PROBLEM HORSE WORLD- the
Horse Industries first Blog - 2001
26th March, 2017
Big Week, totally buggered, 6 Days at 'Gainsborough' for the Autumn
Pasture management seeding regime and much more. Hope You have all been
well. What's been happening?
Now in the hundreds and here is another one.
Not sure how to say this except that I've never felt so
proud of an Aussie as I am right now. I just pray that Kiwis
see the Gainsborough sale video because it's coming to all
of us. Good on you mate! God Bless.
Thanks Bill. Might kind. It may interest
You, that I thought I would 'cop it in the Neck' but we have hundreds of
phone calls, texts, emails etc, from around the Country and NOT ONE was
negative. Just shows you what the majority are thinking. Meanwhile this
Week, the "Left Winger' Prime Minister, denigrated Pauline Hanson,
saying she is falling into ISSIS Trap, by wanting to Ban Muslims.
Turnbull is the one falling for the Trap. They already have him, 'lock
stock and barrell'
Your Readings for Today :)
(Koran 8.12). God instructs his Muslim
followers to kill unbelievers, to capture them, to ambush them (Koran 9.5). Everything
contributes to advancing the holy goal: "Strike terror into God's
enemies, and your enemies"
LISTEN TO YOUR HORSES
Mrs. Hp has taken on a 'Green Horse' to put
some polish on this Week but Her acute observations and one ride
immediately made Her question the Teeth on the lovely little Mare. There
were two signs.
That the Mare was slightly worried about
having the Bridle installed, and
she was uneven in the Reins with slight
Body language of fears on one Rein.
There is much debate about the difference
between Vets' and Horse Dentists but there is a time and place for all
This is the first time I have seen Lucas
Vanoijen (from the Nederlands) but he was brilliant. Yes, Mrs. HP was
right, the Teeth on one side were sharper than the other, there were
caps to come off and worse, buried, broken off Wolf Teeth from a
previous removal process. Very small but not good for the Horse. On one
location also, near the first pre-molar, a rub with the thumb drew
On two Days straight, in answer to a comment
from first Mrs.HP and then myself, about what a good Girl she is, she
turned and licked our Hands immediately!!!!!!!!!
If You 'truly mean it' Folks, the Horses
understand Your Words.
Mrs. HP has been teaching lot's and had taken
Her two Horses down to 'Gainsborough' Poor Cappo thinks his 'Throat has
been cut' as he got left Home Today and is staying at 'Gainsborough' so
that we didn't get a repeat of last Week, ...at the Dressage Today..
Dulce entered the Novice and the Elementary Today and was a very good
Girl indeed. Mrs. HP striving for qualifications for the Autumn Champs,
which have not been easy to come by in the time.
NOVICE - Winner ( Her first Career Blue Ribbon
ELEMENTARY - Winner - 66.941%
and the beautiful Oakbank Race Course in the
background there, next week hosting the Easter Jumps Racing Carnival
You remember last Week and the 'discipline' given to Her for calling out
to Cappo Today, she heard a Horse call whilst warming up, then expected
a flick with the whip, was told she was a very good Girl and straight
away relaxed, ignoring all other calls from across the Park.
The pleasing thing was that Today, she grew a Hand when she entered the
ring, was very Proud (hey look at me) and was immediately 'off the
forehand' more than ever before, with the pleasing outline across the
NOVICE - the two judges
Still 8% difference and congrats to the side
Judge for rewarding top Young Horses. It was also very pleasing to see
the side Judge see the "Trained Cadence" in the Young Horse, NOT JUST
aaahhh, it's lovely to see the Colonial bred
Horses doing well. It's not about International Semen Folks, it's about
Lovely relaxed atmosphere and tranquil Grounds,
at the Oakbank Race Course. Well done Peter O'Born and the Crew.
The Shell Grit just needed a tickle up with
harrows. Dulce actually told Mrs. HP during the Medium Trotts as she was
more reticent to do them as well as at Southern Vales and of course, the
Horses never lie.
OAKBANK RACE COURSE
James Johnston's parents brought their large family to South Australia
in 1839 in the largest ship seen in the colony to that time, the great
East Indiaman Buckinghamshire. By 1840 they were in the Onkaparinga
Valley, opening up the Oakbank district. James and his father, William,
created a brewery by the riverbank - the start of a family influence
which spread far beyond the valley. Obviously not short of money, it is
recorded that they brought an English stonemason out to build grand
homes for the two brothers who are principally remembered as the
brewery's leading lights. Both houses are still landmarks. Oakbank House
was built for James and his family at the edge of the brewery complex,
while Dalintober is perched above Elizabeth Street and was originally
owned by Andrew Galbraith Johnston.
My Dad rode a Racehorse from Mt. Gambier to
Oakbank, and competed at these Races. 414.8 k. He got to Callington and
called in at a Farm on the Main Road, asking for a Drink for his Horse.
The Owner refused
TIP OF THE DAY
" When a Horse turns it's Head from the Bridle, ask Yourself why? If
You are a good listener, the Horse will actually tell You."
PHOTO OF THE DAY
THE MOST DANGEROUS WIRE OF ALL - PLAIN WIRE
BARB WIRE, WHILST NOT DESIRED AT ALL FOR
HORSES, IS TOTALLY SAFER. I say that to highlite the seriousnesws of the
danger of PLAIN WIRE.
South Coast Equestrian
Announces Exciting New Event for 2017.
Port Elliot, March 20, 2017: The
newly formed South Coast Equestrian is a dynamic group of experienced
equestrian eventing enthusiasts committed to the advancement of eventing
in South Australia. We are delighted today to announce a new event for
the spring eventing season “The Canoe Tree Horse Trials” to be staged
October 28-29, 2017.
The dressage and showjumping
is to be held on the outstanding turf at the Port Elliot showgrounds.
Home of the annual Port Elliot show this facility offers superior all
weather footing and established camping facilities all a short distance
from the historic town of Port Elliot.
The cross country phase will
be held a short 20 minute drive away on Jill Bow’s gum studded Currency
Creek property. Situated opposite the historic Canoe Tree, this 26
hectare property has a large section of sandy going and a generous
amount of flat land ideal for a new and encouraging cross country test.
Classes proposed for the October weekend include EvA65, EvA80 and EvA95
with Combined Training for the higher levels. The group will be
progressively adding higher classes at future events.
Chair of South Coast
Equestrian, Peter Oborn, yesterday enthusiastically outlined the
prospects for this exciting new event "South Australia desperately needs
more eventing venues of this calibre and more events in the spring. Our
vision is to create a high class event on the south coast which already
boasts one of the favourites of the eventing calendar – The Lockington
Horse Trials at Waitpinga. We look forward to South Australian eventers
enthusiastically supporting this venture”.
Media Manager for the newly
formed organization and Life Member of SA Horse Trials, Stephen Bow,
added to Peter’s sentiments “An event like this has significant startup
costs. So we can provide the best possible competition for South
Australia’s eventing riders we are kicking things off with a number of
fund raising initiatives.”
Congrats to Peter and all concerned. You can't
keep a good Man down :)
NEWS OF THE DAY
DEATH OF LADY RIDER
A woman has died after a horse-riding accident at a property near the
US border in Surrey.
Global One helicopter captured the scene at 0 Avenue and 184th Street
late Thursday afternoon.
Police, firefighters and paramedics were all called to the area.
An air ambulance was brought in, but it was not used to take anyone to
GRANTS PASS — Just over a dozen protesters stood in the rain outside
the Josephine County Courthouse Friday in opposition to an order by the
Board of Commissioners to euthanize a pit bull named Kron accused in a
March 11 attack on a horse.
Cars parked along the road declared "Pit Bull Pride" and posterboards
read "Let Kron Live."
The 2-year-old dog, who caretakers say limps because of an injury when
he was a puppy, escaped the yard of Azalea Road resident Leah Harp,
where he was staying, and ventured over to the property of Riessen Road
residents John and Mary Bartlett.
Witnesses said Kron attacked a horse on the Bartlett's property, biting
the horse's cheek and muzzle.
Harp, caretaker of the dog owned by Grants Pass resident Brye Rogers,
doesn't dispute that Kron "nipped at" the horse, but said she doesn't
believe the dog intended to hurt the equine.
Mary Bartlett said Kron traveled more than 1,000 feet to get to the
horse pen, bit the muzzle of her 30-year-old Appaloosa mare named Hummer
and refused to let go, prompting her husband to fire several warning
Bartlett said the dog then chased her horse, at which point her husband
shot the dog, striking it in the neck. The dog then lunged at Bartlett
and her husband shot it again, she said.
"All I saw was teeth and a big head and I closed my eyes and screamed
because I thought I didn't want to see it get me," Bartlett said.
Harp and Rogers both say Kron was running away because he was afraid and
that they don't believe he would have harmed Bartlett or Hummer.
"We're not real sure what happened between the horse and Kron but he did
nip the horse. He also growled at the neighbor's wife and the neighbor
shot him, twice," Harp said.
"The horse required no medical treatment and Kron had to go to the
emergency animal hospital."
Josephine County commissioners voted 2-1 to euthanize Kron at the animal
shelter. But Commissioner Dan DeYoung said Friday he issued a "stay of
execution" to allow for an appeals process.
Animal control officials declined to comment to the Mail Tribune and
referred phone calls to the Public Health Department, which was closed
DeYoung said liability concerns and state statutes guided the
commissioners' decision to have Kron euthanized. Both DeYoung and
commission Chairman Simon Hare voted for the order, while commissioner
Lily Morgan voted against it.
DeYoung said animal control officers "went through all the steps,"
including taking footprint impressions from inside the horse's run and
documenting injuries to both animals.
"State statutes are pretty clear about what you can and can't do to a
dog when it is chasing, injuring or killing livestock," DeYoung said.
"Because of the liability that would fall back to the county if we let
the dog go, and if it bit someone else or other livestock, it could
potentially come back to the county."
DeYoung added, "Because of public outcry, we decided as a commission
that we could call for an independent hearings officer to listen to all
the evidence again and make a determination independent of what we
decided. But there wouldn't be rules already in place if something
hadn't gone sideways over and over and over again in cases like this."
Lona Gibbs, a certified veterinary technician for Southern Oregon
Veterinary who attended Friday's protest, said she helped treat Kron of
his gunshot wounds and that staff who cared for the dog did not find him
to be aggressive.
"He was one of our favorites. We get gunshot wounds pretty regularly,
but he was a happy guy while we had him. We even had staff fighting over
who got to walk him. He's a great dog," Gibbs said.
"We were all so appalled at the decision. With his size, if he wanted to
do any damage to a horse, he could have."
An emotional Rogers, who said her family has had Kron since he was born
and had left him with Harp while moving between houses, said she was
willing to do whatever was required to be able to have Kron returned to
"Before all this, he's really never been out of the house very much.
He's a couch dog. He has his own futon. He's been around babies and
other children. He's not a vicious dog in any way," Rogers said.
"I just feel like he was probably just really scared. He got curious and
went over there but then tried to leave and he got shot in the head. But
a dog that's really trying to attack something is going to continue."
DeYoung said county officials would arrange a review by a hearings
officer, after which the parties involved would have the option of
pursuing an appeals process to include the option of a judicial hearing.
Kron's supporters have started an online petition to save the dog's life
CRAIG WILLIAMS KNOCKED OUT AND THE DUBAI FAV PUT DOWN
THE Mornington Cup proved to be one of triumph and tragedy for global
powerhouse Godolphin as it won the race with Tally but lost fourth
placegetter The Gold Trail after he broke down 100m past the winning
Tally’s victory was overshadowed by what happened to the short-priced
favourite English stayer The Gold Trail, who faltered badly in front of
a shocked crowd.
His jockey Craig Williams was flipped off the galloper and was thrown
into the turf.
Williams was knocked out for a brief period but soon regained
He was later transported to the Frankston Hospital for observation but
was conscious, moving and talking to medical staff.
ENGLAND - ANOTHER SHOT OR STABBED
A horse owner has been left heartbroken after
her beloved pet appears to have been shot or stabbed and had to be
destroyed. Laura Lacey is warning other owners to be extra vigilant
following the incident in Newquay.
Teddy, the five-year-old Welsh pony was left critically ill at Penmellyn
Vets, St Columb on Monday, but deteriorated overnight..
She said: "The poor baby was five and just starting out. How can this
happen? Heart-broken doesn't come close. Teddy fought really hard but
deteriorated and was really suffering so I had to let him go.
"He was a beautiful boy with a heart of gold. I can't bear that he's
gone. I am hoping this was a terrible accident rather than deliberate,
but if everyone keeps a close eye out perhaps we can stop anyone else
going through it.
"We will never be 100% sure what happened and be completely certain
whether it was a gun shot, or stab wound, but given the severity of his
shock in such a short space of time and how quickly he deteriorated at
the vets, despite their brilliant care - they really did do everything
they could think of for him - they think this was a strong possibility."
CHILD KICKED IN HEAD - FRACTURED SKULL
SHE'S SO GOOD HE HAD TIME TO SLEDGE HIS RIVALS - 16 STRAIGHT WINS
FACING 18 YEARS FOR SHOOTING 3 HORSES
A 19-year-old Crystal Falls man faces as
much as 18 years behind bars on three felonies related to the shooting
injury of one horse and the death of another.
Luke Benjamin Wool was arraigned in 95B District Court in Iron County
this morning. The charges are in connection to the death last month of a
draft horse and the shooting of a second draft horse last week.
Wool is scheduled for a Probable Cause Hearing in April 3. The official
charges against him are:
Count 1: Weapons- Firearms- Discharge in or at a Building Did
intentionally discharge a firearm at a facility he or she knew or had
reason to believe was a dwelling or a potentially occupied structure ;
contrary to MCL 750.234b(1) [750.234B]
FELONY: 10 years and/or $10,000.00; Mandatory forfeiture of weapon or
Count 2: Animals- Killing/Torturing
Did without just cause knowingly kill, or mutilate, or maim, or
disfigure a draft horse "Jump;" contrary to MCL 750.50b [750.50B]
FELONY:4 years and/or $5,000.00 for a single animal, $2,500.00 for each
additional animal to a maximum of $20,000.00 and/or 500 hours community
service; cost of veterinary care; may be prohibited from owning animal.
Count 3: Animals- Killing/Torturing
Did without just cause knowingly mutilate, or maim, or disfigure, a
draft horse "Bud", contrary to MCL 750.50b.
FELONY: 4 years and/or $5,000.00 for a single animal, $2,500.00 for each
additional animal to a maximum of $20,000.00 and/or 500 hours community
service; cost of veterinary care; may be prohibited from owning animal.
GIRL 10 KILLED
A 10-year-old rodeo star died Sunday night when
her spooked horse fell backwards on top of her, just moments before she
was set to compete in a rodeo competition in Texas.
Piper Faust had mounted her horse and began preparation for barrel
racing at the Caldwell Rodeo when tragedy struck.
'She was the brightest little star,' her father, Brian Faust, told KBTX.
He said it was his daughter's personality that made many adore her.
Her parents said the youngster made a huge impact on the community.
Rhonda Faust, Piper's mother, said her daughter competed in rodeo,
dance, and softball.
'She had an all-around spirit that was just infection with a beautiful
smile that she just came across to anyone anybody they were her friends.
Her smile just made you smile,' Rhonda Faust told the station.
In the U.K. the sport of horse racing could look a lot different in
the coming years, as the British Horseracing Authority—with the help of
other industry bodies—tightens the standards for jockeys, with an eye on
improving professional development.
The United Kingdom’s largest horse racing group is raising its standards
for jockeys. And a big reason for that involves resources.
This week, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced a new
approach to licensing and accepting jockeys as part of its system, with
a focus on better training and development, along with setting a high
bar for the jockeys who end up taking part in races.
The reason for this change, the result of a multiyear review, is
twofold. First, BHA wants to better equip its best jockeys for long-term
success, through stronger, more regimented curriculum that helps ensure
that elite jockeys are properly prepared for the task.
“A more efficient and extensive assessment process can help aspiring
jockeys who have a genuine chance of success to receive the first-class
levels of support and guidance they require,” BHA CEO Nick Rust said in
a news release.
Second, the regulatory group also noted in the release that, simply,
there were too many jockeys—and that this hurt the sport’s development.
“The enhancements are also designed to address the present situation in
which racing is spending considerable resources training individuals who
may not become successful,” the association explained. “Too many jockeys
also mean reduced opportunities for riders who might make the grade.
Currently 30 percent of licensing course attendees do not ride a winner
and 88 percent do not ride out their claim.”
The approach that led to this solution was a collaborative one, with the
Professional Jockeys Association, National Trainers Federation, and the
Jockeys Employment and Training Scheme all assisting with the research
process. In comments on the approach, Amateur Jockeys Association CEO
Sarah Oliver described the end result as being beneficial to the sport
as a whole.
“Today’s jockeys have much to contend with in their everyday lives, and
a more rigorous entry criteria can only benefit the sport in the long
term,” Oliver said, according to the release. “It’s also good to know
that they will be kept under the watchful eye of a jockey coach during
this important time whilst they embark upon their professional careers.”
The new licensing approach will take effect April 1.
LETTER OF THE DAY
One of the latest gadgets in the UK.
Lol...the Mind boggles!!! I only have one word :)
LETTERS OF THE DAY
THE RUNAWAY HORSE
I’ve come a long way with this horse, not quite getting
there, need some more guidance please.
The pigroots have almost stopped, just one yesterday and
I’m sure it was frustration with me. While on
a trail ride yesterday he likes to go in front , I
asked him to trot and all was great. Then heading
for home he decided he wanted to trot all the time,
basically I was holding the reins to keep him from going faster,
that’s when the pig root was done, I stopped him and
backed up twice abruptly but no difference, is it in this
instant I do one rein stops ? I’d like him to be
relaxed like my other horse, but he is anxious, what
can I do to help him so he enjoys coming out, could he
be a horse that will never settle on a trail ?
You should only walk. Fix Him with the system and only walking. Dare
Him to break the gait and remedy him each time but WARNING, because few
People can emulate the system well enough to ensure success. When you
back the horse up a couple of strides, if you haven't thrown the reins
away TOTALLY to where he CANNOT feel your hand, it will not work. The
feel of your hand, the bump on your hand, even accidentally, is what
causes the break. You have to DARE THE HORSE TO DO IT, every time, not
try and stop it doing it.
Hi Folks. Hope You all had a good Week and You have everything under
control. Life keeps coming at You these Days. It's full of what I call
"Parasites" with many and varied fees, charges, commissions, levies,
registrations and God knows what else. Every time You move, they want
something from You. Always 'chasing Your Tail' and more and more,
forever waiting, the Traffic, the Phone and more.
One of the main Contenders for Your Wages is of course the Power
Companies and the Government is in Bed with them. Forget grandstanding
Premier and spending another 500 Million of OUR MONEY, just divide it
between us and buy us a Battery Pack instead!!!!!
The Muslim Story keeps on going viral. London and now the States. Check
this one out. America
My thanks to the South Australian Police for
their enquiry this Week.....which was.......to ask if we were ok, had we
had any threats and did we want any assistance. Most kind.
Thanks also to the many Phone calls and
Still 100% positive to nil negative. A
reflection of the true position of the majority of this Country.
DULCE GOES TO ELEMENTARY
he competed at Elementary Today,
in an effort to get qualified for the Autumn Championships here. Total
disaster :) Mrs. HP retired both tests. We were forced to bring Cappo as
we were on our way to 'Gainsborough' and Old Cap is a bit of a secret
Lover beneath the stone dead exterior. Poor Girl, she had the
separation anxiety occasion and so Mrs. HP just turned it into a
The Day got worse...........
Mrs. HP was unofficially reported ( behind the
floats) to a Committee Person, for
riding too aggressive during the warm up. This of course did upset Her
as she is the last to be ever guilty of that.
Dulce started yelling to Cappo, the moment she
arrived in the warm-up arena and of course you can't have that being
cemented at the start of the career of a Young Horse. Just the same as
the Kid who puts it over Mother at the Supermarket or a Restaurant
because it knows there were no consequences.
So as well as giving Her a 'flick with the
whip' she had been disengaging Her Hind Quarters as well and of course
such a training move is not normally seen at the Dressage. It should be
and if it were there would be fewer accidents but anyhow. It would no
doubt have been the combination of the two things that made the
Complainant think it was outrageous and they lodged the complaint.
