FEDERAL GOVT MEETING
It wasn’t lost on me, that whoever had written the Basic Form of it all, was from a World reflected by the following words……it was even questioned by a Vet there.
” Investigate Evidence based theories of equine learning, cognition and ethology and their application to the training and management of Horses. “
perhaps this may be it ( Video)
3rd December, 2018
Hi Folks. Hope You are all well.
Mrs. HP had a lovely Night last Night, going to the Shania Twain Concert in Adelaide, together with Her Mum an all of Her Sisters, one flying in from 300k out of Alice Springs.
It was particularly special to my Wife, for our two Wedding Songs were sung, …’from this moment’ and……..’looks like we finally made it’. She had a Ball and slept over, completing talking at 4am 🙂
She wore Her Wedding Boots, for the first time since Marriage :)…..Glad she didn’t wear the Dress lol
We are getting there on our little reno, having completed the vanity now, ready to tile the Shower and finish installing the Glass Panels.
all working good Had the Street Party of our Road last Night, yet another lovely view and everyone was there. Great Night with everyone cooking Pitza as we drank Red Wine 🙂
FEDERAL GOVT SKILLS MEETING – ADELAIDE AIRPORT
I went there full of hope, thinking that this would be about selecting the Worlds best training systems and putting them into the Curriculum of the future, to make a huge difference to the lives of Horses everywhere in Australia
In fact, it was nothing about that. I was a completely wasteful exercise of how to spent $20,000 of Tax Payers Money when all it required was an email, to comment on already pre- designed Modules for Training for Skills, to be used by anyone in the Horse Industry, who may employ someone and guide them through the various Modules, to get them the various Certificates required in the Industry in the future.
The Skills Staff outnumbered the 3 of us, all flying in from around Australia and Booking into the Airport Hotel. Lord knows why I was there? I have never been so puzzled in my Life. 🙁
THE BOTTOM LINE THEN
What’s it all mean?……..well it means that for an Employee wanting a Certificate, in our case Horse Starting, there are 8 Units:
- Develop and implement Horse Education Plan
- Handle uneducated Horse and intro ground work skills
- Educate Horses to be ridden
- Educate a Horse to Harness and drive it
- Apply Horse Education Skills to non Horse Equines ( meaning Donkeys and Mules)
- Educate /re-educate equines to new environment or activity
So……..Any Clown can select any training info or styles, to teach Trainees anything and get them accredited.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………What the?????????????
A complete and total waste of my Day and Tax Payers Money. Disgusting. A completely failed opportunity to improve the Horse Industry Folks. You have been taken over by Public Service Folk and are doomed. It’s a complete and utter fail. Never to improve
It wasn’t lost on me, that whoever had written the Basic Form of it all, was from a World reflected by the following words……
” Investigate Evidence based theories of equine learning, cognition and ethology and their application to the training and management of Horses. “
perhaps this may be it
VIDEO OF THE DAY
It’s all about them Folks. More Equitana. Sophisticated Horsemanship at it’s finest 🙁
EA SOUTH AUSTRALIA
I fear for the new C.E.O. She just resigned as from a big job at the Royal Adelaide Hospital 🙁
They were all warned…..if they read my Blog that is 🙂
and to the Governing Body…….nothing changes………Adults behaving as Children…….
A billionaire benefactor of equestrian sport in Australia has weighed in on internal ructions within the sport’s governance, describing the move by five state branch chairs to try to unseat Equestrian Australia’s chair, Judy Fasher, and two directors as like “inmates running an asylum”.
Australian billionaire Terry Snow last week told The Australian EA’s constitution was in desperate need of reform as its current structure enabled the state branches to hold the national body to ransom. But for Mr Snow, “the real tragedy” was that young and talented equestrians weren’t getting the funding, support and coaching they needed to compete internationally.
“We want a functioning EA so we can get on and ride our horses for the benefit of the sport,” Mr Snow said. For the prominent businessman, who has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into building his world-class equestrian centre, Willinga Park, at Bawley Point on the NSW south coast, and contributed a substantial amount to the sport itself, horses aren’t just a passion. They’re an obsession.
His impressive 41ha estate, which looks more like an art gallery than a horse park, has a vast luxury stable complex, three outdoor arenas, an equine swimming pool and rolling landscaped gardens dotted by sculptures.
