' said Mr Bull, who was married to his wife for 14 years. 'I knew instantly.

'Horses were her life, she spent most of her time either here or helping other people with their horses.

'She was my best friend and friends with everyone else.

'I can't describe how it feels.'

Flowers and messages have since been left at the gate of the equestrian centre.

As well as managing the stables, Mrs Bull ran an outdoor recreation company, Bull Precision Expeditions Ltd.
Exact details of the accident are not yet known, but her husband Steve said she had not been riding when she was killed

Exact details of the accident are not yet known, but her husband Steve said she had not been riding when she was killed

Since her death, friends and family have taken to Facebook to leave tributes to Mrs Bull.

The Kathryn Bull Memorial Trust has also been set up to support local riders and fund an annual award while promoting Mrs Bull's'spirit and heart of generosity'.

Mr Bull also took to Facebook to thank those who had left messages, calling it 'beyond belief'.

He added: 'We've had calls from Greenland and Kathmandu - people out there who have heard about what has happened.'




Young showjumping horse Questfinder sustained fatal injuries in an accident in Germany at the weekend, falling at a water jump in a grand prix competition and breaking his leg.

Irish rider Eoin McMahon, 20, was airlifted to hospital, where he was under observation for 24 hours. McMahon sustained heavy bruising, a broken finger, and concussion, but a CT scan of his brain and spine were clear, employer Carl Hanley said. “He is very, very lucky to come out with only these injuries.”

The accident happened at the CSI3* Munich Riem International Horse Show, half way through the 1.5m grand prix class on Sunday. The class was stopped, and New Zealand rider Bruce Goodin and Centina 10 were declared the winners. The Kiwi, took home the €5,500 (£4,350) prize-fund, but told Horse & Hound magazine that it was “a strange and hollow victory.”

Carl Hanley said it was a sad day, “losing such a great, kind and wonderful horse that we enjoyed working with for almost three years”.

Questfinder (Quintender x Landstreicher) had been with McMahon for about 18 months.










The death of 17-year-old horse rider Olivia Inglis in March this year rocked the global equestrian world. The hashtag #rideforolivia went viral.

Not two months later, 19-year-old Caitlyn Fischer died in a similar event.

Both girls were experienced riders who specialised in eventing, which is an Olympic equestrian event in which Australian horses and riders excel internationally. It comprises three phases of competition: dressage, cross country and showjumping.

Both girls died on the cross-country course, from rotational falls. The cross-country phase is considered particularly dangerous as it involves galloping over solid obstacles on mixed terrain. Falls in this phase typically occur from height and at speed.

Where a horse clips a solid fence and falls rotationally, there is a risk of it falling on – and killing – the rider.

Wayne Roycroft, from the International Equestrian Federation, called them “freak occurrences”.

The tragedy of their deaths is undisputable. But just how risky is eventing, and horse riding in general?
A riding clearing a jump in a local eventing event. Denzil O’Brien, Author provided

One researcher documented rider deaths in all levels of eventing across the globe. She identified 59 confirmed rider deaths between 1993 and 2015. That is an estimated global average of 2.68 deaths per year from eventing.

A highly cited article, published in 1999, by Australian trauma specialist Dr Bruce Paix claimed that eventing was more dangerous than motorcycle or car racing. Paix found eventing 70 times more dangerous than horse riding in general and 180 times at the highest levels.

But can eventing be compared to other forms of horse riding, let alone motorcycle racing?

Paix’ calculations were made in relation to injury rates per time spent in the saddle. A recent critique suggests that risk is not evenly distributed across an eventing competition, hence the public popularity of the water jump.

Another way might be to look at injury rates per starter on the field. However, this data does not discriminate between falls on the flat and falls made at obstacles.

A recent critique by Denzil O'Brien suggests that a more accurate way to measure injury is to determine injury rates per jump attempt, as it is at jumps that horse and rider are at greatest risk of a rotational fall.

So eventing might not be more dangerous than motorcycle or car racing after all, but are event rider deaths “freak occurrences”?
A single misstep can be very costly when eventing. Kat Netzler/Flickr, CC BY-ND
Freak factor

In Australia alone, there are an estimated 20 deaths from horse-related injury every year. Compare this with an average of 1.7 deaths from shark attack. Every time a rider mounts a horse, there is a possibility they may fall off.

Every time a beachgoer swims in shark-infested waters, there is a risk that they are exposed to sharks. How “freak” then are these events?

This is not semantic quibbling over terminology. Freak events are usually considered the ones that could not have been prevented. Perhaps they could not even have been predicted.

The concern is that describing a horse-related death as a freak accident will lead to apathetic attitudes towards safety among those most at risk.

While the freak factor has been applied to motorcycle riders, base jumpers and rockclimbers, it is even more relevant for anyone sitting astride – or even handling – a half-tonne animal capable of running 50km/h and which has its own mind, teeth and hooves, and isn’t afraid to use them.

The risk of safety apathy among equestrians is further compounded by the widespread acceptance that horses are dangerous because they are inherently unpredictable herd animals, whose flight instinct is ever ready to kick in as their riders get kicked off.

Seeing horses as unpredictable is a risk factor for horse-related injury in itself. That is, if it activates complacency.

While no sentient being is fully predictable (humans included), a number of technical controls can be introduced to reduce the likelihood and consequence of an accident, injury or fatality.

But are we missing the point? Instead of talking about how unpredictable horses may or may not be, what if we spoke about how well humans can “read” and interpret horses? Can we improve human ability to predict horse behaviour?
Horse Grimace Scale behaviours. Costa et al. (2014)

There is a fine line between confident-aggressive, shy-afraid or quiet-sick, as any recipient of a dog bite or horse kick might know.

Animal scientists have developed some useful tools to help us talk to the animals. For example, researchers developed the Horse Grimace Scale to enable scoring of the equine pain face. It directs the assessor to pay detailed consideration to the horse’s ears, eyes, chewing muscles, chin and facial profile.

The chart has been adapted for popular circulation to help horse owners interpret their own horses. While interpreting the horse’s facial expression is far from a panacea for horse-related human fatality, it makes sense to accept that an unhappy or unwell horse is also a more unpredictable and less safe horse to be around.

Many an experienced rider or trainer who is particularly observant and attuned to horses will frequently claim “they could see something coming from a mile away”.

The question, though, should not be whether or not horses are unpredictable, but how we can better understand, interpret and pre-empt horse behaviour. In so doing, talking to the animals might actually be less of a freak occurrence than being injured by them.










Hello, I’ve recently “inherited” a lovely Quarab Mare, 11 years old, that as a very young horse was taught to rear by it’s (young) rider, and then left for a few years, and late last year the same person started riding her again for a few months, and again thought it was fun to teach her to rear again, which ended up in the rider coming off with injuries. The owner of the horse decided to give her to me due to the irresponsibility of this rider, knowing I could sort the Mare out, which over the last 6 or so weeks I’ve improved manners, condition, health including all necessary Vet work (teeth, vaccinations) as well as Chiropractor work (where she was found to have stomach ulcers due to stress) and I’ve improved her hooves immensely - confirmed by the farrier, who does my horses and this Mare as well.

Well done. Great job.

The Mare is sweet and very clever, I’ve not ridden her yet as I’ve been doing ground work, getting to know her and her know myself and my caring ways towards her (she’s been “watching” me with our other horses for the last number of years & was craving attention). I am keen to to ride her and wondered if you could suggest anything to break this problem. I’ve not had her rear while doing ground work, but out yesterday on a lead line with my other mare she did get a little frustrated and lifted her head high - I wouldn’t say rear, as was concentrating on getting her on the correct side & untangled. I feel if I have a bit of professional advise I will feel more confident in riding her for the first time, as I’ve never had a horse rear and have had horses for over 30 years. I look forward to hearing from you when you have a moment. Kind regards, Fleur

Hi F. The first thing to remember is that the ONE REIN STOP is not a relevant tool for rearers. You can pull them over with it.

The other observation is that IF the Mare only reared on demand, as a trick, then of course it shouldn't with You. If it does, there would be 'more to the story than meets the eye'

The advice is this:

  • Go out on a Trail Ride only, with a Friend and that Horse must be a casual type that doesn't get prancy and doesn't walk Your Horse out of it's rhythm.

  • Only walk and have fun.

  • YOU HAVE TO BE ON A PLEASURE REIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Don't be asking for back ups, therefore, don't get to jogging.

