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8th August, 2015

HI Folks, hope You are all well.

Finally saw some Sun Today for the first time in a Month, although all the Rain has gone North of us and we have only had about 25mm. We don't see proper Rain any more, just Mist and drizzle.

Mrs. HP has been teaching at 'Gainsborough' all Day and all went well.

We are off to the Beach again this Week and this time I have been handed Cappo :)...Snip is coming along for some Fun.

My duties have been donning the Welding Mask this Week, chipping away at our front Fence which is a 130 Metres long. Good job I have my Head around BIG JOBS



Mrs. HP held Lessons at the new Indoor at the Trotting Track in Victor Harbor and our thanks to the Folks there, especially the Gentleman who stood by.

If I may pass on some advice, the Organization needs to urgently get rid of the Plain Wire strung along the bottom of the Wall uprights and think about Kick Boards, for this is a Hell dangerous situation, even for Disable Horses. Here is what Plain Wire does

It is much more dangerous than Barbed Wire!!!





How do You kill the fabric of a Town, especially a Country Town where the most exciting thing to happen could be the C,W,A, Meeting or Bingo at the Church Hall. Yep, easy, You realize that Your Social Experiment which has flown so far out of control that there is even an 'evolved Breed' in some Northern Suburbs of Adelaide, has failed and Your Goals are full. So You send them off to the Country where Dumb Councils fall for the 'Three Card Trick" and welcome them in with open Arms.

and so it is that they have systematically ruined the fabric of Town after Town, right across the State to the Point where .....pick one....Goolwa (one of the Tourist Jewels in the Crown of South Australia) is now stuffed, as is Strathalbyn, Murray Bridge, Bordertown and the list goes on. How do they do it??? Secret. They Build the support Infrastructure for Losers, Druggies, Nut Cases and worse and then give them free Houses as a reward for being total failure in Society. So to the Tourists who Google GOOLWA in the future, read this and blame the South Australian Labor Government, the 'Losers Party"...and I bet we gave him the House Grrrrrr

Police have arrested a man following an armed robbery at Goolwa Priceline on Saturday, August 8.

About 11.20am the man armed with a knife allegedly threatened staff at the pharmacy located on Cadell Street and stole prescription drugs.

The suspect, described as Caucasian wearing a black hooded top with a light blue t-shirt and black trackpants, fled on foot and was followed by members of the public.

Police patrols cordoned off an area between Cadell and Loveday streets, searching for the suspect.

He was arrested at a premises a short distance away from the chemist.

Police say the arrested man will be interviewed and is expected to be charged with aggravated robbery.





Hello John, I just had to tell you about this. We tried your FM barrel bit on Dan this morning. Miriam had been having some problems with Dan, her newly started Standardbred, as he appeared to not have a clue about 'Steering' in the Myler Full Cheek Comfort Snaffle in the arena, in fact, when she applied a light left turn aid, he opened his mouth and went RIGHT! Now, the 2 bits LOOK very similar, but the difference was amazing. He suddenly understood EXACTLY what was wanted, stopped opening his mouth (I don’t use any nosebands) and was changing reins like a pro. – immediately after the bit change! I could not believe how responsive he became to the halt aid either. I said to Miriam that it looked as if she had only about 1 ounce of pressure on the rein, but she said no, it was 1/2 ounce or less as, by the end of the 10 minute lesson, he stopped dead, as soon as she picked up the rein!!! He was remouthed using your system though! I am VERY impressed, as I have used Mylers for years, but yours is streets ahead – WHY? I think it is because the HP Relief bit has more 'curve' on the mouthpiece, to wrap around the bars better, giving a clearer aid as it does not ‘Slide’ in the mouth, like the Myler? It does not 'Collapse' quite so much, either, which totally gets rid of the uncomfortable 'Nutcracker' effect? Am I right or is there some other reason why it is so much better? In any case, WELL DONE YOU!! xx  UK.

Thank You. Yes, while I was promoting Myler Boys heavily during their launch here, I was gaining the opinion of all the Horses that I rode over the 3 Years and do admit making some minor adjustments and that they were voted upon by my Subjects. Thanks for the feedback and glad You noticed :)






G'day john, I love reading and following you. Your advice is fantastic and you have such a vast knowledge. I was wondering if you would be interested in posting a picture of one of my horses, I would like to see what people think- What breed he is His movement Conformation Other goods and bads they see in the picture And would love to hear what you think as well. I can give you some more back ground on him but I get so many opinions of this fella I just don't know what to believe. If you would like to post photo I can send you one of him being ridden. Thanks!!


I'm glad You asked me about this for the subject I am going to talk about Today would be one THE MOST damaging habits that face Horses and Riders around this Country. The Bent wrists that You see in this Photo. Such a small detail but such huge ramifications for Horses.

Throughout the Years, I have wondered where this came from. I fist saw it a lot at Pony Club and I think it is a carried on throw back to the fact that Instructors don't know how to Teach to get a Horse truly submissive and so the Kids start "Jiggling' the Reins ( as they see others doing it) which gives an instant give but only can ever end up in a Head bob that can and does never achieve a 'Head Set' for the Horse can never trust the Hands. Several things come from it:

  • Every Single Person I have seen doing this HAS BAD HANDS!!!! They simply CANNOT have Good Hands.

  • Every Horse has "Learned Helplessness' and go through Life unhappy and frustrated

  • They all have ruined Mouths and are resistant

  • None have a Head Set

  • All are forever BLOCKED from gaining and learning relief and the soft contact

  • They are all Head Bobbers

  • They can never excel at Dressage

  • Can never attain the correct Muscle Tone to perform and don't enjoy there time with the Rider

Believe it or not but I have even seen this habit in the Western Sports and they too cannot get a Head Set.

Correct me if I am wrong but the Art of Riding should encompass two areas. "Heel, Hip, Shoulder'

and FOREARMS that draw a DIRECT LINE to the Mouth of the Horse, AT ALL TIMES.

and it is only when that system is followed, that true lightness, softness can occur, Head Sets can come via Trust and Mouths remain in tact.

Yesterday, Mrs. HP was Teaching a Kid who came with this habit. She gave Her some Homework to carry out before next Lesson. Go to Youtube and watch 6 Videos of Olympic Dressage Riders and tell me if You can find what You have been learning from Pony Club. I go more deeply.

DOES YOUR HORSE DEMAND TO BE RIDDEN??? Mrs. HP's Horses do. They Line up and even show their frustration if they are not picked first. Anyone who ever rides with Wrists Bending, can never have that association.


We then have the belief (again Pony Club) that Low Hands assists in getting a Horse to put it's Head down. It doesn't work and it only provides BAD HANDS.

BAD HANDS can never have a soft willing Horse!!!!

Now watch some Horses with Sad Lives

The Worlds best Riders, the one's who can get on any Horse an improve it, all have GOOD HANDS!! and when You get that, You have found the 'Holy Grail'


which brings me to the next Subject.....

Too many Folk, miss the moment, the thousands of moments, that 'Green Horses' offer submission. not many will admit it but the main reason is that are too frightened to let a Young Horse drop the Head. Yes, I can completely understand that but if Rider's don't go there, when offered, they are missing the 'Holy Grail' of Dressage. Remember, every time a Young Horse offers submission because of a Contact and it doesn't get freedom to give, "Learned Helplessness' takes place and Trust me, this is more of a reason why People get Bucked off Young Horses, not because they were allowed to put their Head down!!!




Lawyers for Equestrian Rights on Hendra Vaccination
Yesterday at 12:49am ·


This Facebook page has been created by Lawyers who have been investigating the very significant issues surrounding Hendra vaccination of horses and particularly mandatory Hendra Vaccination. We are currently considering the possibility of launching CLASS ACTION LITIGATION about Hendra Vaccination for the benefit of the Equine Community. Any such litigation would be for the purposes of recovering damages for equestrian owners or others who have suffered damage as a result of the Hendra Vaccination. We currently believe that there are potential legal avenues which may support such litigation which, if commenced, we would consider representing plaintiffs in on a "NO WIN NO FEE" basis (conditions would apply).

To assess whether such litigation is viable, we are inviting EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST from any people who may have suffered damage as a result of Hendra vaccinating their horse/s such as the following or any other:


• costs incurred or damage suffered by their horse having any adverse reaction/s after administering of the Hendra vaccination (e.g. vet bills for treatment, value of horse if death or permanent disability occurred, loss of use of horse, lost revenue or costs if an equine business, loss of possible equine event prize money etc);
• costs incurred attributable to administering the Hendra vaccination (including vaccine and vet costs etc);
• any costs incurred or damage suffered by administering Hendra vaccination/s even though the event organiser that compelled it later revoked mandatory Hendra vaccination requirements after the vaccination program was commenced (e.g.: vaccination became non-mandatory after the horse owner had commenced the vaccination program pursuant to the prior mandating).

• loss of opportunity to enter equine competition/s where the horse owner elected NOT to vaccinate and therefore could not attend a competition which had mandatory Hendra Vaccination requirements (e.g. loss of possible prize money, financial affect on equine business income, devaluing of horses by not competing, loss of opportunity etc)

• any damage suffered as a result of the Hendra vaccination unrelated to any equestrian competition including any damage noted in the section above (e.g. adverse reactions etc).

• any damage suffered because a Vet refused to treat an unvaccinated horse;
• any damage suffered where a Vet required payment of additional professional Vet fees for the use of PPE before treating an unvaccinated horse;
• any damage suffered where a Vet refused to attend an equestrian event or competition unless the event organiser prescribed mandatory Hendra Vaccination (e.g. loss of equestrian clientele, loss of competitors, loss of sponsorship, increased insurance premiums, consequences of Vets requiring an indemnity to be signed excluding the Vet from liability where mandatory Hendra Vaccination has not prescribed etc).

ANY OTHER DAMAGE horse owners or event organisers believe they may have suffered as a result of mandatory or non-mandatory Hendra vaccination is sought.


At this stage, we only need a brief summary of the damages suffered and a brief description of any evidence that can be produced to substantiate the damages. Please include a brief description of why you vaccinated or did not vaccinate your horse, as the case may be, which led to the costs or damage. Please send this information via Personal Message for privacy reasons.

We ask any equestrians to Personal Message us with the names of any event or show organisers, clubs, or any organisation they are aware of that has imposed mandatory Hendra vaccination to date for an event, even if it was later revoked.

Any person or event organiser who has been compelled by a Veterinary Surgeon to Hendra vaccinate their horse as a condition of treatment for a horse and/or who has been charged a higher professional fee for PPE for an unvaccinated horse, please provide the Vet's name, the Vet Practice Name, contact details and a brief description of the Vet's conduct complained of.

Depending on the strength of the public response to this call for Expressions of Interest, we will fully investigate the prospects and viability of launching a Class Action Litigation. We will keep the public posted on this page while we collect and consider the Expressions of Interest and work through the legal strengths. Anyone who messages us with a possible claim will be contacted at a later time to explain our intentions and any proposed litigation procedure.

Anyone wishing to submit an Expression of Interest or make an enquiry about submitting one is requested to do so via Personal Message on this Facebook page rather than publicly posting on the page.

ALL EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST AND PERSONAL MESSAGES WILL BE TREATED WITH THE UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY AND WILL ONLY BE DISCLOSED TO THE LAWYERS AND LEGAL TEAM ACTING ON THE CASE. However, respectful posts by equestrians or other interested parties about the Hendra Vaccination on this page are welcome.
John Oleary




" To 'Chill Out' and leave the World behind You, is the recipe for success in Horse Training. Don't inflict Your World on that of the Horse"









A Lady in Queensland, buys a WARMBLOOD (School Master) for Her Nervous Teenage Daughter. The Horse arrives but exhibits Nervous Traits. So she searched the Brands of the Horse and blow me down, "He couldn't run out of Sight on a Dark Night" on the Thoroughbred Tracks

The Matter is proceeding


Remember the last "Shoot Out at the OK Corral" with the 3 Alpha Mares at Gainsborough?? Well one of them shifted from the next Stables, during the Bush Fire Debacle and ended up in Emergency Housing, at a Fodder Store. News is that she pretty soon became an Alpha again and caused all the Staff to leave. The Owner will now not have Staff ever again.





ITALIAN STALLIONS WITH BIG GONADS -  well they think so :)





BATON ROUGE - A horse was killed while trying to jump out of a moving trailer Monday.

Police said the trailer, being pulled by a pick-up, was around the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge when the horse tried to jump from an open window on the side of the trailer. The horse got stuck, and it's head dangled out the trailer as the driver exited the interstate and stopped in a parking lot at the intersection of Highland Road and Terrace in Old South Baton Rouge.

Numerous police responded to the scene.

People on the scene said the horse died and Animal Control agents arrived on scene, too.

Police did not release information on the driver.





The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is continuing its investigation into the deaths of 21 domestic horses that had been abandoned on public land in a remote area northwest of Thermopolis, Wyoming.

Joe Nardinger, a BLM special agent, confirmed that the horses were shot and that investigators are working with cooperating agencies to follow up on leads.

“The assistance we have received from the Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office has been invaluable to this investigation,” said Nardinger.

In addition to the $2,000 reward the BLM is offering, The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or people involved in the horses’ deaths.

The BLM is also interested in any information people might have about the identity of the horses’ original owners, as abandoning livestock on public land is also a crime.

The horses were found on public and state lands on the afternoon of July 29 and were killed at some point during the last two weeks of July. The horses were not federally protected wild horses, but domestic horses that had been abandoned a few years ago. Before the horses were killed, the BLM Worland Field Office had tried but was unable to locate the owner who abandoned the horses, and had begun the process of eventually removing them from public land.




COSHOCTON COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — Five children were injured in a horse and buggy accident in the 24000 block of Township Road 113 in Coshocton County.

A sheriff’s office report says that the horse was startled and caused the buggy to roll over, injuring the children.

The children were between 1 and 11 years old.

The one-year-old was flown to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A six-year-old, an eight-year-old, and an 11-year-old were taken to Joel Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg.

The condition of the children has not been released.



Authorities are looking for the vehicle involved in a crash with an Amish buggy that left a horse dead.

Delaware State Police said the accident happened about 10 p.m. Wednesday northwest of Dover.

The horse-drawn buggy was stopped at a stop sign at Sharon Hill Road and West Denneys Road when the animal may have become spooked and moved into intersection.

The buggy, controlled by a 44-year-old Amish man whose name was not released, was struck by a car driving east on West Denneys Road, police said.

The vehicle hit the horse, and the animal died at the scene, officials said.

The vehicle didn't stop and fled the scene. Its make and model weren't known.

The man in the buggy wasn't hurt.



LEESBURG – City Commissioner Jay Hurley is wheelchair-bound after a horseback riding accident last month but said he doesn’t plan to let his injuries and recovery stop him from his work on the commission.

He flew home Wednesday night from Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, where he had been airlifted July 21 after a freak riding accident on an Illinois farm.

Hurley has been riding horses since his childhood days on family farms in Texas and Oklahoma. He was riding Cocky, an unbroken thoroughbred, through some woods when the horse saw other horses across the pasture and took off running.

“He was trying to outrun them and when I went to stop him and pulled him back, he just went straight vertical in the air and when he came down, my pelvis hit the saddle horn,” Hurley said.

Cocky began bucking and eventually kicked up his hind legs and kicked Hurley off.

“This was a thoroughbred, and they’re built and trained to run, and that’s what’s in their blood. They just want to race. And when I tried to stop him, he just went crazy,” Hurley said.

The commissioner broke his pelvic bone, right hip, and had injuries to his back and shoulder. He also experienced internal bleeding. He was in the trauma unit for four days because of the severity of the hip injury.

“I pretty much broke everything all the way around,” Hurley said. “I was in unbelievable pain. They (doctors) put plates in and a big old screw from one side to the other and put my hip, pelvis and back all together. They say to ride a wheelchair for three months and then I’ll have to have a couple of months of therapy after that.”

Hurley is grateful to be alive. He learned the mortality rate is 46 percent for the kind of injuries he experienced.

“I was very blessed and very fortunate,” he said.

He’s now trying to adjust to getting in and out of a wheelchair, which he discovered takes a lot of upper body strength, and he’s been kept in the loop on city matters through phone conversations with Leesburg City Manager Al Minner.

Hurley is ready to get back to his City Commission seat.

“I don’t know if I would be able to get back Monday. That might be a pipe dream,” he said of the Aug. 10 meeting. “If I don’t get there for Monday’s commission, I fully intend to get there for the next one (Aug. 24).

“Every day I’m getting a little stronger,” Hurley said. “In probably six to eight months, I should be as good as new.”




SEQUIM, Wash. —

A horse that was stuck in a creek was rescued by crews Thursday morning in Sequim.

At about 9 a.m. firefighters responded to a report of a horse rescue in the 8000 block of Meadow Drive in Sequim.

Fire officials said the night before, residents saw the horse walking through a creek bed behind the horse owner’s home. The horse became fatigued struggling in the creek and witnesses called 911.

When firefighters arrived, they called for additional equipment and resources. The Clallam County Sheriff's Office, Happy Valley Veterinary Services and the City of Sequim Animal Control were called in to help.

According to fire officials, crews used a forklift to remove the horse from the creek.

"This was a team effort by all agencies involved and a positive outcome to the rescue," says Captain Chris Turner with Clallam County Fire District 3.

The horse had minor injuries and is back with its owner.





An Edmonson County man was arrested Tuesday and charged with animal cruelty after a malnourished horse with a severe leg injury was taken from his property and euthanized.

Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle said his office received an anonymous tip about an injured animal on Brent Basham’s property at E.G. Nash Road.

Deputies Jordan Jones and Stoney Phillips responded, finding a horse with an untreated injury to its left hind leg, reportedly from getting caught in fencing.

“Once they got there and saw how severe it actually was, they started an investigation,” Doyle said. “The flesh was gone from the bone, it was just kind of hanging. There was a good eight inches of bone sticking out, it was pretty horrific.”

In addition to the exposed bone, the foot on the injured leg was decayed to the point it was nearly separated.

Basham’s brother-in-law told deputies he told Basham to seek veterinary help for the horse, but Basham refused, Doyle said.

Basham, 41, of Roundhill, was arrested and charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and placed in Hart County Jail.

Deputies contacted Smiths Grove veterinarian Travis England, who euthanized the horse.

Second-degree animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor under state law, and is charged when an offender intentionally or wantonly subjects any animal in his custody to cruel neglect or subjects any animal to cruel or injurious mistreatment through abandonment or fails to provide adequate food, drink, space or health care for an animal.

The maximum punishment for the offense is a year in jail.

Compared to other states, Kentucky’s animal cruelty laws are relatively lax, Doyle said.

First-degree cruelty to animals is a felony in Kentucky, but is charged only when authorities discover a four-legged animal has been made to fight for pleasure or profit.

“We charged as high a degree as we could,” Doyle said. “We’re tied down by the law as far as what we’re allowed to do. From the degree of crime standpoint, it’s not serious, but from a humanitarian standpoint, it’s about as bad as it gets.”

In 2010, nine people were arrested in Edmonson County and another 63 were cited after investigators from the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West office raided a suspected cockfighting operation in Brownsville.





A Montgomery County jury has sentenced a New Caney woman to a year in jail over an animal neglect case that involved three dead horses.

According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, Kimberly Ann Adams was convicted Wednesday and shortly afterward received the maximum one year in the county jail.

Adams, 51, was arrested Feb. 12 after hours of testimony at a hearing before Montgomery County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts. Adams was charged with five counts of animal cruelty and was convicted on all five counts, according to online law enforcement records.


The February hearing was to determine whether she would be allowed to keep her horses, or permanently lose ownership, as requested by the Montgomery County Attorney's Office.

On Jan. 31, deputies with the Precinct 4 Constable's Office found two dead horses outside the barn at Adams' home and one dead horse inside the barn, according to a news release.

"All three were in advanced stages of decomposition emitting a terrible odor," the release said.

Adams uses various aliases, including Kimberly Ann Luke, Kimberly Kucera, Kimberly Faust, K.A. Hefley and Kimberly Hefley, according to online records.




Flooding problems aren't just affecting people.

High water has forced the evacuation of a horse barn at Hillside Hunter Jumpers in Tarpon Springs.

"It's hard for me to be here, It's hard to think straight," said Zachary Whipple of Hillside Hunter Jumpers. "You just look around and it breaks your heart."

Whipple's wife, Katelyn, teaches children to ride and show horses.

The couple said on Monday the barn and horse ring they rent started to flood.

Several pigs on the property almost drowned and they knew they had to get the horses out quickly as their stalls filled with water.

"Some of the horse, funny enough, that were hard to load into a trailer under normal circumstances went right in and they were excited to get out of here," said Zachary Whipple.

They moved the horses to a pasture down the street where they should be OK for the time being.

"But they're used to being in a stall and being groomed, you know, they're athletes, they compete on a monthly basis," said Katelyn Whipple.

All that is on hold for now.

The Whipple's are still removing smaller animals from the barn. They're keeping the ones they can and giving others to foster families.

"I'm going to cry because it's hard," said Katelyn Whipple.

The Whipple's said they are grateful that all of the animals survived and they are determined to rebuild.

"We started from nothing before and I believe we can do it again. I also believe this happened for a reason and we're excited to see what our new place will look like," said Zachary Whipple.

The Whipple's said they are looking for a new barn that can house about 25 horses.

They would also like to find a property big enough for a horse ring so they can continue with their training camps.




Messing with a man's horse is serious business, especially one that's become an iconic figure in historic downtown Plano.

The life-size fiberglass statue at Kelly's Eastside disappeared sometime Thursday.

The horse, a fixture along Avenue K for years, was purchased as part of a school fundraiser. Owner Tim Kelly said he liked the horse and its patchwork of art so much that he decided to keep it.

“It's going to be sorely missed,” said Kelly, who drove around for several hours Thursday night trying to find it.

Plenty of people have posed with the horse for pictures. Kids love sitting on it, too.

Kelly said he initially thought the horse's disappearance was a prank. But now he's not so sure.

"People are dumbfounded when I tell them the horse got stolen,” he said.

A Kelly's Eastside customer asked at about 10 p.m. Thursday where the horse was, according to a police report. That's when staffers realized it had been stolen.

The statue's green platform is on rollers, but it's cumbersome to move. Kelly said the horse barely fits in the back of a pickup truck. Each day, someone at the restaurant rolls it onto the front sidewalk from the protected patio, where it's secured by a chain overnight.

Plano police spokesman David Tilley said that area of downtown gets a lot of foot traffic, so he's hoping someone saw something. Investigators will also be checking surveillance video in the area, he said.

Though the police report lists the statue's value as $5,000, Kelly and his staff say its sentimental value is much higher. The horse is plastered with Texas- and Kelly's-themed images, and its size makes it hard to miss.

“It's like our mascot.” waitress Steffanie Stone said. “It doesn't belong anywhere else.”






 It might be easy to tell when a horse is noticeably lame, but finding the source of his pain isn’t always so simple.

“Horses are not able to tell us the region of pain, and sometimes there are no obvious signs of where the pain is coming from,” said Matthias Rettig, DVM, an equine veterinary surgeon at the Free University of Berlin, in Germany.

Veterinarians can use diagnostic analgesia (commonly known as nerve blocks) to help localize a lameness to a certain area. With this procedure, they desensitize the nerves in different areas of the horse’s leg, starting at the hoof and working slowly up the limb via carefully placed injections. Once a block is administered and takes effect, the veterinarians observes the horse trot. If a horse appears sound after a region is blocked, the practitioner evaluates that area as a potential pain source.

While nerve blocks are useful and effective in many cases, administering the analgesia can be challenging, especially on uncooperative horses.

“To desensitize the nerves, a local anesthetic is injected through a small needle around the nerve,” Rettig explained. “Some horses get aggressive during the procedure and kick, which can be very dangerous for the veterinarian performing the block.”

A low-dose of a sedative could help quiet a fractious horse, but how much of an impact will that product have on how the horse moves? Previous research results suggest sedatives can have an analgesic effect and interfere with the lameness when administered, so Rettig and colleagues set out to test the effectiveness and influence of a sedative (xylazine administered at 0.3 mg/kg body weight) on 44 horses. “This was a small study, but gives us something we can work with,” he said.

The team used an objective body-mounted inertial sensor system to determine whether the sedative impacted each horse’s lameness, and they ultimately determined that the drug administered at 0.3 mg/kg had no significant effects on how the horses moved.

