27th December, 2015

Merry Christmas to all of our Readers, Friends, Detractors and Enemies :) To those I have upset over the Year, just remember, it's only about the Horses. Appols to You.



Mrs. HP's Cousin Cynthia, is here from Melbourne and why would You let Christmas Eve or Christmas Day get in the way of Horse Training? Here they are swapping Notes and Horses for each others opinions to advance knowledge.



I too have had the pleasure of meeting two lovely Young unbroken Horses this Week



These two Photos are basically taken within 2 minutes of commencement and show the wonderful trust built in Humans, by the Owner....Mrs. Jenni Phillips of Skyview Stud at Echunga.....and no, I don't travel :)....I was delivering a Saddle for a Lady to try out.

The two lovely Horses will be coming down next Week for Lessons.



Well Folks, it was very Sad this Morning, when Mrs. HP left at 6am, to take over Gainsborough, after the Lessees moved onto other things. She was kindly 'shown the ropes' by one of the Girls who help with Feeding and I guess settling into the routine once more. I will be transporting  Her Horses there soon. She is going to be very busy, as am I. There is also a new addition to Her Stable as of this Morning, a 6 Year Old Donner Duccio Gelding which she will be working towards competition and Sale, for the Owner. Yet another wonderful temperament Horse who has been allowed to mature in a responsible way, a luxury these Days.


Cynthia Bossemma will be attending Gainsborough, from Melbourne, to conduct Clinics for interested South Australian Dressage Competitors. Contact Mrs. HP.




This feature this Week, on safety in Horse Riding .......

When mounting, you are in a vulnerable position. If your horse walks off or spooks before you have the chance to swing your right leg over the saddle and sit securely, you could fall. So use good judgment. I prefer using a solid three-step mounting block and, if available, a person to hold the horse and the right stirrup. The mounting block helps you avoid uncomfortably pulling the saddle against your horse’s withers while the person holding the right stirrup also helps keep the saddle—and the horse—in place.


Before you mount, tighten your girth. Then lead your horse to the mounting block, positioning him so that the left side of the saddle is above the mounting block. Put the reins over his neck and hold the left rein as you climb the mounting block. Make sure the stirrup leather is flat against the saddle with the iron hanging down, then take both reins evenly in your left hand. Maintaining a light feel, place that hand on the crest of your horse’s neck to keep him straight and prevent him from walking off. Put your left foot in the stirrup and, being careful not to poke your toe into his side, turn your heel inward so your foot is parallel to your horse’s side and the stirrup iron’s inside branch is against it. Briefly place your right hand on the cantle of the saddle, then move it forward to the right side of the saddle as you swing your right leg over your horse’s back. Make sure your leg clears his rump so you don’t brush him with it and startle him. Place your right foot into the stirrup and ease down on his back.

Well of course the system as shown is the MOST DANGEROUS and anti Horsemanship that one could possibly find and of course stems from the foundational systems of the BHS.

  • Little control over the Horse.

  • The Rider has No control.

  • If the Horse acts up, at least one of them has to be exposed to danger of being trampled or kicked

  • The Rider doesn't have control because the Groom will pull on that Rein if things go wrong, smashing the Rider between the Building which is a Mounting block and be trampled because they will instinctively pull on the Head of the Horse, spinning it's rear end onto the Mounting Block and Rider.

  • The simple fact that a Groom has to be 'controlling the Horse' means the Rider has 'No control'???? What is that????

Remember, when You teach these quaint systems, everyone is not mounting 'Old Dobbin'. They are getting on ex Racehorses and all sorts of other suspect profiles.

No basis in Horsemanship and all control taken from the Rider.



News this Week that another one of my lovely 'Breakers' of the past, has been ruined by 'left field' Coaching systems. This one in Melbourne.




Kapunda, South Australia.  Alleged Squatters on a Property






How would you re train a horse to float? My gelding used to walk on and float up until 2 weeks ago and I've had issues getting him on after we take him out and about. He just starts backing up as soon as we walk toward The ramp. Yet he's been on an hour before that. I've got a large double extended float with two sliding Windows on the side and a big window at the front. It's a karakar. I've walked up with him, used chaff and then be backs up and wants to walk off. My husband got behind him today and just his presence behind him was enough to walk up. Once he's on he stands fine apart from leaning on breaching bar. I read about holding onto the horse with the halter training method you have. He puts his head right up and just backs up so fast.

HI Leah, I suspect You should be getting HUbby to check this float. Listen to Your Horse. Suspect Floor, wheel brearings suddenly making noises, etc etc. Then, for the meantime, just do what you did, hubby behind. Float has been checked. He makes sure all of it works. It's just odd. Some times he gets on then other times it's when I don't have anyone with me and I have to get him On myself that there are issues. I'm going to try your halter training in a coupe of days Couple. And try the pressure and then the release when he climbs on the ramp. Well, with my system, you have to have a rope halter a rope halter on and 3.6 metre lead rope. Preferably a bloke to lighten them up, because at the end of the day, this is a weakness in the Halter Breaking to come forward from pressure.

 I have a long horsemanship rope with leather whip on end yep I will give it a go on Boxing Day. At the moment when he was backing up I just ran him backward until he gave in and released pressure. He's scared of any sort of crop and I don't believe in using whips to get a horse on a float. I don't want to break him. I want to work with him.

Fri 10:33am Whips don't break horses Leah. Remember the Scales of Lightness.

 I can see the fear in his eyes.

 10:19am I got him on four times! I did the halter training method of holding on and he dragged me a couple of times then gave in and I rewarded. He was a little piggy but that was the worst. I used a crop to tap him on the shoulder as id seen in some training and the tapping was to encourage forward movement and he self loaded. Then I have him a hand full of chaff to reward and we backed out on voice.

 Well done. The tapping method is Tom Roberts as claimed by McLean and whilst working all good but can and does fail on the rear end with the evasive horse that puts it's rump around the side of the float, so not a total success system. OK if working at the time though.Well done

Your halter training worked though. I got dragged twice lol they are strong.

The 'Tom Roberts Method' (adapted by McLean) and inspired by Kel Jeffreys, is based upon correct training principals and whilst working, is a fine method of loading a Horse into a Float, however, if falls down when You need a Horse that works out how to evade via the rear end. (rear end off the ramp and backing around the side of the Float.) I have seen dozens of cases and indeed recently asked to help a Lady at Mt. Crawford who had been stuck for an Hour.

The system does not control the rear end of a Horse, only the front end. Therefore, it ranks down the list as the most effective.





Parelli No 100%
Wilton 50% 100%
Roberts Yes 50%
Jeffreys Yes 100%
O'Leary Yes 75%





" Psychological Problems with Horses, CANNOT be solved with a Rein Contact "





They are out of control Folks and ensuring an 'elitist Sport with little chance of People on Wages to participate.

We were recently at Werribee and they are right out of control over there. $95 to enter a Class???? We were Phoned, after spending a Thousand  and asked why we hadn't included the $16 per Day per Horse, to be 'on the Grounds', even if in the Float Park. That's $32 a Day to stand tied up to Your own Float. Excuse me!!!!!!

As a general observation of the Place, I just have to ask why in the Lord would You build such a facility in such a God forsaken location with the incessant Winds, the Dirt and the Dust. Forget preparing clean Horses or clean Riders, You are filthy the moment You open the Car Door. Feral location and the whole thing needs shifting to better Country. It puts Horses and People in a depressed Mood.









Two of Victoria's highest profile trainers have been found guilty of racing horses with elevated levels of the performance-enhancing substance cobalt.

Flemington-based trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien now face three-year suspensions and will make submissions on their penalties in the new year.

O'Brien said he would appeal against the decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

."When we do get to VCAT we'll have the power of subpoena," he said.

"We'll also have to the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses. We look forward to cross-examining Mr Bailey (Chief Steward Terry Bailey).

"There have been some real issues raised in our case and in Peter Moody's. The silence on those issues has been deafening from RVL."

Trainer Mark Kavanagh with horse December Draw at Flemington.© Getty Images: Mark Dadswell Trainer Mark Kavanagh with horse December Draw at Flemington. Kavanagh and O'Brien are two of the biggest names in racing.

Both men have trained Cox Plate winners; Kavanagh with Maldivian in 2008 and O'Brien with Shamus Award in 2013.

O'Brien also won a Caulfield Cup in 2007 with Master O'Reilly.

The Kavanagh-trained Shocking won the 2009 Melbourne Cup.

Cobalt likened to EPO

Kavanagh was charged after his horse Magicool returned an elevated cobalt reading after winning the UCI Stakes at Flemington in October last year.

O'Brien was charged after four of his horses, Caravan Rolls On, Bondeiger, De Little Engine and Bullpit, also recorded above-legal cobalt limits in November and December last year.

Tom Brennan is the vet who provided cobalt to Kavanagh and O'Brien.

He has been found guilty by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board of administering cobalt to five horses.

Cobalt has been likened to the performance enhancing drug EPO because it can increase the number of red blood cells helping to improve a horse's endurance.

Racing officials became concerned about the worldwide use of cobalt in 2013.

Last year Racing Victoria established a threshold for cobalt at 200 micrograms per litre of urine and began testing for the performance-enhancing substance.

Kavanagh and O'Brien faced multiple charges in relation to each horse, with all charges carrying a maximum penalty of three years.

They both pleaded not guilty.

The famous trainer of undefeated sprinter Black Caviar, Peter Moody, is also facing cobalt-related charges.

His case has been adjourned until February.

Two other trainers, Lee and Shannon Hope, were found guilty of administering cobalt to their horses in November.

Lee Hope was banned for three years while his son Shannon was banned for five years.




A horse-handler has died after being trapped under the tailgate of a horse trailer in southern NSW.

Police say the 55-year-old got stuck under the tailgate and died between 9.30am and 1.45pm at a property at Mangoplah, near Wagga Wagga, on Wednesday.

A co-worker found his body at 1.45pm.

The death is not considered suspicious and police will prepare a report for the coroner.




Any Training that puts Faces on a Horse like this, is not worthy of rating!





NEW ORLEANS -- A bomb in a crawl space sent the owners of a northwest Louisiana horse farm flying from their bed to the floor, but they walked away uninjured by the bomb, dagger-like splinters from their hardwood floor or shrapnel that hit the ceiling, one owner said Monday.

"We think it was our Christmas miracle," Tracy Hewlett said in a phone interview from their 280-acre Holly Hill Farm Equestrian Center, which includes three houses and a couple of bunkhouses.

Their three small dogs and a cat all had been on the bed and also were unscratched, she said.

Authorities said maintenance worker Douglas Holley, 54, placed the explosive below their bed and faces charges of attempted capital murder and making a bomb.

Hewlett said she and her husband, Bobby Hewlett, think he must be mentally ill and, while horrified by the bombing, feel sorry for him.

"He's just ruined his life," she said.

Hewlett said she and her husband had returned Friday from a week-long visit with their son in Australia and woke about 3:30 a.m., "still on Australian time." They were trying to go back to sleep when they heard a boom.

"There was a big flash of light, and both of us went flying," she said. "My husband flew over the top of me onto the floor by my side."

Sheets, blankets and quilts went with them. The blast knocked books from shelves in the living room and pictures from walls in several rooms. The noise didn't strike them as loud, she said, but people living a half-mile away said it woke them up.

Thinking it was a gas leak, they called 911 from the office in their horse barn. Emergency crews quickly ruled out a gas leak, and police began asking about disgruntled employees, upset clients or enemies, Hewlett said.

They couldn't think of anyone, she said, but when asked if they knew anyone who might be able to get explosives into the house, they named Holley. He came to the centre on a friend's recommendation about four years and has lived there for about three years, Hewlett said.

"We had never had any problem with him. But he's a bit of a loner, very anti-government, never wanted to work with anybody. He had been estranged from his family," she said. "But besides that, he's a likable guy that everybody here got along with."

A search of Holley's home, a few hundred feet from the Hewletts' house, turned up bomb-making materials and indications that Holley had researched how to make explosives, said Lt. Bill Davis, spokesman for the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office. Davis said he did not know whether the bomb was set with a timer or lit with a fuse.

"He knew where they were and where they would be," Davis said.

It was not clear whether Holley had an attorney who could comment on his case. Online jail records show he was being held without bond on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and several other charges, including a Caddo Parish court warrant from 2009 on a charge of letting cats and big dogs roam at large.

Hewlett said the only problem they could recall with Holley was that her husband, a veterinarian, had been unable to save Holley's horse from colic during the summer. After 24 hours of treatment, she said, Bobby Hewlett told Holley the illness was terminal, and Holley agreed to have it euthanized.

Holley blamed himself for putting a big round bale of hay where the horse could eat as much as it wanted, she said.

"He started obsessing about that," she said, but he never accused her husband or said anything to her.

She said some other employees have said since the explosion that "he had said some odd things to them. Just all this anti-government stuff, something about witchcraft. Really bizarre things."

Davis said the explosion left a basketball-sized hole in the hardwood floor.

Hewlett said it turned their box spring to kindling, but the mattress itself had only slits from shrapnel that it apparently stopped. Magazines next to the headboard were shredded, she said.




TOWN OF LEBANON - A pregnant horse believed to have been sexually assaulted in late November died Dec. 19, according to the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department.

The owner of the 15-year-old mare told the sheriff's department the horse and the foal it was carrying died. The assault happened Nov. 29, according to the sheriff's department.

The owner contacted the sheriff's department when the assault happened. He had noticed his horses were acting as if they had been spooked and he found the mare injured and bleeding.

The horse's body was taken to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for an examination to determine the possible cause of death. The exam had not been finished when the department announced the animals' deaths via press release Wednesday afternoon. Officials do not know if the death is connected to the original assault.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information in this case along with assistance in the investigative costs.





Jockey D K Ashish (29), who was critically injured after falling from a horse on December 19, died today at a city hospital, officials of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) said.

Ashish, who hailed from Pune, was riding Bold As Brave while participating in the Calcutta OAKS and fell off as he was taking the last home turn during the race on Saturday last. He was rushed to a city hospital with severe injuries.

"Doctors tried their best, but could not save Ashish, who passed away at the wee hours today. His relatives have been informed," said RCTC vice-president Robin Corner.

Reacting to the demise of Ashish, Farley Rodrigues, a trainer at RCTC said, "It is a very sad news. He was a young and a promising jockey. We will miss him."

Trainers Daniel David said Vikash Jaiswal condoled the death of Ashish and said though accidents were part of any kind of sport, yet the sudden demise of a fine jockey like Ashish and the void left by him would be felt.

Expressing shock over the untimely death of D K Ashish, RCTC trainer Manvendra Singh said, "I had personally seen to it that Ashish came to RCTC from Pune and ride my horses. He had last taken the winning lap on my horse Say You Say Me and was eager to ride it again. It's unfortunate that he will not be there when my horse will again gallop on the circuit.




The global racing and breeding empires of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum are set to merge into one seamless operation under Godolphin in the New Year.

John Ferguson, currently bloodstock advisor to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, has been appointed Chief Executive and Racing Manager to the re-shaped and streamlined Godolphin, it was announced Tuesday.

Darley, under which all Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock holdings formerly operated, is now to be used solely as a brand to promote stallions.

Ferguson, a highly-successful jumps trainer in the UK -- he is currently fifth on the trainers' list -- has simultaneously announced that he will hand in his licence at the end of April 2016 in order to devote more time to Godolphin.

The best of his horses, who were almost exclusively recruited from Godolphin and Darley and ran over jumps in the ownership of Bloomfields, will now re-join Godolphin at Charlie Appleby's Moulton Paddocks, Newmarket.

Ferguson's stable staff at Bloomfields will be invited to join Godolphin.

Ferguson said: "I am extremely proud of the team at Bloomfields and the excellent job they have done over the past five years. They are a fantastic group, who have given everything to the stable and I am very grateful for their hard work."

He noted the changes were simply building on the evolution of Godolphin over the past two years.

"It is an exciting new chapter in the Godolphin story. Our long-term objective is to improve on Godolphin's results on the racetrack. I feel honoured to be appointed Chief Executive and Racing Manager, but I realise that it will require more of my time and attention," added Ferguson.

"I will miss the training. Jump racing has always been one of my sporting passions, and I love the involvement.

"I am very grateful to Sheikh Mohammed for giving me the horses to send jumping in the first place. In fact, he wanted me to continue, but I could see that Godolphin must always be a priority and requires my undivided attention.

"It makes sense for the racing and breeding operations to merge. One is sourcing the other, and a well-planned, common strategy can only strengthen both.

"We must ensure that Godolphin continues to represent excellence in racing, and that the brand serves as a constant reminder of the vibrancy and energy of Dubai."

Godolphin has 2,000 horses in training worldwide, 2,500 breeding stock and employs 1,500 staff.






 23-year-old champion show jumper from Tealby is lucky to be alive after being left with horrendous injuries when one of her horses kicked her in the head.

Gina Ruck, who now lives in Lincoln, was working at her family’s stables in Tealby last Wednesday morning (December 16) when the freak accident took place.

One of the horses reared up and kicked Gina in the head while she tried to coax it back into its paddock.

Gina, who was not wearing a protective hat at the time, was left unconcious and bleeding - but thankfully her skull was not fractured.

Gina told the Market Rasen Mail: “I’ve never had any issues like this with one of our horses before, it was just a freak accident.”

After regaining consciousness, Gina called her mother Lesley who was en route to the stables.

Lesley called an ambulance and Gina was rushed to Lincoln County Hospital, where she had a CT scan which was clear. The following day, she underwent one hour of emergency surgery involving 33 stitches to her head.

Gina said: “When I came round, I thought I’d lost the sight in my eye because lots of blood had gone over my eyes. I was panicking.

“The doctor said that I was lucky to be alive. Luckily the horse didn’t have shoes on or it could have been much worse.”

“My mum has not stopped crying due to the shock. It only hit me a few days later just how serious it could have been.”

Gina added: “All I’ve got now is a big headache, and I keep needing to sleep a lot.

“I’ll take it easy for the next few weeks and definitely be back working again in January.”

Gina said that now she’ll wear a hat at all times when around her horses - not just when riding them - and she thanked the emergency services, hospital staff, her mother, and Dave Burton who brought the horses in when the ambulance arrived at the scene.






The risk of more serious ailments among horses on long-haul journeys rose after 20 hours in transit, an Australian study has found.

The researchers set out to explore how long-haul transportation affected horse health. They reviewed data on 1650 horses that made the 4000km road journey between Sydney and Perth.

The University of Sydney’s Barbara Padalino and her colleagues from a range of institutions examined the records of horses that made the road trip with one firm during a two-year period.

All journeys complied with the standards and guidelines for the transport of horses required by the Australian Code of Livestock Land Transportation.

The coast-to-coast journey took at least three and a half days. All horses were required, as a minimum, to be trained to halter and to respond to basic ground commands.

Thirty percent were being transported as a result of a sale, 50 percent due to competition requirements, and 20 percent for breeding purposes.

The Sydney-Perth journey comprised four stages: Sydney-Melbourne (10 hours), Melbourne-Adelaide (8.5 hours), Adelaide-Kalgoorlie (24 hours) and Kalgoorlie-Perth (6 hours). The schedule was reversed for Perth-Sydney trips.

Horses were given a 12-hour rest after each stage, with the animals either individually housed in rubber-lined stables or kept in paddocks.

The total trip duration was about 85 hours, comprising about 49 hours in transit and 36 hours for rest stops.

The commercial horse trailer could carry up to 15 horses in individual stalls, but the average number transported per trip during the study was 9.1. The trailer was ventilated, and fans were used in extreme heat conditions.

The horses were fed and watered every 4–5 hours.

The researchers, writing in the special “Horses and Risk” issue of the journal Animals, analysed the records for 180 truck journeys in all, involving the transport of 1650 horses. They found that 1604 of the horses (97.2 percent) arrived at their destination in good health, with no clinical signs of disease or injury. They did not develop any diseases post journey.

Health problems were reported in 46 animals (2.8 percent of the horses), across pre-loading, in-transit, or post-transit issues. Based on the veterinary reports, the most common issues were respiratory problems (27%); gastrointestinal problems (27%); raised body temperature (19%); traumatic injuries (15%); and death (12%).

Of the 46 cases, five related to pre-loading events, three were injuries that occurred before the trip started or during transport to the collection stable, and two were cases of colic identified at the departure stable.

Of the remaining cases, two horses were injured while resisting loading and four injuries happened in transit. All injuries were minor and the horses were treated topically and continued their journey.

Six horses were identified as febrile at rest stops, and another two were identified as febrile upon arrival. All were treated with anti-inflammatory medications.

Four horses showed signs of colic at rest stops, with another three showing signs of colic after the journey. All were interpreted as impaction colic. Two resolved without treatment (requiring only monitoring) and five were treated medically. Enterocolitis was identified in one horse during transport, and in two horses after the journey, with all horses requiring hospitalisation. One horse eliminated a massive quantity of parasites after an anti-parasite treatment.

Five horses developed respiratory signs, including nasal discharge, coughing, and an elevated temperature during the journey, and one developed signs after arrival. The veterinary diagnosis was inflammation of the upper or lower airways, without pneumonia. All cases were treated medically.

The specific diagnosis of pneumonia was made on the basis of signs that developed in four horses during transport, and in one horse after arrival. All recovered after medical treatment.

nc-float2There were four transport-related deaths, giving an overall death rate of 0.24 percent. Two occurred during transport, one horse was found dead within 24 hours after transportation, and one was humanely destroyed due to enterocolitis after the journey. Another horse was found dead two days after transport, and it cannot be confirmed that the death was transport-related. Necropsies failed to reveal the cause of death in the four horses that were found dead. If the horse found dead two days after transport was included in the statistics, the overall death rate increased to 0.30 percent.

The researchers found that journey duration and season were risk factors for the development of transport-related health problems, while breed, sex and age did not predict disease or injury risk. They noted a marked increase in the proportion of the most severe problems (that is, gastrointestinal; respiratory problems and death) in spring and after 20 hours in transit.

The researchers concluded that long haul transportation was a risk for horse health and welfare, and required appropriate management to minimize transport stress.

Discussing their findings, the research team noted that the overall incidence of transport-related injuries or disease of 2.8% in the study was lower than that reported by owners during non-commercial horse transportation, and also lower than that reported in horses transported to abattoirs for slaughter.

This, they said, pointed to transport management being a key determinant of the injury rate.

They noted that 0.66 percent of all transported horses in the study developed respiratory problems, and only five developed pneumonia.

“This rate is less than expected, potentially reflecting the importance of a good ventilation system in the transport vehicle,” they said, noting that the animals travelled in a truck with a forced ventilation system.

“No significant effect of sex, age, or breed in the development of transport diseases was found, suggesting that individual horse variability and past experience might be more important in influencing the ability of the horse to cope with the transport event.”

They observed in their conclusion: “Although the trips were well organized and complied with or exceeded the requirements of the National Code of Practice for the Transportation of Horses, serious diseases still occurred.

“Moving horses should be considered as a human-related risk to horses and also a horse-related risk to humans, so it should be always carried out by professional and experienced horse handlers and drivers, wearing adequate protective equipment, to reduce the risk of injuries and diseases in both horses and humans.”

The study team suggested more research into risk factors was needed to assist in improving Australia’s code of horse transportation.

Padalino was joined in the research by Evelyn Hall, Sharanne Raidal, Pietro Celi, Peter Knight, Leo Jeffcott and Gary Muscatello.





