PROBLEM HORSE WORLD- the Horse Industries first Blog - 2001



26th March, 2017


Big Week, totally buggered, 6 Days at 'Gainsborough' for the Autumn Pasture management seeding regime and much more. Hope You have all been well. What's been happening?



Now in the hundreds and here is another one.


Hi John'
Not sure how to say this except that I've never felt so proud of an Aussie as I am right now. I just pray that Kiwis see the Gainsborough sale video because it's coming to all of us. Good on you mate! God Bless.
Bill Lumsden
Motueka, NZ


Thanks Bill. Might kind. It may interest You, that I thought I would 'cop it in the Neck' but we have hundreds of phone calls, texts, emails etc, from around the Country and NOT ONE was negative. Just shows you what the majority are thinking. Meanwhile this Week, the "Left Winger' Prime Minister, denigrated Pauline Hanson, saying she is falling into ISSIS Trap, by wanting to Ban Muslims. Turnbull is the one falling for the Trap. They already have him, 'lock stock and barrell'


Your Readings for Today :)

(Koran 8.12). God instructs his Muslim followers to kill unbelievers, to capture them, to ambush them
 (Koran 9.5). Everything contributes to advancing the holy goal: "Strike terror into God's enemies, and your enemies"







Mrs. Hp has taken on a 'Green Horse' to put some polish on this Week but Her acute observations and one ride immediately made Her question the Teeth on the lovely little Mare. There were two signs.

  • That the Mare was slightly worried about having the Bridle installed, and

  • she was uneven in the Reins with slight Body language of fears on one Rein.


The Vet was called and attended.

There is much debate about the difference between Vets' and Horse Dentists but there is a time and place for all of them.

This is the first time I have seen Lucas Vanoijen (from the Nederlands) but he was brilliant. Yes, Mrs. HP was right, the Teeth on one side were sharper than the other, there were caps to come off and worse, buried, broken off Wolf Teeth from a previous removal process. Very small but not good for the Horse. On one location also, near the first pre-molar, a rub with the thumb drew blood.

On two Days straight, in answer to a comment from first Mrs.HP and then myself, about what a good Girl she is, she turned and licked our Hands immediately!!!!!!!!!

If You 'truly mean it' Folks, the Horses understand Your Words.


Mrs. HP has been teaching lot's and had taken Her two Horses down to 'Gainsborough' Poor Cappo thinks his 'Throat has been cut' as he got left Home Today and is staying at 'Gainsborough' so that we didn't get a repeat of last Week, the Dressage Today..





Dulce entered the Novice and the Elementary Today and was a very good Girl indeed. Mrs. HP striving for qualifications for the Autumn Champs, which have not been easy to come by in the time.

NOVICE - Winner ( Her first Career Blue Ribbon ) with 72.357%


ELEMENTARY - Winner - 66.941%

and the beautiful Oakbank Race Course in the background there, next week hosting the Easter Jumps Racing Carnival


You remember last Week and the 'discipline' given to Her for calling out to Cappo Today, she heard a Horse call whilst warming up, then expected a flick with the whip, was told she was a very good Girl and straight away relaxed, ignoring all other calls from across the Park.

The pleasing thing was that Today, she grew a Hand when she entered the ring, was very Proud (hey look at me) and was immediately 'off the forehand' more than ever before, with the pleasing outline across the centre Judge.


NOVICE - the two judges



Still 8% difference and congrats to the side Judge for rewarding top Young Horses. It was also very pleasing to see the side Judge see the "Trained Cadence" in the Young Horse, NOT JUST movement.

aaahhh, it's lovely to see the Colonial bred Horses doing well. It's not about International Semen Folks, it's about training



Lovely relaxed atmosphere and tranquil Grounds, at the Oakbank Race Course. Well done Peter O'Born and the Crew.


The Shell Grit just needed a tickle up with harrows. Dulce actually told Mrs. HP during the Medium Trotts as she was more reticent to do them as well as at Southern Vales and of course, the Horses never lie.


James Johnston's parents brought their large family to South Australia in 1839 in the largest ship seen in the colony to that time, the great East Indiaman Buckinghamshire. By 1840 they were in the Onkaparinga Valley, opening up the Oakbank district. James and his father, William, created a brewery by the riverbank - the start of a family influence which spread far beyond the valley. Obviously not short of money, it is recorded that they brought an English stonemason out to build grand homes for the two brothers who are principally remembered as the brewery's leading lights. Both houses are still landmarks. Oakbank House was built for James and his family at the edge of the brewery complex, while Dalintober is perched above Elizabeth Street and was originally owned by Andrew Galbraith Johnston.





My Dad rode a Racehorse from Mt. Gambier to Oakbank, and competed at these Races. 414.8 k. He got to Callington and called in at a Farm on the Main Road, asking for a Drink for his Horse. The Owner refused





" When a Horse turns it's Head from the Bridle, ask Yourself why? If You are a good listener, the Horse will actually tell You."







BARB WIRE, WHILST NOT DESIRED AT ALL FOR HORSES, IS TOTALLY SAFER. I say that to highlite the seriousnesws of the danger of PLAIN WIRE.




Press Release

South Coast Equestrian Announces Exciting New Event for 2017.


Port Elliot, March 20, 2017:  The newly formed South Coast Equestrian is a dynamic group of experienced equestrian eventing enthusiasts committed to the advancement of eventing in South Australia. We are delighted today to announce a new event for the spring eventing season “The Canoe Tree Horse Trials” to be staged October 28-29, 2017.

The dressage and showjumping is to be held on the outstanding turf at the Port Elliot showgrounds. Home of the annual Port Elliot show this facility offers superior all weather footing and established camping facilities all a short distance from the historic town of Port Elliot.

The cross country phase will be held a short 20 minute drive away on Jill Bow’s gum studded Currency Creek property. Situated opposite the historic Canoe Tree, this 26 hectare property has a large section of sandy going and a generous amount of flat land ideal for a new and encouraging cross country test. Classes proposed for the October weekend include EvA65, EvA80 and EvA95 with Combined Training for the higher levels. The group will be progressively adding higher classes at future events.

Chair of South Coast Equestrian, Peter Oborn, yesterday enthusiastically outlined the prospects for this exciting new event "South Australia desperately needs more eventing venues of this calibre and more events in the spring. Our vision is to create a high class event on the south coast which already boasts one of the favourites of the eventing calendar – The Lockington Horse Trials at Waitpinga. We look forward to South Australian eventers enthusiastically supporting this venture”.

Media Manager for the newly formed organization and Life Member of SA Horse Trials, Stephen Bow, added to Peter’s sentiments “An event like this has significant startup costs. So we can provide the best possible competition for South Australia’s eventing riders we are kicking things off with a number of fund raising initiatives.”


Congrats to Peter and all concerned. You can't keep a good Man down :)










A woman has died after a horse-riding accident at a property near the US border in Surrey.

Global One helicopter captured the scene at 0 Avenue and 184th Street late Thursday afternoon.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were all called to the area.

An air ambulance was brought in, but it was not used to take anyone to hospital.




GRANTS PASS — Just over a dozen protesters stood in the rain outside the Josephine County Courthouse Friday in opposition to an order by the Board of Commissioners to euthanize a pit bull named Kron accused in a March 11 attack on a horse.

Cars parked along the road declared "Pit Bull Pride" and posterboards read "Let Kron Live."

The 2-year-old dog, who caretakers say limps because of an injury when he was a puppy, escaped the yard of Azalea Road resident Leah Harp, where he was staying, and ventured over to the property of Riessen Road residents John and Mary Bartlett.

Witnesses said Kron attacked a horse on the Bartlett's property, biting the horse's cheek and muzzle.

Harp, caretaker of the dog owned by Grants Pass resident Brye Rogers, doesn't dispute that Kron "nipped at" the horse, but said she doesn't believe the dog intended to hurt the equine.

Mary Bartlett said Kron traveled more than 1,000 feet to get to the horse pen, bit the muzzle of her 30-year-old Appaloosa mare named Hummer and refused to let go, prompting her husband to fire several warning shots.

Bartlett said the dog then chased her horse, at which point her husband shot the dog, striking it in the neck. The dog then lunged at Bartlett and her husband shot it again, she said.

"All I saw was teeth and a big head and I closed my eyes and screamed because I thought I didn't want to see it get me," Bartlett said.

Harp and Rogers both say Kron was running away because he was afraid and that they don't believe he would have harmed Bartlett or Hummer.

"We're not real sure what happened between the horse and Kron but he did nip the horse. He also growled at the neighbor's wife and the neighbor shot him, twice," Harp said.

"The horse required no medical treatment and Kron had to go to the emergency animal hospital."

Josephine County commissioners voted 2-1 to euthanize Kron at the animal shelter. But Commissioner Dan DeYoung said Friday he issued a "stay of execution" to allow for an appeals process.

Animal control officials declined to comment to the Mail Tribune and referred phone calls to the Public Health Department, which was closed on Friday.

DeYoung said liability concerns and state statutes guided the commissioners' decision to have Kron euthanized. Both DeYoung and commission Chairman Simon Hare voted for the order, while commissioner Lily Morgan voted against it.

DeYoung said animal control officers "went through all the steps," including taking footprint impressions from inside the horse's run and documenting injuries to both animals.

"State statutes are pretty clear about what you can and can't do to a dog when it is chasing, injuring or killing livestock," DeYoung said. "Because of the liability that would fall back to the county if we let the dog go, and if it bit someone else or other livestock, it could potentially come back to the county."

DeYoung added, "Because of public outcry, we decided as a commission that we could call for an independent hearings officer to listen to all the evidence again and make a determination independent of what we decided. But there wouldn't be rules already in place if something hadn't gone sideways over and over and over again in cases like this."

Lona Gibbs, a certified veterinary technician for Southern Oregon Veterinary who attended Friday's protest, said she helped treat Kron of his gunshot wounds and that staff who cared for the dog did not find him to be aggressive.

"He was one of our favorites. We get gunshot wounds pretty regularly, but he was a happy guy while we had him. We even had staff fighting over who got to walk him. He's a great dog," Gibbs said.

"We were all so appalled at the decision. With his size, if he wanted to do any damage to a horse, he could have."

An emotional Rogers, who said her family has had Kron since he was born and had left him with Harp while moving between houses, said she was willing to do whatever was required to be able to have Kron returned to her family.

"Before all this, he's really never been out of the house very much. He's a couch dog. He has his own futon. He's been around babies and other children. He's not a vicious dog in any way," Rogers said.

"I just feel like he was probably just really scared. He got curious and went over there but then tried to leave and he got shot in the head. But a dog that's really trying to attack something is going to continue."

DeYoung said county officials would arrange a review by a hearings officer, after which the parties involved would have the option of pursuing an appeals process to include the option of a judicial hearing.

Kron's supporters have started an online petition to save the dog's life at





THE Mornington Cup proved to be one of triumph and tragedy for global powerhouse Godolphin as it won the race with Tally but lost fourth placegetter The Gold Trail after he broke down 100m past the winning post.

Tally’s victory was overshadowed by what happened to the short-priced favourite English stayer The Gold Trail, who faltered badly in front of a shocked crowd.

His jockey Craig Williams was flipped off the galloper and was thrown into the turf.

Williams was knocked out for a brief period but soon regained consciousness.

He was later transported to the Frankston Hospital for observation but was conscious, moving and talking to medical staff.





A horse owner has been left heartbroken after her beloved pet appears to have been shot or stabbed and had to be destroyed. Laura Lacey is warning other owners to be extra vigilant following the incident in Newquay.

Teddy, the five-year-old Welsh pony was left critically ill at Penmellyn Vets, St Columb on Monday, but deteriorated overnight..

She said: "The poor baby was five and just starting out. How can this happen? Heart-broken doesn't come close. Teddy fought really hard but deteriorated and was really suffering so I had to let him go.

"He was a beautiful boy with a heart of gold. I can't bear that he's gone. I am hoping this was a terrible accident rather than deliberate, but if everyone keeps a close eye out perhaps we can stop anyone else going through it.

"We will never be 100% sure what happened and be completely certain whether it was a gun shot, or stab wound, but given the severity of his shock in such a short space of time and how quickly he deteriorated at the vets, despite their brilliant care - they really did do everything they could think of for him - they think this was a strong possibility."





















 A 19-year-old Crystal Falls man faces as much as 18 years behind bars on three felonies related to the shooting injury of one horse and the death of another.

Luke Benjamin Wool was arraigned in 95B District Court in Iron County this morning. The charges are in connection to the death last month of a draft horse and the shooting of a second draft horse last week.

Wool is scheduled for a Probable Cause Hearing in April 3. The official charges against him are:
Count 1: Weapons- Firearms- Discharge in or at a Building Did intentionally discharge a firearm at a facility he or she knew or had reason to believe was a dwelling or a potentially occupied structure ; contrary to MCL 750.234b(1) [750.234B]
FELONY: 10 years and/or $10,000.00; Mandatory forfeiture of weapon or device

Count 2: Animals- Killing/Torturing
Did without just cause knowingly kill, or mutilate, or maim, or disfigure a draft horse "Jump;" contrary to MCL 750.50b [750.50B]
FELONY:4 years and/or $5,000.00 for a single animal, $2,500.00 for each additional animal to a maximum of $20,000.00 and/or 500 hours community service; cost of veterinary care; may be prohibited from owning animal.

Count 3: Animals- Killing/Torturing
Did without just cause knowingly mutilate, or maim, or disfigure, a draft horse "Bud", contrary to MCL 750.50b.
FELONY: 4 years and/or $5,000.00 for a single animal, $2,500.00 for each additional animal to a maximum of $20,000.00 and/or 500 hours community service; cost of veterinary care; may be prohibited from owning animal.






A 10-year-old rodeo star died Sunday night when her spooked horse fell backwards on top of her, just moments before she was set to compete in a rodeo competition in Texas.

Piper Faust had mounted her horse and began preparation for barrel racing at the Caldwell Rodeo when tragedy struck.

'She was the brightest little star,' her father, Brian Faust, told KBTX. He said it was his daughter's personality that made many adore her.

Her parents said the youngster made a huge impact on the community.

Rhonda Faust, Piper's mother, said her daughter competed in rodeo, dance, and softball.

'She had an all-around spirit that was just infection with a beautiful smile that she just came across to anyone anybody they were her friends. Her smile just made you smile,' Rhonda Faust told the station.












In the U.K. the sport of horse racing could look a lot different in the coming years, as the British Horseracing Authority—with the help of other industry bodies—tightens the standards for jockeys, with an eye on improving professional development.

The United Kingdom’s largest horse racing group is raising its standards for jockeys. And a big reason for that involves resources.

This week, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced a new approach to licensing and accepting jockeys as part of its system, with a focus on better training and development, along with setting a high bar for the jockeys who end up taking part in races.

The reason for this change, the result of a multiyear review, is twofold. First, BHA wants to better equip its best jockeys for long-term success, through stronger, more regimented curriculum that helps ensure that elite jockeys are properly prepared for the task.

“A more efficient and extensive assessment process can help aspiring jockeys who have a genuine chance of success to receive the first-class levels of support and guidance they require,” BHA CEO Nick Rust said in a news release.

Second, the regulatory group also noted in the release that, simply, there were too many jockeys—and that this hurt the sport’s development.

“The enhancements are also designed to address the present situation in which racing is spending considerable resources training individuals who may not become successful,” the association explained. “Too many jockeys also mean reduced opportunities for riders who might make the grade. Currently 30 percent of licensing course attendees do not ride a winner and 88 percent do not ride out their claim.”

The approach that led to this solution was a collaborative one, with the Professional Jockeys Association, National Trainers Federation, and the Jockeys Employment and Training Scheme all assisting with the research process. In comments on the approach, Amateur Jockeys Association CEO Sarah Oliver described the end result as being beneficial to the sport as a whole.

“Today’s jockeys have much to contend with in their everyday lives, and a more rigorous entry criteria can only benefit the sport in the long term,” Oliver said, according to the release. “It’s also good to know that they will be kept under the watchful eye of a jockey coach during this important time whilst they embark upon their professional careers.”

The new licensing approach will take effect April 1.








One of the latest gadgets in the UK.


Lol...the Mind boggles!!! I only have one word :)       






Hi John, 

I’ve come a long way with this horse,  not quite getting there,  need some more guidance please.

The pigroots have almost stopped,  just one yesterday and I’m sure it was frustration with me.    While on a trail ride yesterday he likes to go in front ,   I asked him to trot and all was great.   Then heading for home he decided he wanted to trot all the time,  basically I was holding the reins to keep him from going faster,  that’s when the pig root was done,   I stopped him and backed up twice abruptly but no difference,  is it in this instant I do one rein stops ?   I’d like him to be relaxed like my other horse,  but he is anxious,  what can I do to help him so he enjoys coming out,    could he be a horse that will never settle on a trail ?


Kind Regards  Elaine   


You should only walk. Fix Him with the system and only walking. Dare Him to break the gait and remedy him each time but WARNING, because few People can emulate the system well enough to ensure success. When you back the horse up a couple of strides, if you haven't thrown the reins away TOTALLY to where he CANNOT feel your hand, it will not work. The feel of your hand, the bump on your hand, even accidentally, is what causes the break. You have to DARE THE HORSE TO DO IT, every time, not try and stop it doing it.


When I met You Elaine, this was You

19th  March, 2017


Hi Folks. Hope You all had a good Week and You have everything under control. Life keeps coming at You these Days. It's full of what I call "Parasites" with many and varied fees, charges, commissions, levies, registrations and God knows what else. Every time You move, they want something from You. Always 'chasing Your Tail' and more and more, forever waiting, the Traffic, the Phone and more.

One of the main Contenders for Your Wages is of course the Power Companies and the Government is in Bed with them. Forget grandstanding Premier and spending another 500 Million of OUR MONEY, just divide it between us and buy us a Battery Pack instead!!!!!

The Muslim Story keeps on going viral. London and now the States. Check this one out.  America


My thanks to the South Australian Police for their enquiry this Week.....which ask if we were ok, had we had any threats and did we want any assistance. Most kind.

Thanks also to the many Phone calls and letters.

Still 100% positive to nil negative. A reflection of the true position of the majority of this Country.




he competed at Elementary Today, in an effort to get qualified for the Autumn Championships here. Total disaster :) Mrs. HP retired both tests. We were forced to bring Cappo as we were on our way to 'Gainsborough' and Old Cap is a bit of a secret Lover beneath the stone dead exterior. Poor Girl, she had  the separation anxiety occasion and so Mrs. HP just turned it into a training Day.



The Day got worse...........

Mrs. HP was unofficially reported ( behind the floats) to a Committee Person, for riding too aggressive during the warm up. This of course did upset Her as she is the last to be ever guilty of that.

Dulce started yelling to Cappo, the moment she arrived in the warm-up arena and of course you can't have that being cemented at the start of the career of a Young Horse. Just the same as the Kid who puts it over Mother at the Supermarket or a Restaurant because it knows there were no consequences.

So as well as giving Her a 'flick with the whip' she had been disengaging Her Hind Quarters as well and of course such a training move is not normally seen at the Dressage. It should be and if it were there would be fewer accidents but anyhow. It would no doubt have been the combination of the two things that made the Complainant think it was outrageous and they lodged the complaint.

