PROBLEM HORSE WORLD- the
Horse Industries first Blog - 2001
23RD APRIL, 2017
Hi Folks. How are You all? Hope You had a great
Week. We had 17mm
'Boof has recovered fine and 'fit as a fiddle'
I'll get on with it for it is a massive Blog
Hi john , just read your story on news.com . Wanted to say good on you
for taking a stand . It's not all about money . Your clearly patriotic ,
still have pride in our nation and for that you are to be congratulated.
I agree with your outlook on where we are heading and it's not good.
However , if more people had the same values and compassion as you do it
would be an easy fight..... Let Australia stay Australia .... Scott
We now know the Death of the People on the Melbourne Street was a
Terrorist attack Scott. They aught to be Shot as Traitors, the Media and
the Police some times. The Mongrel admitted it in Court this Week.
Thanks so much John, appreciate your suggestions. I will keep you
I meant to add to my previous email that although I am delighted
with my new bit, more importantly, so is my little mare.
Shes so much lighter in my hand and seems a lot more relaxed on the
bit. :) feels like a different horse already....
HP SADDLE FEEDBACK - ENGLAND
Subject: Re: Hp saddle
Will do that ! Absolutely amazed at the changes in both of us. I'm
in a total panic at the thought of being without it!! Honestly I
could write pages of testimonials, quite happy to endorse it with
anyone. I have always loved my horse and enjoyed riding him but I
appreciate now all the things that held us back were bad saddle
function. Colin must be happy as I don't need any whip or spurs, he
is so full of bounce ! Xx
Sent from my iPad
Hi John, just have to say you're a legend.
Saddle fit perfectly. My little Arab wasn't
fussed at all by the back cinch and best of all
NO girth rubs!!! We have tried so many things
and it's been a real battle. So very happy. Put
me in a great position too!
HORSE TRAINING ONLINE - THIS WEEK
Remember "Gummy Shark"?
Well he had his first Dressage Lesson this
Week. He was shocked but his Owner was excited :)
This Lady has just started this Gympsy Cob with my help and now to the
Dressage. Incredible progress, Cantering Circles with ease and after 3
Lessons only, started 'Collection' this Week.
Well done Dianne Girven
"I know. It certainly
blew me away. She really made me understand a feel today. I have had
lots of lessons with Louisa Hill (represented NZ x 2 Olympics in
dressage) Vicki Larsen - represented NZ in Australia and Edgar
Leitchwart - who trained olympic riders and many other people of that
calibre over the years in my twenties and early thirties. But she is
SURREY - BRITAIN
The "Bolting Horse" of a few Months back.
Well done Sandie Tolhurst
Sandie had Her first Lesson with Mrs. HP,
Friday evening our time and went great.
Hi John and Linda
Linda - thanks so much for my first lesson with you yesterday - it
was so good. I felt that it was probably the best lesson I’ve ever
had in terms of positive experiences - feeling like what we are
doing is heading in the right direction for Solo and for my own
retraining of habits. I have no sense of the questions I have often
been left with following a riding lesson, like:
“Why do riding lessons seem to make my horse more stressed?” and
“What is it that I am doing (in giving aids) that is causing so much
confusion for my horse?”
I’ll pay for another lesson on line, but don’t feel under any
pressure with fitting one in because I also have quite a lot of work
that I can keep doing when I have the chance (with the running
reins), and I’m also going to start on the basics (with the loose
rein) of the leg yield training. But if I pay now, then perhaps you
can work out a Saturday or Sunday in the next 2/3/4 weeks when it
would suit you, and then let me know so I can make plans to get a
Finally, now that you have given me so many really
useful and practical ‘rules’ of what to do and what not to do, I am
finding that situations that previously would have been challenging - it
really is possible to use them as training opportunities. Today we
hacked down a little grassy track next to a couple of horses in a field.
There was a sudden storm, pouring rain and the 2 horses started
galloping beside us as we walked along. They started rearing at the
fence and Solo was wanting to jog and spook around. But we just kept
stopping and backing up before walking on on a pleasure rein each time.
Thank you both Sandie xx
Yes, when re-mouthing the strong Horse (previously running through Your
Hands in a dangerous manner) and when progressing up to trot after
getting the Walk and PLEASURE REIN organized, 'Resistance' ramps back up
again, in second gear. They all do it. Memories, excitement, etc.
So the use of a Market Harborough is a
wonderful tactic, to break through that resistance and get the horse to
soften into a dressage frame (on the pleasure ride)
however, when you come back to walk, YOU MUST
throw it all away and have all the loops drooping, otherwise, You break
the rules of the Walk and regress. You could however, reach down and
disconnect the running reins section of let them out, knowing one is
going to walk for a K or so and then when coming to trotting section
again, clip them up.
Well done Sandy.
HIS NAME WAS 'BUCK'
On 25 March 2017, 3.08pm, I purchased Buck
from you as a beginner horse that you said would be suitable for my
limited riding ability and I transferred $3500 into your bank account .
Upon inspection 24 March 2017, 1pm with
Bruce Reilly and Melissa Longhurst from Equine Body Balance, you said
Buck was suitable for me as a beginner rider. You also told us he was
very quiet with no nastiness, perfect for trail riding, no problems
trail riding with other horses, very soft and responsive, never bucked,
never kicked, never spooked (even when a wallaby ran under him) and when
asked his negative traits you said none except he that he wasn’t suited
as a competitive jumping horse over 60cm.
Due to cyclone Debbie and the wet conditions
we were unable to safely ride Buck until 6 April 2017. On this occasion
Buck worked fine in a controlled environment (yard) but when taken on a
short trail ride by my 13 year old son Zac Reilly he without warning
went from a canter into a fast gallop and would’t stop, twice. Both
times resulting in Zac coming off the horse and luckily not hurting
himself badly except for some bruising.
The following day 7 April 2017, my partner
Bruce Reilly (started riding as a teenage now 38yrs) took Buck for a
trail ride. In canter Buck suddenly took off in a flat gallop. Bruce
tried everything in his experience to stop the horse without response
from the horse. Eventually Buck suddenly stopped and dropped his head
throwing Bruce off, resulting in neck injury and broken right wrist.
I called you immediately after the incident
7 April 2017, 8.31am to inform you about Buck’s behaviour when being
ridden. You said he had never bolted before, it was very out of
character and would come out on the 10 April 2017 to see what was going
on. On 10 April 2017, 2.30pm when you arrived Bruce Reilly and I
informed you about what Buck was doing and I requested a refund. Buck
was not as described, the information you gave us about him was
misleading. He is definitely not a forgiving beginners horse I had paid
for. You didn’t respond to my request for a refund and insisted on
riding him. It was clear you are an experienced rider but you had to
forcefully jam Buck’s head to his neck to prevent him taking off. Yet
you claimed that after riding him nothing was wrong with him.
I received you text message 10 April 2017,
8.08pm stating that you will not be able to refund payment of Buck and
accept no responsibility for anything that happened after the sale. Due
to you falsifying and omitting to inform us when directly asked about
Buck’s extensive history of bucking, bolting, kicking and misleading us
about his suitability. I again request you refund the full purchase
price $3500. I would appreciate this matter being resolved within the
next 21 days.
If I do not hear from you within 21 days I
will forward my complaint for Legal action beyond the purchase price.
FROM THE VENDOR
Text message from Haydie refusing to refund: 'Sheree,
I have spoken with both personal and professional sources and
unfortunately you have full ownership of Buck. You came and viewed him,
had a ride for yourself and had a second opinion there with you. You
bought the horse on the 25th of March and have owned him since. Anything
that has happened after that sale has no bearing or reflection on me or
the horse. I did a favour today to try and understand what you believed
was wrong with him, and to my knowledge, he didnt put a foot wrong while
I was riding him, maybe it is rider error causing the drama. It is
unfortunate you feel he isn't suitable for you, but it was my
understanding you were confident riding as you stated. Unfortunately I
will not be able to refund the money. I have no ownership of him anymore
and It is completely out of my hands. Regards.'
The Matter will proceed to the Court if not
A driver has won her appeal against being
ordered to pay more than $300,000 damages to a rider who was thrown from
his "traffic trained" horse on a street in a NSW Riverina town.
Anthony Hobbs was seriously injured in
September 2011 when thrown from his horse, named Buck, while riding in a
westerly direction on the grassed area just off the edge of a street in
north Wagga Wagga.
Holly Lee Fairall had been driving a car
owned by her mother, Carolyn Maree Fairall, in an easterly direction on
the opposite side of the road.
Buck "froze", then began to buck and moved
across the road, resulting in the rider being thrown from the saddle.
He landed on the concrete kerb and gutter.
Mr Hobbs, who described Buck as "traffic
trained", successfully sued the driver in the District Court and was
awarded $339,242 in damages.
But the NSW Court of Appeal on Tuesday
upheld Ms Fairall's challenge, set aside the judge's decision and
ordered Mr Hobbs to pay legal costs.
The court found the judge erred in finding
Ms Fairall had been driving at an excessive speed - between 60 and 70km/h
- when she passed Mr Hobbs on his horse.
She and her passenger were adamant the car
was going no more than 40km/h and the only evidence she was going faster
came from Mr Hobbs, who had been pressed to give an estimate.
Justice Ruth McColl, sitting with justices
Mark Leeming and Anthony Payne, also found the judge erred in finding
the accident was a "motor accident" within the meaning of the relevant
HORSE CHARITY SHOPS AT 'VICTORIA SECRETS'
Carmel, California – The Attorney General
of California, Xacier Becerra, has filed a lawsuit against two
California horse charities in Alameda County Superior Court. The lawsuit
seeks financial restitution and the permanent barring of all 4 family
members from operating nonprofits in California.
The lawsuit contends that the charities,
Central Coast Equine Rescue and Retirement and Wounded Warrior Support
Group, both operated by the same family, Matthew G. Gregory, his wife
and their two adult children, illegally used donated funds and funds
raised through raffles. The nonprofits monies were spent them on
personal items, including shopping trips to Victoria Secrets, Nordstrom,
Macy’s, dressage equipment, travel, paying personal credit cards, and
“I never intended to break any law, and
never used a CPA, or any attorney,” Gregory told reporters. “This has
just been a family winging it, the way it should be.”
Wounded Warrior Support Group, whose
officers consisted of only members of the Gregory family, would use the
raffle number of Central Coast Equine Rescue and Retirement, whose
officers were also limited to the Gregory family, in exchange for a
percentage of the raffle funds raised. California law states that each
nonprofit must file for its own raffle permit. The WWSG never applied
for a permit, and conducted raffles before filing as a nonprofit with
the IRS. The WWSG claimed the raffles were going to support wounded
warriors with horse therapy, but no such program ever existed. The WWSG
received their federal nonprofit status in 2014, and the latest 990,
2015, shows total revenue of over $700,000.
The Central Coast Equine Rescue and
Retirement (CCERR) was founded in 2012. The latest, 2015, shows revenue
of just over $100,000. In a supplemental schedule, the CCERR explained
to the IRS “The non profit spent $74,458 in 2015 on boarding, feed and
care of its horses. THe non profit (Wounded Warriors Support Group)
contributed $108,689 to Central Coast Equine. CCE relies on WWSG for all
of its funding to pay its bills. We provide and offer these received
horses to WWSG for the healing of physically and mentally wounded
veterans. We are working together.” The WWSG had no such therapy program
for wounded veterans.
As for spending donated moneys at clothing
stores? President Matthew Gregory explained they were gifts for
volunteers staffing the raffles. “We buy them a little gift, maybe a bra
or panties,” he told reporters.
TIP OF THE DAY
If a Dressage Horse is ridden WITHOUT
SUPPLENESS, "Rider induced Veterinary unsoundness" will occur.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GOSSIP OF THE DAY
Big Name Dressage Queen gets nailed in the Christies Beach Courts,
for $56,950. Judgment against Her but she can't be named just yet due
to last Minute scrambling to turn back time, after snubbing the Court by
This would take the prize of the most ruthless thing I have seen
carried out on a Client.
NEWS OF THE DAY
JUMPS racing is “barbaric” and trainers and
jockeys who are opposed to it should push for the sport to be banned,
Sports Minister Leon Bignell says.
Responding to the death of a horse at Oakbank on Saturday, Mr Bignell
said jumps racing should be banned “to save the reputation of horse
racing in South Australia”.
However, he said it was “up to the racing industry” to impose the ban.
“It’s time for all the trainers and jockeys who are against jumps racing
to speak up and have it banned,” he said.
“It’s barbaric and it has no place in the 21st century. If the people
who run horse racing in SA think this is a good look for racing, then
they’ll oversee the death of the sport overall.”
Mr Bignell’s comments followed a serious fall in the first Oakbank jumps
race on Saturday, which led to horse Wheeler Fortune being euthanased.