The Complainant we know and of course
'Politics' and 'different Tribes plays a part in these things.
Mrs. HP rang the President and apologized.
The Horse of course, doesn't have a mark on
Her, but in case any more (with vested interests) get any ideas, I have
taken the after Photos of the perfect Body of the Horse.
Cappo is the very powerful 'secret lover'. Doesn't act like a 'Rig' and
isn't one but went very close to it (with a twist) Instead of 'being out
there', he is the opposite/ 'Mr. quiet Guy' who you wouldn't know or
understand unless You had Him in the Pub with a few Beers under his skin
he has many of the attributes. He manures in a pile and backs his rump
inside Bushes so You can't find his Manure :) So hence the effect upon a
Mare, albeit his Sister :)
Anyhow, it had to be done. She will be another
Grand Prix Horse and it is in Her very best interests that she 'Tows the
Line' She is a very powerful Mind as well.
I was very impressed with one of the Judges
that Dulce was before Today. Great to see a Judge prepared to penalize a
combination when obviously terrible ( which she was) but then go to
7.5's for some good work shown. Well done Madam.
On the other Hand, I had Junior coming up to me
and showing their Sheets, dis-heartened by another Judge, for instance,
62% with one Judge and 55% with the other. It shouldn't be that hard but
some Judges have simply been too long in the Old Days when Head of
Judging for many Years, set them all in the 50's% .
Juniors MUST NEVER be trodden on. They are the
'Life Blood' of the Industry and need to be kept HAPPY!@ SO THAT MUMMY
AND DADDY CONTINUE TO SPEND MEGA BUCKS!!!!!!
THE MAGNIFICENT SOUTHERN VALES DRESSAGE CLUB
Best Arena's in SA
PARKING AT THE VENUE
I was asked during the Week about the fact that
there is not enough Room here to run a big Show. I had a good look Today
and there is. As I said to the Official, Float Parking needs to be taken
control of in this Country. It is over the top. Take Today.
Front Row of Floats need the Vehicles up to
the warm up arena or close thereto. Don't give me "it will upset the
Horses" If it does, You can't train!! Go to Holland and look
Three more Rows of Floats could have been
put in Today.
A 4th extra row could have been put to the
South of the Warmup arena. (imagine the view by those in their Cars.
The long suffering support Persons.
The second warmup arena is a question mark
Cars of support People can easily park
outside. There is room for many more than ever come to the dressage.
Then there is the Total Parnoia of thos who
think they need 20 Metres between Floats. Give me a Break
GAINSBO ROUGH SOAP
OF THE WEEK
goes to Mrs. HP for being a wonderful Wife
Mrs. HP is back at Gainsborough for the next
two Weeks as Her Sister has gone on Her annual 'Rousabout'. She won't
know what hit Her :)
Meanwhile, Mrs. HP has a Young un-competed
Dressage Horse coming Sunday, for education for the two Weeks and she
will be having training fun with Young Jess, who has 5 Horses at
4 Year Old
The Buyers can't ride it due to Head chucking.
The Teeth weren't done. Owned by a Vet.
**Don't buy 4 Year Olds that have done this
I have often said "They keep going around and
around and around" and here is yet another one.
a few Months ago......
Hi John, thought you
would be interested in an update on the unsound horse i sent back to ms
pannetta. I see on facebook its just been sold to a 6 yo as a childs
pony. Some horse ppl make me sick !!!
a few months before that
Hi john, just thought u would be interested to
know that the unsound horse case you helped me with is up for sale by
the same vendor again as a show horse. The gall of some horse people
astounds me!! Advert has been done with exactly the same pics i
purchased the horse from She
has me blocked but multiple ppl were quick to send me advert. Apparently
it states in comments purchaser must view horse before buying. Vet told
me it was never fixable
Sold to South Australia also in 2016, prior to
the Facebook Winner. Examined by Vet's here and declared unsound. Horse
sent back to Sydney for a full refund.
Congrats to the Adelaide Saddle Shop that took good care of the Client
who had the problem with the Stirrups falling off the Saddle.
TIP OF THE DAY
" Use Your first few Comps for training. Don't worry about Ribbons. The
foundations are what matters"
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Imagine Dulce Today, doing the same thing, in
the direction of Her Beau :)
NEWS OF THE DAY
SECOND ACCIDENT AT CANBERRA
Canberra Racing boss Peter Stubbs confirmed the
latest incident will be included in the investigation currently underway
for Thomson's accident.
"Such accidents are infrequent and it's unfortunate there has been two
in two weeks. There is a coronial enquiry and WorkSafe investigation
currently going on which are linked," Stubbs said.
WorkSafe has issued a notice restricting the use of the track as a
precautionary measure. The notice will be reviewed once expert advice is
received on the track's condition.
Stubbs confirmed the accident happened on the synthetic track which
Thomson was riding on and said the numbers of trainers using the track
has not changed this month.
"On our peak mornings on gallop and pace work days we have 110 horses on
that track and 80 on other days, so close to 500 horses a week," Stubbs
"We have jump outs every Wednesday, a week before last we had 46 on that
track and this week 24, we usually average around 30 horses in jump outs
DECEASED JUST STARTED MINISTRTY RANCH
UNDERWOOD, Minn. -- An Underwood woman who
suffered a fatal injury when she fell from her horse Wednesday
afternoon, March 15, had just last year fulfilled her dream of starting
a nonprofit ministry ranch.
Kirsten Laney, 48, and a friend were riding horses around 3 p.m.
Wednesday in a wooded area near Laney’s home when Laney’s horse was
spooked, according to a report released by the Otter Tail County
Sheriff’s Office. Laney fell from the horse and suffered a fatal head
injury, the sheriff’s office reported, but no other details of the
incident were available.
Laney was a wife, mother of two sons, Kade and Kolton, and an equine
enthusiast who launched Oakdale Korral Rescue Ranch, a youth ministry
ranch near Underwood, on April 29, 2016.
To help with startup costs, a Go Fund me site was set up this time last
year to raise $25,000 in order to secure the ranch property and to help
pay for equipment, fencing and vet costs. A year later, 10 people have
donated $1,000 to Laney’s ranch.
The Go Fund Me site says that the ranch has been on the horizon and in
early preparation stages for more than 10 years, but it wasn’t until a
health crisis in the summer of 2015 that Laney decided to make her dream
“It is the goal of those involved in the startup of this ministry to
pair rescued animals with hurting, troubled, at-risk youth through this
therapeutic ranch,” the site says, adding that Laney was also hoping to
partner with veterans, and that anyone who wanted to visit or come for
therapy sessions could do so free of charge.
Laney acquired two horses, Valor and Victory, in March 2016 that she
rescued from “death’s door” and brought to her ranch’s green pastures to
“experience heaven on earth for the first time,” the site said.
In May, Laney rescued a 2-year-old Shetland pony named Liberty to join
Laney had attended the 2016 Minnesota Council of NonProfits annual
conference in Duluth and got involved with the Adopt-A-Highway program
to further promote and build her business.
“I loved Kirsten and shared many of her dreams to bring healing and hope
to others,” commented Carol Grina, of Fergus Falls, on a photo shared by
Laney’s husband, Ken Laney, the day after she died.
Connie Barry, also of Fergus Falls and good friend of Laney’s, commented
that she was, “So sorry!! This is so crazy!! Praying for all.. Kade and
Kolton.. your mom was the best !! Hold all the memories in your heart..
Her kindness will live in your hearts forever.. She was amazing.”
The RSPCA is calling for helium balloons and lanterns to be banned after
a thoroughbred horse died as a result of choking on a balloon that came
to rest in a field in North Yorkshire.
Feisty, a three year old foal, suffered an agonising death. In the past
farm animals, birds and sea mammals have all died after swallowing the
The thoroughbred was from an impressive bloodline of show jumpers and
worth £15,000. Her father was ranked 12th in the world. But a helium
party balloon landed in her field at Spring House Farm in Harrogate.
It was dusk. She thought it was bit of hay probably to start with. She'd
eaten the string and was choking on the string. The rest of the balloon
got around her eyes and around her ears and she panicked and galloped
around the field flat out in a dreadful panic, choking as she went,
crashed into the gate and broke her front leg, broke all the gate and
the big solid wooden pillar.
– Jennifer Birtwhistle, Fiesty's Owner
As Feisty careered across the road, entangled in the gate, she broke her
back leg as well. She bolted through a second gate and broke her neck.
Jennifer is a senior figure in the equestrian world. She is a British
Show Jumping Association judge and a former chief examiner with the
British Horse Society. She wants a nationwide ban on these balloons and
lanterns and is supported in her campaign by the RSPCA.
VICE CHAIR OF BRITISH SHOW HORSE ASSOC DIES
THE vice chair of British Show Horse
Association was crushed to death by her horse in a freak accident while
out drag hunting.
Mum-of-one Sue Webb, 64, was thrown to the ground as she jumped over a
fence on the last meet of the season.
She was knocked unconscious, was rushed to hospital and put on a life
Her son Christopher Kenny, 31, flew in from Dubai with his wife – to be
at her bedside but doctors couldn’t save her.
Twice married Sue – who lived with her second husband Peter, 70 – died
on Sunday evening.
Her mum Sheila Pipe, 84, yesterday told The Sun: “She fell at the fence
and the horse went over and crushed her underneath.
“I can’t believe it. It was the last drag meet of the season and the
“I keep asking ‘Why did she go to the last meet of the season’.
“They are such big jumps. They are enormous jumps, just too big.
“I just don’t know how we’re going to cope. I’d give everything to have
her back with us now.
“She was a very keen horsewoman and very well-known in the horsey world,
judging and everything.
“She had been a keen horse rider from the age of 11. It was her life –
just like her brother’s life is sailing.”
VILE INTERNET TROLLS
Vile anti-hunt internet trolls have been
condemned for sickening comments made in relation to the death of a
“popular and talented” horsewoman.
A post on an anti-hunt Facebook page about Sue Webb (pictured), who died
as a result of a fall while out with the Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds
on 4 March, has been removed, but only after the comments had been
allowed to remain for “a number of days”.
The Countryside Alliance (CA) has spoken out about the trolling after a
hearing in Parliament yesterday (16 March), in which MPs criticised
Facebook and Twitter for not doing more to ban inappropriate content.
CA spokesman Tom Hunt said: ““Sue Webb was an incredibly popular and
talented horsewoman who will be missed by her friends, family and
associates in the equestrian world and beyond. The vile and insensitive
comments that have been posted on social media are totally unacceptable.
“Sue was out draghunting when this tragic accident occurred.
“In draghunting, hounds follow an artificial scent laid over a
pre-defined course and those on horseback follow them, usually over a
jumping route. At no point have there been any allegations of illegal
foxhunting taking place by a draghound pack, yet the internet trolls
deem it acceptable to make revolting comments about the legal pastime
Sue chose to take part in.
“If this loss is not great enough for her family, at a time when they
should be given time to grieve in peace they are now being subjected to
reading these revolting comments that are based on pure ignorance and
“The type of person that thinks it is acceptable to post comments about
somebody they do not know following such a tragedy should not be
welcomed in a modern society, and we call for the social media channels
to respond respectfully by banning these users and bringing them to
Yvette Cooper, chairman of the home affairs select committee, said she
understands the challenges social media sites face.
“You all have millions of users in the United Kingdom and you make
billions of pounds from these users, [but] you all have a terrible
reputation among users for dealing swiftly with content even against
your own community standards,” she added.
The CA is compiling evidence of the online abuse aimed at hunt
supporters and will write to Mrs Cooper.
Mr Hunt added: “We welcome the strong line the home affairs select
committee has taken on this issue. It is vital the social media giants
step up to the mark and ensure they robustly tackle the chilling
comments so often posted on their sites.”
THE WHIPPING OF RACE HORSES STILL GOES ON - 140 YEARS LATER
Some 140 years later, the whipping of horses -
incredibly - continues. Once condemned as barbaric and indefensible by
racing pundit John McCririck, it can be seen this week in Cheltenham as
horses are pushed to their limits, sometimes resulting in horrific
injuries and death.
There was shock and disgust this time last year when seven horses died
at the event.
Most are unaware, however, that this is only a small fraction of
In 2016, for example, at least 136 thoroughbreds (including 76 from
Ireland) died at British racetracks.
So far this year, 34 have lost their lives (19 of them Irish), some with
broken necks, some falling and not getting up and others destroyed after
sustaining painful leg, knee or spinal injuries.
The 10-year-old Many Clouds is one of the latest Irish victims. In
January, he collapsed at the end of a 21-obstacle, 3.2-mile race at the
Cheltenham track. According to Animal Aid, which maintains the Race
Horse Death Watch website, he was "raced to death".
Animal Aid has documented over 1,500 deaths at UK tracks in the past
decade, noting that even more horses are killed due to training
Those following the Cheltenham Festival should consider another of Anna
Sewell's famous quotes: "If we see cruelty, or wrong, that we have the
power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."
MAJOR EU HEALTH REPORT
Measures that will improve the welfare of millions of horses and donkeys
across Europe have been approved by the European Parliament, but US
slaughter opponents are likely to be concerned by the thrust of proposed
changes around drug residues.
Animal advocacy groups in Europe welcomed the adoption of the report,
but concerns have been raised over a proposal to establish a withdrawal
period system for horses and other equids treated with unauthorized
This would allow animals currently excluded from the food chain to be
slaughtered for human consumption, easing the path for meat exports from
the likes of the United States where horses are not raised as food
animals and lifelong medication records are not required.
The passed resolution acknowledged that the European Union (EU) did not
allow meat from European horses not originally intended for slaughter to
enter the human food chain, yet allowed more flexibility for meat
imported from third countries.
It specifically mentioned the common anti-inflammatory drug
phenylbutazone (bute), the use of which in a horse currently results in
its life-long exclusion from the human food chain.
The resolution calls on the European Commission to establish maximum
residue levels for commonly used veterinary medicines such as
phenylbutazone “to guarantee safety in the food chain”.
It called on Europe’s member states to promote a withdrawal period
system based on scientific research that would make it possible to bring
an animal back into the food chain after a medicine has been
administered to it for the last time, while still protecting consumer
The resolution stressed the differences in health requirements
applicable to horse-meat produced in Europe and that imported from third
countries. It said it was desirable to have an equivalent level of
health and food safety requirements and conformity of imports for the
European consumer irrespective of the origin of horse-meat.
It also called on the Commission to make country-of-origin labeling
mandatory for all processed horse-meat products. The resolution backed
more audits on slaughterhouses outside the EU and a raft of other
measures that would improve the lot of horses in all spheres of life.
The report will now be passed to the European Commission with a
recommendation for action.
While Humane Society International/Europe welcomed the European
Parliament’s backing of what it described as an ambitious report, it
voiced concerns over the proposals around establishing withdrawal
periods around drugs that currently meant the exclusion of treated
animals from the human food chain.
“While we applaud members of the European Parliament for adopting an
ambitious report highlighting the specific welfare needs of horses,
donkeys and other equidae, we strongly oppose the proposed establishment
of a withdrawal period system that aims to facilitate the slaughter of
an increased number of equids,” the group’s executive director, Joanna
Such a system, she said, would potentially create additional animal
welfare problems and would seriously undermine the EU’s efforts to
strengthen the traceability of horse-meat.
Since July 31, 2010, the EU has required that the only horses allowed to
be slaughtered for export within the Union are those with a known
lifetime medical treatment history and medicinal treatment records that
show they have not been treated with banned substances. Such animals
must also satisfy the veterinary medicine withdrawal periods for other
In 2014, the European Commission suspended the import of Mexican
horse-meat imports owing to serious traceability and food safety
In 2016, the European Commission adopted new requirements to regulate
the import of horse-meat from non-EU countries more strictly and require
that horses are resident in the country of slaughter for at least six
months before they may be for slaughtered for export to the EU.
The resolution’s key elements include:
An increase in audits carried out in slaughterhouses outside EU that are
authorized to export horse-meat to the EU and provision for suspending
such imports when EU traceability and food safety requirements are not
met; The formulation of guidance, facilitating and enhancing scientific
research on the welfare of horses and other equids at the time of
slaughter; Avoiding, when possible, the transport of live animals to slaughter and
ensuring compliance with EU welfare rules on the transport of animals,
with a shorter maximum journey time for all movements of horses for
slaughter the likely result; Supplying statistics on a regular basis notably on the transport and
slaughter of equine animals in the EU; A commitment by European states to inspect slaughterhouses licensed to
handle horses; The launch of a pilot project under which funding would be targeted at
farms committed to good welfare practices; The dissemination of information to tourists to help them decide whether
to use services involving working horses and donkeys; New guidance on donkey and horse milk farming and increased inspections
of farms; Production and circulation by the European Commission of information on
how to care for horses and donkeys, including responsible breeding and
end of life care; Review of the impact of VAT (a goods and services tax) on equestrian
The British-based international charity World Horse Welfare also
welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of the report, suggesting it
had the potential to transform the lives of horses, donkeys and mules
across Europe and pave the way for higher equine welfare standards
across the EU.
Its adoption allowed for the dissemination of basic information relating
to the care of all equines across the EU, empowered consumers to choose
horse businesses with high welfare standards, and provided funding for
smaller farms to be rewarded for high standards of equine welfare.
The report, authored and spearheaded by Julie Girling, a British
Conservative politician who represents southwest England in the European
Parliament, included many of the key conclusions from a study published
by World Horse Welfare and Eurogroup for Animals, entitled Removing the
Blinkers: the health and welfare of European Equidae in 2015.
This was the first research report to fully outline the scope, scale and
welfare challenges of the EU’s equine sector. The report identified a
number of key welfare concerns – most of which were ultimately due to a
basic lack of knowledge among owners.
World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said the adoption of the
resolution by the European Parliament could not be more timely.
“June will see the first meeting of the new EU Animal Welfare Platform,
a new forum that aims to address specific challenges to animal welfare
through cooperation between civil society, public authorities and
industry. What better blueprint for action could we have? We commend
Julie Girling MEP for her work in this regard.
“The welfare problems facing Europe’s equines are just that – European
“Poor stabling conditions for horses are as likely to be found in
Ireland as they are in Italy, overworked donkeys can be found in
Santorini just as they can be found in Spain.
“The absence of basic knowledge right across the EU is hurting equines
and holding back the economy alike,” Owers said.
“We are confident that this resolution is a big step in the right
direction for better equine welfare across our Union, and we look
forward to taking forward its conclusions in the near future.”
Girling said she was happy that her report had passed through Parliament
with such a large majority.
“This is a chance to improve the lives of 7 million horses and donkeys.
“Animal welfare has never been higher on our citizens’ agenda, and high
standards are a mark of a civilized society. I look forward to close
cooperation with the Commission to take these recommendations forward.
“Horses and donkeys have come to possess vast economic potential. Today
the equine sector adds over €100 billion to the EU’s economy each year
and is a leading rural employer in many Member States.
“However, in too many cases these animals are faced with severe welfare
concerns including neglect, overwork and inappropriate living
“Europe’s citizens want to see more action on animal welfare and, with
this report, I believe we have a golden opportunity to not only
substantially improve the lives of 7 million horses and donkeys but, by
better caring for these animals, we also have a chance to unlock the
full economic potential of the sector and boost the rural economy.
“It is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
REDUCING STRESS IN HORSE TRANSPORT
Shirley Brodsky from the Sask-atchewan Horse Federation said the profile
of horse owners has shifted and that has led to an increase in how often
horses need to be transported on trailers.
“There used to be more rural horse owners, but now there’s a lot of
urban-owned horses that are boarded at stables and there are not a lot
of people who have experience with livestock.
“They are in positions where they need to transport, but are not
prepared or don’t know,” she said.
Safety and health concerns for the horse can occur because of the
“Every time I get behind the wheel of my truck with horses on the back
it’s a huge responsibility,” said Brodsky.
She said she has logged millions of miles transporting her horses to
shows over the years.
Manning and Brodsky offered tips on safe and healthy trailering.
“Most of the main reason we’re hauling horses is we’re going to an event
or competition. The main focus of a good trip is to get the horse there
in good shape and not stressed, and ready to compete. Otherwise you
might as well stay home,” Brodsky said.
