PROBLEM HORSE WORLD- the Horse Industries first Blog - 2001




18th June, 2017


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

We are still spending a lot of time apart which is a bit sad but I am on top of things now, at 'Gainsborough' and it's running like a well Oiled Machine. My Thanks to Benny, Sondra and Ashley who are such a great help around the place. It doesn't go un-noticed.

Meanwhile, Mrs. HP has been teaching an increasing number of Ladies around the World and having great success Online. A Tasmanian Lady commented that Her Canter had improved since the first Lesson and another Lady who was having great difficulties in getting Her 'Green Horse' successfully around the Arena, is now starting to trot Circles.



Mrs. HP is competing once more this coming Saturday, at the McLaren Vale Indoor, which is always a lovely and cozy Event. This will be Dolce's 5th outing and ever conscious to not stick around in the lower Classes, 'Ribbon Hunting' which is common in the Industry, with Horses staying around for sometimes Multiple Years in Novice, she is joining the "Big Girls'

Do I hear You say "Surely not?" You can relax. They WILL NOT be making a fool of themselves



Meanwhile, a number of Her Pupils are doing very well but particular mention must go to two Young Sisters



and way to go Judge Chris Kelly :) Not bad!


and back at Victor Harbor, working with another lovely Lady and Her lovely Horse













  Very Happy Owner, got over 70%  Today.






Denise Woodhouse reviewed Horsemanship Saddlery UK – 5 star 13 hrs · Great service and great saddles. Maureen was very helpful letting me trial a saddle to see what I, and most importantly what my horse, thought to it. After deciding to order she was also very helpful recommending certain features and checking through the form to make sure everything was correct before the order was placed. I love the fact that you can customize the saddles to your specifications and the quality and workmanship is excellent. I have ridden in it a few times now and love the secure feeling it gives you and how comfortable it is for both myself and my horse,


Here is a testimonial received today about your saddle for Kevin Woodhouse:

“Hi Maureen, A short message to say I rode my very 'flashy' HP saddle today, I have to say I have sat in both English and Western saddles but this is the most comfortable saddle I have sat in, Also being a novice rider I found myself sitting in a perfect dressage position without any effort or thought on my part and felt very secure. Our horse Skye moves much more freely in the saddle too, lifting her back and carrying herself nicely, makes me look like I am a better rider than I actually am. Thank you for your help and advice and please pass on my thanks to John for developing such a great saddle.”  Keep it going!.






Congrats to the brave Young Vet at the Morphetville Equine Clinic, when conventional treatments were not working on a bad Colic Horse, then using the "O'Leary Sand Colic treatment" I am told X-Rays had shown the Sand Body was most evident. The Horse has been passing Sand for several Days since.....well done the the Vet involved for being brave and for the Horses....and

Dr. Greg Suzan Victor Harbor for recommending it also recently, to another Horse in the Bush, with success once more.





The Vet's list certain symptoms for Ulcers in the Horse. I can add the following.

  • Increased Shying......and.....

  • Smaller Manure piles

  • Increased number of Manure piles......for instance..........





We have a visiting Horse, her for alleged 'behavioral problems' and she did 12 Manures Last Night, Dulce 4 and Cappo 4






Ok all experts and reading Vets' :) What is the problem with this Horse? Why doesn't it want to be lead to the Arena? Why does it shy and why does it seek relief from a Head Set?.......

as an aside....the Boss knows how to ride them  STRAIGHT :)




has finally been brought up, having re-built his front end :) He is now doing some proper Dressage...enough of this Hacking stuff








I was sent this by a Friend.


The Hero with the Go Pro and the customary couple of hundred comments of praise.......they don't get it!!!!

Chasing Horses causes HORSE DEATHS, People Deaths and Car ACCIDENTS., especially on Motor Bikes and especially Trail Bikes. How this Horse wasn't killed 10 times over has got me.

So here is what I am talking about, with another Motor Bike Hero of the Go Pro World













IT was a bad day at the office for leading equestrian Emily Anker yesterday when she took a tumble with her trusted steed Glenwood Park Cooper Street.

Thankfully, it won’t be long before the Melbourne rider is back in the saddle after she and her horse were given the all clear after the fall at the Melbourne International 3 Day Event.

Equestrian Victoria chair Ingrid Green said both horse and rider were OK.

“The horse just stumbled and they fell. The horse is fine and has been checked … It’s a different thing when the horse falls on a rider but, no, the horse hit the ground then rolled onto her.”





Teams of three for the equestrian disciplines at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been confirmed by the IOC, cementing a change that has proved controversial for the sport’s traditionalists.

The International Olympic Committee today announced the event programme for Tokyo, with changes it said would increase female participation and bolster youth and urban appeal.

FEI President Ingmar De Vos welcomed the confirmation of the equestrian programme for Tokyo, and the International Olympic Committee’s confirmation that horse sport would be part of the 2024 Games. Paris and Los Angeles are vying for 2024 hosting rights.

The FEI has driven change in the Olympic formats following the Olympic movement’s Agenda 2020, which lays out a blueprint for the future of the Games.

The far-reaching initiative seeks, among other things, more flexibility in the Olympic program, allowing more events, while also capping athlete numbers.

The programme is seen as a potential threat to lower tier events across all sports at the Games, with the risk they may be dropped in favour of new events or sports.

The FEI won broad support for its Olympic reforms, which will see teams of three across all three disciplines and no drop score, during last year’s FEI General Assembly in Tokyo. However, traditionalists voiced concern that the changes were tampering with the very essence of the long-standing disciplines.

The IOC confirmed that the athlete quota for equestrian events in 2020 are unchanged, meaning the format changes will allow more countries to be represented.

De Vos said the IOC’s confirmation of equestrian on the Olympic programme for the 2024 Games and approval of the new formats for Tokyo 2020 were a direct acknowledgment of horse sport’s willingness to adapt and modernise.

“All the work to drive change and increase universality has been worthwhile,” he said.

“Approval of the formats for Tokyo means that we can now increase the number of flags in equestrian sport in line with the Agenda 2020 recommendations.

“With more than 30,000 athletes registered to compete in our three Olympic disciplines – and the numbers are growing every year – our new formats mean that athletes from more countries than ever before will now have the opportunity of one day realising their dream of representing their country at the Olympic Games.”

He continued: “It wasn’t easy for our community to make such drastic changes to our Olympic formats, but the national federations knew the importance of this decision and ultimately supported the proposed changes.

“Their willingness to embrace this change is without any doubt the reason we have got this fantastic news from the IOC today.”

The IOC said there would be 15 new events in Tokyo, with swimming the main beneficiary, winning approval for three additional races, one of which is a 4x400m mixed relay.

Athletics will also get a 4x400m mixed relay, with new mixed events also planned for judo, archery, table tennis, and the triathlon, which will also stage a mixed relay.

The five new sports on the programme are sport climbing, surfing, baseball/softball, skateboarding and karate.

The IOC says female participation is likely to be 48.8% in Tokyo, compared to 45.6% in Rio and 44.2% in London. This would make it the most gender-balanced Games in Olympic history.

The IOC is hoping to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the IOC Session in Lima in mid-September, with Paris and Los Angeles as the candidate cities.




A teenage girl, a primary school aged girl and a woman in her 30s, who were travelling in the same vehicle, were all injured.

The teenager suffered serious spinal injuries, while the younger girl sustained severe facial injuries.

Both have been taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a stable condition.

The third woman was taken to the Royal Melbourne hospital in a stable condition.

Another person travelling in a different vehicle was taken to the Northern Hospital with minor injuries.

The horses being towed on the trailer involved in the crash have not been harmed.

All southbound lanes of the Hume Freeway at Beveridge are now open after being shut for more than two hours this afternoon.






An investigation has been launched into how a racehorse escaped from a starting stall still blindfolded.

The mare, Just Marion, unseated its jockey before he could uncover the horse's eyes and crashed through side rails at Brighton Raceourse on Monday. It was later destroyed.

An animal rights group has criticised the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) for the safety "failing".

The BHA said it was "looking into all the circumstances of the incident".

The five-year-old horse sustained multiple fractures when she bolted blind in the 7f apprentice handicap.

It is not uncommon for racehorses to be blindfolded prior to a race to get them into the stalls.

A spokesman for Animal Aid said it has expressed concern over starting stall procedures before, including in September when runner Mukaynis trapped its leg in the gates at Doncaster Racecourse and had to be put down because the bone was shattered.

The group's horse racing consultant, Dene Stansall, said: "The BHA must ensure that the highest possible safety measures are in place at racecourses to protect horses from serious injury and death.

"They are aware of many problems but fail to take meaningful action. Those whose responsibility this is should be made answerable and shamed for their failures."



Livingston Parish, Louisiana – Alysia Maloney has been arrested after tricking two uniformed police officers into helping her steal horses. She is charged with three counts of extortion and one count of obstruction of justice. She has been released after posting a $100,000 bond.

Maloney considered herself to be an equestrian and a horse advocate. “I get calls all the time with people wanting to surrender horses,” Maloney told reporters. Last Tuesday, Maloney received a report of 3 critical horses that needed help on a Livingston Parish property. She filed a complaint with the Sheriff department, stating in her report that two of the horses were extremely malnourished and close to death. The next morning, Maloney emailed Sheriff Ard, asking for an update on the investigation, and informing him of her willingness to transport the seized horses and rehabilitate them. The Sheriff’s response, stating that they had a veterinarian working on the case, was unsatisfactory to Maloney, and she decided to seize the horses herself.

Maloney got an Animal Surrender Form from the Louisiana Animal Cruelty Investigation Task Force, and showed up at Scott Burchfield’s property with two uniformed Police Department officers. The two officers have assisted Maloney in the past with rescues, and when Maloney told them she was acting on behalf of Sheriff Ard, they agreed to assist.

Maloney told the horse’s owner, Burchfield, that she was there to take the horses, and that he would be facing criminal charges if he did not surrender them. “She said that she had spoken with Sheriff Ard and that they were going to change the report the following morning and they were going to be pursuing criminal charges against me,” Burchfield told reporters. The presence of two uniformed officers with their marked patrol cars led Burchfield to believe Maloney. Burchfield signed the Animal Surrender Form and Maloney loaded his horses.

Sheriff Ard was shocked when he saw Maloney’s Facebook post (now hidden) bragging about seizing the horses. “[She] gets uniformed police officers and tricked them into going to this residence with her and basically forced this man into signing some papers and loaded his horses up and left with them,” said Sheriff Ard. The Sheriff got a search warrant for Maloney’s property, which allowed the horse’s owner to recover his 3 horses.

Burchfield has agreed to place his horses under veterinarian care and to follow the vet’s treatment plan.

Maloney is still in denial that she did anything wrong. “I did what I think is right for the horse and I thought we were working alongside the Livingston Parish Sheriff and obviously, they think this is a problem and it’s because they are being called out. Period,” she told reporters.





Friends and family are shattered after the death of a "gentle giant" who was critically injured when the van he was travelling in crashed into a horse.

Kyle Jonathon Williams was with seven mates that night.

On Friday, June 2, they were travelling along Whitikahu Rd towards Hamilton when, according to police, the driver overtook another car and hit the horse while moving back to their lane.

The animal was in the middle of the road somewhere. The van drifted after the impact and rolled into a ditch.

Kyle was flown to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition. While he was in an induced coma, his parents Megan and Jason Williams stayed with him, hoping for the best.

They were by his side when he died on June 14.

The 21-year-old, known as "meatball" to his friends, will always be remembered as a big guy with a big heart, Jason said from his Paeroa home.

"He was very friendly, very well liked, bubbly. He'd love coming up to the house, eating us out of house and home, sitting in my chair, watching TV, then he'd have a spa and then say 'see ya later mum and dad'.

"He's a big guy but just, a really big heart. A gentle giant we'd call him.

"He lived and loved life to the fullest and always put others before himself, except when the lolly jar came out."

Kyle's friends, some of whom were injured in the crash, are all a mess, Jason said.

"He had a heap of mates, he was really well loved. He was a bit of a leader with his mates too. If anyone got into trouble or got into fights he'd be the one to iron things out."

Kyle was the oldest of three boys, all of whom are heavily involved in motoring.

He was right into doing cars up and going to the drags.

Kyle spent the past five years working at his dad's auto paint business.

