PROBLEM HORSE WORLD- the Horse Industries first Blog - 2001




21ST MAY, 2017


Hi Folks. How are You all? Hope You had a great Week.


Exhausting Day on this Week with 8 Hours up a 'Cherry Picker', to replace the Arena Lights at 'Gainsborough' A most worrying project as one never knows if it will work, is the Light going to be strong enough and so on, but it turned out great in the end, finishing p with Mrs. HP teaching two People at the end of the Day (not to put any pressure on me of course:)




and every trip I make now, between Victor Harbor and 'Gainsborough, I catch things like this


  It's dangerous times Folk's.



Those who preach against this are being irresponsible and no doubt the cause of injuries and possibly deaths.

I have hundreds of incidents in my Life, where it has save my Bones and Today was another one. A most dangerous scenario again.

Look below the Tail of the Black Horse at the Gum Tree Branch on the Ground. We had just spun 15 times as he tried to run away down the steep Hill on the slippery Bitumen, into Traffic. We wouldn't have gone 100 Metres before he would fall, injuring himself badly and who knows what for me.

The Tree Branch hooked in his Tail and he was out of there. You can see the spinning Dirt on the Bitumen.

Once again, a badly broken in Horse but thankfully I had re-mouthed Him. Now he is more experienced in Life than he was and will live rather than die.










Sad Day for Mum but due to the fact that she is in Foal again now, Baby had to go but she has been sold to a Grand Prix Rider in Sydney anyway

 so Mum is back here at Victor Harbor now and finally, Mrs. HP will get a Foal for Herself. That will be exciting.


Congrats once more to  

for complete Professionalism and a job well done.

and thanks to Doctor Lindsay Young for his outstanding Breeding skills.




Up our Driveway at Night, with the Silver being brought out by my new Spot Lights.






Goes to the  Candido   Family.  They have moved out of Gainsborough because of the amount of time it takes to drive there due to our FAILED ROAD NETWORK with the Population import living Government who forgot to build Roads.

We are terribly sorry to see them go and they are welcome back at any time. These Yards should be an example to all other Agistees. Wonderful Family. Thanks for Your time Folks






goes to Stable 1 and 2 for their impeccable care of the Road outside of their facilities, as well as their own Yards etc. Thanks Folks





' When You have Older Mares, wean early, 4 Months, especially if they are in Foal again. "





Relative purchased a horse from dealer from a add in pony club horses for 12 year old inexperienced rider paid 4.500 thousand Glowing add had professional rider go check it out loved it her words would purchase for my mother ! Actually concerned as it was so quite Horse arrives interschool Within 24 hrs nightmare began bucking bolting pawing Owner informed immediately Long story horse returned no money received Child heartbroken Kathie




Martin Pain, 50, was found not guilty of driving without due care and attention in Chorley, near Bridgnorth, on May 31 last year following a trial in Telford.

He was at the wheel of a blue pick-up truck pulling a trailer that struck the horse George and his owner Emily Fieldhouse, 43, as it passed them near Chorley Hall.

The rider suffered a severe elbow injury causing her temporary paralysis while the horse suffered a broken pelvis, cuts and two broken shoes caused by the vehicle running over his right hooves during the collision that happened at about 1.45pm near the Northwood Lane junction.

Giving evidence under oath Ms Fieldhouse said she had given “a clear hand signal” to Mr Pain to stop, but he carried on attempting to pass her and another rider Hayley Heeley resulting in the collision.

Under cross-examination Mr Brendan Reedy, defending, put to her that a report by an equine expert stating that George had previously been involved in a road traffic accident and had a history of “rearing and spinning” had been amended and that information had been removed in a second report submitted to the police.

Ms Fieldhouse replied that the original report giving details about the horse was incorrect and that she gave the investigating officer both versions.

“I can’t understand why there is inaccurate stuff in the report,” Ms Fieldhouse added.

Giving evidence defendant Mr Pain said: “She may have used a hand signal, but I didn’t see it. I glanced in my mirror to see if there were any other vehicles behind me.”

He said the lane was wide enough for two vehicles to pass and that he did stop. He said he did not get out of the pick-up to help the women with the horses because Ms Fieldhouse was being verbally abusive.

Chairman of the bench Mrs Lesley Thirlwell said: “It is unclear whether the defendant passed too close so that he hit the horse with his trailer or whether the horse was already skittish and stepped out into the path of the trailer, or a combination of the two. So it’s not possible to say beyond reasonable doubt how the collision happened. Therefore, we find the defendant not guilty.”

Three further allegations of failing to give his name, failing to report an accident and failing to stop against Pain, of Green Lane, Stottesdon near Kidderminster were dismissed by the magistrates.

The court heard that the horse had recovered from its injuries and was not being taken out on roads.





Hi Mr & Mrs HP I can’t tell you how much you have helped me with my horses so far. They both had zero respect for me especially the mare…….who is much better but she still has a sour, cranky look in her eyes and ears half back when I go near her but I’ll keep going. The join up system is fascinating; she snorts, sweats, freaks out then after a lot of dust and fuss all of a sudden she turns to face me. Thanks for my order today…..next day reliable delivery.









The Milford community is shaken after a local mom tragically lost her life after falling from a horse while riding with her daughter on Mother's Day.

Jennifer Wiley, mother of 7-year-old Eva Wiley and real estate agent at Masten Realty, had a love for horses, just like her daughter. They decided to spend their Mother's Day together horseback riding, which ended in Jen falling from a horse and sustaining very serious injuries, which led to her passing on Monday.

In an interview with Delaware 105.9's Rob Petree, Wes Cromer, a co-worker and friend of Wiley's, shared a glimpse into Wiley's home life, her passions, and more about her relationship with Eva.

"Jen and her daughter Eva were really into horseback riding, lessons, and showing horses. Jen had recently bought a new horse about a month or so ago, and she herself was doing a clinic on Sunday. Something went wrong and the horse took off, she had a traumatic fall, and she didn't make it, she passed away on Monday afternoon," Cromer explained. "Her little daughter Eva's seven years old. Just the two of them lived together, and they were just like two peas in a pod. I worked beside Jen everyday, and it's just really a terrible tragedy, it's just been a tough couple days and I can't even imagine what her family must feel like, it's just awful."





Most of the time motorists are very good but as a fairly regular road rider there are times when you fear for your life and the life of your horse."

Neason said many riders now chose to take their horses to the beach or a park, transporting them on the road in a horse float to avoid potential accidents.

"You see very few horses being ridden on the roads, which is why we would like to get them back.

"It only takes a moment for a motorist to slow down and give a wide berth."

The nationwide Ride For Road Safety initiative has been organised in response to the sentence handed down to a motorist who hit and killed Curious George and injured his rider, journalist Karen Rutherford.

The aim of the event is to attract people on horseback and on foot, walking designated routes from Northland to Invercargill.

National coordinator Simone Frewin from Northland said Rutherford's accident highlighted the vulnerability of horse riders.

"This is a universal problem and we're keen to educate motorists, as they've done in Britain with similar rides, that passing at 20km/h and giving a horse 2metres berth, is imperative for the safety of both the motorist and the rider."

Rutherford's crash last August happened when Chinese national Peng Wang hit her and Curious George at around 70km/h. He admitted to the court he had never read the road code before visiting New Zealand.

Horses are required by law to ride on the left hand side of the road, unless it is not practical or safe to do so.

A petition already signed by 4,200 people asks that New Zealand legislation at least match Australian legislation by having a 20km/h speed limit for passing horses, just as is the case for passing a school bus. There is also a call to specifically allow horse riders on grass verges, and introduce a charge in law for killing a horse.

New Zealanders own over 80 thousand recreational and sport horses – many of which are ridden on our rural roads.

But the equestrian community says there are weekly examples of near misses.

"We as riders have responsibilities too and this is a great opportunity to remind the public and ourselves about road riding etiquette, hand signals etc," Frewin said.

"Be a part of New Zealand's biggest ever simultaneous ride, and let's show the Government that cars and riders can co-exist with a few simple courtesies and a couple of tweaks to the law." ocal riders will be joining other groups nationwide to show their support for an initiative to raise driver awareness around horses.

The Cust Equestrian Group is hosting the Ride for Road Safety this Saturday, May 20.

The group's president Chris Neason said horse riding and ownership had probably never been more popular in North Canterbury, especially given the explosion of lifestyle blocks.

"Unfortunately this has also led to an increase in traffic on rural roads," he said.



GET OFF ONTO THE VERGE. ( there is no rubbish there)

and stop riding within kicking distance!!!



and this is what happens when You ride too close




A nine-year-old girl from West Hanney died from a cardiac arrest after she was kicked in the chest by a horse, an inquest heard.

Bonnie Armitage was fatally injured when riding with the Cotswold Hunt near Stroud, Gloucestershire, in April 2016.

The schoolgirl was riding her Shetland pony, called Lindsay, when another rider’s larger horse kicked her.

Bonnie, who was wearing the necessary protective gear, lived with her parents, Nick and Polly, and brother and sister in the village near Wantage.

The little girl was a pupil at St Hugh’s school in Faringdon, where her father, Nick, is the deputy head.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Bonnie’s father said in a written statement read to the court: “Bonnie could ride before she could walk. She was a very competent rider and had been off a lead rein for years.”

Also in a statement, her family said they wanted people to remember her as a “very special child who touched the lives of those that knew her and tragically and unexpectedly was taken far too soon doing something she loved – riding her pony”.

An inquest jury last Thursday and Friday recorded a conclusion of accidental death.






West Auckland's horse community is taking part in a nationwide ride to raise awareness for horse safety on roads.

Swanson resident Anna Featherstone had organised the Taupaki ride that would take place on May 20 at 10am, as would the other 13 rides around the country.

"The idea is that we raise awareness of what to do when you see a horse and a rider on the road," she said.
They were also lobbying to have the law changed so that drivers would need to slow down to 20kmh and give a 2-metre-wide berth when driving past a horse.
Ride for Road Safety had only come together in the past six weeks and was prompted by a car accident in Dairy Flat that killed a horse, she said.
The accident caused a "great deal of concern" within the horse community and she jumped at the chance to be involved.

"It's something that I'm really passionate about."

Featherstone said she had been riding for more than 40 years and a great deal of it had been on roads.

"I did a big horse trek from Queenstown up to Nelson at one point and I had to do a fair amount of road riding on that. I've been on the roads, I know what it's like to be on the roads," she said.

"You get the few that don't even register that you are on a horse. They are the people we need to get across to."

Featherstone said she knew of people who have had their stirrups knocked by wing mirrors because people drive too close.

"It's just totally not safe."

The Taupaki ride would start at Redhills Pony Club and travel around Taupaki for about 5.8 kilometres until they were back at the pony club, the 46-year-old said.

The ride would take about 90 minutes.

While more than 1000 riders might participate nationwide, Featherstone said she hoped more than 50 would ride in Taupaki.

They would be single-file down the road in groups of about three so drivers could get past, she said.

"Nothing of this kind [has] ever happened here before and it's very exciting. I know there are a lot of riders out there that are just delighted and they are so on board."


   GET OFF THE DAMN ROAD and onto the Verge. You are acting like a Traffic Cop and You will inherit MUCH Road Rage and possible assaulted in 2017!!!!

Campaign all You like. You are NOT going to stop the IDIOTS of 2017 as many are Brain Dead!!! You cannot legislate for IDIOTS!!!!!

Stop acting like a Traffic Cop, with the Powers of the State behind You.





Charleston, South Carolina – An unidentified female dressed in a Tyrannosaurus Rex costume terrified a carriage team, causing injuries to one of the horses and the driver. The T-Rex allegedly approached the horses and growled at them.
When the horses saw the T-Rex, they froze in place. When the orange T-Rex approached, and allegedly began making growling sounds at the horses, the horses began backing up until the carriage hit a parked car. During the incident, the driver fell from the carriage, and a wheel ran over his leg. One of the horses, Yogi, fell but was able to regain his footing quickly. Yogi suffered minor injuries and was expected to be seen by a vet at 9:00 pm. None of the 16 passengers in the carriage were injured.

Phil Bailey, a public relations representative hired by Palmetto Carriage Works, told reporters he is worried this is a new animal rights activists method to disrupt the carriage industry. “The concern is that this is a new tactic that animal rights activists are employing. That’s something that has no place in this city and should be condemned by the city’s leadership.”

Witness’ disagree about the T-Rex’s responsibility for the accident. Shelby Salvador and her husband Gary were seated at a nearby outdoor restaurant table and watched the scene unfold. Seeing the orange T-Rex costume, she took out her phone to take pictures. She then saw the carriage horses trotting towards the person in costume. When they horses and T-Rex saw each other, they both “froze in place,” she told reporters. They did not see the T-Rex approach the horses or growl at them. The entire scene took about 7 minutes they told reporters.

The Charleston Animal Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person in the costume.





 A 37-year-old woman was killed by a lightning strike as she rode her horse on a trail.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the woman was riding along the trail along Rainbow Creek Road with a 15-year-old girl when lightning hit them at 3:24 p.m. Sunday. They were one their way to meet the woman's mother.

The office says the woman was pronounced dead at the scene along with her horse. The girl was taken in serious condition to a nearby hospital.
The office did not release the names of the woman or the girl. It says both were residents or the neighborhood and experienced horseback riders.





WILLIAMS, Ore.-- A Williams man shoots a dog to death after it attacked his horse. It all happened on Thursday morning.

Philip Carpenter said he just rescued the mare, Tressa, last week from a starvation situation up north. He said because she is still weak, she was not able to fight the pack of dogs.

He said it all started right when he woke up. He said he heard an unfamiliar bark. When he followed the sound, he found three dogs attacking Tressa. He said he yelled at the dogs, but then they started coming for him.

"It's terrible that I had to shoot someone's dog, I mean, I love dogs but they need to not be chasing animals," Carpenter said. "I mean, I'd do the same thing to my dog if he was chasing livestock, I'd shoot him."

He said he shot one of the dogs, and the other two ran off. He ended up shooting the dog to death so it would not suffer any longer.

According to Oregon Statute 609.150, any dog, while off the premises owned or under control of its owner, kills, wounds or injures any livestock not belonging to the master of such dog, is a public nuisance and may be killed immediately by any person.

Carpenter said he called the Sheriff's Office and Animal Control about the shooting.







DEER TRAIL, Colo. -- It’s Easter outside the Deer Trail Rodeo grounds.

Armed teams of private security in flak jackets set up a roadblock searching passengers and vehicles. What they are looking for is unclear, but alcohol and beer are allowed to pass.

An Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy drove by slowly on the street outside the stadium but did not stop.

By early afternoon, approximately 500 spectators are lined up along metal railings near a long, manicured dirt track.

They were drawn here by an online advertising push from a company called Parejeras Racing USA.

A Spanish language flyer promised 10 “match races,” with prize money in the thousands of dollars.

At first glance, the horse races looked much like the legal, sanctioned ones held at Colorado’s only licensed horse race facility, Arapahoe Park in Aurora.

Jockeys, in colorful silks, mounted muscular quarter horses draped with matching blankets embossed with large numbers. Handlers helped guide the horses and riders to a metal starting gate.

As the horses charged down the straightaway, it became apparent there were few rules.

Whipping of the animals was harsh and nearly nonstop.