Rettig cautioned, however, that doses should be chosen carefully, as too high a dose could result in skewed results.

“This effect may not be as worrisome in a horse that is really lame (Grade 3 or 4 out of 5), but if you have a low grade lameness (Grade 1 or 2 out of 5), the xylazine might cause a change in the lameness pattern and influence on the veterinarian’s evaluation,” he warned.

Additionally, Rettig encouraged practitioners to use caution when working with difficult horses: “The veterinarian has to use common sense,” he said. “If the horse is too dangerous and the veterinarian is putting him/herself or anybody involved at risk, I suggest other diagnostic modalities to evaluate the cause of lameness.”




THE anguish of nursing a suffering pet has a silver lining for Cooloola Cove horse owner Gemma Antrobus.

The dedicated horse lover has had the support of the Tin Can Bay community since spending five cold nights camped in her patient's Teewah Point Rd paddock.

The worried owner decided to stay by her horse Bella's side, since the healthy quarter horse paint collapsed on Saturday and couldn't get up.

Test results have cleared the animal of the hendra virus, but concerns arose linking the horse's health decline to the hendra vaccination she was given 10 days previously.

Local vets and Equine Veterinarians Australia have strenuously rejected the suggestion.

"It's terrifying when she tries to walk on her back legs; it looks like she's going to break her legs - it's just terrible," Ms Antrobus said.

"She looks like she's a horse that's about to die."

But hope in a desperate situation came in the form of many helping hands.

Ms Antrobus, who moved to the area from Dubbo just over a year ago, said she was shocked at the way the community banded together.

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Helpers erected a tent, an outside toilet, gazebos, barbecue and brought hot food as she stayed with the pet she describes as part of the family.

Tin Can Bay Family Butchery and Cooloola Cove Bakery and Cafe each donated the makings of a sausage sizzle to feed the group of 10 or so people on watch with Ms Antrobus.

The thankful coast resident said the support of the SES Tin Can Bay branch had also helped her cope with the unpredictable movements of the horse.

Donna Douglas, an SES worker, has been there to help when the unsteady creature moves around at night.

She was on call at 3.30am yesterday when Bella fell into a fence.

"Donna came in the night and took the fence down and put SES tape up to make it safer," Ms Antrobus said.

Ms Antrobus is awaiting more test results to provide answers surrounding Bella's illness.

In the mean time the horse lover has spent her nights keeping her unwell horse company.

"I haven't slept for three nights because my brain hasn't turned off," she said.

Her two young daughters Sophie, 3 and Isabella, 2, are also concerned about their favourite pet.

"She's a beautiful quiet horse for her age and really gentle," she said.

"She's one of the family."



 An Oklahoma racing Quarter Horse trainer is facing multiple animal cruelty charges after two horses allegedly died and another was injured while under his care.

Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, Sheriff Ron Lockhart said an agent for Edward Leslie, MD, a Kentucky-based racehorse owner, was instructed to pick up two of three horses in the care of trainer Robert Dimitt in July. Upon contacting Dimitt, the agent was told that one of the horses had died; the second horse also allegedly died on Dimmit's Sallisaw property, Lockhart said. Gold Digging Ashley, a third horse belonging to Leslie, was taken to a veterinary clinic where she remains under veterinary care, Lockhart said.

Leslie declined to comment on the animals' combined value except to say that they were all royally bred. The Oklahoma Horsemen's Association website indicates that Gold Digging Ashley won the association’s Mystery Futurity in 2014.

Leslie said he hired Dimitt after receiving a recommendation, but that his horses ended up “mutilated.”

On Aug. 3, Dimitt was arrested and charged with three counts of animal cruelty, “but we may find more (horse) remains and there may be more charges,” Lockhart said.

Dimitt was unavailable for comment.

Lockhart said the horses were injured after Dimitt removed the frog from the animals’ hooves.

“He said he did this to increase the blood flow (to the horses' feet) to make them run faster,” Lockhart said.

Veteran farrier Hesse Liephart, said the frog figures significantly in a horse's circulatory system because it helps pump blood up the horse's leg each time the structure contacts the ground. He said some racehorse trainers will apply tape the frogs in an attempt to improve blood flow.

“But if you take off the frog, it will stop blood flow,” he said. “Taping the frog is one thing, cutting it off is another.”

Liephart also noted that horses are vulnerable to serious infection whenever the frog is cut or removed.

As the investigation continues, Lockhart said other owners have been contacted to retrieve their horses from Dimitt's property.






Hello wonder if you can offer any advice please. I have a 9 yr old station bred mare super slow and very quiet. She was "green broke" as a 3 yr old then plodded out on trail rides behind another horse for a few years. I bought her last year and was told she is a follower. I thought not any longer now I have her. She hasn't had much schooling but walks trots and canters. However lately she has started when we trot and canter stopping dead with what I call a small rear and spinning round. I contacted the previous owner and asked about this and she said it's just her napping and just spin her if she does this. I don't want to do that as it isn't stopping the problem but just wondered if you could offer me any way forward to deal with this. As I really do like her but want to do things right. She is slow and a good smack to speed her up really doesn't affect her. She is hard work to keep her moving. I am happy to go way back and restart training if that's the way just need a few hints. Luckily I've had nothing too big but feel the more pressure put on her the higher up she will go. Help. I appreciate your reply Thank you in advance. Heather NZ 

Hi Heather, that's unfortunate!

First You have to find the reason, before You can fix the Horse. Those reasons can be like:

  • The Horse communicating to You about an issue affecting the faster work....sore feet, not shod on stones, stifle problems, Sacro Problems and so on.

  • A lack of understanding of the Leg Aids stemming from the breaking in ( lot's of Horses don't get it)

  • Ridden with too much Leg from Day one and doesn't have Gears

  • A lack of Boldness being put on by the Trainer at the start and now the Horse does not like Leading or is fearful to do so. Did You know that fear through lack of Boldness doubles at the Trot and Triples at the Canter????.....because things come at the Horse faster and it can't place everything where it wants.

  • Just lazy, but You will note I left that one to last for it is the least likely to the thinking Horse Trainer. It's always our fault Heather.

So You have to "Listen to the Horse' well, you may have to experiment by upping the pressure but also be prepared for the Horse to up the pressure, as they all do, in the short term. Here is one I had recently, the cause of this FLAT REFUSAL TO GO and run backwards, was the Trainer

   First refusal to go, then arguing with me and then a Bold and wonderful Horse.

So there You go, a few of the many more thoughts., the SPINNING and ONE REIN STOPS are NOT FOR REARERS. They will get You killed!!








Dear John (Mr. HP) I understand if you can't give me advise. I am purchasing the swinging fender for my TB mare rising 6 who from what I was told has only been through barrier trials, which in my opinion is the same as racing!! I have owned this mare for two year's this October and have had some testing times together to say the least. She is a very sensitive mare so we have been doing allot of desensitising over the past couple of years including trail riding with group rides.   She has always had trouble with the bit constantly chewing the bit to the point she would bite and grind especially if put under any pressure.  Early day's I did some home work and found that the Neue Schule bit is especially for the sensitive mouth I have attached the image..   I have been using this bit for about a year and half she has been ok but still very busy with her mouth always trying to bite to the point of throwing her tongue out the side of her mouth. I have been having regular lessons for dressage as I would like to compete when we are ready!! I have been told I have a very soft hand and need to take up more contact at times..   I have also been told that my hand are not very steady and trying very hard to work on that.. I since purchased the Myler bit in attached image after a suggestion to try a different bit  (an yes I watched your video, after the fact!!) .   Doing some more research and asking for advise from the bitbank they put me on to the Myler bit.. To start with she seemed very happy with the change she wasn't fiddling nearly as much, I took her for a light trail ride in our usual place and was standing still with her and she gave a small rare and started to play up to the point of trying to buck, rare and back up I unmounted to look in her mouth and saw some blood. I think it is possible it could of pinched her tongue to point of cutting it!! I would love to know your thought's if you have time as I really like your approach as a horseman and would be very interested in what you would suggest. I have ruled out teeth, she only had them done two weeks ago..   Saddle fit's well with good padding, have had regular physio come out and have had her looked at by the chiropractor a couple of times.   The only other new thing I have introduced to her diet is Tumeric, thinking of her long term health. I do understand if you can't respond  :-) Kind regards

That's a shame!!!

This is a worry and one would wonder if the Bit actually pinched the Horse, to cause Blood. You really needed to have a Gag put on the Horse and with a Powerful Light, investigate closely, to get to the bottom of it. Essentially, the Myler Bits are great and the other Photo You have shown, 'the lossenge' are also fine, although not preferred by as many Horses as the Barrell. However, Cappo prefers it but Snip and Dulce prefer the Myler centre.

Unfortunately, apart from those general comments, there is not much more I can say, (without seeing the Horse personally) Video of You riding would have been helpful. You realize that if just STANDING AROUND on these Horses, that You CANNOT be on a contact!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to train them to "Stand on NO REIN"  for their Mental state.







2nd August, 2015

Hi Folks

Hope You all had a great Week and that all of Your Horses are going good.

Rain all over the State and we got Bugger all. 4mm. Winter in Victor Harbor is a wonderful activities Life Style but a little short on the Rainfall these Days. Can't have it both ways I guess.


I have told You many times over the Years, that Councils are the Enemy of the Horse Industry and proven so time and time again. You couldn't believe it, not in a Town that rides off the Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram, but the wonderful Folk in at the Victor Council, WANT THE PONY CLUB to "Get on their Bike" They want to put down some 'Tar and Cement' and make a Car Park.

I get sick of saying it and You must get sick of hearing it, "The Horse Industry WILL NEVER cease being kicked out and out and out to the Donger, until they OWN THEIR OWN LAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Small minded thinkers are the only thing standing in the way of that Dream.    


I told You how the Young Horse had his first outing ruined by a Bunch of Footballers training on the adjacent HOCKEY FIELD?? Word is that the Hockey Club People are displeased with this as well, for the Spikes on the Football Boots damage the Hockey Surface.





Mrs. HP taught at the Victor Harbor Pony Club Today and had fine Weather for it. Meanwhile, I was being ably assisted by Mark Coleshill, in preparing the erection of Mrs. HP's Arena Mirrors.



I accompanied the Boss to the Goolwa Beach Yesterday, for a lovely ride for a few K, no Rain and blew the Cobwebs out of Cappo :) I rode my Lil Darlin and she was great as usual. She has a real work ethic this one.

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  Next Saturday at Gainsborough. Fence Sitters Welcome. $15





I had a lovely conversation with Wendy, last Monday, about my comments about Her ringing the Car Horn a second time, on the first time Green Rider and Horse, last Week at the Victor Harbor Dressage Day. She corrected me by saying that she didn't think the Rider had heard Her first Toot as they often don't and so I stand corrected. I had said that I thought it was a bit rough at an encourage Day.

Anyhow, Wendy is the 'kind I like' as she is a 'straight shooter' and doesn't take a 'backward step', so we got on very well and discussed the Judging World at length. I explained that I think SA Judging is still a Hang Over of the last 30 Years where those in control of it ensured it was 556655656565 throughout, which it was and therefore a total waste of time. She insisted that Judging is way more difficult than I think and I agree completely. I am to Pencil for Her one of these Days :) but I still maintain that the "Sights are set too low" and that they do the Industry no favors. She said I should go Inter-State where they often Judge lower as well and I maintained that pretty much all Victorian Judges that Judge Mrs. HP are HIGHER than SA Judges. At the end of the Day though, I will never be convinced, that the level of scoring in this State is either correct, fair or encouraging and therefore hold the Industry back. I know the latter is a fact for I hear the Riders over Coffee, complaining bitterly about being harshly treated.

Anyhow, for the exercise, having got Wendy's Score Sheet but not shown it to Mrs. HP, I got the Boss to Judge it too, which she did, being her most critical and with NO FAVORS given.

Wendy 56.95%

Mrs. HP 63.739%

To me, these two scores, showcase precisely what I have been on about, adinfernitem for Years. That the State is and always has been on average, 6.789%, below where it should be, at least. If a Computer could spit out (which it should) the entire average of all Judging for a Year in this State, I will be that it would all end in


Not FAIRLY GOOD even - 7

and definitely not GOOD - which is 8

and those scores would include all F.E.I. Riders, the best of the Best of Horses and Riders.

Surely, over those 30 Years, the Standards of Horses and Riders has improved in leaps and bounds...true??????, and this is now reflected in the fact that People have to go spend Mega Bucks to be competitive now but Judging HAS NOT CHANGED, to reflect this.

Anyhow, thanks Wendy. Most Kind.




We have a judge here who is an absolute idiot – judged ------ last comp. Horse does an extended trot one judge gives it an 8 (it deserved the 8) she gave it a 5.5 – “wide behind”. Its f-ing elementary level, it’s allowed to be a little wide behind!! Honestly get a clue. Every time there was a coefficient of 2 on a movement, she marked it down to drag the overall mark down. Horse still won (at least she was even handed). She is judging again this weekend I will complain if it happens again. Actually EV received several complaints about the scoring for that comp. I am like Linda I don’t usually complain but I’m pretty sick of the negativity especially when a performance is actually good!


We had judges up from Brisbane and the judge from hell (Sydney) who basically spent the weekend telling us that she had judged everywhere in the world and complaining when she was expected to judge some of the Prep tests. She got so bad only the presidents wife would pencil for her!! I had several run in's with her over --------. With -------- 3.1 she told me that --=---- wasn't capable of riding it and did she understand the bend etc. I said yes it all works at home just having a bad day with the pony in that particular test. She then said well the pony doesn't respect the bit and is being disobediant. I said you should have seen the pony bolting a few months ago!! Meanwhile the penciller is laughing in the car.



Who'd be a Judge? What a thankless task???? They deserve a Medal and should be thanked greatly.

However, Wendy told me that NSW lost 30 Last Year. Where is it going to end. She has been pushing for F.E.I. Riders to be fast tracked to Judge and I too have been saying that for Years. She has been voted down time and time again on this subject.......however, what I want to say about this, is this......

A big part of the part of the problem is administrative. Two things:

  • Judges are too 'Arms Length' from Riders, a perception probably caused by Rider's lack of courage to approach them, and....

  • The Heads of Judging being too 'Arms Length' from Judging (as seen by two Judges telling us in confidence, that they marked low at a Clinic, so as to not be humiliated for Judging higher.

Years ago, I came with a way of fixing the lot. Judge Review Nights, Cocktails and Nibblies, Social occasions, where Riders bring along their Videos and either the Riders are made Happy by being taught that they are wrong in their indignation or the Judges are further educated as to small problems. Then, the Industry would be far more at Peace, with more Goodwill. Not THEM AND US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The way the system is Handled, is opart of the cause why Judges get pressures that they may not deserve.



In any Industry,  those in charge continue on and on with established systems AND DON'T GET FEEDBACK, the Industry stagnates. So it is too with the Horse Industry.

The Internet has been a most valuable tool, to allow Plebs to to have a say and for enlightened Administrators to 'Listen" to new ideas from non committee Members.

Both Pony Club and Dressage have Administrators who have LONG OVERSTAYED THEIR usefulness and should stand down, like Bronwyn, who had also hung around too long at 72.

At the recent State Championships for Pony Club, the Presentation Ceremony was a complete shambles, badly letting down all Riders who made the long Trip to the Bush and putting in the 'Hard Yards' The Officer in Charge, (because it was Raining and there was only one Light working) decided to tell all Winners to just go up and grab what they may have won, off the Table. No presentation in front of their Peers, no "Moment in the Sun" for all their hard work.

A Parent let the Boss know in no uncertain Terms, how unfair it was and how poor the Organization. He was privately asked if he wanted to go on the Committee, which would have been a plaintiff call for help.





I have been recently reminded of what is often my experience of Horse Starters' from within the 'English Disciplines'. Time and time again, I see Horses that are lacking in Personality due to the understanding of "Partnership' being missing, Horses with Bad Mouths from being Bullied early and jammed up, where they are fit only for Blokes to ride for they are too strong for Females and Horses that are simply unfinished whereby they simply cannot handle anything out of the usual or they will 'lose the Plot' Lastly, they NEVER TRAIL RIDE and live in the Arena.



In my experience, the most difficult Horse to start, is the Warmblood. They are the MOST Athletic, the biggest Movers, the most arrogant, highly judgmental of the Trainer and extremely powerful.

Back Yard type starting does not suit them.




I often hear People, when talking about their Horses 'pawing, say that the "HORSE IS IMPATIENT" because they have arrived.

Whilst that is true, it is often the reason that is misinterpreted.

Pawing can be a message from a Horse of many things:

  • Too hot because of Rugging

  • Float too noisy

  • Float unstable in suspension

  • Poor View

  • Bad Drivers

  • Suspect Floor

  • Bays too small

  • and much more........

So, if Your Horse Paws, it is sending a Message, NOT JUST being impatient for patience reasons. They Never Lie.






Congrats to Maree in North Queensland for Her mighty effort on her new Standie. She now has NBN as well, which has helped a lot with Lessons with Mrs. HP.


He's a Goooooood Boy he is :)....and one of the few Breeds to have retained their good Conformation. Riding Ponies, Quarter Horses are gone for all Money. :(



Hi John Looking for legal representation and wondered if you could recommend anyone. Bought a horse from Victoria - advert stated Warmblood - no papers but stud details online. Horse arrives here and he is a full off the track thoroughbred - with the temperament of one. Fine until something spooks or upsets him. Took him to new venue (with another horse I own) he was a typical TB. Seller knew he was for my very nervous daughter. I emailed her that I am not happy that I purchased a Warmblood but a thoroughbred arrived. He is well educated (elementary movements well established) but at the end of the day his temperament is that of a TB not a Warmblood. I am in Townsville North Queensland and seller is in Warndoo (near Ballarat) Victoria. Regards Pam













Victoria’s Western Highway is closed between Horsham and Stawell following an incident at around 11.50pm last night where a truck travelling along the highway hit a horse.

The accident happened past Dadswells Bridge, between Howards Road and Ledcourt-Glenorchy Road, with traffic being diverted via Murtoa and Rupanyup until at least 5pm today.

Following the incident, the truck driver was taken to Wimmera Base Hospital in Horsham with minor injuries.

Police are unsure of where the horse had come from. Stawell Sergeant Jason Grant has reported that "it was one of those things where there was an obstacle on the highway and the truck driver has taken evasive action to miss it and unfortunately crashed into the trees."




THARNESS racing will not be held at Globe Derby Park until a bitter financial dispute between the sport’s controlling body and the principal racing club is resolved.

Harness Racing SA has confirmed it has moved Saturday’s scheduled meeting to Port Pirie after it received a letter from solicitors acting for the SA Harness Racing Club, which runs metropolitan harness meetings from Globe Derby.

The dispute centres around a meeting fee paid by HRSA to SAHRC to conduct harness meetings at Globe Derby Park.

HRSA pays the club an average fee of $2800 to conduct race meetings at Globe Derby Park.

But the club claims the actual cost to host a meeting is closer to $6500.

The letter from SAHRC solicitors stated HRSA could no longer race at Globe Derby Park “with immediate effect”.

There was an offer of a short-term hire agreement to continue racing at Globe Derby, for no more than 30 days, at a fee of $9500 to be paid in advance and within 14 days.

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Saturday night’s program is one of the biggest on the SA harness racing calendar and features four Southern Cross finals, carrying prizemoney of $60,000 each.

“I think they thought we’d just roll over and pay whatever amount of money they want,” HRSA chief executive John Lewis said.

“They said there’s a short-term agreeement if we want — and that’s $9500 per meeting. We just couldn’t afford to do that. It creates a precedent.

“If we expand that out over a year, it comes to about $1.2 million and that’d come straight off prizemoney back to the participants.

“We said, ‘no, we’re not paying that’. No way. There’s no entitlement to it.

“The last thing we want to do is stop racing at Globe Derby — but we had to do it because they’ve withdrawn our legal right to race there.”

Mr Lewis said he was “extremely disappointed” by SAHRC’s actions but said HRSA would not simply bow to their demands.

“The meeting fees have gone up 400 per cent since 2006. We’re left scratching our heads,” he said.

“We’ve tried to offer them assistance. We’ve offered to take over their racing operations. If they accepted that, we wouldn’t be having this conversation and they’d probably be operating in the black.

“We’re happy to sit down and have a sensible and reasonable discussion. The last thing we wanted to do is to move the meeting but they withdrew our right to have it.

“We’re racing at Kapunda on Monday and we’ll continue to race anywhere but Globe Derby for an indefinite period.

“We’ve always had an open-door policy. We’re happy to sit down and have a discussion but it has to be a sensible discussion. They need to understand there’s not a bottomless pit of money in the industry.

“We want to race at Globe Derby Park, but when they withdrew the right to race there, what do you do?”

“We’re happy to be cooperative (with the club) but it needs to be in the right spirit. We need to put the industry first. That’s what it’s all about.

“Absolutely we’d like to have this resolved.

“They’ve sent us a five-page letter from their lawyers and we now need to formally respond to that letter.

“They could give us the right to race there tomorrow if they wanted to.

“That’s their call. We have no control over racing there.

“But we’re not going to pay $9500 per race meeting to race there.”

SAHRC general manager Peter Downs said the meeting fee paid by HRSA was well short of industry standards interstate.

Harness racing at Globe Derby Park this weekend has been cancelled. Photo: Sam Wundke

Harness racing at Globe Derby Park this weekend has been cancelled. Photo: Sam Wundke Source: News Corp Australia

“We sent a letter to the board (HRSA) in mid-January asking them to change their meeting fee to something a bit more in line with the rest of the nation,” Mr Downs said.

“We’re left short about $7500 compared with what they get in other states like Victoria, even though our running costs are very similar.

“They came back with a very low offer that went nowhere near covering our costs ... then they came back with a marginally higher offer and we declined that.

“They withdrew that offer and, since then, it’s been 2½-3 months of pure radio silence with no more negotiations.

“We simply had our lawyers send them a letter saying the issue is still very much outstanding and we’d like to come to an agreement within 30 days. At the end of those 30 days, if a suitable agreement wasn’t reached then they could no longer race at our track.

“They got that letter at about 3pm yesterday, and they made the call (to stop racing at Globe Derby Park) at about six o’clock. It was a very quick turnaround and they didn’t even come and discuss it with the club.

“Any form of communication with the board would be appreciated. We’re happy to negotiate what’s good and equitable. We’ve been making a substantial loss just through the cost of hosting meetings for a number of years now.

“We just can’t keep doing it. We owe it to our members to run a successful business. There won’t be a business here if we keep losing $500,000 a year just in meeting fees.”

Leading harness racing trainer have voiced their dismay at the dispute.

Angle Vale horseman Jonathon Kingston-Mayne said he was exasperated and embarrassed by the feud.

“It’s quite disgusting,” Kingston-Mayne said.

“For them to be pulling this stunt on the eve of such a big meeting is disgraceful. It’s disrespectful, it’s rude. It’s absolutely embarrassing.

“Owners lose confidence and, because we race for such little prizemoney, it’s difficult to keep horses here in SA because of the lure to go interstate.

“I’ve got to try to give the owners a reason to keep horses here. I shouldn’t have to fight for that.

“The instability of the sport in this state does your head in.

“What they should have done at the very least is postpone this big meeting until they reach a resolution.

“Nothing shocks us any more, though.”

Top Globe Derby horseman Les Harding echoed Kingston-Mayne’s frustration.

“It’s very ordinary,’’ Harding said.

“It’s unfair on everyone involved in the industry, the participants.’’

And while a host of interstate trainers will be affected following the move north of SA harness racing’s biggest meeting this weekend, Harding said a large portion of the SA industry who train on track at Globe Derby were heavily affected.

“It’s created chaos,’’ he said.

“I have four horses scheduled to run this Saturday and I have a three-horse float.

“Rather than walking the horses across the road, we’re now trying to find a way of getting the horses to the races.’’

Around 200 people had booked dining packages for Saturday night’s feature program.



Traffic was at a standstill for miles on Interstate 76 Thursday when an accident involving a horse trailer claimed the life of one man, his dog and three horses.

The State Highway Patrol has identified the man who died as thirty-one-year-old William Tankard of Aiken, South Carolina.

William Tankard Deceased

A preliminary investigation revealed that around 3:45 p.m., a semi-tractor trailer was slowing in traffic eastbound on I-76 in the right lane. A passenger car was slowing in traffic behind the semi.