The New Zealand five-year-old gelding, trained by champion horseman John
Wheeler, was involved in a fall in the Somerled Hurdle when fellow
contender Searaven fell at the final hurdle in the home straight.
He brought down Wheeler Fortune, who had cleared the last fence cleanly.
Searaven regained his footing and galloped on but Wheeler Fortune
suffered a serious injury to a foreleg.
He had to be euthanased by course veterinarians minutes after the race
The RSPCA on Sunday said it was the fourth fatality at Oakbank in the
past six years, after a horse died in a trial race in 2014 and two
horses were put down in 2012.
A further three horses died at Oakbank in the two years prior to 2012,
RSPCA SA campaign co-ordinator Carolyn Jones said.
Late last year, a parliamentary committee recommended that jumps racing
should not be banned and the issue “should not be revisited by
Parliament for the next three years”.
I agree with the Minister. It is a 'Pox on Racing' and will her enhance
thoughts of anti Racing People attacking normal Flat Racing......from
the Trainer of the Dead Horse
The death of a New Zealand horse at the iconic
Oakbank meeting has opened up a stormy debate over the future of jumps
racing in the South Australia.
Wheeler Fortune suffered a severe leg injury
after he was brought down by another horse who fell at the final hurdle
on Saturday. Wheeler Fortune was euthanased.
were backed by South Australian Racing Minister Leon Bignell, who said
jumps racing was barbaric.
"Racing horses over jumps poses an
unacceptable risk to both horses and riders.
"It's cruel, it's barbaric and it doesn't
belong in the 21st century."
But that prompted a quick response from the
newly-elected chairwoman of Racing Australia, who accused him of
allowing personal prejudices to "contaminate" his view of the sport.
Frances Nelson said Bignell's views betrayed
a lack of understanding of how racing works and the vital role the
Oakbank carnival played in the local economy.
Bignell's call for the sport to be abolished
was completely at odds with the result of a parliamentary select
committee he had instituted, she said.
"He personally pushed for a select
committee. He appointed the people on it, they spent 12 months
collecting evidence that it [jumps racing] should not be banned. I think
our racing minister is like a cricketer who is LBW and won't accept the
third umpire's decision," Nelson said.
Oakbank is our [South Australia's]
best-attended meeting. The numbers there on Easter Saturday were
equivalent to The Championships on the day that Winx raced. We are a
population of 1.5 million, much less than NSW," Nelson said on RSN
Radio's The Verdict on Tuesday."
"The man has a personal issue and that
should not reflect in his portfolio. He is there to support the racing
industry not push some personal agenda, like Rob Hulls [former racing
minister who tried to get jumps racing phased out] did in Victoria ...
and he's gone.
Nelson also chairs Thoroughbred Racing SA
and says jumps racing will continue in the state.
Meanwhile, Eric Musgrove, who has won more
jumps races than any other Australian trainer, said his horses were
treated with the utmost care but injuries were an unavoidable aspect of
any competitive equine endeavour.
"We love our horses. That's why we're in it.
We'd be in it whether there was prizemoney or no prizemoney," Musgrove
told the Adelaide Advertiser.
"The horses are highly respected and they
are very well cared for.
"I've got a number of horses that raced for
me and are now retired at home. They are all looked after and treated
with great respect."
Musgrove said jumping fatalities were a
rarity in comparison to the numbers that are going around in races.
"It's a fact of life that everything lives
and dies. The important thing is the quality of life that we give them.
"No one feels worse about it when something
happens than those people involved in the industry. We're with those
horses every day and of course we love them," he told the Adelaide
The five-year-old gelding was trained by John
Wheeler, from New Plymouth, one of jumps racing's most famous trainers.
It was the first fatality at the Oakbank
carnival in the last six years but brought a quick response from
protesters who called for an end to jumps racing in South Australia.
HORSE TRAMPLES THROUGH V.I.P. LOUNGE
The TEN was a hit tonight. A brand new
auction concept presented by Tal Milstein, Ilan Ferder, Daniel Bluman,
Carlo Pfyffer and Gilbert De Roock “was breaking ground”. Het Azelhof in
Lier, Belgium, was transformed to a stunning VIP-setting that invited
everyone for a unique selling experience.
Starting at 20.000 euro the horses are top
notch and everyone buying a horse gets an exclusive LeBeau-Courally
watch to go with it. And that they are top horses can be seen by the
first two horses getting sold. The six year old Lady Van de Haarterhoeve
(Casall ASK x Clarimo ASK) moved stables to the Family Maenhout in
Aalter de 6-jarige for 130.000 euro.
Next to go was the five year old Mabel de
Kwakenbeek (Emerald x Quidam de Revel) that left the arena after the
final bid came in at 450.000 euro. The very talented mare was bought on
the phone by Carlos Lopez from Colombia.
Then the auction got briefly interrupted by
a horse that was on the loose. During the warming up the horse broke out
and found its way into the VIP. There it trampled around and created
chaos. After catching the horse and retaining the damage the auction
First words are that the horse is fine,
however one of the visitors was taken away by ambulance. As not more is
known at this moment more information will follow.
FLARES CAUSE SERIOUS INJURIES TO HORSE
Hazel Squires with her horse Mr Chadwick is recovering after flares
spooked him and he rushed through the fence cutting his leg and exposing
"He was nowhere to be found - until I saw him hobbling in the paddock
next door to where he had been."
She says her horse required multiple stitches and has been in box rest
since the accident.
Another horse at the property suffered minor injuries.
A vet bill running up several thousands of dollars is expected, with the
horse being kept for treatment in Kerikeri, unable to be transported
back to Squires' property in Whangarei.
"I was so angry for my defenceless animal - the people knew the area had
"I wish they would do something more useful with their time - not get up
to mischief and hurting innocent animals."
Squires says it is careless to let off things such as fireworks and
flares in areas with livestock.
"My feelings are strong that fireworks should be banned and I'm not even
agreeable with public displays."
A video of a horse's distressed neighs after being injured having been
spooked by fireworks on Easter Sunday in Auckland generated more than
7000 views and renewed calls for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the
Georgia Harris' horse Kaira suffered cuts on her hind legs and stomach
and damaged tendons.
"To have an animal scream and to calm her down... it was really bad,"
"Luckily we didn't have to shoot her on the property... she got spooked
and was really stressed, it looked like she tried to jump the fence."
A 25,000 signature petition calling for a ban on the public sale of
fireworks was rejected by the Government in 2015.
Empty flare cartridge boxes were found on Whakataha Rd and taken to the
Kerikeri Police Station. With no leads to go off, Squires is appealing
for any information to be passed onto Kerikeri Police.
CARRIAGE HORSE COLLAPSES
Charleston, South Carolina – Big John, a draft
horse, was pulling his first wagon full of 12 tourists for the day
through the busy streets of Charleston when he fell rounding a corner at
Big John laid on the ground, while tourists took pictures and video, and
his driver began unhooking his harness. He laid on the ground until the
harness was removed, then firefighters used straps to help Big John to
his feet. He was walked back to the stables by the carriage company
employees, where he will stay until he is cleared for work by a
veterinarian and the city’s equine manager.
Big John suffered scratches and minor injuries to his legs. The incident
did not appear to be heat related.
LONG AWAITED TRIM
GLENWOOD, Iowa (WOWT) -- A rescued horse that could barely walk should
be prancing around the corral soon.
The front hooves on 6-year-old Olivia hadn't been trimmed in more than a
year if not more. She's one of four horses rescued in Iowa last weekend.
The owner surrendered the pony to Hooves and Paws Rescue near
Glenwood,Iowa which brought in a farrier. He used a hack saw to cut off
the curling front hooves before giving Olivia a good trim and relieve
Genea Stoops of Hooves and Paws Rescue said, "Her legs are nice and
straight which is good. Her legs aren't twisted and she's already
stepping down on her foot. She's a sweet little girl."
Olivia will also be getting an ultra sound to she if she's carrying a
foal. That would mean adoption is a year away. Any donations for her
care should be directed toward Hooves and Paws Rescue's website using
Paypal or mailed to 27821 Hwy 34 Glenwood, IA 51534.
ANIMAL THROWS STONES AT HORSE
A boy has been caught on camera throwing a
stone at a defenceless horse in a field in Gloucestershire.
It shows the boy, aged around 16 and wearing dark clothes, approaching
the white horse as it grazes in a field, behind a barbed wire fence.
The incident happened at Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre near Bourton-on-the-Water
over the Easter weekend and the boy is understood to have been
A Gloucestershire Police spokesman told the Wiltshire and
Gloucestershire Standard: 'We have received a report of stones being
thrown at a pony in Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre.
'Inquiries are ongoing. A boy has been identified and a local officer is
due to speak to him and his parents about the matter.'
The horse's owner, Leanne Launchbury, wrote on Facebook: 'I am so angry
I am shaking.'
SECURE YOUR HORSES FOLKS
Opelousas, Louisiana – 5 teens have been
arrested and charged with livestock theft after stealing 2 horses from
Dominique’s Livestock Market and abusing them. The teens, ages 13-16,
were booked into juvenile hall. The teens also stole tack and saddles
from the stockyard.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and
Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission working in conjunction with
the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department received a tip which led them
to the teens. Both horses were recovered, but showed signs of physical
abuse at the hands of the teens. LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M,
told reporters “Thanks to an alert citizen, our investigators swiftly
moved in to rescue and recover these animals from this inhumane
treatment. Upon their rescue, investigators say there were signs of
physical injuries sustained to the horses and evidence collected at the
scene to support this. This is intolerable.”
The teens are facing felony charges in
connection with the theft. No word on a motive for stealing the horses.
HORSE RACING ON THE HARBOR BRIDGE?
Amazingly, we could see a horse race run on
the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge within the next 18 months.
Reports are coming out that Racing NSW have
begun preliminary talks with English promoters as both parties look to
create a race meet to be held on the famed bridge as early as 2018.
While nothing has been confirmed, or barely
spoken of, it’s expected to be up to a six race meet held on the same
weekend of, and in conjunction with, The Everest.
The Everest is Sydney’s new mega race at
Randwick, now the richest turf race in the world with a $10 million
purse, and is shaping up to be the launching pad for the new street
Entrepreneurs Olly Neil and Andy King are
looking to turn the sport of kings into a brand new era that looks
towards the next generation of entertainment for the galloping world.
“We’re going to do for horse racing what
Twenty20 has done for cricket and 3×3 for basketball – reinterpreting
the sport of kings for a young urban audience and dialling up on
technology, entertainment, excitement and energy,” said Neil.
A part of a company called GAG 403, the pair
have developed a track system that allows events to be held on giant
portable racing turf tracks, opening up a whole new series of
opportunities for one of the world’s oldest past times.
“We will create a global circuit of horse
racing events with high-quality local horses thundering down iconic city
streets ridden by the world’s top jockeys.”
The speculation has already grabbed the
attention of many and looks to be gaining traction among the racing
community and political field.
Luke Foley, NSW opposition leader, believes
the event would be a massive gain for Sydney’s tourism, economy and a
boost for racing in the state.
“The state government and Destination NSW
should back this and see if it could work. It is something that has
everyone talking because it is so different,” said Foley.
“This would be a great promotion for Sydney
and our NSW thoroughbred industry.”
On the racing side of things, leading
trainer, Chris Waller, can see no reason why an event of such magnitude
wouldn’t be a ‘must-see’ attraction.
“It would be an amazing event,” he said.
“It would be amazing if they could get it up
and running, and everyone would want to be involved.
“As long as it’s safe for horses, jockeys
and everyone watching, I would definitely want to be involved and most
Laying a turf racing track over one of the
busiest strips of road in Sydney for the most part of a day could prove
problematic and a mess for traffic, but it’s nothing that hasn’t been
The bridge has been closed off before for
the Sydney Marathon, the breakfast picnic in 2009, and of course, Mark
Webber’s Formula 1 exhibition drive that saw the Australian do doughnuts
on the famous bridge in 2005.
CHOKED DOWN AND CASTRATED BY A TRESSPASSER
Bonham, TX – Authorities are searching for the
person(s) responsible for mutilating and killing an extremely valuable
horse in rural Bonham. The horse, valued at $50,000, was used for
breeding, and the owner believes someone targeted him. “Evidently
somebody knew he was up there and maybe they’re trying to get back at
me,” the owner said.
The owner made the horrible discovery when he found his horse laying
dead in the pasture. “They choked him down. You can see the rope marks
before his lost his hair,” the owner told reporters.
After choking the horse down, the people responsible for the attack used
a knife to crudely castrate the horse, without pain medication.
“It’s a very bad situation. We’ll be handling it as an animal abuse case
which is a felony in itself. A third degree felony,” Fannin County
Sheriff Mark Johnson told reporters.
SCIENTIFIC BREAK THROUGH ON SPERM LIFE
Researchers in the New South Wales Hunter
Valley have developed a new scientific method they say could boost horse
breeding around the world.