“You can undo months and months of training and preparation with a bad
Trailering is a stressful activity for horses who tend to be
claustrophobic and don’t like being confined.
“These are big flight animals and their first reaction in stress is to
run away. They are not prone to crawling into little spaces. It’s not
how they are programmed,” said Brodsky.
“It’s about training and desensitizing and building a foundation of
Advance preparation before a long trip is high on Brodsky’s list.
“Don’t throw anything new at a horse. If it has never been on a trailer
don’t do it the morning you’re leaving for a show. If it’s never worn
leg wraps, don’t throw them on the first morning, put them on in the
stall. Introduce that well in advance of your travel date,” she said.
Balancing in a moving trailer is a lot of work for the horse, which
feels more stress during a long road trip.
A few days before an extended haul, Brodsky takes her horses on a short
and gentle trip to get them used to a nice ride. She also thinks every
horse should learn to stand in a motionless trailer.
“There are events you will go to where you are not allowed to unload
until they see your paperwork. Another good reason to make a horse wait
is for biosecurity reasons. Make sure that any manure, or bedding or old
feed is removed from the stall before you unload,” she said.
“If he’s happy standing on the trailer, that’s a bonus.”
Manning said the horse’s normal feeding patterns should be maintained to
minimize the risk of gastrointestinal issues.
“Bring hay and other feed with you on your trip, if it’s feasible to do
so,” he said.
As well, he said taking along water from home that the horse is used to
“Horses are very particular when choosing to drink and they can be very
fussy about the taste of the water regardless of quality. So they may
choose not to drink strange water even if it’s good quality,” he said.
“It’s all about total dissolved solids with horses.”
Horses should be offered water at least every four hours during longer
trips, but they may or may not choose to drink.
“Some would say you should add electrolytes or some sort of flavouring
to water to encourage horses to drink. You’d want to start this ahead of
time and train them ahead of time before you hit the road,” said
Brodsky said the morning before a trip she gives her horses a water rich
“Keep the diet the same. But I will make their hay very wet because
often horses don’t drink on the road. So the more water I can introduce
into their gut the day of travel the happier I am,” she said.
Manning said horse owners should try to feed their animals in a position
that allows them to eat with their heads down. That will reduce the
likelihood of inhaling dust and reduce the incidence of respiratory
Brodsky said because many horses won’t urinate when the trailer is in
motion, it is important to stop to give them a chance to pee.
Temperature inside the trailer is another significant consideration.
Manning advises against trailer-ing in extreme heat or cold if possible.
“If you’re travelling south to Arizona and it’s very, very hot,
especially when the horses are not used to that, try to avoid trailering
in the midday period when the temperature is very high,” he said.
Added Brodsky, “Often we’re sitting in an air conditioned truck and are
kind of oblivious to changes in (trailer) temperature. When you’re
sitting in your vehicle, you sometimes forget that there’s guys back
“They generate a lot of heat when they’re working on a trailer so they
might feel comfortable before they load but if you check them an hour
down the road they might be pretty sweaty.”
A useful tip on a hot day is stirring ice cubes into the bedding
“It cools the trailer and it also stays cool a long time because it’s
insulated in the shavings. It will also melt and cut some dust. It’s a
lot of natural air conditioning,” she said.
Bedding should also be adequate so that if the horses scuff it around
they are not sliding and skidding.
Trailers should have protective stall bars installed, particularly if
the windows are down because horses may get their heads out too far.
“Horses have no concept of their own diameter. They’ll attempt things
that are not possible,” said Manning.
While driving, Brodsky said it’s important to be sensitive to the feel
of the vehicle, as well as lurches and bumps on the road.
“Often it’s an indication that a horse may have scrambled, fallen, or
maybe you’ve blown a tire. Don’t just say, ‘that’s OK, it has stopped
now,’ ” said Brodsky.
“I had people arrive at a horse show on a rim of rubber on one of their
tires. They felt a big bump, but then it stopped so they kept going.
They had three very expensive jumping horses on board and if that second
tire had gone they’d have probably rolled and possibly killed themselves
and all the horses.”
Another important consideration is to have the appropriate trailer size
and type for the horses being transported.
Manning said the discussion continues about which position is best for
an animal in a trailer.
“There’s pretty good research that says if a horse is loose in a trailer
and they decide how they want to stand, most of them will stand facing
backwards. Bracing with the hind legs is more comfortable and easier for
them to do than with the front,” said Manning.
“I really think it’s about having an appropriate height for the horses
you’re transporting, having an appropriate width and length of stall for
the horse and whether or not you’re going to tie them,” he said.
“You don’t want them travelling with their head up all the time.”
At the end of an event if time permits, Brodsky often arranges with the
show office to stay for a night to give her horses downtime before
hitting the road home.
“Give them a little time to unwind and relax before you put them back on
the trailer. When we get home we always isolate our show horses for a
few days,” she said.
“These are basic commonsense approaches, but they have worked really
well for us. The least stress you cause in an animal trailering, the
better off. It’ll keep them healthier too.”
“Horses and donkeys have come to possess vast economic potential. Today
the equine sector adds over €100 billion to the EU’s economy each year
and is a leading rural employer in many Member States.
“However, in too many cases these animals are faced with severe welfare
concerns including neglect, overwork and inappropriate living
“Europe’s citizens want to see more action on animal welfare and, with
this report, I believe we have a golden opportunity to not only
substantially improve the lives of 7 million horses and donkeys but, by
better caring for these animals, we also have a chance to unlock the
full economic potential of the sector and boost the rural economy.
“It is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
CHANGE IN BRITISH HORSE INDUSTRY
Wide ranging topics from Brexit and biosecurity to racehorse health and
equine therapy were discussed at Britain’s National Equine Forum in
London last week.
Equestrians from all aspects of the horse world including charities,
horse owners and breed society representatives were joined by a
government minister and academics for the 25th NEF. The prevailing
refrain was that the industry should continue to pull together and
recognise change as opportunity.
This year’s event was sold out and had a waiting list, reflecting the
growing popularity and importance to the industry of this highly
informative, non-partisan event.
The National Equine Forum unites leaders, influencers, listeners and
debaters to drive discussion on some of today’s most pertinent
Brexit – an opportunity?
The Forum’s popular panel discussion debated the potential effects that
EU exit may have on the horse industry. With fervent interaction from
delegates, the panel covered Brexit’s potential impact on trade,
identification, biosecurity and competition travel. The consensus was
that the UK should play to its strengths: the UK’s Thoroughbred industry
is currently Europe’s biggest market, favourable exchange rates bring
export advantages and the UK is setting a gold standard with the Central
Equine Database. All stakeholder groups from government to horse owners
should pull together to support compliance and enforcement.
The Tripartite Agreement, which governs movement of horses between UK,
Ireland and France, should be retained and the easy movement of
competition horses maintained. The conclusion was that EU exit has to be
regarded as an opportunity for the equine sector and that the sector
needed to work together in speaking to government about its priorities.
A three-part session on the impact of tack fit commenced with Dr Sue
Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopaedics, Centre for Equine Studies, Animal
Health Trust. Dyson explained that the use of an ill-fitting saddle can
have both short-term and long-term implications for the horse and can
affect the long-term muscle development. In addition a saddle that does
not fit the rider may impair their ability to ride in balance with the
horse and influence the forces transmitted to the horse’s back. She
emphasised the importance using a qualified saddle fitter regularly.
Neil Townsend, European Specialist in Equine Dentistry at Three Counties
Equine Hospital, continued the session, providing a fascinating insight
into the anatomy of the equine head and the many different areas that
can be influenced by tack. Dr Caroline Benoist went on to explain the
implications of bitting for the welfare and comfort of the horse.
Benoist and Dyson both agreed that everyone must work together to
increase the availability of scientific research as in so many areas
there is a real lack of evidence.
Horse ID and the Central Equine Database
The morning sessions focused on the horse industry in a changing world.
Lord Gardiner highlighted the importance of the equestrian sector’s role
in the UK’s national and rural economies with its contribution of £8
billion a year.
Defra would be launching a consultation on proposals for the new
Domestic Regulation on Equine ID shortly, where views would be invited
on the need to microchip older horses and how best to implement the ID
new regulation and improve the enforcement regime: “to make it easier
for enforcement bodies to take action against the very small minority
who deliberately flout the law and who threaten the integrity and
reputation of an otherwise first-class sector.”
The Central Equine Database should be fully operational by summer 2017
reported Stewart Everett, Chief Executive of the Equine Register. Its
primary purpose would be food chain safety and secondarily disease
management and welfare. Introduction of a free public chip checker would
encourage public involvement and promote compliance while an animal ID
veterinary app would help with traceability and legal compliance. The
digital biometric passport system would logically link Passport Issuing
Office, owner and vet. The location of the horse, as well as that of the
owner should be a key requirement for welfare and disease prevention.
Fight over business rates
Apprehensions about the impact of dramatic increases in business rates
were clearly voiced by Sarah Phillips, Chief Operating Officer at the
British Horse Society (BHS). Riding schools and livery yards are being
hit with increases well above the regional average. With some rises of
more than 350% largely due to disproportionate increases on individual
stables, the BHS is campaigning for a reassessment otherwise some Riding
Schools may have no option but to close or may be lost to developers,
competition venue hire charges may increase and welfare concerns could
Lynn Peterson, Chief Executive, British Horse Society presented the
organisation’s new initiative Changing Lives through Horses which is
aimed at helping to improve the lives of young disengaged people using
horses as the inspiration for change. Operated through selected UK BHS
Approved riding centres and working in partnership with secondary
schools and youth organisations Changing Lives brings new skills to
young people to inspire their transition into education, training and
The 2018 National Equine Forum will be held on Thursday, March 8, at the
Institution of Mechanical Engineers, One Birdcage Walk, Westminster,
Ross Hamilton, Corporate Affairs Manager at the British Horseracing
Authority, reported that the government had really listened to this
sector and that positive changes were imminent. The Horserace Betting
Levy replacement would commence in April 2017, capturing a return from
all betting activity on the sport, including the significant growth in
online betting. Critical funding for veterinary research, disease
surveillance and protection of rare breeds would continue under the new
Dr Tim Parkin, Head of Division of Equine Clinical Sciences and Clinical
Director of the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital, University of Glasgow,
presented the Memorial Lecture on the launch of the Thoroughbred Health
Network as a UK-wide initiative. Its mission is to optimise the health
of the racehorse and other equines predominantly by translating and
sharing research and disseminating tips and advice on injury and
Biosecurity and diseases
In a session on biosecurity and healthier horses Andrea Vilela,
Education and Campaigns Manager, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, released the
results of the charity’s Strangles Survey, developed in collaboration
with the University of Liverpool.
More than 90% of survey respondents believed strangles should be more of
a priority in the UK. Thus the charity’s ‘Stamp out strangles’ campaign
intends to increase owner awareness and improve biosecurity and reduce
the incidence of the disease amongst the UK horse population.
Professor Josh Slater continued with the theme of biosecurity,
presenting an infectious disease case study and explaining the
importance of following a practical outbreak control plan including
rigorous quarantine, segregation and isolation protocols. The take-home
message was that horse owners and yards should work with their vets to
formulate and implement a disease control plan and that those
unfortunate enough to have disease outbreaks should be supported, not
LETTER OF THE DAY
I’ve started the re-mouthing process with my
horse, Solo - have done 2 sessions so far. As you’d predict, I’m getting masses of
resistance, but trying to go slow but firm. So each session I’ve pulled
him up three times (in each direction) and then he goes into a lot of
circling. Sometimes I manage well with swinging the rope, but others, it
has got a bit wrapped around him and he gets into more of a panic.
I’ll try to get a video at some point if you don’t
mind giving me some feedback, but have had to stop for the time being as
he has developed a girth gall.
Couple of questions:
1) The second session, after he’d stopped spinning
and as I went to his head and reassured him, as soon as I’ve started
loosening the rope to give him relief, he’s started to snatch at it and
spin again. Do I just stand back and maintain or increase the resistance
until he stops? In your DVD theres a horse that snatches and you stop
releasing, but with Solo, he starts moving his whole body again and
straining at the rope.
The spinning is normal Sandie. It is simply the Horse reacting to the
amount of resistance in the Lateral Mouth. The more resistant, the more
You simply need to keep throwing the Rope, for as long as it takes
because they also have to learn, that there is 'relief' in the ceasing
and giving the Face.
2) How long do I keep going with the re-mouthing
(with the rope) before introducing running reins? What I mean is, do I
keep going until there is no resistance BEFORE using running reins, or
can I mix the two things up and do some of each?
Yes, for unless a Horse is light 'laterally', they can't be 'supple'
and therefore will be more prone to danger via the front Mouth requests.
An improved 'Lateral Mouth' automatically improves the front mouth,
without doing a thing.
3) The smallest area I have to work in, is the
sand arena that is in the videos you’ve seen. Whilst I think this is OK
for the bit I’m doing where he is on the rope, I’m just wondering if
it’s going to be OK when it comes to the long reins because it might be
hard to keep up with him (and stop rearing etc) in that area. Just
wondered if you had any advice on this given the area I have to work in.
You shouldn't risk such an area. One 'scoot' and you have ruined
everything. You need to have the fence, to assist a bit, with some
lateral give, should the horse attempt to run through Your Hands. So go
to any Yard.!!
The other thing that I have been doing is walking
around in a larger arena with reins on the buckle - so really long, and
practicing the pull stop, back up when he breaks pace. This worked
Good, but You don't have to take my words too literally. The length
of Reins need to be where the Horse can't bounce off your hand but not
necessarily at the end of Buckles. For instance, I have long arms, so I
can give with the arms and not necessarily the reins. Understand?
But on a ride out on my own a very short distance,
when we turned for home, he was breaking pace so frequently and then
getting harder and harder to manage (threatening to go on hind legs)
when I stopped him and asked him to back up. So I used one-rein
stops/turning on a tight circle, and after about 20 times of having to
do this every couple of paces, he just gave up, he relaxed his head and
just walked home on no reins. That felt like a wonderful victory and
probably the first time riding him out alone that he hasn’t jigged and
pulled all the way back.
You were not ready for that because you haven't fixed the Horse.
Prove it all on the arena later. Read this. There is no room for error.
As I had mentioned in my previous email, I am working on hobble
training my mare. She displays tremendous amount of resistance
to everything. Her typical pattern is that she's cool with
anything that you do with her for a few minutes, then when her
patience gives in that's when she starts to put up tremendous
1. Hobble training with a single leg strap - when I do this she
stands quietly for a first few minutes, especially when I am
there, she's okay. As soon as I turn my back and start walking
away, she panics and puts a huge fight. She goes down on the
ground to get it off. She layed down to get it off but got
exhausted, rested for a few minutes and then fought again. While
she was laying down she was all tense and whimpering, getting a
little sweaty too. This went on and on for good 30 minutes and
finally she was able to fight and slip the leg strap off and
stand up. Probably it wasn't as tight as it should be, but I was
not loose either. The equation changes when she pushes it on the
ground to loosen it further. So far in all the hobble training,
I am trying to teach her that resisting will not work, she has
successfully taught herself that resisting and fighting hard
will get you results LOL.
My question is - for how long should I keep the strap
on? As initially there is no fight, the fight happens when I
leave it on for a good 5 minutes.
2. I had read in so many places that once a horse lays down and
you pat them and soothe them, that does some fundamental changes
to their mentality and they become more submissive, trusting and
are not so spooky anymore. I am not seeing any such changes in
her at all even after she has laid down twice so far.
My question - Is there some technique that can be used to make
the best use of the situation when a horse has laid down to help
her overcome her resistance and spookiness? Some trainers on
internet used plastic bags, cracked stock whip etc. when the
horse is down. What do you recommend?
Superficially she's fine and easy to handle, it is the
underlying resistance and incapability to cope up with stress
which is the main problem.
Looking forward to hearing from you and thanks heaps for your
Thanks and regards, Abhijeet
This has been going on for a while now Abhijeet
and there is no doubt that You have a 'fistful' on Your Hands, the likes
of which I have only met in 1-1000 Horses. I would therefore be
considering my options regarding this Horse and personally, it would be
gone. If You got into trouble with it whilst riding, it would kill You.
Little 'self preservation' which is not the norm for the vast majorioty
A front Leg strpa only needs to be on a Horse
for no more than 2 minutes at a time, each Leg. I personally have not
met your scenario for about 15 Years and before that only once.
To answer Your question then, this profile may
benefit from the 'endorphin tap' (something again, I have only used half
a dozen times in my career. It is irrelevant to most Horses.
Hello. My name is Charlotte Wilson and I have been looking for a horse for my
daughter Ruby. We have found a lovely stockhorse that we are very keen on. The owner is
really gorgeous and is very much in love with her boy. She thinks we
would make a great home for him but is reluctant to fully cut the tie
and has suggested we free lease the horse for a set amount of time so
she can see he is happy, and that we are. Within the time aggreed either
she can change her mind and of course we can... I am wondering if you have any thoughts on this and what the terms
should be. Is there a standard aggreement we could sign? Am wanting to
have everything understood by both of us in case something awful (heaven
forbid) should happen while we are looking after him. Would really appreciate your thoughts.
Thank you so much for your help. I have copied the aggreement will change as required.
Can't believe how prompt you are!! Thanks again. Regards Charlotte.
HORSE PURCHASED - HEAD TOSSER IN 14 DAYS
I found horselaw on the net and just checking you
are still taking questions for legal advice.
Mine is about a horse I bought and it became a
head tosser within 2 weeks of owning and him and despite our efforts
to treat the condition, he is no longer suitable for purpose, and
hasnt been since that date.
It is a very big subject Mariella.
It depends on what you mean by 'Head Tosser' too.
Do you mean some kind of Veterinary affliction?????....in which case you
will get a Vet Certificate and demand your money back or do you mean
Head Tossing because of "Learned Helplessness', caused by Rider's for
ever having the Hand Brake on??
Hi Folks. Hope You all had a great Week or are on the improve if You
A Wheel Barrow got removed from outside one of my Round pen Gates
this Week. Not that there has to be one there to promote responsible
Horse Owners but out of Love, we do it. Well, check out the respect.....
Now the lovely Person is on one of my Cameras that are working so I
would suggest they go and remove it and we shall not kick their Ass off
the Property and forget it ever happened. Fair deal?????
Congrats to Young Jess Demszuk (sp) for running 4th in the State
Today, against a top Field, in the Elementary. Well done Jess.
Jess is now available for Lessons and Dressage Horse Re-Education,
along with supervision by Mrs.HP, at Gainsborough.
ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE
Well, not much Horse work this Week but lot's of Media attention,
with the Viral story about us knocking back a Mosque purchase for
"Gainsborough'. Even Headlines in London.
The Media puts it's own spin and slant on Stories of course. Early in
thee Week it was going to be Mosque versus Horse Industry, then Zoning
and late in the piece, it switched to 'who to believe, the Agent or me'.
the record, here are the facts.
We were approached by an Agent who had a group of "Muslim
Businessmen' who wanted to build a "Community Centre' (with Prayer
Rooms) to house 1,000 People. The word 'Mosque' was never used.
Our price was $1,800,000 but $2,000,000 was discussed, together
with upping the Commission markedly.
In the Messenger Press (local paper) however, the Week before, this was said.....
The agent, who did not want to be named,
said plans had been drawn but no firm
offer was made and he would not reveal the
identity of the men involved.
“I saw plans (for the building) and it was
for a very large function or community centre, catering for up to
1000 people. It also had prayer rooms,” he said.
The fact is, that we didn't have an agency agreement with this Agent
and so NO FIRM OFFER could be made, as that needs to be in writing
on a Contract., however, verbally, read point 2.
We were never REPRESENTED by this Agent as we didn't sign any
“One of the men I know well and he
operates a fish and chip shop locally. Irepresented Mr O’Leary for a short
period of time, but I am no longer.”
We did not sign an agency agreement with the Agent, instead
going with an Adelaide Hills based Agent, more knowing of the
That the 30 lovely Ladies who agist with us, needed protecting
and the Property has to be sold as a going concern, as an Equestrian
Centre and Teaching Hub, with Mrs.HP supporting the new Owners./
The Horse Industry and golden Grove Horse Hub, could not handle
such a Building within it's midst.
