25TH APRIL, 2016

Hi Folks. Hope You are all well.

We are 'burning the Candle at both ends' and literally running. Mrs. HP has lost 5kg via Her 25,000 steps a Day, the riding numerous Horses, together with no time to Shop and I mean that seriously.

Me and my Old Mate have completely 'gutted the Home' in 5 Days, stripped Bathroom, added a walk in Pantry, removed 4 doors and replaced them with Walls, added 4 Doors in other locations, completely Plastered up ready for Painting and about to move to the main Game, that of removing the floor of the existing Bathroom and another Room, ready for a second Bathroom and walk in Robe....then to the Horse Work, so only working half Days on it :)







I have handed the Black Standardbred over to Mrs. HP and now she is also finished with HIm. All ready to go. Now all we have to do is to talk the Owner into leaving :)



The key to fixing the highly complex and 'psychologically damaged Horses, is to first 'read their Minds' Only they can tell us what went before and what are the root causes of all of their troubles which translates to behavior. Such behavior that expresses their frustrations and fears.

This Little Horse is no different to any of them. Sweet, frightened, caused by a Rugging accident and that translating to the loss of confidence right down the Line, affecting his Riding, Floating, Rugging and Tying up.

I wish the Horse World had the ability to listen to their Horses, 24/7. The little things they do that tells You how they are trying to cope...the signs. Just a few relating to this Horse are:


  • The desire to stand at 45 degrees to the Tie up Rail - why?.......there are good reasons.

  • The small Dent on the front of His Head, possibly a fracture....caused by what and how?

  • The throw away line of a previous Pro Trainer who had HIm for Float re-education.......that " he sweated up pretty bad " when he travelled Him. and yet with his second ride with us, he had reduced such sweat by 85%

  • The fear to step up to the Tie Up facility.....and much more.....


All under control.  A wonderful little Horse who become my Mate during his stay. He is off back to Victoria and I shall miss Him.






We still haven't paid the promised Agistment but plenty of money for the Hair, the Tats, the Smokes and now Ben M Photography. The Court will love it. 

Old Bill here will possibly suffer a turn when he claps eyes on this one :)



Hi John, it is sad but amusing also in a way,  to read of the two feral bogan females annoying you. I live in a 'horsey' region and those two would be ostracised in our horse world to the extent of having to leave our district or go hide in a cave somewhere.

There must be a way to attract them into the front line of an ISIS attack in Syria, they certainly would not be a loss to this country. They must have been raised in the local tip by a neanderthal mother I'm thinking . No normal upbringing would produce two like them.

Keep them in S.A. please we certainly don't want them in Victoria. Good luck with your plan of keeping clear of them !.


You picked the right Night to write Bill. Very prophetic indeed. There are many lost Young Ladies these Days and frankly, it is very sad. A lot of the blame goes to the rampant manipulation of the Social Security system and in particular, that Baby Bonus. Every Scum Bag in Australia had a Baby that Year. This Young Lady won't attend Her dying Horse and Her Mum has to look after Her Baby Bonus Kid. The Labor Government should be shot. If they get back in again, we are doomed. That will be the end of the Country. Thank God the Worlds best Politician, Scot Morrison, after 'stopping the Boats' and saving the Country, in his short time in Social Security, put orders in train that has just reaped THOUSAND OF FAKE INVALID PENSIONERS!!!!!!!  You and I have been paying for all of these bloody Crooks. I personally pay for two of them. Every worker in the Country is being ripped to the Bone with the ever increasing everything, to pay for these Bastards. Their time is coming if the Liberals get back in......anyhow....back to nice People.....Horses.




Gainsborough has been Firing lately. Today, Lilly had a good Day out


and Jay won Champion Hack.

Nice Rope technique Young Fulla :)

Congrats Kids!!!!

to my Readers around the World lol....the 'Young Fulla' (meaning nice Young Man :) is 6 foot 4 and 15 Years old :)




The lovely Boy made his new Owner (Young Rider) very happy Yesterday, winning Champion Medium Level Horse and his Feed for the Week. Don't ask me where?........I am out of the Loop so don't know :)





On Friday, whilst escorting my Brumby's Owner and Mrs. HP (me on Dulce) the Dude below came up the Road and turned around on his Bike, aiming at Mrs. HP and then at the Brumby but in a very subtle way.

I immediately swung Dulce around and walked at Him, which took Him 'off guard a bit' and he asked where he could find agistment in the area. Then "Where are we from" We pointed Him into a nearby empty Equestrian Centre where a very experienced and large Gentleman lives and who would possibly bury the Crack Head in a Shallow Grave :)....but he rode off and we saw HIm go into the Golden Grove Equestrian Centre.

Keep You eyes peeled and ring the Police. He is bad news!!!!!!!!!!

This from a Reader




Well of course, we are very proud to have lead the way an now being the MOST SECURE and MOST SAFE Equestrian Centre in the State. Now we shall go further, as I ha planned anyway.

  • A Main Security Gate with electronic access
  • and 7,000 Volts for the rest of the front......together with already new front Fences

, together with a secondary interior Fence, also electric and lockable locked.

Agistees running Late will; need to Phone us for entry or exit.



Katice get's the Gold Star for going out of Her way to tell me about na Water Leak. Thanks Katice!!!!




FROM A BUYER OF A WARMBLOOD - unsound and useless

 Yes all of it was due to soreness , she had a head tilt , found going round the circle hard , forward was an issue , her body was always sore , she was girthy , tucked her bum under her when she took  her first steps , the list goes on and I have it (the list )when I told my trainer vet ect  but all training issues but when the horse is showing you whites if eyes , it's not a bloody training issue , the problem is john cause I don't have a CV in competitions no one takes me seriously! But I can feel it under me 


Well done -------- You can now do what most others can't so they (99%) don't have a CV on the Holy Grail!!! The Court Case will be most interesting and I look forward to giving evidence.


Broken in by a VERY Big and well known Victorian Equestrian Centre.


Obviously, the Trainer is a 'Novice' but Professionals of all descriptions, must learn to know if Horses have a problem, not just sit there and take the money. They inflict untold pain on Horses and contribute to the sorts of financial losses and sad stories that we see in this Case and down the line. Trainers must know if a Horse is suspect and REPORT IT TO THE OWNER. not just ride it and send it Home. Trainers must STOP RIDING such Horses and DEMAND a Veterinary investigation be carried out, PRIOR to riding again. NOT PARTAKE IN FOR SALE VIDEO'S!!!!!!!!!

Trainers should take control of Owners and NOT ALLOW them to use Video of themselves, especially if they look completely incompetent.

This case is only one of many that I keep encountering from this Centre which is based on Pony Club Teachings and produces Bolters, Rearers and bad ground mannered Horses.





if it does this, IT HASN'T GOT A MOUTH!!, IT IS NOT READY for Flat work and it will likely end up a Rearer......... and Owners should not ride it!!!

So the obvious questions are these:

  • Why are such Horses being asked to 'collect' at all. This is grossly unfair to a Horse that clearly, has no idea what is being asked for.

  • Why would You Canter such a Horse? It doesn't LEG YIELD and besides, it is unsound which is why it is hanging it's rear end into the Circle to protect itself.

  • and why would such Video's appear on the Internet in Public??????. Trainers need to control their can appear on the Internet, if the Trainer knows no better. Doesn't know it is terrible!!!!!~

  • Why would You ever try and collect a 'Breaker' AT THE WALK. Don't ever do it Folks. It is a Recipe for producing a Rearer.

  • How can Professional Trainers think they can use the strength of a Man to Bully the non existant Mouth to SUBMISSION?

  • Horses that are not PRIOR Prepared to what SUBMISSION may be, should NEVER be asked to do so. It is unfair on them.

  • I could go on for an Hour!!!!!!!.

Don't ever get on a Breaker like this Folks

Don't ever force brute force, the Head of a Horse down.

If a Horse ever does this, GET OFF, put the GAG on and check the Teeth. You cannot ride Horses that throw the Head. PROPER BREAKERS don't throw their Heads!!

If the 'Breaker' doesn't LEG YIELD, DON'T RIDE IT FLATWORK and don't attempt to put it's Head down FOR IT CAN NEVER BE supple.



it is unsound!!!!!!!!!


So Vets', Coaches and Trainers' need to still improve greatly, when it concerns HORSES that cry out!!!!!




I have three Cases in a Month through my Hands, via a Trainer around Mount Barker, who has absolutely zero idea how to Mouth a Horse. One I tested and found Psycho problems with the Bit, then another that had no Mouth when returned to the Owner and now another which had to be sent to the Mentor of the Trainer, for 2 Days only and came back with a lovely Mouth. Be careful where You send Your Horses and stay right away of ROPE HALTER PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





As you all know, EquestrianSA is using YOUR money to fund vexatious charges aimed at some of the organizer's of last year’s questioning of the Financial Records and management.

Many of us continue to be concerned by the ongoing lack of transparency and lack of good governance shown by ESA. There were individual members who did not receive ballot papers in time to vote at the last AGM, no questions were allowed to be asked at the AGM, we know the Auditor resigned and reported the organization to the Regulator for many financial failings (yet we have no idea what action has been forthcoming). And of course, the person who originally alerted members to the financial failings has now undergone a Disciplinary Hearing (we have yet to hear the outcome).


A fund has been set up to pay for legal action to get some positive action. Part of these funds will go towards advice re the Disciplinary Hearing, and part towards action against perceived breaches of the Associations Incorporation Act – such as denial of members rights.


There is a website

and an People Choice Credit Union account BSB No 805 050 Acc No : 102118845.

OR, I have made it easier for You.

Please all HIT THE BUTTON to help these good people “fight the good fight” to bring the Board and Management of EquestrianSA  to heel.

I will pass the money on.


To Equestrian Good Guys Defense Fund. I will be!!!!!!!!!



"Horse Buyers who Video Sales Horses, are 'Brain Dead" if they use someone who doesn't know where the ZOOM BUTTON IS and who are also 'brain dead' because they insist upon holding Mobile Phone UPRIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!"




Do Your Horses like the Hay?  Gainsborough Donner Diva in a few Days.





The Unsound Horse has been Purchased. The Horse is sore. The University in NSW MRI it!!!! Navicular.

The other prominent Vet in NSW, representing the Seller, says...." There isn't a Vet in Australia who can correctly read such X-Rays"

The Vendor does Her research. "Blow me down'....the Vet at the Uni is ranked Number 3 in the World :).....the Case continues.










As most people know we don't only save dogs and cats, we save many horses from doggers pens in not so good condition. In recent months we've had some trouble with members of the public and reports made to council and Rspca. Rspca keep getting reports over and over as we save the old, skinny and sick. Someone has a problem with this and no matter what has been tried and we've been thru doesn't stop us helping those that need helping.This doesn't come cheap for a non for profit rescue Well tonight SADR volunteers are heartbroken as someone stooped to the lowest of low and shot one of our gorgeous boys while he ate his hay roll in his paddock. JJ was one of the quiet thoroughbreds who we brought back from skin and bone and now is dead. My post will now be to the person or persons who done this, we will find you. There is a huge reward offered if anyone knows or hears anything Another gorgeous soul has crossed rainbow bridge We love you JJ and you won't be forgotten by the volunteers xxx









died as a result of the crash and the driver appears to have serious but non life threatening injuries. Police are at the scene of a serious crash between a horse and car on Paris Creek Road. Just after 6pm on Thursday 21 April, police and emergency services were called to Paris Creek Road near Meadows. Paramedics are at the scene treating the single occupant of the car. The horse died as a result of the collision. Paris Creek Road is closed between Bull Creek Road to Shady Grove Road. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.




Ostrobothnia, Finland – Google StreetviewA Google Streetview van, a custom vehicle fitted with multiple high-definition cameras that capture the world around as it drives, caused a ruckus for a man riding a horse. As the van approached the man on horseback, the horse became visibly agitated by the very oddly shaped vehicle. From the Streetview images, the horse appears to turn wildly before bolting into a nearby field. The man, unable to maintain his balance on the horse, fell in the field. Reports indicate he was able to walk away from the accident and appeared to be uninjured.

Commenters on Social Media believe the man could be paid by Google to avoid a lawsuit, but such actions would be determined by local laws concerning vehicles and horses sharing the same road




Fort Collins, CO – A particularly vicious dog attack left 3-year-old miniature horse, Shine, with a horribly mangled left rear hoof. Shine’s owners told veterinarians to do whatever it takes to make Shine healthy and happy once again. Shine was taken to the Colorado State University for treatment and rehabilitation.

Veterinarians considered all options, and settled on amputation as being the best solution for Shine’s injuries. The vets believed that a prosthetic lower leg and hoof would give Shine a great quality of life. Full size horses typically do not take well to prosthetics, but Shine is only 30 inches tall and weighs a mere 150 lbs. Dr Laurie Goodrich of Colorado State University used a 3D printer to make Shine a new hoof, perhaps the first ever. “It’s the first one I’ve done, but I’ve always wanted to try. We had no way of preserving that limb … this was the only option to preserve his life.”

Shine is finishing rehab and is getting ready to head back home, where his loving owners are waiting eagerly for him. “He is so comforting. You know when you have horrible days? Shine is my therapy,” owner Jacque Corsentino said. “I think he would make an amazing therapy horse for w
ounded warriors or kids with disabilities.”



DEXTER, MI – A massive fire leveled a hay barn at a family-owned equestrian event and training farm in Dexter on Saturday.

Katie Trinkle, 27, and her sister Jenny Smith, 30, were both helping with preparations for a scheduled horse show between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Cobblestone Farms, 6301 Gregory Road, when yells alerted them to the fire in a hay barn.

By the time Trinkle made it from an arena to the barn, it was engulfed and threatening the nearby horse barn.

"The horses were freaking out," she said. "They were spinning in there."

Trinkle noted the situation was particularly difficult, because she couldn't show her panic to the horses.

"It was a good thing people came in for the horse show because we had so much help getting the horses out," she said.

Trinkle's father, Jim Daratony, who owns the farm with his wife Darlyn, initially attempted to fight the fire with a hose, but sprained his ankle and burned his arm while doing so, Jenny Smith said.

Fire chief discusses Cobblestone Farms barn fire

Daratony was not immediately available to speak, but Dexter Area Fire Chief Robert Smith confirmed that two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

By the time Kim Trinkle, Katie Trinkle's mother-in-law, arrived after rushing over from her nearby home when she saw smoke, neighbors and those already at the farm were working as a "well-oiled machine" to remove all the horses and make sure all students at the scene were accounted for, she said.

"The neighborhood stuck together," she said.

Firefighters took a defensive approach, as the roof to the barn had already caved in, and successfully protected the other structures from catching fire, Chief Smith said.

Fire departments from Manchester and Chelsea, and Scio, Ann Arbor, Putnam, Hamburg and Unadilla townships all aided the Dexter department.

They were still working to confirm the fire was out at 7 p.m. An investigation into the cause of the fire had not yet begun.

Katie Trinkle said the farm lost several months' worth of hay, a boat, show equipment and farming equipment in the fire. The cost of damage was not immediately available.

"Nobody was hurt – that's all that matters," she said.




Sprakers, NY – Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff Department have arrested two individuals for animal cruelty. The couple, Amy Person and Scott Moxham, were keeping numerous kinds of animals in absolutely horrible living conditions. 8 horses were living in mud so deep it covered their knees, and had no access to food or water. A deceased horse was also found on the property that the owner told deputies he put down for health reasons. Deputies found five goats locked in a camper with no food or water, and no escape from the heat. A pig with a broken leg, unable to walk, was being given no medical attention by the couple.

Some of the animals were seized, but others were determined to have adequate housing and were left on the property. The couple was charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty and were arrested. They were processed and left jail with a promise to appear ticket.




Update – Locals are reporting the owners of the Equestrian Center had prior warning of the flood. The owners allegedly did nothing to evacuate, rescue the flooded horses, or request assistance. Reports are also coming in of horses being left tied and drowning.

Houston, TX – Over 80 horses boarded at the Cypress Trails Equestrian Center were caught by rapidly rising flood water. The water covered the fences and reached the roofs of the buildings. People driving on the road near the center stopped to yell encouragement to the horses to keep treading water. All that could be seen were dozens and dozens of heads moving around in the water, frantically struggling to stay alive in the strong current. The biggest danger was the horses becoming trapped in the underwater fencing and being unable to keep swimming.

A large animal rescue team rushed to the equestrian center and began the monumental task of rescuing so many horses from the dangerous water. Volunteers donned life jackets and rushed into the water to swim horses to safety. Nearly all the horses were caught and led to safety, with the exception of 3 or 4 who were not in immediate danger and were left in place.





Elkhart County, Indiana – An Amish buggy driven by 20-year-old Bryan Troyer of Middlebury collided with an Indiana State Police cruiser. The investigation showed that Troyer failed to yield at the intersection and pulled into the path of Corporal Peter Bradley and his marked car. The buggy had no functioning lights to give the officer any chance to avoid the accident.

The resulting collision sent Officer Bradley to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained to his left arm. Bradley has been an officer with the Indiana State Police for 13 years. Troyer was treated at the same hospital for injuries to his back, hip and foot.

The horse that was pulling the buggy escaped from the wreckage and headed home on its own. It was found later, apparently uninjured.




As originally reported on March 15, the leader of the BJP party in India, Ganesh Joshi, was arrested and booked for attacking a police horse. Joshi, who was attending a protest with hundreds of supporters, is accused of grabbing a baton from a police officer and attacking the officer’s horse, causing several fractures on the horse’s leg. The horse, named Shaktiman, was rushed to a nearby veterinarian hospital.

Veterinarians amputated Shaktiman’s leg and a prosthetic leg was imported for him. He began the arduous task of physical therapy to learn to walk again. Shaktiman’s bandage was changed by the attending vet twice a week, but on April 20, he went into shock after being administered anesthesia for the bandage change. Vet were unable to revive Shaktiman and he passed away in his stall, the very same stall he lived in for 10 years as a police horse. Shaktiman was fighting for his life, eating and drinking well, until the very end.


A dead horse has been found dumped and tied to a tree.

An animal lover came across the poor animal at a picnic spot in woodland between Appledore and Woodchurch.

In the weeks before, the man, who has asked to remain anonymous, said he saw a group running the horse along nearby lanes.

Warning: graphic images below

The poor animal was found tied to a tree in woodland near Woodchurch

Speaking to KentOnline he said it looked as though the mare's owners had been "training" it for racing.

He said: "We'd seen it being run down and them beasting it. I call it that because of the cart they ran it on and [they were] whipping it all the time.

"I was working out there and came across it on Friday. We'd been out there on the Thursday last week and it wasn't there and on the Friday it was there.

It is believed the horse had belonged to travellers in the area

"It's not the first case I've seen. I was disgusted with it to be honest."

The animal was removed shortly after.

It comes following a huge spike in the number of dead horses found in the Ashford area and an appeal from the RSPCA earlier this year.

Mum Emma Oliver found a pony caked in mud in Smarden in January just days after the corpse of a small horse was removed from a field in Ashford that had been lying there for more than a month.

The poor animal was found tied to a tree in woodland near Woodchurch

An investigation has now been launched after the man informed the RSPCA.

He added: "They said that they are going to try and prosecute. When I spoke to the woman on the phone she was quite disgusted so the reaction I got was a heightened one about it.

"I love animals and I just don't like seeing animals hurt myself.

"But being that we'd already seen it run up the street two weeks previously it's just disgusting and no need for it.

"They tied it to a tree and it looks like it panicked itself and had a heart attack and died."

There have been several cases already this year with horses being found neglected and dead in fields around Ashford and Tenterden.

Between November last year and January, the RSPCA reported it had been called to 21 horse related incidents across Kent.

Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and a £20,000 fine.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “Our inspector was called about the body of a horse in the area. The horse was a mare, who reportedly looked to be in fair condition, but had no microchip, so we have been unable to trace an owner.

“The RSPCA is continuing to work with other equine welfare charities in response to the ongoing horse crisis in Kent, and trying to prevent further animals from suffering.

"The charity has seen a spate of calls about equine issues during recent months in areas across Kent, and continues to urge the public to get in touch with any information relating to these sad incidents.”

