PROBLEM HORSE WORLD- the Horse Industries first Blog - 2001




23RD APRIL, 2017


Hi Folks. How are You all? Hope You had a great Week. We had 17mm

'Boof has recovered fine and 'fit as a fiddle'


I'll get on with it for it is a massive Blog Tonight.




Hi john , just read your story on . Wanted to say good on you for taking a stand . It's not all about money . Your clearly patriotic , still have pride in our nation and for that you are to be congratulated. I agree with your outlook on where we are heading and it's not good. However , if more people had the same values and compassion as you do it would be an easy fight..... Let Australia stay Australia .... Scott Carson.

We now know the Death of the People on the Melbourne Street was a Terrorist attack Scott. They aught to be Shot as Traitors, the Media and the Police some times. The Mongrel admitted it in Court this Week.








Thanks so much John, appreciate your suggestions.  I will keep you posted.

I meant to add to my previous email that although I am delighted with my new bit, more importantly, so is my little mare.
Shes so much lighter in my hand and seems a lot more relaxed on the bit.  :)  feels like a different horse already....






Subject: Re: Hp saddle
Will do that ! Absolutely amazed at the changes in both of us. I'm in a total panic at the thought of being without it!! Honestly I could write pages of testimonials, quite happy to endorse it with anyone. I have always loved my horse and enjoyed riding him but I appreciate now all the things that held us back were bad saddle function. Colin must be happy as I don't need any whip or spurs, he is so full of bounce ! Xx
Sent from my iPad



Hi John, just have to say you're a legend. Saddle fit perfectly. My little Arab wasn't fussed at all by the back cinch and best of all NO girth rubs!!! We have tried so many things and it's been a real battle. So very happy. Put me in a great position too!
Carly Sutherland




Remember "Gummy Shark"?




Well he had his first Dressage Lesson this Week. He was shocked but his Owner was excited :)




This Lady has just started this Gympsy Cob with my help and now to the Dressage. Incredible progress, Cantering Circles with ease and after 3 Lessons only, started 'Collection' this Week.

Well done Dianne Girven


"I know. It certainly blew me away. She really made me understand a feel today. I have had lots of lessons with Louisa Hill (represented NZ x 2 Olympics in dressage) Vicki Larsen - represented NZ in Australia and Edgar Leitchwart - who trained olympic riders and many other people of that calibre over the years in my twenties and early thirties. But she is outstanding."





The "Bolting Horse" of a few Months back.

Well done Sandie Tolhurst

Sandie had Her first Lesson with Mrs. HP, Friday evening our time and went great.










Hi John and Linda

Linda - thanks so much for my first lesson with you yesterday - it was so good. I felt that it was probably the best lesson I’ve ever had in terms of positive experiences - feeling like what we are doing is heading in the right direction for Solo and for my own retraining of habits. I have no sense of the questions I have often been left with following a riding lesson, like:

 “Why do riding lessons seem to make my horse more stressed?” and

“What is it that I am doing (in giving aids) that is causing so much confusion for my horse?”

I’ll pay for another lesson on line, but don’t feel under any pressure with fitting one in because I also have quite a lot of work that I can keep doing when I have the chance (with the running reins), and I’m also going to start on the basics (with the loose rein) of the leg yield training.  But if I pay now, then perhaps you can work out a Saturday or Sunday in the next 2/3/4 weeks when it would suit you, and then let me know so I can make plans to get a filming assistant.


Finally, now that you have given me so many really useful and practical ‘rules’ of what to do and what not to do, I am finding that situations that previously would have been challenging - it really is possible to use them as training opportunities.  Today we hacked down a little grassy track next to a couple of horses in a field. There was a sudden storm, pouring rain and the 2 horses started galloping beside us as we walked along. They started rearing at the fence and Solo was wanting to jog and spook around. But we just kept stopping and backing up before walking on on a pleasure rein each time.  Thank you both  Sandie xx


Yes, when re-mouthing the strong Horse (previously running through Your Hands in a dangerous manner) and when progressing up to trot after getting the Walk and PLEASURE REIN organized, 'Resistance' ramps back up again, in second gear. They all do it. Memories, excitement, etc.

So the use of a Market Harborough is a wonderful tactic, to break through that resistance and get the horse to soften into a dressage frame (on the pleasure ride)

however, when you come back to walk, YOU MUST  throw it all away and have all the loops drooping, otherwise, You break the rules of the Walk and regress. You could however, reach down and disconnect the running reins section of let them out, knowing one is going to walk for a K or so and then when coming to trotting section again, clip them up.

Well done Sandy.








On 25 March 2017, 3.08pm, I purchased Buck from you as a beginner horse that you said would be suitable for my limited riding ability and I transferred $3500 into your bank account .

Upon inspection 24 March 2017, 1pm with Bruce Reilly and Melissa Longhurst from Equine Body Balance, you said Buck was suitable for me as a beginner rider. You also told us he was very quiet with no nastiness, perfect for trail riding, no problems trail riding with other horses, very soft and responsive, never bucked, never kicked, never spooked (even when a wallaby ran under him) and when asked his negative traits you said none except he that he wasn’t suited as a competitive jumping horse over 60cm.

Due to cyclone Debbie and the wet conditions we were unable to safely ride Buck until 6 April 2017. On this occasion Buck worked fine in a controlled environment (yard) but when taken on a short trail ride by my 13 year old son Zac Reilly he without warning went from a canter into a fast gallop and would’t stop, twice. Both times resulting in Zac coming off the horse and luckily not hurting himself badly except for some bruising.

The following day 7 April 2017, my partner Bruce Reilly (started riding as a teenage now 38yrs) took Buck for a trail ride. In canter Buck suddenly took off in a flat gallop. Bruce tried everything in his experience to stop the horse without response from the horse. Eventually Buck suddenly stopped and dropped his head throwing Bruce off, resulting in neck injury and broken right wrist.

I called you immediately after the incident 7 April 2017, 8.31am to inform you about Buck’s behaviour when being ridden. You said he had never bolted before, it was very out of character and would come out on the 10 April 2017 to see what was going on. On 10 April 2017, 2.30pm when you arrived Bruce Reilly and I informed you about what Buck was doing and I requested a refund. Buck was not as described, the information you gave us about him was misleading. He is definitely not a forgiving beginners horse I had paid for. You didn’t respond to my request for a refund and insisted on riding him. It was clear you are an experienced rider but you had to forcefully jam Buck’s head to his neck to prevent him taking off. Yet you claimed that after riding him nothing was wrong with him.

I received you text message 10 April 2017, 8.08pm stating that you will not be able to refund payment of Buck and accept no responsibility for anything that happened after the sale. Due to you falsifying and omitting to inform us when directly asked about Buck’s extensive history of bucking, bolting, kicking and misleading us about his suitability. I again request you refund the full purchase price $3500. I would appreciate this matter being resolved within the next 21 days.

If I do not hear from you within 21 days I will forward my complaint for Legal action beyond the purchase price.


Text message from Haydie refusing to refund: 'Sheree, I have spoken with both personal and professional sources and unfortunately you have full ownership of Buck. You came and viewed him, had a ride for yourself and had a second opinion there with you. You bought the horse on the 25th of March and have owned him since. Anything that has happened after that sale has no bearing or reflection on me or the horse. I did a favour today to try and understand what you believed was wrong with him, and to my knowledge, he didnt put a foot wrong while I was riding him, maybe it is rider error causing the drama. It is unfortunate you feel he isn't suitable for you, but it was my understanding you were confident riding as you stated. Unfortunately I will not be able to refund the money. I have no ownership of him anymore and It is completely out of my hands. Regards.'


The Matter will proceed to the Court if not resolved.





A driver has won her appeal against being ordered to pay more than $300,000 damages to a rider who was thrown from his "traffic trained" horse on a street in a NSW Riverina town.

Anthony Hobbs was seriously injured in September 2011 when thrown from his horse, named Buck, while riding in a westerly direction on the grassed area just off the edge of a street in north Wagga Wagga.

Holly Lee Fairall had been driving a car owned by her mother, Carolyn Maree Fairall, in an easterly direction on the opposite side of the road.

Buck "froze", then began to buck and moved across the road, resulting in the rider being thrown from the saddle.

He landed on the concrete kerb and gutter.

Mr Hobbs, who described Buck as "traffic trained", successfully sued the driver in the District Court and was awarded $339,242 in damages.

But the NSW Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld Ms Fairall's challenge, set aside the judge's decision and ordered Mr Hobbs to pay legal costs.

The court found the judge erred in finding Ms Fairall had been driving at an excessive speed - between 60 and 70km/h - when she passed Mr Hobbs on his horse.

She and her passenger were adamant the car was going no more than 40km/h and the only evidence she was going faster came from Mr Hobbs, who had been pressed to give an estimate.

Justice Ruth McColl, sitting with justices Mark Leeming and Anthony Payne, also found the judge erred in finding the accident was a "motor accident" within the meaning of the relevant law.





Carmel, California – The Attorney General of California, Xacier Becerra, has filed a lawsuit against two California horse charities in Alameda County Superior Court. The lawsuit seeks financial restitution and the permanent barring of all 4 family members from operating nonprofits in California.

The lawsuit contends that the charities, Central Coast Equine Rescue and Retirement and Wounded Warrior Support Group, both operated by the same family, Matthew G. Gregory, his wife and their two adult children, illegally used donated funds and funds raised through raffles. The nonprofits monies were spent them on personal items, including shopping trips to Victoria Secrets, Nordstrom, Macy’s, dressage equipment, travel, paying personal credit cards, and eating out.

“I never intended to break any law, and never used a CPA, or any attorney,” Gregory told reporters. “This has just been a family winging it, the way it should be.”

Wounded Warrior Support Group, whose officers consisted of only members of the Gregory family, would use the raffle number of Central Coast Equine Rescue and Retirement, whose officers were also limited to the Gregory family, in exchange for a percentage of the raffle funds raised. California law states that each nonprofit must file for its own raffle permit. The WWSG never applied for a permit, and conducted raffles before filing as a nonprofit with the IRS. The WWSG claimed the raffles were going to support wounded warriors with horse therapy, but no such program ever existed. The WWSG received their federal nonprofit status in 2014, and the latest 990, 2015, shows total revenue of over $700,000.

The Central Coast Equine Rescue and Retirement (CCERR) was founded in 2012. The latest, 2015, shows revenue of just over $100,000. In a supplemental schedule, the CCERR explained to the IRS “The non profit spent $74,458 in 2015 on boarding, feed and care of its horses. THe non profit (Wounded Warriors Support Group) contributed $108,689 to Central Coast Equine. CCE relies on WWSG for all of its funding to pay its bills. We provide and offer these received horses to WWSG for the healing of physically and mentally wounded veterans. We are working together.” The WWSG had no such therapy program for wounded veterans.

As for spending donated moneys at clothing stores? President Matthew Gregory explained they were gifts for volunteers staffing the raffles. “We buy them a little gift, maybe a bra or panties,” he told reporters.





If a Dressage Horse is ridden WITHOUT SUPPLENESS, "Rider induced Veterinary unsoundness" will occur.









Big Name Dressage Queen gets nailed in the Christies Beach Courts, for $56,950. Judgment against Her but she can't be named just yet due to last Minute scrambling to turn back time, after snubbing the Court by not appearing.

This would take the prize of the most ruthless thing I have seen carried out on a Client.










JUMPS racing is “barbaric” and trainers and jockeys who are opposed to it should push for the sport to be banned, Sports Minister Leon Bignell says.

Responding to the death of a horse at Oakbank on Saturday, Mr Bignell said jumps racing should be banned “to save the reputation of horse racing in South Australia”.

However, he said it was “up to the racing industry” to impose the ban.

“It’s time for all the trainers and jockeys who are against jumps racing to speak up and have it banned,” he said.

“It’s barbaric and it has no place in the 21st century. If the people who run horse racing in SA think this is a good look for racing, then they’ll oversee the death of the sport overall.”

Mr Bignell’s comments followed a serious fall in the first Oakbank jumps race on Saturday, which led to horse Wheeler Fortune being euthanased.

The New Zealand five-year-old gelding, trained by champion horseman John Wheeler, was involved in a fall in the Somerled Hurdle when fellow contender Searaven fell at the final hurdle in the home straight.