In one race, a jockey veered his horse into another competitor. The high-speed ramming pushed the thundering beasts toward spectators standing within inches of the track, including children.

In two other races, jockeys lost their balance and went tumbling among the hoofs of other race horses.

The FOX31 Problem Solvers, working with knowledgeable insiders, acquired hidden-camera footage of not only the races, but all the activities happening just off the track.

Gamble broker

Audio and video recordings show plenty of cash being wagered on horses.

The largest bets appeared to be funneled through a “gamble broker” carrying a ledger.

Other brokers openly carried large wads of money in their hands, accepting and paying out bets.

They pitched their services in Spanish, with some accepting wagers as small as $5, but most bets were in the $50 range.





A DRIVER and gelding escaped unhurt when a ute towing a horse float caught fire on the Hume Freeway near Wangaratta on Wednesday morning.

The incident at Laceby closed the northbound lanes for an hour from about 7.40am, with traffic then restricted to one lane for a further 90 minutes.

Acting Sergeant Patrick Murray, of Wangaratta highway patrol, said the float’s bearing seized up and lost a wheel, with the axle then sparking against the bitumen.

“Which ignited with the hay and grease, causing the horse float and the ute to become totally engulfed in fire,” he said.

Passers-by helped the 48-year-old male driver to unload the horse safely and Wangaratta region CFA brigades brought the fire under control in about 40 minutes.

“It was a massive fireball, there were some gas cylinders on board and one of those detonated,” Acting Sergeant Murray said.

“The horse was unhurt and happily enjoying eating the grass on the side of the road.”

  Greece Your Wheel Bearings Folks







The same people who cry over animals in circuses and donate generously for dog care, and would rather die than attend a cockfight or a dog race, don’t think twice before betting at the horse races or attending polo games (or rather "polo functions" since no one pays attention to the game but only to the people in the audience). They also don't think while buying and selling racehorses. Horse racing is a fashion among rich and silly businessmen who are determined to be in the press for reasons other than the failures of their companies. Unfortunately, they care as little for their horses as they do for their stockholders' money; both are merely conveniences that help them live the "good" life and must be discarded when they fail to deliver.

Equestrian sports are as sick as you can get them. Nothing can disguise the cruelty — both during and after — to the animals whether it's the huge prize money, the fashion show of the spectators, the glittering prizes or the media coverage. What is done to horses to make them show-jump? Butazolidin is a pain-killer which is administered to lame horses to let them carry on jumping long after the limb has given way. Whips and spurs are used frequently. Recently, a top European rider was filmed hitting a horse on its legs with a pole to make it lift its legs higher. Three-day events of polo and long distance riding have their own way of getting the horses to perform. Sticking strips of plastic with sharp protruding points inside a horse’s fetlock boots to make it pick up its legs and application of astringent inside bandages to make the horse restless are some of the tricks used.
Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

How many horses survive the races intact? Many of them have tubes shoved down their windpipes to make them breathe more oxygen — supposedly to go faster. Try putting a tube your own windpipe!

Many jockeys are fined small sums for "improperly using the whip" on a horse. However, while the jockey may be penalised, the prize and the prize money won still stands. (It's only in Norway that the jockey is allowed to carry a whip but is not allowed to take his hands off the reins at any time to use it). That animal whipping is considered acceptable by the racing fraternity and racing public is an example of how easily institutionalised animal abuse can be ignored if the money is enough. That's not all. Have you heard of firing and blistering? The idea is that applying a hot iron and causing blisters on a horse’s tendon creates a scar tissue that adds support to the weak tendon muscles in the legs. Would you do something like that to a human with knee problems?

When you go to the horse races has it ever occurred to you what happens to those horses when they get old? What happens to the horses that are never going to be winners? Horrible things. No owner keeps his horses after they have lost their racing value and are not needed at stud either. Go to these seedy auction rings around the country, and you will see that horses are sold to smaller and smaller racing clubs till they are finally thrown out of all. Ninety-nine percent of their owners sell them for medical research or to the hill tourist trade where they cart fat tourists up and down hills till they literally drop dead from exhaustion. They are sold to wedding party organisers who make them walk miles in the wedding season from one groom to another, deafened by the noise of the wedding bands.

What happens in medical research? There are two main institutes in Bombay and Calcutta. The horse is taken to develop snake venom antidotes. It is locked up in a small stall and every day a hole is poked in it and a tube goes in to take out blood. This is done without any anaesthesia. I have photographs of terribly scarred horses that have gone mad with the pain and have fought to the death, kicking and rearing, when they see the needle coming.

The tourist trade is no better. Once magnificently kept and used to the best care and diet, the horses are now literally on the road for the rest of their lives. There are no stalls to shelter in, the only food offered is dry straw and maybe a few rotten vegetables and fruit peelings. There is no medical help and the horse trudges up and down, getting weaker every day till it dies. A great "wildlife enthusiast" of Kodaikanal once organised a horse race of these poor horses to attract tourists. They had to run on tarred roads. Three of them died on the spot.

The army shoots its old horses or sells them for use in marriage processions.

Some are sold to amateur riding clubs and again treated like tourist horses. This is the fate of a racehorse.

The thoroughbred is not a hardy breed of horse. It suffers greatly when it finds its special needs are not met. Overgrown hooves, parasitic infestations, pneumonia and sometimes simply exhaustion kills it within a year. Horses have been found tethered with little to eat, nothing to drink, sometimes chained with barbed wire, standing in the hot sun or the rain or even the bitter cold.

The first patient in an army hospital 15 years ago was Lakshmi, a horse I bought from her owners. Her hind legs had been tied together so tightly that she had tripped while crossing the road and one leg had come out of its socket. No medical treatment was given and she was painfully lame, but still. she was being used to bear children.

There are very few shelters in India. In most cases, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) centres don’t work. Some shelters in Delhi, Jaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Bombay take in these old, battered horses when they find them. But what next? What has been needed is a horse sanctuary for all the old racehorses whose small-hearted owners don’t want to keep them and for all those tanga horses that cannot take the burden of people anymore.

One of the wonderful things that have happened since the television series Heads and Tails started is that many people have been writing in with offers to start specialised shelters for all sorts of animals. Each one needs to be encouraged and helped.





Over the last 100 years, the role of the horse has shifted from that of necessity for survival to one solely of pleasure. Horses are now commonly used as lesson horses, breeding stock, and companion and competition animals, though some horses are still used for ranch work.

Because of the shift in usage, there has become an increasing number of older horses alive in the United States, and therefore there is a need to better understand geriatric equines.

The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) examined 113 horses that were over 15 years old between June 1, 2010, and June 30, 2012, to determine the cause of death. It was determined through necropsy that the main cause of death to this group of horses was from the digestive system, followed closely by the cardiovascular system.

The specific issues that were discovered in the digestive system included: gastric rupture; small intestinal entrapment, devitalization, and/or rupture; strangulating lipoma; large colon displacement, torsion, impaction and/or rupture; and necrotizing colitis of bacterial or unknown etiology. While it is generally impossible to prevent any of these issues, it is possible for certain steps to be taken to improve a horse's digestive system. These steps can include:

Maintaining a proper deworming schedule
Providing a consistent diet with sufficient roughage
Offering proper food and nutritional substitutes if the horse no longer has teeth with which to chew or graze
Providing proper dental care

Once colic in an older horse is seen, it's imperative that a vet see the horse as soon as possible, especially if surgery is needed.

Death from cardiovascular disease or dysfunction can come on unexpectedly. The main cause of this traumatic event was uterine artery rupture, the necropsies show. Uterine artery rupture accounted for nearly half of the cardiovascular deaths seen in the study. It should be noted that there are numerous breeding farms in and around Central Kentucky that utilize the UKVDL, which may skew the number of these cases seen.

Though the information provided in this study is valuable, a more extensive review of past cases is needed to establish significant trends.










Hey John, I have been working with this horse for the last month. Background – Qtr horse, came to my agistment facility – owner cannot ride or even lead a horse (too scared). Horse is 10 years old, she purchased him at 3 and then has had him out on various leases since then. Has been mishandled badly. Longest lease he was with a woman (hacky) for 4 years and she rode him in a Pelham with a chain because she was scared she couldn’t stop him – I saw video of her riding him and the horse was jammed down and very agitated. Has been to 4 separate leases since December last year. Returned each time because he was bucking, bolting and shying.

 He didn’t want to be caught either. I went back to absolute basics with him – started running reins, hobbled him, remouthed him using your equipment and techniques. He trusts me now.. comes up to be caught, enjoys being ridden and getting out on the trails.. my goal was to have him going long and low without rushing and we are starting to get there. Owner is adamant she wants him doing dressage but that is so far off in my opinion because he is so used to having his head held down by force, not to mention he has quite a short upside down neck that will take months of turning around and getting some stretching over the back properly and suppleness. His brain is fried and he just wants to fight and run. Nor does he have the muscles to carry a rider and go round yet (despite me trying to explain this to the owner they all expect miracles).

 I have two questions..

 1. He does an odd head toss while going around with the running reins ( teeth done and no soreness over the back/hind, using your breaking bit and bridle fits well) – could this be the resistance in his brain about giving and going round due to past abuse? Any suggestions on what might be behind this and how to fix it?

 2. How do you convince a human that the horse is not fit to do ‘proper’ dressage? Sure I can get him soft and round and working with flexion and suppleness but he just doesn’t have the confirmation in my opinion to be a dressage horse? Looking at his confirmation what is your opinion? Appreciate your time and thoughts J

Kind Regards Sarah


First of all Sarah, well done for Your knowledge, open mindedness and logic. Great to hear . You are correct of course.

Quarter Horses aren't Bred for Dressage and don't suit it. This Horse does not suit it either and add to the default position, as you correctly point out, this Horse has an incorrect conformation for Dressage. It DOES NOT suit the 'English Disciplines'

Not only is the Neck too short but it does not come out of the Body correctly for Dressage either. The Head chuck is caused by the design fault of the Horse and proof it is not suitable.

Then You have the new Owner. SHE CAN'T RIDE DRESSAGE anyway so ALL of your wonderful work is a waste of time.

In this Industry, there comes a time to 'bit the bullet' and protect the Horse. Bugger the Owner. Tell them straight or show them what I wrote. Tell Her to either Trail Ride the Horse or go buy a Horse suitable Horse. Point out that it is unfair on the Horse.

The Head rise you are experiencing, is simply the Horse needing to find relief, due to Conformation, incorrect Muscle build caused by the Hackies and an incorrect Muscle design that suits 'English'











Hi I'm just wondering if I can get access to the video that accompanies your free lunging in the round yard notes. I am working with a horse that will turn inwards to change direction one way really well but just wants to turn outwards when changing direction the other way (most likely something I'm doing). I've read your notes on how to deal with this but would love to see a video to further consolidate and help me to understand when I attempt to use with this horse. Also I've recently discovered some trainers teach both inwards and outward turns to their horses...what do you think about the outward turns? Thanks Sally


Hi Sally.

That would be this one here, on my VIDEO PORTAL


I cannot see the value of outward turns. It sends all the wrong messages to the Horses and is dangerous to Boot.

Scroll down the Page and find this








Hi John,

A follow up question on floating....
My mare Jill, was a quiz question on your FB page a while ago, she was weaving and getting very anxious and suffering from chronic ulcers.
Anyhow we changed the float over, using your suggestions on height and windows ect, got the ulcers sorted and all was going well for 6 months or so but Jill has started moving, weaving and getting quite anxious again, mainly coming in the driveway on the way home, the odd time at an intersection or arriving at our destination but mainly getting home.
She stands quietly when I stop, but is looking around and wanting to see everything. She loads/unloads very well, I drive like a snail ect

Just in a hurry to get home/off the float or something else?

Many thanks

HI Sarah. Yes, I remember. Once again, there could be many reasons. I have listed them below



  • Ride in the Float and check for Wheel Bearing Noises or other

  • Pick the spot where the Horse first starts being fractious, stop, unload Her, place Her in backwards and drive the last little bit. :) and walk Home.

  • Install drop down blinds, automated from the Car and the moment she starts, drop them for the final short distance. I don't advocate masking Windows but for such a short distance, it would be interesting. The underlying psychology being that the Horse will think about it's actions, the loss of view caused by it's activity.

  • The next observation should not disappoint you because You have made marvellous changes to the Float and reaped the rewards for it but I wonder about FLOAT HEIGHT.

    From memorty, this is no warmblood and would only be average size but note that she has to lean down to see. The Top Rug Rack or the Window Height, masks Her view unless she leans down a bit. This is why i have always been on about Float Height.

    You will remember the first Float in the World, that had Window changes and Height changes. In fact, it is ironic that Today I go to pick up the Horse that first triggered that, as a 2 Year Old so it is 16 Years ago.

    I can tell you that if a Horse has to make an effort, to squint for view, their nervous energy and frantic nature rises.

  • These and many other reasons may assist but it is the investigatory way of thinking that I seek to pass on.










14TH MAY, 2017


HI Folks, how are You all? Hope You had a great Week and that everything is going well. Life keeps throwing the challenges, doesn't it?

Mine this Week have all come from Gainsborough :)





First up though,

of the Week goes 'Benny'.

Benny is now in charge of feeding and doing a wonderful job. "Over and above the call of duty' with complete care and concern for all Clients Horses and doesn't miss a trick. Gives my my daily Maintenance list and more. Thanks Benny. Great job.

and, now that I am visiting Tack Sheds for this and that, I have to announce the Worlds best Tack Shed. First Place to Mel who has the 'Mother of all Tack Sheds' and such that if it were a bit bigger, a Bed wouldn't go astray in it as affordable Housing :)

but we have a very close contender at Gainsborough. "Mother Superior' also has a Palace, complete with brick paved interior, Solar Lighting and not a thing out of place. In fact, it will interest my Thousands of Readers around the World, who like "Gainsborough Soap', in Germany and further, that 'Mother Superior' is so fastidious, that anyone venturing into Her facility of a Morning, to feed Her Horses, had better not leave a foot print or MOVE SOMETHING, for she takes a Mental snapshot of the place when she leaves at Night and knows immediately if a Grain of Oat Seed appears somewhere it shouldn't

I mentioned the failure of two Solar Batteries last Week and that the Battery Company had advised me that the Electrician who design the systems had failed to calculate Users who may put to much demand upon power draw......by leaving them running when  they shouldn't. Well right on cue, this Week, the next two Stables failed also, so more work to be done there. I have new Batteries coming, of a larger capacity, to cater. So if you are installing such technology, go larger than smaller when selecting Batteries.




Went on a lovely Ride out in Roo Country Today, with my Darling and the wonderful Autumn Weather. We came to a Creek Crossing which was made of Cement, with about 4 inches of Water flowing over it.

I was only warning the British People on FB this Week, about the high danger of such surfaces and true to form with me, down we went. He flounded around, fell off the causeway and dropped about a Metre into the Water and Mud.

All is well for both of us and go to my "Tip of the Week" for a hint that has served me very well over many Years.





This is what my horse passed in his manure (not the lighter!) a palm tree seed and the rock. Do you think it is an enterolith? He is a 25 yo geld and basically has no back or front teeth. He has been having regular bouts of colic and suffers from diarrhea regularly. I am worried he may have something larger in there. Should i wait 2 weeks and give him another dose? He still has loose poo.



