free advice

Hi Folks,

Horse Problems Advice is free and here to help all. We have always sought to assist those wanting to be successful in the Industry and will continue with this new Site

No matter the issue, we should have no difficulty in immediately assisting You.

A combined 60 Years of experience, Thousands of Horses and over 50,000 Humans, gives us some clue.

email Linda on mrshorseproblems@gmail.com
and John on horseproblems@horseproblems.com.au

Remember……Your Horse is depending upon You.

Kind Regards

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Letters

Leading Problem and more

Hi John,

I’m wanting your help with a horse I’ve recently purchased who does not respect me.

She is a 3.5year old mare, I bought her off a capable amateur who had her broken in not long ago.

She was going fine with me but started bad behaviour after awhile lunging her (in round pen, with halter, lunge rien and lunge her). One day, she turned in to face me and refused to move.

I got ——— out to help a few times because I understood that this behaviour could escalate. He taught me to ——- and said no more lunging for a short time. He also taught me long reining. Which she was doing fine until she started the same habit of turning in to the centre of the round yard again.

She then developed this habit of Stopping and refusing to move when being led and under saddle. I could get her moving with a pull & release on the ground and with a few taps of dressage whip under saddle.

I’ve stopped long reigning her as it puts me in a vulnerable position. A few weeks ago she spooked at another horse while I was leading her and run forward & kicked me in the thighs with both feet. Bad behaviour, as I am sure she knew where I was.

Yesterday, I took her from her herd to feed her and while leading her, she started bucking, spinning in circles, brushing past me as her herd and the adjoining herd were racing around their paddocks. I got another person to lead her back to the paddock instead of to the feed shed where I had been trying to take her because it is clear that she does not respect me and this situation was dangerous.

I will not be riding until I trust that she respects me. She’s been fine to ride, occasionally she’ll spook but I push her through it. Although I think her lack of respect could translate to worse behaviour under saddle.

I’m based in Brisbane and really need some help to get her to respect me. Whereabouts are you based? I appreciate you offer training advice online however we both need in person training.

Kind regards
Pam

Hi Jemima,

There are probably 2 things going on here. A touch of “Learned Helplessness” and/or, You needed a few more systems in Your Closet.

I asked You Yesterday, how do You lead Your Horses and You sent me a Photo, showing You leading in a commendable way, with the Horse a couple of metres out the back….BUT……I note that You have a Leather or Webbing Halter, as well as the ‘Fairy Floss’ Pony Club Lead Rope and of course, across my career, basically 100% of all so called problem Horses that have come through my Hands, have been wearing the same. So the first advice is to change the equipment. Pull and release does not work with such equipment anyhow.

Apart from that, 2 other things can help You at the instant and I recommend these because of the tyranny of distance here but knowing that You, the Owner, needs some short term effective weaponry.

  • You should add Leg Restraints Training to the package of training, instantly rising You up the Ladder of respect without even trying and removing some of the flight response and shenanigans
  • Throw in my system of join up, which will also grant You instant and major respect benefits, for now and the future if a reminder is needed…and
  • Do avail Yourself of the Natural Horsemanship wide body of Tools, as found here, with REAL HORSES.

In virtually all of these cases, there is some degree of confusion happening and the Horse Communicating because of frustration. You simply need more Tools.
Regards

Biting the Baroque Horse 30/9/20

Hi John, I’ve used your mouthing method for quite a few horses over the years very successfully. I am currently mouthing my young pure Spanish Andalusian gelding just turned 4 yrs old. So far he’s proving to be lovely to work with & responsive. I’d be interested to know if you’ve done any work with Andalusians & how you’ve found them. He appears to be happy enough with the FM bit for the mouthing process, but what choice of bit would you recommend for his further training under saddle? Andalusians apparently have thick tongues & low palates (refer website Bit Bank Australia ‘Bitting the Baroque Horse’. Just wanting to do the right thing for my horse. Regards Wendy.