The scientists from the University of Newcastle have developed a new
nutrient-rich liquid that is added to deposits of horse semen collected
after ejaculation, which keeps the sperm alive for longer at an ambient
Horse sperm have short lifespans, and traditionally to preserve them for
longer than a few days, the samples had to be chilled or cryopreserved,
which can be damaging to the cells.
With the new liquid, the sperm could remain viable for up to two weeks,
as opposed to about three days when chilled.
This means higher-quality samples could be sent overseas for breeding
programs in other countries, and they would have a greater chance of
The research came about after a linkage grant collaboration between
stakeholders in the national and international equine sector, and
included a number of universities.
"There's sometimes a bit of a disconnect between what happens in the
research world and what's happening out in the real world and in the
industry," Aleona Swegen, a scientist working on the project, said.
"There are some hurdles they come up against, especially in regards to
fertility and how successful breeding programs can be.
"We're working on a project that is hoping to improve fertility for
"This is a world-first in the scale of the project, but it's also really
important that the industry are the ones who are initiating this, and
they're coming to us with questions."
The Hunter Valley is the world's second-largest Thoroughbred breeding
While the Thoroughbred stud book does not allow the use of artificial
insemination, other horse breeders are expected to benefit from the
"We're developing new media for the storage of horse semen at room
temperature, so that we can potentially transport it around the world
[without chilling or freezing the cells]," Zamira Gibb, a post-doctoral
research fellow working on the project, said.
"Once we collect the semen, we add our new semen extender. In that
medium, which is just a liquid, we have components that will support
"While they're actively metabolising, they're going to be producing a
lot of reactive oxygen species and waste products, so there are other
components in that media that will help to clean them up."
Cryopreservation technology, where sperm is frozen, has been used for
years, but the scientists said it increased the risk of damage to the
Storing the sperm at ambient temperature, with appropriate nutrients to
support their survival, negated that risk.
"The ability to transport sperm around the world has been around for the
last 50 years, but it does require cryopreservation," Dr Gibb said.
"The process of cryopreservation can be very damaging to the cells, and
it can cause them to have an extremely reduced lifespan once you thaw
them out, so the fertility is generally quite markedly reduced."
Jen Clulow, a veterinarian involved in the project, said the ability to
transport sperm at ambient temperatures would help studs wanting to
breed their horses with animals overseas.
The researchers are trying to minimise potential biohazards and
eliminate any bacterial contamination by investigating the best device
to transport the sperm.
Dr Swegen said it was an exciting development for the Hunter's breeding
"It is a wonderful advantage for the breeders in the area, and I think
it's great they'll be able to get their hands on something that's a
world-first," she said.
"It's also great for the equine breeding industries around the world."
LETTER OF THE DAY
IS THE ONE REIN STOP FOR SPOOKING?
ignoring my husband and child again tonight watching your
just a question, in one of your podcasts, it was on the one rein
stop, you said, only to be used when going to bolt or buck...
(it was when mrs hp was on a horse) so, if a horse spooks badly,
but doesn't bolt off you don't use it? My horse used to spook
really badly, and we have improved alot, and stopped him from
trying to take off by using the one rein stop. Do I need to
ignore the spook? for example, a hare or bird jumping out or
bang or something?
You GIrls :)
This is a big subject and difficult to instruct via the written
word, without seeing the issue but it's a matter of judgement.
The One Rein Stop should be used when You are concerned for Your
safety, worried a Horse is suspect and may Buck, Green Horses, might
Bolt or learn to Bolt due to scooting 10 Metres etc. and
depending also upon the ability or nervousness of the Rider. When in
doubt, do a One Rein Stop. Better to live to 'fight another day'
However, if You know that there are no FLOW ON dangers and You are
dealing with shying say, I don't use the One Rein Stop. I simply
"Put the Horse back where it came from" and turn it loose again.
That is done via the LEG YIELD and You are trying to teach the Horse
that it is never going get a victory. It will always be put back
from where it came.
That is why I occasionally wear Spurs ( I don't normally) but those
Horses need to respect my Leg more than the fear on the other side.
You, in that situation, may just violently turn the Horse to face
the perceived worry point and ride the Horse back towards it but the
Leg Yield works way better.
The same goes for on an arena. Horses will manufacture scary spots, often
to get out of work or to tell You they have a Veterinary problem. In
those cases, it is never the One Rein Stop.
If it is a shy and run forward, then it should be a back up, putting
the Horse back from where it came and turning it loose again, DARING
IT to do it again. Repeat, repeat.
So the One Rein Stop is for control, fear, danger and to stop Horses
learning bad habits. Regards
LETTERS OF THE DAY
HORSE HIT IT'S HEAD ON THE ROOF - I CAN'T LOAD HER ANY MORE
I noticed your FB
post on horse trailers yesterday..I have an issue which is bothering
me...I have a 10yr QH mare had her since 6mths old a dream to own and
show, never had a loading issue with trailer loading walked in like a
dream...well we decide to go for a angle load trailer this time bought
an outback Logan float nice and wide beautiful to tow. My problem is my
mare rushed out the float the other day and hit her poll on the way
out...now we cannot load her, John I have tried everything, watched
every loading video, she will walk up ramp but want go any further,
yesterday she did go on so we back and walked her in 3 times, then she
refused to go back on and that was 3 hours later, I have tried pressure
and release, and everything I know to try and get her to relax and move
into the trailer.... I am lost at what to do now and thus coming weekend
is a state show which I have invested into and I am so stressed as it
looks like I will not be able to load her at all. Do you have any
suggestions on what I could try to get her to relax and move into the
trailer. Many thanks Di
Yes I do.....do what I did, within 5 minutes of this
happening to my wife's horse, in 2004, which started my
float design work and inventions which are now seen across
the country. CUT THE ROOF OFF. The Float is too low.
For interest, what height is it, floot to ceiling, dead
centre at back.?? It won't be high enough, I can assure you.
So good on Your Horse. She is telling You here fears (as
they all do) and we must listen.
Have you seen my latest floating video???
Omg John we just spent $50,000 on this
float how do I change it now... this makes me feel so upset as our mare
has never put a step wrong. My hubby has even placed foam noodles on the
top of the roof, so if she tries this again she cannot hurt herself. What do I do from here this is very
upsetting as I do not want to stress my horse
John thank you so
much my mare trusts me just like the gelding with you... I will try your
method and let you know....thank you I have had over a week of no sleep
watching every training video I could...yours is by far the best thank
you... this has been very upsetting for both my horse and me...John
thank you so much my mare trusts me just like the gelding with you... I
will try your method and let you know....thank you I have had over a
week of no sleep watching every training video I could...yours is by far
the best thank you... this has been very upsetting for both my horse and
THE OFF THE TRACK THOROUGHBRED
Linda's new stockhorse looks sweet. Reminds me of my first horse. Very
reactive, quick and athletic. Beautiful horse though. Heart of gold and
just a big scaredy cat. Will love to see how he progresses.
A question with my TB (have decided to drop the OT). What do you do when
they get really frightened? A recent ride, blowing a gale mind you, he
got a big fright, not sure what from. But his head was right up and neck
locked, he'd puffed himself out and was genuinely scared. You know how
they get huge when scared. Agistment owner had left, so I jumped off as
I'm sporting a leg injury at the moment (not horse related) and not at
my best, and led him to where the issue was. He was terrified. Baulking,
head up, snorting etc in-between carry ons he lead with his nose on my
shoulder for reassurance.
He's a cool horse though. After a look the head came down and he lead
back to the mounting block chilled out. I got back on and rode and he
worked really well.
But what do you do when they hit that terrified state? I think it was
probably the sheets on the line behind the hedge, flying around in the
gale, but you never know what gets to them. I stuck within my limits and
he's perfectly fine for subsequent rides, so seems I've dealt with it
ok....... Normally I don't dismount but the leg is very uncomfortable on
a placid horse, let alone a jumpy terrified one and being by myself no
point risking it on principle!
After our ride yesterday, agistment owner commented he looked more
supple through the shoulders. He's tight there at the moment and we
spent the first two thirds of the ride doing shoulder suppling
exercises, so I was pleased she saw the improvement :)
Hope Boof is feeling better after his snake altercation. He's probably
been milking it for more couch time :D
Have a great week.
Hi K, yes, Boof did do that but is up and at em
once again. He recovered brilliantly and very quick. I'm not happy
though for he got to stay two Nights in ***** Accommodation at $270 a
Night and I only get Budget Motels :(
You did the right thing with Your Horse. No
time to be a Hero when they lose it that bad. You have nothing to prove
for there is no brain to prove it to :)
Glad he is still improving though.
HE ONLY WANT'S TO LOPE
thankyou so much! That makes sense to me!
I will ask your honest opinion, I live in far northern nsw, and have
had my boy for over 18 months. We are both a work in progress, as
one would say, and I am learning to take it one step at a time. I
have watched a bit of parelli, clinton, jonathon field, sandy
collier etc, and since doing ground work starting at christmas last
year, he is changing, as of course, from me changing. He hasn't
bucked or shied and tried to bolt since. This made me very unnerved
as you would know.
There is a plethora of information out there, all very similar etc,
and can get overwhelming. I have quite a few things to cover with
him, but basically at this stage, we are getting a lot more trust
with each other, to build a good foundation. Should I do clinics
with certain people> I need to work on dressage with him and myself,
as he is very lazy, and defiant, but also has a big willingness to
try, if that makes sense. I don't know of any "decent" and worth
their salt, dressage instructors up my way?? Everyone seems to have
an opinion, but I want someone whom understands good horsemanship as
well like you and linda. Or, should I buy your dvds and work my way
through them that way??? if so, which order should I go, I am pretty
sure I need re-mouthing, teaching the leg yield..I need to wear
spurs on him otherwise my leg is useless.
He was heavily ridden in western pleasure, (paint horse)
and I have
had constant trouble actually riding his "canter/lope"...it is like
he is on the one spot, lifts his head high each time he goes to do a
beat of the canter and for the life of me, struggle to get
impulsion, and actual forward movement, and any form of stretching
out in the canter? The canter is often when he will buck. I watched
your clip last night on get along little doggy or something like
that, and that horse doing wp, was like watching my horse!! could
not believe it. So as you can see, this is just the tip of the
iceberg, alot going on. I am a systematic type person whom really
wants to have a fantastic safe, and fun partnership with my boy. Or
should I get remote lessons from you both??
Hope you can read between the lines of my honest rant john. I am
willing to do whatever it takes, just would love your guidance as to
my direction to move forward, it is hard flying blind. Not many good
trainers around my way unfortunately.
Hope you had a lovely easter.
We have had devine weather up here. I emailed my friend the link to
your saddles, as she is chasing something decent, they are fabulous,
and hope she contacts you.
The only thing You will ever get from us, is the honest opinion, to
Your good, not ours often.
The first thing you need to do is to have us do a quick assessment of
the horse and work out it if is suitable "Fit for the Purpose" for what
Your aim is in Your Riding Life. It sounds to me a bit like it isn't.
Life is too short to waste it and there are not a lot of horses in a
life career so no point trying to do stuff that a Horse is going to
So, work out what your dream is.
get advice about whether that horse is suitable
If it is not, get another one
Never get too far ahead of yourself.
Regarding all the other stuff, I wouldn't be worrying about that
until later, for things may change.
Get back to us and give us some video of you both, then we can tell
Western Horses don't suit english. That's a fact.
LONG REINING BUT HORSE DOES A ROLL BACK WHEN ASKED TO HALT
The Western bit arrived today!
Thanks very much I'm delighted with it.
On a different note...I am re-mouthing a 13 year old QH possible ex
Barrel racer as well as other uses. Not much history with him at
I started today and he needs a lot of groundwork, he has a lovely
nature but a bit of a space-invader, all fixable with time.
Got a good response testing and establishing his lateral mouth,
however, he has absolutely no front brake. Everytime I set my hands
in concrete with a Whoa, he just rolls back at great speed. So hes
obviously been trained to do that once you pull on his rein he goes
into reverse with his head up in the air. No breaking at the poll,
no true give, nothing.
Any recommendation as to how to help him break that habit and just
get him to stop?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Many thanks John.
Not his fault, ey?
I have emailed You with the fixes.
16th April, 2017
Happy Easter Folks. Back on the diet next Week ey?
Well Mrs. HP had a wonderful Week, as she finally got Her new Car that
had to come from Japan as they are a special order build. They are not
stocked generally. Back to the Yellow as Nissan has re-introduced it.
The safest colour on the Roads which is a bonus and the Power and
handling to be able hopefully able to dodge the 1 in 20 idiots driving
towards us now, having used Drugs. Good ey?
Been busy on the Horse front as well.
I have re-mouthed two Horses in the last couple
of Weeks, with another one here right now and all coming along well.
