11th February, 2018


HI Folks. How are You all? Hope You had a good Week.  Wonderful Weather here and breaking all records of up to 16 degrees cooler than Roseworthy and 13 degrees on another Day. In fact, when it was 36 Degrees at Golden Grove, we had this....








Weeeelllllll....."Barnaby's having a Baby" hahahahaha. Stupid Bastard. Thank God he is a Kiwi and not an Ozzie I bet he wouldn't have won the Bi-election if the Public had known about this. Nicely hidden Barnaby!!!

Nick's made a 2 Billion Dollar blunder on his adding up of the Health Budget...and meanwhile


Jay keeps on kicking Goals, now with his 'Old Mate' Eon from Tesla, putting 50,000 Solar Panels on the Roofs of Social Security Recipients'. Typical Labor Party, spend all the money on those who can't assist Society and charge the Workers and Small Business squillions in Taxes to support it. The system is broken. No logic at all.





Is now 10 Days old and a really Madam :) Cheeky and cocky as Hell, marching up to us as if we were long lost Buddies and even calling out when we arrive :) Cute.



She wasn't so cocky Yesterday however, for she got Halter Broken and when I arrived there at 6am this Morning, I thought she might have the "Nose out of Joint" but she hadn't changed a bit, which speaks well for Her Temperament.


but Today, we lead like a Dream and we are into everything. We like this Human stuff :)






So ok, if you insist upon annoying me, give me your damm Foot and I'll do you both


All round.........Dreamboat :)







Hi Linda, thankyou so much for Sophs great lesson today. Holly is just going so well! 
We always know when we have a lesson from you there is always, a100% improvement! You just have the knack to spot tiny details and have a solution. Soph is hoping to compete on March 6 so if we could get a few more lessons in that would be wonderful. Can you please tell me the days/ times you are available and I will check the weather too. 








Dear John, I just wanted to express my disappointment that Equestrian New South Wales is not actively promoting and interpreting the February 2017 SafeWork NSW Code of Practice: MANAGING RISKS WHEN NEW OR INEXPERIENCED RIDERS OR HANDLERS INTERACT WITH HORSES IN THE WORKPLACE.

Worse still, I have reason to believe that Equestrian Australia and Equestrian New South Wales are actually lobbying SafeWork NSW to be exempt from the Code. This is hard to understand.

 All EA coaches, ‘Ready Steady Trot’ beginner rider providers and EA affiliated events with paid contractors are technically PCBUs (‘person conducting a business or undertaking\') The law is law, and EA members desperately need the support and guidance of their governing body to understand their obligations to this WHS Code.

 I realise it may not be a perfect fit for the current EA framework, but surely it is a bit like the time that seatbelts were introduced: older cars weren’t built with them but everyone found a way to have them retro-fitted when they were mandatory?!

 My understanding is that the introduction of the Code is the first time that State laws have superseded the regulations of an equestrian body, pretty much anywhere. But with so many of our young people dying in preventable riding accidents, maybe it is high-time the government stepped in? Why should equestrian pursuits be exempt from the modern standards required in other industries and trades?

Best regards


Very interesting indeed!! This will no doubt play out in the Courts at some point in the future.

I have other concerns of course. Given that those who Administer the Sport or Coaching the Sport, don't have enough understanding of how to read risk, even if the Rules were followed, Users are not well enough equipped to benefit from the Laws.

I keep saying that "Horsemanship is the art of 'reading the future' with 'Risk Management' in Mind but at EA Events that I go to, there is little understanding of it.

Not one Club has Risk under control in this State for instance. I see it everywhee I go. Here is a typical scene.



Do you see the Death????




So to abide by the Laws and benefit from them, one must be trained in the the identification of Risk.

This is replicated across the Country and there is NO TEACHINGS on the Matter.


To be picky but to point out the fact, JUDGES and Officials ARE NOT TAUGHT Risk Management. Forgive me Madam for using this Pic for educational Purposes, to perhaps save a Life.

The Hat had fallen off the previous lap. The Judges did nothing........oh....ok....so it' only a Hat....true, she didn't have a Helmut on anyway.......BUT......."WHAT ABOUT THE SHY SIDEWAYS and the ROCK SOLID Permapine Posts in the Ground and LOW BOARDS, to have the Horse down on top of the Rider, on the outside of the Arena?????????? See the point.

Here are some more.......


Pony Club Victoria......How to get kicking in the Head and killed. It's obviously a problem as they wouldn't have 3 People in attendance.



Lunging in Float Carparks???????????


and what about this one???????


and Mummy here with the Baby fresh out of the Womb.....You stupid Woman!!!!!!!!! The Neck can't even carry the bloody Hat!!!!!!


Thanks for the Letter. I doubt they will ever change because the 'English Disciplines' are Born in "Zero Horsemanship' and 'Horsemanship' is the art of 'Risk Management.






In Summer, in hot weather, Horses should have big troughs, not those Water feeders, which have Pipes that prepare the Water like a Heated Swimming Pool"










You must have been living under a rock for the past few weeks if you haven’t heard about Shelley Browning and her unenviable dressage riding in California recently.

I have never seen a social media storm like it. These were, after all, dressage tests lasting only a few minutes, and nobody died.

The ongoing furore even outweighs the worldwide angst over poor Splitters Creek Bundy who broke both forelegs in a 120km Abu Dhabi endurance ride on February 5th, 2015. Social media concern at that time led to sharp but short action by the FEI and the Emirates federation. But desert racing remains as riddled with cheating, doping and death as it was three years ago; so, dressage friends, don’t expect outrage over Del Mar to promote some meaningful change any time soon.

Videos of Browning in two national Intermediaire II tests show a lumpen, unbalanced rider steadying herself with the reins throughout, using her whip and kicking while wearing spurs, with her schoolmaster Vorst D bucking from time to time; even the official live-stream commentator was lost for words.

Fierce criticism has been aimed at the rider, naturally; at her trainer; at the “system” in general and at the judges for not disqualifying instantly – Browning was eliminated belatedly after her second test for using whip and reins in one hand, but notably not for abuse. Some have almost called for canonisation of the stoic Vorst D.

There has also been outcry about the outcry. Many, quite rightly, deplore the insidious growth of cyber-bullying. Others chastise the blogger Erica Franz for flagging it up in the first place.

When watching dressage, I am often baffled why overtly bad riding is not comprehensively hammered by the fearless awarding of very low marks.

Experts spend a lot of time debating the judging system, but do they ask the general spectator what confuses him most? If you drive at a steady speed 10 miles up a straight highway, the eighth mile will compute and feel exactly as long as the fourth mile – because it is. But in dressage, each incremental point from seven upwards gives the impression of being a larger unit of measurement than the one before.

In tests at any level you’ll often see the lesser combinations clustered around the late 50/lower 60 per cents, with the better ones nudging the late 60s/early 70s and then the Charlottes, Isabells and Lauras in the 80s and beyond.

Folks steeped in dressage will appreciate the idiosyncrasies of the scoring system. But what these differentials also signal is that the also-rans are at least three-quarters as mark-worthy as the top-placed riders – even when the latter are so exceptional they might have been riding in a whole different contest and you would have given an 11 if you could.

There is a contradiction in subjectively assessing an overall performance by dividing it into many tiny chunks and considering them all in isolation. To deal with that, dressage provides a long established and universally agreed scale of marks, each with clear definitions.

So it shouldn’t be disproportionately more difficult to achieve an eight over a seven than it was to obtain a five over a four. But that can’t change while it seems taboo for judges to delve into the zero to two range more than once or twice per test (zero being “movement not performed,” one “very bad” and two “bad.”)

It is unlikely Shelley Browning scored fives (“sufficient”) for every single movement. More likely she got some threes (“fairly bad”) and fours (“insufficient”). So to average 51 per cent, some sixes and sevens and maybe even an eight must have dished out too – meaning parts of Shelley’s test were, incredibly, deemed “satisfactory,” even “fairly good.”

I am sure judges in general don’t consciously do this, but they often give these impressions. First, that they hover around four to seven when judging also-rans, in the knowledge these riders will end up around 60 per cent and thus pose no threat to the leading cadre. A 60-something mark also means no offence or needless upset is caused to the mass of riders propping up the show circuit. Second, that judges check the start list and leave enough eights and nines in reserve to isolate the genuinely worthy winners and top-placed combinations.

To get back to abuse, this is harder to identify than social media would like to think. Are we sure Shelley’s riding was deliberate, calculated abuse, or a succession of clumsy accidents, or just part of everyone’s learning curve – and we’ve all been there. I feel awful, in hindsight, for the horses who endured untold hours on the lunge while I struggled without reins and stirrups in a bid to improve my seat. Luckily for me, that was so long ago mobile phones with cameras were still a figment of the imagination.

Not every national federation views abuse in the same way, either. Last month the Austrian federation imposed a hefty five-year ban on a veteran jumper for diabolical riding following social media outcry. The tough stance taken by the national federation rather let the FEI off the hook from intervening, even though the incident occurred at a CSI.

At the other extreme, while USEF does allow elimination from national dressage for “use of illegal equipment, non-compliance with protective headgear rules, not wearing a number, cruelty and abuse or leaving the arena without the judges’ permission” it clearly did not agree there was abuse in the Browning case.

Following the outburst about poor standards amongst younger jumping riders by Albert Voorn, the Bernhard Maier ban, and now Del Mar, 2018 so far has focussed much attention on the ease with which the talentless can parachute themselves into upper level horse sport. Horse & Hound got a comment from USEF in which we learned USEF “does not have rules in place regarding riding standards or qualifying requirements to move up the levels.” They wouldn’t be the only ones, alas.

Having spotted a possible case of abuse, it is also mighty hard to secure any kind of punishment under FEI rules beyond a straightforward field-of-play elimination and/or a yellow warning card. I speak with small authority on that topic, having personally lodged the first and only protest in history to the FEI Tribunal from a member of the public, against horse abuse on the field of play (Cuckson & Higginson v FEI, September 2014).

But, in fact, we might not need to worry about the way to deal with abuse in dressage, intentional or otherwise, if the truly bad riding was realistically marked. Riders whose ambitions far outweigh their ability would soon reconsider their position (in both senses) if mortified by scores of 20%.






Top SA Event Rider sells $120,000 Horse recently, but it has broken down. How and what now? The line is being drawn.






Two Weeks ago, at 6.40pm, the Phone Rang and it was Police Firearms Branch from Adelaide. Wanting to know the status of a Shotgun I used to own but went missing.......in 1976 ( I was a good Boy registering it back then )

I asked "Where are You?"....they answered..."We are at Your front Gate"

So I went down and let them, half way through Dinner. Grrr.

Anyhow, it turns out the Gun had turned up in Queensland last Week, with a Dude attempting to register it.......move on to this Week.......

Phone rings....Queensland Police. "We have Your Gun here. Any idea what happened to back in 1976?????"

"No idea" I said. He says...."Does the name Dave Bishop ring any Bells????"......and then it twigged.......it sure does I said.


He was an Old Hoarder/Drunk/Con who used to visit us regularly, at Normanville back in the Day, when it was a Single Boys' Camp. We never shun anyone and entertained Him regularly, when one Day he announced that he wanted to lead the local 'Light Horse' in the Grand Parade at the Yankalilla Show upcoming.

He wasn't fit to be on any horse but we had a big Old Percheron around the place and an Army Saddle and he had the Uniform, so we put it all together and the big day came. He was a 'proud as Punch'. His moment in the Sun........so the Grand Parade commenced and into the Oval they all started to stream, Tractors, Bulls, Pony Clubber, Hay Balers, Kids leading Calves and so on....and away the Troop went, with Old 'Bo Jangles' marching along out the front, also as 'Proud as Punch'.

They had gone a full lap....but the Farm implements were still coming in, so instead of stopping, Old Dave let Old 'Bo Jangles' push through between a couple of 'John Deers' and just kept Marching. Old Dave had the chest poked out so far and was in trance like mode, he forgot to look behind him, to see what the Troop was doing.

Well 'Bugger me Dead' ....they couldn't fit whilst riding abreast, between the John Deers, and had stopped to wait for the rest of the Parade to finish their entry.

and so there was old Dave and 'Bo Jangles', marching along with Chests poked out, 150 metres in front of the Troop hahahahahaha

anyhow, back to the Gun..........

the Old Bastard died in Queensland a few Weeks ago and he had stolen my Gun and a heap of other stuff that went missing back then, like my Brothers brand new Emasculators etc..

You never know Folks!!.........

guess what.....the Gun is being sent back to me this Week


....oh....and see this Gun????.....


he stole that one too















Bordertown horse trainer Sam Turner of Bordertown made a devastating discovery on Sunday morning.

Overnight, thousands of dollars worth of horse riding gear had been stolen from his racing stable.

Among the items stolen were horse shoeing equipment, hawkers made of solid brass, a helmet and vest.

Saddles of his own making were also taken, equalling up to around $3300 of value.

“I have lived here for around 20 years,” Mr Turner said, “and never has anything of value been taken before.”

Along with his own saddles, a stock saddle which Mr Turner was repairing for someone else was also among the stolen goods.

However, it wasn’t only horse gear that was stolen, Mr Turner’s prized eight ball cue-stick was also taken from him.

“I play competition pool, so I had to go out and buy a good cue-stick, it’s worth about $290 in total, so I’m pretty disappointed.”

Nail guns were also taken from the property.

“I live at a dead end road, so I didn’t think that this kind of thing would happen,” Mr Turner said.

Because the horse racing gear taken was made by Mr Turner himself, it should be easy to spot.

“Some of my friends have posted photos of the gear online, and I am really surprised at the amount of phone calls, help and support I’ve been given,” he said.