The Complainant we know and of course 'Politics' and 'different Tribes plays a part in these things.

Mrs. HP rang the President and apologized.

The Horse of course, doesn't have a mark on Her, but in case any more (with vested interests) get any ideas, I have taken the after Photos of the perfect Body of the Horse.




Cappo is the very powerful 'secret lover'. Doesn't act like a 'Rig' and isn't one but went very close to it (with a twist) Instead of 'being out there', he is the opposite/ 'Mr. quiet Guy' who you wouldn't know or understand unless You had Him in the Pub with a few Beers under his skin :) ....but, he has many of the attributes. He manures in a pile and backs his rump inside Bushes so You can't find his Manure :) So hence the effect upon a Mare, albeit his Sister :)

Anyhow, it had to be done. She will be another Grand Prix Horse and it is in Her very best interests that she 'Tows the Line' She is a very powerful Mind as well.



I was very impressed with one of the Judges that Dulce was before Today. Great to see a Judge prepared to penalize a combination when obviously terrible ( which she was) but then go to 7.5's for some good work shown. Well done Madam.

On the other Hand, I had Junior coming up to me and showing their Sheets, dis-heartened by another Judge, for instance, 62% with one Judge and 55% with the other. It shouldn't be that hard but some Judges have simply been too long in the Old Days when Head of Judging for many Years, set them all in the 50's% .

Juniors MUST NEVER be trodden on. They are the 'Life Blood' of the Industry and need to be kept HAPPY!@ SO THAT MUMMY AND DADDY CONTINUE TO SPEND MEGA BUCKS!!!!!!





Best Arena's in SA





I was asked during the Week about the fact that there is not enough Room here to run a big Show. I had a good look Today and there is. As I said to the Official, Float Parking needs to be taken control of in this Country. It is over the top. Take Today.

  • Front Row of Floats need the Vehicles up to the warm up arena or close thereto. Don't give me "it will upset the Horses" If it does, You can't train!! Go to Holland and look

  • Three more Rows of Floats could have been put in Today.

  • A 4th extra row could have been put to the South of the Warmup arena. (imagine the view by those in their Cars. The long suffering support Persons.

  • The second warmup arena is a question mark as well.

  • Cars of support People can easily park outside. There is room for many more than ever come to the dressage.

  • Then there is the Total Parnoia of thos who think they need 20 Metres between Floats. Give me a Break please!!!!!





goes to Mrs. HP for being a wonderful Wife

Mrs. HP is back at Gainsborough for the next two Weeks as Her Sister has gone on Her annual 'Rousabout'. She won't know what hit Her :)

Meanwhile, Mrs. HP has a Young un-competed Dressage Horse coming Sunday, for education for the two Weeks and she will be having training fun with Young Jess, who has 5 Horses at Gainsborough now.





4 Year Old

The Buyers can't ride it due to Head chucking. The Teeth weren't done. Owned by a Vet.

**Don't buy 4 Year Olds that have done this much work.




I have often said "They keep going around and around and around" and here is yet another one.

a few Months ago......


Hi John, thought you would be interested in an update on the unsound horse i sent back to ms pannetta. I see on facebook its just been sold to a 6 yo as a childs pony. Some horse ppl make me sick !!!


a few months before that


NOW 2017


Hi john, just thought u would be interested to know that the unsound horse case you helped me with is up for sale by the same vendor again as a show horse. The gall of some horse people astounds me!! Advert has been done with exactly the same pics i purchased the horse from  She has me blocked but multiple ppl were quick to send me advert. Apparently it states in comments purchaser must view horse before buying. Vet told me it was never fixable



Sold to South Australia also in 2016, prior to the Facebook Winner. Examined by Vet's here and declared unsound. Horse sent back to Sydney for a full refund.




Congrats to the Adelaide Saddle Shop that took good care of the Client who had the problem with the Stirrups falling off the Saddle.





" Use Your first few Comps for training. Don't worry about Ribbons. The foundations are what matters"





Imagine Dulce Today, doing the same thing, in the direction of Her Beau :)











Canberra Racing boss Peter Stubbs confirmed the latest incident will be included in the investigation currently underway for Thomson's accident.

"Such accidents are infrequent and it's unfortunate there has been two in two weeks. There is a coronial enquiry and WorkSafe investigation currently going on which are linked," Stubbs said.

WorkSafe has issued a notice restricting the use of the track as a precautionary measure. The notice will be reviewed once expert advice is received on the track's condition.

Stubbs confirmed the accident happened on the synthetic track which Thomson was riding on and said the numbers of trainers using the track has not changed this month.

"On our peak mornings on gallop and pace work days we have 110 horses on that track and 80 on other days, so close to 500 horses a week," Stubbs said.

"We have jump outs every Wednesday, a week before last we had 46 on that track and this week 24, we usually average around 30 horses in jump outs each week."




UNDERWOOD, Minn. -- An Underwood woman who suffered a fatal injury when she fell from her horse Wednesday afternoon, March 15, had just last year fulfilled her dream of starting a nonprofit ministry ranch.

Kirsten Laney, 48, and a friend were riding horses around 3 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area near Laney’s home when Laney’s horse was spooked, according to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. Laney fell from the horse and suffered a fatal head injury, the sheriff’s office reported, but no other details of the incident were available.

Laney was a wife, mother of two sons, Kade and Kolton, and an equine enthusiast who launched Oakdale Korral Rescue Ranch, a youth ministry ranch near Underwood, on April 29, 2016.

To help with startup costs, a Go Fund me site was set up this time last year to raise $25,000 in order to secure the ranch property and to help pay for equipment, fencing and vet costs. A year later, 10 people have donated $1,000 to Laney’s ranch.

The Go Fund Me site says that the ranch has been on the horizon and in early preparation stages for more than 10 years, but it wasn’t until a health crisis in the summer of 2015 that Laney decided to make her dream a reality.

“It is the goal of those involved in the startup of this ministry to pair rescued animals with hurting, troubled, at-risk youth through this therapeutic ranch,” the site says, adding that Laney was also hoping to partner with veterans, and that anyone who wanted to visit or come for therapy sessions could do so free of charge.

Laney acquired two horses, Valor and Victory, in March 2016 that she rescued from “death’s door” and brought to her ranch’s green pastures to “experience heaven on earth for the first time,” the site said.

In May, Laney rescued a 2-year-old Shetland pony named Liberty to join Oakdale.

Laney had attended the 2016 Minnesota Council of NonProfits annual conference in Duluth and got involved with the Adopt-A-Highway program to further promote and build her business.

“I loved Kirsten and shared many of her dreams to bring healing and hope to others,” commented Carol Grina, of Fergus Falls, on a photo shared by Laney’s husband, Ken Laney, the day after she died.

Connie Barry, also of Fergus Falls and good friend of Laney’s, commented that she was, “So sorry!! This is so crazy!! Praying for all.. Kade and Kolton.. your mom was the best !! Hold all the memories in your heart.. Her kindness will live in your hearts forever.. She was amazing.”



The RSPCA is calling for helium balloons and lanterns to be banned after a thoroughbred horse died as a result of choking on a balloon that came to rest in a field in North Yorkshire.

Feisty, a three year old foal, suffered an agonising death. In the past farm animals, birds and sea mammals have all died after swallowing the balloons.

The thoroughbred was from an impressive bloodline of show jumpers and worth £15,000. Her father was ranked 12th in the world. But a helium party balloon landed in her field at Spring House Farm in Harrogate.

It was dusk. She thought it was bit of hay probably to start with. She'd eaten the string and was choking on the string. The rest of the balloon got around her eyes and around her ears and she panicked and galloped around the field flat out in a dreadful panic, choking as she went, crashed into the gate and broke her front leg, broke all the gate and the big solid wooden pillar.

– Jennifer Birtwhistle, Fiesty's Owner

As Feisty careered across the road, entangled in the gate, she broke her back leg as well. She bolted through a second gate and broke her neck.

Jennifer is a senior figure in the equestrian world. She is a British Show Jumping Association judge and a former chief examiner with the British Horse Society. She wants a nationwide ban on these balloons and lanterns and is supported in her campaign by the RSPCA.




THE vice chair of British Show Horse Association was crushed to death by her horse in a freak accident while out drag hunting.

Mum-of-one Sue Webb, 64, was thrown to the ground as she jumped over a fence on the last meet of the season.

She was knocked unconscious, was rushed to hospital and put on a life support.

Her son Christopher Kenny, 31, flew in from Dubai with his wife – to be at her bedside but doctors couldn’t save her.

Twice married Sue – who lived with her second husband Peter, 70 – died on Sunday evening.

Her mum Sheila Pipe, 84, yesterday told The Sun: “She fell at the fence and the horse went over and crushed her underneath.

“I can’t believe it. It was the last drag meet of the season and the first fence.

“I keep asking ‘Why did she go to the last meet of the season’.

“They are such big jumps. They are enormous jumps, just too big.

“I just don’t know how we’re going to cope. I’d give everything to have her back with us now.

“She was a very keen horsewoman and very well-known in the horsey world, judging and everything.

“She had been a keen horse rider from the age of 11. It was her life – just like her brother’s life is sailing.”






Vile anti-hunt internet trolls have been condemned for sickening comments made in relation to the death of a “popular and talented” horsewoman.

A post on an anti-hunt Facebook page about Sue Webb (pictured), who died as a result of a fall while out with the Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds on 4 March, has been removed, but only after the comments had been allowed to remain for “a number of days”.

The Countryside Alliance (CA) has spoken out about the trolling after a hearing in Parliament yesterday (16 March), in which MPs criticised Facebook and Twitter for not doing more to ban inappropriate content.

CA spokesman Tom Hunt said: ““Sue Webb was an incredibly popular and talented horsewoman who will be missed by her friends, family and associates in the equestrian world and beyond. The vile and insensitive comments that have been posted on social media are totally unacceptable.

“Sue was out draghunting when this tragic accident occurred.

“In draghunting, hounds follow an artificial scent laid over a pre-defined course and those on horseback follow them, usually over a jumping route. At no point have there been any allegations of illegal foxhunting taking place by a draghound pack, yet the internet trolls deem it acceptable to make revolting comments about the legal pastime Sue chose to take part in.

“If this loss is not great enough for her family, at a time when they should be given time to grieve in peace they are now being subjected to reading these revolting comments that are based on pure ignorance and prejudice.

“The type of person that thinks it is acceptable to post comments about somebody they do not know following such a tragedy should not be welcomed in a modern society, and we call for the social media channels to respond respectfully by banning these users and bringing them to account.”

Yvette Cooper, chairman of the home affairs select committee, said she understands the challenges social media sites face.

“You all have millions of users in the United Kingdom and you make billions of pounds from these users, [but] you all have a terrible reputation among users for dealing swiftly with content even against your own community standards,” she added.

The CA is compiling evidence of the online abuse aimed at hunt supporters and will write to Mrs Cooper.

Mr Hunt added: “We welcome the strong line the home affairs select committee has taken on this issue. It is vital the social media giants step up to the mark and ensure they robustly tackle the chilling comments so often posted on their sites.”






Some 140 years later, the whipping of horses - incredibly - continues. Once condemned as barbaric and indefensible by racing pundit John McCririck, it can be seen this week in Cheltenham as horses are pushed to their limits, sometimes resulting in horrific injuries and death.

There was shock and disgust this time last year when seven horses died at the event.

Most are unaware, however, that this is only a small fraction of fatalities.

In 2016, for example, at least 136 thoroughbreds (including 76 from Ireland) died at British racetracks.

So far this year, 34 have lost their lives (19 of them Irish), some with broken necks, some falling and not getting up and others destroyed after sustaining painful leg, knee or spinal injuries.

The 10-year-old Many Clouds is one of the latest Irish victims. In January, he collapsed at the end of a 21-obstacle, 3.2-mile race at the Cheltenham track. According to Animal Aid, which maintains the Race Horse Death Watch website, he was "raced to death".

Animal Aid has documented over 1,500 deaths at UK tracks in the past decade, noting that even more horses are killed due to training injuries.

Those following the Cheltenham Festival should consider another of Anna Sewell's famous quotes: "If we see cruelty, or wrong, that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."















Measures that will improve the welfare of millions of horses and donkeys across Europe have been approved by the European Parliament, but US slaughter opponents are likely to be concerned by the thrust of proposed changes around drug residues.

Animal advocacy groups in Europe welcomed the adoption of the report, but concerns have been raised over a proposal to establish a withdrawal period system for horses and other equids treated with unauthorized substances.

This would allow animals currently excluded from the food chain to be slaughtered for human consumption, easing the path for meat exports from the likes of the United States where horses are not raised as food animals and lifelong medication records are not required.

The passed resolution acknowledged that the European Union (EU) did not allow meat from European horses not originally intended for slaughter to enter the human food chain, yet allowed more flexibility for meat imported from third countries.

It specifically mentioned the common anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (bute), the use of which in a horse currently results in its life-long exclusion from the human food chain.

The resolution calls on the European Commission to establish maximum residue levels for commonly used veterinary medicines such as phenylbutazone “to guarantee safety in the food chain”.

It called on Europe’s member states to promote a withdrawal period system based on scientific research that would make it possible to bring an animal back into the food chain after a medicine has been administered to it for the last time, while still protecting consumer health.

The resolution stressed the differences in health requirements applicable to horse-meat produced in Europe and that imported from third countries. It said it was desirable to have an equivalent level of health and food safety requirements and conformity of imports for the European consumer irrespective of the origin of horse-meat.

It also called on the Commission to make country-of-origin labeling mandatory for all processed horse-meat products. The resolution backed more audits on slaughterhouses outside the EU and a raft of other measures that would improve the lot of horses in all spheres of life.

The report will now be passed to the European Commission with a recommendation for action.

While Humane Society International/Europe welcomed the European Parliament’s backing of what it described as an ambitious report, it voiced concerns over the proposals around establishing withdrawal periods around drugs that currently meant the exclusion of treated animals from the human food chain.

“While we applaud members of the European Parliament for adopting an ambitious report highlighting the specific welfare needs of horses, donkeys and other equidae, we strongly oppose the proposed establishment of a withdrawal period system that aims to facilitate the slaughter of an increased number of equids,” the group’s executive director, Joanna Swabe, said.

Such a system, she said, would potentially create additional animal welfare problems and would seriously undermine the EU’s efforts to strengthen the traceability of horse-meat.

Since July 31, 2010, the EU has required that the only horses allowed to be slaughtered for export within the Union are those with a known lifetime medical treatment history and medicinal treatment records that show they have not been treated with banned substances. Such animals must also satisfy the veterinary medicine withdrawal periods for other medications.

In 2014, the European Commission suspended the import of Mexican horse-meat imports owing to serious traceability and food safety concerns.

In 2016, the European Commission adopted new requirements to regulate the import of horse-meat from non-EU countries more strictly and require that horses are resident in the country of slaughter for at least six months before they may be for slaughtered for export to the EU.

The resolution’s key elements include:

An increase in audits carried out in slaughterhouses outside EU that are authorized to export horse-meat to the EU and provision for suspending such imports when EU traceability and food safety requirements are not met;
The formulation of guidance, facilitating and enhancing scientific research on the welfare of horses and other equids at the time of slaughter;
Avoiding, when possible, the transport of live animals to slaughter and ensuring compliance with EU welfare rules on the transport of animals, with a shorter maximum journey time for all movements of horses for slaughter the likely result;
Supplying statistics on a regular basis notably on the transport and slaughter of equine animals in the EU;
A commitment by European states to inspect slaughterhouses licensed to handle horses;
The launch of a pilot project under which funding would be targeted at farms committed to good welfare practices;
The dissemination of information to tourists to help them decide whether to use services involving working horses and donkeys;
New guidance on donkey and horse milk farming and increased inspections of farms;
Production and circulation by the European Commission of information on how to care for horses and donkeys, including responsible breeding and end of life care;
Review of the impact of VAT (a goods and services tax) on equestrian enterprises.

The British-based international charity World Horse Welfare also welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of the report, suggesting it had the potential to transform the lives of horses, donkeys and mules across Europe and pave the way for higher equine welfare standards across the EU.

Its adoption allowed for the dissemination of basic information relating to the care of all equines across the EU, empowered consumers to choose horse businesses with high welfare standards, and provided funding for smaller farms to be rewarded for high standards of equine welfare.

The report, authored and spearheaded by Julie Girling, a British Conservative politician who represents southwest England in the European Parliament, included many of the key conclusions from a study published by World Horse Welfare and Eurogroup for Animals, entitled Removing the Blinkers: the health and welfare of European Equidae in 2015.

This was the first research report to fully outline the scope, scale and welfare challenges of the EU’s equine sector. The report identified a number of key welfare concerns – most of which were ultimately due to a basic lack of knowledge among owners.

World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said the adoption of the resolution by the European Parliament could not be more timely.

“June will see the first meeting of the new EU Animal Welfare Platform, a new forum that aims to address specific challenges to animal welfare through cooperation between civil society, public authorities and industry. What better blueprint for action could we have? We commend Julie Girling MEP for her work in this regard.

“The welfare problems facing Europe’s equines are just that – European problems.

“Poor stabling conditions for horses are as likely to be found in Ireland as they are in Italy, overworked donkeys can be found in Santorini just as they can be found in Spain.

“The absence of basic knowledge right across the EU is hurting equines and holding back the economy alike,” Owers said.

“We are confident that this resolution is a big step in the right direction for better equine welfare across our Union, and we look forward to taking forward its conclusions in the near future.”

Girling said she was happy that her report had passed through Parliament with such a large majority.

“This is a chance to improve the lives of 7 million horses and donkeys.

“Animal welfare has never been higher on our citizens’ agenda, and high standards are a mark of a civilized society. I look forward to close cooperation with the Commission to take these recommendations forward.

“Horses and donkeys have come to possess vast economic potential. Today the equine sector adds over €100 billion to the EU’s economy each year and is a leading rural employer in many Member States.

“However, in too many cases these animals are faced with severe welfare concerns including neglect, overwork and inappropriate living conditions.

“Europe’s citizens want to see more action on animal welfare and, with this report, I believe we have a golden opportunity to not only substantially improve the lives of 7 million horses and donkeys but, by better caring for these animals, we also have a chance to unlock the full economic potential of the sector and boost the rural economy.

“It is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”




Shirley Brodsky from the Sask-atchewan Horse Federation said the profile of horse owners has shifted and that has led to an increase in how often horses need to be transported on trailers.

“There used to be more rural horse owners, but now there’s a lot of urban-owned horses that are boarded at stables and there are not a lot of people who have experience with livestock.

“They are in positions where they need to transport, but are not prepared or don’t know,” she said.

Safety and health concerns for the horse can occur because of the inexperience.

“Every time I get behind the wheel of my truck with horses on the back it’s a huge responsibility,” said Brodsky.

She said she has logged millions of miles transporting her horses to shows over the years.

Manning and Brodsky offered tips on safe and healthy trailering.

“Most of the main reason we’re hauling horses is we’re going to an event or competition. The main focus of a good trip is to get the horse there in good shape and not stressed, and ready to compete. Otherwise you might as well stay home,” Brodsky said.

“You can undo months and months of training and preparation with a bad trailer ride.”

Trailering is a stressful activity for horses who tend to be claustrophobic and don’t like being confined.