An F-350 pick-up truck hauling a trailer with thoroughbred horses was eastbound behind the passenger car changing lanes attempting to pass in the left lane.

While making the lane change, the pick-up struck the passenger car, rolled on its side, struck the bridge, continued east and struck the back of the semi. The driver of the F-350 was pronounced dead at the scene along with his dog that was in the passenger compartment of the pick-up with him.

Troopers say ten horses were inside the trailer that tipped over. Three horses died. The other seven survived but, were injured.

Witnesses and bystanders jumped into action to assist.

"I jumped out and grabbed the horse that was running, the police were trying to catch before," said Jerome Wyckoff of Alliance.

Those on scene tried to corral the horses and keep them calm. Some had experience with the animals, other had no experience.

"We found some of the stuff on the road bandages, antibiotics and we're patching them up as best as we could," said Dave Lescsak of Austintown.

The surviving animals were loaded into trailers and taken to Campbell's Stone Creek Farm and Vernon's Farm in Milton Township, where they were examined by a veterinarian.

"There are some extensive injuries, right now non-life threatening. The biggest concern in the future is infection," said Dr. Steve Miletta with Lisbon Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Miletta spent hours tending to the animals. He said they are resilient and will likely overcome the trauma of the accident.

"They did a tremendous job. The fire department, the E.M.T's and everyone involved," said Miletta. "Most of these wounds were pretty clean. They had antiseptic on them already. They tried to bandage them the best they could."

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 76 over Lake Milton were completely shut down for nearly four hours due to the traffic accident. Traffic had to be detoured along Mahoning Avenue.

It's still not clear what exactly caused the accident. The State Highway Patrol had a reconstruction team on scene and is investigating.

Others involved in the accident have been identified as:

Driver of Semi: Nicorf Girard, 43 years old, Montreal Canada

Driver of Saturn: Edmund Gates 67, years old, Cleveland, Ohio

Passenger of Saturn: Karen Gates 66, years old, Cleveland, Ohio

Lt. Nakia Hendrix of the Highway patrol says that so far this year there have been 10 crashes with 11 fatalities in Mahoning County. 5 of those crashes have been in rural areas with 6 killed and 5 urban crashes with 5 killed.





Another motorcyclist died when he hit a horse on a highway near Townsville late on Friday night. He died at the scene of the crash, which happened when the animal came on to the road at Bluewater. The horse was also killed in the accident.




 POTTER TOWNSHIP — Friday morning didn’t quite go as David Catherman had planned.

He, his wife, Bonnie, and mother-in-law Peg Confer were playing cards at a table in the kitchen of Confer’s home at 145 Old Fort Road when they heard a “loud screech” and then a crash before a truck plowed into the home, Catherman said.

“We were just sitting there playing cards and could hear the brakes squeal,” he said. “It was a very long squeal and then there was a truck through the living room.”

No one was injured when the truck driven by Raymond Stoltzfus, 18, of Honey Brook, pulling a horse trailer drove through the wall of the house just before 11 a.m. Friday.

“Had we not been playing cards, we probably would have been sitting right there in the living room,” Catherman said as he pointed to the area where the truck had gone through.

Rockview state Trooper Michael Glentzer said a vehicle was headed north on state Route 144, Old Fort Road, when the driver turned left into a driveway, and a truck behind the vehicle failed to stop.

In an effort to stop, Glentzer said, Stoltzfus swerved to the left, crossing the southbound lane of Old Fort Road and crashing into the living room wall of the house.

Stoltzfus and a passenger, Ivan Petersheim, 44, of Gap, were not injured, and neither were three juveniles in the truck. All of the occupants were using seat belts and child seats. The truck was pulling three horses, which were not injured, Glentzer said.

He did not say whether the driver of the truck would be cited.

Catherman said the truck driver told him that he had attempted to stop, but the horses threw off the balance of the truck and trailer.

Centre Hall Fire Chief Philip Orndorf said a tow truck removed the truck from the home while first responders attempted to contain more than 100 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked from the truck.

Route 144 was closed in both directions for about an hour from state Route 45 to U.S. Route 322.

Boalsburg, Centre Hall, Gregg Township, Pleasant Gap, Potters Mills and Spring Mills fire companies assisted at the scene, along with Penns Valley EMS, the state Department of Transportation, state police, the Centre County Sheriff’s Office and a Penn State hazardous materials team





The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has issued final decisions in two cases involving positive findings for prohibited substances in 2014.

Samples taken from the horse In Situ at the 120-kilometre two-star Endurance competition at Mesaieed in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 22, 2014, returned positive for the banned substance propoxyphene, a painkiller with local anaesthetic properties.

The tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on the rider Ali Yousef J Y Al Kubaisi (QAT), in accordance with Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations and Article 10 of the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs). A provisional suspension, served by the athlete from April 4, 2014, has been credited against the suspension imposed.

Al Kubaisi has also been fined CHF 1,000, will contribute CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure and pay the costs of the B Sample analysis. He has 30 days from the date of notification (July 29) to appeal this decision to the court of arbitration for sport (CAS).

The FEI Tribunal’s final decision on this case can be viewed online.

The second case involved Moh’d Shafi H Al Rumaithi (UAE) and the horse Royal des Fontaines, who competed at the two-star jumping competition in Ghantoot, United Arab Emirates, from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2014.

Samples taken from the horse on Nov. 1 returned positive for the propoxyphene and its metabolite norpropoxyphene.

The tribunal also imposed a 24-month suspension on Al Rumaithi, in accordance with Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations and Article 10 of the FEI EADCMRs. A provisional suspension, served by the athlete from Dec. 9, 2014, has been credited against the suspension imposed.

The athlete has also been fined CHF 1,000 and will contribute CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure. The athlete has 30 days from the date of notification (July 29) to appeal this decision to the CAS.

Additionally, the tribunal imposed a 24-month suspension on the owner of Royal des Fontaines, following his admission of having administered the product Fustex, which contains propoxyphene, to the horse. The owner has also been fined CHF 2,000 and will pay costs of CHF 1,000.




CRAMERTON, NC (WBTV) —The mother of a teen who died after she was kicked in the head by her father's horse is speaking out.

Teen dies after father’s horse kicks her in head

A 15-year-old North Carolina girl died Monday after being kicked in the head by her father's horse over the weekend.

Destiny Stafford, 15, is described as a firecracker with a contagious smile and heart of gold.

“She was sweet and caring, and would not meet a stranger,” said her mother, Kelly Stafford. “She loved to make people laugh. She was a good girl. She was a kind girl. She loved cheerleading and tumbling – at every game she’d do back handsprings from one end of the floor to the other – people could never believe how fast she was.”

Two days after losing her only daughter, Kelly sat down with WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham.

“I want to do one interview,” she said. “One interview only. This is too hard to talk about. I’m numb right now.”

Destiny, a Stuart W. Cramer High School student about to enter her sophomore year, died early Monday morning after a horseback riding accident last Saturday left her brain dead.

“She was riding at her aunt and uncle’s in Kings Mountain,” said Kelly. “Her cousin was walking beside her and the horse. And she just fell off the back. When he went to help her and say, ‘Are you OK,' she started to get up. That spooked the horse and the horse kicked her in the back of her head.”

The horse was Destiny’s late father’s. He died in an accident in 2003 when Destiny was a toddler. Kelly has since remarried. She and her husband Chris have two little boys, 7-year-old Alex and 9-year-old J.R.

Kelly says they adore their older sister.

“My boys are just devastated,” she said. “They want to know ‘why?' They want to know who is going to ride roller coasters with them now, because she always did.”

At the hospital, doctor’s gave two options – donate Destiny's organs or keep her there as long as they wanted.

“I immediately knew Destiny would want to help others,” Kelly said.

Six of Destiny’s organs have been donated.

Her lungs went to a 14-year-old girl in Pennsylvania.

Her two kidneys went to New Hampshire and Florida.

Her pancreas went to someone in Virginia.

Her liver was split between a 1-year-old and a 5-month-old, both in North Carolina.

Her heart went to a 17-year-old boy in Florida.

Also, her intestines went to research.

“God didn’t answer my prayers, but he answered the prayers of six other families,” Kelly said. “I don’t know why he didn’t answer mine. But I know Destiny would want it this way. It’s a blessing in itself. Without a doubt she’d want to donate and let herself live on in others.”

The organs were donated with help from LifeShare of the Carolinas. (You can contact them at 1-800-932-GIVE or at

Kelly says the services for her daughter are open to the public, and that they want as many people there to celebrate her daughter’s life as possible.

The visitation is this Friday, July 31, at 5 p.m. at First Assembly Church of God in Gastonia.

The funeral service is Saturday, August 1, at 1 p.m. at the same location. There will be a public graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery in Belmont following the funeral.

Also, on Wednesday, August 5, a fundraiser will be held at Elite Fusion Cheerleading on 3119 South New Hope Road in Gastonia. It is a carnival-type festive affair with a silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to the family.

“I had no clue how many lives my daughter had touched and it means the world to me,” Kelly said. “I keep going through Facebook messages. I haven’t gotten to all of them yet, but I will. Please let everyone know I appreciate their words of comfort and am reading them all.”




A rider whose horse bolted when a motorcyclist drove too close has won a case which solicitors say is a “step forward” for other riders.

Sarah Roberts was hacking along a bridleway in Harlow Woods, Mansfield, Notts, on 10 November 2013, when the bike passed her, causing her horse — Sky — to bolt.

Ms Roberts, who was 23 at the time, fell off the five-year-old cob x thoroughbred and broke her ankle.

The horse was physically uninjured, but Ms Roberts said he lost his confidence completely.

“Sky just didn’t know what to do with himself,” Ms Roberts told H&H.

“I think he must have stumbled — I don’t remember coming off.”

She was taken to hospital where X-rays confirmed she had broken her ankle.

Sarah Roberts A claim was submitted to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) — a body responsible for compensating the victims of accident caused by untraced or uninsured drivers — but was rejected.

The MIB said that as the motorbike was being ridden on a bridleway, it was not likely to be a road bike that would need insurance.

HorseSolicitor, Ms Roberts’ legal representatives, argued that under the Highways Act and Road Traffic Act, a bridleway is a public place or road.

According to the solicitors, a witness had seen the motorbike had L-plates, which showed it was a road bike.

The solicitors also referred to a piece of EU Court ruling — Damijan Vnuk v Zavarovalnica Triglav — that addressed two relevant points.

These were what constitutes a vehicle and the circumstances for which it should be insured.

It was argued during the case, which finished on 29 June, that the judgement extends the MIB’s liability to victims of incidents involving all vehicles. This is provided they are being used in a manner consistent with their normal function and as a means of travel.

The case was accepted by the MIB.

Ms Roberts added: “I still can’t really believe it — I never thought anything would come of it.”

Final compensation figures have not yet been confirmed.

A spokesperson from HorseSolictor said: “This paves the way for future applicants to recover compensation for people whose injuries were caused by vehicles that would not fall under the pre-Vnuk definition of a vehicle.

“We still have some way to go before a definitive rule has been set but this is a step in the right direction.”



A girl who broke her jaw and needed more than 100 stitches after a horse kicked her in the face didn't even cry when she came to after the accident.

Maddison Smith's mum Sacha said the 11-year-old was was "absolutely stoic" and Middlemore Hospital staff were hugely impressed with her bravery.

The accident happened on Monday afternoon near Pukekawa in the Waikato, where keen equestrian Maddison frequently rode horses.

"She ran around the corner trying to get out of the rain," Ms Smith said.

A young horse was in an unexpected location, got spooked, and kicked the girl, briefly knocking her out.

"She was face down ... covered in blood everywhere," Maddison's mum told NZME News Service.

Although the girl sustained a broken jaw, fractured sinus, lost many of her teeth and needed stitches, Maddison's family were counting their blessings.

"The doctor says she's lucky to be here."

A doctor told the family if Maddison had been kicked "just slightly higher" she would have been in a potentially deadly situation.

"She's pretty tough ... just taking it all in her stride," Ms Smith said. "It could've been worse."

Although Maddison was still recovering from surgery after the ordeal, she'd already voiced a desire to go showjumping as soon as possible.

"She's meant to be competing on Sunday in Papatoetoe. She asked her dad last night if she could still go and compete," Ms Smith said. "She's quite an incredible little girl."

Although the surgery was extensive, Ms Smith said her girl was as chipper as possible.

"She looks like Maddi, she's just got lots of stitches."

Staff at Starlight Farm, where the accident happened, were also said to be impressed with Maddison's bravery.

Maddison's mentor Tina Fagan said it was an "extremely unfortunate accident" that happened when Maddison darted into a shed out of the rain directly "behind a young horse standing where a horse doesn't normally stand in front of the stables".

Ms Fagan said on Facebook the girl had impressed her with "her strength and resilience".

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust flew Maddison and her mum to Middlemore and crew members also praised the girl for her courage.







It is not uncommon for mares that are usually gentle or well behaved to suddenly act up at times. Often, these occurrences seem to coincide with their breeding (estrous) cycle. A mare’s disposition may also change if she becomes pregnant, or soon after foaling.

Although behavioral problems are often reported in performance mares, they may also be present in pleasure horses.

Undesirable behaviour in mares varies widely. The most common problems are overt displays of “heat” or estrus behaviour, including squatting, frequent urinating, vocalizing, and tail raising/twitching, which owners and trainers may view as too distracting for a performance mare. Others refuse commands, won’t respond and exhibit a lower performance level. In extreme cases, which are fortunately the rarest, a mare becomes aggressive toward other horses and humans.

Sometimes, mares become so dangerous that they must be euthanized. While hormonal changes related to a mare’s estrous cycle or pregnancy can cause a mare to misbehave, it can be a mistake to assume that is the sole reason, even if the behaviour occurs during her breeding cycle or heat.

“In many cases, the reasons for the sudden change in behaviour will remain unknown,” said Dr Ahmed Tibary, a WSU professor and large animal theriogenologist or reproductive specialist.

“It may be due to subtle changes in hormonal levels. There can also be an obvious physical problem like an ovarian tumor which causes the production of male hormones. Ovarian bleeding, urinary tract infections, back pain, and vaginitis (vaginal inflammation) can be other reasons a mare may alter her behaviour.

“Unfortunately, we don’t know the mind of a horse well enough to know what is going on when a physical problem can’t be found, or about the many receptors in the brain and central nervous system that trigger behaviour,” he said.

“It’s possible that some mares at certain stages may develop migraine-type complications during phases of their cycles. If this happens, they are certainly not going to be in a good mood. Others may experience muscular changes that make them hypersensitive during their cycle.”

To make a diagnosis, veterinarians often begin with a mare’s complete history, physical examination, and possibly a thorough reproductive examination. If a physical problem can’t be found, the mare’s owners, trainers, or caretakers will have to precisely define the unwanted behaviour and then keep a daily journal and perhaps video of any reproductive events and changes in the mare’s behaviour or performance. This should help define whether estrous is the cause of the unwanted behaviour or if something else is at play.

“The communication between a veterinarian and the owner, breeder, or trainer is imperative to making a diagnosis,” Dr. Tibary said.
Mares who are normally well behaved can act up when their breeding (estrous) cycle occurs.

Mares who are normally well behaved can act up when their breeding (estrous) cycle occurs.

“A lot of horse owners expect to figure out the problem in a single visit to their veterinarian, but it is usually not that simple. A lot of people like to link unwanted behaviour to breeding times, so it would be ideal to examine the mare when she is displaying the objectionable behaviour and then do a thorough reproductive examination. In a way, the easiest thing to deal with is a gross abnormality like a tumor that can be removed or at least be established with precision as the problem. In many cases, a lot of time and documentation is required before an appropriate treatment plan can be implemented.”

If estrous is determined as the cause, there are several options available to stop a mare from cycling or suppress the behaviour of heat, including hormonal treatments. “Progesterone or altrenogest are the only hormonal treatments known to stop a mare from cycling,” Dr. Tibary said.

“Another treatment is to place glass marbles in the uterus. Nomads in Africa discovered this method thousands of years ago by placing date pits in the uterus before glass marbles were found as an alternative. Some may also turn to chiropractic techniques and feed management and supplements, although these options are considered alternative medicine and lack some evidence of efficacy. I do not recommend owners try these techniques without veterinary supervision.”

Another method commonly used to control a mare’s breeding cycle is surgery to remove the ovaries. This procedure, called an ovariectomy, is commonly performed by equine surgical specialists at WSU.

“Unfortunately, this may not be a good treatment for every mare that has behaviour problems related to her cycle,” Dr. Tibary said.

“Sometimes, taking the ovaries can exacerbate or increase estrus behaviour. Up to 30 percent of mares will act constantly in heat because the organs regulating their cycles were removed.”




Researchers are hoping to gather data on more than 3000 British horses and ponies as part of a major study that hopes to identify the controllable risk factors for laminitis.

World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers described the research as vital.

The study provided an opportunity for horse owners to contribute to knowledge around a horrible disease that caused so much pain and suffering to countless horses, he said.

The project is a collaborative effort between World Horse Welfare, the Animal Health Trust and the Royal Veterinary College.

“Whatever their age, use or breed – whether they’re a 2 year-old Shetland companion, a 10 year-old Thoroughbred competition horse or a 30 year-old Clydesdale lawn-mower – their data is vital to the success of this research,” Owers said.

“And it doesn’t matter whether they have previously suffered from laminitis before or not.”

Those willing to be involved will need to spend about 40 minutes initially providing general information online about the management of their horse or pony, followed by brief quarterly updates for the next 12-18 months.

“It is a small investment of time that could have a huge impact on future generations of horses,” Owers said.

Those interested in taking part must register here before continuing on with the questionnaire. Each participant must complete the questionnaire to fully register for the study.

Those taking part should have at hand their animal’s equine passport, details of any recent veterinary treatment and medication, and details and approximate timings of routine health care such as worming, dentistry and hoof care.

The questionnaire comprises eight sections, covering general information, turnout and grazing management, stabling and indoor environment, feeding, exercise, transport, hoof care, and health management and history.

Individuals are welcome to enrol more than one horse or pony, but will need to complete a separate questionnaire for each one.

As well as regular updates, participants will be asked to complete a Laminitis Reporting Form should their horse or pony come down with the condition during the study.





 According to Assisi Animal Health, more horse owners are purchasing turnout sheets, fly gear, rain covers, winter rugs and blankets than ever before. Blankets keep horses dry, warm and fly free, but until recently, their effects on horse health were largely unknown.

A New Zealand research team from Massey University in Palmerston North conducted a study to find out how blanketing a horse influences vitamin D absorption. The theory at the foundation of the study was that blanketing a horse could reduce sunlight exposure and therefore impede the animal's ability to synthesize vitamin D.

Vitamin D helps horses maintain concentrations of plasma calcium, and allows the intestine to absorb calcium and phosphorus. Additionally, it plays a pivotal role in mobilizing stored calcium, which has a direct impact on bone mineralization.

Blood serum concentrations offer insight into an animal's vitamin D levels. In the study, the researchers examined whether blanketed horses had lower concentrations of blood serum than those without blankets in the same environments.

Twenty-one adult horses participated in the study. They all were from pasture environments, and consumed grass and occasionally hay. Five of these horses wore blankets with neck covers. The team collected and analyzed pasture and blood samples every month for 13 consecutive months.

Specifically, the researchers focused on identifying levels of vitamins D2 and D3 in the horses' blood serum. Their findings suggest that, unlike humans, horses do not synthesize most of their vitamin D through the skin. For this reason, a horse's diet must contain adequate vitamin D levels.

The research team presented their findings at the 2015 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in Indianapolis, Ind.:

Vitamin D2 is the most abundant form of vitamin D in horses. .

 None of the samples contained any vitamin D3.

· The blanketed horses showed no differences in vitamin D levels compared to the horses that did not wear blankets.

· The pasture contained high concentrations of vitamin D – more than the recommended daily allowance for horses.

· The levels of pasture vitamin D2 had a direct correlation with the amount of sunshine during each month.

These results suggest that wearing blankets at pasture has no effect on the horse's ability to synthesize vitamin D. In fact, they indicate that horses do not use their skin to synthesize vitamin D at all, thus highlighting the importance of a vitamin D-rich pasture and diet.

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A bipartisan bill aimed at clamping down on the illegal practice of soring within the Walking Horse Industry has been re-introduced to the US House of Representatives.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) was introduced by Representatives Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR).

The Senate version of the bill was introduced by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Warner (D-VA) earlier this year.

The PAST Act is supported by the American Horse Council and almost all major national horse show organizations and many state and local horse organizations.

It is designed to strengthen the Horse Protection Act and end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses.

Soring involves the use of chemical and mechanical irritants on the lower legs of horses to encourage the high gait desired in the Big Lick segment of the industry.

Despite a federal ban on the practice for 40 years, under the Horse Protection Act, it continues to be used by some in the Big Lick segment.

“As a veterinarian and lover of animals, I feel the time is now to stop the practice of horse soring for good,” Representative Yoho said.

“I am not the only one who feels this way. Roughly 280-plus organizations, associations, veterinary and animal health advocates, horse industry professionals, and various other groups, support the ending of this unnecessary practice.



A horse died every three days on Australian racetracks in the past year – a total of 115 fatalities, according to annual figures collected by animal rights activists.

But the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, which collated the data, said the true figure was likely to be higher because the deaths of animals in track work or after retirement “quite often” went unreported.

Jumps racing had a particularly high loss rate, said Ward Young, from the coalition. “On average about 50% of horses each year will not reappear in jumps racing the next year,” he said.

There was inevitably “some element of risk” in any industry that relied on livestock. “However, our main contention is that a lot of that risk can be averted so that horses don’t have to die in these numbers,” he said.

Restricting the use of whips, ending two-year-old racing and implementing mandatory retirement plans –funded by levies on betting turnover – could all help to address the issue.
Has horse racing lost its way in a changing Australia?

“We think that [the industry] should stive to get to as few fatalities in horse racing as possible,” Young said.

The figures – 115 for the year, one every 3.2 days – were collated from stewards’ reports published on racing bodies’ websites, as well as from sources inside stables.

Peter McGauran, the chief executive of Racing Australia, said each racehorse death “breaks the heart of its owner, trainer and strapper”, but the industry’s overall death rate was very low.

The 115 deaths represented just 0.06% of the 196,000 starters each year in Australia.

“And we’re constantly looking at how to predict a catastrophic injury or fatality, because remember, they’re being ridden by jockeys, so we’re equally motivated by jockey safety,” he said.

The “death watch” shows that during the 2014 Melbourne Cup, as well as the two horses which died after the race, another two died in events in other states.

One of those horses, Black Rebel, died in races at Corowa in New South Wales, and yet the gelding’s racing record lists him as “active”, highlighting the difficulties in accounting for the fate of many animals.

Owners are required to fill out a stable return, indicating if a horse had been sold to a knackery, but Young said there was little effort to verify this information.

“The enforceability of that return is bare bones ... They can essentially say whatever they want,” he said.

McGauran said the stable returns were audited at random and owners were unlikely to be doctoring the forms.

“It would be a very big risk for an owner or trainer to take, because of the reputational damage,” he said. “It’s not a foolproof system but it’s a very good guide.”

New restrictions on whipping have been recently introduced, and there was merit to ideas such as the mandatory retirement plan.

“We’d certainly consider any of these views,” McGauran said. “We have to meet community expectations. The idea of a competitive animal sport operating in its own bubble is archaic. We operate under a social licence.”

This year’s figure is slightly lower than the same period in 2013-14, which registered 125 racehorse deaths.