In March 2014, law enforcement authorities in New York discovered 33 horses residing on a Hamptonburgh farm without access to food or water. Further investigation revealed that one additional horse had died in its stall and two others had died elsewhere on the property. “Evidently, the farm operator was boarding (the horses for customers) and not feeding them,” says Gene Hecht, chief investigator for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Orange County, New York. Prosecutors eventually charged the farm’s operator with multiple counts of animal cruelty. This case is just one example of the hundreds focused on horses’ well-being every year. Many more go unprosecuted. While equine advocates agree horse abuse is always unacceptable, some don’t see eye to eye on which welfare issues are most urgent or why the horse industry as a whole should be concerned. In this article we’ll take a look at the issues industry players are worried about and what’s being done to address them.

 “Unwanted” Horses and Their Trickle-Down Effects Jennifer Williams, PhD, president of the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, in College Station, Texas, believes reducing the number of so-called unwanted horses should top equine advocates’ priority list. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) defines an unwanted horse as one that an owner cannot care for because of financial, emotional, or other reasons. Horses can also become unwanted if they become too old or injured to provide value—either financial or emotional—to their owners. A 2009 American Horse Council (AHC) survey estimated that 9.2 million horses were living in the United States. Those horses generated more than 400,000 jobs and contributed more than $30 million to the nation’s economy annually. Even so, the AHC’s Unwanted Horse Coalition estimates that in 2007, 170,000 of those horses were unwanted. The AHC has not yet been able to conduct a study to determine a more recent estimate of how many horses become unwanted annually or what happens to them over the long-term, but discussions of how to fund one have begun.

 “If we focus on the unwanted horse problem, we end up also addressing at least some of the wild horse problem, some of the slaughter problem, and some other general welfare problems. ” Dr. Jennifer Williams Williams says she believes that tackling major equine welfare issues begins with stemming the number of these unwanted horses, many of which wind up overpopulating rescues, being shipped to slaughterhouses, or abandoned to fend for themselves. “I think the unwanted horse problem touches more horses and even more horse owners” than other welfare issues, she says. Beneath the unwanted horse umbrella might fall the overabundance of wild horse and burro herds under Bureau of Land Management jurisdiction, as well as slaughter-bound horses. In 2007 a combination of local court rulings and federal legislation closed existing horse processing plants in the United States. Since then, horses have been shipped thousands of miles to plants in Mexico and Canada for processing.

 Some equine advocates maintain that the transport and slaughter of American horses is inhumane. Meanwhile, slaughter proponents believe horse processing plants should be established in the U.S. to create humane options (Mexican processing plants, for instance, are not regulated by laws governing the humane handling of livestock) for owners who cannot or will not care for injured, aging, or otherwise unusable animals. Williams says she believes the factors mentioned, along with indiscriminate breeding, poor training, and uneducated horse owners all contribute to the number of horses abused or abandoned every year. She also believes horses have suffered as Americans moved away from depending on them for farming and transportation and as the number of people willing or able to train horses for pleasure or exhibition declines.

 “If we focus on the unwanted horse problem, we end up also addressing at least some of the wild horse problem, some of the slaughter problem, and some other general welfare problems,” Williams believes. “Because if we didn’t have an overabundance of horses with too few homes, we’d have more places for mustangs to go, we would have less fodder for the slaughterhouses, and we would have fewer abandoned horses.” Soring and Abusive Training Methods Some abused horses are not necessarily unwanted, says Teresa Bippen, president of Friends of Sound Horses, a horse industry organization (HIO) that advocates against the practice of soring, particularly in the training and exhibition of Tennessee Walking Horses. Soring is the deliberate injury to a horse’s feet and legs to obtain an exaggerated high--stepping gait. The Horse Protection Act (HPA) of 1970 forbids such practice.

Bippen believes the soring issue represents any training or exhibition technique that can harm horses, no matter the breed. “Soring is a significant issue because it is incomprehensible in this enlightened horsemanship age that pain and abuse are the training methods of any horse,” Bippen says. “The practices in the (Tennessee Walking Horse industry) negatively impact the reputations of all horse people and equine disciplines.” In recent years some federal lawmakers have proposed legislation that would amend the HPA. The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST, HR 1518) would have forbidden trainers from using action devices, including metal chains and so-called “stacks” and pads also known as performance packages. The bill would have increased federal penalties for anyone who sored a horse and would require the USDA to assign a licensed inspector if management for a Tennessee Walking Horse show indicated its intent to hire one. Meanwhile, the Horse Protection Amendments Act of 2014 (S 2913) would have given lawmakers an alternative way to prevent soring. That proposed legislation would have created one HIO to manage horse shows where Tennessee Walking Horses or other sport horses compete.

That HIO would have been composed of equine veterinarians and industry experts who would develop and implement protocols, guidelines, testing policies, and inspection policies for the industry. Those industry experts would have been drawn from states most impacted by the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. Finally, the bill would have required that testing used in Walking Horse inspections be done “through objective science-based methods and protocols” and preserve the oversight shared by the Walking Horse industry and the USDA. Both bills died in the 113th Congress. In the absence of a new bill, Walter Chism, acting executive director of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA), says his organization is stepping up to prevent abuse connected to soring. “There is no legislation,” says Chism.“It failed to garner enough support to get a vote in either branch of Congress, and who knows if it will surface again.” In the meantime, Chism says the Tennessee Walking Horse industry has begun implementing objective tests, including blood tests and X rays, as a part of its inspection protocols.

“This year’s world championship show solicited world-renowned (veterinarians) to begin testing above and beyond what is required by HPA, investing over $100,000 toward ensuring the welfare of our show horses,” he says. Doping in Horse Racing John F. Wayne, chairman of the Organization of Racing Investigators says horses competing at racetracks in the United States and elsewhere are vulnerable to other suspect training practices and sometimes receive unregulated substances, misbranded drugs, or medications with allegedly invalid prescriptions. Sometimes injected by trainers, sometimes by veterinarians, he says the substances are almost always intended to enhance equine performance. However, he adds, they often put horses at risk or injury or even death. Unregulated drugs intended to enhance equine athletes' performance can actually put horses at risk of injury or even death

 “We did a seizure and investigation and found a treasure trove of uncategorized and unlabeled medications,” in one trainer’s possession. And in March of the year four veterinarians were charged with administering drugs to Thoroughbred racehorses within 24 hours of when the horses were entered to race at the Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pennsylvania. While the veterinarians’ cases remain pending, Wayne believes most owners and trainers do want to do the right thing. “I believe that 95% of the industry follows the rules, but we have to deal with the lawless minority,” he says. He also believes that doping should draw the ire of equine advocates because investigating and prosecuting it benefits the horses involved. “The horse can’t tell us if something is wrong, and it’s our job is to make sure that we protect the horse,” Wayne says. It’s good for the racing industry, too, he says: “We need to build bridges between jurisdictions that are prosecuting and investigating these cases, because it’s important to keep integrity and honesty in racing in order to keep the public’s trust.”


Here are some others:

  • Over Rugging of Horses

  • The Cruelty in Hacking

  • The Western Pleasure latest style

  • Rollkur

  • The Jagging of Faces of Arabs in Showing

  • The Acids on the Legs of the Walking Horses

  • The lack of Horse Care knowledge taught to those entering the Industry

  • The Boutique Breeding now going on in Quarter Horses and others

  • The 2 Year Old Classes in all Sports.....and many more




Viable stem cells can be successfully harvested from the ligaments of horses up to 72 hours after the death of the animals, researchers in Belgium have shown.

The study team concentrated on mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which can differentiate into a variety of cell types, including osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage cells), myocytes (muscle cells) and adipocytes (fat cells).

MSCs are considered to have immense potential in tissue engineering.

Mohamad Khir Shikh Alsook and his colleagues from the University of Liège set out to investigate whether viable MSCs could survive in the tendons or ligament of horses up to 72 hours after death. They also assessed their ability to remain in an undifferentiated state and to divide and proliferate in the absence of any specific stimulus.

The researchers took samples from the suspensory ligaments of horses within 48–72 hours of death for evaluation.

The harvested MSCs were successfully isolated and maintained, with high cell viability and proliferation, the study team reported in the journal, Stem Cell Research and Therapy.

They said their findings raise the prospect that tissues harvested from equine ligaments up to 72 hours after death represent an available reservoir of specific stem cells.

MSCs from dead horses could be a promising alternative source for tissue engineering and stem cell therapy in equine medicine, they added.

“The possibility that cadavers may represent, for tissue maintenance and regeneration, an alternative source of stem cells, is very exciting.

“Traditionally, it was thought that 48 hours after death, the presence of these stem cells in a necrotic microenvironment led them to lose their utility and potential benefits for experimental and clinical applications.

“Actually, while the differentiated cells die within two days after death, the MSCs reside in their hypoxic [oxygen-starved] tissue niche in a state of quiescence or dormancy, and survive by adapting to a low rate of oxygen consumption with a slow metabolism and deactivated transcription.

“Consistently, anoxia and a lack of nutrients participate in the positive selection of more robust and undifferentiated stem cells.”

They said the use of materials from dead horses would prevent the need for foetal, embryonic or healthy living donor sources. It may, they added, help to avoid serious ethical considerations in regenerative medicine.

Alsook was joined in the study by Annick Gabriel, Joëlle Piret, Olivier Waroux, Céline Tonus, Delphine Connan, Etienne Baise and Nadine Antoine.

Tissues from equine cadaver ligaments up to 72 hours of post-mortem: a promising reservoir of stem cells
Mohamad Khir Shikh Alsook, Annick Gabriel, Joëlle Piret, Olivier Waroux, Céline Tonus, Delphine Connan, Etienne Baise and Nadine Antoine.







Hi John

I have a 4 year old TB/Warmblood who was broken in last March. He never relaxed when ridden at the breakers and was sore under saddle to the extent that he used to run off when he saw the breaker.

I had him home for 4 days and he bolted and I broke my collar bone ( not a great start)

I have been back riding but he does not want to go forward and especially at the canter only wants to pigroot. I have had 3 Chiropracters attempt to fix him. (2 were vets) I have used acupuncture and he varies from not wanting to put his head down which I only ask him to do not force him to then bearing down on the bit so he does not have to take the weight at the rear.

Apart from everyone thinking I should just kick him up I know that he is not right but am having trouble finding someone that can help me and does not think it is just my riding. Mind you most of what I have done has been at the walk because of the issues.

I live to the West of Brisbane and wondered if you could recommend someone that may be able to help me as this is just a great young horse going to waste and I do not want to make him unrideable or cause worse problems with his nature as he is not a bad horse.

Kind regards,



Hi Melanie, such a shame that such could happen. You have the right attitude, not blaming the Horse.

You have been dealing with the Physical damage to the Horse, well done but now of course, You have the 'psychological damage' to content with and there are still not a lot of Trainers who specialize in this or think that way. No, I don't know any either. Now, what should a Trainer be doing that You can't do?

Well the last thing this Horse needs is an arena. The second last thing it needs is any sort of 'collection', the only thing it needs is a big old floppy rein, a nice Forest, back Road or a Beach and be allowed to have fun and forget it's trauma. With a Mate for spontaneity.

My failed efforts across Life, when dealing with 'English Discipline foundation People' is that it is more difficult to teach the Human than it is to fix the Horse. If I give You advice of what to do and how to ride, can You do it? Most cannot and will not. They are too brain washed to 'Let Go' point is that You have to ride on the 'pleasure rein' so that the Horse can have a PLEASURE RIDE. That means that it should be able to look around and take in the Sites, left and right and Rubber Neck as much as it wants!!!!!!.....another problem 'English Riders have.


"Psychologically affected Horses cannot be fixed on a Contact" These are 'Pleasure Reins'

So before 'belief', experience of comfort must come, to gain 'trust' and when they begin to 'believe' the Mind becomes repaired.

Well done and Merry Christmas.



Hi John

Thank you for your reply I was not expecting you to be working on Xmas day!

Yes I had come to the conclusion to get out of the arena and have been working around my paddocks for a change of scenery which has been better as I figured the horse will go when he wants to go and I was not too stressed about mainly walking around on as loose a rein as I can while being prepared if he wanted to bolt off which is what he used to do in the past although not so much now as we have been working on the physical issues and he seems to have had some respite. This has been progressing well and I hope to get out on my quiet side road as soon as I can although I unfortunately do not have a companion to ride with so I will just have to take it as it comes.

I still appear to have the physical problem with the soreness in the hind ¼ and wondered what sort of treatment has worked best for the horses you have come into contact with suffering these sort of problems. I try to treat with a bit of everything and do not stick to one type of treatment. Is the behaviour mainly due to sacroiliac problems that you have found and is there a good solution as it does not seem to go away by itself.

I am concerned if I do ride out on the road and the horse shies that he may suffer a spasm of pain which will not be a good thing for either of us.

Kind regards,


Well done Mel. Yes, I didn't want to overload You with information. Can I have a couple of Photos of the Horse, standing square dead set side on and one rear on dead centre, DEAD SQUARE? If You are planning on riding some 'English Discipline' work with the Horse (which I suspect You are) then there certainly is work that You should be doing to strengthen that Horse and at least alert You to the factr that it is not suitable for such work.

With it comes a 44 Page E-Book of instruction and PROOF of many Cases. I woulde recommend You start working on that programme. 5 minutes each way on the lunge at the start, building to 10 each way over 3 weeks and maintain it for 5-6 days a week for 6 weeks, to get the answer on the horse. You will fix it or You will bring out the exact location of th lameness, BOTH A WIN for there is nothing worse than chasing shadows with Veterinary Cases.







Hey John! How are ya?! I’ve been working away with my new youngster and she is taking to life with a human pretty well (maybe because she is being loved and looked after now?) So here are some pics of her day one leg restraint training. She is quite a nervous nancy so I’ve been throwing ropes about to get her ready for the mouthing process that will happen soon ;) She nearly came a cropper a few times but has pretty good balance now and we managed to get the back legs picked up too - not bad considering she was unhanded 3 weeks ago! She is a pretty one aye :) Katy x


Well done Katy. Hoss looks happy and has a good opinion of You so that's fine. Lol to Leg Restraints in Scotland. I bet that turned some Heads? :) Merry Christmas. x


Haha it sure did but I explained what I was doing so hopefully people get it - a vet walked past at one point so god only knows what they were thinking! Merry Christmas to you and linda also x  

Just tell the Vet I said this is one of the few Horses in Britain he won't get hurt with :)






Hi John
Have my young mare Bowie completed your mouthing program, pretty happy with the results considering I have no round yard, had to use the beach which was more difficult but still I got the job done.
No sign of buck and was happy to trot along for many strides, stops 1 reign and front brakes no worries, did have trouble getting her to go say south for some reason she would go north on the beach but south was a problem, did 3 days on the beach under saddle, trot and stop.
First day today in paddock today with another horse to follow, cannot get bowie to walk on after the other horse, did get very assertive with her to move forward but she refused to go forward much like trying to get her to go south on the beach.
Put a lead rope on her to drag her along and she would follow the lead horse at walk and trot then we would take the lead rope off and she would refuse to follow again.
I am confident she will not carry on with any crap like bucking etc but I just cant get her to move forward after the lead horse
I must admit she did get a little more responsive near the end of the session but i didnt want to push her past her limits we spent almost an hour in the paddock trying and i thought that was long enough.
Any tips for me and Bowie to get past this hiccup.


Hi Mark, a little Video would have told all but two things. You can't have a CONTACT and You should be energizing Her via VOICE, pulsating Legs only NO KICKING and the Rein around Her rear end or a Dressage Whip lightly flicking and increasing up the scale progressively. The Horse has to move forward then.

See here, the Rein just hit Her and she is kicking in reaction. This Horse had got to the stage of refusing to move, (another Scientific Horse)

This sounds like confusion so be careful how You go.

Well done so far and Merry Christmas

Thanks John
Ill have a go with the dressage whip, no contact and voice command to move forward pulsating legs only ill concentrate on that.
Is there any benefit to leading with the rope or is that a no no ??
Merry xmas to you and family ill let you know how i go

The Key to 'Green Horses' Mark, is to always give them the benefit of the doubt. Confusion is always on the Cards. So no problems with the Rope but best done off the other Horse HOWEVER......a long enough Rope that Your Horse doesn't have to go within the 'firing line' of the other Horse. Only half an Hour ago, I went to hand the mobile Phone to my Wife and Her Horse kept moving away....reason.......mine had kicked Him last Week.

So go stop backup, go stop back, all along the Trail and the try normal. If not, then You go to the Reins around the Rump WITH THE PLEASURE REIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.







Hi Mr HP and the lovely Mrs HP Just a quick question. In this day and age when everyone wants to sue everyone. What insurance should the average horse owner who keeps their horses on their own property, not a member of any club. Rides on their own property and on public roads, and public places (such as forests) have? Not to protect myself, but in the unlikely event that the horse should get out of my control (ie I fall), bolt and cause an accident? Also should there I have any other cover if friends ride my horses from time to time? Kind regards Gina Yarrow (Hope you still remember me!)


Hi Gina, of course :)

You want a a Public Liability Policy but You would need to PUT YOUR REQUIREMENTS in writing at the time of application. The Public Policy should cover You but the sticky area is putting other People on Your Horse. That would definitely need stipulation at the time of application. This would be a very grey area of argument should someone get injured and take action against You. Frankly, these Days, it is not a good idea.

Contact this Lady. Merry Christmas


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20th December, 2015

Merry Christmas from Mrs. HP, the Horses and myself.

HI Folks. How are You all?? Hope all is well in Your World and if it isn't, it will improve. Hot Week but hotter for some than others. Incredibly, on Friday last, it was 42 Degrees in Adelaide and 23 Degrees in Victor Harbor, with us working outside as normal and Mrs. HP riding. Unbelievable.

Quiet Week in the run up to Christmas. Mrs. HP's Cousin flying in for Christmas and Horsie Games no doubt. Should be fun.

New Dog going well and starting to come out of Himself a bit. Now rides in the Mule without having a Heart attack :)

Get out of the damn Fountain :)


Gainsborough is now officially full and with a waiting list. It is some property. Horses love it and so do People. Mrs. HP is looking forward now, being fully committed to the task, to helping everyone from 6am on 26th December.

They all had their Chrissie get together the other Night and had a BBQ which I hear went well.




Hello John,


I don’t know if you find this in Oz or Canada, etc., but your bits seem to come up very big on horses, even though they measure correctly. I would say that 70% of the bits that I sell are returned due to them being too big – no problems, as I just send the smaller size – and EVERY horse that I have been out to fit for a bit has needed a smaller size than his old bit. Interesting eh? My horses were in Mylers, one was 5.5” and the other was 5”, but in your bits, they are in 5” and 4.5” – although your 5.5” bit actually MEASURES the same as the 5.5” Myler?

I think that your bits must conform to the horse’s internal mouth shape more exactly and that is why the horse needs a size smaller than usual? I have told people to order a size smaller than normal on the Website now.

Does anyone have any other ideas as to why this strange thing is?





Interesting Maureen. Yes, I assisted M----- in this Country and their Bits were a size bigger than you wanted or ordered.

Mine are too and the reason for that is the design, removing the upward thrust more than M----- and therefore extending the length more than normal. They sit and stay flat on the tongue :)





It's been a full on Week on this stuff. It's nice to help People out but at the end of the Day, I really don't need the stress that comes with it for You are living the drama of others. It was satisfying over the last few Days, as frustrating as it was, to have mediated between two Ladies who had both fired up and appointed Lawyers. The Lawyer for the Purchaser was making negative sounds (which I do not subscribe to at all) and so they got the sack pronto. Ended up saving both parties $15,000 each for that is where it was headed. Nice to see common sense prevail..........make one of Your New Year resolutions, to seek mediation in Horselaw Cases as a first up instinct. You can go to Court later if You insist........


However, my Facebook Friends must have been hugely entertained across the Week as my Old Mate and Dodgey Horse Dealer from NSW, Glen Stibbard lost his Mind so to speak, culminating with Him posting a Photo of Himself Dancing on a Bed with a Cowboy Hat on, saying he was me :) ( I'm a better Dancer:)

He has asked for 1,000 People to Phone me and some have (shame I don't have a Phone - - - poor Mrs. HP) and he even rang, screaming down the Phone.......

There is always another story however and here is Todays.

Hi John, Have been following with interest the Glen Stibbard dramas and have seen first hand the sort of horses he sells (Molly the flip over backwards horse – she had no forward at all). A very dangerous man. The mare, Molly is completely shut down and I remember one day I caught her in my back paddock and attempted to lead her to the house away from her mates. Well…. she planted her feet and refused to move, so I used the end of the rope to motivate her forwards – flipped herself over backwards. Not being one to give up, I turned her around and backed her up to where I wanted her. Sold to a beginner rider with no experience…. GRRRRRR So does this mean you will be posting on you tube half naked? :-D




The place where the dodgy Horses are sold to the dodgy People who will put You in a Wheel Chair if You aren't careful




Poor Boy died this Week :(













This happened at 3pm yesterday in North East Ohio. Driver had a horse in this trailer that was stopped at stop light, coming home from a show. They were rear ended at 55mph by a driver in a pick up truck. Sadly the mare broke her back and did not make it. PLEASE PLEASE slow down, be aware in intersection areas, and stop doing what ever it is that keeps your attention from the road. These trailers pull animals that have to stand on tiny hooves and balance while stopping, starting, turning and moving. They are unable to brace for impacts and for sudden stops or starts, last second lane changes or sharp fast turns. The driver has to compensate for the load and the conditions, usually by going slower and making wider turns. Please give them space and hopefully this will help you understand why they drive as they need to. Used with permission from the owner, with my condolences.



EQUESTRIAN Victoria is one of only three sporting bodies to secure a funding grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria.

The others being Football Federation of Victoria and Rugby Union.

The $65,000 grant will be divided in to two parts.

The first grant of $50,000 will be used to assist Equestrian Victoria in its capacity as a state sporting association to develop a state equestrian facility plan.

The second grant of $15,000 is to increase participation in sport and will be divided between the disciplines of showing, dressage, eventing and showjumping.

Ingrid Green, chair of Equestrian Victoria board was excited about the development and said the new funding would enable EV to channel much needed funds into areas of direct benefit to their members “to enhance participation and improve our facilities. We are grateful to the Victorian government for recognising the value of equestrian as a sport in Victoria”.

Other plans in the pipeline include lodging an expression of interest for funding from a new Victorian government “supporting Victorian sport and recreation program”, which is a program designed to invest in the health and wellbeing of more Victorians through sport and active recreation for the period of 2016-19.





 Not even cerebral palsy could come between a Cromwell woman and her love of horses. Central Otago reporter Jono Edwards talks with Sigourney Le Couteur about show jumping and attempts to bring the sport to people with physical impairments.

Sigourney Le Couteur can't explain her love of horses but she knows when it started.

"My first word was horse. Mum always loves telling people that.''

As a baby living in Hamilton with her mother, sister and grandparents, she would scoot across the floor pretending to be a pony.

Her riding technique has improved since then.

Now 24, Le Couteur participates in showjumping tournaments throughout New Zealand and, while she is more than capable of competing with able-bodied riders, she wants to see para showjumping introduced as a sport.

Le Couteur was born with cerebral palsy as a result of several strokes she had during birth.

She is partially paralysed on her right side, meaning she cannot hold a whip with her right hand or hold the reins in one hand.

"I have to focus really hard so that my leg doesn't pop up during jumps.''

The only Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) competition specifically for riders with physical impairments is dressage, which never really appealed to Le Couteur.

"I really appreciate the people that do it, because they make it look easy when it's not.

"But personally I find doing it boring.''

Early this year she competed in the prestigious Horse of the Year competition in Hastings and this weekend would enter Gore's Christmas Cracker event.