“These are big flight animals and their first reaction in stress is to run away. They are not prone to crawling into little spaces. It’s not how they are programmed,” said Brodsky.

“It’s about training and desensitizing and building a foundation of trust.”

Advance preparation before a long trip is high on Brodsky’s list.

“Don’t throw anything new at a horse. If it has never been on a trailer don’t do it the morning you’re leaving for a show. If it’s never worn leg wraps, don’t throw them on the first morning, put them on in the stall. Introduce that well in advance of your travel date,” she said.

Balancing in a moving trailer is a lot of work for the horse, which feels more stress during a long road trip.

A few days before an extended haul, Brodsky takes her horses on a short and gentle trip to get them used to a nice ride. She also thinks every horse should learn to stand in a motionless trailer.

“There are events you will go to where you are not allowed to unload until they see your paperwork. Another good reason to make a horse wait is for biosecurity reasons. Make sure that any manure, or bedding or old feed is removed from the stall before you unload,” she said.

“If he’s happy standing on the trailer, that’s a bonus.”

Manning said the horse’s normal feeding patterns should be maintained to minimize the risk of gastrointestinal issues.

“Bring hay and other feed with you on your trip, if it’s feasible to do so,” he said.

As well, he said taking along water from home that the horse is used to is important.

“Horses are very particular when choosing to drink and they can be very fussy about the taste of the water regardless of quality. So they may choose not to drink strange water even if it’s good quality,” he said.

“It’s all about total dissolved solids with horses.”

Horses should be offered water at least every four hours during longer trips, but they may or may not choose to drink.

“Some would say you should add electrolytes or some sort of flavouring to water to encourage horses to drink. You’d want to start this ahead of time and train them ahead of time before you hit the road,” said Manning.

Brodsky said the morning before a trip she gives her horses a water rich meal.

“Keep the diet the same. But I will make their hay very wet because often horses don’t drink on the road. So the more water I can introduce into their gut the day of travel the happier I am,” she said.

Manning said horse owners should try to feed their animals in a position that allows them to eat with their heads down. That will reduce the likelihood of inhaling dust and reduce the incidence of respiratory disease.

Brodsky said because many horses won’t urinate when the trailer is in motion, it is important to stop to give them a chance to pee.

Temperature inside the trailer is another significant consideration.

Manning advises against trailer-ing in extreme heat or cold if possible.

“If you’re travelling south to Arizona and it’s very, very hot, especially when the horses are not used to that, try to avoid trailering in the midday period when the temperature is very high,” he said.

Added Brodsky, “Often we’re sitting in an air conditioned truck and are kind of oblivious to changes in (trailer) temperature. When you’re sitting in your vehicle, you sometimes forget that there’s guys back there.

“They generate a lot of heat when they’re working on a trailer so they might feel comfortable before they load but if you check them an hour down the road they might be pretty sweaty.”

A useful tip on a hot day is stirring ice cubes into the bedding shavings.

“It cools the trailer and it also stays cool a long time because it’s insulated in the shavings. It will also melt and cut some dust. It’s a lot of natural air conditioning,” she said.

Bedding should also be adequate so that if the horses scuff it around they are not sliding and skidding.

Trailers should have protective stall bars installed, particularly if the windows are down because horses may get their heads out too far.

“Horses have no concept of their own diameter. They’ll attempt things that are not possible,” said Manning.

While driving, Brodsky said it’s important to be sensitive to the feel of the vehicle, as well as lurches and bumps on the road.

“Often it’s an indication that a horse may have scrambled, fallen, or maybe you’ve blown a tire. Don’t just say, ‘that’s OK, it has stopped now,’ ” said Brodsky.

“I had people arrive at a horse show on a rim of rubber on one of their tires. They felt a big bump, but then it stopped so they kept going. They had three very expensive jumping horses on board and if that second tire had gone they’d have probably rolled and possibly killed themselves and all the horses.”

Another important consideration is to have the appropriate trailer size and type for the horses being transported.

Manning said the discussion continues about which position is best for an animal in a trailer.

“There’s pretty good research that says if a horse is loose in a trailer and they decide how they want to stand, most of them will stand facing backwards. Bracing with the hind legs is more comfortable and easier for them to do than with the front,” said Manning.

“I really think it’s about having an appropriate height for the horses you’re transporting, having an appropriate width and length of stall for the horse and whether or not you’re going to tie them,” he said.

“You don’t want them travelling with their head up all the time.”

At the end of an event if time permits, Brodsky often arranges with the show office to stay for a night to give her horses downtime before hitting the road home.

“Give them a little time to unwind and relax before you put them back on the trailer. When we get home we always isolate our show horses for a few days,” she said.

“These are basic commonsense approaches, but they have worked really well for us. The least stress you cause in an animal trailering, the better off. It’ll keep them healthier too.”
“Horses and donkeys have come to possess vast economic potential. Today the equine sector adds over €100 billion to the EU’s economy each year and is a leading rural employer in many Member States.

“However, in too many cases these animals are faced with severe welfare concerns including neglect, overwork and inappropriate living conditions.

“Europe’s citizens want to see more action on animal welfare and, with this report, I believe we have a golden opportunity to not only substantially improve the lives of 7 million horses and donkeys but, by better caring for these animals, we also have a chance to unlock the full economic potential of the sector and boost the rural economy.

“It is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”





Wide ranging topics from Brexit and biosecurity to racehorse health and equine therapy were discussed at Britain’s National Equine Forum in London last week.

Equestrians from all aspects of the horse world including charities, horse owners and breed society representatives were joined by a government minister and academics for the 25th NEF. The prevailing refrain was that the industry should continue to pull together and recognise change as opportunity.

This year’s event was sold out and had a waiting list, reflecting the growing popularity and importance to the industry of this highly informative, non-partisan event.

The National Equine Forum unites leaders, influencers, listeners and debaters to drive discussion on some of today’s most pertinent equestrian matters.

Brexit – an opportunity?

The Forum’s popular panel discussion debated the potential effects that EU exit may have on the horse industry. With fervent interaction from delegates, the panel covered Brexit’s potential impact on trade, identification, biosecurity and competition travel. The consensus was that the UK should play to its strengths: the UK’s Thoroughbred industry is currently Europe’s biggest market, favourable exchange rates bring export advantages and the UK is setting a gold standard with the Central Equine Database. All stakeholder groups from government to horse owners should pull together to support compliance and enforcement.

The Tripartite Agreement, which governs movement of horses between UK, Ireland and France, should be retained and the easy movement of competition horses maintained. The conclusion was that EU exit has to be regarded as an opportunity for the equine sector and that the sector needed to work together in speaking to government about its priorities.

A three-part session on the impact of tack fit commenced with Dr Sue Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopaedics, Centre for Equine Studies, Animal Health Trust. Dyson explained that the use of an ill-fitting saddle can have both short-term and long-term implications for the horse and can affect the long-term muscle development. In addition a saddle that does not fit the rider may impair their ability to ride in balance with the horse and influence the forces transmitted to the horse’s back. She emphasised the importance using a qualified saddle fitter regularly.

Neil Townsend, European Specialist in Equine Dentistry at Three Counties Equine Hospital, continued the session, providing a fascinating insight into the anatomy of the equine head and the many different areas that can be influenced by tack. Dr Caroline Benoist went on to explain the implications of bitting for the welfare and comfort of the horse. Benoist and Dyson both agreed that everyone must work together to increase the availability of scientific research as in so many areas there is a real lack of evidence.

Horse ID and the Central Equine Database

The morning sessions focused on the horse industry in a changing world. Lord Gardiner highlighted the importance of the equestrian sector’s role in the UK’s national and rural economies with its contribution of £8 billion a year.

Defra would be launching a consultation on proposals for the new Domestic Regulation on Equine ID shortly, where views would be invited on the need to microchip older horses and how best to implement the ID new regulation and improve the enforcement regime: “to make it easier for enforcement bodies to take action against the very small minority who deliberately flout the law and who threaten the integrity and reputation of an otherwise first-class sector.”

The Central Equine Database should be fully operational by summer 2017 reported Stewart Everett, Chief Executive of the Equine Register. Its primary purpose would be food chain safety and secondarily disease management and welfare. Introduction of a free public chip checker would encourage public involvement and promote compliance while an animal ID veterinary app would help with traceability and legal compliance. The digital biometric passport system would logically link Passport Issuing Office, owner and vet. The location of the horse, as well as that of the owner should be a key requirement for welfare and disease prevention.

Fight over business rates

Apprehensions about the impact of dramatic increases in business rates were clearly voiced by Sarah Phillips, Chief Operating Officer at the British Horse Society (BHS). Riding schools and livery yards are being hit with increases well above the regional average. With some rises of more than 350% largely due to disproportionate increases on individual stables, the BHS is campaigning for a reassessment otherwise some Riding Schools may have no option but to close or may be lost to developers, competition venue hire charges may increase and welfare concerns could arise.

Equine therapy

Lynn Peterson, Chief Executive, British Horse Society presented the organisation’s new initiative Changing Lives through Horses which is aimed at helping to improve the lives of young disengaged people using horses as the inspiration for change. Operated through selected UK BHS Approved riding centres and working in partnership with secondary schools and youth organisations Changing Lives brings new skills to young people to inspire their transition into education, training and employment.

The 2018 National Equine Forum will be held on Thursday, March 8, at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London.

Ross Hamilton, Corporate Affairs Manager at the British Horseracing Authority, reported that the government had really listened to this sector and that positive changes were imminent. The Horserace Betting Levy replacement would commence in April 2017, capturing a return from all betting activity on the sport, including the significant growth in online betting. Critical funding for veterinary research, disease surveillance and protection of rare breeds would continue under the new system.

Dr Tim Parkin, Head of Division of Equine Clinical Sciences and Clinical Director of the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital, University of Glasgow, presented the Memorial Lecture on the launch of the Thoroughbred Health Network as a UK-wide initiative. Its mission is to optimise the health of the racehorse and other equines predominantly by translating and sharing research and disseminating tips and advice on injury and disease.

Biosecurity and diseases

In a session on biosecurity and healthier horses Andrea Vilela, Education and Campaigns Manager, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, released the results of the charity’s Strangles Survey, developed in collaboration with the University of Liverpool.

More than 90% of survey respondents believed strangles should be more of a priority in the UK. Thus the charity’s ‘Stamp out strangles’ campaign intends to increase owner awareness and improve biosecurity and reduce the incidence of the disease amongst the UK horse population.

Professor Josh Slater continued with the theme of biosecurity, presenting an infectious disease case study and explaining the importance of following a practical outbreak control plan including rigorous quarantine, segregation and isolation protocols. The take-home message was that horse owners and yards should work with their vets to formulate and implement a disease control plan and that those unfortunate enough to have disease outbreaks should be supported, not demonised.






Dear John

I’ve started the re-mouthing process with my horse, Solo - have done 2 sessions so far.
As you’d predict, I’m getting masses of resistance, but trying to go slow but firm. So each session I’ve pulled him up three times (in each direction) and then he goes into a lot of circling. Sometimes I manage well with swinging the rope, but others, it has got a bit wrapped around him and he gets into more of a panic.

I’ll try to get a video at some point if you don’t mind giving me some feedback, but have had to stop for the time being as he has developed a girth gall.

Couple of questions:

1) The second session, after he’d stopped spinning and as I went to his head and reassured him, as soon as I’ve started loosening the rope to give him relief, he’s started to snatch at it and spin again. Do I just stand back and maintain or increase the resistance until he stops? In your DVD theres a horse that snatches and you stop releasing, but with Solo, he starts moving his whole body again and straining at the rope.

The spinning is normal Sandie. It is simply the Horse reacting to the amount of resistance in the Lateral Mouth. The more resistant, the more they spin.

You simply need to keep throwing the Rope, for as long as it takes because they also have to learn, that there is 'relief' in the ceasing and giving the Face.

2) How long do I keep going with the re-mouthing (with the rope) before introducing running reins? What I mean is, do I keep going until there is no resistance BEFORE using running reins, or can I mix the two things up and do some of each?

Yes, for unless a Horse is light 'laterally', they can't be 'supple' and therefore will be more prone to danger via the front Mouth requests. An improved 'Lateral Mouth' automatically improves the front mouth, without doing a thing.

3) The smallest area I have to work in, is the sand arena that is in the videos you’ve seen. Whilst I think this is OK for the bit I’m doing where he is on the rope, I’m just wondering if it’s going to be OK when it comes to the long reins because it might be hard to keep up with him (and stop rearing etc) in that area. Just wondered if you had any advice on this given the area I have to work in.

You shouldn't risk such an area. One 'scoot' and you have ruined everything. You need to have the fence, to assist a bit, with some lateral give, should the horse attempt to run through Your Hands. So go to any Yard.!!

The other thing that I have been doing is walking around in a larger arena with reins on the buckle - so really long, and practicing the pull stop, back up when he breaks pace. This worked really well.

Good, but You don't have to take my words too literally. The length of Reins need to be where the Horse can't bounce off your hand but not necessarily at the end of Buckles. For instance, I have long arms, so I can give with the arms and not necessarily the reins. Understand?

But on a ride out on my own a very short distance, when we turned for home, he was breaking pace so frequently and then getting harder and harder to manage (threatening to go on hind legs) when I stopped him and asked him to back up. So I used one-rein stops/turning on a tight circle, and after about 20 times of having to do this every couple of paces, he just gave up, he relaxed his head and just walked home on no reins. That felt like a wonderful victory and probably the first time riding him out alone that he hasn’t jigged and pulled all the way back.

You were not ready for that because you haven't fixed the Horse. Prove it all on the arena later. Read this. There is no room for error.'The%20Jig%20Jogging%20Horse'.htm

Thank you for your help John,









Hi John,

How are you? 

As I had mentioned in my previous email, I am working on hobble training my mare. She displays tremendous amount of resistance to everything. Her typical pattern is that she's cool with anything that you do with her for a few minutes, then when her patience gives in that's when she starts to put up tremendous fight. 

1. Hobble training with a single leg strap - when I do this she stands quietly for a first few minutes, especially when I am there, she's okay. As soon as I turn my back and start walking away, she panics and puts a huge fight. She goes down on the ground to get it off. She layed down to get it off but got exhausted, rested for a few minutes and then fought again. While she was laying down she was all tense and whimpering, getting a little sweaty too. This went on and on for good 30 minutes and finally she was able to fight and slip the leg strap off and stand up. Probably it wasn't as tight as it should be, but I was not loose either. The equation changes when she pushes it on the ground to loosen it further. So far in all the hobble training, I am trying to teach her that resisting will not work, she has successfully taught herself that resisting and fighting hard will get you results LOL.

My question is - for how long should I keep the strap on? As initially there is no fight, the fight happens when I leave it on for a good 5 minutes.

2. I had read in so many places that once a horse lays down and you pat them and soothe them, that does some fundamental changes to their mentality and they become more submissive, trusting and are not so spooky anymore. I am not seeing any such changes in her at all even after she has laid down twice so far. 
My question - Is there some technique that can be used to make the best use of the situation when a horse has laid down to help her overcome her resistance and spookiness? Some trainers on internet used plastic bags, cracked stock whip etc. when the horse is down. What do you recommend?

Superficially she's fine and easy to handle, it is the underlying resistance and incapability to cope up with stress which is the main problem. 

Looking forward to hearing from you and thanks heaps for your help.

Thanks and regards,


This has been going on for a while now Abhijeet and there is no doubt that You have a 'fistful' on Your Hands, the likes of which I have only met in 1-1000 Horses. I would therefore be considering my options regarding this Horse and personally, it would be gone. If You got into trouble with it whilst riding, it would kill You. Little 'self preservation' which is not the norm for the vast majorioty of Horses.

A front Leg strpa only needs to be on a Horse for no more than 2 minutes at a time, each Leg. I personally have not met your scenario for about 15 Years and before that only once.

To answer Your question then, this profile may benefit from the 'endorphin tap' (something again, I have only used half a dozen times in my career. It is irrelevant to most Horses.





My name is Charlotte Wilson and I have been looking for a horse for my daughter Ruby.
We have found a lovely stockhorse that we are very keen on. The owner is really gorgeous and is very much in love with her boy. She thinks we would make a great home for him but is reluctant to fully cut the tie and has suggested we free lease the horse for a set amount of time so she can see he is happy, and that we are. Within the time aggreed either she can change her mind and of course we can...
I am wondering if you have any thoughts on this and what the terms should be. Is there a standard aggreement we could sign? Am wanting to have everything understood by both of us in case something awful (heaven forbid) should happen while we are looking after him.
Would really appreciate your thoughts.
Regards Charlotte.



Thank you so much for your help.
I have copied the aggreement will change as required.
Can't believe how prompt you are!!
Thanks again.
Regards Charlotte.






I found horselaw on the net and just checking you are still taking questions for legal advice.

Mine is about a horse I bought and it became a head tosser within 2 weeks of owning and him and despite our efforts to treat the condition, he is no longer suitable for purpose, and hasnt been since that date.  



It is a very big subject Mariella.

It depends on what you mean by 'Head Tosser' too. Do you mean some kind of Veterinary affliction????? which case you will get a Vet Certificate and demand your money back or do you mean Head Tossing because of "Learned Helplessness', caused by Rider's for ever having the Hand Brake on??

This is what causes 'Head Tossers'





12TH March, 2017


Hi Folks. Hope You all had a great Week or are on the improve if You didn't.




A Wheel Barrow got removed from outside one of my Round pen Gates this Week. Not that there has to be one there to promote responsible Horse Owners but out of Love, we do it. Well, check out the respect.....


Now the lovely Person is on one of my Cameras that are working so I would suggest they go and remove it and we shall not kick their Ass off the Property and forget it ever happened. Fair deal?????


Congrats to Young Jess Demszuk (sp) for running 4th in the State Today, against a top Field, in the Elementary. Well done Jess.

Jess is now available for Lessons and Dressage Horse Re-Education, along with supervision by Mrs.HP, at Gainsborough.






Well, not much Horse work this Week but lot's of Media attention, with the Viral story about us knocking back a Mosque purchase for "Gainsborough'. Even Headlines in London.





The Media puts it's own spin and slant on Stories of course. Early in thee Week it was going to be Mosque versus Horse Industry, then Zoning and late in the piece, it switched to 'who to believe, the Agent or me'. So for the record, here are the facts.


  1. We were approached by an Agent who had a group of "Muslim Businessmen' who wanted to build a "Community Centre' (with Prayer Rooms) to house 1,000 People. The word 'Mosque' was never used.

  2. Our price was $1,800,000 but $2,000,000 was discussed, together with upping the Commission markedly.

  3. In the Messenger Press (local paper) however, the Week before, this was said.....

    The agent, who did not want to be named, said plans had been drawn but no firm offer was made and he would not reveal the identity of the men involved.

    “I saw plans (for the building) and it was for a very large function or community centre, catering for up to 1000 people. It also had prayer rooms,” he said.

    The fact is, that we didn't have an agency agreement with this Agent and so NO FIRM OFFER could be made, as that needs to be in writing on a Contract., however, verbally, read point 2.

  4. We were never REPRESENTED by this Agent as we didn't sign any agency agreement.

    “One of the men I know well and he operates a fish and chip shop locally. I represented Mr O’Leary for a short period of time, but I am no longer.”