Bordertown Police were at Mr Turner’s property Sunday morning to investigate, and are keeping him up to date with their investigation.

Mr Turner would like to thank all those who have given or offered horse racing gear for him to lend in the meantime, as he prepares for his four horses to race at this weekend’s cup meeting in Naracoorte.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Bordertown Police on 8752 1355.






An investigation is under way after 16 horses died on their way home from a trip to Tasmania for a polo tournament.

The horses, from Willo Polo Club in Richmond, NSW, were in north-eastern Tasmania for the Barnbougle Polo tournament on January 20.

Following the event the horses were transported to Victoria on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, arriving in Melbourne on January 29, an Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesperson said.

While ASMA and Tasmania's Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment are investigating the incident, it is not known if the horses died on the ferry or after they disembarked.

"While investigations are continuing, at this point AMSA is satisfied that the vessel appears to have complied with AMSA requirements relating to the carriage of livestock.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further while the investigation is under way."

A DPIPWE spokeswoman said Tasmania is being assisted by other jurisdictions, including chief veterinary officers in Victoria and NSW.

Adding to the mystery is the survival of a similar number of horses making the trip back to the mainland in a second horse trailer also being managed by the former Australian polo team captain and coach, Andrew Williams. Mr Williams owned some of the dead animals and managed others belonging to his employer Johnny Kahlbetzer, the son of German-born agribusiness baron John Dieter Kahlbetzer, whose fortune was estimated by Forbes last year as $950 million.

Along with his younger brother, Mr Kahlbetzer runs the family's extensive agribusiness, property, venture capital and resources operations and owns Jemalong Polo Club at Forbes, where the dead horses were based.

Mr Williams, regarded as one of Australia's top players, who also owned some of the animals and was responsible for their welfare, said his career and livelihood were now on hold after finding all but two of them dead in the back of his horse trailer after arriving at a property at Yarra Glen, about 55 kilometres from Melbourne.

"It was my worst nightmare. Within an hour of leaving the boat, I had 16 horses that were cold dead and two fighting to survive," Mr Williams said in a statement.





A colt found skinny, exhausted and “minutes from death”, dumped on his own in the mud, has been making good progress since his rescue.

A dog-walker found skewbald Adie in a ploughed field in Headcorn, Kent, on New Year’s Eve.

RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon was sent to the scene.

“The ground around him was churned up where he had obviously been struggling to get back up after collapsing, but he had become so weak he could barely lift his head; it was very sad to see.

“He wasn’t emaciated like many of the dumped ponies we see, but he was very skinny, absolutely freezing and completely exhausted – he really was minutes from death so he is extremely lucky the dog walker found him when she did.”

The walker offered Adie some water, which he was keen to drink, and Ms Russon had hay in her car, which the colt “desperately” tried to eat.

“While we waited for the vet, we knew we had to keep Adie warm and alert, and the dog walker was extremely kind and fetched dog blankets and the boot liner from her car. A local horse rider who had passed us appeared on foot, bringing us a horse rug from her yard, and we used this as a sling to raise Aide to his feet. It was by no means an easy job, but between nine of us we managed to haul him up and keep him steady.

“The kindness of these people was very moving.”

Adie had a “severe” worm burden and his situation was “touch and go”, even after he had been transferred to private boarding stables but he is now “through the worst”, Ms Russon said.“I’m delighted that now one month since his rescue, his future is much brighter,” she added. “He is still being treated with steroids and receiving parasite treatment to clear him completely of all those worms that were making him so ill, but hopefully before long we can look to find him a loving new home,” she added. “He’s a beautiful standardbred who will be fairly tall when he’s fully grown, so he will be the perfect riding horse for someone one day.”

The RSPCA said it is likely Adie was led into the field, off New House Lane, through a small footpath entrance and dumped shortly before he was found, on 31 December 2017. Anyone with information, or who wants to donate to an appeal for Adie’s care, is asked to call the charity on 0300 1238018.






A charity is appealing for donkeys to have no more part in the “stressful, deafening and unsafe” Peropalo festival.

On Shrove Tuesday (13 February) a donkey will be “dragged” through the streets of Villanueva de la Vera, Spain, carrying a “fully grown, drunk man” as part of the festival.

The Donkey Sanctuary is calling for an end to the practice.

“The organisers of Peropalo claim its roots are from an event that took place in medieval times, when a rapist named Peropalo was caught and dragged through the village before being lynched in the town square,” said a spokesman for the charity.

“The festival — an outdated tradition that could be stopped by the regional government of Extremadura — is popular in the village and hundreds of people, most of whom have been drinking throughout the previous night, cram the tiny streets and join in the procession.

“It is deafeningly noisy and unsafe and has echoes of the machismo that characterises the Pamplona Bull Run. The procession takes about an hour, by which time most of the participants are intoxicated.”

The event is “highly stressful” to the donkey, said the charity, adding that it has supporting evidence of this.

“The donkey is crushed, pushed, pulled and falls frequently,” said the charity spokesman.

“In the a 2017 veterinary report, the vet notes that there was an increase in cortisol levels in the blood sample taken after the festival. Cortisol is a hormone released during periods of stress to allow the body to cope by redirecting energy resources into areas that are vital for survival.”

As recently as the 1980s, the donkey was often killed at the end of the event, but since the involvement of the Donkey Sanctuary, steps have been taken by the festival organising committee to address some of the welfare concerns – which included the donkey being kicked and punched and forced to drink alcohol.

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This year the Donkey Sanctuary will be lobbying the government of Extremadura to change its law which currently protects animals from mistreatment under animal welfare legislation with the exception of festivities such as Peropalo, which are listed as “intangible cultural heritage”.






A Nelson woman whose horse was killed in a crash caused by a tourist says "animals mean nothing" when it comes to punishment for road accidents.

Rachel McLaren was driving on Redwood Rd, off State Highway 60, near Rabbit Island when a car ploughed into her 19-year-old horse, Rocky, killing him.

She was taking him to an equestrian centre on the island, near Richmond.
Rocky, a 19 year old fixed stallion, died after his float was hit by a car being driven by a Spanish tourist.

Rocky, a 19 year old fixed stallion, died after his float was hit by a car being driven by a Spanish tourist.

"I was probably about 40 metres away from an entrance to a driveway down to Manuka Island huts, and I see a little car coming down the driveway at a great rate of knots. I had a matter of seconds to make a choice on what I was going to do," McLaren said.

Slamming on the brakes would have sent Rocky flying, and swerving could have flipped the float, she said, so she put her foot down.

Rachel McLaren said Rocky was well loved by people across the top of the South Island. He was killed in a car crash on Redwood Rd leading to Rabbit Island on Sunday.

"I was doing about 80km, the speed limit is 90, so I thought 'I've got to floor it, I've got to see if I can get past.' My truck had just got past the driveway and I thought 'I'm safe', and then bang."

The car, being driven by a Spanish tourist, hit the horse float with full force.

McLaren escaped injury, but the impact tore the float off the back of the truck, sending it spinning 180 degrees and knocking it on its side.
Rocky, a 19 year old Stallion, belonging to Nelson woman Rachel McLaren died, after his float was hit by a car being ...

Rocky, a 19 year old Stallion, belonging to Nelson woman Rachel McLaren died, after his float was hit by a car being driven by a Spanish tourist on the way to Rabbit Island.

"I got out of the car. I could see Rocky, he was trying to get up.

"I went up to the front of him ... and you just knew he'd taken a massive head shot," McLaren recounted tearfully.

The front of the tourist's car was completely caved in, she said.
Nelson woman Rachel McLaren's horse Rocky was killed when a car poughed into his float on Redwood Road, off State ...

"There were four of them in the car, none of them were hurt. As I got out of my car I was yelling at them to call emergency services. They were Spanish and only two of them spoke reasonably good English ... one of them got hold of emergency services."

A policeman arrived, and a vet made it to the scene about half an hour later.

"He checked his vital signs, and he took me away from the float and said he was slipping away. By the time we got back to him, he was gone."
Rocky's horse float was torn off Rachel McLaren's truck in the impact of Sunday's crash on Redwood Rd, leading to Rabbit ...

Rocky's horse float was torn off Rachel McLaren's truck in the impact of Sunday's crash on Redwood Rd, leading to Rabbit Island.

The driver, Alfonso Rodriguez-Udias, was charged with careless driving.

Rodriguez-Udias appeared at Nelson District Court on Tuesday, where the other man and two women from the car were also present.

He was ordered to pay McLaren $6500, before the two couples were due to fly out of the country on February 3.
Rachel McLaren's horse, Rocky, was killed after a car driven by a tourist ploughed into the float she was towing him on, ...

McLaren, from the Nelson suburb of Enner Glynn, said the reparations from the crash only covered about a quarter of the cost of the damage.

While nothing would bring back Rocky, she said it helped that the tourists were so remorseful.

The group, in their mid to late 20s, had been visiting friends in New Zealand before travelling here, McLaren said.

"I did meet with them afterwards. None of them were in a good way at all."

She was offended that careless driving was the only charge brought over the crash on Sunday January 28.

"There was no mention of death, animals mean nothing in this day and age."

However support had poured in from people across the top of the South Island.

"A lot of people knew Rocky. He spent a good ten plus years with a family over in Blenheim who bought him as a three-year-old and taught him how to be a riding horse, and he was much loved."

"I'd bought him four-and-a-half years ago, he'd been with a family out in Brightwater for a couple of years."

McLaren only started horse riding again about eight years ago, after hurting her back in a riding accident as a child.

"I always wanted to do it, I just had to wait for the right time for me. I've done a little bit of low level dressage over at the Motueka Dressage Show, and always come home with ribbons with him, but its always just been for fun."

Rocky was McLaren's first horse, and her "childhood dream come true".

"I've loved horses ever since I met my first horse at about the age of two. My parents weren't particularly horsy people. So after my accident when I was twelve, I lost my nerve, and they weren't too keen on me going back to it anyway."

She had been having riding lessons for about three years before she "finally found a horse that was a good match for me, and Rocky was it."

McLaren had had to travel a short section of State Highway 60 before turning off towards Rabbit Island, and welcomed a review of the Appleby stretch of the highway which had seen a spate of serious accidents over the last few weeks.

The trip from Rocky's paddock to the equestrian centre had often been difficult, she said.

"Trying to get out of that intersection at Lansdowne Rd ... with a horse float, you can't just put pedal to the metal."

And she said a private stop sign at the end of the drive that the tourists drove along, could have saved Rocky's life, had it not been lying on the ground.

This was because the point at which the driveway met Redwood Rd was obscured by bushes and trees, with a small ditch and fences on the other side of the road, she said

"Regardless of if I'd been there or not, someone was going to get hurt if he couldn't see the road. If he wasn't stopping for me, he wasn't stopping for anything. I just believe that Rocky's life saved theirs if not from death, then from serious injury."






CRESTON, B.C. -- Police say two people and two horses are dead after a highway crash in the southeastern British Columbia community of Moyie. RCMP from the Creston detachment say a tractor trailer was westbound on the highway at about 9 a.m.

on Saturday when it hit black ice and jackknifed. They say the truck careened into the oncoming lane where it collided head-on with an eastbound pickup truck that was hauling a horse trailer. Police say the tractor trailer driver, a 59-year-old Edmonton man, was ejected from the truck and died at the scene. They say the pickup driver, a 51-year-old Cranbrook, B.C., man was trapped in his vehicle and also died at the scene, as did both horses in the trailer.

 A female passenger in the pickup was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, then later transported by air ambulance to a larger area hospital. Investigators say they believe icy roads, driving too fast for the road conditions, and the fact the tractor trailer driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt all contributed to the fatalities.






A 26-year-old woman who was arrested after she startled a Charleston carriage horse while dressed as a dinosaur won’t pay a penalty for the incident that caused the driver to be run over, a judge decided Wednesday.

Disorderly conduct and wearing a disguise charges against Nicole Wells were dismissed. Wells had turned herself in to police the day after the May 18 incident.

Police said when the horse-drawn carriage carrying 16 people was in the 100 block of Church Street, a person dressed as a Tyrannosaurus rex, later identified as Wells, began growling at the horses.

The spooked horses backed up, carriage driver Van Sturgeon fell out, his left leg was caught in a front wheel and he was run over by the carriage that then hit a parked vehicle, police said.

Sturgeon said he yelled at Wells to "get out of here" three times, but she did not move and continued to face the horses, and they backed up and jackknifed the carriage.

"Perhaps she did not realize what a threat that appeared to be to my animals, but they responded remarkably well," Sturgeon said at the time. "Any animal, you included, are entitled to your flight response, the key is how quickly do you come back under control. If I throw a snake on you and you jump, you're entitled to that, but if you can come back and get in control really quickly, that's the key to emotional control and both of the animals demonstrated that."

Sturgeon said he was speaking when Wells turned toward the horses and he did not hear any growling sound, but he said he wouldn't have been able to hear her from that distance.

"If she turned away, I'm fairly convinced that things would have been different," he said.

Sturgeon suffered an injured leg in the accident but was able to return to work a month later. The horses and passengers were uninjured.

Prosecutors did not explain their decision to drop the charges.

Palmetto Carriage Works general manager Tommy Doyle says the company is considering a lawsuit against Wells.








A horse was extricated from a trailer Tuesday afternoon in Grants Pass after the trailer was separated from the tow vehicle.

GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- A horse is walking away from a trailer accident that could have been much worse. Rural Metro says around 2:21pm on Tuesday afternoon, they were requested to help with an extrication of a horse from an overturned trailer.