"I told him he was going to take over the place and he said 'like hell'."

But he'd recently been talked into taking on an apprenticeship.

He was just beginning to hit his stride, Jason Williams said.

"He's going to leave a huge hole, he's such a loving kid, he'll never be forgotten."

A service will be held for Kyle on Saturday, June 17, at 11am at the Paeroa Memorial Hall.




TIOGA, Texas (KXII) -- A semi truck hit a pickup truck hauling a horse trailer, and two other vehicles in a chain reaction wreck Wednesday at Highway 377 and Buck Creek Road.

Two people suffered serious injuries according to officials at the scene, but were conscious when they were taken to the hospital.

The prize-winning horse in the trailer died.

"We had a vehicle turning east bound, and this 18-wheeler right here was soutbound. and apparently there was some confusion, and he struck the back end of the vehicle which forced it into the north lane of traffic," Tioga Police Chief Curtis Maycomb said.

Police said it's too early to what exactly caused the crash.





A second horse has lost his life following an accident at the weekend’s Bromont Horse Trials in Canada, with the passing of 9-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Dempsey.

Dempsey was euthanised on Monday at the University of Montreal Veterinary Hospital where he had been in recovery following surgery in the morning to repair an ulna fracture sustained on the CCI3* cross-country at Bromont.

His death follows that of Jaeda, who suffered an acute diaphragmatic hernia between jumps on the cross-country.

After a successful surgery and subsequent promising prognosis for a full recovery, Dempsey suffered complications while in recovery which would not have allowed him a proper quality of life, rider Tamra Smith said.

She was devastated at the loss of Dempsey. “Dempsey lived life to the fullest every day and I feel incredibly lucky to have ridden him. He was one of the most talented horses I have ever come across and from the first moment I jumped him I knew I had to have him, a reality made possible thanks to the incredible members of the West Coast Dempsey Syndicate. Our barn will certainly never be the same without his sense of humor and zest for life, and we will miss him more than I can comprehend.”

Together, Dempsey and Smith had many notable achievements in their career since he began eventing in 2013. In 2016, the duo finished second at the Rebecca Farm CIC3* before crossing the Atlantic to complete the Blenheim CIC3* and Wellington in Britain, and the Boekelo CCI3* in The Netherlands. This season they added top 10 finishes at the Galway Downs CIC3*, and most recently the Jersey Fresh CIC3*.

Dempsey was owned by the West Coast Dempsey Syndicate, and was by Idocus and from the Obelisk mare Wildegunde. He was bred by Lisabeth Rothman of Rothman Sport Horses.


Bromont’s FEI Veterinary Delegate Anne Basket said that Jaeda, ridden by Booli (Barbara) Selmayr and owned by Kelly Morgan, died between obstacles 13AB and 14 while competing on cross country in the CCI3*. Following a necropsy on the 13-year-old mare by the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire St-Hyacinthe, it was found that she had suffered from an acute diaphragmatic hernia was made.

“An injury of this type could not have been foreseen and is very uncommon in equestrian sport,” Basket said.

Earlier this year, Jaeda and Selmayr were seventh in the CIC3* at Thomson, Georgia.

Jaeda, whose racing name was My Strawberryangel, was bred in Canada. She was by Persian Star, and from the Kentucky Cookin mare Sweet Jennifer. Her best finish was sixth in five starts in 2006


Also on Saturday, All Aboard collapsed and died on course during the Open Intermediate Division of the River Glen June Horse Trials in Tennessee. All Along’s owner and rider, Audrea Dyer, was not hurt in the accident. Samples from the nine-year-old thoroughbred’s necropsy are to be analysed as a part of the ongoing US Eventing Association’s Cardiopulmonary Research Study.

Last August All Aboard won the CCI2* at Richmond, Michigan, and earlier that season was fifth at Fairburn Georgia.

All Aboard was bought by Dyer through the Canter programme in Kentucky, which helps former racehorses into new careers.

All Aboard’s racing name was San Silvestro, and he was by Silver Train, and from the Lite the Fuse mare, Melina’s Fuse. During his racing career, he won a maiden race and placed second and third from seven starts.




A horse has walked away from a terrifying motorway crash following an incredible rescue operation.

The chestnut gelding was travelling in a trailer northbound on the M5 on Thursday (8 June), which was being towed by his owner.

They were involved in a collision with another vehicle, which sent the car and trailer into the air, landing upside-down in a ditch, facing oncoming traffic.

Other motorists stopped to help and Avon Fire & Rescue Service sent six crews including firefighters trained in animal rescue to the incident, which happened between Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon.

The initial 999 call came in at 1.08pm and crews did not leave the scene until almost 4pm.

Vet Anna Hammond of Langford Equine helped with the rescue after struggling through the traffic which had built up as a result of the incident.

“My first thought was ‘how in god’s name am I going to get this horse out?,”

“I opened the jockey door and clambered in — he was an absolute sweetheart. You are never quite sure what they are going to do in those situations.

“He put his head on my shoulder so I gave him a cuddle and sedated him heavily.

Anna then put some cotton wool in the horse’s ears to dim the noise of the firefighters cutting through the trailer and rearranged him into a better position.

Once the fire crews had cut apart the trailer, the horse was able to walk out and was taken to the vet clinic to be checked over and treated.

He sustained cuts and grazes as well as several broken teeth, which have been capped and he has now returned home.

“The fire brigade and animal rescue team did a fabulous job,” added Anna.

His owner, who is remaining anonymous, thanked the people who stopped to help, vets and emergency services for their care of her “lovely horse”.

“The Land Rover I was in was brilliant or I would have been dead,” she said, adding she also credits the sturdy trailer.

“He was really pleased to get home,” she added. “He is hand-grazing and doing remarkably well.”



A video of Penelope Leprevost appearing to use excessive force while warming up for a class in Gothenburg, where the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping final took place, has sparked heated debate online.

Footage recorded at the weekend from the showjumping collecting ring has been widely shared online, with many comments condemning the rider.

The film shows Vagabond de la Pomme stumble badly while working in trot on a long rein. He falls on to his knees, nose touching the ground, but staggers back to his feet.

Amanda Kirtland-Page wrote: “People need to speak up and take action in these cases.

Jennifer Calamos Smith added: “Demand an investigation. Or politely check to see how the investigation is going on that horse and rider combo… then if there is none, demand one. Petition the association holding the show. That’s all I can think of to do but something should be done, I think.”

But Elizabeth Bailey countered with: “I am only speaking about what I see in this video, I do not know this person, but I wish these things didn’t turn into witch hunts and that we could be understanding and respectful of each other while sharing knowledge, instead of burning the house down in anger. the anger solves nothing.”

Gothenburg Horse Show event manager Tomas Torgerson told H&H he was aware of the video, had been contacting the FEI, judges and stewards and would make a statement once he “had the full picture”.










I have recommended that people look at your website about horses going over the chestbar and think about getting "seatbelts" but everyone is now saying that there is nothing on your site about this anymore. I haven't looked for a few years. Do you not recommend this now? If so, why not? And if you still think it is a good idea where can people find some information about it? ( I am still using my prototype Gainsborough float designed by Lara Blum with the seat belts and chest bars that can be dropped from the outside.) Angela


Hi Angela

You can quote me if You wish.

Yes, I invented this system back in 1990 when a 2 Year Old Quarter Horse Colt that I had just picked up in an open double float back then, He landed with his hind hooves ON THE CHEST BAR with the first leap and then went again and went over the top of the Float, landing on his stomach with his front half looking down at the Tow Bar and Braking system.

Luckily, I managed to react with speed and ran to the front where I gave him an almighty 'back hander' across the snout, whereby he fell off the roof and landed down between the Chest Bar and the front of the Float, on his Feet still  

Now for another good Float design. My Float at that time had a full height door on each side and I simply walked Him out of the door  

I lay in Bed that Night, wondering what I could do and decided on Safety Belts, which I tested over the Years, with Rope and indeed saved probably another 100 unbroken and problem Horses. I found that they would test it once or twice at the maximum and it became their 'comfort zone' (Dummy) thereafter and all floated quietly Home.  Those experiments to Multiple Young Horses, see here in this Photo and down the Main Northern Truck Route here, on the Day of their Weaning.

Over 50% of of Weanlings or Unbroken Horses, that I have travelled ALONE, have attempted to go over the Bar.

So yes, My Floats are now equipped with proper dedicated Safety Belts and more. I just handed the project over to my Son, that's all. I must rectify this for You Angela. Thanks.

The collapsible Chest Bars are seen also in this Photo and yes, I had the great pleasure of lowering this lovely Girl gently down to the Ground after she undid Her Safety Belts accidentally, by removing Rugs from the Rug rack above and them falling on the quick release :)

.....we did become good Mates after an understanding









Hi Mr HP,
What size are the rings on your loose ring bits, please?
I have a friend who is looking for a loose ring bit, with large rings for a Gypsy Cob x, she, the horse goes very well in your breaker FM bit for general work and education purposes, but as a Riding for the Disabled horse, the 'shanks' can be a bit of a nuisance/danger to the handlers/leaders, as she is still learning her job and her ground manners are yet to be perfected. Thank you, regards Jan


HI Jan

Mine are 60mm outside. I downsized after using M-------- for Years, as the larger rings rub horses.

However, the size matters not. You simply have the horse wear a CHIN STRAP which they all should with snaffle Bits anyway, to stop the Bit sliding through their Mouth and pinching them.....which the larger rings do as well.















11th June, 2017


HI Folks, how are You all. I hope good.

Boof got his Rug wet and so he got one of Mrs. HP's Jumpers. ....nooooooo, he's not my Dog

















Yet another big Week and a source of ongoing amusement for myself The logic of Humans will never cease to surprise me.



For 23 Years now, various People have tried to re-arrange it as their own, by pass it, tip manure short and yet a new phenomenon.

Over the last couple of Weeks, someone has been removing guidance SLEEPERS and going Cross Country, to avoid the tipping location.......and then a couple of Days ago, they removed Sleepers from the left hand side and didn't tip over the Bank at all. ........so yet another Job, to Herd Humans ( which is more difficult than a Mob of Marina Weathers)

It's like Stalag 13 :)




Now this is a Custom Made Gate and one of the strongest in the State. We don't know which Horse managed this. I just got the message "that the Gate had fallen over"

anyhow, never a dull moment and a good job I was there.




I told You about the Earth Moving Machine that came in to drop the Dead Trees next door? Well, as predicted in the privacy of my Mind some have complained that their Horses are shying....more about that later.......


.....things have suddenly changed and Horses don't like that!


So I have already completed the planting of a new impenetrable Hedge, which, in 2 Years, will look like this one I planted at Victor Harbor.

and here they are.....




" Horses only shy if the respect for the Leg is less than the fear of the unknown. Horses that are PROPERLY 'off the Leg', don't shy"

Leg Yielding the Horse in 2 Days






Meanwhile, back at the Ranch, Mrs. HP is having great fun with Her new Arena Rake. 











 oops, sorry for walking on it :) 





Her next comp is in two Weeks time and she is travelling well. Gaining more strength every Day. It will be Her 5th outing.




Well he passed his Scans at the Vet last Week and now he is a walking Horse. 20 Minutes walking on Bitumen for two Weeks, being lead :) Then 20 minutes walking, same, twice a Day for two Weeks. That equals a Month. Then Trot. Fingers crossed.






Announcing a change in my philanthropy.

I have spent up to 28 Hours a Week for many Years now, helping People for free but I can't keep up with the dozens of emails to be replied to, per Person. Hands getting a bit worn out. So from now on, this will be the policy.






This Sight is becoming the norm these Days. For God's sake, prove the love.



YARN OF THE DAY ( cont'd)

Remember the Guy with the Slim Dusty Hat, who couldn't ride?.........

Well, he conned me into buying an unbroken 2 Year Old and breaking it in for HIm....which I did.......lovely Filly and turned out well.

He never appeared on it, in Public at Gainsborough and had everyone very intrigued. .......then one Day, when few were about, we saw him Saddling it up behind a Big Gum Tree that had fallen over, down one of the back Paddocks It didn't get out of a Walk but at least didn't Buck Him off :) He fairly soon left but noone knows where he went. I bet his Hat got the next Folks :)






Michael Eilberg’s Half Moon Dynasty is “looking much more comfortable” following her serious accident last week (31 May).