Anybody with any information is urged to call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.







Dear John, I have a six year old quarter horse mare, on Sunday last when I attempted to unload her, I forgot to untie her lead rope which was attached to baling twine in the float, when I lifted the bum bar and she started to back out, the panic set in and she partly reared and hit her head on a metal bar part of frame work of float, when she flew out, she kept shaking her head, and i noticed a gash under her fringe, I straightaway loaded her, she was v v reluctant, and more so to get out. Each morning and night I have different results. She walks in not too bad, but gets quite anxious, we dont go anywhere completely stationery, I give her a carrot, but its hard to get her out. She doesnt want me to put a halter on her really, though I have to, she wont let me pat her head, even eating grass from the ground, if there is river reeds brushing her head she jerks its away. I am so sad, I dont know how to fix it, it was all my fault, can you help me please? Kind regards,

Hi Gayle. Well done for admitting it. Watch the following Video but certainly, stay away from the Head of the Horse until she completely heals.




Dear John,
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me.
I watched your clip today, I wish I had a fraction of what you know, I still hate myself, and it breaks my heart
my carelessness,
Thankyou again,

Hi Gayle. Well done for admitting it. Watch the following Video but
certainly, stay away from the Head of the Horse until she completely











Dear Mr O’Leary, I have just read your article on float loading with great interest. My problem is : I have bought a rising 3 yr old filly. We loaded her to bring home in the float by joining hands round her backend and bustling her on. She had rushed back a few times but capitulated fairly well, so I thought that with the benefit of a long trip she would become more accepting. We drove very kindly. But she started kicking as soon as she was shut in and by the time we reached home she had kicked a hole in the ramp and one in the side wall. Not a happy trip. (...and it’s amazing what vendors don’t tell you!) Next time I tried to load her at home I thought that using a Monty Roberts head collar would mean that she would associate running backwards with unpleasantness and not do it. In fact she now associates loading with unpleasantness and I have had to step backwards in my training. I have patiently worked with her going up the ramp and back. She will now come all the way in and cheerfully eat from a bucket at the front, but smokes off the minute the food is finished. She is so focused on the food that I can stand behind her and could easily put the chain up if I wanted to. But I’m just not sure what to do next and whether to prevent her going off. I don’t want to provoke an explosion. I have to be able to load her on my own in time, though I could enlist help during training. My gut feeling is that she is not seriously terrified, she is not obeying my commands and my training is weak. It is rude to request free advice, but your article made a lot of sense and I am so much hoping that you are able to suggest the best course of action. Yours sincerely,  (NZ)

Hi Sam. Did You think about doing a U Turn when it all started and gone straight back to the Vendor's Home, dropped the Horse off and sued the Vendor for damages to the Horse Float?????

Well done on Your efforts thus far.......

My first warning is the CHAIN. That is a recipe for disaster and it is not a design that one should ever use for such a Horse that will force itself out, normally removing Hair or flesh off the entire length of the back bone as they drop their Hind Legs and go beneath.

TThis Horse needs to be first trained, via the Jeffreys Method, to remain in and to be stopped from exiting. Only then should You close a PROPER RUMP BAR, like this

For such a Horse, at this time, this too is unacceptable


You should also properly finish the breaking in of this horse and teach it that fighting is noa href="mailbox:///C:/Users/Mr%20HP/AppData/Roaming/Thunderbird/Profiles/n4hfg3tl.default/Mail/">t an option.

Also, add the proper tying up to this Horse.  See attachments on your email




Thank you so much for your prompt and useful reply. Yes I did think I’d made a big mistake, but they had the cash by then. She seemed such a sweet wee thing initially! It is really great to see an example of a substantial rump bar and I think that would be a good thing to build anyway. I’ll certainly act on your advice and hope to be able to report positive progress in a while. Thank you again - your help is really appreciated, Cheers Sam





Hello John, I would put this on your internet page but I don't know how.Week 3 a follow on note. I don't think you realise what sought of problem horse I am dealing with here, she has had her own way for close to 16 years and because of her experience, strength, speed and extreme violent actions no one(and I mean professional breakers) have been able to control her, I have gone through several ping- pong rollers which she knew she could rip to bits in seconds. I have also found out recently that the woman who bred her was prosecuted for animal cruelty and I believe to make sure she didn't lose Rosie who was a foal then, hid her in N. Yorkshire about 200 miles away so she wouldn't lose her to the court.It also explains why she was feral and neglected when I bought her, 6years later.

To the crux of this letter I have to tell someone so it's you,Itarted with thestarted with the remouthuingrogram and the lateral and front mouthing went brilliant it surprised me how quickly she learned it about 3/program and the lateral and front mouthing went brilliant it surprised me how quickly she learned it about 3/5days,myroblem though was getting the bit in her mouth once sheproblem though was getting the bit in her mouth once she realisedhat was my control her, it could take fromthat was my control her, it could take from 25mins upto 1hour and this is no exaggeration I would also have to strip the bridle down as she would not have it over her ears. Saturday I realisednd took notice of your everything is a training opportunity and used the one rein stop by tying the head collar back to the roller and presented the bit ,for the next hour and ten minutes she spun and spun, nipped when she got the chance but eventually accepted begrudgingly(I mean tongue rammed up hard in her mouth) the bit after my fingers were pressing down against her tongue. Sunday same as Saturday but we were 15/20 minutes at most. This morning I didn't tie her to the roller I presented the bit to her asked her to open and on my 5th command she took the bit and I put the bridle over her head. Just to see her open her mouth and accept the bit was worth every penny I spent on the roller. I will expect a bit more resistance as we have started into the running rein section but now I have the equipment to let her know that her strength is useless against me. Oh by the way I'm not a cuddle housewife so this horse hasn't easily been able to get thehbetter of me but now I have your knowledge and equipment there is only going to be one winner. Many thanks, Andy Humphries.s.

Well done Andy.  


VENDOR SAYS " He's a little sensitive" :)


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

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 John

Read this on your blog this week.  There wasn’t an answer from you so here are my thoughts.

“Hi John, I am a follower of yours and your methods and have purchased some of your videos and equipment. I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I bought a five year old western performance show horse back in February of 2014 (after him having him passed by a pre purchase exam) and have had lameness issues with him since the purchase. He has recently been diagnosed with osteo arthritis which my vet says would probably have been there at the time of purchase. What I am wondering is if you think I'd have any chance of restitution either from the previous owner or the vet that did the pre purchase exam? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Regards”

I know the world is full of “interesting” purchaser, seller and vet stories, but this is just annoying really, from a seller’s perspective.
Did the purchaser invest the money to have the horse x-rayed / insured?

You have a horse that is independently vet checked to your satisfaction, have it for 2 years, likely didn’t take xrays at the time and now want to come back on the previous owner?

One word.  Nope. 

It was your risk vs consequence decision.

If you don’t want to take the financial risk that there could be significant joint issues, invest in xrays.  It’s about an extra $700 - $1,000 for a full set of xrays.  No horse has perfect joints.
And / or pay the money to insure it for loss of use based on the outcome of the vet exam at time of purchase.  Depending on the value of the horse that’s an extra $500 - $1,200 a year ish, every year.
Good idea to take bloods too and sit them in the fridge for a month, with the owner signing the declaration form that nothing has been administered.  That’s an extra $400 - $700 ish though at the time of purchase.

If you’ve asked and paid for a medium-level vet exam for a medium-level price, then not everything is going to be detected. 
It’s like a person going to a GP rather than having an MRI scan.

But after 2 years wanting to take action against a seller when you had an independent vet check to your satisfaction?
That makes me grumpy as a seller.


Thanks Jen. Yes, plenty of them out there as well.









17th April, 2016/h2>


Hi Folks

Hope You had a great Week and are all well. We are still "running like Dogs' having been given my next and hopefully last job, that of a full reno of the Home at 'Gainsborough' with addition of 2 en-suites, walk in robes, shifting 4 Doors, removal of walls, building of walls, replace every door and light switch in the Home, new Kitchen and more.


Along with this, I have had my remaining ' Brumby from the Bush' with his rugging, tying up issues and other things but I have handed over the 'Black Flash' - 'Pokey', after riding Him out around the District f few times and re-mouthing HIm, Leg Yield etc. Yesterday was hand over Day to the proud Owner who went very well on Him and he was a good Boy. Surprisingly, earlier in the Week, he had fired up to Bucking on the lunge and 'Whoopy Chooking' under Saddle but the cause was found and eliminated. It had been something called 'Omega Weight Gain' to get condition on Him because we weren't happy with his Racing condition and he was extremely weak in the rear end, but it fired Him up to the point where he would not have suited the Lady Rider but all fine now. Just shows You how some of these things can change Horses. Thanks to my lovely Wife for Her few rides on Him earlier in the Week as well.


and he's Black :)




With a massive tying up Problem. He is a Darling Boy and a good little Mate. After two Days work, he is fine.

My thanks to the lovely Dulce for her kind assistance. The only Dressage Horse that Ropes :) Nothing like a bit of Hind end Muscle :)





My two Race Horses had gone Home and thanks to the Trainer for this feedback

Hi John , Thought I'd let you know that Penny is 100% with her bridling lowers head & doesn't flinch when the bridle goes over her ears , there was a bit of bad memory when first put in the round yard & thought she was going to get clobbered in the exact same corner but quickly realised that life is so much better I give this girl a lot of TLC. Surprisingly no girthiness after a few days rest & Bruce is so chilled when he was first put in the round yard instead of tearing around out of control thought about it but thought eating grass was a more relaxing alternative, & a good horse to keep reminding people that he won't take crap from humans Also would like to order a lunge line thanks Cheers




The check, the front of 'Scum Bags' when early this Week, at 7.30am, down our back driveway to Paddocks, there was 'Blue Hair' who was escorting a Young Man who doesn't yet have a License, to feed his Horse. You will remember the previous Week Her and Red Hair were off the Road in a Ditch well she must have a Weekly habit of doing that as she had bottomed out on our driveway, at a drainage point. Anyhow, Mrs. HP saw Red and kicked Blue off the property, warning Her not to return or the Police will be called.

The Cheek is endless. They wish Mrs. HP's Husband dies a slow Death and then front up large as Life. That's the Bogan's Folks.


goes to all the Agistees, for finally getting their Heads around tipping their Manure over the edge of the tipping point and not blocking the path by short tipping. Wonderful!!!


Goes to the Person or Persons unknown, who continually throw their Twine in the Manure Pile, putting the Lives of Horses at risk.


The Property is full up and action a plenty. People everywhere and a lot of fun.

This Week, we have one of Mrs. HP's Inter-State Pupils coming to look at a Horse and another from Victoria to work with me and the Brumby and have some lessons with Mrs. hP



Congratulations to Janeth Flowers of Grandview Stud at Mount Barker and Doctor Lindsay Young for getting Her pregnant with FROZEN SEMEN in early March and at the age of rising 19 Years with the 42 Day positive test done this Week. Very exciting for all.

She is in Foal to Crown Aces Pearl from the UK




As You keep reading, endlessly, my comments on 'Ground Manners' due to the fact that it is the Number 1 cause of ridden behavioral Problems that we meet and Tonight I want discuss the systems used for REMOVING A HORSE from Your Space, once it has encroached within it. There are probably 4 things one can do.

  1. Step backwards (which is what most do) in which case that being the 'Road to ruin' as the HORSE IS TRAINING THE OWNER

  2. Lunge the Horse out of Your Space with the end of the Lead Rope but almost impossible because You have no room left to swing it.

  3. 'Yo Yo Game' it to step back from where it came from, or....

  4. Take hold of the Lead Rope, about a foot from the Head and PUSH THE HORSE BACKWARDS

So which of 3 and 4 provide the best outcome??

The answer is THREE, the "Yo Yo Game" and here are the reasons

  • When a Horse is sent back out this way, the Owner is not taking a PUSH OR PULL contact directly with the Head of the Horse.

  • The take hold of the Lead and PUSH the Horse backwards sets the Handler up with huge responsibilities of correct sophistication of subtle give and release otherwise it is simplym a SKULL DRAGGING and bad training.

  • The Push system keeps the Handler within the SPACE of the HORSE, precisely what You were trying to fix in nthe first Place.

  • Where the "Yo Yo Game" easily achieves the back up, without confusion and ensuring the Horse is TRULY out of the Space.

So the point is that the take hold of the Head and Push, falls within the British systems of outcomes of ignorance and fails in the area of clarity of purpose.




Sand build up in the Gut





Hi John, I am a follower of yours and your methods and have purchased some of your videos and equipment. I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I bought a five year old western performance show horse back in February of 2014 (after him having him passed by a pre purchase exam) and have had lameness issues with him since the purchase. He has recently been diagnosed with osteo arthritis which my vet says would probably have been there at the time of purchase. What I am wondering is if you think I'd have any chance of restitution either from the previous owner or the vet that did the pre purchase exam? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Regards





This a great design, I took it off the other week as my horse was showing no signs of wind sucking for 12 months. Within a week he was back sucking again. Once back on totally stopped again.











Operant Riders, a Finnish full member club promoting better welfare for horses and endorsed by the Finnish Equestrian Federation (SRL), has submitted an extensive, science-based proposal to the SRL with a request to change several national competition rules.

Operant Riders, also known as OpeRa (Operantit Ratsastajat ry), submitted a proposal with six major rule changes to the Finnish Equestrian Federation on 23 February 2016. The propositions will be put to the vote at the SRL General Assembly on 24 April 2016.

The goals of OpeRa are to improve horse and rider welfare and safety. The proposals for rule changes concern the use of the noseband, draw reins and spurs.

"We hope that our proposals will encourage a debate on these issues well before the General Meeting and we hope that as many SRL member clubs as possible will choose to vote for as many of the proposed rule changes as they see fit," said OpeRa. "We also propose that the Finnish Equestrian Federation submit the same proposals to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) for the same rule changes to be made to the FEI international competition rules."

The six proposed changes are:

1. Use of the noseband to be voluntary in all dressage classes
2. Determining the greatest allowed tightness of the noseband and measuring noseband tightness at competitions
3. Allowing the use of bitless bridles in all dressage classes
4. Allowing the use of snaffle bridles in all dressage classes
5. Prohibiting the use of draw reins in the warmup at competitions in all disciplines
6. Use of spurs to be voluntary in all dressage classes




Lebanon, KY – Jalen Smalley might think of himself as a big man, but no real man would ever force a 15 month old baby horse to take him on long trail rides. Smalley’s mare gave birth to beautiful little colt, MK, on Christmas 2014. Smalley was proud of the little guy and posted a steady stream of updates on his Facebook page as the youngster grew. At only 14 months old Smalley started training MK to ride and posted a picture of MK with a saddle on his back. On March 15 Smalley posted a picture while riding MK and bragged on social media “Am i good r naw lol 1st time on him.” Smalley was either ignorant of the damage he was inflicting on little MK, or didn’t care.

Smalley continued the social media posts with pictures and video of MK being ridden in many different places, including trail rides through rivers, pastures and forests. At no point did he seemed concerned the little colt may be too young to have a 200 lb man riding on his back.

April 14th, while still only 15 months old, Smalley called it quits with MK and posted him for sale on the private group with over 21,000 members: Gaited horses, mules, tack, and other misc. items for sale. He posted the following advertisement along with a video of MK being ridden.




Westport, RI – Rescuers worked for 5 hours to free a horse trapped in 3 foot deep mud at a farm. The horse, a 17-year-old, had been stuck for a couple of hours before Animal Control and the Fire Department responded to the call for assistance. “It got out of its corral unfortunately, and got into a really swampy area,” Allan Manley of the Westport Fire Department told reporters “And of course the more it struggled, the more it got deeper into the mud.” Rescuers worked in the deep mud until 7:00 pm when they were finally able to free the exhausted horse. A farm worker was taken to the hospital after the horse kicked him in the chest. The horse should make a full recovery. This is the second time rescuers have been called to the farm in just two weeks to free a trapped horse. The first time a horse had become trapped in a muddy pit on the farm. The family was upset at the media covering the rescue and would not allow cameras or reporters on their property.




Tacoma, Washington – Animal Control officers, investigating reports of abuse at the home of Shyrell Wood, 25, were shocked to find an 8-year-old Thoroughbred, Buttermilk, starving and unable to get on her feet. She laid on the frozen ground, her body temperature dropping rapidly. Animal Control spokesperson Brian Boman told reporters she was “Severely emaciated to no fat whatsoever anywhere on the body. Using up fat reserves and things like that. It’s pretty much a skeleton with skin wrapped around it.”

Buttermilk was euthanized on the scene to relieve her intense suffering. A pasture mate, Shylo, died a few days later from starvation as well.

Wood was arrested for animal abuse, convicted and was recently sentenced. Wood claimed she did not have money to feed her horses properly, a defense the judge found inexcusable. “Why didn’t she just turn them over to someone instead of starving them death?” Judge Stanley Rumbaugh asked. Wood’s only response to the conviction was “I messed up. I lost… .. I can’t.”

Judge Rumbaugh sentenced Wood to 5 days in jail, 1 year of electronic monitoring and a lifetime ban on owning or caring for horses. Despite the short incarceration, Animal Control is actually pleased. “It’s better than what we normally get. Normally we don’t see too many people actually get in custody,” Boman told reporters. Two of Wood’s other horses survived the ordeal and have new homes.




A horse, Fin March, racing in France at the Prix Sarah Gosse plowed over the protective barrier and crashed into a group of spectators. As Fin March’s jockey whips him, he appears to veer towards the whipping in an attempt to escape the blows. The collision sent bodies flying as the horse flipped and landed, hard, on the pavement. Fin March appeared to be motionless after the landing as the camera pans on to the still racing horses. Five people, including the jockey, were rushed to the hospital as a result of the collision. One of the spectators, an elderly grandmother, is still in the hospital with extensive injuries and the jockey is also still in the hospital.

The horse suffered a brain hemorrhage and was put down at the track. This accident follows five horses being put down at the famous Grand National festival in England due to racing injuries.




Cardiff, Wales – Onlookers were horrified to see a horse and cart dragging a dog through the busy city streets. The man driving the cart kept whipping the horse to get it to go faster. The limping dog, unable to keep up, collapsed and was dragged behind the cart. When the cart had to stop for traffic, onlookers rushed the man and the cart, determined to rescue the now apparently lifeless dog.

The man on the cart sent a boy to get the dog up, but when the dog was unable to stand, the man yelled “Kill it, kill it!” Onlookers yelled at the man that he was not going to keep the dog, and another man carried the dog to the side of the road while the cart driver and boy raced off.

An hour later, the dog finally was able to perk up enough to drink and eat some treats. The RSPCA is investigating the incident and hopes to make an arrest for animal cruelty soon.






As originally reported on January 11, a man weighing over 320 lbs killed a 5 month old donkey by sitting on it. He climbed into a nativity scene, then sat on the donkey, grinning for pictures. The weight crushed the donkey, making its internal organs “explode.”

Local police did not find enough evidence to file charges, but a donkey rescue brought private criminal charges against the man. Those charges have been unsuccessful as well as the judge dropped the charges. “The judge dismissed the proceedings as she considers that the actual complaints are not a criminal offense and that there is not enough evidence to justify an in-depth investigation. The court order states that ‘even if an aggressive conduct had been proved, it is not clear [if it was] the direct cause of the animal’s death, and it is therefore not possible to establish the causality needed,” the donkey rescue spokesperson told reporters.

While it is outrageous that the charges would be dropped, when a society honors such atrocities as bull fighting and other abusive sports are not only legal, but celebrated, how can we expect authorities to take seriously the abuse of animals?





Madison, Virginia – A mare named Maya has made a full recovery after a fire nearly killed her and her newborn foal.

 A barn at the Touchstone Farm caught on fire with multiple horses in the paddocks and stalls around the barn. Bystanders were able to let the other horses out, but did not see Maya. As the barn burned behind her, Maya shielded her colt from the raging flames with her body. Her body was scorched from head to tail on both sides. Her heroism kept her colt from being almost completely unharmed with just some singing on his face. Maya and her colt were moved into a garage into a makeshift ICU unit. Maya was hooked up to IV fluids, pain medications and antibiotics for several weeks. Thanks to help and donations from many people, Maya has made a full recovery with only very minimal scarring.