Hi Wendy. Good to hear You have gone well. Indeed, my Bits are leading the Market for these Horses and for the reasons that you explain and for one other reason (which I can’t talk about here because of intercultural property theft)

The important thing is to not remove the Starting Bit, until the Horse is totally established, right through the ‘Green Horse’ stage. If an English Discipline Horse’ then, change to your preferred Snaffle Bit, but again, on the Green Horse, it is essential to wear a Chin Strap, to stop ‘learned resistance’ and bad experience and pain, due to the Bit sliding through the Mouth in times of spooky things.

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and, that You don’t ever attempt putting them ‘On the Bit’ until they are totally established and not Green.

Regards

Unhappy with the Bit

(4/9/20)

Good Morning,

I was hoping to get some advice with regards to your Horse Starting Bits if possible?

My gelding is telling me that he is not at all enjoying having a bit in his mouth. He tries to avoid me placing it into his mouth, and once in, he is very busy with it and constantly puts his tongue over the top of the bit.

I know that he is telling me that he is uncomfortable and is doing what he can to avoid any pressure. I have tried numerous bits and bridles in an attempt to help him become more comfortable and relaxed, without success. I even recently paid $200+ on a bit that I was told would help to resolve the issue. It didn’t. Silly me. (I even contacted the local SA company I purchased from to advise that the issue was still there – to which I was directed to buy another very expensive bit from them).  

I know there could be a number of reasons why he is unhappy and I know you couldn’t possibly know the answer from reading an email – but for some context:

The majority of my riding is trail riding, and I ride on a complete loose pleasure rein. I also ride with a market harborough so if I do have cause to take up contact, that it is soft and I am not accidentally yanking on his mouth in any way.  

I have recently had a vet check, his teeth done, body work, farrier, saddle fit – no issues were found and he is in good health and sound.

He was started under saddle approx. 12 months ago, and he has always done this. I watched when he had a bit placed into his mouth for the very first time, and he immediately placed his tongue over the top of the bit. Even though he gets very busy with the bit in – he is still very good to ride. He does not bolt/rear/buck/head shake/try to get above the bit… he just plays with it constantly and puts his tongue over and back, over and back. The only thing I have tried which helped was to use a grackle bridle, with the chin strap to hold the bit firmly in his mouth. But this annoys him and he tries to rub the chin strap off. I am loathe to use something that ‘forces’ him to not to play with the bit – that doesn’t solve the issue, and I would really like to find a solution where he is comfortable and happy.  

In light of the above, I was wondering whether your horse starting bit might be worth a try? Would it be beneficial for him even though he is already started? I am willing to try anything and everything that will help him to feel calm, confident and happy.

I am also curious about your thoughts on bitless bridles?

Thank you for your time.

Kind Regards,

Dana

Hi Dana.

Unlike most Bit Company on the Planet, we don’t try and sell Bits, indeed, I cut the price of them in half for the Industry for they were and are still being ripped off. You should send a LETTER OF DEMAND to that Bit Company for the Bit is “not suitable for the Purpose” They will then refund you.

Now we have basically not ever met such problems with our Bits but that doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to Your Horse.

QUESTIONS

Are You in South Australia?
Was the Horse started with a Bit or a Rope Halter?
Have You had the Horse assessed by a Trainer of Note and Maturity?
Did the Vet SCOPE the Horse and if not, why not? I hope they didn’t just take your money like the Bit Company 🙁

So you get no guarantees from me but lots of help 🙂 If in SA, bring the Horse down here for a 1 hour assessment.

it is possible that the Horse wasn’t started correctly and never was shown how to handle a Bit and why. Let us know more
Regards

Answers

Hi John,

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my email! I really appreciate it. 😊

To answer your questions:

Are You in South Australia?

Yes – I am located in the Riverland.

Was the Horse started with a Bit or a Rope Halter?

Well, now that you mention it – yes he was started in a rope halter to begin with, and was ridden bitless in a rope halter for a short time. He was also ridden in a bosal. When the bit was introduced, it was placed into his mouth and a single strap behind his ears held it in place, with no reins attached to it. After some time, a bridle and bit was introduced.  