The Horse Industry has been kicked from 'Pillar to Post' by a
procession of State and Local Governments (mainly Labor) and the
"rot has to stop". An attempt had been made by the City of Tea Tree
Gulley, to eject Australia's first Pony Club which was formed by RM.
Williams, Margaret Clarke and Tom Roberts.(incidentally, largely
driven by an EX JOCKEY and Lord Mayor, Bernie Keane, who even
chaired a Meeting on behalf of the Council, WHILST BEING the Ward
Member of the Club Grrrrrrrrrrr)
The Blackhill Pony Club was cunningly acquired for Housing
(driven by a smart Lawyer within)
The 'Concrete Jungle' just rolls on and 'Obesity brings our
Health system to Crisis.
The killing of 'Recreational Sports' drives Crime.
but if one is going to built such facilities, go do it in an
Industrial area, not within a Council designated Horse area.
I was expecting quite a lashing but to my complete surprise, we have had
over 100 Phone Calls, Text Messages and 100's of Facebook Messages and
100% were positive. Not one to the negative. I guess that says how the
'Silent Majority' within this Country, are thinking and as to why
Pauline Hanson is rising in the Polls.
Our thanks to all of those lovely Folk and especially on behalf of my
poor suffering Wife who was having 'Kittens'
To whom it may concern, Upon reading a recent article re the refusal
sale of private land due to Muslim beliefs.. I sincerely hope that Mr
O'LEARY reads this short message. Mate, you absolutely made my day...
You are a true blue Aussie at the core.. I feel proud of your actions
and take my hat off to you and one day hope to see you in a pub so I can
by you a beer! Your a true inspiration! Good on ya mate! Kind regards
hi John and Linda
I read the article about the sale of your equestrian centre.
I just wanted to congratulate you on your stance - you have voiced the
concerns of many, many people.
I was wondering if you are able to put
a restrictive covenant on the title restricting what the property can be
used for? Just a thought....
Good on you John ! we just saw you on today tonight my family and I
totally agree with and support you.
Chris ---- and family
FACEBOOK WENT LIKE THIS
Julie Lardi Money can't buy everything, well done for sticking up
for your principals.
ohn Moore Well done that man
Melissa Sowell Good on him. Well done. Like
Trio Silva god bless you
Wayne Beckhouse Congratulations Aussie Aussie Aussie
Mark Ibbett Aussie taxpayers money, i bet
Ann Schroeder Good one.
Val Stephens Where did they get the money from.......Well done
Robert Butler That's true Aussie spirit, Onya mate
Leanne May Buy that man a beer
Chris Ehling In SA property is getting taken over by muslims. The
old TAFE COLLEGE on Mayor Rd, O'Halloran Hill was sold for less 2
Beverley Maynard BRAVO GOOD FOR HIM :)
Kevin Jacobs Good on you mate Like · Reply · 4 · 22 hrs Margaret
Bryson WOO HOO . . someone with some brains and principal.
Elaine Rundle This is ridiculous.whats this prayer room crap all the time
anyway it's not to be trusted. How do we know it's being used as a
prayer room anyway. I would think it's more likely to be use for
business dealings and Sharia law.
Kevin Watton well done , more principle than our federal treasurer
Elaine Rundle Thank goodness for this businessman that could not be
John Nelson McGeachy WELL DONE MATE SOMEONE LOOKING AFTER AUSTRALIANS
Noddy Paul Good job.
Simon Bennett That's good well done the owner, hopefully you get a
suitable buyer in the very near future. Not someone who wants to
build a so called religious facility!!!
Kim Brett Nicholson Congratulations!
Joe Smith Great job,Aussie of the year
and another 100........
AND THEN THERE WERE THE LOCAL BUSINESSES
We have been getting "High Fives' in Banks and any Shop where they
recognize us, with Friday afternoon, a Boss leaving his back Office to
come out and shake my Hand. Unreal.
SPEECH BY VLAD
As the Russian president, addressed the
"In Russia, live like Russians. Any
minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and
eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the
If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the
life of Muslim’s, then we now clearly advise them to go and live in
those places where that's the state law.
"Russia does not need Muslim minorities.
Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special
privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no
matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'. We will not
tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture.
We had better learn from the suicides of
so-called democracies - America,
England, Holland, and France, if
we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those
countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs
and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the
primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.
"When this honourable legislative body
thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian
national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a
five minute standing ovation.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN DRESSAGE CHAMPS
It was lovely to go along with Mrs. HP and 'Boof' and sit on a Chair
and actually watch the Dressage yesterday. Take a real close look at the
Fields. We never get a chance to do that.
At the end of the Day, much still needs to improve. It's just not
right. It is as obvious as Hell!!!!
Sadly, appalling and 'personality' Judging is still happening. There
were some terrible discrepancies.
First up Tye Zoonjens. You got dudded!! and the Interstate Judge
agrees with me. Mrs. HP also agrees with the Victorian Judge. The
two South Australian Judges must be due for the optometrist. So here
is Your first Prize. Well done to Sun and Fun.
We are at the State Championships, with the BEST Horses and Riders in
their Classes, but we have 65% being the flavor. That means
SATISFACTORY and not FAIRLY GOOD, and no where near GOOD. The lot of
YOU ARE ALL FAILURES, ok????
BLATANT DISCREPENCIES - Judging
A rider, in the Elementary 3.3, received 11% difference
between the Interstate Judge and Local and yet, the rest of the
Field only received a 5% difference.
That the interstate Judges must be
wrong some of the time because
they are way higher than the Local Judges often. No point bringing them
and I didn't think I would ever have to resort to 'Judge Grumble
Guts' ever again, but there she was, 'braining the Juniors', just
like old times. 8, 9 and 10% respectively, lower for three of our best
Juniors,( including the 'Snipster") below the Interstate Judge.
See.....I told You Interstate Judges can't Judge. No point bringing
them over here
Why is this Judge needing to diminish
the spark of the best Young Riders' in the State?...
What's EA going to do about this then????? Nothing as usual?
JUDGE KAY PLATT
I have to congratulate Judge Platt. She was consistently within 2% of
Her Co Interstate Judge. in the Novice where I had a Peek at the
8 Riders including FEI Riders, wrote to EA
prior to the event, pleading that the Champs be held
elsewhere and not on grass. Mt. Crawford or Southern Vales. The Ground was not good
enough for the Event, despite the hard work and effort by the Organizers
who tried their best.
We heard of a Horse going down on it's knees in
the warm,up, others stumble, slip in Canter Pirouettes
and more. Not good enough and not Professional!!!!!! Thanks God Cappo
The Horse of the Year slipped during the second
change of a run of changes and the Rider decided to abort the whole run,
rather than risk the Horse.
Come on South Australia....lift You Game!!!!
The best Dressage Grounds in the State are these. Lord knows why big
Shows aren't held there. Don't give me "not enough room" I could fix
that in 5 Minutes. ....closely followed by Mt. Crawford of course but
Southern Vales arenas are simply the best as is the warm up./
GO THE SNIPSTER
I saw Snip in his 'happiness' win the both of the Youth Elementary and
shortly afterwards he snuck up behind my Chair and ate half my
Butterscotch Muffin :)
Dressage Judges need to be able to see 'unhappiness' in Horses and
take it into account
There was a concerning number of
stressed Dressage Horses at the Event. A number held hard, a number
that couldn't be ridden any more, others threatening to rear and
others breaking out into a muck lather of sweat. It doesn't have to
be that difficult Folks :(
Judges surely should be able to spot "Held Horses with Iron
Fists" by now :( There are way too many of them, scoring well.
and what will the EA do about the
Interstate Coach who went and
stood with the Centre Judge whilst one of his Pupils was in front of
An area where no one else was permitted to walk.
and the results on Day 2 will tell a story
of some of the above.
Yes Folks. A Hell of a long way to go with the EA.
TIP OF THE DAY
" If You want to Judge Your Riding and Training, count the number of
times Your Horse manures during a Flat Work session. More than one and
there is a problem. Mrs. HP get's none."
ARE THEIR CHANGES COMING?
NASHVILLE – Today, the Beacon Center
Legal Foundation announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the
state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. The Vet Board recently
defined “animal massage” as a form of veterinary medicine, meaning that
merely rubbing horses now requires a veterinarian license. The
Beacon Center believes this law is unconstitutional and has filed suit
on behalf of Martha Stowe and Laurie Wheeler of Franklin, as both of
their careers and livelihoods depend on horse
massage therapy. Continuing to practice horse massage therapy subjected
them to fines and even potential jail time.
After giving the Vet Board warning
that the horse massage rule is unconstitutional, the Board asked for
an extra two weeks to reconsider the rule before the Beacon Center
filed a lawsuit. Despite being given that time, the Board has
decided to disregard the advice of the Beacon Center, leading to
This is the third lawsuit the
Beacon Center has filed, winning its first lawsuit against the city
of Nashville for its unconstitutional homesharing regulations.
The Beacon Center also looks likely to get a second legal victory,
as the administration of Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed repealing the
shampoo licensing scheme as a result of our case challenging that
Beacon Center Litigation Director
Braden Boucek stated, “We will be putting our energy and resources
into making sure that the government restores Laurie and Martha’s
right to earn an honest living. Both the U.S. Constitution
and Tennessee Constitution protect the right to earn a living,
meaning individuals have a right to pursue a chosen business or
profession free from arbitrary or excessive government interference.
This regulation clearly runs afoul of that right. The Vet Board is
now requiring a license to rub a horse. It is time we stop
criminalizing compassion. What’s next, a license to pet your dog or
feed your cat?”
Laurie Wheeler, the plaintiff in
this case, noted, “We are extremely disappointed and disheartened
that the Vet Board has chosen to stand by its ill-conceived and
illegal regulation on horse massage despite the outstanding amount
of evidence we presented showing that the rule was unconstitutional
Martha Stowe, the other plaintiff in the case said, “Over the past
two weeks, both Laurie and I have received a tremendous outpouring
of support at both the local and national level, and we are certain
that we will prevail in court. We are very thankful for the Beacon
Center for protecting our rights.”
NEWS OF THE DAY
Nashville, Tennessee – As reported on February 19, the Tennessee
State Veterinarian Board threatened two horse massage therapists with
jail and fines if they did not cease and desist massaging horses. The
Beacon Center sent a letter to the board, on the women’s behalf,
threatening a lawsuit if the board did not rescind their decision.
Laurie Wheeler, one of the massage therapists who received the cease and
desist letters, went back and forth with the board, but was unable to
come to an agreement. The board declared she would be unable to even
give massages for free. A lawsuit was filed Thursday, challenging the
“The Vet Board is now requiring a license to rub a horse. It is time we
stop criminalizing compassion,” Braden Boucek of The Beacon Center said.
“What’s next, a license to pet your dog or feed your cat?”
Hannah Cox, of the Beacon Center, explained how absurd the law is
applied. “In Tennessee, you can do all sorts of other things to horses
without a license, including artificial insemination, you can shoe a
horse, you can even castrate a horse without a license, but you can’t
massage a horse.”
HORSE STABBED IN FACE
The constable of St Peter says ”words have failed him” following a
violent attack on a horse in his Parish.
The animal has been left permanently disfigured after someone stabbed it
in the face at a private property along La Grande Route de St Pierre.
The incident happened on Monday lunchtime between 12.45pm and 1.45pm.
Constable John Refault is urging witnesses to come forward:
“I strongly advise them to go to the Police as someone who has done that
could disfigure something else too. It is horrific to think they could
do that to an animal somewhere else, maybe in a quieter location.
For someone to go out and deliberately stab a horse is a disgrace – I
can’t even comprehend how someone in their right mind would think to do
such a thing.”
If you have any information that might help Jersey Police with their
enquiries, please call 612612, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
111, or contact the Force via their Facebook and Twitter pages.
NEIGHBOUR SHOCKED WHEN HORSE SHOT
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- A Martin County family said they couldn't
believe their eyes after they say they saw their neighbor shoot a horse.
Mary Maynard and her mother said they saw the horse fall down a hill
where it laid for about 30 minutes.
Maynard said she saw the neighbor then tie a strap around the horse and
drag it up the hill where she says her neighbor shot it once more.
Police said the horse, which belongs to a home down the road, was shot
multiple times and found dead on the back of the neighbor's property.
Maynard said the sight was so awful she had trouble sleeping last night.
"I just, I was in shock because I've never seen anybody do anything like
that," Maynard said.
Sheriff John Kirk said others have come forward saying this isn't the
first time something like this has happened.
He said there's better ways to deal with an animal that comes on to your
"You should either call the sheriff's department and let them know that
they're there or or call the animal owner instead of taking the law into
your own hands," Kirk said.
THE DISABLED REAPING THE BENEFITS OF HORSE INTERACTION
Disabled children are making physical and mental strides through
local horse therapy and the program is expanding.
Our news team joined one client, Joy Trumbo, in the arena to find out
the benefits and just how these children are growing for the better.
Joy Trumbo was adopted from China when she was five-years-old and now at
the age of 18 she is just 70 pounds and her family is helping her
overcome multiple diagnoses.
"Initially it was pretty rough go with a lot of issues especially
skeletal issues," Joy’s mother Thora Trumbo said.
Growing up hard-of-hearing and in a body brace Joy was unable to twist
and turn at the waste, making most recreational activities difficult and
horse therapy was an unexpected answer.
“We found TROT she’s actually enjoyed it a lot," Mrs. Trumbo continued.
The Therapeutic Horse Riding program of the Tri-Cities (TROT) promotes
muscle strength and flexibility for children like Joy, with different
"So the constant motion really helped in the rhythm of walking and this
is really given her a lot more movement and strength and limbered her up
a little bit," Mrs. Trumbo said.
14 surgeries later, including a spinal fusion operation Joy is riding
strong and horseback riding is continuing to help improve her core
strength and mobility.
Just one of benefits seen by TROT President Cynthia MacFarlan.
"The heat of the horse helps loosen their muscles and they do stretch,"
TROT President Cynthia MacFarlan said.
MacFarlan says it all comes at a cost, thousands donated to the
non-profit by local businesses like Lamb Weston and is supported by
dozens of volunteers.
Joy is one of Cynthia's 33 clients making strides and the horse therapy
even helped boost Joy's communication skills.
"Joys not fluent in any language,” Mrs. Trumbo said.
But sign language is her forte.
The stable also helps Joy trust her own abilities and assists in the
learning of patience in a safe environment.
"She has gained a lot of confidence in just talking to the horses and
riding them," Mrs. Trumbo continued.
Trotting toward a sense of empowerment and a sense of accomplishment for
Joy's first time.
This Saturday TROT is hosting a volunteer training program at the
stables in Pasco making a total of 75 volunteers.
The next wave of its program starts on March 28th.
HORSE TRAINER SUSPENDED FOR 15 YEARS
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) _ An Indiana race horse trainer’s state license
has been suspended for 15 years on accusations of severely beating a
horse. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission issued a default judgment this week
against trainer Bobby Brower of Muncie, ruling he missed the deadline to
request a hearing. The Anderson Herald-Bulletin reports the commission
staff said Brower whipped, kicked and beat an exhausted horse after it
collapsed at a horse farm near Anderson. The complaint says Brower has
faced at least 44 rulings from the commission, including six for
indiscriminate whipping. Brower has said the latest complaint was blown out of proportion and
that the horse slipped on wet pavement. Brower’s attorney called the
penalty career-ending and that he was being denied a proper chance to
INCREASED PREVELANCE OF STEALING HORSE TAILS
Omaha, Nebraska -- An Omaha couple wants to find out who broke into
their barn and cut the tail off of one of their horses.
"I got tears in my eyes, cried," said Ronald Hendryx, who was devastated
That's when he and his wife say someone broke into their barn overnight
and cut one of their horse's tails.
"It upset us because now our horse can't swat flies this summer. That's
what a horse's tail is for, to get the flies away from them."
Hendryx says they've lived there more than 30 years.
"I wish this would have never happened, but we live in a different day
and age," he said.
Now they're worried for their other horse, too.
Hendryx says he stays up most of the night making sure the animals are
OK and thinks he knows why someone would do this.
"They're doing this for profit," he said, because horse hair has many
Hendryx says he's not going to just wait for the next time.
Instead, he plans to install security cameras and hopes sending this
warning to all horse lovers will help.
The Nebraska Humane Society says it is hearing about these kinds of
cases more in the Omaha metro.
It says horse owners should monitor the animals closely.
MAYNEVER RIDE AGAIN
BESSIE Smits was told the news no cowgirl ever wants to hear: “you
will never ride again”.
The 22-year-old Rodeo Queen of Australia is recovering from a horse
accident that has left her with cracked ribs and a grade-four tear on
Cloncurry cowgirl and 2017 Rodeo Queen of
Australia Bessie Smits may never ride again after a serious fall off her
horse on Monday evening.
Ms Smits was riding her gelding Coal, which
bucked and threw her onto a gate with force, wrapping her around it.
Speaking on Facebook, Ms Smits said the
accident resulted in a Grade 4 liver laceration, potentially cracked
ribs and life changing results.
“The liver surgeon has advised me that my
liver is almost cut in half (and) I am incredibly lucky that my arteries
holding my liver in place were not severed,” Ms Smits said.
“He said it was a miracle I am still alive.”
Ms Smits said the surgeon strongly advised
her from riding a horse or participating in rodeo ever again.
“Because if I fall on my liver, I could die
instantly,” she said.
Ms Smits said the news was devastating.
“I had exciting plans for my young gelding’s
first year on the circuit, to fulfill my duties as Queen and to compete
for a long time,” she said.
Ms Smits expects to remain in Townsville
hospital for “10 days of close observation” followed by four to five
weeks of bed rest.
“Thank you to everyone who has helped me,
visited me or looked after me during this time,” she said.
“I can only have faith and find comfort this
is all part of God’s plan and that I will come out of this stronger than
ever, and with a new path in my life.
She said Rodeo Queen Quest coordinator
Sharon Piggott had been very understanding and would allow her to finish
her reign as Rodeo Queen even though she can no longer contribute on the
More than 230 people have left messages of
support on her Facebook page.
Sorry Folks. My Laptop blew up and I haven't
the facilities to go further Tonight. Regards
5th March, 2017
Hi Folks. How are You all. I hope You had a
very nice Week.
Terrible Summer down here at Victor
Horse Sports should think of moving South
Weather here has been marvelous for living and
working. Horse Riding as normal, teaching as normal and whilst Adelaide
has been sweltering and gridlocked due to the 'Clipsal Car Race'. As if
the Traffic wasn't bad enough, the City strained under the arrival of
Thousands of International and Inter-State Tourists.
Yes, our new South Eastern Freeway, down to a
Halt, no longer able to cope. So much for planning. They haven't got a
clue here. 2.5 Hours to drive to Gainsborough and we bypassed Clipsal.
We spent a Day at Gainsborough and I worked on
upgrading Lighting facilities, changing from old Technology to new. My
Thanks to Terry for his help.
Welcome back to Young Jess Demczuk and Her
Horses. Now based at Gainsborough.
goes to Paula Beentjes for being such a great
Agistment Centre Manager and a Real Country Gal who can have a crack at
anything, nothing like the 'Hair Grooming' Blondes from the City :)
Own Real Estate North of Gawler?????
Real Estate to the North of Gawler will become
almost impossible to sell in the future. The Population will move South.
Real Estate in the South will increase in price, way above the odds. Get
in now or miss out.
RAVE OF THE WEEK
I am totally over these Hair Loving
Blonde Bimbo's with 'Princess Disease' who are consuming our TV Set's
these Days. It is becoming of 'Plague Proportions' I would even
put Car accidents down to Hair loving now and on 'Married at first
Sight' last Week, I actually saw one who drove one handed so she could
make love to Her dam Hair as she drove down the Road.
Big Headed Bimbo's ....and
let's not forget the Brunettes :)
This one is in love with Her TOP LIP as well as Her Hair.
and please don't mention the Head Chucking of
the Non existent Hair in the eyes. Grrrrrr
Last Week, Mrs. HP took a Lesson with a Lady
who had just purchased a very expensive new Saddle. The Stirrup Leather
kept falling off, with the stirrup, both with the Pupil and then Mrs. HP
who removed the Pupil and tested it to remove riding doubt.
