I can hear Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrence cheering me from their Grave
This article has been triggered by this Photo Today. (in
After attending to many thousands
of so called 'problem Horses' in my long career and nearing
the end of it, at the risk of shock and dismay and more, I
have decided to review the foundational systems of the
British Horse Society, that impact upon Horses across the
World. At least 90% of all the thousands of aggrieved Horses
that have come through my Hands, have been triggered by
these British systems.
I have come to realize that these
systems are actually the sleeper Horse Welfare issue of 2017
and thought it only fair to review them, for the good of
Horses and Humans everywhere, just as the British Horse
Society has been reviewing other
systems such as Rolkur.
go on for Hours but let me keep it simple and break it down
to two basic areas that diminish the lives of Horses and
place Humans in such serious Risk of injury and Death.
The 24/7 Rein contact for no
good reason, and
The ground handling systems,
both of which constantly see Horses in turmoil, unhappy,
stressed and with 'learned helplessness', as well as
In short, the systems seriously deteriorate the Welfare of
100% of Horses that succumb to them. So first let the Horses
explain their feelings to You.
THE BRITISH SYSTEM HORSES
THE ALTERNATIVE - look into
the minds of the two Horses!! 'Partners...not opponent's.
Now obviously these are extreme
examples but look into the eyes of these Horses to get the
point. Happy Partners versus the unhappy Horses up the top.
Why would You want to inflict Pain
inside the Mouth of Your Horse, with half a Kilo of Steel?
Where is the logic in that? We are supposed to love our
Horses, many profess to but think about it, do You really
love Your Horse if You are inflicting discomfort every
moment You handle it??? Well this is what happens, the World
over and it all stems from Britain, via the Military, Racing
and God forbid, Pony Club in this Country and right now,
'Ready Steady Trot', the new Equestrian Australia initiative
to attract more People into the Industry. Check out the
thoughts of the poor Horses in their Publicity Photo
I am not going to go on for there
are ample other educative articles on this Website but warn
all People entering the Industry that such leading and so
called 'control systems', contribute to these things and
The Horses don't like You, they
just put up with You and go through the motions. Pain on
The Mouth is continually
The integrity of the Mouth
(brakes) are continually deteriorated, exposing People
to Bolting Horses. (The Brake Pads are warn out)
The Horse gets continual
'learned helplessness' for every tug, pull, rip, which
unbeknownst to the Human, is telling the Horse to
actually do something, but it is left with no reward, no
timing, feel or relief for an answer. This is why
'Learner Rider Horses' always come with terrible Mouths.
(the fault of neither) The Horse just shuts down
to any chance of sophistication.
Contrary to every reason given
for the British teaching of Leading that Leading 'up
close and personal' gives control, the opposite is true.
This is why this Groom, in the Olympic Medal Ceremony at
Rio, ended on the Ground.
and I could go on......
Well this is even more concerning.
What possesses us to swing off the Mouth of our loved one's,
100% of the time that You are given the privilege to be on
Think about that for a moment. Why do they do
it?.....because they are taught to, brain washed to, from a
Young Age and with Peer pressure thereafter.
I have never seen a more potent
"Peer pressure', such that the combined efforts of Pat
Parelli and every other Horse Trainer around the World, who
have worked tirelessly for the last 30 Years, have
completely failed most Horses within the English
Disciplines. Pat said to me once, "Normal is what everyone
does around You and Normal changes every 50k across the
World, depending on what they are doing in that District"
The bottom line is that
Humans are Blind and so easily lead. They simply accept
because others do it and never think, examine, wonder,
experiment and worse, dismiss other systems that they may
know about because it is not the fashion in their
In Britain especially, from the
moment a Rider steps aboard a Horse to the dismount, the
Reins are their 'Dummy', their comfort Zone. They WILL NOT
let the Mouth of the Horse go. Why on Earth would that be?
Do they think the Horse is going to escape at any
moment??.........well they probably do because any system
that doesn't prove to the paranoid Human, that the Horse is
indeed controllable with less Rein pressure, must generate
the paranoia that has birthed this fighting with the Mouths
of Horses at all costs.
Go figure this......the Horse has
just been dragged out of the Paddock, mostly not ridden all
Week and has just been flogged around squillions of Classes
in the chase for felt. They come out of the Ring and stand
aside ready for the next Class. What do they
**Note the Reins & Faces on the two Horses nearest!!!
The two on the left, in the still shot moment of time, are
actually doing this, replicated across the Planet at
Dressage as well. This one is an F.E.I. Horse.
20 Minute warmup is long gone, the test has been completed,
we are back at the Car but we reared in the Test
only they could believe what's possible?
You see, Horses would rather stand
still and go to sleep, but they can't do that because they
are continually getting tormented by the British systems.
but they can't even think about it, for they can't put their
Necks down to do it
So Folks, if You think You 'Love Horses' but are from the
British Horse Society systems, think again because the VAST
MAJORITY would not be passed by the Horses. To end, here is
a selection of some of my snaps over the Years, with Horses
going through Daily Hell. Think about it.
Go here if You want to "Listen to
the Horses" and if You can't get the point from the Photos.
horseproblems at horseproblems.com.au