Flanked by Tokyo 2020 dressage hopeful Brett Parbery, Mr Snow told The Australian simmering tensions, which came to a head over the vote of no confidence issued at EA’s AGM in Sydney on November 21, was indicative of a federation that wasn’t in control of its culture.
The issue was compounded after AOC president John Coates wrote a letter to the international equestrian authority alleging that Mrs Fasher planned to launch a breakaway national foundation. She vehemently denies the claims.
The Australian is not suggesting directors Colin Chantler and David Lindh, who were also asked to step down from the board, were named in the letter or are part of any plan to establish a rival body.
While Mr Parbery said issues plaguing sporting governance weren’t exclusive to equestrian, he thought the turmoil was more pronounced because it was one of the last sports to go through important structural reform.
Mr Snow said governing the sport was made more difficult by “power-hungry fiefdoms” and if he was asked to come on the board he would refuse as it would be a “waste of time”. He called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Sport Australia to intervene so the sport could be run in the interest of the athletes and horses: “The equestrian community needs the financial support of the government through a properly set up national body.”
HORSE TRAINING ONLINE
Ok Sarah, yes, better but still a little soft. I do admire your Hands and Your willingness to give relief with great timing but leave that for later.
- 10 Seconds – too quick to give, be more demanding and only release when a total give and head down. As I said up top, timing, feel can come later, when riding.
- 14 Seconds. Ropes should have been real loopy. Touching the Ground, during WAITING and relief, relaxion. Don’t run things together as much. You have all day 🙂
- 17 Seconds, again, same, too nice, too sophisticated at this stage of the piece. Demand and get it at this time.
- 27 seconds etc, ropes too short.
- look at 32 seconds, mouth opening, being taught resistance without reason, because rope not loopy
- 52 seconds, I would stand my ground and not let the horse walk off at will. Let it run into your concrete hands, time and time again if necessary, to teach submission as well as patience. We are running this show, not the horse. It all comes back to you under saddle otherwise. Bad Manners.
- Incidentally, the searching for the Bit is the Horse looking for contact, due to ropes not loopy
- 1.08, well done. The horse was made to get off the contact and totally give.
- 1.12. Well done. That’s what I was talkin about 🙂
- 1.35, I would not have ceased because the horse didn’t submit. It was gazing around 🙂
So, well done, great improvement, just a little more now.
Good Pupil this one. 🙂
Hi again Sarah. Well done. I do admire your work ethic!!
- The Head down has nothing to do with Grass. This just is a vivid example of how Horses bounce off us, offering what they think we want, because they are so co-operative. Horses just want to please!! The Head down is from previous Vids and answers by me.
- 1.14, Bravo and well done. The perfect result, leaving out the Neck down but perfect submission. So now, for the moment, we ignore the neck down and just look for the Mouth.
- Back up great, submission great, steps great. Ignore neck down. Fix under saddle.
- 1.36. This is complete submission to you, versus the Teenage Brat Face that You had a couple of Weeks ago. Albeit, enough for now and signalling that it is time to move on.
Well done again. Now move to lunging with forwardness and turning on the fence, using both reins but only ONE REIN. Not an easy task to get right.
I’m really enjoying the journey together, I just need a camera man who doesn’t talk while filming 😂
Will touch base with our next stage
Halter breaking this 4+ days old colt. Your methods of course. Alarm went off by bed, mare dialed 12 midnight in dry calm conditions in an outdoor foaling paddock, then all hell broke loose with the weather, a massive thunderstorm/mino tornado. An electric tape in the next field (One of my paradise tracks) broke, crackling up in the air like a kite, mare was going silly, running newborn foal away so we stabled them immediately to ensure her taking foal away was not consolidated. Hence, they are in the stable. Today, high winds and dust storm here from Broken Hill. Handling him three times a day. We have two stables made up and alternate them twice daily to ensure clean bedding. He’s going great. I’ve been looking for your ‘foal timetable’ online. It is my bible during foaling and beyond season. I’ve mislaid my hard copy. Please can you point me to the online version. Many thanks Rosemary & Charley
Thanks Rosemary and well done as usual. Here is the updated Article. Credit to You!