Mounting a horse has never been a source of fear for her, not even when unwittingly becoming a horse wrangler as a child.

When she was 11, the head of the Kaimanawa Association lent her and her sister one unbroken and one semi-broken horse, which she now only has vague memories of riding.

With no experience they broke in almost wild horses.

"I was a young kid, I had no idea what I was doing.''

Her love of horses later took her to Spruce Meadows in Alberta, Canada, where she tended to multi-million-dollar Olympic-level show jumping horses for five weeks.

She now lives with her husband Karl in Cromwell and rides a 13-year-old thoroughbred named Harvey, who she leases.

She keeps him at the Cromwell Racecourse, feeds him every day after work, and rides as often as possible.

Le Couteur has researched para-show jumping overseas and talked to administrators in New Zealand about introducing the sport but with no success.

France leads the way and was the first to introduce the sport at tournament level.

It is being developed in Britain.

ESNZ high performance operations manager Warrick Allan said there was little demand for para show jumping.

"Is this something that we may look at in the future should there be enough demand? Absolutely.

"I am sure ESNZ would consider it and add another sport to our para equestrian discipline.''

Le Couteur said there would be demand if people knew about it.

"I always get para dressage riders saying they would do it if it was introduced.''

On Harvey she can jump 1.45m but said she has ridden horses that can jump Olympic heights of 1.6m.

This means she is prepared for international para-jumping competitions, whenever they are introduced.

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), the international governing body of equestrian sports based in Switzerland, does not recognise para-jumping.

FEI press relations manager Ruth Grundy said for the sport to be introduced internationally it would need to be practised in several countries, which would then need to approach the federation.

The British Para Show Jumping Association unsuccessfully tried to introduce show jumping into the Paralympics in 2008.

Mr Allen said this seemed like a "long way off''.

It is Le Couteur's dream to compete in the Paralympics, despite it perhaps not coming true in the near future.

She said for now she will compete whenever she can so when the day comes she will be prepared.




Indefatigable — a term meaning "persisting tirelessly." It's a description that fits trainer Kathy Poppe, of Colts Neck.

The past two years haven't been easy for the long-time equestrian and instructor. During that time, she endured the amputation of both legs. Today, she has one prosthetic leg with a hydraulic ankle, while the other has electronic components. While she hasn't been back on a horse yet, she recently sat on a saddle while a technician made adjustments so that she could use the leg properly when riding. Poppe — indefatigable — is determined not only to ride again, but to go foxhunting.

She's been an inspiration to her students long before her recent misfortunes, and several of them nominated her as Central Jersey Horsemen's Association (CHJA) Trainer of the Year.

Poppe received the CJHA Trainer of the Year at the organization's annual banquet on Nov. 20. "The award by CJHA as Trainer of the Year is beyond great and totally unexpected. In a field of trainers, great trainers and hard knockers for many years, it is a singular privilege," said Poppe.

Certain criteria must be met for the award, according to CJHA treasurer and points secretary Paula Sagui. "The trainer has inspired their student(s) in the areas of horsemanship, showmanship and sportsmanship; who has contributed to the betterment of CJHA and the New Jersey horse industry and has demonstrated special expertise in the training of horse and rider. The only other requirements are that both the nominator and nominee trainer must be current year members of CJHA," she said.

Poppe received three nominations. The committee reviewing nominations received them with her name and the name of the farm removed, so as not to influence opinion. The edited nominations below do include Poppe's identifying information.

Letter 1: "Kathy is more than just another trainer that knows their way around horses; she embodies what a truly amazing person is. Kathy had a lot going on and wasn't home for a while. However, never did I feel like I didn't have any guidance or support. Even though she had her own problems to fight for and worry about, Kathy never stopped putting us as a priority.

What Kathy went through compared to where she is now is unbelievable. She has showed us all that anything is truly possible if you push yourself and never give up. Along with all the amazing life lessons we've been taught, I've learned so much about working with horses. Kathy is always there to help us and make us better riders, and she does this without failing to also put a smile on everyone's face.

Kathy survived things that no one should have to go through, and during those tough times she still somehow always managed to be at the side of the gate yelling at me to keep my leg on. She suffered so much, however she never let anyone see. She kept her brave face on for us and showed us what it is means to be a fighter.

Today I witnessed Kathy walk to the ring with no help at all. She walked in, closed the gate behind her and cracked a joke like it was nothing. But after having both legs amputated, this was not nothing; this was incredible. However this was nothing new, as Kathy finds ways to amaze us every day. In a golf cart or in a wheelchair, in freezing or in 90 degree weather, Kathy was always right there by our sides — even when she really shouldn't have been — and never did she crack and let us see how much pain she was actually in, all for her students. Kathy truly deserves this award, and so much more."

Letter 2: "Imagining have to juggle dozens of lives as well as your own. Caring, supporting, loving, pushing, risking for so many people could be hard. However, my trainer makes it look easy. Every day, she puts up with making sure everybody is happy and well. Our dozen horses and many riders, Kathy puts first. In addition to putting people first, she had to be really strong the past two years because of the tough losses (of body parts, horses, and humans) she and Woodhollow experienced.

Kathy is such a strong person that she could make anybody look weak without even trying. Kathy focuses more on her people having fun, which is the main reason why people love Woodhollow. Kathy made my life so interesting and exciting the past eight years that I don't know what pothole I would be under if it wasn't for her. She makes everybody laugh and have a good time no matter what. She is truly an inspirational person that has done way too much for us, more than we all deserve.

Kathy is so much more than a trainer. She is our guidelines and considers Woodhollow family. She has such an impact and influence on other people's lives. Without her, many of us will be lost."

Letter 3: "Kathy has been through one of the toughest years. To be able to put aside all of her troubles to come out and make sure her students have her help and support is amazing. Kathy has helped take me and my horse from unsuccessful hunter to a success in the dressage ring. About two weeks before the show in September I decided to try dressage. After about one week I decided to enter in the show. Instead of saying that I should wait, or Lee was unprepared, she made sure I felt that we were ready and that no matter what happens as long as we made it through the day without any problems that it would be worth bringing him."

Poppe, who didn't start riding until the age of 25, also worked in corporate America for 25 years, leaving around 1990. She began with airline/flight school, then on to management positions in different companies, ending with Revlon. There, for example, she managed a fleet of 3,500 cars and the entire office services program in New York for 1,500 people in five buildings.

Her professional equestrian career began in 1984, with the purchase of Woodhollow Farm in Colts Neck. Last year, the farm received "Gold Medal" status from Rutgers University, a designation based on environmental responsibility. She is a United States Equestrian Federation judge for hunters, jumpers and equitation, and numbers some top people in the industry as close personal friends.

A passionate foxhunter, Poppe notes she is the only teaching professional over the past 30 years who takes her students foxhunting and also has the horses going to major shows. She hunted with the old Hidden Hollow Hounds, in Holmdel, N.J., Blue Ridge in Virginia and the Monmouth County Hunt (MCH) as a member with colors. Her junior riders all show, and foxhunt with the MCH.

Poppe credits her husband, Gary Pullen, for his abilities as "a first rate barn manager, mechanic and horseman." She has been working for more than 20 years as an equine therapist dealing with lasers, magnetic therapy, and reiki. "I have taken numerous horses off the race track, broken and not, and put them in new jobs and a future starting long before it was fashionable to do so. God has been very good to me," she said. "If I didn't have the experience rebuilding [off-the-track thoroughbreds], I wouldn't be able to rebuild myself."

When asked about her training philosophy, Poppe replied that her goal is horsemanship. That includes horse care, but also being tough. "There will come a day in life when we all have to be really tough," she said. "If I were not a horse person, riding 40 years — if that were not me, I would not be here," she said, referring to her recent struggles.

Lindsey Sickles has known Poppe since 1986 and has worked as a "jack of all trades" at Woodhollow for the past 11 years. She said Poppe was always generous with time, and "puts her whole heart into her kids." Sickles described Woodhollow as a family, and everyone came together during Poppe's recuperation.

One former student, Kayla Stroz, now teaches at Palermo Show Stable, in Bedminster, N.J. "From the age of 8, Kathy not only taught me how to ride, but also what it is to be a horsewoman. Through her, I learned not only how to ride and care for the horses, but also how to trust them while developing my own equine passion," said Stroz.

"Whether the lessons I gained came from winning a class at a horse show, or dealing with a setback, Kathy taught me what it means to never give up." She adds that in her own instruction of beginner riders, she hopes to impart some of the knowledge and love of the sport that Kathy gave her, because it truly shaped her into the young adult she is today. "Woodhollow was always a safe haven for me growing up if I were having a bad day. I am sure her current students will continue to benefit from the love Kathy gives to the sport and her horses. She is a beautiful example of what determination can get you and a truly important part of my life," said Stroz.

Poppe is now fluid around the barn, and can get on the tractor. One of her near-term goals is to "conquer the clutch." While she still uses crutches, she refuses to use a wheelchair anymore, and frequently gets around on a rollator.

"I can now walk into the ring with confidence," she said.

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(CNN)The snow-sprinkled landscape of Aspen, Colorado, may be more commonly associated with winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

But there's a new horse in town this week -- quite literally.

The World Snow Polo Championship will kick off at the Aspen Valley Polo Club on Thursday before moving on to the nearby Rio Grande Park on Friday and Saturday, with some of the sport's star names such as Nacho Figueras set to take part.

The event is the final stop this year on the World Polo Tour circuit -- a series of tournaments in which the world's best players compete and are awarded ranking points based on their performance.

But snow polo is far from a new phenomenon. The sport was first played on a frozen lake in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in 1985 and has been growing ever since.

It has been taken up as far afield as Austria and China, where snow polo competitions are staged each year.





Vermont State Police are investigating the death of a pony that was found shot Saturday morning in a pasture near its Highgate home, according to a release.

The pony’s owner, Harold Derosia, 54, of Highgate, last saw the free-ranging pony Tuesday, and went searching for it when he noticed it hadn’t return to feed, police said. The horse was found in a pasture that is not accessible or visible from a nearby road.
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Vermont Fish and Game wardens found a .50 caliber muzzle loading copper jacketed bullet in the horse. The animal was killed during muzzle loading hunting season for deer, police said.

“It was black powder season and someone could have had a doe permit and saw the brown horse and thought it was a deer,” Vermont State Police Cpl. George Rodriguez told the Burlington Free Press.

On Saturday, the Vermont Game Warden Association asked the public for help on Facebook with the investigation, and posted a photo of the deceased pony. The post has been shared over 1,400 times.


Enlarge 1 / 1 OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City woman found her horse brutally stabbed to death Sunday morning. The horse was found dead inside a barn on the property, but not where owners left him for the night.

 The horse's owners were still too upset to speak with us on camera on Monday, but they told News 9 that losing RT the horse, feels like losing a family member. RT's owners turned in for the night on Saturday leaving him in the pasture to sleep, but Sunday morning, they found him lying dead inside a barn stall with "blood all over the stall walls and ground," the police report said. “This was a horse that was led into a stall tied up and then attacked with a knife,” Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. According to the owner, the halter was never left on him while in the pasture, but Sunday morning, one was found on RT. RT's owner told police "whoever killed RT had placed the halter on him, attached the lead, walked him out of the pasture ... and walked him into the barn stall where he was tied up and killed." “She found it in the stall and it was already dead it had already bleed to death unfortunately do nothing could be done to help the horse at that point,” Knight said. A veterinarian determined RT died from a stab wound to his jugular causing him to bleed out. In total, six stab wounds were found on the horse's body. The horse's owners told News 9 RT's death may be the result of a family dispute, but police have not released any suspect information yet. The person responsible is facing a complaint of felony animal cruelty if caught.


AND ANOTHER - Worlds full of Crazies

The body of a dead horse, tied to a power pole with all four feet fastened together, was found on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 9, in a Strathmore, Calif., orange grove. The horse was deceased but there was no apparent evidence of wounds, neglect or lack of care. An investigation in South Valley has been launched into the young horse’s cause of death and any other evidence.

On Wednesday two local residents, Emily Luna of Strathmore and Kyree Perkins, were walking on the dirt road in the orange grove when they turned a corner and ahead of them, at the edge of the trees, they spotted a large brown object. As they came closer, the brown “object” was actually a motionless horse. Upon closer view, the horse was dead. According to ABC News, Luna said, “The [horse’s] legs were hog-tied."




A mini horse shot in the leg in Acushnet earlier this month is now getting the medical attention it needs thanks to the support and donations from people, not just locally, but around the world.

Max the mini horse is in recovery Thursday night at a clinic in New Hampshire. His owner is calling it a Christmas miracle.

"He's a tough little pony," says owner, Julie Nightliner.

Max is recovering after the surgery that may have saved his life.

"Doctor Myhre went in there, took out the bullet fragments, took out the dead skin, fractured and broken bones, and tried to really clean it up, and then injected the stem cells," says Nightliner.

The company, Omnicell, also donated stem cells to help re-grow and repair Max's hoof. If that doesn’t work, in another month he may need a prosthetic leg.

"We don't know where the stem cells are specifically going, or if they will work, so that will take a whole month to find out," says Nightliner.

Max was shot in the hoof earlier this month and the person responsible was never found. The story went viral, and thanks to the support of hundreds of people, and nearly 14 thousand dollars in donations, Max got a second chance.

"All the support and donations and everything that has come out of it is just amazing," adds Nightliner, calling the widespread generosity a Christmas miracle.

Cole, a 5-year-old boy from Dartmouth donated all of his savings and some carrots after learning about Max's story.

Nightliner hopes the support continues as Max begins to hea










Dear John After reading about your articles on horse floats I totally agree with you about safety. When I look at floats (of which I know nothing about) I put myself into the horses body when entering a float. As I have never towed a vehicle especially a horse float and have never owned one can you please recommend the right one to consider. I have an Australian stock horse that has never had a bad experience in floating but hasn't had much travel experience and yet each time he seems to get worse ie his entry is fine but at the end of the journey the float or truck is dripping wet with sweat and he is trembling. My pony (which I have owned for 2 years) has had floating accidents int he past and has scars to show for it - well needless to say he refuses to enter a float. However once aboard he is a good traveller. Having 2 nervy horses is it better to float them separately or together. Would one teach the other "not to enter into the float"? Which one would you put in first? Which side of the float should one put the horse when travelling solo? SOme people don't tie their horses up while travelling while others do. What is the correct method and which knot to use? Is it a good idea to feed a horse while travelling? Some say that lucerne hay will calm the nervous horse while travelling? This is all new to me and would appreciate advise from someone who has had experiences good and bad. I do not want to subdue my horses to extra unnecessary stress and would like their journeys to be pleasant, safe and fun ones. Hence, choosing the right float. Kindest Waldina

Hi Waldina

You know, at the end of the Day, if all Horse Owners were taught an adequate amount of 'Horsemanship' and their Horses were therefore well trained, there wouldn't be any accidents, even in poorly designed Floats. It is almost always a failure of the Owner, to recognize Dangers, ahead of time and taking steps to eradicate them or train the Horse so well that it matters not.

In You case, yes, travel both together. Listen to Your words here......Would one teach the other "not to enter into the float"? will see here, that this is a defeatist statement where I would be saying......."I don't care how nervous one Horse is, I will train them both whereby neither will be a problem" another Human problem........( I hope You don't mind).....

 dripping wet with sweat and he is trembling.

If a Horse EVER drips sweat or trembles in a Float, it should NEVER take another trip unless investigations have been made and remedies found.

Put the easy one in first, to assist the second

Float them on the side that You know best suits the particular Horse. Experiment. Why is the Horse 'dripping wet'? Bad Driver?....Climbing the Walls?????

We feed ours

Use a crap Halter and a Pony Club Lead Rope once in the Float and then it matters not what knot as the Halter will break if big trouble. You can tie to twine as well

Feed may assist nerves a little but only Training of Horse and Owner will fix the Problem.

So it's not about the 'right float' by default, it is about education, training, common sense, knowledge and 'horsemanship - the art of reading the future with risk management in mind"










Hi, I'm just writing in response to your article I read about OTTBs... The one that paints them in THE worst light possible. I'm not expecting this email to be recognised publicly, but I just felt the need to point out that I think your article is a little dramatic. I'm only 18, however I have been around thoroughbreds and ex-races alike from when I was about 6. Obviously i didn't ride an ex-racer when I was 6, or even 10 for that matter - I grew up on stock horse x's and naughty ponies. Mum was knowledgable and I had a coach who was always around to supervise and give regular weekly lessons. I got my first TB when I was about 11/12. And he was great. He'd done a bit of sporting and hadn't raced for 2+ years. He was incredibly hard to put weight on, dove down on the forehand, had no top line to speak of an probably had ulcers now that I look back on it. But he was sweet. And I could do anything on the ground with him, even my little 12 year old self could make him lunge and stand still and back up. I could saddle and bridle him on my own. Because even though they are ex-racehorses, they are still horses all the same. And capable of feelings and emotions - they are also capable of choosing how they act and react. When I outgrew him, and got another OTTB (who'd been retrained to Medium level dressage), he too was wonderful. Silly in the head, flighty, 17.1hh and very very sensitive. But same thing. I had a coach. Knowledgable parents and the horse wasn't dangerous. Just unsure. Day by day he realised that I was going to love him and cuddle him and trip over and throw the saddle up a bit to get it on his back cause he was so tall.. And 6 months later he was ridiculously quiet. Still prone to tensing up and surging when it came to flying changes or difficult dressage movements, but it's all about how you ride them and how you treat them. I lost him in a paddock accident. Now I have a 6 yo OTTB. He quit racing 2 months ago. He's not completely sound as he has hardening of the larynx (hence retirement) but he's been scoped and vet checked and he's perfectly sound for dressage. Same thing - he gets nervous and flighty, but it's our job as responsible horse owners to influence the horse in a positive light. Obviously inexperienced people can't do that- and I guess that's where the basis of your article has come from. But when it comes down to it, if no one was rehoming racehorses, I don't think Australia would have much of an eventing team to represent them. As for the movement/ paces of my previous and current TBs, it rivals that of my WB mare. You just have to select carefully. Thoroughbreds can have very quality walks, and when selecting one, if your able to catch a glimpse of one cantering calmly enough (even for 3-4 strides) then you can judge what it will be like when the horse is taught relaxation, balance, looseness, suppleness, throughness, how to carry themselves straight and laterally and finally collection. Thoroughbreds, especially ex-racehorses, are horses that can only be retrained if you train them from their mind down. Physically, their confirmation can be on point with a warmblood. Therefore their movement can be too. Thoroughbreds are what shaped our warmbloods anyways so it's not surprising they bare some resemblance to one another. They just need to be taught how to re-think and if you choose responsibly, then they can make wonderful equestrian horses. Thanks, Ayla


Hi Ayla,

Very nicely put and I can read Your personality (which is lovely). Your Parents did a very good job with You :)

I accept all of Your points of course but I write to and for the lowest common denominator and those People have none of the skills and attitudes that You do.

The Off the Track Thoroughbred situation has become a very politically driven one, caused by 'Racing Kills' putting immense pressure on the Industry and so they had to counter with some equally 'Politically driven tactics' to be seen to be doing the right thing by the discards. That immediately grew all sorts of groups or re-homing People and re-training People, many trying to get a quid out of it as well.

So I saw it coming and because I know how the World works and how Humans react, I decided I had to 'level the playing field' to save the odd Life and many injuries, which You have to agree happens all the time. You need to know that I get the stories every Week.

So yes, I agree there are many lovely one's but with the plethora of gullable Humans we have these Days, someone had to protect them from themselves.

As an aside, I note that I have directly influenced both Industries, because of the power of my Site. I have lowered the price of ex Racehorses and I have dramatically risen the prices of Standardbreds. For that I am happy








Hi john, I need help! 3yo wb/tb filly is fence walking, she is in 1/2 acre paddock 24/7, hay roll, paddocked with a friend. Getting 2 hard feeds a day as came to me in light condition ( walking probably resulting in her condition). She is leaving the friend to fence walk, fence walking is slowly getting worse over last 2 weeks. Its not a stressed walk, its a mindless therapeutic walk. I have tried cutting the corner off with hot tape but just walks the hot tape, am going to try cutting hard feed down to give less energy and so hopefully spends more time getting hay. Do i persist in breaking her in? Due to my time constraint it has taken 4 weeks to get to long lining stage so i wouldn't of thought the process as stressful. She is extremely smart, has active mind and learning super quickly. She does get very very bored quickly. I tend to think a wet saddle blanket and riding out will help her with boredom & lower her energy? Should i hobble her in the paddock during the day to stop her walking? Thanks

Hi There, it's a worrying thing this affliction.

Obviously this Horse hasn't Raced so it is a worry indeed that she should be doing this, especially leaving another Horse to do it. That is on the high end of a problem.

Personally, we would NOT entertain this Horse past the current Day. They are Soul destroying. Of course You can try Her with Hobbles but you should not treat them as just put them on and it will be alright. You should use them in a training way. Put them on...if the Horse settles, take them off.....put them back on if it starts up, always retain the training.

This is the most difficult of all so called 'problems' with Horses and thee is not a lot of options available.

Interestingly, this is the second of this type in a couple of Weeks. The other People "re-arranged the Deck Chairs" of the Paddocks set up and the Horse stopped the antics.







Hi HP, Hope you can enlighten me. I have an existing arena which we have now taken back to ground level due to the base coming up through our sand footings. Our mistakes being, that the base was not deep enough and maybe not compacted enough. So it's back to the start again for us... I don't need to build anything up as it is slightly above general ground level already. The arena does not retain water, all water drains freely away. I am now in the process of selecting our base again, but there are so many recommendations out there, Reject rubble Dolomite Road base rubble Stone dust / blue stone Crushed ash felt 5/8" minus trailings Crushed rock Crushed concrete And the list goes on..... My question is; do we want the base so that it is "virtually" impenetrable to water? ie: the water passes through the footings (sand) and sheds off when it comes in contact with the base? When choosing the base does this include fines? I have read and reread your building an arena info, but I just needed these points clarified before I go ahead. Many thanks for your valuable time and invaluable information and experience. Lindy

HI Lindy,

Yes, You want it to shed off the top, beneath the Sand for it it passes through the Base, the Base will obviously soften and you'll get trouble.

Stay away from anything that won't bind down to a hard surface when rolled, like individual pebbles or rocks. That is the key. For instance, crushed concrete won't stick to itself whereas 20mm dolomite rubble which has all sizes in it as well as fines, will. Road Base is find too because it does that, goes down like a Road. Understand??? Regards

Cant thank you enough! Have a great Christmas and new year. Lindy




I was also wanting to give you some feedback on your windsucking collar, as you said you hardly hear if they work, well they certainly do!!, I finally put one on the horse im about to break in, wasn't causing any health issues but was worried about her teeth and my fences!! she was pretty bad too, but it has certainly stopped her, she seemed to know instantly when I put it on and only on the first hole, I am now up to the 3rd hole and that seems to be working well, she sulked for awhile and sort of tried to run away then came straight back to me as if to say "take this bloody thing off" that night at dinner she came right up to me and stretched her neck out like a giraffe really showing me the collar and nodding her head saying "please take this off and I will be your best friend in the whole world" hahahahahaaa, she seems a much brighter horse now and a lot more interested in what is going on, bit more of a spark there now, lets hope not too much of a spark when I start breaking her in!! hahahahahhaaa.

Thanks Megan. Well done.