Have You had the Horse assessed by a Trainer of Note and Maturity?

My horse was started here locally in the Riverland by a Trainer who starts horses using natural horsemanship techniques. He also spent some time with a professional Trainer in Mount Barker. Both of these were in 2019 – he has not been assessed by a Trainer since then.

Did the Vet SCOPE the Horse and if not, why not? I hope they didn’t just take your money like the Bit Company

I had Adelaide Plains Equine Clinic come and have a look at him when they were visiting the area. I was interested in them having a look at his under flank area as he was tending to be quite sensitive down there – picking up his legs and swishing his tail when doing up rug leg straps, or any time you have your hand underneath near his appendage. He also had quite runny stools at the time (not diarrhea but very soft) and I was concerned about either sand in his gut, or maybe even ulcers. Vet checked him over paying particular attention to his under flank area – watched him move at all gaits in both directions and checked for soundness. Checked his stool for sand – none present.

Vet stated that he did not have any medical issues that he could determine or feel, and that he was more than likely quite sensitive and “ticklish” in this area. I was advised to put him on a course of grit bix (which I did) which might help to clear up any sand if there was some there, and if the problem continued to let them know. I also gave him a course of Equishure (hindgut supplement). His manure has firmed up since then – but on occasion still find a loose one. I also have been spending quite some time working on his ‘ticklish’ area and can now rub around that area, and he also less frequently picks his legs up when doing up rug straps… but he doesn’t always love that and we all know horses are very tolerant of the things we do that can bother them. I also had two different body workers take a look at him too to check for any muscular issues/soreness…  but nothing of note.

The Vet did not scope. That wasn’t mentioned. Do you think it would be worthwhile? Do you think ulcers could be an issue? Vet stated he appeared to be in very good health and condition.

I really appreciate you not just referring me to buy your bit, and actually attempting to find out why this might be happening… although I am still keen to purchase one of yours.

I also had a read of the question underneath mine with regards to your thoughts on bitless bridles… and I can see that something like that would not be appropriate for my horse at this time.

I hope the above helps… you mentioned bringing him to you for a 1 hour assessment – I am interested in knowing more details about that if possible?

Thank you again so much for your time, it is really appreciated. And I also just want to say – I am so sorry that you and Linda have had a terrible week… I just read your blog; when it rains, it pours! ☹  I am also horrified at the abhorrent treatment and behaviour you have been subjected to by some… Human beings can be real a-holes. ☹

Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Dana

I suspected as much. This is not unusual for Horses that are started Bitless. Think about it, what must they think when one gets put in their Mouth later, without any learning of what it means or how to use it?

I have several Horses through my Hands this Year, started with Rope Halters and the maximum Mouth Ranking that any of them had was a 6/10 and most of them Bucked off their Owner.

SAND

Testing Horse manure is meaningless.

TOUCHY AROUND FLANKS

Did the Vet check for a Bean? Perhaps not?

Anyhow, such Horse require re-mouthing with my system, in order to give them half a chance at understanding the future.

Regards

Bitless Bridles

Dear John Hope you’re both well. Busy training our youngsters using your methods of course. But have an acquaintance who is trying to convince me to train using a bit less bridle. Mouthing our youngsters using using your method and your equipment is going brilliantly as usual. I tried searching on your web site but cannot find your views on using bitless bridles. Please can you give me your opinion and perhaps publish your views. Also trying to locate all your peer reviews. Where are they on your site? I found them most valuable. Best regards Rosemary Howe & Charley Barber

Hi Folks, hope you are both well. I must write an article on this one. Basically, Bitless Bridles are fine on the completely foolproof mature Horse that is proven, been there done that and with little risk. For those who think that Bitless can suit ‘Breakers’ are dreaming. It is a major risk management danger, they do not and cannot but a good Mouth on a Horse and accidents abound out there.