The Saddle was returned to the well known
Saddle Shop where the Buyer requested a refund but instead, it was put
into the Saddlery Repair Folks, who came up with this fix.
My first reaction was to note that this
Pupil and many others that I have spoken to, have all been told by PC
and EA, to ride with the safety clip disengaged. These clips have been
around for at least 30 Years that I can remember and were designed to
save a Rider who may fall off and get hung up. The Clip disengages and
released the stirrup out the back. Good idea and worked very well for
us, across 50 odd Thousand Riders.
So why would You recommend they be not used?
Yet another Risk Management question, where the Peak Horse Bodies assume
the role of removing Risk from the Saddle Company and taking it on
themselves. In essence, that is what they are doing........
so why would the Saddle Shop transfer the Risk
here to themselves. Very silly move indeed.
Now of course, Mrs. HP has refused to teach the
Pupil, with that Saddle as she is not stupid. She won't assume the Risk
of both the Saddle Manufacturer and the Saddlery Shop.
be careful out there Folks!!!
TIP OF THE DAY
"Summer Rugs on Horses in Horse Floats, during
Summer are over the top and unfair on Horses."
The Case of Verbal Lease of a Mare, for the
Lessee to get a Foal out of but after getting said Foal, the Lady in
possession decided she would keep the Mare and say that it was a Gift.
These Cases are a regular, right across
Australia and People are warned to 'Get it in writing' The Case goes to
PHOTO OF THE DAY
NEWS OF THE DAY
CANBERRA TRACK RIDER DIES
Canberra track work rider Riharna Thomson died
on Friday morning following serious head injuries sustained from an
accident at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday. Thomson, 22, was riding Chosen Prayer and fell when the horse broke its
leg in a freak accident that has rocked Canberra's tight-knit racing
An serious accident at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday morning hospitalised
Canberra track work rider Riharna Thomson. Photo: Graham Tidy
The mare, trained by Keith Dryden and Scott Collings, had to be
euthanised, and officials are investigating details of the fall. "Riharna was a dedicated track rider rising early every morning to ride
track work and was recently promoted to the position of stable foreman,"
Canberra Racing Club said in a statement. "She was a young and
enthusiastic horse lover who was well respected and loved amongst the
local stable fraternity." "Everyone in the racing family at Thoroughbred Park is deeply affected
by the passing of Riharna. Club employees and stable staff are receiving
support and have been offered counselling services locally by Rev Steven
Prior and with the assistance of Racing NSW Pastor Rev Colin Watts and
through the Racing NSW Racing Mates Assistance Program." The tragic death comes ahead of Canberra's marquee day of racing, Black
Opal Stakes Day, on Sunday. A ceremony honouring the memory of Thomson will be held in the mounting
yard at Thoroughbred Park before the first race at 1pm on Sunday. Worksafe ACT is investigating the accident. The Canberra Racing Club
stewards will also investigate.
MAJOR SCANDAL FOR AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB
The Australian Turf Club is embroiled in a
major scandal after its mounted security division was shut down amid
claims that former racehorses were mistreated and illegally sedated to
fulfil lucrative commercial work.
The ATC's Mounted Division uses retired racehorses that are retrained
for everyday life. Aside from ceremonial duties on race days, they
double as horses for hire in the private security sector and regularly
appear as props in modelling shoots for shows including Australia's Next
Top Model and Channel Seven's Sunrise. But Fairfax Media can reveal that
following serious allegations of cruelty and drugging, Racing NSW has
seized all the horses and launched an investigation.
The Australian Turf Club at Randwick has introduced an equine mounted
division of former racehorses. The Australian Turf Club at Randwick has introduced an equine mounted
division of former racehorses. Photo: Darbs Darby
"My stewards received a complaint from workers about possible cruelty to
the horses there," confirmed Racing NSW chief Peter V'landys on
Saturday. "We attended immediately. We removed the horses and have
subsequently opened up an inquiry."
The scandal, kept under wraps by both Racing NSW and the ATC for more
than a month, has now erupted just before the prestigious Sydney Autumn
Racing Carnival, which includes the Golden Slipper at Rosehill and the
$18 Million The Championships at Randwick.
ATC chief executive Darren Pearce said his organisation would not be
making any comment on the "specifics" of the Racing NSW inquiry which,
at this stage, remains "confidential" for all parties involved
"including our staff who wish to respond to the allegations".
"We welcome the inquiry and we will continue to co-operate ... to uphold
the highest standards of animal welfare and integrity," Mr Pearce said.
At the time it was shut on January 16, the Mounted Division had six
horses all donated by owners to give their animals a new lease of life.
They include Turbulent Jet who earned more than $200,000 during his
career, the Terry Fahey-trained Manhattan Island and Lachlan Place,
donated by former jockey Kevin Moses. As part of their new careers, the
reconditioned animals get to revisit past haunts including Royal
Randwick, Canterbury and Warwick Farm racecourses as part of security
Away from the track, they spearhead a series of valuable community
initiatives such as visits to aged care homes and schools. However,
there is another financially focused side to the business, with its
website telling prospective clients: "The horses may also be hired out
for private and public events and promotions to add uniqueness to your
Fairfax Media is aware that allegations were raised last year that the
division had a "gruelling" work schedule, collective poor health and
that drugs were not only being exploited to mask serious pain, but
sedate the animals to ensure they performed "appropriately" at events
and functions, some of which can span an entire day.
However, the situation is understood to have escalated over the New Year
holiday period when four horses were sent to patrol the three-day Falls
Music & Arts Festival near Byron Bay. When one of those horses
collapsed, injuring itself and its female rider, NSW Racing was called
in by concerned stakeholders.
Mr V'landys said as soon as his organisation became aware of the
"alarming" allegations in mid-January, all horses were removed from
their base in Sydney's Centennial Park and transferred to a farm where
they remain. "Constant veterinary examinations have been conducted," he
said, adding: "We are now satisfied they are in much improved condition
from what they were."
Four statements have since been taken by Racing NSW stewards who will
decide, upon completion of the inquiry, whether formal charges should be
WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD AND CLEANS UP TWO HORSE
This shocking footage shows a car on the wrong
side of the road hit two horse riders.
The horses are seen trotting along a road in Witcham, near Ely at the
start of the film, before being hit by a blue car.
The horse that was hit is shown flying into a 360 degree turn, while its
rider was left hurt on the floor in the incident at 11.30am on Friday,
The second rider was left shocked and bruised.
Emergency services were called shortly after, and the rider left on the
floor was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with minor injuries.
The car can be seen pulling up to the side of the road towards the end
of the footage
A resident, who saw the incident, told the News: “It’s disgusting, it
made me feel sick.
“If the driver hit the horse head on that horse would have gone straight
into his windscreen. Not only would the horse have died but so would the
“We’ve got children riding horses, loads of people that walk there."
The riders are members of Witcham Equestrian Centre which told its
Facebook followers that the horses belong to them, and one is being
treated by a vet.
Police were contacted and are understood to be investigating.
10 YEAR OLD DIES OF HORRIFIC BRAIN INJURIES
Michelle Holdstock, 10, died after falling from her horse and suffering
a severe brain injury
The little girl – who was wearing a riding helmet – was airlifted to
hospital but died eight days later after suffering a bleed in her brain.
Her heartbroken mum Maxine Holdstock said Michelle and the horse Zorba
were like a “match made in heaven” and the 1o-year-old riding fanatic
had been riding it regularly.
Describing the relationship, Mrs Holdstock told an inquest into
Michelle’s death: “They were suited to each other.
“You saw her on the horse and it was like a match made in heaven.”
The hearing at Worthing Coroner’s Court on Thursday heard Michelle was
riding Zorba while Maxine and stable owner Tanya Crew were walking
They were going back along the route they had taken when they approached
a right hand bend in the road.
Zorba appeared to break into a trot and disappeared out of sight, with
Michelle doing her best to slow the horse as they went round the corner.
But moments later Mrs Holdstock found Michelle unconscious on the tarmac
She was airlifted to the trauma centre at St George’s Hospital, London,
where docs discovered she had a bleed under and within her brain,
starving her of oxygen.
Paediatric intensive care consultant Buvana Dwarakanathan said
Michelle’s brain injury was not survivable.
She said: “This was a high impact injury, something you would see in a
road traffic accident.”
In November, an inquest heard young mum Natasha Probert died after
falling from her horse and fracturing her skull despite also wearing a
Police sergeant Darren Harries told the inquest into Michelle’s death:
“Looking at the hoof marks on the road, they looked like skid marks –
the same marks as tyres locking up and skidding.”
Little Michelle died from the severe brain injury a week later on
October 10, 2016.
Recording a narrative verdict, assistant coroner Christopher Wilkinson
said: “It was simply an unexpected event and on the balance of
probabilities it was an accident.
“It is a tragedy. It has robbed you of a daughter and I’m very sorry it
18 WHEELER CRASH
GREENVILLE, Ms. (KNOE) - Nineteen horses were killed in an 18-wheeler
crash on Hwy 82 near Greenville, MS on Tuesday.
According to Mississippi Highway Patrol, the driver was from Bastrop and
survived the crash unharmed.
Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
There is no confirmation on where the horses were being transported.
We will continue to update as more information becomes available.
Press release from MSP:
At 10:42 pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Troopers along with
Washington County officials were dispatched to a one vehicle accident in
US Highway 82 just east of Landfill road.
A 2007 Peter-built transport truck driven by Harry Swift from Bastrop,
Louisiana, was traveling west on US 82. His truck traveled off the
roadway and overturned onto its side.
The driver was not injured. He was hauling livestock. 19 horses were
killed in the accident.
The accident in still under investigation by the Mississippi Highway
HORRIFIC HORSE PILE UP AT ST. MORITZ
CLASSIC-winning jockey George Baker is in a
coma after an horrific three-horse pile-up after a race on a frozen lake
in the toffs skiing paradise St Moritz.
The horse he was riding is believed to have put his hoof through a hole
in the ice before crashing down.
Baker, 34, was airlifted by rescue helicopter to a special trauma
hospital 100 kilometres away in the Swiss city of Chur.
The horse Baker was riding – the Jamie Osborne-trained Boomerang Bob –
was killed. The incident took place in the first race. The rest of the
meeting was abandoned.
Baker, who rode 61 winners last season including the St Leger on Harbour
Law in September, was knocked unconscious before being attended to by an
emergency medical team.
He was later placed in an induced coma by hospital specialists.
The two other horses and jockeys involved in the horror fall escaped
Baker’s agent, Guy Jewell, said: “George is in intensive care at the
“The one bit of good news so far is that he has already had a CT scan
and that has come back clear. Now all we can do is wait for the
medication to wear off.”
Speaking after the incident, St Moritz press officer Claudia
Grasern-Woehrle said: “We’ve had a bad accident in the first race.
“The jockey George Baker was brought down. Unfortunately his horse died
and the jockey has been airlifted to hospital. We checked the track
following the incident and found a hole in it, which means we have had
to cancel the rest of the meeting as safety comes first.”
Racing pundit Derek Thompson witnessed the fall, reported: “I am with
the course’s officials and we have been told George is stable in
Luxury yuppie resort St Moritz, 6,000 feet up in the Alps, is best known
as a winter playground to the rich and famous.
Yet incredibly it has also been host to an annual horse-racing meeting
called ‘White Turf’ on St Moritz’ picturesque frozen lake since 1908.
Horses wear special snow shoes to enable them to race on the snow and
ice. However there have been growing safety concerns in recent years.
Just 12 months ago the first meeting of the year was cancelled and the
remainder were run on a shorter straight course of 800 metres because
cracks had appeared in the back straight.
Yesterday's meeting has clearly been hit by similar issues.
A statement issued by organisers read: "After thorough investigation by
the persons responsible for White Turf, a crack in the ice had occurred
on the inner rails in the direction of the racetrack, some 150m from the
"This meant that water had come up to undermine the racetrack."
Thomas Walther, President of the Management Board of the St Moritz
Racing Association, told spectators: "As we could not estimate how
conditions on the racecourse would develop, we unfortunately had to call
off the race meeting.
"The safety of the horses and the riders are paramount. There is no
danger for spectators anywhere on the lake."
Clearly that did not apply to the horses and jockeys risking their lives
on the racetrack.
TEENAGER KILLED IN POLO MATCH
WELLINGTON, Fla. — An Ada teenager was killed
when his horse fell on him during a polo match in Florida on Thursday.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Donovan Stratemann, 17, died at 3:30
p.m. Thursday when his horse collided with another horse, the two fell
and his horse landed on top of him during a match at the Santa Clara
Polo Club just outside Wellington. Stratemann was resuscitated by rescue
workers and was airlifted to the Delray Medical Center where he was
The Stratemann family lives in Ada but resides in Florida during the
winter polo season. Stratemann’s father, Chris, is the manager of the
U.S. Open Championship Orchard Hill polo team, which is owned by Steve
Van Andel, also of Ada.
Stratemann is survived by his father and mother, Chris and Sonia Healy
Stratemann, and two sisters, Alexandra and Maya.
In the wake of Stratemann’s death, the United States Polo Association
released the following statement…
“The USPA along with the entire polo community extend our deepest and
most heartfelt condolences to the Stratemann family and friends. It is
our hope that solace can be found in the endless outpouring of support
from our beloved polo community during this difficult time. Our ability
to come together in times of grief is a tribute to the incredible sport
we all cherish. Donovan will forever be in our hearts.”
AIR AMBULANCE TO HORSE RIDER
Air ambulance crews rushed to the scene when a
teenager fell from her horse.
Steve Corry-Bass and paramedic Chris Hawkins flew to Spalding to assess
The Magpas Air Ambulance flew to the incident after the woman sustained
a back injury.
The incident happened in Spalding on February 26 at 12.35pm.
She was given advanced pain relief and air-lifted to Queen's Medical
Centre in Nottingham.
She was in a stable condition when she arrived at the hospital.
When the crew landed in Nottingham, the East Midlands Ambulance Service
paramedics helped to transfer the patient from the landing site to the
The Magpas Air Ambulance crew helps by providing life saving care to
patients in life-threatening emergencies throughout the east of England.
Horseback riding can improve learning in children, a study carried out
in Japan suggests.
The study showed that the effects of vibrations produced by horses
during riding led to the activation of the sympathetic nervous system,
which improved learning in children.
The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the fight or flight
However, it appears that the horse has to generate the right vibrations
for the cognitive benefits to occur.
A professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture, Mitsuaki Ohta, said
few studies had addressed the effects of horseback riding on children
and the mechanisms underlying how the activity affected humans.
“We wanted to look into these effects because previous studies have
demonstrated the benefits of horseback riding with respect to enhancing
physical health and the mental effects,” he said.
Ohta and his colleagues noted that there were many obvious health
benefits to riding, including developing a strong core and legs, but
also many less obvious benefits, such as increased confidence and
The study team examined the effects of horseback riding on the
performance of children by having them complete simple tests directly
before and after horse-riding, while measuring the children’s heart rate
in response to movements created by the horses.
The researchers used 34 boys and 72 girls, aged 10 to 12, in the study.
They were divided into three groups – horse riding, walking, and
Three healthy horses were used in the study, with an average age of 20.
One was a half-breed mare that stood 155cm at the withers, another was a
141cm tall gelded Kiso, which is a Japanese traditional horse, and the
third was a pony gelding that stood 135cm at the withers.
The behavioral reactions of the youngsters, who were described as
typical healthy children, were tested using a “Go/No-go” test, which
assesses the cognitive response using fast computerized questions.
The test determined the children’s ability to appropriately respond in a
situation, by either performing an action or demonstrating self-control.
The children were also asked to complete simple arithmetic problems to
test their mental performance.
The results, reported in the open-access journal Frontiers in Public
Health, showed that riding on some horses at a walk greatly improved the
ability of the children to perform the behavioral tasks, but less of an
effect was seen on the children’s results when solving arithmetic
Ohta believes this difference in results may be due to the simplicity of
the mathematical test, as increases in heart rate were associated only
with the behavioral test.
“The Go/No-go tasks might be harder than the arithmetic problems and
thus cause a more extensive activation of the sympathetic nervous
system, since increases in heart rate were associated with the improved
performance of Go/No-go tasks, but not arithmetic problems,” he
These results mean that the act of horse-riding could improve cognitive
abilities in children. These are brain-based skills of which an
improvement can lead to enhanced learning, memory and problem-solving.
So, what is specific in the movement of horse-riding that leads to these
improvements, and why did the researchers suggest improvement might come
from only some horses, not all?
“One important characteristic of the horse steps is that they produce
three-dimensional accelerations,” Ohta explained.
“The movement of the horse’s pelvis may provide motor and sensory inputs
to the human body and in this study, I believe some of the differences
among the rider’s performances might be due to these accelerations.”
Ohta said the results may be due to the vibrations produced from the
horse’s motion activating parts of the sympathetic nervous system,
leading to improved behavioral test results.
He said it was important to consider that the results could vary based
on the horses or breeds. Indeed, significant differences in the
three-dimensional acceleration and the autonomic activities were
observed among the three horses used in the study.
“Riding on a half-breed horse or a pony improved the ability to perform
Go/No-go tasks and solve arithmetic problems, possibly through
sympathetic activity,” the researchers reported in their paper.
“Some horses, like the Kiso, might provide a healing effect to children
through parasympathetic activity.
“The acceleration in the Kiso horse group during walking in hand was
significantly different from those involving the other two horses,
indicating that the vibrations produced by these horses might modify the
The autonomic nervous system is responsible for control of bodily
functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, the heartbeat,
and digestive processes.
Ohta acknowledged that a lot of children did not have easy access to
horse-riding, suggesting that perhaps some benefits could be acquired
from more attainable pet interactions.
“There are many possible effects of human-animal interactions on child
development,” he said. “For instance, the ability to make considered
decisions or come to sensible conclusions, which we described in this
study, and the ability to appreciate and respond to complex emotional
influences and non-verbal communication, which requires further research
to be understood.”
The study team concluded in their paper: “The important benefits of
horseback riding for children and human health appear to be caused by
the horse’s vibrations, which may be different among horses.
“Riding particular horses or breeds might improve the ability to
recognize the appropriate action depending on the situation (Go
reaction) and the appropriate self-control (No-go reaction) in children,
possibly through the activation of the sympathetic nervous system.
“Some horse riding may reduce stress through the activity of the
parasympathetic nervous system,” they added.
Max’s job is to pull tourists around on a cart
through Central Park in New York City. But last Tuesday, the horse
experienced a horrible tumble. He was breathing very heavily, started
slowing down and then stumbled and fell down on the tar, trying to get
up again but failing. A passer-by took photographs of the large horse
lying on the ground, immobile.
These photos then made their way to NYCLASS, an organization that
campaigns for the ban of cart horses in the city. The driver of the
cart, Chris Emanus, spoke out in defense of his actions when the photos
went viral and people started criticizing him on the internet. He told
Daily News New York:
He tripped. His foot got stuck on a little crack on the pavement. He
went down. That happens all the time with horses. With new shoes,
sometimes they’re not comfortable.
NYCLASS believes that the cause of Max’s fall is the fact that he is
forced to work in the city every day of his life, pulling around heavy
carts that cause many health problems. Spokesperson John Collins said:
Horses don’t just collapse. Something happened — and the city should get
to the bottom of it and make sure it never happens again. They should
conduct an immediate investigation into the health and whereabouts of
this horse, including allowing an independent vet to examine the animal.
NYCLASS is not the only organization fighting to free the NYC cart
horses from their personal nightmare. The Humane Society of the United
States is also campaigning to ban this type of tourism. Marty Irby,
senior advisor at HSUS, told The Dodo:
In the wake […] of Max’s alleged collapse and the dozens of other
documented calamities over the years involving carriage horses on
crowded streets, the HSUS reiterates our support to finally bring an end
to the abuses within the carriage horse industry.
These horses in New York being used to attract tourists can be likened
to dancing monkeys, elephant rides or zoos. Animals do not belong in a
city and they definitely should not be made to entertain humans at the
expense of their health, comfort or welfare. The HSUS continued:
Our modern day society should not tolerate animal abuse on any level,
much less, for entertainment. This isn’t ancient Rome — it’s 2017. The
City of New York should continue to lead efforts that would end the harm
and use of carriage horses when more humane and modern options exist.