Hi, > I have been reading your article online and some of the questions you have answered too about arena construction. I was hoping I might be able to have a few questions answered too. > I have gotten a local earthworks person to build me a base of some rough and sharp large gravel roadbase type material. Im guessing the chunks are all between 10 and 25cm long/wide, and about 5cm think. Its been rolled but the shape of it is such that it really doesn't seem to compact together, its still loose under foot as you walkalong you feel it shuffle/crunch etc and nudge it with my toe big chunks will come loose. There would be a 20cm thick layer of this over the ground which was graded and levelled. > The earthworks guy seems to think that a few months of weathering over summer will make it hard and solid/firm. I cant see this happening, I am certain that if sand is placed over this then my horse will be scooping big chunks up. I also feel like water will run through not over this base. > So should I be waiting for the weather to make this hard/solid? should I be putting a layer of finer gravel or blue metal or grantite over the top? I feel like there needs to be a smooth layer prior to putting the sand on. > Any advice you should share would be appreciated! > Thanks a lot > linda

Hi Linda, You are correct, it won't consolidate and you wouldn't want to run the risk of losing your sand and base, would You? So err on the cautious side and put 75mm-100mm over the top. regards










2.08pm - Roseworthy 35.1-------- Victor Harbor - 22.5


Hi Folks, hope You had a lovely Week.

 A lot of mine has been taken up 'fighting the good fight' with Clients being successful in making front Page in the Geelong Advertiser and the Police now laying Criminal charges for Horse Dealing in an inappropriate way. (see below)


Due to an unfortunate sickness in the Family of Dave Garland, they are having to move on and as a result, Mrs. HP is moving back to live at Gainsborough, with Her 3 Horses, so we shall be divorced :( She has to take over on the early Morning of 26th December, then driving to Christmas with Her Family at Eudunda and then back for evening duties.


As a result of the change over, several past agistees have contacted Mrs. Hp and want to move back to join the Gainsborough Family. This will include some much famed 'Alpha Mares' as I call them but under the new management of course, there will be only one Alpha Mare' and that will be Mrs. HP


We won't know what the status is with agistee arrangements and placements until we get a handle on what is happening down there but it won't take us long.


This will be updated but be assured, the Management will remain on the property to fight Fires and ensure Horse safety.





This was posted on my Horsemanship Saddlery UK Facebook page this morning. "Hi, just to let you know I am getting along really well with my new saddle. My horse (barrel shaped croup high Arab with a forward girth) in this saddle does not seem to be suffering from the constant girth galls she had with previous saddles so I am really pleased. Today my horse was upset by a motorbike and we ended up bouncing into a hedge but because of your brilliant saddle that was made to measure for me with the Aussie poleys I barely moved and felt super secure. Thanks again." Pauline Atkinson Great eh? x



This will return for 2016. Yes, many Companies have followed my design recommendations which I thank them for but enough still ignore the safety for the Horses that travel in their Floats/Trailers.

****Remember this Horse?.....I named Him 'Gummy Shark' last Year as everything was constantly in his Mouth :) He went for a long spell due to an erupting Tooth after returning Home but the Owner was delighted to ride Him along a major Highway prior to discovering this as time went on.

Well I met Him again this Week and when I loaded Him onto his lovely new Horse Float and went to tie Him up, I found this above his eye.


So I had to tie Him to the opposite side, short, so he couldn't reach the Hook.

They still don't get it Folks. Lost eye, smashed eye socket or dead Horse could be the end.



Then I was privileged to continue the Halter education of this Young Lil Darling (quarter Horse) which is always a lot of Fun.









FAMILIES buying horses for beginner riders have a claimed a local woman is selling dangerous horses and passing them off as perfect for novices.

Purchaser Megan Fox said her 13-year-old daughter was forced to leap from a fast-moving animal when it bolted through a gate.

Ms Fox said she thought the horse was probably starved or manipulated into a “lethargic” state during two trial rides.

Ms Fox said she felt “sick” when thinking about what could have happened to her daughter.

“I felt so guilty at first ... as a mum you’re supposed to protect them,” she said.

Another woman who purchased a horse at auction from the same seller was hospitalised when it reared and bucked as she tried to ride it for the first time.

Rachel Porter — whose husband paid $7000 for the horse — was knocked unconscious after being thrown off and was forced to wear a neck brace for over a week.

She now suffers chronic pain and headaches as a result of the incident and said the seller must be stopped.

Snr Constable Tatlock said police also had “serious concerns” about the seller’s tactics and holds fears others could be seriously hurt.

Ms Porter said the horse she bought was described as perfect for beginners and was calm and quiet at auction.

She said an experienced horse trainer who tried to ride the horse after the accident also found it “extremely difficult” to control.
Rachel Porter in a neck brace in hospital.
Ms Porter's bruises after being thrown from a horse.

“It could have been my nine-year-old daughter riding and she could have been killed,” Ms Porter, a mother of four, said.

She claimed she had spoken to several other people who had allegedly purchased problem animals from the seller.

Ms Porter said the seller refused to honour a verbal six-week guarantee offered by the auctioneer, telling her the incident was her own fault and blaming the saddle used.


Ms Fox said she took her daughter’s horse for a two-week trial in May and is still caring for the animal after the seller refused to honour a written agreement.

She claimed the seller also deposited a bank cheque despite the contract stipulating she refrain from doing so until the end of the trial.


Ms Fox has been tracking the seller online and believes she has sold about $55,000 worth of horses in the past year.

Ms Fox called for better regulation of the equine industry, saying horses should have to be registered just like cats and dogs to track their history.

Senior Constable Mick Tatlock said a woman had now been charged with making false documents, using false documents and obtaining property by deception. She will appear in court later this month.







I recently purchased a horse for a substantial amount of money, after having him for 2 weeks I decided he wasn't suitable and was told a number of times if I wasn't happy to send him back and I would get my money back, so I did, however once he was returned I was told he would have to be sold on before I would get any money back, sadly I didn't get in writing that I would be given my money back, legally do I have a case? Thanks for your help Chris





The Auctioneer Publicly announces that the there is a 6 Weeks guarantee on the said Horse, perfect confidence builder for the unsuspecting Horse Buyers.



Yes, what a fine conditioned Horse we have here Folks, with the Wild Eyes and the Tongue hanging out. Paint, gets them every time. Value $300 but SOLD!!!!!!!!!! FOR $7,000!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obviously in top condition.


In excess of 90% of Horses sold at Auctions are DODGEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



To give the unsuspecting in the Crowd, the "Warm inner Glow" that all is ok. Vendor shedding Tears even. Has to sell as "She's having a Baby"!!!!!!!!! and yet

quick research now has the Vendor selling over $60,000 worth of Horses this Year and who was back at the Sales last Wednesday, buying 5 more. Must have given Birth


and there are many, all meeting up with each other now and as mad as Hell. Heads are going to roll this time.


Due to the tireless efforts of this Website (which pioneered all Horselaw in this Country and dragged the Lawyers kicking a screaming into the Business) now the Police are getting interested.

If You buy a Horse that has been MIS-REPRESENTED in description.....LIKE.......Australian Stock Horse for Sale and it turns out to have raced at Flemington, go to the Police for possible charges of False Pretenses. "Obtained Money by falsely pretending that the said Horse was an Australian Stock Horse when it was actually a Thoroughbred that had raced"


Charges have been laid in this case, by the Geelong Police and those involved will soon appear on the Teeve. Look out for them...should be Hoodies all around ...the Vendor is due in the Geelong Magistrates Court this Thursday and no doubt on TV that Night.





" Did You know, that Horses that travel long distances in Horse Floats, are standing braced the whole way and as a result, suffer Muscle soreness for Days. This can even culminate in sore backs"




Congrats to this Young Lady. Oh.....if only the 'English World' would get this through their Heads!!!!!!!!!!!!









The bond between police and the animals that assist us so loyally are very strong. This photograph has been received from colleagues in the United States of America which shows a Houston (Texas) Mounted Officer laying by the side of his mount Charlotte as she takes her last breath after being hit by a truck yesterday. We share the grief of this Officer in the loss of his partner.

A Houston police officer has been photographed lying in the street with his dying mount following an accident, in a gesture of heartbreaking devotion.

The image, first shared to the Animal Justice League Facebook page on December 5 has received more than 6230 likes, 785 comments and 2100 shares.

It shows Officer D. Herrejon of the Houston Police Department comforting six-year-old police horse “Charlotte” during her final moments.

“Yesterday a police horse was spooked, bucked the rider and ran into the street where it was unfortunately then hit by a truck,” the photo’s caption explains.

“This is a pic of the officer laying with her while she took her last breath.

“We admire the heart and strength of this officer because as you know, when you lose an animal, to be with them during their last breath is a heartbreaking and tough thing to do.”

While Officer Herrejon sustained no injuries following his fall, it is clear by the image he was left distressed by the death of his mount.

"You undergo a lot of training as a [mounted police] officer," Houston Police Department spokesman Keese Smith said.

"You work with those horses on a daily basis. Those horses undergo a lot of training before they're put on the street, so there would be a bond. Those horses are those officers' partners."

The truck driver who struck Charlotte is not believed to be at fault and currently faces no charges.






British event rider Louise Harwood has broken her pelvis in a fall.

Herefordshire-based Louise was riding a youngster at home yesterday (8 December) when the accident happened.

She was taken to Hereford Hospital by air ambulance where x-rays showed she had broken her pelvis in two places.

“I was riding a three-year-old who had been a complete star until then,” she told H&H.

“For some reason he bucked and then spooked and bucked again. He then swerved when he decided jumping out over the rails wasn’t such a good plan and lost me in the process.

“I didn’t think it was that bad [the injury] so waited half an hour before calling emergency services. In the end I couldn’t get up so eventually they called an air ambulance.”

Tomorrow (Thursday 10 December) Louise will find out if she will need to have an operation.

Hundreds of well wishes have sent their support to the rider on Facebook.

This is the second accident Louise has been involved in this year, having broken her shoulder in a fall on 18 October.

She had been planning to compete in the four-star at Pau but was instead out of action for five weeks.
Fundraising plans

16 years ago Louise was in a serious car accident and was taken to hospital by Air Ambulance. She completed a marathon following the accident and raised £4,000 for the charity, as well as £1,000 for Spinal Research.

Louise is already planning to hold another fundraiser for the Air Ambulance to thank them for their help.




Geneva A Geneva County teenager is expected to make a full recovery after she was tossed by a horse this week and suffered a concussion.

Jacy Schnaufer, who is 14, was injured Monday while working with her father to pen cattle near their home.

“We were gathering them to re-worm a set of yearlings. Jacy got them back to the fence and got them turned when one of them went back to the herd and the other ducked under her horse. “The horse did a complete cartwheel,” Buddy recounted.

Jacy was thrown to the ground and her horse, Precious, landed on top of her. Her father witnessed the accident.

Buddy said Jacy, the youngest of six children, didn’t breathe for what seemed like a long time and was unconscious for about 20 minutes. She was transported by ambulance to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Jacy’s friends from the Cowboy Church in Geneva, where Jacy is a member, gathered through the night and prayed for her recovery. “She’s a real servant for the Lord and that’s probably why we still have her,” Buddy said.

Jacy has participated in many rodeo events around the country and has won her fair share. She’s considered one of the best teen riders in the southeast.

Jacy wants to participate in an Ultimate Calf Roping event this weekend though it’s not immediately known if she’ll be medically cleared to compete.



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A report into equine training in Australia found that some students were able to complete courses in only a fraction of the benchmark time laid out under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

A report found that three training providers offered Certificate II qualifications in equine training in courses of less than a week, when the AQF benchmark for this level of course was 26-52 weeks of full-time study.

Another five providers were offering Certificate II courses in 3-10 weeks, and another five in 3-10 weeks. Eleven providers offered the course in 12-26 weeks.

Fourteen providers were found to have offered the course over 26 weeks or more, meeting the AQF benchmark.

The findings painted a similar picture for Certificate III qualifications, for which the AQF benchmark is 52-104 weeks of full-time study. One provider was offering courses in less than a week, and 13 were offering courses in 1-2 weeks. Nine offered the course in 8-16 weeks and 14 in 26-49 weeks. Twelve providers were found to have offered Certificate III courses of more than 52 weeks, meeting the AQF benchmark.

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) report said changes must be made to the way equine training qualifications were delivered to address what it said were critical safety and quality issues.

“There are concerns that some students may be achieving a certificate II level equine qualification with limited access to horses,” the report said.

The national training regulator had launched the national strategic review of training in equine training programs following the 2009 death of student Sarah Waugh in a horse-riding accident whilst undertaking training.

The inquest identified concerns with the content and conduct of equine training, policies and procedures for assessing horses to be used in training. The adequacy of trainer and assessor competencies and currency of industry experience was also highlighted as an issue.

ASQA chief commissioner Chris Robinson said several actions had already been taken in relation to equine programs in response to the coroner’s findings.

However, the review had found that the market for equine training was complex and confusing, with several areas requiring systemic responses to address ongoing safety concerns.

“While ASQA recognises the diversity of the industries relying on equine training programs and supports the role of industry in determining the appropriate training for its needs, all industries share a common requirement to ensure learner safety,” he said.

The ASQA report outlined 11 recommendations.

Robinson said if a training package or accredited course required access to a horse, the registered training organisation (RTO) had a responsibility under existing standards to ensure the horse was fit-for-purpose and the student could safely handle and, where necessary, ride the animal.

“That is why ASQA has recommended that all RTOs delivering equine programs must demonstrate completion of a horse suitability audit and checklist as part of their compliance with the assessment requirements of the standards.

“ASQA has also recommended that training package developers ensure there is a strong focus on safety in riding, handling, care, and in understanding of horse behaviour in Units of Competency and qualifications.”

Robinson said hazard and risk assessment and control measures should also be embedded in these units and qualifications.

As part of the review, the authority specifically audited a sample group of 20 RTOs, which represented 51.3 per cent of those that delivered equine programs.

Eighty-five per cent of the sample group were found to be compliant at the end of the audit process. A further two have subsequently been able to demonstrate compliance in response to the authority’s regulatory action.

The report said the non-compliance issues ranged from minor to very serious.

“It was of concern that the highest rates of non-compliance were in relation to the standard relating to training delivery and assessment, which is the core business of an RTO.”




Provincial police say a 62-year-old Acton woman is dead after falling off a horse in Puslinch Township on Sunday. The OPP has identified the woman as Linda Small, who investigators say fell from her horse at around 6 p.m. Witnesses began CPR until paramedics arrived from Guelph, but no-one was able to revive the woman. Small was pronounced dead on-scene, according to police. An autopsy will be performed today, but authorities say her death is not considered suspicious.




Two riders in Gloucestershire have told H&H about a “terrifying” accident they were involved in while hacking on the roads last month (20 November).

Nikki Gear was riding with her sister Rachel in Dyrham at around 2.30pm.

They were returning home from the ride when a car approached from the opposite direction.

“Just as we were coming out of the village a man in a dark grey four by four with a box trailer on the back came flying into the village on the wrong side of the road,” Nikki told H&H.

“The trailer frightened my horse, Velvet, and she slipped and came down on top of me. She went straight into flight mode and took off with my foot still in the stirrup.

“I was dragged up the road— all I saw was her feet flicking towards my head. Thankfully I managed to free myself.”

24-year-old thoroughbred Velvet galloped down the road and Rachel followed, unable to stop her horse Dutch.

“I watched the driver drive off,” Nikki said.

Nikki was able to flag down a motorist who drove her down towards the horses.

Five-year-old Dutch fell on a bend further down the road and Rachel was thrown off.

The horses ran onto a main road and made their way back to their yard, two miles away from where Nikki fell.

Both riders suffered bruising but were not seriously injured.

“Both horses made it back to the yard although my horse now has swelling to her hind quarter,” said Nikki.

“Dutch has sustained cuts to his elbow joint and front fetlock, knee as well as cuts to his stifle. He has had to have stitches.

“The financial cost we are incurring to get the horses back on the mend is escalating rapidly and I have to replace my saddle as she rolled on it damaging the tree.”

Nikki reported the incident to the police.

“We were called at about 2.30pm on 20 November,” said a police spokesman.

“A woman had fallen from her horse after an incident with a Landrover Discovery. The woman suffered minor injuries.

“It appears that the Landrover failed to stop.”




Samantha Cawkwell, 31, who ran a company called Ultimate Dressage Horse with her boyfriend was found in a field next to her home in a rural area near Lytham St Annes, Lancs, last July.

When a paramedic arrived at the scene, he was forced to hurdle the fence to get away from the horse named Gonzo, which was described as "skittish" and "anxious".

Yesterday Blackpool Coroners Court heard she suffered a fractured skull and bruising consistent with a horse's hoof after locking herself in a paddock with the crazed animal.

The inquest heard Miss Cawkwell and her partner Andrew Hackett had only owned Gonzo for around a month before her tragic death.

Gonzo was kept on his own in the stables' secured paddock, owned by Mr Hackett's family in Ballam, near leafy Lytham, while her own loyal horse 'Fabulicious' stood grazing just feet away.

She was found in the field on the afternoon of July 19 by two friends who had turned up for a pre-organised ride.

They arrived to find no sign of her, but after searching individual stables, they spotted her close to the fence of one of the fields and it quickly became apparent she was dead, the inquest heard.

A statement from a paramedic read: "She was lying with her head turned to the left side. She looked visibly dead.

"We had to vacate the field as an aggressive horse was charging towards us and we were unable to return to the field due to the horse."

Pathologist Dr Sameer Shaktawat of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, who performed a post mortem examination of Miss Cawkwell's body, said the levels of pooling of Miss Cawkwell's blood suggested she had been lying in the same position for a minimum of two hours before she was found.

The Cawkwell family said Samantha started riding horses as soon as she could walk

He also found her to have a hairline fracture to her skull, a subdural brain haemorrhage and oval bruising to the left side of her body consistent with a horse's hoof.

Her father John Cawkwell, 61, said: "She started riding horses always as soon as she could walk. She has always been around horses. She was just a wonderful girl.

"She would do anything for anybody. She was very talented in everything she did - also as a musician and artist. She did extremely well at school, but was wanted to work with horses.

"She adored her brothers and sisters. She just progressed from local level working with Andrew and progressed onto bigger horses.

"She worked steadily through to those levels.

"It was what she enjoyed doing, and it would have gone as far as it would have taken her. It was just riding for enjoyment."

The pathologist believes she was lying in the same position for two hours before she was found

Her stepmother Elaine Cawkwell, 43, said the Miss Cawkwell received her first competition horse at 18, and had been riding 'Fabulicious' to a high level up to her death.

It was revealed she had been due to ride her prized horse at the Badminton Dressage Championships in Gloucestershire that summer before the tragedy occurred.

Mrs Cawkwell said: "She's been a rider since she's been a tiny little tot. She was so talented."

Last night Coroner for Blackpool and the Fylde, Alan Wilson, described the cause of death as traumatic subdural haemorrhage.

He said: "I find that Samantha died not as a result of natural causes and I'm clear about that.

"The fatal injury was as a result of trauma. There's evidence of a hairline fracture and blood on the brain which wasn't spontaneous."

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death, but said he planned to write a letter to the Chief Coroner of England and Wales highlighting the case to try and stop it happening again.



An investigation is taking place in the South Valley after a dead horse was found tied to a pole. The animal was found Wednesday afternoon in an orange grove near Strathmore.

"We were down here, we turned down the road and we ended up turning the corner-- when we turned the corner there was something that was big and brown," said Emily Luna, Strathmore.

Luna said as she and Kyree Perkins got closer they discovered the animal was a horse. "The legs were hog-tied," said Luna.

Luna said the horse was dead. Her first thought was animal abuse, so she called the Tulare County Sheriff. She also snapped some photos. She took a photo of the legs tied together and photos of the sheriff's office investigating. Luna lives nearby and the discovery has her concerned. "How did they do this when there's people not to far from them?"

The sheriff's office is wondering the same thing, how did the horse end up in the orchard. They've reached out to the UC Davis' satellite Veterinary Campus in Tulare. The vet there has looked at the horse, he said the colt was well-cared for. "What he has said is that there's no obvious sign of trauma. This horse was not beaten, stabbed, or shot," explained Teresa Douglass, Tulare County Sheriff's Office.

A necropsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Whoever left the horse could be facing an illegal dumping charge but the cause of death could add more charges.




YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A 3-year-old filly named Ruby Queen had never won a race until she appeared to blow past the field as a 110-1 longshot at an Ohio horse track.

But it turns out that she was really a he.

Track stewards suspended three people and fined another after determining there was no intentional wrongdoing in a chain of mistakes that allowed the wrong horse to run under a different name last month at Hollywood Gaming's Mahoning Valley Race Course near Youngstown.

An investigation found that a stable worker went into the wrong stall on Nov. 4 and brought out a male horse named Leathers Slappin instead of Ruby Queen, who was in a neighboring stall, said William Crawford, executive director of the Ohio State Racing Commission.

A track employee, known as an identifier, then failed to properly check the horse before what was supposed to be an all-female race, he said. The identifier's job is to verify each horse by looking at the numbers on its lip tattoo.

"It's unfortunate that it happened," Crawford said earlier this week.

Such a mix-up is rare, but not unheard of, he said.

A review of the wagering revealed nothing unusual, leading the commission to determine that the horses weren't switched to affect the race's outcome, he said.

The horse that won by nearly eight lengths was disqualified, but the error wasn't discovered until after the bets were paid out.

A $2 wager on Ruby Queen to win paid off $220. Anybody who did win kept their money, while those who had placed bets on the next three finishers were able to cash in if they still had their ticket, said Bob Tenenbaum, a spokesman for track owner Penn National Gaming Inc.

The company, which operates casinos and race tracks in 16 states, did its own review of what happened. The employee who was the identifier is no longer employed by Penn National, he said.

"This was a very unusual circumstance," Tenenbaum said. "It was simply a series of errors."

The stewards suspended the identifier 60 days and fined him $500. The stable worker was suspended 30 days and fined $500. The horse's owner was suspended 30 days and fined $500. A substitute trainer was fined $200.

A new layer of post-race checks will be added at all of Ohio's thoroughbred tracks to prevent a repeat, the racing commission director said.









 Riders employ martingales for a variety of reasons. These aids can help prevent a horse from running away; prevent a horse from raising his head above the point of control; help keep the horse’s head and neck straight; and enhance rider safety. But what effect does this equipment have on the horse’s sensitive mouth tissues?

“Very little attention has been paid to (the martingale’s) effects on the reins and the resulting pressure on the horse’s mouth,” said Hayley Randle, PhD, researcher at the Equitation Science Academy at Duchy College, in the United Kingdom. Randle and BSc (Hons) Equitation Science student Megan O’Neill recently performed a study looking at martingale attachments’ effects on rein tension in horses ridden by novice riders. She presented their findings at the 11th International Society of Equitation Science conference, held Aug. 6-9 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Randle and O’Neill chose to evaluate novice riders because previous study results have shown that they are overly reliant upon the reins for stabilization and, thus, could have high and inconsistent rein tensions. Depending on the martingale’s effect on rein tension, it could either be beneficial or detrimental to horses ridden by novices.

In their study, Randle and O’Neill randomly selected six riding horses and six riders deemed novice by the same instructor. They wore correctly fitting tack and performed a predetermined test that involved the walk, trot, halt, and circles in both directions, first with and then without martingales. Randle and O’Neill had each pair perform the test using an Irish martingale and again using a running martingale (or vice versa). They used a Centaur Rein Tension Gauge and found that martingale use had a significant impact on rein tension.

“Rein tensions were more consistent when horses were ridden with a martingale than without,” Randle reported, adding that there were no significant differences between the two types of martingales studied.

In conclusion, “The martingale is a useful piece of equipment to improve riding horse welfare,” she said. “It can reduce the likelihood of horse confusion, behaviors indicative of conflict, and learned helplessness,” when under novice riders.