The trailer apparently separated from the tow vehicle while driving on Lonnon Road near Elk Lane. The trailer rolled into a ditch. The horse inside was wedged, and several community members jumped into action to help the people and horse that were affected. A veterinarian also came to the scene to assist.

Rural Metro was able to use hydraulic cutting tools to remove a backup bar in the trailer, and the horse was able to get out with only a few scratches.





Carriage horse spooked by umbrella near Central Park, advocates demand stricter laws


Animal rights activists are calling for more oversight of the city’s carriage industry after three passengers were injured when a horse got spooked by an umbrella Sunday afternoon.

The horse was startled at about 12:15 p.m., ran down part of Central Park South and crashed into three parked cars, police said. The three passengers inside the carriage were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, cops said.

The incident is the latest example of how the city’s “antiquated horse carriage rules” are endangering lives, according to the group New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets (NYCLASS), which advocates for laws to protect carriage horses.

“The enforcement of these carriages is a joke and it has only gotten more lax in the last four years, despite repeated assurances from City Hall,” NYCLASS Executive Director Edita Birnkrant said in a statement.

The group also demanded to see the results of a veterinary exam on the horse.









Miraculously however the horse survived without any injury and joined its escaped companion in making its way back to the stable.

However, the Vauxhall Corsa police car suffered an estimated upwards of £1,000 worth of damage.

Kirsten Smith whose daughter Bella, 16, owns the horses, said they received a call to inform them to horses were loose. She said they feared that due to the size of the animals and the volume of traffic on the road, it could lead to a very serious accident.

She said: "We got a call on Friday night around 10pm saying that our horses were loose and that one of them had hit a police vehicle.

"We immediately set off to try and find them and when we arrived at the stables the horses had already made their way back. There were police everywhere and a few members of the public who kindly came out to try and find them as well.

"The police car has suffered an awful lot of damage and I am ever so thankful that that the officer has not been hurt.

"It is a complete miracle as well that Harry is OK, there is not a mark on him, and from what I have heard he headbutted the windscreen very hard. But both the horses were very shaken and stressed after it all."

Bella said that she was just thankful her horses were OK, and that nobody had been killed or seriously injured.

She said: "We have checked the yard, the paddock and the fence of the stables and there doesn't appear to be any damage. I think someone has let them out and spooked them because normally horses wouldn't run off like that, they would just go to the nearest piece of grass to graze.

"When I heard the news that they were loose I was absolutely hysterical with worry, I just didn't know what might happen to them on that busy road. It was such a relief when I found out that they were ok.

"It really could have caused a massive accident, it was very dangerous."

PCSO Shaun Lee was driving the police vehicle at the time of the crash, and has since visited the horses and family at the stables to make sure they were doing well.

He described the events on the night saying: "We received a call on Friday night regarding two horses that were on the loose on the Peaks Parkway.

"We already had an unmarked vehicle in the area at the time, and sent another down so that we would be able to slow down and control traffic more effectively.

"We got to the horses as they were approaching the Hewitts Circus Tesco, and moved into the middle of the road to help control the traffic.

"The horses then went off towards Pennells Garden centre and down the layby there, and as we were attempting to stop the horses getting back onto the road, one of them turned and headbutted the windscreen.












Hi John   My wife swears by your horse gear and dvd’s and everything she has bought from you is good quality and the dvd’s are excellent  so I thought it worth asking you for some advice.   I ride my main horse bitless and he’s as good a horse as I could ever wish for. I’m 6ft4 and 104kg’s and noticed that he gets really tired on long rides or when we were out mustering.   We have a really good relationship so to be fair to him I have opted to ride him only on shorter rides. In spite of this he’s the first horse up at the tack room when the saddles come out J   

    Now comes the tricky part. I bought the biggest, strongest Standardbred I have ever seen thinking what could possibly go wrong. He can literally go all day without breaking a sweat but he is green and very rushy on the canter/gallop.   I’ve managed to get him to ride on a loose rein while we are trotting but I’m constantly having to one rein stop him on the canter because he is incredibly strong, surprisingly quick for a STB, excitable and good at rodeo moves.   He tries hard on the ground and I can see that he’s a good horse so I want to keep going with him .

 I went on your website intending to buy a bit but realised I haven’t got a clue about modern day bits.   Are you able to suggest which of your bits would be a good choice whilst not being too harsh on the big fella? We live in the bush a long way from anywhere and my wife has instructed me to “grow a brain” and start riding with a bridle, bit and helmet J.     She bought me one of your HP bridles which is the best bridle I have ever seen (nice leather, solid buckles and not overly girly) Now I just have to do my part and buy him a decent bit. He needs a 6 ½ inch bit.       Many thanks.   Shane  



Lol Shane :) You do as You are told....like me....alright????? :-)

I am not a Fan of bitless Bridles. I would not want my Snout locked in a vice and the faster I go to escape it the more it tightens.

You really only need FM Bit. with BARREL.

re the rushing at Canter, that is most probably caused by either

  • Too much leg on
  • The Bitless strangling HIm
  • Doing too much excitable stuff before training is cemented.

It would assist if you adjourned to the round pen and into'd the horse to a bit of lunging with it's head down and the ride with a Market Harborough ( riding pleasure rein at walk and trot if you can and then Canter, ROUND and dressage. That will slow him down.

6.5 inch is a pretty big bit. You measured it???

regards and Hi to the Wife

Thanks very much for the excellent advice. Reading through what you have said has made me realise it's the exciting stuff that's causing a problem. The rushy stuff only happens when we are going fast and in a group with other horses. I will work on doing some more arena work. I hate arena work but my wife loves it and she's a good teacher so I will take advantage of her skills and patience.

He's definitely a 6 1/2. He's 17 hand and built like a dunny block. He was ridden with full contact before I got him so I'm working hard at giving him his head and showing him I'm not going to rip his head off. I will get Pam to order me the FM and another of your bridles.

I agree completely about the bitless bridle. OK for a horse that has all the buttons but hopeless and unfair on a green worried horse.

Thanks very very much









Hi Mr HP,

I've read everything on your website about roundyards so sorry but I am still wondering...

I can't get rough as guts rubble for base layer. Time is an issue now with winter coming in a few short m, the truck has to go down whilst dry, before it rains, and local quarries can only do 20mm, 40mm, 75mm or 150mm crushed rock, and I can request to have fines added to it. No dolomite around here.

The 150mm crushed rock with fines is same price as 20mm Class 3 with fines, at $385 per 12.5 ton delivered.  

I am wondering therefore whether the chunky rough stuff as a base is necessary since I can't save on price by sticking an old crushed up fish n chip shop etc. underneath, or whether I should just buy the 20mm crushed rock. 

Also, the budget is very very tight tragically, so I am wondering what is the minimum depth of the base layer & sublayer combined. I have read 15cm - 30cm on your website. I'm trying to afford 10cm...on a shoe string..... The area is excavated out of the side of a hill with a 1m cut at the highest point...so you may well be rolling your eyes by now...and we have 'lovely' red soil but there is some clay in it so it is dry and rock hard cracking in summer then quickly slippery and sticky surface after it rains, and it rains a lot here on and off in Neerim South, though I am relatively near the top of the hill and its not super steep. I can see you advised people in West Gippsland previously who had problems with lots of rain too. 

Nevertheless, despite everything you have said, I am wondering if I might "get away with"..... 100mm x 20mm crushed rock with fines underneath another 10cm layer of menage sand or crusher dust. And down the track, top that up with a better top layer....

I am on a learning curve having just found out what all these quarry product terms are. 

Does 20mm crushed rock with fines 'set like concrete' or near enough to avoid the rocks coming up through the top layer? The quarry said it firms up. 

I am wondering if I can 'get away with' putting down 10cm x 20mm crushed rock with fines straight on top of the dirt, and then top with 10cm crusher dust that I might be able to use like that for a while, which will buy some time before I can afford to top it up or top it with menage sand later. But then I suppose I would have crusher dust mixing with the sand...?...depending on how much has compressed down to form a more solid base underneath.

If I can use it 'most' of the year except the heart of winter then I will be happy. Also it is not getting a massive workout like your roundyards. I only want to use it about an hour or so a day maximum.

Thanks for any advice you can offer me,


You would then be better sticking to the 20mm rubble with fines, deue to your financials and therefore thinner base. You can't put the larger rock down anyway, with a 10cm base. It will not work. The larger the aggregate, the thicker the base must be, so with 150mm, I would have no less than 30cm. So play it safe with the 20mm.

Now, every base gets gravel through it to some extent. Don't worry about it. Especially when you are talking only 10cm of sand, which will see points of hoofs get through the sand now and again. Also, this depends on what you are doing in that round yard. Just piddling around lunging, no big deal, start leaping 'Breakers' around, spinning, and then I always go for 300mm sand.ok?









HI Folks.

Very exciting Week........




and she's peeerrrrfect!!!! Leggy, 4 white sox, will go darker and a great temperament!!!! Thanks God!!

Grandma couldn't be successfully ridden and Mother was a fistful, breaking my arm and bucking off Mrs. HP as well. We don't need any more this far down the track :)

So easy to handle but I guess that is always helped along by the Trust the Mare has in the Handler.





Slightly too narrow now for the big wide Warmbloods of Mrs. HP. Fit normal though.






Elections coming up. Labor has stuffed the Health system and the Liberals worship Coal :) God help us.

Meanwhile, Trump is kicking Goals and helping us all and the Left Wingers are involved in their Russian collusion conspiracy which is bigger than Watergate. Hillary paid 12 Million to get a fake News set up for Trump, using it to approve a Warrant to spy on a Political Party, during the run up to the election. People will go to Goal for this.

Good old Malcolm has sold State Secrets out of a second hand furniture store and Tony has gone desperately quiet :)

10 Degrees cooler again this Week, than the 'Big Smoke' and Mrs. HP had no problems at all, riding for hours.









Nearly a quarter of these reported injuries required hospital admission and 7% resulted in loss of consciousness.

“Many accidents occur when vets are trying to work with horses who have learnt to avoid examination or treatment,” the association’s chief executive, David Mountford, said.

“This is dangerous for the vet and the handler but it also often results in a stressed horse and can increase the time and/or cost of reaching a diagnosis or treating an injury.

“Gemma’s amazing videos show how a little preparation can have a big impact on horse, owner and vet safety.”

David Catlow, the director of clinical services for the animal charity Blue Cross, said the videos would assist with behaviour training in horses to help them remain calm and manageable in all sorts of circumstances.

“Time spent on behaviour training of horses, using positive reinforcement methods such as these, is time well spent for everyone’s safety.”

He says Blue Cross invests a lot of time in behaviour training on the horses it rehomes – “and it works.”

“Vets should be able to focus on the horse’s injury or illness without worrying about their own, or others’, safety,” he says. “They will be better able to use the right tools and techniques for an accurate diagnosis and treatment if the horse is presented calmly and safely.”

The seven practical videos cover how to train and prepare your horse for:

Easy injections
Learning to stand still
Calm clipping
Leading and trotting up
Happy Heads
Clicker Training
Worry-Free Worming


Here we have the successful spread of the McLean system where only Scientists will adopt systems of the Scientists....ironically causing the very dangers that they are trying to eliminate. No reflexion on the Young Lady. She is only following a learnt system of Her own and knows no different.

This Video, teaches how to make Horses HEAVY, DULL and unmanageable, therefore placing Vets' in Danger

It teaches Humans to enter the WRESTLING RING with 500kg Horses, in a physical Power struggle

The complete lack of any 'lightness' in this Horse, the 'Skull Dragging' with 50kg or more of pushing and pulling and the need for a WHIP, thus proving the failure of the system.

Don't do this Kids!!! find a better way.










" If a Fire is coming, remove all equipment off Your Horses, especially Horse Rugs.

Put a Phone Number attached to the Mane, via Duck Tape."








Hi I am really hoping you might be able to offer me some advice about a horse I have purchased. I made the a purchase of a horse without viewing him from what I believed was a reliable and honest seller. The horse is. 17hh clydie x warmblood who is 9 yrs old and had a story of not being fully started due to various reasons. The person I bought him off runs a horsemanship business and had approx 6 rides and had no issues selling him to me as an intermediate middle aged rider who can be nervous at times. The seller suggested I get him professionally finished off and I sent him off to a well respected trainer who lives in my local area, who had him for approx 4weeks.

 Unfortunately, that wasn’t successful with him exploding during a ride and bucking the trainer off injuring him. He sent him back to me suggesting the horse had either a deep emotional issue or some physical problem. I’ve had him checked by a Chiro and treated with massage therapy. I’ve continued to do lots of groundwork with him and we have developed a good connection/trust and I find him to be very responsive, trainable and respectful actually on the ground he is a gentle giant. My friend recently said she would like to try getting on him however she was in the saddle no more than 10 seconds when he exploded into a big rear and buck and she was off. I don’t want to see this fella end up at the doggers or just moved on continually but I don’t have the financial resources to send him off to another trainer and hoping you might be able to offer some advice. Regards Leonie


Clearly Leonie, this is the responsibility of the Seller and You should pursuing them for recompense and the recovery of the Horse. The Horse is no use to You and neither You, nor Your Friends should ride it.

You should get statements from the injured Trainer and the other Friend, in writing and then send a Letter asking for the Seller to take the Horse back as it is clearly not suitable for You or anyone else at this point. Send a copy of the statements.

Then, after the Seller tells You to 'go Jump' as they do these Days, You will need to send a 'Letter of Demand', giving them 21 Days to respond either way. Then issue a Summons in the Small Claims Tribunal and let the Court adjudicate the Matter.

You may do all the ground work You like but that doesn't mean You can risk getting on this Horse.