There are approximately 220 horses pulling tourists in carts in the
city, and they work an average of nine hours per day, seven days a week.
They travel between one and two miles of their journey in the middle of
rush hour traffic among car fumes and exhausts. NYCLASS urges any New
Yorkers or tourists in the city to send them [firstname.lastname@example.org] photos
and videos of horses being mistreated or collapsing from fatigue, in the
event that they do happen to see it.
LETTER OF THE DAY
THE OFF THE TRACK THOROUGHBRED 1 and 2
How are you?
Thanks for sending across the hobbles, leg strap and the stock whip.
I am currently working on my 11 yr old TB
mare. She is real intelligent character by is very panicky once
bridled. She rears to escape any kind of a
bind. As I explain further -
1. When I put on the front leg strap, she's
figured out that if she rears and lowers
herself to the ground to press on the turned leg, the strap
loosens and slips out. So my question is, how tight can the leg
strap be? Would it hurt if I tighten it up quite a bit so that it
sits in place even if she sits or lays down?
Yes, tighten it up. The going down to the ground in that gentle
fashion, is simply a lack of understanding on how to TRULY stand on
3 Legs, almost always because of substandard starting process and
the Older they get, the more they react to be so called 'trapped'
'Trapped' is again, a figment of their imagination and having not
been exposed to enough during the starting process. (Mass Production
of the Racing industry) Further, the more they FIGHT, PULL, RIP
during their every Day Life, the way they are lead, fighting the Bit
and most everything
2. I am also re-mouthing her using your DVD. She has lateral
breaks of 0 or 1 rating at the moment. Whenever I pull on the
ride reins while on the lunge, she basically panics, starts rearing
and going backwards. I am just worried that she might hurt herself.
It is incredible what they ride out
there, isn't it? Thrill Seekers.
Do you think its a good idea to hobble her or leg strap her (when she's
ready) and then tie her to the roller in lateral flexion for a few
minutes? I mean leg strap and tying in lateral flexion done
simultaneously? Just to prevent her from jumping around so much and
hurting herself, or would it be too much of a bind?
For many Horses, one must step back and
progress very slow. "No Glove fits all" Yes, good idea. I am sending
you another Video, on a complex Horse. Give me your youtube log in
3. The rearing problem happens with the running reins too with her.
I have had about 5-6 running rein sessions with her, she resists
lowering her neck but continues to trot , last time when I tightened
the running reins further by 2 holes, she panicked, it was about
15th hole of the running reins on her 5-6th day with them.
Please let me know what do you think of the situation. DO you have
any remedy for rearers?
Looking forward to your reply.
Thanks and regards, Abhijeet
I would leave off the Mouthing side of things and go to complete the
"Leg Restraints Training" and "Tying up properly" whilst under pressure
as well. You need to remove the thoughts of FIGHT and COMPLETE
RESISTANCE out of the Race Horse, PRIOR to going back to the Mouthing.
This is a high end difficult Horse (as are many of these) and You
need some more foundations on it first.
Well done so far.
AND ANOTHER - ALMOST IDENTICLE
I have a mare (OTTB) that
seems to have perfected the evasion technique of backing and rearing as
soon as she feels slightly stressed. Lately it seems to be rearing even
when she is just "full of herself". She is also a dreadful "loader" and
boxing is almost impossible. From what I know of her history something
definitely happened around the starting stalls while she was racing.
(Big surprise…) Have you got any suggestions as to which of John's
training techniques I should use? I am also looking for hobbles as I want train all
my horses with hobbles to ensure their safety should they ever get stuck
in wire or other similar emergencies. I look forward to hearing from you re suggested
books/DVD's etc. Kind regards,
Wellingon Western Cape
Yes, we are doing ok. Thanks Mate.
This is a highly complex Horse, as many are of
course. Perhaps even outside the league of most Amateurs, so we have to
be careful how we advise, so as to make it possible for them to be
successful and to not kill it in the process. I had another, identical
one last Night.
Read the Letter above you here.
so Steve, she needs to work through and tick
off every evasion, rip, pull, 'flight response'
So she should start with. the FRONT LEG
STRAP first. so as to see the real desperate personality beneath the
surface and to see if the Horse is one that could "Lose it" if you were
to install something more difficult on, like stockman's hobbles.
She has to own a 2 lead rope of course.
then she should also fix the TYING UP
So she needs to go right back to the start and teach it GIVE.
With our system for safety.
and then only go onto other leg restraints things, having got inside
Remember the Video Portal for all of these People.
The fight of any Horse can be traced back to substandard systems of
Between work and a spate of really nasty winter
weather here in New England, I lost over a week of training time Anyway,
I'm back on track again and I should get in a full week (and stay on a
regular weekly schedule from now on). My vet has given the OK for me to
start canter work with Xander. With this in mind, I was wondering if I
should alter the adjustment on the running reins when working at this
gate. I started him out with no running reins to let him figure things
out/find his feet (before worrying about correcting things). I'd like to
start cantering him in the running reins and, eventually working up to
trot to canter transitions. Any input/advice would be much appreciated.
Thanks! Sheila . USA
Yes, always give the Horse the benefit of the
doubt, take into account the Week off and indeed, changing gears, from
trot to Canter, THE MOST difficult transition of them all, with
So yes, do that and I am very glad to hear of
your progress and that the Vet has an input. Great!
Hi john hope you are all well,just wondering if
you have any remedies for dry cracked feet , years ago I had a similar
mare with soft cracked feet we use to put a vegetable oil mix but wasn't
great . Hoping you might have some old formulas? Regards mick casey
Yes, go to the local Dogger and get some 'Horse
Oil' Works a treat. Regards
UK HORSE RUNNING THROUGH HANDS
Thanks for that link. Really useful. Just one question, about your
second point below:
Ride your horse down the road on a
pleasure rein. The horse may break into a jog. YOU MUST ALLOW IT
If it does, within one step, halt it as
strongly as you need to. Then back it up two or three steps and
instantly throw your reins away to the pleasure rein and no
contact on the mouth. Dare the horse to do it again. When it
does, repeat the procedure.
“…..within one step, halt it as strongly as you need to….”
My question is “how” ?
All through Your emails, from Day 1 where you
reported the Horse was 'running through Your Hands' out Trail riding, it
told me that he has a very substandard Mouth, as most do that are held a
contact on during any time when not doing official arena training,
simply because the 'Hand Brake' is always on and the 'Brake Pads' wear
So when You ask 'how' I presume You mean that
You have a lack of strength????, but if you mean what technique, then it
is simply pick up the reins, both reins, equal, in each hand and haul
the horse up to stop.
No, you have the re-mouthing Video Portal DVD's
so I suggest you complete that first, to lighten the Horse up.
SUDDEN CHANGE IN PERSONALITY OF MULTIPLE
Ben has in the last 2 weeks has suddenly
got super spooky. Normally a calm brave horse. I have also noticed Duke
normally very calm has got very 'looky' when being ridden recently. I
spoke to the owner of our Adjistment and he said it is really weird as
all the horses at the Adjistment have all got spooky literally
overnight. I am guessing magnesium or selenium deficiency. They both get
'balance' only when ridden though in their feed. Any suggestions and how
much magnesium do they require in this situation and how long before I
should see an improvement. Thanks!
No Pam. Not my area. You should make sure no neighbour, hoons, kids
are terrorizing Horses in the Night. go to Kentucky equine research, contact line for advice
Interesting you say that John as one of the horses had the vet out to
it. It's fly netting on face was ripped down one side and it had a clean
stab wound in the shoulder to the bone on the same side. The owner
thinks it may have been someone holding it down that ripped the netting
and it was on purpose but who knows. We are off the beaten track and
down a long driveway. You would think we were safe from that sort of
thing. I will contact KER. Thanks.
Wow impressed John with KER response. this is what I have received back
already. and it makes complete sense as Bens eye has not been soft and relaxed he
looks unhappy. He actually did a massive spook and huge buck and dumped
me yesterday - I am fine and dandy - but so unlike him. And like I said
he is just not a happy chappy.
Thank you for contacting Kentucky Equine Research regarding Ben's diet.
I just a few questions regarding Ben's current ration. Do you feed him
any supplements on the days that he doesn’t get his hard feed? Also do
you feed him hay and if so, what type and how much per day does he get?
It is interesting that you say that all the horse’s on the property have
started acting up, do you think it because of all the rain you have
received after what was a really dry summer in SEQ? New grass growth,
particularly in spring or after drought, contains a lot of fructose.
This sudden increase in sugar can cause disturbances to the delicate
microbial populations that reside in the hindgut resulting in a drop in
pH in this region. This causes irritation to occur, and has been
associated with behavioural changes, laminitis and colic.
Once I have a better idea of Ben’s diet, I can suggest a more
comprehensive dietary plan but the inclusion of EquiShure may be
beneficial. EquiShure is a hindgut balancer that promotes normal
digestive function by aiding in the maintenance of an optimal hindgut pH
and helps to create a favorable environment for the microbial population
that reside there. I have attached the product information sheets
regarding EquiShure, just for your own interest.
Please get back to me at your earliest convenience regarding his
roughage amounts, and I will be able to assist you further.
Well done Pam. They are a valuable resource.
STANDARDBRED - SORE BACK
I just saw your video
about crookedness induce veterinary lameness. Do you these cases show
back soreness as well? I was curious because I have a 5 year old
Standardbred horse that is unsound in the hind end and he favors the
hind left leg. I have had him worked up completely and everything has
shown up to be normal except he is reluctant to pick up his hind left.
Under saddle he has become nervous, spooky and cranky and kicking out
when asked to go forward. He will try to avoid straightness by popping
out his shoulder and when he does go into the trot he drops his head and
tries to stop. I have had this horse since 2 years old and all this
started when I started him in training with a trainer who was also
riding him. Any insight on crookedness causing lameness would be greatly
appreciated. This is my last hope as I do not know what is ailing him.
most unusual for a standardbred
to have such problems. There
must have been an accident with
the Trainer OR Hips out of
alignment from foaling. Examine
the Horse standing up DEAD
SQUARE and I mean dead square,
including looking DEAD STRAIGHT
AHEAD, not with a head cocked
Then, if all else fails and you
can't get to the bottom of it,
either FIX THE HORSE or BREAK
THE HORSE, both being a win. Go and follow this for 6 weeks.
Then, if the answer is in the negative, you
will be able to lead the Vet by the Hand, to the real problem, for it
will come to the surface.
you. I did buy your running reins when I first got him as well as the
German martingale. He has been treat for ulcers as well as hind gut
ulcers although the scope was negative. Unfortunately this has been
going on for a year now. I have spent thousands on saddle fitters,
veterinarians, medications, and supplements. I will look into the
information you sent me. Thank you again.
Have You considered an assessment? You may be
is what I was wondering. This all started when I started with a local
trainer. He was great before then. She was riding him as well and I
didn't feel like he was ready for the work we were doing. He was young
and trained as a pacer. I hope I can undo all of this
26th February, 2017
Hi Folks, hope You all had a great Week. Lovely
Weather again, in this great Summer we have just had. Hot finally coming
this Week though.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Well the Day finally came yesterday, when I
gave me Daughter away to Young Tyson Adams. The Wedding was held on the
Beach at Glenelg and the Reception at the Grand Hotel. Lovely Weather,
lovely Bride and lovely Cars. Thanks to the two Friends of Shannon for
loaning their awesome Cars for the occasion. Sure was a Show Stopper.
and off to Bali this Evening, for the
Honeymoon. Best of Luck Kids.
POWER COMPANIES RIP OFF
Not since Ned Kelly has there been such an
orchestrated rip off of the Public than now with the Government and the
Solar Rebate Scam. The Tax payer is being screwed and many Australians
feel this way.
Being a pro-active type, I have spent a lot of
time lately, studying the technology of Solar and how to set up one's
own Power, without the involvement of Solar Power Companies and this
Week, I am very proud to have succeeded in my first test, that of
powering our Gazeebo with more than enough light to go around. Now I
have the technical side worked out, on to all of our Sheds, then the
Lights in the House and more.
Australia, the place with the most Sun on the planet. How obvious? Total
Solar Controller $13
not to mention.....it FEEEEEELLLLLLSSSS
COACHING SATISFACTION OF THE WEEK
The newish Pupil. The Horse wasn't emotionally
interacting with the Owner. After a handful of Lessons, it is suddenly
talking to and greeting Her. That's a wonderful outcome for a Coach.
The ultimate judge of a Coach and an Owner, is
the Horse and if a Horse Votes in the positive, one is entitled to feel
TIP OF THE DAY
"If a Horse stops an evasion and changes to another one, You have beaten
the first but often the second will appear.....and the third, fourth and
can be many others. Only when You convince the Horse that You have
negated each, will You meed in the middle."
Gold Star of the Week goes to
LILLY for doing a great job around Her area,
keeping things nice and tidy. Very Professional. Thanks Lilly x
People are always moving around in the
Equestrian Centre Business, selling a Horse, Paddocking over Winter,
moving jobs, divorce and a million others reasons :) We welcome the new
agistees of this Week and hope You have a nice stay.
BIG NEWS COMING regarding Gainsborough and it's
nothing to do with the Sale of.
Yesterday, we had a 'Dog incident' where a
stray Dog, thought by our neighbor to be our Dog, when it visited His
Property. Attempts wee made to catch it, by the Neighbor and by a ;Lost
Dog' Organization, but to no avail. So the Dog left that Property and
came via 'Gainsborough' where Paula did catch it and handed it over to a
Vet, who impounded it Today. (no identification on the Collar) Staffie.
This afternoon, the real Owners came forward and claimed the Dog so well
MESSENGER PRESS - FAKE NEWS
Messenger Press are still pursuing the 'Muslim Church' issue, for within
the Equestrian precinct of Golden Grove. There is likely to be a Story
in this Weeks issue. "The Leader Messenger' and perhaps 'Adelaide now'
News South Wales Horse Dealer has been charged
by R.S.P.C.A. for cruelty to a Horse, having been caught on Camera,
dragging a Horse behind a Vehicle, in a cruel way.
To take an even line on this story, tens of
Thousands of Standardbreds have been trained, behind a Vehicle, in a non
cruel way, so I guess it depends on the circumstances. Anyhow, it will
all come out soon.
On that Subject, meanwhile, another has been
charged in America, in a 'Cruel way' for doing this....
SARCIS arrest, horse charity workers
Members of the Forest Hill Stock and Rural
Crime Investigation Squad have today charged a 36-year-old
Beaudesert woman following a protracted and extensive investigation
into allegations of the misuse of donations received by a charity.
It will be alleged the woman stole money
from the charity for her own personal gain. It will also be alleged
minutes from a meeting in 2012 were falsified and the woman used
social media to intimidate and harass a former charity worker and
The woman has been charged with multiple
counts of stealing, fraudulent falsification of records and misusing
a carriage service.
A 55-year-old Clagiraba woman and former
committee member of the charity has also been charged with misusing
a carriage service. It will be alleged the woman also used a social
media account to intimidate and harass a former charity volunteer
and witness in the case.
Both women were arrested at Ipswich today
and have been granted bail on their own undertaking with conditions
restricting their involvement in managing the charity and its funds.
They will appear in the Ipswich Magistrates
Court on March 24, 2017.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
NEWS OF THE DAY
MANY DISTRESSED PEOPLE REPORT THIS CRUELTY
When called by distressed members of the public to report sightings of a
horse strapped down to a flat-bed trailer, and being towed along
motorways, RSPCA officers leapt into action.
A number of calls were made to the charity’s cruelty line last Tuesday
(14 February) by those who had spotted the black horse – rugged up
against the cold and wearing a mask but without a haynet for the journey
– being driven some 100 miles from Birmingham to Cambridge.
The horse’s four legs were tied to the corners of the trailer, while
straps over its body held it in place, along with a wooden breast bar.
But when RSPCA inspector Richard Lythgoe heard about the circumstances,
he thought something sounded odd – and when he arrived on the scene, he
laughed out loud. Because the horse was made of plastic.
The information that was coming in was mainly from drivers who saw the
horse tied up by its legs on top of a trailer,” Mr Lythgoe said.
“Obviously when driving and catching a glimpse of this life-size,
lifelike horse being pulled down the motorway it would have been very
worrying – so thankfully it was just a fake one!
“When I got to the house to look into it all I realised it was a
life-size plastic horse. The couple had driven all the way to Birmingham
to collect it and because it was so big needed a trailer to get it back
“We do get lots of calls about horses through to our hotline – but I
have never been called out to check up on a fake one before!”
DUMPED STALLION WITH TAIL WEIGHING 200 LBS
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said the
woman who took in a dumped stallion with a tail so long it dragged feet
behind him on the floor.
The young cob and a months-old colt, now named Ken and Bruce, were
dumped on the drive of Isleham Horse and Pony Rescue Centre in
Cambridgeshire, on 26 January.
Ken’s feet had “clearly never been near a farrier”, and he was carrying
a “vast amount of weight” in matted, mud-caked feathers.
“Bruce was severely malnourished, not even knowing what horse food was,
he was so weak he wobbled when he walked,” said Hayley Davies, whose
mother Wendy founded the sanctuary some 30 years ago.
“Both were unloved and scared of all human contact.”
Mrs Davies told H&H the owner of a horse kept at the sanctuary noticed a
lorry pull up at about 10pm.
“She went to see what was happening and found these two had been
abandoned,” Mrs Davies said. “They could have gone the other way, on to
the main road, but luckily they came towards the yard.”
The pair were enticed into a temporary shelter for the night and Mrs
Davies had her first proper sight of them the next morning.
“I’ve had horses for over 40 years and taken in a lot of rescues and I
have never seen anything like Ken,” she said.
“With every step he was treading on his tail. His feathers were so heavy
with all the matted hair and mud; we cut a vast amount of hair off and
put it in a bag and we couldn’t lift it. He walks with much more ease
Ken’s neglected feet were “absolutely terrible” and he had a wound to
his lip, she added, while Bruce was given only a 50% chance to survival
by her vet, owing to his malnourished state.
A JustGiving page set up to raise £1,000 for the horses’ care has
already attracted more than £1,700 in donations.
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE LEADS TO ARRESTS
New Harmony, Utah – Responding to a domestic
disturbance call, officers were shocked to find a dead horse laying on
the ground in idyllic New Harmony. Law enforcement began digging deeper
into the horse’s death, and found 2 more recent graves and a severely
emaciated surviving horse.
Christina Silvers, Kelton Prisbrey and John Trinity were arrested and
charged with felony animal cruelty and improper disposal of a dead
animal. “The horses had not been fed due to their financial inability
to purchase food and suspect that the three horses had died from
starvation,” Lt. Crouse of the Washington County Sheriff Department
said. The surviving horse, a 2-year-old colt, was seized and taken to Dust
Devil Ranch Sanctuary in nearby Cedar City. He is under a
veterinarian’s supervision and is expected to make a full recovery.
PREDICTION - LOW FLYING DRONE CAUSED FALLS
Silverton, Colorado – Spectators at the annual skijoring race were
injured when a horse spooked and ran through the crowd. 2 women were
transported to the hospital in ambulances and a man was treated for
minor injuries at the scene. Skijoring, where a horse and rider pull a
skier, has been gaining in popularity despite safety concerns. Last
year, a horse was euthanized after falling during a skijoring event.
A low flying drone is thought to have caused the horse to spook in
Saturday’s accident. The rider was seen trying to wave the drone away,
but the horse spooked and ran through the crowd. while the rider
desperately tried to regain control. The drone operator was ticketed
for flying above the crowd and drones are no longer allowed at the
PREGNANT, IN LABOR AND LEFT TO DIE :(
Orsett, England – A very pregnant mare in labor
was dumped along the highway, too weak and sick to stand or move herself
from danger. Concerned drivers called the RPSCA, who responded as
quickly as they could. Unfortunately, she was already dead when
officers arrived. Officers are searching for those responsible for this heinous crime.
EVERY BONE IN HER FACE EXCEPT JAW BROKEN
Every bone in Amelia 'Mouse' Newsom's face, bar her jaw, was horribly
smashed after she was kicked in the face by her horse two years ago.
"The surgeons said, look you really need to prepare for the worst," said
Amelia's mum, Bini Newsom.
Shards from the fractures were even piercing her brain.