HI Linda. I have answered You privately. Regards





On Day 1. when the Racing Industry came with the Re-Homing the Thoroughbreds, I knew it was all PR. They have no clue how to re-educate one, so lets' DRUG THEM ALL............read the story below.


Together, they were responsible for the health and wellbeing of donated, former race horses that had been retrained for life after the track.

But on Tuesday, Michelle Steele and Dennis Mitchell were hit with a string of charges, under the Australian Rules of Racing, following a Racing NSW inquiry into alleged horse cruelty and mistreatment at the Australian Turf Club's mounted security division.

Charged: Dennis Mitchell, the Australian Turf Club's general manager of security, risk and investigations. Photo: Supplied

As well as ceremonial duties on race days, the horses were used by the ATC as props-for-hire at festivals, private functions and in modelling shoots, as well as for television shows including Australia's Next Top Model.

However, according to explosive evidence aired at two Racing NSW hearings, all was not well behind the scenes, with ATC employees having allegedly engaged in a "deliberate program" of sedating the retired throroughbreds so they would behave during gruelling shifts.

As the ATC's Mounted Security co-ordinator, Ms Steele has been charged with two counts of improper conduct relating to the care and welfare of horses under her supervision.

Along with Mr Mitchell, who is the ATC's general manager of security, risk and investigations, she has been issued with two charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment when necessary and an additional count of conduct prejudicial to the image of racing, which relates to general treatment of the animals and their stabling conditions.

While both employees refused to comment when approached by Fairfax Media on Wednesday, the ATC released a statement stating it "accepts" the findings of Racing NSW stewards.

"Unfortunately it is alleged that on occasions over the past two years two staff members ... breached the Australian Rules of Racing," ATC chief executive Darren Pearce said.

The ATC's mounted division has been closed since cruelty allegations surfaced in January. Photo: Supplied

"Whilst those two members of staff are very disappointed with the charges, they are reviewing them and considering their options."

In a series of shocking allegations, stewards were told how the retired racehorses were systematically dumbed down with Sedazine paste and liquid acepromazine (ACE) - an injectable sedative that can only legally be given by a vet.

The ATC's mounted security division horses featured on Australia's Next Top Model. Photo: FOX8

It is also claimed that pain from long shifts, poorly fitting saddles and general mistreatment was routinely masked by regular doses of the anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone, which is only recommended for short-term use.

Despite an investigation having originally been launched by Racing NSW in mid-January following a string of complaints, it was only when Fairfax Media exposed the scandal - more than a month later - that racing's peak body went public with information about the inquiry.

Australian Turf Club employee Michelle Steele. Photo: Supplied

Since then, the number of witnesses who came forward more than doubled. One was former employee Chantal Lunardon who told the hearing: "Every time the horses were deployed for a security job, photo shoot or ridden through Centennial Park, they were sedated.

"I walked into the tack room and I observed them [staff] drawing up oral syringes of a liquid I knew to be ACE. At this point, I observed one employee hold the head of the horse while another administered the ACE over its tongue."

Australian Turf Club employee Michelle Steele has been charged with five offences under the Australian Rules of Racing. Photo: Supplied

Mr Pearce said that Ms Steele and Mr Mitchell would "remain on restricted duties away from direct contact with horses" until the Racing NSW process had run its course, at which time the ATC would determine its "future actions".

"The ATC will continually work with Racing NSW and other authorities in maintaining the highest standards of care and management of our horses," he said.

Racing NSW said a hearing of the charges would follow, including any recommendations about the future operation of the ATC Mounted Security Division.

The RSPCA is running its own independent investigation into claims of mistreatment at the stables.








" If a Horse is ever to fall down with You, don't bail. That's when You get hurt. Simply lean back and place Your Legs in the same position as the Saddle Bronc Riders' at the Rodeo. Let the Horse sort itself out and get up. Attempt to dismount and that is when You will likely have the Horse breaking Your Leg."






The Case of the Horse Dealer selling 'crooked horses'. A check on Her Assetts reveals she has no money. All spent on a Sex Change





John, I got the HP eggbutt with barrel bit yesterday (record time) so was able to ride with it today and what a difference! From tossing his head the whole first ride last week to not a single head toss this ride and he was really able to relax and enjoy himself. Great design, great quality and great service. Thanks to you and Mrs HP.














Police are searching for the driver of a van who left a horse badly lacerated in a hit and run incident.

Beckenham rider Zoe Bullas said both her and her mare Daisy have been so “traumatised” by the experience that she will never ride on the road again.

“Even if she regained her confidence, it’s more me,” said the 21-year-old. “It was terrifying.”

Zoe had gone out for an early morning ride on Sunday (April 30) when a blue van and trailer containing tyres passed too close on a narrow road, spooking Daisy, who spun away from the vehicle, causing Zoe to fall off.

The 21-year-old rider believes the trailer then struck the French Trotter, causing a gash at the top of her rear leg that went through three layers of muscle.

“I always ride out early on the weekend when the roads are quiet to avoid traffic, and it was the first vehicle we had seen all morning,” Zoe explained.

“I saw a van with a trailer on the back approaching for a good 10 or 15 seconds, but he was acting like he was the only one on the road. There’s enough room for two cars to pass if you slow down, but he came straight down the middle of the road.

“The trailer did a double bounce as it came past us and shook. Daisy spun and there wasn’t enough space for her. I think her back end went down and she essentially sat on the trailer.

“I just remember being on the floor and she got up and ran off without me. I couldn’t believe the driver didn’t stop. There was blood all over her.”

Zoe, who escaped the accident with just scrapes and bruises, ran after the 11-year-old mare, who was caught near her stables with the help of some passing cyclists.

Vets are now hoping that 15.1hh Daisy, who Zoe has owned for six years, will make a full recovery.

“The wound was too wide open for the vets to stitch and there is muscle exposed. The head surgeon at my vets suggested the best course of action was to let it heal naturally,” Zoe explained.

View a picture of Daisy’s wound *Warning: graphic image*

“You could fit a whole hand in her wound a few days afterwards, but the pocket is getting smaller and smaller. The healing has been amazing so far — it still looks bad but it’s not so raw and sore.

“She’s fed up with the box rest but doing OK.”

Zoe is waiting to hear from police whether the van has been caught on CCTV.

“There’s a camera 20metres away from where the accident took place,” Zoe said. “I used to ride out with a helmet cam and typically this happened on one of the times I didn’t put it on.

“It might have caught the car’s details, but I wouldn’t want to see the footage and relive it — it’s bad enough going over it in my head.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan police said no arrests had been made and enquiries were ongoing.

“On Sunday, 30 April at 08:10 the horse was being ridden in Layhams Road, Keston. A collision occurred between a blue van and the horse; the van did not stop.

EN is heartbroken to report that Shanghai Joe, owned by Shane and Niki Rose and Lee and Bill Brydon, was euthanized yesterday due to the severity of injuries he sustained after slipping and falling in the stabling area at Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday.

Shane Rose fell from Shanghai Joe at fence 19 on cross country and the horse galloped back to stabling, where he fell and slid into the arches of Badminton House. The Badminton veterinary team had been treating him for a suspected fractured shoulder.

“The severity of his injury was such that recovery was not possible,” Niki Rose said on her Facebook page. “We had hoped that we would be able to nurse ‘Nugget’ back from injury so he could enjoy retirement at home in Australia and we are devastated that our hopes were not achievable.”

Shane bred the 11-year-old Australian Thoroughbred gelding (Another Warrior X Zenaarena, by Arena) and competed him with much success through the three-star level in Australia. He won the Melbourne CCI3* in 2014 and twice won the Albury CIC3*.

“More remarkable than his success was his truly lovely nature and wonderful attitude to life and work,” Niki said. “He quickly became a favourite with anyone that met him. We will miss his cheeky face and gentle nature around our stable block.”

Shane added: “He was such a lovely horse; he always tried his hardest to please. Great manners and the nicest nature you could want in a horse. It’s been a hard couple of weeks for us. Niki and I are so proud of what our little homebred has achieved. The hardest thing was saying goodbye to him when all he wanted to do was have a rub and a cuddle. Rest in peace, little man.”

The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Shane, Niki, Lee, Bill and the entire Bimbadeen Park team.

  How does a Horse get to gallop back to such a location?








Equestrian: Andrew Nicholson takes jab at ESNZ after Badminton win

By David Leggat

Badminton four-star event champion Andrew Nicholson could not resist a small jab at Equestrian Sport New Zealand after his outstanding victory at the prestigious four-star event in England today.

The veteran rider, ranked among the world's best for many years, finally climbed the Badminton mountain at his 36th attempt.

But when asked on Radio Sport this morning if his victory, which he rated the best of his career, was a message to ESNZ, after a three-year standoff over an incident at the world games in 2014, he slipped a knife in.

"I've given up worrying about Equestrian Sport New Zealand, and High Performance Sport New Zealand as well," Nicholson, 55, said.

I just made my own boat, I've done that for the last couple of years. It's me and my family, that's what we do.

"Normally when you're on the high performance model funding you've be at home sipping champagne. We're sipping water, but we're enjoying it."

Former world No 1-ranked rider Nicholson had a physical altercation with a team vet at the world games. Despite attempts at repairing the rift between rider and organisation, all have failed.

Nicholson, ranked third in the classic series and fourth in the world, fought back from a career-threatening fall in 2015 when he suffered a serious neck injury, and has now won nine four-star classic crowns, including five at Burghley.

He led a strong New Zealand performance at Badminton, with Tim Price and Xavier Faer finishing third, and Mark Todd's two mounts taking fourth (NZB Campino) and sixth (Leonidas II) spots.


Emily Gilruth remains in a stable condition and under sedation in hospital following a fall in the cross-country phase of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday (6 May).

The Cheshire-based British rider fell from Topwood Beau at the third fence, Keepers Question. She was taken by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital, in Bristol, where it was found she had suffered a traumatic brain injury.

“The doctors are pleased with her progress,” said a statement released by British Eventing today (8 May). “She has had a stable night and remains under sedation.

“Emily’s family would like to thank all the many well-wishers for the lovely supportive messages that they have received.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Badminton’s medical team, for their efficient and very caring service, also to the staff in the intensive care unit at Southmead.”

Emily and Topwood Beau, a 14-year-old Irish sport horse gelding she has been riding since she backed him as a three-year-old, were competing at their second Badminton. The combination jumped clear across country, with time-penalties, in 2016, but the horse was withdrawn before the showjumping phase.

The mother of two also withdrew after the dressage at Burghley last year but the pair won the CIC3* at Hopetoun International last June. Emily previously competed at four-star with Ashdale Cruise Master and completed Burghley with him in 2009.

The statement asked that the privacy of Emily’s family be respected, adding that further information will be released when it is available.

Topwood Beau was uninjured in the fall.


A 23-year-old woman whose passion was riding has died in a fall from a horse.

Amy-Jane White was killed in what her mother called a "terrible accident" on Dartmoor on Monday.

Amanda White said her daughter, who worked as a carer and lived in Plympton, suffered a very serious accident at Yelverton.

She was taken to a local hospital with head trauma, where Mrs White said doctors tended to Amy so her family had time to say goodbye to her.

Mrs White said she was keen to trace the doctors so she could thank them for her "last few hours" with her daughter.

More on the tributes to Amy-Jane and other Devon and Cornwall news

Ms White's boyfriend, Daniel Huggins, 31, said: "I have lost a lover, friend and soulmate.

"She died doing her greatest love in her life, riding horses."

One friend said the 23-year-old told her: "If you go on a horse or bike you'll be happy."





The death of nine-year-old Bonnie Armitage at a Cotswold Hunt meet was a tragic accident, an inquest heard.

The jury of 10 retired for an hour before delivering the verdict of accidental death at the one-day hearing at Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court.

Bonnie was riding her Shetland pony, Lindsay, when she was kicked by a horse which was being ridden by Toti Gifford at Miserden Park, near Stroud, on April 2 last year.

After the inquest barrister Michael Rapp, representing Bonnie's parents, said "The Armitage family agree with the findings of accidental death. It was a truly tragic accident.

"The Armitages would now ask for their privacy to be respected so they can continue to grieve for the loss of their precious daughter. They therefore respectfully but firmly ask for the press and those on social media to now leave them in peace.

“They would ask that people remember Bonnie as a very special child who touched the lives of those who knew her and tragically and unexpectedly was taken far too soon doing something she loved: riding her pony."

Det Inspector Wayne Ussher, of Gloucestershire police, said he had investigated the tragedy and concluded that the accident 'could not have been prevented.'

He said: "She was following the main body of riders in company with other children and under the care of a responsible adult.

"Her company approached the rear of a much larger horse which took an irregular stride and struck her.

"She died as a result of injury sustained from a kick to the chest by the horse but in the circumstances presented to me it could not have been prevented."

Farmer and circus boss Toti Gifford told an inquest today of the horrific moment when his horse kicked out at nine-year-old rider Bonnie Armitage during a hunt meeting in the Cotswolds.

Mr Gifford said he was cantering across a field at Miserden Park, near Stroud on his horse Harvey who is described as 'a lovely, calm, gentle giant' when the tragedy happened.


Yes it could have been prevented. HORSEMANSHIP TRAINING!!!!!!!!!!!





A horse rider had to be taken to hospital after she and her horse were involved in an accident with a tractor on Buxton Road.

It is believed the horse and rider fell after the tractor passed them.

The 49-year-old woman was travelling with another rider when the accident happened at around 2pm on Sunday, May 7.

The police have launched an appeal for witnesses.
A police spokesperson said: “Two horse riders were travelling along Buxton Road at around 2pm when a tractor passed them.

“At some point, one of the horses is believed to have fallen to the ground causing injuries to one of the riders.

“A woman, aged 49, went to Macclesfield Hospital and the incident was reported to officers the following day.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 358 of 8 May.



A tractor pulling a trailer on the nr.1 ring road by Hella, South Iceland, caught the eye of passing cars. It was carrying a dead horse.

According to a passer by, a line of cars piled up behind the tractor, which was driving slowly. What surprised them was that there was nothing to cover over the dead animal. The dead horse lay there on the trailer, for everyone to see.

“It would be better if people would put a cover over the trailer in cases like this,” says Magnús Ragnarsson of the South Iceland Police. He didn’t know this particular case, but suspected the farmer was heading for a close by disposal area. He was not sure if there is penalty for such a behaviour, and didn’t want to assert anything. “Though this is common courtesy, this is not a pretty sight for people to see,” Ragnarsson added.




The air ambulance crew was called to attend the accident at 9:17am and landed the helicopter in a paddock approximately 50 metres from the property. The crew stabilised the patient and transported her in a stable condition to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. It was the second airlift in a week for RACQ LifeFlight rescue crews involving an injured horse rider. Last week, the Mount Isa based crew airlifted a 19 year old female who was thrown from her horse while mustering cattle on a property north-east of Mount Isa and suffered a suspected pelvic injury.



he sister of government minister Matt Hancock has suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling from her horse during the Badminton Horse Trials.

Rider Emily Gilruth, the older sister of Mr Hancock, a minister in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, was competing in the country's top Eventing competition when she had to be airlifted to Bristol's Southmead Hospital.