He brought down Wheeler Fortune, who had cleared the last fence cleanly.

Searaven regained his footing and galloped on but Wheeler Fortune suffered a serious injury to a foreleg.

He had to be euthanased by course veterinarians minutes after the race finished.

The RSPCA on Sunday said it was the fourth fatality at Oakbank in the past six years, after a horse died in a trial race in 2014 and two horses were put down in 2012.

A further three horses died at Oakbank in the two years prior to 2012, RSPCA SA campaign co-ordinator Carolyn Jones said.

Late last year, a parliamentary committee recommended that jumps racing should not be banned and the issue “should not be revisited by Parliament for the next three years”.


  I agree with the Minister. It is a 'Pox on Racing' and will her enhance thoughts of anti Racing People attacking normal Flat Racing......from the Trainer of the Dead Horse


The death of a New Zealand horse at the iconic Oakbank meeting has opened up a stormy debate over the future of jumps racing in the South Australia.

Wheeler Fortune suffered a severe leg injury after he was brought down by another horse who fell at the final hurdle on Saturday. Wheeler Fortune was euthanased.

They were backed by South Australian Racing Minister Leon Bignell, who said jumps racing was barbaric.

"Racing horses over jumps poses an unacceptable risk to both horses and riders.

"It's cruel, it's barbaric and it doesn't belong in the 21st century."

But that prompted a quick response from the newly-elected chairwoman of Racing Australia, who accused him of allowing personal prejudices to "contaminate" his view of the sport.

Frances Nelson said Bignell's views betrayed a lack of understanding of how racing works and the vital role the Oakbank carnival played in the local economy.

Bignell's call for the sport to be abolished was completely at odds with the result of a parliamentary select committee he had instituted, she said.

"He personally pushed for a select committee. He appointed the people on it, they spent 12 months collecting evidence that it [jumps racing] should not be banned. I think our racing minister is like a cricketer who is LBW and won't accept the third umpire's decision," Nelson said.

Oakbank is our [South Australia's] best-attended meeting. The numbers there on Easter Saturday were equivalent to The Championships on the day that Winx raced. We are a population of 1.5 million, much less than NSW," Nelson said on RSN Radio's The Verdict on Tuesday."

"The man has a personal issue and that should not reflect in his portfolio. He is there to support the racing industry not push some personal agenda, like Rob Hulls [former racing minister who tried to get jumps racing phased out] did in Victoria ... and he's gone.

Nelson also chairs Thoroughbred Racing SA and says jumps racing will continue in the state.

Meanwhile, Eric Musgrove, who has won more jumps races than any other Australian trainer, said his horses were treated with the utmost care but injuries were an unavoidable aspect of any competitive equine endeavour.

"We love our horses. That's why we're in it. We'd be in it whether there was prizemoney or no prizemoney," Musgrove told the Adelaide Advertiser.

"The horses are highly respected and they are very well cared for.

"I've got a number of horses that raced for me and are now retired at home. They are all looked after and treated with great respect."

Musgrove said jumping fatalities were a rarity in comparison to the numbers that are going around in races.

"It's a fact of life that everything lives and dies. The important thing is the quality of life that we give them.

"No one feels worse about it when something happens than those people involved in the industry. We're with those horses every day and of course we love them," he told the Adelaide Advertiser.

The five-year-old gelding was trained by John Wheeler, from New Plymouth, one of jumps racing's most famous trainers.

It was the first fatality at the Oakbank carnival in the last six years but brought a quick response from protesters who called for an end to jumps racing in South Australia.





The TEN was a hit tonight. A brand new auction concept presented by Tal Milstein, Ilan Ferder, Daniel Bluman, Carlo Pfyffer and Gilbert De Roock “was breaking ground”. Het Azelhof in Lier, Belgium, was transformed to a stunning VIP-setting that invited everyone for a unique selling experience.

Starting at 20.000 euro the horses are top notch and everyone buying a horse gets an exclusive LeBeau-Courally watch to go with it. And that they are top horses can be seen by the first two horses getting sold. The six year old Lady Van de Haarterhoeve (Casall ASK x Clarimo ASK) moved stables to the Family Maenhout in Aalter de 6-jarige for 130.000 euro.

Next to go was the five year old Mabel de Kwakenbeek (Emerald x Quidam de Revel) that left the arena after the final bid came in at 450.000 euro. The very talented mare was bought on the phone by Carlos Lopez from Colombia.

Then the auction got briefly interrupted by a horse that was on the loose. During the warming up the horse broke out and found its way into the VIP. There it trampled around and created chaos. After catching the horse and retaining the damage the auction went on.

First words are that the horse is fine, however one of the visitors was taken away by ambulance. As not more is known at this moment more information will follow.




Hazel Squires with her horse Mr Chadwick is recovering after flares spooked him and he rushed through the fence cutting his leg and exposing his tendons.

"He was nowhere to be found - until I saw him hobbling in the paddock next door to where he had been."

She says her horse required multiple stitches and has been in box rest since the accident.

Another horse at the property suffered minor injuries.

A vet bill running up several thousands of dollars is expected, with the horse being kept for treatment in Kerikeri, unable to be transported back to Squires' property in Whangarei.

"I was so angry for my defenceless animal - the people knew the area had livestock.

"I wish they would do something more useful with their time - not get up to mischief and hurting innocent animals."

Squires says it is careless to let off things such as fireworks and flares in areas with livestock.

"My feelings are strong that fireworks should be banned and I'm not even agreeable with public displays."

A video of a horse's distressed neighs after being injured having been spooked by fireworks on Easter Sunday in Auckland generated more than 7000 views and renewed calls for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the general public.

Georgia Harris' horse Kaira suffered cuts on her hind legs and stomach and damaged tendons.

"To have an animal scream and to calm her down... it was really bad," Harris says.

"Luckily we didn't have to shoot her on the property... she got spooked and was really stressed, it looked like she tried to jump the fence."

A 25,000 signature petition calling for a ban on the public sale of fireworks was rejected by the Government in 2015.

Empty flare cartridge boxes were found on Whakataha Rd and taken to the Kerikeri Police Station. With no leads to go off, Squires is appealing for any information to be passed onto Kerikeri Police.



Charleston, South Carolina – Big John, a draft horse, was pulling his first wagon full of 12 tourists for the day through the busy streets of Charleston when he fell rounding a corner at 3:45 pm.

Big John laid on the ground, while tourists took pictures and video, and his driver began unhooking his harness. He laid on the ground until the harness was removed, then firefighters used straps to help Big John to his feet. He was walked back to the stables by the carriage company employees, where he will stay until he is cleared for work by a veterinarian and the city’s equine manager.

Big John suffered scratches and minor injuries to his legs. The incident did not appear to be heat related.




GLENWOOD, Iowa (WOWT) -- A rescued horse that could barely walk should be prancing around the corral soon.

The front hooves on 6-year-old Olivia hadn't been trimmed in more than a year if not more. She's one of four horses rescued in Iowa last weekend.

The owner surrendered the pony to Hooves and Paws Rescue near Glenwood,Iowa which brought in a farrier. He used a hack saw to cut off the curling front hooves before giving Olivia a good trim and relieve her pain.

Genea Stoops of Hooves and Paws Rescue said, "Her legs are nice and straight which is good. Her legs aren't twisted and she's already stepping down on her foot. She's a sweet little girl."

Olivia will also be getting an ultra sound to she if she's carrying a foal. That would mean adoption is a year away. Any donations for her care should be directed toward Hooves and Paws Rescue's website using Paypal or mailed to 27821 Hwy 34 Glenwood, IA 51534.


A boy has been caught on camera throwing a stone at a defenceless horse in a field in Gloucestershire.

It shows the boy, aged around 16 and wearing dark clothes, approaching the white horse as it grazes in a field, behind a barbed wire fence.

The incident happened at Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre near Bourton-on-the-Water over the Easter weekend and the boy is understood to have been identified.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman told the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Standard: 'We have received a report of stones being thrown at a pony in Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre.

'Inquiries are ongoing. A boy has been identified and a local officer is due to speak to him and his parents about the matter.'

The horse's owner, Leanne Launchbury, wrote on Facebook: 'I am so angry I am shaking.'





Opelousas, Louisiana – 5 teens have been arrested and charged with livestock theft after stealing 2 horses from Dominique’s Livestock Market and abusing them. The teens, ages 13-16, were booked into juvenile hall. The teens also stole tack and saddles from the stockyard.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission working in conjunction with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department received a tip which led them to the teens. Both horses were recovered, but showed signs of physical abuse at the hands of the teens. LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M, told reporters “Thanks to an alert citizen, our investigators swiftly moved in to rescue and recover these animals from this inhumane treatment. Upon their rescue, investigators say there were signs of physical injuries sustained to the horses and evidence collected at the scene to support this. This is intolerable.”

The teens are facing felony charges in connection with the theft. No word on a motive for stealing the horses.





Amazingly, we could see a horse race run on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge within the next 18 months.

Reports are coming out that Racing NSW have begun preliminary talks with English promoters as both parties look to create a race meet to be held on the famed bridge as early as 2018.

While nothing has been confirmed, or barely spoken of, it’s expected to be up to a six race meet held on the same weekend of, and in conjunction with, The Everest.

The Everest is Sydney’s new mega race at Randwick, now the richest turf race in the world with a $10 million purse, and is shaping up to be the launching pad for the new street racing concept.

Entrepreneurs Olly Neil and Andy King are looking to turn the sport of kings into a brand new era that looks towards the next generation of entertainment for the galloping world.

“We’re going to do for horse racing what Twenty20 has done for cricket and 3×3 for basketball – reinterpreting the sport of kings for a young urban audience and dialling up on technology, entertainment, excitement and energy,” said Neil.

A part of a company called GAG 403, the pair have developed a track system that allows events to be held on giant portable racing turf tracks, opening up a whole new series of opportunities for one of the world’s oldest past times.

“We will create a global circuit of horse racing events with high-quality local horses thundering down iconic city streets ridden by the world’s top jockeys.”

The speculation has already grabbed the attention of many and looks to be gaining traction among the racing community and political field.

Luke Foley, NSW opposition leader, believes the event would be a massive gain for Sydney’s tourism, economy and a boost for racing in the state.

“The state government and Destination NSW should back this and see if it could work. It is something that has everyone talking because it is so different,” said Foley.

“This would be a great promotion for Sydney and our NSW thoroughbred industry.”

On the racing side of things, leading trainer, Chris Waller, can see no reason why an event of such magnitude wouldn’t be a ‘must-see’ attraction.

“It would be an amazing event,” he said.

“It would be amazing if they could get it up and running, and everyone would want to be involved.

“As long as it’s safe for horses, jockeys and everyone watching, I would definitely want to be involved and most trainers would.”

Laying a turf racing track over one of the busiest strips of road in Sydney for the most part of a day could prove problematic and a mess for traffic, but it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before.

The bridge has been closed off before for the Sydney Marathon, the breakfast picnic in 2009, and of course, Mark Webber’s Formula 1 exhibition drive that saw the Australian do doughnuts on the famous bridge in 2005.





Bonham, TX – Authorities are searching for the person(s) responsible for mutilating and killing an extremely valuable horse in rural Bonham. The horse, valued at $50,000, was used for breeding, and the owner believes someone targeted him. “Evidently somebody knew he was up there and maybe they’re trying to get back at me,” the owner said.

The owner made the horrible discovery when he found his horse laying dead in the pasture. “They choked him down. You can see the rope marks before his lost his hair,” the owner told reporters.

After choking the horse down, the people responsible for the attack used a knife to crudely castrate the horse, without pain medication.

“It’s a very bad situation. We’ll be handling it as an animal abuse case which is a felony in itself. A third degree felony,” Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson told reporters.










Researchers in the New South Wales Hunter Valley have developed a new scientific method they say could boost horse breeding around the world.

The scientists from the University of Newcastle have developed a new nutrient-rich liquid that is added to deposits of horse semen collected after ejaculation, which keeps the sperm alive for longer at an ambient temperature.

Horse sperm have short lifespans, and traditionally to preserve them for longer than a few days, the samples had to be chilled or cryopreserved, which can be damaging to the cells.

With the new liquid, the sperm could remain viable for up to two weeks, as opposed to about three days when chilled.

