get letters almost every day on the subject of Horses with
'stifle/patella/sacroiliac' problems. These afflictions are widespread
because of the lack of Breeding controls in the Industry in this Country
and no doubt other parts of the World. We need to follow the lead of the
EU. This one today is typical:
I just came across your site while searching for information on
rehabilitating sore stifles. My 10 yr. old gelding, DJ, has sore
stifles…the left one not very bad at all but the right one is quite
sore and shows up when doing certain maneuvers. The elevated
soreness of the right stifle is causing him to put more weight on
his left hind which in turn has caused some separation of the hoof
wall on the near side. Not really bad yet, but I want to do what I
can to help him.
CONFORMATION VERSUS DRESSAGE
Hind End Lameness in the Performance Horse
During this time and via these Horses, we have been able to considerably
add to the list of communicatory indicators that Horses always exhibit
and it would be wonderful if the Australian Horse Public could remember
some of these and to dispel the myth that Horses are 'naughty or being a
There are no Problem Horses, only Problem People and of 1,000 Buck
Jumpers that I have met, 999 did not want to Buck. (Two this Week) So
here are some classic indicators for you. They all do all of these or
They attempt to Tell Riders that they don't want to go to the Arena
They Jig Jog upon arrival at the arena.
Their Respiration Rate increases
Rushing or running in one or more Paces, depending upon the injury type.
The Vast majority of Horses with rear end Veterinary Problems NEVER SHOW
Coming behind the Leg and especially just prior to the Canter aid
They absolutely hate having a Head Set and will go down to please and
come back up for relief
They are almost always 'Crooked' and that crookedness tells us which
side the Problem is.
Straighten them and they can become frantic.
Being put "Over the Back" and "truly round" makes them more unsound
They almost always do not have a rhythm.
They often have irregular muscle development.
They are often degenerated in the hind end and have way large front
They pull themselves along by the front legs at the Canter
They want to go 'hollow' and 'above the Bit'
They often have shorter front Legs than the back
They are often 'Rump High'
They are often 'straight behind'
Their Neck is often set on their Body incorrectly.
There Rump often falls away downhill
They do not like sitting trot
They all go through a check list of evasions and add new one's when Mrs.
HP rides and negates each.
They threaten to rear when most other evasions fail
They want to run away if the pressure keeps coming
They sweat more than they should. PAIN CAUSES SWEAT!!!!!!!!!!
and much more..............................
AND THEY GET ULCERS. Pain causes Ulcers.
Chiro's, Physio's and Vet's are
increasingly recommending our system.
Apart from the fact that they are not made like crap, they are
specifically designed to be actually adjust them to suit varying Horses
that have different Veterinary problems and different conformation.
Rehabilitation of such Horses should take Months and be progressive.
Done in soft sand, preferably without a lunge rein on but in a round Pen
however, if you must lunge in the open (say on an arena) this is how you
rig the lunge line.....
me for the free 145 Page E-Book.
If you are interested in watching 27
Veterinary afflicted Horses speaking
with us in order to be saved, go buy
'LISTEN TO YOUR
7 HOURS AND
FEATURING 27 HORSES CRYING OUT FOR
HELP. An in depth look at what not
to buy and why, what Horses are
pre-disposed to unsoundness and why.
you ever consider Buying a
Performance Horse, watch this
Production and it may save you
If you put the hard yards in and
adopt the right training systems, under
3 Months is eminently possible. Mrs.
HP's new Green Horse. 17th Sept. 2011
10 WEEKS FROM GREEN BROKEN AND THIS
Philip Karl has aimed a sustained
attack on the German Dressage Federation
for it's systems and promotes his way as
being better. By chance, I have been
able to take a look at his system, as it
relates to the well being of the
Dressage Horse and I have found the
- That it promotes some Horses to
think 'upwardly' and indeed become
- That it negatively impacts
against the Muscular preparation of
the Dressage Horse and indeed,
degenerates the required supportive
Muscle Groups and could even promote
- I have
had at least 10 Horses through my
Hands, mostly Rearing or Bolting,
due to this system, in the Hands of
- Any system
that promotes "Hollowness' in the
Dressage Horse, progressively
weakens the Veterinary defenses of
" For a system to be deemed worthy, IT MUST be
easily used by normal Horse Owners. The Phillip Karl system fails
completely and I have NEVER seen positive results, only negative.