The 40-year-old, from Malpas in Cheshire, is in intensive care after she fell from her 14-year-old gelding Topwood Beau at the third fence of the cross-country course on Saturday.

Mrs Gilruth's brother-in-law Andrew Gilruth told the Telegraph: "With any significant injury it's going to be about a week before anybody knows but she's heading in the right direction.

"She was on one of the non-technical fences [when the accident occurred]. There's no indication that its not all recoverable the problem is we just don't know yet...you just have to wait and see how it progresses.

"All the medical support was there, you couldn't ask for any more than that. The medical cover for Badminton is very rigorous you couldn't fault that. It's planned with meticulous detail and all the team know exactly what they're doing."

Julian Seaman, from the Badminton Trials, saw the accident and said Mrs Gilruth fell having negotiated a fence after either the rider or the horse misjudge the distance.

"To be honest it's a big challenge of a course but it was surprisingly early on that she had a hiccup like that but one a cross country course, every course is a challenge," he said.

In a statement, her family said on Monday afternoon: "Emily's family would like to thank all the many well-wishers for the lovely supportive messages that they have received.

"Emily suffered a traumatic brain injury when falling from her horse at the third fence at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday 6th May. She was airlifted to Bristol's Southmead hospital.

"The doctors are pleased with her progress. She has had a stable night and remains under sedation.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to Badminton's medical team, for their efficient and very caring service, also to the staff in the intensive care unit at Southmead."

Mr Hancock, who also takes a keen interest in horses and previously trained as a jockey, has not commented publicly on his sister's accident.

The politician, who is standing for re-election in West Suffolk, has spent six years campaigning to reform horse racing industry so that betting firms, including those offshore, pay a levy on their profits.

Friends who witnessed the accident described their concern for the mother-of two on social media.

One described being "very worried all day", while another said: "I have seen too many head injuries over the years...it can be a long road back to full health. She is fit and strong and still young so she has much going for her."

Gemma Tattershall, a British Olympic Event rider, responded to the news of Mrs Gilruth's recovery on Facebook: "Very encouraging to hear, saw her fall and my blood ran cold. Keep fighting Emily...your eventing family are behind you."

Mrs Gilruth has been described by friends as a highly experienced rider, and was competing in the second phase of the three-part competition when the accident occurred.

A talented rider, Mrs Gilruth has competed in British event competitions for 18 years and runs her own yard.

She first competed at Badminton last year and was riding a favourite horse - Topwood Beau - who she has been competing on since 2008.




A stable worker is in the running to become Miss England after falling off a horse and suffering serious injuries.
Jade Gooch, 25, from Norwich city centre, had her jaw rebuilt in an eight-hour operation after being forced off a two-year-old horse during training at Newmarket Racecourse in March.

She had previously entered the Miss England 2017 competition and is “overwhelmed” after finding out she is through to the semi-finals on June 4 in Nottinghamshire, when she could also be crowned Miss Norwich.

The former City of Norwich School and Easton and Otley College student was interviewed by Miss England judges, took part in a runway challenge and had a picture taken one month after the operation.

Miss Gooch said: “I was in Addenbrooke’s Hospital with a brace around my jaw when I found out I had been invited to an audition and wasn’t keen on going, but my friends persuaded me to go as I had nothing to lose.”

She has ridden race horses at Newmarket for six years and the accident happened in the stalls at the start of a practice session.

She dislocated her knees and broke her jaw on both sides which was fixed with four metal plates and two screws at Addenbrooke’s.

The 25-year-old was in intensive care for three days after the accident and is still off work because of treatment including physiotherapy.

She expects to return to Newmarket in six weeks.

Miss Gooch said: “I was shocked when I found out I was through to the semi-finals. During the audition there were so many beautiful girls and I didn’t have much confidence at the time after my accident. I have to pinch myself.”

She added it was hard to accept the changes to her face as she had a prominent scar from the operation.

The Miss England contest raises money for the Beauty with a Purpose charity which raises money for disadvantaged children around the world.

It was created by Julia Morley in 1972.

Miss Gooch said: “I feel very strongly about the charity.”

Miss England 2017 contestants have to raise money for the worthy cause.




Noble County, Ohio – This horse was paralyzed with a fear of traffic after a truck ran him off the road.  Hoping to cure his horse of his fear of traffic, his owner locked him in a stanchion right along the highway, just mere feet from the white line.  Local’s were horrified as days turned into weeks and the horse was still tied in the stanchion.

The horse was left in the stanchion 24 hours a day for 2 weeks. Water was given to him random times, and hay was given him in a wheelbarrow. Without room to lay down or turn around, the horse’s suffering continued to mount.

Word of the horse spread through social media, and the phone calls began pouring into the Noble County Sheriff office and the Noble County Commission. A visit from law enforcement made the Amish owner move his horse out of the stanchion and into a temporary pen close to the road, where the horse will be desensitized to road noise, but able to move about freely.


Milton Keynes, England – Domino, a 13-year-old Trotter cross, was brutally attacked while grazing in a field. The attacker used a knife and the attending veterinarian believes a hammer was used to smash the bones in his face. Domino had been grazing in a field with 3 other horses. None of the other horses were injured in the attack.

“I can count on one hand the number of horse attacks I’ve seen in the last 10 years,” RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood told reporters. “Domino has horrendous, deep injuries on his face, he is lucky he didn’t lose an eye. He has a long road to recovery – not just in terms of healing, but the trauma that he went through.”

The surgical team worked to repair tendon damage in Domino’s face, a surgery lasting 4 hours. He is expected to make a full recovery.







Hi there   Thanks for your response.   I would guess the product that has been used is probably what you know as limestone road base.  It consists of sand about about 5mm diameter stones,  which are then compactable.   I unfortunately don’t have any witnesses to the communication between  myself and the contractor aside from my daughter.  The legal route is the last option as I think I will rather address a letter to him (perhaps drawn up by an attorney) just explaining to him that there are problems and offer him some sort of reduced settlement.  It is my experience that you have to have lots of money for legal battles and he has a Ferrari parked at his house, so clearly is not short on funds.

  Anyway, I have subsequently had a bona fide civil contractor come out to the property and they are needless to say, shocked by the work done (as they know and use the contractor concerned).  Their quote to fix the mess is pending, but what they plan to do, is take the sand off ½ the arena, compact the existing limestone, lay extra limestone if necessary (which it may well be as seemingly it is only 5mm thick in some places).  Compact anything additional.  Lay crushed concrete and compact and then bring the sand back over the top and then do the other half.  I am not sure about the crushed concrete side of things…..  However, the one employee of the contractor has done his arena like this and apparently it is good (I will insist on seeing it).

They also have a portable screening plant and can re-screen the sand if contaminated by the limestone (but of course this will be at additional charge).   In the meantime, I am going to try and get another contractor to come and give a quote.   I do know, that I am going to be severely over budget with this one, but right now it is pretty  much a white elephant as it can’t be ridden on.   Do you think this fix-up sounds like the right way to fix things.     Regards   Beverley

Not good Bev. If the original material wasn't put down thick enough, like at least 150mm but on any of mine 300mm for the base, no wonder it didn't compact and no wonder it is coming loose. You don't need a Lawyer remember. (depending on the monies) but most of the Small Claims Tribunals now are over $25,000 and armed with Your expert and the evidence, he would have trouble defending (without a Lawyer :) Of course, appeal to his better nature first though.

Given that you can check the arena as described (with Jumping Horses!!!!!) you have the best opportunity of proving things first. Well done!

I can't comment on crushed Cement. Never used it.








Hey you,
I just had to show you John  , its taken me 5years to find this Beauty. She is.. yep you guessed it A Standardbred  ,very forward, however very responsive to leg aids and a wonderful One -Rein stop. it was used  a few weeks ago when a Kangaroo jumped out of bush and ran into her hindend!


Well done Chelle. Have fun





Hi John

Hope you and Linda are well. Just a floating question - I've been floating my horse without the centre divider (bay is not wide enough for him with all the padding etc) and it has certainly helped. He tends to travel on a slight angle with his head towards the middle of the road and his bum towards the edge of the road - not quite 45 degrees but he is far happier :) 

The problem is I would like to take one of his paddock mates with him from time to time - what are your thoughts on travelling two horses without a centre divider? Some opinions have been that they never use a centre divider and others would never float without one.. 

If both horses were trained and okay with being in the float - and then were trained to be in the float together (not going anywhere to start with) - could this work or is it asking for trouble?

Many thanks

Not a problem at all Karen. PROVIDING none are kickers and the Owner has the ability to load two and put the bar across, go for it. Horses like it. We once travelled 5, 36 hours up the BIrdsville Track on the back of a flat bed Commer Truck, desperate for a quid. No drama at all and got the money :) Regards


Thanks John :) I think Haydon and Star would go okay together then, but I wouldn't put Herbert with Haydon as he is a kicker and a biter :) Herbert and Star do fit in the float together with the dividers and I have floated them together that way without incident Cheers Karen




Quick question - have a youngster well a 4yo riding pony (another Sanlirra gelding He severed his extensor tendon on off side hind as a yearling - so has bit of scaring on his leg / fetlock but is completely sound (granted at this stage all i know is he is paddock sound as i cant mouth him until my round yard is done haha) he appears to be bum high - and i doubt that will ever change, do you think it could be due to the injury as a youngster?? i only say that as if you see him in the paddock he moves / looks like a dressage horse - has a neck that goes on forever it just doesnt seem to add up with the fact he is bum high?? Or do you think with his age his front may still catch up?? 

Thanks again for all - appreciate your experience / input!

Doubtful. Many of that Breed remain Rump High and I would rule out the injury as a reason. However, work will tell You inside 6 Months, if consistent. So will the soundness answer it's own question. Regards






Wow thankyou thankyou thankyou john and linda !! I was expecting the worst ! 
Im goal has always been too b u both !!! Ive got the starting or john bit down pat ! 
Can fix buckers and start 17h plus wbs that can b ridden by 50kg woman rider .. but lindas bit more complicated! 
Why i love horses so much u can never learn everything!  Thankyou both for providing so much knowledge. .. love it . 
Will def make a goal too watch linda more!
So far have outside leg inside rein and green too dressage. . Plus all off johns mouthing remouthing green horse leg yeilding. . Though most out on loan !!!  
Working w prob horses my main goal always been safety.. as i believe a safe horse has a much better chance off a good life
As my career progresses ive been given opportunity too ride much more quality horses. .. actually the mare in the vid i hated riding at first she had upside down neck and development off hunters bump. . As well as being horridly crooked with a snake neck when she wound up .. ewwww ... 
But again thankyou again u have made my yr ... i most def have volumes too learn but as long as im on the right track and not causing the horses too b worse i will push on 
Living in the hawkesbury nsw i have huge opportunity but being an honest horse dealer seems too b my calling ... over last 7yrs ive sold 20+ horses yet nobody knows my name ... love it ! 
Hopefully one day u will be at siec for a national comp .. only 45 mins from home ! 20 mins too claredon and walk across the rd for 1000acres off trails ... 
From world's most unlikely horse trainer
Nic xxxx

Best of Luck Nic. There is a huge opening for honest People. Australian Horse Buyers are over the Crooks.

Wow thanks so much john ... im a bit gobsmacked!   My brain dosent think like that ... deserve a strange word ... i feel privelegded that horses can actually give me a career ! So many wasted uni yrs !industrial design ,media, natropathy , teaching  I still scratch my head how i got here ...  U haven't gotten rid off me yet !!!  U and linda best teachers ... plus im a horribly annoying ppl w an in built vhs in my brain .. so watch and repeat ! Thanks again ... just asked all my agistors too leave so have more space and more sales horses ... im a new horse addict !! 







Hi John, Hope your enjoying some warming sunshine today, I have a quick question and would really appreciate your advice, We are finally getting organised to build an arena after moving houses recently, I have read through all your notes and advice on your website, Our cartage contractor recommends just putting a sand down without a base – this sand is a Kaolin sand, there are plenty of arenas in our district that he has been done this way, including at the local riding and pony clubs, the kaolin packs down well and he says it creates its own base and you just top it up as needed over the years. I have ridden many times on the riding club arenas and they hold up really well to wet and traffic.

The site is flat, sandy clay loam soil with rainfall approx. 750mm, I will get the neighbour in with his laser level grader to prep the site, we have our own farm machinery so hopefully will be able to do most of the work ourselves. What would you do? I’m just scared of making a very expensive mistake!! My other thought was to try the recommendation on my round yard first for the winter and see how it goes, First up to be built is some dry yards and shelter before winter, absolutely no horse facilities here at all. Now once the NBN gets itself organised I might have enough data to finally have some online lessons with Linda 😊 Cheers Sarah


Well in your case Sarah, it looks like You have a lot of successful properties to inspect, thus diminishing your risk but I still say, there is always a risk in doing this. I do understand the logic. Shell Grit can do that too. I would go the round Pen option as I am a skeptic :)....being careful to not mis-type Septic   I see You need to do Yards. Do it in them then. 750mm is still a reasonable Rain. We get 650. x


Thanks John, Will definitely be doing the round yard first. Our neighbour keeps telling me to just put a scoria gravel down first, as that's what they did and rode on it for a few years then topped with the kaolin sand. Everyone is an expert and has a different opinion!!! I will use a different( much cheaper) sand for the yards than the arena sand It can get wet here, but riding in the paddock without any drama at the moment, it's just bloody cold at the moment! Cheers Sarah

Well that doesn't sound too good. Gravel, that won't compact because of no fines, will get into the Sand.  Be careful :)





7th May, 2017

Hi Folks. Hope You had a great Week and have won the battles of Life.

Nice to see the Labor Party copying Donald Trump Buy Australian.....Helloooooooooooooo




Peace reigns once more and People are able to enjoy the love of Horses and Friends. I have to tell You this story, I am sure Mother will see the ironic side of it

After the the Paddock issues of last Week, one Mum decided to make a stand and leave. She gave notice to Mrs. HP but she didn't figure upon Daughter. This story reminds me of Pony Club over the Years, where most People would be able to relate that the Parents are the Problem, not the Kids :)  Anyhow, just as Mrs. HP was ringing a Lady who was on the waiting list, Mum made contact and rescinded Her decision. THE DAUGHTER HAD TAKEN CONTROL :) So all Mates again now and Peace Upon Earth. Well done Kid :) Mum deserves a prize too :) .....at the end of the Day, the Horse is the Winner.



goes to Mia, who doesn't let Politics of an Equestrian Centre get in the way of enjoying Horses.



I have been extremely busy and suffering a rush of expensive break downs relating to Lighting.

I related the Arena Flood Light problem and now it turns out that the Electrical Wholesaler who has contacted the Manufacturer, has been told that one Globe can't be sent for me, unless the Wholesaler buys other stuff off the Company, so I have bitten the Bullet and Purchased 4 rather than two that were existing. L.E.D. and thus saving 600 Watts of Power but getting a far better arena coverage than 2 Lights (which were in one third from the end of the long side but pointing to each end, thus neglecting the centre of the arena some what)

They came from Interstate, to Victor Harbor but won't fit in Mrs. HP's Car, so I have to make a trip back home, to get them and will install them this Week.