  • Have fun, special feed on return and 'live to fight another day'

If however, You have designs on riding the Mare 'English' and putting Her Head down on an arena, (which You shouldn't't for some time but only be trail riding, prepare the Horse well and get it thinking DOWN!!!! via this....... and the 44 Page E-Book that comes with them.











What's your opinion John re safety etc? Just came up on my news feed. "PCAWA approved". Is this just an upbeat version of the old style "grass reins" we put on our kid's ponies in the "old days" when they first start riding solo? They were a separate "rein" (often binder twine!! confused emoticon ) that we'd run up through the gap where the brow band fits over the cheek straps/throat latch and over to the D rings on the saddle! Pony here not looking too happy - throat latch too tight, nose band strap fitted incorrectly and buckle sitting on the mouth.

This Product presents serious risks to Young Riders and to the Business selling it and yes, You are right, the Nose Band is too tight and the Pony agrees :(






Hello My Name is Teneeka I live in Goulburn NSW - I've read your article on arenas like 10 times. Could I get some help I'm doing a jumping arena and am unsure of what sand to use some people say Crusher dust, River Sand or mix C/dust with limestone sand - A friend is a Landscaper he recons river sand - The pony club grounds I used to ride on when I was younger was c/dust but was very hard - I'm so confused what sand It's on top of a hill and outdoors I would love to cover it one day but that would be in the later future :)

 Kind regards

Hi Taneeka

It is very difficult because Sands change across Districts and so do terms and descriptions.

I was recently in a Round Pen and on an Arena with the current falvor of the Month in South Australia, Adelaide Hills Arena Mix and it was way too abbrasive and hard in both facilities. I would never use it and I not break a Horse in on it.

River Sand is good of course, NO CLAY CONTENT, having been washed for Years, but your consideration will have to take into account the 'Top of the Hill' and the Wind. We have a Friend who built a new one and it blew, even though it had copious amounts of Dolomite Fines throughout the Sand.

So Tree Planting Research is what you need, Bushes that will handle Your Wind BUT GROW FAST. Meanwhile though, install shade cloth up 900mm from the ground.

Contrary to the Tree People, Life's experience tells me to grow "Lucerne Trees next to the fence, to be trimmed regular (which they love) but they die in a few Years, straight behind them grow Olives. They grow forever, handle anything and make the very best and highest Hedge possible. They are the Tree of the future in Global Warming.

Here is a fantastic example of one, (photo taken Today for You)






Morning from Mt Twirlicup Equine Centre ....WA. Haven't been in touch for ages John. I have most of our horses in FM or Sweet Iron loose ring. This FM bit's a bit fatter so to you think it's to big for a horses gob the width ...the other FM bits I have are thinner. Just trying to do the right thing for our hayburners. Keep well you & Linda. Cheers Amber Swinney

HI Amber....yes,  the Industry has gone well past those for it is not only the FAT side of it but the main issue is the 'NUT CRACKER EFFECT" which we have now moved on from and Horses are thanking us all over. Go to this Page and check them out but be assured, they are all much thinner and with the different centre pieces to remove the bump in the roof of the Mouth.






I just had a read of your article on GP saddles and watched the video.

Can I ask what you do if you want to jump?  I’m in the process of buying a new saddle and I have my 18 year old novice son riding so I want to get it right.



HI Karen

In short, You simply buy a JUMPING SADDLE. There are three types of Saddles. GP, Dressage and Jumping. The Jumping Saddle is designed for You to lock Your knees into the front and to be of a 3 point Seat.

The GP Saddle is responsible for most of the bad Riding in the World.






8th May, 2016


Hi Folks. Hope You are all well and survived the Week.


Do You ever feel like Life is closing in...that You can't get Your Head above Water.....that Life is too difficult.....never any spare cash?????? Well that's how it is these Days. Those who live in South Australia live in a Bankrupt State with the Government sticking it to us with outrageous fees and charges (speeding fines for instance double those of other big States) but there is another reason, alluded to by me recently in my 'Scum Bag Threads'

Half of us are working out Guts out and the other half are 'Parasites' and have been getting away with it all of their Lives even.  So the Governments are paying for say 20 Million but only getting contributions from 10 Million.

So the next time You turn on the TV and see the big Fat Tattooed Ladies and Men on the Nightly News, just remember Your Pain and thank the Lord the Liberals are now getting after them Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr .........

and now we have the election. OMG!!!! This will be the last chance to get it right. Just remember, Malcolm Frazer had to dig the Country out of Bankruptcy where the Treasurer was borrowing money from Arab Men in Suits, then John Howard had to dig us out of debt and now Tony Abbot has saved us from the Boats and the Economy is starting to Boom. For God's sake don't stuff it up!!!!





I have to admit that I am a bit out of the Loop. Been on a Jack Hammer and trapped inside my Ear Muffs  etc. Everything must be going pretty well as I haven't heard anything outrageous :)

I did note Bank Details having been sent by the Lady that Mrs. HP won the Gold Star for and for the activities of Her lovely Horse




Goes to my darling Wife for busting Her Gut and getting Asthma, cleaning out two Tack Rooms for 4 Hours, that had been less than loved by the previous Horse Owner.

You remember the Druggy on the Motor Bike a Week ago, he also went right down into Mulberry Park and started walking around the place in front of the Owner. There are some Crazies out there Folks. Watch out!!

Welcome to the new Agistees. You won't hear from us at all, if Professional standards are followed. It's that simple.






Don't miss the wonderful Dressage Days, down by the Sea Side, at Victor Harbor, in the Cool :)



You may also like this one, put on by the Council.....






" Stabled Horses, need exercise 7 Days a Week. Nothing else is fair or responsible to those they protest to Love. When the adrenalin is not used, the Feed intake burnt off, Horses become beside themselves. You see, they are a domesticated Wild Animal"





My poor Wife :)




Cappo is back at Gainsborough as Cynthia is in the process of getting Her own Property and setting up facilities. He has been clipped and is looking a Million Dollars as well as working great. Did the perfect Grand Prix Test Yesterday. Not one mistake (which is always almost impossible) Thanks to Hahns Horse Transport for their service.





I started a Horse for an Adult Lady Rider who had been out of the scene for some time. Wonderful Horse but knowing that I would have to get into Her Mind so to speak, I elected to take Her to the Bush, for the big ride out. All went great, rode for an Hour but when we got within earshot of the Horse Float and when all were relaxed and on loopy reins, a Wasp launched through the air and drove it's fangs right into the Rump of the Young Horse.

I'll never forget the scene....the Horse launched and the Lady shot many feet into the Air, so High that the Horse was never going to be there when she came down but it was Her form that is burnt into my Mind. She flew through the Air just like a 'Bat Wing' these Days but the only problem was that she landed in exactly that same form.

......and that is how she landed too I was sure she had to be Dead, the Horse galloped off into the Forest, never to be seen again and there we were.

After half a Minute or so, she struggled up and to her credit and my ever lasting relief, smiled :)

You never know what awaits You next when riding Horses :)




As You know, I spend a lot of time behind the scenes, helping People who have been ripped off by questionable Horse Sales.



One of the most prolific of these is Glen Stibbard of Helensburg Quarter Horses. .

Sadly, this Week, he decided to issue a Death threat to me, which has been passed onto the NSW Police by South Australian Police.

So if I disappear Folks, You know where to look






Got your e-book, thanks very much. Do you also have advice anywhere for nervous adult beginners…like I know anxiety is communicated to horses but after what’s happened I have lost my confidence (that wasn’t a lot anyway)…will stop bugging you now, I promise J

Hi Michelle,

Remember this statement......"What You Manufacture on the Ground - You inherit under Saddle"

I have met literally Thousands of 'Nervous Riders' in my Life. I can read their Minds - I am in their Heads. I had to for my Financial Security depended upon it for from 1972-86 we escorted over 50,000 Folks on Pack Horse Tours and such and of course on every single Ride, there were several 'Nervous Riders'

Every single thought that went through their Minds was a complete waste of time for we lost none of them ....I have another statement....

"A Nervous Rider makes a Nervous Horse" which if You think about, is a complete oxymoron  but a "Bold Rider makes a Bold Horse"

Horses all fall in love with BOLD RIDERS' and dislike 'Nervous Riders' Here is one from last Week

So why would you ever be one? ....I could go on all Night.......with the logic and the facts but......getting back to the first quote

You do Your Ground work properly, You learn 'Horsemanship' not 'English Discipline type stuff" and You will remove the reasons for having to be nervous in the first place, for Horses that are properly schooled on the Ground do nothing to make People nervous.

You have your best opportunity now, with those Horsemen....hang on every word they say.