Michael shared an update on grand prix mare “Mollie” yesterday (4 June), and said the team was “so happy” with her progress.

Mollie has been left with multiple wounds after spooking and bolting on a hack. She went through several fences and a hedge before her injuries forced her to stop.

She was taken to Three Counties Equine Hospital for treatment.

“As there has been such amazing support and concern for Mollie after her accident I thought we would give everybody an update,” read a post on Michael’s Facebook page. “We went to visit her this morning and were so happy to see her looking much more comfortable. She had her dressings changed and the wounds are plentiful but looking better then expected. She also walked out amazingly well after the last time we saw her she could barely get one leg in front of the other.

“We are not wanting to get ahead of ourselves as there is a long way to go but it was hard not to come away today thinking more positive about the whole situation. We are all very touched by everybody’s messages and thanks again. I’m sure it has something to do with all the get well vibes going Mollie’s way.”

The previous day, Michael said he was “overwhelmed” with the messages of support for Mollie.

Mollie was being ridden by Greg Sims when the accident took place. Greg was not seriously injured in the fall.

With the help of Michael’s vet Mollie was put under anaesthetic and taken to the equine hospital.

She eventually stood with the help of a hoist and within half an hour of standing she was able to hold her weight unaided.





Did You know that.......

  • Over 70% of Jumping and Dressage Horses have Stomach Ulcers during periods of training and competition
  •  2 out of 3 Endurance Horses have stomach Ulcers IMMEDIATELY after a Competition.
  • over 58% of competitive Horses have Stomach Ulcers after 3 DAYS OF TRAVEL and Competition.
  • 90% of Racehorses have Ulcers!!!!!




well I guess that one turned out correct  


QUESTION -  Should the State Champs be held over 2 Days or 3?

ANSWER - 2. Days-  2 out of 3 Endurance Horses have stomach Ulcers IMMEDIATELY after a Competition.



Also just a quick thank you to let you and Linda know how much value these DVDs are. 

I knew my pony wasn't straight, even after all the expensive lessons I've had. 
Instructors want to keep on progressing when I keep telling them that I haven't got him between my legs. He keeps pushing his shoulders out or falling in & continuing to evade. All the DVDs of Linda's have made such an enormous difference already. I re-watch one every week & every week I learn something new & my horse makes another little improvement. So thanks guys, the horses definitely thank you too!

Kindest regards, Sacha 



Hellooo John and Linda!

Hope you're both doing well and congratulations of the result with Dulce, great stuff!!

Thought I'd show you some photos of my breaker project, who looks like she will be staying with me for now as I've grown quite attached - Id never make a dealer!!  Remember she was as suspect as they come, I still lunge for 5 minutes before getting on to do her girth up as we occasionally still have girthy moments before getting on - do you think this horse will just always be a girthy horse?

Anyway, we went to our first show last week - it was a big country show with all sorts of classes including livestock, burger vans and dog agility - and coco was fabulous!! Travelled like a pro (first trip in 18months) and was relaxed during everything (minus one almighty rear when she saw a horse she liked the look off - at least I had my long rope and rope halter on, much to the shock of the showing people around me 😉 )  Off to the dressage in July with an intro class to get her started :)

Still have a first class mouth too 😝

All the best

Katy x

Well done Katy. Looking good. Happy and relaxed!









Visitors had to run for cover at today’s Royal Bath and West Show after two heavy horse riders were thrown from their cart after a freak accident.

The Heavy Horse Competition, which is one of the highlights of the show, passed without incident as three individual team representing Wadworth, Hall & Woodhouse and Mouland contested the Heavy Horse turnout class.

The horses exited the main arena after prize giving before the Wadworth horses became “spooked” on their way to the holding enclosure, galloping off before crashing into the rear of parked lorry, throwing the riders off.

“The horses came straight out of the ring and got spooked”, said one eyewitness.

“They just came flying down past us and hit the back of the lorry. It was a freak accident."

Neither the riders nor horses were seriously injured, though first aiders at the site were called on to treat some minor injuries.

A spokesperson for the Royal Bath and West Show said: “The riders were fine. Something clearly spooked the horses and the riders couldn’t stop.

"The horses are okay and as far as I know there are no major injuries."

The event takes place over four days featuring more than 4,500 Livestock, Sheep Shearing, machinery from the past 100 years and the very latest farming technology, alongside food and drink, and other entertainment.





At K-9 Kennels off of college drive, several tenants rent corals on the property to keep their horses. Many don’t even realize the horse boarding facility is there. Normally, it's a peaceful place. But on a few nights ago that wasn't the case.

Neighbors say fireworks went off in the surrounding area late Tuesday night, scaring several of the horses including an eight year old mare named Trixie.

Marie Tillotson is Trixie's owner. She got the call that night that no horse owner wants to hear.

"I received a phone call that Trixie was on the ground and injured…” she said.

Trixie, in a panic, tried to escape her coral but got hung up on the bars of the fence.

The mare was injured and Marie was worried she'd have to say goodbye to her beloved horse. Carol Powers is the manager of the facility and says it's a consistent problem

"We deal with this every year around the 4th of July." She says, "I thought, Marie's gonna come…and she's gonna find her horse maybe has to be put down."

Thankfully, Trixie's leg was not broken but the damage was still bad. There was severe damage to her soft tissue in her hind legs, and essentially no skin left around one of her joints.

Marie wants people to be aware that they aren't the only ones to be concerned about when it comes to fireworks…And they aren't the only ones frustrated with the problem.

Laramie County Fire District One Chief Darrick Mittlestadt says fireworks are a problem he's familiar with.

"It's just frustrating to know that people wouldn't take the time to step back and look around." The chief says, "We've seen a big increase this year and it's early and they tend to be a lot bigger."

Mittlestadt says while fireworks are made for fun people still need to be considerate and aware of their surroundings.

And that is all Marie is asking for.

"I just want people to enjoy their fireworks and love them and love the fact that Wyoming allows them to have them. I just want people to be aware of their surroundings a little better."

Marie says that while she is thankful Trixie will not have to be put down her future as an active horse is still up in the air.





A horse was injured and a woman had to be treated for shock after an accident on the M25 on Saturday (June 3).

Two lorries, a 4x4 and a horse box were involved in the accident on the M25 in Reigate .

The horse box ended up on its side after the collision, with one of the horses trapped inside.

The animal cut its leg when kicking its way out of the trailer but was treated by a vet.

Alan Daly, Painshill Fire Station’s animal rescue expert, told Get Surrey : “It was a road traffic collision involving a car and a lorry where the trailer had gone over on its side with two horses inside.

“One horse got on to the carriageway and on horse was trapped.

“When we got there the second horse had kicked its way out of the trailer and the animal had cut itself on its leg while doing that.”

He added: “With the Epsom Derby on and everyone coming off that junction, we made the decision to walk the animals down the M25 and off the slip road.

“Once the police had closed the motorway we walked the animals up and off the M25 at junction 8 and took them to a park so the animals could be safe.

“There were no serious injuries but the lady driving the car was in shock and was treated by Reigate first response crews."

The incident sparked delays on the motorway, with Highways England issuing a warning for anyone heading to the Epsom Derby to plan ahead.
The M25 had to be closed at Reigate to allow the two horses to be walked off of the motorway.

The accident occurred anticlockwise at junction 8 A217, with congestion leading to Cobham Services.

According to traffic monitoring service Inrix, the accident occurred under the roundabout.

The M25 had to be closed at Reigate to allow the two horses to be walked off of the motorway.



The SES has pulled off a dramatic rescue- winching a horse trapped in a drain in Melbourne to safety.

A member of the public spotted Cisco the horse up to his neck in water inside a drain in Sunbury today, before calling the RSPCA.

Emergency crews worked for hours to remove the horse from the drain and had to cut down overhead branches to allow access for a crane to pull him out.

Cisco was removed from the drain unharmed, but it is still unclear how he became trapped.

There has to be a better way to lift Horses. This is Cruel and causes excruciating Pain., which I have seen the result of with many Horses over Chest Rails. Blind Freddie could come up with a better device, given 10 Seconds thought. "Leo Wankers"






According to the relative, a proper ‘halter’ or ‘head stall’ was not installed on the horse and as such the young rider lost control of the horse. The claim is that the horse ran frantically across the road, and the motorcyclist could not avoid colliding with the horse. The incident occurred in the vicinity of Bishop Martin primary school in San Ignacio. The relative reported that the motorcycle was on the right side of the road and was not speeding as reported by other BBN sources.

From the photo provided, BBN can indeed confirm that the horse did not have on a proper ‘head stall’, and in accidents involving horses, it is not unusual for the horse to get frantic and bolt towards or in front of vehicles thereby catching drivers by surprise. As earlier reported, the horse died on impact and the driver of the motorcycle was hospitalized.

BBN confirmed that Police is investigating the matter. However, up to the posting of this story, Police has not issued an official report.




If you thought you can bear the heat no longer, animals don’t have it easy either. In a freak accident in Jaipur, Rajasthan, a horse – unable to bear the heat – went berserk and frantically galloped on the streets till it crashed into a car, head-on. It was reportedly 43 degrees Celsius on Sunday (June 5), which is when the incident happened.

According to reports, a horsecart driver (tangawala) had tied the animal to a pole, giving it fodder in a bag. Unfortunately, the bag obstructed the horse’s sight, which made him furious, causing him to break away from the pole and dash into the street amid motor traffic. It apparently first rammed into a motorcycle, before the head-on collision with the car.





n the case against Irish showjumper Kevin Thornthon the FEI Tribunal they found the rider guilty of alleged horse abuse of his horse Flogas Sunset Cruise (by Douglas). Last year october during the CSI of Cagnes-Sur-Mer the horse died on 10 october the horse died of suspicious injuries.

The FEI Tribunal states that Thornton was find guilty of horse abuse and will be suspended for four months as of yesterday’s hearing. The rider will also face a fine of 5000 Swiss francs and a payment of this same ammount for all costs that were made.

The FEI states that the behaviour of Thornton towards his horse has been found unacceptable. The horse was repeatedly and excessively beaten. More times then the rider confessed. The FEI is concluding this after hearing the whitness who states that Thornton repeatedly beaten his horse during a gallop training. After the training the horse collapsed and died soon after. The whitnesses report has been found plenty to ensure a suspencion and a fine againt horse abuse. Despite the missing evidence of a veterinarian that this was indeed the cause of the horse’s death. In case the horse had survived the training, their would’ve still been a case for animal abuse.

In addition, the FEI indicated that an autopsy was carried out on the Horse by Dr. Antoine Tortereau, associate professor in Veterinary Pathology, on 14 October at the VetAgro-Sup, Veterinary Campus in Lyon France (the “Autopsy Report”). The FEI provided the Autopsy Report and a free translation thereof, which extracts read as follows:

“The post-mortem examination did not bring out any significant, macroscopically visible lesions allowing to explain the cause of the death.” “Muscles: presence of about 10 locally spreading, dark red marks in the muscles of the right shoulder: moderate, recent muscular haemorrhage.” Dr. Tortereau stated as follows: “I certify to have observed macroscopically visible lesions compatible with recent muscular hemorrages, moderate, affecting the right shoulder muscles. These lesions may have been caused by inflicted trauma, soon before the horse’s death.”

After the accident last year Thornton stated: I’ve been working with horses for all my life. Never would I hurt a horse or beat it to death. I’ve never done anything like this, nor would I ever. I’m not that kind of person. I had not been riding my horse for three hours as the social media claims. I was riding for about 15-20 minutes most before he fell down. People seem to confuse the horse with the other grey’s I had with me that week. I had been riding them as well earlier this day.”


CROOKED HORSE RIDER IN LIFE OF CRIME -  wonderful Lips though :)

Gifted horserider Kirstie Covele, 18, ferried the criminals to large rural homes to steal Mercedes, BMWs and Audis.

The burglars wore menacing masks as they raided the homes simply to take the car keys, Maidstone Crown Court was told.

They then drove cars worth up to £45,000 away to be sold intact under false number plates or stripped of parts then burnt out.

The “hugely ambitious” Covele, who aims to represent Britain in events such as showjumping and dressage, admitted driving the gang to 13 out of 33 break-ins.

But she told police she had no idea they were carrying out raids and said she only got petrol money.