Meanwhile, TWO of the Solar systems on Paddocks Stables have died. Within a Week of each other. Calculations and advice from the Battery Company Consultant has reported that the Installer, skimped on the size of the Batteries he used and therefore the Life Span was reduced by Years. ......and I thought he was an Einstein Anyhow, I got them going, with a PROPER sized Battery.

More on the Electrical side of things, I have started replacing the old technology Flood Lights around the Place, thus saving Thousands of Watts in Power usage, so making "Positives out of Negatives" ......(get the Pun?)



Sometimes I despair with some of the things I see on Equestrian Centres. I wonder if this is taught at Pony Club?

There is absolutely NO CIRCUMSTANCE where Hay could be fed, by throwing it on the Ground in a Sand Yard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is simply not a possibility to get all Hay out of a trodden Sand Yard and therefore, it is simply not possible to have a well kept DRY YARD in Winter, because Hay rots within the Sand and holds the Water.

So the use of Hay Nets is by far the most efficient way to manage Your Hay and keep the mess located in a small area, for ease of cleaning up.




FEEDBACK from this Week -Britain

Hi Linda

Thanks for today’s lesson. You really are a fab teacher and I like the way you are reading Solo. I always get the impression that he really wants to please, and he definately gets offended quite easily if you misread him, but working through with those turn on the forehands so that he couldn’t evade the area he didn’t want to go near, was a really useful and creative solution. Thanks so much for that. It’s one of the things that has been absolutely marvellous in working on your and Johns methods - that there is a set of things that you can do to make your own ride safer as well as much better for the horse, and each thing is broken down into a do-able way.  I also find it interesting that you comment very little on my riding or position or anything like that and that you are watching Solo and taking your guide as to what I need to do from that. Normally, I’ve been told that the horse will be able to go into an outline or bend properly or respond to leg aids better if I trot with the weight in my knees more, or lighten my feet or straighten my shoulders, or look the right way, or raise my hands……all of which are no doubt true, but your method working from the [position and demeanour of the] horse through to the rider, rather than from the rider to the horse, seems to be working much more effectively than I have experienced before.

Anyway, sorry for rambling on, but you are probably so used to how you ride and teach, that maybe you don’t realise fully how different you teach to EVERYONE I’ve previously experienced. I really do feel blessed and excited to have met you both.

A couple of questions that have come to me because I think this is what you told me in the lesson, but at that point the sound kept breaking up….

So, you use the inside rein to get flexion initially and whilst you are asking for flexion, you allow the outside rein to be a little softer?
Then when you leg-yield out from a 10m to a 20m circle (ideally in quarter of a circle) you maintain the flexion on the 20m circle ideally by keeping inside leg, so that over time flexion comes from the inside leg rather than the inside rein?

Finally, looking at the couple of photos (taken from a bit of a video clip that Ruby managed to film toward the end of the lesson), they show something about my hands and use of reins that I wanted to ask again about…
so, its obvious from these that I’m pulling my inside rein across so that the line between my arm, hand, rein and Solos mouth is broken, and I think that quite often I was putting the inside hand up to or beyond the central point. I think I started doing this becaues I was trying to keep his inside rein against his neck and still maintain flexion.  

My question then is, should I be aiming to keep my inside hand and rein nearer my inside hip, rather than toward the saddle pommel which I’m doing in these snaps?

Finally, are there any other of your online training dvds that I would really benefit from watching now - such as inside leg to outside hand, or the complete training of all laterals? I’m expecting to get them all eventually but only really want to watch things that are relevent now and not too much ahead of where I am at, so as to keep a clear picture of what I’m practicing.

Warm wishes


Hi Sandie,

Firstly thanks for the positive feedback. I find especially online  it is easier to see the horses reaction rather than the finer detail of your hand position etc due to clarity. John and I are talking about investing in a bigger better screen soon ,so I can see even more clearly for teaching online.

Now the answers to your questions:

When demanding more flexion, you can take as much inside rein as is required but of course the outside rein needs to allow the horse to turn it's head and neck. So yes.

Yes inside leg eventually will be enough to get the bend and flexion and less inside rein will be needed and less often.

Now those pics are of course at points where he is at his most resistant. The correct line from his mouth through to your elbow is broken because of his evasion. And can't be helped for a brief moment. It's not you doing the wrong thing. It's him bringing his frame above the bit and shortening his neck which causes it. Even the best rider in the world would not be able to keep the perfect position at these moments. So ignore them and look at shots where he is in the correct outline to assess your riding! This is why position coaches don't achieve results as quickly because even if you sit perfect ,the horse isn't constant and therefore it can't always look pretty to be effective. I believe you fix the evasions and position the horse and then you can sit still and do nothing and look great!!

The 'inside leg to outside rein' is very relevant right now. It would help you heaps, as it also shows horses and riders which aren't trained and I show you how to achieve it. The laterals is a bit premature right now but will help in the future.

Hope this helps.

See you soon.





Position is important BUT it does not train Horses. Unless the Coach can do both, forget it!



I was asked to fit a Saddle in England this Week and this is one of the Photos of the Horse. It is a wonderful example of the damage done to Horses by the Pony Club and BHS bad habits of hanging onto the Mouths of Horses for no reason AND hanging onto the Mouths of Horses when good reason but doing it incorrectly.......riding "Above the Bit'........it is also a great example ( which I see every Week now) of how incorrect Riding changes the Body of the Horse and often causes


and not to be outdone by those negatives, then INCORRECT SADDLE FIT



As I examine a lot of wither Scans of Horses, it is astounding just how many show signs of either "Ridden Crooked" ( which is in plague proportions in the Industry) or with Vet problems or both.

Look at this Horse. See the left Shoulder compared to the Right Shoulder?????

It would be very helpful for everyone to do a scan of their Horse, to give them a snapshot.!!











Hi Linda and John,

Received the breastplate and monkey grip today. The quality, style and functionality is exceptional. We ride in the beautiful Snowy Mountains and Victorian High country and a decent breastplate is absolutely essential. Many other breastplates have just not made the grade and are not worth bringing back from the bush. Your are unbelievable value. I will never have to buy another breastplate again.

Many thanks




AND a 15 year old gelding quarter horse who would rather rip his head off than be wormed.  I am one of those ones that puts the worming paste in the food because he has won the worming battle.  That was until I found your website……

I have a natural horsemanship halter but it’s not a soft one, it’s a thin one so I’ll see how he goes in the next day or so with the collar and gauge how he’s going to handle himself when I try to worm him again.  I can tie him up all day with no problem, you just cannot worm him.  He throws his head every which way violently and with a severity that I cannot deal with. I don’t think he ever used his front  feet to strike me……..but I didn’t persist for too long either.  So there’s the joy…….these two horses, no need to tell you,  have it over me in spades.


With this new collar, I just wormed my horse……he didn’t win the battle this time.  I will do it often now with molasses and water.   Hid hid his head, hid his head, tried to throw it back many times……..when he realized he wasn’t winning he panicked.  I stood back……. then he gave up, worming done.

Well done!! Thanks for the feedback.





" Horses are always assessing You. It matters not if You know them personally or just stopped out the front of their Yard for a Chat. Few of them show some of the traits of us Humans. They are always starting from the best possible opinion"






Hi John I hope this is ok to contact you but a friend suggested that you may be able to help. A friend of mine sold a 16yr q/horse for $5,200 a month ago. It was sold through facebook written add and recent video footage of him being ridden. The lady who bought him is from vic she got him sight unseen and no vet check was requested. Friday just gone the lady has messaged my friend asking for a full refund saying the horse is unsound and only suitable as a companion. She had a vet out but got a second vet because she wasnt happy with the first diagnosis. Apparently MRI has been done and found that it has spurs in pastern, navicular, ringbone among other things aswell. Before the horse left it had never had soundness issues and never had a hard working life. My friend is completely stumped and doesnt know where she stands. So i was hoping you might know. Thankyou Sally. My friend hasnt seen any reports from either of the vets the lady got. And up until now if the horse did have these issues they were never a problem before. He went over shod on the fronts and apparently she had her farrier fix his angles but i have a feeling that it may have caused the lameness.










It was a routine day at the barn and after finishing with her lessons, Karen had some extra time to ride and enjoy one of her own horses, a solid, tried-and-true gelding. After a wonderful ride, Karen proceeded with her normal routine to untack and groom her horse and put him away.

After unbridling the horse, she put on the nylon halter and looking around for a lead shank to lead him back to the barn, all that Karen could find was a shank with a chain. The horse had just been ridden and was tired, so he certainly did not need the chain over his nose for control, but since it was the only lead handy, Karen decided to use it anyway. She ran the snap of the chain through the bottom ring of the halter and snapped it back on itself, doubling the chain, as most people do in order to shorten the chain and make it stronger when the chain is not needed over the horse’s nose or under its chin.

Enjoying the afternoon and savoring the excellent ride she just had on her gelding, Karen walked the horse slowly back toward his stall, deciding to offer him a treat and allow him to graze on the fresh green grass on the way back to the barn. Having used the chain lead shank in this manner dozens, if not hundreds of times before, Karen had no idea that she had created a noose for her horse and by letting him graze, she was setting the trap.

Within a moment of having his head down in the grass, Karen saw the gelding’s hoof in the loop of the chain. In a split second, before Karen could take any corrective action, he ripped his head up and reared; his leg was trapped in the chain and the horse began to struggle.

Tragically, the chain did not break, but the horse’s neck did. The horse could not untangle himself and in his struggle to get free, his neck broke and as he collapsed to the ground, he also broke his hip. Within an hour of their last ride together, Karen held her fine gelding’s head in her lap as he was euthanized.


Most of us have used chain lead shanks in this manner for years without incident and without thought. I think of how many times I have seen people snapping the end of the chain on the halter and corrected them, making them double the chain up, all the while thinking to myself, “What a geek!” Now I know better.

There are many lessons to be learned from this tragic accident and I am grateful to Karen for having the courage to share it with us so that we can re-assess the things we routinely do.

Obviously with the chain doubled, it is much stronger and when attached to a nylon halter without a breakaway, there is not much that could make either one break. If it is not safe to double the chain and it is not effective to leave it long, then the lesson is, use the right tool for the job. If the chain is not needed over the horse’s nose or under his chin for control, then a regular lead shank should be used.

Another lesson to be learned is that just because there is an accepted way of doing things and/or methods that we have been using for many years without incident, it doesn’t mean it is the best way or that an accident can’t happen. It pays to question everything that we do and consider all the possibilities, even if it seems like a remote chance. Horses have an incredible capacity to hurt themselves on seemingly benign objects.

With horses, it pays to always assume the worst case scenario. If it is possible, a horse will find a way to turn it into a wreck. Whether it seems likely or not, we should always operate based on the worst case scenario and take the necessary actions to prevent the wreck from happening, no matter how remote the chances are.

Breakaways are always a good idea with horses. Whether it is for cross ties, trailer ties, hay bags, reins, water buckets or anything that a horse could possibly get a foot hung up in, it is best if there is something that will break. Even just adding a loop of bailing twine to the object that will give way should a horse struggle is a great device.

A final lesson to be learned is from Karen and it is her selfless act of sharing this story, her courage in admitting her mistakes so that others can learn and her devotion to horses that will help ensure that this kind of tragedy doesn’t happen to another horse. Thank you Karen and I know I, for one, appreciate learning from you.




A racehorse has been euthanised after falling during a jumps race in Victoria, less than a month after the same thing happened in South Australia.
Six-year-old gelding Bring Back was put down after fracturing his shoulder in the Decron Maiden Hurdle race at Warrnambool on Wednesday.
Bring Back was euthanised behind a screen by the on-course veterinarian. Jockey Christopher Brown wasn't injured during the fall.
Racing Victoria's racing operations manager Paul Bloodworth said the incident would be reviewed to determine if any safety improvements could be made.

"As an industry, we cannot rest on our laurels as we continue to strive for the best possible safety record," Mr Bloodworth said.
"All within the industry have a love for the horse, it is why they participate, so any fatality is always heartbreaking."
Victoria and SA are the only Australian states that have not banned the sport.
A total of 80 horses have died in Australian jumps races since 2006.
But Mr Bloodworth said the fatality rate had more than halved in Victoria over the past seven years thanks to safety initiatives.The debate surrounding the sport was reignited at Easter when a horse was put down after falling in a jumps race at Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills.
After the incident, protesters gathered at the racecourse demanding an end to the sport and the state government joined the calls to ban it.
But Racing Australia chair Frances Nelson said jumps racing would go on in SA.
"I'm a horse lover. I hate to see it happen. But it happens in every equine sport, regrettably," Ms Nelson said at the time.





A Cornish petition to get drivers to pass horses wide and slow has notched up more than a hundred thousand signatures. Founder Debbie Smith, who has stables near Marazion, is launching a string of rides to raise awareness. They are happening across the Duchy and the UK, as Debbie encourages riders to wear headcams.


Debbie tells ITV News Westcountry why we need a new law: "Because no action is taken until there has been a bad accident. "We're trying to stop accidents from happening in the first place so we need to be able to stop a car sometimes, or slow a car down. "They should be driving according to the road conditions so they should be able to stop if they're going slow enough. "We've got a lot more heavier and bigger traffic cutting through the country roads now because the main roads are getting so busy. "I ride in a head camera and the campaign is all about encouraging riders to use them.



 "I've had the police out three times now, where they've come out to watch some video that I've had of rude drivers and they've gone to see the drivers and given them words of advice". Watch what can happen when drivers get too close or a horse gets spooked...

The petition page says: "I want to make it a legal requirement to drive past a horse wide and slow and for drivers to have to abide by hand signals asking them to stop and slow down when asked. We need a law that protects horse riders.

"Horses are easily scared by cars that don't take care when passing them. When they get scared they can spook or rear, throwing riders off of them. This can lead to someone falling through a windscreen. Until there is a law neither the driver, the riders or the horses are safe.

"I have been a horse rider my whole life and have seen first hand the dangerous consequences driving past a horse recklessly can have for everyone on the road. I have been involved in too many near misses while on my horse-- who has become nervous of cars approaching us too fast and too close.

"The roads are becoming busier, faster, their is heavier traffic on rural roads, tractors are getting bigger all the time -- the roads are getting more and more dangerous. Please help sign this petition to make driving past a horse wide and slow a legal requirement".






The Folks in the Uk, assure me they can't ride on the Verges, because of rampant this........

However, no Rubbish evident in any of the Photos above




The man widely recognised as one of the best jockeys in the world – Brazilian-born João Moreira – is coming to Adelaide after being confirmed today for the Schweppes Oaks Day on Saturday 6 May at Morphettville.

Moreira will ride in South Australia’s first ever million-dollar race – the $1 million Group 1 UBET Classic (Robert Sangster Stakes) – on the David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Sheidel, the horse upon which he won this year’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.

Nicknamed the ‘Magic Man,’ Moreira is regarded as one of the world’s best jockeys and has an astonishing record in the saddle. This season alone in Hong Kong, he has notched up 135 winners from 526 rides at a 26% strike rate.

“To have a jockey of Moreira’s calibre riding here is a great coup for Adelaide and for Morphettville,” said SAJC Chair Bodelle Francis.

“Not only that, but to have him riding in our first million-dollar race is exactly the kind of high-profile name we believe our Festival of Racing now has the ability to attract.”