This means higher-quality samples could be sent overseas for breeding programs in other countries, and they would have a greater chance of success.

The research came about after a linkage grant collaboration between stakeholders in the national and international equine sector, and included a number of universities.

"There's sometimes a bit of a disconnect between what happens in the research world and what's happening out in the real world and in the industry," Aleona Swegen, a scientist working on the project, said.

"There are some hurdles they come up against, especially in regards to fertility and how successful breeding programs can be.

"We're working on a project that is hoping to improve fertility for horses.

"This is a world-first in the scale of the project, but it's also really important that the industry are the ones who are initiating this, and they're coming to us with questions."

The Hunter Valley is the world's second-largest Thoroughbred breeding area.

While the Thoroughbred stud book does not allow the use of artificial insemination, other horse breeders are expected to benefit from the scientific breakthrough.

"We're developing new media for the storage of horse semen at room temperature, so that we can potentially transport it around the world [without chilling or freezing the cells]," Zamira Gibb, a post-doctoral research fellow working on the project, said.

"Once we collect the semen, we add our new semen extender. In that medium, which is just a liquid, we have components that will support their metabolism.

"While they're actively metabolising, they're going to be producing a lot of reactive oxygen species and waste products, so there are other components in that media that will help to clean them up."

Cryopreservation technology, where sperm is frozen, has been used for years, but the scientists said it increased the risk of damage to the sample.

Storing the sperm at ambient temperature, with appropriate nutrients to support their survival, negated that risk.

"The ability to transport sperm around the world has been around for the last 50 years, but it does require cryopreservation," Dr Gibb said.

"The process of cryopreservation can be very damaging to the cells, and it can cause them to have an extremely reduced lifespan once you thaw them out, so the fertility is generally quite markedly reduced."

Jen Clulow, a veterinarian involved in the project, said the ability to transport sperm at ambient temperatures would help studs wanting to breed their horses with animals overseas.

The researchers are trying to minimise potential biohazards and eliminate any bacterial contamination by investigating the best device to transport the sperm.

Dr Swegen said it was an exciting development for the Hunter's breeding industry.

"It is a wonderful advantage for the breeders in the area, and I think it's great they'll be able to get their hands on something that's a world-first," she said.

"It's also great for the equine breeding industries around the world."








thankyou john

ignoring my husband and child again tonight watching your podcasts lol!

just a question, in one of your podcasts, it was on the one rein stop, you said, only to be used when going to bolt or buck... (it was when mrs hp was on a horse) so, if a horse spooks badly, but doesn't bolt off you don't use it? My horse used to spook really badly, and we have improved alot, and stopped him from trying to take off by using the one rein stop. Do I need to ignore the spook? for example, a hare or bird jumping out or bang or something?

Hi Monique

You GIrls :)

This is a big subject and difficult to instruct via the written word, without seeing the issue but it's a matter of judgement.

The One Rein Stop should be used when You are concerned for Your safety, worried a Horse is suspect and may Buck, Green Horses, might Bolt or learn to Bolt due to scooting 10 Metres etc.  and depending also upon the ability or nervousness of the Rider. When in doubt, do a One Rein Stop. Better to live to 'fight another day'

However, if You know that there are no FLOW ON dangers and You are dealing with shying say, I don't use the One Rein Stop. I simply "Put the Horse back where it came from" and turn it loose again. That is done via the LEG YIELD and You are trying to teach the Horse that it is never going get a victory. It will always be put back from where it came.

That is why I occasionally wear Spurs ( I don't normally) but those Horses need to respect my Leg more than the fear on the other side.

You, in that situation, may just violently turn the Horse to face the perceived worry point and ride the Horse back towards it but the Leg Yield works way better.

 The same goes for on an arena. Horses will manufacture scary spots, often to get out of work or to tell You they have a Veterinary problem. In those cases, it is never the One Rein Stop.

If it is a shy and run forward, then it should be a back up, putting the Horse back from where it came and turning it loose again, DARING IT to do it again. Repeat, repeat.

So the One Rein Stop is for control, fear, danger and to stop Horses learning bad habits.










I noticed your FB post on horse trailers yesterday..I have an issue which is bothering me...I have a 10yr QH mare had her since 6mths old a dream to own and show, never had a loading issue with trailer loading walked in like a dream...well we decide to go for a angle load trailer this time bought an outback Logan float nice and wide beautiful to tow. My problem is my mare rushed out the float the other day and hit her poll on the way we cannot load her, John I have tried everything, watched every loading video, she will walk up ramp but want go any further, yesterday she did go on so we back and walked her in 3 times, then she refused to go back on and that was 3 hours later, I have tried pressure and release, and everything I know to try and get her to relax and move into the trailer.... I am lost at what to do now and thus coming weekend is a state show which I have invested into and I am so stressed as it looks like I will not be able to load her at all. Do you have any suggestions on what I could try to get her to relax and move into the trailer. Many thanks Di


Yes I what I did, within 5 minutes of this happening to my wife's horse, in 2004, which started my float design work and inventions which are now seen across the country. CUT THE ROOF OFF. The Float is too low.

For interest, what height is it, floot to ceiling, dead centre at back.?? It won't be high enough, I can assure you.

So good on Your Horse. She is telling You here fears (as they all do) and we must listen.

Have you seen my latest floating video???


Omg John we just spent $50,000 on this float how do I change it now... this makes me feel so upset as our mare has never put a step wrong. My hubby has even placed foam noodles on the top of the roof, so if she tries this again she cannot hurt herself.
What do I do from here this is very upsetting as I do not want to stress my horse

John thank you so much my mare trusts me just like the gelding with you... I will try your method and let you know....thank you I have had over a week of no sleep watching every training video I could...yours is by far the best thank you... this has been very upsetting for both my horse and me...John thank you so much my mare trusts me just like the gelding with you... I will try your method and let you know....thank you I have had over a week of no sleep watching every training video I could...yours is by far the best thank you... this has been very upsetting for both my horse and me...  





Hi John,

Linda's new stockhorse looks sweet. Reminds me of my first horse. Very reactive, quick and athletic. Beautiful horse though. Heart of gold and just a big scaredy cat. Will love to see how he progresses.

A question with my TB (have decided to drop the OT). What do you do when they get really frightened? A recent ride, blowing a gale mind you, he got a big fright, not sure what from. But his head was right up and neck locked, he'd puffed himself out and was genuinely scared. You know how they get huge when scared. Agistment owner had left, so I jumped off as I'm sporting a leg injury at the moment (not horse related) and not at my best, and led him to where the issue was. He was terrified. Baulking, head up, snorting etc in-between carry ons he lead with his nose on my shoulder for reassurance.

He's a cool horse though. After a look the head came down and he lead back to the mounting block chilled out. I got back on and rode and he worked really well.

But what do you do when they hit that terrified state? I think it was probably the sheets on the line behind the hedge, flying around in the gale, but you never know what gets to them. I stuck within my limits and he's perfectly fine for subsequent rides, so seems I've dealt with it ok....... Normally I don't dismount but the leg is very uncomfortable on a placid horse, let alone a jumpy terrified one and being by myself no point risking it on principle!

After our ride yesterday, agistment owner commented he looked more supple through the shoulders. He's tight there at the moment and we spent the first two thirds of the ride doing shoulder suppling exercises, so I was pleased she saw the improvement :)

Hope Boof is feeling better after his snake altercation. He's probably been milking it for more couch time :D

Have a great week.



Hi K, yes, Boof did do that but is up and at em once again. He recovered brilliantly and very quick. I'm not happy though for he got to stay two Nights in ***** Accommodation at $270 a Night and I only get Budget Motels :(

You did the right thing with Your Horse. No time to be a Hero when they lose it that bad. You have nothing to prove for there is no brain to prove it to :)

Glad he is still improving though.






Hello John

thankyou so much! That makes sense to me!

I will ask your honest opinion, I live in far northern nsw, and have had my boy for over 18 months. We are both a work in progress, as one would say, and I am learning to take it one step at a time. I have watched a bit of parelli, clinton, jonathon field, sandy collier etc, and since doing ground work starting at christmas last year, he is changing, as of course, from me changing. He hasn't bucked or shied and tried to bolt since. This made me very unnerved as you would know.

There is a plethora of information out there, all very similar etc, and can get overwhelming. I have quite a few things to cover with him, but basically at this stage, we are getting a lot more trust with each other, to build a good foundation. Should I do clinics with certain people> I need to work on dressage with him and myself, as he is very lazy, and defiant, but also has a big willingness to try, if that makes sense. I don't know of any "decent" and worth their salt, dressage instructors up my way?? Everyone seems to have an opinion, but I want someone whom understands good horsemanship as well like you and linda. Or, should I buy your dvds and work my way through them that way??? if so, which order should I go, I am pretty sure I need re-mouthing, teaching the leg yield..I need to wear spurs on him otherwise my leg is useless.

He was heavily ridden in western pleasure, (paint horse) and I have had constant trouble actually riding his "canter/lope" is like he is on the one spot, lifts his head high each time he goes to do a beat of the canter and for the life of me, struggle to get impulsion, and actual forward movement, and any form of stretching out in the canter? The canter is often when he will buck. I watched your clip last night on get along little doggy or something like that, and that horse doing wp, was like watching my horse!! could not believe it. So as you can see, this is just the tip of the iceberg, alot going on. I am a systematic type person whom really wants to have a fantastic safe, and fun partnership with my boy. Or should I get remote lessons from you both??

Hope you can read between the lines of my honest rant john. I am willing to do whatever it takes, just would love your guidance as to my direction to move forward, it is hard flying blind. Not many good trainers around my way unfortunately.

Hope you had a lovely easter.

We have had devine weather up here. I emailed my friend the link to your saddles, as she is chasing something decent, they are fabulous, and hope she contacts you.

Kind regards


Hi Monieque

The only thing You will ever get from us, is the honest opinion, to Your good, not ours often.

The first thing you need to do is to have us do a quick assessment of the horse and work out it if is suitable "Fit for the Purpose" for what Your aim is in Your Riding Life. It sounds to me a bit like it isn't. Life is too short to waste it and there are not a lot of horses in a life career so no point trying to do stuff that a Horse is going to struggle with.

So, work out what your dream is.

get advice about whether that horse is suitable

If it is not, get another one

Never get too far ahead of yourself.

Regarding all the other stuff, I wouldn't be worrying about that until later, for things may change.

Get back to us and give us some video of you both, then we can tell you all.

Western Horses don't suit english. That's a fact.







Hi John
The Western bit arrived today!
Thanks very much I'm delighted with it.

On a different note...I am re-mouthing a  13 year old QH possible ex Barrel racer as well as other uses. Not much history with him at all.
I started today and he needs a lot of groundwork, he has a lovely nature but a bit of a space-invader, all fixable with time.
Got a good response testing and establishing his lateral mouth, however, he has absolutely no front brake.  Everytime I set my hands in concrete with a Whoa, he just rolls back at great speed.  So hes obviously been trained to do that once you pull on his rein he goes into reverse with his head up in the air.  No breaking at the poll, no true give, nothing.
Any recommendation as to how to help him break that habit and just get him to stop?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Many thanks John.

Hi Georgina

Not his fault, ey?

I have emailed You with the fixes.






16th April, 2017

Happy Easter Folks. Back on the diet next Week ey?

Well Mrs. HP had a wonderful Week, as she finally got Her new Car that had to come from Japan as they are a special order build. They are not stocked generally. Back to the Yellow as Nissan has re-introduced it. The safest colour on the Roads which is a bonus and the Power and handling to be able hopefully able to dodge the 1 in 20 idiots driving towards us now, having used Drugs. Good ey?


Been busy on the Horse front as well.

I have re-mouthed two Horses in the last couple of Weeks, with another one here right now and all coming along well.

BELLA has been confirmed pregnant still, at the 42 Days Test and so at last Mrs. HP will get a Foal from Her and to remember Her by. She is now 20. Her Foal of a few Weeks ago is most interesting

Mrs. Hp has a Young Horse here for education, a Young 'Green Horse' and this one is one of the one's that I am re-mouthing for Her. Don't ride 'Green Horses' with less than adequate Mouths Folks!

The Weather for Easter has been divine, with 23 Degrees and Emerald Seas and Victor Harbor is wall to wall Tourists. In fact, I have never seen such Traffic in the District, being similar to in the City this Weekend.




had a fight to the Death with a Brown Snake this Week :(

Never a Dull moment.