BELLA has been confirmed pregnant still, at the 42 Days Test and so at
last Mrs. HP will get a Foal from Her and to remember Her by. She is now
20. Her Foal of a few Weeks ago is most interesting
Mrs. Hp has a Young Horse here for education, a Young 'Green Horse' and
this one is one of the one's that I am re-mouthing for Her. Don't ride
'Green Horses' with less than adequate Mouths Folks!
The Weather for Easter has been divine, with 23
Degrees and Emerald Seas and Victor Harbor is wall to wall Tourists. In
fact, I have never seen such Traffic in the District, being similar to
in the City this Weekend.
had a fight to the Death with a Brown Snake
this Week :(
Never a Dull moment.
He killed the Snake which was a plus but in
the process, as You can imagine, got bitten multiple times and collapsed
within 2 Minutes. Gawd, Easter.....that's all we need at Easter :(
anyhow, got Him to the Vet within 4 Minutes and
$1500 later, he is as bright as a Button again.
He now has a Pet Snake as a Friend and it
Bites. It has bittem Him twice so far, with an Electric Fence wired up
to it. We hope he gets the message.....he does appear to be
He is being a good Boy and looking for the
Hand more. Today, he participated in a Video on the subject of
'Suppleness' , one that was quite challenging for me to get my Head
around :) No doubt it will be a valuable Video for those with
'Stiffness' issues with their Horses.
OAKBANK PICNIC RACES
Despite warnings for 10 Years now, the Administrators of Racing in South
Australia have not had the common sense to realize that Jumps Racing was
always going to be a 'Pox on Racing' and will eventually turn the eyes
onto normal Horse Racing as well. They just don't get it Folks.
Yesterday, the inevitable happened again and
Jumps Racing would now be in the Minds of the State Labor Government who
are not Fans of any Racing. They like Art and Coffee Latte.
too soon. The Minister was on the News and totally unloaded on the
JUMPS racing is “barbaric” and trainers and
jockeys who are opposed to it should push for the sport to be
banned, Sports Minister Leon Bignell says.
However, he said it was “up to the racing
industry” to impose the ban.
AN overwhelming majority of punters would
return to the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival next year even if jumps
racing was dumped from the schedule.
Ahead of the traditional Easter Monday meet, an Advertiser survey has
found four in five racegoers would return to Oakbank next year if no
jumps racing events were held.
With South Australia and Victoria the only two states that still
sanction jumps racing, the results last night prompted fresh calls to
scrap the style of horse events.
Racing Minister Leon Bignell said the survey’s results showed most
punters would return to Oakbank regardless of what racing was on offer.
“I think we could pretty much move straight to banning it because that’s
where the public is at,” he said. “I think it is pretty clear that we
shouldn’t continue doing it in SA.
Racing Minister Leon Bignell
“I think it shows we need to start planning for the future of Oakbank
without jumps racing and we need to find out what type of events will
make it bigger and better into the future.”
The Oakbank Carnival, at the Adelaide Hills track, is one of the most
popular race meets in the state and is known as the world’s biggest
picnic race meetings.
But in recent years it has attracted the ire of animal welfare
activists, who claim the sport is cruel and should be banned.
More than 32,000 punters and race fans attended the first day of the
carnival on Saturday while the Oakbank Racing Club is hoping a further
20,000 people attend today.
The Advertiser’s survey, of 517 people at the track on Saturday, found
fewer than one in five would not attend Oakbank if jumps racing was
A third of respondents said jumps racing should only be held at certain
events, while more than half believed the decision should be left to
racing authorities. Just 13 per cent believed jumps racing should be
But the survey found more than two-thirds of racegoers believed jumps
racing was not cruel. Only 15 per cent of those surveyed thought it was
cruel and a further 16 per cent were unsure.
Mr Bignell, who has previously called for jumps racing to be phased out,
said today’s results showed the Oakbank Carnival would be popular with
just flat racing events.
“It shows that the argument being put out there that jumps racing is
creating a big economic benefit is rubbish,” he said.
“Jumps racing was popular 50 years ago, even 25 years ago, but it
doesn’t have the same appeal now.”
Mr Bignell will shortly start a consultation with the industry about
implementing a jumps racing ban.
He said: “I got more letters about jumps racing than anything else
combined. It is a huge issue.”
But Oakbank Racing Club chairman John Glatz said jumps racing was
crucial to the success of the carnival.
“I think if you asked the people who visit Oakbank from interstate or
overseas you will find the major reason is jumps racing,” he said.
“There is no doubt it provides us with a point of difference from all
the other meets across the country and that is a big part of why we are
Mr Glatz said the number of horses killed in jumps racing was blown out
of proportion by animal rights activists.
“If we lose one horse all hell breaks loose,” he said.
“Unfortunately there will always be accidents in any form of horse
racing, whether it is flats or jumps, or even doing practice and
Greens MLC Tammy Franks, who has introduced legislation to ban jumps
racing in SA into state parliament, said the popularity of Oakbank could
increase without the controversial hurdle and steeplechase events.
“I think it is quite likely there would be more people who attend
Oakbank after jumps racing is banned because they won’t have to worry
about watching the horrible scenes when a horse falls,” she said.
One horse, King of the Cross, took a tumble on Saturday, but was
uninjured from the fall.
Thoroughbred Racing SA chair Frances Nelson did not return calls
The organisation has stated that jumps racing was an integral part of
the industry and provided a significant economic benefit.
It has previously rejected calls for the sport to be banned and claims
horse fatalities from jumps racing are rare.
We live in hope that Tomorrow, with the 'Great
Eastern Steeplechase' goes without injuries.
and of course, the 'Sleeper Horse Welfare
issue' the incessant fighting with the Mouths of Horses, both on the
Ground and under Saddle, continues on via the authorities.
Here is an advert for a Webinar for the
promotion of "Horse Welfare Officers' at Horse Events.
and yet, such is the brain washing of the British systems upon EA and
Horsesa, they they can't even see what is wrong with using this Photo.
They need a 'Horse Welfare Officer' watching the Horse Welfare Officers'
These Organizations are not dissimilar to the Racing Bodies with Jumps
Racing. Keep it up Folks!
and so to the opposite.....the Bolting Horse
caused by Horsesa and Ea systems.......
HORSE TRAINING ONLINE - BRITAIN
A 40-second video to show you how you have made
a difference to the life of a horse…
Thanks Sandie. Bravo. You must be proud....and
the Horse must be happy once again.
Hi I am seeking advice about a horse sale for
myself where the seller an experienced horse person totally misled and
lied about the horse. We bought the horse as a beginner horse for myself
paying beginner horse price. I paid someone from Equine Body Balance to
come along with me to check the horse for soundness and ask the
questions to ensure the horse was suited to my limited riding ability
and what I wanted. We rode the horse and asked many questions. The owner
said he was suited to my riding ability as a beginner wouldn't spook,
great for trial rides with other horses and would be very suited to what
I wanted for me and my children. When we got him home my 13yr old son
rode him all goes great until there is another horse in front of him and
u put him in a canter. He then gases it. Zac came off twice in one ride
luckily not hurting himself badly. The next day my partner a lot more
experienced than me took him for a ride again he gased it and couldn't
be pulled up no matter what my partner tried. The end result a neck
injury and broken arm. I rang the seller and she said she would come
back and have a look at the horse. When she arrived I asked for a refund
as he was not as described in ad and as she guaranteed us on day we
trialled him. She rode the horse and when ever she went to put it in a
canter she jammed his chin to his chest and with another horse in front
we could see the horse wanted to take off but she had his head jammed.
From the ride we could clearly see problems but she claimed nothing
wrong with the horse refused to refund us and told us it was rider error
by us. We thought we had done all we could when we rode him before
buying but didn't ride him with another horse in front which seems to be
the trigger for him to take off. Is there anything I can do to try and
get a refund? Are you able to help me?
Hi, We purchased a QH for our 13yo a few weeks
ago, we reside in Victoria. It was her first horse and was recommended
via a farming friend given the history/breeding. Horse was trained in
Western. We made it clear at inspection that we were buying for beginner
to learn English riding. Some 4 English saddle fitting sessions later
and after consulting a saddle maker we have been advised that the horses
confirmation is not good. Right shoulder falls sharply to one side,
causes English saddles to slip. Advice is to move horse on. We are
shocked. Do you know what our rights are? Or who we could consult in
Victoria? Horse cost 8K. We did not get a Vet check given we trusted
this long time friend:( Any advice would be appreciated. Should we
- A South Florida mother is outraged that the riding instructor who she
said gave her child alcohol before her daughter was injured while riding
her horse is still running stables.
Nearly two years after the accident that nearly killed her, Samantha
Garcia still bears the scars of her injuries.
Stables owner accused of giving minors alcohol before horse accident
"She can't do what she wants to do. She can't really run. If she walks a
long distance, she is in pain," Samantha's mother, Daisy Garcia, said.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
TIP OF THE DAY
" Horses that are TOO LONG IN THE BARREL should
not be asked to participate in the 'English Disciplines"
HORSE PROFESSIONALS BEHAVING BADLY STORY OF
The Coach, an Olympian, was teaching two
Pupils, in different Districts. Pupil One had a Chronic and Vet
diagnosed 'Head Shaker Syndrome'. The Coach became involved in the Sale
of the Horse to Pupil 2.
Pupil 1 is still Friends with the Coach. Pupil
2 is now not.
NEWS OF THE DAY
4TH HORSE IN A WEEK PUT DOWN- US FIGHTER JETS
A fourth horse has reportedly died after
being spooked by low flying jets.
At least three horses had to be shot last
week after being panicked by low-flying American US F-15 aircraft, it
has been claimed.
People across Cornwall - from Land's End to
Liskeard - have reported the jets, believed to be from RAF Lakenheath in
Suffolk, on social media.
Now a fourth horse-owner has come forward,
claiming her daughter's beloved pony died after being left traumatised
by the noisy and low-flying aircraft.
Naomi Brown told Cornwall Live: "The horses
were galloping around fine at 12:30pm, at about 3:30pm the low flying
planes were spotted in the area and at about 4:30pm our pony was found
in a very bad state", she said.
"After that it all happened so quickly, the
emergency vet was called and it took five people to get the pony back in
the yard, but it was too late, he had twisted his gut and died before
the vet could arrive."
"He was obviously spooked by something and
we think that it's too much of a coincidence, after seeing the planes
and hearing other people's comments."
"We told her the next day and she's been
repeatedly saying how she wants him back. "We've made a memory board of
Monty which is right next to her bed so that she can see him when she
wakes up and goes to bed."
"Hopefully by sharing this story it will
raise more awareness and stop this from happening in the future."
Monty was in St Day, near Gwennap Pit, at
the time and died through colic.
Mrs Brown is now teaming up with Claire
Sexton put out an appeal for information yesterday which has since been
widely shared on Facebook.
Claire wrote: "Two grey fighter jets flew
VERY low over Cornwall on Wednesday, April 12, in the afternoon - at
least three horses had to be shot in consequence," she said.
"There may be more - my friend has had to
shoot three horses, two with field injuries sustained yesterday, when
the two planes passed fast and very low.
"One today, after yesterday it panicked,
threw its rider and has become too dangerous for a vet to go near it.
"He sees a pattern - one of the horse owners
checked with RNAS Culdrose, but they deny having anything in the air at
Other people commented to say they too knew
of horses that also had to be put down following the exercise.
"Let's make this go viral over Cornwall, so
that a picture can be built up, and everyone affected can get together,"
"Each of these horse-owners must have felt
that theirs was an individual, inexplicable tragedy.
"It would be constructive for them, and
anyone else affected, to be able to get together, to get answers and,
not that it makes up for it, compensation if there was illegal low
VICTORIA - STARVING HORSES
The RSPCA is treating 17 starving horses seized from a property on
Victoria's Mornington Peninsula this week.
The horses were in a very poor condition when a member of the public
raised the alarm and contacted the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Kerrie Gregory said the animals were visibly starving.
"As you can see from the horses, there are ribs showing, [they have]
prominent hips which does put their welfare at risk," she said.
"The horses are under a veterinary refeed plan which does need to be
closely monitored to ensure the horses don't contract colic and other
conditions associated with a change in their diet.
"Sadly that may mean they all do not survive."
The animals are being cared for at a property run by the RSPCA.
Ms Gregory would not reveal any details about the owner or the property
they were found at because the investigation is ongoing.
She said their condition was surprising considering how good the
pastures were at the moment and the low price of feed.
"It is an owner's responsibility to ensure that they do have appropriate
feed to sustain them," she said.
"You need to be realistic about the number of horses you have and ensure
you're assessing whether you can maintain that number."
SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR HORSE KILLING DRIVER
A DRIVER who caused the death of a horse
after ploughing her car into the back of it has been handed penalty
points and a fine.