Covele, a would-be model and agricultural college student from Orpington, Kent, admitted conspiracy to steal last week.

The hearing on Friday was told the raids were carried out around South-east London and Kent.

Shannon Revel, prosecuting, said: “A total of 33 burglaries were committed over a two-month period and had the same key elements. In groups of two or more, they broke into residential properties. In the majority the residents were at home in the early hours of the morning.

“They stole cars ranging from Vauxhall Astras to Mercedes and BMWs, driving them away.

“They then saw one of two fates – number plates were changed and attempts to scratch off the identification numbers were made and then sold on. A small number were destroyed – smashed up and set alight.

“Tools were used to enter the properties. Some of the defendants wore masks and gloves.”

Sam Thomas, defending, said Covele was a “hugely ambitious young woman” who aimed to compete at the next Olympics.

She became involved with the gang at a time of “trauma, distress and stress” as her father was dying from motor neurone disease, the court heard.

Gang ringleader Thomas Ripley, 21, of St Mary Cray, Kent, and Jack Hever, 20, of nearby Orpington, together with youths of 17 and 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted conspiracy to burgle.

Shannon Kelynack, 19, from Orpington, and two 16-year-olds – one girl and one boy – whose identities are also protected, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal.

Judge Adele Williams granted the 16-year-old girl bail ahead of her sentencing next week and granted her bail.

The other defendants were all remanded in custody for sentencing on Monday.






Equestrian Clearance Warehouse Ltd, which trades as online retailer Equestrian.com, has gone into administration after “cash flow difficulties” and falling sales, it has been confirmed.

KPMG was appointed as administrators to the Halifax-based business on 2 June, after which trading ceased and “the majority of” the company’s 12 members of staff were made redundant.

The company is now looking for a buyer for the business, including stock “not subject to title retention claims”, fixtures, fittings and IT systems, among other assets.

“This case demonstrates the pressure that cash flow difficulties can put on a business and its ability to trade,” said KPMG associate partner and joint administrator Howard Smith. “All parties interested in buying the business or its assets should come forward as soon as possible.”

The company, which was founded by Lorraine Meadowcroft, grew from a small tack shop to one of the UK’s largest online equestrian retailers.

Equestrian Clearance, later rebranded Equestrian.com, enjoyed success and also gave back to the sport, as the former title sponsor of the Hickstead Derby and the Liverpool International Horse Show, as well as sponsoring classes at Bolesworth International and the British Showjumping senior newcomers championship.

In 2014, the business won the SEIB British Equestrian Trade Association internet retailer of the year award, given to a business that offers outstanding customer service.




Thursday, Kentucky State Police responded to an accident with injuries in Horse Branch, KY. Upon their arrival, troopers discovered the operator of the vehicle to be Kelly Rae Wright, of Horse Branch. Wright was found to be operating a motor vehicle under the influence, in possession of methamphetamine and related drug paraphernalia. She also had an active warrant for her arrest. Due to the severity of Wright's injuries, she was cited and released to emergency personnel. (This story was originally published on June 9, 2017)



















Researchers have identified the gene variation that is most likely responsible for an unusual syndrome in the Akhal-Teke horse breed from Turkmenistan, in which foals are born with almost no hair and scaly skin.

In doing so, they have provided what they believe is the first description in scientific literature of the condition known as Naked Foal Syndrome.

Affected horses die between a few weeks and three years of age. It is not clear whether a specific disease process causes their premature deaths.

The syndrome is inherited as a monogenic autosomal recessive trait.

The first records of hairless Akhal-Teke foals date back to 1938. Since then the number of such foals has increased steadily.

Many horses with the syndrome might have been registered as stillborn or weak born, the authors suggested, or not been reported at all.

The findings of the international team of researchers based their findings on analysis of the genome sequencing of two affected horses, two carriers, and 75 control horses from other breeds.

They successfully mapped the disease-causing genetic variant to two segments on chromosomes 7 and 27 in the equine genome.

They found that a single nonsynonymous genetic variant on the chromosome 7 segment was perfectly associated with the syndrome, affecting the ST14 gene. Horses with the syndrome inherit this nonsense variant, which they named ST14:c.388G>T, from each of their parents.

The study team noted that genetic changes in the ST14 gene in humans were known to be behind inherited skin scaliness.

The researchers, writing in the journal G3: Genes, Genomics Genetics, said their findings would enable genetic testing to avoid the non-intentional breeding of foals with the condition.

The study team also described two cases.

The first involved a male cremello foal born in March 2014, which was still alive at the time of the paper’s revision in January this year, when it was aged 2 years and 10 months.

Compared to non-affected horses of the same age, and raised at the same stud, it had a growth delay and was small for its age. The horse had only sparse and thin body hairs. The upper portion of all limbs were completely bald, with hair density increasing toward lower extremities. The mane and hairs at the tail were sparse or absent. Whiskers were present but sparse, curly, and abnormally short. Eyelashes were missing.

Its skin was dry and scaly in some areas. A persisting increase in tear flow was reported by the owner.

Scars and erosive lesions were present, possibly due to the missing physical protection of a normal hair coat.

The researchers did not observe any abnormalities in the teeth or hooves.

The second case was a female born in June 2016. Its skin and hair pattern closely resembled that of the first case. Its hooves and teeth were also normal.

This foal was euthanised at 21 days of age due to a spontaneous leg fracture.

A full necropsy was performed. Gross findings revealed a mild internal hydrocephalus (an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain), a heart defect, and severely altered lymphoid organs.

Microscopic investigation of the lymphoid organs were consistent with a defect in primary immune organ development, and the specific immune response. Problems were seen in the thymus, the spleen and peripheral lymph nodes.

Discussing their findings, the study team said the ST14 gene had essential roles in skin and hair follicle development, with mutations causing related conditions in humans and mice.

However, affected horses developed more severe baldness than in human patients, with less skin scaliness.

“It is not fully clear why Naked Foal Syndrome-affected foals have such a short life expectancy,” they said.

“While none of the known [affected] foals so far became older than three years, there also was huge variability, with some foals dying at a few weeks of age, and others surviving at least for more than two years.

“Given the variability in life span, we consider the hydrocephalus, as well as the heart and immune system changes, in our case 2 as coincidental findings unrelated to Naked Foal Syndrome, but this should be re-investigated if further affected foals become available for pathologic examination.”

Further research will be necessary to characterize the causes leading to premature death in these horses, they said.

The study team comprised Anina Bauer, Theresa Hiemesch, Vidhya Jagannathan, Markus Neuditschko, Iris Bachmann, Stefan Rieder, Sofia Mikko, Cecilia Penedo, Nadja Tarasova, Martina Vitková, Nicolò Sirtori, Paola Roccabianca, Tosso Leeb and Monika Welle.

They are variously affiliated with the University of Bern in Switzerland; the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; the University of California, Davis; the University of Milan in Italy; the Russian Akhal-Teke Association; Russia International Akhal-Teke Association; and several veterinary practices.

Akhal-Teke horses are a national emblem of Turkmenistan, where they enjoy a reputation for speed, endurance, intelligence, and a distinctive metallic sheen to their coat.


Could supplementing a horse’s diet with aloe vera gel work as well as commercial products for reducing the effects of gastric ulcers? Researchers from the University of Adelaide in South Australia sought to find out in a recently published study.

Gastric ulcers are an extremely common ailment in horses, especially performance horses. Ulcers cause pain and discomfort that manifest in subtle ways, including attitude or behavior changes and a decrease in performance. These symptoms are often so broad that owners don’t realize their horse is suffering from ulcers and blame other factors for the changes in their horse.

The only definitive method to diagnose ulcers is through an endoscopy, a relatively quick and simple procedure that can be performed at most equine vet clinics or hospitals.

According to an article from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, more than half of all horses are affected by gastric ulcers. Rigorous exercise is believed to contribute to the risk of ulcers because it increases gastric acid production while reducing blood flow to the GI tract. This is one of the reasons why horses competing in shows and endurance rides are at higher risk than other horses. Thoroughbred race horses are the most at risk, with an estimated 90% being affected.
Ulcer Treatment

Ulcers can be prevented or managed, to an extent, through changes in feeding and housing. Infrequent, large feedings increase the risk of ulcers because they cause the digestive system to produce a large amount of stomach acid and then leave the stomach empty for a period of time. Free access to good-quality forage (hay or grass) 24 hours a day eliminates this problem and is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of ulcers. Allowing the horse to move freely through ample turnout also helps, although it’s important to make sure the turnout arrangement is comfortable. If a horse is bullied by his turnout buddies, that will cause stress which can also increase ulcer risk.

There are several commercial products on the market that have been created to alleviate ulcers in horses. Most of these contain the active ingredient omeprazole. This is the same ingredient used in some ulcer medicines for humans, such as Prilosec. However, some horse owners feed an aloe vera supplement to treat ulcers, but little research is available to determine whether or not this is an effective option.
Aloe vs. Omeprazole

Researchers from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, conducted a randomized, blinded clinical trial comparing the use of aloe vera with omeprazole. They used 40 horses that had been diagnosed with ulcers classified as grade 2 or higher. One group was treated with aloe vera inner leaf gel twice daily or omeprazole once daily for 28 days.

The healing rates for the horses treated with aloe vera were between 17 and 56 percent. The healing rate for those treated with omeprazole was between 75 and 85 percent, leading the researchers to conclude that the aloe vera treatment wasn't an adequate substitute for omeprazole.

As always, consult your vet if you believe your horse may have ulcers.









Hi John,

Front leg strap was easy. No panic. Done three sessions now. He hops around on 3 legs okay.

Put stockman’s hobbles on first time tonight. He didn’t panic. He is a wilful horse though and tested them out pretty well. He managed to trip himself up once and landed on his knees. Otherwise no dramas. The chain is pretty short so he had trouble walking with them, preferring to lurch forward with both legs. I eventually got him to take some small steps. Not sure if teaching to walk is important. The main thing is he learned not to fight the front hobbles.

I’m thinking do the front hobbles again tomorrow and maybe the collar rope as well. What do you think?

Regards, Alan


HI Alan. Progressive Training is the key. Take Your time. The more the Horse can get a proper handle on all of these steps, the better the outcome. Never rush. "Rome wasn't built in a Day'. I recommend that You do much work on the front Legs before progressing to the backs.






4th June, 2017


HI Folks. Hope You are all well and had a great Week. I got to spend a few Days with my Wife which was great and also had my Birthday on Thursday. She said on the Weekend "That I should spend a few Days Home this Week, Birthday and all, but ironically, it coincided with the need for 6 Post Holes, for the instillation of Mrs. HP's Mirrors on Her arena. I guess that assured my not leaving too early

Anyhow, my sincere thanks to Mark Coleshill and Young Curtis ( who got a lesson on how the Old Blokes can work I hear) , for their kind assistance Yesterday. It will sure make a big difference to the training. There aren't many of them left :)






and of course, I predicted William would love them :)




Great News! The Horse Bit Fit Clinic prefers our bits to My----- and have binned My---- in favour of us!! How good is that? They fit over 5000 horses a year, so I better stock up!!!!.  At the current rate of referrals from Horse Bit Fit, I will need a lot more! They are going to be massive in the UK!
I am over the moon about this as I have worked so hard to get them to try ours, but it has paid off!! Xxx





Mrs. HP travelled to Goolwa Yesterday, to assess a Horse for Purchase, for a Client in the RiverLand. The Horse was to be 'Elementary Trained" and it was.



Monday Morning, I am off to Morphetville Equine Clinic, to hopefully get Cappo the all clear to go again. Here is hoping. He will be pleased to be Home again but won't be pleased to see William baby sitting Dolce



Yet another Week of improving the Property and often jobs one shouldn't have to do. As if there isn't enough Work in this Life.  Wood Borers have killed half a dozen big Trees on the Property and they are hanging over Stables so quite a large task on top of everything else. A technically dangerous one and risky to the various Buildings below. Just what I don't need.



I had paid for an arborist to come down here from Mount Compass, to advise me of what was killing the Trees and it turned out to be WOOD BORERS 

Armed with that knowledge, I saved the last 4 by poisoning them.


Don't plant woody barked Trees, plant smooth barked.



BUT THEN..............