He killed the Snake which was a plus but in the process, as You can imagine, got bitten multiple times and collapsed within 2 Minutes. Gawd, Easter.....that's all we need at Easter :(

anyhow, got Him to the Vet within 4 Minutes and $1500 later, he is as bright as a Button again.

He now has a Pet Snake as a Friend and it Bites. It has bittem Him twice so far, with an Electric Fence wired up to it. We hope he gets the message.....he does appear to be




He is being a good Boy and looking for the Hand more. Today, he participated in a Video on the subject of 'Suppleness' , one that was quite challenging for me to get my Head around :) No doubt it will be a valuable Video for those with 'Stiffness' issues with their Horses.





Despite warnings for 10 Years now, the Administrators of Racing in South Australia have not had the common sense to realize that Jumps Racing was always going to be a 'Pox on Racing' and will eventually turn the eyes onto normal Horse Racing as well. They just don't get it Folks.

Yesterday, the inevitable happened again and Jumps Racing would now be in the Minds of the State Labor Government who are not Fans of any Racing. They like Art and Coffee Latte.


I spoke too soon. The Minister was on the News and totally unloaded on the Racing Clubs.

JUMPS racing is “barbaric” and trainers and jockeys who are opposed to it should push for the sport to be banned, Sports Minister Leon Bignell says.

Responding to the death of a horse at Oakbank on Saturday, Mr Bignell said jumps racing should be banned “to save the reputation of horse racing in South Australia”.

However, he said it was “up to the racing industry” to impose the ban.




AN overwhelming majority of punters would return to the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival next year even if jumps racing was dumped from the schedule.

Ahead of the traditional Easter Monday meet, an Advertiser survey has found four in five racegoers would return to Oakbank next year if no jumps racing events were held.

With South Australia and Victoria the only two states that still sanction jumps racing, the results last night prompted fresh calls to scrap the style of horse events.

Racing Minister Leon Bignell said the survey’s results showed most punters would return to Oakbank regardless of what racing was on offer.

“I think we could pretty much move straight to banning it because that’s where the public is at,” he said. “I think it is pretty clear that we shouldn’t continue doing it in SA.
Racing Minister Leon Bignell

“I think it shows we need to start planning for the future of Oakbank without jumps racing and we need to find out what type of events will make it bigger and better into the future.”

The Oakbank Carnival, at the Adelaide Hills track, is one of the most popular race meets in the state and is known as the world’s biggest picnic race meetings.

But in recent years it has attracted the ire of animal welfare activists, who claim the sport is cruel and should be banned.

More than 32,000 punters and race fans attended the first day of the carnival on Saturday while the Oakbank Racing Club is hoping a further 20,000 people attend today.

The Advertiser’s survey, of 517 people at the track on Saturday, found fewer than one in five would not attend Oakbank if jumps racing was dumped.

A third of respondents said jumps racing should only be held at certain events, while more than half believed the decision should be left to racing authorities. Just 13 per cent believed jumps racing should be banned.

But the survey found more than two-thirds of racegoers believed jumps racing was not cruel. Only 15 per cent of those surveyed thought it was cruel and a further 16 per cent were unsure.

Mr Bignell, who has previously called for jumps racing to be phased out, said today’s results showed the Oakbank Carnival would be popular with just flat racing events.

“It shows that the argument being put out there that jumps racing is creating a big economic benefit is rubbish,” he said.

“Jumps racing was popular 50 years ago, even 25 years ago, but it doesn’t have the same appeal now.”

Mr Bignell will shortly start a consultation with the industry about implementing a jumps racing ban.

He said: “I got more letters about jumps racing than anything else combined. It is a huge issue.”

But Oakbank Racing Club chairman John Glatz said jumps racing was crucial to the success of the carnival.

“I think if you asked the people who visit Oakbank from interstate or overseas you will find the major reason is jumps racing,” he said.

“There is no doubt it provides us with a point of difference from all the other meets across the country and that is a big part of why we are so successful.”

Mr Glatz said the number of horses killed in jumps racing was blown out of proportion by animal rights activists.

“If we lose one horse all hell breaks loose,” he said.

“Unfortunately there will always be accidents in any form of horse racing, whether it is flats or jumps, or even doing practice and trackwork.”

Greens MLC Tammy Franks, who has introduced legislation to ban jumps racing in SA into state parliament, said the popularity of Oakbank could increase without the controversial hurdle and steeplechase events.

“I think it is quite likely there would be more people who attend Oakbank after jumps racing is banned because they won’t have to worry about watching the horrible scenes when a horse falls,” she said.

One horse, King of the Cross, took a tumble on Saturday, but was uninjured from the fall.

Thoroughbred Racing SA chair Frances Nelson did not return calls yesterday.

The organisation has stated that jumps racing was an integral part of the industry and provided a significant economic benefit.

It has previously rejected calls for the sport to be banned and claims horse fatalities from jumps racing are rare.


We live in hope that Tomorrow, with the 'Great Eastern Steeplechase' goes without injuries.





and of course, the 'Sleeper Horse Welfare issue' the incessant fighting with the Mouths of Horses, both on the Ground and under Saddle, continues on via the authorities.




Here is an advert for a Webinar for the promotion of "Horse Welfare Officers' at Horse Events. and yet, such is the brain washing of the British systems upon EA and Horsesa, they they can't even see what is wrong with using this Photo.  They need a 'Horse Welfare Officer' watching the Horse Welfare Officers' These Organizations are not dissimilar to the Racing Bodies with Jumps Racing. Keep it up Folks!


and so to the opposite.....the Bolting Horse caused by Horsesa and Ea systems.......



A 40-second video to show you how you have made a difference to the life of a horse…



Thanks Sandie. Bravo. You must be proud....and the Horse must be happy once again.





Hi I am seeking advice about a horse sale for myself where the seller an experienced horse person totally misled and lied about the horse. We bought the horse as a beginner horse for myself paying beginner horse price. I paid someone from Equine Body Balance to come along with me to check the horse for soundness and ask the questions to ensure the horse was suited to my limited riding ability and what I wanted. We rode the horse and asked many questions. The owner said he was suited to my riding ability as a beginner wouldn't spook, great for trial rides with other horses and would be very suited to what I wanted for me and my children. When we got him home my 13yr old son rode him all goes great until there is another horse in front of him and u put him in a canter. He then gases it. Zac came off twice in one ride luckily not hurting himself badly. The next day my partner a lot more experienced than me took him for a ride again he gased it and couldn't be pulled up no matter what my partner tried. The end result a neck injury and broken arm. I rang the seller and she said she would come back and have a look at the horse. When she arrived I asked for a refund as he was not as described in ad and as she guaranteed us on day we trialled him. She rode the horse and when ever she went to put it in a canter she jammed his chin to his chest and with another horse in front we could see the horse wanted to take off but she had his head jammed. From the ride we could clearly see problems but she claimed nothing wrong with the horse refused to refund us and told us it was rider error by us. We thought we had done all we could when we rode him before buying but didn't ride him with another horse in front which seems to be the trigger for him to take off. Is there anything I can do to try and get a refund? Are you able to help me?



Hi, We purchased a QH for our 13yo a few weeks ago, we reside in Victoria. It was her first horse and was recommended via a farming friend given the history/breeding. Horse was trained in Western. We made it clear at inspection that we were buying for beginner to learn English riding. Some 4 English saddle fitting sessions later and after consulting a saddle maker we have been advised that the horses confirmation is not good. Right shoulder falls sharply to one side, causes English saddles to slip. Advice is to move horse on. We are shocked. Do you know what our rights are? Or who we could consult in Victoria? Horse cost 8K. We did not get a Vet check given we trusted this long time friend:( Any advice would be appreciated. Should we request refund?




DAVIE, Fla. - A South Florida mother is outraged that the riding instructor who she said gave her child alcohol before her daughter was injured while riding her horse is still running stables.

Nearly two years after the accident that nearly killed her, Samantha Garcia still bears the scars of her injuries.

Stables owner accused of giving minors alcohol before horse accident

"She can't do what she wants to do. She can't really run. If she walks a long distance, she is in pain," Samantha's mother, Daisy Garcia, said.










" Horses that are TOO LONG IN THE BARREL should not be asked to participate in the 'English Disciplines"





The Coach, an Olympian, was teaching two Pupils, in different Districts. Pupil One had a Chronic and Vet diagnosed 'Head Shaker Syndrome'. The Coach became involved in the Sale of the Horse to Pupil 2.

Pupil 1 is still Friends with the Coach. Pupil 2 is now not.










A fourth horse has reportedly died after being spooked by low flying jets.

At least three horses had to be shot last week after being panicked by low-flying American US F-15 aircraft, it has been claimed.

People across Cornwall - from Land's End to Liskeard - have reported the jets, believed to be from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, on social media.

Now a fourth horse-owner has come forward, claiming her daughter's beloved pony died after being left traumatised by the noisy and low-flying aircraft.

Naomi Brown told Cornwall Live: "The horses were galloping around fine at 12:30pm, at about 3:30pm the low flying planes were spotted in the area and at about 4:30pm our pony was found in a very bad state", she said.

"After that it all happened so quickly, the emergency vet was called and it took five people to get the pony back in the yard, but it was too late, he had twisted his gut and died before the vet could arrive."

"He was obviously spooked by something and we think that it's too much of a coincidence, after seeing the planes and hearing other people's comments."

"We told her the next day and she's been repeatedly saying how she wants him back. "We've made a memory board of Monty which is right next to her bed so that she can see him when she wakes up and goes to bed."

"Hopefully by sharing this story it will raise more awareness and stop this from happening in the future."

Monty was in St Day, near Gwennap Pit, at the time and died through colic.

Mrs Brown is now teaming up with Claire Sexton put out an appeal for information yesterday which has since been widely shared on Facebook.

Claire wrote: "Two grey fighter jets flew VERY low over Cornwall on Wednesday, April 12, in the afternoon - at least three horses had to be shot in consequence," she said.

"There may be more - my friend has had to shoot three horses, two with field injuries sustained yesterday, when the two planes passed fast and very low.

"One today, after yesterday it panicked, threw its rider and has become too dangerous for a vet to go near it.

"He sees a pattern - one of the horse owners checked with RNAS Culdrose, but they deny having anything in the air at the time."

Other people commented to say they too knew of horses that also had to be put down following the exercise.

"Let's make this go viral over Cornwall, so that a picture can be built up, and everyone affected can get together," she said.

"Each of these horse-owners must have felt that theirs was an individual, inexplicable tragedy.

"It would be constructive for them, and anyone else affected, to be able to get together, to get answers and, not that it makes up for it, compensation if there was illegal low flying."




The RSPCA is treating 17 starving horses seized from a property on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula this week.

The horses were in a very poor condition when a member of the public raised the alarm and contacted the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Kerrie Gregory said the animals were visibly starving.

"As you can see from the horses, there are ribs showing, [they have] prominent hips which does put their welfare at risk," she said.

"The horses are under a veterinary refeed plan which does need to be closely monitored to ensure the horses don't contract colic and other conditions associated with a change in their diet.

"Sadly that may mean they all do not survive."

The animals are being cared for at a property run by the RSPCA.

Ms Gregory would not reveal any details about the owner or the property they were found at because the investigation is ongoing.

She said their condition was surprising considering how good the pastures were at the moment and the low price of feed.

"It is an owner's responsibility to ensure that they do have appropriate feed to sustain them," she said.

"You need to be realistic about the number of horses you have and ensure you're assessing whether you can maintain that number."





 A DRIVER who caused the death of a horse after ploughing her car into the back of it has been handed penalty points and a fine.

Bryony Donovan, 26, of Coopers Avenue, Heybridge, admitted one count of driving without due care and attention when she appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court.

In November last year, Donovan was driving down Lark Hill Road, in Canewdon, and failed to see two large horses and their riders, who were wearing fluorescent jackets.

The red Fiat 500 went straight into the back of one horse, being ridden by Laura Thorogood, 30, causing her to be thrown off on to the grass verge next to the road.

Laura’s horse, called Angel, suffered fatal injuries and had to be put down at the scene.

Kaitlin Fitzpatrick and her horse Eric suffered less serious injuries.