"I lost about six litres of blood, " Amelia told Seven Sharp. "But
luckily the surgeons just got me in time, and helped me."
The doctors' expertise, assisted by the quick thinking of Amelia's
sister Olivia in raising the alarm saved her life.
When Amelia was kicked by her horse, Olivia was quick to respond, riding
her horse back to her parents to get help.
The eight-year-old proved mighty in her fight, enduring two lengthy
operations as the front of her skull was delicately pieced back
Three weeks after the accident Amelia was being driven home from
hospital, when she asked her mum to stop driving.
"I just saw my little pony, Saphey lying down, and I went up to her and
sat on her, and she was just so sweet."
Amelia said that's when she knew she wanted to continue horse riding.
Now, two years on, Amelia is pursuing her show jumping dreams alongside
her big sister.
She's won several ribbons, including North Island Show Hunter Champion,
and is set to compete in the upcoming Horse of the Year competition in
GOLD COAST MAN SURVIVES HORSE HIT
A Gold Coast man has walked away after a
runaway horse hit and tore open the cabin of his car.
Mark Rose, 50, was driving home from the shops on Beaudesert-Nerang Road
at Nerang about 7:30pm on Wednesday when the horse hit his car head-on.
The horse was one of three roaming loose on the road after escaping from
a nearby property.
Mr Rose's wife Nicole said it was a dark stretch of road and Mr Rose had
just seconds to react.
"I've seen crushed cars before but I've never seen a car that has been
torn open at the roof," she told ABC Local Radio.
"The fact that he's walked out is nothing short of a miracle really.
"The only section of the car that wasn't crushed in was where he was
The horse flipped on top of the car, smashing the windscreen and ripping
open the roof.
"Mark's first thought was he needed to get out of the vehicle in case it
blew up or caught fire," Ms Rose said.
"But he couldn't get out because his door was trapped."
KILLED BY SHOW JUMPING POLE
The death of a showjumper, who fell from her
horse and landed on a wooden pole, was a ‘most unfortunate’ accident, an
inquest has heard.
Nichola Cooke, from North Tawton, died during a lesson at Bicton Arena,
near Exeter, on July 13 last year.
Described as ‘very proficient’ rider, Ms Cooke, who was 51, had ridden
horses since she was a child and won several competitions.
The inquest at County Hall in Exeter on Monday heard that although she
was not a professional rider, Ms Cooke had been taking her competitive
riding very seriously.
She had hoped to qualify for amateur competition at the Horse of the
Year show and had arranged a lesson with showjumping coach Amanda Frost
ahead of a competition, also to be held at Bicton Arena the following
Ms Cooke, who worked as a lorry driver and horse groom, had been riding
a course of jumps on Charlie when they entered a double-jump section.
Mrs Frost, who had been standing by the obstacle, told the inquest that
as Charlie went over the second fence, he jumped too high, which caused
him to clip it as he came down, dislodging a wooden parallel pole.
Mrs Frost said that Ms Cooke had appeared unbalanced and fell from the
side of the horse, landing on her side on the pole that had been
Mrs Frost went to her aid and shouted for bystanders to call an
ambulance. She attempted first aid, but said she could tell Ms Cooke was
seriously injured, and she died at the scene.
The inquest heard that investigators found the venue complied with
British Horse Society standards.
Ms Cooke’s fiancé, Andrew Grist, told the inquest he had been concerned
about Ms Cooke riding Charlie, as she had fallen from him on several
He said he had warned Ms Cooke the horse would hurt her, but she
dismissed his concerns.
However, Mrs Frost said that the horse had not been at fault for the
She said: “I can honestly say the horse never put a foot wrong that day.
“He never stopped, never did one thing out of line.”
Mr Grist said Ms Cooke would wear a back protector if she was riding
cross-country, but not for showjumping.
A post-mortem examination found that Ms Cooke had suffered severe chest
and heart injuries, which assistant coroner Lydia Brown described as ‘unsurvivable’.
Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Ms Brown said: “This is
simply a most unfortunate and unexpected outcome for a lady who was very
proficient at her chosen sport.”
BRITISH TRAIL RIDERS STRUGGLE WITH DUMPERS
March woman who discovered burnt out car whilst
out riding her horse Harry says ‘other horses might have gone nuts’ and
‘it could have caused an accident’
Hannah Moulding was riding Harry, who she has had for 11 years, along
the bridleway of Barker’s Lane yesterday when she came across the
After taking a photo of the car - which was still “hot and smoking” -
Hannah posted it on the Facebook page March Cambridgeshire Free
She wrote: “People moan about us horse riders riding on the roads. This
is why we ride on the road… our bridleways are being used as a dump.
There’s no need to dump a car here really.”
Hannah, who said some nearby trees have also been burnt because of the
dumped car, said: “I could still feel the heat coming off of the car.
“I’m lucky that my horse is brave and would go down there as other
horses might have gone nuts and it could have caused an accident.
“I don’t want any spikes getting into my horse’s foot.
“And I don’t see why the police are not doing anything about it,” she
added, having ridden down the same road on Saturday and seen the same
burnt out car.
“Surely if that car was set alight, you would be able to see that the
bridleway was on fire.”
Fenland District Council has been informed and is going to remove the
burnt out car said Councillor Jan French.
100,000 SIGN PETITION
A petition calling for new laws for motorists
around horses after the hit and run of a 12-year-old and her pony in
Devon has reached 100,000 signatures.
Campaigners want to make drivers give horse riders a wider berth to
avoid accidents and have now got enough for Parliament to consider it
The fight was launched after van driver Robert Nuttall admitted hitting
schoolgirl Bethan Graves and her mount, Cav, in a village near Exeter.
The 53-year-old from Clapham struck the pony with a Volkswagen
transporter, YF54 MXX, on October 30, Exeter Magistrates Court heard.
He pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing
to stop after a road accident and was released on bail ahead of his
sentencing on February 28.
Mum Esther Graves said her daughter had been patiently waiting for
traffic to clear last year when his white Transporter van struck the
animal, sending both horse and rider into a hedge.
Schoolgirl Bethan Graves and her pony Cav. She was knocked off the pony
by a hit and run driver near Shillingford Abbot in Teignbridge
A petition calling for new laws for motorists around horses after the
hit and run of a 12-year-old and her pony in Devon has reached 100,000
Campaigners want to make drivers give horse riders a wider berth to
avoid accidents and have now got enough for Parliament to consider it
The fight was launched after van driver Robert Nuttall admitted hitting
schoolgirl Bethan Graves and her mount, Cav, in a village near Exeter.
The 53-year-old from Clapham struck the pony with a Volkswagen
transporter, YF54 MXX, on October 30, Exeter Magistrates Court heard.
He pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing
to stop after a road accident and was released on bail ahead of his
sentencing on February 28.
Mum Esther Graves said her daughter had been patiently waiting for
traffic to clear last year when his white Transporter van struck the
animal, sending both horse and rider into a hedge.
The youngster was lucky to avoid serious injury while her mount, Cav,
was left with a suspected broken leg and lacerated hind quarters.
Bethan, of Exminster, was deeply shaken by the incident.
Mrs Graves said: "She was shaking like a leaf after it happened and has
been absolutely traumatised.
"That pony is her everything, she was asking for one since she was four
years old, it means so much to her.
"She has been waking up crying - she cannot get over the loudness of the
collision - it really was one hell of a bang."
The incident happened at 5pm on October 30 and the 14-year-old Welsh
pony had a nine-inch cut to its backside and needed veterinary surgery.
Bethan had been on a 12-minute hack around the farm after a ride at
4.45pm on Sunday before emerging and waiting on the grass verge for a
"It was horrendous - Bethan was hi-vizzed to the limit with fluorescent
jacket, boots, reins…everything," she added.
"You could have seen her from a mile off. We cannot believe how she
managed to stay on like she did - if she had fallen off she could have
"She went up and fell around the neck then just slid off. She was really
The youngster avoided serious injury while her mount, Cav, was left with
injuries including a suspected broken leg and lacerated hind quarters.
Following the case, campaigner Debbie Smith said she wants to make it a
legal requirement to drive past a horse wide and slow and for drivers to
have to abide by hand signals asking them to stop and slow down when
She said: "We need a law that protects horse riders," she added.
"Horses are easily scared by cars that don't take care when passing
them. When they get scared they can spook or rear, throwing riders off
of them. This can lead to someone falling through a windscreen.
"Until there is a law neither the driver, the riders or the horses are
HORSE WANDERS INTO HOSPITAL
Three horses had quite the day out when they
broke loose and raised a few eyebrows in Craigavon.
Residents were left shocked as they saw the horses dander through the
Legahory area of the town before one managed to get into the Brownlow
Police were called and the horses were rounded up and secured in a
Local SDLP representative Thomas Larkham told Belfast Live: "There were
three horses that had broken loose from somewhere, we do not know
exactly where, and they were roaming around the Legahory area at
"That area is quite built up with a health centre, cafes, hairdressers,
a local shop and school. There were a lot of people around with the kids
being off school.
"The horses had been roaming around and I had had a few calls from
concerned residents as they made their way up to the Legahory Centre.
"One had found its way into the health centre itself through the
automatic doors which closed behind it but it managed to get out itself.
Ladies, are you still in search of that
elusive piece of riding equipment—a bra that actually offers adequate
support in the saddle—and suffering painful consequences in the
meantime? You’re not alone.
As part of her master’s thesis, a UK researcher is conducting a study of
female equestrian health outcomes with an emphasis on breast
biomechanics. Karin Pekarchik is a staff member in the UK College of
Agriculture, Food and Environment department of Biosystems and
Agricultural Engineering (BAE) and a graduate student in the department
of Community and Leadership Development.
Pekarchik’s dissatisfaction with bras lacking sufficient support for a
sitting trot led to her collaboration with researchers in the United
Kingdom studying female equestrians’ breast biomechanics.
Along with Kimberly Tumlin, PhD, UK College of Public Health, Pekarchik
is collaborating with Jenny Burbage, PhD, University of Portsmouth
Department of Sport and Exercise Science, in the U.K., and Lorna
Cameron, of the Sparsholt College Faculty of Equine and Applied Animal
Science, in Winchester, U.K. Both teams are interested in how breast
discomfort/pain and ill-fitting, poorly performing bras limit desire to
In “An investigation into prevalence and impact of breast pain, bra
issues, and breast size of female horse riders,” (Journal of Sports
Sciences, 2016), Burbage and Cameron surveyed 1,324 women regarding the
impact of breast size and discomfort have on riding. Their survey showed
that 40% of women suffer from breast pain, most frequently at the
sitting trot, and this pain can be a deterrent for riding participation.
Their survey highlighted some of the issues of breast discomfort during
riding and that educational steps regarding bra design and fit that are
Pekarchik adapted Burbage’s and Cameron’s breast-focused survey to
include a more general health focus to determine female equestrian
health issues and outcomes over life stages. Female equestrians can
start riding early in life and can ride well into their 70s and beyond,
which is unusual in sports. While much research has been devoted to the
equestrian athlete, less has been conducted on the human partner.
Physical issues (excluding concussion and bone breakage, which are
covered elsewhere in the scientific literature) that can limit riding
are of great interest, as is the public health aspect of building an
educational program to help mitigate breast discomfort and other health
factors that can keep women out of the saddle.
The study is part of a larger project for Pekarchik and Tumlin, who are
the “clients” to an engineering senior design team that is using a
two-semester course to apply engineering principles to design a better
equestrian sports bra. Additionally, Pekarchik, Tumlin, and BAE
engineers Joe Dvorak, PhD, PE, and Josh Jackson, PhD, are working on
building a wireless sensor system that will allow Burbage and Cameron to
gather breast biomechanics data in the field on horseback, rather than
simulating riding on a mechanical horse.
Complete the team's survey, “Attitudes, behaviors, and areas of
educational opportunity for female equestrians toward bra use and health
outcomes when engaged in equestrian sports,” at uky.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dm9h9FjQc0RUHKB.
The survey will be available to respondents until March 19.
Karin Pekarchik, senior extension associate for distance learning within
UK’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and master’s
candidate within Community and Leadership Development.
BUYING FROM SALES COMES WITH SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS
Earlier this month, veterinarians and state
officials in three Florida counties (Columbia, Bradford, and
Hillsborough) publicly announced they were dealing with a small outbreak
of strangles, a contagious bacterial infection of the equine upper
respiratory tract characterized by swollen lymph nodes. Strangles is a
relatively common communicable disease, but in this case, alerts issued
via the Equine Disease Communication Center indicated the outbreak's
origin was a pen at a horse sale facility in Bastrop, La.
Though the specific location was unnamed in the alerts (it was not the
well-known Bastrop Kill Pen, according to the information provided), the
distributor's set-up is similar to many other so-called “kill pens”
these days: facility operators or independent organizations offer horses
destined for the slaughter pipeline for “bail” by rescues or private
owners in exchange for a fee which is often higher than fair market
value on the animal. When the money is paid, individuals may either own
the horse or foster it until a permanent place can be found, and since
social media is global, that means horses may leave such pens and travel
many states away.
Dr. Angela Pelzel-McCluskey, equine epidemiologist with the United
States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service, said that type of large-scale movement of horses is a serious
biosecurity concern for people who foster or purchase the animals – not
just for strangles, but other communicable diseases.
“I think there's always going to be an infectious disease exposure in
these types of animals, so it's a buyer-beware situation,” said
Pelzel-McCluskey. “People are going to have to be prepared that if
they're going to rescue horses from this pathway, they're probably going
to end up paying more money to get it out of hoc, and they're going to
have additional veterinary care that needs to be done for the animal.”
Horses come to kill auctions in a variety of health conditions. Some end
up in a kill pen after a decade on the back 40 acres of an owner's farm
and may not have seen a vaccine or Coggins test in years. They may be
undetected carriers of various respiratory bugs or more serious
communicable diseases like strangles or EHV-1. Others may be days
removed from a show or racing operation where they received routine
care, but without any record of their health history or identity.
“In the case of a slaughter channel, ‘Poof,'” she said. “They're an
anonymous horse. I think that would be a real challenge, if we had to do
epidemiology and trace-back on one of those horses.”
In Pelzel-McCluskey's experience, handlers at these pens make the most
profit if they can turn a horse around quickly, whether for “bail” or to
a kill buyer, which means they're often handling one horse after another
and housing them in mixed pens together. To her knowledge, none of the
pens has procedures in place to disinfect fencing or buckets between
groups of horses. When the animals travel in trailer loads to and from a
pen, it's unlikely the trailers are disinfected between loads.
“Certainly I don't know of any slaughter buyers who have any routine
cleaning and disinfection,” she said. “When we see their conveyances,
they're required to have the manure cleaned out and things like that,
but we don't have any requirement for them to do a chemical cleaning of
the conveyance. That would be another cost to them, and they make their
money off limiting overhead costs.”
Different pathogens can live outside a horse's body for varying lengths
of time on human hands and equipment, so some probably die if a trailer
wall or corral is unused for long enough, but others may not.
The Equine Disease Communication Center distributes information about
communicable diseases according to each state's rules about which
diseases are “reportable.” Reportable diseases are those requiring a
veterinarian to submit information about a case to their state
veterinarian or animal health office for tracking purposes. Florida is
one of relatively few states where strangles is reportable, which means
the current outbreak could be more widespread than the public realizes.
Pelzel-McCluskey points out the horses in the three Florida counties
traveled through other states themselves and may have trailered
alongside others who may have been unloaded in states where the disease
The best way for rescuers of horses from pens like these to deal with
the risk is to take biosecurity precautions assuming the arriving horse
is ill. Keep the new horse separated from your existing herd for at
least 30 days, and ensure buckets, grooming tools, and other items are
not shared between the new and old horses. Handle the new horse last of
all, so pathogens aren't transmitted on your clothes or boots, and if
possible, keep a separate set of outer clothing you wear only around the
new horse. Monitor both new and existing horses for signs of illness
such as a lack of appetite, listlessness, and fever, and alert a
veterinarian as soon as possible if you see clinical signs pop up. Have
your vet create a program of booster shots in case the horse has not
been recently vaccinated.
One other area many people forget about: their own trailer. If you used
your own truck and trailer to bring the new horse home, be sure to clean
and disinfect it before loading up others.
Pelzel-McCluskey said it's impossible to quantify the relative risk a
kill pen rescue will arrive with a communicable disease as compared to
one arriving from another barn or conventional sale facility; health
officials can't be sure how many cases go unreported in the first place,
preventing them from knowing what the rate of illness may be.
Experienced horse people know there is supposed to be a system in place
preventing sick horses from traveling and mixing with other groups.
Horses are not legally supposed to travel across state lines without a
Coggins form indicating whether they are positive or negative for Equine
Infectious Anemia, and a health certificate demonstrating they exhibit
no sign of illness before travel. Pelzel-McCluskey said the USDA has
been alerted within the last year that horses leaving kill pens may be
doing so with forged, stolen, or falsified paperwork. Another way owners
can help reduce the spread of illness: let the local, state, and federal
authorities know when a horse arrives as a kill pen rescue with
paperwork indicating they were healthy at the time of departure when
it's likely they were not.
“One of our concerns with this type of environment is these kill buyers
may have been finding or employing veterinarians that are not actually
going out and visually inspecting the horses, which would explain why
you have horses with these obvious [strangles] abscesses,” she said of
the Florida horses with full-blown illness days after leaving a kill
pen. “They're not forming overnight as the horse is transiting.
Obviously, they would have had a fever and not been eating well [before
Ultimately, the contagious disease issue is unlikely to be eliminated
when it comes to high-traffic horse sales like the kill pens.
Pelzel-McCluskey says there is simply too much movement and too many
horses from different health backgrounds to eliminate the risk. That's
why purchasers of horses in need from these types of situations need to
know what they're getting into.
“These are unvaccinated horses, so they could be exposed to WNV, EEE,
tetanus, rabies, things we don't think about very often,” she said. “I
do worry that it's a population that's under-vaccinated, undernourished,
heavily exposed, heavily traveled and is not really up to the challenge
of dealing with infectious disease, but they are up to the challenge of
MORE POSITIVE SWABS IN ENDURANCE
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced three new
adverse analytical findings involving prohibited substances at two FEI
Three horses competing in Mesaieed, Qatar, have all tested positive for
diisopropylamine, a vasodilator used to treat peripheral and cerebral
vascular disorders. These are the first cases involving the use of
diisopropylamine, which is a banned substance under the FEI’s Equine
Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations.
Two horses—the Qatari horse R S Nube Blanca, ridden by Gaje Singh Hari
Singh (IND) in a CEI2* 120-kilometer event at Mesaieed on Nov. 19, 2016,
and Acqua Vela, ridden by Maryam Ahmad S A Al Boinin (QAT) to win the
CEIYJ1* 90-kilometer event on the same day—were tested on the day of the
event. The third horse, Tarifa, was ridden by Mattar Said Khalfan Al
Saadi (OMA) to win the CEI1* 80 on Jan. 7 at Mesaieed. Samples were also
collected from Tarifa on the day of the event.
All three athletes have been provisionally suspended from the date of
notification (Feb. 8). The three horses have also been provisionally
suspended for a period of two months.
As trainer of both the Qatari horses Waleed Said Khalfan Al Saa'di (QAT)
has also been provisionally suspended.
HORSE OWNERS IN DENIAL OVER HENDRA VIRUS
One in every four owners told that their horse may have contracted the
deadly Hendra virus were either initially unreceptive, overwhelmed by
fear, or in denial about the associated risk, research has found.
Researchers from James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, wanted
to learn more about the difficulties experienced by veterinarians when
communicating with animal owners about the risks of zoonotic infections
− those capable of crossing the species barrier.
Diana Mendez and her colleagues did so by examining the veterinary
issues around Hendra, a virus carried by Australia’s native fruit bats
which is capable of infecting horses. People can contract the disease
through contact with infected bodily fluids from horses. Of the seven
known human cases, four have proved fatal.
The researchers, writing in BMC Veterinary Research, said communication
skills were essential for veterinarians who needed to discuss animal
health-related matters with their clients.
“When dealing with an emerging zoonosis, such as Hendra virus,
veterinarians also have a legal responsibility to inform their clients
about the associated risks to human health.”