Bryony Donovan, 26, of Coopers Avenue, Heybridge, admitted one count of
driving without due care and attention when she appeared at Colchester
In November last year, Donovan was driving down Lark Hill Road, in
Canewdon, and failed to see two large horses and their riders, who were
wearing fluorescent jackets.
The red Fiat 500 went straight into the back of one horse, being ridden
by Laura Thorogood, 30, causing her to be thrown off on to the grass
verge next to the road.
Laura’s horse, called Angel, suffered fatal injuries and had to be put
down at the scene.
Kaitlin Fitzpatrick and her horse Eric suffered less serious injuries.
Donovan was fined £265 and received five points on her licence. She was
also ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.
Speaking after the sentencing, Laura said she was disappointed with the
The mum-of-one, who was forced to say goodbye to her horse in the road,
said: “To be honest I was expecting her to lose her licence.
“She is now up to her limit on points so that if anything else happens
she has her licence taken away but that doesn’t compare to the loss and
trauma I have been put through.
“I don’t think this sends a strong enough message to drivers.
“I think if you can kill a horse outright and get less than six points
on your licence it doesn’t really seem like a punishment.”
After the accident, the riding community in and around Rochford launched
a campaign to raise awareness of how to behave when passing horses and
to try and lower the speed limit on Lark Hill Road.
The campaign has since had the backing of MPs and even the Princess
Laura, of Beach Avenue, Leigh, added: “This kind of result only spurs us
“We want to get as much media coverage as we can and hopefully be able
to reach out to national TV.
“Something should be put in place to ensure a harder punishment, a bit
like with the new law in place for being caught on a mobile phone.
“I am sure it would’ve been looked at very differently if I wasn’t
standing here today.
“I don’t think I will ever know the full reason as to why it all
happened but if we can get somewhere with this campaign then hopefully
we will make it a safer road for everybody to share.”
PATIENT CARE MINIATURE HORSES KILLED BY
Two beloved miniature therapy horses who
comforted the survivors of the Sandy Hook and the Pulse massacres were
mauled to death by vicious dogs.
Mozart and Catherine were fatally injured in their pasture at the
non-profit Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses in Gainesville,
A female pit bull broke into the field where the miniature horses slept
on March 4 and initiated the horrific attack. Police also said a German
Shepherd mix was involved and both dogs have been euthanized.
Gentle Carousel owner Jorge Garcia-Bengochea told News 4 Jax: 'We woke
up Saturday morning and Catherine was covered with blood.'
'We had no idea what had transpired, so I quickly loaded her up and put
her in the trailer to take her to a veterinarian's office and we found
Mozart who had been killed, mauled by these dogs.'
Mozart died in his pasture and Catherine passed away at the veterinary
hospital 10 days later.
The owner of the pit bull, 27-year-old Tiffany Browning, told police the
dog 'showed signs of aggression in the past,' according to the incident
report obtained by DailyMail.com.
She said it would not come 'as a surprise to her if the dog did attack
the horse.' Animal control serviced determined the female pit bull was
Debbie Garcia-Bengochea also said the dogs had attacked the horses
several times in the past and she recorded video.
Gentle Carousel wrote on its Facebook page the owners have refused to
pay for the horses medical expenses which cost the non-profit over
$15,000 or apologize. The owners only sent a text message to say they
had 'no money.'
The owner was fined by animal services for having the dangerous animals
at large, according to the organization's Facebook page. In the most
recent post, the charity wrote: 'We will say that we do not blame the
dogs for what they did, as devastating as it has been. We blame
irresponsible owners who had been warned multiple times about the
behavior of their dogs. Before they moved in, the therapy horses never
had a problem with animals in over 20 years.'
The same day of the attack, Browning allegedly allowed her other two
dogs to roam free.
The organization is now considering taking legal action against the dog
A woman set up a GoFundMe to help with Catherine's veterinary bills.
TINY TOTT SHOT TO DEATH
BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. —
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in
finding whoever shot a miniature horse to death.
Lila Bella was shot between 4 and 6 p.m. on March 26 at 302 Snelson Road
in Alexander, deputies said.
The person who reported the shooting noticed a red Chevrolet Blazer
slowly driving back and forth past the home several times on the day the
horse was found dead.
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information
about this case to call 828-250-6670 or Asheville-Buncombe Crime
Stoppers at 828-255-5050.
SERIOUSLY INJURED TOOWOOMBA JOCKEYS
UPDATE 3.45PM: The Darling Downs
community is rallying to support two jockeys who remain in intensive
care after a freak accident.
An online fundraiser is gaining support for the family of Wade Clasohm,
one of the riders seriously injured in a freak accident at Clifford Park
early Saturday morning.
According to the fundraiser, Mr Clasohm will "be in a wheel chair for
the rest of his life" after the horse he was riding was fallen on by
another horse which broke its leg.
That horse was ridden by Ben Saunders.
Both men are in hospital and undergoing treatment.
It comes as the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission launches an
investigation into the incident which occurred about 4.30am Saturday
before Toowoomba's biggest race event of the year, the Weetwood race
QRIC Commissioner Ros Barnett said the incident was under investigation.
"There were two horses involved," he said.
"One of the horses, an unnamed two-year-old, broke down and was
"The second horse, a three-year-old, escaped serious injury.
"The normal process for an incident of this nature would involve
officials from the race club notifying stewards to investigate.
"On this occasion, the Toowoomba stewards were on site shortly after the
incident occurred, they were there to inspect the track for the
Toowoomba Weetwood race meeting later that day, and commenced
investigations into the fall.
"My thoughts are with the injured track riders and their families at
A MILLIMETRE FROM DEATH
A rider whose mother’s horse sustained horrific
injuries when a dog “saw red” and attacked has started a petition
calling for changes to the law.
Emily Bunton’s mother Anna Bunton and her 21-year-old mare Mo were
returning home from a hack with a friend on 15 February when the
Staffordshire bull terrier attacked.
The dog was playing in a ford through which the riders had to pass, but
Emily said it had taken no notice of some other horses going through
ahead of them.
“It just went for my mum’s horse,”
“Mo took off and galloped up the road, with the dog biting and chasing
her. Mum managed to turn round to ride back to the owner, as it wouldn’t
“The dog just saw red. It was hanging off Mo; it tore an enormous hole
in her chest, and was going for her throat and stomach – it clearly
The dog bit the other horse, causing a “relatively small” wound, and
also attacked Anna, drawing blood through thick jodhpurs.
Emily said the owner was trying her best to call the dog off, eventually
“going under a rearing horse” to grab it, after which the two riders
walked the horses the short distance home and the vet was called.
“There was a huge amount of blood,” Emily said. (Warning: extremely
“Mo’s muscle was hanging out of the hole and you could see the jugular
vein; the vet said another millimeter and it would have been game over
“Her legs were cut up too; it took the vet six and a half hours to
stitch her up.”
Emily said at first, the owner was shocked and apologetic, offering to
pay for the veterinary treatment, and that police were called but the
officer said no crime had been committed.
Some days later, when Emily’s father visited the owner to hand over the
vet’s bill, she had moved out.
“They’d just gone,” Emily said. “There was no sign of life.
“They’ve got away with it but also, the dog is dangerous. It’s caused
severe injuries to horse and human but now it could be anywhere, and
this could happen again.”
It is against the law for dogs to be “dangerously out of control” and
the maximum prison sentence for the owner in the case of injury to a
person is five years in prison.
“But there’s ambiguity and there seems to be a lackadaisical attitude
towards it,” said Sarah. “I don’t think it’s good enough.
SHOW JUMPER ATTACKED BY DOG
An owner is urging riders to report potentially
dangerous dogs after her two showjumpers were seriously injured in a dog
attack last week (Tuesday 10 March).
The horses were grazing at a yard in Shadforth, near Durham, at around
9am when a loose dog broke into their pen. Owner Jan Swailes heard the
commotion and chased the dog away.
The horses, With Pleasure and Lux Jazzy, suffered serious wounds to
their legs. Mrs Swailes’ vet told her they will be out of work for
“This has been devastating,” said Jan, whose daughter Helen had been
hoping to qualify the horses for the bronze league at Horse of the Year
“The whole situation has been very distressing.”
The vet treated the horses’ wounds and administered intravenous
antibiotics, and has since returned four times to give further
The mounting charges have cost around £1,000 so far.
Helen will miss out on her chance to qualify for HOYS as With Pleasure
will not be back competing for two months while Lux Jazzy will be out of
action for at least three months.
Jan reported the attack to police who advised she made a civil claim for
the vet bill.
“This is totally unfair,” she continued. “This is will cost us money and
take time to settle.”
RIDER'S HEAD CAM PLEA AFTER ACCIDENT
A rider is advising everyone to hack with a
headcam following two serious incidents on her local roads.
Bridget Bayliss has taken the extra safety measure after her friend’s
horse had to be put down when it broke its leg after being spooked by a
Within weeks, Bridget’s daughter Milly also narrowly escaped injury when
her horse Marble reared as she was startled by an over-taking 4×4.
Milly, who was riding and leading at the time, had to let go of the
other horse Dolly, which was fortunately quickly recaptured.
“My daughter phoned me in a state, she was properly shaken because she’d
had to let go of the horse,” said Bridget, who is a livery in Medstead.
“A woman driver behind her stopped and fortunately because Dolly is such
a good horse, she waited on the side of the road to be caught.”
“The driver of the 4×4 just sped off,” she added. “Milly was only on the
road for five minutes getting from one bridleway to another. The speed
limit has recently been reduced to 40mph on that stretch but no one
seems to take any notice.”
Bridget said that when her friend’s horse had to be put down, she knew
she had to do something about the situation and has since been in touch
with the BHS, the local police and Hampshire County Council.
“A local policeman who rides has ridden up and down the lane where the
accident happened and Councillor Mark Kemp-Gee have also been very
helpful,” she added.
“I’ve had a really strong response when I’ve posted about the problem on
Bridget explained her first move had been to invest in a headcam for her
daughter, costing around £50, and a high-vis jacket that alerted drivers
to the fact that the rider is filming.
“I do think it’s the way forward,” she said. “If motorists see from your
high-vis that that’s what you’re resorting to, they might take more
Bridget added that she also felt it is very important that riders be
educated to use correct hand signals and thank traffic that has slowed
“Riders need to be respectful to motorists in return,” she said.
Conservative councillor for Alton rural Mark Kemp-Gee, a former amateur
jockey, said he is sympathetic to the situation riders faced on the
“The areas of Medstead and Bentworth are the equine capital of Hampshire
with miles and miles of rural roads and we know it’s a problem riders
face,” he said.
“We’ve spent a lot of money at the council improving the byways open to
all traffic which have been trashed by 4x4s and are applying to get them
banned so other users can enjoy them.
Won't help Riders - will help News Papers. That's all.
LETTERS OF THE DAY
Interested in any constructive criticism...?
Just quickly, on both of the shies I saw, You went the wrong one rein
and actually invited the horse to do it again and gave it's way by
leaving the vicinity of the fear. If a Horse shies left, You always have
to go right, otherwise, you have failed completely. The other advice is
that I would have gone straight back to the fearful end and to not
forget your violent leg yield to the direction of the fear. Subject too
FROM A NON HORSIE PERSON
Hi John just read your most interesting piece on NH GH with the
inclusion from Jack, we were discussing behaviour in people and horses
came up and I decided to look up NH,I don't ride don't have any
relationship with horses, yet I've always admired them, my point being
and as you've said it's not this way or that way, it's a bit of all of
it and most importantly,kindness, empathy ,decency.... Thanks for your work in making life on Earth just that bit better. Dig
Thanks Dig. Most kind.
SAFETY HELMETS and a message to the BHS
I like the subtle ‘message’ you are highlighting in
your last selected blog articles on horse related injuries.
Article comments like these seem to run counter to
horsemanship as a primary tool:
·‘importance of wearing a safety helmet around
horses’ = This attitude is dangerous. Dependence on helmets, vests,
bigger bits and other ‘safety’ equipment can make people less
situationally aware of what they are doing or about to attempt beyond
their skill level – it can actually increase a person’s risk-taking
behaviours. I’ve seen this happen in the army many times in what’s known
as the ‘Superman Syndrome’.
Equipment is no substitute for horsemanship.
·‘shot off out of the blue’ = Horses are more
infinitely more predictable than people - if you can read them. There is
always a clue as to what they are thinking or about to do. If you didn’t
see it coming then you weren’t paying attention. Period.
·‘There was no indication anything would happen that
day’ = The world is an unpredictable place but you’re horse will react
predicably to those random external stimulus.
·‘unable to stop her horse’ = Typical symptom of BHS
plough reining. Learn to ride using just one rein at all times and that
habit will kick in to save your butt during an emergency (ORS). IMHO, if
beginner riders were taught in a simple bosal before they were allowed
anywhere near a bit the equine world would be a happier and safer place.