For the first time in its history, South Australia will have two races worth $1 million – the UBET Classic and the Darley Goodwood to be run on 20 May – following a $6 million two-year funding commitment provided by the State Government.

“To have the ‘Magic Man’ here will bring a new level of excitement and interest from around Australia and internationally, which is exactly what we wanted to achieve with the Government’s support,” said TRSA CEO Jim Watters.

“We had always highlighted that taking the carnival to this level would boost tourism and visitation to Adelaide.

“Since announcing the prizemoney increase earlier this year, we have been working hard to ensure that owners and trainers throughout Australia and NZ are aware of the massive prize money increases and opportunities here this autumn.”

After moving from his homeland Brazil to Singapore in 2009, Moreira built an outstanding career in Singapore where he was named their Champion Jockey four years straight from 2010-2013. Some of his outstanding achievements in Singapore included breaking the Singapore record for most wins in a season, with 206 winners in 2012. He also rode eight winners from eight rides at Kranji in 2013.    

In 2013 he moved to Hong Kong and has since cemented himself as one of the world’s finest jockeys. He has been crowned the Hong Kong Champion Jockey two years running and, in doing so, has also set the record for most wins in a season with 168 in 2015-16. A number he may be able to improve on this season.

In March, Moreira set a new Hong Kong record when he rode eight winners in one meeting at Sha Tin.





Naracoorte resident Darren North has been recognised for his voluntary work with show jumping which spans almost three decades.

On April 23 at the SA Showjumping Championships in Adelaide, the local man was presented with the John Sheekey Volunteer of the Year Award for his long-standing dedication to the equestrian sport.

South Eastern Riding Club member Greg Willoughby nominated Darren for the award for his long and selfless efforts assisting at local shows, pony club events and other competitions where show jumping is conducted.

“Over a period of nearly 30 years Darren has been a regular helper, often paying his own way. Darren was a popular recipient as was seen by the many congratulations he received after the presentation from riders from SA and interstate,” he said.

“Darren has been a great help to show jumping in the SE over the years and it is terrific for him to be recognised in his own community.

“A big congratulations to Darren from riders, officials and organising committees for his service over the years both past and future.”

Darren said he was not expecting to receive an award at the SA Showjumping Championships.

“I had no idea what they had organised, I felt pretty proud to receive the award but a bit embarrassed as well,” he laughed.

Darren started volunteering at horse shows around the SE when he was 14 and said it’s something he is very passionate about.

”I just enjoy being around horses and helping people out – I’ve also met lots of good friends through volunteering at horse shows,” he said.

As well as volunteering at horse shows in Naracoorte, Millicent, Penola, Mundulla, Kingston and Mount Gambier, Darren also helps out at local Stockman’s Challenges with the campdrafting competitions.

“Volunteering is really good fun and it’s something I really enjoy,” he said.

The John Sheekey Award is presented by the Show Jumping Committee of Equestrian SA annually to a person who has made a contribution to show jumping over a long time as a volunteer.





Princess Anne has joined her mother, The Queen, as vice-patron of the British Horse Society, it has been announced.

and no BHS Photo would be complete without someone dragging on the Mouth of a Horse and with a Bit to balance it up.

“We are delighted to have The Queen and The Princess Royal supporting The British Horse Society,” said Lynn Petersen, Chief Executive of the BHS, about the appointment. “The Princess Royal’s interest and support for all things equestrian is remarkable. We’re very excited about working with her.”

The British Horse Society (BHS) is a registered charity, that was founded in 1947 with the objective of “promoting horse welfare, horse and rider safety, and access for riders in the UK.” It is was formed out of the amalgamation of the Institute of the Horse and Pony Club, and the National Horse Association of Great Britain. It currently has over 92,000 members, with Her Majesty The Queen as Patron of the Society.

It is no surprise that Princess Anne has followed in her mother’s footsteps. Fondness for horses runs in the Royal Family – The Queen has been riding since she was a child and continues to do so even in her nineties; Princess Anne had a distinguished equestrian career herself, and took part in the 1976 Olympics; and the tradition continues with Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall, who won a silver medal for eventing in the 2012 Olympics.

The Princess Royal has been involved with the BHS for decades now. In 2011, she officially opened the charity’s headquarters in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. Graham Cory, the Chief Executive at the time, spoke about the Princess’s visit, saying: “We are honoured that Her Royal Highness has come today. She is probably the best ambassador for the equestrian sport in the UK and she opened our previous headquarters back in 1997, so we’re very happy 14 years later she’s come to open our new home.”

Earlier this year, The Princess Royal attended the National Equine Forum, where she listened to a presentation by Ms Petersen about the BHS’ Changing Lives Through Horses. The initiative aims to improve the lives of at-risk teenagers by giving them a chance to work with horses to facilitate their inclusion and engagement with society. The project is being carried out in association with Heads Together, the mental health campaign of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.



Lowell, Michigan – As reported in April, 13 therapy horses at The Barn for Equine Learning were locked in a barn, the barn set on fired, and all 13 perished in the flames. Authorities have identified the primary suspect, 20-year-old Payton Jonathan Mellema.

Payton Jonathan Mellema

Mellema was outfitted with an electronic tether just 4 days after the fire as a condition of probation for a 2016 home invasion conviction. He had violated his previous probation terms, and the judge ordered him outfitted with the tether. Mellema honored the probation agreement for just 18 days before cutting the tether. He was arrested, and during the probation violation argument to the court, prosecutors identified Mellema as the primary suspect in the horse barn fire. “…there’s been escalating behavior by the defendant, including trespassing, tampering with property, borderline stalking behavior. On April 8th there was an arson in which 13 horses were locked in a barn on the property immediately adjacent to the defendant’s home and burned to death. And that arson is currently being investigated and the defendant is the primary suspect,” Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Helmer told the court.

Just days after the barn fire, owner Kay Welton was granted a personal protection order, banning Mellema from being approaching her, going on her property, or in any other way contacting her. She cited previous trespassing, a dead owl that Mellema left on her porch, horses let out, fences cut, and other stalking type behavior.

Mellema’s bond was set at $50,000.

The Barn for Equine Learning has raised $36,000 in their GoFundMe to rebuild.


People who live off Thorne Grove Lane and Amity Springs Lane want to know who left large trash bags with a horse carcass inside in their private dumpster.


Equestrian enthusiasts watched in horror as a horse flipped on to its head and hurled its rider onto the grass at the famous Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire today.

Australian rider Paul Tapner was hoping to lead Bonza King of Rouges to triumph in the cross country test at the international event when King stumbled at a jump.

The crowd gasped as the dappled grey horse caught its hoof on the jump, plunged to the ground and slammed his head onto the turf. Tapner was thrown out of the saddle and landed on the ground before assistants quickly rushed to check that he was uninjured.

The rider, who won Badminton in 2010, brushed off the horrendous fall as 'acrobatics' and announced that both he and King were safe and sound on Twitter just forty minutes after the dramatic tumble.
'King and I are perfectly OK after our acrobatics especially thanks to protection kit,' he told his 21,000 followers.

Fans took to social media to share the horror of the fall and their delight that Tapner and King had survived without a scratch.

One wrote on Twitter: 'Yikes, that's a rotational. Paul Tapner off. Horse hit both knees, flipped over solid fence, rider thrown clear, both back on feet.'
Elsewhere at Badminton Horse Trials today, British rider Emily Gilruth was airlifted to hospital by helicopter after a tumble on her horse Topwood Beau.

The Cheshire-based rider, 40, was taken to South Meade hospital for observation but Topwood Beau was said to be uninjured.

A spokesman for Badminton Horse Trial said that there were no reports of injuries to horses at the event.

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is a three-day event held in the grounds of Badminton House in Gloucestershire, the family seat of the Duke of Beaufort.

The 10th Duke decided to hold the first event in 1949, with the idea that it would offer British riders the opportunity to train for future international events.

Around 150,000 enthusiasts descended upon the estate today for the world-class eventing action.




Caroline County, Virginia – A Virginia State Trooper collided with a truck and trailer carrying two horses Saturday morning about 11:00 am on highway U.S 1.

The collision caused the Ford F-150 to overturn, ripping it from the trailer. One of the horses was ejected from the trailer, suffering severe injury, and was euthanized at the scene. The second horse survived the accident without serious injury.

A passenger in the pickup was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and the officer driving the police car was taken to the hospital to be examined.

Officials are not releasing further details about the accident pending the investigation.






I was hoping for a helpful answer on how to solve this problem. However I didn't find it. Riding a horse on the buckle gets rid of the rein snatching. Great. If horses are to get used to a soft contact then there is still a likelihood of rein snatching and that is the problem. Is unbalancing them by pushing them into the contact the answer?


Hi Sharon,

This is a very abrupt and unsigned question that is vague and doesn't help us to know what you are referring to when you say you "didn't find it" 

More info on the circumstances would certainly help.

Are you talking about a 'Pleasure Horse' or a Dressage Horse"?

One thing we can help with is that "Pushing a Horse forward into a contact unbalances a Horse"  In fact, the exact opposite. "Properly on the Bit' 'Balances' Horses.










However, on a more mammoth issue:  I notice on your website that you have vast experience with arena disasters!  I have just had a 60 x 40 jumping arena put in at a fair cost.

Our ground is flat and sandy and minimal surface water even when it buckets with rain.  We are in WA.  The arena was built putting 200m of limestone on top of the existing soil.  This wasn’t compacted except by the loaders and trucks working on it.  We then had it laser levelled and it has a slight fall in line with the natural fall of the ground.  We then had really nice sand put on the top of the arena base at a depth of 80 – 100m.

We were assured that the limestone wouldn’t need compacting.  However, after one ride on it (cantering and jumping on it – jumps not too high at this stage – about 1.00m), the limestone is being churned up in some sections.  My daughter competes at a 1.30m, so the jumps will become quite high and the landing side of the jump we would expect to get churned up, but not to the extent of pulling up the limestone.

Do we:

1.       Have all the sand removed and the base compacted – this is a huge expense as the sand would probably have to be lifted, carted away, re-screened and then redelivered?  This also results in me having to take down fencing (again) as the trucks don’t seem to be able to get into my drive gate (although it is 4.2m wide) as the turn is pretty awkward off the road as we also have a culvert running in front of our property.

2.       Add more sand and if so, to what depth before it becomes too heavy for the horses going?  I don’t want to create any leg issues, with strains, tendons, etc.

I would appreciate any advice you can give me as I have already had huge issues with the contractors and fired the first lot that laid the limestone base as they wouldn’t use a laser level to level it – I am also now running out of funds as the cost of this is just escalating constantly with nobody being able to seemingly correctly calculate  what amount of product is required

Am at my wits end

Thank you



A most complex one Bev and a bit of a worry :(

Toppings change in every District, right across the Country of course and I am not familiar with the Limestone Option although I know what it is of course, having been Born in Limestone Country and Galloped Ponies off Paddocks down 20 foot drops, into the artesian Water in the Quarries where they  cut Mount Gambier Stone for Houses out of.  presume that is what you are talking about. Limestone Road Base perhaps???

Well of course, it should have been wet and rolled. but in Your Case, a 100mm of Dolomite Fines over the tope of it for You are always going to get the tips of Hooves punching through the Sand. I appol to get Legal on this one (never before) but You may want to first try and impress upon the Contractor, to remove the Sand, put it aside, indeed compact it properly but then You pay him for the spreading of the 100mm fines and then he puts the sand back. Be nice. If he says no, then consider Your options. If you have witnesses to the compaction guarantee ( not being family) then he is in trouble.

Now of course, I don't know what this Limestone consists of? Rocks, pebbles, fines or dust???

Perhaps get back to me.







Dear Mr HP


Having problems with a seriously bad rein snatcher. I don't ride on a contact at a walk and as little as possible above that, I'm fanatical about leaving their mouths alone but it's a problem I've inherited and never managed to fix (she was an ex racehorse for three years and her lineage is notoriously brilliant but opinionated and bull headed). Just read your article, think I need some help in re-educating her mouth to accept a contact. Particularly when het up she's horrendously bad and it's getting worse, has now started violently reefing and then shooting off. Back and teeth all done religiously.


What do you think to this aid in helping me though?


I just don't know where to start and want to do it right.

Thanks as ever



Hi Kate. This is such a massive subject. I couldn't do you justice in an email but I will recommend you go read and watch various various pieces.

The first thing I have to say to You that is the piece of equipment You show me is actually an 'anti training device' and will simply cause You more problems with the Horse. Just as 'Elastic Side Reins' also are a failed training aid and another reason for the many ignorant Horses within the English Disciplines.

Today, I was riding a "Rein Snatcher' down the Roads with Mrs. HP. It was quite interesting and a great discussion piece, knowing what we know.

As I said, I could go on for hours on this subject but to make it brief, I recommend You :

  • re-train the Horse to ONLY ride on a Pleasure Rein when WALKING, on all occasions when not training on a Dressage Arena or in a Test.

  • When Trotting or Cantering, you ONLY ride CORRECTLY 'on the Bit'.....'Round' and NEVER 'above the Bit'

  • Regularly lunge Your Horse in these  available from http://www.horsemanshipsaddlery.uk/

  • Don't be riding in a NUT CRACKER BIT , and if you haven't the skills yet to ride as a Dressage Rider, at least wear one of these on the horse

As I said, I could go on all Day but I hope that helps for now. If all else fails, I could even join you on a ride now, via technology. :)



Hi Mr HP, I didn't know Mrs HP came to England! Does she come often as I would LOVE a lesson and actually your stockists you refer me to are about 25 minutes from where I live which is so handy!


Thank you very much for the advice, thank you for the warning on the other equipment. There's a lot I don't know. Was it the running reins you were recommending I buy?


This is the bit I ride in http://www.bombers.co.za/polocrosse/bits/loose-ring/product/3893-loose-ring-control-plate-45.html - i went to South Africa and met Bomber and had a chat to him about my mare, showed videos etc and was recommended this one, so was hoping it is ok? She is very reactive about being bridled but she's very reactive about everything, even me walking past generates teeth grating and angry face, but apparently she has been like this since a foal.

I think I need to go for some dressage lessons - one question though, I play polocrosse so when I school, have to school one handed, will this fit in with riding her on a contact?

Sorry if these are stupid questions. I would love to get a virtual lesson, how does that work?



Lol....she doesn't come over there, she teaches over the internet, using skype or other things.

I looked at that BIt. It was the next progression in the Horse Industry, after the NUT CRACKER EFFECT jointed snaffles that we all used to use and was a good improvement, but now we have gone further and the horses have voted for it.

Ask Maureen for a photo of a FRENCH LINK bit that she has. I have lost my copy. This is where we are now

The horse can swivel it or place it as it see's fit.
and the tongue pressure is reduced as well as the pressure on the bars



We are not in the Business of telling Folks what they want to hear, so in relation to the question about schooling, I have to be frank and say that working on one handed Polo stuff, is going to put You in a position of one step forward and one back again. Improvement is not really going to be possible. You would have to mix up your training and ok, do Polo stuff one day but dressage and trail most other days.