Hi John and Linda! Okay, so, having studied linda’s dvd for improving movement via the german training scale, I am working on improving the canter, by doing the exercise Linda demonstrates of cantering to trotting to cantering on the circle. Just watching the video back myself I have seen mistakes I am making which is beneficial already! So I’d like some constructive criticism/pointers ;) I noticed on the right rein that the horse is often coming above the bit and rushing especially when he anticipates canter, so how can I improve this? half halts? Push him more into the contact? I am currently just learning/practicing my siting trot so any pointers what I can do to improve this too? Are my hands too low? Am I being demanding enough? Any advice would be much appreciated :) its not pretty at times but I know how you love edited video’s John! after the first canters before I change rein, I stretched him down then I was trying to pick him back up for cantering the other way, then stretched him at the end. On reflection I think I shouldn’t stretch him down so quick, he’s naturally on the forehand so maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to let him throw his head down? I appreciate he hasn’t got Cappo’s neck/front end but I hope I’m doing okay! And the second video is us cantering circles with change of rein in-between from a week ago (excuse the photographer, there were many flies around and he’s not horsey ;) )All the best :) Katy from Scotland xx

HI Katie Well done indeed. Great effort and great improvement too. Linda is most impressed how you can show so much improvement, off Her DVD's. Now, You only have a couple of Problems./ They are listed below: Get a pair of Top Boots which will make Your life so much easier and stop Your wobbly lower Leg. The only real problem that You have with the Training, is that he just needs to get his Legs going a little quicker. He needs to be more forward with bigger Canter stride and quicker behind. More transitions will assist with this so You are on the right Track Loss of suppleness at times so watch that (which is why You got the wrong lead) Try trotting 10 Metre Circles and commencing Canter 3/4 the way around and after the Canter strike off, go to 20 metre circles. Notice that the Horse is more forward outside, which was interesting and something that we have always known, that the Indoors have their limitations on training. He is moving lovely and we can see You are using the German Training Scale. Well done xx ......oh....and get the elbows in :)

Thank you so much, it's great to be told I'm on the right track. I have long boots that I was saving for when I (eventually) compete but I shall start using them daily now instead :) I am moving to the big city on Friday and Leo is going into isolation at our new yard so he will have a 2 week break before I can start schooling again. I'll keep you posted with our progress :) Jist wanted to say that I find it really reassuring having advice and help from both of you, even though I'm on the other side of the globe, thank you again! Katy (and leo!) xxx




 Dear Mr. John O’Leary, > > This is just a short note to say THANK YOU for making the O’Leary formula accessible to the public. I am in Georgia, USA. After moving onto new property a year ago, which is in a heavy sand region of Georgia, our horses starting having the painful experience of sand colic, which I have never had to deal with before, so was very ignorant about it. After going through the traumatic attempt of trying to save one that had gone down on us, using all the conventional methods with the Veterinarian’s instructions, we ended up losing her. So heartbreaking, she was a beautiful, gentle spirited Tennessee Walker. > > About a month later, approximately December 2014, another horse, a beautiful quarter horse palomino went down. She had been examined by a Vet only a few weeks before, at which time he said he could not find anything wrong with her and for me to feed her more groceries, as she had lost a lot of weight. You could see her bones. She had also been getting fed the different products on the market in the US that claimed to take care of sand colic. None of them worked. Stricken with a panic type of desperation, my husband and I searched the internet. We found your website, ordered the formula, found raw honey from a beekeeper, also blessed to have a dairy farm close by….mixed according to your instructions, administered the formula and within a week I saw a difference in her. Administered the second dose 2 weeks later. The weeks that followed was like watching a MIRACLE. She regained her spirit, her weight, and her muscles all slowly came back and she is her beautiful active self again, leading the other horses in races across the pasture. We also have all feed stations off the ground and over rubber mats. They also get high quality, free choice grass hay daily, which I hang in slow-feeder hay bags, in a covered shelter area over mats. > > We monitor the horses closely due to the high amount of sand and administer the formula accordingly. As a matter of fact, the palomino drinks it straight out of her bucket and usually asks for more when she’s finished! I cannot explain the JOY every time I look at her now, I never take it for granted. Also, it’s so true, their coats, mane and tails are more beautiful afterwards!! > > We enjoy your website and YouTube videos. Thank you for all that you do and the life-saving help you have been. > > Respectfully, > Emma Torry > Georgia USA > > > >


Hi Emma Well done indeed. You should be very proud of Yourself for being such a good Owner and going the extra Yard!!! I am most appreciative of Your Letter and Happy to hear all of the great News. The Internet is an amazing thing. There is a file attached Kind




26th July, 2015

Hi Folks. Lovely Rains still and Winter shaping up a little better for us now. Tanks at 3/4 full.

Mrs. Hp is back in the Saddle Tomorrow and the Horses have been lunged all Week, in readiness. Their Muscle tone came back well.


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of riding out around the District, with Dave Garland from Gainsborough, he riding Dulce and me riding Cappo. 70 Knot Winds and I ended with laryngitis from yelling at Him as we swapped notes of training systems. The Horse were brilliant as always and The Snipster was his usual good Boy, Home alone.  

With Dave was his lovely Wife, having Her first start at the Dressage, with Her wonderful Young Duccio Gelding. She was down here to compete at the Victor Harbor Dressage Weekend.



The inaugural Victor Harbor Dressage Day, held at the lovely Grounds of the local Pony Club went off well, with plenty of Competitors, over two Days and everyone appeared to have a wonderful time. Well run, great Canteen and the Grounds with great footing for Horses, being well drained Sandy Country. Complete with the Sea Gulls of the Tourist Beach Town.

Even the Victor Harbor Times were there reporting and I even got photographed with Celebrity Racing Identity Sandy Jolly who was looking Glamorous as usual (unlike her Mate in the Photo :)

The Weekend was an 'unofficial Show', a place where You go to be encouraged, to expose the Young Horses that have never been to the Dressage before and for those who don't know the Rules of Dressage, the protocols etc.


The first Day, Mrs. HP Judged in one ring and had Her Penciler complaining about Wrist Strain with all of Her comments and advice to Riders for the future. There was a Massive Log  up near the Judges Car in Ring 2, which posed a most difficult and frightening challenge to Young Horses and Novice Riders, with many shying at it and not wanting to go between it and the ring to present to the Judge.

Mrs. Hp was giving Riders' tactical advice as how to best expose their Horses to it but on the Sunday, the EA JUDGES ARRIVED!! More about this in a moment.

Introducing at his first outing, Gainsborough Donner Danza, the next Young one to go to his first Dressage outing and what a spectacular Young Horse he is. Mrs. HP even tried to buy Him :)

The same wonderful temperament, uphill and pretty, having gone Champion at his first Hack outing recently.

There were some lovely and cute Horses at the Show and here is my Fav.

and my other Fav was this one

which has great potential given the right advice going forward.. and special Mention to the Young Lad (aged 4) who won the Lead in Class, who waved back at the Judge after saluting, when she waved at Him :)

Yes, the Sea Gulls took Centre stage, even in the Tests :)

but back to Judging.

 WELCOME TO THE SPORT OF DRESSAGE. We hope You stay and spent a couple of hundred Thousand.

So enter the pair of 'Newbies'

  • Horse having first outing in Life.
  • Rider having first outing in Life
  • having just negotiated 20 shies at the Log.
  • riding Preliminary.
  • at a Pony Club., Head spinning, nervous all around.

The Rider had a huge job to get the Young Horse to go between the Log and the Judges Car, get's the Horse through and introduces Herself. The Judge says "I'll give You a few Minutes" but as the Rider WALKS OFF having started to relax the fear of the occasion, the good Judge TOOTS THE HORN as she is only half way down the long side as she leaves the car on her first lap around the scary arena.

Unaware of the Rules of what that means, she walked down the long side to relax the Young Horse.

towards the entrance end (in Her in-experience) reaches the entrance to the Arena but walks past the Gate,

whereby the Judge TOOTS HORN AGAIN, intimidating the confused Rider.  Mrs. HP was standing there and yells out to get in the ring.

The point I make is that scarce new Dressage Competitors should be given an encouraging welcome and compassionately eased into the Industry. Many of the Older EA Judges could do so much more good if they lightened up.

There was only one worry about the Day and a possible "Risk Management issue"....certainly completely unfair on the Young Chestnut Horse. He warmed up wonderfully, went around the arena great and the adjacent Park to the Pony Club (which I believe is a Hockey Grounds and directly behind the Judges Car and out of view of them) was vacant. No worries. He entered his Test great, got one quarter through it and suddenly all Hell broke loose behind the Judges Car on the once vacant Hockey Grounds. 20 or so Junior Footballers in a pack, running, with each throwing their own Football in the Air, jumping and marking it. Well that was the end of it for the Young Horse and fair enough. The Judge wouldn't have known. Just as quickly as they appeared, they disappeared after his Test.

In my opinion, a Letter needs to go to the also adjoining Football Club, which is further away on the other side, asking for their co-operation. No-one would like to see a Kid on a Bolting Horse through Dressage Arena Chains, would they? 




" Don't ever let Dressage Judges intimidate You. Ignore most of what Negative Judges say and simply put it down to the state of the Industry,"


 same Pony Club, let me relate one of a number of Stories about Old Biddies. One of them, forever upon High in the Pony Club World, has Members and Parents refusing to go along if she is Teaching, because she is a nasty old bit of work. Then the second one, same thing. Kids in Tears and so on. They may think they do so much for the Industry but are oblivious to the fact that they are 'on the Nose' due to their bad attitude Any Coach who makes People Cry, should perhaps be reflecting upon their Professionalism.



Check Your Tow Balls Folks.





Does it show that I am stressed this Week?, pee'd off with the Industry? I really am Folks. I have 'Industry Helplessness" just like many Horses   If it's not Crooked Horse Sellers, it's Vet's behaving badly and this Week I have a one that would bring Tears to Your Eyes.

THE BUYER, says to the Vet (who is 1,000k away) "You are my Eyes and Ears" Please tell me about any marks, scars, blemishes etc and X-Ray the Legs of the Horse)

The VET doesn't ring the Buyer from the location, and goes ahead and racks up a Bill of $1948.00, only to report the bad News that the Horse has an advanced and completely obvious Sarcoid  ( ) THAT Blind Freddie could see on a bad Day.

THE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CLINICIAN, riding the Horse for the Video, is quite happy to assist in the Sale and recommendation of the Horse and the

THE WELL KNOWN AND PROMOTED WARMBLOOD STUD say " I hadn't even noticed it" "I don't go over my Horses with a Microscope"

BUYER is left in the Lurch!!!!!!!!!!!!, ripped off Australia Wide by 'Smarties'. Remember this Folks.


During her travels, just trying to buy a nice Horse with a Budget of $30,000, she has lost $15,000 of it by time wasting cunning Horse Professionals. From the Canberra Dressage Queen who can't be trusted, to the South Australian Breeder who let Her pay for a Vet check, fly across the Country, only to tell Her upon arrival that she may have advertised Her too cheaply and will look for other Buyers, then, outrageously, phones the jilted Buyer a Week later and asks to use the Vet Check.

Well here it is

  This is the front of the Stifle Joint.


"Household Equestrian Name loses in the Courts, for selling a dodgey Horse and ordered to pay back $500,000."












She was already known and condamned for tormenting training methods, Christine Wels was kicked in the ground work of a horse and so severely affected that they did not survive.

St Georg already reported  in 2007 about the former World Cup finalist, who  in various stables around Hamburg was performing tormenting training methods. Wels was then displayed and sentenced by the regional court in Kiel.

From northern Germany and Denmark she later shifted her activities into the Rhineland, she was misbehaving in different stables. Recently she  housed the horses of their customers in a barn near Bonn, where she was reported by a  vet, who asked not to be named with pictures showing open flanks and scarred welts on the hindquarters of the horses. Also watching Wels at work with  horses – the horses were closest-out connected repeatedly beaten with spurs and whip, and if they made a false step, they were beaten.

In the accident itself Wels worked the affected horse from the ground. She was hit on the face by the horse. What exactly happened after that is unclear. Eyewitnesses have reported that they have seen her at work with the horse and the next moment Wels would have been already on the ground. She exhibited serious head injuries.

She was already known and condamned for tormenting training methods, Christine Wels was kicked in the ground work of a horse and so severely affected that they did not survive. St Georg already reported in 2007 about the former World Cup finalist, who in various stables around Hamburg was performing tormenting training methods. Wels was then displayed and sentenced by the regional court in Kiel. From northern Germany and Denmark she later shifted her activities into the Rhineland, she was misbehaving in different stables. Recently she housed the horses of their customers in a barn near Bonn, where she was reported by a vet, who asked not to be named with pictures showing open flanks and scarred welts on the hindquarters of the horses. Also watching Wels at work with horses – the horses were closest-out connected repeatedly beaten with spurs and whip, and if they made a false step, they were beaten. In the accident itself Wels worked the affected horse from the ground. She was hit on the face by the horse. What exactly happened after that is unclear. Eyewitnesses have reported that they have seen her at work with the horse and the next moment Wels would have been already on the ground. She exhibited serious head injuries.


A Sikh groom's wedding day didn't unfold as planned when a horse threw him to the ground during a traditional ceremony outside a Surrey, B.C. temple.

A YouTube video of the accident has attracted a lot of attention on social media since it was uploaded Saturday, with many people speculating on what caused the horse to panic.

In the video (watch below), the groom mounts the noticeably antsy horse in front of a crowd. Almost immediately, the horse named Misty starts running in circles as her owner tries to hold on to the reins.

The horse finally bolts, sending the groom flying. He lost his turban in the fall, but wasn't hurt and was able to remount the horse and ride to the ceremony.

At first, the horse's owner, Zsa Zsa Stiasny, thought maybe the groom's shoes and ceremonial sword — which she had asked him to remove — had made the animal uncomfortable.

"She's done weddings so many times before, and she's always been perfect," Stiasny said in an interview. "I didn't know what happened."

But now, Stiasny says an illegal substance may be the culprit. She told HuffPost B.C. Thursday that her friend found a second video that was apparently recorded as the horse was getting ready for the ride.

The Snapchat footage shows a man approaching Misty and Stiasny as someone else can be heard snickering in the background.

"Feeding the horse weed #thebadguy," reads the caption on the video, obtained by HuffPost.

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Stiasny recalled: "A guest had come up to me before the groom got on, asking if he could feed her — and I said of course. Then today, we find that out."

Stiasny said she plans to take her seven-year-old horse to the vet to be checked out. She's also considering filing a police report.

"Who would do that? Why would you ever want to do that to a horse?" she said. "I have no idea what a substance like that would do to her."

Stiasny added, "I'm glad the groom's fine, but what a disaster. Thank God no one got hurt."

She has reached out to the newlyweds about the incident but hasn't heard back.


The Fédération Equestre Internationale announced that three Swiss jumping horses have tested positive for prohibited substances.

Samples taken at the CSIO5* at La Baule (France) on May 17 from the horse Nino des Buissonnets, ridden by Steve Guerdat to win the grand prix on the day of testing, have returned positive for the banned substances codeine and oripavine, and the controlled medication substance morphine.

Samples taken at the CSIO5* at La Baule on May 16 from the horse Nasa, ridden by Steve Guerdat to finish third in the La Baule Derby on the day of testing, have returned positive for the banned substance codeine and the controlled medication substance morphine. The horse’s sample also showed traces of oripavine, but not at a sufficiently high level for the testing laboratory to declare a positive for the substance.

Samples taken at the CSIO Young Riders in Deauville (France) on May 8 from the horse Charivari KG, ridden by Alessandra Bichsel, have returned positive for the banned substances codeine and oripavine, and the controlled medication substance morphine.

Under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations, a mandatory provisional suspension is imposed on the athlete in the event of a banned substance positive prior to the opportunity for a full hearing. Similarly, under the regulations, a horse testing positive to a banned substance is provisionally suspended for two months.

Guerdat is the reigning Olympic individual gold medalist and Longines FEI World Cup Final champion. He won the individual 2012 Olympic gold on Nino des Buissonnets and the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final on Albführen’s Paille.

With Nino des Buissonnets, he is short-listed for the Swiss team for the European Championships, Aug. 19-23.

As a result, Guerdat and Bichsel have both been provisionally suspended from the day of notification, July 20, and the three horses have been provisionally suspended for two months. The FEI offers the athlete, referred to in the rules as the Person Responsible, and the horse owner the opportunity for a preliminary hearing before the FEI Tribunal to request the lifting of the provisional suspensions.

“The presence in all these samples of oripavine, which is not found in any veterinary products, suggests that this could be contamination, but obviously we still have to follow standard procedure,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Zeender said.

“The combination of oripavine, morphine and codeine have frequently been seen in contamination cases from other equestrian sport regulators, and the FEI already has three outstanding cases from 2014 involving oripavine and morphine in which we proactively sought the lifting of the provisional suspensions. As the regulator of international equestrian sport, we have to balance fairness to the athletes with our dual role of protecting horse welfare and maintaining a level playing field.”

The FEI has three ongoing 2014 cases that also involve oripavine and morphine. Requests for the lifting of the provisional suspension in each case were originally denied by the tribunal, but sufficient evidence was subsequently gathered to show that all three cases were highly likely to involve contamination and the FEI promptly sought the lifting of the provisional suspensions. All three provisional suspensions were simultaneously lifted by the FEI Tribunal on Dec. 19.

Oripavine is an opioid analgesic that is not used clinically due to its very narrow therapeutic margin and extremely high toxicity levels. Oripavine positives are frequently the result of poppy seed ingestion. Codeine and morphine, both of which are found in poppy seeds, are also analgesics.

Due to increasing evidence of poppy seed contamination resulting in positives, the FEI downgraded morphine from a banned substance to controlled medication in 2013. Among a number of proposed changes to the Equine Prohibited Substances List due to come into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, codeine is listed for a similar downgrading to controlled medication.

Guerdat released a statement in response: "Steve Guerdat and his team were surprised by this announcement and deeply saddened by this news. For the rider and the horses’ owners, the top priority has always been the welfare of their horses. The Olympic champion is recognized throughout the equestrian world for his excellent management and the great respect he has for his horses.

"Steve Guerdat personally contacted his team, owners and sponsors and they give him full support. The Olympic champion will now devote all his efforts in the search of the cause of the food contamination. Steve Guerdat is confident he can deliver convincing explanations, in view of the previous cases recalled by the FEI."





An accident involving a horse trailer carrying two ponies brought the M40 to a standstill at the weekend.

One pony escaped after the trailer overturned and galloped off down the carriageway. A second remained in the vehicle despite the trailer being on its side.

The incident occurred between High Wycombe and Loudwater in Buckinghamshire yesterday afternoon (Sunday 19 July).

The motorway was shut for two hours between junctions two and four while the ponies and trailer were recovered.

Both horses are thought to be uninjured. No humans were hurt in the accident.

Passengers and firefighters chased the loose horse before it was caught further up the road.
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A tweet from Bucks Fire and Rescue read: “Incident was overturned horsebox carrying two horses. One was trapped, one jumped over central reservation. Both okay.”

Nicky Acketts was travelling in the opposite direction when the accident occurred. Both lanes were gridlocked.

“It was a relief to see that both ponies appeared to be OK even thought the horse box was lying on its side in the fast lane of the M40,” she told H&H. “The road was closed in both directions for about two hours while the second pony was caught.”



A jockey at an Indiana horse racing meet suffered what one report calls "catastrophic injuries” resulting from a two-horse spill Wednesday.

The Louisville Courier-Journal said Oriana Rossi underwent surgery at an Indianapolis hospital after suffering multiple fractures to her back and neck.

Bones Wirth, a friend of Rossi and jockey agent, told the newspaper that Rossi could be paralyzed from the accident.

"It doesn't look good," Wirth told the Courier-Journal. "Keep our fingers crossed, but they say she's got 5 percent chance of not being paralyzed.”

The horses reportedly clipped heals sending Rossi, 32, and another jockey, Alex Contreras, to the track surface. Contreras sustained two fractures in his lower back but was released from the hospital.

The report said the horses were not injured. The accident took place at Indiana Grand Race Course.


 Australian horse owners are reminded to take steps to protect their animals from the risk of Hendra virus infection with the confirmation of a new case on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland.

Queensland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Allison Crook, BVSc, MACVSc, said a property had been quarantined after a horse died on the site earlier this week.

"Testing has confirmed the horse had the virus," she said. "This is the first case of Hendra virus detected in Queensland this year.

"There are a number of other horses on the property and we'll be monitoring them over the coming weeks,” she continued. “Biosecurity staff will also be conducting tracing to confirm whether this horse had any contact with other horses in the area. While the property is under quarantine, there are restrictions on the movement of horses and materials on and off the property."

Crook said Hendra virus infection can occur throughout the year, so it is important that horse owners take steps to protect themselves and their animals at all times.

"Vaccination is the best defense against Hendra virus infection and horse owners should discuss their options with their veterinarian," she said.

"If a horse becomes sick, owners should contact their veterinarian immediately,” she added. “People in contact with horses need to remember to continue to practice good biosecurity and personal hygiene measures even if a horse is vaccinated against Hendra virus."

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

The virus is transmitted to horses from flying foxes, a type of fruit bat that frequents Australia, but the exact method of transmission remains unclear.

The zoonotic disease is transmissible to humans and has killed four people since it was first discovered, including an equine veterinarian who contracted the virus after treating an affected foal in 2009.


A 61-year-old woman has been critically injured after she fell from her horse riding in an organised hunt today.

The Tauranga based Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter base manager Liam Brettkelly said the accident happened on remote farmland at Waiohau, a settlement in the Bay of Plenty between Murupara and Whakatane, around 3pm.

Brettkelly said the woman, who was from Opotoki, had just taken a jump when she started to fall off her horse.

As she tried to right herself the horse took off.

"It bolted and ran down a steep hill and she fell off head first," he said.

She was flown to Waikato Hospital with critical head injuries.

He said the helicopter was used because of the seriousness of the patient's injury and the distance to a major medical facility.

The injured woman's husband was also riding on the organised hunt.


CRAIG, Colo. -- The owner of a 16-year-old mare was sickened when he came across his horse, Cricket, dead in his pasture with his legs bound, CBS Denver reports.

Glen Gariner said Cricket's hind legs were bound together and tied to a fence. He told CBS Denver he had no idea what happened or why someone would hurt his horse.

"I was just sickened," Gariner said. "Totally sickening. It's not right. Who would do something so terrible to another living thing?"

Gary Nichols, the investigator assigned to the case, told CBS Denver the horse's is the most abnormal case of animal abuse he has seen in his 15 years as an investigator for Moffat County Sheriff's Office.


A world champion Tennessee Walking Horse rider was indicted by a Maury County grand jury this month for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Jamie Lawrence, 42, of Vinemont, Ala., was charged with driving a truck in the direction of Teresa Bippen, 58, while she protested outside the Spring Jubilee at Maury County Park on May 30.

Lawrence will be booked into the Maury County jail at some point, whether he’s arrested in Alabama or surrenders in Columbia, District Attorney Brent Cooper said.

Bippen and others were part of a demonstration against soring at Walking Horse shows. They were trying to discourage attendance.

Soring is the intentional infliction of pain to horses’ feet and legs to produce an exaggerated gait known as the “Big Lick” to impress judges.

“I am appreciative of the Maury County grand jury because I felt our rights to boycott were approved in advance,” Bippen said Thursday in a telephone interview from her home in Hillsboro, Mo. “I had a right to be where I was, and for anyone to take such a drastic action against me was scary.”

Lawrence, an expert rider and trainer in the Racking Horse division, was pulled after the incident by a Maury County Sheriff’s deputy who was directing Lawrence and his horse trailer into the Spring Jubilee.

“I motioned to him to bear to the left, and as he came closer to me, I witnessed him cut his truck hard left into the area where Ms. Teresa Bippen was standing,” Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Jackson wrote in a report. “Then he cut his wheels back hard right. I could not tell how close he came to Ms. Bippen.”

Jackson and two Columbia Police officers approached the truck, the report said.

“I asked the driver why in the world would he do that?” Jackson wrote. “He stated that he should not have. I told him to go into the horse area and park, and I would be back there to talk to him.”

Lawrence told Jackson he was watching the deputy wave him over. According to the report, Lawrence said he thought he was getting too close to Bippen and swerved the other way.

In her witness statement, Bippen said Lawrence’s truck came directly at her after she saw him speaking with another protestor, Tara Taylor, about 10 feet away.

“I was surprised that he looked me directly in the eye,” Bippen wrote. “I raised my sign and said, ‘Big Lick, Big Lie’ and ‘Soring is Animal Abuse.’ I heard the motor gun, the vehicle sped up and suddenly turned toward me all at virtually the same time.

“I leaped to my right in order not to be run over, and I was grateful not to be hit. I recollect hearing the gravel crunch and seeing it scatter when the vehicle reached the edge of the road.”

Taylor, meanwhile, said she was chanting, “Big Lick hurts horses,” as the black truck passed her and toward Bippen.