·‘coax her in with carrots, apples’ = Horses learn
from pressure and release. They are not predators influenced by bribes
and treats. That’s human logic, not horse.
·‘enrolling young children in pony clubs was
the best way to educate them on the dangers’ = Unbeknownst to speaker,
this has just identified what we call the Root Cause in defect analysis.
As Tom Dorrance taught, horsemanship is like
balancing a broomstick on the end of your finger – it takes timing, feel
and balance. He never recommended reliance on equipment over
understanding and knowledge. People think bits, spurs, whips guarantee
control but the truth is that those things are just quick cheats that
mask a dangerous lack of horsemanship and can never apply enough
mechanical force to overpower a 600kg animal. Ultimately, the pain
threshold triggers fight or flight and you will just be a passenger.
PS: I thought we were about to have our first
X-Rated sealed section of the HP Blog when someone said ‘show us your
Well said as usual Dick.
9th April, 2017
Hi Folks. Hope You hd a wonderful Week. We had a very productive
We sold and said goodbye to Mrs. HP's Car, gone to Brisbane, bit sad
and Mrs. HP Purchased the little Black Stock Horse after a Weeks
Trial, using Him this Week for one of a string of
Video Portal educational Videos on very important subjects and using
the 'real deal' as usual.
Mrs. HP also got a new present, easier to
operate and to turn. Thanks Joe Hockey for the 100% Tax write off.
and Yesterday, she took part in the GRAND PRIX
RIDERS CLINIC at the Adelaide Hills Dressage Club, where 4 Riders taught
for the Morning and then Judged the tests in the afternoon.
Bit Rainy and with the Oil Skins on but Dulce was a perfect Darling
again and competed in the Novice and Elementary, trying to get the quali
points for the Spring Championships from limited Show.
2ND, beaten .15%
Quallies now got for Spring Championships. Very pleased with Her
attitude, handling the Rain and noticeably improved since the last Show.
is still enjoying Life, poor Bugga :)
TWO HOURS OFF
We were wrapped to have a couple of Hours off on Wednesday and went to
the Strathalbyn Races for the second last Race.
A few Months ago, I had a Horse come to me who
was Bucking everyone off and very suspect indeed. In fact, he is one of
only a Handful of Horses that have ever put me onto the top Rail of the
Round Pen. He tried to kill me :)
Anyhow, I was very proud to see Him and to note
that he was the best behaved Horse in the Field, on the Ground, Stall
and everywhere else. He ran third.
HORSE TRAINING ONLINE
Hi John and Linda!
Just a wee note, Leo and I won our novice class yesterday at the
dressage - woohoo! And check the weather!
Hope you're both well :)
(Got my lucky bridal on ;) )
Well done Young Katy!! You started Him and now winning on Him. Way to
Here he was :)
WHICH BRINGS ME TO THIS
NSW SKILLS IMPACT FOR THE HORSE INDUSTRY
The unit of competence Sarah died completing was badly written and open
to dangerous interpretation. The NSW Coroner in her recommendations
identified this and suggested that ASQA look into this issue. After a 2
year strategic review of the industry education units in 2015 the equine
Safety in training project has been initiated – a federal project to try
to ensure all RTO’s or anyone using the units of competence endorsed by
the government skills website are embedded with safety processes . In
2009 the unit of competency Sarah Waugh died completing (Ride and Care
for Horses )the only safety written into the unit was a statement which
said to observe all WH&S requirements which related to the unit being
taught . The rest of the unit was misleading and had no pre-requisits ,
included requiring beginner riders to learn to catch horses , groom
horses , educate horses ,carry out mustering on horses , and had no
requirements for what kind of horses should be used , nor what tack nor
PPE would be appropriate and no requirements for the teacher or assessor
to have anything other than a Cert IV and having completed a similar
I urge all the recipients of this email to please take the time to
read THE EMAIL BELOW FROM Skills impact and take the time to go to the
website and read the units and make comment about what you think should
change or be added to improve safety in these equine units . Please
forward this email on to anyone you believe might be interested to add
their comments .
You can either go to the survey link and comment directly on each unit
of interest to you ( ie farrier units , racing units ,dentistry units
or basic riding etc)or there is the option to just email your comments
and thoughts more generally for consideration. This opportunity to
comment closes on close of business on Monday 3rd April.
If you would like to have your say about how safety can be embedded into
equine training units please take the time before Monday to comment so
your experience and knowledge can be added to the arguments for
the changes you’d like to see in this project and help improve safety
in the horse industry overall .
I really feel quite Sad for Juliana, who has moved Mountains and got
Governments to do things, after the Death of Her Daughter at T.A.F.E.
She is so excited.
Trouble is, as I say to Your boredom.....the Horse Industry is run by
Intellectual Types who gravitate to the Management of the Industry due
to the love of Horses but not having been successful in competition.
This is the most endemic problem facing the Horse Industry.
They are wonderful at writing things like this ( the newly released
material along with the review)
This stuff came out in 'The Ark' and hasn't changed. It's 'Intellectual
University' stuff that is meaningless. BUT HERE IS THE PROBLEM....
I contacted the Boss of the Government Unit. I asked Him the following:
" What teaching systems have been put in place, for Students about to
answer the questions in the Modules?"
The answer was none. The Pupils' are expected to just get taught
by who ever their Boss is.
It is the case then that NOTHING CHANGES and the same old goes on. How
a lost opportunity!!!!!!!!!
Take a look at this Video that popped up on my YouTube News.
Part of what is wrong with the Horse Industry is that the wrong People
gravitate to the positions that control learning. In the case of
'Horsemanship' many who are not but have a burning desire to be, SHOULD
NOT be giving advice.
This Video is a 'Risk Management' Nightmare.
The Horse is portrayed as unbroken and having stuff done on Day
1 of it's starting. (although I can and You probably will also, see
that it is not) but the Young and those entering the Industry and
learning, WILL NOT. They will go and copy!!!!!!!!!!!
WARNING FOR THOSE WATCHING - follow none of the advice
Don't EVER tie to a lump of Wood!!!!!!! It will break and Kill
You or the Horse.
Use Safety knots although they won't help You when tied to a
brittle plank of Wood
THIS IS RECOGNIZED AS A SAFETY KNOT.
However, let me warn You that this not be usefull as the Rail will
already be broken and/or You CANNOT attempt to release such a knot
whilst a Young Horse is pulling back. You will be injured. In the
real World, these things don't work
Learn how to tie a knot in a Rope Halter. This is incorrect.
When the Horse pulls back, this knot slips, enlarging the Halter,
sliding it down, into the Mouth and BREAKING THE JAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NEVER Tie a Young Horse up WITHOUT A Neck Strap or You will
inflict Veterinary damage and psychological Problems of the future,
which cause 'Violent Pull Back Horses'
NEVER GIRTH up a Young Horse whilst tied up!!!!!!!!! Never put a
Bridle on a Young Horse whilst tied up. Never take one off either
Many will Buck with first or more Girthings.
DON'T EVER WALK UNDER THE NECK OF A HORSE
TIED SOLID and especially a 'Breaker' tied dangerously.
DON'T EVER WRAP ROPES AROUND YOUR
LIMBS, ESPECIALLY ONE THAT HAS AN ACCIDENTAL KNOT IN IT!!!!!!!!!!
and don't ever do this when catching a Horse!! You work it out
There could be much more review.
Scientists should stay out of Horsemanship and use their considerable
skills for what they do best. Veterinary.
This is the Classic example of what I have been raving about for
Years. Those who write the Rules for the Horse Industry and generally
those who don't have a clue when nit comes to RISK!!!!
Now to the always present CASE OF THE DAY, from the Coal Face of the
Industry, not the Class Room.
PULLING BACK WHEN GIRTHING UP
Hi John i have a question for you
Theres a little mare that pulls back everytime shes tied
up and you put the saddle on and go to do up the girth
she dosent buck or hump or anything when riding her and
if you untie the rope and she doesn't feel pressure on
her head she wont pull back when you do up the girth.
She will also stand there tied up for an few
hours without pulling back so she only pulls back
whenever you put the saddle on and do up the girth
question is would you be able to fix that. shes
obviously learnt this behaviour as she never originally
used to do this wether she got a fright and then now
does it and wont do it if you untie her so i dont think
its a chiropractic issue.
What do.you think and do.you think you could
fix this Regards.Michele
So she only pulls back when the saddle is out on and you
go to do the girth up but will stand there tied up all
day and wont pull back dosent matter what sort of halter
you put on her and if you untie her whilst girthing she
won't oull back 3:06pm
Hi John just seeing if you got my message about the
Ok, this is not unusual. Causes are:
Pulling back whilst being Girthed Up
Breaking Tie up facilities
whilst being girthed up
Breaking twine whilst tied up
Having Legs handled whilst
tied up as a Foal (front Legs)
You have the answer though, just as you are ready to do
the girth up, untie the Horse. Who cares? We must
compensate for Horses with Psychological issues.
However, if you want to totally fix the problem, then go
download this one here. That will fix the Horse
Launch of new pathway for coaches Equestrian Australia (EA) is excited
to announce the development of a new coaching accreditation pathway. Its
development follows an NCAS review (completed in 2014) and, more
recently, six months of consultation between EA and the broader
Equestrian community including State CEOs, National Committee Chairs and
State NCAS Committee Chairs, as well as a number of coaches and coach
A number of issues were identified in the current structure. The key
areas involved a: Lack of transparency in the cost associated with
coaching; Lengthy and somewhat convoluted process to gain accreditation;
Lack of clarity on how to progress; Structured, singular educational
format that does not cater to differing learning styles; and Concern
that unaccredited coaches could be delivering horse riding lessons.
In an endeavour to eliminate these concerns and further enhance
our coaching accreditation program, we have worked collectively to
create a simplified model with improved accessibility and value for
money. The new coaching program, which will be introduced in 2018, will
include four levels of accreditation delivered via an online platform,
with discipline electives delivered face to face and additional
electives offered for further skill and knowledge development. The four
levels are: Recreational Coach: targeted primarily to club level coaches
and teachers who wish to deliver the basic skills of horse riding.
Competition Coach: targeted to lower levels of competition and
intermediate skills of horse riding. Senior Competition Coach: targeted
to middle levels of competition and advanced skills of horse riding.
High Performance Coach: targeted to international levels of competition
and the high performance requirements for horse riding. This revised
process will present the pathway in a modular approach that is
streamlined and consistent across all disciplines, while also enabling
flexibility to cater to the varied directions coaches may wish to take.
The electives will focus on specific disciplines and general equestrian
knowledge, as well as modules to further develop business and
interpersonal coaching skills. We aim to add new additional elective
modules each year to suit the evolving needs our coaches coming through
our coaching pathway, thereby addressing current industry requirements
and allowing for continuous professional development.
“The revised program is flexible and will significantly improve
the accessibility, quality and approach towards the learning outcomes
for Equestrian members who wish to progress into coaching via a more
streamlined pathway,” said EA’s Pathways Manager - Coaches, Alison
Gestier. Chief Executive Officer, Paula Ward, says ”Our coach network is
a very important part of our membership and achieving clarity within our
development pathway, as well as enhancing the learning opportunities
within each discipline is the result of a significant collaborative
effort by many. With the framework now in place, as a next step, we are
now looking forward to continuing this collaboration to review the
technical content of each module as we work towards having the full
program ready for roll out in 2018.”
ACTUAL CASE THIS WEEK - from the Coal Face, not the Class Room
I asked a SEASONED EA Coach to ride this Horse PROPER DRESSAGE, to check
out the Veterinary, for a Court Case.
Not once, throughout the entire session, was the horse in ANY WAY
The Coaching system needs a MAJOR overall, not
a minor one.....such as...Coaches riding being assessed annually.
Coaches Pupils being surveyed. Coaches having to compete at their
Discipline (if able) and to achieve 60% in Dressage for instance. Thee
are too many shockers slipping through the cracks and the Horses pay the
UPDATE FROM ENGLAND
Some of my Readers' would know of my long held view, based upon many
observations of afflicted Horses and then Mrs. HP fixing them, that
attempting to ride Horses Dressage, in any other way but CORRECTLY,
detrimentally affects their Veterinary.
The British Horse Society systems cause
Veterinary problems in many Horses.
Here is one I recognized recently and have been
advising the Owner. Here is Her Feedback.
Just for info, had a horse chiropractor check Solos back today
(booked him about 3 weeks ago).
As you predicted, problems with his sacro-iliac area. Pelvis was
solid and muscles around his pelvis very tight and sore.
Particularly on the left side, where his rump is slightly higher
(said this has probably been so since Solo was very young - maybe
between 4-7 years)
Also neck muscles very stiff, especially right side of neck, middle
Commented that this was probably long-standing problem, but could
visibly see the release in tension in Solos neck and less sensitive
in rear end as he worked.