Las Angeles, CA – The LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating a most bizarre and cruel crime. A horse was found, dead, its tail tied to a telephone pole, its head laying in a pool of blood, in front of a house in a quiet residential neighborhood filled with horse lovers. The scene was so horrific law enforcement parked vehicles in front of the horse to hide it from onlookers. Neighbors, who refused to talk on camera out of safety concerns, say the horse was recently housed in a nearby stable. Allegedly the owner of the stable told the owners of the horse to move it due to some personal issues between the stable owner and the horse owner. The horse was seen on Friday being loaded into a trailer. The horse was next seen Saturday morning, laying in front of a house near the stable.

“It just appears from marks on the body of the horse and on the head of the horse, that the horse was either beat, or shot or both,” LAPD Detective Eric Bixler told reporters. Police are confident that they have the evidence they need to secure an arrest and conviction soon.

The horse was transported to a veterinarian hospital for a necropsy.




Viral Video – In what appears to be a 3rd world country, a cameraman found a foal hopelessly trapped on a rickety wooden bridge. The baby struggles to get itself out of the gaps between the planks where he has fallen. It was stuck for hours while its mother, a severely emaciated mare, stands hopelessly by, desperately hoping someone will come along that can help. The unidentified man holding the video camera walks onto the scene. He sees the absolute hopelessness of the baby horse’s plight, and knows he could be the baby’s last hope.

Setting the camera down to record the rescue, he gently lifts the baby to safety. When it cannot get its hooves under its body, the man carries it gently off the bridge. The mother follows, whinnying softly, thanking the man for saving her baby’s life.









G'day John, I have taken on a Arab X warm blood mare, her aggressive behavior and physiological issues had become dangerous with previous owner. She is 6 years old she generally did not want any kind of human contact. Displayed teeth and feet, won't tie up, runs through fencing in a panic etc etc. Not her fault but she will end up dead if I don't intervene and attempt to change her mental damage. I have ordered her one of your tie up collars, as she will hard tie good as gold unless you have a hose pipe. If the ground beneath her feet becomes water logged she looses her s*** and would break her neck to get free. She has a habit of running through fences also, I have never used hobbles before and have ordered your dvd. Looking for any advice you can give me to save her please? I have re educated my other horse on your methods he is an absolute wonderful

 I'm this girls last hope, her aggression is subsiding and she is much calmer and trusting around me, she actually quite a bold and laid back big girl in her ground work. Ears back and legs at anyone she takes a dislike to 😞 including my amazing farrier who's trying so patiently to help her. Her mind has been twisted but not lost, if you can impart any of your wisdom we'd be very grateful. I'm told she was left with her mother & Aunty until she was 4, she was very clingy with other mares. This has improved dramatically Since I surround her with geldings, whom she loathed, but is gradually accepting their company. No plans for you guys to move to WA ? I have been regularly wishing for a couple of years now

  Warm Regards

Hi There. It sounds like You are doing a wonderful job and of course, such Horses are only looking for CONSISTENT, DAILY, ASSERTIVE, LEADERSHIP, with JUSTICE, REWARD and a touch of EMPATHY.

Your answers will be found on the Leg Restraints DVD's as the greatest Tool there is with the Psychologically damaged Horses, are found in those systems. The wonderful Natural Horsemanship systems run a distant second. Just look at the two Race Horses of last Week. They should have been here 6 Weeks, which seems Par with most Trainers these Days. I wish I had have got that luxury in my Life.

I suggest You start small, 'Front Leg Strap' as it is this and Stockman's Hobbles, that show the TRUE PERSONALITY that lives below the surface and which no Human really knows about. As an assessment Tool, these are winners. You will actually be given a snapshot and then know precisely what You are dealing with.

Only once all of the 'Buttons' are on the Horse, can You then go to approaching the list of problems and ticking them off one by one, with safety. Regards




Felt really sad for some horses today...a group of people riding, all forcing horses' heads into a frame that they weren't physically capable of. One, an Ottb I think; with a young know-it-all stable expert onboard- began swishing his tail while trotting around; just a subtle form of communication. Then horse began to jack up, refusing to go forward. Pig rooting & threatening to rear. Rider blaming the horse saying ..."I don't get it. I think she's just being naughty"... It took all of my strength to not go to her & say "can u just bite down on this bailing twine while I tie u to your boyfriend's horse?" Xx

and it is carried out across the Country and just about every Equestrian Centre. You will have to look past it. You can't fix em all :(







10th April, 2016


Hi Folks, how are You all? Did You have a good Week?. Did You learn anything?.......I judge mine on achievement and learning and on those counts I 'Slam Dunked' my Week.



As You would have read, I have Young 'Katy from Scotland' here, for work experience, having assisted Her to break in Her own Horse in Scotland and just starting on Her second.



 She could not have got a better selection of Horses. I took on 4 at the last minute and You know about the two Race Horses that had suffered terrible starts in their Life.


This fearful Chestnut Mare was dropping People upon Mount up and dropping People upon dismount as well. You can see the eyes on Her in the before Photo here, one Week ago and the little darling that she is, in the second Photo, on hand over Day, to the Jock as seen in picture. Nice Bloke too.


anyhow, they both went Home, remarkable changed in their Mind, back trusting People and leading like two Old Cows.


This Boy actually tried to Kill me, both with front Legs and rear Legs. The first time for a few Years that I have actually leapt the Round Yard Fence :)

On Hand over Day, at the very end of the Hour sessions where I tool the Trainer through the Tools and Buttons, spookily on cue, he took my left Hand in his Lips to thank me




Shying badly, extremely nervous, doesn't tie up, can't rug and other stuff........


happily, I was able to fix his ride ability and shying on the first Day where Katy was able to negotiate Him around the District and in the Traffic, while I introduced the Black Flash ( the Standie off the Track, to the Saddle and indeed the Traffic, first in company and Yesterday around the Town on his Own. You can't beat the might Standi!! 


Here is the 'might standy' named 'Pokey' :) and the Brumby from the Bush.






Good on You Girls...while You hawked Your Body, Your Horse was dying





Congrats to Lyric McKay with Her lovely Cleveland Bay that Mrs. HP assisted them in buying. Lovely. Royal Adelaide Show




Jen in Stable 8....for the exercise given to Her Pony, which makes Him a happy Camper in the Yard because the required amount of exertion and exhaustion is given to the Horse. Well done Girl!!




" Rider's should take opinion from those riding behind them, to ask how they are sitting on a Horse. Many do not sit square and hang off one side or another. This causes Horses to continually drift one way, as if to catch the weight of the crooked Rider. We see many of them and ride many resultant 'Crooked Horses' which are out their in plague proportions." 




  Check beneath Your Mats Folks!!!!!!!





i, I bought a registered Quarter horse Mare last month from Emerald Qld. Bought her over the phone after 3 phone calls with the seller. He told me he was selling her because she wasn't suited for reining. I told him I was looking for barrel racing prospect He said she would be good for that said she was 15hh as well. I paid $6,500.00 for this Mare. Transport dropped her on Monday the 14th of March, my sister rode her for 10 minutes in round yard she was quiet but she was poor in condition Over hind end and rump area we thought it was from travel. My sister rode next day out of round yard and noticed she was sore going to the left. We decided we would wait for our chiropractor could come look at her before we would ride her again and she might put weight on as well. Our chiropractor turned up last week and looked at her running and sound she's very sore and won't touch her without X rays. I contacted seller and told him he said he had her hocks X rayed a few months ago and sent them to me. I booked her an appointment with Vet and chiropractor on Friday 1st April. He find she had a massive tore in her hamstring And was very sore over back and that's why she has wasted away over hind end. Told me she would need 12 months treatment and still not sure she would be sound enough to ride. I have emailed seller yesterday with Vet diagnosis And asked him to refund my money and to organise mare to be collected. I haven't received any response back. What are my options? Thanks Lesa.


If You buy a Horse that You suspect might have Veterinary problems DON'T USE PHYSIO'S, CHIRO'S OR ANYTHING SIMILAR for Your Case will be weakened badly. USE VETS' ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



HI Sarah

At Your level, in Your location and with probably your aspirations to have fun, learn and improve but not go to F.E.I.  the Mare is adequate, so is your riding and it's all a nice Prelim outline. The Horse is ready to go on immediately, to lateral work and MUST COME OFF THE FOREHAND NOW.

Bridle lame or real lame (for you to decide) in the test.'

3 basic correct paces. and all good enough to improve with correct work.

I got to hand it to you :)




As You know, they are using Your Members money to fund the EA Lawyer, to attack the Leader of the Group that started asking questions about financial Governance. The Matter is within the Legal system as we speak.

The Good Guys are needing Your help, to defend Him. Can You help????

Do you care about what’s going on? Have you donated yet? Legal advice is being used against us so we have no choice but to also seek advice and that costs.

We have a shared responsibility here. Many of you have asked what you can do.


We have established the


Donate - spread the word.


 If I may comment and say that this direct Banking is Old fashioned, just like the EA and makes it too difficult for People with no time on their Hands. Crowd Fund it or put up a Button.








9 YEAR OLD DIES - kicked in the Head

A nine-year-old girl who was killed in a horse-riding accident while out trail-hunting has been named locally as Bonnie Armitage.

The child sustained fatal injuries after being kicked by another horse while riding a pony with The Cotswold Hunt in Gloucestershire.

Paramedics said they were called to a farm in Miserden, near Stroud, at 11:25am on Saturday, where Bonnie was airlifted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in a "life-threatening condition" and later died.

A source said Bonnie was "riding slightly behind a bigger horse" that "kicked out" at her pony and "caught her". It is unclear what type of injuries she sustained from the incident.

In a statement released by her family, Bonnie was described as "a beautiful, vivacious and compassionate girl who touched the hearts of everyone who knew her".

Her family said she loved riding and was "never happier" than when she was out with her Shetland pony, Lindsay.
Bonnie's parents have said the incident was just a 'tragic accident' (file photo) (Getty Images)

Her mother, Polly, said the incident was "just a tragic accident" and they didn't blame anyone for it.

The Cotswold Hunt issued a statement saying their meeting on Saturday was "over-shadowed by the tragic death of a nine-year-old child."

The statement from the Hunt's Joint Masters said Bonnie "sustained what proved to be fatal injuries in an accident in the hunting field, and slipped away after strenuous efforts by the Air Ambulance Team and Paramedics.

It said: "As soon as it was realised that a child was fighting for their life, hounds were taken home immediately and trail hunting cancelled.

"A sense of shock and sadness is with us all as we try to come to terms with the family’s overwhelming loss and grief, and we hope that the strength of our community together with the power of our prayers and the sincerity of our condolences will be of some comfort to the family.

"In truth we find it hard to write this, as a young life lost is very, very hard to bear."

A Miserden resident, who did not wish to be named, told the Western Daily Press: "The Hunt is very well known and established in the area. The feeling around the village is that it is just a terribly, terribly tragic, sad event.”





Amherst, South Carolina – A 12 year old girl, Kimberley Roach, was injured and killed from an accident in a horse pasture. Kimberly was visiting the horse farm on spring break. In the weeks leading up to the spring break vacation, Kimberly couldn’t help but talk all about her upcoming trip. Kimberly and her family visited the farm to pick up a horse to take home.

According to the investigation, Kimberly was leading the horse when something spooked the horse, which struck Kimberly. When she was found in the pasture a short time later she was seriously injured and was pronounced dead at the hospital. She died from blunt force trauma. The coroner reported that the nature of her injuries indicated she was not riding the horse when she was injured.

Friend Logan Dickson told reporters “She died doing what she loved most and the happiest she could ever be. I was blessed to know such a wonderful kid.” Kimberly loved animals of all kinds and often volunteered at her local animal shelter. She hoped one day to become a veterinarian. She leaves behind her two parents and 4 siblings.

Original Story and Photo: Chronicle-Telegram




Juab County, Utah – A worker at the Young Living Farm, Freeman Yoder aged 38, was arrested and booked on Aggravated Animal Cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor.

Yoder was seen by other workers and visitors of the farm tying a draft horse to a pickup then driving faster and faster until the horse fell. Yoder then dragged the horse for awhile before he stopped the truck, got the horse back on its feet, then drove faster and faster until it fell again. This time the horse’s head struck the truck, denting it. He again dragged the horse for some time before stopping, getting the horse back up, and driving again. The third time the horse fell to the ground and was dragged, Yoder was unable to get it back on its feet.

The owners of Young Living Farm, an organic herb farm, called the local sheriff to keep the peace while they terminated Yoder’s employment at the farm. Bystanders who videod Yoder’s treatment of the horse showed the video footage to the sheriff, who promptly arrested Yoder.

The horse is expected to make a full recovery.




When Doug Tescher looked out his window, he knew something was seriously wrong with his mare’s pregnancy and birth. She was completely exhausted before the foal was born, and was just laying on the ground, barely rolling once in a while. Doug sprang into action and moved in to help. Using a couple of pieces of twine looped around the foal’s hooves, each time the mare strained a little, Doug pulled. Slowly, inch by inch, the foal’s head finally came into the world. Doug’s fear turned to relief when the little foal blinked his eyes. The colt was alive for now, but Doug feared for the momma and the baby’s life.

After the foal was completely delivered, the mare was far too exhausted to lick him. A couple of cows, who had been watching the difficult birth, trotted over to help. While one of the cows chased Doug away from the new baby, the other cow went to work licking and cleaning the youngster. Doug, knowing his job was over, headed inside to get some coffee and watch. The mare finally stood but was too exhausted to do anything and just stood with her head hanging low. The cows continued nurturing the baby, licking and cleaning him, stimulating him into action.

A few minutes later, Doug went back outside to turn the mare around to meet her new baby. As he was climbing the fence, the mare nickered to her baby, then started licking him on her own. The cows, happy to get back to eating grass, wandered off, content on a job well done.
Mare and Colt





FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- The Fayetteville Police Department released dash cam video of an unusual pursuit that took place around 1:45 p.m. on Friday (March 25).

The dash cam video, which has been edited for brevity, is included below.

It starts near Old Wire Road and Overcrest Street where Officer Kristen Mercado encountered the suspect: a miniature donkey. It had gotten out of its owners yard and caused quite a scene down the road from Sequoyah United Methodist Church.

Erick Eby said he was home, when police cornered the animal in his yard.

"I heard a siren go off right in front of the house. I stood up and looked out the window, and there was a cop car blocking my driveway with its lights on,” Eby said. “As I am looking out the window processing all of this, a white flash runs past my front window. Then there was an animal control guy running with a rope to catch it.”

Police and animal control officers pursued the donkey to a neighborhood in the area of East Terry Drive and East Stewart Street and corner him there. After a few minutes they lassoed the animal, got it in a trailer and a few hours later the escapee was picked up by its owner.



Albrighton, England – 39-year-old motorcyclist and firefighter Matt Lakin was on his way to work when he spotted a grey horse escaping from its pasture. The horse began trotting and galloping down the road towards a very busy highway. Lakin’s mind raced back to an accident that occurred just a few months before when a horse was hit and killed not far away. Lakin told reporters “I was on my way to work and I was approaching the A41 near Albrighton when a horse came out of the field. Straight away I knew I had to get the horse off the road and somewhere safe, as only in January a horse was killed not far from here. After it got out the field it just started trotting and I thought it was going to get onto the A41, which is a very busy road.”

Carefully, Lakin pulled his motorcycle alongside the horse, then cut it off, guiding it into a field. Police have yet to find the horses owner.




HESPERIA-( Two suspects have been arrested while the search for two others continues in an alleged assaualt and robbery. On Saturday, April 2, 2016, at around 12:34 p.m. Hesperia station deputies were dispatched to a robbery and assault where the two victims were beaten with a gun.

When deputies arrived on scene they located the two injured victims. Through investigation, they identified 28-year-old Samuel Alcantar Jr.and 30-year-old Juan Alcantar as the assailants.

Deputies also learned that the incident began because 50-year-old Samuel Alcantar Sr. (AKA Alejandro Ramos), gave a horse to one of the victims. The horse was allegedly emaciated and needed help getting to good health. Samuel Alcantar Sr. returned once the horse was brought to good health and wanted the horse back.

He made a deal trading another horse for the first one and the victim took the trade. The victim spent around $2,000 caring for the horses and getting them shots. He returned again demanding the second horse back. The victim refused his demand causing Samuel Sr. to threaten him then leave.

His two sons Samuel Jr. and Juan Alcantar returned to the home to threatened and beat the victim with a gun. A second victim attempted to step in to break up the fight and was also assaulted with the gun. The second victim called the police and the suspects fled.

The first victim was transported to a local hospital for severe lacerations to his head while the second victim was cleared by medical personnel at the scene. While the suspect was at the hospital talking to detectives, the suspects returned and took the horse.

Detectives were able to track the horseshoe prints back toward the suspect’s residence. At around 11:10 p.m. search warrants were served on Verde Street and Oakwood Avenue. At Samuel Jr.’s residence deputies of the Gang Enforcement Team located guns and large amounts of currency that were taken as evidence.

On Monday Samuel Jr. went to the Hesperia Station to inquire about property taken during the search and was arrested for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Leticia Alcantar, 50 was also arrested for being an accessory to a crime. Both Samuel Jr. and Leticia Alcantar were booked into the High Desert Detention Center.









Several horses that suffered severe burns during the Yarloop bushfire, which occurred in Western Australia in January, have made full recoveries, have now been discharged from the hospital, and are back in the care of their owners.

Ross Wallace, Bsc, BVMS (Hons), MANZCVS, Equine Veterinarians Australia member and director of Murray Veterinary Services in Coolup, Western Australia, confirmed that his clinic provided continued care to five horses for more than eight weeks to successfully treat their injuries.

“The fire in the Yarloop and surrounding areas was on a scale that the region had never experienced,” Wallace said. “Our team went out to properties in the morning following the fires to assess the damage to horses. We treated them on-site or transferred them back to the clinic if further treatment was required.

“We had 10 horses at the hospital and all were severely burned and in need of ongoing care,” he said. “The level of care required for all 10 horses was just beyond our capabilities and fortunately Murdoch University was able to assist. Five horses were transferred to the University Hospital and the veterinarians there were able to provide the care that was needed.”

Caring for the five horses that remained at Wallace’s clinic initially involved 20 hours of work per day. He said that if it were not for the help of volunteers, it would not have been possible for his clinic to continue operating and treat the injured horses.

“These horses required intensive care and our clinic had to run as normal so to say we were overstretched at the time would be an understatement,” he said. “Thankfully we had some wonderful volunteers who made it all possible.”

Wallace said his clinic did not charge for the veterinary services or professional time to treat the burned horses. But through donations of equipment and money, the five horses at his clinic and the five at Murdoch University were successfully treated and have now been discharged.

“We had overwhelming support from the community and vet industry from companies sourcing medications to people donating money,” Wallace said. “We established an online fundraising campaign and this truly demonstrated the power of social media. It was an incredible show of support.





Gaming Commission suspends six harness trainers, alleging cobalt abuse
By Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau on April 6, 2016 at 2:23 PM

The State Gaming Commission has suspended six harness racing standardbred trainers for allegedly doping their horses with cobalt. The trace element is said to promote red blood cell production but can harm the thyroid and other internal organs.

Here are the details:

The New York State Gaming Commission today took unprecedented action against six Standardbred trainers who administered potentially dangerous and performance-enhancing doses of cobalt to race horses in violation of Commission racing rules.

Harness trainers Tyler J. Nostadt, Joseph Carrubba, Dennis M. Washington, Sean M. Campbell, Megan M. Gilmour and Dawn M. DeVaux have been suspended immediately by the Commission and face significant additional sanctions. Horses trained by Nostadt, Carrubba and Washington were found to contain cobalt at egregious enough levels to warrant minimum 10-year bans from the sport for those trainers. The six trainers’ violations occurred at Monticello Casino and Raceway, Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Yonkers Raceway in March 2016.

The Commission will refer these matters to appropriate law enforcement for contemplation of animal cruelty charges.