Don't buy Horses 'sight unseen' from anyone other than Jesus Christ in these times. Those Days have gone. Read this.


Bad Luck.






I am still pursuing my case with Tribunal under Consumer Law that the horse is not fit for purpose due to its headshaking issues. I am after an expert's report that is willing to say that: A horse with headshaking issues is not fit for a novice rider because...... ( listing facts like safety, such a horse would require far more skill than that of a novice rider to perform adequately , such a horse would require special attention that would require skill, time, and additional resources including medical attention to perform which a normal horse in fit condition would not.

The Horse also put my Daughter in Hospital and she now suffers a Brain injury.

The Vet finally came out and did the Teeth of the Horse, at our place, Months after the Sale.

Can you or any other notable horse expert provide such a report for me? Thanks


I can assist.


Thanks Mr HP.

Thank you so much for responding.

I am attaching 3 docs submitted in evidence, and a video of the horses headshaking that tell you the story. These are in submission before the hearing already, but I have one last chance to submit more evidence. 

I have a deadline to meet by Monday 5th Feb and my solicitor I suggested this week  really need a credible statement from a horse expert to say that a headshaking horse is unsuitable for a novice rider because that is my claim under consumer law, that the horse is unfit for purpose that I bought him for.

So here I am again asking your help.

I know its a big ask but if you can I want to present from a credible source that a headshaking horse is unsuitable for a novice rider ( which is my daughter , and they sold him as a horse for novice to me as seen in the ad, and they knew and saw her riding him at the trial before purchase),. This horse presented well initially (april 2016) but within a month the headshaking started to show up and after paying $12,500 and much trial to get him right at my expense , and that we haven't been able to ride since, I am having to take the previous owner to court to ask for a refund. The process has been long and drawn out as I am sure you understand.

If can provide me with the document I require please let me know cost etc


























A huntsman has died after a fall from his horse while out with the Fernie Hunt, near Market Harborough. A spokesman for the Hunt, which is based in Great Bowden, near Market Harborough, told the Mail "everyone is devastated".

The emergency services were called at 2.15pm on Wednesday, to a field off Mowsley Road, Saddington, about seven miles north-west of Market Harborough. The man, aged 54, was declared dead at the scene. He has not yet been named. Leicestershire Police confirmed today that the death is not being treated as suspicious, and the coroner had been informed. Joint Master of the Hunt Philip Cowen, said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm that a gentleman died following a fall from his horse in a tragic accident whilst following the Fernie Hounds on Wednesday 31st January. "Our sincere condolences are with his family and friends at such a difficult time for them, and we ask that everyone respects their privacy as they overcome such a devastating and early loss. "A Coroner’s investigation is underway, and a further statement will be issued in due course." "In the meantime both the Joint Masters of the hunt and the gentleman’s family would like to extend their immense thanks to the emergency services and others who were present at the accident for all their assistance at the time."





Apprentice jockey Nyssa Burrells continues to make an encouraging recovery from serious injuries suffered in a fall during jump-outs at Warwick Farm. Racing NSW issued an update on Friday, saying her neck brace had been removed and she passed a post-traumatic amnesia test earlier this week. She is also finding it easier to communicate with family members as she continues to undergo extensive rehabilitation at Liverpool Hospital. Burrells was placed in an induced coma to manage a brain bleed following the accident on December 29. She emerged from the coma on January 9.




Man Critical After Falling Off Horse In Centennial Park
Bad incident this morning
1 day ago
Man Critical After Falling Off Horse In Centennial Park Supplied

A man is in a critical condition after falling off a horse at Centennial Park this morning.

The 50-year-old man went into cardiac arrest after the accident, according to a NSW Ambulance spokesperson.

It is understood that the man had left Centennial Park and was on his way back to the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre on Lang Road.

Witness Sandy Rogers told Hit that the man appeared to be in distress.

"I ran over and was the first person on the scene," he said.

"I helped the man into the recovery position and took the horse to the side of the road before helpers came and started CPR."
Man Critical After Falling Off Horse In Centennial Park
Bad incident this morning
1 day ago
Man Critical After Falling Off Horse In Centennial Park Supplied

A man is in a critical condition after falling off a horse at Centennial Park this morning.

The 50-year-old man went into cardiac arrest after the accident, according to a NSW Ambulance spokesperson.

It is understood that the man had left Centennial Park and was on his way back to the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre on Lang Road.

Witness Sandy Rogers told Hit that the man appeared to be in distress.

"I ran over and was the first person on the scene," he said.

"I helped the man into the recovery position and took the horse to the side of the road before helpers came and started CPR."

The man has been taken to St Vincent's Hospital by paramedics.

The horse has been taken back to his stable and is not believed to be at fault.






Former cabinet minister Owen Paterson has broken his back in a riding accident.

The MP for North Shrewsbury told the Oswestry & Borders Counties Advertiser he was “very lucky not to have suffered more serious injury”.

Mr Paterson was taken to the accident and emergency department at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on Saturday (27 January) after his horse fell, and was transferred to the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.

He has broken three vertebrae and is on “complete bed rest”.

Mr Paterson thanked the orthopaedic hospital for the care he is receiving.

“The staff are exceptionally professional, exceedingly caring and have a huge amount of expertise,” he said.

Mr Paterson is being treated in the unit for which he raised thousands of pounds for by taking part in the “world’s toughest and longest horse race” — the Mongol Derby — in 2011.

Mr Patterson and his wife Rose raised money for the Mongol Derby’s official charity, Mercy Corps, and the Royal Irish Regiment while taking part in the ride together.

The Patersons are a horsey family — their daughter Evie Paterson evented for Great Britain at junior and young rider level.

He became the first MP for North Shropshire in 1997 and served as shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland from 2007 until the 2010 coalition, when he entered cabinet as Northern Ireland secretary.

In 2012 he moved to Defra, serving as secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs for nearly two years, before he was succeeded by Liz Truss.





EAST PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Firefighters in East Penn Township are working to figure out what caused a massive barn fire on a horse farm Wednesday afternoon.

Heavy flames and thick black smoke erupted around 1:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Ben Salem Road.

"Within a matter of two minutes it was through the entire building," said East Penn Township Fire Chief Robert Kleintop.

The 68-acre farm was a race horse training center.

The owner, Brewer Adams, says he was working in the barn when he smelled the smoke.

Soon after, he saw the flames and immediately called 911.

"As soon as I hung up with them I just started getting horses out," said Adams.

Adams says there were nine horses on the property and all made it out unharmed.

"The animals are my livelihood so I had to get them out and make sure they were safe and luckily they all got out in time," said Adams.

Adams says he got his horses to safety and then watched helplessly as the flames tore through his farm.

"Stood here and watched the barn burn down," said Adams.

It took firefighters hours to get the flames under control.

No one was injured.

Adams describes the farm as a beautiful training facility that he bought back in 2012.

"It was really nice, you know. There was a big arena here with a barn, an apartment and stalls."

The riding arena, all 19 horse stalls, and the apartment Adams rented out during the summer were destroyed.

He also lost all of the equipment stored inside the barn, estimating a total loss of nearly $3 million.

"It was pretty miserable," said Adams.

The charred horseshoes in the massive pile of rubble and debris is a tough sight for Adams but he says he plans to move forward and continue to train.

"Just go on, you know rebuild."

While investigators say the official cause of the fire is still unknown, they are calling it an accident.




 FRIENDS, family and even people who met Serena Stanley on the street have left the teen heartwarming tributes following her sudden, tragic death on Sunday.

The 17-year-old Maleny teen was killed in a horse-riding accident in Melbourne.

She had just moved to the city from the Coast after graduating Year 12, ready to start a new job at a horse stud.

Her family - father River, mother Sandy and two brothers, Bradley and Jesse - have since travelled to Melbourne to bring Serena home for the funeral.

To help with these costs, a GoFundMe page was created. In just two days it raised about $30,000.

The Nambour Pony Club will also be holding a fundraising event for Serena at the weekend.

The hashtag #smileforserena was created on social media and has been used by several people to say their final goodbyes.

Fellow equestrian competitor Emma Hutton said Serena was a talented horse rider and competitor.

"It's heartbreaking to lose someone who was doing what they love," she said.

"Serena Stanley, you are a beautiful girl, a talented rider and it was an absolute pleasure seeing you out competing every weekend with your beautiful horses, always with a smile on your face."

Emily Locke-Gread said it was horrible news another rider had lost their lives "doing what they love".

"Rest in peace Serena Stanley, you will never be forgotten."

Rosie Walters said Serena had always inspired her as a horse rider.

"I wanted to be just like her...One of the kindest souls taken too soon."

Emma van Grondelle said no parent should have to say goodbye to their child.

"I know Maleny's love and strength will be behind the family. Sending all my love and deepest condolences to Sandy, River, Jesse and Bradley."

The Maleny and District Horse and Pony Club wrote a tribute to Facebook saying Serena's passing was a devastating loss.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. We will of course support them in any way we can."

A memorial service will be held for Serena on February 4 at the Equestrian Centre at Maleny Showgrounds starting at 3pm.






NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - A trailer carrying two horses overturned on the southbound lanes of the New York State Thruway in Rockland County on Wednesday morning but no people or horses were hurt.

The New York State Police said that the incident caused the lanes to be blocked for a short period while crews rounded up the horses and loaded them into a police trailer.

What caused the accident is not clear.

A campaign that shows owners quick and simple ways to teach horses to behave properly during veterinary procedures has been launched in Britain.

The British Equine Veterinary Association’s “Don’t Break Your Vet” campaign is designed to address what the organisation says is a serious problem: Equine vets have one of the highest injury risks of all civilian professions.

The campaign aims to help horse owners make life safer for their horses, themselves and their vets.

It comprises a series of short videos, featuring vet and equine behaviourist Gemma Pearson, providing quick and simple ways of teaching horses to be quiet, relaxed and safe for injections, clipping, worming, examinations and other veterinary procedures.

The campaign is supported by some of Britain’s leading riders and competition grooms.

A research paper recently published in the journal Equine Veterinary Education found that a typical equine vet may expect to suffer seven to eight work-related injuries that impede them from practicing, during a 30-year career.

This is far higher figure than other civilian occupations such as the construction industry, prison service and the fire brigade. Bruising, fractures and lacerations to the leg or the head were the most common injuries reported, with the main cause being a kick with a hind limb.





A 17-year-old showjumper has died in a riding accident.

Australian rider Serena Stanley suffered fatal injuries in a fall on Sunday (28 January).

Serena grew up in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast and had recently moved to Melbourne for a job at a stud, which was where the fall took place.

The talented rider won numerous Pony Club awards and was the inter school national showjumping champion in 2015.

Countless tributes have been paid to the teenager.

“Serena was well known as a talented, skilful and brave rider, particularly excelling in the jumping discipline,” said a spokesman for Nambour Pony Club, of which Serena was a member.

“Serena will be remembered as a friendly, kind girl, who always had a smile and an encouraging word for those around her.”

Nambour Pony Club has invited its members to wear an aqua blue armband, ribbon, or saddlecloth at its jumping weekend (3-4 February).

There will also be a minute’s silence on Saturday and Sunday “to reflect on the life of this lovely girl, taken far too soon”.

Maleny and District Horse and Pony Club also paid its respects to Serena.

“We are devastated by her loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family,” said a club spokesman.

“We will of course support them in any way we can.”

Serena’s godmother Laina McCoy gave a moving tribute to local press.

“Serena had great courage with horses and a great affinity,” she said.

“She was dedicated, very independent. She excelled in every sport she did, she was fabulous at school too.

“The community has all helped raise our girls so this heartbreak is the community’s heartbreak. There’s not a place you can go in town that isn’t broken.”

Serena’s best friend Ayla McCoy said Sereena has been “really excited” about her new job.

“She was always so independent and wanted to do new things all the time,” she said.

Serena leaves behind her parents River and Sandy, and siblings Jesse and Bradley.

A GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/serenastanley)
has been set up to help Serena’s family and donations can also be made at the Ananda Marga River School.

A memorial service will be held at the equestrian centre at Maleny Showgrounds on Sunday (4 February) at 3pm.






Former minister Owen Paterson has broken his back in a riding accident.

The Conservative MP for North Shropshire said he is feeling "pretty sore" as he recovers in hospital.

He was out riding on Saturday when he fell from his horse and broke three vertebrae.

Mr Paterson told local paper The Border Counties Advertiser that he feels "lucky to be alive" and is able to do some work from his hospital bed but won't be back in London "for at least this week".

He said: "I'm feeling pretty sore, to be honest.

"I fell off my horse while out riding and have broken three vertebrae – and I was told I was lucky not to have suffered a more serious injury.

"I can't walk at the moment – I'm flat on my back and have been told to have complete bed rest."







Six horses die after alleged exposure to toxin

CUBA — A Cuba business is reeling after the death of six horses, and the impending death of 25 more following alleged exposure to tainted horse feed.

TMC Performance Horses boards and trains horses at the Smokey Meadow Farm located just outside the village of Cuba. Owned and operated by Tonya and Michael Cooper, the business says its horse farm has turned into a hospice facility after the horses were exposed to a toxic antibiotic in their feed.

Andrew B. Yaffa, of the Coral Gables, Fla.-based law firm of Grossman, Roth, Yaffa and Cohen, is handling the case. The Cuba business was boarding 31 horses before they began to succumb to the toxin.

“This poor lady had a thriving business. She did what she had always done for years,” Yaffa said. “She fed the horses the same feed. The next morning she woke up and all of them were sick. Three died very quickly. The rest have shown a variety of ailments and indicators of sickness. They are at risk for sudden death. None of them can be ridden anymore. Three more had to be put down so far. It’s very sad.”