  5. We did not sign an agency agreement with the Agent, instead going with an Adelaide Hills based Agent, more knowing of the Equestrian World.
  6. That the 30 lovely Ladies who agist with us, needed protecting and the Property has to be sold as a going concern, as an Equestrian Centre and Teaching Hub, with Mrs.HP supporting the new Owners./

  7. The Horse Industry and golden Grove Horse Hub, could not handle such a Building within it's midst.

  8. The Horse Industry has been kicked from 'Pillar to Post' by a procession of State and Local Governments (mainly Labor) and the "rot has to stop". An attempt had been made by the City of Tea Tree Gulley, to eject Australia's first Pony Club which was formed by RM. Williams, Margaret Clarke and Tom Roberts.(incidentally, largely driven by an EX JOCKEY and Lord Mayor, Bernie Keane, who even chaired a Meeting on behalf of the Council, WHILST BEING the Ward Member of the Club Grrrrrrrrrrr)

  9. The Blackhill Pony Club was cunningly acquired for Housing (driven by a smart Lawyer within)

  10. The 'Concrete Jungle' just rolls on and 'Obesity brings our Health system to Crisis.

  11. The killing of 'Recreational Sports' drives Crime.


but if one is going to built such facilities, go do it in an Industrial area, not within a Council designated Horse area.




I was expecting quite a lashing but to my complete surprise, we have had over 100 Phone Calls, Text Messages and 100's of Facebook Messages and 100% were positive. Not one to the negative. I guess that says how the 'Silent Majority' within this Country, are thinking and as to why Pauline Hanson is rising in the Polls.

Our thanks to all of those lovely Folk and especially on behalf of my poor suffering Wife who was having 'Kittens'


To whom it may concern, Upon reading a recent article re the refusal sale of private land due to Muslim beliefs.. I sincerely hope that Mr O'LEARY reads this short message. Mate, you absolutely made my day... You are a true blue Aussie at the core.. I feel proud of your actions and take my hat off to you and one day hope to see you in a pub so I can by you a beer! Your a true inspiration! Good on ya mate! Kind regards Roger

hi John and Linda

I read the article about the sale of your equestrian centre.   I just wanted to congratulate you on your stance - you have voiced the concerns of many, many people.

I was wondering if you are able to put a restrictive covenant on the title restricting what the property can be used for?   Just a thought....

Best wishes


Perth, WA


Good on you John ! we just saw you on today tonight my family and I totally agree with and support you.
Chris ---- and family


Julie Lardi Money can't buy everything, well done for sticking up for your principals.

ohn Moore Well done that man

Melissa Sowell Good on him. Well done. Like

Trio Silva god bless you
Wayne Beckhouse Congratulations Aussie Aussie Aussie

 Mark Ibbett Aussie taxpayers money, i bet

Ann Schroeder Good one.

Val Stephens Where did they get the money from.......Well done SIR.....

 Robert Butler That's true Aussie spirit, Onya mate

Leanne May Buy that man a beer

Chris Ehling In SA property is getting taken over by muslims. The old TAFE COLLEGE on Mayor Rd, O'Halloran Hill was sold for less 2 Million Dollar

 Beverley Maynard BRAVO GOOD FOR HIM :)

Kevin Jacobs Good on you mate Like · Reply · 4 · 22 hrs Margaret Bryson WOO HOO . . someone with some brains and principal.

 Elaine Rundle This is ridiculous.whats this prayer room crap all the time anyway it's not to be trusted. How do we know it's being used as a prayer room anyway. I would think it's more likely to be use for business dealings and Sharia law.

Kevin Watton well done , more principle than our federal treasurer
Elaine Rundle Thank goodness for this businessman that could not be bribed.


Noddy Paul Good job.
 Simon Bennett That's good well done the owner, hopefully you get a suitable buyer in the very near future. Not someone who wants to build a so called religious facility!!!
 Kim Brett Nicholson Congratulations!

Joe Smith Great job,Aussie of the year

and another 100........



We have been getting "High Fives' in Banks and any Shop where they recognize us, with Friday afternoon, a Boss leaving his back Office to come out and shake my Hand. Unreal.





As the Russian president, addressed the Duma,


"In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. 

If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim’s, then we now clearly advise them to go and live in  those places where that's the state law.


"Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'.  We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. 


We had better learn from the suicides of so-called democracies - America, England, Holland, and France, if  we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.


"When this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are  Not Russians.”


The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.






It was lovely to go along with Mrs. HP and 'Boof' and sit on a Chair and actually watch the Dressage yesterday. Take a real close look at the Fields. We never get a chance to do that.

At the end of the Day, much still needs to improve. It's just not right. It is as obvious as Hell!!!!


Sadly, appalling and 'personality' Judging is still happening. There were some terrible discrepancies.


First up Tye Zoonjens. You got dudded!! and the Interstate Judge agrees with me. Mrs. HP also agrees with the Victorian Judge. The two South Australian Judges must be due for the optometrist. So here is Your first Prize. Well done to Sun and Fun.




We are at the State Championships, with the BEST Horses and Riders in their Classes, but we have 65% being the flavor.  That means SATISFACTORY and not FAIRLY GOOD, and no where near GOOD. The lot of You!!!!! YOU ARE ALL FAILURES, ok????





  • A rider, in the Elementary 3.3, received 11% difference between the Interstate Judge and Local and yet, the rest of the Field only received a 5% difference.

  • That the interstate Judges must be wrong some of the time because they are way higher than the Local Judges often. No point bringing them here again

  • and I didn't think I would ever have to resort to 'Judge Grumble Guts' ever again, but there she was, 'braining the Juniors', just like old times. 8, 9 and 10% respectively, lower for three of our best Juniors,( including the 'Snipster") below the Interstate Judge. See.....I told You Interstate Judges can't Judge. No point bringing them over here

    Why is this Judge needing to diminish the spark of the best Young Riders' in the State?...

    What's EA going to do about this then????? Nothing as usual?




I have to congratulate Judge Platt. She was consistently within 2% of Her Co Interstate Judge. in the Novice where I had a Peek at the scores./





8 Riders including FEI Riders, wrote to EA prior to the event, pleading that the Champs be held elsewhere and not on grass. Mt. Crawford or Southern Vales. The Ground was not good enough for the Event, despite the hard work and effort by the Organizers who tried their best.

We heard of a Horse going down on it's knees in the warm,up, others stumble, slip in Canter Pirouettes and more. Not good enough and not Professional!!!!!! Thanks God Cappo wasn't there.

The Horse of the Year slipped during the second change of a run of changes and the Rider decided to abort the whole run, rather than risk the Horse.

Come on South Australia....lift You Game!!!!





The best Dressage Grounds in the State are these. Lord knows why big Shows aren't held there. Don't give me "not enough room" I could fix that in 5 Minutes. ....closely followed by Mt. Crawford of course but Southern Vales arenas are simply the best as is the warm up./




I saw Snip in his 'happiness' win the both of the Youth Elementary and shortly afterwards he snuck up behind my Chair and ate half my Butterscotch Muffin :)





  • Dressage Judges need to be able to see 'unhappiness' in Horses and take it into account
  • There was a concerning number of stressed Dressage Horses at the Event. A number held hard, a number that couldn't be ridden any more, others threatening to rear and others breaking out into a muck lather of sweat. It doesn't have to be that difficult Folks :(

  • Judges surely should be able to spot "Held Horses with Iron Fists" by now :( There are way too many of them, scoring well.

  • and what will the EA do about the Interstate Coach who went and stood with the Centre Judge whilst one of his Pupils was in front of that Judge????? An area where no one else was permitted to walk.
  • and the results on Day 2 will tell a story of some of the above.

Yes Folks. A Hell of a long way to go with the EA.





" If You want to Judge Your Riding and Training, count the number of times Your Horse manures during a Flat Work session. More than one and there is a problem. Mrs. HP get's none."








NASHVILLE – Today, the Beacon Center Legal Foundation announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. The Vet Board recently defined “animal massage” as a form of veterinary medicine, meaning that merely rubbing horses now requires a veterinarian license. The Beacon Center believes this law is unconstitutional and has filed suit on behalf of Martha Stowe and Laurie Wheeler of Franklin, as both of their careers and livelihoods depend on horse massage therapy. Continuing to practice horse massage therapy subjected them to fines and even potential jail time.

After giving the Vet Board warning that the horse massage rule is unconstitutional, the Board asked for an extra two weeks to reconsider the rule before the Beacon Center filed a lawsuit. Despite being given that time, the Board has decided to disregard the advice of the Beacon Center, leading to this lawsuit. 
This is the third lawsuit the Beacon Center has filed, winning its first lawsuit against the city of Nashville for its unconstitutional homesharing regulations. The Beacon Center also looks likely to get a second legal victory, as the administration of Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed repealing the shampoo licensing scheme as a result of our case challenging that law.
Beacon Center Litigation Director Braden Boucek stated, “We will be putting our energy and resources into making sure that the government restores Laurie and Martha’s right to earn an honest living. Both the U.S. Constitution and Tennessee Constitution protect the right to earn a living, meaning individuals have a right to pursue a chosen business or profession free from arbitrary or excessive government interference. This regulation clearly runs afoul of that right. The Vet Board is now requiring a license to rub a horse. It is time we stop criminalizing compassion. What’s next, a license to pet your dog or feed your cat?”
Laurie Wheeler, the plaintiff in this case, noted, “We are extremely disappointed and disheartened that the Vet Board has chosen to stand by its ill-conceived and illegal regulation on horse massage despite the outstanding amount of evidence we presented showing that the rule was unconstitutional and unnecessary.” 
Martha Stowe, the other plaintiff in the case said, “Over the past two weeks, both Laurie and I have received a tremendous outpouring of support at both the local and national level, and we are certain that we will prevail in court. We are very thankful for the Beacon Center for protecting our rights.”











Nashville, Tennessee – As reported on February 19, the Tennessee State Veterinarian Board threatened two horse massage therapists with jail and fines if they did not cease and desist massaging horses. The Beacon Center sent a letter to the board, on the women’s behalf, threatening a lawsuit if the board did not rescind their decision.

Laurie Wheeler, one of the massage therapists who received the cease and desist letters, went back and forth with the board, but was unable to come to an agreement. The board declared she would be unable to even give massages for free. A lawsuit was filed Thursday, challenging the board decision.

“The Vet Board is now requiring a license to rub a horse. It is time we stop criminalizing compassion,” Braden Boucek of The Beacon Center said. “What’s next, a license to pet your dog or feed your cat?”

Hannah Cox, of the Beacon Center, explained how absurd the law is applied. “In Tennessee, you can do all sorts of other things to horses without a license, including artificial insemination, you can shoe a horse, you can even castrate a horse without a license, but you can’t massage a horse.”







The constable of St Peter says ”words have failed him” following a violent attack on a horse in his Parish.

The animal has been left permanently disfigured after someone stabbed it in the face at a private property along La Grande Route de St Pierre.

The incident happened on Monday lunchtime between 12.45pm and 1.45pm.

Constable John Refault is urging witnesses to come forward:

“I strongly advise them to go to the Police as someone who has done that could disfigure something else too. It is horrific to think they could do that to an animal somewhere else, maybe in a quieter location.

For someone to go out and deliberately stab a horse is a disgrace – I can’t even comprehend how someone in their right mind would think to do such a thing.”

If you have any information that might help Jersey Police with their enquiries, please call 612612, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or contact the Force via their Facebook and Twitter pages.






MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- A Martin County family said they couldn't believe their eyes after they say they saw their neighbor shoot a horse.

Mary Maynard and her mother said they saw the horse fall down a hill where it laid for about 30 minutes.

Maynard said she saw the neighbor then tie a strap around the horse and drag it up the hill where she says her neighbor shot it once more.

Police said the horse, which belongs to a home down the road, was shot multiple times and found dead on the back of the neighbor's property.

Maynard said the sight was so awful she had trouble sleeping last night.

"I just, I was in shock because I've never seen anybody do anything like that," Maynard said.

Sheriff John Kirk said others have come forward saying this isn't the first time something like this has happened.

He said there's better ways to deal with an animal that comes on to your property.

"You should either call the sheriff's department and let them know that they're there or or call the animal owner instead of taking the law into your own hands," Kirk said.






Disabled children are making physical and mental strides through local horse therapy and the program is expanding.

Our news team joined one client, Joy Trumbo, in the arena to find out the benefits and just how these children are growing for the better.

Joy Trumbo was adopted from China when she was five-years-old and now at the age of 18 she is just 70 pounds and her family is helping her overcome multiple diagnoses.

"Initially it was pretty rough go with a lot of issues especially skeletal issues," Joy’s mother Thora Trumbo said.

Growing up hard-of-hearing and in a body brace Joy was unable to twist and turn at the waste, making most recreational activities difficult and horse therapy was an unexpected answer.

“We found TROT she’s actually enjoyed it a lot," Mrs. Trumbo continued.

The Therapeutic Horse Riding program of the Tri-Cities (TROT) promotes muscle strength and flexibility for children like Joy, with different abilities.

"So the constant motion really helped in the rhythm of walking and this is really given her a lot more movement and strength and limbered her up a little bit," Mrs. Trumbo said.

14 surgeries later, including a spinal fusion operation Joy is riding strong and horseback riding is continuing to help improve her core strength and mobility.

Just one of benefits seen by TROT President Cynthia MacFarlan.

"The heat of the horse helps loosen their muscles and they do stretch," TROT President Cynthia MacFarlan said.

MacFarlan says it all comes at a cost, thousands donated to the non-profit by local businesses like Lamb Weston and is supported by dozens of volunteers.

Joy is one of Cynthia's 33 clients making strides and the horse therapy even helped boost Joy's communication skills.

"Joys not fluent in any language,” Mrs. Trumbo said.

But sign language is her forte.

The stable also helps Joy trust her own abilities and assists in the learning of patience in a safe environment.

"She has gained a lot of confidence in just talking to the horses and riding them," Mrs. Trumbo continued.

Trotting toward a sense of empowerment and a sense of accomplishment for Joy's first time.

This Saturday TROT is hosting a volunteer training program at the stables in Pasco making a total of 75 volunteers.

The next wave of its program starts on March 28th.






ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) _ An Indiana race horse trainer’s state license has been suspended for 15 years on accusations of severely beating a horse.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission issued a default judgment this week against trainer Bobby Brower of Muncie, ruling he missed the deadline to request a hearing. The Anderson Herald-Bulletin reports the commission staff said Brower whipped, kicked and beat an exhausted horse after it collapsed at a horse farm near Anderson. The complaint says Brower has faced at least 44 rulings from the commission, including six for indiscriminate whipping.
Brower has said the latest complaint was blown out of proportion and that the horse slipped on wet pavement. Brower’s attorney called the penalty career-ending and that he was being denied a proper chance to defend himself.





Omaha, Nebraska -- An Omaha couple wants to find out who broke into their barn and cut the tail off of one of their horses.

"I got tears in my eyes, cried," said Ronald Hendryx, who was devastated Thursday night.

That's when he and his wife say someone broke into their barn overnight and cut one of their horse's tails.

"It upset us because now our horse can't swat flies this summer. That's what a horse's tail is for, to get the flies away from them."

Hendryx says they've lived there more than 30 years.

"I wish this would have never happened, but we live in a different day and age," he said.

Now they're worried for their other horse, too.

Hendryx says he stays up most of the night making sure the animals are OK and thinks he knows why someone would do this.

"They're doing this for profit," he said, because horse hair has many uses.

Hendryx says he's not going to just wait for the next time.

Instead, he plans to install security cameras and hopes sending this warning to all horse lovers will help.

The Nebraska Humane Society says it is hearing about these kinds of cases more in the Omaha metro.

It says horse owners should monitor the animals closely.








BESSIE Smits was told the news no cowgirl ever wants to hear: “you will never ride again”.

The 22-year-old Rodeo Queen of Australia is recovering from a horse accident that has left her with cracked ribs and a grade-four tear on her liver.

Cloncurry cowgirl and 2017 Rodeo Queen of Australia Bessie Smits may never ride again after a serious fall off her horse on Monday evening.

Ms Smits was riding her gelding Coal, which bucked and threw her onto a gate with force, wrapping her around it.

Speaking on Facebook, Ms Smits said the accident resulted in a Grade 4 liver laceration, potentially cracked ribs and life changing results.

“The liver surgeon has advised me that my liver is almost cut in half (and) I am incredibly lucky that my arteries holding my liver in place were not severed,” Ms Smits said.

“He said it was a miracle I am still alive.”

Ms Smits said the surgeon strongly advised her from riding a horse or participating in rodeo ever again.

“Because if I fall on my liver, I could die instantly,” she said.

Ms Smits said the news was devastating.

“I had exciting plans for my young gelding’s first year on the circuit, to fulfill my duties as Queen and to compete for a long time,” she said.

Ms Smits expects to remain in Townsville hospital for “10 days of close observation” followed by four to five weeks of bed rest.

“Thank you to everyone who has helped me, visited me or looked after me during this time,” she said.

“I can only have faith and find comfort this is all part of God’s plan and that I will come out of this stronger than ever, and with a new path in my life.

She said Rodeo Queen Quest coordinator Sharon Piggott had been very understanding and would allow her to finish her reign as Rodeo Queen even though she can no longer contribute on the equestrian side.

More than 230 people have left messages of support on her Facebook page.



Sorry Folks. My Laptop blew up and I haven't the facilities to go further Tonight. Regards




5th March, 2017


Hi Folks. How are You all. I hope You had a very nice Week.

Terrible Summer down here at Victor Harbor

Horse Sports should think of moving South Folks!!!!

Weather here has been marvelous for living and working. Horse Riding as normal, teaching as normal and whilst Adelaide has been sweltering and gridlocked due to the 'Clipsal Car Race'. As if the Traffic wasn't bad enough, the City strained under the arrival of Thousands of International and Inter-State Tourists.

Yes, our new South Eastern Freeway, down to a Halt, no longer able to cope. So much for planning. They haven't got a clue here. 2.5 Hours to drive to Gainsborough and we bypassed Clipsal.













We spent a Day at Gainsborough and I worked on upgrading Lighting facilities, changing from old Technology to new. My Thanks to Terry for his help.

Welcome back to Young Jess Demczuk and Her Horses. Now based at Gainsborough.


goes to Paula Beentjes for being such a great Agistment Centre Manager and a Real Country Gal who can have a crack at anything, nothing like the 'Hair Grooming' Blondes from the City :) 


Own Real Estate North of Gawler?????

Real Estate to the North of Gawler will become almost impossible to sell in the future. The Population will move South. Real Estate in the South will increase in price, way above the odds. Get in now or miss out.


I am totally over these Hair Loving Blonde Bimbo's with 'Princess Disease' who are consuming our TV Set's these Days. It is becoming of 'Plague Proportions'  I would even put Car accidents down to Hair loving now and on 'Married at first Sight' last Week, I actually saw one who drove one handed so she could make love to Her dam Hair as she drove down the Road.