The study team carried out a mixed-methods study that examined the
preparedness of, and difficulties experienced by, veterinarians
communicating about Hendra risks with their clients.
Face-to-face semi-structured interviews were carried out with veterinary
personnel in Queensland in 2009–10 to identify the barriers to Hendra
management in equine practices. Then, in 2011, veterinarians from the
same region were surveyed on their preparedness and willingness to
communicate about Hendra risks, and the reactions of their clients.
All of the veterinary personnel interviewed were aware of their legal
responsibilities over Hendra risks to human health and had some level of
management plan in place.
The researchers found in the later survey, which drew 200 responses,
that 83.1 percent of the vets had access to a Hendra management plan and
58.6% had ready-to-use Hendra information available for clients within
Most (87%) reported “always or sometimes” informed clients about Hendra
risks when a horse appeared sick. However, fewer than half the
participants (46.6%) always or sometimes provided Hendra-related
education to owners when a horse appeared healthy.
When Hendra virus infection was suspected, 58.1% of participants
reported their clients were receptive to their safety directives.
However, 24.9% of clients were either initially unreceptive, overwhelmed
by fear, or in denial of the risks.
Hendra-related risk communication to clients was perceived overall as a
significant issue by interfering with veterinarians’ compliance with
their animal welfare and occupational health and safety
One vet commented: “I find great difficulty in dealing with owners
because it is a power play, and ultimately we are responsible of the
safety of all involved. But some owners don’t believe that, which
compromises the legal situation. We usually end up taking the risk out
of concern for the welfare and wellbeing of the horse.”
However, another vet did not find this aspect of Hendra management a
major challenge: “I have not had problems with owners complying … You
just need to make them aware of the situation and the risks involved.”
Some owners considered the use of personal protective equipment to be
redundant. Horse owners who had already been in prolonged close contact
with their sick animal believed they had already been significantly
exposed to the potential risks and did not require the safety gear.
One vet commented: “The owner had already spent half a day with the sick
horse, so he declined the mask because [he] thought exposure had already
Another observed: “Most clients refuse personal protective equipment as
they have already been handling the horse, so they don’t feel it
necessary to use [it].”
The study team continued: “Veterinarians identified this as a major
issue because if a client became infected it would be impossible to
determine when infective exposure had occurred: before or after the
involvement of the veterinarian.”
Some veterinarians reported that horse owners disregarded the
information given about Hendra management.
Participants thought this was because horse owners either failed to
recognise the expertise of the veterinarian, the seriousness of the
risks, or were unable to follow the health and safety instructions
One vet commented: “You have to protect yourself first and foremost, but
owners don’t see it that way.”
Another said simply: “People don’t listen.”
Horse owners usually made mistakes despite explicit instructions,
another vet observed, while one commented: “They are in denial and think
you are overreacting.”
Veterinarians reported feeling pressured by clients into focusing on
cost minimisation rather than human health and safety. Any extra cost
incurred by the management of a suspected case of Hendra was said to
require a justification to the client.
“Emerging zoonoses are unpredictable events that may require a different
communication approach,” the researchers wrote.
“Future training programs addressing veterinary communication skills
should take into account the particular issues inherent to managing an
emerging zoonosis and emphasise the importance of maintaining human
“There needs to be further investigation of the particular skills or
personal attributes that are necessary to communicate effectively in
these kinds of crisis situations, emerging zoonotic outbreaks, within
the veterinary context in order to better train existing and future
“Veterinarians also need to be aware of the ways in which their
expertise is perceived and the motivation of their clients, in order to
achieve better communication.
“This could be achieved by implementing a client-centred approach to
veterinary communication with the aim of not only improving the
veterinarian-client relationship but also achieving positive health and
safety outcomes for both veterinary staff and their clients when dealing
with zoonotic risks.”
The study team comprised Mendez, Petra Büttner, Jenny Kelly, Madeleine
Nowak and Rick Speare, who has since died.
154 LAW MAKERS LOBBY PRESIDENT
Late last week, a bipartisan group of 154
members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to President Trump,
asking him to give final approval to a U.S. Department of Agriculture
rule that got sidetracked during the last days of the Obama
The rule was designed to fix serious
deficiencies in the USDA’s existing weak regulations that have long
undermined enforcement of a 1970 law intended to crack down on the
devious and cruel practice of horse soring. The letter is yet one more
powerful show of strength in Congress for the idea of ending the routine
cruelty perpetrated in a segment of the Tennessee walking horse show
world where trainers and owners intentionally injure horses in order to
cause them to exaggerate their gait for competition purposes. Horse
soring is in the same league as cockfighting and dogfighting – knowingly
and deliberately causing immense suffering to innocent animals for an
Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fl., an equine veterinarian, led the letter, along with
fellow veterinarian Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Reps. Tom Marino,
R-Pa., Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., with many
lawmakers on both sides of the aisle joining them. In 2015-16, Yoho and
Schrader introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, and it
attracted 273 cosponsors in the House – nearly a two-thirds
supermajority of the chamber. A companion bill in the Senate attracted
50 cosponsors – also a remarkable showing. The legislation has garnered
endorsements from an overwhelming array of stakeholders.
Yoho is an important champion as a large-animal veterinarian. He is a
frequent proponent of rolling back regulations and other government
actions, but here is a case where he says the government must step in.
The industry has demonstrated it cannot be trusted with self-regulation.
As The HSUS has demonstrated with multiple investigations, many walking
horse training barns are dens of cruelty, with trainers wounding horses
with caustic acids, cutting, chains, and other gruesome techniques to
give them an artificially high step at competition. After Congress
enacted the Horse Protection Act decades ago in an attempt to end these
abuses, the horse soring crowd has knowingly defied federal law and
systematically lied about it. They’ve lied so much for so many years
that they seem to believe that they are not violating the law, even as
trainers burn chemicals onto the legs of horses and place sharp foreign
objects between the hooves and the heavy shoes they fit on the animals.
They’ve been cheating, lying, deceiving, and covering up abuse for
nearly a half century.
Yoho and others have said enough is enough. “As a veterinarian and lover
of animals,” he wrote some weeks ago, “I feel the time is now to stop
the practice of horse soring for good. I am not the only one who feels
this way. Roughly 280 plus organizations, associations, veterinary and
animal health advocates, horse industry professionals, and various other
groups, support the ending of this unnecessary practice.”
The stalled regulation would eliminate the use of the large stacked
shoes and ankle chains used to torment walking horses in the name of
entertainment, and the industry’s failed self-policing system that the
USDA’s own Officer of Inspector General deemed corrupt and ineffective
in a 2010 report.
“In July 2016, the USDA issued a proposed rule including key reforms,”
the lawmakers wrote to President Trump. “One-hundred and eighty-two
Representatives and forty-two Senators sent letters strongly supporting
the rule and urging that it be completed swiftly, along with more than
100,000 public comments from citizens supporting the rule. This rule was
seven years in the making and has enjoyed continued bipartisan support
in both chambers of Congress.”
The freeze on the rulemaking action on January 22nd was bad enough. But
that injury was compounded when the USDA, without providing any advance
public notice, took down en masse inspection reports and other records
under the Animal Welfare Act and notices of violations under the Horse
Protection Act less than two weeks into the Trump presidency.
With no secretary of agriculture overseeing USDA – former Georgia Gov.
Sonny Perdue has been nominated but not confirmed yet – it’s been
difficult to pin down who is responsible for this purge. We can only
surmise that Protect the Harvest executive director Brian Klippenstein –
selected by the Trump team to run the transition process at the USDA –
had a role. Klippenstein works full time to thwart animal protection
goals, and has campaigned against bills, ballot measures, and rules to
crack down on puppy mills, horse soring operations, extreme farm animal
confinement practices, and horse slaughter. It’s not much of a leap of
logic to think that very soon after he assumed his important though
temporary role at the USDA, he engineered a takedown of thousands of
documents that show violations by horse trainers, puppy mills, roadside
zoos, and others involved in animal-use industries.
We hope that President Trump reads the letter led by Rep. Yoho. If he
does, he’ll have information to show that the horse soring crowd is a
collection of lawbreakers. On the other side of them are not only every
leading veterinary and horse industry organization, but also the
National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Association of Prosecuting
Attorneys. President Trump has been forthright in standing with law
enforcement, and law enforcement officials have been clear that horse
soring has to go. President Trump should stand with them when it comes
to this kind of documented, long-standing, unambiguous animal abuse. He
can drain this swamp with the stroke of a pen.
SURVEY OF HORSE OWNERS
Nearly half of those who answered an Australian survey on issues around
horse ownership identified no human health or safety concerns in their
The high number concerned the researchers, given that horse-riding is
considered a dangerous activity, with at least one worker hospitalised
each day in Australia from a horse-related injury.
“The reasons for the low reporting of safety require further research,”
researchers Kirrilly Thompson and Larissa Clarkson said in their paper,
published in the journal, The Australian Equine Veterinarian.
The pair, from Central Queensland University’s Appleton Institute,
acknowledged that the phrasing of the question, “within your
horse-related activity”, may have caused participants to reflect that
whilst health and safety were general concerns around horses, they may
not have applied to their own equine-related activities.
Low levels of reported risk or concern could actually reflect high
levels of self-imposed risk mitigation, they observed, but the issue
certainly required further investigation.
Thompson and Clarkson had set out to learn more about the issues faced
by horse owners in Australia, their suggestions for addressing those
issues, and the financial or economic barriers impeding their equestrian
The pair gathered their data through an online survey of 930 horse
owners which was promoted through Australian Horse Industry Council
channels. Eighty-eight percent of the respondents were female, and most
(77%) identified themselves as an owner or leasee of a horse. The rest
were made up of the likes of business owners servicing the horse
community, industry workers, caregivers of a horse owner, and
The majority of respondents (89%) reported that horse health, welfare or
biosecurity issues affected their horse activity. Health was the biggest
factor, with 50% of participants reporting it as an issue, followed by
welfare (23%) and biosecurity (16%).
Just over a third (36%) reported issues with human health or safety in
their horse-related activities, with nearly one in two reporting that
they did not identify any issues with human health or safety in their
Around half (47%) reported horse keeping or housing issues.
Whilst a third (32%) were unaware of land management or environmental
issues associated with their horse keeping, almost half (42%) reported
“land care, pasture management and improvement” issues.
The cost of equine professionals, including veterinarians, was the third
most significant financial barrier or economic challenge reported to
negatively impact on participants’ horse activity, at 22%.
Discussing their wide-ranging findings, Thompson and Clarkson said their
research had documented the concerns of 930 horse owners.
Comments made by participants revealed that many felt restricted in
their ability to take action to change their equine-keeping and
husbandry practices when their horses were agisted.
“This highlights the need to increase responsibility for biosecurity
initiatives for agistment owners, to provide support tools for owners
who agist, and for veterinarians to be cognisant that not all controls
are within the remit of the individual owner.”
They continued: “The findings of this research seem to suggest that all
of the issues targeted in the study were relevant to at least one in two
participants, and that issues of horse health, welfare or biosecurity
were salient to the greatest number of participants.
“Whilst this is encouraging, translating concerns for horse health into
higher levels of care and more effective interactions with equine
veterinarians is complex.”
There may, they said, be particular benefits to equine wellbeing by
addressing current practices around issues to which horse owners in this
survey indirectly attributed lower relevance than horse health – that
is, land management or environmental issues, human health or safety,
horse keeping or housing.
“Engagement in initiatives around improving practices in these areas may
be increased when framed in terms of their direct benefit to horse
health and as duties of care undertaken by the ‘most caring’ owners.
“Moreover, horse owners may be more open to receiving information from
equine veterinarians about general horse keeping and land management
topics when the health benefits to horses are the primary focus.
“The current study suggests that there is potential for this approach
given that many free text responses demonstrated owner awareness of the
interdependence of issues such as horse health with pasture management,
fencing, yarding and facilities, especially regarding laminitis.”
The pair said while it might be taken for granted that horse owners
would be motivated to improve their horse’s health, framing conversation
and interaction around the benefits to horse health may support veterinary-client interactions on several broad levels and topics.
LETTER OF THE DAY
THE BRITISH RUNNING HORSE
Well, you’ve got one happy, hopeful pom sending
you this email.
OK, I’ve not even started on the DVD yet because
of work, BUT this evening (Wednesday) I thought - OK, I’m going to ride.
I’ve got my new bit from Maureen, so I decided I’d put it on, practice
walking around with no rein, using the one rein stop and the other
‘turning on a dime’ method you sent me a video of.
New bit goes in fine (but he always takes the bit
easily). I get on, and then he starts walking, so immediately I do the
one rein method for standing. Takes a few turns, but then as he shows a
sign that he might stop, I drop the contact, he walks forward, I take up
the rein again (leaving the other one totally hanging). Very soon, he’s
got it. So we go walking. No contact. Loopy reins. Solo speeds up his
walk, so we do a one rein stop. This time I’m more assertive - it’s
easier when you can see the bit stable in the mouth. Probably still not
assertive enough and we turn a few times, but less than before. Off we
go again. Repeating this. He’s more flexible in giving his mouth to the
left than the right.
I look in the mirrors of the arena as we go past
them and see he’s walking almost in an outline without even the tiniest
contact. Every now and then he breaks into a trot without me asking him
to, so we do a one rein stop. After a few one rein stops, and standing
with no reins, I decide we’ll try a trot. So i take slightly shorter
reins (still loopy though) and ask for one. Its quite fast, but smooth.
No nose poking, and as we go past the mirrors, I can see how different
this is from how he was in the film I sent you from last Sunday. He’s in
an outline. When he speeds up, i try raising one rein (without taking
contact) but it doesn’t slow him down, so now we do a one rein stop.
It’s all really calm and non-stressful. And Solo,
whilst pretty bemused about this not pulling on both reins lark, is also
calm and I’m pretty sure he’s relieved. For the first time whilst on his
back, I feel as much connection with him of mutual respect as that which
I feel when on the ground. He’s not irritated/agitated and I can’t
believe how different I feel about things, just so optimistic. I didn’t
film all this. I don’t think it would have filmed well because it was
dark and although there are lights in the arena, I think it would have
been poor. But I’ll film and send when I next ride on Saturday.
Thank you both so much for helping me start on
Well done Sandie!!........
for BREAKING GAIT, walking, on the trail, it is
this, NOT THE ONE REIN STOP although no damage done at this stage. It is
All this stuff is a package. It all leads to
the GERMAN TRAINING SCALE. Relaxation being the first element. It will
all assist your SHOW type riding. Trust me.
Just take it slow Sandie. "Rome wasn't built in a Day' and the Horse
deserves 'progression. You don't have to prove anything. In fact, my
observations of You are that You need to slow down a bit.
You would have read all the articles I sent links for and I hope You
understand where I am coming from.
Cement the standing on NO REIN by sitting in the Middle of the arena
for 10-15 minutes now and again and drop the reins on his neck in
between signals. The difficult thing for Trainers is to change the
habits of the heavily brain washed over man y Years. The Body will take
time to adapt to a whole new way.
I was going to take things a bit slower and work through your
dvds and practice the one rein work before I go to canter. But
I'll certainly send so video clips at the weekend.
Show me 2 minutes each way of your best outline then?
Walk, trot and canter transitions, up and down.
Thanks for those points.
I had realised about releasing outside rein and that
I wasn’t - that’s the good thing about filming, you
get to see your own faults.
I can see that the reins (which were totally loose
going forward) may have interfered with the testing
of Solo’s mouth. Didn’t think of that at the time,
but yes, it makes sense. I’ll remember that.
Its the last point I’m really struggling with, but
I’m guessing all will come to light once I’ve worked
through the DVD. In the video I sent you, I was
riding loose reined - not totally totally loose, I
can go looser, but then all I can do at the moment
is one-rein stops because otherwise I’ve no control.
I can take up a contact and he will work in an
outline then, but if he needs re-mouthing……
Anyway, I appreciate all your feedback. Once I have
it clear what I should do and in what order, I will
be on track! My new bit has arrived from Maureen at
A couple of things.
You have to totally
release the outside rein if
training one rein stop
You can't have
reins on or side reins on when
testing mouths. or mouthing
Side reins ruin
If one is going to
take up a contact of a horse on
an arena BUT IT NOT BE TOTALLY
SOFT, ROUND, SUPPLE AND CORRECT,
you are just terrorizing your
horse and doing nothing but
STICK STUCK IN FROG
A couple of days ago Dusty got a stick lodged deep into his front
right hoof protruding about half a centimetre. The first vet that came
on Wednesday, broke off the stick while trying to remove it and the rest
was left lodged at an angle under the side of his frog. A poultice
dressing was then put on the hoof for two days.
Another vet came this morning, the dressing was removed and he got a
bit more stick out but didn't want to go any deeper near the frog. He
has recommended antibiotic powder once a day for 6 days and said it
could pus up and the body expel the rest.
We don't know how deep it's gone in. He continues to limp so it's
painful for him bear weight on and he's lying down more than usual.
Just wondering if you have any suggestions about this.
PICKING LAME HORSES
Hi Mr HP
Thanks very much, I’ll
start tomorrow, my vet said to start the work, as you said he
will either improve or break down, either way I’ll know and can
go from there.
I did also buy your
market harlborough for my daughters pony last year, it is really
a great training aid so thank you, it started off our pony
understanding how to work in a frame and we still use from time
to time in saying that she is still learning and so are we.
We do find the reins a little long though, I might ask our rug
lady to stitch a few rings on a short pair of reins maybe, then
my daughter will use them more as where she holds the reins is
where they are thicker stitching is and hard for her to hold.
Anyway thanks again for sending through the info again for me, I
appreciate your prompt attention and really hope to get on top
of this with my horse so he can be happy again.
I really enjoy reading
your articles on your web, if only there were courses or
training to teach everyone how to lame horse, I often notice
head bobbing etc but judges never pick up on it or say anything,
I also felt very sad seeing the lady laugh at the pony bucking,
poor little man
☹ My Chiro friend wants to run
some clinics here in perth showing people how to pick up basic
lameness and also letting people know depending on what they see
whether to get a vet or chiro or whoever etc, he wastes a lot of
time seeing horses with for examble a tendon injury that he cant
help and vet should have been called first. Anyway, better
let you go, you are very busy.
Simply buy a mix and match second pair of reins from me, a size lower
or lower again and you can fit multiple horses. We even have Shetland.
Tell the Chiro that "The majority of unsound Horses ARE NOT LAME"
STARTING THE STANDARDBRED
Hi Linda & John My
name is ----- and I have a Standardbred gelding 12yo &
16hh. He is a lovely horse and I would like to have him broken to
saddle. He has not been handled for eight years, so I put a bridle and
saddle on him and lunged him for five minutes to see what he would do.
He did not attempt to hump or object, just a little nervous. I picked up
and cleaned all his feet, no problems. Would you be able to send me your
info on your services etc. I live in the -------- I realise that he would be broken to harness etc, however, not
sure what steps to take so that he is able to be ridden. I would love to
jump on him but he is a big horse and not going to take the risk. So, I
would be grateful for your info and any advise you can give me in the
interim. Kindest regards ------
Hi There. You can simply save Yourself the
Money with my Online help. Go here for the answer.
Hi John, well I have started the new horse and he is going really well.
He has been in the paddock for eight years and I had no trouble
mounting him. He is clever and learning fast. I have put the German
martingale on him and he responds really well and he is now trotting
well. I watch you all the time and think that your methods are amazing.
Thanks again for your guidance. Kindest regards🐎
Well done. You will do well. Regards
VETERINARY REHABILITATION VIA OUR RUNNING
Hi Mr HP
I have purchased your
draw reins a few years back now, I can’t seem to find the
instructions that you had emailed, is there any way these can be
emailed again to me please?
My horse has been out of
work due to feet issues but from coming back he seems to have a
problem with his stifles slipping as he gives away under me.
He has lot his muscle in his hind qtrs.
I am waiting on my vet
to call me back to see what he says at the moment.
I just thought your draw
reins might help him strengthen up without a riders weight and I
can also watch him to see if he keeps doing this? The only
question is can I still lunge with stifle issues?
We have many documented Cases of fixing such Horses. My
Wife has also fixed them, both with our systems and with Her
Riding system. We have Horse Professionals recommending it and
indeed now, Vets'. So well done for having an open Mind there