ARTICLE OF THE DAY
CRUELTY OF THE WEEK
What do I say to this girl that is beneficial and helpful since you are a man of many words. I don’t doubt she is trying and thinks she is doing the right thing but unfortunately I tend to upset people being what I would call straight forward. Helpful suggestions would be appreciated
How can I help her?
He doesn’t even feel that whip anymore and sooner or later he will get jack of it and defend himself then wear the name dangerous. All of my horses are well handled and quiet which makes training very easy and mutual. They are very responsive to kindness. I would be happy for him to trot until he felt ready to canter don’t expect to happen over night with every horse. I think I will contact her and try to advise another approach. I would be happy to take the drive there and help this horse with its owner. I feel to sit back and do nothing would feel like I was taking part in this ill and cruel treatment of this horse now I know what is happening to him
If you have any advice on training this horse I would love some input. When my friend had him he did not want to move forward quickly, he did so at his own pace
He is simply confused and has LEARNED HELPLESSNESS which is caused by inadequate Humans. He has ‘shut down” He needs to go trail riding, with another horse and learn what forward is and why. No more round Pens. AND SEND THE GIRL TO ANGER MANAGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!……or Mental Health assistance
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Before it was Houses 🙁
TIP OF THE DAY
” Carefully observe Your Hand Fed Horses to ensure others don’t get more than their fair share. Feeding Multiple Horses is a balancing act and requires observation of power, position and condition. “
FEEDBACK -HORSE TRAINING ONLINE
Hi John, just wanted to thank you for sharing yours and Linda’s knowledge through dvds and online. I’d never of considered starting this wb mare prior to learning about your method. I’ve still have plenty to learn and practice so will just keep working on improving my skills. This was this lovely mares 4th ride and final ride in round yard before heading out and about. Thanks again
Well done Katrina. Not easy starting Warmbloods. They are dangerous and You have to be above average to do it. Great effort. Regards
Thanks have just bought the putting on the bit and leg yielding. Always looking to learn better wayd to produce a better horse and to listen to each horse. The biggest thing i learned from this horse is the importance of getting on, on the first day. By the time it was time for her first ride she was already use to me getting on and off both sides and seeing me out of the other eye.
Thanks Kat. I am very proud of working that one out and adding to the World of inventions.
NEWS OF THE DAY
TERRY O’SULLIVAN CLEARED OF MAIN COBOLT CHARGE
Terry O’Sullivan and his daughter Karina have been found not guilty of the main charge from their cobalt hearing, cleared of knowingly administering the substance to their horses by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Thursday.
The trainers are facing sanction, however, after being found guilty of lesser charges.
RAD Board chairman Judge John Bowman declared that the panel could not be satisfied the O’Sullivans were guilty of breaching rule AR 175(h)(1), which relates to the administration of a prohibited substance for the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of a horse in a race.
The O’Sullivans faced three charges under AR 175 (h)(i) in relation to elevated cobalt readings returned by Darragh at Ballarat on November 21, 2015 and at Sandown on August 24 the following year, and by Gold A Plenty at Sandown on August 7, 2016.
All readings were of at least 1200 micrograms per litre of urine, which was more than six times the permitted cobalt threshold level at the time.
They also faced six charges in the alternative, including three under AR 175 (h)(ii), which relates to administration of cobalt above the permitted threshold.
The RAD Board found both Terry and Karina O’Sullivan guilty of those three charges.
The hearing was adjourned just after 11:30am, with submissions on penalty to be heard from 1pm.
TRAIL RIDER HITS NECK WIRE ON TRAIL
A rider who cracked two bones in her back after she rode into an illegal wire hung across a bridleway has warned landowners to be aware of the consequences of a “quick fix”.
Laura Gribble, 35, of Four Lanes, Cornwall, was hacking her friend’s part-thoroughbred gelding Rusty on 13 July when she rode into an “invisible” metal wire on a bridleway at Redruth in Four Lanes.
Laura (pictured above riding another horse), a project manager, told H&H: “I was on my way back to the field where the horses are kept and having a few strides of canter when the wire caught my neck and I got ripped off the back of Rusty.
“There has always been a wire there, which you would duck under, but this was a new one. I just remember being bent right back and landing on the ground.