Also, Solo wouldn’t bend at the poll, but vet thinks that will
change now that his pelvis is mobile and neck softer. His guess is
that the problem has been in neck tension, leading to pelvis
problem. Said it would make transitions difficult for him.
But otherwise - was happy with all Solos middle back, no evidence of
problems with the saddle or withers area, legs all good. No signs of
arthritis. Said he was fit to work and didnt’ feel he was in any
great pain, just that some things have been difficult for him with
the tightness in pelvis and neck, and that this should now ease. As
chiro-vet thinks this is long-standing muscle-habit (tension),
suggests we re-check in 4-6 weeks.
That doesn't surprise me Sandie. I have seen Thousands of
these Horses and have been complaining bitterly via my Blog since
2001, about it.
ENGLISH RIDING in any other way but CORRECT DRESSAGE via the 'German
Training Scale' is detrimental to the Muscular framework and
therefore the Veterinary, of the Horse. Please tell all Your
Friends. So once again, for the 100th time, I repeat..........
Riding Dressage is perfectly fine and in fact beneficial to the
Horse IF CORRECT. All other attempts at riding 'English' is an
affront to the Veterinary Welfare of the Horse and indeed, the
Mental Health of it.
THEREFORE, if a Rider cannot ride PROPER Dressage 100% of the time,
RIDE ON A PLEASURE REIN or at least use a Market Harborough. The
Market Harborough actually protects Horses from bad hands and at
least achieves some positive Muscle protection, rather than going
around 'above the Bit' which is what the vast majority in Britain
and Pony Club here, do.
Here are your typical terrorized Horses of Britain, with Owners
(who's fault it is not but that of the BHS) acting like a bunch of
Race Horse Strappers in the Mounting Enclosure at Royal Ascot.
So Congratulations for listening. MOST DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BBC - 38 RIDERS AND 222 HORSES KILLED ON
More than 500,000 viewers tuned in to
BBC Breakfast on Sunday (2 April) and watched campaigners
highlighting riding road safety.
The live broadcast featured the British
Horse Society’s (BHS) safety director Alan Hiscox, Laura Thorogood,
who lost her horse in a road accident last year, campaign group
Cenewdon Equestrian and Croft End Equestrian Centre.
Presenter Ben Thompson highlighted the
shocking statistics that since 2010, 38 riders and 222 horses have
been killed in accidents on Britain’s roads, and that reported
incidents have increased in the year since the BHS launched its Dead
Mr Hiscox attributed this rise to the
increased awareness of the society’s Horse Accidents website, where
riders can report incidents on the road.
“Reports of accidents on our Horse
Accidents website have gone up because more people know about it,
but it’s still shocking that this has happened,” he said.
“80% of these accidents are avoidable
because drivers are travelling too fast or too close to horses, or
both. So we’re asking drivers to slow down to a maximum of 15mph
when they see the horse, pass wide and slow and drive away slowly.
“If drivers adhere to these messages
then we can save lives — drivers’ lives, riders’ lives and horses’
Essex-based Ms Thorogood spoke about the
lasting impact of the accident she had on 17 November last year,
which resulted in the loss of her horse, Angel.
“I still suffer back problems, see a
chiropractor weekly and the trauma has caused post traumatic stress
from having to deal with it day-in-day-out,” she said. “I am lucky
to be alive.”
Claire Lilly of Canewdons Equestrian, a
group campaigning for change, said that the road in Rochford where
Ms Thorogood’s accident took place has a 60mph speed limit.
“On the road in question, the fatalities
are due to the speed; we need to get the speed limit down,” she
Pat Shepherd from Croft Equestrian
Centre in Oldham also spoke about the problems experienced by
“We all wear high viz to give motorists
plenty of time to see us but time and time again people are coming
back to the yard saying, ‘we had a near miss’, ‘he caught us with a
mirror’,” she said.
“A few years ago I had an experience
with a coach and the horse did not jump out in the road, he just
drive too close. He cut in and caught the horse behind me and the
horse ended up with loads of grazes. It could have been millions
times worse than it was.
“I think that basically, he was in a
hurry. That could have been fatal.”
"I am just absolutely heartbroken I have
Police are investigating the incident,
which involved two…
PC Wendy Townley and her horse, Steele,
Mr Hiscox stressed that education of
drivers was key, as well as working with other road users, including
motorcyclists and cyclists.
“Drivers need to take much more care
when they approach horses — that is the way to cut down these
incidents,” he said.
Following the broadcast, Ms Lilly said
the feature was a useful way of spreading the road safety message.
TIP OF THE DAY
" If You Rider Dressage, You won't be
successful unless You can train 'Suppleness'"
PHOTO OF THE DAY
NEWS OF THE WEEK
GRAND BAY, AL (WKRG) — A horse is dead and at
least one person is injured after a severe accident in Grand Bay.
News 5 is told the crash occurred 5:45 Wednesday morning on Highway 90
near Ramsay Road. The scene shows a head-on collision, a third vehicle
that is totaled, and a dead horse laying off the roadway.
The driver of a white Ford F-150 was traveling on Highway 90 before dawn
when her car hit one of two horses on the road. The driver of the Ford
pulled over to try and flag down to help.
Then, another driver swerved to avoid the horse versus car accident,
leading a head-on crash between two pickup trucks. A driver of one of
the pickups was taken to Singing River Hospital. His condition is
unknown. A horse versus car accident is rare but not unprecedented for
“It happens occasionally out here not real often but it has happened
before out here on highway 90,” said Grand Bay Fire Chief Grayling
Christian. Highway 90 reopened at 8:30 this morning.
There were no injuries when a driver slammed
into a horse trailer and pickup Tuesday afternoon on Highway 29 in
The pickup driver with a horse trailer had reportedly stopped in a
travel lane of Highway 29 south of Bogia Road for a school bus with stop
lights activated. The driver of car then reportedly hit the horse
Both drivers and a horse were not injured. The horse trailer was not
movable following the crash due to damage to the trailer hitch. The
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office livestock officer responded to the
scene to transport to the horse to its destination.
The school bus was not involved in the crash.
A jockey has died after a horror fall when his
horse crashed into a fence during a race.
James McNeile, 57, suffered a serious head injury after falling and
colliding with the barrier at the Larkhill point-to-point course in
Salisbury, Wiltshire, at the weekend.
Mr McNeile, from Devizes, Wiltshire, was immediately attended by on-site
medics, including consultants in emergency medicine and intensive care
A statement from the Injured Jockeys' Fund (IJF) said, 'It was
immediately apparent that this was a substantial brain injury and after
stabilisation he was flown by air ambulance to Southampton Hospital.'
'After subsequent examination it became apparent that the degree of
brain damage was such that this was not a survivable injury.'
Mr McNeile passed away 'peacefully' on Sunday, the IFJ said.
A statement added: 'James died competing in a sport he loved, and around
which he had built his life and some wonderful friendships.'
Fellow jockey paid tribute to his friend on Twitter, saying, 'Devastated
about my good buddy James McNeile passing. Always smiling and died doing
what he loved. May he RIP.'
CUTS OFF BROKEN LEG WITH SAW NO DRUGS
Fredericktown, Ohio – The Morrow County Sheriff
Department issued an arrest warrant for 58-year-old Mark Hill, on
charges of animal cruelty. The warrant was issued in response to
witness’ reporting Hill for sawing off his horse’s leg.
Witness’ say that Hill’s horse broke it’s leg, and instead of seeking
veterinarian treatment, Hill amputated the leg above the knee with a
saw. The gruesome treatment was done without the benefit of pain killer
The Morrow County Humane Society seized the horse, and it was
Hill turned himself into the Sheriff department with his lawyer, and
bonded out. He is facing a maximum of 6 months in jail on a second
degree misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty to livestock.
DOG ATTACK ON PONY
Placer County, California – A family was
awakened woke to the horrific sounds of their pony being attacked in its
stall by dogs. “The pony was screaming, the dogs were all barking,”
Eor’s caretaker Debbie Glasow told reporters.
The two dogs, identified as pit bull types, were relentless in their
attack. “They were killing him. They had him on the ground. He was in
his own pen and he couldn’t get away,” Glasow said.
The 14-year-old pony, who is best friends to 6 children, required
extensive surgery to save his life. Eor required 300 stitches and
extensive bandaging on his legs. His family is hopeful he will make it,
but an infection could prove deadly. “As long as he stays upright, he’ll
probably make it,” Glasow explained.
The dogs ran after the attack and have not been found.
COURT ACTION AGAINST 'BIG LICK'
Apr 5, 2017 — If
you would like to donate to support the First Amendment lawsuit against
the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty, please click here:
We now have $8,000.00 in pending legal expenses in this Lawsuit. The
costs include deposition site rental; Video Court Reporter and
Stenographer Court Reporter; Video copies and transcripts; Paralegal
assistance; Legal Research; Subpoena service and witness fees and
mileage; and miscellaneous costs
So far we have raised $915.00, and we have $7,085.00 to go.
This action was filed in August 2016, to PREVENT “Big Lick” Show
Managers from blocking American Citizens going into the Horse Shows held
at public venues, and take Videos of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses
like the one at the front of this video of “Big Lick” TWH World Grand
Champion “Honors” pitifully trying to canter at Asheville, NC, and put
them on the internet.
CCABLAC videos graphically show the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
Once informed, the public will no longer support or have anything to do
with the “Big Lick”. CCABLAC efforts have resulted in the “Big Lick”
Show in Jackson, Mississippi going out of business, and $25,000.00
Tourism promotion funds to not be paid to a “Big Lick” Horse Show in
Panama City Beach, Florida.
The CCABLAC efforts are taking a toll on the “Big Lickers”, and are
hastening its demise.
On Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24, legal depositions were taken
in Franklin, Tennessee of the following persons:
• Mr. Jeffrey Howard, Publisher, The Walking Horse Report
• Chief Deputy Maury County (TN) Sheriff Mr. Ray Jeter
• Mr. David Sisk, Horse Show Manager, Columbia Spring Jubilee
• Mr. Jerry W. Harris, “Big Lick” Videographer
These four persons with knowledge were subpoenaed to appear in Franklin,
TN, in front of a Video Court Reporter and Stenographer Court Reporter
to answer questions under oath. The persons being deposed were required
to be present by issuance and service of a Federal Subpoena to them. All
were represented by attorneys and three were dyed in the wool “Big
Questions with answers under oath in an attempt to “Get To The Bottom”
of what led/motivated Maury County (TN) Sheriff Bucky Rowland to tell
CCABLAC animal welfare advocates and BillyGoBoy.com website personnel to
“Turn Off Your Video Cameras” while filming at the June 3, 2016 Columbia
Spring Jubilee Horse Show.
Anything you can afford will help CCABLAC fight the “Big Lick”
Multi-Millionaires who want to continue the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty!!!
CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against "Big LIck" Animal Cruelty)
We speak for "The Horses" who cannot speak for themselves."
(ms. res. not sol.)
Some Good News! Racing Reirement
Program in Qld
Queensland Racing Minister, Grace
Grace, announced on March 28 that a new program will now give
ex-racehorses a life beyond the track. This may be more about good
PR than good intentions, but we don’t mind what their intentions are
as long as they just do it.
We don't know what the details are
just yet, but we’re trying to find out. We'll keep you posted on any
It's only a small win but a step in
the right direction for a national rehabilitation and re-homing
program that we've been fighting for since 2014.
BRUCE AKERS - OLYMPIC REP - CHARGED WITH HORSE
A 63-year-old man has been charged over what could be
one of Victoria’s biggest cases of animal cruelty.
Bruce Akers, a former Australian Olympian and horse
trainer, has been charged with 92 offences after 23
horses were found dead on his Bulla property.
He is due to face Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on
It is understood Mr Akers could face up to two years in
jail, a fine of up to $74,620 and be banned from owning
any animal for at least 10 years, if he is found guilty
of causing death by neglect.
Mr Akers is understood to have represented Australia as
a wrestler at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, and had
been registered as a horse trainer, who last raced
horses in 2011.
Neighbours found nearly two dozen dead horses on Sunday
after looking for the source of a foul smell drifting
from Batey Court in Bulla.
A total of 22 horses were found dead and another 22 were
suffering from malnutrition.
One horse had to be put down.
Initially, police were unable to find the owner of the
property, but on Monday morning investigators revealed
they had arrested a 63-year-old man.
Police later confirmed he was assisting them with their
inquiries, but was in hospital.
In the meantime, police are trying to find carers for
the malnourished horses.
It is understood the horse owner could face up to two
years in jail, a fine of up to $74,620 and be banned
from owning any animal for at least 10 years, if he is
found guilty of causing death by neglect.
Police and Country Fire Authority crews were performing
the grim task of sorting through the animal carcasses on
Sunday, with the help of State Emergency Service
Julie Brown was not the neighbour responsible for
raising the alarm, but told News Corp she had seen up to
50 horses locked in a stuffy stable on the property.