“The driver stopped his truck briefly,” Taylor, of Shelbyville, said. “He was very angry and yelled at me, ‘What right do you have to be here.’ I answered that I owned a Tennessee Walker. This seemed to further incite him and he yelled, ‘How do you know what I do to my horses’? I answered him that I had been to Walking Horse barns.”

Taylor said her interaction with Lawrence caused him to “to go into a red-faced rage.” She said he grabbed his steering wheel with both hands, gunned the engine and accelerated toward Bippen.

“I clearly remember thinking two things: One, OMG, he just swerved at her with malice, and, two, who would swerve so sharply on purpose while pulling a horse?” Taylor wrote.

Bippen said she has not protested against soring since the incident in Columbia. She said she will return for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Aug. 26-Sept. 5 in Shelbyville.

“I have mixed feelings about returning,” Bippen said. “I am hoping the incident will bring attention to the incidence of the Big Lick. I want absolutely no more Big Lick, and the eyes of the world will be on Tennessee during the Celebration.

“I think we will have strong numbers at the boycott,” said Bippen, a Walking Horse owner for 15 years.


 Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has agreed to an independent review of the July 17 incident in which a carriage horse fell down on East Bay Street.

The mayor sent a letter Friday to Charleston Animal Society Chief Executive Officer Joe Elmore in response to the nonprofit’s July 18 letter requesting the move.

The Office of Tourism Management is gathering all related documents and has asked veterinarian Sabrina Jacobs of Performance Equine Vets of Aiken to review the information and “take any additional steps to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the matter,” Riley said in the letter. “We have advised the carriage company that we will be conducting this review and expect their full cooperation.”

Riley invited the Animal Society to designate a horse vet to work with Jacobs.

“Like you, we believe that the health and well-being of the wonderful horses that pull carriages are critical to the successful operation of the carriage industry on the Peninsula,” Riley said in the letter.

Images of a carriage horse lying on a hot Charleston street, struggling to get up, divided public opinion on the state of the industry.

About a dozen protesters marched in the Market a few days after the incident, carrying signs saying it was cruel to make horses pull carriages in Charleston.

Elmore said he got dozens of emails, phone calls and Facebook messages from concerned citizens.

“Our focus is on the accident and what we can do to prevent that from happening again,” he said this week.

Elmore said an independent review is needed because both the city and the carriage company has a financial stake in the tourism industry. Airline carriers or airports don’t investigate crashes but call in the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent agency, he said.

A College of Charleston tourism study in 2014 reported 39,260 carriage tours during 2013. The city gets taxes off the tickets, as well an annual business license from the company.

Tom Doyle, owner of Palmetto Carriage Co., bristled at the suggestion that the carriage companies or the city would do anything to jeopardize the welfare of the horses.

“The insinuation that the City of Charleston’s decisions are affected because, like any other business in the city, carriage operators pay for the right to do business, is insulting to our Mayor and city council,” Doyle said in a statement released Tuesday. “It is simply not true.”

Carriage companies are required to report any accident that results in injury or property damage to the city’s tourism department within 24 hours. The department only keeps records for the last three years, city spokeswoman Barbara Vaughn said. The carriage companies have reported 13 incidents since 2012 — four so far this year, five in 2014, none in 2013 and four in 2012.

Old South Carriage Co. owns the horse that fell, a 12-year-old gelding named Blondie. Senior Manager Shawn Matticks said he has no problems with an independent review but can’t think of anything that could have been or should have been done differently.

“I know why everybody is all up in arms,” he said. “It’s perception. It’s a hot summer day and a horse is laying on the ground being hosed.”

Blondie was pulling 10 passengers and the tour guide along East Bay street around 9:30 a.m. July 17 when he passed a cement mixer, Matticks said. The mixer started to back up, emitting that beeping noise and clanging rocks around the mixer.

Blondie jumped back, the carriage jackknifed and the horse fell to the pavement. Nobody was hurt, but Blondie was down for two and a half hours before he was finally helped up with a forklift.

The incident reports from Charleston police summarized what an Old South employee said happened and did not include statements from witnesses or the truck driver.

“None of us really knows the facts,” Elmore said. “Maybe there’s a way to keep heavy machinery away from horses.”

Matticks pointed out that the city and the carriage industry aren’t the only ones with a financial interest in the debate.

A coroner is to write to a local authority to ask them to erect warning signs at the confluence of two rivers where a 15-year-old died earlier this year when he rode a horse into the water.

Cork City Coroner, Dr Myra Cullinane, said she intends raising the issue of erecting danger signs at a public park fronting on to the Glashaboy River in Glanmire with Cork County Council following the death of Eric Stanton on February 28th, 2015.

The teenager had entered the river on horseback, just downstream of where it is joined by the Butlerstown River, and where the river bed suddenly drops away.

Dr Cullinane said it was important that there should be some warning sign to alert the public to the dangers of the spot, as non-locals may assume the river bed remains constant rather than suddenly falling away, creating a dangerous pool several metres deep.

Sgt Fergus Twomey told the inquest into Mr Stanton’s death that the pool had been the scene of a similar tragedy some 40 years ago, when a woman and a serving member of An Garda Síochána died in the same spot.

The inquest heard how on the day in question, Mr Stanton, from Avonmore Park, Mayfield, Cork city, and his friend, Ruben Stillwell (15), had gone down to a field near the river and went riding on two horses belonging to local man, Sean Ryan.

They knew Mr Ryan and had previously fed and ridden the animals, which were used in trotting and sulky racing.

On the day in question, they made two halters for the animals from some ropes they found in the field.

They rode the horses from the field into a nearby estate and then into John O’Callaghan Park, which backs on to the Glashaboy River.

They raced each other for a time before they decided to ride the horses into the river, Mr Stillwell told gardaí in a statement.

“We decided we’d try and go deeper into the water. We both came out of the river and I got off my horse to put my phone on the river bank.

“Eric stayed on the horse and threw his phone on the ground. I was on the river bank when I heard Eric shout my name,” Mr Stillwell said.

“I turned around and I saw the horse going under the water. Eric was still on his back holding the rope.

“The water was up to about Eric’s shoulders. The horse was totally under the water. The horse came back up and he was neighing and throwing his legs out.

“The horse was swimming, it was like the horse was panicking with water up to his chest - Eric slipped off the back of the horse and went under the water for a few seconds. He came back up and he was swimming, trying his hardest.

“He was coming out a small bit but he must have lost his energy because he got sucked down and didn’t come back up again and [I] started shouting for help and one of the lads who had been fishing came up to me and I told him ‘He’s gone under the water’.”

The inquest heard from local men, Kevin and Thomas Noonan and Florrie Crowley, who were all fishing in the river at the time.

They all told the inquest how the river is known locally as being very dangerous at that point.

The inquest heard how Kevin Noonan had tied a rope around his waist and waded into the river up to his waist but could find no sign of the missing boy.

He then shouted to his brother and Mr Crowley to notify the emergency services, which they did.

Fireman search

Cork city fireman Ray Tuohy said he waded into the river with a personal flotation device and began searching for Mr Stanton with a long hooked pool and located him in a pool.

He said that he could not touch the bottom of the pool with the pole so it must have been several metres deep.

Mr Tuohy said that there was also a strong current in the river at the time.

Mr Tuohy was assisted by his colleague Keith Coleman in bringing Mr Stanton to the riverbank, where paramedics performed CPR.

Mr Stanton was then brought to Cork University Hospital, where he later died.

Mr Ryan said he was friendly with the two boys and had let them ride the horses in the field, but the week previously he had warned Mr Stanton to never bring the horses to the river as there was “a serious hole in the river [bed] and it was very dangerous.”

Sgt Owen O’Connell said the spot was known locally as being quite dangerous but there were no warning signs up on the day of the tragedy and none had been erected since.

He said that he also believed that it was an appropriate location for a life buoy or some life-saving equipment.

Dr Cullinane said that a post-mortem by assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster had established that Mr Stanton had died due to drowning with hypothermia.

Dr Bolster returned a verdict of death by misadventure.

She extended her deepest sympathies to Mr Stanton’s parents, James and Catherine, and his siblings on their loss and said she would write to Cork County Council to highlight the need for danger signs and life-saving equipment at the public park near the scene of the incident.


Smart Amanda Wiz was three years old, with reddish brown fur, pointy ears, and a distinctive white mark above her nose. The Quarter Horse filly was beloved by her owners and had recently competed in her first show. Early Thursday morning she was found dead in the Hialeah field near her stable, with gaping wounds to her muscular body. Smart Amanda Wiz was murdered. (Warning: There's a graphic photo at the end of this post.)

"They butchered her alive," Grace Delanoy, with the group South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) told New Times. "It's beyond horrible."

By all appearances, Smart Amanda Wiz was killed for her meat: She was found with much of her body carved away, the slaughter likely done with a machete or butcher knife.

Horse meat, generally taboo in Anglo countries, is commonly eaten in many regions, including parts of China, Quebec, and Italy; eating the meat is also considered to grant the consumer mystical power or sexual potency in other cultures, including among some Cubans, a possible reason for what has been a rash of horse slaughterings around South Florida in recent years.

"It's part of a bigger picture," Delanoy said. "There is a demand for it in South Florida among some cultures."

More than 50 horses have been killed for their meat in South Florida since 2009, Pat Raia wrote on the equestrian blog The culprits are rarely found.

Smart Amanda Wiz was killed in a pasture on NW 138th Street, on a private property where SFSPCA actually used to be based. After breaking onto the property, Delanoy said, the intruder or intruders let Smart Amanda Wiz out of her stable and into the field. After someone stabbed her in the heart, the horse struggled before dying, leaving a trail of blood.

"It's really, really ugly," Delanoy said. "And people are seriously fed up."

Below is a larger picture of the horse as it was found. Be warned: It is graphic:


Rescuers in Bucharest, Romania saved a horse that had fallen into a sewer opening Friday. The horse fell into the 12-foot deep opening. One of the rescuers said the horse was trying to get a drink of water.

Firefighters worked to get the animal out of the hole for three hours. They were able to pull a number of ropes and cords around the horse and finally a crane gently raised the animal out of the hole. The horse was pulled to its feet and its owners said it didn’t suffer serious injuries.

Rescuers in Bucharest, Romania saved a horse that had fallen into a sewer opening Friday. The horse fell into the 12-foot deep opening. One of the rescuers said the horse was trying to get a drink of water. Firefighters worked to get the animal out of the hole for three hours. They were able to pull a number of ropes and cords around the horse and finally a crane gently raised the animal out of the hole. The horse was pulled to its feet and its owners said it didn’t suffer serious injuries.





Hi Mr HP, just wanted to let you know some of the successes I have had thanks to your dvd’s and the articles you have written. I can’ believe the change in my OTT who had the extremely bad separation anxiety. I still have a little way to go but he is so much better since taking him on trail rides and giving him the `rides from hell’ as you would say. Must admit I was scared in the start but it’s amazing how quickly the behaviour stops once they realise you aren’t putting up with their childish tantrums. My partner works away all week and before he came home last weekend I said to him that I couldn’t believe how much Basil had `chilled out’. I told him I thought he was seriously sick and about to die or that the things we had been doing with him (following your dvd of course) had really made a big change in him. I’m happy to say he is very much alive and well although at one stage during the last few weeks I did think he had beat me and the only place for him was `you know where’!!

 I had the equine dentist come last week and do all 5 of my horses. My new 3 year old apparently was not very well behaved and I was told that I would have serious problems with her as she was likely to strike out at me and had issues around her head?? We hadn’t seen any of this in the 1 month of having her but thought maybe we didn’t know anything. Since having her teeth done I am now unable to get a bridle on her – I have done 2 x 1hour sessions with her to get the bridle on (yes I wasn’t letting her have a win and my arms are now very sore!). I read your article on twitching as I was considering this and also tried the grabbing of the skin on the neck which had no effect. Happy to say my partner wasn’t mucking around for an hour like I did – threw the hobbles on her and within 5 mins easily put the bridle on. I will do this every day for awhile now and hopefully get her over the fear she developed of having something in her mouth.

Not sure if this is the course of action you would advise but it worked very quickly. She was just being stubborn and pigheaded and once she knew she wasn’t going anywhere with the hobbles on she stopped all the evasion (was going to video me trying to get the bridle on but thought you would laugh too much – oh well would have made your day). Telling you this story because if we hadn’t watched your dvds etc we would probably have had no idea what to do. I am now so much more confident in dealing with the many problems that arise so for that I thank you and I will continue to consult your materials in the futureJ Kerry

Thanks Kerry. Well done indeed and well done to Your partner. That is exactly what I would have done in the first instance.  Good effort.

If I may continue to educate You, there are rarely stubborn or Pig Headed Horses and always remember there will be a reason, almost always caused by us. The Dentist experience is what would have triggered this and especially if it was an electric Tool. I have met a number of unbridleable horses after such. Regards


Hi, thanks for your reply. Yes I know the dentist definitely caused the problem as we think she is a very sweet and kind girl. I say she is stubborn as she just kept looking at me and turning her head being evasive but definitely not nasty at any stage. He didn’t use power tools as I won’t get them if they do. We have said after a recent experience with the farrier as well that we never leave people alone with our horses again. Needless to say my partner has now had lessons in trimming – pity he can’t do their teeth as well!! Glad we did the right thing I was amazed how quickly it worked. Regards





Hi guys, hunted today and he was fabulous he appreciated the new bit I'm pulling at all most of it was on a loose contact at the canter....we are pretty sure combination of the bit and an ill fitting saddle. See it does pay to listen to your horse...who knew lol !!! Love D x

Thanks D. Well done. Still not in a Wheel Chair which is always good :) Drunkin Hunters





Hi John,

You must get hundreds of "help me" letters so I will try and be as short and concise as possible.

I have a 2.5 yo stock horse gelding that I have had since he was 6 weeks old. He was extensively handled by my young daughter and myself and was a very quiet, friendly and well behaved boy.   About 12 months ago I moved him and my daughters pony gelding out to another property where they were put in with 3 unhandled mares that previously ran with a stallion. Within a week of moving them I had a call to say my horse had gone through a fence. I caught him and led him back to the paddock but he was absolutely freaked out, I locked him in the arena then brought the pony to him to calm him down.
I didn't realise that is was the pony who had turned on him and chased him through the fence. For some reason the pony had taken up acting like a stallion. 
When I got the pony to him it was terrifying, the pony tore free from me and chased my horse with his teeth bared until there was little life left in either of them.  My horse only escaped as the 25 yo pony finally ran out of steam. 
I brought my horse home after that but he has not been the same since.  Could he possibly associate me with leading this killer pony right to him? 
I had such a lovely bond with him before but now he is nervous and spooky with everything.  He has improved a little and I have just started him under saddle but despite all my efforts he still seems to fear me. (I have never raised a hand or my voice to him).
I watch countless videos of joining up and other training techniques in hope of having this lovely relaxed horse that has trust and respect for me but I can't break past his fear factor. 
Is it me personally?  We are making such baby steps I feel greatly disheartened. 
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  And thank you again for you prompt replies regarding the mouthing DVD.


Hell Jill. What a shame?? Don't be too hard on Yourself, most People would have thought that the two Mares would have put Him over the Fence, not realizing that their Pony was a "Rig' (which I would have sent to the Doggers immediately)

Yes, the Horse does blame You and fair enough of course. This is a deep seated psychological problem and the Young Horse will always remember it.

So, Baby Steps and the Under Saddle stuff is the way to go. I would forget the Ground Work in this Case. In short, You have to keep proving Yourself to the Horse and the best way to do that other than make all work pleasurable and fair, with rewards of the 5 types, is to keep the Young Horse safe in all You do. He will improve and keep improving and one Day, the obvious worries will diminish to a point of only being seen by You, not mothers.






Hi John, I have read through your article for the set up of dressage arenas and found it very useful... Thankyou! I just want to ask you your opinion? In our area it is generally quite dry with minimal rainfall but when it rains quite heavily and consistently the water doesn't drain away too quickly. We live in SA just between the Barrossa and Adelaide. We have a clay slighty rocky soil. We have a little pony who is only 8 but has arthritis which she/we will work through and an old girl of 22 who still has a lot of spark for her age. So what I am asking is, what base would you recommend for our round yard and 20x40 arena and what would you use on top? We are on flat ground with no major slopes or specific run off areas. The round yard has been built but nothing put in it yet and the arena is yet to be constructed. Any help you are able to offer would be appreciated as I'm sure it is with other people, we want to do it right the first time! Thankyou so much Bianca


Hi Bianca. Thanks.

The base would be selected from the cheapest available Road Base in your area, whatever that may be. They change from District to Districts so I can't comment on Your Region.

For the Round Pen, generally two Truck Loads will do it.







19TH JULY, 2015

Hi Folks. Hope You all had a great Week. We had the burst of Winter and although didn't get the Rain others get, got a collected 50mm over 10 Days which has got the Tanks now 3/4 full which is good. Had to go scrounge more Fire Wood as it has been Cold as and Snow in Queensland would You believe>



  • and yet another Brat Tennis Player making a Fool of the Country. I hope they ban him from returning.

  • Madam Speaker...You have Your Snout in the Trough, just like the vast majority of Your Mates. Slipper and now You.

  • The Victor Harbor Times showed it's Bias once again, failing to report a word of the Clydesdale going down on the Jetty. Not a good look.

  • Our Thanks to Kevin Rudd and the NBN who planned our Hook up prior to Malcolm coming with the farcical "Fibre to the Node" which means "Fibre to the Buggered Copper" this Week backed up by an NBN Boss to me. He says that it will ruin the system. We were very lucky though and planned prior to Malcolm and are getting Fibre to the House in about 2 Months time. Hallelujah Brother!!!!!!!!!!



Mrs. Hp is very excited to have Her Boys and Girls back, having picked them up Today and already lunged them all, which she will do all Week, ordered off Horses until Tomorrow Week.

Bloods were taken from Cappo, as a marker for the future.

Our Thanks to Doctor Peter McGrath and Auntie Loyla McGrath for keeping them in a manner that they were accustomed to :)







DAVE GARLAND BREAKER - To put the record straight and stop rumors


A few Months ago, Dave started a Galloway. It was a young and sensitive type requiring skill and correct management going forward, no matter who the Owner may be. A young, naturally exuberant and 'Girthy type' The Horse was going well, was ridden by the owner and then successfully ridden for a few Weeks (about four months later) by one of the Girls at Gainsborough, including at one of Mrs. HP's Dressage Schools where it went well. The Owner picked up the Horse and was carefully instructed on the fact that the Horse shouldn't be spelled, needed ongoing regular riding to solidify its education, that the Horse be mounted in the HP Manner and that it should be lunged each time Saddled and all would be well The Owner took the Horse home and for personal reasons had to spell it for two or three weeks. They then saddled it up straight out of the paddock, didn't lunge it, didn't mount using the HP method and got dumped, badly damaging their shoulder.. ( unfortunately during re-hab they also got thrown from another Horse in a similar manner and for similar reasons) As often happens in this industry rumors spread (not always by the owners) that it's all the Breakers fault. You be the Judge.



Warnings have been issued regarding the administration to this Wormer, to Stock under 2 Years of Age, as a rough gauge. There are varying views on Forums and Facebook about the Drugs but in my experience, when You change to a Wormer that actually kills Worms that other Wormers may not have been, this can happen.

Because a lot of small strongyles have been killed in one go, those nasty encysted small strongyles, who have been sitting safety inside the horse untouched by the standard wormer, are given the signal to emerge all at once. They do so in big numbers, ready to replace the ones that the standard wormer has killed. In emerging, they come right through the wall of the horse’s large intestine. They bring with them a large amount of toxins. This is what can kill your horse or give it colic. So be warned, be careful. Get advice. Years ago, I was successful in getting warnings printed on a Wormer called 'Spectrum 4" which worked great but too much shock was caused and Horses were going down with massive Belly ache.



 There was a good turn out at the Special Meeting the other Night but there is not a lot to report. It wasn't about the grievances of the Members, it was really only about the cause of the mass resignations off the Dressage Committee and the Board being forced to apologize for it, which they did, saying that it was a "shame the way things were handled" , that they have 'learnt from it" and that in the future, "things will be dealt with differently" So what was it all about???? attempt to fill all of the vacant positions on the Dressage Committee.

 Members were left reading between the lines and went away wondering what it was all about as apparently, there are still issues not dealt with.  Many saying that they wish there could be a proper Meeting, to discuss the grievances of the Members.

So from that point of view, the Politicians failed and, just as they do in Parliament. :(

What was it all about?????  as I said, reading between the Lines, all Hell broke loose about the downgrading of an imported Horse from Germany, by a Young Rider here. The said Horse was allegedly a Grand Prix Horse but proof to that could not be found. In order for the Dressage Committee to make a ruling as to how many levels down and from where, the Stallion could drop in Class to compete here, the Board jumped in and over ruled them, allowing the Horse to compete on the second Day of the Autumn Championships, where it run first with one Judge and Last with the other Judge.

In a bizarre twist, the Owner of the said Horse, threw his Hand up for election to the Dressage Committee (which is what the Meeting was only about) causing many Jaws to be heard dropping onto the Floor around the Room hahahaha. We look forward to the future






The Case of level 3 Coach who was requested and agreed to not catch the Horse prior to the Buyer turning up. They did, early and caught the Coach out the back, lunging the Horse....with equipment on.




" Don't forget to open up the top part of the Door of the Float, before undoing the Rump Bars in the Float and letting the Horse Out, otherwise be prepared to lose it's Ears."





Here's one for ya John...Mr Fencetester discovered a flat battery on the electric fence today and this is how my friend found him. Calm as a cucumber waiting for help. :-) Thanks Uncle John!!! Another horse saved!

Well done Lorrie. Great Result.

Here is a $100,000 save :)

Yes Mummy is coming and no, I didn't tread in the Manure, I just moved away from it.  I hate Manure :)








TWO LADIES INJURED "SPOOKED"  - spooked meaning run off?

DEERFIELD — Two women were taken to the hospital with injuries after a horse was spooked on South Road.

A rescue official said a woman and her adult daughter were injured Thursday afternoon when thrown from horseback.

Police and rescue personnel received a call at 3:01 p.m. Thursday that two horses had been spooked and subsequently thrown their riders at 232 South Road. Deerfield police, fire, and rescue squad and Raymond Ambulance reported responding to the scene.

Deerfield Rescue Squad Capt. Cindy McHugh said that the mother reported hitting her head when thrown from the horse and was evaluated for a concussion. The daughter reported bruising, McHugh said, and was planning to drive to the hospital herself, but was persuaded to take a second ambulance.

McHugh said she believed both were on private property when the incident occurred and the horses were uninjured.

McHugh said both victims were taken to Concord Hospital by ambulance. She was unsure of the extent of each women’s injuries but did not believe them to be life threatening.

Officials cleared the scene at approximately 4:30 p.m.

McHugh said she didn’t know — and didn’t believe the victims knew — why the horses were spooked.

A woman who answered a phone at the home Thursday night said she was awoken by the call and declined to comment




The incident happened on Main Road at just before 5.45pm. Crews treated a woman who had fallen from a horse in Baxterley this afternoon. “The patient, believed to be in her fifties, was treated for neck and back pain after falling from her horse onto the road. “The woman was immobilised with the use of a pelvic splint, neck collar and placed on a spinal board as a precaution. “The patient was also given pain relief before being airlifted to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.” – A WEST MIDLANDS AMBULANCE SERVICE SPOKESMAN





A rider whose horse fell in a ditch after being spooked by a lorry is calling for drivers to take greater care around horses.

Jenny Sambrook was out hacking on her 15hh Connemara cross, Pearl (pictured), along Nine Mile Ride near Finchampstead on 6 July when a large lorry came past.

“He just didn’t slow down at all,” said the 62-year-old.

Pearl spooked, spun round and lost her footing on the edge of the ditch, causing them both to fall in.

The mare, who was uninjured in the incident, scrambled out of the ditch and was caught by the occupants of a car that had stopped.

Jenny was lucky to escape with just a few bruises from the fall.

She said she believes the lorry stopped further up the road, before driving away after she climbed out of the ditch.

“A lot of traffic by then had built up,” she said. “Everybody in the cars were really nice.”

Jenny was riding between two bridleways at the time and said that Pearl, who she has owned for five years, is usually very good on the road.

Both the horse and rider were wearing fluorescent/reflective kit.

“Most drivers are good,” she said. “The point I am just hoping to get out there is that the road is for everybody and drivers just need to respect that horses can easily be frightened and to slow down.