This Year, I have had 2 dangerous Warmbloods through my Hands, both broken in with a ‘Rope Halter Man” and both having Bucked off their Owners. One of them, worth probably $50,000, is now in the Rodeo and worth $300 at his next transaction.

So on “Old Dobbin”, whatever floats your Boat’, ‘Hell I can even do better than that 🙂

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Mega Bitless 🙂

Exotic Horse Bits

Hi John

I’m after a little bitting advice.
My Welsh D is currently using a Neue Schule Turtle Tactio (size L).
I find he leans quite a lot and chews the bit quite a lot.
I was wondering if the HP Lip relief barrel loose ring snaffle would be a good alternative?
He has a fat tongue and fleshy lips. Ideally size size, he should be in an XL NS Turtle Tactio but they cost a fortune. I thought a 5.5 HP lip relief barrel loose ring snaffle.

I did consider the 3 ring barrel but it’s probably too much for him.

Best wishes
Kirsty

I won’t even go and consult the “Spin Doctors” description of the oh so impressive Human influence description of the wonder Bits with the name 🙂

Put simply, they have “paralysis of the analysis”.  The Horse tells all. and I have not met a horse that complains with mine.

Either the loose ring snaffle or the egg butt  but it is little about what is on the outside of the face, it’s about what is on the inside of the Mouth that counts Kristy.

I cut the price of Bits in half in this Country as they were all ripping you off.

Remember, if You have a Bit made by God, when you change, it will take a few rides for the Horse realize and get confidence back…..and…….

No Bit can be good with BAD HANDS and there are plenty of those around in the Ënglish Disciplines”

https://horseproblems.com.au/category/horse-problems-index/the-worlds-best-mouthing-system/

If You ride “English” and the Horse is at all “above the Bit” and not “round”, resistance will be causing problems with the Bit…..therefore, there is only 2 ways to ride, complete correct Olympic Dressage or on a COMPLETE Pleasure Rein.

regards

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The Green Horse (13/7/20)

Thanks! We have become a little unstuck getting my pony to go forward the other direction… the change of seeing the rider in the other eye has resulted in a bit of a show

need to have my jockey work on her one rein stop ask a bit better on the right rein.

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Get out of the Round Pen Ash. It and the Arena, are Your enemy. The maximum times one should ride in the Round Pen is 2 and the Arena 1 (following a Seasoned Horse) Then, get out into “The Wild Blue Yonder” for that is Your Heaven!!!!

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The Standardbred

Hi 1f44b

I’d like your input thanks 1f60a

My new Standy is an absolute gentleman Still waiting for his teeth to be done so have not had a bit in his mouth yet hopefully they get done tomorrow.. there’s a waiting list up here …

From your experience if you saw a horse free lunging with only a rope halter & a rope attached that is loopy & the horse had the head in a “ collected position ‘ would you be thinking the horse has had side reins on before ??
He does not do this when he is in the paddock or free lunging only when lunging with a rope attached

Then he will do this head twist open the mouth & the tongue will fly out .. I spoke to a lady that owned him briefly she said he did this when she first got him on the lunge

he finished racing in November last year …
He does not do this in the stable or paddock or any other time .. & it’s only for a brief moment then he relaxes ..
all I can think of is he is remembering pain of the mouth from sharp teeth as it is so similar to a horse reacting to pain from a sharp tooth but there is not a bit in his mouth
I am getting the horse Physio to him tomorrow for a massage

Any ideas to why he may be doing this
To me it’s psychological reaction to something
I’m just not sure what

Hi there,

The first thing that comes to mind, is that we should test all Horses, in every way, prior to Purchase.

This Breed, often has tongue issues or other idiosyncrasies. These can be caused by ‘memories of the past’ , like being held at 80kg on the Mouth and perhaps Bits that are old fashioned.