The next Door Neighbour had the same Trees, right along the Boundary of our Dressage Arena. I didn't have his Phone number so I rang the Land Agent and ask that he give Him a message, that as these Trees were going to fall on our Arena Lights and our Gazeebo but worse, may be on an Agistee riding along, we should do something about them.

To his great credit, this Morning, I was informed by Staff, that there was a Bobcat in the next door Paddock, pushing the said Trees and they were hitting the Lights Indeed, one had been rotated, to face the wrong direction....OMG....how am I going to get up the 12 Metre Pole?????

I caught the attention of the Driver and found that the Owner was there also and again to his great Credit, he stopped the Cowboy on the Bobcat and said he would get Tree Loppers in. What a great attitude?????  The Horses on the property stopped attempting to run through their fences and peace reigned.

Buggered if I know how I am going to get up that poll again though :)

Many thanks to John Calderwood of Pinegrove Stables for his co-operation.






We have just Baby sat all the Horses at Gainsborough, due to some Fireworks display at the Local Football Oval and it was seriously Loud. Being a clear, cold still Night, they were as if they were next Door. Not a good idea in an Equestrian Precinct but of course Councils will always side with Ball Sports against Horses.



Goes to the very lovely Mum and Daughter who supports Jess Demszuk and sometimes works for us. They are simply fantastic at 'Stable Management' and lovely to Boot.


goes to the Mongrel who has been throwing Manure over the Logs and not on the Manure Pile. If I catch you I will kick Your ass off the property instantly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Robert Mugabe is running for another term as President of Zimbabwe. I almost fell out of the F Truck in laughter when it was announced that he had fallen asleep at Meetings of late. His Secretary assured us though "that he wasn't falling asleep, he was just RESTING HIS EYES" He is 93




Government around the World think that the "Threat Level" will solve all and keep us safe. Hahahahahaha...You idiots.  Nothing will stop Terrorism other than PATRIOTS. The Blame all of this lies with the Left Wingers and D Gooders of these Societies. The short sighted Politicians are to blame, all of them.

The A.B.C. needs funding cuts...absolutely.



" Horses with Stifle Problems, MUST be ridden OVER THE BACK and ROUND. Any degree "above the Bit' will de-generate any attempt to repair problems"


He arrived at 'Gainsborough' with a Hat identicle to Slim Dusty, not doubt had been removed many times for it was well worn. He looked and talked like a real Pro. He was from Broken Hill.

Over the Weeks, he drank at least 3 Cartons of our Beer, around the Camp Fire and never brought any along. We decided to take Him for a ride on a spare Horse.

We got out onto the Main Road an I suddenly found myself giving Him trips on how to steer, which was quite bizarre and really didn't dawn on my at the time. I had just gone into 'Learner Rider Mode' having escorted 50,000 or so of them out on rides in another Life time.

We got down to the Church, looked left and right and crossed the dangerous 80k Road, heading down towards Cobblers Creek. To our surprise, when we looked around to see how he was, he wasn't there. On looking back to the Road crossing, we nearly fell off our Horses as we saw Him on the other side of the the road, having turned left up other road, was off the Horse and was vomiting whilst bent over./ ........I looked at the other Riders' and collectively, we read each others Minds and rode off and left HIm.

When we got Home, he was there, having walked Home and lead the Horse. Thank God!!!!! ...the Nut Cases I have met in my Life Time.

He couldn't ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Novice Rider Horse sold from Victoria to NSW. Horse ridden assessed by a Coach prior to Purchase. It arrived...........

Paws Constantly bucked bolted shys and won't stand still absolute syco Child terrified School wanted removed because of safety returned to JP First said no money threatened legal Came back with once she was sold again would return balance after All expenses paid.

Vendor has gone to Ground.





Montreal, Canada – Law students at the University of Montreal have filed an injunction, seeking to stop Montreal’s Urban Rodeo plans for the city’s 375th anniversary this summer. “This barbaric activity has no place in Montreal,” said Alanna Devine, Montreal SPCA director of animal advocacy said in a news release.

The injunction was filed after a horse died at a rodeo in Saint-Tite. The bucking horse threw the rider, then collapsed on the ground. Attending veterinarians believe a nerve was pinched in the horse’s back, causing him to fall to the ground and die.

Montreal’s mayor is emphatic that the rodeo will happen, despite some major sponsors dropping out. “We agree to disagree. You can ask me all the questions you want, in any way you want, and you will get exactly the same answer. End of story,” he told reporters.





  A champion horse trainer who made headlines last year when she disappeared for three days has spoken out for the first time about an allegedly toxic culture of bullying and harassment in the racing industry.  


Get off it's Face for God's Sake

Bindi Cheers vanished into dense bushland last July after one of her horses was scratched from a race north of Sydney.

She left the Hawkesbury Races in a distressed state, drove to Beresfield, near Newcastle, where she parked her horse float at a service station and wandered into bushland. She was intent on taking her own life.

But she survived for more than three days without food or water before police found her.

In an exclusive interview with the ABC, Ms Cheers said she was driven to breaking point after allegedly being bullied for raising serious safety concerns about her local track at Taree.

The ABC can also reveal that law firm Slater and Gordon is representing Ms Cheers in a suit against the Taree Wingham Racing Club and two club officials in the NSW District Court for alleged trespass and negligence.

She is one of more than 10 trainers who have spoken to the ABC about bullying in the industry.

They say many are being victimised for speaking out.

The CEO of Racing NSW, Peter V'landys, strenuously denied her claims. He said Racing NSW officials had gone out of their way to help Ms Cheers and denied that bullying was a problem in the industry.

In a statement of claim, Ms Cheers alleges she was subjected her to an 18-month-long campaign of bullying and harassment at the Taree Wingham Race Club.

"It was horrendous, it was just, each day, you didn't know what you were going to walk into," she said.
Ms Cheers alleges that on December 3, 2014, two club officials came to her home, where they abused and threatened her.

She said her problems started when she raised safety concerns about the track, including sand on the track, kangaroos and inadequate fencing.

"It was something that wasn't taken seriously. We were all basically acknowledged as whingers. You know, 'Go away, we don't want to know about it'," Ms Cheers said.

So, she helped arrange a petition which was sent to Racing NSW in late 2014

In her statement of claim, Ms Cheers says that around the same time, club CEO Brian Leggett came to her home. She told the ABC her husband, Peter Cheers, was at work but her mother, Julia, was home babysitting their then three-year-old daughter, Nicki.

The claim alleges Mr Leggett was "yelling, advancing in a menacing manner and threatening that he would make her life a misery".

"I called the police," Ms Cheers said.

She says Mr Leggett eventually left the property but then another car arrived. Her claim says it was club president, Greg Coleman.

It states that Mr Coleman grabbed her arm, pushed her in the chest four times, yelled, behaved in an aggressive manner, and threatened that she would lose her trainer's licence.

Mr Leggett and Mr Coleman strenuously denied all the allegations but said it would be inappropriate to comment further because the matters are before the court.

Ms Cheers says she reported the incident to the chief steward, but he took no action.

The CEO of Racing NSW, Peter V'landys, said there was no evidence the men had done anything wrong.

Mr V'landys said she didn't raise the allegations of bullying until she was banned from the track, 18 months later.

However, Ms Cheers has provided the ABC with a copy of a complaint she says she sent to Racing NSW a few days after the incident, in which she complained of "bullying, harassment and intimidation".

Mr V'landys said the men were simply trying to serve Ms Cheers with a notice to attend a meeting to answer charges that she had left her horses unattended at the track, which had compromised track safety.

"Sometimes participants do the wrong thing and then when it comes unstuck, they become the victims," Mr V'landys said.

"At all times they were trying to assist her but she just didn't like the fact that she couldn't leave these horses unattended."

Ms Cheers says in 2015 she had a mental breakdown and took some time off work.

"I was unable to go to the track every day because I was unwell," she said.

In March last year she tried to return to Taree but she was not allowed to train on the track.

Mr V'landys said the club did not want her there because she was "causing stress".

Ms Cheers said she was forced to travel an extra two hours per day to the track at Port Macquarie. Because of the much longer commute time, she began training her horses in the bush, in the paddocks and on the beach.

These training arrangements, Ms Cheers said, meant that on the day of the Hawkesbury race, in July 2016, her horses were not as competitive.

Her first two horses raced and came last and second last.

"The stewards called me in and said they know my situation with Taree but there's nothing they can do to help me. It's not good enough."

Her next horse was scratched after playing up in the gates. Bindi Cheers says she snapped.

"There was nowhere to go. What could I do? I can't use a racetrack. Can't get them anywhere to go. So I went in and handed my licence to the chief steward and said, 'You want my licence? Here's my licence. I've had enough. Enough's enough. I can't take it anymore,'" she said.

She drove her horses to a service station 170 kilometres away, where she fed and watered them. She left them in an area with CCTV cameras so they would be found.

"I left with the wrong intentions, obviously, and took a rope," she said.

"I wasn't intending to live those four days.

"The branch broke and then I sat down and I cried and I cried and I cried and then it got dark and I just thought, 'Well, I'll work it out in the morning.'

"And then it was, like, 'Obviously have to pick a better branch', and it was, like 'Well, obviously I'm not good at what I'm trying to do.'"

"And then after a while it was, like, 'I could live in the bush.'

"And then I decided to go out for water and I was going to walk back to the cliffs and that's when they found me."

Mr V'landys said on the day she disappeared she was abusive to stewards, who had tried to help her.

"They even gave her a pamphlet with all the numbers on it, she threw it on the ground and stormed off," Mr V'landys said.

Ms Cheers has given up her career in horse training and her husband, Peter, now runs the business.

She says she is speaking out in the interest of other trainers.

Pam Webber is another trainer who claims she was bullied by racing authorities.

Ms Webber is suing Racing NSW and Mr V'landys in the NSW Supreme Court for alleged restraint of trade, discrimination and oppressive conduct.

Her successful 30-year career came to a halt in 2012 when she fell off a horse on the track.

"I was in a lot of pain, a lot of neck pain and a lot of back pain and the back pain gave me leg pain, so I couldn't work," she said.

She made a worker's compensation claim to Racing NSW, but they rejected the claim.

"I was quite stunned they could possibly think that it wasn't work related. I was unfit for work and then I had to try and find out how I was going to keep my business going," she said.

Pam Webber said she battled through courts for four years before she finally got her money, but within weeks of that win, Racing NSW revoked her trainer's licence.

Mr V'landys said Ms Webber caused most of the delays in court proceedings and said her licence was not renewed because she was riding against the advice of her own doctors, posing a danger to herself and others.

"Again, it's easy to portray yourself as the victim when you've done the wrong thing," Mr V'landys said.












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The inspector said the horse was also lying on a hard floor with little hay for cushion.

But a rep for the stable gave a resounding “Neigh” to any abuse claims.

“I dare say whoever took this picture and thought there was something `wrong’ with it is not a horse person, nor were they interested in learning from someone here at the stable who is,” said Christina Hansen, a spokeswoman for the stables who examined the photo.

“This is a totally normal horse stall, prior to mucking by one of our stablemen, most likely in the morning. Sophia the horse here is shown comfortably lying down in her 9’ x 10’ box stall,” she said.

“There is plenty of sawdust bedding; it’s even spilling out in the aisle. Horses lay down for 1-2 hours a day, but only if they feel comfortable and secure in their surroundings. Sophia is also a gray horse, and you can see in the picture that she is not mud- or manure-caked.

“She’s not stained. She’s a clean horse, which is evidence of regular stall cleaning, grooming and care.”

Hansen said Sophia is a large Percheron, who weighs 1,800 to 2,000 lbs. A typical 1,000 lb horse produces about 40 lbs of manure per day, and poops on average about once every two hours, she said.

That means Sophia produces at least 60-80 lbs of manure a day, she said.

“Essentially horses are grazing animals, who eat practically all day, and so poop around the clock. Yes, they poop on the ground, where they are. It’s what grazing animals do,” she said.

“In the photo, I see two, maybe three, piles of manure (it’s hard to tell because she seems to have stepped on them some, and broken them up), so her stall at most was last cleaned 4-6 hours previously.”

Hansen said the stalls at West Side Livery are cleaned “multiple times a day.”

She also said massive pooping is a sign of a healthy horse.

“I wonder how often the average cat owner cleans their litter box? Probably not the 2, 3 or even 4 times a day our carriage horse stalls are cleaned by our 24 hour a day stablemen,” said Hansen.