I completely disagree.

  1. Firstly, it is an impossibility to find NOVICE RIDERS' who DO NOT confuse and send conflicting messages to Horses

  2. The Running Martingale is a completely useless piece of equipment

  3. In fact, it even causes more resistance by causing the Reins to act as if the Rider had put their Hands down low (Pony Club style) in order to lower the Head of a Horse.

  4. It cannot and does not reduce "learned helplessness' in Horses.

  5. The Market Harborough however, does because it takes the shock waves out of the Hands of the Riders and offers more softness than would be possible.

The Running Martingale is YESTERDAYS equipment.






 By Josh Donnell, DVM, and David Frisbie, DVM, DIPL. ACVS, ACVSMR

Joint injections have become a common procedure for treating equine athletes. In a 2009 survey of 831 AAEP veterinarians, over 50% said they performed joint injections on at least 10 horses a month and 14% said they injected more than 50 horses’ joints per month.

Veterinarians might choose to inject a horse if the joints require direct treatment due to disease, inflammation, or pain. The most common joint disease is osteoarthritis (OA), which represents a group of disorders characterized by articular cartilage damage or deterioration and changes in the joint bones and soft tissues. Its cause is very complex, but simplistically OA is due to inflammation or trauma, which most commonly results from abnormal stresses or forces on the joint, including cyclic trauma or instability. Joint inflammation and articular damage can cause pain, which generally manifests as lameness in horses. Lameness continues to be the most common cause of poor performance and economic loss in horses.

As an owner you might ask why your horse needs to have multiple joints injected, sometimes as often as two to three times a year, to perform at his highest level. The short answer is the medication used in the joint injections most likely lessens the clinical signs rather than getting rid of OA altogether.

When treating any disease process, veterinarians use two types of therapies: disease-modifying drugs (DMD) and/or symptom-modifying drugs (SMD). For example, say you’re suffering from a cough and a fever and your doctor determines a bacterial infection in your lungs is causing those clinical signs. He or she prescribes an anti-inflammatory (SMD) and cough syrup (SMD) to decrease the fever and cough so you feel better, along with an antibiotic (DMD) to kill the bacteria.

Treating OA is no different, but because it has multiple causes, unfortunately no completely disease-modifying OA drugs (DMOAD) exist, and surgical intervention is required in some cases. Take, for example, a horse with a small bone chip in his fetlock that is causing lameness. The veterinarian can administer joint injections as needed to decrease the pain, inflammation, and lameness. If the horse is only exercised occasionally (putting little stress and trauma on the joint), pain, inflammation, and lameness might not return. But if the horse is exercised heavily, the pain and inflammation will likely come back soon, and the veterinarian might need to administer another injection to decrease those signs or try other treatment methods, including surgery. Veterinarians typically base their decision to pursue surgical removal of bone chips on the horse’s workload and frequency of joint injections, remembering that surgical intervention is the only thing that will actually decrease OA’s progression.

Researchers continue to search for a drug that cures OA. Studies have shown that many treatments can help prevent further disease progression but not cure it. These include hyaluronic acid (HA), triamcinolone acetonide (corticosteroids), interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP), polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (Adequan), diclofenac (Surpass), and avocado and soybean unsaponifiable extract supplements. While these are all classified as DMDs because they can help prevent further disease progression, most are more potent as OA symptom--modifying drugs.

Veterinarians administer many of the drugs listed above orally, intravenously (IV), or intramuscularly (IM) and not intra-articularly (IA; joint injection). So why are joint injections, procedures that carry a higher risk of adverse effects when compared to oral, IM, or IV administration, so common? The short answer is that we can better control the -concentration (amount) of drug that enters the joint by administering it directly into the joint. Medications given orally, IV, or IM enter the blood system and spread throughout the entire body and enter affected joints at much lower levels. Joints with OA can benefit from medication administered using these approaches, but at a much lower level than with joint injections. The more severe the OA or strenuous the exercise, the higher the drug concentration necessary to prevent further progression or treat the OA symptomatically.

In summary, joint injections are indicated in horses with OA that are expected to perform at their peak level with a high exercise volume. There is currently no cure for this condition. Current drugs approved to treat OA in horses prevent further progression and decrease clinical signs.





You're out on a trail ride and suddenly your horse spooks at, say, a scary-looking tree stump near your path. You have three choices:

Encourage your horse (with your legs, voice, reins, crop, etc.) to move toward the stump to find out it's not so scary after all;
Be patient, allowing the horse time to figure out that the stump really isn't so scary in his own time; or
Turn around and go home (or take a different path) and flee that scary stump.

What do you choose to do, and what's best for your horse?

Danish equitation scientists recently investigated this question. They found that if you want to get past the stump, Choice 1 could be better for both you and the horse, even though it might be more stressful than Choice 2. Janne Winther Christensen, PhD, presented on the topic at the 8th International Society for Equitation Science conference, held July 18-20 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

"Horse riding is a relatively dangerous sport, and habituation to new objects has been known to reduce the risk of accidents," said Winther Christensen, a research scientist at the faculty of agricultural sciences at Aarhus University in Tjele, Denmark. "If an animal avoids or escapes an object and can get away from it, that avoidance behavior gets reinforced, and the animal is likely to repeat the behavior. But also, studies in other species have shown that prevention of innate behavior (flight response) can lead to increased stress in the animal. So we wanted to find out what was best for horses."

Christensen and colleagues studied 22 Danish Warmblood geldings (aged two to three years old) separated into two groups learning to get accustomed to open umbrellas on the ground. Handlers encouraged each horse in one group to approach the umbrellas using negative reinforcement (in this case, pulling on the halter and lead line). Horses in the second group were released, one at a time, in the arena with the umbrellas and allowed to take their own time exploring them. On the following day, each horse from both groups was taken individually into the arena where he could find buckets of food next to the umbrellas. On both days, researchers evaluated the horses' heart rates and behaviors and recorded the time it took for them to approach the umbrellas and the food.

The negative reinforcement group showed much higher signs of stress (heart rate and behavior) than the other group on the first day, Winther Christensen said. But on the second day, they spent less time investigating their surroundings and approached the feed buckets faster than horses in the other group.

"A negative reinforced approach to the habituation of novel objects increases stress response during the first exposure, but it also appears to facilitate habituation to the objects," said Winther Christensen. "However, because the procedure does lead to a temporary increase in stress responses, it should be carefully managed."

Winther Christensen also cautioned that her results were specific to her study and might not apply to all scenarios. "It may be that a stimulus of a different intensity could give different results," she said. "In general there is a lack of knowledge of different habituation techniques, how effective they are, and how they affect horses."

Further studies are under way, she said.

Well done Christa. Spot on. In the 'real world' where Scientists don't inhabit, Horses of Choice 2 would be unworthy of being handed over to often unequipped Riders and would bring about many accidents and injuries. "A Bold Rider makes a Bold Horse" John O'Leary






Hello, I After 4yrs years of paying her off, I have finally brought my now 3yo friesian filly. While she is super friendly, she has never really been halter trained. I have started using the McLean method (using a rope halter), but at 15.3hh she is quite bargy and I'm not getting a very good stop response. I would prefer to get her teeth done before I put a bit in her mouth (as suggested in the McLean method) but would prefer her to be properly halter trained before I get the dentist out. Hope that makes sense. Would your foal halter training dvd be appropriate for my situation, or is there another dvd or material you could recommend? Thanks in advance, Maxine


Hi Maxine First, a warning. I have about 1 Horse a Week through my Hands, failed using the adapted (Tom Roberts) system and You will be the next candidate if you continue. It is a failed system that is anti Horse Welfare. Bolters, Rearers and No Mouths. Where are You??? If You are still with me, let me know :)




To Jag a Horse in the Mouth with a Bit is a Horse Welfare issue, think about it!!  To put a Bit in the Mouth of an unbroken Horse and start ambushing it with things it does not know about is a cruel thing to do.

To put a Bit in the Mouth of a Horse and start fighting with it, which this system ends up being, especially with Novice Owners as it is not Pupil friendly, will ensure a substandard Mouth on the Young Horse and possible rearing and worse issues going forward. Everything about it is negative.

Stop commands with Bits are taught to the newly backed Horse, so that it understands precisely what is being asked for, not terrorizing it about things it has no knowledge of.

Now there are a number of things available to You. The first and simple answer is to simply get Your local Natural Horsemanship Trainer in and fix the Horse as well as learning Yourself.
The Go, Stop, Park, even if you achieve it, will only give You just that, BUT THE HORSE WILL STILL be standing on Your Head, why, because the McLean system teaches that. Enter the brave new World, please!!!!

This Weeks Photo of the Day on my Blog

however, You should be properly heading this Horse to starting by adding other valuable systems for ground manners, giving to pressure, protecting the life of the horse in fences, saving tying up accidents and more, which will all head you to where You are wanting to be, but above all, I simply ask You.....why would You want a Warmblood up close and personal????? :) I meet Ladies with them every Week. Read my Blog backwards.

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Heyyou! I couldnt sleep last night due to thinking of ways to deal with Tukker. I came up with this and did a lesson this morning. I free hand lunged him 3mins bothways, he amazes me , nose slightly to me and ears on me. (Only 2 time in his life) He was buggered, then I put 1 front foot raise restraints on him (as he is acting like he has never been hobbled etc). He fought for about 2 pulls, then went F@ck this im stuffed lol. I did 5 mins both sides. In the meantime i stood infront and at times beside him. Everytime he showed a threatened bite, i sharply tugged on halter. He eventually got it. He even got his gooey eye back while realising a nice rub on face wasnt that bad. NO head shaking! This is the even better bit! As you couldnt physically feel his pole etc beforehand due to his biting, i used this lesson as a investigation in possible pain behaviour issues. I found he is extremely in pain on pole, it even feels odd shaped. He got a very upset with to p of n eck and side of cheeks/jaw been touched. So i have contacted chiro.. He believes he may have dislocated jaw/pole in dog attack as he had facial injuries also. Ive decided not to walk in paddock unless i halter him to continue this technique. John is this good (feels good) or am i trading a old bad habit for a new one 😜

HI Chelle....long time no hear.

Striking the balance of pressure, direction, discipline and so on, always depends upon the personality one is dealing with. In this case, I suspect he may have 'got under Your guard' as often happens. They are always testing, in subtle ways to obvious.

This little one obviously needs an immediate shake up and so what are the Tools at Your disposal????

  • General Natural Horsemanship Games

  • Leg Restraints Training

  • The Endorphin Tap (something I rarely mention and only use once in 5 Years. (and used recently)

now the Danger with NH Games, with this profile, is that they indeed think it is a Game and will take to Charging You. I don't advise this

The Leg Restraints is the perfect fit for the Amateur and will SAFELY do the complete Personality adjustment


Hey you! Well, we did single front hobbles...we sulked. Then we did they Yo-yo game which he knows, I found he got cocky when asked to Backup. Once he "tried" to shake is head violently in a Yes mode he was harshly disaplined... Boy he was shocked. I stopped at positive results. Next day he really grew up, both legs hobbled and he remembered them, so I bridled him... We we decided to take a nap... I took the risk and kneeled on his neck so he couldn't move, he tried to bite me so much but could get me, im like "ha!sucked in!!" Did the yo-yo much better, but I was sus on him. (I have put him in his own paddock since last chat to you,boy did we chuck a tanty for 2days). I put him back into his paddock, as i was jussst back to unclip him "cocky Tucker" appeared. Mr Cocky did realise Merwa had a short whip hidden in boots. I gave him 1 clear hard message on neck, he started shaking his head(its his treat before rearing) WHACK another, i hate saying this but it took 5 single whacks to PUT HIM IN HIS BOX. Now i can go to fence ask him to back up or pat him without worrying if lose an arm. We still have work to do but he got the message and it was clear and uncomplicated again thankyou for advice xxxx Cheers Chelle


Well done Chelle. It's a very simple system with great results every time. Well done.
















Hi Folks. Hope You had a lovely Week. It has been an interesting one for us, plenty happening


  • The New Dog has been a challenge, knowing nothing other than Suburban trained Tricks like ripping things to pieces due to Toy Training and not having experienced anything in Life, other than I suppose being locked in a Breeding establishment. He has been in for some frightening surprises indeed :)  Anyhow, he is coming to Hand now and looks like he will be great. Now I only need visiting People to not ask Him to Jump up and Kiss them :)


Frozen Semen from Sweden....the Dog :)


Mrs. HP went out to Dinner with Her Pupils which she enjoyed very much.

Her Horses have had the Week off, other than a Trail Ride for my and the new Saddle Test.....and had another new Horse visit. Most satisfying.



THIS WEEKS PROJECT (brief story)

  • Horse Can't be Shod any more

  • Horse scratched from Dressage due to losing Shoe.

  • Horse arrives, COMPLETELY out of it's Box on the Ground

  • Horse training influenced via Scientific Training

  • Horse dragging Owner, walking over Owner, pushing Owner and so on

  • Horse unsettled, unhappy and adrift in Life.

  • Horse lapped around Round Pen for assessment, turned on the Fence and half charges me...........

  • adjourned to some of my foundational systems as an assessment

  • Horse responds, relaxes, makes Friends with me.

  • Shoeing preparation trainng takes place

  • Our Farrier arrives and Together, we put Show back on.

  • Horse breaths a huge sigh of relief after some 'advance and retreat'

  • Allows Shoe to be nailed on without objection.


  • An inspection of the Hooves shows a Farrier mistake with no sole clearance between Shoes.

  • Horse sore on near side back Hoof, hence fights with Farrier because it has difficulty weight bearing.

  • Horse coming here to be shod next time

They NEVER LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




As I mentioned last Week, I basically handed Him over to his Mum on his third  ride  she rode Him Home from out the back Roads here.

Seeing as how Mum had trained Him to do kisses......I thought I might have one too


Understandably, the 'Green Horse' is a daunting prospect for most People for the skills level is something that isn't taught and cannot be gained, without riding many of them. I may see Him again. Lovely Boy he is!







BRAND NEW - ridden once by me Today (checking and testing)

$300 off.

$1395 - Merry Christmas

Includes Saddle Pad, back cinch, girth, latigo's, fenders, stirrups






Just happened to read your blogg today. I used to have a ------- coach that used to force horses in a frame (she liked them all being in gags) and you interstate coach sounded familiar. I wondered if we were both a wakeup to the same person. Cheers

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I do believe that is my old coach. She struggles to drain enough funds in her own state so she travels around blowing her own trumpet to bleed as much out of any sucker she can. She is very good at saying she will come when there is a comp on, then she charges her clients for warmups. Boy I could go on, and on, and on..........!



I wish this event the very best of Luck and pray that the Heat is not above Welfare standards for Man and Beast. I WOULD NEVER schedule a Horse activity in the Month of January, ever again!

I will watch with interest.




As the Years have gone by, with many Thousands of Horses coming and going, I have to say I didn't used to meet a lot of such Horses but these Days, well during the last 3 Years, the majority have been so. Why? Is it...........

  • Feed related with the Commercialized Products made by Chemists

  • Is it too Humanized like this one

  • Is it me, allowing Horses to retain and express their personality by default?

  • Is it a lack of 'Leadership' leaving them 'all at Sea without a Rudder.?

To be honest, I don't know but as usual and ironically, I just got this Letter......

Wow I think I know something U dont !! U think your getting ADD horses I think the horses feel so.comfortable and safe around U .. Like a mare and foal .. That they feel totally comfortable expressing themselves.. They lose the flight response and their natural curosity takes over ... Hence the ADD as they start asking U all sorts off qs .. U answer so they keep asking .. Both U mrs hp have a gift .. Bet U guys have most amazing unspoken communication! Bet a look is whole conversation much like the horses :)

I'll leave the question open to suggestion but honestly, I am not sure......






Dear John, Just a word of warning about Sharon Austwick/ Jensen /Norton. This crook has moved to QLD and is now up to her old horse wheeling and dealing tricks up that way. Here is the Go Fund Me Link for Nina Morgan - the poor lady Sharon Austwick Jensen Norton put in a wheelchair With kind regards.

and the Dealer?



You have a 15-year-old dressage horse that is no longer physically able to train and compete at the sport’s upper levels. You would like to share him with a committed and talented 11-year-old girl who rides with my trainer, preferably via a lease. He has a lot he could teach her, and the pair would be a good fit. However, there is a concern about the liability associated with having a child ride my horse. How can one  best protect themselves while also providing my horse with a second career and help this girl continue her dressage education?

Unfortunately, for all of us horse owners, liability will always be associated with our horses, regardless of what we do to protect ourselves. There are just some things that we cannot predict a horse will do (i.e., tripping and falling, spooking, etc.) even when we’ve known the animal for 15 years. So, when we lend or lease our horses to others, the key points to protect yourself are full disclosure, a written release of liability, and insurance coverage.

Full Disclosure.

 In other words, if you know that your horse has a tendency to spook, bite, kick, etc., you absolutely must tell the person you’re allowing to hand your horse. If you don’t and your horse injures that person, you could be on the hook legally for failure to inform them of the horse’s dangerous propensities. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to pull out your crystal ball each morning before you let someone handle your horse—as I said, there are just some things that we cannot predict—but if you know that your horse is a biter, you must warn other people handling your horse of that known danger. If you fail to warn of a known danger, you are essentially making an already dangerous activity (horseback riding) more dangerous for the oblivious party.

Written Release of Liability.

 It’s important for all horse owners to understand that when someone signs a release, he or she can still bring a lawsuit against you for injuries (to themselves or, in this case, the injuries to their child). But, a written release of liability serves as an excellent deterrent and, ultimately, an excellent legal defense. When someone signs a release, he is acknowledging the dangers of horse riding and handling, and representing that he is voluntarily assuming the risk of those dangers (or, in this case, assuming a risk on the behalf of their child). “Assumption of the risk” is your best defense in an equine legal dispute.

A quick point on parents signing release forms on behalf of their children: Child custody laws vary by state. Where parents share joint legal custody of their child, some states only require one parent to release liability in order to assume risk for their child, where others require both parents to make the release of liability a viable defense. If you don’t know your state’s stance on this issue, err on the side of caution and require both parents to sign your release of liability.

Insurance Coverage.

Few people carry liability insurance on their horses (which is similar to car insurance), but if you are allowing another person to ride and otherwise handle your horse, you might consider it. In the event your horse injures a third party or damages their property, this provides coverage for defense fees, as well as pays claims for which you are legally liable during the policy period. If you’re not insured and someone is injured and sues you, you’ll pay for both your legal defense, their medical costs, and other losses out of your pocket.

In summary, keep no secrets and tell no lies about the animal; have the lessee sign a release of liability assuming the risk of the dangers of riding; and consider insurance coverage.





Well, the General Meeting was held and an attempt was made to sanction those responsible, by refusing to accept the financials. The Vote failed and Lord knows what happens now. The same Board and Officers are still in charge.



“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.


My apologies for the delay in reporting back to you – I, like the rest of us, needed to take a few days to take a deep breath & do something else entirely. All of us have other responsibilities which have taken a back seat for a long time…..


We would firstly express our sympathies to those of our community who lost their animals & possessions & livelihoods in the Pinery fire – it travelled so impossibly fast that it is a miracle there was not more tragedy.


I guess the main news from the meeting was that we lost the crucial ballot by just

 5 votes - 51/46…..


Sharon tabled her report at the start – it is 4 pages of “I didn’t have the skills nor did anyone else in the office” – for 3 years!!!! So therefore “it’s not our (the Office’s) fault”…..

Her overpayment of wages for some $4000 that was not paid back for 7 months “was the bank’s fault”, etc.

The Board needs to ensure that the EO is up to skill in the requirements of her job, & not interfering in matters which are properly the aegis of the Board or the Discipline Committees.

Someone called for her resignation but Elizabeth Fricker [the Chair] refused to consider that.  The HR person on the board Sarah Hocking said she had other skills (we didn’t hear what they were!]. It’s all very well for Ms Fricker to say they have learnt by their mistakes – these many mistakes would not have happened if the Board was doing its job… [please see the regulations below]


Ms Hocking indicated that the budget was under threat from legal fees, but when pressed refused to answer how much these amounted to, or how many actions there are outstanding – how can we know what is being spent in our name, without our approval!!!

The audience was very much on side for most of the meeting.

What went wrong started at the end when Ms Fricker put the motion to accept the Financial statements – Shaun Flynn put an amendment  which included board members being replaced, but it wasn’t allowed (not about financials), so the motion was put. Someone asked what would happen if we voted against, and the EA lawyer said ESA may go into receivership, unable to function, very expensive…. That was the turning point and good people on our side voted to accept. These questions should not have been allowed, as the vote was in progress. The Meeting then dissolved and was closed. We should have asked what the time frame would be for this outcome, but we were too slow. We apologise.


The best thing to come out of this whole situation is that a great many members actually came to meetings, & an even greater number are aware of the problems that beset out Sport. We will continue to bring you information as it comes to hand, in an endeavour to increase responsibility & transparency & eliminate the culture of secrecy, hiding behind the excuse of ‘privacy’.

Some members were put off by - the use of Social Media [that’s how a lot of the world works these days, like it or not].

- the conflict: change is never easy, & it’s impossible to make an omelette without breaking eggs….We hope to break only as many as needed to effect change.


Other points to ponder…..

Here are some extracts from the Office for Sport & Recreation’s website - I know that some of you think this sort of thing is boring, & doesn’t apply to you: but it applies to all of us. I urge you to read


Here's the link

You can see that these extracts cover Conflict of Interest, Board Composition, Transparency, Compliance – the list goes on…… the highlighting is mine.

“It is commonly accepted that governance structures have a significant impact on the performance of sporting organisations. Poor governance has a variety of causes, including director inexperience, conflicts of interest, failure to manage risk, inadequate or inappropriate financial controls and generally poor internal business systems and reporting.

“Ineffective governance practices not only affect the sport where they are present, they also undermine confidence in the Australian sports industry as a whole.

“The number of directors on a board should reflect the size and level of activity of the organisation. ORS recommends a board with the necessary skills to carry out its governance role, rather than a representative board; board directors placed by virtue of another position, (e.g. a board of presidents).

An effective board exercises independent judgement and understands and addresses current and emerging issues.

It effectively reviews and challenges the performance of management

“Independent directors are those who:

• Are not appointed to represent any constituent body

• Are not employed by or have a significant business relationship with the organisation

• Do not hold any other material office within the organisational structure

• Have no material conflict of interest as a result of being appointed director.

“Principle 1.6: Membership has the authority to change the constitution

Members of an organisation have the ability to change the constitution, should they see fit, and to remove board members (or a board as a whole) in accordance with applicable legislation.

Commentary and guidance

By law, members of an organisation have the right to remove the board and change the constitution as they see fit, as they are ultimately the owners of the organisation.

There may be circumstances where certain arrangements restrict the members’ capacity to make change; however, these arrangements should only be temporary in periods of instability and ultimate power should always return to the members.


“Key Principle 2.3: Have an effective audit and risk committee

Ideally, the committee will include at least one external and independent certified public accountant or chartered accountant.

Commentary and guidance

An effective organisation must have a thorough system of audit and risk management, with internal and external processes including a committee to oversee this area.

The audit committee should take prime responsibility for, but not be limited to:

• Reviewing the organisation’s annual financial accounts and recommending them to the board for approval

• Overseeing the relationship, appointment and work of external and internal auditors

• Reviewing compliance-related matters

• Overseeing the organisation’s risk management framework

• Regularly reviewing the organisation’s ongoing financial accounts, systems and delegations.