OK Emily.

  • --------- Stallion and not known for throwing Dressage Horses
  • This Horse is just an average mover
  • Lovely temperament (which may be a problem here for he may not be objecting to his problems)
  • The Rider is basically having to KICK THIS HORSE every stride, throughout every Video and at the Dressage.
  • The Horse will only ever be low 60's
  • It can NEVER be a F.E.I. HORSE
  • It is on the forehand and not naturally off
  • $25,000 is too much, at the current training and potential
  • The Rider would be predominantly a Hacking Person for the following reasons.
  • WANTING TO DIE the moment the Leg comes off.
  • The Rider has trained the Horse to that or visa versa. That then would be the perfect example of AUSTRALIAN DRESSAGE TRAINING versus Europe.
  • The Horse is either BRIDLE LAME or LAME but almost always ONLY TO THE RIGHT. That is a problem.
  • Ordinary Paces and Canter
  • Muscle tone in rear not even. Weaker on the left.

So You have some thinking to do and certainly a serious Vet Check.

Best of Luck











Ian Stark has suffered some injuries in a fall at home.

The accident happened on Sunday, 24 April when a young horse fell over backwards with him.

“I’ve broken a bone in my foot and the L1 vertebrae,” he said. “I had internal bleeding, I was concussed and had double vision, but that’s nearly gone now.”

Ian will be commentating for the BBC at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials this weekend and has been using crutches and a disabled buggy to get around the site.

The Scot triumphed at Badminton three times — in 1986 and 1988 on Sir Wattie and 1999 on Jaybee. He won three team silver medals at the Olympics and one individual medal of the same colour at the 1998 Games. He also collected five world and nine European medals, including individual European gold in 1991 at Punchestown riding Glenburnie.

He last competed internationally with Looks Similar, with whom he finished 10th at Saumur in 2010, and he rode in some national classes last year.

Since retiring from serious competitive riding, Ian has combined many interests including commentating and cross-country course-designing. He was responsible for his first championship track last year when he designed the test for the Europeans at Blair Castle in Perthshire.

Ian walked the Badminton course for H&H’s magazine and online video preview this year. He gained his private pilot’s licence in 2001 and flew himself down to the estate to do the job.




astguards were called into action last week after a horse riding accident on the beach at Freshwater East.

One witness told the Observer that a female had an accident while riding her horse on the beach on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 27, with the coastguard helicopter arriving at around 3.30 pm to take the casualty to hospital.

“Passers-by had to climb the footpaths up from the beach to get access to a land line from a local resident as they had no telephone signal for their mobiles on the beach with which to contact the emergency services,” said the witness.

“Some passers-by on the beach were able to look after the rider’s horse and led it off the beach before the helicopter arrived,” they added.





A 50-year-old man was injured after the horse he had been riding kicked him in the back on Tuesday morning. According to Barry Walton from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, the man was injured late morning somewhere in the Gresford area. “However we didn’t get the call until 1pm,” Mr Walton said. “It appears the man was kicked, but he continued to finish up and put the horse away before he drove to a destination. “When he arrived he was complaining of back pain and Dungog paramedics were called. “They drove him from where he was to Gresford Sporting Complex where the helicopter landed. “He was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.”




A British woman paralysed in a riding accident in Egypt has arrived safely back in the UK after an online appeal raised more than £30,000.

Olivia Fairclough, 31, was living and working in the country when she was crushed by her horse in the accident last month. Her travel insurance had lapsed, leaving her stricken 2,500 miles from her home in Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees.

Her loved ones and many strangers raised enough to repatriate her after her friends contacted the Great North Air Ambulance Service for help.

Andy Mawson, an aircrew paramedic at the Darlington-based charity, approached Capital Air Ambulance in Exeter, which agreed to fly a specially equipped Learjet 45 to pick up Ms Fairclough from a Cairo hospital.

A spokesman for Capital Air Ambulance confirmed Ms Fairclough arrived at Durham Tees Valley airport at around 8.30pm on Monday before she was taken to James Cook university hospital in Middlesbrough.

A GoFundMe fundraising page started by Olivia’s brother, Trevor Fairclough, raised £32,500 from more than 1,300 donors in two weeks. He said: “The way we were brought up, it’s almost embarrassing to ask for help. But we felt so alone, we had no choice. The response has restored our faith in humanity. To say ‘thank you’ is not enough.”

Ms Fairclough underwent four hours of surgery in a specialist spinal hospital in Cairo last week. Writing on the GoFundMe website, Mr Fairclough said she had come round and was “smiling at my stupid one liners”.

Mr Mawson said: “Like everyone else, we just want to get Olivia home. We have all pulled together to make this happen. Our priority is to get this over the line to ensure Olivia gets the care she needs, surrounded by those she loves.”

Lisa Humphries of Capital Air Ambulance said: “We just wanted to help the family. We knew money was an issue and we did everything we could to make it possible.”




Firefighters said neighbors called 911 to report the fire on Bullock Road about 12:45 p.m. It took about 15 minutes for crews to respond due to the remote location.

The fire killed two horses, including one championship-winning horse, three calves and three goats. Firefighters were able to save a baby goat.

A boat was also pulled from the barn and was not damaged.

Investigators said the barn was a total loss. They believe the fire was started by heat lamps in a chicken coop next to the barn and was spread by the wind.

The official cause of the fire was still under investigation.

The Aubin family owns the barn. They were not home at the time of the fire.

About 30 firefighters from Georgia, Milton, St. Albans City, St. Albans Town, Fairfax and Colchester responded to the fire.

Chief Keith Baker said his Georgia Volunteer Firefighters were at the firehouse planning fellow firefighter Steven Lapierre's funeral when they got the call about the barn fire.

He said this was the first call Georgia crews have responded to since Lapierre's death Thursday.





Not for the first time race caller Ric McIntosh decided to take the lead from the get-go. Not for the first time it was a costly error. His call of Thursday’s Grand Annual dissolved into a hoarse shout and scream at the end of the marathon steeplechase.

McIntosh is a jumping race ­enthusiast. He likes to think of himself as an ambassador. In reality he is a mascot. It can make him look foolish. If the field gets over the first flight of jumps as it did in Tuesday’s Brierly Steeple it becomes “what a great display of jumping”.

But McIntosh’s calling is emblematic of the three-day Warrnambool carnival. It is not just the horses that go over the top. Jockeys do too. Champion Damien Oliver was stood down from riding on Thursday, the big Warrnambool Cup day, and suspended for 29 days after he failed a blood- alcohol test at the course. His second reading of .035 was above racing’s limit of 0.02. Jumps jockey Paul Hamblin was also stood down after he returned a reading of 0.022. Mouthwash did him in, he told the stewards.

Racing is happy this news gets out. It reinforces its drive to make the sport as safe as possible for both horse and jockey. It is also obvious protection for the punter. Drunk jockeys are a risk for everyone though Warrnambool regulars will tell a tale or two of jockeys in the past being so drunk they could barely sit in the saddle.

And, of course, jockeys turning up with any alcohol in their system weakens their vigorous but fatuous push against further restrictions on whip use. They complain they cannot concentrate on riding and count whip strikes at the same time. Which we all know is nonsense because riders count as they rate the speed of their horse’s gallop.

They also need the whip to control the 500kg animals. If these were real fears there is a fair chance they wouldn’t be on the piss the night before a meeting — big or small.

But racing is not always a transparent sport. It censors the news that might embarrass the industry. And the death of a horse in a jumps race must be treated as though it never happened because it triggers protest from vocal anti-jumps forces. So racing covers it up where it can.

The third race on the first day of the Warrnambool carnival was the third jumps race in a row. A brave grey horse called Cliff’s Dream crashed at the second last hurdle, fractured a knee, and was euthanised. Jockey Richard Eynon was able to walk back to the ­jockey’s room and rode again at the carnival.

But here is racing’s deceit: when, the industry’s television station and website, replayed the race shortly afterwards it had doctored the vision and cut the fall of Cliff’s Dream. If you watched the replay the fall didn’t happen. A horse didn’t die, a ­jockey didn’t crash to the ground. The green screens were not brought out to cover up a death. A veterinary doctor did not euthanise the horse. The two commentators analysing the race didn’t even mention the fall.

Racing doesn’t tell you the truth because it is still ashamed of jumps racing. No amount of McIntosh dribbling hides the fact a horse died in front of people who one News Corp reporter wrote yesterday: “In truth, nearly everyone except a few designated ­drivers — and maybe the horses — would have topped the piddling .038 per cent blood alcohol level the champion jockey reportedly blew when the stewards “breathalysed” him early in the day.” So Cliff’s Dream — a good death for the drunks. Give the boys another pot.