“Every carriage stable meets all the regulations and requirements. These stables are open to inspection.”

The inspector said the horse was also lying on a hard floor with little hay for cushion.

But a rep for the stable gave a resounding “Neigh” to any abuse claims.

“I dare say whoever took this picture and thought there was something `wrong’ with it is not a horse person, nor were they interested in learning from someone here at the stable who is,” said Christina Hansen, a spokeswoman for the stables who examined the photo.

“This is a totally normal horse stall, prior to mucking by one of our stablemen, most likely in the morning. Sophia the horse here is shown comfortably lying down in her 9’ x 10’ box stall,” she said.

“There is plenty of sawdust bedding; it’s even spilling out in the aisle. Horses lay down for 1-2 hours a day, but only if they feel comfortable and secure in their surroundings. Sophia is also a gray horse, and you can see in the picture that she is not mud- or manure-caked.

“She’s not stained. She’s a clean horse, which is evidence of regular stall cleaning, grooming and care.”

Hansen said Sophia is a large Percheron, who weighs 1,800 to 2,000 lbs. A typical 1,000 lb horse produces about 40 lbs of manure per day, and poops on average about once every two hours, she said.

That means Sophia produces at least 60-80 lbs of manure a day, she said.

“Essentially horses are grazing animals, who eat practically all day, and so poop around the clock. Yes, they poop on the ground, where they are. It’s what grazing animals do,” she said.

“In the photo, I see two, maybe three, piles of manure (it’s hard to tell because she seems to have stepped on them some, and broken them up), so her stall at most was last cleaned 4-6 hours previously.”

Hansen said the stalls at West Side Livery are cleaned “multiple times a day.”

She also said massive pooping is a sign of a healthy horse.

“I wonder how often the average cat owner cleans their litter box? Probably not the 2, 3 or even 4 times a day our carriage horse stalls are cleaned by our 24 hour a day stablemen,” said Hansen.

“Every carriage stable meets all the regulations and requirements. These stables are open to inspection.”





By James Bennett jbennett@c-dh.net

Protestors will return for this year’s Columbia Spring Jubilee Tennessee Walking Horse show at Maury County Park, boycott organizer Clant Seay told The Daily Herald on Wednesday.

The Maury County Horseman’s Association sponsors the competition in more than 50 divisions, marking the 66th time riders and trainers have come to Columbia for the event. It opens Thursday and runs through Saturday night.

Seay would not say when the protests would occur, but called Columbia “ground zero of the nationwide protest against soring.” The annual National Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville also has been targeted by protestors.

Clashes occurred the last two years, with one trainer threatening to run over protestors with his truck in 2015 and Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland asking them to stop videotaping inside the event in 2016.

“I hope the atmosphere has changed,” Seay said. “If there’s nothing inappropriate going on, they should have nothing to worry about with us watching.”

Seay’s group has been demonstrating against alleged soring at Tennessee Walking Horse shows since at least 2013. The illegal practice features use of chemicals, pressure or devices to cause pain to the front feet and legs of horses. When the horses’ legs touch the ground, they pull them back sharply. Soring creates the high step — or the so-called “Big Lick’ — that impresses judges, critics say.

Seay, an animal welfare protest leader and publisher of a Tennessee Walking Horse news web site from Oxford, Miss., sued the sheriff in federal court. Seay claimed Rowland violated his First Amendment rights by asking him to turn off his camera. He appealed to the court for emergency relief for this year’s competition.

Rowland was ordered by a U.S. magistrate Tuesday to honor the protestors’ rights. Rowland stipulated to the order, according to court documents.

“No employee of the Maury County Sheriff’s Department will enforce any statue, regulation, provision, policy or practice at the 2017 Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show ... that would in any way infringe upon Mr. Seay’s First Amendment rights,” the order said. “This agreement shall in any way infringe upon the duty of the Maury County Sheriff’s Department to enforce applicable laws and ensure the public’s safety.”

Rowland said Wednesday that what he agreed to “amounts to the way we conduct business everyday, anyway.”

In a U.S. District Court filing, Seay said without an order or protection, protestors would be in “immediate danger as evidenced by a documented history of violence toward the plaintiff [Seay] and his journalistic associates/sources/animal welfare advocates.”

Last year, Rowland told Seay the contents of the Spring Jubilee were subject to copyright and could not be recorded without permission.

to protect their rights

Protestors will return for this year’s Columbia Spring Jubilee Tennessee Walking Horse show at Maury County Park, boycott organizer Clant Seay told The Daily Herald on Wednesday.

The Maury County Horseman’s Association sponsors the competition in more than 50 divisions, marking the 66th time riders and trainers have come to Columbia for the event. It opens Thursday and runs through Saturday night.

Seay would not say when the protests would occur, but called Columbia “ground zero of the nationwide protest against soring.” The annual National Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville also has been targeted by protestors.

Clashes occurred the last two years, with one trainer threatening to run over protestors with his truck in 2015 and Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland asking them to stop videotaping inside the event in 2016.

“I hope the atmosphere has changed,” Seay said. “If there’s nothing inappropriate going on, they should have nothing to worry about with us watching.”

Seay’s group has been demonstrating against alleged soring at Tennessee Walking Horse shows since at least 2013. The illegal practice features use of chemicals, pressure or devices to cause pain to the front feet and legs of horses. When the horses’ legs touch the ground, they pull them back sharply. Soring creates the high step — or the so-called “Big Lick’ — that impresses judges, critics say.

Seay, an animal welfare protest leader and publisher of a Tennessee Walking Horse news web site from Oxford, Miss., sued the sheriff in federal court. Seay claimed Rowland violated his First Amendment rights by asking him to turn off his camera. He appealed to the court for emergency relief for this year’s competition.

Rowland was ordered by a U.S. magistrate Tuesday to honor the protestors’ rights. Rowland stipulated to the order, according to court documents.

“No employee of the Maury County Sheriff’s Department will enforce any statue, regulation, provision, policy or practice at the 2017 Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show ... that would in any way infringe upon Mr. Seay’s First Amendment rights,” the order said. “This agreement shall in any way infringe upon the duty of the Maury County Sheriff’s Department to enforce applicable laws and ensure the public’s safety.”

Rowland said Wednesday that what he agreed to “amounts to the way we conduct business everyday, anyway.”

In a U.S. District Court filing, Seay said without an order or protection, protestors would be in “immediate danger as evidenced by a documented history of violence toward the plaintiff [Seay] and his journalistic associates/sources/animal welfare advocates.”

Last year, Rowland told Seay the contents of the Spring Jubilee were subject to copyright and could not be recorded without permission.
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“I’ve asked you to turn your video cameras off because I’ve been made aware copyright to this show has been bought,” Rowland said in a recording published on Seay’s web site. “Any reproduction of that can open yourself up to a civil suit, and possibly a criminal suit.”

Seay replied: “That’s not the responsibility of law enforcement. They are welcome to sue me. If you are telling these people [the protestors] you are going to arrest them if they don’t stop, that’s a different story. That’s a violation of the Constitution of the United States.”

Rowland said: “I will let you make that decision.”

One day before last year’s show, event organizer David Sisk sold the video rights for commercial reproduction to Jerry Harris. Seay alleged the agreement was to prevent him from videotaping.

“I personally like Sheriff Rowland, and the lawsuit was nothing personal,” Seay said. “It was purely about the First Amendment and our exercise of free speech. No one is above the law, and that includes Sheriff Rowland. Our rights were violated last year by Sheriff Rowland, and that has nothing to do with copyright.

“Hopefully, we are on our way to a better relationship,” he added. “We will be there for the next three days, and hopefully, this time, they will not be interfered with by anybody.”

Two weeks before this year’s show, Seay and his protest group, Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty,” purchased half-page advertisements in The Daily Herald. They pointed out the number of times viewers have watched a video alleging an instance of soring.

“Videos have literally destroyed all spectator interest in attending ‘Big Lick’ Tennessee Walking Horses Shows in Tennessee and surrounding states,” Seay said. “At one time, these events were featured in virtually all the Southern states, and were well attended.”





MAPLETON, N.D. (Valley News Live) A horse barn south of Mapleton is a total loss after it caught fire late this afternoon. Fire crews were called out to the area around 5:30PM. The owners were burning a bale of hay throughout the day. At one point, they left the burning hay unattended and the fire spread to the barn. There were no livestock in the barn and no one was hurt. Once crews had the fire contained, they decided to let it burn out.




Online horse racing industry scam

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:32

Police are warning the community to be wary of an online scam that is currently targeting immigrants by offering employment in the horse racing industry in Australia.

Racing Victoria has contacted Victoria Police after complaints of a bogus company taking money from unsuspecting job seekers.

Through an online advertisement the scammers falsely claim to act as a broker between horse stables and job seekers but do not provide any services.

For information on the latest scams visit www.scamwatch.com.au

Anyone with information about this scam is urged to contact the Melbourne North Crime Investigation Unit on (03) 8379 0819.

Chris Metevelis

Senior Communications Officer






Safer horse transportation key aim of new study

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Equine experts are launching a new study aimed at ensuring safer transportation of horses, ponies and donkeys.

Nottingham Trent University is working with the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) to shed light on the key factors associated with incidents and accidents during road transportation.

The work – being supported by the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC), the British Horse Society (BHS) and the Horse Trust – involves the launch of a new survey.

The results will be used to assess effective ways to improve safety, which may include guidelines for behavioural training of horses, driver awareness and vehicle design considerations.

The survey –aimed at anyone involved in equine transportation, regardless of whether they have experienced an incident or not – will seek to gather specific information about drivers, horses, vehicles and any accidents which may have occurred.

Whilst scoping the need for the survey, anecdotal evidence suggested that a third of those who commented had experienced an incident or near miss while transporting horses, often leading to the need for veterinary treatment and in some cases euthanasia. This figure demonstrated the urgent need for a robust understanding of the issues and a joined up approach to solving them.

It is hoped the work will also give a greater insight into the impact of travel upon the health, behaviour and welfare of horses.

Jim Green, Fire and Rescue Service Animal Rescue Specialist and Director of BARTA, said:

“Fire services and vets respond weekly throughout the UK to rescue trapped horses. We have developed new skills to respond to the growing number of situations we encounter, many of which involve transportation and can be complex and dangerous for horse and rescuer.

“Filling out this survey and telling us your stories will help us get better at rescue, but the most important thing you can do on behalf of your horse is to help prevent these problems occurring in the first place.”

Transportation of horses by road is necessary for a range of reasons, including competition, leisure and commercial activity, as well as for breeding and veterinary purposes.

In the UK it is an offence to transport any animal in a way which causes, or is likely to cause, injury or unnecessary suffering to the animal.

While it is believed to be high, the exact frequency with which incidents occur is currently unknown as records are not kept of all incidents involving horse transport in public places – something the research team wants addressing.

The study, led by the university’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, will contribute to improving both equine welfare and human safety.

“Although it is not possible to remove the risks associated with road travel altogether, we believe measures could be taken to reduce this risk,” said Dr Carol Hall, equine behaviour and welfare specialist at Nottingham Trent University.

She said: “The survey will be able to extract a wide range of information relating to drivers, the purpose of journeys and journey lengths, the types of vehicles used, as well as details relating to the horses and whether they may have been showing any signs of stress at the time of the incident.

“This information will help us to establish factors that relate to incidents and accidents during horse transportation by road – and inform those measures that should be put in place to increase safety for both horses and humans.”

Dr Emma Punt, Research Lead for BARTA, said: "As an equine McTimoney sports therapist, I've been treating more and more horses that have been injured during transportation. They often require treatment for months afterwards to get them sound so the financial and emotional impact can be significant.

“This survey will provide vital insights into how and why these accidents happen and support the entire community to mitigate what are sometimes tragic incidents"






Invercargill horse trainer Sally McKay as trotting a yearling down a lane at Ascot Park when the incident occurred.

Invercargill thoroughbred trainer Sally McKay is awaiting surgery for skull fractures, ear damage and a head laceration after being thrown from a horse on Monday afternoon.

"I expect to have surgery today," she said with her usual cheerful disposition from her Dunedin Hospital bed on Tuesday.

"I have skull fractures and bits of bone will have to be taken out; a collapsed ear canal and ear drum and there is a big stitching job on a cut to my head."