The audit committee charter or terms of reference will clearly set out the committee’s role, responsibilities, composition, structure and membership requirements.

The committee should be given the necessary power and resources to meet its charter. This includes rights of access to management, and to auditors without management being present, and rights to seek explanations and additional information.

The audit committee should only comprise persons who are not directly involved in the management of the organisation; however, the CEO and chief financial officer (or equivalent) should have standing invitations to provide clarification where necessary.

The chair of the audit committee should be independent from the chair of the board.

Given the strong financial focus required in this area, management and board directors on this committee should have basic financial literacy that enables them to understand and actively challenge information presented. For larger SSOs this should be supplemented by the inclusion of at least one external and independent certified public accountant (CPA) or chartered accountant.

If approved by the board, an audit committee can extend its mandate to include compliance and risk management.”

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or information, also to request removal from this mailing list, or to add your name to it.

 Have a happy, cool & safe Christmas & New Year






" Summer is here....are Your Water troughs in the Shade? "







“Horseman.” This term, in my opinion, describes a person who understands and respects horses. He or she is completely comfortable handling, riding, teaching, interpreting, using and caring for the needs of a horse. This person navigates him or herself around the equine species with an aura of confidence and respect for the animal. A true horseman never has to characterize him or herself as such; that quality is immediately evident and recognizable to anyone who knows what it takes to be one. A horseman commands respect from his or her peers by action, accomplishment and knowledge, which places this person in a unique strata – apart from the general crowd in the horse world. Simply put, he or she stands out and apart from the rest.

Problem is, there are too few horsemen in the equine industry today. Many call themselves horsemen, but few actually grasp and express the concept, and even fewer possess the work ethic required to reach that plateau.

Just because you hang your shingle out as a trainer doesn’t always equate to your being a horseman. Far too many trainers lack respect for their charges, and they use shortcuts in technique or drugs to achieve results in the arena or on the racetrack. Many self-anointed “horsemen” are willing to go to any lengths in order to accomplish success, to gain the recognition, accolade and pot of gold at the end of the equine rainbow. They laude themselves as patient teachers of the horse, while behind the scenes they’re actually abusive and crude in their methods. Oh, they put on a good show for all the public to see. But they’ll never fool all of us.

A genuine horseman sees straight through a man or woman who stoops to inhumane or questionable “training” tactics. We wouldn’t send a horse to that trainer – not in a million years. But not everyone has the same level of experience and clarity as those of us who’ve been around long enough to know. And that’s where the real harm lies. Those masters of the shortcut are interspersed among our industry’s authentic professionals, and from the general public’s perspective, they all look pretty much the same. They’ve all got trophies and ribbons back at the fancy curtained stalls, which makes it almost impossible for an owner to decipher the truth from the fiction – or the pseudo horsemen from the real horsemen.

Ours is a business mostly gauged by show success. It’s about the titles and black ink. Therefore, it’s only natural that an owner is enticed by a training program’s end results. It can be tough to see beyond the temporary dazzle of trophies, buckles and ribbons. Owners get wrapped up in the moment and seduced by a pretender’s gift of gab. Ego takes over and all that wonderful applause drowns out the niggling whisper, “How was all this success attained?” Some people wake up. Sadly, others reach a point where they no longer care. For them, winning far outweighs some outdated notion of “real horsemanship.” The horse becomes nothing more than a means to an end.

We’ve all heard the saying that “cheaters never prosper.” Unfortunately, that old adage no longer holds water in our equine world. Today, there are far too many “trainers” circulating in this business who reach a level of success, while operating unbridled and without constraint or respect for the rules that govern the various and sundry disciplines within equine competition. The real scapegoat in all this is the animal – the horse – that has no recourse or escape from the clutches of the unscrupulous person who claims legitimacy under the guise of being a “horseman.”

So the horse suffers and the breed or competition organization receives a black eye. Decent owners get fed up, and public acceptance wanes. What’s more, the real horsemen – the ones trying to do a good job and do right by the horse – find their futures more and more uncertain. They might even reach a point where they swap what they know is right for what is more expedient. And the moment a horseman trades in his or her respectable and humane training methods, another small piece of our horse industry rots away.

So what can we do? We can reverse the status quo by becoming proactive and insistent with the organizations that rule the atmosphere in which we breed, raise and compete with our horses. You know when you see something that’s not right – in-person or on a YouTube video. Don’t just stand there – demand results! Accept no excuse, and insist on answers to why there is inaction regarding the welfare of our animals. Horses are not tools or objects to be used to reach temporary glory. They are living, breathing animals that can be developed into wonderful, successful equine athletes that will be enjoyed by the masses for their true prowess and goodness – in whatever discipline – for years and decades to come.

It just takes a horseman.

As always, I remain


Blane Schvanveldt is a legend in the Quarter Horse industry. The late trainer was a horseman who believed a horse could only reach its true potential if you tried to “kill him with kindness.”

EDITORIAL (Sarcastic with passion)

I'm going to have to say it again. Forgive me but every time I go to "English Discipline" competition, I cringe all Day long, in sadness for the poor Horses.

Over 90% of riders, mount at the Float, on STIFF AND COLD HORSES...right? They then take up their 'Dummy' and walk off. Welcome to the Dressage Hoss......

Just like 'Cobblers' here on the left going on a so called 'pleasure ride"

  however...Her Majesty can ride a bit and she knows how unfair it is to be enforcing collection for no reason...........

So then they go straight to warm up, then into the ring and some back to the warm-up to penalize the Horse for not being perfect........only then they will chill out enough and maybe have a gossip......but guess what You think they will finally give the Horse a break???????  .............don't be silly............they will stand for up to a quarter of an Hour, COMPLETELY OBLIVIOUS to the fact that the Horse is screaming at them........"Help.......let me release my Neck Muscles and rest my poor painful Mouth"

and so it is that they are all over the Park, look any direction You like and there they are.....this one 10 Minutes, Walk from Float, 30 Minute warm-up, 8 minute Test, 10 Minute warm-up, 10 minute gossip....Total 58 Minutes

from Sky to Ground You think anyone notices??????

I live in naive hope Folks, don't mind me, let me rave on but it won't improve. Never has, never will, there are the opposing influences of the Scientists, ensuring the status quoi amongst the 'English' set....................but they "all love Horses". That's the main thing!







Paula Ward named Equestrian Australia’s new CEO

THE Equestrian Australia board has announced Paula Ward will be its new chief executive officer.

Ward is a former CEO of the Judo Federation of Australia and Founder of Know The Game, a training organisation that educates people about the fundamentals of sports.

A registered psychologist with 20 years’ experience in human resources, Ward also holds a director role with the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association.

Equestrian Australia chair Judy Fasher said: “Paula is a highly credentialled sports administrator with strong relationship management experience and we are pleased to have her as our next CEO.

“Paula’s leadership and strategic planning experience will be invaluable as EA embarks upon a review of its strategic priorities in 2016.

“With the Rio Olympic Games also around the corner Paula’s background in high performance Olympic sport is also an advantage.”

Ward said she was looking forward to lending her professional skills to a sport in which she has long been interested.

“I’m honoured and excited to have been appointed to lead this remarkable sport,” she said.

“Equestrian Australia has a proud history of success at the elite level and building further on these achievements is a challenge I accept with confidence and determination.”

“To further enhance our capability will require collaboration across the equine community to facilitate a united approach to ignite new growth in our sport, as well as explore how best to connect with a diverse public to showcase what makes equine sport compelling.”

Ms Ward will officially start in the position on January 5, with Equestrian Australia finance manager Daniel Griffiths assuming the position of acting CEO in the interim.




A Swiss animal welfare group, Tier im Recht, has warned that the maltreatment of horses is steadily increasing in Switzerland, with levels of animal abuse in the country reaching record-breaking levels.

According to the group, 10 per cent of the 105 cases of horse abuse in 2014 involved people having sex with them, a statistic that concerns animal rights workers.

Andreas Rüttimann, a legal expert with Tier im Recht told The Local, “This rate is relatively elevated compared with other types of animals”.

Switzerland is heavily populated with horses; it is thought that some 110,000 if them live on 18,000 Swiss farms. With statistics suggesting that one is assaulted every three days, animal welfare advocates approximate that 10,000 people in the country have a sexual desires towards them.

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There are an estimated 110,000 horses living on 18,000 Swiss farms. At least one of the beasts are being sexually assaulted every three days, as animal rights workers tell of fears there are as many as 10,000 people in the country with a sexual interest in them.

Although dogs do remain the most common animal targeted by sexual abusers in the country, it is worrying that horses are increasingly being assaulted.

While it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how many horse abuse cases occur in the country each year, Tier im Recht believes that the number is far higher than the 105 reported.

The total number of animal abuse violations last year exceeded 1700, marking an increase from the 1542 that occurred in 2013.




( - For the second time in a year, police in Wisconsin are investigating the sexual assault of a horse after a bizarre incident Sunday.

A farmer near New London called Waupaca County authorities after noticing his horses appeared to be spooked, according to authorities. The 5-year-old, pregnant mare was bleeding and injured, and a veterinarian later determined that the horse was molested.

“I think that an instrument, some sort of hobbling device, was used on the horse,” Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel said. “It is disturbing, for sure."

Hardel told his department contacted a person of interest with a record of sexually assaulting horses, but that person "was on the verge of being exonerated," said Hardel.




Last September, head girl Kate Matthews of Foxhill Farm in Eydon, Northamptonshire was loading cross country log jumps onto a flatbed trailer when one came loose and crushed her. Matthews, 37, was standing in the middle of the flatbed directing her boss Lesly Smith as she used a forklift to position the jumps on the trailer. Suddenly one of the logs rolled towards Matthews, who went to try and stop the one-ton piece of equipment.

Yesterday, Smith addressed an inquest jury at the Northamptonshire County Hall about Matthews’ death. She told the jury that she saw Matthews disappear off the trailer after the log rolled toward her, and afterwards she found her on the ground with grave injuries, the Northampton Chronicle reported.

“She went to stop it rolling and she shouldn’t have done, it goes against everything we ever said,” Smith told the Chronicle.

Even though an air ambulance was called to the scene, Matthews died a half hour later from her injuries.

Matthews’ death was ruled an accident by the coroner, however further evaluation of the incident found that more precautions could have been taken to stop the apparatuses from shifting. Collision investigation officer PC Brian Johnson reported several things could have made loading the jumps safer, wrote the Chronicle. The truck was being loaded while positioned slightly downhill and the logs lacked any sort of chocks or feet to stop them rolling, Johnson noted.

“It’s unbelievable that anyone would have thought themselves capable of actually stopping that log,” Johnson told  “However, it is human nature that you react and try to help and that’s probably what happened. People sometimes try to stop rolling cars in the same way.”

Smith stated that the farm now uses feet to stop the jumps from shifting, but Matthews’ death is a tragic reminder that proper precaution must be taken at all times—on the horse and off.



A mother who is embroiled in a four-year legal battle over the sale of a 'raving lunatic' pony now faces losing her family home after being saddled with a six-figure legal bill.

Keen horsewoman Lisa Walton, of Tickhill, Doncaster, paid £18,000 to fellow equestrian Shan Allman in May 2011 for 'top quality' thoroughbred pony Pirums Figaro.

But just three weeks after the sale Mrs Walton demanded a refund, describing the pony as 'a raving lunatic' who was not suitable to ride.

Mrs Allman refused and now, after a lengthy four-year legal battle, Mrs Walton now faces losing the family farm after a judge ruled in Mrs Allman's favour - leaving Mrs Walton with massive legal fees.

The row, which started out being over just £18,000 has now generated lawyers' bills of almost ten times that amount on Mrs Allman's side alone.

Mrs Walton, who also has to pay her own lawyers, fought to save her home from being burdened with the ever-growing debt.

But a judge's ruling means Mrs Walton's farm is now effectively mortgaged to Mrs Allman - who can seek an order for the property's sale if she wants to.

The court heard that the catastrophic row between the two mums began when Mrs Allman advertised Figaro for sale on equestrian website Horsequest for £20,000.

He was described as a 'top quality' animal and a 'safe hack, alone or in company - good to box, shoe and clip.'

Figaro is a thoroughbred still competing successfully on the showjumping circuit, whose grandfather was the legendary racehorse, Nijinsky.

The advert caught Mrs Walton's eye and the two mothers and their daughters agreed to meet at the Wales and West Showground.





The problem concerns the footpath which runs from opposite Dilly Lane, diagonally through the woods, to Michell Avenue (opposite Church View). In September Hart Council attached signs to the Footpath finger signs at each end of this footpath which read: "Footpath. No horses. Walkers only". These signs helped deter all but the most arrogant and ignorant horse riders from using this foot path and endangering pedestrians. Some time last night these signs were taken down and removed. This morning the path was covered in horse poo again.




possible spinal injuries

A MAN is in a stable condition and being treated for possible spinal injuries after being thrown off his horse in Breera, about 75km northeast of Perth. The RAC rescue chopper was sent to the scene to help St John Ambulance road crews and a St John paramedic flew with the man aboard the chopper to Royal Perth Hospital. The accident occurred early Wednesday morning on Ioppolo Road, near the intersection of Brand Highway, in Breera, just south of Gingin. A St John Ambulance spokesman said the organisation received a priority call for the man and believed he might have spinal injuries.





This was not the moment for horsing around.

A Czech fire brigade faced an unusual task after being called to the scene of an accident.

A horse had managed to fall into a manhole by the side of the road, at an unknown location in the Czech Republic.

Together with bystanders and the owner of the horse, the fire crew tied a harness around the horse's body and managed to lift it out using the firetruck.

Miraculously, the horse did not appear to have suffered any serious injuries and was able to be led away from the scene by its owner.




 She fell from a horse, broke her neck and is still teaching herself to walk again – but a Vancouver Island woman says the biggest blow might’ve come when her insurance company denied a claim she desperately needs.

Katie Muller, a young mother, was initially paralyzed from the armpits down in a devastating trail ride accident in November 2014

“I ended up falling, and I guess I landed on my back and slid and hit my head on a tree, which gave me a compound fracture and broke my neck,” she recalled Friday.

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Horse-lover Katie Muller has limited use of her arms and legs and can only walk short distances with a walker after a devastating trail riding accident in Nov. 2014. (Facebook)

But she miraculously began to regain some mobility, drawing strength from the fact that she was financially protected – or so she thought.

Muller had purchased an insurance policy from the Horse Council of BC, a not-for-profit association “representing the interests of the equine industry,” according to its website.

“In the policy it says there’s a $30,000 payout for people with a permanent and catastrophic injury,” she said. “Which you’d think this is, but apparently I don’t qualify.”

The council uses an insurance broker called Capri Insurance, which contracts out work to another company called SSQ Financial Group.

On Thursday, Muller received an email from SSQ denying her claim.

“Based on the medical records received, the injury does not meet the policy benefit and therefore we are unable to consider this claim for coverage,” the email reads.

The accident left Muller without the full use of her arms and legs, and she’s only able to walk small distances with a walker.

But she said her life-altering disability is just shy of what the insurance company deems worthy of a payout, because it only pays for permanent total disabilities.

Muller said you only have to look to see she’ll never be the same.

“I can walk, but I’m in the body of a 90 year old,” she said.

In a statement, Capri Insurance said it is looking into Muller’s case and will stand by its client.

“We always advocate strongly on behalf of our clients and Katie will be no exception,” it said.

She also has thousands of advocates on Facebook. A post detailing Katie’s journey through physiotherapy up until her claim denial has been shared more than 2,500 times on the social media site.




LEON — A 43-year-old Cassadaga woman was killed Tuesday when her car struck a horse on Mosher Hollow Road and rolled over several times, ejecting the driver, law enforcement officials said Wednesday morning.

“The vehicle she was operating continued north, when it went into a ditch, causing the vehicle to roll over approximately three times,” according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office. “The vehicle came to rest on its roof, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene by county Coroner Howard VanRensselaer.”

Lt. David Schuman of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday that two young Amish men wearing headlamps were walking the horse along the side of the road when they saw the car’s headlights approaching.

“They thought they had time to cross the road, but the car was coming faster than they thought,” Schumer said. “The horse stopped and pulled back. The Amish men moved fast to the other side of the road. The horse died on impact.”

Schuman said, “The impact of the car rolling over took off the roof and the driver was ejected.” He said she wasn’t wearing a seat belt due to recent surgery, and had a physician’s note to that effect. She was ejected and likely died on impact.

There were no street lights in the area, and the horse was dark in color, Schuman said, making it difficult for the driver to see.

An accident reconstruction team was at the scene and returned to the crash site Wednesday morning for more photos, Schuman said. The accident remains under investigation. Speed is a possible factor, he said.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Leon and Cattaraugus volunteer fire departments, the Cattaraugus Police Department and the New York State Police.




A barn fire in Hailsham that killed three horses was accidental, Sussex Police have said.

Officers said the fire, in which equestrian equipment worth about £45,000 was also destroyed, was not being treated as suspicious.

Earlier the force had said the blaze in Robin Post Lane at 02:00 GMT was unexplained.


But a police spokesman later said fire investigators were satisfied it was started by accident.

The owners of the property were awoken by a young man who knocked on their front door and told them the stable block was on fire, officers said.

By the time firefighters arrived, the building was alight and the three horses were unable to be saved.

The horses that died were an Irish breed valued at £12,000, a Warmblood valued at £10,000 and a Kalamore valued at £10,000.




The FEI President Ingmar De Vos has today again confirmed that the FEI’s position on the Global Champions League (GCL) remains unchanged and that the Federation will continue to fight the decision of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) with all legal means.

“The GCL is still an unsanctioned event which is not approved by the FEI and we are still seeking a full annulment of the decision”, Ingmar De Vos said.

“As the international governing body, we of course have to respect the decision of the Court and have complied with the BCA ruling to publish a statement declaring that, as an interim measure, athletes and horses competing in the GCL events will not be sanctioned. But I want to make it absolutely clear, these are only interim measures which we will continue to fight and that no decision has yet been taken on the merits of the case.

“Some people are trying to create confusion about this case and the position of the FEI, but let me be very clear, our position has not changed. We will fight to defend the principal of unsanctioned events and, once this rule is upheld, it will be applied immediately.”




A 23-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, reported stolen over the weekend in Miami, Florida, has been found dead, apparently slaughtered for meat.

The retired race horse, Thunder, went missing from his paddock between 8:00 p.m. on November 21st and 7:45 a.m. on November 22nd. Investigators discovered a hole that had been cut in the fencing, along with fresh tire tracks, on the east side of the property.

Owners Sandra and Jeffery Fobb said Thunder was the biggest of several horses turned out overnight.

Thunder’s remains were identified by his lip tattoo and freeze brand on the right side of his neck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective E. Mathis at 305-252-8311 or the Agricultural Patrol Unit at 786-218-8344.

It has been reported that horse meat sells for between $4 and $40 per pound on the black market. Earlier this month, grand prix show jumper Phedras De Blondel suffered a similar fate. There are still no suspects in the case.




“It was completely out of character and shows me the level of stress caused by the fireworks,” says Cleo's owner Genevieve Denize.

“And I was devastated. It's like a member of your family being hurt and you know they're in terrible pain.

“With a horse it may have to be put down. I had to contemplate all of these things.”

There's an element of irony, because the Tauranga lawyer had moved her horse from a paddock near town to Oropi.

“I thought fireworks wouldn't be a problem, and that Cleo would be well out of harm's way.”

She was, until the night exploded. The blaze of light, smoke and sound was a belated Guy Fawkes party close to what was meant to be Cleo's safe haven.

It seems no-one had been advised about the party, even though it was in a rural setting and amongst and around farm animals.

“That's the whole problem,” says Genevieve. “Guy Fawkes just carries on and on and on. And for people who own animals, it's not knowing where and when it's going to happen. People are letting them off indiscriminately for days and weeks.”

The lawyer doesn't want to be the ‘anti-fun police', “but I think it's a case of balance.”

“If fireworks were just one night of the year and I knew that with certainty, I could put my horse in a stable or a place I know she would be safe.

“I would even stay up all night to comfort my horse and keep her safe.”

She cites the Australian example where fireworks can't be bought for personal use. “But there are awesome public displays and people love it.”

In the meantime Genevieve is facing a vet's bill of up to $700. “I had to call a vet in from Te Puke because there was no-one closer and available.”

On the day of the accident, Genevieve woke to a lot of missed calls telling her the horse had been badly injured. Cleo was found distressed, unable to walk, and bleeding profusely.

She had suffered deep muscle trauma, deep cuts, and more serious wounds to her stifle and back fetlocks.

Cleo's prognosis is unclear. It'll be another month before it's known if the sport horse, trained for dressage and jumping, will ever be ridden again.

“If not, she may be able to carry a foal, so we could breed from her.”

Genevieve has a lot of ‘horsey friends'. “And last week on Facebook many posted pictures of the most horrific injuries to horses, all caused by people randomly letting fireworks off the weekend after Guy Fawkes Night.”

She says horrible things happen at Guy Fawkes. “But then it just fades out of people's consciousness.” She wants to re-awaken people to the problem.








Caused by the bacterium Burkholderia mallei, glanders is a serious disease in horses that has fortunately not been prevalent in North America since the 1930s. However, in the past year glanders has made headlines in Germany and Brazil.

A long-established disease

Glanders is an ancient disease known throughout history and first described by early Greek and Roman writers including Aristotle. It was a major problem for cavalry horses because it is highly contagious, spreading from one horse to another by tiny droplets of pus or mucus shot into the air when the horse coughs, by direct contact with the pus at feeding troughs, or by physical contact between animals.

While most commonly seen in horses, donkeys, and mules, glanders can also be caught by camels, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Carnivores including wild cats, bears, wolves, and dogs may catch glanders by eating infected meat. It can also be transmitted to humans and is even considered to have potential as a bioweapon. As far back as World War I, B. mallei was intentionally used to infect animals and humans.

While glanders is fatal in most cases, horses are unique because some (not all) horses can carry the disease without symptoms and still be capable of infecting other horses.

Three forms, no cure

There are three classical forms of glanders, according to Dr. Katharina Lohmann of the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine. The first type, sometimes called “farcy,” appears as infected ulcers in the horse’s skin and in the lymph nodes. Lymphatic vessels can become visibly swollen and develop nodules (“farcy buds”) that ulcerate and drain. The nasal form of glanders occurs when the ulcers develop on the nasal septum, giving rise to a sticky yellow discharge. In the pulmonary form, horses develop pneumonia and have small, tubercle-like nodules in the lungs, leading to coughing, weakness, and often diarrhea. At autopsy, nodules are usually found in the liver and spleen.

According to a report published by the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health), there is currently no medical treatment that will cure the disease in animals. To prevent the disease from spreading, animals who test positive are euthanized.




Equine Guelph’s year of “Full-Circle-Responsibility” welfare campaign, ended with a wonderful journey. Gayle Ecker was an invited guest to the World Horse Welfare conference in England! Presentations from this invitation only event can be viewed on the World Horse Welfare website.

Ecker also attended information meetings at the World Horse Welfare headquarters near Norwich, followed by a tour through Hall Farm (one of their major horse rescue centres). The trip continued on to The Horse Trust to learn about their horse rescue operations and education programs. A visit to the Hampshire Fire and Rescue also provided information on training of first responders for technical large animal rescue in the UK. Can you say whirlwind tour?

“The World Horse Welfare conference was excellent and demonstrates that we share many welfare concerns between Ontario and the UK, including the need for more education for horse owners to support equine welfare,” says Ecker. “Important relationships were developed with these organizations. This will result in information sharing to move forward the important initiative of advancing horse welfare.”