Donovan was fined £265 and received five points on her licence. She was also ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.

Speaking after the sentencing, Laura said she was disappointed with the result.

The mum-of-one, who was forced to say goodbye to her horse in the road, said: “To be honest I was expecting her to lose her licence.

“She is now up to her limit on points so that if anything else happens she has her licence taken away but that doesn’t compare to the loss and trauma I have been put through.

“I don’t think this sends a strong enough message to drivers.

“I think if you can kill a horse outright and get less than six points on your licence it doesn’t really seem like a punishment.”

After the accident, the riding community in and around Rochford launched a campaign to raise awareness of how to behave when passing horses and to try and lower the speed limit on Lark Hill Road.

The campaign has since had the backing of MPs and even the Princess Royal.

Laura, of Beach Avenue, Leigh, added: “This kind of result only spurs us on more.

“We want to get as much media coverage as we can and hopefully be able to reach out to national TV.

“Something should be put in place to ensure a harder punishment, a bit like with the new law in place for being caught on a mobile phone.

“I am sure it would’ve been looked at very differently if I wasn’t standing here today.

“I don’t think I will ever know the full reason as to why it all happened but if we can get somewhere with this campaign then hopefully we will make it a safer road for everybody to share.”




Two beloved miniature therapy horses who comforted the survivors of the Sandy Hook and the Pulse massacres were mauled to death by vicious dogs.

Mozart and Catherine were fatally injured in their pasture at the non-profit Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses in Gainesville, Florida.

A female pit bull broke into the field where the miniature horses slept on March 4 and initiated the horrific attack. Police also said a German Shepherd mix was involved and both dogs have been euthanized.

Gentle Carousel owner Jorge Garcia-Bengochea told News 4 Jax: 'We woke up Saturday morning and Catherine was covered with blood.'

'We had no idea what had transpired, so I quickly loaded her up and put her in the trailer to take her to a veterinarian's office and we found Mozart who had been killed, mauled by these dogs.'

Mozart died in his pasture and Catherine passed away at the veterinary hospital 10 days later.

The owner of the pit bull, 27-year-old Tiffany Browning, told police the dog 'showed signs of aggression in the past,' according to the incident report obtained by

She said it would not come 'as a surprise to her if the dog did attack the horse.' Animal control serviced determined the female pit bull was the culprit.

Debbie Garcia-Bengochea also said the dogs had attacked the horses several times in the past and she recorded video.

Gentle Carousel wrote on its Facebook page the owners have refused to pay for the horses medical expenses which cost the non-profit over $15,000 or apologize. The owners only sent a text message to say they had 'no money.'

The owner was fined by animal services for having the dangerous animals at large, according to the organization's Facebook page. In the most recent post, the charity wrote: 'We will say that we do not blame the dogs for what they did, as devastating as it has been. We blame irresponsible owners who had been warned multiple times about the behavior of their dogs. Before they moved in, the therapy horses never had a problem with animals in over 20 years.'

The same day of the attack, Browning allegedly allowed her other two dogs to roam free.

The organization is now considering taking legal action against the dog owner.

A woman set up a GoFundMe to help with Catherine's veterinary bills.





The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding whoever shot a miniature horse to death.

Lila Bella was shot between 4 and 6 p.m. on March 26 at 302 Snelson Road in Alexander, deputies said.

The person who reported the shooting noticed a red Chevrolet Blazer slowly driving back and forth past the home several times on the day the horse was found dead.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this case to call 828-250-6670 or Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.





 UPDATE 3.45PM: The Darling Downs community is rallying to support two jockeys who remain in intensive care after a freak accident.

An online fundraiser is gaining support for the family of Wade Clasohm, one of the riders seriously injured in a freak accident at Clifford Park early Saturday morning.

According to the fundraiser, Mr Clasohm will "be in a wheel chair for the rest of his life" after the horse he was riding was fallen on by another horse which broke its leg.

That horse was ridden by Ben Saunders.

Both men are in hospital and undergoing treatment.

It comes as the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission launches an investigation into the incident which occurred about 4.30am Saturday before Toowoomba's biggest race event of the year, the Weetwood race meet.

QRIC Commissioner Ros Barnett said the incident was under investigation.

"There were two horses involved," he said.

"One of the horses, an unnamed two-year-old, broke down and was euthanased.

"The second horse, a three-year-old, escaped serious injury.

"The normal process for an incident of this nature would involve officials from the race club notifying stewards to investigate.

"On this occasion, the Toowoomba stewards were on site shortly after the incident occurred, they were there to inspect the track for the Toowoomba Weetwood race meeting later that day, and commenced investigations into the fall.

"My thoughts are with the injured track riders and their families at this time."




A rider whose mother’s horse sustained horrific injuries when a dog “saw red” and attacked has started a petition calling for changes to the law.

Emily Bunton’s mother Anna Bunton and her 21-year-old mare Mo were returning home from a hack with a friend on 15 February when the Staffordshire bull terrier attacked.

The dog was playing in a ford through which the riders had to pass, but Emily said it had taken no notice of some other horses going through ahead of them.

“It just went for my mum’s horse,”

“Mo took off and galloped up the road, with the dog biting and chasing her. Mum managed to turn round to ride back to the owner, as it wouldn’t let go.

“The dog just saw red. It was hanging off Mo; it tore an enormous hole in her chest, and was going for her throat and stomach – it clearly meant business.”

The dog bit the other horse, causing a “relatively small” wound, and also attacked Anna, drawing blood through thick jodhpurs.

Emily said the owner was trying her best to call the dog off, eventually “going under a rearing horse” to grab it, after which the two riders walked the horses the short distance home and the vet was called.

“There was a huge amount of blood,” Emily said. (Warning: extremely graphic picture).

“Mo’s muscle was hanging out of the hole and you could see the jugular vein; the vet said another millimeter and it would have been game over for her.

“Her legs were cut up too; it took the vet six and a half hours to stitch her up.”

Emily said at first, the owner was shocked and apologetic, offering to pay for the veterinary treatment, and that police were called but the officer said no crime had been committed.

Some days later, when Emily’s father visited the owner to hand over the vet’s bill, she had moved out.

“They’d just gone,” Emily said. “There was no sign of life.

“They’ve got away with it but also, the dog is dangerous. It’s caused severe injuries to horse and human but now it could be anywhere, and this could happen again.”

It is against the law for dogs to be “dangerously out of control” and the maximum prison sentence for the owner in the case of injury to a person is five years in prison.

“But there’s ambiguity and there seems to be a lackadaisical attitude towards it,” said Sarah. “I don’t think it’s good enough.



An owner is urging riders to report potentially dangerous dogs after her two showjumpers were seriously injured in a dog attack last week (Tuesday 10 March).

The horses were grazing at a yard in Shadforth, near Durham, at around 9am when a loose dog broke into their pen. Owner Jan Swailes heard the commotion and chased the dog away.

The horses, With Pleasure and Lux Jazzy, suffered serious wounds to their legs. Mrs Swailes’ vet told her they will be out of work for several months.

“This has been devastating,” said Jan, whose daughter Helen had been hoping to qualify the horses for the bronze league at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).

“The whole situation has been very distressing.”

The vet treated the horses’ wounds and administered intravenous antibiotics, and has since returned four times to give further treatment.

The mounting charges have cost around £1,000 so far.

Helen will miss out on her chance to qualify for HOYS as With Pleasure will not be back competing for two months while Lux Jazzy will be out of action for at least three months.

Jan reported the attack to police who advised she made a civil claim for the vet bill.

“This is totally unfair,” she continued. “This is will cost us money and take time to settle.”




A rider is advising everyone to hack with a headcam following two serious incidents on her local roads.

Bridget Bayliss has taken the extra safety measure after her friend’s horse had to be put down when it broke its leg after being spooked by a speeding vehicle.

Within weeks, Bridget’s daughter Milly also narrowly escaped injury when her horse Marble reared as she was startled by an over-taking 4×4.

Milly, who was riding and leading at the time, had to let go of the other horse Dolly, which was fortunately quickly recaptured.

“My daughter phoned me in a state, she was properly shaken because she’d had to let go of the horse,” said Bridget, who is a livery in Medstead.

“A woman driver behind her stopped and fortunately because Dolly is such a good horse, she waited on the side of the road to be caught.”

“The driver of the 4×4 just sped off,” she added. “Milly was only on the road for five minutes getting from one bridleway to another. The speed limit has recently been reduced to 40mph on that stretch but no one seems to take any notice.”

Bridget said that when her friend’s horse had to be put down, she knew she had to do something about the situation and has since been in touch with the BHS, the local police and Hampshire County Council.

“A local policeman who rides has ridden up and down the lane where the accident happened and Councillor Mark Kemp-Gee have also been very helpful,” she added.

“I’ve had a really strong response when I’ve posted about the problem on Facebook.”

Bridget explained her first move had been to invest in a headcam for her daughter, costing around £50, and a high-vis jacket that alerted drivers to the fact that the rider is filming.

“I do think it’s the way forward,” she said. “If motorists see from your high-vis that that’s what you’re resorting to, they might take more care.”

Bridget added that she also felt it is very important that riders be educated to use correct hand signals and thank traffic that has slowed for them.

“Riders need to be respectful to motorists in return,” she said.

Conservative councillor for Alton rural Mark Kemp-Gee, a former amateur jockey, said he is sympathetic to the situation riders faced on the roads.

“The areas of Medstead and Bentworth are the equine capital of Hampshire with miles and miles of rural roads and we know it’s a problem riders face,” he said.

“We’ve spent a lot of money at the council improving the byways open to all traffic which have been trashed by 4x4s and are applying to get them banned so other users can enjoy them.

  Won't help Riders - will help News Papers. That's all.










Interested in any constructive criticism...?

Just quickly, on both of the shies I saw, You went the wrong one rein and actually invited the horse to do it again and gave it's way by leaving the vicinity of the fear. If a Horse shies left, You always have to go right, otherwise, you have failed completely. The other advice is that I would have gone straight back to the fearful end and to not forget your violent leg yield to the direction of the fear. Subject too big





Hi John just read your most interesting piece on NH GH with the inclusion from Jack, we were discussing behaviour in people and horses came up and I decided to look up NH,I don't ride don't have any relationship with horses, yet I've always admired them, my point being and as you've said it's not this way or that way, it's a bit of all of it and most importantly,kindness, empathy ,decency....
Thanks for your work in making life on Earth just that bit better.

Thanks Dig. Most kind.




SAFETY HELMETS and a message to the BHS


Mr HP,

I like the subtle ‘message’ you are highlighting in your last selected blog articles on horse related injuries.

Article comments like these seem to run counter to horsemanship as a primary tool:

·        ‘importance of wearing a safety helmet around horses’ = This attitude is dangerous. Dependence on helmets, vests, bigger bits and other ‘safety’ equipment can make people less situationally aware of what they are doing or about to attempt beyond their skill level – it can actually increase a person’s risk-taking behaviours. I’ve seen this happen in the army many times in what’s known as the ‘Superman Syndrome’.

 Equipment is no substitute for horsemanship.

·        ‘shot off out of the blue’ = Horses are more infinitely more predictable than people - if you can read them. There is always a clue as to what they are thinking or about to do. If you didn’t see it coming then you weren’t paying attention. Period.

·        ‘There was no indication anything would happen that day’ = The world is an unpredictable place but you’re horse will react predicably to those random external stimulus.

·        ‘unable to stop her horse’ = Typical symptom of BHS plough reining. Learn to ride using just one rein at all times and that habit will kick in to save your butt during an emergency (ORS). IMHO, if beginner riders were taught in a simple bosal before they were allowed anywhere near a bit the equine world would be a happier and safer place.

·        ‘coax her in with carrots, apples’ = Horses learn from pressure and release. They are not predators influenced by bribes and treats. That’s human logic, not horse.

·        ‘enrolling young children in pony clubs was the best way to educate them on the dangers’ = Unbeknownst to speaker, this has just identified what we call the Root Cause in defect analysis.

As Tom Dorrance taught, horsemanship is like balancing a broomstick on the end of your finger – it takes timing, feel and balance. He never recommended reliance on equipment over understanding and knowledge. People think bits, spurs, whips guarantee control but the truth is that those things are just quick cheats that mask a dangerous lack of horsemanship and can never apply enough mechanical force to overpower a 600kg animal. Ultimately, the pain threshold triggers fight or flight and you will just be a passenger.