“We don’t like going on the roads, but we need to to get to other places.”

Jenny recently took part in a march through Wokingham in May to promote the “Routes for All” petition, which aims to increase off-road access to 30% of the rights of way network.

On Monday (13 July) the petition reached 5,000 signatures and Wokingham Bridleways Group hope this will reach 100,000 – enough to trigger a parliamentary debate.

Lee Hackett, from the British Horse Society (BHS), said that horses and riders are unquestionably very vulnerable road users.

He added the BHS is “absolutely dedicated” to improving off-road routes for horses, as these help to keep us all safe.

“There is no doubt who will come off worse in an accident between a lorry and a horse,” he said.

“We have done a lot of work educating riders and motorists about being safe on the road but there is still a great deal to do.

“Drivers who aren’t involved with horses are unlikely to understand their behaviour and reactions which of course is frequently reflected in how they drive.

“We need to continue to emphasise to all motorists how to drive near horses and to make them understand just what damage a horse can do to a car and its occupants.”





It is understood the animal was dumped there sometime that day, and that the council had been made aware of the situation.

The Mail then reported the find on Saturday morning.

However, according to sources, there was a mix up between the council and an external contractor in relation to who would deal with the corpse - and it lay rotting at the ‘Drum’ until just after 10am this morning.

Local councillor Ronan McGinley said on Facebook this morning: “I have just spoken with officers from Mid Ulster council in relation to the dumped horse on the lough shores not being removed.

“The officers have assured me they have been working with partners to have this resolved, delay unfortunately occurred due to the bank holidays.

“They are actively working on the situation at present and have estimated that the issue will be resolved in the next number of hours.”

He has since told the Mail: “I’m glad this situation has been resolved before it escalated into a more severe environmental health problem. I know local people are very angry with the animal being dumped.

“I am aware of local concerns about the delay in lifting the animal, which are understandable, however I would like to thank the council officials who acted promptly and efficiently this morning after they were made aware that the animal had not been removed.”

“Now this situation has been resolved, more needs to be done in relation to the ongoing problem of illegal dumping in this area,” Cllr McGinley added.




/ Horse killed after stables deliberately set alight Published on 15/7/2015 05:40:30 PM A horse has been killed in Marple after a stable block was deliberately set alight. Shortly before 2am on Tuesday 14 July 2015, police and fire crews were called to Winnington Road in Stockport to a report that a stable block was on fire.

 There was one horse in the stables at the time of the incident - Ruben, a seven-year-old Welsh Section A pony - who sadly died. The stable block itself was also completely destroyed. A joint investigation is being carried out by the police and fire service, who are treating this as an arson. Kerry Pardon, the owner of the stable block, said: “Our world came crashing down yesterday and it was only by pure chance that the other five horses were in the field that night and not in the stable, otherwise things could have been even worse. “I have spent my life around horses and never have I had to carry out such a disturbing act as I did last night, when we had to personally remove the remains of our beloved Ruben from what was left of the fire. This is something that will haunt me forever.” Detective Constable Neil Hewitt, based at Hazel Grove police station said: “This is a tragic case in which a horse-loving family, who have spent considerable effort and money to build up their stable block to stable a number of their horses, have been left devastated by these callous actions. “The horse that died belonged to a family friend, who is equally distraught at the loss of their beloved animal and I am only thankful that the other horses were in the field at the time and were not injured. “We are treating this fire as a deliberate act and are determined to identify the person or people responsible. If anyone has any information as to who may be responsible, or if you saw anyone or anything in the Winnington Road area that didn’t seem quite right in the early hours of Tuesday morning, then I implore you to please get in touch with us.”




OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – A man is accused of having sex with a horse in Oktibbeha County.

Oktibbeha County investigator Lt. Brett Watson said Larry Mobley is charged with unnatural intercourse, a felony.

Watson said deputies say they were called to Skinner Road late Mondax when a witness reported seeing the incident in a pasture area.

Mobley’s bond was set at $10,000 on Tuesday afternoon.

Mobley remained in jail Tuesday evening.




Princess Josephine, the four-year-old daughter of Australia's beloved Princess Mary, the now Danish royal, was seen sporting a cast and sling after reportedly falling from her horse on the weekend.

On her left arm, the pint-sized princess's cast and sling has been decorated with Get Well Soon messages, while on her right arm she sports a hospital bracelet.

Princess Mary is a frequent horse rider, having previously been spotted with her husband Prince Frederik riding in the forest surrounding Gråsten Palace in Denmark.





British-born rider Stuart Black has withdrawn from the Canadian eventing team on the eve of the Pan American Games after being charged with domestic assault.

Stuart, 56, suffers from Crohn’s disease and has issued a statement saying that he stepped down for “medical reasons”. His decision to stand down as travelling reserve came just days after his arrest in Mono, Ontario for “assault under the Criminal Code”. He was granted bail at Orangeville court on 9 July and is scheduled to re-appear again on 27 August.

Stuart told the Caledon Enterprise newspaper: “This is not in my nature, I’m a good person. There is no misconduct on my part. Everything will be proven in court.”

Stuart’s selection was already controversial due his last-minute change of nationality.

Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, he was shortlisted for the British junior team before his family emigrated to Canada in 1977. He represented Canada at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome. In 1992 Stuart became the first Canadian to win a major three-day event abroad with victory at Rolex Kentucky on Van Perrier.

But after failing to be selected for the Canadian Olympic team for Athens 2004, he changed to US nationality and now lives in Texas. He applied to return to Canadian nationality last December in order to be eligible for the Canadian team at this year’s Pan-Am Games.

Equine Canada has confirmed that Selena O’Hanlon, also British-born, will be the new travelling reserve with Foxwood High. The team riders are:

The eventing competition gets underway on 17 July. Canada does not to gain qualification for the Rio Olympics at the Pan Am Games. The country qualified at last year’s World Equestrian Games as a result of France’s elimination when Maxime Livio’s horse tested positive for a controlled medication substance.



Young Equestrian Dies

EDMONTON - Sonja Burton’s stepfather describes her as an accomplished equestrian with two horses that complemented her personality: one a cowgirl, the other a princess.

“She loved the wild ride and Sabre (her quarter-horse) was definitely a handful. Not many girls could ride him and Sonja had him under control. They loved each other,” Tim Chalifoux said Thursday.

Sonja, 17, was on her way home from the Amberlea Meadows Equestrian Centre in Leduc County about 7 p.m. Tuesday when she lost control of her 2005 Toyota Echo on a rough gravel road on Range Road 252, south of Township Road 512.

Her car left the road and rolled several times, coming to rest on its roof. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

She had always dreamed of being an equestrian. When she started riding at age eight, she was hooked.




Three days after one of his horses was photographed collapsed on a city street, the owner of a Montreal caleche company says there’s no need to worry about the health of his animals.

Luc Desparois of Lucky Luc Stables says an inexperienced caleche, or carriage, driver is to blame for an incident that happened Tuesday, when one of his horses tripped on a street grate and fell to the asphalt.

Desparois said he’s being unfairly targeted by people concerned for the horse’s health, after photos of the fallen animal circulated online. He insists the horse was unhurt in the ordeal, but he’s giving it a few days off to rest anyway.

The incident has sparked renewed calls for Montreal to ban carriage horses from its streets.
The public outcry this week even went so far as Montreal City Hall, where Mayor Denis Coderre called for a “full veterinary report” on the health of caleche horses in the city.

Desparois says his animals receive regular visits from a vet, and the mayor’s proposal is unnecessary.
“The veterinarians are always checking these once, twice, at least three times a week,” Desparois told CTV Montreal on Friday. “The door is open,” he added.
Desparois’ carriage company is located just off Rue Notre Dame, where Tuesday’s photo was taken.
He says his animals are used to living in the city, and the accident occurred because an inexperienced caleche driver took the horse down a road where street grates are not covered.

Several animal rights activists have been pushing for years to have caleche horses banned from Montreal’s streets.
“The Montreal SPCA is extremely concerned about the welfare and safety of carriage horses in Montreal,” the organization said in a statement. “Tuesday’s incident exemplifies exactly why the Montreal SPCA has been opposed to the use of horse-drawn carriages in our city since 1869.”
The Montreal SPCA cites London, Paris, Beijing, and Toronto as other major cities that have banned horse-drawn carriages from their streets.
“The Montreal SPCA believes it is time for Montreal to follow suit by phasing out this antiquated, inhumane, and unsafe industry,” the organization said.





A stable manager died when a horse jump weighing a tonne fell off the back of a trailer and crushed her, an inquest has heard. Kate Matthews was helping to load the 3m-long logs onto a flatbed truck when the fatal accident took place at the equestrian centre where she worked. The 37-year-old apparently tried to stop the jump falling from the vehicle, but it was so heavy that it knocked her down and killed her.

Her boss Lesley Smith, who was using a forklift to stack the logs, saw her disappear from view and then found her lying injured on the ground.
She called an air ambulance, but paramedics were unable to save Miss Matthews, who was the experienced head girl of the centre at Foxhill Farm in Eydon, Northamptonshire, and she died within half an hour.

Giving evidence at an inquest in Northampton, Mrs Smith said: 'The moment she was hit seemed to take an hour but also happen so quick.
'She went to stop it rolling and she shouldn't have done, it goes against everything we ever said.'
Brian Johnson, of Northamptonshire Police, said that the loading procedure could have been made safer, adding that Miss Matthews should not have been standing in the way of the log.





A PROLIFERATION of the poisonous plant ragwort on roadsides may have led to the death of traveller John Treagood's horse, a farmer has claimed.

In recent years the yellow blooms of senecio jacobaea can be seen frequently on roadsides around Mid Devon, with agricultural experts saying cutbacks in council control are to blame. Banks of the M5 and the motorway's central reservation are currently ablaze with bright yellow blooms.

One farmer from the Culm Valley says he has noticed an increase in the amount of ragwort on land he owns which borders highways.

He thinks the mysterious death of traveller John Treagood's horse Gildor in February may have been linked to Ragwort. The plant is dangerous to livestock and in particular to horses, affecting the liver, kidneys and lungs.










In response to four horse deaths following chuckwagon races at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, event administrators have promised a full review of the rodeo’s safety protocols and policies. The GMC Rangeland Derby chuckwagon race takes place each year at the Calgary Stampede, held annually in Alberta, Canada. The event pits four teams of horse-drawn wagons and outriders against each other in a series of elimination races over several days.

In 2015, 36 drivers and 216 horses competed for more than $1 million in prize money, the event's website said. In recent years, several horses have died in the chuckwagon races.This year, four horses used in the event were euthanized due to injuries sustained during the races. In response to the deaths some humane groups, including the Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) have called for the immediate suspension of the chuckwagon races pending an independent review of the event's safety. Kurt Kadatz, director of communications for the Calgary Stampede, said that event administrators have long been concerned about competitors’ safety. He explained that horses used the in the chuckwagon races already receive pre-race exams from veterinarians who can eliminate a horse by ruling the animal physically unfit to participate. Race rules also require that all chuckwagon horses must rest one day in every four.

Even so, Stampede administrators are responding to the latest fatalities by launching a complete review of safety practices and policies with a special focus on the chuckwagon races. When the review will take place is still undecided, Kadatz said, but he predicts it will begin in late summer or early fall. “We know that we need to do this and we want to do it, but we're not quite 48 hours from having this year's stampede under and our belt, and we're not going to rush in to it in a couple of days,” Kadatz said. While the review is pending, the VHS has sponsored an online petition asking the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to suspend its television coverage of the stampede's rodeo events. Chuck Thompson, head of public affairs for CBC English Services, did not speak specifically to the petition, but said the stampede appears to be sensitive to issues of animal safety: “While it is not my place to speak for the Calgary Stampede, what I can tell you is the organizers are always committed to providing the highest standard of animal care and safeguarding animal welfare.” Meanwhile, Kadatz said the stampede expects its animal safety protocols to come under public scrutiny. “We recognize the Calgary Stampede is a high-profile event that shines a spotlight on how we as a society interact with animals—most notably the nature of working animals and competing athletes,” he said. “We also understand that (what) is acceptable to the majority of people may be unacceptable to some, and we respect people’s right to viewpoints that oppose participation of animals in food production, for clothing and fiber, in competition or as working animals.




HAMPTON – A Nashua woman who wants the town to ban horse-drawn carriage rides at Hampton Beach was denied an appointment by selectmen. Denise Muccioli, 51, requested a hearing before the board because she believes the rides offered by Charmingfare Farm are a public safety hazard and inhuman for the animals involved. She started an online petition calling for the ban which so far has gained 858 signatures. “I as well as several NHARL (New Hampshire Animal Rights League) members are upset that the town didn’t think this issue was important enough to warrant a special hearing,” Muccioli said. “This issue is not only an animal rights issue but a matter of public safety.” Selectmen Chairman Rick Griffin said the hearing was denied because the town has already committed to having the horses at the beach.

Selectmen approved a taxi license for Charmingfare Farm earlier this spring. “We’ve already made a deal with (Charmingfare Farm), and I don’t see anyone complaining from the Police Department,” Griffin said. “We haven’t had a problem, they’ve been here for years and if someone had a problem they should have come in when (the license was discussed). The rides run during the summer months at Hampton Beach, Thursday through Sunday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., according to Charmingfare Farm owner John Pyteraf. He said the rides start at A Street and run north up Ocean Boulevard, away from the main beach area. The farm first put on the rides from 1987 to 1997, and then brought them back three years ago. He also said the farm has never had a complaint regarding its horses. A lifelong equestrian with a degree from the University of New Hampshire’s Thompson School of Applied Animal Science, Muccioli said the rides are inhumane for the horses as they put them in close contact with hot pavement as well as car exhaust. For public safety, she said sudden noises could spook a horse and send them into traffic.

Griffin said the board has only denied one other hearing this year, the other being a request by former selectman Brian Warburton to give Hampton resident Art Moody a cake and wish him happy birthday. Griffin said Warburton was not truly “denied,” as he’s permitted to come in during public comment to honor Moody and give him the cake. Putting a ceremony like that on the agenda, however, is “something we don’t do.” “We don’t do it that way, and they were not denied,” Griffin said. “They were invited to as long as they wanted before the meeting… They were invited to come during public comment… That’s how the meetings have always been run.” Selectman Mary-Louise Woolsey said it was “ridiculous” that the two hearings were denied. “If people ask to be heard, let them be heard,” Woolsey said. “What’s the harm in asking for an appointment?”





IBIZA, Spain —David Guetta has decided against bringing a horse to club Pacha in Ibiza after public outcry from animal lovers, the New York Post reported.

The famous DJ hosts frequent parties at the Spanish mega club, and during an appearance in May, Guetta reportedly included a horse and models in Native American attire, which caused a stir for club goers.

An online petition was started requesting that the DJ didn't repeat the horse stunt. The petition read: "The horse has to enter the big Pacha hall at 4 a.m. [with] a huge crowd of people, drunken and drugged, screaming and sweating .?.?. [it’s] irresponsible to put a horse in the middle of the night under so much stress." More than 7,000 people have signed the petition.

Guetta's representative told the Post that horses will not appear at future gigs.

"A horse appeared for three minutes — owned by a vet — and with full ear protection and security at the opening. Just like Bianca Jagger at Studio 54," the rep told the Post, referring to Jagger's famous entrance to her 1977 birthday. "The club is too busy now. So no horse."








Dear John , I have watched your video on starting a young horse and am very interested in your method. I have a 3yr old home bred filly which is a full sister to an exceptionally good Gr 1 horse whose biggest problem was settling him in his races and the fitting him with an ear hood helped this matter. This filly is very similar in every way and therefore I am anxious to ensure we can keep her relaxed throughout the breaking process and help subdue her intense flight instinct. She is very aware of her surroundings and must understand every move made or else could be explosive in her reaction and although she is of kind disposition she would not suffer fools gladly.She has been slow in accepting being girthed and even after being led around several days with saddle and elastic girth will still show a slight degree of reaction each day when initially lightly girthed before settling down and permitting girth to be made secure enough to hold saddle.I have over 40 Yrs experience breeding and working with young horses and appreciate how easy it is to spoil a young horse ,especially a high mettled one and how quickly they could learn the wrong thing.I would therefore be interested in reading your free e-book or hearing your comments. Kind regards,

Richard Morrow . UK


Hi Richard As You rightly say, You can't afford any mistakes with Horses such as this for one mistake can end the loss of the career of the Horse. Certainly therefore, one would NEVER mount such a Horse with either the British method of mounting Horses, or in a British Saddle of any description. Further, You simply HAVE TO stop this Horse attempting to Buck, each and every time and You have seen why at the end of the DVD Disc 2. I would never handle a Horse like this, or attempt to ride it, without having first put it through the complete Training of Leg Restraints system, to get a proper Handle on it and to undo the 'flight response' I would also be only mounting this Horse, bareback, TODAY and every Day thereafter, for Her to get over seeing a Rider ABOVE THE EYE. Tell the Rider also, to never turn right on the first Day.  This Horse could also be a candidate for my "O'Leary Buck Stopper" which is not quite ready for Production unfortunately. but above all, it is the 'flight response' You have to cancel out, prior to riding. Both You and I know, this Horse is on the high end of difficulty and risks are a plenty I now have a British Agent, as You can see in the Signature. Best of Luck






Hi John,

I have a 12 year old Standardbred who I have owned for 7 years,   he sustained a injury in the paddock,  the vet confirmed the shoulder and to rest for 9 months, this was done then I had a trainer re fresh him,  but he always wanted to pig root which previously he never done before,  vet came out again and couldnt see any injury,  as im not a confident rider his pig rooting made me too nervous so he was in the paddock.    Four and a half years later,  he's running about like a yearling,  I now have my own place and decided i'd do some work with him,  all was great and he knew all his lunging.  He's been to two clinics,  the first he got sat on and nothing asked,  Saturdays he was included in the ridden clinic and ridden by the instructors apprentice,  but he started pig rooting,  little jumps then they got higher and more powerful,  she wasnt phased but just let him do this,  I would have thought it was supposed to be stopped,  then we went out,  he was as good as gold,  in the park he only threw a pig root when he was asked to trot around a tree.  My main question to you is,   can my horse who loves running and playing still be injured and sore under saddle,  she was a very small girl on him and Im 68  kilos so not weighty on him.  I can try and get someone to stop the pig rooting but would be awful if he's saying something,  but the vet cant see anything wrong.
Regards  Elaine.    WA

Of course he could Elaine and in fact, it sounds like he is. You will note the difference between athletic exercise and normal pleasure riding. The Vets' can't see everything Elaine and shouldn't be expected to be able to either, for there are many deep seated injuries that they cannot hopefully find without lameness shown but here I disagree with many Vets and say "The majority of unsound Horses do not show lameness"

So, experiment and diagnose in  way that the Vet doesn't have the luxury of doing. Go on short Trail Rides, starting with 5 minutes out and 5 back. Observe the Horse. It will tell You all. Regards





Gday John Just got back from Ireland ( went to Cork and Mallow). O'Sheas everywhere.(my wife's side). It was great to come home and watch your DVD in front of the warm fire. I kept thinking "Jim Wilton did this" Well, it was just so pleasing to see your dedication to him at the end. It really brought a tear because he got me started with his methods back in the 70's when he lived at Casula. He help me turn a talented pacer from a "head" case to win 20 races in Australia and about 20 more after I took him to America. I never hit him with a whip either. Just the JIm Wilton "whoosh". I ended up being his and Kath's accountant for some years and thought it was sad to think he was not financially rewarded for his contribution to horses and horseman, but was also "dudded" by a lot of people whom he took at their word. Some of them were even called horse trainers. I appreciate the DVD and I did pick up some good ideas. I am 70 now and still "educating" my own and learning all the time. As you see, to please Jim, I do not use the word "break". Regards John Morrison

G'Day John. Lucky You. My Folks are from the same County and yet I haven't been back there :( My Uncle visited once and researched the Family History and located out Crest,

My pleasure to promote Jim Wilton. He was the 'Real Deal' and didn't suffer Fools gladly. He knew who 'The Pretenders were" of his Day. There is a Book being put together on one of them right now but Jim and most others at the time knew what was what. He needed a Trilby Hat John :) Regards






I enjoyed reading your timetable article on foal training. I'm not sure it helped me though, as I have just rescued a mare and her weanling filly from a kill pen in Texas (headed to slaughter).. my filly has had no training and I'm sure she has a lot of human distrust from going from auction to feedlot to kill pen! I've had them (mare and filly) for just over 3 weeks now and had started gaining the filly's trust until the vet came last week! the doctor had me hold the mare on lead in a stall with the vet and filly in the stall as well.. the filly spooked being locked in with the vet trying to get ahold of her.. the filly ended up slipping and falling! She is now spooked even with me and I'm not sure what my next move should be! The doctor told me I will need to halter train and lead in order for her to get vaccinations within the next couple of months! I would really like to work with the filly on my own since I would be the most likely human she will trust. At around 5-6 months old I am not able to hold her on my own as done with foals that are only a few days old and halter started. Can you help me please? any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

HI Laura

In essence, (without typing for a couple of hours) all the answers are on our Halter Breaking the Foal DVD's Disc 1 and 2, seen here:

but......You need to firs get a Halter on the Foal and let it drag a 12 foot lead rope off it, for a Week, so it simply half Halter breaks itself by treading on the rope and then learning to give the face and remove feet off the rope rather than Reefing. That will give You a head start. Then You can build on that.

Young Horses just have to get over these experiences but it does highlite my point, doesn't it. Get the job done in the first 2 weeks and Life is easy.








12th July, 2015

Hi Folks. Hope You had a good Week and that Your Horses are well. So what's been happening around the Place?

  • Well we have two Tennis Players behaving like Brats and making absolute Fools of themselves, embarrassing Australia in front of the World. Good on You Dawn Fraser!!
  • The Greeks are going to have to start paying Tax and actually work a bit longer like us
  • The Chinese got Environmental approval for a Big Coal Mine, located in one of the Food Bowls of the Country....
  • The Unions got caught out for their 'Strand over Tactics, Bullying, intimidation and Corruption. About time. In Business and behave like that you go to Goal, in a Union, Crookery is almost Legal. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I have been doing well on the front Fence, welding up Panel by Panel but Yesterday, broke the Middle Finger  on my Right Hand, lifting 180kg of Steel to get it out of the Rain, rather than cutting it to size. 



Mrs. HP has been off to a A & B Level Judges Clinic Today, which she enjoyed very much, complete with Her warm Clothes and a Woolen Horse Rug for warmth (now I know why she tries so hard to win them :)

My Girl Friend ( Judge Grumble Guts ) at one point challenged Judging reasons for not penalizing IRREGULARITY because of 'stiffness' in a Horse, making the point that regardless of the reason, irregularity is irregularity, Surely a lack of rhythm ( irregularity) has to be penalized, through the levels for it is the first requirement of the German Training Scale and goes to the foundations of training. If a Horse ridden by Isabel Wirth shows the problem, should it be forgiven over a lesser known Rider, because she has more knowledge and therefore it is a 'stiffness'.  Stiffness, causing irregularity, is incorrect. I personally therefore, completely agree with the Good Judge. (GG)



Mrs. HP suffered a set back (due to the incompetence of the Nurse at Flinders) who told Her to leave the stitches in as they were 'dissolvable'

Well they started to get infected and it felt like she had the Bolt back in Her Leg. Thanks to other Nurses (on the list of Pupils) she attended Surgery here and had them removed. WITHIN A DAY she was back to normal and all infection was gone. She could have run. You can't rely upon the Health system any more. You have to run Your own Race and don't take everything for granted. Our sympathies to a Client who was sent Home with anti biotics with a seeping infection in an Ankle replacement. She has since gone to Emergency and admitted for IV treatment. Now that one deserves a Court Case.



On Saturday, during horrendous Weather here at Victor Harbor, tne of the Clydesdales was photographed down on the Jetty. Being Harnessed up, it was obviously pulling the Carriage at the time. So how could this happen?


My guess would have to be a combination of two things. The lack of shoes and therefore Grip, on wet Rubber (and we know what that's like) put together with the ENORMOUS WEIGHT of this archaic Carriage that I have privately complained about for Years (weighing in the Tones as it is Steel)

15 Years ago, when I saw one of the Horses down on it's knees in the Morning, when attempting to drag the Carriage out of it's Shed on a dry Day, I brought in the R.S.P.C.A. and Channel 7 'Today Tonight' but the matter of Weight was not looked into.