“The Commission has found multiple harness horse trainers exhibiting reckless disregard for horse health and safety in the name of trying to gain unfair advantages,” said Commission Executive Director Robert Williams. “They are being held accountable for their actions.”

According to New York State Equine Medical Director Scott E. Palmer, VMD, low levels of cobalt, a naturally-occurring element with properties similar to those of iron and nickel, are present in all horses and are not considered to be harmful. It can be found in many horse feeds and vitamin supplements. However, according to Dr. Palmer, there is no therapeutic reason to administer large doses of cobalt to horses. Administration of high doses of cobalt salts to horses has the potential to enhance athletic performance in a manner similar to blood doping agents and can cause detrimental effects on a number of body systems, including tachycardia, hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias.

The Commission’s rules mandate that any Standardbred trainer whose horse is found to have cobalt levels at more than 50 ng/ml in plasma is considered to be in violation and subject to applicable penalties (rule 4120.3(a)(4)). The Commission rules further mandate that any trainer whose horse is found to have cobalt levels at more than 300 ng/ml is to receive a 10-year suspension, plus whatever other penalties are appropriate (rules 4120.3(c) and 4120.17(d)(2)).

Tyler J. Nostadt raced five horses at Yonkers and Monticello in violation of the Commission’s rule in regard to cobalt:
· Monticello, March 15; “JJ Romero;” cobalt blood concentration of 374 ng/ml on race day
· Monticello, March 15; “Omaha Survivor;” cobalt blood concentration of 376 ng/ml on race day
· Yonkers, March 24; “Knocking Around;” cobalt blood concentration of 361 ng/ml on race day
· Yonkers, March 24; “Firstclassflight;” cobalt blood concentration of 819 ng/ml on race day
· Yonkers, March 24; “Magic Manny;” cobalt blood concentration of 661 ng/ml on race day
Nostadt is summarily suspended, effective immediately. Per Commission rules, he faces a 10-year license suspension or revocation and a $25,000 fine per incident.

Joseph Carrubba raced one horse at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and subsequently attempted to race it and another horse in violation of the Commission’s rule in regard to cobalt:
· March 4; “Our Angel Hayleigh;” cobalt blood concentration of 497 ng/ml on race day
· March 22; “Our Angel Hayleigh;” cobalt blood concentration of 1179 ng/ml (out-of-competition test); horse was scratched
· March 22; “Post Time Terror;” cobalt blood level 604 ng/ml (out-of-competition test); horse was scratched
Carrubba is summarily suspended, effective immediately. Per Commission rules, he faces a 10-year license suspension or revocation and a $25,000 fine for the race day violation and additional suspension, revocation and fines for the out-of-competition violations.

Dennis M. Washington raced “Baltimor AS” at Monticello on March 16 with a cobalt blood level of 1195 ng/ml on race day in violation of the Commission’s rule in regard to cobalt. Washington is summarily suspended, effective immediately. Per Commission rules, he faces a 10-year license suspension or revocation and a $25,000 fine for the violation.

Sean M. Campbell raced five horses at Monticello and Yonkers in violation of the Commission’s rule in regard to cobalt:
· March 14, Monticello; “H.D. Maibach;” cobalt blood level 162 ng/ml on race day
· March 15, Monticello; “HD’s Dream Boy;” cobalt blood level 95 ng/ml on race day
· March 21, Yonkers; “HD’s Dream Boy;” cobalt blood level 185 ng/ml on race day
· March 22, Monticello; “Fly By Ry;” cobalt blood level 126 ng/ml on race day
· March 23, Monticello; “HD Lucas;” cobalt blood level 85 ng/ml on race day
Campbell is summarily suspended, effective immediately. Per Commission rules, he faces further suspension or revocation and $25,000 fines for each violation.

Megan M. Gilmour raced “Slam Dunk Hanover” at Monticello on March 17 with a cobalt blood level of 169 ng/ml on race day in violation of the Commission’s rule in regard to cobalt. Further investigation revealed other evidence that horses she was training and racing had been administered excessive amounts of cobalt. Gilmour is summarily suspended, effective immediately. Per Commission rules, she faces further suspension or revocation and a $25,000 fine for the violation.

Dawn M. DeVaux raced “Southwind Ike” at Monticello on March 22 with a cobalt blood level of 289 ng/ml on race day in violation of the Commission’s rule in regard to cobalt. DeVaux is summarily suspended, effective immediately. Per Commission rules, she faces further suspension or revocation and a $25,000 fine for the violation.

Additionally, the Commission continues to investigate the circumstances of more than 30 post-race samples with elevated levels of the alkaloid glaucine in Standardbred racehorses. This investigation includes researching claims of environmental contamination. Should the New York State Equine Drug Testing Laboratory’s research determine that glaucine was administered intentionally to harness horses, the Commission will take significant action against those involved.

As with all cases where equine drug violations occur:
· All affected horses have been disqualified and must test “clean” before racing again.
· The Commission has ordered the owners of these horses to return any purses won in these races.

“The Commission’s mission to preserve the integrity of New York’s horse racing continues unabated,” said Williams. “We will continue to use all tools necessary, including state-of-the-art race day and out-of-competition testing, surveillance and intelligence-gathering to rid our sport of those who cheat and jeopardize the welfare of horses.”

Each trainer will be provided with a prompt hearing and opportunity to present a defense to the charges. Hearings are conducted de novo and final agency action will be based on the evidence presented at each hearing.

Hesperia Sheriff’s Station is asking for the public’s help in locating Juan Alcantar and Samuel Alcantar Sr. for assault, robbery and gang enhancement charges. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is encouraged to contact Detective Rios at 760-947-1500 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at 760-956-5001 or remain anonymous by calling We Tip at 800-78-CRIME.

“Watching these horses make full recoveries and seeing them now back with their owners—it’s just the best outcome we could have hoped for,” he said.


A campaign group is asking Cambridge Uni to stop experimenting on horses.

In a statement to Heart Cruelty Free International says: "We are calling for an end to the use of horses and ponies in experiments across UK laboratories, including at Cambridge University. The call comes following concerns about the source of horses and ponies supplied to UK laboratories and the cruel nature of the experiments they are subjected to.

In 2014, 8,079 experiments were completed on horses, ponies and donkeys; a total of 187 animals were used for the first time. There are no restrictions regarding where laboratories can source their horses and ponies to be used in experiments. Research carried out by Cruelty Free International has shown that Dartmoor and Welsh Mountain ponies as well as former racing horses and those purchased from private owners, including a farmer, have been used in experiments by UK laboratories in recent years. Some of the research has been funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board.

Many horses are kept for years to be repeatedly blood sampled for the production of biological materials like serum for regulatory purposes. Others are used for basic research purposes. There are at least five UK laboratories that have carried out experiments on horses or ponies in recent years.

A current project licence ('Developmental Regulation of Physiological Systems') at Cambridge University allows cruel experiments to be carried out on pregnant horses and their unborn foals. The University has permission to use up to 150 horses over a 5-year period (until 2018). The experiments could involve the compression of umbilical cords or cutting umbilical vessels during pregnancy so that unborn foals do not receive enough nutrients, the surgical removal of endocrine glands or injecting the animals with hormones, endocrine disrupting substances or various drugs that are known to affect growth and metabolism."

In response, the Uni say:

"Animal research plays an essential role in our understanding of health and disease and in the development of new medicines, antibiotics, vaccines and surgical techniques for both human and veterinary medicine.

We place good welfare at the centre of all our animal research and aim to meet the highest standards: good animal welfare and good science go hand-in-hand. Our research, including the sourcing of animals, is scrutinised by the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body, who strive to reduce the number of animals used.

We only use a small number of horses in research, and have used none since those reported in our 2011 Home Office Return. Although one Cambridge licence still authorises the use of horses, none have been used under the authority of this licence. Project licences are required to include the maximum number of animals to be used (this figure will also include all offspring), as well as all potential procedures and outcomes.

Under A(SP)A 1986, horses are considered a 'specially protected species', and hence specific harms and benefits need to be addressed together with justification for their use and why other species or alternatives cannot be used instead. For animals that have not been bred specifically for use in scientific procedures, special explanation has to be provided to the Home Office as to why a purpose-bred animal cannot be used. All of the horses used in our research were sourced from a recognised supplier. By law all horses have passports, so their provenance is known. The animals were cared for by our staff qualified and checked regularly by a qualified veterinary surgeon.

Regarding the two studies highlighted, the first relates to dexamethasone, a common steroid drug used in both human and veterinary medicine. Although its effects have been studied in other animal models such as mice and rats, horses have much longer pregnancies and lifespans than most other experimental animals and so we need to study the potential side-effects of the use dexamethasone in the horses themselves, with the aim of improving its efficacy for clinical treatment and in the knowledge of any additional side effects for the offspring if used during pregnancy.

It should be noted that the limb deformities noted by Cruelty Free International were in a control foal and were not due to experimental procedures. Such deformities occur naturally in horses and are overseen by a qualified veterinary surgeon if they occur."
Findings likely to have implications for improving the health of horses themselves and of humans

"The second study was to examine the impact on the sex of the foal on the development of insulin secretion after birth, an important factor in determining long term metabolic health. We know that the size of offspring at birth can have a significant impact on the long-term secretion of insulin and health outcomes in other species and that males tend to be larger than females at birth. However, we do not know whether sex of the foals affects development of the endocrine pancreas in the crucial period after birth and hence its long term health. The findings are likely to have implications for improving the health of horses themselves and of humans.

The University of Cambridge has signed up to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research and publishes information on its 





Hi John, Ive wrote to you a few times with regards to my Standardbred, he had an injury 4 years ago, then always pigrooted, I was just too nervous for him. You advised that as he still pigrooted and shows the same behaviour that he did previously he could still be sore. Is there a chance that he isn’t still sore and just doing what he did last time he was ridden ? how can he be convinced that he is okay, the main issue is putting the foot in the stirrup, he’s anticipating something awful, ears go back, head up and if anyone is near he would nip, but once I sit on him, he’s absolutely fine, I don’t have the confidence to ask for anything, I consider myself a novice rider, how would you handle this ? Many Thanks, Elaine, WA

I can't remember our previous conversation of course so don't know the story of the past but Standardbreds are often very weak in the rear end, have weak or catchy Stifles (just like the one i have here this Week) almost collapsing in the rear end on tight turns and often seeing the Stifle catch momentarily. He will sometimes give a little kick at Your Leg.

There comes a time, that within fairness and reason, You may have to give the Horse a slap around the backside for attempted 'Pig Root' (WITH IT'S HEAD AT YOUR KNEE OF COURSE) to eliminate behavioral/attitudinal possibilities, for You won't know otherwise. For that reason, 'Discipline with Justice' is an allowable Tool for 'Diagnosis' of the Horse, even if You are wrong.

In my Case, getting such a Horse out of the arena, as I did Yesterday, down the Road and around the Suburbs, removes all such thoughts form Horses and allows You to send message via Your Legs for many reasons (most of them protecting the Horse from Danger on the Trail) which they soon identify is a completely legitimate use of the Leg by You and solves the problem.

however, You should be putting the Horse through this programme, to strengthen and prepare it''   (44 Page E-Book comes with it and proof of success in many Photos and case studies)










Hi John you r a inspiration to u us I have a question my horse always has his ears back when I ride him he likes been ridden on a loose rein he likes to run his nose along the ground I don't mind cause he is a thourgbred x warm blood it keeps him settled but can't find out why he always has his ears back

Appols here...I lost my original answer

No matter what a Horse does, it needs to be LISTEN TO. Horses that lay the Ears back, need to be listed to. There can be a myriad of causes and the challenge is to know which one it is. With this one, perhaps Sacro. That is where I would start. Regards 






Got a gentle big Standardbred (badly treated used to charge) now lovely on the ground there is a real trust there now , when ridden is a real work avoider – won’t focus, ignores instructions, becomes angry when asked, will kick out with one of her hind legs, half hump BUT the main problem is that each time ridden we feel like we are starting all over again. She seems to be afraid of moving forward??? How can I get her to ‘remember’ so we can build from last lesson? I teach teenagers but feel like I am out of my depth here. I teach students with bad behaviour and I encourage and reward but stand firm with my request. Do we BOTH need lessons? HELP!!! She would be sooooooo amazing if we could kind of ‘get going’. Izzi

Most probably a Veterinary issue Izzi and each time You ride, it becomes damaged and hurts next time. These things cannot be answered from afar, without the use of Video. You will have to "Listen to the Horse" have a very open Mind and be mindful that there is always a reason behind it. You just have to find that reason. The kicking with one Leg is often a sign of a problem. It may not be obvious but it will be there

There can be another cause. The fear of getting all mixed up between Trot and Pace and the memories of possible repercussions that may have come in the past. Mrs. HP was complaining this Week, on her one ride on the Black Horse up top of the Blog Tonight, same thing. I rode Him on the Trail and had him forward.








4th April, 2016

Hi Folks, how are You all?....hope You had a great Week. I have had a very tough Week, with all of my visiting Horses and their baggage. Mega baggage.


I wonder if anyone ever thought about how huge the responsibility is of those who take on ruined Horses? It is not only highly dangerous but if You care, highly draining, from an emotional viewpoint. You know that You are the last chance for them, none of it is Your fault, that there are huge expectations of miracles and if You fail, the translation down the Track will always be "John O'Leary broke that Horse in" At the end of the Day, You always have the final vision in the back of Your Mind, of the Bolt Gun pointed at their forehead. Welcome to the World of 'Problem Horses', better described as "Horses with People Problems"

and so it was that the new Week progressed. "Oh Please Horsey, please co-operate!!!!" as they lost it, regress with a Day off, sweat into a 'Much Lather' over Bugger all and You have to put them away, not progressing much therefore.

So we started the Week with one Horse attempting to Leap at me from afar, with both front hooves, miraculously and never seen before by me, letting drive with both back Legs and gutting a 400kg Bag of Sand. Put a Roller on and he explodes and because of the Racing Industry, want's to join You in Your Lap like Your friendly Poodle on that subject.......

THE BRITISH HORSE SOCIETY SYSTEM OF LEADING HORSES, acka Pony Club, Mounted Police, Military and more...........

No, few would ever realize it when You have to Break one in or worse, re-educate Horses like this, but any false move causes EXPLOSION and with that comes their brain washed habit, taught by Humans, to LEAP ON TOP OF THE HUMAN, normally whilst kicking or striking.......

Horsemen of the Country who are reading this....You are nodding, aren't You?? damn dangerous is it????....but they have no clue. Here they training to Kill a Horseman.......

Equestrian Australia Kids Club.

and so You have to be real quick on Your Feet Folks and all the time......"It isn't their fault"......but can the Horseman retain his Cool????..........Days of it, Heat, dust fighting to remain alive and looking for a glimpse of a break through?????? A previous so called 'Horseman' punched the Filly in the Face 3 times, in front of the Owner, such was the frustration.

Well, as I said, a horrendous Week. .....  two steps forward, one step backwards,  but just when You despair, slight signs of a turning......trotting normal in the round Pen not running 'like a Dog', entering the Round Pen and not 'self lunging brainlessly'.....actually beginning to WALK rather than run, less 'White's of the Eyes' and then suddenly, a 'sneaky Cuddle' offering friendship. Whilst it is not a Career I would recommend, it does come with some incredible moments.




is this...........across the Thousands of so called 'Problem Horses' I have worked with, the common Thread has always been the ground Manners and the style of it. - the Common Thread of all of the Owners of Horses that I have ever dealt with, with Problem Horses, has been that they are captive to the 'British taught systems of Ground Manners (well there aren't any of course - YOU LOSE)

but the point I want to make is this.....every time You push the Head of a Horse, pull the Head of a Horse, You are stressing it. Constant turmoil. Never a relaxing moment, a life of pushing, pulling, tugging, reefing and complete 'Learned helplessness' It is all they know. From the moment the tormenting Owner catches them to the moment they put them back in the Yard, it is Hell on Earth or Hell on their Tender faces and Mouths. Of course, NONE....100% of these Owners have no clue they are doing it for they are brainwashed by the most powerful brainwashing system of Horse Teaching that I have ever seen and cannot replicate. Where else can You have a FAILED TRAINING SYSTEM that is so potent that it entraps all those who experience it EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT OFFICIALLY TAUGHT IT??????????????????????????????????????????? They just get infected by it by being around others who carry on the same. Pony Club, Hacking, Dressage etc.

Have I ever had a 'Problem Horse' come from the Western World?.....maybe 2 but only one I can remember, that had lost the ability to trot, no, they all come from the same failed system. The British Horse Society system of anti ground manners......



I have yet another Horse arrive 5am Saturday Morning. This is a brief summary.

Cannot tie up, violently pulls back. Have tried abseiling figure 8 attachment to allow some give in rope. Now give up and don’t tie.

Wont float, can load but sweats profusely and almost lies down. And that’s before moving. And with paddock friend alongside.

Cannot rug without gingerly placing rug,  and ensuring nothing swings around legs.

Pretty much lots of things are potential killers to him, ie hay blowing around, his tail swishing (go figure that one), even can shy at own shadow.

Can ride past an object ok, ie sign post, but on return journey will shy.

Seems to be frightened of things he knows about already.



Canvas rug ripped and dislodged commenced the downward cascade.

and so here we have another Horse that has been seriously affected by a Rugging accident.

Lovely Horse  - we shall see how we go......Horses are very susceptible to accidents which easily cause psychological conditions that stay with them.




and there is never a lack of it, believe me :)

This Week we have the massive attack on me, on Facebook, by Blue Hair and Red Hair :) It's all my fault that Red Hair wouldn't attend to help Her poor Horse, dying of Colic and saved by Mrs. HP and caring Friends. She was impressing the new ride who ended up paying for a Vet, later in the Night

Well Folks, they got into me down and dirty :) Slander to the max.


and allowing People to not attend their Horse with Colic because they are Bonking

I won't show You the rest of it for it is too bad to put up in Public but Karma is a wonderful thing lol........this Week, another Agistee was driving along One Tree Hill Road when she noticed Paramedics in attendance and low and behold, there was Red Hair and Blue Hair run off the Road and into a ditch. They must have been distracted as they talked about me

Anyhow....being a Gentleman......I waited for the promised two Weeks where she vowed and declared she would pay Her agistment owing but of course in the true form of the 'Scum Bags' of this World, she didn't pay. its about time we start a dedicated Page for other Equestrian Centres in the District, and Fodder Stores, so they can report into me, those who 'do the Bunk'

Number one 'Cab of the Rank' then is



 (other equestrian Centres take note) She not only doesn't pay her dues but is a nasty piece of work where the rest of the World is to blame for her weaknesses.

1. Charisse Elliot (if that's indeed Her Name. $260)

2. Natasha Novak. (WARRANT OUT FOR HER ARREST) $2,000


As per typical of all 'Scum Bags', they blame the World for their problems whilst they can do no wrong. They despise successful People, regardless that they worked their guts out to become successful. They want it all handed to them and bravo to Scott Morrison for starting their route. You, the working People of Australia, are paying up for one of these. I am paying for 2. They get up at 11am and walk down the Road with their Chocolate Milk to get the Paper, while I work my Guts out to pay for them. Go Girls and thanks heaps for the Soap/



To the Young Lady who left recently, who had Stables 8, 9 and 10. She did the most magnificent job of cleaning up Yards, Stables and Tack Rooms and in fact, it was the best effort seen in 20 Years. Well done Young Lady.

Goes to the Person who turns Stable and Tack Room Lights on upon arrival and leaves them on for 2 or three hours during the fun. Global Warming if not the Power Bill.



MRS HP'S NEXT DUCCIO MARE - Gainsborough Donner Diva


and another extreme I/Q and wonderful attitude.




We have another lovely Standardbred Horse here for starting under Saddle this Week and here is Young "Katy from Scotland' having a little ride on Him and letting Him soak up the environment of the Arena. "He's a lovely Boy he is" :)

at least this is one Britain that I have the 'hooks into' hahahahaha


Congrats to Young Aayliah from Gainsborough, at Her first Dressage comp  ever and on the lovely Standardbred.


and to Lyric Mckay at Victor Harbor, for Her success on the new Horse Today. Adelaide Royal Show SUPREME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and to all the Gainsborough Riders who also attended Mt. Crawford Dressage, had a Ball and supported each other admirably.