(remembering that I watch thousands of Dressage Horses as I strap for my
2016 Horse of the Year.
Here are some Photos from a Client of
During Karl system
Video filmed in Perth, clearly showing Horses
'above the Bit' and 'resistant'
Then, after a few Months of my
Running Reins system.
Side Reins to
....but with the 44 Page Training E-Book that comes with them.
Side Reins Muscle Production on this Young Horse
Same Horse with our system (note the colour
where the Side Reins probably caused Ulcers in
the Young Horse.
have found over the years that not all Horses are the same and that some
need different adjustments for effective help. This can be caused by
or different Veterinary problems.
Draw Reins are anti productive on such
Horses and actually cause problems.
MARKET HARBOROUGH/GERMAN MARTINGALE
piece of equipment
SHOULD BE USED if you want to ride these Horses in an accessory which
can be needed to force Veterinary afflicted Horses to go the extra yard
to strengthen their weaknesses.
fact, I use the Market Harborough as a diagnosis tool for suspect Horses
for typically, such Horses are hiding and compensating for their
problems and it is only when they are encouraged to really be 'round or
deeper' that the problem areas will show themselves so the Horse can be
helped. Vets cannot diagnose these problems.
RIDER CAUSED VETERINARY
Many of the isssues that effect Horses and look like true Veterinary
problems, are in fact caused by incorrect riding and in particular 'above
the Bit', where Horses go around 'hollow' and degenerating their
driving and carrying muscles amongst many other things. The running
reins and Market Harborough are often the saviour for these issues.
HORSES WITH ISSUES BE FIXED
they can and we do it regularly, as do some of my Readers. (providing
real Veterinary has been eliminated of course, such as bone chips and
Remember, with any athletic preparation, the use of this equipment must
be sustained and over a long period. Think about that and don't be one
of the thousands that think they can fix these things with a few rides
Good to have you back.
This is more of a vet problem than a horse problem.
I have written to you before about my mare Melody. She
failed at harness breaking but has been great under
saddle. I've finally realised however that I need more
time to spend with my other horsey partner of eight
years and need to sell my mare. Melody is sweet, easy to
catch, handle, trim (barefoot), float, worm, vacc. Quiet
temperament but with good stamina and enough go and big
enough stride to make a nice pony club eventer. At 14hh
she is a great size for a small adult or teen. What more
could anybody ask? Well, more. My mare has a locking
stifle- but only when she is on rich pasture/clover. I
have had her for over a year now and it is quite clear
that there is a correlation between what she eats and
her stifle locking.
When I first saw this problem with my mare I searched
the internet and spoke to my vet and was told all the
usual stuff- build up her hind end, keep her fit, you
can treat it with hormone injections, cut the ligaments
etc. Then a woman who gave me some lessons told me it
could be because of too much protein. Well I kept my
mare out of the pasture and gave her year old grass hay.
Guess what, the locking stopped. Started again if she
went on our rich Kinglake pasture. I control it through
diet. All through winter this year it didn't show. All
through spring it didn't show. As soon as the horses
went onto a newly rejuvinated pasture with lots of
clover it started locking again. I took her off and fed
her hay and it stopped.
Now I am trying to sell my mare. I am being up front
with people for the sake of my mare. I don't want her
being punished for being 'naughty' if her stifle locks
again. One woman was really keen but her vet told her
that she would have to keep my mare in peak condition in
order to prevent the stifle lock. She pulled out and was
so disappointed. The information was not even true. My
mare has never been in peak condition and her stifle
only locks when she is on rich pasture- and even when it
is locking it isn't serious and doesn't prevent her
being ridden. My gripe is the ignorance of vets. How
many horses out there are suffereing needlessly with
locking stifles and how many owners are watching
helplessly when all they need to do is give their horses
a diet similar to a founder prevention diet and get them
off the rich pasture they were never designed to be on
in the first place. I can't explain why the diet has an
effect. My vet can't explain it either. I'm not saying
it will work for all horses but it might just work for
some and they are currently missing out. Please spread
the word. A recent check on the internet showed me only
one breif reference to protein and I'm still at a loss
to explain WHY?
I have a lovely young mare for sale but for the price
some people would rather buy a TB with mental problems,
a standy that can't canter (and a good chance they also
had stifle probs at some time in their lives), or a
horse with an iron mouth.
Anyway, remember. If there are stifle problems try
changing the diet first.
"Wear your Heart
in your Hands"