Her mother, Sue is with her in hospital.

I was trotting a yearling down the lane (at Ascot Park) and he must have spooked at something. I knew I hit my head hard when I struck the ground.

"My helmet was not damaged but I was dragged. I don't remember him kicking me but that may have happened."

She said she was grateful for help when another trainer, Brent Shirley, appeared from a nearby stable and he was joined by trainer Murray Brown.

McKay was admitted to Southland Hospital in Invercargill and travelled by ambulance to Dunedin.

She does not know when she will be able to return to active duty.

"I have a lot of good staff who will take care of things. I had a two-year-old (Courte Zarinda) going to Christchurch next week and my own horse Quintastics racing, otherwise most of the team are horses being broken in."

McKay, 48, has been enjoying her best season for several years with 15 wins.




Sapulpa, Oklahoma – 13-year-old Cash Lawrence’s life came to a tragic end after his body was found on his family’s ranch. Cash had headed out to round-up horses on the family’s 150 acre ranch, and when his horse returned home without him, the family called authorities and began searching for him.

At 11:30 pm, Cash’s body was found. It is believed that the horses he was rounding up spooked his horse, which threw him, and he was dragged to death. The medical examiner has ruled cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

Cash’s dream was to be a rodeo star, and he regularly competed at junior rodeos. He is described as an expert horse rider, and regularly rode alone.









Had a thought that if I could get him totally reliable tying up, I could somehow tie him up in front of the float so that he can’t step back without halter pressure. Then if I remove the butt bar he would have a space between his back legs and tailgate. It’s the contact with his back legs that’s setting him off.

That is one of the most highly dangerous things in the horse Industry and really could only ever be done if the horse became like one of ours. They go off their tits and smash eye sockets on each side of the float and from that day one, go over backwards and smash ears off on the roof. Seen many Alan Just go through the process first and we can test this later, in a smart way  






28th May, 2017




Well run Show and lovely facilities.

For interest to few perhaps, ALL HORSES move better at Southern Vales, than Mt. Crawford and Mrs. HP Horse was actually indicating a concern for the increased hardness that Shell grit presents, compared to the normal Day to Day softer Arenas where she trains. A close examination of the Video, forensically, shows proof of this. The Venue could benefit hugely, by the next top up of any arena, being a good Sand, to lighten the surface.....on the positive side, lovely dry surfaces of course and great work by Club to get proper arenas, including two great warm-up locations.....

I say this with trepidation, not wanting to be negative about a Great Club and great work. This Minute, I have had a Rider in my Home, who just had a Lesson here, say that where she agists right now, they have a Shell arena. When she first came to Gainsborough, Her Horse suddenly felt like it was riding on Air.


FOOTNOTE.........watching second Day, there is NO DOUBT movements across the board are less on this surface.

Dolce's 4th Competition.

After qualifying at the last Minute, at Her second outing, for Novice and Elementary, she came to the Champs and was a Good Girl indeed, just like Cappo, trying Her little Heart out. I was very proud of Her.....but.....on the first Day, not all went smoothly.

Let's just say we ran into a Judge with a weird agenda. (Inter-State too)

Dolce ran 2nd Last ......5.5 for Submission....like if ever Mrs. HP rode an un-submissive Horse, let alone take it to the Dressage. That was an insult, but never mind.......on we go......


DAY 2 ELEMENTARY - 2 TESTS. 2nd in Both and Reserve Champion Elementary Horse for the State on the 4th outing of Her Career.


Congrats to my Wife for yet again performing with the Young Horse and for the wonderful Horse from the wonderful Family.




18 Months Work.

Next Comp up to Medium Level. The desire to do Changes Today, got Her beat :)




There was 1 Medium Horse with issues, and

One Intermediate 1 Horse with issues, both likely to be not picked up by the Riders'.

Then 1 Prelim Horse in Pain.

2 Intermediate Horse thinking Rear

1 Medium/Advanced Horse thinking Rear




he did a wonderful job! Well done to Harcourts for Sponsoring Him




Is off to the Vet's this Week, after 6 Months off due to a detached Collateral Ligament' :( He sure is pee'd off, seeing Mrs. HP riding all these other Horses and followed Her around the Paddock this Morning, asking to be caught and taken to the Show.




He is also at 'Gainsborough' and getting a taste of Mobs of Horses and action as well as training under Lights :) He can't believe his Eyes :)





Another Big Week for me and got the place neat as a pin. I'm seeing a "Light at the end of the Tunnel"



Goes to Carol, for the wonderful cleaning of the Tie Up Rail area after clipping Her Horse. Well done Carol!!

goes to Di, from Stable 2, for Her impeccable Stable Management when shifting to an upgrade across the way

Thanks all for being helpful.





" Pain causes Weight Loss in Horses"









" Extortion being carried out at National Level for those attempting to win the big prizes. Level 3 Coach and Judge involved and with the 'Snout in the Trough"





The Horse had Breathing problems. The Client requested the Vet attend, to SCOPE the Horse.

The Vet forgot the Scope. The Vet also, when attempting to look in the Mouth, no doubt attempting to justify his attendance,

The Horse was fearful and objected to the Vet looking into the Mouth. The Vet then aggressively got after the Horse on the Ground and chastised the Owner.

The Vet then charged the Client $380 and she PAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Client then took the Horse to the Morphetville Equine Clinic where it WAS scoped, finding an extremely closed Throat and a Horse in real problems.

The travelling down South Vet needs to lighten up and to learn to He is actually becoming a 'Serial Pest' as this isn't the first report.

Well done Morphetville yet again!!





A Client who leased a Horse to a Breeder, to get one Foal, attended Trial as the Lessee wouldn't give the Horse back.

My Client won.

The Defendant however, is now suing for looking after the Horse during the Lease.




Trainer tells Owners that Horse is unsound. Has to be retired. Sale price way short of costs.

Horse Sold as a Broodmare.

New Owner immediately Races the said Horse

Horse won it's last two.



Horse sold to new Owners.

Horse lame at PC shortly after

Horse diagnosed with Navicular




Hi John, I have been trying to track down information on a Wayne Brown from Glimmer Stud. I have been advised to touch base with you. I purchased a horse with 'no dirt whatsoever' and aimed at children. This said horse has thrown a professional rider quite purposefully. I am learning he has a reputation that precedes him. Silly me for trusting the world. I'm not sure if you are able to shed light on any background? Thank you, Fairlie

Hi There. Yep, he is a prolific 'Naughty Boy' I have Him in Google, I am sure.

I've googled. I'm starting down the legal path tomorrow. He merely laughed at me and told me to learn to ride. Then bragged he won every court case.

Like Hell he did.





Hi Mr & Mrs HP, Cut a long story really short, I want to know if in your non biased opinion my horse is suitable for Dressage with his conformation. I've been given conflicting advice by industry "professionals" and it's most frustrating. I want to put my horse first which is the reason I am asking. Is something that you can help with? Regards

Thanks. I've attached some photos of him. Hopefully they are clear enough as don't have anyone to help me at present. Lucky he ground ties. I would rather the photos didn't end up for public discussion as everyone seems to have an opinion these days please. If you do (I can't stop you), please block out his face. Had a professional say some really hurtful things about "us" so it's left me reevaluating our direction and getting my confidence back to try and get back out to compete and enjoy - with the horse I have. He is out of work at present and carrying a few extra Kgs. Cheers


Hi There.

There is nothing to preclude Your lovely Horse from doing Dressage. Yes he has faults like most of them but not a problem at all.

I can however tell, by looking at the Photo, that the Horse hasn't been receiving the work required to enhance the Muscle tone required for Dressage.



Thank you for your honestly and feedback. You are correct, he has been out of work due to my pregnancy for some time now. Am slowly bring him back in. Veterinary he is sound and A okay. He would rather be ridden with no contact and have his head on the ground than in a frame. First horse I've had like it. Up to date with everything and not sore so am scaling it back to the basics - Himself. On the lunge he is the same. This was all when he was fit and in full work (with muscle). I will do a lesson with Linda when I get him going and fitter. Ensure it's not caused by my riding and give me something to work on. Technology is an amazing thing! At least you guys call it as it is with no sheep stations involved - so thank you very much!! You have restored my hope that physically he isn't doomed! Thank you for listening and getting back to me :) Take care and will be in touch soon :)






This is as a result of the wonderful efforts of Juliana Waugh after the Death of Her Daughter at T.A.F.E.  .....so I went looking for the Training Regimes, to see if FINALLY, the systems will get their Head around the ONE MISSING LINK (Horsemanship) which is basically completely missing from ALL British/English/EA Systems of the Past.........there is none!@#$%^ They don't get it Folks!!!!!!!!

All there is are these same old MODULES, written by 'Public Servant Types' which are meaningless and teach nothing. All they do is to pass People, many who don't deserve it.

Poor Juliana almost died when I emailed Her to get the TRAINING TEACHINGS. She couldn't.

These are just guidelines, to get Bosses (many of whom wouldn't have a clue about RISK -HIRSEMABSHIP) of what has to be taught BUT....allows all individuals to teach just whatever they like.

It's a Circus Folks and the Deaths will continue.













Michelle Payne has been honoured with an international award for excellence in equestrian sports.

Payne was on hand to receive the award in Washington DC on Saturday, recognising her 2015 Melbourne Cup win among her other achievements.

The awards, sponsored by Longines, recognised four women whose careers have shown a positive influence and exceptional commitment to their chosen equine discipline.

The others to receive awards were professional equestrian Georgina Blooomberg, Reed Kessler, the youngest person to qualify for Olympics in show jumping, and Belinda Stronach, president of the Stronach racing empire.
Image: Getty

"I am honoured to be in Washington to receive this special award. It means a great deal to me," Payne said.

"Longines have been such wonderful supporters of women in equestrian sport, where there have been so many accomplished women. To stand alongside the calibre of women who have been recipients of this award is a truly humbling experience.

"My goal is to continue to encourage women that anything is possible if you dream and work hard enough."
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Payne, who also holds a trainer's licence and has signalled the end of her riding career could come as soon as the end of this year, will ride at Royal Ascot next month and return to England for the Shergar Cup in August.




MELBOURNE’S iconic horse-drawn carriages are set to be reined in, with the City of Melbourne announcing it will stop issuing permits for parking or rides on the busy Swanston St thoroughfare.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle took aim at the “cowboy” operators in the industry, claiming many drivers were taking dangerous and avoidable risks.

“We had reports of them doing U-turns in front of trams, we’ve had a couple of incidents where one horse bolted,” he said.

“There are some great operators, but there are also some cowboys and that’s the problem with the industry.”

Melbourne Metro Tunnel works on Swanston St will no longer allow for carriages to be parked or operate from their current location.
The changes will come into affect from June 30, but it’s a move that does little to prevent the horses from travelling through the busy thoroughfare, with Mr Doyle saying he has “no power to stop them”.

“They are defined as vehicles so they can travel through the city if they wish to,” he said.

“I can’t stop them doing that; my preference is that they don’t,” Mr Doyle said.

He said increased traffic and metropolitan works meant the carriages will be left to walk through parks and quiet areas of the CBD.

“I don’t think the central city is the place for them,” he said.

Existing permits will be allowed to continue and will not be classed as illegal.

Animal rights organisation PETA Australia welcomed the announcement, as “a victory for anyone concerned with the welfare of animals”.
Associate director of campaigns Ashley Fruno said: “Horse-drawn carriages are not only cruel to the horses who are forced to work long hours, often in extreme weather conditions, while walking on hard pavement and inhaling exhaust fumes, but are dangerous to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”

VicRoads spokesman Robyn Seymour said horse-drawn carriages were permitted to use the city roads and had no plans to change these rules.

“As carriages are not motor vehicles they are not required to be registered or licensed but like cyclists, operators must obey the road rules or face penalties from Victoria Police,” Ms Seymour said.

Currently, there are five operators who are permitted to operate up to 14 carriages.






RIDGEWAY TWP. — A horse got loose from a Ridgeway Township farm Friday morning and was hit and killed by a Ford F-150 pickup after running into the road, according to a report released Saturday by Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident took place at 9:16 a.m. on M-50 near Ridge Highway. The report said the horse died from its injuries at the scene, but there were no injuries to anyone in the vehicle, which was driven by Austin William Butler, 20, of Britton.