British Horse Society in action:

Regards – Dick Burn.

PS: I thought we were about to have our first X-Rated sealed section of the HP Blog when someone said ‘show us your bits’.


Well said as usual Dick.





9th April, 2017


Hi Folks. Hope You hd a wonderful Week. We had a very productive Week.

We sold and said goodbye to Mrs. HP's Car, gone to Brisbane, bit sad always.



and Mrs. HP Purchased the little Black Stock Horse after a Weeks Trial, using Him this Week for one of a string of Video Portal educational Videos on very important subjects and using the 'real deal' as usual.

The first one is here.



Next Week, 'Suppleness' in the Young Horse


Mrs. HP also got a new present, easier to operate and to turn. Thanks Joe Hockey for the 100% Tax write off.


and Yesterday, she took part in the GRAND PRIX RIDERS CLINIC at the Adelaide Hills Dressage Club, where 4 Riders taught for the Morning and then Judged the tests in the afternoon.



Bit Rainy and with the Oil Skins on but Dulce was a perfect Darling again and competed in the Novice and Elementary, trying to get the quali points for the Spring Championships from limited Show.






2ND, beaten .15%

Quallies now got for Spring Championships. Very pleased with Her attitude, handling the Rain and noticeably improved since the last Show.



is still enjoying Life, poor Bugga :)


We were wrapped to have a couple of Hours off on Wednesday and went to the Strathalbyn  Races for the second last Race.

A few Months ago, I had a Horse come to me who was Bucking everyone off and very suspect indeed. In fact, he is one of only a Handful of Horses that have ever put me onto the top Rail of the Round Pen. He tried to kill me :)

Anyhow, I was very proud to see Him and to note that he was the best behaved Horse in the Field, on the Ground, Stall and everywhere else. He ran third.



























Hi John and Linda! 

Just a wee note, Leo and I won our novice class yesterday at the dressage - woohoo! And check the weather! 

Hope you're both well :) 

Katy x 

(Got my lucky bridal on ;) )

















Well done Young Katy!! You started Him and now winning on Him. Way to go!!!

Here he was :)







The unit of competence Sarah died completing was badly written and open to dangerous interpretation. The NSW Coroner in her recommendations identified this and suggested that ASQA look into this issue. After a 2 year strategic review of the industry education units in 2015 the equine Safety in training project has been initiated – a federal project to try to ensure all RTO’s or anyone using the units of competence endorsed by the government skills website are embedded with safety processes . In 2009 the unit of competency Sarah Waugh  died  completing (Ride and Care for Horses )the only safety written into the unit  was a statement which said to observe all WH&S requirements which related to the unit being taught . The rest of the unit was misleading and had no pre-requisits , included requiring beginner riders to  learn to catch horses , groom horses , educate horses ,carry out  mustering  on horses , and had no requirements for what kind of horses should be used , nor what tack nor PPE would be appropriate and no requirements for the teacher or assessor to have anything other than a Cert IV and having completed a similar course .

I  urge all the recipients of this email to please take the time to  read THE EMAIL BELOW FROM Skills impact and take the time to go to the website and read the units and make comment about what you think should change or be added to  improve safety in these equine units . Please forward this email on to anyone you believe might be interested to add their comments .

You can either go to the survey link and comment directly on each unit of interest to you ( ie farrier units , racing units ,dentistry units  or basic riding etc)or there is the option to just email your comments and thoughts more generally for consideration. This opportunity to comment closes on close of business on Monday  3rd April.

If you would like to have your say about how safety can be embedded into equine training units please take the time before Monday to comment so your experience and knowledge  can  be  added to the arguments for the changes you’d like to see in this project and help improve safety  in the horse industry overall .

Thank everyone

Juliana Waugh




I really feel quite Sad for Juliana, who has moved Mountains and got Governments to do things, after the Death of Her Daughter at T.A.F.E. She is so excited.

Trouble is, as I say to Your boredom.....the Horse Industry is run by Intellectual Types who gravitate to the Management of the Industry due to the love of Horses but not having been successful in competition. This is the most endemic problem facing the Horse Industry.

They are wonderful at writing things like this ( the newly released material along with the review)

This stuff came out in 'The Ark' and hasn't changed. It's 'Intellectual University' stuff that is meaningless. BUT HERE IS THE PROBLEM....

I contacted the Boss of the Government Unit. I asked Him the following:

" What teaching systems have been put in place, for Students about to answer the questions in the Modules?"

The answer was none. The Pupils'  are expected to just get taught by who ever their Boss is.

It is the case then that NOTHING CHANGES and the same old goes on. How Sad? What a lost opportunity!!!!!!!!!






Take a look at this Video that popped up on my YouTube News.

Part of what is wrong with the Horse Industry is that the wrong People gravitate to the positions that control learning. In the case of 'Horsemanship' many who are not but have a burning desire to be, SHOULD NOT be giving advice.

This Video is a 'Risk Management' Nightmare.

  • The Horse is portrayed as unbroken and having stuff done on Day 1 of it's starting. (although I can and You probably will also, see that it is not) but the Young and those entering the Industry and learning, WILL NOT. They will go and copy!!!!!!!!!!!

WARNING FOR THOSE WATCHING - follow none of the advice


  • Don't EVER tie to a lump of Wood!!!!!!! It will break and Kill You or the Horse.

  • Use Safety knots although they won't help You when tied to a brittle plank of Wood

  • THIS IS RECOGNIZED AS A SAFETY KNOT. However, let me warn You that this not be usefull as the Rail will already be broken and/or You CANNOT attempt to release such a knot whilst a Young Horse is pulling back. You will be injured. In the real World, these things don't work

  • Learn how to tie a knot in a Rope Halter. This is incorrect. When the Horse pulls back, this knot slips, enlarging the Halter, sliding it down, into the Mouth and BREAKING THE JAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NEVER Tie a Young Horse up WITHOUT A Neck Strap or You will inflict Veterinary damage and psychological Problems of the future, which cause 'Violent Pull Back Horses'

  • NEVER GIRTH up a Young Horse whilst tied up!!!!!!!!! Never put a Bridle on a Young Horse whilst tied up. Never take one off either

Many will Buck with first or more Girthings.

  • DON'T EVER WALK UNDER THE NECK OF A HORSE TIED SOLID and especially a 'Breaker' tied dangerously.


  • and don't ever do this when catching a Horse!! You work it out

There could be much more review.

Scientists should stay out of Horsemanship and use their considerable skills for what they do best. Veterinary.

This is the Classic example of what I have been raving about for Years. Those who write the Rules for the Horse Industry and generally those who don't have a clue when nit comes to RISK!!!!

Now to the always present CASE OF THE DAY, from the Coal Face of the Industry, not the Class Room.





Hi John i have a question for you Theres a little mare that pulls back everytime shes tied up and you put the saddle on and go to do up the girth she dosent buck or hump or anything when riding her and if you untie the rope and she doesn't feel pressure on her head she wont pull back when you do up the girth.

 She will also stand there tied up for an few hours without pulling back so she only pulls back whenever you put the saddle on and do up the girth question is would you be able to fix that. shes obviously learnt this behaviour as she never originally used to do this wether she got a fright and then now does it and wont do it if you untie her so i dont think its a chiropractic issue.

 What think and think you could fix this Regards.Michele So she only pulls back when the saddle is out on and you go to do the girth up but will stand there tied up all day and wont pull back dosent matter what sort of halter you put on her and if you untie her whilst girthing she won't oull back 3:06pm Hi John just seeing if you got my message about the horse

Ok, this is not unusual. Causes are:

  • Pulling back whilst being Girthed Up
  • Breaking Tie up facilities whilst being girthed up
  • Girthy Horses
  • Ulcers
  • Breaking twine whilst tied up
  • Having Legs handled whilst tied up as a Foal (front Legs)

You have the answer though, just as you are ready to do the girth up, untie the Horse. Who cares? We must compensate for Horses with Psychological issues. However, if you want to totally fix the problem, then go download this one here. That will fix the Horse




Launch of new pathway for coaches Equestrian Australia (EA) is excited to announce the development of a new coaching accreditation pathway. Its development follows an NCAS review (completed in 2014) and, more recently, six months of consultation between EA and the broader Equestrian community including State CEOs, National Committee Chairs and State NCAS Committee Chairs, as well as a number of coaches and coach educators.

A number of issues were identified in the current structure. The key areas involved a: Lack of transparency in the cost associated with coaching; Lengthy and somewhat convoluted process to gain accreditation; Lack of clarity on how to progress; Structured, singular educational format that does not cater to differing learning styles; and Concern that unaccredited coaches could be delivering horse riding lessons.

 In an endeavour to eliminate these concerns and further enhance our coaching accreditation program, we have worked collectively to create a simplified model with improved accessibility and value for money. The new coaching program, which will be introduced in 2018, will include four levels of accreditation delivered via an online platform, with discipline electives delivered face to face and additional electives offered for further skill and knowledge development. The four levels are: Recreational Coach: targeted primarily to club level coaches and teachers who wish to deliver the basic skills of horse riding. Competition Coach: targeted to lower levels of competition and intermediate skills of horse riding. Senior Competition Coach: targeted to middle levels of competition and advanced skills of horse riding.

High Performance Coach: targeted to international levels of competition and the high performance requirements for horse riding. This revised process will present the pathway in a modular approach that is streamlined and consistent across all disciplines, while also enabling flexibility to cater to the varied directions coaches may wish to take. The electives will focus on specific disciplines and general equestrian knowledge, as well as modules to further develop business and interpersonal coaching skills. We aim to add new additional elective modules each year to suit the evolving needs our coaches coming through our coaching pathway, thereby addressing current industry requirements and allowing for continuous professional development.

 “The revised program is flexible and will significantly improve the accessibility, quality and approach towards the learning outcomes for Equestrian members who wish to progress into coaching via a more streamlined pathway,” said EA’s Pathways Manager - Coaches, Alison Gestier. Chief Executive Officer, Paula Ward, says ”Our coach network is a very important part of our membership and achieving clarity within our development pathway, as well as enhancing the learning opportunities within each discipline is the result of a significant collaborative effort by many. With the framework now in place, as a next step, we are now looking forward to continuing this collaboration to review the technical content of each module as we work towards having the full program ready for roll out in 2018.”


ACTUAL CASE THIS WEEK - from the Coal Face, not the Class Room


I asked a SEASONED EA Coach to ride this Horse PROPER DRESSAGE, to check out the Veterinary, for a Court Case.

Not once, throughout the entire session, was the horse in ANY WAY correct. :(





The Coaching system needs a MAJOR overall, not a minor one.....such as...Coaches riding being assessed annually. Coaches Pupils being surveyed. Coaches having to compete at their Discipline (if able) and to achieve 60% in Dressage for instance. Thee are too many shockers slipping through the cracks and the Horses pay the price.




Some of my Readers' would know of my long held view, based upon many observations of afflicted Horses and then Mrs. HP fixing them, that attempting to ride Horses Dressage, in any other way but CORRECTLY, detrimentally affects their Veterinary.

The British Horse Society systems cause Veterinary problems in many Horses.

Here is one I recognized recently and have been advising the Owner. Here is Her Feedback.

Thanks John
Just for info, had a horse chiropractor check Solos back today (booked him about 3 weeks ago).
As you predicted, problems with his sacro-iliac area. Pelvis was solid and muscles around his pelvis very tight and sore. Particularly on the left side, where his rump is slightly higher (said this has probably been so since Solo was very young - maybe between 4-7 years)
Also neck muscles very stiff, especially right side of neck, middle neck.
Commented that this was probably long-standing problem, but could visibly see the release in tension in Solos neck and less sensitive in rear end as he worked. 
Also, Solo wouldn’t bend at the poll, but vet thinks that will change now that his pelvis is mobile and neck softer. His guess is that the problem has been in neck tension, leading to pelvis problem. Said it would make transitions difficult for him.
But otherwise - was happy with all Solos middle back, no evidence of problems with the saddle or withers area, legs all good. No signs of arthritis. Said he was fit to work and didnt’ feel he was in any great pain, just that some things have been difficult for him with the tightness in pelvis and neck, and that this should now ease. As chiro-vet thinks this is long-standing muscle-habit (tension), suggests we re-check in 4-6 weeks. 