This Carriage should have always been given a makeover and much of it replaced with Aluminum and the actual weight of it should be known. I wonder if it has ever been weighed and I bet in the Old Days, there were more than one Horse in front of it. What are there not now? It would both add to the attraction and halve the load, a win win.

Barefoot trimming has no place with Horses doing this job. Yes, they might get away with it on dry Days but there are a lot of Wet Days down here as well. It will immediately be said by some, that Metal Shoes are just as slippery and I say, crap, for the Nails are proud and should be proud, to grip on the Rubber across this Jetty.

It is time for a Mathematical and Engineering based investigation into this Case.



Congrats to Leslie Ball in Canada, just up and going Online. Well done!

Canadians should now not Purchase from me.




My appols for the recent slowing down of delivery of my Saddles, caused by increased demand. I have been working hard to restore faster delivery. Thanks for patience.





Huge Congrats to Samantha Coleshill for winning the State Championships highest Grade in the SADA CUP. Wonderful effort, and on a 'Green Horse' that she Herself has brought along. Big future for Her coming as those skills are rare at the Young Ages. Great Hands!!


They are all doing well and having a happy time, a number of them on new Young Horses and getting ready for the first exposure to the Show scene at the inaugural Victor Harbor Dressage Comps.





My Vibes tell me that the Management of the Equestrian South Australia has become 'dysfunctional' and that there is a 'Bridge too Far' between the 'Administration' and those who run the Day to Day workings of the activities that keep Dressage going.

Time for a ' Clean Sweep' perhaps but in these Days of Litigation possibilities, how this occurs should be approached with care.


To get into he said, she said, non performance and all the rest of the dismissal Legal Minefields would be playing into the Hands of whoever it may be that is the Target of the up coming Meeting. Litigation costs both sides and can go for Years. Members have the Power to put and vote on a motion of "NO CONFIDENCE" and that would avoid the former BUT severely weaken and make possibly untenable, any position of Power.







" If Your Horse is making Noises in Your Float, there are three possible reasons.

  • Bad Driving
  • Bad Float Design
  • Bad Float Maintenance

All things being equal, Horses DO NOT MAKE NOISES IN FLOATS "






" A Member of the EA went to the Office recently, regarding a Horse Rego. "Are You coming to the Meeting?"....."Sure am"....."but You are not a Member".......yes I am, I am a Life Member".....the records are suddenly being observed closely.! Could it be in preparation for the Meetingt?

.....The current Membership renewal Form states....."Membership runs out on 1st July and yes...payment must be made by 31st July.

Those attending the Meeting, be careful!!!




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Tense, Bullied and frightened.







Top reinsman David Butcher is in hospital with multiple internal injuries after being kicked in the chest by a horse at his Cambridge stable.

Butcher, 50, is in the high dependency unit at Waikato Hospital with a lacerated spleen, perforated bowel and at least one broken rib after Tuesday's accident.

Butcher's wife Wanda said her husband had been trying to catch a horse in his Cambridge yard, where he trains with his father John, when it kicked him and "sent him flying".

The biggest racehorse on the property, it caught him squarely in mid-chest.

"They're still waiting on some test results but his pancreas has been knocked around, too, and they think he might have a couple more damaged ribs as well.

"He's been in the HDU since Tuesday but they're hoping to move him out of there today."

With feeding tubes and drains attached, it was difficult for him to communicate with family and he was easily tired, she said.

"The bowel is the biggest problem because it's slow healing and the doctors say he's looking at one or two months' recovery time."

One of the country's best drivers, Butcher would find it hard being confined again – "he loves to be fit and active. But we'll get through it again".

Last year Butcher was sidelined for nearly eight months after pulling his pectoral muscle off the bone in a training accident when a horse he was leading pulled back suddenly.
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But he made a successful comeback and since last November has driven 63 winners, placing him seventh on the drivers' premiership.

Before his injuries Butcher was in the prime of his career. Winner of nearly every feature race in the country, including the New Zealand Cup, the Inter Dominion Final, the Auckland Cup and the Breeders Crown, he regularly finished near the top of the premiership, notching 131 wins in 2010 and 142 wins in 2011, second only to champion Dexter Dunn.

In 2013 he represented New Zealand at the world drivers' championship in France, where he won a race at Caen.

In a career of 33 years, he has driven 2080 winners who have won $21.5 million in stakes.

The Butcher stable will line up three horses at Cambridge tonight in Star's Delight (race 3), Chrissie Jet (race 4) and True Legend (race 8).



CALLS TO BAN EVENTING - here it comes!!!

Eventing Nation: PETA calls for end to eventing

 the controversial animal-rights organization PETA has a new target: the sport of eventing. Top photo: Dirk Schrade and King Artus at Badminton last month. Photo by Jenni Autry. From Jenni Autry: PETA is calling for an end to eventing after two high-profile equine deaths occurred at European events this month, Fran Jurga reports. King Artus, Dirk Schrade’s mount on the gold-medal winning German team at the 2012 London Olympics, died of an aortic tear following cross country at Wiesbaden in Germany on May 18. Last weekend, Dutch rider Raf Kooremans’ mount Cavalor Telstar also died after completing cross country at Houghton International Horse Trials in Norfolk, England.

 The cause of death has not yet been released. It’s always tragic when a horse expires on course. While advances in cross-country fence design like frangible pins and foam logs have reduced the number of crash-related deaths, the threat of heart-related issues occurring on course is still very real. Thankfully, it’s something the sport is working hard to understand and hopefully prevent. The USEA is undertaking a comprehensive Equine Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Study, which focuses on examining how efficiently a horse’s cardiovascular and pulmonary systems function when galloping and jumping cross country. You can donate to this important study on the USEA website. While it’s difficult to stomach any negative attention the sport receives — especially when the remarks are so scathing, as you’ll read below — it’s also important to do everything we can to preserve the welfare of our equine partners. While we probably can’t agree with PETA on much, we can at least find common ground in that. Weigh in, EN.



A second horse has been euthanized after suffering an injury during a chuckwagon race at the annual Calgary Stampede rodeo in Alberta, Canada.

The annual Calgary Stampede features rodeo-style competitions and livestock exhibitions, including the GMC Rangeland Derby chuckwagon race. The event pits four teams of horse-drawn wagons against each other in a series of elimination races over several days. Traditionally, each team consists of four wagon horses and four horses carrying outriders.

On July 4, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred sustained a fractured cannon bone during the sixth heat of the day's chuckwagon race. The horse was subsequently euthanized. The Stampede’s Chuckwagon Safety Commission (CSC) ruled that the incident was the result of driver error. Layne Bremner, the horse's owner and the driver of the wagon at the time of the incident, subsequently received a $2,500 fine.

A second chuckwagon race horse was euthanized after driver Shane Nolin's wagon made contact with the lead horse of B.J. Carey's team during the second head of the July 6 race, said Kurt Kadatz, the stampede’s director of community engagement and communications. The horse was severely injured in the incident and was euthanized the following day.

According to the Calgary Stampede’s chuckwagon racing rulebook, a $10,000 fine is assessed against a driver whose actions cause the death of a horse, payable to the owner of that horse. The CSC ruled that both drivers were responsible for the circumstances that lead to the incident. As a result, Nolin received a $5,000 fine. Carey was assessed a $5,000 deduction from the compensation he was to receive from the stampede for the loss of the horse. The ruling represents the first time since 2008 that the CSC has found both drivers involved in an incident to be responsible.

CSC Chairman Stan Church said the Stampede and participating drivers are cooperating to prevent similar incidents in the future.

“Although driver error is rare, we know that the Stampede, the two professional associations, and the drivers themselves are working together to ensure these incidents are not repeated,” Church said.

Even so, some equine welfare advocates would like to see the chuckwagon races suspended indefinitely.

The Calgary Stampede continues through July 12.





A Texan calf roper has been disqualified from the Calgary Stampede for "aggressively using his rope on his horse."

Tuf Cooper was disqualified for the remainder of the rodeo Wednesday on the grounds of "mistreatment of livestock."

Calgary Stampede chuckwagon drivers fined over horse death

A video of the run shows Cooper striking his horse with his rope while pursuing a calf, which he then fails to lasso.

"The six judges, along with Calgary Stampede officials, unanimously made the decision to disqualify Cooper after seeing him repeatedly and aggressively using his rope on his horse during the run," said Kristina Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Stampede, in an email.

"The Calgary Stampede takes its animal care protocols very seriously and enforces them among anyone who handles animals on Stampede Park, whether its staff, volunteers or competitors."

Barnes said it's believed to be the first time a competitor has been disqualified from the rodeo for that type of infraction.

Cooper is a champion tie-down roper who has earned more than $1 million US during his rodeo career by the time he turned 23, according to the Calgary Stampede's website. His father is Roy "Super Looper" Cooper, a world rodeo champion.




Animal right activists demonstrated outside the Snohomish County Courthouse Thursday, demanding jail time for a trainer who beat a client's horse so badly it collapsed.

"For someone to bring a 1,000-pound animal to its knees, leaving blood and two witnesses in tears, this was not an off day. It was abuse," said Laura Henderson of Pasado's Safe Haven.

The incident occurred two years ago at Carleton Farm in Lake Stevens, Washington. Nola Butler was working with a horse and and got thrown off twice. Witnesses testified she beat the horse in the face with the handle of a whip and kicked it when it was down.

But friends who gathered outside the courthouse said Butler loves animals.They called her a well respected fixture in the local horse community, a 4-H volunteer and trusted trainer.

"I trust her with my animals. She watches my farm when I go away. She takes care of my dogs. I trust her with my children," said supporter Zarabeth Wilkins.

Last month, Butler pleaded guilty to first degree attempted animal cruelty. On Thursday she learned her fate.

"My horse could not tell me she was being abused," testified a tearful Madeline Smith, who owns Megan, the horse in question. "One witness told the defendant to stop hitting Megan. The defendant's response was that if the witness didn't like it she could leave."

Facing a year in jail Butler laughed out loud at times when confronted by her accusers in court, who glared in response.

Butler told the judge she regrets losing her temper, but then appeared to blame the horse.

"She did make me angry because I have never experienced a mare that so disregarded a human's safety," said Butler.

Butler was sentenced to 364 days in jail, which will be suspended as long as she pays a $1,000 fine, completes 40 hours of community service, and takes additional training.

Animal rights advocates had hoped Judge Marybeth Dingledy would keep Butler from training or even being around horses for two years, but the judge declined because Butler has no prior criminal history.




An Oregon man was arrested after he allegedly engaged in a sex act with a horse.

Glen A. Garbutt of Grand Ronde was reportedly spotted 'masturbating himself and a horse' on his property on June 4, this according to the owner of the horse and two other witnesses.

It was not until June 28 however that police finally caught up with him at at a Seventh Day Adventist Church, and were able to take him in after Tasering him three times.

The Oregonian reports that after police Tasered Garbutt and said he was being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, the man immediately responded that he did not have sex with a horse.

The arresting officer claims he had never even mentioned a horse to Garbutt at that point.

He was eventually booked on charges of sexual assault of an animal, resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer.



A horse was found shot to death and tied to a pole outside a family’s home in Osceola County, Clickorlando reports.

The family said they found the horse on their driveway, close to their 4-year-old’s swing set, when they were leaving their home on Lake Gentry Road. A picture of the horse was posted on Facebook and has angered many animal lovers.

“Obviously, whoever did this had no regard for animals,” said Amanda Schmidt, who saw the post on Facebook, to Clickorlando.

Jim Litteral, who initially found the horse, said it was shot three times after giving birth, and “the rope was likely used to pull the dead animal off a truck,” Clickorlando reports. He also took a video of a truck leaving his driveway around the same time the animal was found.

Neighbor Rhona Smith also spotted the horse and said they live on a road that has a "no trespassing" sign. They also share a side of the family’s driveway.

“I think it’s sickening. The police believe it was killed in another location and just dropped there,” Smith said to Clickorlando.

It’s not a crime to shoot a dying horse, but it is illegal to abuse it or drop it off “just anywhere,” Clickorlando reports.

Deputies said to Clickorlando they will review Litteral’s video to try and track down a possible suspect.




HOLLIS, N.H. —Hollis police said a man broke into a barn and then tried to make a run for it -- on a horse.

The owners of the horse farm on Hayden Road captured a bizarre video showing a man trying to climb onto a horse that doesn't belong to him.

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Police said Jeremy Tappan broke into the barn, jumped on the horse and dumped out the horse's vitamins, but they don't know why.

"It's not something we see every day," said Hollis police Lt. Richard Mello.

Police said the owners of the horse farm saw something strange around 5 p.m. Tuesday and called police around 8 p.m.

"One of their horses had become loose and was wandering up the driveway into the roadway," said Mello.

Mello said that police know what happened thanks to a surveillance camera in the barn.

"They saw that a white man had entered the barn, let a horse loose from its stable and had attempted to ride the horse," said Mello.

Mello said that Jeremy Tappan, 26, of Hollis, broke into the barn, jumped on the horse, stole a sports drink from the barn fridge and dumped out some of the horse's vitamins.

"He didn't take them, but he did dump them out on the property -- some medications that had been there, so they were unable to be used by the residents or the owners of the horse," said Mello.

Mello said Tappan lives down the street from the horse farm and was allegedly walking nearby when police arrived at the home.

Mello said that they interviewed Tappan and then let him go -- until they found that he matched the man in the video.

Mello said the horse was not hurt, thankfully.

"Honestly, given the size and strength of the horse, there was more of a concern that Mr. Tappan could have been injured. The behavior with the horse could have easily spooked the horse or caused behavior to injure him," said Mello.

The case, which Mello called "unusual," is still under investigation.

"Very unusual. It's the first time that I can remember this type of incident involving the attempt to ride a horse as part of the crime," said Mello.

Tappan was arrested on Thursday and charged with theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief. He was released on a $5,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on August 19 in Nashua.



The incident occurred around 2pm when a 61-year-old man and a companion were driving a team of two horses, pulling the cart in Tentingen, cantonal police said.

To allow a truck to pass near the entrance to a forest, the cart driver pulled over to one side and drove up a slight slope, police said in a news release.

As a result, the wagon lost balance and toppled to one side, the release said.

The horses were startled by the impact of the wagon and dragged it a short distance before breaking loose and bolting along the Nessierastrasse in the direction of Stersmühle, police said.

The escaped horses then ran into a 14-year-old moped driver, who was injured and needed medical attention.

Ambulance attendants took three of the children to hospital and checked the other occupants of the vehicle who luckily escaped serious injury, police said.

The other children were handed over to their parents, some of whom sought family doctors to care for their offspring.




Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher’s daughter Gina is following in her father’s footsteps as a champion in sport, taking home two gold medals from last week’s FEI European reining championships for juniors and young riders.

The 17-year-old took the individual junior gold was also part of the German gold medal-winning team at the event.

The championships took place in Givrins in Switzerland (2-3 July) at Gina’s mother, Corinna Schumacher’s, ranch.

Forty-six riders from nine countries took part in the event, including reiners from Britain, although the team was not in the medals.

Italy was aiming at fifth consecutive victory in the junior event, but had to settle for silver when the German team claimed victory. Belgium took bronze.

Alongside Gina was Jakob Behringer, Lena-Marie Maas and Shawn Wagner.

“All the riders worked hard to achieve this much coveted medal,” said German team coach, Nico Hoermann.

Gina then went on to take individual gold, while teammate Jakob Behringer took bronze. Italy’s Eric Ranieri Volpe claimed silver.

Gina was competing her 11-year-old paint horse stallion Gunners Enterprise whose stable-name is Digger.

“My horse was great for me once again, and I am thrilled with this second gold medal,” she said. “I cannot thank my team members and coach enough, my trainer Shawna Larcombe and of course my mum and family who are my greatest supporters.”

Her father Michael is currently recovering from a skiing accident in December 2013, which left him in a medically induced coma until June 2014. He is now at home, but reportedly in a wheelchair.

At the time a French journalist claimed Michael’s head camera worsened his injuries in the fall, leading to British Eventing bringing a blanket ban in on the devices.

Italy took control in the young riders competition winning team gold ahead of German and Austria.

“I am thrilled with our athletes even though in the past we have claimed both (junior and young rider taam) gold medals” said Italian coach Filippo Masi de Vargas. “

“The level of competition is getting better every year. I am truly proud and honoured to have such a great group of athletes.”

The country dominated the individual medals too with Alessio Baldi taking gold, with countryman Andrea Pedrotti finishing with silver.

FEI secretary general, Sabrina Zeender said: “These championships were fabulous and dynamic, providing super sport. The quality of the riders was outstanding and the infrastructure at the venue is amazing. The complex here is state-of-the-art and the perfect place to stage a Reining Championship at any level. It is really exciting to see so many young riders and juniors with so much promise. Their talent suggests great things for the future of this sport.”




A Dutch meat trader has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for falsifying documents to pass off horsemeat as beef.

Willy Selten, 45, was arrested in May 2013 as part of the European investigation into horsemeat contamination of beef products.

The “horsemeat scandal” caused ready-made meals to be pulled from supermarket freezers across Europe.

Selten was found guilty in court earlier this month (7 April) of forging invoices, labels and declarations to pass off over 300 tonnes of horsemeat as beef.

The scandal was first exposed in January 2013 in Ireland after which 50,000 tonnes of meat products were urgently recalled across Europe amid fears it contained horsemeat.

Tainted meat was discovered in Austria, Germany, France and Sweden. Horsemeat was also found in burgers produced by UK supermarkets.

The suspect beef was found to have been sold by Selten’s companies in the Netherlands — Wiljo Import en Export BV and Vleesgroothandel Willy Selten.

In April 2013 the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority said 370 companies around Europe and 132 more in the Netherlands were affected by the vast recall, because they bought meat from the two companies.

“Beef cuts and horse cuts were stored in the freezer with the same article number,” Selten told the Dutch Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau press agency at the time of the trial in March..

“I forgot to give them different numbers and it’s wrong what happened. Of course we should have exercised better control.”

Prosecutors had called for a five-year jail sentence for Selten to reflect the damage he had done to the country’s meat industry.

He was earlier declared bankrupt and reportedly faces damages claims of €11m.

During his trial the defendant admitted making mistakes but argued he had not deliberately committed fraud.










 Switzerland is at the forefront of ensuring good equine welfare, so it comes as no surprise that they’ve made strides in developing a variety of welfare-friendly innovations. A Swiss researcher recently presented 21st century equine husbandry materials that are meeting modern demands for optimum animal welfare while keeping human management capacities and time constraints in mind.

“A better understanding of equine welfare has led to new questions and new problems that needed answers and solutions in managing horses,” said Anja Zollinger, BSc, of Agroscope, the Swiss National Stud’s research institute in Avenches, during a presentation at the 2015 French Equine Ethology Day, held April 9 in Saumur. “We need to ensure feeding that’s consistent with the horses’ needs, organize group housing that’s welfare-friendly for all horses in the group, encourage horses to move sufficiently, and facilitate social contacts among horses housed individually. So people in the industry have become more inventive to respond to these needs.”

And the resulting inventions are popping up all over Switzerland in boarding stables, private properties, and even the National Stud itself. New feeding systems allow horses access to forage at regular intervals throughout the day with slow feeding via nets and mesh grills that extend feeding times over 12 to 16 hours per day, Zollinger said. Many of these are electronically operated, allowing owners to fill the hay once a day and then set the machine to open and close periodically over a 24-hour period so the horse never goes more than two or three hours without forage access. Other systems distribute the feed, as well, and calculate how much the horse has consumed. Some can even be programmed to inform the owner about consumption data via real-time text messaging.

Low-ranking horses might be allowed more time lying down if there are independent walls set up in the middle of a large group stall.

In the group housing realm, designers have come up with wall systems that allow low-ranking horses to eat and rest peacefully without being bullied by higher-ranking horses in the group. Zollinger said low-ranking horses might be allowed more time lying down if there are two or three independent walls set up in the middle of a large group stall. These independent walls shouldn’t touch the actual stall walls because that could create corners that might trap the low-ranking horses. But having a sort of “hiding place” for these lower-ranking individuals allows them to escape the pressure of the hierarchy while still being able to benefit from a group environment.

To facilitate more social contact among individually housed horses, designers have developed various kinds of stall structures that allow horses to touch each other with minimal risk of injury. Open stalls—with no bars or walls above about four feet high—are becoming more common and working successfully in many stables. A “box-terrace” design, with rows of stalls that have individual paddocks adjoining them, also allows social interaction and is becoming more popular. The fences between the paddocks have no electric barriers, permitting closer contact between the horses.

A new inter-stall barrier system include vertical bars spaced about a foot apart, which horses can get their heads and necks through, but not their shoulders.

Designers have also developed a new inter-stall barrier system particularly designed for "risky" horses like stallions. The barriers include vertical bars spaced about a foot apart, which horses can get their heads and necks through, but not their shoulders.

“So far the only injuries we’re seeing with this system are rubs and scratches from the horses hitting themselves against the bars, but not from injuring each other,” Zollinger said.

Additionally, more farms are installing “active farm” systems, which encourage horses to spend more time moving. Systems like Paddock Paradise, a design developed by American farrier Jaime Jackson, are gaining favor in Switzerland, Zollinger said. Swiss National Stud research has shown that in open-paddock housing, horses move about 5 km (3 miles) per day, but in an “active” pasture they’ll go more than twice that.

“The mission of applied research in the domain of modern horse husbandry is to take on the new challenges, revealed through a better understanding of horse behavior and welfare, and develop realistic, practical solutions that keep both the horse and the farm manager in mind,” Zollinger said.




The University of Queensland Faculty of Science

Are you passionate about horses and looking for a career in the global horse industry?

One of the world’s top 100 ranked universities, The University of Queensland, is introducing a new Bachelor of Equine Science in 2016.

The new three-year degree is part of a suite of programs to give students an innovative study pathway into a career in the equine industry, which is worth billions of dollars to the Australian economy.

Equine science covers horse nutrition, breeding, exercise physiology, health and rehabilitation, welfare and behaviour and explores the interaction between horse and rider.

The program is based at UQ Gatton, which is home to world-renowned researchers with expertise in horse nutrition, breeding, exercise physiology, equitation, rehabilitation, welfare and behaviour.
UQ students work closely with the horses on our Gatton campus

UQ students work closely with the horses on our Gatton campus

Students have access to the world-class $1.5 million Equine Precinct at the campus which includes equitation arenas, breeding and horse-handling facilities, day yards and stabling amenities. The Equine Precinct is the most comprehensive set of horse-related facilities at any Australian university.

While studying Equine Science, you will acquire scientific knowledge which can be applied within an industry setting to improve the management, performance and welfare of leisure horses and equine athletes.

Learning from UQ’s internationally regarded equine scientists, you will acquire skills to improve the health and welfare of horses.

Just ask Sarah Rossiter, a biosecurity officer with the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Sarah specialised in equine studies at UQ in a predecessor program to the new Bachelor of Equine Science.

Her current role is to manage the threat of exotic animal and plant pests and diseases and to minimise their impact on agricultural industries and unique flora and fauna.

She feels that her UQ studies have been a great foundation to her chosen career.

“The positions I have gained since graduation have been due to the reputation of my UQ degree,” she said.

“I have used my degree to move from horse studs, into animal nutrition, to a temporary role in the Equine Influenza Response Unit and on to my current permanent role with the government.”

Sarah believes that perseverance and hard work are also critical to obtaining a job.

Her program, which was delivered at the UQ Gatton campus, about an hour’s drive west of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia, was also a positive experience.

“I chose UQ Gatton because of the atmosphere, which I first noticed when I attended Open Day,” she said.

“It is a smaller campus that is more personal and has so much open space. I knew I could have the best of both country and city living.”

The new Equine science program starting next year will give students an understanding of animal science principles and social and community issues.

Students will work with world-class researchers with industry connections and collaborations, who help industry solve pressing issues.

As they progress through the program, they will work extensively with horses from the UQ Australian Stock Horse stud in conjunction with UQ’s expert instructors and lecturers.

There is also the option to join the UQ Equestrian Club, which is a part of UQ Sport. Further hands-on training is available by including a vocational program with studies or taking part in extended industry placements.

Students can study the Bachelor of Equine Science as a dual degree with the Bachelor of Agribusiness. The dual four-year program allows you to combine practical business skills with your interests in equine science. This will further widen your career options.