Dear John, Just a quick email to let you know how happy I am with the O’Leary Windsucking collar. I bought one from you about 18 months ago, as I had inherited an ex-racehorse with an extremely bad habit of Windsucking. His Windsucking was so bad, he looked like he was getting an endorphin hit from lack of oxygen, as well destroying the wooden fences at the adgistment venue I was keeping him. He was also Windsucking in my float when I was travelling around and was destroying it!! The windsucking habit will never be curable, and the collar will always be part of his life however, it stops him from getting up the momentum to Windsuck on a fence paling, he is eating normally and has put on weight. We tried a number of collars and none worked, my gelding worked out ways around the restrictiveness and just kept on going. At least I am able to still keep my boy at the adgistment facility, keep some weight on him as well my float is not destroyed. Thank you once again. Kind Regards, Sall

Thanks Sal. Mighty kind of You. Well done.




Thanks. Also a big plug for a mouthing bit I purchased for my welsh filly, but have been using on a client's horse in the meantime as the teenage rider was having issues with head tossing and his horse bracing against his hand. I swapped the bit over and the horse was absolutely sensational today. No head tossing, no pigrooting and so responsive to hand and leg. Everybody is very happy now! Sarah

Thanks Sarah. It is nice to get good feedback.





I am unsure if you can help me with my issue or lead me in the right direction. I am a 46yr old lady who decided to get back in the saddle after a break for a few years. I was never the best of rider but I loved to ride and spend time with horses. I thought my dreams of finding the right horse and his owner had finally come my way. The owner was extremely helpful as I explained I had lost my confidence and needed a very quiet non spook horse. The owner of this horse stated I could have a trial and if it didn’t work out this would be fine. First mistake I didn’t go meet the horse and owner she had him brought down to me by truck and said if a bought him he would be $1600. He was a lovely natured boy and I thought this is it I have found my horse. He was quite jumpy when he arrived but I put it down to a new environment and the owner said he would settle. He was good to handle on the ground and the owner said to just spend time with ground work getting to know each other. I messaged her a lot about his jumpiness and she talked about his little friend vegemite a mini pony. I decided to purchase the mini friend of his which was a stallion so I paid $1000 for the mini and an extra $500 for her to have him gelded for me prior to him coming to live with me. I thought this would be better as I had no  knowledge of the gelding process. The owner text me and said that her vet instead of cutting the bag and removing the testicles has cut each cord attached to each testicle and clasped it she said that this is done at studs so the horse doesn’t loose its stallion look. Who am I to question this I don’t know the process and she does. Only later to find out that the pony isn't really gelded but just cant produce, so now I am having to have the little guy gelded by my vet which is around $400. Anyway getting back to the horse on trial the whether was extremely hot and not what I would call whether to ride in so a few weeks past and the horse continued to spook at every noise he heard which was making me loose confidence, but I so wanted a new best friend. The owner was okay for me to take my time and be sure. I thought maybe with some lessons it would be ok and it was me that made him jumpy. The owner had sent her friend down to ride him for me and although she did ride him she wouldn’t ride him in the open paddocks as she said he was a bit jumpy that day. I then got a text to say the owners friend loved her ride on him and if I decided not to buy him her friend would take him. I don’t know maybe I panicked thinking He must be good if her friend wanted him. I messaged her I had deposited $600 into her account to show I wasn’t taking a lend of her and that my sister in law would be coming to look at him for me later that week and then I could give her my definite yes or no answer. The owner messaged that it was very good of me to deposit the money and if I decided not to keep him she would refund the $600. Any way my sister in law to keep it short said send him back he definitely wasn’t for me. I explained the situation to the owner that unfortunately the horse wasn’t for me and I didn’t  have the confidence to handle his jumpiness. The owner said that this was fine and she would refund my $600. I paid for the horse to go back and the owner sent messages that she had deposited the money into my account which has not happened. I have continued to message her about this and she will not respond. The horse is readvertised but I am out of pocket. I have always had a trusting nature and didn’t think someone would do this type of thing. So now I am $600 out of pocket for a refundable deposit and another $400 for the pony to be gelded. I know this is my stupidity but this surely cant be acceptable. I messaged the owner over and over again and stated I wasn’t asking for the gelding money only the $600 but still no reply. What if anything can I do, people shouldn’t do this type of thing. Can you help.

Case solved via negotiation.






" Half the Wheel Barrows on every Equestrian Centre in Australia, have half Flat Tyres. That of course ruins the Tyre in no time and makes it Hell hard to push."

Gainsborough Clients.....I have notices that Your Half are half Flat too :). Today, I brought the Air Compressor back for You all.!!









A CENTRAL Victorian horse dentist is facing 25 charges including aggravated cruelty for allegedly using rotary cutters to grind a horse’s teeth, leaving it unable to process food. The 55-year-old man was charged last week after police raided his property on January 8. He has been charged with 23 counts of possessing a drug of dependence and two counts of animal cruelty to the same horse. Sergeant Brent McGuire, of the Central Victoria Response Unit, said it was alleged the man was falsely advertising himself as a horse dentist, travelling to properties throughout Australia, but primarily Victoria, to carry out dentistry work. The aggravated cruelty charges relate to the alleged use of rotary cutters to grind a horse’s teeth, leaving it “severely disabled”. The surgery allegedly took place on a property in Strathfieldsaye. The man is accused of using the power tools to grind the teeth down for up to a centimetre – a technique that is not illegal on horses, but is illegal on sheep. The surgery left the horse unable to properly chew food, resulting in it becoming malnourished. Police found the horse to have an exposed pulp cavity and damaged facial nerves. See your ad here The resulting condition of the horse led police to press charges. A horse owner raised concerns with police after the surgery work. The owner had spent between $10,000 and $12,000 to keep the horse alive after the surgery. Police are pressing charges in an effort to outlaw the practice of using rotary cutters to grind down horse’s teeth. Horse owners normally use files. The raid on the property also allegedly uncovered vials of the horse tranquilisers ketamine, butorphanol and fentanyl, as well as a number of unauthorised Schedule 4 poisons. The man did not have the required permissions to possess the drugs. He has been summonsed to appear in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on April 28.


Photographs of a Tennessee Walker Trainer riding a 16 month old foal, Phantom Mark, in full stacks and chains is raising a ruckus around the internet. In the photos, Douglass Todd can be seen riding the young foal, causing irreparable damage to the developing skeletal structure of the baby.

Many experts recommend waiting until a horse is a minimum of 2 years old to begin light saddle training. Many people believe 4-5 years old is an appropriate age to begin heavy riding. Whatever the case, no veterinarian will agree with a full size adult male human riding a 16 month old foal.

Photos of the trainer who was captured on camera riding a 16 month old foal have been found that show him soring and abusing horses. In the photos, Douglas Todd can be seen riding a horse with rags soaking with an unknown, but undoubtedly caustic, chemical. The chemicals burn into the horses legs, which causing them to flinch, giving the desired gait. Todd is seen riding at the Justin Jenne’ stables in Lewisburg, TN. Justin Jenne’ has worked as a judge at Tennesse Walking Horse shows.

In another series of photos, Douglas Todd is seen riding what appears to be the same sored horse with ropes attached to his chemically burned legs. The ropes are no doubt causing intense pain to the horse.
Douglas Todd Riding Sored Horse





A leisurely ride home for two men in Oklahoma City Thursday night turned to chaos and blood when a maroon car drove by and opened fire on them. When the men heard the pop-pop-pop of gunfire, they dove for cover. The two horses, panicked by the gunshots, raced for home. One of the men, who wish to remain anonymous due to safety concerns, was shot in the leg. The bullet traveled clean through and he will make a full recovery. The victim has no idea who was in the car and believes it was a random act of violence.

Dancer, one of the two horses on the ride, was soon spotted by his owner, Dashontria Greasham. Greasham told reporters “We see the horses coming back, I rode the horses back,” Greasham said. “When I took the saddle off, I saw blood running off of him.” Dancer had been shot on his front right shoulder. The veterinarian euthanized him due to the location and extent of his injury.

Dancer has spent the last year competing in barrel racing events. He is going to be greatly missed by his family.



Sam, a 3 year old, 32″ tall miniature horse living in Gonzales TX, is owned by Jennifer Robb and her cute little 2 year old girl who loved nothing better than to hug Sam. Devastation struck the Robb family when they awoke on the 21st to find Sam gone. Between 10:00 pm when they last checked on Sam and 6:00 am the next morning, Sam was stolen from their yard. The little girl was inconsolable at the loss of her friend.

Jennifer filed a report with NetPosse and her local sheriff, and the hunt for Sam went into high gear. The Robb family offered a $200 reward for the safe return of their beloved mini.

Thursday, March 24, Jennifer was driving down the road about 3/4 of a mile from her house when she spotted a mini on a lead rope with multiple kids hanging off him. Looking closely, she realized it was Sam! Jennifer quickly called the sheriff, and a deputy was dispatched to get Sam back home. As it was only 3/4 of a mile, Sam was led home with a Sheriff escort.

A teenager in the home admitted to stealing Sam. No information on pending charges is available at this time.



Cody and BigYin In Hockley, Texas, Cody Lavelle, a precious 6-year-old girl, was devastated when her best friend, BigYin, returned from a trainer with a big gash on his forhead and underweight. “He is a really, really, really good horse to me,” Cody told reporters. BigYin was the first horse Cody had ever ridden and Cody had grown up with him.

BigYin was sent to a trainer for 6 weeks. During that time, the trainer says that BigYin spooked and hit his head on a trailer, damaging his forehead. As to why he was underfed, the trainer simply said the family didn’t send enough food for him, and feed was not part of the training fee. Cody’s mom disputes those claims and told reporters that 4 weeks ago the trainer simply stopped responding to phone calls and BigYin was finally returned by someone who works for him.

The trainer has threatened to sue the Lavelle family for slander over what they have posted on Facebook and other social media outlets.




A man was captured on camera by his friend, Camryn Wiens, carrying his draft cross foal from the pasture. The foal was very weak and dehydrated. The foal laid down in the pasture and could not get up. There was no way to get a trailer to where the foal was laying, helpless, on the ground. Seeing no other solution, the unnamed man in the photo carried the almost 400 lb foal half a mile to their barn. The family rushed to call the veterinarian.
The veterinarian treated the big baby for dehydration. With fluids and treatment the foal was able to regain his feet. At last update he is doing well! The family has no idea why the foal became so dehydrated and they are keeping it around the barn for observation.





Lily, the mostly blind senior horse who was shot 130+ times by a paintball gun at close range, is finally getting some justice. Lily was dropped off at the New Holland Horse Auction without being consigned for sale and was put in a back pen. Either before or after she was dropped off, someone shot her 130+ times at very close range with a paintball gun. Her entire body was covered with the paint, and she was in extreme pain to the touch. One of her eyes was blinded by a paintball blast to her face. Phillip S. Price, aged 65, has been arrested by the Lancaster County Police for animal abuse.

 Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson agreed to the arrest and has filed formal charges. Price is charged with 3 counts of animal cruelty, one count of dealing in livestock without a license, and one count of transporting livestock interstate without a health certificate. Price brought Lily to the New Holland auction in Pennsylvania from New Jersey. The investigation continues as to who shot Lily with a paintball gun.





Billy Brown Jr, the first person arrested in California under the 1998 law banning shipping horses for slaughter, is breathing a sigh of relief when the judge threw the case out. The judge cited a lack of evidence that Brown purchased the horses in California.

Brown is the auctioneer and son of the owner of B & B Livestock Auction in Madera. In 2014, Brown was arrested after Madera County Sheriff investigations revealed he shipped horses to Canada from California for slaughter. His case was considered airtight as the paper trail was so good. The judge’s decision to throw the case out lead many to wonder if the judge was paid off, and if so, how much does it take to keep organized crime alive and well in California? Every horse shipped for slaughter is a separate felony in California, and yet, in the 14 years since Proposition 6 passed with 60% majority, no person has ever been convicted of shipping horses to slaughter in California. Tens of thousands of horses ship from California to slaughter every year.




A horse trotting behind a car in China is raising concern internationally. The car was videoed traveling down the road at a decently quick pace, while the horse trots behind to keep up. The horse is tied to the towing hitch of the car, and the rope appears to be tight as the horse is pulled down the road. The drive of the car seems unconcerned with the heavy traffic around the horse or the horses physical condition.

It is not clear whether the owner of the horse was ticketed for their unusual method of transporting their horse.




The incident occurred when a double-decker Stagecoach passed the horse and rider on the A3052 near Aylesbeare in East Devon. The horse panicked and reared, causing the reins to get snagged on the bus’s wing mirror.

The rider fell off and the horse was dragged 50m down the road, before the bus stopped.

According to Devon and Cornwall Police, the accident took place at 4.55pm on 27 March while the rider was out on a hack with two friends.
Head injuries

“A double-decker Stagecoach was passing the rider at Newlands Farm,” said a police spokesman. “The horse reared and managed to get its reins stuck in the wing mirror of the bus.

“The rider received minor head injuries and was taken to hospital. The horse suffered no major injuries and returned home safely."

Stagecoach is undergoing an internal investigation into the accident.



Roy Hammond, 74, of Harrisonville, MO is being charged with animal abuse, specifically torture or mutilation of an animal while it is still alive. Concerned citizens reported a horse being dragged behind a truck around 2:40 pm. The responding deputy found Hammond standing behind his truck with his horse laying on the ground in the middle of the lane, a bloody trail covered both lanes of the highway leading to the horse. Hammond was trying to get the horse to regain its footing and continue the journey.

The horse finally stood, but was rocking back on forth on her feet, a sign of significant foot pain, with blood pooling on the ground beneath her. Hammond informed the horrified officer that the horse would be ok with “Some oil on her feet and some rest.” The 1.2 mile long trail of blood told a different story, and the officer promptly seized the horse for evidence and had her transported to a local veterinarian for treatment.

The horse’s attending vet told reporters that other than her feet the horse was in good condition. Due to the severity of the injuries sustained to the horse’s hooves and legs, it was decided to euthanize her. She died before she could be euthanized, a perfectly healthy horse, killed by a man who dragged her to her death behind his truck. The horse’s hooves were ground smooth from dragging on the pavement, she had multiple wounds on the fleshy portion of her lower legs that was liked cooked meat.

Hammond has posted a $10,000 bond and is waiting for his trial.



A 12 year old girl is in a critical condition after falling from a horse near Cheltenham this morning. The accident happened while she was out riding with the Cotswold Hunt. She was taken to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by air ambulance with life threatening injuries. I can confirm there was an accident this morning. A young girl was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries. The Cotswold Hunt's thoughts are with her family. – Chris Adams, Joint Master, Cotswold Hunt



Sports-related head injuries are increasingly gaining attention as researchers investigate long-term consequences of multiple concussions. Concerns about the neurodegenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, has put a focus on contact sports such as football and soccer. However, a study released today by the journal Neurological Focus found that the sport that causes most traumatic brain injuries isn't even a contact sport, it's horseback riding. Looking at data from the National Trauma Databank between 2003 and 2012, the researchers found that equestrian sports contributed to the highest percentage of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) for adults. In the database, 45.2 percent of TBI among adults were related to horseback riding, dwarfing the other causes. The second-leading cause of sports-related traumatic brain injury was falls or hits from contact sports like football and soccer, but that accounted for just 20.2 percent of TBIs. The researchers pointed out that while other sports get more attention for head injuries, those taking part in equestrian sports have been found again and again to be at high risk for dangerous head injuries. "This finding is consistent with those in previous reports indicating greater rates of severe traumatic injury in equestrian and related sports than in other sports including football, rugby, and skiing," research authors said in a study. "One report found that, when normalized for hours of activity, horseback riding results in a higher rate of hospital admission than other high-risk activities such as motorcycle riding." How Easy Is It to Pass Off an Everyday Pet as an Emotional Support Animal? Potbellied Pigs Spark Clashes With Neighbors A second study on children and adolescents found that falls or hits during a contact sport were the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries and that equestrian sports were the third-leading cause of TBIs. Researchers examined data from the National Sample Program of the National Trauma Data Bank and found there were 1,444 incidents of TBI from falling or getting hit in contact sports, 806 TBIs from skateboarding or from rollerskates and 427 TBIs related to an accident during related to an equestrian sport. Dr. Ciro Ramos Estebanez, a neuro critical care specialist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, pointed out that not all traumatic brain injuries are alike and that for equestrian injuries, he would expect more severe injuries but less chance of repetitive injuries. "I would be more afraid about one single fall that would start a fracture ... or bleeding in brain," said Estebanez, who was not involved in the above study. "I don’t think a bunch of falls," is likely. Estebanez said the increased scrutiny on football and contact sports for concussions usually focuses on the long-term effects of repeated head injuries. Even for equestrians, he said one brain injury can mean permanent damage that affects their reflexes and attention, making safe riding difficult. "Once you have the impact you’re going to develop post-concussive symptoms," said Estebanez, explaining symptoms like migraines, trouble concentrating, headaches and irritability can occur.


If only they added HORSEMANSHIP to their curriculum????????




AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - A 12 year old girl is dead after an accident on a horse farm in Aiken County. The Aiken County Coroner said Kimberly Roach of Amherst, Ohio died Thursday afternoon. The horse accident happened at Paradise Farms in Aiken. The coroner said the pasture where Roach was found is where her horse was located. The coroner said the circumstances as to how Roach was hurt are not known at this time. There were no eyewitnesses to the incident, but the coroner said her injuries indicate that she was most likely not riding at the time. Miss Roach was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday in Newberry, SC.







Police have urged witnesses to help them track down a gunman who shot a horse in the head in the Cotswolds. The four-year-old mare was shot while in the pasture at North Barn farm in Cowley, near Cheltenham, in what Gloucestershire police said was a “brutal and unprecedented” attack. The shooting happened overnight between 8pm on Thursday and 7.30am on Friday, and the horse had to be put down as a result. PC Jon Warren said: “This was a cowardly and targeted attack on an animal who suffered incredibly as a result of its injuries. The horse was later put down due to its suffering. “It happened in the southern area of the farm, directly next to the single track road that leads from the main A435 road towards the village of Cockleford. “We’re appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the offender or offenders or have any information about the incident. Please call 101 quoting incident 60 of 1 April.”










Thank you for your reply, I've done some researching into Hollys past and dug up some worrying things.. I know she had a large scar under her tummy and the previous owners said she had a sarcoid removed, however I reached out to the owner before them (who hasn't got back to me yet) as I found a picture of Holly with bandages round her tummy to ask them if they could shed some light on her scars, I'll send you a picture of the scar and also the photo I found of her in bandages covering the exact place the scar is.. 
By the sound of it they nearly lost her to whatever caused the scar. 
Until I know exactly what she's been through I'm going to turn her away in the field then hopefully bring her back very slowly (If alls well)
Thank you again, Lissy.


Well done Lissy.

You will never go wrong. Check to make sure it wasn't COLIC OPERATION!!!!  Then contact all the Vets in that area. If that is the case, You may need to send a "Letter of Demand" and see them in Court.





Good evening Mr HP, I have a pony with massive trust issues I’m working with. He has come a very long way however he refuses to allow me near his back legs. I have gotten him to the point I can now rub his legs without him kicking, however was hoping you can give me some advice on maybe hobbling him? What do you think and would teaching him this help with his kicking? He seems to kick out in fright not with malice as he will quickly face you rather than turn his butt to you. Do you use your hobbles for front and rear or do you have particular ones for rear or would you recommend the neck strap or ????? Thank you. Very much appreciated,

HI Cara. With that Pony, I would start from the ground up and put him through everything, preparing Him for back legs by teaching him via front legs first. Then, absolutely, this Horse needs complete handling in any way you wish, whilst he is collar roped via BREAKING IN COLLAR, COLLAR ROPE AND BACK LEG STRAP. Then, when that is fine, BACK LEG HOBBLES as well. Completely handling him in every way and with what ever you desire, rugs, you name it. He also has to be BOOTED UP during the process, on all Legs, (which you will install when You first pull up the first back leg.) Do you have the dvd's?????   You can go on for MOnths, with the touchy system and at the end, it will not be as good as a week with leg restraints. You see, Psychologically, the horse has a deep distrust. that stays with touch progressive approach because it is NEVER PROVEN to the Horse, for it's Mind, that Hey, they did it and my Throat wasn't cut. What have I been worried about??"  That's the point





Hi John


I am keen for some advice either directly from you or if you can suggest someone in QLD who I may be able to contact – I am happy to pay for any advice! I have a 15.3hh 12 year old thoroughbred who is now a dressage horse. We have owned him for nearly 5 years and he is the sweetest animal ever! We have always travelled him in a Macro angle load float which is quite tall and has white lining so it ‘bright’ on the inside. He loads and unloads without any issues. He is always a little ‘anxious’ when travelling – he never moves and is happy to eat his hay but he does a mountain of sloppy poos every time even when we go short distances. I believe I am a very careful driver and always go slowly around corners and try very hard to give him a smooth ride at all times.