The sheriff’s department said the driver was not at fault and no violations were issued. The owner of the horse was attempting to round up the horse before it ran into the road.







Emergency services were called to the scene around 12:30pm near Pukehamoamoa on Taihape Road.

A fire spokesperson said they received a few calls from public driving through the area.

Fire crews are waiting for a vet to arrive to assess the best way to free the horse.





A horse trailer on the back of a vehicle has overturned in Hawke's Bay leaving a horse trapped.

BRENTWOOD — A 70-year-old woman was flown by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek on Friday after she was thrown from a horse at Round Valley Regional Preserve.

The woman, who could not remember what happened, may have suffered a head injury and was transported to the hospital for further examination, according to the East Contra Costa Fire District.

The woman was thrown from the horse about 12:38 p.m. about three-quarters of a mile from the parking lot at the preserve, which is located at 19450 Marsh Creek Road in Brentwood.





This year's Mitavite Naracoorte International Horse Trials have been hailed a success after overcoming a few challenges.

The 44th event held last weekend had a positive conclusion despite a few notable moments on the course.

Naracoorte Horse Trials secretary Melissa Richardson said she was proud with how the event went overall.

"The event was a great success despite having a few challenges," Ms Richardson said. "We had to take a few fences out to ensure safety for everyone."

Heavy rainfall pre-event affected the cross country course which took place on the Sunday. Ms Richardson said it was lucky it was held at the Hynam and "Strathyre" locations.

"If it would have been anywhere else, the event probably would have been cancelled," she said.

The annual event drew 175 riders to compete over the two days in front of good sized crowds.

"We had really good entries in most classes and we were delighted to see a number of interstate people come over," Ms Richardson said. "The competition was good and at a high level."

International judge Holly Matt, who travelled from the US to help officiate the event, was reportedly impressed with the competitiveness of riders and has already expressed interest in returning next year.

Having relocated the competition to a new venue, the committee secretary feels the hard work that went into designing the course and adding new jumps had paid off.

"The riders were all happy with all of the tracks and even though we had to remove some fences it still worked really well," Ms Richardson said.

One rider and her horse sustained injuries but both are expected to make a full recovery.

Organisers were also pleased to see Naracoorte Lucindale mayor Erika Vickery attend over the weekend.

"We are grateful to her because Erika and and the whole council have been very supportive of the event over the years," Ms Richardson said.

"To have her come out and actually see what we're doing was really fantastic."

Ms Richardson also thanked the Naracoorte Polocrosse Club for all its help.

Article courtesy of Fairfax Digital and The Naracoorte Herald





A rider has returned to meet the air ambulance crew who saved her life after her horse stood on her neck.

Melanie Rogers fell from her mare Bonnie last July while asking her to walk through a river near Tudhoe in County Durham.

In her haste to get away Bonnie stood on Mrs Rogers’ neck, dissecting one of her carotid arteries — one of the major blood vessels that supplies blood to the brain, neck and face.

This injury is more common in road accidents and can lead to stroke, as it did in Mrs Rogers’ case.

“I remember going down the bank, I remember coming off and I remember Bonnie standing on me,” she said.

“I was trying to stand up, saying I was going to be all right in a minute, then I can’t remember much at all.”

The 57-year-old quickly became confused, lost control of her body and her speech became slurred.

Her daughter Anouska Rogers-Smith, a 26-year-old veterinary nurse who was there at the time, said it was “horrendous”.

“We didn’t realise at first just how serious it was, but when the helicopter arrived and the doctor and paramedic rushed over, I thought it must be bad,” she said.

“She kept saying she was 28 years old. The doctor suddenly said she was deteriorating and all of a sudden they were off.

“They were amazing — calm and reassuring, they just dealt with everything so professionally.

“They saved our mum’s life and we are eternally grateful.”





Police are appealing for witnesses to a road accident in which a horse being towed in a trailer was killed and the driver and passenger seriously injured.

Emergency services were called to the scene, on the A82 in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, early yesterday evening (Wednesday, May 24).

The Land Rover Defender towing the trailer was travelling south on the road between Duck Bay and the Stoneymollan roundabout at around 6.10pm.

Police believe a Land Rover Discovery which was travelling in the opposite direction crossed into the opposite carriageway, where it collided with the other vehicle.

The 47-year-old driver of the Defender was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, where she is described as being in a serious condition.

The 13-year-old female passenger was taken to the same hospital for treatment for a serious injury, while the horse in the trailer died at the scene.

The 59-year-old driver of the Discovery was not injured in the collision.

Inspector Adam McKenzie from the divisional road policing unit based at Dumbarton said: “This was a very serious road crash and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened to please get in touch.

“If you were on the A82 around the time of the incident and may have seen either of the vehicles involved driving on the road, or witnessed the actual collision, you may be able to assist with our enquiries, and it is important that we speak to you.”

Mr McKenzie urged anyone with information to contact Police Scotland officers at the divisional road policing unit by calling 101 and quoting incident number 3200/24.





A horse is dead and seven people injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Roseau, according to official and eyewitness reports.

When they arrived, emergency personnel from Gros Islet and Castries discovered the four-door Mazda pickup (FAR1196) in a ditch on its right side and the animal on the road suffering from mulitple injuries, including a broken leg. It died shortly after.

According to officials, seven people sustained various injuries from bruises to head trauma. All were transported to hospital by ambulances. Two had to be fully immobilised on a spine-support board.

It was not immediately clear who owns the horse, which was being ridden by a young male earlier in the night, according to one resident.

“This was a hazard waiting to unfold. This was a fatal accident, fortunately it was not the humans who lost. It will be miracle if the horse owner shows up and takes responsibility,” the resident said.





The owner of a horse which died an "agonising" death after months of neglect has been banned from keeping horses for life.

Simon Nall has been sentenced by Derby magistrates for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent another person from causing unnecessary suffering to a piebald colt horse named Storm. He pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing last month.

During the sentencing, chairman of the magistrates Philip Hickson told the 20-year-old: "This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty that this bench has seen. It was your responsibility to prevent this. You made no attempt to check on the animal and you showed no remorse. You accept now that you were personally responsible for the agonising death of this animal."

The court heard that Storm belonged to Nall and that he was stabled with four other horses - which belonged to his mother and sister - in a field in Valley Road, Overseal.

At a previous hearing, Julia Nall, 47, and Rachel Nall, 22, both of New Street, Measham, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to four horses - two bay mares named Twinkle and Poppy, a grey gelding named Bugs, and a Shetland mare named Dotty - by failing to explore and address the cause of their poor bodily condition. They also pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a piebald colt horse named Storm, by failing to explore and address the cause of his poor bodily condition which resulted in his death.

As well as a lifetime disqualification order on keeping horses, both defendants were given an 18-week prison sentence suspended for two years and were ordered to each pay a fine of £500. The four surviving horses have all since recovered and have been rehomed.

Nall's solicitor John McGregor said in court that Nall believed his mother - who he did not live with - had been looking after Storm and so he did not attend to him regularly. But, when an RSPCA inspector attended on October 30 last year after a report from a concerned member of the public, Storm's decomposing body was found in a stable which had faeces all over the floor.

Prosecuting solicitor Andy Cash told Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court : "The horse appeared to have been dead for some days and there were signs to suggest that he had struggled in his last few days before he passed away. A pile of faeces under his tail suggested he had been in that position for some time.






It is not detrimental to him, prioviding all the Veterinary is ok.

The Horse tells both of us that it has either lacked in work OR is not ridden correctly enough, because of the lack of topline and  the dropped Gut or hollow back. The Back should be 4 inches higher.
Linda is riding the black horse. Almost identical to yours. She has been riding 7 weeks, she has lifted his back 2 inches.


If in doubt further, book ONE LESSON with Linda, and you will know all








Thanks John, I appreciate your assessment and am glad I ‘heard’ the horse correctly.. Incidentally, reading your blog this morning and your comments on the one rein stop – this also saved my life yesterday while out on a road ride.. came across a couple of pigs riding the Qtr horse – he lost his mind and tried to bolt, also was all over the road.. truck and float came along and thankfully stopped as they are horse people and understand these situations, however a p-plater came barrelling around the bend extremely fast and to avoid running up the back of the horse float he dodged around it and came between me and the float with about a foot to spare.. if I hadn’t had the one rein stop the horse and I would have been killed.. so thanks ;) Kind regards Sarah

Well done Sarah. Great News. It's Hell dangerous out there!!!!!






My baby 3 yr old flipped out on a trail ride the other day - sooo glad I had the one rein stop and mouthing in good order....saved me

and again, bravo and great to hear. Listen not to some other Trainers who lecture against it. They don't understand.






Hi John, how have you been? I hope all is well! 

I'm just writing  to let you know how incredibly greatful I am that you are the one who started Chase for me and for your honesty and help throughout the years. 

I recently wanted to start riding Chase but I was seriously overweight and that was absolutely unsuitable for riding the young horse. Ever since I was young you taught me that the welfare of my horse comes first, before anything. So it was simple to me, if I wanted to ride I had to lose the weight! So I did! I lost 30kg before I got on my horse and I can tell you now I bet he thanks you for it! 

I managed to get in 8 rides before he had a paddock accident and he is now out to spell but he was absolutely wonderful to work with. We didn't leap to any great heights as I just took things slow and got him to trust me before I did anything new. But he was calm and I knew I was safe on him. I was safe because he knows how to one rein stop and has a mouth as soft as butter thanks to you.

Seriously thank you John! My horse is better off and I am far healthier due to your honesty! 



















Well done Sal. Wonderful achievement. The wonderful Young Horse sure will think You are a good Owner!!!






Hey John, im using the mouthing dvd i got from you. Love it Just a question, my horse constantly flicks his tongue about and gets it over the bit. He is a 3 yo friesian so never been messed with and i have just started the process, he is up and over..all the time.. i dont want to ruin him .. we are using a full cheek french link.. Do i try something else... ? Any suggestion would be wonderful Thank you


Hi Kylie. That's frustrating.

I can only say to You that the thinking Horse Trainers of the Industry, have moved on from those Bits as the next level of improvement came with our Barrel Bits and Lossenge.


Here is a photo of the 'French Link' and if you look closely and think about the action, you will see it is indeed an improvement over the Generation prior, the 'Jointed Snaffle' but still has it's shortcomings.

You will see that it can actually, operate with a similar movement of the 'Nut Cracker' effect.








You write to your readers.....to never trot on bitumen. I write to you.......why not ? Patrick


Hi Patrick. The short answer is that because it is dangerous. I have seen too many accidents. In fact only last Week, I was down with a Horse on rough Cement, across a Creek Ford but it was the same as Bitumen.

Because I have had a 50 Year Career with "Problem Horses' I have seen it all and advise accordingly, to not take risks when you don't need to. Horse Riding is a dangerous Sport, one of the most dangerous and the Death and injury stats are astounding these Days.

If I have problems on Bitumen, the Amateurs must.

Here is a Photo of one I was on recently.





Hey Mr HP,

Quick question - for personal knowledge only, not trying to challenge you, -

I'm looking at buying a filly to break myself & I have my eye on your horse starting system & mouthing dvd's  -  but I ride bitless & would like to train any future horses bitless (on weight, voice, leg aids & neck reining). Can you tell me please - is your training system & mouthing system transferrable to a bitless situation at all

If you would please let me know that would be great,




HI Amanda

Interesting question

Put it this way, if, amongst all of the Mouthing systems in the World, there is going to be a system that will put the laterals and brakes on a Horse, it will be mine....BUT......I have never then made the transfer to 'Bitless', only because I don;t believe in it. Seen too many injured People. Bitless is a great desire, idea, Animal Welfare and all of those things but when the Big Old Man Roo stands up out of a Bush behind You, it's goodbye :)

Hope that helps a little at least.


Hey there,

Thanks for that, hmm food for thought ... I'm used to my best 'ol buddy I've had for 12 years now who took me from beginner to capable & who I taught neck reining to & to go bitless - ride him anywhere & everywhere & feel 100% safe, but maybe yes a breaker is a different proposition?

Will have to give it some more thought, thanks.  I agree that some people just ditch the bridle one day for a rope halter & gallivant around calling it 'bitless riding' until it all comes undone as there is no real training, trust, precedent, time or thought put behind it.

Enjoy your Sunday 😊