Tongue Ties, and as You know, breathing difficulties and so on.

as always……LISTEN TO THE HORSES…….start working with Him and he will tell You all. Then simply adjust training as per the advice of the Horse 🙂

Regards

I do notice that unlike the thoroughbred when the TB gets a startle they stay startled for some time especially the ex racers
This guy comes back very quickly .. he’s starting to get a more happy look about him .. he always looks happy to see me so I’m doing something right
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Well done

Worked out what was causing the boy to twist his head & throw the tongue out on the lounge line .. a very unbalanced mouth causing a ramp up on his back molar creating a very very sharp points that enough pressure from the rope halter was causing discomfort. Explains why he was only doing so with the halter on & not in the paddock or free lunging .. caused by poor dental maintenance.. all sorted now

That didn’t take long. Well done!!!!! Bravo……”Listen to the Horses”

Leg Restraints Training

Hi 1f44b

I’d like your input thanks 1f60a

My new Standy is an absolute gentleman Still waiting for his teeth to be done so have not had a bit in his mouth yet hopefully they get done tomorrow.. there’s a waiting list up here …

From your experience if you saw a horse free lunging with only a rope halter & a rope attached that is loopy & the horse had the head in a “ collected position ‘ would you be thinking the horse has had side reins on before ??
He does not do this when he is in the paddock or free lunging only when lunging with a rope attached

Then he will do this head twist open the mouth & the tongue will fly out .. I spoke to a lady that owned him briefly she said he did this when she first got him on the lunge

he finished racing in November last year …
He does not do this in the stable or paddock or any other time .. & it’s only for a brief moment then he relaxes ..
all I can think of is he is remembering pain of the mouth from sharp teeth as it is so similar to a horse reacting to pain from a sharp tooth but there is not a bit in his mouth
I am getting the horse Physio to him tomorrow for a massage

Any ideas to why he may be doing this
To me it’s psychological reaction to something
I’m just not sure what

Hello John,

I recently had cause to defend your DVD’s on Leg restraints when I joined a conversation led by “a drip under extreme pressure” who bought the set.

What he said was not important you will have heard all that before. What is important is that after I questioned him I realised that many wanna be weekend breakers would behave in a similar way. In spite of your repeated attempts to explain the process requiring a build up and desensitisation to the main events such as rear leg strap conditioning for the kicker just for one example. This idiot like many miss that very important part of the process.

In appreciation of the many times you have assisted with your advice as I try to build a business here, I would like to suggest you make this more obvious. After all as you would well know many inexperienced and egotistical horse people share this selfish approach to training, so much so reading the horse is always secondary. The idiot had a very nervous horse and went straight at it triggering kicking/fighting fest that so unnecessary.

All the best to you and Linda,
Mark Briffa
Horsesense 101

Hi Mark,

Well, you know and I know that You can’t change idiots. There is only so much one can do. I do plenty in my writings and teachings relating to potential dangers whilst Leg Restraints Training

https://horseproblems.com.au/product-category/saddlery-shop-by-horseproblems/leg-restraints-training-equipment/

Indeed, I have never had even Hair off a Horse, across Thousands of Horses, let alone Skin Off.

So thanks for your advice. I will go and check the Page out and see if I can do anything. Regards

Bucked off…again 🙂

TIP OF THE DAY

“Never lean down to put your foot in the stirrup, on a Breaker ” 

apart from the fact that it is dangerous, because you are already disorientated.
How come You let Him have his Face then….so he could Buck?? What’s his Lateral Mouth like??? You got  “Air Brakes” ?
Watch this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOutjogUSy8&list=PLu8U6FxRJPuqO8vQSa9Y_mDYBx-gLGyLW&index=2&t=0s
It is surprising how many “Green Horses” don’t ever experience being pushed down on the Neck and do Buck. I have met several of them.
Yes the Buck Stopper works.
Have you got any Video of the Trainer riding this Horse??? or you riding it????
You need this by the sound of it.
https://horseproblems.com.au/product/horse-starting-online/
Go do this, video it and show me……
https://studio.youtube.com/video/PkrqT8SjeA8/edit
Talk later
regards

30th April, 2020

Hi John

Just need a bit of advice if you have time. I have been given an off the track race horse which I rode in a round yard before agreeing to have him. The bridle used had a dexter ring bit which I know nothing about. I’ve tried to research on the internet but most are promoting this equipment rather explaining the need for it. I note the horse was tongue tied when raced but I suspect this means he could be difficult to manage if he gets his tongue over the bit, thus the need for the ring bit. I did ask about the choice of this equipment and the tongue tie and was told he has a soft pallet what ever that means.