The issue is we have now purchased an Otto Tuza 4 horse gooseneck which is 8 foot wide. It is unfortunately not as tall as the Macro and doesn’t have the white lining so is a little ‘darker’ to look into. He is loading onto it fine (we have only just started this process) but he is certainly quite concerned about being in something different! I have not yet done the divider up as I am really worried that he will panic & go berserk if he throws his head up and hits the roof etc. At present we have just been loading up into the bay, getting him to stand there, gently put the divider across but not done it up, then opened it up and led him off and so far this is going well. I am also worried that when we do the divider up and then close up the back, he may panic again – yes I think I am the panic merchant!

He has always pulled back since before we have owned him and I have taken him to John Chatterton early on and even he said he was a ‘panicer’ and it was very ingrained. I haven’t been as diligent as I should have been with his pressure/release work which is coming back to bite me now! Any advice would be hugely appreciated!

Kind regards

Kym ‘the panic merchant horse mother’

HI Kym.

First watch this:

You have just entered a Lottery. Will he go off or won't he? Only God knows. There are two things You could do.

  • Make sure You travel the Horse with another Horse...for some time, and

  • Take the new Float to the Workshop immediately and fix it., for the sake of the Horse. Tuza doesn't understand and never did!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

That's about it. Best of Luck







Hi wondering if you could help ok so im a sucker for second chances, 5 months ago i took on a 16 year old ott tb mare she raced till she was 4 or 5 years old she was a broodmare after that , no one has really set her any bounderies shes very pushy , high strung , i sent her to a local trainer i know and trust and has come back into work from being unridden for about 6 years , was going really well great to ride got her jumping ,and starting her off on the big social trail rides i do till she completely backflipped in her progress , i took her to an outing as i thought she was ready well big mistake , any horse that came behind her she would kick out at , and as soon as anyone would go do there own thing yes she would try and bolt and buck and rear if i didnt let her do what she wanted , all while this is going on the is chewing and playing with the bit and slipped her tongue over the bit this is the first horse i have ever owned do this so i looked up her racing career that i was already aware of except the tongue tie part they dont like to tell you the knitty gritty either lol and apperently they used a tongue tie , now what im wondering if you have any advice to help me work with this i dont want to give up on this girl yet , that is why im hear reading your posts and page ive been a horse owner and lover for nearly 20 years any advice would be great


Hi There. If You have read much of my writings, You will know that I won't waste People's time, won't give false hope and don't promote wasting money or risking Lives. That is why I wrote this.

My advice is this then:

  • Don't ever go in groups again. You won't fix Her

  • Stick to Dressage or one on one Sports if You want to compete

  • Physically prepare the Horse properly, involving at least 5 Days a week on the Lunge as well as Your riding.

My view is strongly formed across a sample of Thousands of Horses Deb and backed up by the Vets' I am sorry but that is all I can offer You.







28TH MARCH, 2016


Hi Folks, how are You all. Hope You had a great"running like a Dog' as usual.




The Scottish Gal told us she was coming on 25th. We were down at the Adelaide Airport, exhausted after our Day and waited until Customs closed the Shop up. There was one other Couple there, they didn't have guests either :) We joked. They were there on the wrong were there on the wrong Day too. The Young Lass got mixed up in the time changes.

Next Night, I'm there with a Sign for Her...she is one of the last to come out because of Her HOrse Boots having to be sprayed of course. The other Couple were still guests and I had some fun with them as we walked off :)

I have Young 'Katie from Scotland" who broke in Her own Horse and is starting on a second as we speak. She arrived for 2 Weeks on Friday Night and has seen action plus. Things are a little different with Horses here in Oz compared to the EU and UK. I have taken on a list of Horses for Her enlightenment and she probably would not believe what she has seen so far.

THE CHESTNUT THOROUGHBRED MARE - RACE HORSE that drops Her Riders upon Mount up and Drops Her Riders upon dismount and disappears out of the Mounting enclosure. I have often thought to myself, given that the Chestnut Mares are by far the most prone to such problems as Mounting, loading into Barriers with things touching them behind, loading into Floats and kicking them to pieces and other such things. This one erupts upon touching or putting any pressure over Her back and leaves the Room. Many victories etc etc. High end degree of difficulty and only able to be fixed by the Australian Horseman systems and tools for working with such Horses. Forget Natural Horsemanship and all other offshoots. Can't, won't and will ever happen. If You can't prove to the Horse that the process was complete, it cannot therefore, begin to believe that the paranoia attached to their belief, was all in vein.

This is where the Australian systems of Leg Restraints Training comes into it's own for You have to first remove the 'FLIGHT FROM FEAR' and shut the Horse down, prior to them ever beginning to concentrate on anything other than run from the fear believe.

Round One......

The Psychological message of dismounting from the wrong side, the opposite side to the 'Crocodiles' can have a huge effect upon such a Horse and begin to provide 'balance' and another way of looking at the World. All the expectations of everything bad, are on the near side. Check the surprised look.

The Second Horse, is an absolute 'fistful' He didn't appear so but once again, because of the substandard starting process for lot's of the Race Horses, the 'real horse' the one living below the surface, is not found out because the chips were never down to see the 'real them'  Only when they are taken out of their comfort zone, do you see the other side. In the case of this Horse, he has Bucked a Rodeo Rider off twice, but the thing I found out Today, was a nasty side where he tried to Kill me on numerous occasions, simply because I was wanting to 'Bag Him Down'

This is a broken in Horse.


but then came the unknown STANDARDBRED. (and once again, what a lovely Breed?)

and Katy from Scotland





Working with dangerous Horses soon focuses Your Mind onto things safety and Risk. I have seen three of these this Week and all Hell Dangerous. Can You imagine a Horse throwing a front Leg Folks and putting it through here????

Don't buy them Folks.

This Week, I have another Interstate Horse coming, with issues, caused by a Rugging accident. It has completely changed the personality of the Horse to where it's Riding has regressed as well as it's floating.





"If there are unused Stables on Your Property and a new Horse comes in, clean the Water troughs" Your Horse may get Colic.






I was asked by a Client this Week, what I thought of this article.

NEIL DAVIES (Horseman)


Lots of trainers use a forty foot round yard for all their horse training. The main idea seems to be for the trainer to chase the horse around the fence until the horse is tired (and sometimes exhausted). In a round yard, every horse’s natural reaction is to run around the fence when he’s chased. While it may appear that the horse is being taught to move in a circle, the plain fact is that he’s just running around the fence.

I always work in a square yard when I handle foals or start horses under saddle. I never ever use a round yard. I make sure the square yard is no bigger than 20 feet by 20 feet. I believe round yards of any size are unsuitable for handling horses and here’s why:

In all training situations, the first and most important thing is to go to every horse and show him that you’re not going to hurt him. A frightened horse must never be chased because chasing him will frighten him even more.

When a previously unhandled horse is roped in a round yard, he’ll be frightened by the rope and he’ll run faster and faster. When this happens, there’s no way of stopping the horse other than jerking on the rope or running him to the point of exhaustion. In a square yard however, a frightened horse will stop in a corner. You can then go to the horse and show him that you’re not going to hurt him. Or, if he hasn’t been caught, a rope can be placed on the horse and used to show him what you want.

In a round yard, every horse learns to run round and round the fence. When the horse is ridden outside for the first time, you’ll find that he hasn’t learned much. When there’s no round yard fence to rely on, the horse will move anywhere, anyhow because he hasn’t been taught to move exactly where the rider wants.

In a square yard, every horse has to be taught to move exactly where you want. There’s no fence to rely on. When a young horse is first ridden out of the square yard, he’s already been taught to move in an exact circle. The horse will be under control and he’ll move where and how the rider asks.

This mare is being taught to move exactly where and how I want in a 20ft X 20ft square yard.

Another thing to remember is that nobody’s perfect and we all make mistakes. When things go wrong in a round yard, the horse will run and run and there’s no way to stop him. In a square yard however, a horse can be stopped in a corner when things go wrong.

In a round yard, there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to approach a horse that’s hard to catch. Such a horse has an advantage in a round yard. He can keep running around the fence and there’s nothing you can do about it. In a square yard, any horse can be stopped in a corner and then you can approach him.

Hi Paul

Had I been in a small Square Yard Today, I wouldn't be typing this and You may be at my Funeral. In my opinion, this article is written with artistic and Internet impress reasons for it lacks the 'Common Touch' and does not take into account the 'real World' out there and the vast majority of READERS who are complete NOVICES.

If 0ver 95% of the Horse Industry, who dare to play around with Problem Horses, Green Horses or Breakers, use a 20 foot square Yard ( Invented by Professor McGilleray) , they would be dead. They simply don't have the knowledge, the ability to read Horses or the timing to get out of the way, to not be hurt. Further, When 100% of Horses go hide in the Corner, NONE of the Amateurs would have a clue what to do.

At Equitana, Doctor Andrew McLeans Son (an experienced Traineryes 'Green behind the Ears') was nearly killed about 4 times, in his square Yard. He also turned Himself into a 'Predator' which turned a lovely STOCK HORSE' into an attack machine.

So we can all be impressive 'Navel Gazers' but we should not let ego or financial marketing get in the way of responsible commentary, whereby we don't get People hurt.









TEXARKANA, Arkansas - Miller County authorities say a 9-year-old boy died after being trampled by a horse on a family farm near Fouke. The Texarkana Gazette reported Saturday that investigators say the boy was leading the horse when he became tangled in the rope. Investigator Patsy DeHart said the boy held onto the rope and was dragged away. The child was found in a pasture with the horse and was flown to a Little Rock hospital where he was pronounced dead. The boy's name was not released and investigators say he was a foster child who was being adopted by the family.




Long-time US polo player and patron Bob Daniels has died at the age of 74 after sustaining injuries in a polo accident last week.

Daniels was injured in the 12-goal game at his Pony Express field in Wellington, Florida, when his pony stumbled and he was thrown off, landing on his head. He was flown to St Mary’s Medical Center and was placed on life support, but died early on Saturday morning.

A member of the United States Polo Association since 1981, Daniels served on the High Goal Committee from 2011 through 2014, as well as the USPA Umpires, LLC Board from 2012 through the present.

Flags flew at half mast at Sunday’s USPA Gold Cup final at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach in his honor. There was a minute’s silence before the first game, after Daniels’ five sons rode out to midfield with a riderless horse led by Daniels’ coach and pro Tomas Goti.

United States Polo Association CEO Duncan Huyler said the polo community was deeply saddened by the death of Daniels. “(He was) one of our sport’s most prominent and dedicated players and an avid supporter of our association. Bob was a true advocate for polo and a staple in the game he loved. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”

Daniels spent 16 consecutive years (1996-2011) competing in the USPA’s US Open Polo Championship with Pony Express, making it to the finals at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club in 1999, where his horse, Lupe was also honored with the Willis L. Hartman Trophy for Best Playing Pony in the US Open. He also competed 16 consecutive years (1983-1998) in the East Coast Open, capturing the title at Myopia Hunt Club in 1988 with a 6-5 win over Excalibur, alongside his teammates Raul Roldan, Gonzalo Heguy and Segundo Ortiz.

USPA Chairman Joe Meyer said that Daniels was “the epitome of a polo gentleman, a caring and loving father, and a long-time personal friend”.

“Bob was welcoming to patrons, players, and professionals alike. His farm, Pony Express, was a family farm where many afternoons were spent playing practice chukkers with everyone’s extended family, while also helping those around him to become better players, ranging from beginner all the way up to 10 goal players. His commitment to the sport was an example of how to build the game of polo. He nurtured Nic Roldan from an early age, giving him support as he grew,” Meyers said.

“Bob really enjoyed helping the young kids play and enjoy polo and was very supportive of the Junior Polo Program and the Polo Training Foundation. He will be greatly missed by the entire polo community. His love of polo will carry on through the many horses he has bred as well as his sons, who continue to play this great game.”

A memorial service followed by an asado (barbecue) will be held at the Pony Express barn in Wellington on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30pm.





Thus proving the Scots and Irish are far smarter than the Poms


The scale of the threat to horses and riders on Britain’s roads was highlighted this week, with the British Horse Society saying more than 2000 horse-related road incidents had been reported in the last five years.

The society set up a dedicated website in 2010 where road-related horse incidents could be reported.

In its first five years, 2070 reports of road incidents involving horses had been reported, it said. Of these, 36 caused rider deaths, and 181 resulted in a horse dying from their injuries or being euthanised. The charity believes there are many more unreported incidents.

It revealed the grim toll as it launched a campaign encouraging motorists to pass horses carefully at 15 miles an hour.

It said more than 60% of incidents involving horses on the roads happened between 10am and 3pm, with accidents most commonly occurring in June.

Its analysis of the 2070 road-related horse incidents showed that 75% happened because the vehicle passed the horse without allowing enough space, while over a quarter of respondents said that they also had to deal with driver road rage during the incident.
The distribution of the road-related horse incidents.

The distribution of the road-related horse incidents.

Most of the incidents occurred on a minor road and in a rural area. Nearly half the horses involved were accustomed to riding on the roads more than once a week.

The society found that 90% of respondents were female. Most of the incidents – 1799 – occurred in England, with 146 in Wales, 115 in Scotland, and 10 in Northern Ireland.

The counties with the highest number of accident reports were Essex, with 155 reported accidents; Kent, with 89; and Lancashire, with 81.

The society’s campaign, called Dead Slow, follows a number of high profile petitions calling for greater protection for horses and riders on the roads following the injury of horse carriage master Mark Evans and the death of his horse Wil, who was hit by a car in Wales last month as he pulled a funeral cortege.

“We are asking drivers to slow down to 15mph when they see a horse on the road,” the charity’s policy director, Lee Hackett, said.

“A lot of people aren’t sure how to safely pass a horse when driving, and so we have produced a video showing exactly how it should be done.

“It’s worth remembering that these statistics are just the accidents reported to us. There will be countless others.

“Almost everyone who rides horses can recount a story about a time they had a near miss on the roads. We are campaigning for legislative change, but that can take a long time. That is why we are asking for this instant change in behaviour from drivers.”

The head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Kevin Clinton, said horses were large and powerful animals who can easily panic and bolt if startled.

“This is dangerous for the horse, the rider and other road users. All drivers should be aware that they may come across horse riders at any time, especially in rural areas.

“If you see one, slow right down as you approach and pass it slowly and smoothly, without revving your engine or sounding your horn. If there’s not room to pass it safely, wait until there is.”

The society encourages horse riders to wear high-visibility gear at all times on the road.





DELAND — A Florida man has been sentenced to five years in prison for ramming his truck into a horse, killing the animal and injuring its rider.

The state attorney's office reports in a news release that Christopher Todd also was sentenced Friday to five years of probation after his prison sentence.

Todd pleaded no contest last month to aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, killing a horse and leaving the scene of a crash with injury.

Authorities said Todd got into an argument with several people riding horses at Blue Spring State Park last February. One woman had reportedly told Todd not to speed in his Dodge Ram 1500. Officials said he responded with an expletive, and the woman called him a racial slur.

Authorities said Todd then turned his truck around and drove at the group, hitting one of the horses.




SONOMA COUNTY - A 77-year-old man died Thursday in Sonoma County after getting caught between a pasture gate and a horse trailer, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The man, whose name is not being released until his family is notified, was closing a pasture gate between 10:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. off of Dunbar Road near the unincorporated Sonoma County community of Kenwood.

He was driving a Dodge Ram truck and left the truck in reverse while he went back to the gate, according to CHP officials.

The truck rolled backwards and pinned the man between the truck and the gate, where he died.

A passer-by discovered the body at 1:21 p.m., CHP officials said.







The seven horse deaths during this week’s four-day Cheltenham Festival in Britain are deeply concerning, the RSPCA says.

The British charity said in a statement that it would look in depth at how each equine death occurred in the hope of preventing further fatalities. It said its racing consultant, David Muir, would provide a “pragmatic review”.

“The RSPCA will be meeting with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) shortly to review the races; to discuss why these deaths occurred; and to explore welfare issues surrounding the event,” the statement said.

“The RSPCA works closely with the BHA, calling for improvements to hurdle design and placement, alongside other areas of progress.”

The heavy toll has cast a shadow over the hugely popular jumps meeting.

The loss of seven horses at the festival is said to be the worst loss in at least 10 years.

The animal advocacy group Animal Aid was quick to condemn the losses, saying 53 horses had died at the Cheltenham Festival since the year 2000.

Its racing consultant, Dene Stansall, said: “The horses, who are supposedly cherished by the world of racing, are merely disposable commodities, as we have seen this week.”

Three horses were lost on the first day of racing. The Govaness and Rezorbi died as a result of injuries suffered over jumps, while Pont Alexandre broke down and was euthanised.

The second day of racing claimed Irish racehorse No More Heroes. The gelding broke down near the finish of a race in which he finished fourth. He was taken to a Cheltenham veterinary hospital, but was euthanized that night because of the severity of his tendon injury.

The third day of racing saw the loss of Niceonefrankie, who fell heavily at the fourth last fence of a handicap chase.

Two horses died on the final day. The Long Dog suffered a life-ending leg injury between obstacles in a three-mile race. Montdragon collapsed and died in a race over two and a half miles.

The British Horseracing Authority’s chief veterinary officer, Jenny Hall, said it was notable that four of the fatal injuries were not related to a fall over a hurdle or fence.





Equine Injury Database statistics show the rate of fatal injuries in Thoroughbred races dropped 14% in 2015 from the previous year, with the overall rate is the lowest since the stats were first reported in 2009. Across all surfaces, ages, and distances, the fatality rate dropped from 1.89 per 1,000 starts in 2014 to 1.62 per 1,000 starts in 2015. The overall fatality r

 The statistics, released March 22, are based on injuries that resulted in fatalities within 72 hours from the date of the race. Summary statistics are subject to change due to a number of considerations, including reporting timeliness, EID consultants said. Synthetic surfaces had the lowest fatality rate per 1,000 starts, followed by turf and dirt. That has been the pattern since 2009. The number of starts accounted for in the EID has dropped from more than 395,000 in 2009 to under 300,000 in 2015 because of declines in the foal crop and race days. There were 1.18 fatalities per 1,000 starts on synthetic surfaces, 1.22 on grass courses, and 1.78 on dirt tracks.

The rates are down for each of the surfaces compared with 2014, and the rate for dirt fatalities dropped under 2.00 per 1,000 starts for the first time. "We've seen a significant decrease in the number of fatalities and that is certainly very encouraging," said Dr. Tim Parkin, a University of Glasgow veterinarian and epidemiologist who performed the EID analysis. "We will continue to examine data and look for trends, but the wide-ranging safety initiatives embraced by tracks, horsemen, and regulators in recent years have very likely played a role in the reduction of injuries and fatalities." An analysis of 2015 race distance statistics also shows consistency since 2009. Shorter races (less than six furlongs) were again associated with higher injury rates versus middle distance races (six furlongs to one mile) and long races (more than one mile). Two-year-olds continued the trend of having the lowest rate of catastrophic injuries, while 3-year-olds had a lower rate of catastrophic injuries than horses 4 years old and older.