That doesn't surprise me  Sandie. I have seen Thousands of these Horses and have been complaining bitterly via my Blog since 2001, about it.

ENGLISH RIDING in any other way but CORRECT DRESSAGE via the 'German Training Scale' is detrimental to the Muscular framework and therefore the Veterinary, of the Horse. Please tell all Your Friends.
So once again, for the 100th time, I repeat..........

Riding Dressage is perfectly fine and in fact beneficial to the Horse IF CORRECT. All other attempts at riding 'English' is an affront to the Veterinary Welfare of the Horse and indeed, the Mental Health of it.

THEREFORE, if a Rider cannot ride PROPER Dressage 100% of the time, RIDE ON A PLEASURE REIN or at least use a Market Harborough. The Market Harborough actually protects Horses from bad hands and at least achieves some positive Muscle protection, rather than going around 'above the Bit' which is what the vast majority in Britain and Pony Club here, do.

Here are your typical terrorized Horses of Britain, with Owners (who's fault it is not but that of the BHS) acting like a bunch of Race Horse Strappers in the Mounting Enclosure at Royal Ascot.


So Congratulations for listening. MOST DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


More than 500,000 viewers tuned in to BBC Breakfast on Sunday (2 April) and watched campaigners highlighting riding road safety.

The live broadcast featured the British Horse Society’s (BHS) safety director Alan Hiscox, Laura Thorogood, who lost her horse in a road accident last year, campaign group Cenewdon Equestrian and Croft End Equestrian Centre.

Presenter Ben Thompson highlighted the shocking statistics that since 2010, 38 riders and 222 horses have been killed in accidents on Britain’s roads, and that reported incidents have increased in the year since the BHS launched its Dead Slow campaign.

Mr Hiscox attributed this rise to the increased awareness of the society’s Horse Accidents website, where riders can report incidents on the road.

“Reports of accidents on our Horse Accidents website have gone up because more people know about it, but it’s still shocking that this has happened,” he said.

“80% of these accidents are avoidable because drivers are travelling too fast or too close to horses, or both. So we’re asking drivers to slow down to a maximum of 15mph when they see the horse, pass wide and slow and drive away slowly.

“If drivers adhere to these messages then we can save lives — drivers’ lives, riders’ lives and horses’ lives’.”

Essex-based Ms Thorogood spoke about the lasting impact of the accident she had on 17 November last year, which resulted in the loss of her horse, Angel.

“I still suffer back problems, see a chiropractor weekly and the trauma has caused post traumatic stress from having to deal with it day-in-day-out,” she said. “I am lucky to be alive.”

Claire Lilly of Canewdons Equestrian, a group campaigning for change, said that the road in Rochford where Ms Thorogood’s accident took place has a 60mph speed limit.

“On the road in question, the fatalities are due to the speed; we need to get the speed limit down,” she said.

Pat Shepherd from Croft Equestrian Centre in Oldham also spoke about the problems experienced by riders.

“We all wear high viz to give motorists plenty of time to see us but time and time again people are coming back to the yard saying, ‘we had a near miss’, ‘he caught us with a mirror’,” she said.

“A few years ago I had an experience with a coach and the horse did not jump out in the road, he just drive too close. He cut in and caught the horse behind me and the horse ended up with loads of grazes. It could have been millions times worse than it was.

“I think that basically, he was in a hurry. That could have been fatal.”

"I am just absolutely heartbroken I have lost…

Police are investigating the incident, which involved two…

PC Wendy Townley and her horse, Steele, were…

Mr Hiscox stressed that education of drivers was key, as well as working with other road users, including motorcyclists and cyclists.

“Drivers need to take much more care when they approach horses — that is the way to cut down these incidents,” he said.

Following the broadcast, Ms Lilly said the feature was a useful way of spreading the road safety message.



" If You Rider Dressage, You won't be successful unless You can train 'Suppleness'"













GRAND BAY, AL (WKRG) — A horse is dead and at least one person is injured after a severe accident in Grand Bay.

News 5 is told the crash occurred 5:45 Wednesday morning on Highway 90 near Ramsay Road. The scene shows a head-on collision, a third vehicle that is totaled, and a dead horse laying off the roadway.

The driver of a white Ford F-150 was traveling on Highway 90 before dawn when her car hit one of two horses on the road. The driver of the Ford pulled over to try and flag down to help.

Then, another driver swerved to avoid the horse versus car accident, leading a head-on crash between two pickup trucks. A driver of one of the pickups was taken to Singing River Hospital. His condition is unknown. A horse versus car accident is rare but not unprecedented for Grand Bay.

“It happens occasionally out here not real often but it has happened before out here on highway 90,” said Grand Bay Fire Chief Grayling Christian. Highway 90 reopened at 8:30 this morning.



There were no injuries when a driver slammed into a horse trailer and pickup Tuesday afternoon on Highway 29 in McDavid.

The pickup driver with a horse trailer had reportedly stopped in a travel lane of Highway 29 south of Bogia Road for a school bus with stop lights activated. The driver of car then reportedly hit the horse trailer.

Both drivers and a horse were not injured. The horse trailer was not movable following the crash due to damage to the trailer hitch. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office livestock officer responded to the scene to transport to the horse to its destination.

The school bus was not involved in the crash.




A jockey has died after a horror fall when his horse crashed into a fence during a race.

James McNeile, 57, suffered a serious head injury after falling and colliding with the barrier at the Larkhill point-to-point course in Salisbury, Wiltshire, at the weekend.

Mr McNeile, from Devizes, Wiltshire, was immediately attended by on-site medics, including consultants in emergency medicine and intensive care on Saturday.

A statement from the Injured Jockeys' Fund (IJF) said, 'It was immediately apparent that this was a substantial brain injury and after stabilisation he was flown by air ambulance to Southampton Hospital.'

'After subsequent examination it became apparent that the degree of brain damage was such that this was not a survivable injury.'

Mr McNeile passed away 'peacefully' on Sunday, the IFJ said.

A statement added: 'James died competing in a sport he loved, and around which he had built his life and some wonderful friendships.'

Fellow jockey paid tribute to his friend on Twitter, saying, 'Devastated about my good buddy James McNeile passing. Always smiling and died doing what he loved. May he RIP.'




Fredericktown, Ohio – The Morrow County Sheriff Department issued an arrest warrant for 58-year-old Mark Hill, on charges of animal cruelty.  The warrant was issued in response to witness’ reporting Hill for sawing off his horse’s leg.
Witness’ say that Hill’s horse broke it’s leg, and instead of seeking veterinarian treatment, Hill amputated the leg above the knee with a saw.  The gruesome treatment was done without the benefit of pain killer or sedation.

The Morrow County Humane Society seized the horse, and it was euthanized.

Hill turned himself into the Sheriff department with his lawyer, and bonded out.  He is facing a maximum of 6 months in jail on a second degree misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty to livestock.





Placer County, California – A family was awakened woke to the horrific sounds of their pony being attacked in its stall by dogs. “The pony was screaming, the dogs were all barking,” Eor’s caretaker Debbie Glasow told reporters.

The two dogs, identified as pit bull types, were relentless in their attack. “They were killing him. They had him on the ground. He was in his own pen and he couldn’t get away,” Glasow said.

The 14-year-old pony, who is best friends to 6 children, required extensive surgery to save his life. Eor required 300 stitches and extensive bandaging on his legs. His family is hopeful he will make it, but an infection could prove deadly. “As long as he stays upright, he’ll probably make it,” Glasow explained.

The dogs ran after the attack and have not been found.





Apr 5, 2017 — If you would like to donate to support the First Amendment lawsuit against the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty, please click here:

We now have $8,000.00 in pending legal expenses in this Lawsuit. The costs include deposition site rental; Video Court Reporter and Stenographer Court Reporter; Video copies and transcripts; Paralegal assistance; Legal Research; Subpoena service and witness fees and mileage; and miscellaneous costs

So far we have raised $915.00, and we have $7,085.00 to go.

This action was filed in August 2016, to PREVENT “Big Lick” Show Managers from blocking American Citizens going into the Horse Shows held at public venues, and take Videos of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses like the one at the front of this video of “Big Lick” TWH World Grand Champion “Honors” pitifully trying to canter at Asheville, NC, and put them on the internet.

CCABLAC videos graphically show the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.

Once informed, the public will no longer support or have anything to do with the “Big Lick”. CCABLAC efforts have resulted in the “Big Lick” Show in Jackson, Mississippi going out of business, and $25,000.00 Tourism promotion funds to not be paid to a “Big Lick” Horse Show in Panama City Beach, Florida.

The CCABLAC efforts are taking a toll on the “Big Lickers”, and are hastening its demise.



On Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24, legal depositions were taken in Franklin, Tennessee of the following persons:

• Mr. Jeffrey Howard, Publisher, The Walking Horse Report

• Chief Deputy Maury County (TN) Sheriff Mr. Ray Jeter

• Mr. David Sisk, Horse Show Manager, Columbia Spring Jubilee

• Mr. Jerry W. Harris, “Big Lick” Videographer

These four persons with knowledge were subpoenaed to appear in Franklin, TN, in front of a Video Court Reporter and Stenographer Court Reporter to answer questions under oath. The persons being deposed were required to be present by issuance and service of a Federal Subpoena to them. All were represented by attorneys and three were dyed in the wool “Big Lickers”.

Questions with answers under oath in an attempt to “Get To The Bottom” of what led/motivated Maury County (TN) Sheriff Bucky Rowland to tell CCABLAC animal welfare advocates and website personnel to “Turn Off Your Video Cameras” while filming at the June 3, 2016 Columbia Spring Jubilee Horse Show.


The photo on this video held up in front of the White House seven days ago was made by a CCABLAC animal welfare advocate at the 2016 “Big Lick” Championship at Asheville, NC.

It is included in this viral video – “Here’s What ‘Soring’ Does To Horses” - has been viewed almost
11.50 MILLION times:

These Videos encourage the public to BOYCOTT the Tennessee Walking Horse Shows which feature “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.

If you would like to make a donation to support this lawsuit against the “Big Lick”, please click here:

Anything you can afford will help CCABLAC fight the “Big Lick” Multi-Millionaires who want to continue the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty!!!

CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big LIck" Animal Cruelty)
We speak for "The Horses" who cannot speak for themselves."
(ms. res. not sol.)




Some Good News! Racing Reirement Program in Qld

Queensland Racing Minister, Grace Grace, announced on March 28 that a new program will now give ex-racehorses a life beyond the track. This may be more about good PR than good intentions, but we don’t mind what their intentions are as long as they just do it. 
We don't know what the details are just yet, but we’re trying to find out. We'll keep you posted on any developments.
It's only a small win but a step in the right direction for a national rehabilitation and re-homing program that we've been fighting for since 2014.



A 63-year-old man has been charged over what could be one of Victoria’s biggest cases of animal cruelty.

Bruce Akers, a former Australian Olympian and horse trainer, has been charged with 92 offences after 23 horses were found dead on his Bulla property.

He is due to face Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon.

It is understood Mr Akers could face up to two years in jail, a fine of up to $74,620 and be banned from owning any animal for at least 10 years, if he is found guilty of causing death by neglect.

Mr Akers is understood to have represented Australia as a wrestler at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, and had been registered as a horse trainer, who last raced horses in 2011.

Neighbours found nearly two dozen dead horses on Sunday after looking for the source of a foul smell drifting from Batey Court in Bulla.

A total of 22 horses were found dead and another 22 were suffering from malnutrition.

One horse had to be put down.

Initially, police were unable to find the owner of the property, but on Monday morning investigators revealed they had arrested a 63-year-old man.

Police later confirmed he was assisting them with their inquiries, but was in hospital.

In the meantime, police are trying to find carers for the malnourished horses.

It is understood the horse owner could face up to two years in jail, a fine of up to $74,620 and be banned from owning any animal for at least 10 years, if he is found guilty of causing death by neglect.

Police and Country Fire Authority crews were performing the grim task of sorting through the animal carcasses on Sunday, with the help of State Emergency Service volunteers.

Julie Brown was not the neighbour responsible for raising the alarm, but told News Corp she had seen up to 50 horses locked in a stuffy stable on the property.