My intention is to do some work on his mouth and responsiveness before committing myself to the great open spaces.

Any suggestions or things to keep in mind would be gratefully received.

I have your DVD on remouthing which I intend to watch again.

Thanks
Kylie
Bush horsewoman.

Hi Kylie,

The Off the Track Thoroughbred required much support, both physically and mentally. Almost all have Ulcers, Teeth sometimes haven’t been done, Sand Treatment never done, Worming, so you will save a lot of time if You give the Horse a full service 🙂

With regards to the Bit, the only true expert on this is the Horse. All You can do is to keep it simple and experiment. Stay away from exotic descriptions and Bits, like one I was reading about this Week “Happy Mouth” because whenever You read such descriptions, You know You are dealing with ‘Spin Doctors’ who only think about the $$$. I use a simple FM but as You also need to RE-MOUTH all of them (like I did this Week) you should perhaps go for this

and You can remove the Plastic if You want, for later use on other Horses and You have the FM Bit ( which you always should have on these Horses, especially when You are introducing them to the scarey World on the Trail (which almost all have never seen)

Having my re-mouthing DVD’s, You would know about all of the other Ridden Natural Horsemanship systems, to keep Ulcers at Bay. These Horses need much love, much encouragement and much reward and indeed, the last thing they need is the controls as taught via Pony Club or other British systems, for they ALL cause Mental and Veterinary negatives. Watch this from last Week………

Behind the Leg

2nd May

Hi John,   Firstly thank you for all the wonderful information you provide on line.   I have a stock horse who seems to be sound and reasonably willing when I ride on the road or on a bush track. However, if I ride him on an arena I feel that I need too much leg and whip to maintain a forward walk or trot. The canter is not too bad.   He is barefoot and sometimes seems a bit tender footed on stony ground, especially in wet weather. The arena I ride on has a good sandy surface that is not too deep, but he is very reluctant to maintain a good forward pace.   I often wonder if he is sore or if the saddle is uncomfortable on him. I have had him to a body worker many times, but it does not seem to effect his way of going. His conformation is not so good and he rarely stands square. He is a bit camped out in front and sickle hocked. (See photo) In the photo I took yesterday he looks to me like his front feet are sore, yet he happily gave me a strong canter up a steep hill when I rode him. Today I rode on the arena and even with the whip I could not get an active trot.   If you have any suggestions I would be very grateful.   Many thanks Robyn

HI Robyn,

This is the type of issue that one would need to see Video of but in the Photo, I notice a couple of things worth investigation.

You have different angles on the front Hooves and that should be looked at.

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and, the Horse is wanting to ‘stretch out’ to relieve something, but I don’t know if this is before work or after. Check the stance both prior and after work. If there is an issue, it could be Sacroiliac

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The other thing of course, is what system of Riding is being used for this Horse. Watch the Video above to hear reference to that. You will see this Horse also not forward and this is normally a reflexion of the difference between Dressage Riding styles of predominant Australian Riders where they continually support Horses, pushing at every stride and working hard to achieve forward, versus the European (and my Wife) whereby the Legs just hang down the side of the Horse, doing nothing unless they need to send a signal and then doing nothing again. With regards to using the whip, again, if the system used with that whip is that of a niggle rather than a DEMAND, then whips and spurs also do not work. Horses aren’t silly 🙂

Further, what style of Flatwork do you ride? Look at the above Video and reflect?? Unless Horses doing ‘Flatwork’ are travelling PROPERLY, technically PROPERLY, they cannot be forward. You could avail yourself of a one off assessment via Video Link, with Mrs. HP.