Hello, my name is Lissy, from England--------an Irish sports horse who is 9 years old. She was described by her owners as being a horse that "never changes" no matter where she is or who's riding her she will accept what is being asked of her and get on with it, they had a 13 year old riding her -the only problem being that she hasn't been ridden properly in a year so is very unfit. I gave her time to settle in to her new home with me and my other two horses. Every time I looked at her I had one thought which was hard to describe but she looked "broken" in her spirits, totally numb. one day I knew the time was right to get on her.

HI Lizzy, let's examine this whole problem, in an analytical way. 

  • Anyone can ride the Horse

  • 13 year old

  • Therefore the Horse is genuinely a Darling and a complete LEARNER RIDERS' HORSE

  • it is very unfit as all Learner Rider Horses are.


 I rode out with another horse and she was perfect and seemed to really enjoy herself..

After this I rode her often, hacking out with company of another horse. It got to a point where I felt I'd try her going out alone, I got her to a certain point (about 5 mins from home) and she started threatening to rear, at first swished her tail then stopped and when I asked her to move forward she was throwing her head up and lifting slightly off the ground, I got her to move only a few steps forward then took her back as I wasn't going to push my luck on the roadside.

You absolutely did the right thing here.

 I still rode Holly after this but out with another horse. then I took her into the arena, it was raining and cold and she was spooky at everything, napping and generally didn't want to be in there, I only spent about 10 mins with her and finished on a good lap round in walk.

Good idea and well done.

 The next time I took her into the arena it was a lovely sunny day and I was having a lesson on her, she was working well and I had my first canter on her (with a few bucks and bronks due to excitement I presumed) and time flew and before I knew it we had done 40mins and I could tell she was getting tired.

If it was up to me I would have stopped at this point and been over the moon with how she went. Only my instructor wanted one last canter down one long stretch of the arena. Holly protested a bit by ignoring my leg, then suddenly out of nowhere reared landed and reared even higher, as I'd already been unbalanced from the first rear I completely lost it for the second one and must've pulled her over backwards on top of me. After I'd established I was still alive and not broken anything (luckily) my instructor got on Holly to try to walk one last time around the arena but she was constantly threatening to go straight back up leading to my instructor getting off and telling me Holly is dangerous and should never be ridden again.

I since then read on your website about the reasons behind why she could have reacted like that, (medical reason have been ruled out) and I realise now that I should have stopped when I knew she had enough, I also know that all her life she has been used in the arena so is understandably sick to death of it, also she's a stressy horse anyway, weaves when it's feeding time and hates other horses being too close to her. She's got a way about her that says she's the boss of everyone, me included.

 Recently I've turned her away in the field and started again with her from the ground, she's started respecting me now that I've worked on her not coming into my personal space or over powering me. I want to get back on her and ride again (not in the arena) but how do I know when the time is right, did I reinforce this rearing behaviour by bringing her home from the hack at the start? will she already be better now we've established mutual respect?

Is there a chance she will rear again if anything ever phases her? How will I be able to get her hacking out alone (as I've lost my nerve with her a little now in the saddle, but more confident on the ground) From what I've seen Holly is the type of horse that thinks "up" she will threaten it as soon as you ask her to do something she doesn't want to do. This mare has a good heart though and I don't want to give up on her, I want to "fix" her broken spirit and change this opinion she seems to have that everyone just makes her run round in circles in an arena. I think she's hit rock bottom so to speak and unfortunately I was the one that tipped her over the edge and shattered her dreams of being in a place where she wasn't used as a fair ground ride. She also seems to be a one person horse as I've managed to get the start of a good bond with her, but she will not cooperate as well with other people.. This is maybe to do with her being passed from person to person another thing she is sick of. Any opinions or suggestions would be welcome for this beautiful (sad) mare. I want to help her, and I want her to love life again as I already love her to bits and she will be amazing when right again. Thank you for your time. Lissy.

Ok Lissy. To make it brief and to the point, I forgive me for dot pointing this Letter. I have had a horrendous Day.


  • Your Horse is a Darling, genuinely quiet but NOT EQUIPPED or Started like our Horses, where it can be asked to go OUT ALONE. I could come to England Tomorrow and ride Your Horse to London but You cannot. The knowledge base for such training is sadly lacking in Britain.
  • None of this is Your fault and not the fault of Your Horse. The rear over onto You (which you should go buy a Lottery Ticket) was caused by You, not the Horse) Again, a lack of training. Look at the top of Tonight's Blog at the Scottish Girl on the unbroken Horse,.
  • The Coach should be shot. Does she not realize that Your Horse would be COMPLETELY UNFIT and ill equipped to handle such a length of time, on an arena. The Horse was only COMMUNICATING to the Coach who did not LISTEN  The Horse is completely forgiven for such behavior.
  • Forgive me for this comment but I make it on behalf of the Horse. I bet You didn't have it SUPPLE, ROUND, INSIDE LEG TO OUTSIDE REIN and I bet the Horse was being hauled on the Mouth??? That would make the 40 Minutes feel like 400 Minutes

So what do You do?.....this then........

  • Ride out with Friends, NOT ALONE
  • If You don't have the knowledge to COMPLETELY get on and ride total CORRECT Dressage, don't subject Your Horse to it. Go ride School Horses until You are completely able to do the job CORRECT.

So at the end of the Day, You have a lovely Horse. You should NOT have bitten off more than You could chew regarding riding out along. Your Horse was not taught to do it by the Trainer/starter


So if You want to ride out along (and go read the NEWS OF THE DAY TONIGHT regarding accidents and idiots in Britain) do it with a Friend and don't go where idiots can Kill You.

I admire Your Love of the Horse and Your passion. I hear You totally. I hope You hear me. read this FROM ONE OF MY ONLINE PUPILS




lways knew what you were teaching was good stuff John. I have always been able to clearly understand where you were headed and relate. But it is not until I got to feel the end result (although I know the journey still continues) that I realised how amazing this way is! How amazing to be able to take a newly broken horse trail riding on a loose rein and knowing you have complete control. Yesterday we went for a trot along a grass verge on a loose rein (of course) and Monkey started to trot a bit faster than I wanted. I just picked up the reins (didn't touch his mouth) and he went to stop and then I just touched him with my legs and he went forward in a slower rhythm as I had wanted. Already trained to a super sensitive half halt without even training him for that. lol.
Well done Dianne. Great to hear. Now to tell England smile emoticon
lol! I know and all of the rest of Australia. I am grazing near the pony club and always seeing kids cantering on the grass verges hanging onto their horses mouths with horses heads sticking up in the air

Well done Dianne.

Also Monkey went completely down on a ride tonight. We were going over a concrete bridge and it must have had a muddy service and he did a little spook jump and his legs skidded out from underneath him so he went completely down on his stomach. He got about 3/4 way up and his legs skidded out again and he went right down again. 3rd attempt he got back up onto his feet. Thanks to your boots only small surface wounds on fetlocks and hocks. Any ordinary boots would have been ripped off and more damage done to Monkey. Plus I didn't move any inch in your saddle. Felt very secure - well as secure as you can in that situation.

Yes, Bitumen and concrete are very dangerous on Green Horses. Well sat!


Always knew what you were teaching was good stuff John. I have always been able to clearly understand where you were headed and relate. But it is not until I got to feel the end result (although I know the journey still continues) that I realised how amazing this way is! How amazing to be able to take a newly broken horse trail riding on a loose rein and knowing you have complete control. Yesterday we went for a trot along a grass verge on a loose rein (of course) and Monkey started to trot a bit faster than I wanted. I just picked up the reins (didn't touch his mouth) and he went to stop and then I just touched him with my legs and he went forward in a slower rhythm as I had wanted. Already trained to a super sensitive half halt without even training him for that. lol. Well done Dianne. Great to hear. Now to tell England smile emoticon

Thanks Dianne.

Well done again. I am proud of You.






Good evening Mr HP, >>> >>> I have a pony with massive trust issues I’m working with. He has come a very long way however he refuses to allow me near his back legs. I have gotten him to the point I can now rub his legs without him kicking, however was hoping you can give me some advice on maybe hobbling him? What do you think and would teaching him this help with his kicking? He seems to kick out in fright not with malice as he will quickly face you rather than turn his butt to you. >>> Do you use your hobbles for front and rear or do you have particular ones for rear or would you recommend the neck strap or ????? >>> >>> Thank you. >>> >>> Very much appreciated,


That's fine Cara. You can go on for MOnths, with the touchy system and at the end, it will not be as good as a week with leg rstraints. You see, Psychologically, the horse has a deep distrust. that stays with touch progressive approach because it is NEVER PROVEN to the HOrse, for it's Mind, that Hey, they did it and my Throat wasn't cut. What have I been worried about??" That's the point regards On 3/25/2016 4:11 PM, Cara Wallace Buchan wrote: >


 Thanks for that HP. I have been working with the pony & can do his front quite well & have been working with him to calm him around ropes as he's frightened of ropes however he needs a lot of work around his back legs. He won't kick just being around him. Only if anything touches his legs. > > I do have most of your DVDs & took my standy to you in Sydney a few years back. I plan to get your hobbles & collar etc & the other DVDs. > > Your help has been very informative & beneficial. Thanks for the quick response. > > Very much appreciated, > Cara






Dear Mr HP, I’m wondering if I could ask some advice, Im a big fan of your DVD’s and Youtube videos etc. I have a 12.2 welsh pony that I bought for my daughter. She’s a bit bum high and post legged and I believe has some issues with her stifles, Ive had vets look her over and have asked body workers for their opinion, they have said she is fine and that its just lack of exercise and I should work her up hills and over raised poles. Her hind end is very underdeveloped in comparison to her front end, she is reluctant to travel down hill and reluctant to back up; her stifles do not catch but at times there is an audible popping sound. Ive also been having behavioural issues with her in terms of separation anxiety but I wonder if this unwanted behaviour is stemming from pain as she is a bold pony and is exceptionally well behaved on the ground. I wondered what your approach would be in terms of the rehabilitation of stifle issues, I have purchased your running reins and have read your lunging ebook. How would you introduce the running reins, frequency and length of training sessions and what sort of headset should I be looking for? Any advice would be greatly appreciated and respected. Kind regards Andrea p.s I saw your lovely wife at DWTS last week, I had no idea how tiny she was!!


Hi Andrea

Yes, the Boss is a little one. I call Her the "Angry Ant'

Listen to Your Horse Andrea. Well done, You are correct. I have sent You the 44 Page Lunging E-Book and You should put Your Horse through the program. The change will be most obvious. Regards





20th March, 2016


Hi Folks, hope You are all well.

Has Summer nearly finished, I hope so. Sick of it and so must the Horses be too.






Well Folks, as of next Saturday, I am back in the 'Problem Horse' business as I have an International Pupil arriving on Friday, so I have said Yes to a few People. Quite some challenges:

  1. The Horse that You can't Mount

  2. The Horse You can't get off once on.

  3. The Horse that has bucked a Rodeo Rider off twice.

  4. A lovely Standardbred for improvement work.

  5. A lovely Australian Stock Horse unbroken Horse, to start.

I hope the first 3 allow me the luxury of working with Horse 4 and 5 but regardless, the Scottish Girl isn't going to believe Her eyes :)



Mrs. HP came Home Today, very tired but was happy to have ridden Cappo and spent time with Her Cousin and the other lovely Victorian Girls. Here he is with his fav hard feed after work.


Lot's of stories that You won't read in the Magazines as Spin get's told but not a lot has changed, except for the Judging for the Young Horse Classes and in particular, the Pommy Judge, looking for correct training as per the 'German Training Scale'  ...but 'Skull Dragging' of Horses but in some of the competitions, 'Skull Dragging' was rewarded most admirably by the so called best Judges, with 'Iron Fisted' Riders being rewarded, along with Crooked Horses by Australia's best, who weren't obviously aware that they were. Go figure that?

Then to the Master Class with the German Rider of Totilas. He was allowed to select the Horses that he would work with, Days before and then work them them a couple of Days before the Class. Well this Gentleman should come to me for Conformation Lessons for he sure as Hell is the Worlds worst Judge, picking a 'Sausage Dog' for the task, with a de-generated rear end and of course it couldn't do the flying changes asked of it.   It was bouncing along with it's Rump in the Air with absolutely no hope. Then the often customary throw away Lines that the Internationals often use to scam the Public, by saying "It's not His Day'.....well we may blame the Horse but the German needs to go and look in the mirror to find the culprit.

Heath got caned as did other big names, on subject that refreshingly appear to be coming back Internationally, however the era of the 'Iron Fists' is still with us.





Well....the last bar in the second new Fence this Year, at Gainsborough and it certainly finishes the property off nicely, plus ads security to all. I'll be glad to see the end of the Mig for a while.


All is well around the place. It would be good if Folks would think about not dropping Hay as they walk about the place with their Hay Nets as it is such a lot of work for Mrs. HP who rakes up massive areas every two Days.

Mrs HP has another Young Duccio here now

I noticed 'Red Hair' and 'Blue Hair' back visiting during the Week....which is fine. 'Red Hair' decided to shift Her Horse to another property after the Night of Sex, Drugs, Rockn Roll and Colic :) I am sure at some time in the future, she will reflect upon how others put in the supreme effort to save Her lovely Horse and that she was well served.



You remember my piece on this subject very recently. So many People who can ill afford their love of Horses, then go and have multiple Horses. I have never been able to work that one out but I see it often in this Industry. As it happens, another Young Lady who has 3 Horses at Gainsborough, has decided that she will move them out to Paddock to save Money. Mum and Dad have been funding. Her closing comments were to Mrs. HP......."I guess I will have to go get a job"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!........yes Darling, high time. You can then afford to remove the shoes that have been on one of them for Months


" Be mindful of the innocent Black Ants Nests around Your Horse Property. If You notice the odd lumps or bumps, it could be them and you may want to do something about them. "








Two equestrian centre workers and a vet were part of a horse drugging plot to cover up lameness and behavioural problems before selling them on, a court heard.

Charlotte Johnson and Aniele Jurecka, both 28, allegedly used their own vet, David Smith, to carry out “inadequate” examinations of the animals before they were sold.

Charlotte Johnson and Aniela Jurecka Charlotte Johnson and Aniela Jurecka

Some of the horses were advertised as being docile and ideal for new riders.

But after the sedatives wore off, horses were found to be uncontrollable and unsuitable for junior riders – which often led to falls and injuries.

It was alleged the animals were drugged at South East Horses, based in Marden, Kent and Staplehurst, Kent.

Prosecutor Dominic Connolly told Maidstone Crown Court last week a large number of horses had been sold and “misdescribed” in a criminal way.

He said: "The Crown's case is those adverts grossly misdescribed horses being offered for sale.

David Smith from the Lakeview Veterinary CentreDavid Smith from the Lakeview Veterinary Centre

"Representations are made as to their physical wellbeing and their calm and placid demeanour, and their suitability for first-time riders when, in fact, they had significant behavioural issues which made them entirely unsuitable for novice riders.

"On a number of occasions that resulted in a number of falls and injuries."

Physical ailments and behavioural issues were masked by the use of sedatives before the horses were inspected and tried out, he said.

Mr Connolly added: "As a result, they were sleepy, apparently docile and placid.

"The Crown say Mr Smith was fully aware of the conflict of interest. He was motivated by personal gain - namely his fee for carrying out the examinations."
Prosecutor Dominic Connolly

"It was only after the purchase when the effect of the sedatives began to wear off that the true nature and temperament of the horses were revealed.

"A number of the horses were lame."

Mr Connolly said prospective buyers were tricked into using vet David Smith, 66, to carry out the tests, instead of an independent practitioner.

He said: "The Crown say Mr Smith was fully aware of the conflict of interest.

"He was motivated by personal gain - namely his fee for carrying out the examinations."

An example was given of one mother, who went to see a horse in October 2008 to buy for her ten-year-old daughter.

The horse was described as being a "saint, bomb proof in all ways, a babysitter on four legs and no vices", Mr Connolly said.

The mother was assured by boss Jurecka, known as Annie, it was suitable, and she agreed to buy the horse and was given a two-week warranty.

But when the mother got the horse home she found it was lame, behaved badly, bucked and ran off with her daughter.

Johnson, of Marden, Jurecka, of Tonbridge, Kent, and Smith, of Finglesham, Kent, all deny conspiracy to commit fraud between June 2008 and December 2013.

The trial continues.




A Kent horse dealer who conned clients into buying horses that had health or behavioural issues was jailed at Maidstone Court earlier this week (15 March).

Karen Ruston had pleaded guilty to 11 offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and two offences under the Horse Passport Regulations 2009 in a case bought by Kent County Council Trading Standards.

She was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to forfeit her £6,000 savings as compensation.

Ms Ruston of Maplehurst Close, Dartford had advertised various horses for sale nationally between November 2013 and October 2014.

The horses were described in the advertisements as being of “wonderful character” having “absolutely no health issues” or as having been a “family friend for five years.”

Ms Ruston used alias names, various contact details and purported to be a private seller, when she was not.

Prospective buyers were asked to meet her at a pub in Ash Road, Sevenoaks and then follow her to the stables. Horse transporters were directed to the same pub where the horses were brought to them or a Dartford address.

Buyers coming forward to give evidence at the case said the horses they bought soon developed health issues, which needed costly veterinary treatment.

One was told she could return a horse within a month if it was not suitable, but when she tried to contact the seller, now known to be Ms Rushton, she couldn’t get any reply.

Another bought a horse for Mrs Ruston for £4,950 that had been purchased just days before for £650. The buyer subsequently found out the previous seller had disclosed that the horse had the onset of navicular.

Judge Charles Macdonald described Ruston’s offences as “repellent” and an exploitation of people who love horses.

KCC Trading Standards operation manager Clive Phillips thanked the victims in the case for coming forward and providing valuable evidence.

He said: “Ruston purposefully listed her misleading advertisments in a manner that her victims not only believed the falsehoods, but also in a way that any regular consumer would think she was not acting for purposes relating to her business.

“Not only should consumers know who they are dealing with, but they should rightly be able to rely upon claims made to them.

“We advise anyone wanting to purchase a horse to not only research the seller, but also seek to obtain an independent experienced opinion on the health of the horse,” he warned



A HORSE dealer who used an Ash pub to con clients out of thousands of pounds by falsely describing the health and condition of animals she sold has been jailed.

Between November 2013 and October 2014, Karen Ruston of Maplehurst Close, Dartford, listed various horses for sale in a national publication.

The advertisements referred to the horses, variously, as being of "wonderful character" having "absolutely no health issues" and "family friend for five years".

She used alias names, various contact details, false descriptions and purported to be a private seller when she was not.

The victims were asked to meet Rust at a pub in Ash Road, Sevenoaks and then followed her to the stables.

Horse transporters were directed either to the same pub where the horses were then brought to them or a Dartford address.

More than one victim reported that they were left caring for a horse that needed regular visits and treatments from veterinarians when health issues quickly became apparent, costing them significant amounts of money.

One of the victims was suffering from cancer and was assured that the horse she was buying was safe with a relaxed nature.

However, she had some concerns because, due to the distance involved, she was unable to see the horse before the day of purchase, but was told she could send the horse back within a month if it was not suitable.

When the victim tried to contact the seller, now known to be Ms Ruston, there was no response.

Another victim was looking for a completely safe horse for her disabled daughter.

Ruston previously pleaded guilty to 11 offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and two offences under the Horse Passport Regulations 2009 in a case brought by Kent County Council Trading Standards.

She was sentenced to six months in prison at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday (March 15).

She was also ordered to forfeit her £6,000 savings as compensation.



Showjumping course designer Brian Lear has been unsuccessful in his legal bid for compensation following a freak accident involving his own horsebox.

High Court Judge Mr Justice Picken described the case as “truly tragic” as he passed judgement on 14 March.

Mr Lear broke his spine at the 2011 Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead when he was crushed beneath the weight of the box’s ramp, leaving him wheelchair-bound (news, 4 August 2011).

The 65-year-old was trying to open the hydraulic ramp to allow some air for his horse, Doonaveeragh, when it unexpectedly swung down — crashing onto his head.

Nearly five years after the tragedy, Mr Lear, of Ditchling, Sussex, sued the Showground’s owners, Hickstead Ltd, and the contractors who arranged parking at the event: WH Security Ltd.