Horse Welfare has been at the core of Equine Guelph’s mission since day one and we offer specialized online courses including Equine Welfare, and Global Perspectives in Equine Welfare. Equine Guelph’s Equine Welfare Certificate was launched in June 2012 and attracts students from all over the globe and from many different backgrounds.

“As a full-time equine veterinarian, I wanted to explore my understanding and awareness of current issues relating to welfare within the equine industry. All stakeholders within the industry have pre-formed perspectives and this course allowed students to share different opinions and thoughts about salient issues within the equine world. I experienced the level of passion that horse owners and horse lovers have regarding not just their own horses, but the horse population in general. Although these issues are not always straightforward with resolutions that all stakeholders consider satisfactory, the dialogue was thought-provoking and enlightening. The online format allows people with busy schedules to fully participate on their own schedule without missing out on any topics.

I would certainly take another online course offered by Equine Guelph in the future.” Greg Evans, DVM, BSc. Ag.

The Equine Welfare certificate, made up of six online courses, is offered by the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW), Equine Guelph, and Open Learning and Educational Support at the University of Guelph.




 At a regional show jumping event, a young rider and her pretty dapple gray enter the course and head for the first fence. Clear. Second fence, clear. Third, an oxer, clear. Then the fourth, a water jump, and whoops! The rider’s down. But what about that lovely dapple gray? Does he stop and wait for his slightly disoriented human? Not this guy. He just keeps going on without her, to the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth … in whatever order seems right to him.

Why do some horses do this? Or why do racehorses keep running a race (sometimes winning it) even after they’ve left their jockey 800 meters back?

One simple word, say a French equine behaviorist: automatism.

Automatism is the curious brain function that makes us perform actions without even realizing it. It’s automatism that makes us instinctively apply an aid to our horses just at the thought of turning or stopping. And it’s automatism that makes these sport horses keep doing what they’ve been trained to do, even if they’re no longer getting the aids or rewards to do them.

“Knowing that this kind of automatic mechanism exists in the equine species is important because it helps us understand why certain horses will anticipate the demands of their riders or continue an athletic activity even without a rider,” said Lea Lansade, PhD, of the French Horse and Riding Institute and the National Institute for Agricultural Research’s behavior science department, in Tours. Lansade presented a series of studies on automatism in horses during the 2015 French Ethology Day held April 9 in Saumur.

But automatism doesn’t last forever, Lansade said. Horses are subject to two phenomena related to automatism: contingence and extinction. Contingence is what the horse considers to be the likelihood that he’ll get a reward for doing an action, compared to getting a reward without doing it. And extinction happens when the horse finally accepts that there’s never going to be another reward, so there’s no point in doing the action when the cue is given. The horse stops—extinguishes—the response to the aid.

To test these phenomena, Lansade and her colleagues carried out studies in which horses were trained a simple task with positive reinforcement (a food reward) and then later offered a food reward whether they performed the task or not. In some of the studies the opposite occurred: The horses were not given any more rewards. The researchers compared the horses’ different reactions to see what factors appeared to influence these reactions.

“Our studies have shown that individual horses will vary in their development of automatisms and also their contingence and extinction,” Lansade said. “But most of all, we see that the more emotional the horse is (according to the Lansade personality test), the more quickly he develops automatisms in training and the longer they last.”

That could explain why advanced riders often prefer more emotional (“high-strung”) horses for sports, even if they might be more difficult to ride, Lansade said.

Unfortunately, that benefit comes with a disadvantage, she added: Highly emotional horses are also more likely to develop a different kind of “automatism”—stereotypies. “We see more crib-biters in this kind of personality,” she said.
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The owner of a horse who was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment for beating the horse to death at the race track in Manacor has been released. Palma’s High Court has overturned the sentence on appeal and has instead imposed a programme of animal protection supervision, enforced and monitored by the court. The owner, referred to as E.S.M., was the first person in Spain to be convicted of the crime of animal mistreatment. The judge who sentenced him described the “appalling death” of Sorky das Pont as “an aberration in the twenty-first century”. In December 2012, the owner, angered by the horse’s poor performance in a trotting race at the Manacor Hippodrome, beat Sorky to death with a stick. The appeal court, despite fully sharing the original judge’s sentiments and acknowledging the public’s revulsion, has ruled that his remaining in prison would not be guided by reasons of general and positive prevention and that criminal law would become merely a mechanism for exemplary punishment. The court has pointed out that consideration was not given to personal and family circumstances, a mother with senile dementia. It noted that the eight months sentence was agreed by both prosecution and defence, with the owner having accepted guilt, and says that the original judge could not put aside “more subjective considerations linked to social criticism”. The appeal ruling continued: “As this is a short sentence, a better response would be in other forms of compliance through participation in a programme for the protection of animals.”









Hi John, I was down Victor working a horse this morning. I tried calling you a few times & even went up to your house & checked out your fence… All that was missing was a couple of “armed guards”… & the Queen!!!… nice work! Yeah, been working this horse a few times. Its a real “head chucker”. Got the owners to buy your stock bridle & Mylor FM bit. The horse is doing really well with them. I can tell straight away when a horse has been lunged on a 20ft lead rope with a whip, like a lot of them I know have been. This one is a head chucker & head shy… Although I can wave my hands over its head & even stick my hat on its ears & stuff like that… But start moving a whip, lead rope or any lung tool around, then the horse starts getting really overly head shy. The funny thing is; is I can drag ropes & things around its neck & over its head. But start swinging stuff around it, & the anxiety starts. I’d like the owners to put some solid time in because it will turn out to be a great horse, & I wouldn’t feel like I have to start from the beginning every time I go there. The reason I’m writing this; is to ask from your experience if there’s any stupid techniques that I don’t know about, that people use on horses that create this kind of behaviour?… kind of like the “pulling of ears”!… because usually they calm down pretty quickly once you get some trust happening… Can’t help but feel that there’s been some kind of abuse with this horse!?!… but in the way of lunging!?! Might be back down your way in two weeks… You out of town every weekend?… We’ll see! Bye for now, Frank

HI Frank,

For my Readers'....You are a strong 'Ground Work' Trainer. I think the background is that the Horse is an unknown quantity, deserted agistment Horse.

One learns with 'Problem Horses' or 'assessments' to be a pragmatists. The rare 'Problem Horse Trainer' soon learns to NOT stick to one system on any Horse. The 'Problem Horse' often needs one to forget every system one was ever taught and devise systems that only suit that Horse. To be a pragmatist.

The Folks told me that You had gone to assess the Horse and did all the 'Ground Work' stuff. The Folks ( total newbies and accidents waiting to happen). I asked them...."Did You test the Mouth?" because the Horse could even be unbroken. They said no.

So I would forget all about 'floating the ropes' and "Test the Mouth" of the Horse, ......Re-Mouth it if required (most needing such for the safety of Humans and after doing Teeth) and RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At that point, the issues of ropes and whips are negated and the riding (which such Folks only want to do anyway) causes the Horse to relax into it's daily Life.

So as long as You can Bridle the Horse, I would watch out for 'paralysis of the analysis" and "Get on and ride"



Hey John, Thanks for the reply… Yeah I've ridden this horse a couple of times now. I have my ground work check list I go through, & if I can get a horse in my round yard the process is obviously a lot quicker. For me this isn’t often the case though. I know how you check the “lateral mouth”… I like using Clinton Andersons method of flexing from side to side before getting on. The majority are stiff as planks! The horse in question; I used a one leg hobble & managed to get good flexion on both sides. I already new the horse had been broken in from the beginning, but as I tell all people: “I ain’t no test pilot”!!!! So with out any knowledge of a horses back ground, I ain’t getting on until I gain some old fashioned trust & respect!!! Once I can get a horse moving through body language then there’s less movement of ropes & whips. This horse gets huffy puffy every time it sees a halter!… But once you do a bit of work with it, it then relaxes like puppy dog… But still gets nervous of movement of ropes etc… My other thought was; because it can be a bit nippy with the mouth, then maybe its been hit around the head a lot & has become problematic that way. Just wanted to pass it all by you.  So apart from being a head chucker we’ve got some good progress with flexing its head & neck, & moving its feet. It would just be nice if the owners would spend a little more time with her. I’ll drop in next time I’m down your way. Thanks again,

Cheers Frank. In that case........

The flexing them from side to side, whilst admirable and useful, doesn't match actually testing their Mouth for one's own protection and knowledge of what hs gone RE-MOUTH THE HORSE completely. Only then can You take the doubt out of the equation and protect Yourself by STOPPING BUCKING AND BOLTING.

Regarding all of the other issues, once again, these either dissipate with Riding and so the number one most important thing is the braking system or lack thereof. Most of the other things You mention diminish with normal happy Trails and Leadership.

The flexing of the Head is an indicator only. It does not however, provide either proof that the Horse is Mouthed or an improvement in the REAL underlying Mouth when the 'Chips are down.








Hey you! Ow John, i need serious help on my 18mth gelding. Tukker almost Degloved his knee 10mths ago due to dogs. Before all this drama he was an angel to handle. Not now! Virtually overnight he started biting,just nips. Now he is open jaw, bite your flesh off and he is also seriously annoying the 2 mares with rearing on them(they ignore it)I have tried these: whacking him on neck, bumping him in mouth with elbow when he "accidentally" bumps into me. Whacking on shoulder with aggressive voice, ignoring him-that really made him worse! Currently u will not go to him unless u have a stick or leadrope in hand for him to chew on..only works for about 1 min or so. Now you cannot touch him at all without a very widemouth flesh chomping attempt at you. His ears are not back, he is very alert,and cocky.

i actually believe He is ADHD, as everything goes into his mouth and a very brave little man. If I discipline him, he shakes his head up n down at you, and possibly rear at you. Today is the first time I felt my safety was threatened (i have a good sixth sense). I ignored him, he came up and bit my horse and tried it on me. I whacked him on neck rousing on him and walked away, he started to trot behind me, I spun around stopping him in his tracks, he Proceeded to shake his head up n down. I told him to Backup, he wouldnt so I got assertive and walked to him demanded a backup. He did with resistance. He is treating me the same way as he treats the girls.. They let him!! Aaahhhh. What can i do John Ive never had this issue before that I couldn't stomp on myself Cheers Chelle

HI Chelle....long time no hear.

Striking the balance of pressure, direction, discipline and so on, always depends upon the personality one is dealing with. In this case, I suspect he may have 'got under Your guard' as often happens. They are always testing, in subtle ways to obvious.

This little one obviously needs an immediate shake up and so what are the Tools at Your disposal????

  • General Natural Horsemanship Games

  • Leg Restraints Training

  • The Endorphin Tap (something I rarely mention and only use once in 5 Years. (and used recently)

now the Danger with NH Games, with this profile, is that they indeed think it is a Game and will take to Charging You. I don't advise this

The Leg Restraints is the perfect fit for the Amateur and will SAFELY do the complete Personality adjustment

The Tap would do this Young one the World of Good.

then this letter after my comments above.....


Heyyou! I couldnt sleep last night due to thinking of ways to deal with Tukker. I came up with this and did a lesson this morning. I free hand lunged him 3mins bothways, he amazes me , nose slightly to me and ears on me. (Only 2 time in his life) He was buggered, then I put 1 front foot raise restraints on him (as he is acting like he has never been hobbled etc). He fought for about 2 pulls, then went F@ck this im stuffed lol. I did 5 mins both sides. In the meantime i stood infront and at times beside him. Everytime he showed a threatened bite, i sharply tugged on halter. He eventually got it. He even got his gooey eye back while realising a nice rub on face wasnt that bad. NO head shaking! This is the even better bit! As you couldnt physically feel his pole etc beforehand due to his biting, i used this lesson as a investigation in possible pain behaviour issues. I found he is extremely in pain on pole, it even feels odd shaped. He got a very upset with top of neck and side of cheeks/jaw been touched. So i have contacted chiro.. He believes he may have dislocated jaw/pole in dog attack as he had facial injuries also. Ive decided not to walk in paddock unless i halter him to continue this technique. John is this good (feels good) or am i trading a old bad habit for a new one 😜 Cheers Chelle

Well done for thinking and well done for doing something Chelle.

Although the LUNGING worked (and probably falls into the category of A.D.D. Horses needing to do stuff but would soon get bored with this) the other options would be best in the short term. Then go to all the other stuff and use the MIX to keep Him on Track.




Thankyou for such a quick reply John. I will Re-introduce the hobbles and go from there. He is such a "you play?" Type. Ive even got old rugs in a "toy box" that he goes to several times a day and throws everything in and out of it. Do not expect things to be left in the same place the next say! But he is bold.. Only humans frighten him. Due to back surgery 12wks ago (best decision ) he seems to know I havent got the physical strength. I agree he slipped under the radar, it started as a Game of nipping, even though I didnt accept it. It just escalated to current issues. Ill keep you updated . Again , thanks for help Cheers Chelle








Hi Folks. I hope You are all well and had a great Week.


My appols for Tonight as I forgot my Battery Charger for my Laptop and couldn't write all the things I was going to. Next Week. So I will keep it a bit brief Tonight.




Well, the last two Shows were held this Weekend, at Mount Crawford and we were blessed with lovely Weather. Mount Crawford Dressage Club hosted other Clubs this Weekend but ran the comp on Saturday and Dressage Club of SA the Show Today. Lovely Club now with Sand Arena's and with the warmup area having been vastly improved and indeed a Walkway for the Public, between it and the viewing area for each arena. Good effort. (just needs a sign for the Public)  Lovely Weather.

 Well what can I say????? I am going to have to dwell on that this Week but just let me say that THE MAJORITY of Dressage Horses that I saw, across the two Days (and I saw plenty not having my laptop) were not happy :( The Sport of Dressage is not in a happy place.

I could show You Photos of at least a dozen Rearing Horses another dozen of tense and tormented Horses ( 5 of them F.E.I. Horses) and ironically, such is my bizarre spooky Life, had the opportunity of watching an Inter-state Coach who I spoke of a couple of Weeks ago, warming up a number of Pupils and their Horses.

It was noticeable that these particular Horses were bullied and MOST resistant in the Mouth in particular. I completely stand by my recent comments, completely confirming what 3 Young Horses had told me a couple of Weeks ago. The 3 Ladies who did not return to the second Day of that Clinic (without influence) showed very good judgement.


As I have been saying for Years, the Double Bridle Design of the Bit system, does not suit most Horses and many Riders and Horses suffer from their use. Here is one such Horse from the Weekend....


This was an outstanding effort of athleticism and despite the horse rearing over backwards and almost going down, both Horse and Rider remained in tact.




The Capster was a NAUGHTY Boy on the first Day and actually got Himself a bit of "Mr. Whippy in the ring whilst being Judged. He was shying at the marks left by the previous Horse of all things and stuffed a number of movements in that location. He deservedly got beat. He actually gets under the Guard of Mrs. HP a bit as he is a bit too precious :) He is a bit of a smooth Ass/

Anyhow, luckily he redeemed Himself and saw the 'error of his ways' Today and won with quali's for Inter-State and very pleasing reviews by all Interstate Judges, who once again outstripped the SA Judges on the scores.



There were a couple of bizarre Judging efforts but on the whole very good. I was approached by a State Squad Member who asked me to relate the stories but I will leave that to the Judges Bosses.

As an amusing aside, in one of Cappo's tests Today, one A Level Judge had Him "Stiff to the Right" and the other had Him "Stiff to the Left" so we'll take nicely balanced out of that lol



The Snipster got Himself a Blue Ribbon and and two Seconds. He was a Darling as usual. Such a dreamboat Horse now. He eats Bananas :)






I know the Clubs have got their act Together regarding People coming off Horses and possible Concussion but this Weekend I saw a VERY DANGEROUS "Off the Track Thoroughbred' get rid of it's Rider and escape out into the Carpark. Shortly after, I saw the brave Young lass retrieve Her Horse and be allowed to go and complete on the Horse. All Riders' need to be advised on the Rules about filling in forms for Insurance but of course You can't expect a possibly concussed Person to remember to go and do that.

Bravely, she then competed the Horse and completed unscathed, despite the HIGH DANGER involved, with another Bolter waiting to happen as most Off the Track Thoroughbreds are. We have seen enough Deaths.

Trust me....this is my area of excellence and this Horse HASN'T GOT A MOUTH and she needs help and advise as to how to prepare such a Horse PRIOR TO COMPETITION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







Well, You remember this Boy from last Week when he had his first ride after 3.5 Hours of lessons, with 5 mInutes in the Round Pen and 10 on the Arena.

I met the folks down at the lovely Goolwa Beach, Monday as I wanted to put as much on the Young Horse as I possible could do as I can tell the Owner has itchy Feet :) and the Horse would not be appreciating doing endless laps of a Corral. .....and so it was.......


Then Friday evening, they came back and I took Him around the District with the Owner riding Him the last half. The wonderful intellect of the Horse!!!!




I've been doing a fair bit of thinking about this in the last Week. I analyze everything. Then, with my normal Spooky moments that are constant with me....I get this letter........

Cont'd next Week.....




This Week, England's largest Bit Seller, requested to add my Bits to their range, due to Customer Feedback.

Now this Letter which I thought I would share because of the amusing price :)

Hi, I am just looking at your bits on line - we have in the past always used the JP Korsteel egg but lozenge on our horses but now have bigger horse and need a 6 inch bit which JP Korsteel don't make, I have found one by Neue Schule through Horseland but they want $314. Is your egg but lozenge similar to the JP bit with the slight curve to the mouth piece - would you have a photo of the egg but lozenge bit - I can see the photo on line of the egg but barrel bit but not one with the lozenge - sorry to be a pain just want to make sure what I have in my mind is what I am buying. Thank-you for time Regards Sharon


Lol Sharon. How exciting is the Price? :) but of course, the Horse Owners will spend any Money if you pick a name like Neue Schule...Hell it even excites me. So does the price. I could be a Millionaire in no time :)

The answer is that I have the same bit for $77 including GST  You can send me the Commission later.  Half will do.






Hello All!

Many of you would have seen the article on p 25 of Saturday’s Advertiser, plus it has been on FB – we were unaware that this was to be published on this day, but welcome the article by Craig Cook.

Here is the gist of it….

…..requests were made from management for the auditor to “contravene professional independence requirements”

… ESA management decisions of impeding his audit review because of requests made without “any solid accounting basis”

… a number of ATO requirements were not met

… legal employee superannuation contributions that had “not actually taken place”

… failure to hand over adequate financial records for audit or act on previous recommendations …

Further to this, on Sunday 22/11, the whole of the Auditor’s 2015 Management Report [normally private to the organisation being audited, but included in our successful Motion for a further General Meeting] has been published, together with the Auditor’s letter to the Corporate Affairs Commission, outlining his reasons for concern. Now this information is in the public domain, we are able to confirm to you why we have been working so hard, & being vilified in the process.

I have attached these Reports.

There is now a witch hunt to find out who leaked the information – seems incredible that they are focussed on this, & not on the facts in the Report! This has happened on their watch: it seems to me they have been very cleverly played but are still refusing to do the correct thing, which is to resign. There are legal implications in the whole shemozzle for the Board, & even possibly for the members as individuals. 

We must congratulate the members of the Integrity Group who were elected to the Board [with overwhelming majorities] on their strong stand about these matters, & who have been subjected to much unpleasantness – as have some others of our group. They have had the guts to persevere with this rather than cover it up and hide behind confidentiality as has been the norm recently. Any leak did not come from our 3! It should be noted that the Board has a responsibility to disclose to the members such information as has been released, & not be complicit in any alleged cover-up. The auditor himself stated that it is not illegal for him to talk to EA members!

Since our representatives are in a minority, we would like to remind members that this is still effectively the same Board that caused the disintegration of the Dressage Committee, & was forced to publicly apologise!

It was interesting in the Notice of Meeting sent by the EA Office that there was no proper address for the Meeting – just “St Pauls Hahndorf”  -  very many people would have no idea where this is St Pauls is at  10 Mt Barker Rd Hahndorf, in the Church Hall. My cynical mind wonders if this was deliberate…..

Now the bottom line is exactly that! We need all of you who are members to make another effort [which I foreshadowed after the AGM] to put a bum on a seat at the General Meeting as above – 7.30 pm Monday 30th November – perhaps we are now at the end of the beginning.

There will be more to come, quite shortly I think….

Please pass this on to all the people on your mailing lists!!







Board of Equestrian South Australia

And any other interested parties

Subject:           Equestrian South Australia

Reference:      Ongoing and more recent revelations of business shortcomings




Several months ago I was asked to be a candidate for the Equestrian South Australia Board.  I accepted this invitation because I had been interested in why certain things had been occurring over the past several years, namely money earned by the Discipline Committee’s was put into the Equestrian South Australia “common fund” and was never able to be taken back and in effect the Discipline Committee’s then had to go on another year of sausage sizzles and raffles to earn money to “function”.  I asked myself and others, where was the incentive to keep on doing this when you got little or nothing in return and no explanations as to what was happening.

I was also interested in the governance issues that appeared to be affecting the general day to day running of the sport of Equestrian in South Australia. 

As I see it the rather sorry situation that Equestrian South Australia finds itself in has been as a direct result of failing to adhere to normal business practices that go on, on a day to day basis all over Australia. 

I have been for the last 12 or so years been involved with businesses that have been “broken” in some way shape or form.  From Financial issues, to issues HR related, and Culture.  My role has been to go into the business and address the issues, whilst training and mentoring these business owners for the future BUT to do this there has to be an admission that there are problems in the first place and some hard decisions have to made for a successful outcome

When you track it all back to its source it usually comes down to Lack of Business skills that have normally been learnt on the run.  After all the business fundamentals are always the same, they revolve around Cash Flow and Budgets and Forecasts but if you put someone into the business without the necessary skills you are destined for a rocky road at best or a business falling over at worst.


Moving forward to our first Board meeting of the 5th November 2015 when we met at Mount Barker.  One of questions to the Board was how many of you have financial skills.  The only one to put their hand up with any certainty was Elizabeth Fricker.  When the question was fleshed out a little more it became quite apparent that she did not have the skills required as she was unable to grasp the concept that the Auditor was not there to do the day to day accounting and he was an independent person put there by Statute, and his job was to ensure that the membership were kept fully informed of the financial position of the Association.

This from my opinion did not auger well considering that the 2015 report that we then saw was damning of the state of the financials and yet no one seemed to grasp the seriousness of the situation   .  R  remarked  remarked at one stage with a question or statement take it as you will of words similar to “who will charge us”

Move forward several weeks and what Messrs, Haese, Strachan and myself said at the time that if the Auditor chose to he could indeed invoke a specific section of the Act that would see the actions taken out of the Boards hands and put into the hands of the Law. 

The remark of Gareth Heron taken at the time as a “throw away line” has indeed come to fruition.  That letter from the Auditor to the authorities will now be no doubt subject to an investigation, in which it will be impossible to hide from owing to the report from the Auditor regarding the serious shortcomings of the office.

At that first Board meeting I gained the impression rightly or wrongly that no one on the Board understood the Legal Framework by which an Incorporated Association is governed.  We are now about to receive first hand information unfortunately on how they go about their business.  We could debate till the cows come home of who did what when but the reality of it is that it no longer matters.  (you may not have thought about the fact that it would have come out in the next financial year or that it could be redacted to remove the damaging parts that would make us all look incompetent but I would not have stood shoulder to shoulder with you to receive the coup de grace)   

So we then now come to the Office.  The newcomers to the Board heard your steadfast support of the current Executive Officer.  Loyalty to members of staff are always commendable and I have not sighted any Job Description, Plan and Review, Job Offer or similar but I would expect to see this in any business.  In particular the Letter of Offer that would clearly outline Conditions and Expectations of the incumbent employee.