“I landed heavily on my right hip and banged my head. I remember Rusty galloped away and I got up and hobbled to try and go after him. Even with the adrenaline, I knew I had damaged myself but all I could think about was Rusty.”
The gelding made his way to a nearby farm owned by a friend of Laura’s, who managed to catch him.
“Rusty must have either jumped or gone round a cattle grid, he could have broken a leg,” Laura said.
”My friend took him back to the field and called an ambulance and I was taken to hospital. As the adrenaline wore off, the pain got worse. I was sent for a CT scan which showed I had cracked two transverse process bones in my back and had bad soft tissue damage.”
After six hours in hospital Laura was allowed home with painkillers.
“I was getting twinges in my back and every time I moved I cried. The pain was the worst I have ever felt – I had to go back to the doctors to get stronger painkillers and sleeping tablets,” Laura said.
“I wasn’t able to do anything for myself like take a shower and I couldn’t risk driving because of the tablets and in case I got a twinge. It’s had a huge impact on my life.
“I was signed off work for two weeks but when I returned I had to be signed off again with stress, I couldn’t cope. After being such an active person not being able to move properly affects you mentally. I’ve always been a strong character but I lost confidence. I had to hire a dog walker and struggled to do little things like housework.”
Since the accident Laura has said she is unsure whether or not she wants to ride again.
“I had a shot on a friend’s horse but I felt so wonky, I still don’t feel right,” she said. “I’ve ridden since I was five and feel like that’s been taken away from me.
“I have nerve damage in my back and a tingling feeling since the accident and I still get twinges in my back. Hopefully when I feel 100% better I will get back on but I don’t know; I’m trying to get fit and well again.
“Bridleways are supposed to be a safe place to ride. You shouldn’t need to look out for wires at neck height on a bridleway — even if there had been some kind of warning to look out for it but there wasn’t. It was so avoidable.
NEW RULES FOR THE F.E.I.
The world’s top events will be renamed CCI5*-Ls from next season as the FEI rule changes for 2019 are approved.
All the disciplines face some changes to their rules for 2019, but eventing faces the most.
The flag, blood, and whip rules, as well as the new star system, have been among the much-debated areas of the sport this year and these all face changes for 2019.
Olympic teams in the equestrian disciplines will be made up of teams of three horse and rider combinations, as decided at the 2016 general assembly. However the FEI was still to finalise how substituting combinations would work in eventing.
Following trials at Strzegom and Millstreet in 2018, the FEI has now decided the penalties and criteria that will apply.
Major changes to the eventing rules are as follows:
The star system has been revised to include the new 1.05m level as the new “one-star”and to get rid of the CIC definition for international one-day events. This was approved at the 2017 general assembly, but the introduction of the new system was always planned to take place over two years so 2019 will be the first time the new star system is in force (see table below)
Flag rule: missing a flag when the majority of the horse’s body has passed through the flags will result in 15 penalties, instead of the current 50. This rule has also been reworded to define that if the body of the horse fails to pass between the extremities of the obstacle, that will be considered a run out (20 penalties) and continuing will result in elimination. Only official video recording can be used as evidence.
No unattached neck straps and no hackamores without a bit will be allowed for cross-country. The lever arm on any bit must not exceed 10cm.
Flying changes: at four-star championships and above, if the score for a flying change varies by three points or more from the average of the other judges’ scores for that movement, it can be corrected.
No more collectives in the dressage phase: these will be replaced with one“overall impression of athlete and horse”mark, which will carry a double coefficient.
Bits: wording and diagrams over permitted bits has changed (see p77 here)
Time faults: in the showjumping phase, competitors will now receive one penalty for every two seconds over the optimum time.
CCI5* entries and prize money: there will be a graduated increase inminimum total prize funds— €125,000 for 2020 and 2021 and €150,000 by 2022. The decision over set minimum and maximum number of starters has been postponed.
Whips: ground jury’s scope for dealing with excessive use or abuse of the whip has been extended so it is “not limited to” example scenarios set out in the rule. However these scenarios have also been revised and extended for 2019. The whip is now not to be used more than twice per incident; multiple excessive uses between fences can be a cause for a review by the ground jury; if the horse’s skin is broken or has visible marks, the use of whip will always deemed to be excessive. These clauses are in addition to the five others already in place.