YUUUUUK!!!!!!  Big Headed Bimbo's ....and let's not forget the Brunettes :)

This one is in love with Her TOP LIP as well as Her Hair.

and please don't mention the Head Chucking of the Non existent Hair in the eyes. Grrrrrr



Last Week, Mrs. HP took a Lesson with a Lady who had just purchased a very expensive new Saddle. The Stirrup Leather kept falling off, with the stirrup, both with the Pupil and then Mrs. HP who removed the Pupil and tested it to remove riding doubt.

The Saddle was returned to the well known Saddle Shop where the Buyer requested a refund but instead, it was put into the Saddlery Repair Folks, who came up with this fix.

  Jessica Trainer

My first reaction was to note that this Pupil and many others that I have spoken to, have all been told by PC and EA, to ride with the safety clip disengaged. These clips have been around for at least 30 Years that I can remember and were designed to save a Rider who may fall off and get hung up. The Clip disengages and released the stirrup out the back. Good idea and worked very well for us, across 50 odd Thousand Riders.

So why would You recommend they be not used? Yet another Risk Management question, where the Peak Horse Bodies assume the role of removing Risk from the Saddle Company and taking it on themselves. In essence, that is what they are doing........

so why would the Saddle Shop transfer the Risk here to themselves. Very silly move indeed.

Now of course, Mrs. HP has refused to teach the Pupil, with that Saddle as she is not stupid. She won't assume the Risk of both the Saddle Manufacturer and the Saddlery Shop.

be careful out there Folks!!!



"Summer Rugs on Horses in Horse Floats, during Summer are over the top and unfair on Horses."




The Case of Verbal Lease of a Mare, for the Lessee to get a Foal out of but after getting said Foal, the Lady in possession decided she would keep the Mare and say that it was a Gift.

These Cases are a regular, right across Australia and People are warned to 'Get it in writing' The Case goes to Trial soon

















Canberra track work rider Riharna Thomson died on Friday morning following serious head injuries sustained from an accident at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday.
Thomson, 22, was riding Chosen Prayer and fell when the horse broke its leg in a freak accident that has rocked Canberra's tight-knit racing community.

An serious accident at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday morning hospitalised Canberra track work rider Riharna Thomson. Photo: Graham Tidy
The mare, trained by Keith Dryden and Scott Collings, had to be euthanised, and officials are investigating details of the fall.
"Riharna was a dedicated track rider rising early every morning to ride track work and was recently promoted to the position of stable foreman," Canberra Racing Club said in a statement. "She was a young and enthusiastic horse lover who was well respected and loved amongst the local stable fraternity."
"Everyone in the racing family at Thoroughbred Park is deeply affected by the passing of Riharna. Club employees and stable staff are receiving support and have been offered counselling services locally by Rev Steven Prior and with the assistance of Racing NSW Pastor Rev Colin Watts and through the Racing NSW Racing Mates Assistance Program."
The tragic death comes ahead of Canberra's marquee day of racing, Black Opal Stakes Day, on Sunday.
A ceremony honouring the memory of Thomson will be held in the mounting yard at Thoroughbred Park before the first race at 1pm on Sunday.
Worksafe ACT is investigating the accident. The Canberra Racing Club stewards will also investigate.





The Australian Turf Club is embroiled in a major scandal after its mounted security division was shut down amid claims that former racehorses were mistreated and illegally sedated to fulfil lucrative commercial work.

The ATC's Mounted Division uses retired racehorses that are retrained for everyday life. Aside from ceremonial duties on race days, they double as horses for hire in the private security sector and regularly appear as props in modelling shoots for shows including Australia's Next Top Model and Channel Seven's Sunrise. But Fairfax Media can reveal that following serious allegations of cruelty and drugging, Racing NSW has seized all the horses and launched an investigation.

The Australian Turf Club at Randwick has introduced an equine mounted division of former racehorses.
The Australian Turf Club at Randwick has introduced an equine mounted division of former racehorses. Photo: Darbs Darby

"My stewards received a complaint from workers about possible cruelty to the horses there," confirmed Racing NSW chief Peter V'landys on Saturday. "We attended immediately. We removed the horses and have subsequently opened up an inquiry."

The scandal, kept under wraps by both Racing NSW and the ATC for more than a month, has now erupted just before the prestigious Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, which includes the Golden Slipper at Rosehill and the $18 Million The Championships at Randwick.

ATC chief executive Darren Pearce said his organisation would not be making any comment on the "specifics" of the Racing NSW inquiry which, at this stage, remains "confidential" for all parties involved "including our staff who wish to respond to the allegations".

"We welcome the inquiry and we will continue to co-operate ... to uphold the highest standards of animal welfare and integrity," Mr Pearce said.

At the time it was shut on January 16, the Mounted Division had six horses all donated by owners to give their animals a new lease of life. They include Turbulent Jet who earned more than $200,000 during his career, the Terry Fahey-trained Manhattan Island and Lachlan Place, donated by former jockey Kevin Moses. As part of their new careers, the reconditioned animals get to revisit past haunts including Royal Randwick, Canterbury and Warwick Farm racecourses as part of security patrols.

Away from the track, they spearhead a series of valuable community initiatives such as visits to aged care homes and schools. However, there is another financially focused side to the business, with its website telling prospective clients: "The horses may also be hired out for private and public events and promotions to add uniqueness to your event."

Fairfax Media is aware that allegations were raised last year that the division had a "gruelling" work schedule, collective poor health and that drugs were not only being exploited to mask serious pain, but sedate the animals to ensure they performed "appropriately" at events and functions, some of which can span an entire day.

However, the situation is understood to have escalated over the New Year holiday period when four horses were sent to patrol the three-day Falls Music & Arts Festival near Byron Bay. When one of those horses collapsed, injuring itself and its female rider, NSW Racing was called in by concerned stakeholders.

Mr V'landys said as soon as his organisation became aware of the "alarming" allegations in mid-January, all horses were removed from their base in Sydney's Centennial Park and transferred to a farm where they remain. "Constant veterinary examinations have been conducted," he said, adding: "We are now satisfied they are in much improved condition from what they were."

Four statements have since been taken by Racing NSW stewards who will decide, upon completion of the inquiry, whether formal charges should be laid.




This shocking footage shows a car on the wrong side of the road hit two horse riders.

The horses are seen trotting along a road in Witcham, near Ely at the start of the film, before being hit by a blue car.

The horse that was hit is shown flying into a 360 degree turn, while its rider was left hurt on the floor in the incident at 11.30am on Friday, March 3.

The second rider was left shocked and bruised.

Emergency services were called shortly after, and the rider left on the floor was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with minor injuries.

The car can be seen pulling up to the side of the road towards the end of the footage

A resident, who saw the incident, told the News: “It’s disgusting, it made me feel sick.

“If the driver hit the horse head on that horse would have gone straight into his windscreen. Not only would the horse have died but so would the driver.

“We’ve got children riding horses, loads of people that walk there."

The riders are members of Witcham Equestrian Centre which told its Facebook followers that the horses belong to them, and one is being treated by a vet.

Police were contacted and are understood to be investigating.




Michelle Holdstock, 10, died after falling from her horse and suffering a severe brain injury

The little girl – who was wearing a riding helmet – was airlifted to hospital but died eight days later after suffering a bleed in her brain.

Her heartbroken mum Maxine Holdstock said Michelle and the horse Zorba were like a “match made in heaven” and the 1o-year-old riding fanatic had been riding it regularly.

Describing the relationship, Mrs Holdstock told an inquest into Michelle’s death: “They were suited to each other.

“You saw her on the horse and it was like a match made in heaven.”

The hearing at Worthing Coroner’s Court on Thursday heard Michelle was riding Zorba while Maxine and stable owner Tanya Crew were walking behind.

They were going back along the route they had taken when they approached a right hand bend in the road.

Zorba appeared to break into a trot and disappeared out of sight, with Michelle doing her best to slow the horse as they went round the corner.

But moments later Mrs Holdstock found Michelle unconscious on the tarmac road.

She was airlifted to the trauma centre at St George’s Hospital, London, where docs discovered she had a bleed under and within her brain, starving her of oxygen.

Paediatric intensive care consultant Buvana Dwarakanathan said Michelle’s brain injury was not survivable.

She said: “This was a high impact injury, something you would see in a road traffic accident.”

In November, an inquest heard young mum Natasha Probert died after falling from her horse and fracturing her skull despite also wearing a helmet.

Police sergeant Darren Harries told the inquest into Michelle’s death: “Looking at the hoof marks on the road, they looked like skid marks – the same marks as tyres locking up and skidding.”

Little Michelle died from the severe brain injury a week later on October 10, 2016.

Recording a narrative verdict, assistant coroner Christopher Wilkinson said: “It was simply an unexpected event and on the balance of probabilities it was an accident.

“It is a tragedy. It has robbed you of a daughter and I’m very sorry it has occurred.”





GREENVILLE, Ms. (KNOE) - Nineteen horses were killed in an 18-wheeler crash on Hwy 82 near Greenville, MS on Tuesday.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol, the driver was from Bastrop and survived the crash unharmed.

Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

There is no confirmation on where the horses were being transported.

We will continue to update as more information becomes available.

Press release from MSP:

At 10:42 pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Troopers along with Washington County officials were dispatched to a one vehicle accident in US Highway 82 just east of Landfill road.

A 2007 Peter-built transport truck driven by Harry Swift from Bastrop, Louisiana, was traveling west on US 82. His truck traveled off the roadway and overturned onto its side.

The driver was not injured. He was hauling livestock. 19 horses were killed in the accident.

The accident in still under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.





CLASSIC-winning jockey George Baker is in a coma after an horrific three-horse pile-up after a race on a frozen lake in the toffs skiing paradise St Moritz.

The horse he was riding is believed to have put his hoof through a hole in the ice before crashing down.

Baker, 34, was airlifted by rescue helicopter to a special trauma hospital 100 kilometres away in the Swiss city of Chur.

The horse Baker was riding – the Jamie Osborne-trained Boomerang Bob – was killed. The incident took place in the first race. The rest of the meeting was abandoned.

Baker, who rode 61 winners last season including the St Leger on Harbour Law in September, was knocked unconscious before being attended to by an emergency medical team.

He was later placed in an induced coma by hospital specialists.

The two other horses and jockeys involved in the horror fall escaped unscathed.

Baker’s agent, Guy Jewell, said: “George is in intensive care at the hospital.

“The one bit of good news so far is that he has already had a CT scan and that has come back clear. Now all we can do is wait for the medication to wear off.”

Speaking after the incident, St Moritz press officer Claudia Grasern-Woehrle said: “We’ve had a bad accident in the first race.

“The jockey George Baker was brought down. Unfortunately his horse died and the jockey has been airlifted to hospital. We checked the track following the incident and found a hole in it, which means we have had to cancel the rest of the meeting as safety comes first.”

Racing pundit Derek Thompson witnessed the fall, reported: “I am with the course’s officials and we have been told George is stable in intensive care.”

Luxury yuppie resort St Moritz, 6,000 feet up in the Alps, is best known as a winter playground to the rich and famous.

Yet incredibly it has also been host to an annual horse-racing meeting called ‘White Turf’ on St Moritz’ picturesque frozen lake since 1908.

Horses wear special snow shoes to enable them to race on the snow and ice. However there have been growing safety concerns in recent years.

Just 12 months ago the first meeting of the year was cancelled and the remainder were run on a shorter straight course of 800 metres because cracks had appeared in the back straight.

Yesterday's meeting has clearly been hit by similar issues.

A statement issued by organisers read: "After thorough investigation by the persons responsible for White Turf, a crack in the ice had occurred on the inner rails in the direction of the racetrack, some 150m from the finishing line.

"This meant that water had come up to undermine the racetrack."

Thomas Walther, President of the Management Board of the St Moritz Racing Association, told spectators: "As we could not estimate how conditions on the racecourse would develop, we unfortunately had to call off the race meeting.

"The safety of the horses and the riders are paramount. There is no danger for spectators anywhere on the lake."

Clearly that did not apply to the horses and jockeys risking their lives on the racetrack.






WELLINGTON, Fla. — An Ada teenager was killed when his horse fell on him during a polo match in Florida on Thursday.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Donovan Stratemann, 17, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday when his horse collided with another horse, the two fell and his horse landed on top of him during a match at the Santa Clara Polo Club just outside Wellington. Stratemann was resuscitated by rescue workers and was airlifted to the Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The Stratemann family lives in Ada but resides in Florida during the winter polo season. Stratemann’s father, Chris, is the manager of the U.S. Open Championship Orchard Hill polo team, which is owned by Steve Van Andel, also of Ada.

Stratemann is survived by his father and mother, Chris and Sonia Healy Stratemann, and two sisters, Alexandra and Maya.

In the wake of Stratemann’s death, the United States Polo Association released the following statement…

“The USPA along with the entire polo community extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Stratemann family and friends. It is our hope that solace can be found in the endless outpouring of support from our beloved polo community during this difficult time. Our ability to come together in times of grief is a tribute to the incredible sport we all cherish. Donovan will forever be in our hearts.”




Air ambulance crews rushed to the scene when a teenager fell from her horse.

Steve Corry-Bass and paramedic Chris Hawkins flew to Spalding to assess the patient.

The Magpas Air Ambulance flew to the incident after the woman sustained a back injury.

The incident happened in Spalding on February 26 at 12.35pm.

She was given advanced pain relief and air-lifted to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

She was in a stable condition when she arrived at the hospital.

When the crew landed in Nottingham, the East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics helped to transfer the patient from the landing site to the hospital.

The Magpas Air Ambulance crew helps by providing life saving care to patients in life-threatening emergencies throughout the east of England.










Horseback riding can improve learning in children, a study carried out in Japan suggests.

The study showed that the effects of vibrations produced by horses during riding led to the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which improved learning in children.

The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the fight or flight response.

However, it appears that the horse has to generate the right vibrations for the cognitive benefits to occur.

A professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture, Mitsuaki Ohta, said few studies had addressed the effects of horseback riding on children and the mechanisms underlying how the activity affected humans.

“We wanted to look into these effects because previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of horseback riding with respect to enhancing physical health and the mental effects,” he said.

Ohta and his colleagues noted that there were many obvious health benefits to riding, including developing a strong core and legs, but also many less obvious benefits, such as increased confidence and introspection.

The study team examined the effects of horseback riding on the performance of children by having them complete simple tests directly before and after horse-riding, while measuring the children’s heart rate in response to movements created by the horses.

The researchers used 34 boys and 72 girls, aged 10 to 12, in the study. They were divided into three groups – horse riding, walking, and resting.

Three healthy horses were used in the study, with an average age of 20. One was a half-breed mare that stood 155cm at the withers, another was a 141cm tall gelded Kiso, which is a Japanese traditional horse, and the third was a pony gelding that stood 135cm at the withers.

The behavioral reactions of the youngsters, who were described as typical healthy children, were tested using a “Go/No-go” test, which assesses the cognitive response using fast computerized questions.

The test determined the children’s ability to appropriately respond in a situation, by either performing an action or demonstrating self-control. The children were also asked to complete simple arithmetic problems to test their mental performance.

The results, reported in the open-access journal Frontiers in Public Health, showed that riding on some horses at a walk greatly improved the ability of the children to perform the behavioral tasks, but less of an effect was seen on the children’s results when solving arithmetic problems.

Ohta believes this difference in results may be due to the simplicity of the mathematical test, as increases in heart rate were associated only with the behavioral test.

“The Go/No-go tasks might be harder than the arithmetic problems and thus cause a more extensive activation of the sympathetic nervous system, since increases in heart rate were associated with the improved performance of Go/No-go tasks, but not arithmetic problems,” he explained.

These results mean that the act of horse-riding could improve cognitive abilities in children. These are brain-based skills of which an improvement can lead to enhanced learning, memory and problem-solving.

So, what is specific in the movement of horse-riding that leads to these improvements, and why did the researchers suggest improvement might come from only some horses, not all?

“One important characteristic of the horse steps is that they produce three-dimensional accelerations,” Ohta explained.

“The movement of the horse’s pelvis may provide motor and sensory inputs to the human body and in this study, I believe some of the differences among the rider’s performances might be due to these accelerations.”

Ohta said the results may be due to the vibrations produced from the horse’s motion activating parts of the sympathetic nervous system, leading to improved behavioral test results.

He said it was important to consider that the results could vary based on the horses or breeds. Indeed, significant differences in the three-dimensional acceleration and the autonomic activities were observed among the three horses used in the study.

“Riding on a half-breed horse or a pony improved the ability to perform Go/No-go tasks and solve arithmetic problems, possibly through sympathetic activity,” the researchers reported in their paper.

“Some horses, like the Kiso, might provide a healing effect to children through parasympathetic activity.

“The acceleration in the Kiso horse group during walking in hand was significantly different from those involving the other two horses, indicating that the vibrations produced by these horses might modify the autonomic activities.”

The autonomic nervous system is responsible for control of bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, the heartbeat, and digestive processes.

Ohta acknowledged that a lot of children did not have easy access to horse-riding, suggesting that perhaps some benefits could be acquired from more attainable pet interactions.

“There are many possible effects of human-animal interactions on child development,” he said. “For instance, the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions, which we described in this study, and the ability to appreciate and respond to complex emotional influences and non-verbal communication, which requires further research to be understood.”

The study team concluded in their paper: “The important benefits of horseback riding for children and human health appear to be caused by the horse’s vibrations, which may be different among horses.

“Riding particular horses or breeds might improve the ability to recognize the appropriate action depending on the situation (Go reaction) and the appropriate self-control (No-go reaction) in children, possibly through the activation of the sympathetic nervous system.

“Some horse riding may reduce stress through the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system,” they added.




Max’s job is to pull tourists around on a cart through Central Park in New York City. But last Tuesday, the horse experienced a horrible tumble. He was breathing very heavily, started slowing down and then stumbled and fell down on the tar, trying to get up again but failing. A passer-by took photographs of the large horse lying on the ground, immobile.

These photos then made their way to NYCLASS, an organization that campaigns for the ban of cart horses in the city. The driver of the cart, Chris Emanus, spoke out in defense of his actions when the photos went viral and people started criticizing him on the internet. He told Daily News New York:

He tripped. His foot got stuck on a little crack on the pavement. He went down. That happens all the time with horses. With new shoes, sometimes they’re not comfortable.

NYCLASS believes that the cause of Max’s fall is the fact that he is forced to work in the city every day of his life, pulling around heavy carts that cause many health problems. Spokesperson John Collins said:

Horses don’t just collapse. Something happened — and the city should get to the bottom of it and make sure it never happens again. They should conduct an immediate investigation into the health and whereabouts of this horse, including allowing an independent vet to examine the animal.

NYCLASS is not the only organization fighting to free the NYC cart horses from their personal nightmare. The Humane Society of the United States is also campaigning to ban this type of tourism. Marty Irby, senior advisor at HSUS, told The Dodo:

In the wake […] of Max’s alleged collapse and the dozens of other documented calamities over the years involving carriage horses on crowded streets, the HSUS reiterates our support to finally bring an end to the abuses within the carriage horse industry.

These horses in New York being used to attract tourists can be likened to dancing monkeys, elephant rides or zoos. Animals do not belong in a city and they definitely should not be made to entertain humans at the expense of their health, comfort or welfare. The HSUS continued:

Our modern day society should not tolerate animal abuse on any level, much less, for entertainment. This isn’t ancient Rome — it’s 2017. The City of New York should continue to lead efforts that would end the harm and use of carriage horses when more humane and modern options exist.