“It’s blown us away; it’s just horrific,” she said.
Ms Brown said she had phoned the council on Friday after
seeing four emaciated horses.
“The ones down the bottom (of the property) were
exceptionally skinny,” she said.
HORSE FALLS THROUGH PAVEMENT
Riverside, California – A horse fell through a metal grate protecting
a 6 ft. deep hole in a sidewalk. The horse was walking on the grate with
another horse, who managed to escape falling into the hole when the
grate gave way.
Rescuers responded at 9:45 pm, and began placing straps around the horse
while waiting for a crane. “It’s too dangerous for us to get in the hole
with the animal until the animal is medicated so that was all ready to
go,” Fire Battalion Chief Jeff DeLaurie of the Riverside
Before the veterinarian could sedate the horse, he managed to jump and
climb his way out of the hole with support from rescuers above. The vet
examined the horse and found that his only injury was lacerations to his
legs, which are expected to heal without complications.
A PINT A DAY
A horse walks into a bar - and helps himself to a pint of craft ale.
No it's not a tall tale, Mac the horse tucks into an IPA a day to keep
the doctor away.
It all started after he was taken in by King's Home, a charity which
helps women and children who are abused or at risk of abuse.
One of the best ways they help them is through horse-riding.
The charity, in Chelsea, Georgia, rescued Mac recently and found he had
a number of health problems including Cushing's disease, a hormone
One of the symptoms is losing the ability to sweat, a big problem for
such a large animal. The craft beer has improved Mac's health so much he now drinks one every
day (Photo: aldotcom/Twitter)
A vet suggested giving Mac a beer - it has ingredients which help open
pores and make him sweat.
His owners noticed such a dramatic improvement they have been giving him
a beer every day for almost a year.
His tipple of choice is an IPA from a local craft brewery called Good
People Brewing Company.
King's Home Director John Tidwell happened to know the brewery owner
Jason Malone, and now Good People have stepped in to provide Mac's
"medicine" every day.
"Apparently, he's a big fan of IPAs. He'll be our biggest, literally and
figuratively, IPA fan,"
A SENIOR equestrian industry spokesperson has
strongly criticised the Australian Veterinary
Association (AVA) claiming they are holding the industry
to ransom and responding prematurely to the
parliamentary inquiry into the Hendra virus vaccine.
Board member and former president of Equestrian
Queensland, Peter Toft said the association's ongoing
pressure on its members to boycott equestrian events
where vaccination was not mandatory was
counterproductive and failed to address the
responsibility of all involved to create a safe
environment within which people can enjoy their horses.
"If vets are refusing to adjudicate endurance events
unless they are vaccination only, they are effectively
forcing event organisations to turn away any members who
have concerns about the vaccine and the impact it has on
their horses," said Mr Toft.
"The reality is that this is a new vaccine and its
long-term impacts are largely unknown at present, so
it's understandable that some horse owners -
particularly those living in areas of the state that are
free from bat colonies - are hesitant to vaccinate their
"Any decision to mandate or not mandate vaccination at
equestrian events is premature - everyone should take a
deep breath and let the impact of the inquiry's
recommendations take its course, and genuinely hope that
some of those recommendations are enacted, including
helping vets to be compliant with Workplace Health and
Safety obligations like all other employers in
"People have been labelled "anti-vaxxers" by
veterinarians when nothing could be further from the
truth. People used the vaccine in good faith and have
been devastated by the adverse reactions their horses
have been having. They are not "anti-vaxxers" - they
used the product and found it to be flawed. If this was
a set of brakes failing in a car there would never be
such a reaction - the brakes would have been withdrawn
from the market and fixed. Why is this not happening
with this product? Is it just because it's been called a
"Casual infection has never occurred in people through
the day-to-day handling of horses. People have only been
infected when performing invasive procedures without
adequate PPE and they have been exposed to copious
amounts of body fluids from dead and dying Hendra-infected
horses. The disease is extremely rare, is very hard to
contract and there have been no further human infections
or deaths since it was established in 2009 that human
infection can be prevented through the use of basic PPE."
Mr Toft's comments followed confirmation that for the
first time in its history, the Queensland Endurance
Riders Association (QERA) had approved a second
endurance event to be hosted on the Easter weekend to
ensure all its members had an equal opportunity to
participate in an Easter weekend event.
QERA's policy has always been to prevent any two events
from being held on the same weekend so all riders have
an opportunity to partake in the full endurance
calendar; however, the industry body believed it had no
choice but to sanction a second event given the first
ride was reclassified as 'vaccination only' by the host
club, leaving a number of members with no place to ride
come the long weekend.
The second ride, hosted by the Lockyer Valley Endurance
Riders (LoVERs) club, will be Australia's first
non-vaccinated only endurance ride.
Ride organiser Lyndell Abercrombie said the event was
created solely to provide an opportunity for those who
support the pro-choice side of the vaccination debate to
still enjoy a weekend which has traditionally united
endurance riders from across the state and beyond.
"It's disappointing to see the industry divided, and
this can largely be attributed to the significant
pressure the AVA has put on its members to refuse
attendance at events without a vaccination mandate."
"For the safety of both animals and riders, host clubs
are required to have one qualified equine veterinarian
for every thirty participating horses; however, finding
local professionals to attend events that accept
unvaccinated horses has become increasingly difficult,"
said Ms Abercrombie.
"It is my understanding that the original Imbil event
taking place over the Easter weekend was unable to
source vets in their local area that were willing to be
involved, so they opted to implement a vaccination-only
mandate to allow the event to proceed."
"It's not uncommon for vets to withdraw a few days prior
to a pro-choice event after receiving considerable
pressure from the AVA to suspend their involvement. The
fact that the AVA is sponsored by Hendra vaccine
manufacturer Zoetis certainly raises some questions as
to why the industry body is so supportive of a vaccine
that is still very much in the early stages of
development with long-term effects that are unknown."
"We've had to resort to flying vets in from interstate
to be able to meet the quota of professionals required
for our event, and we're glad to be offering pro-choice
endurance riders who are ineligible to participate in
the Imbil event the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of
riding and sharing great experiences with friends and
One endurance rider registered to attend the LoVERs
event is Leigh Ann Sample from Brookleigh Stud in
Kenilworth who said that while she understood the
Faraway Club's decision to run a vaccinated only event,
it was a shock to her family.
"I have two children that have always spent Easter
riding in an endurance event - they think of a horse
first not the Easter bunny," said Ms Sample.
She was disappointed that it had come to this given the
great tradition that existed for Easter rides.
"I thank the members of the LoVERs club for hosting an
event that enables those of us who don't support the
call for vaccination to still participate in the sport
"While I understand that vets are being put into a
difficult position given the pressure from the AVA, we
can't overlook that there has never been a vaccination
with so many negative effects on a horse's performance,
meaning more testing must be done by the manufacturer
before any calls to mandate vaccination can be
"It's important to note that the vaccine carries no
guarantees by the manufacturer and given that no-one has
ever contracted Hendra while wearing the appropriate
personal protective equipment (PPE), as an industry we
should surely be able to create standards that ensure
the safety of all involved without mandating a vaccine
that has not been sufficiently tested."
"The AVA should be calling on the vaccine manufacturer
Zoetis to conduct further testing to confirm the safety
of the vaccine and the requirements for boosters based
on its potency. One would have to question whether the
AVA can truly be an independent body representing the
best interests of their members - and ultimately the
horse owners who are their member's clients - given
Zoetis is a silver sponsor of the AVA."
"It is also important to note that this vaccination
debate is in no way similar to the vaccination of humans
- this vaccine cannot eradicate Hendra as the disease is
carried by bats. What we are talking about is doing what
is necessary to ensure we have a vaccine that is safe,
and ultimately protecting vets from exposure risk
through appropriate Workplace Health & Safety
Ms Abercrombie supported this saying many of those who
had already registered for the LoVERs ride had good
reason not to vaccinate, either due to their
geographical location or due to being aware of the
negative experiences encountered with the vaccine.
"When you consider that roughly three horses contract
Hendra in any given year, it makes sense that people
living in areas with no bat colonies a significant
distance away from locations that have recorded cases of
Hendra would shy away from injecting their horses with a
vaccine that hasn't undergone sufficient testing," said
"There is certainly a demand for this second event given
what has transpired recently and we look forward to a
successful and positive meet over Easter. I would like
to thank QERA and our sponsors for helping us make this
possible and I encourage endurance riders and other
riders who have considered getting involved in the sport
to come along and enjoy a great experience in the
Mr Toft believes that while this ride was necessary in
this instance, it should in no way set a precedent.
"It's disappointing that the need to host a vaccinated
and unvaccinated event on the same weekend is the only
way we can still ensure endurance riders get to enjoy a
wonderful weekend with their horses and be part of a
sport that is pro-choice when it comes to vaccination,"
said Mr Toft.
"With inaccurate, unreliable and misleading statements
from both sides of the debate - veterinarians and horse
owners - it is challenging for those who want the
current impasse to be resolved and for endurance events
to return to being prosperous and a truly rewarding
lifestyle for many, riding out in the bush for long
distances like the early pioneers of Australia
LETTERS OF THE DAY
UNHAPPY TO CANTER
Just wondered if you might have an idea of
what's going on with my 13yo QH gelding?
He sustained an injury to his heel around 8 months ago, which was sliced
quite badly. He's since recovered and shows no sign of lameness. He's in
good health, with no apparent sign of soreness.
I bought him back in and have been riding him lightly and recently went
to a weekend clinic, where, when I asked him to canter, he became
unhappy. There was a fair bit of tail swishing, we got a few strides,
then he disunites. He's happy enough to walk and trot, and is becoming softer every ride.
I ride him in a half breed, which I've had widened for him.
There's no buck or sign of soreness.
I have the Bowen therapist coming to treat him on Wednesday but just
wondered if you've ever come across this before?
Apart from anything else, You should 'Listen to the Horse' as they are
never wrong and don't complain when there is no need. They are most
forgiving Animals, too forgiving for my liking.
These symptoms will almost certainly be in the
rear end of the Horse and also, such that a Therapist may not assist. I
recommend Vets' for this job. Best of Luck
FEEDBACK FROM ENGLAND
There is so much resistance to certain methods
here, I was riding out racehorses for a guy and got yelled at for
hacking down to the start of the gallops on a loopy rein haha! I've been
told that letting them walk along like that is inviting a horse to be
lazy, trippy, evasive, naughty, spooky, you name it. I think a lot of
people are resistent to it because they are scared to learn something
new but also to admit they've been doing it wrong all this time. They're
as convinced that they're in the right as I am! Kate x
I am still waiting to hear from Youtube. but I just checked and they
still haven't answered me.
Running reins go from Girth to outside of bit, through it and to top
roller. You got the e-books??????????
It can also go to side ring of roller and then up to the top ring to
achieve lower neck line for those with 'upwardly mobile minds"
Your Horse acts like it was a 'Novelty Eventer' Racer in a previous
So now back to the arena, fix your dressage, ON THE BIT, ROUND,
FLEXED, SUPPLE AND OVER THE BACK.
Then, back to the trail, walking. THEN...when trotting from here on,
COLLECT UP, ON THE BIT, RIDING DRESSAGE, TROT ON. Ride trot in complete
Trotting on loose rein won;t work right now. Later, experiment. Check
release, check release, BUT FIRST ESTABLISH long trots on the trail,
I am speaking about PROPER dressage here, not hacking riding (saddle
horse) with two hands.
THE NATURALLY HIGH HEAD CARRIAGE HORSE
Out of interest, what about a horse who carries his head
naturally very high? My old horse liked to go like that
and built himself a completely upside down neck. That
said, I do think when I dropped all contact he dropped
it a little bit. He just would not tolerate any form of
contact whether hacking out or otherwise, and if I did
pick it up for any length of time, even if I then
dropped it, he then spent the rest of the ride
snatching, as if you say "you broke your side of the
bargain so I'm now going to break mine!". Teeth were
done like clockwork so can't blame that…Genius of a
horse, best jumper I ever sat on, highly intelligent and
just completely intolerant of what he wasn't prepared to
put up with. Yet he helped me out endlessly jumping and
was generous to a fault when I got it wrong and he could
have said no he went every time. Lost him last September
and miss him every day.
Sorry I'm rambling!
Hi Kate. My opinion and has been for a long time, is
that the Horse Industry (if it is going to ever improve
and not be a shambles) must not ride such Horses for the
Purposes of anything that requires collection. We must
get to "Fit for Purpose" and stop terrorizing Horses
that simply cannot adequately carry out their duties,
without discomfort. So my answer, is do nothing. Just
Jump this Horse and forget about the look
Thank you ever so much, can't wait to read this one too.
I actually lost him last September so he's not around
any more but I'd learned to always leave him alone and
he was a very happy horse when he died. After being
thrown ou of two yards over here for being dangerous
before I got him!