Yaffa said the feed came from Reisdorf Brothers of North Java, a farm store and feed mill that has been in business since 1912.

Yaffa said tainted feed is a growing issue across the country.

“Unfortunately it’s something that’s become too common across the United States,” he said. “I handled one of these cases a couple years ago at a local facility here in Florida. I went to the stable and met with not one person who had lost a horse, but 35 families who had exactly the same thing happen. They had purchased a lot of feed manufactured at a facility that makes multi-species feeds, everything from cows to chickens, pigs, goats.

“Cows are grazers, and they pick up bacteria that can make them sick. A common additive is monensin, an ionophore that promotes growth and milk production. Monensin is toxic to horses. Equines are the most sensitive species to monensin there is. The amount of a single Skittle, one gram is enough to kill the average sized horse.”

Animal owners can lose their horses through no fault of their own when they unknowingly purchase tainted feed.

“People are totally dependent on the feed manufacturer,” Yaffa said. “The only piece of advice I have is to make sure you’re purchasing feed from a facility that is ionophore free. Don’t buy from multi-species manufacturers, unless they have a separate plant for horse feed. The risk exists whenever you use common equipment.”

Yaffa is planning to fly to Western New York and host a press conference on the issue next week. In the meantime, caregivers are tending to the remaining horses as best they can.

“These people love these horses. There’s an amazing emotional connection,” Yaffa said. “It’s not a question of if, but when (they succumb). They can’t bring themselves to put them down until they see them suffering. They’ve been impacted by the costs of maintaining and taking care of the horses, and trying to keep them pain free. That’s what these poor people are dealing with. It’s tragic for all involved.”









 The veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center regularly evaluate mares for suspected ovary-related behavior issues. In most cases, however, they find the root cause is something else entirely.

Sue McDonnell, PhD, CAAB, adjunct professor of reproductive behavior and founding head of the University’s Equine Behavior Program, has been evaluating these so-called problem mares for decades. At the 2017 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Nov. 17-21 in San Antonio, Texas, she described how the team at New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, evaluates them and shared some case examples.

“Diagnosing the root causes (for behavior problems) is important for welfare, safety, and client satisfaction,” she said.

When evaluating a mare whose owner complains of “marish” or “hormonal” behavior, McDonnell said she first obtains and views a 24-hour video sample of the horse in its stall. During this period, she will watch for behavior patterns suggesting the mare is in discomfort, such as tail- or hip-rubbing, udder-nuzzling, kicking at walls, etc.

She might also present the mare with social “challenges” such as feces from other mares or stallions, teasing, or mares in estrus as well as diestrus (the period between heat cycles). The mare’s behavior often suggests the type and location of discomfort, giving clinicians some direction for diagnostic examinations, such as reproductive and endocrine exams, lameness evaluation, diagnostic imaging, neurologic exam, gastroscopy, or even dental.

“More often than not, with cases referred for an ovariectomy (removal of the ovaries) the root cause of discomfort has nothing to do with the ovaries,” said McDonnell. Examples of actual causes of problem behaviors she said were initially attributed to ovarian function include gastric ulcers, impaction colic, enteroliths, uterine adhesions, vaginitis (vaginal inflammation), mastitis (mammary gland inflammation), strangulating abdominal lipomas (fatty tumors), uroliths (bladder stones), sleep deprivation, headshaking syndrome, and musculoskeletal pain.

McDonnell then described a few cases that have come to the New Bolton Center clinic as ovary issues that the veterinarians ultimately diagnosed as something entirely different.
Case 1

The owner of a 7-year-old Thoroughbred hunter/jumper said the mare was refusing to canter, balking at jumps, exhibiting stallionlike behavior, being pushy, and reacting explosively during trailering. Upon arriving at the clinic, the mare panicked and exploded out of the stocks.

While observing her behavior, McDonnell noted that this mare would have kicking episodes, pull her hind limbs up to her abdomen, perform deep abdominal stretches, paw, stamp, gaze at her abdomen, display male-type behavior such as the flehmen response, nip at her chest, and stop eating and resting suddenly.

“Sudden interruption of eating and resting is a really good indicator of discomfort,” she noted.

After various diagnostics, the veterinarians discovered an adhesion on her bladder to the surrounding organs. They later also diagnosed and removed a granulosa cell tumor from her ovary, which could have been to blame for the stallionlike behaviors. While her physical discomfort disappeared after veterinarians treated these issues, McDonnell said she remained nervous in confined spaces.
Case 2

A 16-year-old warmblood mare who, after having been an agreeable family horse her entire life, suddenly became aggressive and untouchable behind her shoulder.

Video evaluation of her behavior revealed around-the-clock signs consistent with abdominal discomfort (e.g., tail-slapping, weight shifting, looking at her sides, interrupted eating and resting, frequent deep abdominal stretches). Eventually, veterinarians diagnosed the cause of her discomfort as gastric impaction. At the time, it was the largest the clinicians had ever seen, said McDonnell.
Case 3

A 7-year-old Thoroughbred mare who, for the past two years, beginning in late October, would become frantic before morning turnout. Her owner reported that she would weave, chew wood, resist leaving the barn, become difficult to release, run to the corner of her pasture, and tremble. She was also nervous and nippy during grooming and tacking. This would last through late spring, when the behavior issues disappeared until the following October.

The veterinarians considered performing an ovariectomy. But after a careful behavior evaluation, they determined the root cause of her behavior was static electricity. She was extremely static-electricity-sensitive, which coincided with the months of the year she wore a blanket.

These cases are just a few classic examples of the many mares that get referred to the New Bolton Center for ovariectomies, said McDonnell. “Two-thirds to three-quarters of the cases that come in for an ovariectomy, an ovariectomy would not have alleviated the discomfort,” she said. “There were other, often multiple, root causes.

“Accurate diagnosis is important to successful resolution of the problem, with significant implications for horse welfare and client satisfaction,” she added.
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Hello John.  
Thanks for you help.  I have a horse that was broken about 4 years ago.  I rode her for about 3 or 4 months before I got pregant and then havent riden her again.  I have tried to get others to ride her to keep her skill up but that has not worked out for me.  So now I am ready to ride her again but have no idea where to start.  Should I get her sent to a breaker again?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks




Hi Brooke, exciting!

Presuming the Horse didn't Buck last time and all went well, You should start here.


show me Video if you want.

Depending upon what you rank both Mouths at, then of course, improve those Mouths, for your safety.


It may even be that the original Mouth wasn't good enough either?

Then, let me see a 2 Minute Vid and I will tell You what you need to do. Get on or get the young local Cowboy on for a first ride, for your confidence.      

Then, You need to know how to ride a 'Green Horse' That can be found here....


(the green horse dvd's)...or on the Video Portal at a discount........


Remember, 'Green Horses' should be Trail ridden and ridden thus......


until such time if you are an "English Rider' that you come to the arena and are wanting 'On the Bit' and your answers for that are here.


Hope that helped a little









I am finding your website fascinating and so informative!  I am back in the saddle after 20 years and that was when i was a kid so a huge learning curve owning a horse and a Standardbred ex trotter at that that needs a bit of education.  Your problem floating tips are amazing but can you suggest anything when i don't have a float at my disposal to use?  I am working on ground manners using the training flag and will work on that for several weeks and make sure that is down pat but without a float, it is hard to know how he will be when the time comes to float again.

Can you please send me any E Books you have?





Hi Leanne,

Well done. Exciting times for You.

The best show is to teach Your Horse the Natural Horsemanship moves, found here if you want, on my new Natural Horsemanship DVD's.


Downloadable via Youtube.


This will enable You to be able to drive Your Horse anywhere You like and of course, into a Horse Float later.

Once You can teach Your Horse to DRIVE across, through or into anything, the Float is a snip.









28TH JANUARY, 2018


Hi Folks. Hope You are all well and had a great Week. Life has it's challenges, for all of us.




We had some too. Two trips to 'Gainsborugh' this Week. Water reticulation problems an digging trenches in 36 Degrees. I really loved that!!!!


We would like to welcome a number of new agistees after a corresponding number left due to a new and ever present personality clash and power struggle. I never did understand that, when People remove their Horses out of the best shaded Yards in Town and go put them in the blazing Sun somewhere else. Still, I suppose there 'Soap' is more important than their Horses I guess. Anyhow, welcome to the immediate (and smart) new Folk.




...goes to.....Sondra, for Her practical sense and observation of all things and for keeping an eye on the Fire Channel.




Yesterday, Mrs. HP's Cousin won both the Prix St. Georges and Intermediate 1 Tests at Boneo in Victoria, on a Home Grown and trained Horse, beating the "Imports'

This is an example of a Trainer, 'improving the movement' via proper Dressage, on a Horse that started out not being able to compete. Well done Cynthia and the proud Mummy


NICE FACES - NICE REINS C!!!!!!!........for God's Sake "Grab Her Face", she may Pee off any moment!!





$50 https://www.horseproblems.com.au/veterinary_assessments_online.htm#Veterinary%20Assessment


John, I am wondering if you can help me. Clearly our horse is unsound. Vet is useless and I am a little money poor to keep trying (suggested I do X-rays for kissing spine, front leg is twisted and may need X-ray, or a full body MRI, ($3000!!!) It's Ulcers, I need a Chiro, and 3 people saying she just has bad attitude!) This is actually a "good" ride as my daughter asked her to keep going and she didn't buck big, normally is escalates to bucking. Once she has had a buck or two, she actually goes quite well and rounds up OK. But I can see her hind collapses in this vid. I understand the horse is not sound... it's just working out WHERE. Can you tell just from the video your thoughts?

It's not only in Canter either. She bucks if asked to go forward with legs, but also bucks if you use your voice for forward and no legs. However, there is no buck on lunge.

HI Fay. Straight from the Shoulder, no diplomacy.
The Horse was broken in by a Western Trainer, who used spurs on Her. She has the memories of that. I have met horses similar.



100% correct - I asked the owner and she said "yep - big spurs were used for sure.

The confidence of the Horse has to be recovered, with lovely times, no fighting, kicking etc.

The Horse CANNOT be fixed, in the arena, with this Rider. for she doesn't understand Dressage AND the whole time it is being ridden, the rear end problems ARE BEING worsened. and never improved. Therefore the Circle of frustration goes on and on and on

No suppleness, ABOVE THE BIT, flexed off, and A CONTACT FOR not reason at all, affecting the rear end of the horse

The Rider does NOT SUIT this Horse, IN AN ARENA. She does on the Trail
So get out of the arena
The Horse does have slight rear end problems, LEFT HAND REAR stifles. but again, probably caused by the riding.

The Young Rider cannot be blamed for this. She simply has not received the proper training ( as most do not at Pony Club or elsewhere)

As always! I think that's why I've waited more than 5 months before asking for your help! LOL!

and one last thing.; Get her Ovaries checked for a cyst.
over to you

Here are the memories of the Cowboy and his spurs.

Yes - I thought that video was VERY telling. ! Can I just check... in THIS video, that is my daughter's friend on her back who is a Pony Club rider . The other vids are my daughter. Is her riding that bad?? This is the instructor riding her. So after pleasure riding, I get this lady to do the hard yards - Ok I got it. ! hang on OK.

 This is no assessment. One cannot assess a horse set in it's ways for so long, via this one ride. The horse is objecting to TRUE SUBMISSION because it has never had such. It is attempting to go CROOKED, to get relief.

The horse needs to go back to the round pen, for a PROPER sustained 5 day a week minimum, lunging session, at walk, trot and canter, with CORRECT FLEXION and totally round. For 6 weeks. To repair riders damage. and to let it know it doesn't have to protect itself.

This is a lot about damages to the psycho, caused by riders I don't understand the friend and daughter comments. which video are you talking? The daughter ( I think it is her) has a lot of potential and rides fine, BUT WITH NO TEACHING. The horse has to be SET UP for success Muscles fixed and then only the German Training Scale, not bullying.







"Kicking 'Green Horses' with Spur, often ruins their Career and makes them resentful."













A whip designed to encourage drivers to pass wide and slow has won an award.

Gizapaw’s light-up crop was highly commended in the safety and security category of the innovation awards, at BETA International on 22 January.

The product, which is manufactured by Vale Brothers, was the brainchild of Gizapaw managing director David Daly.

The LED lights are intended to highlight the width of the horse and rider while the torch is designed to alert oncoming traffic, as well as providing a useful tool for the yard.

“I see so many posts on social media about drivers not giving riders a wide enough berth and not slowing down enough and I wanted to do something to improve their safety

“The LED lights are so bright they are effective in daylight. It will certainly help drivers spot riders and give them more space.

“There’s never been a whip like this before and to win an award like this is great for such a small company like us.”

The LED lights can flash, remain on constantly or the torch can be activated.

A button on the handle of the whip operates the different light settings and the crop has an inbuilt battery, which can be charged via a USB port.

The whip is scheduled for release in March, will be available in red, blue, yellow and pink, and will cost £29.99.

In its early days, Gizapaw produced items for dog owners, but the company moved into to equestrian market when a rider local to Mr Daly was seriously injured in a road accident.

“That’s when I thought, ‘Let’s try and work on something to make riders safer and give them confidence on the roads,” he said.

He has since created a variety of award-winning road safety products for riders, including a high-viz vest and gilet fitted with a camera, safety exercise sheets and tail sleeves.



Great idea, great invention, great initiative but won't save Riders' from Drivers' who are Text Messaging, Drunk or Drugged as they already have those Lights in their Heads







A 21-year-old woman was flung from her horse as she made her way home along a road in North Somercotes.