There are approximately 220 horses pulling tourists in carts in the city, and they work an average of nine hours per day, seven days a week. They travel between one and two miles of their journey in the middle of rush hour traffic among car fumes and exhausts. NYCLASS urges any New Yorkers or tourists in the city to send them [] photos and videos of horses being mistreated or collapsing from fatigue, in the event that they do happen to see it.









Hi John,

How are you?

Thanks for sending across the hobbles, leg strap and the stock whip.

I am currently working on my 11 yr old TB mare. She is real intelligent character by is very panicky once bridled. She rears to escape any kind of a bind. As I explain further -
1. When I put on the front leg strap, she's figured out that if she rears and lowers herself to the ground to press on the turned leg, the strap loosens and slips out. So my question is, how tight can the leg strap be? Would it hurt if I tighten it up quite a bit so that it sits in place even if she sits or lays down?

Yes, tighten it up. The going down to the ground in that gentle fashion, is simply a lack of understanding on how to TRULY stand on 3 Legs, almost always because of substandard starting process and the Older they get, the more they react to be so called 'trapped'

'Trapped' is again, a figment of their imagination and having not been exposed to enough during the starting process. (Mass Production of the Racing industry) Further, the more they FIGHT, PULL, RIP during their every Day Life, the way they are lead, fighting the Bit and most everything

2. I am also re-mouthing her using your DVD. She has  lateral breaks of 0 or 1 rating at the moment. Whenever I pull on the ride reins while on the lunge, she basically panics, starts rearing and going backwards. I am just worried that she might hurt herself.

It is incredible what they ride out there, isn't it? Thrill Seekers.

 Do you think its a good idea to hobble her or leg strap her (when she's ready) and then tie her to the roller in lateral flexion for a few minutes? I mean leg strap and tying in lateral flexion done simultaneously? Just to prevent her from jumping around so much and hurting herself, or would it be too much of a bind?

For many Horses, one must step back and progress very slow. "No Glove fits all" Yes, good idea. I am sending you another Video, on a complex Horse. Give me your youtube log in again.

3. The rearing problem happens with the running reins too with her. I have had about 5-6 running rein sessions with her, she resists lowering her neck but continues to trot , last time when I tightened the running reins further by 2 holes, she panicked, it was about 15th hole of the running reins on her 5-6th day with them.

Please let me know what do you think of the situation. DO you have any remedy for rearers?

 Looking forward to your reply.


Thanks and regards,

I would leave off the Mouthing side of things and go to complete the "Leg Restraints Training" and "Tying up properly" whilst under pressure as well.  You need to remove the thoughts of FIGHT and COMPLETE RESISTANCE out of the Race Horse, PRIOR to going back to the Mouthing.

This is a high end difficult Horse (as are many of these) and You need some more foundations on it first.

Well done so far.







I have a mare (OTTB) that seems to have perfected the evasion technique of backing and rearing as soon as she feels slightly stressed. Lately it seems to be rearing even when she is just "full of herself". She is also a dreadful "loader" and boxing is almost impossible. From what I know of her history something definitely happened around the starting stalls while she was racing. (Big surprise…)
Have you got any suggestions as to which of John's training techniques I should use?
I am also looking for hobbles as I want train all my horses with hobbles to ensure their safety should they ever get stuck in wire or other similar emergencies.
I look forward to hearing from you re suggested books/DVD's etc.
Kind regards,

Western Cape


Hi Steve

Yes, we are doing ok. Thanks Mate.

This is a highly complex Horse, as many are of course. Perhaps even outside the league of most Amateurs, so we have to be careful how we advise, so as to make it possible for them to be successful and to not kill it in the process. I had another, identical one last Night.

Read the Letter above you here.

so Steve, she needs to work through and tick off every evasion, rip, pull, 'flight response'

 So she should start with. the FRONT LEG STRAP first. so as to see the real desperate personality beneath the surface and to see if the Horse is one that could "Lose it" if you were to install something more difficult on, like stockman's hobbles.

She has to own a 2 lead rope of course.


then she should also fix the TYING UP

So she needs to go right back to the start and teach it  GIVE.   With our system for safety.

and then only go onto other leg restraints things, having got inside it's head.

Remember the Video Portal for all of these People.

I hope you have all those vids on your site.

The fight of any Horse can be traced back to substandard systems of Horse Starting.






Between work and a spate of really nasty winter weather here in New England, I lost over a week of training time Anyway, I'm back on track again and I should get in a full week (and stay on a regular weekly schedule from now on). My vet has given the OK for me to start canter work with Xander. With this in mind, I was wondering if I should alter the adjustment on the running reins when working at this gate. I started him out with no running reins to let him figure things out/find his feet (before worrying about correcting things). I'd like to start cantering him in the running reins and, eventually working up to trot to canter transitions. Any input/advice would be much appreciated. Thanks! Sheila . USA

Hi Sheila,

Yes, always give the Horse the benefit of the doubt, take into account the Week off and indeed, changing gears, from trot to Canter, THE MOST difficult transition of them all, with 'collection'

So yes, do that and I am very glad to hear of your progress and that the Vet has an input. Great!








Hi john hope you are all well,just wondering if you have any remedies for dry cracked feet , years ago I had a similar mare with soft cracked feet we use to put a vegetable oil mix but wasn't great . Hoping you might have some old formulas? Regards mick casey


Hi Mick,

Yes, go to the local Dogger and get some 'Horse Oil' Works a treat. Regards






Hi John

Thanks for that link. Really useful. Just one question, about your second point below:

  • Ride your horse down the road on a pleasure rein. The horse may break into a jog. YOU MUST ALLOW IT TO!!!!

  • If it does, within one step, halt it as strongly as you need to. Then back it up two or three steps and instantly throw your reins away to the pleasure rein and no contact on the mouth. Dare the horse to do it again. When it does, repeat the procedure.

“…..within one step, halt it as strongly as you need to….” 

My question is “how” ?



Hi Sandie

All through Your emails, from Day 1 where you reported the Horse was 'running through Your Hands' out Trail riding, it told me that he has a very substandard Mouth, as most do that are held a contact on during any time when not doing official arena training, simply because the 'Hand Brake' is always on and the 'Brake Pads' wear out.

So when You ask 'how' I presume You mean that You have a lack of strength????, but if you mean what technique, then it is simply pick up the reins, both reins, equal, in each hand and haul the horse up to stop.

No, you have the re-mouthing Video Portal DVD's so I suggest you complete that first, to lighten the Horse up.









 Ben has in the last 2 weeks has suddenly got super spooky. Normally a calm brave horse. I have also noticed Duke normally very calm has got very 'looky' when being ridden recently. I spoke to the owner of our Adjistment and he said it is really weird as all the horses at the Adjistment have all got spooky literally overnight. I am guessing magnesium or selenium deficiency. They both get 'balance' only when ridden though in their feed. Any suggestions and how much magnesium do they require in this situation and how long before I should see an improvement. Thanks!

No Pam. Not my area. You should make sure no neighbour, hoons, kids are terrorizing Horses in the Night.
go to Kentucky equine research, contact line for advice

Interesting you say that John as one of the horses had the vet out to it. It's fly netting on face was ripped down one side and it had a clean stab wound in the shoulder to the bone on the same side. The owner thinks it may have been someone holding it down that ripped the netting and it was on purpose but who knows. We are off the beaten track and down a long driveway. You would think we were safe from that sort of thing. I will contact KER. Thanks.


Wow impressed John with KER response. this is what I have received back already.
and it makes complete sense as Bens eye has not been soft and relaxed he looks unhappy. He actually did a massive spook and huge buck and dumped me yesterday - I am fine and dandy - but so unlike him. And like I said he is just not a happy chappy.

Thank you for contacting Kentucky Equine Research regarding Ben's diet.

I just a few questions regarding Ben's current ration. Do you feed him any supplements on the days that he doesn’t get his hard feed? Also do you feed him hay and if so, what type and how much per day does he get?

It is interesting that you say that all the horse’s on the property have started acting up, do you think it because of all the rain you have received after what was a really dry summer in SEQ? New grass growth, particularly in spring or after drought, contains a lot of fructose. This sudden increase in sugar can cause disturbances to the delicate microbial populations that reside in the hindgut resulting in a drop in pH in this region. This causes irritation to occur, and has been associated with behavioural changes, laminitis and colic.

Once I have a better idea of Ben’s diet, I can suggest a more comprehensive dietary plan but the inclusion of EquiShure may be beneficial. EquiShure is a hindgut balancer that promotes normal digestive function by aiding in the maintenance of an optimal hindgut pH and helps to create a favorable environment for the microbial population that reside there. I have attached the product information sheets regarding EquiShure, just for your own interest.

Please get back to me at your earliest convenience regarding his roughage amounts, and I will be able to assist you further.


Well done Pam. They are a valuable resource. Regards






I just saw your video about crookedness induce veterinary lameness. Do you these cases show back soreness as well? I was curious because I have a 5 year old Standardbred horse that is unsound in the hind end and he favors the hind left leg. I have had him worked up completely and everything has shown up to be normal except he is reluctant to pick up his hind left. Under saddle he has become nervous, spooky and cranky and kicking out when asked to go forward. He will try to avoid straightness by popping out his shoulder and when he does go into the trot he drops his head and tries to stop. I have had this horse since 2 years old and all this started when I started him in training with a trainer who was also riding him. Any insight on crookedness causing lameness would be greatly appreciated. This is my last hope as I do not know what is ailing him.

It is most unusual for a standardbred to have such problems. There must have been an accident with the Trainer OR Hips out of alignment from foaling. Examine the Horse standing up DEAD SQUARE and I mean dead square, including looking DEAD STRAIGHT AHEAD, not with a head cocked one way.

Then, if all else fails and you can't get to the bottom of it, either FIX THE HORSE or BREAK THE HORSE, both being a win.
Go and follow this for 6 weeks.

Then, if the answer is in the negative, you will be able to lead the Vet by the Hand, to the real problem, for it will come to the surface.


Thank you. I did buy your running reins when I first got him as well as the German martingale. He has been treat for ulcers as well as hind gut ulcers although the scope was negative. Unfortunately this has been going on for a year now. I have spent thousands on saddle fitters, veterinarians, medications, and supplements. I will look into the information you sent me. Thank you again.

Have You considered an assessment? You may be riding incorrectly?

That is what I was wondering. This all started when I started with a local trainer. He was great before then. She was riding him as well and I didn't feel like he was ready for the work we were doing. He was young and trained as a pacer. I hope I can undo all of this







26th February, 2017


Hi Folks, hope You all had a great Week. Lovely Weather again, in this great Summer we have just had. Hot finally coming this Week though.



Well the Day finally came yesterday, when I gave me Daughter away to Young Tyson Adams. The Wedding was held on the Beach at Glenelg and the Reception at the Grand Hotel. Lovely Weather, lovely Bride and lovely Cars. Thanks to the two Friends of Shannon for loaning their awesome Cars for the occasion. Sure was a Show Stopper.


and off to Bali this Evening, for the Honeymoon. Best of Luck Kids.




Not since Ned Kelly has there been such an orchestrated rip off of the Public than now with the Government and the Solar Rebate Scam. The Tax payer is being screwed and many Australians feel this way.

Being a pro-active type, I have spent a lot of time lately, studying the technology of Solar and how to set up one's own Power, without the involvement of Solar Power Companies and this Week, I am very proud to have succeeded in my first test, that of powering our Gazeebo with more than enough light to go around. Now I have the technical side worked out, on to all of our Sheds, then the Lights in the House and more.

Australia, the place with the most Sun on the planet. How obvious? Total Cost.....

  • Solar Controller $13
  • Battery $19.72
  • Globes $6.82
  • Fluro $3.60
  • Wire $5

    TOTAL $48.14






The newish Pupil. The Horse wasn't emotionally interacting with the Owner. After a handful of Lessons, it is suddenly talking to and greeting Her. That's a wonderful outcome for a Coach.

The ultimate judge of a Coach and an Owner, is the Horse and if a Horse Votes in the positive, one is entitled to feel proud.




"If a Horse stops an evasion and changes to another one, You have beaten the first but often the second will appear.....and the third, fourth and can be many others. Only when You convince the Horse that You have negated each, will You meed in the middle."




        Gold Star of the Week goes to

LILLY for doing a great job around Her area, keeping things nice and tidy. Very Professional. Thanks Lilly x


People are always moving around in the Equestrian Centre Business, selling a Horse, Paddocking over Winter, moving jobs, divorce and a million others reasons :) We welcome the new agistees of this Week and hope You have a nice stay.

BIG NEWS COMING regarding Gainsborough and it's nothing to do with the Sale of.


Yesterday, we had a 'Dog incident' where a stray Dog, thought by our neighbor to be our Dog, when it visited His Property. Attempts wee made to catch it, by the Neighbor and by a ;Lost Dog' Organization, but to no avail. So the Dog left that Property and came via 'Gainsborough' where Paula did catch it and handed it over to a Vet, who impounded it Today. (no identification on the Collar) Staffie. This afternoon, the real Owners came forward and claimed the Dog so well done all.



Messenger Press are still pursuing the 'Muslim Church' issue, for within the Equestrian precinct of Golden Grove. There is likely to be a Story in this Weeks issue. "The Leader Messenger' and perhaps 'Adelaide now'







News South Wales Horse Dealer has been charged by R.S.P.C.A. for cruelty to a Horse, having been caught on Camera, dragging a Horse behind a Vehicle, in a cruel way.

To take an even line on this story, tens of Thousands of Standardbreds have been trained, behind a Vehicle, in a non cruel way, so I guess it depends on the circumstances. Anyhow, it will all come out soon.

On that Subject, meanwhile, another has been charged in America, in a 'Cruel way' for doing this....




SARCIS arrest, horse charity workers


Members of the Forest Hill Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad have today charged a 36-year-old Beaudesert woman following a protracted and extensive investigation into allegations of the misuse of donations received by a charity. 


It will be alleged the woman stole money from the charity for her own personal gain. It will also be alleged minutes from a meeting in 2012 were falsified and the woman used social media to intimidate and harass a former charity worker and witness.

The woman has been charged with multiple counts of stealing, fraudulent falsification of records and misusing a carriage service. 

A 55-year-old Clagiraba woman and former committee member of the charity has also been charged with misusing a carriage service. It will be alleged the woman also used a social media account to intimidate and harass a former charity volunteer and witness in the case. 

Both women were arrested at Ipswich today and have been granted bail on their own undertaking with conditions restricting their involvement in managing the charity and its funds. 

They will appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on March 24, 2017.












When called by distressed members of the public to report sightings of a horse strapped down to a flat-bed trailer, and being towed along motorways, RSPCA officers leapt into action.

A number of calls were made to the charity’s cruelty line last Tuesday (14 February) by those who had spotted the black horse – rugged up against the cold and wearing a mask but without a haynet for the journey – being driven some 100 miles from Birmingham to Cambridge.

The horse’s four legs were tied to the corners of the trailer, while straps over its body held it in place, along with a wooden breast bar.

But when RSPCA inspector Richard Lythgoe heard about the circumstances, he thought something sounded odd – and when he arrived on the scene, he laughed out loud. Because the horse was made of plastic.

The information that was coming in was mainly from drivers who saw the horse tied up by its legs on top of a trailer,” Mr Lythgoe said.

“Obviously when driving and catching a glimpse of this life-size, lifelike horse being pulled down the motorway it would have been very worrying – so thankfully it was just a fake one!

“When I got to the house to look into it all I realised it was a life-size plastic horse. The couple had driven all the way to Birmingham to collect it and because it was so big needed a trailer to get it back to Cambridge.

“We do get lots of calls about horses through to our hotline – but I have never been called out to check up on a fake one before!”




“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said the woman who took in a dumped stallion with a tail so long it dragged feet behind him on the floor.

The young cob and a months-old colt, now named Ken and Bruce, were dumped on the drive of Isleham Horse and Pony Rescue Centre in Cambridgeshire, on 26 January.

Ken’s feet had “clearly never been near a farrier”, and he was carrying a “vast amount of weight” in matted, mud-caked feathers.

“Bruce was severely malnourished, not even knowing what horse food was, he was so weak he wobbled when he walked,” said Hayley Davies, whose mother Wendy founded the sanctuary some 30 years ago.

“Both were unloved and scared of all human contact.”

Mrs Davies told H&H the owner of a horse kept at the sanctuary noticed a lorry pull up at about 10pm.

“She went to see what was happening and found these two had been abandoned,” Mrs Davies said. “They could have gone the other way, on to the main road, but luckily they came towards the yard.”

The pair were enticed into a temporary shelter for the night and Mrs Davies had her first proper sight of them the next morning.

“I’ve had horses for over 40 years and taken in a lot of rescues and I have never seen anything like Ken,” she said.

“With every step he was treading on his tail. His feathers were so heavy with all the matted hair and mud; we cut a vast amount of hair off and put it in a bag and we couldn’t lift it. He walks with much more ease now.”

Ken’s neglected feet were “absolutely terrible” and he had a wound to his lip, she added, while Bruce was given only a 50% chance to survival by her vet, owing to his malnourished state.

A JustGiving page set up to raise £1,000 for the horses’ care has already attracted more than £1,700 in donations.




New Harmony, Utah – Responding to a domestic disturbance call, officers were shocked to find a dead horse laying on the ground in idyllic New Harmony.  Law enforcement began digging deeper into the horse’s death, and found 2 more recent graves and a severely emaciated surviving horse.

Christina Silvers, Kelton Prisbrey and John Trinity were arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty and improper disposal of a dead animal.  “The horses had not been fed due to their financial inability to purchase food and suspect that the three horses had died from starvation,” Lt. Crouse of the Washington County Sheriff Department said.
The surviving horse, a 2-year-old colt, was seized and taken to Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary in nearby Cedar City.  He is under a veterinarian’s supervision and is expected to make a full recovery.





Silverton, Colorado – Spectators at the annual skijoring race were injured when a horse spooked and ran through the crowd.  2 women were transported to the hospital in ambulances and a man was treated for minor injuries at the scene.  Skijoring, where a horse and rider pull a skier, has been gaining in popularity despite safety concerns.  Last year, a horse was euthanized after falling during a skijoring event.

A low flying drone is thought to have caused the horse to spook in Saturday’s accident.  The rider was seen trying to wave the drone away, but the horse spooked and ran through the crowd. while the rider desperately tried to regain control.  The drone operator was ticketed for flying above the crowd and drones are no longer allowed at the event.




Orsett, England – A very pregnant mare in labor was dumped along the highway, too weak and sick to stand or move herself from danger.  Concerned drivers called the RPSCA, who responded as quickly as they could.  Unfortunately, she was already dead when officers arrived.
Officers are searching for those responsible for this heinous crime.






Every bone in Amelia 'Mouse' Newsom's face, bar her jaw, was horribly smashed after she was kicked in the face by her horse two years ago.

"The surgeons said, look you really need to prepare for the worst," said Amelia's mum, Bini Newsom.

Shards from the fractures were even piercing her brain.

"I lost about six litres of blood, " Amelia told Seven Sharp. "But luckily the surgeons just got me in time, and helped me."