Another horse died the next day. Tuscan Fire damaged a pastern so badly in jumping a fence he was put down. “Whose shout is it boys? Must be yours, Freddy, you old bastard.”

This is puzzling. The jumping industry used to be run by cowboys. Dangerous fences, little scrutiny over a rider’s ability to negotiate a horse over a hurdle, and scant examination to establish if a horse could actually jump.

That all changed in 2009 when jumping was banned in Victoria after a second horse died at the Warrnambool carnival. It was the second death at the carnival and the fifth in a matter of weeks. The industry was given a reprieve but it was set tough key performance measures to meet if it was not going to be abandoned. It responded quickly and smartly; jumps racing became a comparatively safe sport for horse and jockey as the industry reacted to the anti-jumping forces. In the end it was the people against jumping who ensured it survived. The irony.

Cliff’s Dream was, according to Racing Victoria, the first fatality at Warrnambool since 2011. The man in charge of jumps in the state, Paul Bloodworth, said in the past six years jumping deaths had fallen by more than 70 per cent.

That’s a figure that might be hard to verify. Too many falls might have secretively landed on the cutting room floor. If Racing Victoria feels it must hide the ugly, heartbreaking side of racing it should equally feel a responsibility to ban it.





Rogersville, Missouri – Authorities are investigating a newborn foal who appeared to be neglected and denied medical care. Neighbors Michael and Kirsten Markley first saw the foal on Saturday and were immediately concerned. The emaciated baby was laying next to the fence and couldn’t get up. “It tried to get up but couldn’t get its legs underneath him. When we drove away I told my husband that horse is starving and we need to do something,” Kirsten told reporters.

The Markley’s called the owner of the mare and foal multiple times, explaining in detail the plight of the infant and offering to buy him, but their calls were never returned. They purchased some horse infant formula and attempted to feed the baby, which proved unsuccessful. Kirsten noted that the mother did not appear to be making any milk.

After visiting other neighbors living closer to the pasture, the Markley’s returned to the pasture, only to find the foal gone. The mare was frantic, racing around, trying to find her baby. The Markley’s have not risked trespassing charges to hunt for the baby, but assume the worst. “I fear the worst, that the colt’s probably dead,” Michael said.

The Green County Sheriff is investigating the case with the assistance of the Missouri Humane Society.




Editorial – The BLM is no stranger to controversy, but they have finally admitted their real purpose in removing Mustangs from the range. BLM Director for Nevada, John Ruhs, told reporters that 4,0000 wild horses have to be removed from the range to make room for cattle to graze. The BLM blames wild horses for range degradation and endangering the greater sage grouse, but seems to be unconcerned with the damage cattle cause the range. Mustangs have been living on the range since the 1600’s, while cattle are a far more recent addition.

Wild horse activists claim the wild horses are not a cause for concern, but cattle grazing is. “We don’t have an excess horse problem, we have a management problem,” Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign said. “The BLM is scapegoating wild horses instead of addressing the true causes of range degradation and threats to sage grouse.”

No doubt the battle for the Mustangs right to live freely on the range will wage for many years.




Fort McMurray, Alberta – A woman was captured on camera fleeing the devastating fires ravaging the town on horseback while ponying two of her other horses.  Over 88,000 were evacuated from the city, which had entire neighborhoods destroyed by fire.  The unamed woman reportedly had to leave her truck and trailer and ride the horses to safety.  The person who originally posted the photo, Ellie Ross, wrote an update: “They made it out safe and are headed south! Ft. McMurray – bless her heart evacuating the only way she can and not leaving them behind.”







RED DEER, Alta. — Mycotoxins are starting to appear in horse feed causing serious health consequences.

Mycotoxins are harmful compounds from mould or fungus in feedstuffs. They can have harmful effects on all species, but less is known about the adverse effects on horses, said David Craig, a feed company owner from Ontario.

Craig provided a synopsis of how these compounds cause everything from respiratory problems to death during the Mane Event, a major horse trade show held in Red Deer April 21-24.

These compounds are showing up in grain, forages, water troughs or bedding like straw or wood shavings.

If a horse starts to develop a range of health problems like gastric ulcers or respiratory illness, feed could be the cause.

The best way to know if there is infection in feed or bedding is to get it tested at an accredited laboratory.

Multiple mycotoxins may be present and together they are even more toxic.

“There is no magic bullet for prevention. There is no product you can go to the store and buy. We have to consider management and preventive programs,” he said.

Many people use large bale feeders but may not notice a white or bluish mould inside the bales.

“Very few people look on the inside after the horses have ripped it apart,” he said.

Or, the mould may be noticed and that part is not used but there could be contamination throughout the entire bale.

Horse owners should also be on the lookout for pinkish discolouration in grain or bluish grey mould in silage.

“These do very nasty things internally to your horses,” said Craig.

Dirty water troughs or pails can play a role if there is biofilm around the side of the trough. Chlorine is needed to remove it.

There are some specific toxins found in grain, hay or alfalfa cubes or forage.

Aflatoxins could be found in corn, soybean meal, hay cubes or alfalfa pellets resulting in an array of problems including tremors, weight loss, poor appetite, yellowing of the eye, bleeding and blood in urine or feces.

Ochratoxins may be found in corn, wheat, oats, rye, barley, grass, hay or straw and could cause kidney damage.

DON and T-2 toxins can be found in corn, wheat, oats, rye and barley. They could cause reduced feed intake, lower immunity, liver damage and weight loss, especially in high performance horses.

Fumansins are very toxic to horses and could result in permanent neurological damage. Animals walk like they are drunk. These appear in corn, wheat, oats, rye and barley.

Zearalenone may be present in corn, wheat, oats, rye, barley, hay and straw. Abortions, uterine hemorrhaging and other reproductive tract problems may occur.

Ergot and alkaloids are also found in a variety of grains. They could cause gestational problems, fetal losses, dead foals and difficulty producing milk.

“Diagnosis is a big challenge but the indicators are there and you have to look for them,” he said.




 While today’s planes, trains, and automobiles make long-distance horse transport easier than ever , it’s important to remember that transport-related stress and illness can put horses in a precarious—and even deadly—scenario. Researchers in Australia recently took a closer look at the health risks related to long-distance horse movement.

“Equine transportation is associated with a variety of serious health disorders causing economic and emotional loses,” said researcher Barbara Padalino, DVM, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science.

Stressors associated with travel can include:

Isolation from herdmates;
Unusual noises;
Balance issues; and
Heat or cold stress.

Such stressors initiate a hormonal response that causes the body to release an increased amount of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline can cause an elevated heart rate and increased defecation and sweating, while cortisol can stunt the immune system, potentially making a horse more susceptible to disease and infection such as shipping fever (a pulmonary disorder that can develop into severe and life-threatening pneumonia).

“Considering how commonly horses are transported, there is a surprising lack of information regarding the types of injuries and transport-related diseases that they are at risk for,” Padalino explained. “This sort of information will help safeguard the welfare and well-being of horses during their travels.”

With the assistance of a commercial horse transport company, Padalino and colleagues collected information on 1,650 horses that took a 4,000-kilometer (nearly 2,500-mile) trip across Australia. The trip was divided into phases (ranging from 6 to 24 hours) with 12-hour rest stops interspersed; the total transit time was 85 hours with 36 hours of rest.

The team determined that:

1,604 horses (97%) arrived at the destination with no evidence of pain, lameness, or other injury/disease process;
Six horses incurred minor injuries during loading or transport;
Eight horses were febrile (they had a fever) at the rest stops or at the destination;
Seven horses showed signs of colic at the rest stops or destination, all of which recovered;
Three horses developed enterocolitis (inflammation of the small intestine and colon) at the rest stops or destination and required hospitalization;
Six horses developed nasal discharge, coughing, and fever at the rest stops or destination. All six horses were treated medically and recovered;
Five horses were diagnosed with pneumonia at the rest stops or destination, all of which recovered after appropriate medical treatment; and
Four horses (0.24%) died or were euthanized due to travel-related conditions, which is lower than previously reported in abbatoir (slaughterhouse) studies.

“We also found that more severe transport-related problems occurred during longer transport periods and that stallions/colts, horses older than 10 years of age, and Thoroughbreds could be at an increased risk,” Padalino added.