Meg Worrell-Hart had almost made it home when the accident happened on Saturday, January 20.

The experienced rider was thrown from her “pride and joy” Dave after he spooked and reared up when a car came behind her at speed, the Grimsby Telegraph reported.The car hit Dave’s shoulder and Meg was flung over the top of the car and landed in the road before the horse ran off towards home.

The 21-year-old was rushed to accident and emergency at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital after checking on Dave.

Doctors were concerned that Meg had a C3 fracture to her spine near her neck.

However, it remains unclear whether this has been ruled out because she discharged herself from hospital before she could find out after seven hours strapped to a bed.

She also suffered sore ribs and soft tissue damage to her spine.

The young rider took to Facebook to publish an open letter to all drivers in a bid to make the roads safer for horses and their riders.

She wrote: “My absolute worst nightmare happened.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is to pass horses wide and slow. Next time you see a horse and rider on the road please think.

“There is a person aboard that horse who has a family and is cared about. That horse is everything to them.

“The driver was more worried about to damage to his stupid car. I am so, so angry. You have to slow down or people are going to die.”


     Not going to happen, in fact they will be going faster. That's the World. Train the Horse properly or get off the Roads.






A man who smuggled cocaine worth almost £4m into the UK in a lorry also carrying two horses has been jailed for 17 years.

Dutchman Marinus Van Gerwen, the father of international showjumper Jody Van Gerwen, who has competed at youth European Championship teams, was stopped as he drove the horsebox into Dover’s Eastern Docks on 13 July last year.

Officers found 50 one-kilogram blocks of cocaine concealed in a purpose-built hiding place in the lorry wall. The drugs’ estimated street value was £3.96m.

The two horses in the back were collected by a transportation company and taken to a vet.

Van Gerwen denied all knowledge of the class A drugs and said the purpose of his journey was to take the horses to a woman in Bracknell.

But when Dutch police raided his home, in Limbricht, the Netherlands, they found €270,000 (£235,000) in cash.

Yesterday (24 January) Van Gerwen, 52, was found guilty of importing class A drugs, at Canterbury Crown Court, and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and Border Force had worked together on the case.

NCA senior investigating officer Darren Herbert said: “The organised criminals involved in the distribution of cocaine are often also linked to violence and exploitation.

“They rely heavily on smugglers like Van Gerwen, so his was a key role in a longer, damaging chain.

“We work closely with partners overseas and our Border Force colleagues to target those who seek to undermine the security of the UK border, and bring them to justice.”






he New South Wales Eventing State Championships have been called off after the Hunter Valley competition ground was deemed unsafe because of extremely dry conditions.

The Scone horse trials were meant to run for two days in March.

The competition is also the Eventing State Championships.

But the course is cracked, bone dry and hard under foot.

A teenage rider Olivia Inglis died while competing at the event two years ago.

Horse Trials president Blair Richardson said safety was paramount, and that the weather forced the committee's hand.

"You know when you're at the venue and you look around and water is a big issue, we have to take into consideration the welfare of the horse," he said.

"The ground is hard and it is a hot time of year and to not have any good water supply is our main issue."

Hundreds of riders were due to compete in the event.

Mr Richardson said the committee was duty bound to put safety first.

"There was basically no choice and the decision has been made for us really," he said.

"Unfortunately we can't control the weather and as you know the Hunter Valley is in a bad way at the moment in relation to drought and this is just one decision we've had to make in relation to it."
Officials say drought forced their hand.

Photo: Equestrian officials say the rock hard ground is too dangerous for horse and rider. (Supplied: Scone Horse Trials)

Olympian says 'wicked' drought a nightmare

The annual Scone event is held at the property 'Broomfield', near Gundy.

Even in good conditions competitors are urged to use water sparingly as supplies are limited.

But now those scarce supplies have completely dried up.

Australian equestrian Olympian Heath Ryan said the cancellation was heartbreaking, but understandable.

He said the hard ground posed too much of a risk to horse and rider.

"It'll be rock hard when it's dry like that and that sort of introduces concussion in the horses' legs," he said.

"When we have no rain like this it is a nightmare for us … it is a wicked thing to happen to the sport."

Mr Ryan said he had never seen conditions so bad.

"The farmers are just being annihilated really. It is so dry … and I have never seen it like that."

The Scone event is an international one, seen as a key qualifier for Australia's top riders trying to win a spot on the Olympic team.

Mr Ryan said the timing was unfortunate, as riders try to gain national selection for global events.

"This year is the world equestrian games in North Carolina," he said.

"Scone is part of that preparation and the trialling and the selection process where you can get picked on an Australian team.

"To have it go out is more significant than anyone can actually believe."

Organisers of the Scone event said they would be working with landowners and the group Eventing New South Wales to find a suitable date later in the year.






 The New Zealand Defence Force has confirmed a man fatally kicked by a horse in Beaconsfield last night was Air Force Squadron Leader Anthony Enright.

Emergency services were called to the Kashami Arabian Stud on Benson Rd at approximately 7.20pm after reports of a 60-year-old man being kicked by a horse.

A St John spokeswoman said an ambulance had been sent to the site but the victim was confirmed deceased "within a few minutes" of arrival.

Today a spokesperson for the NZDF confirmed the man killed was a serving member of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

"Squadron Leader Enright joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1974 as a pilot and flew Orion aircraft during his early days with the RNZAF.

"His expertise was utilised widely in Air Force operations, and most recently as a pivotal member and manager of the Tactical Operations Centre at Base Ohakea."

A spokesman for the family told Fairfax the family were gathering at Enright's home and wanted space.

"It was a horrendous accident. it was pretty bloody quick," he said.

The NZDF spokesperson said Squadron Leader Enright had served New Zealand with pride.

"He will be remembered as a friendly, down-to-earth and genuine man, as well as one of outstanding ability. He will be sorely missed by his colleagues and all who knew him."

The Royal New Zealand Air Force extended their sympathies to Enright's family and friends, and said those closest to him had now asked for privacy who have now asked for privacy to come to terms with their loss.

"No further comment will be made at this time. "






The Wiregrass Renaissance Faire in New Brockton, Alabama, was the site of a deeply sad incident when a horse named Phantom died after accidentally stepping on a broken piece of lance during a staged jousting match. The accident happened after the joust had ended and staff attempted to save Phantom’s life, but the lance had severed his femoral artery and it was too late.

The jousting competition was organized by the company Knights of Valour owned by Shane Adams. Adams stated that the accident was the first injury to a horse in 25 years of jousting competitions, but admitted that “it is one too many.”

Even if rare, physical injuries to animals used as props in these “entertaining” events are unacceptable.

“The fact is, when animals are used for human amusement, we are immediately depriving them of the happiness and safety they are afforded by living life in their natural site,” states the Care2 petition launched in the case of Phantom’s untimely death.

The death of the horse at the Wiregrass Renaissance Faire was a tragic accident, but the fact that it took place during an event that used living animals for entertainment makes it an especially vulnerable case. We need to see this horrible tragedy as a wake up call and reexamine why and how we use animals.

Click here to sign the petition calling for the United States Department of Agriculture to investigate the incident of the horse’s death and reevaluate the use of horses in jousting as a whole.




DAYTON, Nev. (KOLO)-- The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has released the dash camera video of a deputy colliding with horses January 16 on U.S. 50 in Dayton. It shows the horses appearing in the headlights a few seconds before the collision.

Two horses were killed in the impact and a third was put down afterward. The deputy was injured but has since returned to work.

Sheriff Al McNeil released a statement that was critical of the state of Nevada, which has control over the Virginia Range horses, which are not considered federal wild horses but estray horses under state jurisdiction. McNeil called it a public safety crisis.

“There are many dedicated state employees who are raising the same concerns, but it is falling flat on deaf bureaucratic state leaders’ ears,” McNeil wrote. “When is it enough? Is it going to take a school bus accident before they take their heads out of the sand to deal with this problem?”

He said the estray horses are no different than dogs and cats being loose.

“The state either needs to spend money on quality fencing, highway safety lights to increase visibility, and build highway horse crossings; or it needs to start rounding up and removing nuisance horses, even if that means taking them to the sale barn or euthanizing them,” McNeil wrote.

Willis Lamm, a wild horse advocate who also rescues horses when requested by public safety agencies, agreed with McNeil’s call for fencing. Traffic has increased in the area and both horses and livestock are causing problems along U.S. 50, Lamm said.

Problems seem to have increased since the Nevada Department of Agriculture suspended arrangements that let private groups manage the herd. Gone now are efforts to do diversionary feeding to keep animals away from roads, getting nuisance horses placed in private care and fixing private fences that have been vandalized, Lamm said.

The state of Nevada should have continued with the private groups managing the herd until it got a new plan in place, Lamm said.

“This is a significant herd,” Lamm said. “The biggest problem t think is getting the management system back on track. If there is no management there will be a problem.”






The accident happened around 9 p.m. near Van Horn Road, said Sgt. Novack of the Bel Air Barrack.

A passenger car hit a horse that was standing in the middle of the road, he said.

The horse was deceased at the scene, Novack said.

The two people in the car refused medical treatment, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesperson for the Harford Volunteer Fire & EMS Association.

The road was closed while police investigated the accident.






 A WOMAN whose dog was trampled to death by a horse has issued a warning to other pet owners.

Vanessa Newman, 51, was walking her dogs Dolly and Coco in a field near her home in Newhaven when she stopped to feed some carrots to the horses.

A horse pushed her aside and trampled on six-year-old miniature schnauzer Dolly and her three-year-old chihuahua cross Coco.

Dolly broke her neck in the attack and later died.

Coco suffered a broken leg. She has had an operation to put a plate in her leg and is now on the mend but will have to be kept in a cage for six weeks while she recovers.

Ms Newman said:“Dolly and Coco were like my babies.

“I never would have thought that something so awful could happen.

“We are all struggling to come to terms with it but I just hope people realise the dangers of horses.

“I blame myself. But I don’t think aggressive horses should be kept in fields which the public can walk through.

“It’s important that people know large animals can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous out of the blue.

“I keep waking up in the middle of the night and all I can see is the horse kicking Dolly.”

She had walked the dogs in the Denton area many times before.

She said: “I have never stopped to feed the horses before with the dogs.

“I gave one horse a carrot and then I went to give one of the others a carrot and the first one came for it and put its side across me.

“I felt threatened and moved back but it stuck right to me.

“I dropped the carrot and Dolly jumped to grab it and the horse started kicking off. She was trying to protect me.

“I was trying to grab Dolly. She had rolled on her side and wasn’t moving.

“Coco was screaming. I have never heard a dog scream before.

“I grabbed them both and got to the fence and lifted them both carefully over.

Then I climbed over the barbed wire fence myself.

“As I carried Dolly back, her eyes were open but she wasn’t blinking. She was still breathing but I really thought she was going to die.

“I didn’t think Coco had been hurt but as we walked I noticed she was carrying one leg and it was obviously broken.”

Vanessa took her beloved dogs straight to the vet but Dolly’s condition deteriorated. X-rays showed she had a broken neck and could not be saved.

Coco had an operation on her leg and is now back at home recoverin













Wlow I really didn't expect such a quick reply - thanks so much. I read it to my hubby this morning and we both laughed - but in a good way It was just what I needed. I will start looking at the links tonight and order the video tomorrow. To bring you up to speed, I am going to send a llittle potted history of me and Makumba de Mescam (said horse). However, today we had already decided to go out - Peter to take the dog (he sometimes rides too) and me the horse. So I went to get Mak. Not exactly friendly but got him eventually - too long to go into here. Had a briliiant ride. I was much firmer with him leading him up to the yard and again when I took him back. I realise that I have been lax but I think that stems from guilt as to where he lives (read below if you aren't too bored!!!). I'd be an absolutely liar if I didn't say I was nervous going into the paddock. The fact that it is almost knee deep in mud and s...t doesn't help as you tend to get your boots stuck and I wanted to make sure I coud get out of the way if things went wrong. When I was grooming and tacking up, I shouted at him or poiked him if he made a face - he has always chewed something like a lead roe when you do up the girth, but brushing has got worse lately too - so no more - I told him and he was actually fine.

 Carrots - oh yes definitey and you are going to LOVE THIS ONE - I actually couldn't believe it myself. Mrs Parelli says if you have trouble getting the bit in the mouth, then do it with a cookie on it - WHAT???? Even I am not that daft. I will find the article link in a minute and you can read it and I feel sure that steam will come out of your ears!!! Ethology - ah yes. Well it is the word they use here in France but I guess it means that cover-all Natural Horsemanship! I put under that umbrella Monty Roberts, Parelli and so on and I guess, in a way, it means yuor good self too!! Sorry!! Not a science you'll be pleased to hear!!

Anyway - very short history of me and horse just to give you and idea. Will keep you posted a to how things go - am quite excited. Makumba really is the funniest, kindest, most intelligent horse I have known for a very long time and I so want to keep him. Oh didn't tell you that the day before yesterday (before the "attack") he nearly had me off out hacking. Windy, polythene sheet blew up - he spun round and I felt my right leg go up and thought no way am I coming off - it will hurt. He did this only more so the first year I had him - only once and I made him trot really hard then all the way home.