Just a quick note to say, yet again, your advice has worked. Rode her out last night, absolutely no contact at walk, picked up the rein with a soft but steady contact at trot and anchored one hand to saddle, used other rein to control speed, she didn't even try to yank. It's like witchcraft! She felt like she preferred to have a constant steady contact than the usual on/off I use which really surprised me. I shall persevere with different kit and the things you suggest and a big thank you. Kate x


Whilst that is not precisely how it is done Kate, it was a valuable exercise, thus proving that the Horse will easily respond to PROPER training. I presume You anchored the 'Outside Rein' though :) I would recommend one assessment Lesson with the Boss, during which You will get all of the answers to set You up for the future, on the right path.







Hi John,

Hope you are well - wondering if you could provide a little advice on the following questions if you can please? We are in the process of starting to build my permanent round yard and arena at our property. 

1) Are you still using PM64 at your Victor property and how do you find it with the wind - do you lose much? We have been recommended "arena sand" they use out here but people that have it say it forms a really hard crust after rain then sun and shellgrit doesnt form a crust quite as hard.... i am not interested in paying shellgrit prices. I always liked the Gainsborough dressage arena surface...

2) What are your thoughts on bases out my way? Our property is sandy loam for the top 200 to 400mil then clay, i have seen people with bases and people who have placed their arena surface directly on leveled ground out here and have asked people. General info i am getting is those with a base under their surface out our way end up with pooling and puddles after rain. Where as the 2 people i have come accross that one has put shellgrit and one arena sand down directly on the loam get no pooling BUT this could because each of these mediums do tend to form a harder base..... 

Each situation could be based on the different prep methods and mediums used obviously....

I could always use my round yard as a test without a base - just unsure and keen on any thoughts / advice you can offer.


Hi S. Answers to the various points below"

  • Yes, still using PM64

  • Don't lose any Sand and never have. That's because there is no Wind here to do it. Not at Arena location.

  • Have worked in a Round Pen and walked on an Arena with that Adelaide Hills Mix and I would not use it. It was bad enough in the Hills where I used it and even worse in your location.

  • The reason why the Arenas at Gainsborough are all Weather, is because of the BASES!!!! You can't beat bases.

  • I would never try putting Sand on the Ground. Not worth the risk and too expensive to undo.

  • Yes, start on the Round Pen. Good thinkin. but use a 300mm base. ****Remember!!!!!  you are in a Flood prone area.



Hi John,

Excellent - thankyou John much appreciated! 

Although our land is flat we are lucky enough to be in one of the few estates that are not in a flood plain here ;) we are up the Gawler end and property backs onto Gawler two wells road so we are in top corner. 

We are in the well planted section thankfully and have about 80+ mature gums and natives pines on our 2.5 acres and have planted a lot more gums - we are lining the Western long side of the arena with Lemon scented gums that will run right down the centre of the back of the property. 

Ok will definitely look at base - have 2 different earth movers available to us with rubble so we are set there - just had a truck load of basketball court delivered with nice big chunks of bitumen haha but decided i would pave our little backyard garden area with it first haha.

Planing on filling in the bottom meter or so of round yard in with timber planks (like your original Gains round yard) so might try base with surface using PM64 and see how much dust i get as sadly we do get the wind here.

Actually about to harrow and seed a few paddocks here with a low rainfall horse pasture blend so i am looking forward that that - everything has been slow as we have needed to save money to do things but its finally starting to come together bit by bit paddock by paddock :D considering we have been here 4 years in November.

Hope you are well and appreciate your opinion on the above - thanks again.


All so called 'Horse Pasture Blends' fail to hold up to the damage done by Horses and some have Clover in them as well, which is a total waste of effort as Horses aren't interested in it. The rest of the seeds, don't stand up to Horses. There are only really 2 that will. Ki kui and Phalaris. ( I could sell You some if you can't find any near You)  Horse mixes are designed by intellectuals

I wonder where you learnt about Bitumen? :)






Hi John,

I wonder if you'd be kind enough to give me some advice re my Standbred. He's had a prolonged break from work due to an injury, and I think it might be appropriate to re-mouth him as I start him off again.(Will be ordering your DVD.) He's always been a bit of a bit chewer and occasional head tosser. (I know the saddle isn't the problem, it's new and was fitted by a professional saddle fitter.) 

He passed as fit to restart by the vet (equine specialist). However, I think I MAY have found the chew/toss issue cause. I had his teeth done and while he was under sedation, we put the bridle on to check where the bit sat. The vet identified that his canine teeth are set further back than normal, which means the current bit (French link snaffle) is not the best fit for him. 
Overall the vet said apart from the set back canines, his mouth is good and so are his teeth. 

I'm interested in purchasing a bit from you as I know you have done a lot of work in this area, and I want my horse to be comfortable before we start training.

Thank you,

Kind regards,


HI Jen. Well done to the Vet ey? It's interesting also that they commented on the French Link as my Agent in England has a very interesting Photo of damage done by that Bit.

....you see the problem here, one part flat but the other part old fashioned.

If You are re-mouthing the Horse ( which is always a good idea regardless) I designed and use this Bit.

I can pass onto You that I have not had to use any other Bit since starting with this. Every Horse was happy and well Mouthed.

Remind me if you do buy the DVD's, to get your Youtube Log in Email Address for complimentary Video.









I have a 5yo (17.2hh) Warmblood who has  a tendency to pull back and get ‘worried’ when trying to do things around his head. I have sent him to a trainer/s for solid tying training and he has had leg restraint training. He is still not 100% with just a rope halter on but with the tying-up collar on he seems to be very good and since buying yours to use at home I have not had any pull-back instances and can hose him around the head etc.

The main issue I am having at the moment is he paws in my float. I know this probably stems from his tying-up issues but the main time he really paws is in the float. He self-loads but does seem a little worried when travelling (nothing major) and I think some of the pawing issues may stem from anxiety in the float? I have a set of your stockman’s hobbles and tried these in the float but they don’t stop him pawing (the chain is a bit long I guess). Do you recommend / sell a shorter chain for them or would this compromise him being able to balance

effectively in the float (I do worry a little bit about hobbling him in the float in case something happens and he can’t balance properly)? I notice you also sell a pawing chain but I also worry that a chain banging on his cannon bone during floating is not ideal, also would I have to travel him in a pair of them as he will paw with either leg (although mainly the offside). I did try a set of quite heavy steel rings around the pasterns but these did not seem to bother him or stop him pawing. I haven’t used the tying up collar in the float and did think I might try this in case it gives him a bit more of a sense of security, although I don’t think being tied up in the float is the issue…???

Any suggestions you may have to help with this would be greatly appreciated, I am at a bit of a loss as to how to fix it. He has been to couple of trainers (I am in WA) and while there is improvement he still never comes back completely ‘cured’ of these issues L

Kind regards



Hi Cheryl, this is set of a very complex set of circumstances and all sorts of things could be at work here. They include:

and other things of course.

The simple answer is to in fact try a pawing chain and/or 2 of them if he is ambidextrous

So Photos of Your Float would help but this is a process of elimination. Yes, You can have them wear various 'Leg Restraints' equipment but not without the Horse handling it all in the Round Pen, with "Ho Hum' Then, you can do anything and on my latest Disc 2 of my "Leg Restraints DVD's (downloadable) being attached with all 4 Legs, to the Ground :) ( saving the Career of the Horse that couldn't be shod without major drugging.

best of Luck








Hi John,
We are half way through building a 20 x 60 arena, has good base, rained for 1 month and drained perfectly. My problem is that there is too much slope to arena. As we cut into a slope the drainage is on high side. We are at a standstill as I am trying to convince my husband that there is a maximin slope for drainage otherwise horses gait will be affected and will differ in show ring etc. We couldn't peak the arena in centre as need drainage on high side of hill. I have attached the measurements of fall of arena as is. I have read 30 cm over a 20 metre area, 1% and 2%.??. I am wanting to add more semi road base to lowest level not scrape from highest level as upright fencing posts already put in that side
Hope you can help look forward to your opinion
Thanks Sue

In short Sue, it should be 1% the long way - 60 metres and .8% across the short side. We were only discussing that this week whilst having Coffee, overlooking and the Boss "Purving' on Her arena. Peeeerfect she purred So stick with those figures and you will be fine.









Hi John, I have a foal (5 months) who has decided that he likes to eat the bottom of a sink hole. He has a mineral block and is being fed balance pellets do should not be deficient in minerals. I thought I should give him your sand recipe but before I could give him the lot (in a sauce bottle) our elderly dog ate the 1/2 I had set aside in the pot. Is it safe to give him another dose? Thanks.  Mary

Lol Mary :)....yes, go ahead and treat Him. He sounds like he would be a candidate for every 12 Weeks, throughout Life. He's a naughty Boy 





30TH APRIL, 2017


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

We are once again reminded about the Weather at Victor Harbor. 14 Degrees at some Places in the State, Inland but 80-20 at Victor Harbor and every Winter is the same. The Sea regulates the Temp.  Wonderful





Remember 'Rat Lady' ?

Mrs. HP had to break Her back for an afternoon.

7 Plastic Trailer Loads behind a John Deere Gator.

It's no wonder my Wife's back was too sore to ride on Wednesday :(

Yes, this is where the Rat's bred up, the Tack Room was disgusting.

20 Empty Bags is always the sign Folks. Such a shame. Lovely Girl too.

On Equestrian Centres, everyone suffers from a Feral Agistee.

6 More shot this Week


What finally was "The Straw that broke the Camels Back" for me was the sneaky two wheel barrows of new Sawdust, put over it all to cover Her Tracks this Week, as she leaves because Mrs. HP asked Her to clean up. and for the record, Mrs. HP had vivid memories of how good that Stable was, due to the previous agistee who did the same and it had to be totally removed back then.

Yes, we all love Horses.......so what else has been happening???


Fire Ban finishes Today thank goodness. I have much to burn :)




Mrs. HP was asked during the Week, to produce a Video on 'STIFFNESS IN THE HORSE'  which she did the next Day. She has also filmed TRANSITION this Week as well, so we got a bit done. My only problem is being back in Golden Grove with an Internet Black Spot, I can't upload :)





Just in my small Circle, 3 incidents of behavior not becoming a Professional as they seek to drain the Bank Accounts of the Young.

  1. A State Show Jumping Coach planning to sell a 17.1 Hands Warmblood to an inexperienced 'Snip of the Kid' who has only had a Pony.

  2. A National Coach swooping on a first time seen Young Rider at first meeting. Cannon Fodder please!

  3. A Dressage Queen "Cold Calling' Vendors of Horses and telling them that they are selling too cheaply and that she would get $25,000 for it, not the lesser amount being asked for by







 So myself and a friend bought 15% of filly in 2014. Trained by a leading Female sydney trainer who we trusted on name. The filly always looked quality to us but she was always overlooked by the stable and shifted around to accomodate other horse much to our frustration. We asked to speak to other owners and were refused. We asked to run the filly over further distance 1600 and were refused. Eventually we asked to buy the filly as we wanted to race her elsewhere and the stable wouldnt pass on messages to other owners. We asked to move her out of city and said we wanted to race her, but was refused.

 Eventually last year after messing about for years, the stable said the horse had a calcification in the foot and had to be retired. I personally spoke to the stable and they said we had to accept a shockingly low price for her, even saying that if she was a racing prospect we would get more. So bullied into selling her for a tenth of her price, we agreed to sell her to what we were told was a breeder. 4 month later we see she is running again for someone else. Couple of runs at 1200 and they realise what we said all along and they push her out to 1600 where she has won last two....now heading to the city. We feel we have been lied to and deceived.

I spoke to the new owner and he said that the horse was sold to him as a racing prospect with a minor foot problem that could be easily managed. Sorry long email. Was hard to bullet point. Tried to ask trainer about it for an answer and we are being ignored. Have other horses with this trainer too (we were sold in at the start) and the whole experience with her stable has been a horrible web of lies. Expensive too. But wondering if we have a case with this filly. Cheers





Hi John   Happy to report two more successes out of two collars purchased.  Instead of sucking wood at every opportunity, the two thoroughbreds (one a windsucker for more than 15 years) are now grazing/eating hay or relaxing.  We can’t believe it.   Have yet to try your Colic Preventative (we’re locating sources of pure honey), but I’m confident that if you say it will work, it will work!   Many thanks John H

Thanks John.














A motorist has been fined for driving without due care and attention after fatally injuring a horse.

Bryony Donovan, 26, of Coopers Avenue, Heybridge, pleaded guilty to the charge at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on 5 April.

She was fined £260 and given five points on her licence, as well as being ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.

Last November, Donovan was driving along Lark Hill Road, Canewdon, when she collided with Laura Thorogood and her horse Angel (pictured, top).

Laura was taken to hospital for treatment and Angel was put down due to the severity of her injuries.

After the court case, Claire Lilly of Canewdons Equestrian, a group set up to improve road safety for riders after the accident, said the sentencing was “insulting”.

“Obviously consideration needs to be given with sentencing in different circumstances, but I feel a fine of £260 and few points on a licence is insulting given the fact that Laura incurred the costs of euthanasia of Angel in addition to losing her beautiful girl,” she told H&H.

“The emotional trauma inflicted on Laura is incomprehensible and heart-wrenching.”

Since the British Horse Society (BHS) launched its horse accidents website in 2010, 222 horses have died on our roads, with the majority of incidents occurring because the vehicle involved did not allow enough room between their car and the vehicle.

“Sadly [accidents] appears to be a recurring theme according to the collated statistics by the BHS,” added Ms Lilly.

“We expected at the very least a suspension, a re-test and a speed awareness course and a considerable fine.

“This case highlights further the importance of raising awareness for vulnerable road users — education in this area is long overdue.

This is the circumstances in which they ride and the white Car overtakes doing 80k an Hour

Horse Riders' need to start using their Brains and get off those Roads!!!....they will all answer "We don't have anywhere else to ride" and I will answer "I don't care, Your Life is too important to risk it every moment You ride, let alone Your Darling Horses" Those Days are gone. This is the era of the 'Brain Dead Morons"

Education in this area is a total waste of time. You can't educate MORONS'!!




A 51-year-old woman was injured Sunday after falling from a horse in the 8500 block of County Road 37 south of Blair.

Blair Rescue responded to the accident just after 4 p.m.

According to Washington County dispatchers, the initial report indicated the woman couldn't move her arms, but she could feel tingling. The woman could move her legs.

LifeNet transported the woman to an Omaha hospital.

No other information was available at press time.



ASHLAND TOWNSHIP, Clarion County — A Guys Mills woman was killed after striking a horse that had entered the roadway on Route 338 on Sunday at approximately 8:30 p.m., according to a report from Pennsylvania State Police at Clarion.

The 49-year-old woman, whose name has not yet been released by police, was traveling west at the time of the single-vehicle accident.

After striking the horse, the woman’s vehicle traveled across the eastbound lane, struck the berm along the eastern side of the road and then crossed back over both lanes of traffic, coming to a rest in a ditch along the western side of the road.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Clarion County Coroner Terry Shaffer.




Fire crews used jaws of life to cut free a distressed horse trapped in a float after a accident on the motorway south of Auckland.

A vet was called to the scene and the animal was rescued and taken away in another float, a police spokesperson said.

There was no information available on whether the animal was badly injured.



The South Australian Racing Minister Leon Bignell has called on the state’s horseracing authority to ban jumps racing after five-year-old Wheeler Fortune was euthanised on April 15 after falling during the Somerled Hurdle race in Oakbank.