The FEI has also outlined a ranking system for recorded warnings and yellow cards, clarifying which abuse or blood on the horse situations should result in a recorded warning, which are punishable by a yellow card or stronger punishment, and what happens in cases of multiple recorded warnings either for blood or for the same offence.
Blood: eventing’s blood rules have had a major overhaul and are as follows:
Olympic eventing 2020 rules
Three to a team — travelling reserve can be substituted in part-way through the competition
Combinations that do not complete the dressage or showjumping phase will be given a score of 100 penalties, and those who do not finish the cross-country will receive 200 penalties
Substitutions on medical or veterinary grounds are allowed, but will be penalised with 20 penalties
Only one substitution will be allowed per team and these are not allowed for disqualifications, or for eliminations for dangerous riding or abuse of the horse
Penalty-free substitutions apply up at the first horse inspection and up to two hours prior to the start of the dressage
National federations voted on the changes at the 2018 general assembly in Bahrain (16 to 20 November 2019). Click here for the full 2019 rule book.
THIEVES STEAL STABLE AND HORSE GETS COLIC
An ex-racehorse was left fighting for his life after thieves stole his stable and left a large quantity of feed within his reach.
Crooks dismantled and stole a block of three stables, plus a neighbouring field shelter, from a farmer’s field in Lincolnshire overnight on 22 to 23 November.
They corralled the horses and tipped out three full bags of feed into their field, which included a sack of feed that is designed to be soaked prior to feeding
Owner Sally Bentley’s daughter, Tasha, discovered the scene of destruction when she went to care for the horses on Friday (23 November) morning.
“She thought maybe there had been a plane crash as there was so much debris and rubbish everywhere,”
“They have taken all the timber and the metal skids [the stables were sitting on] and left nails everywhere — it was a scene of devastation.”
When the pair saw the feed had been tipped within reach of their three ex-racehorses, Mrs Bentley immediately called her vet, Harriet Thorpe from Hormann Equine.
Mrs Bentley’s five-year-old thoroughbred, Magical Lasso (“Michael”) was showing signs of distress and the vet put him on a drip.
Later that afternoon, his condition worsened and the horse was admitted to Oakham Veterinary Hospital as they were concerned he was at risk from potential colic, laminitis and sepsis.
“He has thankfully pulled through,” she said. “He was in a critical condition on Friday and Saturday, then in the early hours of Saturday morning he turned a corner.”
The horse is now recovering at home and Mrs Bentley said she is “eternally grateful” to Harriet and the team at Oakham.
“He is the sweetest, kindest horse,” she said.
BABY DONKEY DUMPED IN BAG
A tiny donkey found dumped in a plastic bag died less than 24 hours after he was rescued.
On 14 November, Sue and Rod Weeding, of Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, received a phone call from a man who had found the animal, near the Segura river in Las Heredades, Spain.
The colt was taken to the Hospital Veterinario San Vicente, Alicante, where the veterinary team “received him with open arms to try to give him a second — perhaps we should say first — chance in life”.
“But the little grey donkey couldn’t stand up and he looked exhausted,” said a spokesman for the charity. “His eyelids were half-closed almost all the time. Sue, Rod and everyone including the hospital wondered what had happened to him during his short life.
“At the time, everyone was hopeful, and Sue and Rod were ready to do whatever it took to give that little donkey a home and a future.”
But vets found the animal was suffering from a severe case of pneumonia, as well as malnutrition and dehydration, and X-rays showed he had blood clots in his lungs.
“The frail little creature died less than 24 hours after his rescue,” said the spokesman.
“The staff at the San Vicente hospital made sure that he felt loved and taken care of during his last hours in this world.”
The charity has rescued more than 160 equines but this is the first to have died within hours of rescue.
“Although Sue and Rod have worked with the police in extreme cases of abandonment and neglect, the conditions in which this donkey was found are some of the worst they have witnessed, particularly because it was dumped like rubbish in a place that was very hard to find,” the spokesman said.
“A grey baby donkey covered in faeces with his intestines starting to come out of his body, lying down, unable to move because he was trapped inside a blue plastic bag big enough to cover most of his body.