The yard have agreed to cut his feed a bit - another bloody long story - oh to win the lottery!! Have an extremey good evening or day - I guess it is your daytime more or less now? OK ME 67 tomorrow Very active - ride, ski, walk a lot etc Didn't start riding properly until I started work - rode other people's ponies or ambled around the farmyard on my uncle's old hunter before that Did first hunter trials (cross country) in my 20's and loved it. Hunted for the first time in my 30's. Had a fab 3 year old coloured cob I brought on - sold him when he was ten (lots of reasons) and it broke my heart. Didn't ride then for 10 years or so. Did a bit when I moved over here about 14 years ago on and off. But watching the 2012 Olympics made me realise how much I missed riding. So started having lessons regularly. Long story short, wanted to buy one horse at a yard. Was supposed to do a dressage competition on it but when I got there in the morning he was too wild about being in etc. So I shared Makumba - hadn't ridden him for over a year - he was ace. Great travelling, great waiting and, despite an error from me. did a really good test. I was then offered him and bought him. When I took my husband to see Mak at the yard, he couldn't believe how depressed the horse was.

 They had brought him in - there was nothing behing his eyes. Head down, no personality at all. That changed completely within about 3 days of us having him - he was/is just a joy to have. MAKUMBA DE MESCAM Father - Quidam de Revel - one of the top show jumper producing sires of all times Bought at 4 years by a family in Brittany (where we lived and I found him). Looked at his record and poor sod jumped every weekend practically for ten years. Also, I believe, got used in the stables for lessons etc. Stopped jumping at around 13-14 and also had, allegedly, started bucking on a hack. Instead of wondering why he had stopped jumping, the family bought another 4 year old!! The stables took on Mak. So he was used for lessons. Always with spurs and whip.

 He wouldn't move - dead sides - not really surprised poor bugger. Was never hacked by his main owner previously because he bolted with her once. The grooms said that he started to buck on a hack at canter. He has never done either with us. We took him on - he has always lived out and there is loads of grass in Brittany. So found a farm - horses all around him but mares so he had a field to himself. I taught him to hack. Clouldn't manage a hill at all the first time we tried to come down one!! Like a woman with very high stillettos. Great on the road but a bit silly with sheep, cows and so on. Nothing really bad but sometimes too spooky - we got over that.

I even went out with someone who took off in canter in front of me and disappeared - he was a gem - didn't even really pull. We moved down here to SW France for the weather. The standards in general in France are not great - or not in my experience. Down here it is awful. There is no grass. No - that is not true. There is grass but it is for the cows and/or sheep who come down from the mountains in the summer. OR it costs 100 euros per square metre because they are selling it as buildilng land. I found a great piece and had him there for 6 months but then the owner decided she didn't want animals on it any more. (I think there is something in France which says that if you are somewhere too long you have some sort of rights and I believe she was concerned about that). We had/have an equestrian centre in the village which was close but is now semi-open (don't ask). Mak has been there over a year.

I hate not doing him myself - feeding, mucking out - everything - I love it. But I have begged, written letters, put up adverts to find land but to no avail. So he is there. Everyone tells me he needs company so that's good. BUT in a paddock a) not big enough b) no grass c) hasn't been mucked out jsince beginning of this year d) gets fed morning then evneing - nothing else to eat all day. So yes I have bee guilty at letting him eat grass on a ride but that has stopped as of today. I am lucky enough to have a tiny paddock/gardn a neighbour lets me use and I put the horse in there this afternoon so at least he can graze. The guy sort of in charge has a good heart but feeds all horses the same whatever work, size etc. Quite set in his ways I so do not agree with horses not having access to feed 24 hours a day but at the moment, I have no alternative.

 I could put him somewhere else but it would be so far away. At least now i can see him every day. I truly believe that some of Mak's unintended grumpiness comes from this - he is used to being out in a grassy paddock where he can gallop, eat and meander. Not some stinking, liquid mud/s...t pit. Allegedly they are clearing out the paddock tomorrow - I do hope so. It is not impossible to grow grass here. The guy who has adjacent land and cows has managed to take 4 hay cuts this year. We have free water all summer which runs in drainage channels thoughout the village just to water land and gardens. if they did this at the equestrian centre and alternated etc then tthe horses could have grass. Just hopes that gives you some background.

 I have been guilty of spoiiing but that is due to many sleepleess nights wondering whether I shoud sell him because I feel so guilty about the conditions he is in. He looks great, well relatively so, but it is his inside condition (head and soul) that I worry about. Anyway - take care and thank you so much again - it gave me a real boost - didn' sleep much last night and was so upset thinking that I may have to sell him. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Best to you and Mrs HP Sue


Hi again Forgot to say. Leading no problem at all - very relaxed. on the ride yesterday there were some trees down on the track. Got off and had to lead him through saplings, bushes and the like to get back on the track again. Walked to bottom and got back on. He will follow me/us anywhere - and ride anywhere - steep, stony tracks, footbridges, water, rivers - he is excellent and has (Ii would say) complete trust if I say it's Ok then he will do it. This is why the bloody lunging thing was so out of character - I could, of course, never lunge again (don't like it anyway - it was just because God knows why - one of those stupid decisions) but fully realise that I have to nip this in the bud. Have an excellent day Sue


Best of Luck.









Hi all! Recently I bought a 5yo thoroughbred and constantly he moves his head up and down whilst making a noise in his throat like his either scratching it or sucking up air. I have never seen this before and have no idea what it could be. If anyone could help me out that would be highly appreciated!




They are never wrong.

You will have to get the Vet out and forewarn Him to bring his SCOPING Machine, for he will have to look down the Throat of the Horse.  OK?

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Hi John,

Interested on your thoughts and options about geldings who act very “colty”.

My 6yo grey horse (who was gelded at 9 months) cannot cope with being paddocked with a mix of mares and geldings.
He is generally a very “dog-like” horse. He comes when called and enjoys the company of people, one of those real friendly, wants to be patted all the time kind of horses. He is in a share paddock with 5 other geldings, separated at feed time.

However if mares are introduced to the herd, the horse changes entirely. He will spend his days snaking around the mares (with very little effect, he has no control over “his” girls), becomes VERY aggressive to the other geldings, will not graze or drink water (has given himself colic over this). He will also jump fences and take dangerous risks if separated from “his band” of mares. He will not allow other males to come near and keeps them as far away as possible.
One of the other geldings is similar, he is interested in the mares and shows all the snaking and stallion behaviours but not to the extent of my young gelding. Naturally these two will challenge each other over mares but the other gelding always backs down. He has since been removed from the herd, as well as all of the mares and the grey gelding instantly reverted back to his happy, sociable, easy to deal with self.

I have had him blood tested to see if he was cut proud but his blood work returned 0% testosterone

This horse is very odd in general, but he has anxious tendencies.
I wonder, does he have a strong drive to obtain mares/a herd of his own because of this.

Why are some geldings like this, while others could not give a toss?


He is a Rig. Blood tests are irrelevent. A rig is a rig is a rig. He is a rig. Those Blood tests are a big waste of money. You just need to manage his Life correctly and You already know the answer to that. No more interaction with Mares. I just had one at Gainsborough. Vets said not a rig. This Year, I had to replace 4 different Yard Sands, where he had been, because of the incessant urine. He is a rig.









21st January, 2018






Finally, after 12 Months of solid rehab work, he returned to Dressage Today, doing the Intermediate 1 Test only, which was good, for it was too Hot to do a Grand Prix. He was a darling Boy as usual although it wasn't possible to warm up adequately as he would have died.

like Boof did :)He disappeared beneath the F Truck and wasn't seen again :)





36 Degrees at the Dressage at Southern Vales. Cappo was sweating prior to the comp, just standing still. In my Book, that should be the Judgement The other thing is this......


 Has the Horse Industry taken that into account when setting Policy???....for Horses are operating IN THE SUN. What was the Temperature IN THE SUN???? , anyhow, we drove 20k South and were shocked more than normal.



Here was the usual scene




This afternoon, Mrs. HP rode Her other Horses.





and at the other end of the Earth.......







Dear John,
There is a long story attached to this question, however will keep it very short and to the point because I do not want to waste your time.
I sent my almost 5 year girl to a trainer who had her for 6 weeks for which I paid approx. $2500 and upon her return found that she was unrideable due to rearing, a friend and experienced rider mounted her and after a few steps the horse went straight up.  He promised to come visit us and settle her in but that was 6 months ago and no contact has been made. I would like to know if I should pursue a refund of all or part of the money outlaid and how to go about it?
My second horse which he picked up from me and totally stressed out to the point of acute colitis had to be euthanised in his care after only 5 days, unfortunately I probably do not have any recourse on this.
My three horses were rescued from a worse fate at the age of 8 months and 4 months(the gelding I am too scared to do anything with now) all being excess horses from a drovers herd who had passed away, or so that was what I was told.  My idea was to give them a good home and to maybe one day ride, whilst we had them up to a rideable stage, saddle, bridles etc. no one had actually been on board, that is why I was sending them one by one to a particular horse trainer to finish off, who I am now very unhappy with.
My 3 horses had always been happy here, they came when called, could be approached in the paddock any time and haltered they never ran off, they swam in the dam and followed us when pruning the vineyards.
So please let me know if I should pursue the money matter and how to go about it, or just let it go.
Kind Regards,








The first Canters, with a Rider, on a 'Green Horse' should ALWAYS be done on the trail and always in a Straight line"




so, 289 comments and not one picked it.

'Green Horses' cannot:

  • adequately Canter with a Rider.

  • Cannot handle a Dressage arena at the Canter

  • Cannot go around Corners.

Reason?..... they don't have the Muscle to support their Stifles.


Will the Horse Industry ever getit?........I doubt it.


















Specialist surgeons at St George’s Hospital have rebuilt the face of a junior doctor after it was ‘crushed backwards’ in a horse riding accident last year.

Dr Elizabeth Calton, 38, had 41 screws and 11 plates inserted into her face in a gruelling 10-hour operation by nine surgeons and theatre staff following the incident last October.

Images provided by her family before the accident helped painstakingly recapture her original bone structure, including the smallest individual asymmetries.

She said: “The impact basically crushed the middle of my face backwards. I was incredibly lucky – both to have been discovered by passers-by, but also to be brought to St George’s, which has so many specialists in one place.

“I had panda eye bruising and my face was so swollen I was hardly recognisable – so to be back on my feet now, looking back to how I was, is amazing. I am grateful to everyone who looked after me – so many people were involved in my care.”

Dr Calton’s injuries included multiple facial fractures, including both cheek bones, her eye sockets, nose and upper jaw, which had fractured in two under the weight of the horse’s hoof.

The trained paediatric registrar had to quickly dismount from her horse, Barney, after he became frightened by a noise in the woods.

Unfortunately she was trampled across her chest, which also broke nine of her ribs, as well as the middle of her face.

Horrified passers-by called an ambulance before she was rushed to the major trauma centre at St George’s before undergoing surgery eight days later.

Consultant maxillofacial surgeon Dr Nick Hyde, who led the operation, said: “Multiple injuries to the face such as this are rare, and the surgery Elizabeth required was complex and labour-intensive. However, the end result is very pleasing, and a credit to the many different people involved in her care.

“The maxillofacial surgery we carried out was only possible thanks to the work of the ambulance team who transferred her, as well as our emergency department, cardiothoracic surgical colleagues, anaesthetists and nursing and allied healthcare clinicians who were critical to her recovery at St George’s.

“It was a real team effort.”

Now the PhD student has recovered and plans to continue her studies in becoming a paediatric oncologist.






Most VIPs are accompanied by multiple security guards and police officers during their official tours and visits. The top-notch protection helps them be safe from any mishap that is about to happen. But, what if the security guards themselves face some trouble?

In one such incident, a guard safeguarding Pope Francis during a procession in Chile, ended up being caught in an uncomfortable situation when the horse she was riding started acting up. In a video, which surfaced on the Internet, the policewoman is seen being thrown off her horse as the pontiff passed by. Quick to notice the accident, Pope Francis immediately stopped his popemobile and got off to check the injured officer.

Impressed with the Pope’s prompt reaction, many applauded his behaviour on social media.





Southampton-based Claire* discovered her six-month-old filly with a bloody wound on the morning of 5 January.

“We think she had an itch on the clip and it had clipped on to her nose,” Claire told H&H. “Then she pulled back and tore her nose.

“I found her first thing in the morning and thought, ‘Oh my god, what have you done?’

“At first we had no idea what had happened. We scoured the stable for something sharp that she could have cut herself on.

“We only saw the clip was covered in blood after the vet had been.”

The filly had 14 stitches and remained calm throughout the ordeal.

“She’s doing all right and is healing really well,” said Claire. “The vet was amazing.”

Claire has since removed the clip, which had been used to hold a bucket, from the stable, and wants to warn others of the risks they pose.

“I shared the news on Facebook and a lot of people said they had clips in their stable for holding up rug racks and their horses had cut their bottoms on them,” said Claire.

“It’s the most simple of things. It has been in my stable for 15 years and I have had lots of horses and none of them has ever done anything like that.

“It was a freak accident but it’s so easily done.”





US rocker and showjumping parent Bruce Springsteen has donated tickets to his Springsteen on Broadway show to raise funds for US team competing at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in North Carolina.

The auction of the tickets and other items is part of a US Equestrian Team Foundation benefit event “Triumph in Tryon” on Friday night at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida.

Springsteen on Broadway has been sold out since it began its run in October 2017 and will play til June 2018. The package donated by Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa includes a backstage meet-and-greet with “The Boss” and goody bags containing a signed copy of Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run, as well as a hoodie, shirt and mug.

It is not the first time Springsteen has added his pulling power to equestrian causes. Before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, sales of his donated concert tickets and packages raised $600,000. He said at the time: “Patti and I have been involved with the horse world for 20 plus years since Jess started riding when she was five years old. Needless to say retirement is nowhere in sight for me. I literally play for horse feed night after night.”