However, the judge cleared both companies of negligence over the accident, holding that every reasonable step was taken to ensure the car park was properly managed.

“It is impossible to have anything but sympathy for Mr Lear in his current position,” he told the court.

“It is understandable that he should feel there should be redress for what he has been through since that fateful day in 2011 when he suffered the terrible injuries which he did.

“But for the reasons which I have given, he is not entitled to redress from Hickstead or WH Security Ltd as neither is liable to him.”

Mr Lear’s barrister, Colin McCaul QC, claimed the system of parking was defective because there was insufficient space for visitors to leave their bulky vehicles.

The accident probably happened after an unknown individual raised the ramp on Mr Lear’s horsebox to make more space, it was claimed.

However, in doing so, the automatic hydraulic lifting gear was disabled, resulting in the ramp crashing down without warning when Mr Lear tried to re-open it.

“It is impossible to have anything but sympathy towards Mr Lear and his family following this tragic accident, but I am relieved that it was found that neither Hickstead nor WH Security were liable,” Hickstead director Edward Bunn told H&H.

Douglas Hinckley, of WH Security Ltd, added the team at WH has “nothing but sympathy” to Mr Lear and his family.

“We are, however, very glad that the court rightly sees no liability or blame towards Hickstead or WH,” he said.








Charlotte Dujardin will not be able to defend her World Cup title this year.

The Olympic gold medallist cannot compete at the final in Gothenburg, Sweden (24-28 March) due to a legal dispute surrounding her qualified ride Uthopia’s ownership.

As the current reigning champion, Charlotte was automatically eligible for the 2016 final with a horse of her choice.

To compete, she must have taken part in the freestyle to music at least two of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage qualifiers with the horse she planned to ride in the final.

This makes Uthopia, who she competed in qualifiers at Olympia in December and Amsterdam in January, her sole choice.

“Due to the ongoing legal dispute around Uthopia’s ownership, the horse won’t be available to compete at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup dressage final in Gothenburg, and therefore Charlotte will be sadly unable to defend her title,” a British Dressage spokesman told H&H.

“We are not able to comment further on it at present due to the sensitivity of the situation.”

The combination won the Olympia grand prix on a score of 77.46% and came second in the freestyle with 82.55%.

In Amsterdam, they finished fifth in the grand prix on 76.24% and fourth in the freestyle with 82.375%.

This is not the first time H&H has reported Uthopia’s ownership has been in dispute.

Following the London 2012 Olympics — where he was on the gold medal-winning team with rider Carl Hester — complications surrounding the horse’s ownership blocked any potential sale of the stallion.

Charlotte won the 2015 title in Las Vegas with dressage superstar Valegro.

The pair scored 94.2% in the grand prix freestyle final — just short of their own world record of 94.3%.

Charlotte and Valegro also won in 2014 at Lyon after being invited to compete on a wildcard





Sam Griffiths’ advanced ride Favorit Z was put down after he broke a leg on the cross-country while competing in The Irish Field CCI3* at Horse Sport Ireland Tattersalls on Saturday (30 May).

Sue Brendish’s 10-year-old, by the thoroughbred Favoritas, led the dressage on a score of 36.1. But on cross-country day he had a run-out at the corner in the water at fence 9 and then broke a leg three fences later at the trakehner on the mound and had to be put down

“Today was a very sad day for us all, our beautiful Frodo (Favorit Z) broke his leg on the cross-country at Tattersalls and had to be put to sleep,” said Sam in a statement.

“We are all devastated. He was the most exceptional horse — incredibly talented, stunningly beautiful and above all the nicest person, so gentle and kind. Today we lost a dear friend and we are left with a huge hole in our hearts.”

Sam was not seriously injured in the accident.

Belgian-bred Favorit Z was out of a mare called Galve Z, by Gotspe Z. He started his eventing career with Belgian rider Constantin van Rijckevorsel in 2010. He completed one event with Constantin that autumn, plus one with another Belgian rider, Marc Laffineuse. He then competed throughout 2011 with Constantin.

After Favorit Z had contested two events with Constantin in 2012 Sam took over the ride. The horse first started to show his real potential in 2013, when he won two intermediates at Aston-le-Walls (4) and Gatcombe (2) and finished eighth in the autumn CCI2* at Osberton.

Last year Favorit Z had an open intermediate win, at Aston-le-Walls (2) in May, and he also finished fifth in the eight- and nine-year-old CIC3* at Blenheim in September.

Tattersalls was Favorit Z’s fifth event in 2015. His season highlight so far was a win in the advanced intermediate at Bicton Arena (1) in April.





 (CNN)It's a clothes horse -- a horse in a three-piece Harris Tweed suit and flat cap.

Unveiled by 20-time champion jockey Tony McCoy, the equine outfit -- labeled a "world first" -- was worn by veteran racehorse Morestead ahead of this week's Cheltenham Festival, one of Britain's most prestigious jump meetings.

"Some models can be real divas, but Morestead was calm and a pleasure to work with," said the suit's creator Emma Sandham-King, who is an apprentice of the late Alexander McQueen.

"Creating the world's first tweed suit for a horse has been one of the biggest challenges that I have faced in my career as a designer," added Sandham-King, who together with her team spent four weeks working on the outfit.

A favored fashion choice for many horse racing spectators, tweed fans at the festival will wear enough of the material to stretch 200 miles from Cheltenham all the way to Ireland, according to statistician Dr. Geoff Ellis.

Morestead's suit was cut from over 18 meters of tweed -- enough fabric to kit out 10 people -- shipped all the way from the Isle of Harris, northwest of Scotland.

"I think Morestead is a bit like the Naomi Campbell of the modeling world; he's strutting his stuff and he's wearing the tweed with style," said Jon Ivan Duke of bookmaker William Hill, which commissioned the outfit.

The four-day Cheltenham Festival kicked off Tuesday and ends with Friday's iconic Gold Cup race.





LAKE WORTH, Fla. – An electrical malfunction started a barn fire that killed 12 horses and injured 11 at an equestrian complex in suburban Palm Beach, investigators said Wednesday.

Palm Beach County fire investigators concluded the blaze at the South Florida Trotting Center was caused by a "catastrophic failure" at the meter, the Palm Beach Post reported. Sparks ignited hay, feed and other combustibles.

Sam Stathis, the center's owner, told the newspaper that two horses suffered critical injuries. All 11 injured horses were taken to a veterinarian. The fire erupted late Tuesday and burned into the early morning Wednesday.

"We saved 11 horses, and we lost 12," Stathis told the newspaper. "God be with us."

Fire officials told the Post that workers were able to get some horses out as the fire spread. The barn's roof collapsed and hay inside fed the flames.

Stable worker Roman Lopez told WPTV-TV his friend tried to open gates and let horses out, but the thick smoke made it impossible.

"It was just too tough. The roof started to come down. The horses were just on fire. You just freak out. You don't know which way to go," he said.





AN air ambulance crew came to the rescue of a woman in East Grinstead after she had an accident involving a horse.

The Kent, Surrey, Sussex Air Ambulance was called out to an unspecified address in East Grinstead on Tuesday (March 15), at 12.28pm.

The air ambulance crew assisted at the scene before the patient was taken to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill by a road crew.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service was also in attendance.





A horse was killed in a collision with a taxi on the roads in Wales earlier this month (6 March).

The horse’s owner is said to be ‘in complete shock and disbelief’, but the driver of the taxi said it was an unavoidable accident.

South Wales Police told H&H it had received reports of a road traffic collision between a horse and a taxi at 6.38am on Bogey Road, Mountain Hare on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil.

“The driver of the taxi was not injured, but sadly the horse died at the scene,” said a police spokesman.

“The incident is currently being investigated. There have been no arrests or charges,” he added.

The driver of the Euro Kabs taxi Ashley Mayne told Wales Online: “It was pitch black when the impact happened. I was driving down the road and the horse came out.”

He said he couldn’t avoid the horse and wasn’t speeding.

“It’s sad for the horse and owner. I was a bit shook up myself. It was a pure accident,” he added.

Euro Kabs described the incident as “a tragic case” on Facebook, but refused to speak to H&H when we tried to contact them.

This is the second horse death on Welsh roads that South Wales police are investigating at the moment.

A 16hh Friesian stallion called Wil was hit by a car while pulling a hearse on the way to Coychurch Crematorium in Bridgend last month. The funeral was for Elizabeth Morris.

The 14-year-old horse, owned by Mark Evans for 11 years, was put down as a result of his injuries.

“He was a great team member and never put a foot wrong,” Mr Evans told H&H.

Following the crash Mr Evans signed the petition launched by Debbie Smith in Cornwall to make it a legal requirement for motorists to slow down for horses and go wide when passing.

The Pass Wide and Slow petition has more than 83,000 signatures and has just been handed to transport minister Andrew Jones.

“We need to make the roads safer for all horse users, whether they are riders, carriage drivers or on a lead-rein pony,” said Mr Evans.

British Horse Society national manager for Wales Jan Roche said safety on the roads in Wales for horse riders “is an ongoing problem.”








A man was left in a 'hysterical' state after his horse was struck by a car on a Renfrewshire road. Company director and professional horse rider Andrew Livingstone, 36, lay in a neighbouring kennel's yard sobbing following the accident last Wednesday. His horse Kilmannan Marvel was seriously injured after a green coloured Nissan X-Trail or Terrano motor vehicle hit him and Andy at around 5.10pm. The driver initially stopped but fled the scene before providing any details. The collision happened on the B788 Auchenfoil Road near to Margaretsmill Farm between Kilmacolm and Greenock.

 The vet took around five hours treating Kilmannan Marvel, who has suffered lacerations on his left shoulder, head and legs after being struck by the car and tossed into the air. He is still unbalanced on his legs and although he is able to stand, he cannot lie down or get on the ground. Andy was given the all clear at Inverclyde hospital, although his body was left battered and bruised following the accident. He said: "My horse is still in the same situation as the day of the accident, he's making very slow progress. "It's still touch and go whether this will materialise into him surviving or not. Promoted stories "We don't know if it's head injuries, spinal or severe bruising. "He's not able to travel at the moment and is now resting nearby to where he was hit as we can't transport him." Andy has ridden all his life and regularly enters shows with Kilmannan Marvel and his two other horses. However following the accident it is unclear whether or not Kilmannan Marvel will be able to walk properly again let alone perform in shows. Andy said: "There has been a lot of bother on that road, with the speed and patience of the drivers being a real issue. "After the car hit us it stopped about five yards from where the incident took place. "The man got our the car when I was on the ground with the horse. "He started shouting and screaming insinuating that it was my fault although I feel that he was in the excess of the speed limit. "The accident wasn't quite on the bend so the driver would have been able to see me before I saw him, I think he must have been preoccupied before he saw me.




A RIDER was thrown off her horse after a man “deliberately” accelerated past her in Minety yesterday.

Shannon Smith was sent flying after her horse was spooked by an impatient driver on Hornbury Hill at noon.

The 17-year-old groom landed on her hip and was in so much pain after the incident she had to be given morphine and gas and air.

She was riding with Willow Equine Ltd owner Niki Dow who described the events.

Niki said: “I was in front of Shannon while walking along a fairly quiet road in Minety, when I heard an exhaust getting very noisy as it approached.

“A very inconsiderate old man deliberately accelerated his car past us narrowly missing Shannon and the horse she was riding, who not surprisingly spooked.

“Shannon said she could have almost touched it with her foot as it passed, and it was still accelerating. By the time he was almost past us I was trying to control my horse.

“My first concern was for my groom. I was watching her and trying to shout what to do.

“Her horse starting bucking, it was in panic mode. She tried to hold on for a bit but the horse got away from her.

“She landed straight on her hip, which was lucky. If her head had hit the road, injuries would have been a lot more serious.

“The driver saw she came off but drove away, slowed, and the stopped far enough away that I couldn't see his registration plate but close enough for him to see Shannon on the road with a loose horse. Then he drove away.

“I had to stay on my horse then catch the other, which took few minutes.

“By the time I had led it back to Shannon she was still on the road and there was a driver and a cyclist just sat there watching.”

The car was described as red with a silver bumper in a classic style, similar to a Renault Dauphine. Shannon stated afterwards that she thought it was a Renault but Niki said she couldn’t confirm for sure.

Shannon has since had x-rays and doctors think she avoided any broken bones, but her results have been passed to a specialist.

“She will be recovering, no doubt with deep muscle spasms,” said Niki.

Willow Equine is a rehabilitation centre for horses and Shannon was Niki’s only member of staff.

“I have 12 horses here that need looking after,” said Niki.

“To do that without a member of staff puts the horses welfare at risk.

“Shannon’s family has pulled together though to make sure the horses don’t suffer.”

Driving safely past horse riders is imperative not just the rider’s safety, but the animals and motorists too.

Niki explained: “It’s so easy to scare these horses. They can spook and bolt at 40mph, so the horse will be on top of car before they can blink.

“It wasn’t a spooky horse, the car would have unsettled any horse. They are prey animals after all.

“My advice to drivers is to just pass slow and wide and don’t get impatient.

“Give as much room as you give a big car.

“Scaring a horse means you’re putting the human on top in danger.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to call Wiltshire Police on 101 with information.








The Agricultural and Environment Committee of the Queensland, Australia, Parliament is asking veterinarians and others there to share their thoughts about the use of EquiVacc, an equine vaccine developed to fight Hendra virus, in horses. The virus was first recognized in 1994 following the death of a popular horse trainer and 20 horses in Hendra, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland. Hendra virus (HeV) occurs naturally in flying foxes, or “megabats,” found in Australia. “The megabats carry the virus but don't get sick,” explained Melissa Hines, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

The virus, which to date has only been found in Australia, is thought to be transferred to horses via contaminated urine, feces, and/or fetal fluids. According to the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), the disease can cause respiratory or neurologic signs of disease in horses, and 70% of the horses that tested positive for the virus die. Hendra is a zoonotic disease, meaning that humans who come into contact with infected horse could also become infected. Of the seven known human Hendra cases, the AVA reports that four were fatal. “It is a rare problem, even in Australia, but consequences for the horse and people can be severe,” Hines said. In 2012, EquiVacc, the HeV virus vaccine was made available for use in Australia.

 The AVA encouraged vaccine use on grounds that it would significantly decrease the risk of HeV exposure horse owners, handlers, and veterinarians. Still, some horse owners have chosen not vaccinate their horses on grounds that the vaccine could cause adverse side effects. At the same time, some Australian veterinarians—fearing horse-to-human infection—decline to treat horses in cases where HeV infection was suspected. As a result, in February, Parliament’s Agriculture and Environment Committee asked veterinarians and horse owners to submit information about their experiences with the disease and the vaccine, and how the product’s use or lack of use might affect the Australian equine industry. Submission guidelines are available on Parliament's website. Once the investigation is finished, the results could be used to make future environmental and veterinary policy, the committee reported.




A copper-plated horseshoe nail designed to improve hoof health been released.

The Kerckhaert Liberty Cu nail is coated with antimicrobial copper, which kills microbes such as bacteria and fungi. The coating helps prevent these from entering the foot when the farrier hammers in a nail.

A spokesman from Strömsholm, Kerckhaert’s UK distributor, said farriers are starting to notice a “massive” improvement in the condition of some horses’ hooves after using the nails.

“The copper-coated product is just as strong as the original nails, but has added benefits,” he told H&H.

Martin Kerckhaert, of Kerckhaert, said that it took the company some time to find the right combination.

“We started testing with nails made entirely out of copper, but these turned out to be too soft,” he said.

He added that they had to find a balance between creating a coating that was not so thick it would impair the nail itself, nor so thin that it would rub off too quickly.

Farrier Nigel Brown was involved in the trial of the new nails and has been using them since October.

“Despite regular shoeing appointments [one of my client’s horse’s] feet are prone to flaking and brittleness, with tainting of the hoof wall from the nails,” he said.

“At the second shoeing there was a decrease in black marking and in the walls and white line underneath — the hoof wall appears stronger.

“At the third shoeing, in mid-January, there was further improvement, and the difference in the Liberty Cu nail holes compared to previous nails is obvious.”

H&H vet Karen Coumbe thinks it is an interesting concept.

“There appears to be some evidence for the antimicrobial effects of copper, and a growing interest in the light of antibiotic resistance — I think it needs looking at more closely,” she said.




Volunteers say an equestrian centre, which borders the controversial Horse Hill drilling site near Horley, has been "ruined" - and have growing fears for the health of animals there.

A rig was set up at the drilling site near Gatwick Airport last month by Horse Hill Developments Limited (HHDL), of which UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) has an ownership interest, for flow testing to begin.

Since then, staff, volunteers and clients at the adjacent 46-acre Lomond Equestrian Centre have become concerned for their health and that of the 50 horses there.

Four people have had nosebleeds, two of whom have never had them before, while two horses in particular are suffering runny noses and eyes.

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Volunteer Sarah Trenchard said: “I have been getting headaches and I did have a nosebleed. It’s weird how it’s coincidental that everyone else is.

“It’s ever so loud when the lorries are up and down. There’s a lot of banging going on so if I’m getting headaches, I wonder how the horses are doing being here all the time. I’m lucky I can go home.”

The horses would normally be out in the fields near the proposed drilling site but have recently been kept inside due to concerns over their health.

Alex Gaché, who owns the 32-year-old business and also lives on site, said: “We are left feeling unsafe - we don’t know what the future holds.

“The animals are at risk. From what I understand, if they [UKOG] did everything absolutely perfectly, there is very little risk.

"But on the other hand, if it goes wrong, it goes wrong in a big way. My clients are very concerned.”

Alex Gaché in her field, which borders the drilling site in Horse Hill

One client, Val Selwood, said: “We are very worried about the environment. What are we breathing?

“It’s going to get bigger and bigger and bigger and it does need to be shouted about because it isn’t just going to be here that’s affected.”

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Another concern is the light produced at the rig, with Ms Selwood saying the site was "lit up at night like Blackpool", as well as "sulphur-like" gassy smells.

She was concerned the Riding For The Disabled charity, which comes to Lomond every Tuesday morning, would have to stop coming if there is any suspicion of gases.

Ms Gaché also said Charlwood residents were being "driven mad" by the noise, which varies depending on the wind direction and often comprises a "very loud wailing" from the drill.

The team at the equestrian centre, which is on the border between Hookwood and Horley, first knew about the plans for the site in 2014 when they were informed there was a planning application for a small drill to go in and check for oil.

Ms Gaché said: “It turned out to be a very large drill that changed a field into an industrial site and that runs right alongside my hedge.”

She said she was not overly concerns when told it would just be a nodding donkey pumping unit - but that was before the company returned to do flow tests.

“My business is ruined if they are going to continue with anything,” she said. “I don’t want to run an equestrian centre alongside that - what if it all goes wrong?”

She added: “The property can’t be worth anything now. 32 years of building up this business gone. My parents, who have worked all their lives and are now in retirement, now have a house I don’t believe is worth anything.”

One of the protesters' banners that has been put up at the Horse Hill site

Protesters have been a near-constant presence at the site, including two women who chained themselves together outside the site in October 2014.

Ms Gaché added, while she was in favour of the protests, she had concerns about their near 24/7 presence in the area.

“Everyday for a month, there has been police cars waiting in this road, sitting in people’s drives,” she said. "The police helicopter has even been out during the night looking for protestors."

Nonetheless, Ms Gaché said she sympathised with the protesters aims "because we don’t feel the community has realised what’s going on behind there [at Horse Hill]".

This week, however, police reportedly closed off Horse Hill due to protests spilling out into road and requested traffic turn around.

UKOG announced on March 1 oil has flowed freely to surface, without pumping, at an average stabilised rate in excess of 900 barrels per day at the Horse Hill site.

On completion of the current tests, approximately 840 metres below ground level, operations will move to a shallower level approximately 615 metres underground.

Stephen Sanderson, UKOG executive chairman, said: “This result is very significant for the company and the Weald Basin of the UK. The Kimmeridge play has moved from science project into the zone of commercial reality.”

He added HHDL plans to move "full speed ahead" to obtain the necessary permissions to return to the well, drill a horizontal sidetrack and conduct long-term production tests.


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