Despite these low numbers of disease, death, and injury, the study authors concluded that long-haul transportation poses a risk for horse health and welfare and should not be taken lightly.

“These numbers were likely low because the trips were organized and managed appropriately, following the code of transportation and monitoring the animals regularly,” Padalino said.

As such, the team recommendedcareful management and monitoring during transport to minimize movement-related stressors and health risks.





Footage of apparently thin and malnourished horses led the RSPCA to raid a property on the Mornington Peninsula on Wednesday.

Locals claim they have been reporting the property to the RSPCA for years, but the agency has refused to take action, they say.

"I was disgusted - the guy wouldn't feed them", a former vet who worked there said.

Two Clydesdale horses were put down at the property on Tuesday. Former workers fear many others are close to death.

The property is part of the Ace-Hi Ranch, a popular trail-riding company near Boneo.

Inspectors and locals descended on the property on Wednesday, checking on the health of a large number of horses.

A spokeswoman said the agency was continuing its investigations.

Locals and former staff claim horses are underfed, injured and overworked.

Ace-Hi's owner Ron Neary said the RSPCA had told him the horses were in good condition and no charges would be laid.

"There is been a social media attack on us for quite some time now, by a couple of people who used to work here and don't much like us.

"The RSPCA checked our spending in the last 12 months on vets and food.

"They are in touch with our vets and food suppliers to make sure they are not made-up figures.

They made it clear to us they had no intention of taking any horses off the property, and they weren't going to be charging us with cruelty and neglect."

Mr Neary said the horses were in "moderate" rather than good condition.

He said this was because drought had cleaned much of the grass out of the ranch's paddocks.

Kellie Puddy, a former manager at Ace-Hi, and Bree Craddock, who also worked there in the past, both told Fairfax they had been forced to underfeed horses.

Ms Puddy said the owners supplied only enough food to feed two or three horses a week, when more than 60 were on the property. Other sources say staff were often prohibited from feeding malnourished horses.

The horses were kept in dirt paddocks during the winter, with no grass to graze on, Ms Puddy said.

"The owners promised every week they would get more feed in, but they never did.

"It was never enough. I was only given about $250 a week to feed them all – that's what you feed two horses a week. And those horses are working every day, they needed to be fed a lot.

"How do they get away with it? Every time, the RSPCA comes out, and then that's it."

Said another person who worked on the farm: "The RSPCA does not have enough balls. They need to shut the place down"

Ms Puddy says she was forced to spend her own money to feed the horses because the owners would not pay for more feed.

She eventually resigned in March 2015 after watching another malnourished horse be put down





 Ever heard of Sindbis virus or Middelburg virus? If you haven’t you’re not alone. But you might want to become familiar with them. South African researchers have determined that these “Old World viruses” have been causing considerable neurologic problems in a surprising number of horses—and we’re only just now realizing it.

An “Old World virus,” as opposed to a “New World virus,” is one that originates in the Old World before the Americas were discovered. Old World alphaviruses (which are transmitted via mosquitoes) have been mostly identified on the African continent, said Marietjie Venter, PhD, director of the Global Disease Detection Centre Emerging and Zoonotic Disease Program, in Pretoria, South Africa. New World alphaviruses, such as Western and Eastern equine encephalitis viruses (WEE and EEE), are important causes of severe neurologic disease in horses in the Americas.

Veterinarians have long known that African horse sickness (AHS) is an important cause of neurologic disease in horses on that continent. And not long ago West Nile virus (WNV), which originated in Africa, emerged as a new pathogen in the Western hemisphere and began causing equine neurologic disease. After WNV began infecting American horses, researchers in South Africa confirmed it had previously been missed as another important cause of neurologic signs in horses in Africa.

Still, the cause of neurologic disease in many African horses remained unexplained—until now.

“We started investigating cases of encephalitis and fever in horses in South Africa over the past eight years and identified two Old World alphaviruses—Sindbis and Middelburg virus—that cause fever, acute arthritis, and encephalitis in horses,” Venter said. “Most encephalitis cases were due to Middelburg virus, although both also caused milder cases of fever and stiffness in horses. These are probably not new occurrences but rather viruses that remained undiagnosed in the past in Africa.”

Why had they gone undiagnosed in the past? Quite simply, because nobody knew that these viruses would affect horses, Venter said.

“These viruses were first identified in mosquitoes in the 1950s in Africa and not known to be associated with a disease in horses at that time,” she said. “Middelburg virus was only once described in a horse with African horse sickness viruslike signs in Zimbabwe, while Sindbis was mostly described in people with fever and a rash, but not in animals. It is likely that veterinarians assumed by clinical diagnoses that horses dying in Africa were mostly due to African horse sickness.”

But after WNV emerged in northern hemispheres, Venter and her fellow researchers launched an in-depth investigation into the causes of neurologic signs in horses in Africa, she said. That investigation led to some surprising results—mainly, that the aforementioned Old World alphaviruses (Middelburg and Sindbis), as well as a virus called Shunivirus (first reported in 2012), have actually been quite active in summer when they cause outbreaks in horses in Africa.

“These viruses only remain for a short period in the blood, so may easily be missed since no commercial tests are available,” she said. “These viruses can cause severe neurologic disease in horses and other animals. There is currently no specific treatment and veterinarians mainly give anti-inflammatory drugs to suppress damage caused by inflammatory immune response to the virus.”

While the disease can become so advanced as to cause paralysis and death in the horse, supportive treatment often leads to a full recovery, Venter added.

Even so, researchers at the University of Pretoria have now developed specific tests available to scientists throughout the world that can help identify these viruses and, hopefully, lead to better treatments and even vaccines, she said.

The team’s genomic sequencing work has led to more advanced understanding of these viruses, Venter added. “Knowing the gene sequence allows us to determine if there are differences in virus strains that cause arthritis only or encephalitis and death, and eventually help us to develop vaccines and treatments,” she said.

Middelburg virus is currently limited to Africa, whereas Sindbis occurs more widely and sometimes causes severe disease in humans in Sweden, Venter said. Climate change and increased international transport of mosquitoes could contribute to the spread of these diseases, she said. Birds are the natural host for Sindbis, and they can spread it internationally; however, the natural host for Middelburg is not yet known, she added.

Because horses only have low levels of virus present in their blood they cannot transmit Sindbis back to mosquitoes, so they themselves do not pose a risk for spreading the disease.

Still, as with AHS, climate change and international animal transport could lead to both Old World viruses emerging in horses elsewhere in the world.

As researchers work to develop prevention and treatment programs for these and other mosquito-borne diseases, horse owners can reduce risks by protecting their horses from mosquito bites with long-lasting repellents and/or netting, especially in the summer, Venter said. Also stable horses in high-risk areas (specifically, in Africa) from dusk to dawn.

In Africa, diagnostic testing is available at no cost to owners who participate by providing the specimens, clinical data, and history, said Venter. Veterinarians can contact the laboratory directly for more information.









Having a horse breaking in at the moment and the trainer is having a problem with him walking out and always biting at her foot or kicking up on the left side. He won't walk out any ideas am worried as he means the world to me

Confusion, the use of spurs, or Veterinary. It is never the horse Liz

Yes i believe that as far as I am aware no spurs are used but will check he is also not walking out . Once lead out he walks on.
I don't understand what 'walking out means' is he jig jogging?, refusing to go out on the trail? where are you? You must always go watch Trainers

completely standing still won't freely take a step forward. Once someone walks up to him with rider on and leads him forward he keeps going.

Confusion or "Learned Helplessness" Either way, the Trainer needs replacing immediately. It is never the Horse, it can only be the Trainer who needs help..






I cant seem to send you an email so I will try facebook. I want to buy a second bit for my daughter's pony for his show bridle. We have a little fm barrel for his work bridle and he is going so well. Just wanted to know which out of an egg butt or a loose ring would barrell would be better for and 7 year old beginner. Or whether we should just stick to the fm until her hands steady up. She never hangs off his mouth though and the pony club instructers go to pieces over it 😅.

Do they really???? The Horse is happy the Rider is LEARNING (not the Toes down) and they WANT A CONTACT DO THEY??????? God Help Us and God help the Horses


I hope so. But I am new at pony club. They are still sussing me out. Giving us "tons" of advise. I know they don't allow market harbourers.

Just make sure the Kid is worded up and has fun :)






1st may, 2016


HI Folks. Hope You are all well.  We are our usual tired selves but never mind, Folks have to push through to succeed in this Life.