The doctors' expertise, assisted by the quick thinking of Amelia's sister Olivia in raising the alarm saved her life.

When Amelia was kicked by her horse, Olivia was quick to respond, riding her horse back to her parents to get help.

The eight-year-old proved mighty in her fight, enduring two lengthy operations as the front of her skull was delicately pieced back together.

Three weeks after the accident Amelia was being driven home from hospital, when she asked her mum to stop driving.

"I just saw my little pony, Saphey lying down, and I went up to her and sat on her, and she was just so sweet."

Amelia said that's when she knew she wanted to continue horse riding.

Now, two years on, Amelia is pursuing her show jumping dreams alongside her big sister.

She's won several ribbons, including North Island Show Hunter Champion, and is set to compete in the upcoming Horse of the Year competition in Hastings.




A Gold Coast man has walked away after a runaway horse hit and tore open the cabin of his car.

Mark Rose, 50, was driving home from the shops on Beaudesert-Nerang Road at Nerang about 7:30pm on Wednesday when the horse hit his car head-on.

The horse was one of three roaming loose on the road after escaping from a nearby property.

Mr Rose's wife Nicole said it was a dark stretch of road and Mr Rose had just seconds to react.

"I've seen crushed cars before but I've never seen a car that has been torn open at the roof," she told ABC Local Radio.

"The fact that he's walked out is nothing short of a miracle really.

"The only section of the car that wasn't crushed in was where he was sitting."

The horse flipped on top of the car, smashing the windscreen and ripping open the roof.

"Mark's first thought was he needed to get out of the vehicle in case it blew up or caught fire," Ms Rose said.

"But he couldn't get out because his door was trapped."





The death of a showjumper, who fell from her horse and landed on a wooden pole, was a ‘most unfortunate’ accident, an inquest has heard.

Nichola Cooke, from North Tawton, died during a lesson at Bicton Arena, near Exeter, on July 13 last year.

Described as ‘very proficient’ rider, Ms Cooke, who was 51, had ridden horses since she was a child and won several competitions.

The inquest at County Hall in Exeter on Monday heard that although she was not a professional rider, Ms Cooke had been taking her competitive riding very seriously.

She had hoped to qualify for amateur competition at the Horse of the Year show and had arranged a lesson with showjumping coach Amanda Frost ahead of a competition, also to be held at Bicton Arena the following weekend.

Ms Cooke, who worked as a lorry driver and horse groom, had been riding a course of jumps on Charlie when they entered a double-jump section.

Mrs Frost, who had been standing by the obstacle, told the inquest that as Charlie went over the second fence, he jumped too high, which caused him to clip it as he came down, dislodging a wooden parallel pole.

Mrs Frost said that Ms Cooke had appeared unbalanced and fell from the side of the horse, landing on her side on the pole that had been dislodged.

Mrs Frost went to her aid and shouted for bystanders to call an ambulance. She attempted first aid, but said she could tell Ms Cooke was seriously injured, and she died at the scene.

The inquest heard that investigators found the venue complied with British Horse Society standards.

Ms Cooke’s fiancé, Andrew Grist, told the inquest he had been concerned about Ms Cooke riding Charlie, as she had fallen from him on several occasions.

He said he had warned Ms Cooke the horse would hurt her, but she dismissed his concerns.

However, Mrs Frost said that the horse had not been at fault for the fatal accident.

She said: “I can honestly say the horse never put a foot wrong that day.

“He never stopped, never did one thing out of line.”

Mr Grist said Ms Cooke would wear a back protector if she was riding cross-country, but not for showjumping.

A post-mortem examination found that Ms Cooke had suffered severe chest and heart injuries, which assistant coroner Lydia Brown described as ‘unsurvivable’.

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Ms Brown said: “This is simply a most unfortunate and unexpected outcome for a lady who was very proficient at her chosen sport.”




March woman who discovered burnt out car whilst out riding her horse Harry says ‘other horses might have gone nuts’ and ‘it could have caused an accident’

Hannah Moulding was riding Harry, who she has had for 11 years, along the bridleway of Barker’s Lane yesterday when she came across the vehicle.

After taking a photo of the car - which was still “hot and smoking” - Hannah posted it on the Facebook page March Cambridgeshire Free Discussion.

She wrote: “People moan about us horse riders riding on the roads. This is why we ride on the road… our bridleways are being used as a dump. There’s no need to dump a car here really.”

Hannah, who said some nearby trees have also been burnt because of the dumped car, said: “I could still feel the heat coming off of the car.

“I’m lucky that my horse is brave and would go down there as other horses might have gone nuts and it could have caused an accident.

“I don’t want any spikes getting into my horse’s foot.

“And I don’t see why the police are not doing anything about it,” she added, having ridden down the same road on Saturday and seen the same burnt out car.

“Surely if that car was set alight, you would be able to see that the bridleway was on fire.”

Fenland District Council has been informed and is going to remove the burnt out car said Councillor Jan French.




A petition calling for new laws for motorists around horses after the hit and run of a 12-year-old and her pony in Devon has reached 100,000 signatures.

Campaigners want to make drivers give horse riders a wider berth to avoid accidents and have now got enough for Parliament to consider it for debate.

The fight was launched after van driver Robert Nuttall admitted hitting schoolgirl Bethan Graves and her mount, Cav, in a village near Exeter.

The 53-year-old from Clapham struck the pony with a Volkswagen transporter, YF54 MXX, on October 30, Exeter Magistrates Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a road accident and was released on bail ahead of his sentencing on February 28.

Mum Esther Graves said her daughter had been patiently waiting for traffic to clear last year when his white Transporter van struck the animal, sending both horse and rider into a hedge.

Schoolgirl Bethan Graves and her pony Cav. She was knocked off the pony by a hit and run driver near Shillingford Abbot in Teignbridge

A petition calling for new laws for motorists around horses after the hit and run of a 12-year-old and her pony in Devon has reached 100,000 signatures.

Campaigners want to make drivers give horse riders a wider berth to avoid accidents and have now got enough for Parliament to consider it for debate.

The fight was launched after van driver Robert Nuttall admitted hitting schoolgirl Bethan Graves and her mount, Cav, in a village near Exeter.

The 53-year-old from Clapham struck the pony with a Volkswagen transporter, YF54 MXX, on October 30, Exeter Magistrates Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a road accident and was released on bail ahead of his sentencing on February 28.

Mum Esther Graves said her daughter had been patiently waiting for traffic to clear last year when his white Transporter van struck the animal, sending both horse and rider into a hedge.

The youngster was lucky to avoid serious injury while her mount, Cav, was left with a suspected broken leg and lacerated hind quarters.

Bethan, of Exminster, was deeply shaken by the incident.

Mrs Graves said: "She was shaking like a leaf after it happened and has been absolutely traumatised.

"That pony is her everything, she was asking for one since she was four years old, it means so much to her.

"She has been waking up crying - she cannot get over the loudness of the collision - it really was one hell of a bang."

The incident happened at 5pm on October 30 and the 14-year-old Welsh pony had a nine-inch cut to its backside and needed veterinary surgery.

Bethan had been on a 12-minute hack around the farm after a ride at 4.45pm on Sunday before emerging and waiting on the grass verge for a clear road.

"It was horrendous - Bethan was hi-vizzed to the limit with fluorescent jacket, boots, reins…everything," she added.

"You could have seen her from a mile off. We cannot believe how she managed to stay on like she did - if she had fallen off she could have died.

"She went up and fell around the neck then just slid off. She was really lucky."

The youngster avoided serious injury while her mount, Cav, was left with injuries including a suspected broken leg and lacerated hind quarters.

Following the case, campaigner Debbie Smith said she wants to make it a legal requirement to drive past a horse wide and slow and for drivers to have to abide by hand signals asking them to stop and slow down when asked.

She said: "We need a law that protects horse riders," she added.

"Horses are easily scared by cars that don't take care when passing them. When they get scared they can spook or rear, throwing riders off of them. This can lead to someone falling through a windscreen.

"Until there is a law neither the driver, the riders or the horses are safe."




Three horses had quite the day out when they broke loose and raised a few eyebrows in Craigavon.

Residents were left shocked as they saw the horses dander through the Legahory area of the town before one managed to get into the Brownlow Health Centre.

Police were called and the horses were rounded up and secured in a field.

Local SDLP representative Thomas Larkham told Belfast Live: "There were three horses that had broken loose from somewhere, we do not know exactly where, and they were roaming around the Legahory area at Brownlow.

"That area is quite built up with a health centre, cafes, hairdressers, a local shop and school. There were a lot of people around with the kids being off school.

"The horses had been roaming around and I had had a few calls from concerned residents as they made their way up to the Legahory Centre.

"One had found its way into the health centre itself through the automatic doors which closed behind it but it managed to get out itself.









 Ladies, are you still in search of that elusive piece of riding equipment—a bra that actually offers adequate support in the saddle—and suffering painful consequences in the meantime? You’re not alone.

As part of her master’s thesis, a UK researcher is conducting a study of female equestrian health outcomes with an emphasis on breast biomechanics. Karin Pekarchik is a staff member in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) and a graduate student in the department of Community and Leadership Development.

Pekarchik’s dissatisfaction with bras lacking sufficient support for a sitting trot led to her collaboration with researchers in the United Kingdom studying female equestrians’ breast biomechanics.

Along with Kimberly Tumlin, PhD, UK College of Public Health, Pekarchik is collaborating with Jenny Burbage, PhD, University of Portsmouth Department of Sport and Exercise Science, in the U.K., and Lorna Cameron, of the Sparsholt College Faculty of Equine and Applied Animal Science, in Winchester, U.K. Both teams are interested in how breast discomfort/pain and ill-fitting, poorly performing bras limit desire to ride.

In “An investigation into prevalence and impact of breast pain, bra issues, and breast size of female horse riders,” (Journal of Sports Sciences, 2016), Burbage and Cameron surveyed 1,324 women regarding the impact of breast size and discomfort have on riding. Their survey showed that 40% of women suffer from breast pain, most frequently at the sitting trot, and this pain can be a deterrent for riding participation. Their survey highlighted some of the issues of breast discomfort during riding and that educational steps regarding bra design and fit that are needed.

Pekarchik adapted Burbage’s and Cameron’s breast-focused survey to include a more general health focus to determine female equestrian health issues and outcomes over life stages. Female equestrians can start riding early in life and can ride well into their 70s and beyond, which is unusual in sports. While much research has been devoted to the equestrian athlete, less has been conducted on the human partner. Physical issues (excluding concussion and bone breakage, which are covered elsewhere in the scientific literature) that can limit riding are of great interest, as is the public health aspect of building an educational program to help mitigate breast discomfort and other health factors that can keep women out of the saddle.

The study is part of a larger project for Pekarchik and Tumlin, who are the “clients” to an engineering senior design team that is using a two-semester course to apply engineering principles to design a better equestrian sports bra. Additionally, Pekarchik, Tumlin, and BAE engineers Joe Dvorak, PhD, PE, and Josh Jackson, PhD, are working on building a wireless sensor system that will allow Burbage and Cameron to gather breast biomechanics data in the field on horseback, rather than simulating riding on a mechanical horse.

Complete the team's survey, “Attitudes, behaviors, and areas of educational opportunity for female equestrians toward bra use and health outcomes when engaged in equestrian sports,” at The survey will be available to respondents until March 19.

Karin Pekarchik, senior extension associate for distance learning within UK’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and master’s candidate within Community and Leadership Development.




Earlier this month, veterinarians and state officials in three Florida counties (Columbia, Bradford, and Hillsborough) publicly announced they were dealing with a small outbreak of strangles, a contagious bacterial infection of the equine upper respiratory tract characterized by swollen lymph nodes. Strangles is a relatively common communicable disease, but in this case, alerts issued via the Equine Disease Communication Center indicated the outbreak's origin was a pen at a horse sale facility in Bastrop, La.

Though the specific location was unnamed in the alerts (it was not the well-known Bastrop Kill Pen, according to the information provided), the distributor's set-up is similar to many other so-called “kill pens” these days: facility operators or independent organizations offer horses destined for the slaughter pipeline for “bail” by rescues or private owners in exchange for a fee which is often higher than fair market value on the animal. When the money is paid, individuals may either own the horse or foster it until a permanent place can be found, and since social media is global, that means horses may leave such pens and travel many states away.

Dr. Angela Pelzel-McCluskey, equine epidemiologist with the United States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said that type of large-scale movement of horses is a serious biosecurity concern for people who foster or purchase the animals – not just for strangles, but other communicable diseases.

“I think there's always going to be an infectious disease exposure in these types of animals, so it's a buyer-beware situation,” said Pelzel-McCluskey. “People are going to have to be prepared that if they're going to rescue horses from this pathway, they're probably going to end up paying more money to get it out of hoc, and they're going to have additional veterinary care that needs to be done for the animal.”

Horses come to kill auctions in a variety of health conditions. Some end up in a kill pen after a decade on the back 40 acres of an owner's farm and may not have seen a vaccine or Coggins test in years. They may be undetected carriers of various respiratory bugs or more serious communicable diseases like strangles or EHV-1. Others may be days removed from a show or racing operation where they received routine care, but without any record of their health history or identity.

“In the case of a slaughter channel, ‘Poof,'” she said. “They're an anonymous horse. I think that would be a real challenge, if we had to do epidemiology and trace-back on one of those horses.”

In Pelzel-McCluskey's experience, handlers at these pens make the most profit if they can turn a horse around quickly, whether for “bail” or to a kill buyer, which means they're often handling one horse after another and housing them in mixed pens together. To her knowledge, none of the pens has procedures in place to disinfect fencing or buckets between groups of horses. When the animals travel in trailer loads to and from a pen, it's unlikely the trailers are disinfected between loads.

“Certainly I don't know of any slaughter buyers who have any routine cleaning and disinfection,” she said. “When we see their conveyances, they're required to have the manure cleaned out and things like that, but we don't have any requirement for them to do a chemical cleaning of the conveyance. That would be another cost to them, and they make their money off limiting overhead costs.”

Different pathogens can live outside a horse's body for varying lengths of time on human hands and equipment, so some probably die if a trailer wall or corral is unused for long enough, but others may not.

The Equine Disease Communication Center distributes information about communicable diseases according to each state's rules about which diseases are “reportable.” Reportable diseases are those requiring a veterinarian to submit information about a case to their state veterinarian or animal health office for tracking purposes. Florida is one of relatively few states where strangles is reportable, which means the current outbreak could be more widespread than the public realizes. Pelzel-McCluskey points out the horses in the three Florida counties traveled through other states themselves and may have trailered alongside others who may have been unloaded in states where the disease isn't reportable.

The best way for rescuers of horses from pens like these to deal with the risk is to take biosecurity precautions assuming the arriving horse is ill. Keep the new horse separated from your existing herd for at least 30 days, and ensure buckets, grooming tools, and other items are not shared between the new and old horses. Handle the new horse last of all, so pathogens aren't transmitted on your clothes or boots, and if possible, keep a separate set of outer clothing you wear only around the new horse. Monitor both new and existing horses for signs of illness such as a lack of appetite, listlessness, and fever, and alert a veterinarian as soon as possible if you see clinical signs pop up. Have your vet create a program of booster shots in case the horse has not been recently vaccinated.

One other area many people forget about: their own trailer. If you used your own truck and trailer to bring the new horse home, be sure to clean and disinfect it before loading up others.

Pelzel-McCluskey said it's impossible to quantify the relative risk a kill pen rescue will arrive with a communicable disease as compared to one arriving from another barn or conventional sale facility; health officials can't be sure how many cases go unreported in the first place, preventing them from knowing what the rate of illness may be.

Experienced horse people know there is supposed to be a system in place preventing sick horses from traveling and mixing with other groups. Horses are not legally supposed to travel across state lines without a Coggins form indicating whether they are positive or negative for Equine Infectious Anemia, and a health certificate demonstrating they exhibit no sign of illness before travel. Pelzel-McCluskey said the USDA has been alerted within the last year that horses leaving kill pens may be doing so with forged, stolen, or falsified paperwork. Another way owners can help reduce the spread of illness: let the local, state, and federal authorities know when a horse arrives as a kill pen rescue with paperwork indicating they were healthy at the time of departure when it's likely they were not.

“One of our concerns with this type of environment is these kill buyers may have been finding or employing veterinarians that are not actually going out and visually inspecting the horses, which would explain why you have horses with these obvious [strangles] abscesses,” she said of the Florida horses with full-blown illness days after leaving a kill pen. “They're not forming overnight as the horse is transiting. Obviously, they would have had a fever and not been eating well [before that].”

Ultimately, the contagious disease issue is unlikely to be eliminated when it comes to high-traffic horse sales like the kill pens. Pelzel-McCluskey says there is simply too much movement and too many horses from different health backgrounds to eliminate the risk. That's why purchasers of horses in need from these types of situations need to know what they're getting into.

“These are unvaccinated horses, so they could be exposed to WNV, EEE, tetanus, rabies, things we don't think about very often,” she said. “I do worry that it's a population that's under-vaccinated, undernourished, heavily exposed, heavily traveled and is not really up to the challenge of dealing with infectious disease, but they are up to the challenge of spreading it.”




The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced three new adverse analytical findings involving prohibited substances at two FEI endurance events.

Three horses competing in Mesaieed, Qatar, have all tested positive for diisopropylamine, a vasodilator used to treat peripheral and cerebral vascular disorders. These are the first cases involving the use of diisopropylamine, which is a banned substance under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations.

Two horses—the Qatari horse R S Nube Blanca, ridden by Gaje Singh Hari Singh (IND) in a CEI2* 120-kilometer event at Mesaieed on Nov. 19, 2016, and Acqua Vela, ridden by Maryam Ahmad S A Al Boinin (QAT) to win the CEIYJ1* 90-kilometer event on the same day—were tested on the day of the event. The third horse, Tarifa, was ridden by Mattar Said Khalfan Al Saadi (OMA) to win the CEI1* 80 on Jan. 7 at Mesaieed. Samples were also collected from Tarifa on the day of the event.

All three athletes have been provisionally suspended from the date of notification (Feb. 8). The three horses have also been provisionally suspended for a period of two months.

As trainer of both the Qatari horses Waleed Said Khalfan Al Saa'di (QAT) has also been provisionally suspended.




One in every four owners told that their horse may have contracted the deadly Hendra virus were either initially unreceptive, overwhelmed by fear, or in denial about the associated risk, research has found.


Researchers from James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, wanted to learn more about the difficulties experienced by veterinarians when communicating with animal owners about the risks of zoonotic infections − those capable of crossing the species barrier.

Diana Mendez and her colleagues did so by examining the veterinary issues around Hendra, a virus carried by Australia’s native fruit bats which is capable of infecting horses. People can contract the disease through contact with infected bodily fluids from horses. Of the seven known human cases, four have proved fatal.

The researchers, writing in BMC Veterinary Research, said communication skills were essential for veterinarians who needed to discuss animal health-related matters with their clients.

“When dealing with an emerging zoonosis, such as Hendra virus, veterinarians also have a legal responsibility to inform their clients about the associated risks to human health.”

The study team carried out a mixed-methods study that examined the preparedness of, and difficulties experienced by, veterinarians communicating about Hendra risks with their clients.