As an Executive Officer at that level I would at least expect that he/she would have sound business skills or knowledge including excellent communications skills, to run the diverse nature of the Equestrian Sport in South Australia.  It would be a most challenging role with numerous personalities all seeking consideration in one way or another.

So here we come to the facts drawn together by circumstances:

Peter Oborn commenced asking questions about why there were obvious discrepancies in some of the base numbers in the Annual Report.  He was either ignored or he was given answers that were not sufficient to allay some concerns and continued to ask questions.  The Net result is clear and the conclusion was “perhaps they have something to hide”  This would in the truest sense be a reasonable thought process.  Verification was not possible.  However Validation has come out in the form of the letter of the Auditor.  In other words he was right to some extent with his thought processes.  I understand he is seen as a pariah by some when in the truest sense he is a patriot.  Who else would have had the guts to put up with what has been thrown at him and still stay on track like a bloodhound. 

The Auditor has cited Record Keeping, etc etc and we are now going to be spotlighted by the ATO because of the failure to lodge BAS Statements, and the Commission because of the failure of Business Fundamentals under the Act.  I am staggered that it has got to this…..and also with the fact that we were to be inducted into the financials when clearly we “the newbies” were already over the numbers and concerned from day 1 and it appeared that the rest of the Board were not concerned

This leads to a business question:
Who is or was Accountable for the day to day running of the office and who was Accountable for ensuring that the work was done to the satisfaction or standards expected of any business.  From that who on the Board was responsible for checking the checker?  There can only be one conclusion in my opinion on the first count and on the second count it has to be the finance “committee”

We move forward to several key fundamental business issues and that is one of Forecasting and Budgets.  From what the 3 of us saw, there is a cause for alarm by looking at the IRR (Internal Run Rate) of the business.  The definition is “How the financial performance of a company would look if you were to extrapolate current results out over a certain period of time”. 

In my opinion unless things are done urgently and addressed properly this could be a terminal problem.  Thinking about spending monies at this time on any capital projects should be reviewed immediately and the use of members monies on legal advice should be by Order Book only.  At least there can then be accountability as from what I have seen recently there appears to be little or no regard for fees run up but lets go and get some more advice.  Who is picking up the tab?

We now have this question of Trust. 

There should not be and should not have been an us and them mentality but it has occurred.  Like several others I am of the belief that at the end of the day it is tearing at the very fabric of the existence of the organization.  And to what end?

So here’s the thing!  The Board has failed in a number of key areas and has to take the responsibility ultimately for the issues at hand in my opinion and there needs to be some serious soul searching as to whether or not people have a conflict of interest to serve in their capacity as office bearers to TRULY SERVE THE MEMBERSHIP.  That is what it is really about. To be able to put in place a solid platform for the kids and riders who follow.  Not the bickering group of people that others are talking about like the Elephant in the Room. 

The challenge is are you up to the challenge?  And to take up the challenge you have to be honest, forthright and stand up for what is right, not hide behind constitutions, etc.  Engage the membership, they put you there and they can take it away just as fast but with many more issues that would come as a result.

Without Prejudice Ladies and Gentlemen

This is my analysis as to how the lay of the land is,

and we have some serious gardening to do.

This is not a confidential letter but I trust and hope

That it will be taken in the spirit that it is intended and generate conversation.

I have no issues with anyone sharing it if you consider it appropriate

Shaun Flynn

21st November 2015




Once again, the latest Bush Fire Event was a total debacle where the Horse Industry learnt nothing from the previous one.

Facebook running the show, the CFSWebsite a total fail and the ABC Radio not much better,

culminating in multiple Car Accidents of People heading in opposite directions with no sight due to smoke. Will they ever learn?


Read my Lips, no Fire will ever threaten our Horses. Are You prepared??????



I have warned a couple of times, that we live in troubled times and there is a definite increase in Animal brutality. Security for the Victor Harbor Clydesdales, IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Be warned! the is Yours?


A man who allegedly dismembered a turtle is among more than 200 people to fall foul of police during Schoolies celebrations in South Australia.

The 18-year-old from Renmark was reported on Sunday afternoon for offensive behaviour and cruelty to animals after the incident at Goolwa, south of Adelaide.

He faces being summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

The teenager was among 240 people to be arrested, reported or to receive a fine or other notice over the three days of activities, which wrapped up on Sunday.

That compared to 243 in 2014.

Inspector Gus Sickerdick said those attending were generally well behaved but it was disappointing that some still tried to sell illicit drugs with four people arrested for trafficking offences.

He said alcohol also remained a problem with 121 fines issued for drinking or possessing alcohol in a dry zone.





I was tagged with this on Facebook

Glenn Hood from US Trading company, also appears to be trading as Vaquero Floats has accepted a total of $29000-00 being a deposit and a progress payment on a gooseneck trailer that was due to be completed in September for a friend. This trailer was supposed to make the life of Rylee just that little bit brighter. Rylee is a severely disabled teenager and requires full care and 24 hour a day support which her incredible parents are more than happy to provide. The idea was to have a trailer made so that Rylee could join the family and attend events , she requires air conditioning in the warmer weather and a bed to lie down on so she can relax and have some privacy if needed. It appears that Glenn Hood has no intention of providing the trailer that he has been paid for and even though he is aware of Rylees situation and requirements, a multitude of excuses fall from his mouth when questioned. There are reports of at least 20 other people waiting for trailers that will probably never arrive. Shame on you Mr Hood ! Rylee rarely goes out due to her high needs and this would have changed her life dramatically.
I hope Karma bites you hard Glenn Hood !

Well it has my Dear......









On an ordinary Wednesday almost three months ago, Lara Alban was leading her pony through a paddock as dusk fell when she heard a cry. At first she thought it was a raven, but when she turned her mother Shauna was on the ground moaning in pain. The 11-year-old bolted the short distance and was confronted with the sight of her mum’s smashed face bleeding from deep cuts after a misplaced kick from her beloved thoroughbred mare Nala. Lara was scared but knew she had to act. She got her mum’s phone from the car and called triple-0, spending 17 minutes following instructions and using her Taylor Swift shirt to stem the bleeding and keep her mother’s airway clear when she vomited. When paramedics arrived, it was dark and they overshot the driveway, so a quick-thinking Lara used the iPhone’s torch to signal them. Lara’s coolness under pressure, which the emergency dispatcher said was beyond many adults, earned her a St John Ambulance Community Hero Award yesterday. Mrs Alban, wife of Swan Hills MP Frank Alban, ended up with six titanium plates in her smashed cheek. But she said if Lara had not been there, she probably would have died.

 The awards are for displays of “exceptional judgment and skill to deliver care to someone having a medical emergency”. Others recognised yesterday included Cameron Bolto and the five paramedics and volunteers who helped save the life of his 10-year-old son Hamish, whose neck was ripped open when he rode his motorcycle into a barbed-wire fence on their Katanning property. When Hamish stopped breathing, Mr Bolto knew mouth-to-mouth would not work, so he had to breathe into the hole in his son’s trachea. Volunteer ambulance officers Di Sugg, Claire Collis and Chris Elliott arrived within 10 minutes and immediately called Katanning paramedic Sonia Huggins. Together, they worked to keep Hamish, who was conscious, calm and his airways open until they could transfer him to critical care paramedic Allan Newbold in the rescue helicopter. He had the delicate job of putting a tube in Hamish’s neck to help him breathe before he was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital. Yesterday’s ceremony hosted by Governor Kerry Sanderson at Government House was the first time they had been together since the accident on Anzac Day and they were struck by Hamish’s recovery. After extensive surgery and complications, including a stroke, he has excelled in rehabilitation and can talk and walk independently. Hamish also showed his cheeky sense of humour when the photograph was taken. “Damn, I’m good looking,” he said. Woolworths bakery manager Brett Biggs was recognised for performing 12 gruelling minutes of CPR on baker Paul Hart, who had a massive heart attack at work almost a year ago. Mr Biggs did not think twice but Mr Hart’s wife nominated him for the “almost superhuman” effort, which saved her husband’s life.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Record Regional Racing Package Announced from Proceeds of Parity

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Racing, Hon. Troy Grant MP and Racing NSW Chairman, Mr John Messara AM, today announced $21 million of increases in Country and Provincial prizemoney to take effect from July 2016.
Increases in minimum Country TAB and Provincial prizemoney as well as the introduction of Showcase Country Race Meetings will account for more than 60% of the proceeds from the second and third years of wagering tax parity and provide an enormous boost for racing in these sectors.
The increases for Country participants will see prizemoney jump to approximately $69 million per annum, up from $31.2 million in the 2011 financial year, an increase of 120% during that period.
“On behalf of the Baird Government I am delighted to announce that from 2016/17, minimum prizemoney for Country TAB meetings in NSW will be increased by $5,000 or 33% to $20,000 per race.  In addition, minimum prizemoney for Provincial meetings will be increased by $5,000 to $27,000, a rise of 23% per race,” said Mr Grant.
“Further, Racing in Country NSW will benefit by the introduction of Country Showcase Meetings to be staged throughout the State.  Approximately 40 meetings each year will be upgraded to carry premium prizemoney of $30,000 per race.
“These increases will build upon the economic and social contribution made by thoroughbred racing, especially in Country NSW,” Mr Grant concluded.
Racing NSW Chairman, Mr John Messara AM, said:  “While our first year’s receipts from parity are earmarked to fund The Championships and Highway races, we are pleased to announce this significant rise in Country TAB and Provincial prizemoney from July, 2016.
“Country prizemoney of $20,000 per TAB race along with the new Showcase meetings make for the biggest ever injection of prizemoney into Country racing.
“On behalf of the Board of Racing NSW, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Premier Mike Baird and our Racing Minister and  Deputy Premier, Troy Grant for embracing parity and placing Australia’s largest racing jurisdiction on a level playing field with Victoria over the next few years.
“Wagering tax parity is vital for the sustainability of racing in this State.  The challenge is now to ensure NSW has a competitive, vibrant and innovative racing industry,” added Mr Messara.
These latest benefits for Country and Provincial racing, follow the introduction last season of the Country and Provincial Championships of $2.3 million in prizemoney and the recently commenced Highway Races for Country-trained horses which provide a further $1.6 million in prizemoney annually for Country participants.
Racing NSW has also committed approximately $50 million for capital works at Country and Provincial race clubs throughout NSW from accumulated race fields fees.
Racing NSW Chief Executive, Peter V’landys AM also announced that from 1 July 2016 Racing NSW will launch a new Traineeship and Apprenticeship Scheme for youth in Regional NSW by committing $1 million per annum to the Scheme.
“The first priority of the Scheme will be to employ apprentice track curators throughout NSW,” said Mr V’landys.
Mr V’landys also announced a payment of $2 million per annum to race clubs throughout NSW to enable clubs to meet their operating costs and operate at best practice levels, to commence from 1 July 2016.
“Finally, in addition to their 5% share of the increased prizemoney, jockeys will also receive a further $660,000 per annum in riding fees from 1 July 2016,” Mr V’landys said.
The five year phase-in of wagering tax parity in NSW that sees the NSW Government progressively reduce its share of TAB gross wagering revenue to that of its Victorian counterpart will provide $181.6 million of additional funding to NSW Thoroughbred Racing Industry, commencing in the present financial year.
For more information please contact Mr Peter V’landys AM, Racing NSW Chief Executive, by phone on (02) 9551 7556.





Olympic equestrian medallist Shane Rose has taken a big step towards Rio Games selection by claiming first and second in the Australian International Three Day Event in Adelaide.

Leading into Sunday's showjumping decider, the Beijing silver medallist was already ranked first and second after dominant performances in the dressage and cross country phases.

Rose claimed first overall aboard CP Qualified with the pair knocking over one fence which added four penalties to their score but it didn't affect their lead and they rode to victory with a score of 49.30.

The NSW rider took second on his mount Virgil after the pair finished the showjumping phase on their dressage score of 50.80.

It was important for Rose to produce clear rounds in the showjumping in front of national selectors.

"I think both horses have performed very well and it would have been great to jump clear on Qualified but to run first and second in this field is what I was hoping I could do," Rose said.

Adelaide was important for Australian eventing riders and none more so than Rose who knows what it takes to make it to the Olympics.

"I don't think (the road is) any easier after this weekend, it's just clearer and this is certainly the way I wanted to try and get there," he said.

New Zealand rider Clarke Johnstone's clear showjumping round helped him solidify third with a score of 54.10, while Olympic silver medallist Sonja Johnson (Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison) finished fourth after she produced a clear jumping round and finished with 59.90 penalties.




LEON – A Cassadaga woman has died after being involved in an accident Tuesday night in Cattaraugus County.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year-old Lerlene Rumsey was driving along Mosher Hollow RYEoad in Leon around 9 p.m. when her vehicle hit a horse that was being walked across the road. The vehicle then went into a ditch and rolled nearly three times, landing on its roof. Deputies say the driver was ejected.

Rumsey was pronounced dead at the scene and the investigation is continuing.




 A man was riding his horse down a Texarkana, Arkansas street when he was struck by a passing car.

TAPD says it happened on Ida Street near the downtown area around 7 p.m. Sunday.

The man and the driver weren't badly injured, but the horse was and had to be euthanized.

Officials say it is legal to ride your horse within city limits but you must follow regular traffic rules.

"Wear the proper clothing, put some reflective strips on your horse. Everything to ensure that no accident occurs like this again," Jackie Mullens, Animal Control Officer.

The incident was ruled an accident and the driver wasn't arrested.

Animal Control suggests avoiding riding horses at night.




MARSHFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - Officials at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield report a 31-year-old Vesper man has died from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident.

The unnamed man was one of two people in a horse-drawn wagon that was hit by a truck Friday. The man and a 10-year-old boy were thrown from the wagon by the impact.

The boy, also from Vesper, was in critical condition as of midday Sunday.

Investigators say they think alcohol was a factor. The wagon did not have lights and that was also a factor.

The 31-year-old driver of the pickup wasn't named. No charges have been filed yet.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)




Horseball is the latest equestrian sport to align itself with the FEI, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week.

Along with the International Horseball Federation (FIHB), the International University Sports Federation (FISU) also signed a MOU with the FEI.

The MOUs are based on a mutual commitment to equestrian sport and fostering its growth, and the FEI will increase collaboration with the FIHB and the FISU as part of these new agreements. The two organisations will work in close cooperation with the FEI, continuing to enhance best practice and the development of equestrian sport.

“We are looking forward to strengthening our collaboration with both the FIHB and FISU, and to broaden the appeal of equestrian sport by working alongside like-minded organisations which share our core values,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.

Founded in 1999, the FIHB was created to govern the sport of horseball worldwide, and maintain contact with the FEI. Horseball, a mix of “basketball and rugby on horseback”, is now played on five continents.

“As the sport of horseball becomes more widely known, the FIHB are delighted to be officially associated with the FEI, which raises our profile worldwide,” FIHB President Frederico Cannas said. “We believe our partnership with the FEI, together with their back-up and support, is key to bringing our sport to a higher level.”

The International University Sports Federation, FISU, was founded in 1949 and developed within university institutions to effectively communicate sports values and uphold best sports practice through the university spirit. The FISU’s main responsibility is the supervision of both the Summer and Winter Universiades, as well as the World University Championships.
The Horse Ball World Cup is being held in France in November.

Horseball began in France more than 20 years ago. The French Sports Federation wanted a new game for France to be played on a small arena, to be suitable for television and exciting for spectators.

Recognising our formal agreement with the FEI, and working in close association with them, will ensure our sport has a stronger future on a global scale,” FISU President, Claude-Louis Gallien said. “As an international organisation, we uphold the same principles and interests, enabling the development and excellence of university sport worldwide.”

Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) replaced the FEI’s affiliate system in 2012. The MOUs better define its relationship with the different stakeholders, covering universal issues such as FEI recognition, FEI Rules and Regulations, horse welfare, code of ethics, commitment to democratic processes, consultation, dispute resolution, and communication, and implementation. MOUs have already been signed with the equine welfare charity World Horse Welfare, riders’ clubs, organisers and officials.

Although recognition by the FEI does not entail voting rights at the FEI General Assembly, the MOUs formalise the relationship with the FEI, giving a voice to organisations working with the FEI in the development of equestrian sport.








Hi John can you ask Linda to look at this little clip pls. I have paid via PayPal link. What do you see? What are we doing wrong and what are we doing right (hopefully something). Horse is 4yrs old and a few months under saddle. My focus currently is trying to improve suppleness/bending correctly on corners and circles. Do we have something? Are we going in the right direction and is it time to start asking him to come up. And if it is, how do I ask this ( do I just pick him up with the reins and show him the new higher head/neck position or is it thru transitions that he will naturally come up?) Is he coming out of the wither properly? I don't know if we are doing anything right or just going around completely wrong. Argh!!! Thanks so much for your help. Cheers Nat


Hi Nat,

I think you have done a great job so far. You just need to get him more forward and in front of your leg. More transitions needed and snappy as possible. This will make him take more connection in the contact and then you can use your rein more effectively.At the moment he is a little light in the contact. So try doing at least two transitions every circle either within the pace or and from one pace to another. Think 200 transitions per session! Then dont support him with your leg constantly. Touch him get a response and leave him alone till next aid.

Once more forward then you can bring him up by riding smaller circles, tighter corners and teaching him shoulder fore. You cant pull a horse up without blocking its natural paces. Its all about positioning and controlling the shoulders of the horse. Whilst keeping the suppleness. If riding correct figures without the horse falling out through the shoulders he will come up.I would also start riding him off the walls and on the inside track. That way you will feel if he starts falling out.

The more you flex a horse the more it falls out through the shoulder. So you need to ride straight lines and then turns. So ride some squares instead of circles too. That way you ride straight then flexed. You need to have complete control over your lines. Always assessing where the horse is taking you and correcting accordingly. You can introduce leg yields, baby shoulder in, renvers and travere to teach him controlling of all parts of his body. Lateral work naturally gets horses to collect without forcing it. Then you keep the cadence of the paces intact without getting tension and tightening of the back.

You are defintely on the right track but right in starting to ask for more. Hope this help and good luck!







Hi All, My horse AJ self loads then as soon as she is on the float she puts all four feet to the centre and slams her whole body into the float this is even before we have closed the back up and then she does this constantly the whole trip stopped or moving , the one thing that I did read on you website was about the divider in the centre to the floor which we have , any advice would be greatly appreciated thankyou. Kind Regards Tracey

Throw the divider in the Rubbish Dump and start repairing the Horse Tracey. It will now need to ride with none and hope that starts to repair the damage to the Mind. Centre Divisions that extend any further down from the top than about 400mm, cause Wall scramblers, which Your Horse now officially is.

even this divider, causes hundreds of Wall scramblers


It's a pity someone didn't warn You :(








Hi Linda, I found your website after the link to it was shared on fb. It was sadly about the young girl in Tasmania and her horse being abused over the weekend by the visiting clinician. I thought you did a great job with this difficult subject matter. Is the care of the horse now in your very capable hands? I hope so. I also noted with interest that you are in Victor Harbor and thought it was a funny coincidence as I am in Goolwa!! It would be great to meet up someday..... Thanks for your time, and well done again with the horses and your valuable contribution to them. Kindest regards, Willow

Hi Willow. Thanks. It's nice to receive a compliment on one of these very hard issues for there is much down side to them. We all have a Jar of Boiled Lollies in the Fridge so pop in some Day :)





Good Afternoon
I have ridden in the saddle you made me once and it is very comfortable. Exactly what I was looking for in terms of a stock saddle to suit a dressage rider. I have since solved the issues I had with my horse and no longer need the additional security it would have provided.
I am going to sell the saddle but thought I would let you know in case someone wants a 15" with a quarter horse tree but can't wait to have it made. If such a person presents please forward them my email address.
Brenna Gray






Hi John!  

How are you? Sorry to hear about the championships with cappo, I know how much work goes on behind the scenes and it is a shame that a tiny misfortune can have such a large effect :( when it comes down to it, sometimes I wonder why do we bother competing when WE know our horses can perform perfectly at home, is it all about rising to the challenge? Does it all come down to the competitive nature of humans? Enjoyment? Recognition in the horse world? Sometimes I do wonder, I feel contempt working at home yet i still compete and lose out against the ribbon collectors - i know why they do it! Who knows, everyone probably does it for different reasons... ANYWAY I digress, I am emailing you to seek  advice on my plans for my new horse! She should arrive on saturday,  3year old warmblood filly, standing about 14hh ish, relatively unhandled but inquisitive and quite smart I feel. (Well I did want a challenge?)  So, I plan to get her used to grooming and feet picked up as she needs a farrier, depending on how that goes, if she tries to kick etc should I go straight to leg restraints instead? I feel I might struggle to get leg pads on her If she doesn't like being touched so what would you recommend?  Maybe start with the parelli games first of all? Teach her I'm  boss? What would you recommend? 

Any advice would be much appreciated

Katy x  Scotland


Hi Katy.

I guess different People do it for different reasons. I don't know what the percentages are but amongst the reasons, perhaps,

  • love of Horses

  • Recreation

  • Fitness

  • ego

  • Peer pressure

  • love of winning

  • love of the degree of difficulty

  • the challenge

  • the danger......and many more

Why does Mrs. HP do it?

  • To start with, the pure love of it

  • These Days, Professionals are expected to do so and are judged by it so it is a Business decision as well

  • Mrs. HP.....the will to achieve the heights with Horse Horses, for Her own satisfaction of achievement, NOT to impress others.

  • The chase of the elusive 'Holy Grail' that few ever experience or arrive at.

Why do I do it? From Day one it was to help the Horses by educating Humans. The driving Force for my being a Pioneer of all things on the Internet, was Pony Club :) I quickly got a reputation for handling the Horses with issues and have done ever since :)

to Your Horse

Quite small WB....You sure it is one? Anyhow, good question.......the Amateur may slowly quieten the Young Horse and the Natural Horsemanship is one good way to assist in that regard. Floating the Ropes and touching the Horse everywhere it doesn't like to be touched :) That of course helps, takes a long time and in the end, doesn't achieve the good trustworthy Farrier trained Horse but will allow You to get Boots on etc.

The Professional, with every unbroken Horse we meet, wants Boots on to protect them in case they do silly things and so on Day 1, they are 'stockman's hobbled and two Minutes later, have Boots on regardless. Never an injury in Thousands of Horses.

So I'll leave it Your good judgment :) Best of Luck and Love Your choice of Music :) xx


Thanks for the swift reply! I too aspire to make grand prix one day and it is my lifetime goal that I want to achieve too, and I guess getting recognition from judges and other trainers let's you know that you have got there. Well what I'm told (by a slightly eccentric but genuine farmer who breeds for a hobby), she is by hemming way who is a smallish showjumping stallion and on her dams side she apparently has the famous Granus! But I bought her for pennies as she hasn't made the height and has been left to her own devices in a field for a few years, my thoughts are that I can turn her around and hopefully she will be a showjumping pony for some lucky kid I wont really know what I've got til I get her home and see - hopefully the gamble pays off, I'm taking the view that she will stand the best chance of a good start with me instead of a young kid who will over horse themselves as she was a cheap price. Okay so when I hobble her at first she may not have boots on for the initial first minutes, if she goes mental il keep turning her in a sharp circle until she stands then il get the boots on, if I've bitten off more than I can chew il go for the long road of parelli rope swinging haha will do some videos for your opinion (il need to wait til I've got a quiet day so no one sees me chaining a horses legs together - heaven forbid you restrain a horse in this country!) Thank you xx




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