Renovations are progressing with speed, the 'Painters' (Mrs. HP Family) are pushing the Carpenters ( my Mate Peter Brown ) and the 'Demolition Crew' (me) and my sincere thanks to our Friend Gert  who dropped in and leant a Hand, removing all Tiles off the entrance and Kitchen the other Day. Yes, we still live here :) and as fast as I demolish, Walls go back up :) Thanks also to the resident Gainsborough Electrician, Craig, who is wonderful!






Sadly, we had to remove a Horse from  his Stable Tonight, for his own protection, due to his enhanced sense of wanting to do stuff and his exercise regimes not quite matching his needs for fatique and mental stimulation. He is extremely smart. Lovely Horse. I would like to own Him for me. I have been very patient and understanding, having done two major re-builds of his Stable already since I have been here but Tonight he was demolishing it again and we feared he would put a hoof through the Galv after removing the kick boards one by one. Smashing them off with his front foot, having destroyed a whole front wall just after I got here. We shall miss HIm. His combination are unfortunately not suited to the Stables environment.



You may remember my giving a leaving Agistee recently, with a Gold Star, for Her great job on cleaning the Yards and Stables. Only problem is that she hasn't paid Her Bill. Nice Lass but yet another Y Generation who attach themselves to the Parents and won't make their way in the World. 3 Horses, none of which were ridden (a familiar story) running OUT of  Hay and using ours......You know the drill. This was the Lass who commented "I will have to go find a job"  (in Her Mid 20's)

Anyhow, the very embarrassed Father, himself a Business Man, is enraged and is putting Her on a Payment Plan rather than see Her in Court. Our thanks to his enduring efforts.

"Red Hair' hasn't paid of course so we shall issue Her a Summons this Week.

Natasha Novak has now got a Warrant out for Her arrest, for playing the same Game with the Court as she did with us. If she thinks we will leave off she is mistaken.

Generation Y: Those born between 1981 and 1994. Common put-downs include lazy, debt-ridden and programmed for instant gratification. They are portrayed as demanding and unrealistic in their career aspirations. Now we can add "internet-addicted" and "lonely" to the list.

To those who don't fit that description - well done!! but it is a complete fact this this Generation went through to the Keeper.



Mrs. HP and I went back down 'Memory Lane' the other Day, going for a ride around the District together, which was most enjoyable. A small interlude away from the rush of Life.

As we crossed the Golden Grove Road at the new Woolworths complex, I was reminded of some of my work when last living at Gainsborough and was quite proud to be walking on Rubber Footpaths. The Traffic was quite taken aback with several People commenting on the sight of the Horses, in a positive way, for they mustn't have seen many over the last few Years. It was a real novelty for them. All the Traffic stopped on the Main Road, to let us cross but of course the Tea Tree Gulley Council never put in the promised Horse Crossing signs. They thought we would go away.  Anyhow, a wonderful 'shared Trails facility that goes 15k or more though the Suburbs and designated shared with Walking SA and Bicycle SA.




Maree...for working Her Horse 7 Days in a row and for achieving a frame, a great effort for a 'Novice Rider'



Congrats to

Congrats to Tianna who won Junior Prelim Champ at Mount Crawford Club Champs and then on the Monday, Anzac Day, she won TWO CHAMPIONS AND SUPREME CHAMPION IN THE OPEN RING!!!!!!!!


Congrats to Young Samantha Coleshill, for winning on Snip at the State Dressage Championships Today. Wonderful effort on a new, big moving Horse and carrying the weight of Coach, Mother and Peers on Her Shoulders, all whilst trying to learn where his Buttons are. Outstanding.



At this Weekends State Dressage Championships, several Horses were seriously affected and scores damaged, by a large Banner that the Wind played havoc with. At some point, it was removed. Is this fair on those who went before? Of course it isn't and such an event should be completely re-run for the State Championships only come once a Year and a Level Playing Field is essential.





"When You have a Shower and get Water in Your Ears, You hate it, don't You. The first thing You do is to run for the 'Cotton Buds' and get it out.

The Horse doesn't have that luxury, they get Water in their Ears and it stays there. I wonder what that feels like???

It is little wonder why Horses are Paranoid about getting their Heads hosed and with very good reason.

I basically NEVER see a proper technique and cringe every time. Poor Horses. How to hose the Head of a Horse is simly NOT taught in the 'English Disciplines' I have never seen it taught in my entire Career.

So when Your Horse suddenly doesn't want to be Bridled, touched around the Head, becomes Ear Shy, have a think about whether YOU were ever taught how to hose the Head down. "




The Case of the Horse that comes off the ground during the first Lesson with the experienced Helper.

Hi John, I have decided to send --------- to Tony Haines who has worked with Warwick Schiller. The -------- ---------- recommended his as he used to start some of her horses and produces soft mouths. He said he would go through that process at her pace. He specialises is 'problem' horses (yes i know it is really problem owners) and will take her on conscinement and sell her although he said i shouldnt be too quick to think that she is not the right horse for me (i have ptsd and so think i dont have what it takes to be what i need to be for her) but tony saud he can work with us both to build out confidence. So now i feel a bit excited and very relieved because i could not bring myself to send such a beautiful creature to such sn uncetyain future. My only worry now is that you are going to tell me that me that you think Tony and Warwick are crap LOL. I have neen watching your videos - so awesome:) Thanks so much John. Cheers Joan


Good idea Michele. Funny that another Horseman is saying the same thing as me.......that You were not given a good start and the Horse was possibly ,triggered to misbehave through mis-management.

At the end of the Day, You will now truly find out about the suitability of the Horse OR NOT.  His comments will echo my thoughts, that the style of introducing a new Horse to a Novice Rider, a Horse that has obviously been left out in the Paddock and with all likelihood of not being anywhere near prepared for 'collection'....may not even know much about it, that Your advisors would have You attempting 'collection' AT THE WALK, immediately upon arrival of the Horse. I saw the Rear and that was caused by the Coach not the Horse.

Pass on my thoughts to Warwick Schillar and Tony. Had You arrived at our Property, with that new Horse, You would NOT have been allowed near the Mouth, You would have gone Trail Riding with me, got to know the Horse, kept it happy, started slow and easy and stayed right away from the Dressage Arena (which is the biggest danger to all) Further, to be teaching DRESSAGE to a NOVICE, on a NEW PURCHASE is patently ridiculous.


The Horse bears no blame. It communicated it's lack of understanding of 'collection' at the walk, it communicated it's confusion with getting no RELEASE for a give,,,,,,,,,,(not the fault of the Rider of course)


and then due to a favorite term of the system being used here "Learned Helplessness" the horse lifts it's communication level to the Rider, in the hope that someone will listen......

and the Arms go to PONY CLUB STIFF, forcing the Horse into the Pony Club Frame and then the obvious must happen.....

Finally, the system, as adopted by Your assistant (who has been schooled in the Tom Roberts systems) largely contributed to the problems with Your Horse. These systems continually cause REARERS and BOLTERS to come through my Hands. It is not a Horse Friendly system. It is a failed system. I won't go on but now, You should be feeling much more relieved and not having to endure a Court Case at this stage. You will also truly find out if the Horse is suitable or not and if unsuitable, You still win as you will have experts to back You when You next approach the Seller.

Best of Luck














Ninety per cent of the Snowy Mountains brumbies would be culled over the next two decades, under a plan released by the NSW government.

The draft wild horse management plan for Kosciuszko National Park aims to cut the population of wild horses in the park from 6000 to about 3000 in the next five to 10 years.

The population would be dramatically slashed to just 600 within 20 years, confining the wild horses to three locations inside the national park.

Current numbers of wild horses are unsustainable and the untamed animals are damaging the park's fragile alpine and subalpine landscapes, NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman says.

Releasing the controversial draft plan on Sunday, Mr Speakman acknowledged wild horse management was an 'emotive and complex' issue.

'There are diverse opinions in the community and often deeply held views which polarise stakeholder groups,' Mr Speakman said.

'It is clear, however, that the broader community values the unique environmental values of Kosciuszko National Park and looks to NPWS to protect these values.'

Possible measures to slash the population include trapping, ground shooting, fertility control, rehoming and mustering.

Aerial shooting, brumby running and roping have been ruled out.





A 19-year-old woman competing in the Sydney International Horse Trials has died after falling from a horse. Caitlyn Fischer, from Bairnsdale in Victoria, fell while competing in a cross country event on Saturday morning, a statement by Equestrian Australia said. She was attended to by paramedics but died at the scene, a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP.