“His head wasn’t covered and his eyes, tired and sad, were a testament to the horrors such a small creature had gone through during his life. Not a single animal should go through this.
“Small acts of kindness can change the future and help Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre continue with its mission to rescue, rehabilitated and provide a home for equines in need.”
TRAMPLED BY HORSE
A 19-year-old woman was airlifted to Westmead hospital after she was trampled by a horse at a recreational riding venue in Blackheath on Friday, November 23.
The young woman believed to be a tourist was leading the horse on foot when she fell and was trampled in bushland at the property.
CareFlight’s rapid rescue helicopter flew through windy conditions to get to the property and treat the woman at the scene.
Emergency services were on site to assist getting the patient to the helicopter.
FRANKLIN COUNTY — A horse was injured in an accident just before 7a.m. Sunday in Franklin County.
A truck pulling a horse trailer carrying two horses was northbound on Interstate 35 just south of Ottawa, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. The trailer became detached, flipped and blocked both lanes of traffic after the driver struck a guardrail.
One horse was able to escape and the second one was trapped. With the assistance of LOH Fire, Cottonwood Animal Hospital, a wrecker service and citizens, the horse was cut out of the trailer. The horse was injured, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to the sheriff’s department.
HORSE RESCUED FROM DEEP PITT
An owner has praised the efforts of the fire and rescue service and her vets after her horse was successfully extracted from a disused car inspection pit.
Fourteen-year-old Connemara-thoroughbred cross Quigley was being walked across the boarded-over pit when he slipped and fell in what his owner Helen Keen described as a “freak” accident on Wednesday morning (21 November).
“I’ve walked him over it, ridden over it and driven over it hundreds of times,” said Helen, who has owned the gelding since he was five.
“He slipped and sat down on his haunches but instead of letting himself fall on to his side and then getting back up, he panicked and started scrabbling. As he did, he caught the edge of the board and flipped it up — there was enough of a gap to make one of his back legs go into the pit and by then he was at the point of no return and his whole back end dropped down.”
Helen had to move the board to allow Quigley to stand completely in the pit and said that although he panicked initially, he calmed down once he was in the hole. The pit was deep enough that the 15.1hh had to strain his head up to see out over the edge.
“It was full of stagnant water which was above his knees and I knew he’d cut himself while he was scrabbling, so I was worried about that,” said Helen, who immediately rang both the vet and fire and rescue service.
“Fortunately I had my phone on me so I could sit with him feeding him Polos to distract him. When I ran out I tried to walk off towards the barn to get more, but that started him stressing.”
Helen said that the “brilliant” animal rescue team from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) wason scene, at the yard in Goring Heath, West Berkshire, within 15-10 minutes; while vet Richard Gillatt, a partner at McGonnell and Gillatt, was not too far behind.
Quigley was given light sedation while the team initially tried to extract him from the hole by putting straw bales in front and behind him to see if he could get himself out but there was not enough room.
“It didn’t work and just stressed him more, so we knew we’d have to lift him out. The firemen were worried they wouldn’t be able to get the rig down as it’s such a twisty-turny track with hardly any clearance. He had to reverse all the way down and it was brilliant driving.
“If they couldn’t have got the rig to him we would have had to use a hand winch which is slower and more noisy.”
Vet Richard said that had the fire service needed to use a hand winch, the horse would have had to be anaesthetised but just heavy sedation was required to use the rig. He said he had to lean over the pit to reach the horse’s vein, but was able to do so with the assistance of firemen holding on to his legs.
“They fit special slings underneath the horse which attach over the top and then when we were ready to go, I gave the horse really heavy sedation. Luckily he’s a nice horse and was really sensible and slowly and gently we were able to lift him up and get him on the side,” he added.
STEPPED SIDEWAYS ONTO THE ROAD AND HIT
FRESNO COUNTY, California – A man and his girlfriend were riding their horses when one of the horses got startled, stepped into the road and was hit by a car, according to California Highway Patrol.
Just before 6 p.m., the two were riding their horses at Tahoe Street and Quince Avenue in Caruthers when they were approaching the street signs and the girlfriends horse got startled.
CHP says her horse walked backwards a few feet into the road and a car clipped the horse’s leg.
The girlfriend was transported to Community Regional Medical Center and has minor injuries.
The horse also has minor injuries.