Another highly sought-after item at “Triumph in Tryon” will be a summer getaway to the “Thistle House” in the Village of Edgartown in Martha’s Vineyard, donated by Mr. and Mrs. William H. Weeks. A total of 14 guests can enjoy a one-week stay in an exquisite, English country, luxury summer home in the heart of Edgartown with a pool and immaculately manicured grounds.

“Triumph in Tryon” will also include the presentation of three of the USET Foundation’s most coveted awards: the prestigious Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy, the Whitney Stone Cup and the R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award.

Volunteers sought for WEG 2018

Helpers for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games are being sought, with the WEG Volunteer Management Program in the “scope phase” for the event, in Tryon, North Carolina from September 11 to 23.

Currently, the WEG Volunteer Management Program is in the “Scope Phase” and receiving inquiries from prospective WEG volunteers. People interested in volunteering can fill out an inquiry form online, and additional steps will be added to a WEG Volunteer Portal that will be launched in March.

Beginning in April 2018, volunteers selected for service will be notified of their assignment(s), during the “Selection Phase.” May 1 is the deadline for all volunteers to complete applications through the online Volunteer Portal. “Orientation” and “Pilot Training Phases” will occur June through September.

Anyone who has previously filled out the online inquiry form on the Tryon 2018 website does not need to resubmit the form to receive an invitation to the online Volunteer Portal.

The WEG Volunteer Management Committee has created a community hosting initiative for volunteers. Volunteers may request complimentary housing through the online Volunteer Portal on the application form.






When you think wealthy, well-bred, society scions, chances are you have an oil (or hotel) (or Hilfiger) heiress in mind. Blue blooded, Upper East Side types. The Gateses? Not so much. But while the famously philanthropic Bill and Melinda have done much to improve the world while keeping their personal lives private, they still boast one of the biggest fortunes in America - meaning their kids have no trouble leading the high life.

Until now, their eldest daughter, Jennifer Katharine Gates, has had a...strange online presence. For years, people have mistaken her (oddly enough) for She's All That actress Rachael Leigh Cook. Seriously, even Google is still fooled.

The real Jennifer, a 21-year-old show jumper recognized by the The United States Equestrian Federation, can now be fully recognized as herself thanks, of course, to her Instagram account (which has recently garnered some attention). From exotic trips with her very handsome boyfriend to shots of her skydiving or on horseback, the Microsoft heiress shares snaps of her fabulous life, while remaining decidedly anti-socialite. Respect.


Doesn't change the fact that she's young, gorgeous, and filthy rich. Take a peek!








Police in Beauly are appealing for witnesses after a road traffic collision involving a horse carrying a rider and an unidentified car

The collision happened at about 2.30pm on Saturday, January 13 on the B9164 west of Kirkhill.

The incident involved a small silver hatchback car, which did not stop at the scene.

Both the horse and its rider were uninjured.

Beauly-based Constable Scott Maclean said: "We are working to establish the circumstances and anybody with information should contact us as soon as you can.

"Anyone who saw a small silver car in the area at around the time or perhaps recognises themselves as the driver should let us know.





A teen who was thrown to the ground and trampled on by a horse waited two hours for an ambulance in agony in the freezing cold.

However rider Katie Layton, 17, was told an ambulance crew would take four hours to arrive as “it was not an emergency”.

Katie was out riding with her sister Amy, 16, when her horse was spooked by a charging cow in a nearby field.

The startled horse rose up on all fours and threw the terrified teen against a tree then trampled on her back and arm before bolting away.

Stricken Katie had dialed 999 for an ambulance while lying in the mud but was told it would take four hours as “it was not an emergency”.

Panic-stricken mum Sharon Layton, 55, was guided to the scene of the accident on a deserted county lane near Chesterfield, Derbs., by her daughter Amy over the phone.

When she arrived she found her A-Level student Katie covered in coats as onlookers tried to comfort her on January 7.

Sharon said: “It was just shock and panic – seeing my daughter laying there screaming.

“The whole thing was mind-blowing – it’s panic like I’ve never experienced in my whole life.

“She was just crying her eyes out and wailing at me to help her – she just broke down.

“So I reassured her that an ambulance was coming but I took one look at her arm and thought ‘that’s broken’.

While Sharon tied to help her daughter others stood nearby tried to call for an ambulance.

One of the passers-by trying to help turned out to be an eye, nose and throat consultant.

Sharon said: “He had also phoned for an ambulance and been told she was at the top of the list but she’d been lying there for two hours by this point.

“But she started going into shock and was absolutely frozen and was slipping in and out of consciousness so I started screaming at this consultant.

“So he got back on the phone then said an air ambulance was on its way – that’s when I got really scared.

“When they were lifting her onto the stretcher I’ve never heard screams like it in my life – it was horrific.”

Katie was airlifted to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, South Yorks., and a full body CT scan showed their were no broken bones or spinal injuries.

She was discharged from hospital the same day.






The family of a 12-year-old boy killed in an accident involving a sulky car on a public road say they hope new regulations can prevent further loss of life.

Sean Doyle (12) from Melrose Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, sustained catastrophic injuries after he was thrown from a sulky car beneath the axles of an oncoming truck. He was one of three passengers on the sulky when the accident happened at St Cuthbert’s Road, Clondalkin, on February 26th, 2016.

The jury at an inquest into his death recommended the introduction of bylaws specifically relating to the regulation and safety considerations of the use of sulky cars on public roads.

“I just hope no other child is lost in these circumstances,” the child’s mother, Stacey Doyle, said following the inquest.

“Sean was an amazing boy. He was the heart of our family, we miss him so much. He was full of life and fun and devilment and everyone loved him,” his grandmother, Mary Doyle, said. “We are so glad of these recommendations, there is absolutely no way any child should be out on a sulky.”
Best friends

Sean’s best friend (10) had received a sulky car for his horse, Rambo, for Christmas. Cherie Smith said her son was allowed to drive it around the yard but not on the public road. “They were best friends. They were both mad into the horses,” she said.

Sean’s friend was holding the reins when the horse bolted across St Cuthbert’s Road. The sulky car collided with an oncoming truck. The tubular steel shaft connecting the cart to the horse’s harness snapped and Sean was thrown beneath the lorry.

Truck driver John Pouch, a local authority worker, said there was nothing he could have done to avoid the collision. “The horse just shot across the road and hit the truck behind the cab,” he said.

PSV inspector Garda David O’Brien described the sulky as a man-made cart on a tubular steel axle with no seatbelts or side-guards.

“It’s not a vehicle that should be used on a public highway,” Garda O’Brien said.

Sean Doyle was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was severe head injuries. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.





A grand jury has charged a driver in connection with a deadly wagon train accident in September 2017.

Two victims died after the incident in Haywood County, which celebrates Labor Day each year with a wagon train that crosses the county. According to The Mountaineer, the driver of a Ford Ranger truck hit the wagon train from behind on Jonathan Creek Road.

A man on the wagon, Jason Messer, died at the scene after the crash, along with a horse which had to be euthanized.

Another man and a child were transported to the hospital.

In December, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety confirmed 54-year-old Ernest Lee Summey was the second victim to pass away after the crash.

On Friday, Michael Allen McCoy was charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle in connection with the case.






Show producer and H&H columnist Katie Jerram-Hunnable is recovering from a freak accident which left her with a “hangman’s break” to the C2 vertebra in her neck.

Katie was schooling a young horse over poles on the ground when he tripped and somersaulted.

“The top of my head hit his knee and snapped back,” said Katie, who was wearing a PAS 015 standard safety helmet at the time.

“I knew something was wrong, but I landed more or less in the recovery position and stayed there until the ambulance came. I have to have an MRI scan every month and an X-ray every two weeks, so I’m waiting for a second scan in February to see what progress I’ve made and what the prognosis is.

“I’ve been able to chat to Nick Skelton, who suffered a similar injury in 2000. He fractured the C1 vertebra, but our scans were incredibly similar. Talking to Nick helped a lot, as he was very encouraging — and as he on to win Olympic gold medals, I’m determined to be positive.”

Katie has a full team of horses for owners this season, including some for Her Majesty the Queen, and says her Essex-based yard will be running as normal.

Her husband, former British eventing team member Chris Hunnable, will be in overall charge. He will be helped by head girl Jo Jack, who was due to set up her own business but is staying to support Katie this season, and both will ride at home and in the ring while Katie is out of action.

“I will be riding as soon as I can, but have to take a supervisory role until I’m given the go-ahead,” said Katie. “I’ve got a great team and all my owners have been incredibly supportive.”






 THE mother of a teenager whose car was written off after he crashed into a horse is calling for owners to stop letting them run loose before someone is killed.

Matthew Seagrave was driving home in the early hours of yesterday when a horse suddenly loomed out of the darkness on the A688 between Bishop Auckland and West Auckland.

The 17-year-old collided with the horse head-on, flipping his Renault Clio and knocking him unconscious.

The horse was killed by the impact.

Matthew's mother, Barbara Phillips, said she doesn’t know how her son survived the incident - but is angry that it could have been avoided if the horse had been properly secured.

She said: “I was in bed asleep when my phone rang and it was Matthew, saying he’d crashed his car and asking if I could go and pick him up.

“When I got there he was lily white and shaken up, but other than a limp, he was ok. His car is a complete mess, I honestly don’t know how he has walked away from it.

“He has been incredibly lucky.”

Matthew had been to his girlfriend’s house and was driving home from Bishop Auckland to Staindrop along the bypass at around 3am. The teenager works as a joiner in Shildon and travels the route regularly to get to and from work.

Miss Phillips, who shared details of the incident on Facebook, added: “Somebody has come forward to say that they reported that horses were on the bypass at 10.15pm last night, if they were moved this might not have happened.

“This could have easily killed my son, something needs to be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“Everybody knows who these horses belong to, but because they’re from the travelling community nobody is prepared to say anything to them.

“The police should be moving horses off the roads and the owners should be keeping them secured in the first place.”

However, Durham Police said in a statement that they have no record of anybody reporting a horse on the bypass last night.

Inspector Andy Reeves, of Bishop Auckland Neighbourhood Police Team, said in a statement: “We are aware of the ongoing issue with loose horses in the Bishop Auckland area and are working with partner agencies to tackle the problem.

“The vast majority of horse owners are responsible, but we must reiterate the importance keeping your horse safe and secure so they are not able to stray into busy roads.”

County Councillor Rob Yorke also confirmed that he has received reports of loose horses in the area.

He said: “When we receive a report that a horse is loose we report it to enforcement officers who track down the owner, if we can’t do that then the horse is seized.

“It does not matter to the council if the owner is from the travelling community or not, but it can make it more difficult to track owners down.












Hi there

Been looking at your website and enjoying the various help videos.

I have had my horse 3.5 years and today, for the first time, he went at me when I was lunging. I was very scared and got some help - `i did get him lunging in the end but realist that he has no respect for me and I must chage my ways. We have never really got on lunging but this really shocked me.

I read all your tips about being boss and not feeding carrots etc. However you also state that you support Parelli's work. They, however, advocate giving carrots instead of smacks e.g. if yur horse goes to bite you when you do up the girth.

So you maybe can see my confusion? To give titbits or smacks?

The horse is 18 in May this year. Ex show-jumper and normally has the sweetest laid back character. Yes he can spook at something especially when the weather is cold or windy but, as a horse, he is great. Very kind and loves being with us and is very curious. I would say i=he is a left-brain charactr.

Any advice gratefully received!!! I live in France and have no access to any decent training such as ethology or Parelli.

Hope you can spare some time - if not I will understand.


HI Sue.

I must stop recommending Parelli as the Years have over taken me and they are always evolving and re-branding themselves for marketing purposes. All of my recommendations are dated pre 2000.

If Parelli system has gone to Carrots, I take back all that I said.

I hate to think what 'Ethology' might be, for it is some Scientific off spin then I already am not a Fan. Scientists are NOT qualified to get involved in lecturing about HORSEMANSHIP. Read and watch these.





I live and work in the 'Real World, the 'Coal Face' of the Industry and that is why You are about to get an unconfusing and quick answer to Your problem.


  • Your Horse does not respect You any more. It has dismissed You as a Leader.

  • Your Horse doesn't like You any more, because of the above.

  • Your safety is in jeopardy.

All is not lost.

I could fix the Horse in 120 Seconds but YOU have to fix it, not I. Therefore, the answer is simple.

Just go to my Video Portal https://www.horseproblems.com.au/Peer_Review%20Phillipe%20Karl.html , and select this.....












Hi Linda and John I’d be interested to read about your solutions to a hind/ pelvic issues to help my lovely 6 yo 17 hh WB gelding. He’s very kind and has been improving over the last year, but has undiagnosed issues preventing him using himself as he should be. It probably started with a paddock injury as a 4 yo when I noticed a sharp change in behaviour soon after purchase, and vet diagnosed a stifle injury. Bones and joints are fine on xRay, but he now has a prominent hunters bump, throws me and the saddle to the left when ridden, has difficulty taking weight and stepping under with his left hind, can’t get up and down on that side, drags his left foot in trot and cant lift it when asked to backup. He has pronounced muscle wastage in the rear especially on left side. That said he’s a pretty happy horse to ride, can give me lovely work at novice level dressage and has been slowly getting stronger over this year. However I suspect it’ll be hard for us to advance with his current issues. He’s been getting chiro and bodywork treatments over the last year with minor impact. I’m currently testing him on bute with an eye to a bone scan if no change. Camden vet thinks it could be a neurological issue. I’d be glad to buy any article of yours and any other advice if you think it may help. Thanks


Hi Angela Well done on your efforts for the lovely Horse, to date. The best shot would be for Linda to see you ride the horse, flatwork, exactly as you always do. Then we could comment with some authority for you. Is that possible??? Hopefully not a mobile phone. regards





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