The event at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre at Horsley Park in the city's west, due to run throughout the weekend, has been cancelled. 'On behalf of the whole sport, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Caitlyn's parents Alissa Carr and Mark Fischer and her family,' Equestrian Australia chair Judy Fasher said in the statement. 'The thoughts and prayers of horse people all over the country are with Caitlyn's family and friends at this sad time.' NSW Police has commenced investigations into the accident. The girl's horse, Ralphie, is under the supervision of veterinarians but is in a stable condition. The news of Ms Fischer's death had attracted hundreds of condolence messages by 1.30pm on Saturday on the Equestrian Life Facebook page.





Mantachie, Miss – 37-year-old Tim Edge was enjoying a leisurely day of riding horses with his father when tragedy struck. Tim’s father rode into a barn when he heard a loud boom from a lightning strike. When he looked outside, both Tim and his horse were laying dead on the ground. There was nothing Tim’s father could do to help him. Tim Edge

Tim Edge was a competitive rider at Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Races. It is believed that Tim Edge is related to Edge Feed and Tack, owned by Wayne Edge, located in Mantachie, a tack store that generated $102,000 in sales yearly and was founded in 2011.

Tim leaves behind a wife and child, and a mourning family.



Lakeside, CA – The Escondido Mounted Posse and the larger equestrian community of southern California is mourning the loss of Diana Cavender. Cavender was an expert horse trainer and a 6 year veteran of the Escondido Mounted Posse. She is remembered by those who know her for her exceptional horsemanship skills. Diana Cavender “Three things I will always remember about Diana: She was a devout Christian lady, she loved God and loved everybody else; she was a loving wife; and she was an expert horsewoman,” Escondido Mounted Posse Captain Al Pfeltz said. “She loved horses. She had 17 of them.”

The accident occurred when the Posse was returning to the staging area from the Lakeside Western Days Parade. Something spooked Cavender’s horse, causing it to rear and spin. As Cavender struggled to control her horse, the hooves slipped on the pavement and it fell on its right side, taking Diana to the ground. The fall caused Cavender’s head to whip into the pavement. Diana’s husband was riding near her and tended to her until medics arrived.

Medics rushed Cavender to the hospital, but the best efforts of the medical team proved unsuccessful and 6 hours later she was pronounced dead from the brain injury. From the photos of the parade it does not appear that Cavender was wearing a helmet.





RANCHO SANTA FE (CNS) – A woman suffered severe injuries Friday and the horse she was riding was killed when a car driven by an 87-year-old driver struck them near San Dieguito County Park.

The horse and rider had just crossed Linea del Cielo in Rancho Santa Fe and were in a bicycle lane when the westbound 2005 Toyota Corolla veered off the roadway for unknown reasons and hit them near La Floresta about 9:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Medics took the 61-year-old woman to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla for treatment of major injuries, CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said. The horse died at the scene.

The driver was unhurt, according to Bettencourt, who said drugs or alcohol were not believed to be factors in the accident.





The horses, Red and Ron, died when cables crossing the field where they were kept came down on Tuesday night during the torrential weather in Staffordshire.

The cables dropped from the wooden poles carrying them across the field near Mow Cop, on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border and landed on the horses standing directly underneath.

The dead animals were discovered by passers-by the next day.

Now the horses' owner, 18-year-old Gemma Pickford is calling for other horse riders who keep their mounts in open fields to be aware of the dangers of overhead power lines.

Miss Pickford, of Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent, said: 'I was at college when I got a call from the electricity company to tell me that they were at the field where I keep my horses and that there had been an accident.

'They told me that the overhead cables had come down and fallen on Red and Ron, two of the four horses I kept there.

'There was nothing anybody could do, the horses were electrocuted and must have died there and then.

'I was devastated, I was in flood of tears in college. It has left me heartbroken.'

The horses were owned by Gemma Pickford (seen here riding Red), who has been left devastated by their deaths

The horses were owned by Gemma Pickford (seen here riding Red), who has been left devastated by their deaths

Ron (left) and Red (right) lived in a field on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border. Their bodies were discovered by a passer-by

Gemma had owned six-year-old Red and ten-year-old Ron for about three years.

Red had been a gift from her grandfather who died 12 months ago.

Gemma, who is studying mechanics at Stoke College, added: 'Red was the last horse given to me by my grandad before he passed away so there was a lot of sentimental value there.

'I can't explain how I feel. It's just devastating. I've had to move the other horses elsewhere because they were upset and calling for Red and Ron.
Gemma, pictured riding Red, is now calling for other horse owners to be aware of putting their animals in fields with power cables

Gemma, pictured riding Red, is now calling for other horse owners to be aware of putting their animals in fields with power cables

'You never expect something like this to happen but it could have happened to anyone.

'I'm not sure what anyone could do to stop it happening but I can at least make other riders aware of the dangers of overhead power lines and the need to keep their horses away from them if they can.

'If there is bad weather forecast then riders need to think about moving their horses indoors.'




It was a tragic accident when Diana Cavender, 52, expert equestrian rider and trainer died of traumatic brain injuries after her horse spooked, losing its footing and falling to the ground. Cavender hit her head on the pavement, leaving her unconscious and was sent to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where she died several hours later. Cavender had just finished performing with the Escondido Mounted Posse at the 51st Annual Lakeside Western Days Parade and was headed towards the staging area. It is unknown what spooked the horse, and her horse was not injured in the accident. A candlelight memorial was planned for April 26 in Lakeside at 7:15 p.m. at the corner of Channel Road and Mapleview Avenue in Lakeside. Cavender, a member of the Escondido Mounted Posse for six years, had appeared in nearly 50 parades. According to City News Service, this is the first fatal accident in the Posse’s nearly 50-year history, founded in 1948. Her husband and 17 horses survive Cavender.






LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say the death of a horse found with its tail tied to a telephone pole in the San Fernando Valley and initially believed to have been shot in the head has been ruled an accident.

The Los Angeles Times reports ( ) the animal had been found April 9 in front of a home in Sylmar. Officer Rosario Herrera said Monday a necropsy determined that the animal had not been shot or beaten.

She declined to release any details, other than to say officers believe the horse may have become entangled in a horse trailer and died of strangulation.

Det. Eric Bixler had initially told City News Service that unspecified evidence was left at the scene and that investigators believed they would be able to identify a suspect.





One ride later in the afternoon ended in tragedy when the horse reared twice during a dismount, causing its elderly woman rider to fall off.

Madam Lim Ah Boey, 73, was pinned under when the horse fell on her. She died of her injuries in Changi General Hospital that evening.

Yesterday's coroner's inquiry into Madam Lim's death heard that on Nov 14 last year, she had gone to Punggol Ranch with her family as part of her grandson's birthday celebrations.

Earlier that day, the horse, a nine-year-old male called Goku, was supposed to have its lunch from around 12.30pm to 2pm, but was taken out of the stables by a volunteer for an unknown period of time.

At around 3pm, Goku was led out of the stables by a handler to give rides to other patrons.

Madam Lim, wearing a hard-hat and helmet, mounted the horse at around 5.30pm.

A little later, Madam Lim fell off the horse and was pinned down by the 450kg animal. A horse handler, who had taken Goku back to the stable after the accident, found that the horse's lunch had been left untouched.

State Coroner Marvin Bay asked police investigation officer (IO) Tan Soon Kwang if there was anything unusual about the horse not having its lunch, and if it indicated that the horse was unwell or temperamental.

The IO said investigations showed that Goku would normally have lunch before the afternoon rides.

A witness, an events manager at Punggol Ranch, Ms Wan Jasma Zuraini Wan Jalani, told the inquiry that Goku had been scheduled to work from 4pm to 6pm that day.

Ms Wan Jasma, who has been working for Gallop Stable for five years, had obtained a certificate in horse care and management from the British Horse Society on Nov 13 - a day before the incident.


She said horses usually work for two hours, and that if they do "hard work", they will get to rest after an hour or so.

"If they work more than two hours, (I will) not say it's dangerous, but it depends on the kind of work," she added.

Ms Wan Jasma also said the ride was considered "light exercise".








Splitting the medial patellar ligament is an effective treatment for upward fixation of the patella according to a recent report by Andersen and Tnibar in the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ).

Upward fixation of the patella is a common condition of the stifle joint. It occurs when the medial patellar ligament hooks over the upper end of the medial trochlea of the femur (one of the two the bony ridges on which the patella slides).

In the most severe cases the patella becomes fixed and the horse is unable to flex the leg. The horse stands with the affected hind leg extended behind it. Less severe cases show partial, intermittent upward fixation, which produces visible, and sometimes audible, clicking as the patella frees itself.