“It’s blown us away; it’s just horrific,” she said.

Ms Brown said she had phoned the council on Friday after seeing four emaciated horses.

“The ones down the bottom (of the property) were exceptionally skinny,” she said.


Riverside, California – A horse fell through a metal grate protecting a 6 ft. deep hole in a sidewalk. The horse was walking on the grate with another horse, who managed to escape falling into the hole when the grate gave way.

Rescuers responded at 9:45 pm, and began placing straps around the horse while waiting for a crane. “It’s too dangerous for us to get in the hole with the animal until the animal is medicated so that was all ready to go,” Fire Battalion Chief Jeff DeLaurie of the Riverside

Before the veterinarian could sedate the horse, he managed to jump and climb his way out of the hole with support from rescuers above. The vet examined the horse and found that his only injury was lacerations to his legs, which are expected to heal without complications.


A horse walks into a bar - and helps himself to a pint of craft ale.

No it's not a tall tale, Mac the horse tucks into an IPA a day to keep the doctor away.

It all started after he was taken in by King's Home, a charity which helps women and children who are abused or at risk of abuse.

One of the best ways they help them is through horse-riding.

The charity, in Chelsea, Georgia, rescued Mac recently and found he had a number of health problems including Cushing's disease, a hormone condition.

One of the symptoms is losing the ability to sweat, a big problem for such a large animal.
The craft beer has improved Mac's health so much he now drinks one every day (Photo: aldotcom/Twitter)

A vet suggested giving Mac a beer - it has ingredients which help open pores and make him sweat.

His owners noticed such a dramatic improvement they have been giving him a beer every day for almost a year.

His tipple of choice is an IPA from a local craft brewery called Good People Brewing Company.

King's Home Director John Tidwell happened to know the brewery owner Jason Malone, and now Good People have stepped in to provide Mac's "medicine" every day.

"Apparently, he's a big fan of IPAs. He'll be our biggest, literally and figuratively, IPA fan,"





 A SENIOR equestrian industry spokesperson has strongly criticised the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) claiming they are holding the industry to ransom and responding prematurely to the parliamentary inquiry into the Hendra virus vaccine.


Board member and former president of Equestrian Queensland, Peter Toft said the association's ongoing pressure on its members to boycott equestrian events where vaccination was not mandatory was counterproductive and failed to address the responsibility of all involved to create a safe environment within which people can enjoy their horses.

"If vets are refusing to adjudicate endurance events unless they are vaccination only, they are effectively forcing event organisations to turn away any members who have concerns about the vaccine and the impact it has on their horses," said Mr Toft.

"The reality is that this is a new vaccine and its long-term impacts are largely unknown at present, so it's understandable that some horse owners - particularly those living in areas of the state that are free from bat colonies - are hesitant to vaccinate their animals."

"Any decision to mandate or not mandate vaccination at equestrian events is premature - everyone should take a deep breath and let the impact of the inquiry's recommendations take its course, and genuinely hope that some of those recommendations are enacted, including helping vets to be compliant with Workplace Health and Safety obligations like all other employers in Queensland."

"People have been labelled "anti-vaxxers" by veterinarians when nothing could be further from the truth. People used the vaccine in good faith and have been devastated by the adverse reactions their horses have been having. They are not "anti-vaxxers" - they used the product and found it to be flawed. If this was a set of brakes failing in a car there would never be such a reaction - the brakes would have been withdrawn from the market and fixed. Why is this not happening with this product? Is it just because it's been called a vaccine?"

"Casual infection has never occurred in people through the day-to-day handling of horses. People have only been infected when performing invasive procedures without adequate PPE and they have been exposed to copious amounts of body fluids from dead and dying Hendra-infected horses. The disease is extremely rare, is very hard to contract and there have been no further human infections or deaths since it was established in 2009 that human infection can be prevented through the use of basic PPE."

Mr Toft's comments followed confirmation that for the first time in its history, the Queensland Endurance Riders Association (QERA) had approved a second endurance event to be hosted on the Easter weekend to ensure all its members had an equal opportunity to participate in an Easter weekend event.

QERA's policy has always been to prevent any two events from being held on the same weekend so all riders have an opportunity to partake in the full endurance calendar; however, the industry body believed it had no choice but to sanction a second event given the first ride was reclassified as 'vaccination only' by the host club, leaving a number of members with no place to ride come the long weekend.

The second ride, hosted by the Lockyer Valley Endurance Riders (LoVERs) club, will be Australia's first non-vaccinated only endurance ride.

Ride organiser Lyndell Abercrombie said the event was created solely to provide an opportunity for those who support the pro-choice side of the vaccination debate to still enjoy a weekend which has traditionally united endurance riders from across the state and beyond.

"It's disappointing to see the industry divided, and this can largely be attributed to the significant pressure the AVA has put on its members to refuse attendance at events without a vaccination mandate."

"For the safety of both animals and riders, host clubs are required to have one qualified equine veterinarian for every thirty participating horses; however, finding local professionals to attend events that accept unvaccinated horses has become increasingly difficult," said Ms Abercrombie.

"It is my understanding that the original Imbil event taking place over the Easter weekend was unable to source vets in their local area that were willing to be involved, so they opted to implement a vaccination-only mandate to allow the event to proceed."

"It's not uncommon for vets to withdraw a few days prior to a pro-choice event after receiving considerable pressure from the AVA to suspend their involvement. The fact that the AVA is sponsored by Hendra vaccine manufacturer Zoetis certainly raises some questions as to why the industry body is so supportive of a vaccine that is still very much in the early stages of development with long-term effects that are unknown."

"We've had to resort to flying vets in from interstate to be able to meet the quota of professionals required for our event, and we're glad to be offering pro-choice endurance riders who are ineligible to participate in the Imbil event the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of riding and sharing great experiences with friends and family."

One endurance rider registered to attend the LoVERs event is Leigh Ann Sample from Brookleigh Stud in Kenilworth who said that while she understood the Faraway Club's decision to run a vaccinated only event, it was a shock to her family.

"I have two children that have always spent Easter riding in an endurance event - they think of a horse first not the Easter bunny," said Ms Sample.

She was disappointed that it had come to this given the great tradition that existed for Easter rides.

"I thank the members of the LoVERs club for hosting an event that enables those of us who don't support the call for vaccination to still participate in the sport this Easter."

"While I understand that vets are being put into a difficult position given the pressure from the AVA, we can't overlook that there has never been a vaccination with so many negative effects on a horse's performance, meaning more testing must be done by the manufacturer before any calls to mandate vaccination can be considered."

"It's important to note that the vaccine carries no guarantees by the manufacturer and given that no-one has ever contracted Hendra while wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as an industry we should surely be able to create standards that ensure the safety of all involved without mandating a vaccine that has not been sufficiently tested."

"The AVA should be calling on the vaccine manufacturer Zoetis to conduct further testing to confirm the safety of the vaccine and the requirements for boosters based on its potency. One would have to question whether the AVA can truly be an independent body representing the best interests of their members - and ultimately the horse owners who are their member's clients - given Zoetis is a silver sponsor of the AVA."

"It is also important to note that this vaccination debate is in no way similar to the vaccination of humans - this vaccine cannot eradicate Hendra as the disease is carried by bats. What we are talking about is doing what is necessary to ensure we have a vaccine that is safe, and ultimately protecting vets from exposure risk through appropriate Workplace Health & Safety protocols."

Ms Abercrombie supported this saying many of those who had already registered for the LoVERs ride had good reason not to vaccinate, either due to their geographical location or due to being aware of the negative experiences encountered with the vaccine.

"When you consider that roughly three horses contract Hendra in any given year, it makes sense that people living in areas with no bat colonies a significant distance away from locations that have recorded cases of Hendra would shy away from injecting their horses with a vaccine that hasn't undergone sufficient testing," said Ms Abercrombie.

"There is certainly a demand for this second event given what has transpired recently and we look forward to a successful and positive meet over Easter. I would like to thank QERA and our sponsors for helping us make this possible and I encourage endurance riders and other riders who have considered getting involved in the sport to come along and enjoy a great experience in the Lockyer Valley."

Mr Toft believes that while this ride was necessary in this instance, it should in no way set a precedent.

"It's disappointing that the need to host a vaccinated and unvaccinated event on the same weekend is the only way we can still ensure endurance riders get to enjoy a wonderful weekend with their horses and be part of a sport that is pro-choice when it comes to vaccination," said Mr Toft.

"With inaccurate, unreliable and misleading statements from both sides of the debate - veterinarians and horse owners - it is challenging for those who want the current impasse to be resolved and for endurance events to return to being prosperous and a truly rewarding lifestyle for many, riding out in the bush for long distances like the early pioneers of Australia










Just wondered if you might have an idea of what's going on with my 13yo QH gelding?

He sustained an injury to his heel around 8 months ago, which was sliced quite badly. He's since recovered and shows no sign of lameness. He's in good health, with no apparent sign of soreness.

I bought him back in and have been riding him lightly and recently went to a weekend clinic, where, when I asked him to canter, he became unhappy. There was a fair bit of tail swishing, we got a few strides, then he disunites.
He's happy enough to walk and trot, and is becoming softer every ride.

I ride him in a  half breed, which I've had widened for him. There's no buck or sign of soreness.

I have the Bowen therapist coming to treat him on Wednesday but just wondered if you've ever come across this before?

Apart from anything else, You should 'Listen to the Horse' as they are never wrong and don't complain when there is no need. They are most forgiving Animals, too forgiving for my liking.

These symptoms will almost certainly be in the rear end of the Horse and also, such that a Therapist may not assist. I recommend Vets' for this job. Best of Luck







There is so much resistance to certain methods here, I was riding out racehorses for a guy and got yelled at for hacking down to the start of the gallops on a loopy rein haha! I've been told that letting them walk along like that is inviting a horse to be lazy, trippy, evasive, naughty, spooky, you name it. I think a lot of people are resistent to it because they are scared to learn something new but also to admit they've been doing it wrong all this time. They're as convinced that they're in the right as I am! Kate x


HI Sandie

I am still waiting to hear from Youtube. but I just checked and they still haven't answered me.

Running reins go from Girth to outside of bit, through it and to top roller. You got the e-books??????????

It can also go to side ring of roller and then up to the top ring to achieve lower neck line for those with 'upwardly mobile minds"

Your Horse acts like it was a 'Novelty Eventer' Racer in a previous Life.

So now back to the arena, fix your dressage, ON THE BIT, ROUND, FLEXED, SUPPLE AND OVER THE BACK.

Then, back to the trail, walking. THEN...when trotting from here on, COLLECT UP, ON THE BIT, RIDING DRESSAGE, TROT ON. Ride trot in complete dressage.

Trotting on loose rein won;t work right now. Later, experiment. Check release, check release, BUT FIRST ESTABLISH long trots on the trail, riding dressage

You can have lessons with me wife you know

I am speaking about PROPER dressage here, not hacking riding (saddle horse) with two hands.









Out of interest, what about a horse who carries his head naturally very high? My old horse liked to go like that and built himself a completely upside down neck. That said, I do think when I dropped all contact he dropped it a little bit. He just would not tolerate any form of contact whether hacking out or otherwise, and if I did pick it up for any length of time, even if I then dropped it, he then spent the rest of the ride snatching, as if you say "you broke your side of the bargain so I'm now going to break mine!". Teeth were done like clockwork so can't blame that…Genius of a horse, best jumper I ever sat on, highly intelligent and just completely intolerant of what he wasn't prepared to put up with. Yet he helped me out endlessly jumping and was generous to a fault when I got it wrong and he could have said no he went every time. Lost him last September and miss him every day.

Sorry I'm rambling!


Hi Kate. My opinion and has been for a long time, is that the Horse Industry (if it is going to ever improve and not be a shambles) must not ride such Horses for the Purposes of anything that requires collection. We must get to "Fit for Purpose" and stop terrorizing Horses that simply cannot adequately carry out their duties, without discomfort. So my answer, is do nothing. Just Jump this Horse and forget about the look


Thank you ever so much, can't wait to read this one too. I actually lost him last September so he's not around any more but I'd learned to always leave him alone and he was a very happy horse when he died. After being thrown ou of two yards over here for being dangerous before I got him!

Thanks again x




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