Face-to-face semi-structured interviews were carried out with veterinary personnel in Queensland in 2009–10 to identify the barriers to Hendra management in equine practices. Then, in 2011, veterinarians from the same region were surveyed on their preparedness and willingness to communicate about Hendra risks, and the reactions of their clients.

All of the veterinary personnel interviewed were aware of their legal responsibilities over Hendra risks to human health and had some level of management plan in place.

The researchers found in the later survey, which drew 200 responses, that 83.1 percent of the vets had access to a Hendra management plan and 58.6% had ready-to-use Hendra information available for clients within their practice.

Most (87%) reported “always or sometimes” informed clients about Hendra risks when a horse appeared sick. However, fewer than half the participants (46.6%) always or sometimes provided Hendra-related education to owners when a horse appeared healthy.

When Hendra virus infection was suspected, 58.1% of participants reported their clients were receptive to their safety directives. However, 24.9% of clients were either initially unreceptive, overwhelmed by fear, or in denial of the risks.

Hendra-related risk communication to clients was perceived overall as a significant issue by interfering with veterinarians’ compliance with their animal welfare and occupational health and safety responsibilities.

One vet commented: “I find great difficulty in dealing with owners because it is a power play, and ultimately we are responsible of the safety of all involved. But some owners don’t believe that, which compromises the legal situation. We usually end up taking the risk out of concern for the welfare and wellbeing of the horse.”

However, another vet did not find this aspect of Hendra management a major challenge: “I have not had problems with owners complying … You just need to make them aware of the situation and the risks involved.”

Some owners considered the use of personal protective equipment to be redundant. Horse owners who had already been in prolonged close contact with their sick animal believed they had already been significantly exposed to the potential risks and did not require the safety gear.

One vet commented: “The owner had already spent half a day with the sick horse, so he declined the mask because [he] thought exposure had already happened.”

Another observed: “Most clients refuse personal protective equipment as they have already been handling the horse, so they don’t feel it necessary to use [it].”

The study team continued: “Veterinarians identified this as a major issue because if a client became infected it would be impossible to determine when infective exposure had occurred: before or after the involvement of the veterinarian.”

Some veterinarians reported that horse owners disregarded the information given about Hendra management.

Participants thought this was because horse owners either failed to recognise the expertise of the veterinarian, the seriousness of the risks, or were unable to follow the health and safety instructions provided.

One vet commented: “You have to protect yourself first and foremost, but owners don’t see it that way.”

Another said simply: “People don’t listen.”

Horse owners usually made mistakes despite explicit instructions, another vet observed, while one commented: “They are in denial and think you are overreacting.”

Veterinarians reported feeling pressured by clients into focusing on cost minimisation rather than human health and safety. Any extra cost incurred by the management of a suspected case of Hendra was said to require a justification to the client.

“Emerging zoonoses are unpredictable events that may require a different communication approach,” the researchers wrote.

“Future training programs addressing veterinary communication skills should take into account the particular issues inherent to managing an emerging zoonosis and emphasise the importance of maintaining human safety.

“There needs to be further investigation of the particular skills or personal attributes that are necessary to communicate effectively in these kinds of crisis situations, emerging zoonotic outbreaks, within the veterinary context in order to better train existing and future veterinarians.

“Veterinarians also need to be aware of the ways in which their expertise is perceived and the motivation of their clients, in order to achieve better communication.

“This could be achieved by implementing a client-centred approach to veterinary communication with the aim of not only improving the veterinarian-client relationship but also achieving positive health and safety outcomes for both veterinary staff and their clients when dealing with zoonotic risks.”

The study team comprised Mendez, Petra Büttner, Jenny Kelly, Madeleine Nowak and Rick Speare, who has since died.





Late last week, a bipartisan group of 154 members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to President Trump, asking him to give final approval to a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that got sidetracked during the last days of the Obama administration.

 The rule was designed to fix serious deficiencies in the USDA’s existing weak regulations that have long undermined enforcement of a 1970 law intended to crack down on the devious and cruel practice of horse soring. The letter is yet one more powerful show of strength in Congress for the idea of ending the routine cruelty perpetrated in a segment of the Tennessee walking horse show world where trainers and owners intentionally injure horses in order to cause them to exaggerate their gait for competition purposes. Horse soring is in the same league as cockfighting and dogfighting – knowingly and deliberately causing immense suffering to innocent animals for an entertainment spectacle.

Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fl., an equine veterinarian, led the letter, along with fellow veterinarian Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Reps. Tom Marino, R-Pa., Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., with many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle joining them. In 2015-16, Yoho and Schrader introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, and it attracted 273 cosponsors in the House – nearly a two-thirds supermajority of the chamber. A companion bill in the Senate attracted 50 cosponsors – also a remarkable showing. The legislation has garnered endorsements from an overwhelming array of stakeholders.

Yoho is an important champion as a large-animal veterinarian. He is a frequent proponent of rolling back regulations and other government actions, but here is a case where he says the government must step in. The industry has demonstrated it cannot be trusted with self-regulation. As The HSUS has demonstrated with multiple investigations, many walking horse training barns are dens of cruelty, with trainers wounding horses with caustic acids, cutting, chains, and other gruesome techniques to give them an artificially high step at competition. After Congress enacted the Horse Protection Act decades ago in an attempt to end these abuses, the horse soring crowd has knowingly defied federal law and systematically lied about it. They’ve lied so much for so many years that they seem to believe that they are not violating the law, even as trainers burn chemicals onto the legs of horses and place sharp foreign objects between the hooves and the heavy shoes they fit on the animals. They’ve been cheating, lying, deceiving, and covering up abuse for nearly a half century.

Yoho and others have said enough is enough. “As a veterinarian and lover of animals,” he wrote some weeks ago, “I feel the time is now to stop the practice of horse soring for good. I am not the only one who feels this way. Roughly 280 plus organizations, associations, veterinary and animal health advocates, horse industry professionals, and various other groups, support the ending of this unnecessary practice.”

The stalled regulation would eliminate the use of the large stacked shoes and ankle chains used to torment walking horses in the name of entertainment, and the industry’s failed self-policing system that the USDA’s own Officer of Inspector General deemed corrupt and ineffective in a 2010 report.

“In July 2016, the USDA issued a proposed rule including key reforms,” the lawmakers wrote to President Trump. “One-hundred and eighty-two Representatives and forty-two Senators sent letters strongly supporting the rule and urging that it be completed swiftly, along with more than 100,000 public comments from citizens supporting the rule. This rule was seven years in the making and has enjoyed continued bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.”

The freeze on the rulemaking action on January 22nd was bad enough. But that injury was compounded when the USDA, without providing any advance public notice, took down en masse inspection reports and other records under the Animal Welfare Act and notices of violations under the Horse Protection Act less than two weeks into the Trump presidency.

With no secretary of agriculture overseeing USDA – former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has been nominated but not confirmed yet – it’s been difficult to pin down who is responsible for this purge. We can only surmise that Protect the Harvest executive director Brian Klippenstein – selected by the Trump team to run the transition process at the USDA – had a role. Klippenstein works full time to thwart animal protection goals, and has campaigned against bills, ballot measures, and rules to crack down on puppy mills, horse soring operations, extreme farm animal confinement practices, and horse slaughter. It’s not much of a leap of logic to think that very soon after he assumed his important though temporary role at the USDA, he engineered a takedown of thousands of documents that show violations by horse trainers, puppy mills, roadside zoos, and others involved in animal-use industries.

We hope that President Trump reads the letter led by Rep. Yoho. If he does, he’ll have information to show that the horse soring crowd is a collection of lawbreakers. On the other side of them are not only every leading veterinary and horse industry organization, but also the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. President Trump has been forthright in standing with law enforcement, and law enforcement officials have been clear that horse soring has to go. President Trump should stand with them when it comes to this kind of documented, long-standing, unambiguous animal abuse. He can drain this swamp with the stroke of a pen.





Nearly half of those who answered an Australian survey on issues around horse ownership identified no human health or safety concerns in their equine-related activities.

The high number concerned the researchers, given that horse-riding is considered a dangerous activity, with at least one worker hospitalised each day in Australia from a horse-related injury.

“The reasons for the low reporting of safety require further research,” researchers Kirrilly Thompson and Larissa Clarkson said in their paper, published in the journal, The Australian Equine Veterinarian.

The pair, from Central Queensland University’s Appleton Institute, acknowledged that the phrasing of the question, “within your horse-related activity”, may have caused participants to reflect that whilst health and safety were general concerns around horses, they may not have applied to their own equine-related activities.

Low levels of reported risk or concern could actually reflect high levels of self-imposed risk mitigation, they observed, but the issue certainly required further investigation.

Thompson and Clarkson had set out to learn more about the issues faced by horse owners in Australia, their suggestions for addressing those issues, and the financial or economic barriers impeding their equestrian activities.

The pair gathered their data through an online survey of 930 horse owners which was promoted through Australian Horse Industry Council channels. Eighty-eight percent of the respondents were female, and most (77%) identified themselves as an owner or leasee of a horse. The rest were made up of the likes of business owners servicing the horse community, industry workers, caregivers of a horse owner, and volunteers.

The majority of respondents (89%) reported that horse health, welfare or biosecurity issues affected their horse activity. Health was the biggest factor, with 50% of participants reporting it as an issue, followed by welfare (23%) and biosecurity (16%).

Just over a third (36%) reported issues with human health or safety in their horse-related activities, with nearly one in two reporting that they did not identify any issues with human health or safety in their equine-related activities.

Around half (47%) reported horse keeping or housing issues.

Whilst a third (32%) were unaware of land management or environmental issues associated with their horse keeping, almost half (42%) reported “land care, pasture management and improvement” issues.

The cost of equine professionals, including veterinarians, was the third most significant financial barrier or economic challenge reported to negatively impact on participants’ horse activity, at 22%.

Discussing their wide-ranging findings, Thompson and Clarkson said their research had documented the concerns of 930 horse owners.

Comments made by participants revealed that many felt restricted in their ability to take action to change their equine-keeping and husbandry practices when their horses were agisted.

“This highlights the need to increase responsibility for biosecurity initiatives for agistment owners, to provide support tools for owners who agist, and for veterinarians to be cognisant that not all controls are within the remit of the individual owner.”

They continued: “The findings of this research seem to suggest that all of the issues targeted in the study were relevant to at least one in two participants, and that issues of horse health, welfare or biosecurity were salient to the greatest number of participants.

“Whilst this is encouraging, translating concerns for horse health into higher levels of care and more effective interactions with equine veterinarians is complex.”

There may, they said, be particular benefits to equine wellbeing by addressing current practices around issues to which horse owners in this survey indirectly attributed lower relevance than horse health – that is, land management or environmental issues, human health or safety, horse keeping or housing.

“Engagement in initiatives around improving practices in these areas may be increased when framed in terms of their direct benefit to horse health and as duties of care undertaken by the ‘most caring’ owners.

“Moreover, horse owners may be more open to receiving information from equine veterinarians about general horse keeping and land management topics when the health benefits to horses are the primary focus.

“The current study suggests that there is potential for this approach given that many free text responses demonstrated owner awareness of the interdependence of issues such as horse health with pasture management, fencing, yarding and facilities, especially regarding laminitis.”

The pair said while it might be taken for granted that horse owners would be motivated to improve their horse’s health, framing conversation and interaction around the benefits to horse health may support
veterinary-client interactions on several broad levels and topics.











Hi John

Well, you’ve got one happy, hopeful pom sending you this email.

OK, I’ve not even started on the DVD yet because of work, BUT this evening (Wednesday) I thought - OK, I’m going to ride. I’ve got my new bit from Maureen, so I decided I’d put it on, practice walking around with no rein, using the one rein stop and the other ‘turning on a dime’ method you sent me a video of.

New bit goes in fine (but he always takes the bit easily). I get on, and then he starts walking, so immediately I do the one rein method for standing. Takes a few turns, but then as he shows a sign that he might stop, I drop the contact, he walks forward, I take up the rein again (leaving the other one totally hanging). Very soon, he’s got it. So we go walking. No contact. Loopy reins. Solo speeds up his walk, so we do a one rein stop. This time I’m more assertive - it’s easier when you can see the bit stable in the mouth. Probably still not assertive enough and we turn a few times, but less than before. Off we go again. Repeating this. He’s more flexible in giving his mouth to the left than the right.

I look in the mirrors of the arena as we go past them and see he’s walking almost in an outline without even the tiniest contact. Every now and then he breaks into a trot without me asking him to, so we do a one rein stop. After a few one rein stops, and standing with no reins, I decide we’ll try a trot. So i take slightly shorter reins (still loopy though) and ask for one. Its quite fast, but smooth. No nose poking, and as we go past the mirrors, I can see how different this is from how he was in the film I sent you from last Sunday. He’s in an outline. When he speeds up, i try raising one rein (without taking contact) but it doesn’t slow him down, so now we do a one rein stop.

It’s all really calm and non-stressful. And Solo, whilst pretty bemused about this not pulling on both reins lark, is also calm and I’m pretty sure he’s relieved. For the first time whilst on his back, I feel as much connection with him of mutual respect as that which I feel when on the ground. He’s not irritated/agitated and I can’t believe how different I feel about things, just so optimistic. I didn’t film all this. I don’t think it would have filmed well because it was dark and although there are lights in the arena, I think it would have been poor. But I’ll film and send when I next ride on Saturday.

Thank you both so much for helping me start on this journey……


Well done Sandie!!........

for BREAKING GAIT, walking, on the trail, it is this, NOT THE ONE REIN STOP although no damage done at this stage. It is this.

Now practice this.'The%20Jig%20Jogging%20Horse'.htm

All this stuff is a package. It all leads to the GERMAN TRAINING SCALE. Relaxation being the first element. It will all assist your SHOW type riding. Trust me.

Just take it slow Sandie. "Rome wasn't built in a Day' and the Horse deserves 'progression. You don't have to prove anything. In fact, my observations of You are that You need to slow down a bit.

You would have read all the articles I sent links for and I hope You understand where I am coming from.

Cement the standing on NO REIN by sitting in the Middle of the arena for 10-15 minutes now and again and drop the reins on his neck in between signals. The difficult thing for Trainers is to change the habits of the heavily brain washed over man y Years. The Body will take time to adapt to a whole new way.


I was going to take things a bit slower and work through your dvds and practice the one rein work before I go to canter. But I'll certainly send so video clips at the weekend.


Show me 2 minutes each way of your best outline then? Walk, trot and canter transitions, up and down.


Hi there

Thanks for those points.

I had realised about releasing outside rein and that I wasn’t - that’s the good thing about filming, you get to see your own faults.

I can see that the reins (which were totally loose going forward) may have interfered with the testing of Solo’s mouth. Didn’t think of that at the time, but yes, it makes sense. I’ll remember that. 

Its the last point I’m really struggling with, but I’m guessing all will come to light once I’ve worked through the DVD. In the video I sent you, I was riding loose reined - not totally totally loose, I can go looser, but then all I can do at the moment is one-rein stops because otherwise I’ve no control. I can take up a contact and he will work in an outline then, but if he needs re-mouthing……

Anyway, I appreciate all your feedback. Once I have it clear what I should do and in what order, I will be on track! My new bit has arrived from Maureen at least.

Warm best,

Hi Sandy

A couple of things.

  • You have to totally release the outside rein if training one rein stop
  • You can't have reins on or side reins on when testing mouths. or mouthing
  • Side reins ruin mouths
  • If one is going to take up a contact of a horse on an arena BUT IT NOT BE TOTALLY SOFT, ROUND, SUPPLE AND CORRECT, you are just terrorizing your horse and doing nothing but damage







Hi John

A couple of days ago Dusty got a stick lodged deep into his front right hoof protruding about half a centimetre. The first vet that came on Wednesday, broke off the stick while trying to remove it and the rest was left lodged at an angle under the side of his frog. A poultice dressing was then put on the hoof for two days.

Another vet came this morning, the dressing was removed and he got a bit more stick out but didn't want to go any deeper near the frog. He has recommended antibiotic powder once a day for 6 days and said it could pus up and the body expel the rest.

We don't know how deep it's gone in. He continues to limp so it's painful for him bear weight on and he's lying down more than usual.

Just wondering if you have any suggestions about this.








Hi Mr HP

Thanks very much, I’ll start tomorrow, my vet said to start the work, as you said he will either improve or break down, either way I’ll know and can go from there.

I did also buy your market harlborough for my daughters pony last year, it is really a great training aid so thank you, it started off our pony understanding how to work in a frame and we still use from time to time in saying that she is still learning and so are we.  We do find the reins a little long though, I might ask our rug lady to stitch a few rings on a short pair of reins maybe, then my daughter will use them more as where she holds the reins is where they are thicker stitching is and hard for her to hold. 
Anyway thanks again for sending through the info again for me, I appreciate your prompt attention and really hope to get on top of this with my horse so he can be happy again.

I really enjoy reading your articles on your web, if only there were courses or training to teach everyone how to lame horse, I often notice head bobbing etc but judges never pick up on it or say anything, I also felt very sad seeing the lady laugh at the pony bucking, poor little man ☹  My Chiro friend wants to run some clinics here in perth showing people how to pick up basic lameness and also letting people know depending on what they see whether to get a vet or chiro or whoever etc, he wastes a lot of time seeing horses with for examble a tendon injury that he cant help and vet should have been called first.  Anyway, better let you go, you are very busy.


Kind regards


Simply buy a mix and match second pair of reins from me, a size lower or lower again and you can fit multiple horses. We even have Shetland.

Tell the Chiro that "The majority of unsound Horses ARE NOT LAME"

Well done








Hi Linda & John My name is ----- and I have a Standardbred gelding 12yo & 16hh. He is a lovely horse and I would like to have him broken to saddle. He has not been handled for eight years, so I put a bridle and saddle on him and lunged him for five minutes to see what he would do. He did not attempt to hump or object, just a little nervous. I picked up and cleaned all his feet, no problems. Would you be able to send me your info on your services etc. I live in the -------- I realise that he would be broken to harness etc, however, not sure what steps to take so that he is able to be ridden. I would love to jump on him but he is a big horse and not going to take the risk. So, I would be grateful for your info and any advise you can give me in the interim. Kindest regards ------

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Hi John, well I have started the new horse and he is going really well.  He has been in the paddock for eight years and I had no trouble mounting him.  He is clever and learning fast.  I have put the German martingale on him and he responds really well and he is now trotting well.  I watch you all the time and think that your methods are amazing.  Thanks again for your guidance.  Kindest regards🐎

Well done. You will do well. Regards





Hi Mr HP


I have purchased your draw reins a few years back now, I can’t seem to find the instructions that you had emailed, is there any way these can be emailed again to me please? 

My horse has been out of work due to feet issues but from coming back he seems to have a problem with his stifles slipping as he gives away under me.  He has lot his muscle in his hind qtrs.

I am waiting on my vet to call me back to see what he says at the moment.

I just thought your draw reins might help him strengthen up without a riders weight and I can also watch him to see if he keeps doing this?  The only question is can I still lunge with stifle issues? 

Kind regards

 HI There.

We have many documented Cases of fixing such Horses. My Wife has also fixed them, both with our systems and with Her Riding system. We have Horse Professionals recommending it and indeed now, Vets'. So well done for having an open Mind there Madam. Regards