The condition is most common in younger horses and is often associated with poor muscle conditioning. Horses with straight hind limb conformation are more susceptible. Both hind legs may be affected to some extent.

In less serious cases, increased exercise, to improve muscle tone, may be all that is needed to overcome the problem. However, persistent cases may require surgical intervention.

For many years the recommended treatment was to cut the medial patellar ligament ("medial patellar desmotomy"). Although this is effective at preventing the patella becoming fixed, it is not without complications, such as fragmentation of the distal patella and articular cartilage damage.

It has been suggested these adverse effects may be due to instability of the stifle following surgery, and increased tension in the remaining patella ligaments. To limit these complications, box rest for three months or more has been recommended.

Since 1999 Dr Aziz Tnibar has been treating upward fixation of the patella by splitting the medial patellar ligament.

He uses ultrasound guidance to direct the incision and ensure that the incision does not enter the stifle (femoropatellar) joint or damage the articular cartilage of the medial patellar ridge. He makes several incisions into the proximal (upper) third of the ligament. As the incisions heal the scar tissue results in thickening of the ligament. Initially he carried out the procedure under general anaesthesia, but more recently he has tended to do it with the horse sedated and local anaesthetic

"The rationale for percutaneous splitting of the upper third of the medial patellar ligament is to induce a localized desmitis, which subsequently leads to a localised thickening of the ligament. This will make it more difficult for the upper part of the ligament to hook over the medial ridge of the femoral trochlea" says Dr Tnibar.

In the EVJ paper he describes the results of 85 cases he had treated using the technique over a 14-year period. All but 2 (97.6%) completely resolved either immediately after the surgery or within the 2-week convalescence period.

These were all cases that had failed to respond to conservative therapy, such as a conditioning exercise programme and corrective shoeing.

The authors conclude that medial patellar ligament splitting is "a highly effective and minimally invasive procedure to treat upward fixation of the patella when conservative therapy is unsuccessful. In addition, it allows for a very rapid return to sports activity. "

They added that the effects of medial patellar ligament splitting appeared to be permanent, as no horse relapsed in the follow up period of up to 14 years.





Do you look away when your horse urinate? You shouldn’t, because by knowing what is normal, you could spot a potential health problem quickly.

Bear in mind that not all urine looks the same. Natural differences in colour, concentration and smell occur due to a number of factors. The following is considered normal urine:

1. Pale in colour

Horses with unlimited access to water will have more dilute, paler and less pungent urine.

2. Dark yellow

Restricted water intake or excessive sweating in hot weather can lead to more concentrated urine.

3. Orange-red

When naturally occurring Urocatechins (compounds) in horses’ urine is oxidised by light after being passed, it causes them to turn orange /red in colour. Sometimes this is mistaken for bloody urine.

4. Cloudy

Horses tend to absorb excessive calcium from the intestine and then eliminate it via urine, which gives it a cloudy/milky appearance.

5. Foamy

Urine is bubbly when first passed due to containing mucus, which acts as a lubricant to prevent calcium carbonate crystals from turning into stones.

6. Smelly

The more protein in the horse’s diet the more urea and ammonium — two breakdown products of protein — he will produce and excrete. So that explains the ammonia smell you might notice in the stable.
What’s abnormal?

Any changes in what is normal for your horse could point to problems, so it is worth monitoring your equine’s habits. Seek veterinary advice if you horse’s urine is:

7. Little and often, or bloody

Cystitis sufferers will pass small quantities of urine that may contain blood. This is a common urinary track condition more common in mares due to their shorter urethra allowing infection to gain access to the bladder more easily.

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8. Infrequent or uncomfortable

Urolithiasis is the formation of kidney stones called calculi in the kidneys or, more commonly, the bladder. A total blockage can be fatal.

9. Very dark in colour

Urine in a horse suffering from rhabdomyolysis (azoturia/tying up) is very dark. This is due to a change in the permeability of muscle cell membrane, which causes large quantities of protein to be voided into the blood and then excreted through urine.

Seasonal pasture myopathy also causes dark-coloured urine and is often fatal.






have recently found your videos on youtube. I have one question we have a 17year old pony who has started putting his ears back and looking like he is going to kick when brushing down his right side and near his loins. He has never been the easiest of ponies I think we had bought someone elses problems. Reading about your listen to the horse theory Im afraid I am no understanding what he is trying to say. He is a wind sucker and we have been feeding him a low gi diet
Any suggestions

Regards. Kay. New Zealand


Hi Kay

First You must stop the windsucking.

and then check for Ulcers

These would be my first 'Ports of call'.

Make sure the Teeth are all up to date as well and that the Pony is actually equipped to properly eat Hay etc.








Hi HP, Wondering if I could rack your brain about a horse I purchased a few months ago advertised as "sensitive" that was an understatement he is extremely reactive and has has an abusive past. He was extremely head shy to the point he would bolt when the halter or hand was in proximity to his ear this I believed was caused by an ear twitch during his training, he would also pull back when tied, this we have overcome. To my point he is still very reactive and has his bad days with being handled around the ears and being touched in the flank and behind the shoulder. Could you advise if you have a trick/tip to help him deal with this? He is an amazing horse ridden and a very soft mouth but hates leg contact. Thanks HP  New Zealand

HI Michelle. To be frank, there is only one way to fix these Horses and that is via everything on my leg restraints dvd's. You can play around with Natural Horsemanship for 6 Months and You won't fix it. Horses have to have it proved to them before they can trust and believe. That is why my Leg Restraints systems are so successful. Read my Blog for the last three weeks. Regards






Hi HP, I have been watching the blogs and I follow your material but I feel this would be out of my depth. This horse I am sure would flip himself and cause quite a deal of damage to himself and me. Have you ever had a horse flip using this method? What if he doesn't give to the pressure? The previous owner attempted to tie him with a anti pull collar and he permanently damaged his neck. We have a round yard but it isn't lined with rubber. I might also add I am only 156cm tall 😒. I have got him to the point I can get ears and a bridle on but sometimes he volts when attempting to get a halter on, he is inconsistent. Thank you. Sorry for the novel

Hi again. I forget where You are from but in that case, the Horse would be the case for a 'Professional' with the facilities and equipment. If You are nearby, get back to me.

However, to answer Your question re flipping or injury, the answer is NO. They cannot flip with my system and injuries are not experienced in my World.







Hi John, I purchased your sand colic recipe a couple of years ago & have used it numerous times on my horses with great success.

  was just wanting your opinion on a 16.2 OTTB (I know!!) horse that I currently have. He became slightly unwell last week pawing the ground & a little off his food. I ended up taking him to the vet, which is 2 hrs away, as I just had that feeling that all wasn't right. They said that he had slight sand colic & that I was over reacting as he wasn't on the ground rolling etc.

 They drenched him with 3 litres of parrafin oil & sent us home again. As you would suspect no sand came out & he was still uncomfortable. I drenched him the next day with your recipe & he did pass some sand in his manure.

 Two days later he started pawing again & I drenched him again. He always passes manure by the end of the drench. I have drenched him every second day as he has started pawing again by the second day. He hasn't gone down rolling etc. My question is how frequently can I drench with your recipe? I am kicking myself as I usually drench everyone at the start of April, but missed it this year.

All the other horses have now been done as a preventative measure but he still isn't quite right. He has access to hay & water. I understand you're not a vet & havent seen the horse, but was just after another opinion. I live in a remote part of SA & can't get another opinion from a vet. The vet that I usually see has written me off as over reacting anyway. Cheers

Good on the Vet ey?

I'll answer this one privately, as I do many others. Well done though.






Hi John(I hope you don't mind me being informal), Is this the kind of thing you want to see? It was done on my mobile so the quality isn't the best, it is also bloody cold which doesn't help matters. You can't really see how her rear end muscles are working. Today we had a real show of her true self, I've got her on your neck collar(tie up)remember she has always got away with breaking everything, ropes, headcollars, tie-up rings you name it, but the collar held and I used 20mm marine rope and she worked herself till she end up nearly catatonic on the ground so I went and sat on her for about 5minutes and that is the longest she has ever had to tolerate anyone LOL. If you would like me to keep you informed reply to this e-mail and I will let you know weekly how were getting on. For some reason or other I know this is going to work. Regards Andy  USA


Hi Andy. Sounds like quite a fight. Good that there are no injuries to the Horse. From Today, You will be on a new Career path with Her. The Lunging looks good but I have recommended a slight change in the settings for this Horse. Regards




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