You can pursue a research career by undertaking a research honours year, which could lead to postgraduate studies. Research higher degrees (Master of Philosophy (Mphil) and PhD) are available.

For a full list of courses, go to

If you’re a prospective international student, you should apply directly to the International Admissions Section of The University of Queensland.

Or you can download the International UQ Study Guide 2016 as an app to instantly access UQ information – plus additional photos and videos not available elsewhere. Tap the App Store/Google Play Store icon on your smartphone or tablet to access.

Bachelor of Equine Science (CRICOS Code 087882G);

Dual program options: The Bachelor of Equine Science may be combined with the Bachelor of Agribusiness (CRICOS Code 087883G)




 Laser resection is one of the dozens of treatments available for sarcoids, the most common equine skin tumors, which are notoriously difficult to treat. But until recently few studies have evaluated this technique’s long-term results or risk factors for tumor recurrence.

“Laser resection is often a more practical treatment choice, and we believe it has advantages over other treatment options,” said Claire Wylie, BVM&S, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, Margaret Giffen Resident in clinical research at Rossdales Equine Hospital, in Suffolk, United Kingdom.

Compared to standard surgical removal, Wylie said, laser resection offers reduced postoperative scar tissue formation, pain, and swelling. It also provides a positive postoperative prognosis, she and colleagues recently determined.

In their study of 99 horses undergoing laser sarcoid resection, 83% had no recurrence of the sarcoid removed, and 72% had no recurrence of sarcoids any place on the body.

“The heat produced from the laser creates an area of tissue death around the sarcoid, which reduces the opportunity for cells to be spread to the surrounding normal tissue,” she explained.

The team determined that horses with sarcoids on the head and neck and those with verrucose sarcoids (flat, wartlike tumors) are more likely to have an increased risk of recurrence than those with sarcoids located elsewhere on the body.

“We think this is probably because it has been difficult to ensure that all of the sarcoid tissue has been removed,” Wylie said. “Like cancer in humans it is important to take a ‘margin’ of healthy tissue along with the sarcoid to try to ensure all the diseased tissue has been removed.”

Veterinarians can perform the procedure safely while the horse is standing, requiring only sedation rather than general anesthesia needed with some other treatment methods.

“Laser surgery will invariably lead to a scar, but the hair color remains unchanged,” she said.

For the best outcomes in sarcoid removal, a qualified veterinarian’s precise diagnosis and treatment plan is critical, Wylie stressed. Further, laser treatment is an operation and requires a veterinarian with experience in handling the laser equipment to remove the correct amount of tissue.

“There are a large number of treatments advertised to horse owners, with no proof that they work,” said Wylie. “Inappropriate treatment is dangerous as it can trigger aggressive local expansion of the sarcoid, severely impacting the use and value of the animal.”






Dear Mr John O`leary, I would like to ask for you advice: I have been starting a young horse just 4 in June and I did follow your video instruction ` Mouthing The Horse`. The horse stops as soon as the long lines (trough the roller) touch he bit,on his mouth, turning and looking at you. It was going absolutely fine as I sat on him following the one rein stop but unfortunately lounging another horse in the round pen I twisted my knee and pulled the middle cartilage ligament. To cut the story short an army chap with his wife brought a GSD puppy from us and talking to my wife he offer to sat on the horse (obviously it convinced my wife that he was very experience in braking horses,etc the usual `bla,bla) as I am enable to do riding for the time being I agreed. The horse was perfect twice when he sat on him (I was holding the long lines and helping to get him up and down of the horse) but the last time when he tried to dismount for himself (after telling this guy to hold onto one rein and he did not) the horse panic and buck him off (nothing rodeo like) and now I have a problem where I have to restart the process and tried to teach him to allow getting up and off without panicking. My question is if there a solution to the problem without resorting to `heavy` tactics. I would not mind pay for your advice (as long as is reasonable) as I just got scared of sending my horse away as there is not many `breakers` that I could trust. The horse is a well bred Warm Blood that came from Germany and he was not handled at all as a foal. He does accept the saddle and I brought one `Ardal` (dummy jockey with boots) and does join up,ect.) but he is `worried` type. If you can help and advice I would be very grateful.



HI Carol

There is nothing worse than this happening as Horses get a Psycho Problem about it, that if not fixed, lasts forever. I don't know what Your definition of (to quote You) " heavy` tactics."
but I can assure You, I have fixed dozens of these, but You must embrace "Leg Restraints" Now I don't call this 'Heavy Tactics' for I have saved the Lives of Thousands of HOrses, with them and never hurt one. The thing with Your Horse could be fix HIm or he loses his Life. The Latter would be heavy :(

So before I go on, let me know Your attiude to this

Here are some photos of one of them on arrival here from NSW



Hi, Thank you so much for the prompt reply and I was looking at the leg restrain (do you mean the ones above the knee??) (some people use the one leg up restrain) but please I am relying on your vast experience on breaking problem horses and I am willing to try anything that will cure/solve the problem. My name is Alberto and I am Carol`s husband using her E-mail address for convenience. I have never have had this problem before only once in Argentina when I brought 2 unbroken horses and give them to one the `gauchos` to break but he would only do one as the other one he said was spoiled.To cut the story short he lead the horse with another one and I had to jump on the unbroken one as he lead me down the fields (they call this `asidero`) at that time I could jump quiet good and this worked. I am no gaucho as they can stay on any horse bucking and if they don't buck they will make them (I agree cruel way). But as I said I am relying on your advice and experience and will do whatever you advice me. Thanks again Regards Alberto

That's fine Alberto. I now understand Your use odf the term 'Heavy Tactics' because I have been watching a lot of the training behavior of People from Spanish Blood Countries and I am not impressed. Barbaric in my opinion.

The fix for Your problem is on Disc 2 of my Leg Restraints DVD's (  ) with a Horse that was probably worse than Your Horse. You only get one more chance with these. Stuff it up and the Career of the Horse is over because they take this subject extremely seriously and immediately end with a Mental condition of major distrust of the Mounting process.

Then, prior to mounting that Horse normally thereafter, once gaining trust again, You must do this.....  

If not happy and You cannot shut the Horse down whilst bucking, then You should do this.

Then, Mount as the Australian Horsemen do, not as the British Military do



Well of course, he Military/BHS/Pony Club system taught across the Planet, is anti Horsemanship and Dangerous.

  • The Handler has NO CONTROL over a "Green Horse'

  • The Reins are not controlling the Horse at all

  • The Rider has his Head perched over the Neck/Head of the Horse waiting to be knocked out if it rears

  • There is too much Air Space

  • They are in a GP Saddle

  • The Handler would auto pull the Horse to his Side should something go wrong, causing the Rider to possibly be kicked and trampled...and more


....Best of Luck






Hi again Mr HP , Well I have to say your collar is a miracle worker!!! We are up to hole 3 (and oiling!) and our beautiful TB Arky has realised he can no longer suck. I would like to promote your product on Facebook - do you have a page? If not you need to!!!! There is a HUGE horse community on Facebook daily and I'm sure you would benefit greatly from more sales of your amazing collar by promoting it on social media - and be the saviour to many poor horses suffering this dreadful affliction. Well done, congratulations!!!!! Love your product! Best wishes,

Thanks very much , Very nice of You to take the trouble to let us know. Well done. Regards





Hi HP,

Hope you and Mrs HP are well.

I have a couple of questions for you if that's ok and I'll start with the longer winded one first!

I've got a 2 and a half year old recently gelded (two months ago) welsh a who is very small (9hh).  He is the first foal from his dam and was also born premature.
I didn't get him until he was just over a year old and found him to be quite nervy to handle.  Leads very well, but didn't tie well, not happy about being touched all over, jumpy and not very trusting. Worked on getting him to tie properly and let me touch him all over then he was turned out for approximately 9 months with a welsh a stallion and another colt so he wasn't on his own while I concentrated on breaking my mare into harness.  He was left as a colt for this long as his testicles hadn't descended and he was not a problem to handle, just nervy until he got used to you.  When he left I was able to touch him all over with no problems apart from handling his tail, which he would clamp down, but he was improving and had improved a lot since I first got him.  While he was away he was handled for worming, trimming and not allowed to get away with anything.  I visited him a few times while he was away and handled him and while he seemed grumpy in his demenour, I could still handle him fine.  He was also bottom of the pecking order.

He's been back home for a couple of months now, and is the only pony on the property as my other pony (mare) is currently spelling on a different property.  He was gelded within a week of coming home and started learning how to lunge.   He is handled twice daily as I have him in a yard overnight and out in a paddock during the day.  It wasn't until I started handling him more - grooming and light lunging that I noticed the big change in him.  He's an arrogant little snot these days!  Gone are the days of nerves, he has the attitude of "You can't make me, I'm not going to, get away from me and don't touch me".  Grooming his front legs - he snatches them away and pulls faces.  Grooming his hing legs, kicks them away and kicks at me.  Touching his ears - violent pull away with his head. Not even touching his rump, just moving towards his rump he hunches up and flinches.  Lunging, if I put pressure on him (he is still learning), he swings his rump towards me and double barrels in my direction.
With all of the above, I persist and don't let him avoid my touch/keep my hand on his ear/leg/rump/tail until he relaxes and softens and then I immediately move away, but the minute I go to do it again I get the same reaction.  He has his ears back the whole time in the 'listening' position, but it doesn't feel right, it feels like he is only listening to find out when I'm off my guard so he can have another go.
I don't believe it is pain, as he is not like this all the time, it's only part of the time, and it's only to me.  If I catch him in the paddock and pat him he is fine.  No hunching or flinching or pulling away.  If I pat him over the fence, no problem, I can lean all over him and do what I like.  It's only at the tie up area/in the round yard and it's only 90% of the time.  He is better after he has been lunged (he gets a light groom before lunging to pick hooves and check him over to make sure he's ok) when he gets a more thorough groom, could be tiredness or could be that I've managed to have some wins while lunging?
The majority of the time he doesn't pull any of this when my husband handles him except for the rump and tail clamp, and that is only when he is tied up.  Other than that he is a perfect angel for him, but my husband puts absolutely no pressure on him at all.
I'm really quite concerned with his attitude - while I can handle him and get my way in the end, the constant trying is frustrating and he feels like he is working himself up to a massive tantrum. Being only 9hh it's not terrifying, but I really want to nip this crap in the bud and have a nice, safe pony so when kids see a cute little pony and drape themselves all over him (when I'm not looking/there) they don't get hurt!  What can I do?


Phew, quite a story Lisa. I need more Letters from Blokes

He could well resent being Gelded but regardless of that, he has to be a Good Boy :) You mentioned being around Kids and the Little one's often are of course. It is therefore imperative that there be no Danger around those Legs and therefore, the full suite of 'Leg Restraints Training' is what he needs, for more reasons than just Legs. It will ix a number of associated Problems. Foal Hobbles may be needed though. He should start with the front Leg Strap, then the Foal Hobbles, then the Collar Rope and then the back leg hobbles., during which you can really touch him up :)

Second, I'm looking to mouth him, but as he is tiny, I don't know what bit to use on him to do it.  I measured him using the bit of pipe in mouth and the width was 9.5 cm / 3.7 inches.  I saw you have an eggbutt snaffle in 4inch but I wouldn't think that would be suitable as a breaking in bit?  With my other pony I used one of your tom thumb bits in 4.25 inch but that is too big for my gelding.  I haven't been able to find anything suitable in any saddlerys (everything seems to be warmblood size!) - the small bits they have are very poorly made and the mouthpiece looks almost rectangular in shape.  Do you have any suggestions?

Hope to hear from you soon,

I have just got but not told anyone :)  4 inch in tom thumb and a 4 inch FM with Pony Bars as well. The Egg Butt is not suitable for Mouthing the Horse Lisa. Fine for after the Green Horse Stage though. (with a Chin Strap of course) Regards






My name is Lorraine ---. I live at Cooke Plains SA. The ground here is extremely sandy. They weather here is extremely cold and dry. I have been having problems with sand every year. Normally i have two calls atleast every year from the vet resulting in a parafin oil drench and pain killers .. I have been on this property for 15 years the horses are aging and the problem is becoming worse with aging of course .. the horses have their teeth done regularly. They are fed large amounts of good quality hay. I feed physillian husks .. Have been searching internet for recipes for sand colic. the horses are all feed out of one tonne potato boxes with a floor added so they are not eating off the ground. Grazing would be the problem but hard to restrict this on excercise basis but i do when the grasses first appear until the grass establishes. The grasses pulls up easily roots and all containing sand. The horses are wormed regularly at the start of every one of the four seasons with a wormer that covers for 15 weeks. The horses are yarded/stabled at night feed out off feeders. Let out into 50 acres during the day. I am extremely observant and can pick very quickly. I am constantly searching for prevantative measures and any rememdies. I would be interested in any rememdies you may have please as it is an ongoing battle. I have feed sweet bulk but now have no faith in the product as one bag I feed out as a preventative measure ( no sick horses before) and had five out ten showing belly aches within the hour. Didnt listen to my gut feeling and the horses who snorted at it instead of hoeing into it .. silly me .. i did suspect it .. but the bottom line is i now have no faith in that product and am looking for another remedy .. but of course i have to carefull what i say concerning sweetbulk as even though my horses were sick and suffered and i spent a freezing night out with the horses they would likey be able to sue me for defamiation .. cant be stressed with that .. have crook ticker myself at the moment .. Usually this works for me with all the other measures and a keen eye in place. Pat Coleby had a few old remedies .. clipped oats 1lb, or chopped apples ,  I would appreciate any help or remedies you may have. This year i have been treating the horses sinse April .. we are well into July and i still have two sanded mares. The old girls .. The way the weather is this year with lack of rain and very short pastures with heavy dew in the morning cant see any relief in the coming month so i would be interested in your remendy please. Kind Regards, Lorraine 77777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777

Hi Lorraine

I understand and congratulations on You vigilance and awareness. I have never been able to be shown, proof that any of the Products You mention, work. Ours does work, we have 70 Years of proof and more every Week.

On monday 19/3 vet was called to treat our 2 1/2 yr old filly,drenched with parrafin of coarse.***tues 20/3 filly was hospitalised and drenched with 5 lots of elect+yoghurt ,***3 lots of electrolytes***5 lots of parrafin oil**1 magnesium sulphate drench.On friday 23/3 at 12.15 I called and they had introduced feed and gut sounds had supposedly slowed right down again so we were devestated .We decided to bring her home as I had found your website.It was strange that we were told that she was fine to come home just 3 hours later . We did ask how much sand had been evacuated from our filly but they couldnt see any.After your treatment we had 2 days of scouring so it was difficult to see sand but these attached pictures are proof that after 5 days your sand colic remedy has indeed saved our horse by evacuating the sand.Pictures are gravelly sand washed from just 1 piece of manure in a jar with water.There was 1/2 inch of sand left in jar.Regards Tony and Renata


Best of Luck and well done.






Hi John I am an avid reader of your blog for many years and think I have all your videos and Linda's as well as most of your training gear.I breed PRE (Pure Spanish) horses and recenty started my two young stallions under saddle.Proceeded with your mouthing system and then lots of lungeing work to build their topline prior to riding.they have been under saddle a week and they amaze me with their willing attitude and their carriage which is a testament to the classical system I use and good prior prep. I was wondering if you or Linda could give me an outline of which of her dvd's to use first as I believe these two horses have the potential to excel in Classical dressage and just want to work them through progressively.y help would be greatly appreciated.Have sent some pics of them and this was their first ride in the arena after 3 days in the round yard. Kind regards Eric Hicks


Hi Eric

The Horse is a Credit to You. A couple of observations. That Young Lady has some the best Hands I have seen and probably the best on a Female, ever. Congratulate her for me. Then to Her riding position, this is a problem but it is not her fault. The Saddle is doing this to Her, making here lean forward because Her Feet is too far out the front. If she didn't have the Hands she does, this would be bad News.

Wonderful Horse!!!!! great attitude and tells me about the Breaker.....but to Your question......."Green to Dressage"  is the one You want but first of course, You know the Horse has to "Leg Yield' perfectly. You didn't say what DVD's You have.

I can see You have the Mouth of the Century, which makes it all so easy to go out there and look like You are ready for a Show, on the first Day in an arena :) Well done again


Yes, this Horse has got the Goods Eric







Hey John, I need some advice. My new thoroughbred mare is absolutely beautiful and sweet in every way. The only problem is catching her. She'll come to me if I call her and if I have food, but if she even sees the halter the slightest bit she'll bolt. It's like catching road runner; nearly impossible. I just want to know if there's anything that will make her not hate being caught? She's fine after catching. Would stand tied up all day if need be.

John Oleary Horses do this for many reasons and this is not aimed at you but an Owner could be a bad Rider, Bad Hands, a bad Float Driver, riding on a road with no shoes, it can be many things, obscure. This is why we need to read horses. So catch Her with food, take her to a yard or stable and give her a little special feed of a few handfuls, in a bowl. Then, after, turn her out again. Do it for a few Days, see what happens. Adjust and build as you see fit. Crap Driver, Crap Float, a Rug on after being hot at work, many things. They don't forget  They will also do it for many other reasons. Training Sessions too long, a Coach with a Screaming Voice and more. Regards






Hi John my name is Donna and i have a double whammy, a rearing and bucking horse. He is coming up to a six year old and i have owned him for about eight months. I bought him sight unseen only from the net. He is a appaloosa a real stunner. The owners lied horribly i thought i asked all the right questions i have been around horses for 40 years and been competing in jumping for 20 years. I no longer jump due to having five brain surgeries, not related to riding horses. I am reluctant to have "Geoff" put down as he is a lovely fella on the ground, although he doesnt mind trying to go in for a bite around feed time or saddling up. Sounds a dream doesnt he, but he is a good fella really. Out on the trails and roads he is ok. Has only tried to rear or buck when i ask him to move on into a canter. He will straight away drop his head and try to buck and then stop an rear. Hence i dont canter, at all. He is getting fit with all this trotting. He doesnt like flat work, at all. After five minutes of circles, he will just stop and rear, straight up, not pleasant, at all. In fact i hadnt been unstuck from a saddle in thirty years however in the last week he has unstuck me 4 times, luckily three i landed in feet, but today i wasnt so lucky and landed on my side. Not good for this 5o year old body with titanium plates in back,( caused from work accident). I spose i am writing because i have watched so many videos on how to stop this problem and nothing made much sense until i read your web page. I like the paper idea but bit confused about when to do it between the ears before or after landing? I live in northern nsw near Murwillumbah. Do you ever make it over here or have you anyone you could recommend who may be able to help me. Am a bit concerned of the dangers. Oh he does chew his bit continuously and throw his head when asked to stop. Did change bits but made no difference. Have booked a chiro to see if he has any back issues and am getting his teeth done. So not sure of what else to do am open to any ideas, love him dearly, cannot sell him on even if i tried as i cant pass this problem horse onto anyone as i couldnt live with my conscious m plus i now love my horse Geoff Any advice would be much appreciated, can pay for a consult if needed. Thankyou Donna

Donna, the Horse is merely communicating with You. You can bet this Horse has a slight Veterinary Problem, which is not obvious to exhibit lameness and it is exacerbated by the Canter Stride and the stretching of the rear end. Therefore, the problem will be in the rear end. Show me Photos of the Horse. The Chiro may find it for You but at the end of the Day, this will be a Vet investigation.







Hello, I've been watching the DVD set on leg restraints.I was curious and would appreciate your input. I purchased this DVD set because of "buddy sour" problems. (I watched your   you- tube clip on a chestnut mare that was a weaver and very anxious). Keeping that in mind, my first thought was knee hobbles, but even before I watched how you helped the mare in video, I thought no, stockman hobbles, and now thinking maybe use the dangling ball too. Here's some info for you though, our horses are put in what is a "portable" stall at our county fair. We like them only because of air flow advantages and location. Otherwise I don't prefer this stall environment. I will send a pic and it will give you an idea. Basically, a horse could heave one out of whack, (metal framed with canvas walls held with zip ties, yes, those are broke costantly) and try to rare over the door and what an awful disaster that would be!  Even if my horses tied well (natural horsemanship... you are so right on that topic) no smart person would tie a horse in this stall for long, or unsupervised. Now, do you see what I'm up against? My mare can get wound up in no time flat, I always babysit her or take her out. I can't help my daughter on the gelding when I do this. I just want them safe and in the stall knowing I can walk away from them. I will need to train both of them. My gelding is an ox, 16.2 hands. What do you suggest? Thanks so very much! I really enjoy working with my horses, I'm 47 and prefer training my own. I've learned a great deal of patients working with them. My horses are not young, I've trained several young ones in my early days, but raising my family took over for a while. I find that my horses can still learn even at age 10 or older. Thanks again


Hi Leslie

The problems the Lady have, sound to be partly environmental as well as the undoubted cemented dedication to each other by both Horses. I didn't get a Photo and I don't know whether the Horses can see each other whilst in those Tents but clearly, they should, however, I would have none of such a set up and our Horses ONLY ever tie up to the Trailers. If any indicators of 'seperation anxiety' appear when one Horse leaves to compete, the Handler/Husband :) remains back and trains the Horse to NOT start up, by verbal warnings, slight flick of the whip, hobbles or whatever else one has at their disposal ( based upon the scales of lightness) Calling out is not allowed of course. Even Stockmans Hobbles should be used in an "Advance and Retreat' basis where if the Horse starts up, the Hobbles go on, the Horse relaxes, the Hobbles come off.

Then there are so many other things to considetr, like, the Tents and Wind, noise etc, could be contributing via fear???? again, Photos.

So appreciative of his comments.  He gave me ideas that I never thought of.  Now I really do wonder if that mare is spoiled.  She needs more discipline.   I should have seen that.  Good, now I feel I did right when she bucks at start of canter, about 60% of time.  I decided to hold firm to scolding her when she bucks. She did stop after about 3 scoldings.   Thanks so much!





Hi John

The riding position isn’t great, but I just love this pony. Beginner rider on 4 year old OTT standy with 6 months riding experience. No problem…. We all have a MASSIVE spook at some supersized steers charging out from behind a fence. Horseproblems saddle – no problem. We all stayed on, even Amelia who has ridden maybe 5 times in total.


I love this shot, just chilling out on the ride and letting the horse chill out as well

Well done Sarah. Love Your Passion :)  The Horses say it all.

These two photos bring me back to the subject of Rein Handling. I realize You are both being on Your best behavior, perhaps in the knowledge that You may be on my Blog lol, but to educate, for the Readers, this length of Rein is a little too long, even on my standards


This should be described as being long enough to allow the Horse to:

  • Lower the Neck and be relaxed, for they cannot be so when ridden British
  • and that they cannot accidentally bounce off the Hands of the Rider, giving conflicting signals, causing 'Jig Jogging' and the like and spoiling the fun and relaxation of the 'Pleasure Ride' which is meant to be time out from other Work, to keep the Brain Happy and balanced.

** For a Horse to be relaxed on a 'Pleasure Ride' it has to lower it's Neck. Horses ridden on the British Rein, cannot do so and therefore can never be relaxed. (which of course is one of the contributing factors to there being so many accidents in the UK)


Pictured on left an Australian Lass visiting Britain and on right, two British ridden Horses, however....

This Photo, sent into me by two Australian Ladies

certainly and admirably from my point of view, shows the 'relaxed, Happy Horses' but my point here (yes, being pedantic) is that these Reins are longer than I use or would recommend. Especially if those Learning to ride are concerned, So how do we arrive at the perfect length of Rein, that gives:

  • Relaxed Horses

  • Hands not bouncing off Mouths, and...

  • Srtill having CONTROL WHEN NEEDED

  • Maximum control, in case of.....this is not easily learnt and quite technical

Here is a Photo of myself, auto Pilot on Rein Control after 20 odd Thousand Horses.

or and so we come to Rein Control versus the pleasure Rein.

Yes, the Chestnut above was Rearing a Week before and the Buckskin is in it's first Week of ridden Life so yes, You have to have a 'Pleasure Rein' but not Miles long Reins either, so You soon learn the optimum.


Yes, of course, we all have the luxury of letting the Head go way out with 'Old Faithful' but trust me, even they will meet the most frightening thing possible and "do the Bolt', therefore, the speed of Rein Handling is also a crucial factor in teaching Novices as much as the length of Rein.

So I will do a Video on this subject, soon.

Cheers Girls







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