Bignell called on Thoroughbred Racing SA to act, labelling jumps racing “cruel and “barbaric”. But the controlling body said jumps racing was an “integral part” of the sport and would continue.

Jumps racing is the deadliest form of horse racing in Australia. Now only legal in Victoria and South Australia, it involves horses clearing obstacles of at least one metre high, in a pack, at speed, over long distances.

More than 60 horses have died after being injured in a jumps race in South Australia and Victoria in the past eight years.

The statistics show that jumps horses are pushed far beyond their normal limits and are subjected to much greater physical, psychological and physiological stress than flat track racehorses.

The mortality rate of a jumps horse is nearly 19 times higher than those racing on the flat.

One jumps horse dies for every 115 horses that start in a race, compared to one death for every 2150 horses that start in a flat race.

Catastrophic limb injuries are 18 times more likely and head or back and neck injuries are 121 times more likely in jump races than flat races.

Jumps horses are generally older than flat racing horses. Many have raced in flat events and are therefore more likely to have bone, tendon and muscle weaknesses. These horses are then required to race over distances of up to five kilometres and clear more than a dozen jumps.

In 1991, the Senate Select Committee on Animal Welfare produced a report, Aspects of Animal Welfare in the Racing Industry, which said: “Based on evidence received during the inquiry, the Committee has serious concerns about the welfare of horses participating in jumps races. Those concerns are based on the significant probability of a horse suffering serious injury or even death as a result of participating in these events, and in particular, steeplechasing … Accordingly, the Committee is of the view that the relevant state governments should phase out jump racing over the next three years.”

That was 26 years ago.

In 2009, Racing Victoria announced it would abolish jumps racing at the conclusion of the 2010 season. Early in 2010, the decision was reversed and jumps events have continued to be sanctioned, despite then-Victorian Racing Minister, Rob Hulls, publically stating concern over the welfare of horses in jumps racing.

New South Wales, where Australia’s first jumps event was held in 1832, banned jumps racing in 1997. The Tasmanian racing industry voluntarily stopped holding jumps events in 2007. Western Australia has not held jumps races since 1941, while the ACT and Queensland have only ever held occasional events.

Bignell said on April 17 that many racing clubs and members did not want jumps events anymore but Thoroughbred Racing SA was forcing clubs to host them.

“Racing horses over jumps poses an unacceptable risk to both horses and riders. It’s cruel, it’s barbaric and it doesn’t belong in the 21st century. It is time for [Thoroughbred Racing SA] to act and ban jumps racing,” he said.

Thoroughbred Racing SA chair Frances Nelson replied by pointing to the income it generates. “It’s an integral part of our industry,” she said. “This carnival alone, over two days of Easter, puts $13m into the local economy.”

Dozens of protesters outside the event said deaths like Wheeler Fortune’s show the sport should be banned.

Elio Celotto from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses said: "We know that jumps racing cannot be made safe. We know the number of falls is still as statistically high as they have [ever] been.”

Oakbank Racing Club chairman Barney Gask said Wheeler Fortune’s death was the first fatality at the track in six years. But the RSPCA disputed this, saying Wheeler Fortune was the fourth horse to die in that period.

The RSPCA SA’s Rebecca Eyers said forcing horses to gallop long distances while jumping over obstacles was a “recipe for this kind of tragedy”. “It will keep occurring as long as we continue to allow it.”




AN EQUESTRIAN competitor suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung when she fell from a horse at the Manumbar Campdraft, west of Gympie, paramedics and event organisers say.

Campdraft volunteer Val Knight said the woman was initially attended by Murgon Ambulance at the campdraft grounds, after a nearby resident called for help.

The woman, 40 was transported to Kingaroy Hospital and later flown to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital, in a condition described by an RACQ Lifeflight spokeswoman as "serious but stable."

Ambulance paramedics were initially concerned the woman, 40, may have suffered a spinal injury when she fell, about 7am, according to a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman.

The campdraft is a big event in the tiny and relatively isolated centre, which Mrs Knight says is essentially a hall, with the campdraft grounds across the road.

"It cvan take an hour to get here from Murgon and there's no mobile reception either," she said.

"A man who lives close by used his phone to call the ambulance," Mrs Knight said.

She said organisers had been told the injured woman was recovering but had suffered a punctured lung and a broken rib.
Gympie Times

Topics: airlift campdraft equestrian gympie region helicopoter rescue manumbar manumbar campdraft racq lifeflight





Colorado Springs, Colorado – For the last 2 years, Sherri Brunzell has been fighting her animal cruelty charges when 14 dead horses were found rotting in her barn – and nearly starved to death was a famous Quarter Horse Duel Peppy. In 2015 Brunzell was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 5 years probation, not for the dead horses, but for the live horses and llamas suffering in her barn.

Sherri Brunzell

Brunell and her legal team have been fighting the sentencing, but the Colorado Supreme Court declined to consider the case, and she must report for jail by 7:00 pm tonight. As part of her sentencing, she cannot own, manage, possess, lease or care for horses during her 5 years of probation.




BELLS, Texas (KXII) -- The Grayson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a horse that was shot.

Jennifer Jones says their 5-year-old horse, Fiona, was shot in the pasture next to their home on Sears Road near highway 56 in Bells.

"We noticed a very small, very small hole in her side and we didn't even think it was a hole. We thought it was a scratch."

She says at first the family thought Fiona had rolled onto wire somewhere on their property.

But when they took her to the vet, they found out she had been shot in the chest with what they believe may have been a 22 caliber bullet.

"I think we're still in shock to be honest. At her loss and that it was a gunshot."

Fiona was put to sleep on Friday.

Jones told us she hopes the incident was an accident.

She says they have a creek right next door to their property where neighbors hunt coyotes and wild hogs.

"Somebody could have been hunting and if they missed, or went astray, it could have hit the horse."

But she says her vet thinks otherwise.

"Because of the placement, it looks like an intentional shot because it was right in her rib cage."

It's the fifth report of a horse being shot in this area over the last eight months.

"I'm sad more than angry that people would do something like that and I know that many people have had a loss and that's it. I'm more sad than anything."

Fiona's death is still under investigation.

Jones warns others to keep an eye out around their neighborhood, just in case.









Humans have been riding horses for around five and a half thousand years, so it's little surprise that we take the idea of horse-riding for granted. But when you think about it, there are very few animal species which humans ride.

Horse-riding has been good to humans, making them faster, stronger and taller than they could ever be on their own two feet. Raised on the backs of horses, horizons have been broadened, borders have been crossed, wars have been won, cultures have been spread, classes have been established and harsh environments have been defeated. Of course, what was a win for the mounted was usually a loss for everyone else.

Horse racing is just one of the dangerous riding avenues.
Horse racing is just one of the dangerous riding avenues. Photo: Steven Siewert

What's so good about it?

Although actual wars are no longer fought from horseback (symbolic wars sometimes occur in the competition arena) and we technically don't "need" horses, Australians really enjoy horse-riding. There are an estimated 400,000 horse owners in Australia and 148,800 Australians aged 15 years and over reported participating in horse-riding/equestrian activities/polo at least once for the 2011/12 census period.

The physical and rehabilitative benefits of horse riding have been documented in Australia since at least the opening of ...
The physical and rehabilitative benefits of horse riding have been documented in Australia since at least the opening of the first Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Centre in 1964. Photo: Rob Gunstone

While the "work horse" romantically gave way to today's leisure, competition and performance horse, horses have more recently also become our alternative therapists (okay, so they are still working for us).

The physical and rehabilitative benefits of horse riding have been documented in Australia since at least the opening of the first Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Centre in 1964. However, people experiencing mental health disorders/issues such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, depression and anxiety report achieving improved quality of life, wellbeing and mental health from equine-assisted therapies, which often extends to their families.

More generally, horse-riding can provide an opportunity for social interaction, taking responsibility, working collaboratively, character building, psycho-social resilience, connecting with nature and being active in the great outdoors. Some people have hypothesised that the element of danger in human-horse interactions provides particular therapeutic benefits, through self-mastery, emotional regulation, learning how to take calculated risk or overcoming fear.

So, what's the catch?

Some people have hypothesised that the element of danger in human-horse interactions provides particular therapeutic benefits, through self-mastery, emotional regulation, learning how to take calculated risk or overcoming fear. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

There are an estimated 1 million domesticated horses in Australia. All of them can bolt, buck and rear; and stumble, trip and fall. However, being ridden places physical and mental stresses on domestic horses for which wild horses did not evolve. Riding can cause pain, discomfort or confusion to a horse, which can result in dangerous behaviour.

Falling from a horse is a fall from height, possibly also at speed. And it doesn't matter if you ride horses for a living.

Hospital admissions data suggests that an average of six workers are hospitalised in Australia every five days as a result of a horse-related injury. Around 76 per cent of those injuries resulted from a fall.

According to coronial data, there were 98 horse-related fatalities between July 2000 and June 2012, or an average of 8.2 deaths per year, of which 74 per cent resulted from a fall and 42 per cent were people who worked with horses as part of their profession.

Using Bird's Triangle Theory, each death can be seen to represent 600 near misses. That's 4920 near misses each year. Such figures would cause widespread outrage if they represented shark attacks or mining incidents.

Are we doing all we can to reduce the risks?

There are some excellent measures for mitigating the risks of horse-riding, from free and accessible information and affordable personal protective equipment, through to formal training and certification.

However, there are many historical, generational, social and cultural barriers. For example, the use of equipment such as helmets has not been normalised in Australian equestrian culture to the extent that it has for construction workers or motorcycle riders, for example.

Most – if not all – horse riders are aware that horse-riding is dangerous, so they often consider they are taking calculated risks when they ride. As a living creature with whom people develop strong friend or child-like attachments, riders can also place enormous amounts of faith and trust in their horses. Indeed, it is the combination of human and equine factors that contributes to the likelihood of an accident or injury.

However, since horse-riding is initiated by humans, it seems appropriate for humans to move beyond the idea of a "freak accident" and be held accountable for reducing the risk of horse-related accidents by wearing protective equipment, increasing their knowledge of horse behavior, and continuously improving their skills in horse riding and training.

There is also an important role for government to play in legislating the use of basic personal protective equipment such as helmets and acknowledging the sentience and willfulness of horses by considering them (and other animals) separately from plant or equipment in workplaces, or from vehicles on roads.

Insurers too could provide incentives for riders to engage in education and training and/or rewards for adopting protective behaviours. The success of all such initiatives requires a unified culture where horse-riders value the safety of themselves, one-another, their particular sport, the horse community and the whole Australian equine industry.

Humans might have been doing things with horses in ways that have remained unchanged for generations, if not thousands of years. Nonetheless, to ensure that the benefits outweigh the costs – for humans and horses alike – horse-riding should be treated as a human privilege, and not a historical right.










Hello Mr. O’Leary; I’ve watched all of your Youtube videos (some more than once) and really appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I will be ordering the “Re-mouthing” video as soon as I can get Paypal set up. I’ve been riding my 7 yr old gelding for over a year now. When he has spooked from a walk in the past I could bring him back down by using a one rein bend to a stop. This has given me confidence and works well. But yesterday he spooked going from trot to canter and began to bolt. Well, I lost my balance, hanging off his side while trying to use one rein, which must have scared him, so he bucked me off. Two questions please: In the video do you cover what type of bit you prefer? Do you believe there are benefits to laying down a horse? Thank you for taking time to respond,, and again, thank you for sharing your expertise. I look forward to learning more. Sincerely, Walt Fischhoff . USA

Hi Walt. Not good. Hope You are ok?

The Buck was caused by an increased pressure on the Girth, on a Horse that is slightly 'Girthy' and triggered by the amount of 'Resistance' in the Mouth which thereby determines how much strength You had to use, in order to stop the Horse from completing it's aims.

Put simply, the poorer the Lateral Mouth, the more resistance, the more sudden shock sent through to the Girth and surprise on the Horse. Then, the profile of the Horse determines the outcome.

So it is essential to re-mouth that Horse, however the massive DVD's don't just take You through the entire processes, it examines how People ruin Mouths and HOW TO RETAIN the good Mouth. As You may know, over 98% of People in the "English Disciplines' continue to deteriorate the Mouths of their Horses, Daily.

The Bit has to be at lease a Full cheek Snaffle

However, I have developed a Bit specifically for the job.



Hi again, Mr. O'Leary. I forgot to mention that I have not had a bit in my gelding's mouth since I purchased I'm 1.5 years ago. I have re-started him in a rope halter, which I then modified into a side-pull rope halter. I've been riding in that for a year now. So, hopefully when I go to the bit I will basically be starting on a fresh mouth. The bit you designed is similar to one made in Florida, called a Mylar bit. Thank you so much for your insight. I really enjoy learning your approach to horsemanship. And your wife's videos are equally as amazing. God bless you and your family. Sincerely, Walt


HI again Walt, then there is little wonder that You had the problems. I have seen it many times in my Career. For Your interest, here is Pat being a victim of a Rope Halter :)


Yes, I am familiar with the Myler Boys :)

Yes, You will have to completely start again.









i have a bit of a problem with my tb mare.when she is in season she will not go in the float.she will even lay down.she wont even go in with her male buddy.but only does this when in season.she is 17 hands.the safest quietest tb could find.looks after her rider.is happy to please.ground manners.saddle manners are good.just the float is a problem.only when in season.i have practised and she goes in and out like nothing.no dramas.what do u think.is she being a bad unmannered horse.

i dont think forcing her with crop will work as i said u force and u get down the road and she is down in the float is she being just a sook and i dont want to.waiting for your reply.

The answer to this is simple. Don't do it!!! Don't float the Horse when in Season. She knows why, just trust Her. It could be Hormonal, Sexual, all sorts of things, but she will be correct and we should do as she asks. Any Mare that will lay down in a Float has a major problem that we should take heed of.




also i have a buckskin foal who will be 2 years old in September.she is stock x quarter.what age can i break her in.my first foal i have ever trained.she is on the bit already.beatiful latural turning.everything i have taught her u could near get on her.done everything including even on the road.loves the traffic .doesnt shy .has the saddle on no dramas.she is very willing and listens to everything u say and ask if her.has been long reined even ine rein stop.u could turn her head round and inside out.she spins whoos backs up.farrier loves her.do i wait to get on her when 3 years old less or more please.i am only going to use her as a trail riding horse.

she has manners to die for.i have had her since she was born.doesnt pull on bit or lead rope.drop the lead rope she will not move.i learnt all this only through having bad horses with no manners.
The saddle u just chuck on she dont care.lean on her back u can near go to sleep and she will not move.has never kicked not once.u could crawl under legs.she is going to be a quick girl if u wanted her to.yes but i dont want to stuff her back thats why i am asking u what age would u get her broken to saddle.thanku john.

This is the foal i am talking about.CRYSTAL.her dad was 16hands and her mum 15hands so hopefully she will grow to 15 hands.thanku john



Hi Dianne.

I would only ever start a Horse when over 3 Years. Preferably 4 Years but in Your Case, beind Trail ridden, You should get away with it at 3 years onwards. You know the Veterinary. All the reasons are valid. They are trying now to ban 2 year old Races. We must not be part of the problem. Yes.....I can hear your pain :)