Have a think about all of that.

Regards

Arena Advice

Good morning!

I’ve read all your advice on arena bases, and I’m not sure if you answer questions like this, but I’d be very grateful for your thoughts. We have a part of our property that is lower than the surrounding area and gets very wet from water running down the slope behind. Currently it’s useless for 6 months of the year. We’ve only just bought the property and the previous owner said that in winter a water course develops across the low spots. We’re wondering if you think we could make use of that area which is hopeless for horses by putting down a very thick rock base over that area (e.g.450mm) to create a raised arena (higher than the surrounding area) or whether that is just stupidity.

Thanks and regards

Maggie Bruce

Hi Maggie,

Yes, that is precisely your only option. You can use material “as rough as guts” and cheap or free if you want, remembering that it is only up on the top 100mm or so that you will cover it with your sub base of the 20mm rubble or fines or whatever you choose.

I once did a completely successful arena and beneath that are rocks the size of Mini Minors 🙂

There is only one proviso to this. Should that low spot turn out to be an actual SPRING, where Water rises to the surface from the Aquifer, then you may be in trouble no matter what you choose to do but it doesn’t sound like it.

Best of Luck.

You’re amazing- thank you!!!!!!!! We’re gonna do it i reckon 👍
Best regards
Maggie

Sand Colic

Hello John, I hope you and Linda are keeping well and safe down there in beautiful Victor Harbor!

I have a question regarding your sand colic recipe.

My daughters paint mare has had intermittent diarrhoea for a few weeks, I treated her with psyllium with limited results.

At 5pm last night I gave her your recipe (that was fun! 😉) and was astounded that at 8pm and overnight she was back to normal manures!

However today the diarrhoea has returned. I am hoping this is a normal part of the clearing process?

I will follow up with another treatment in 2 weeks time unless there is something else you suggest.

Thank you 🙂

Kindest,
Jess

Hi Jess. We have never seen any success with Psillium and never seen any studies to prove it.

This is not unusual and would indicate that the horse has much more Sand. I suspect that You squirted it down the throat, with Wormers, making a big mess of yourself and probably wasting some I would suggest that you stomach tube the Horse with it next time.

Check also for Ulcers. Watch this……..

however long term Sand causes much damage and that can’t be repaired over Night of course.

Do the Horse again in 14 Days and preferably via a Vet. They will most shy away but tell them that both Morphetville and Roseworthy Hospitals here, last Year, secretly used it on Horses they couldn’t save and then did 🙂 Regards

60 Years and counting

Unsound Horse

Good evening Mr and Mrs HP
I have purchased some of your videos and find them amazing. The approach of inside led to outside rein is how my boy was started and how I have continued to work with him.  I have an issue with my STB horse which I think maybe more physiological than behavioral and would really appreciate some general advice. 
He is progressively becoming less willing to move forward and has lately developed a lateral 2 beat walk as well as 4 beat canter disuniting etc. He hasn’t always been like this and was never raced. I feel like when we began to insist on more roundedness and less above the bit, things did get lots harder for him as the resistance appeared.  He is a Stock Horse x STB and is 5 years old. I have recently had out the chiropractor who said he was out in his poll (RHS), withers bilaterally, mid-back, and SI Joint (RHS).  The body massage lady also mentioned need to build up his hind lots of hills and poles and he is very reactive front end. I followed the advice provided by the experts and after his chiro session gave him 3 days off then lunged gently for 3 days then rode today. Lunging I did notice he seemed to be able to better maintain a 4 beat walk, but canter was still a bit all over the place (generally better though). 
The ride today was just awful; walk 2 beat, canter everywhere, heavy on the fore, and just hard work. My biggest concern is that he is in pain or has something physically wrong as he has the loveliest nature and is so willing to please ordinarily. He wasn’t naughty just hasn’t been himself under saddle for about 3 months and his gaits are getting worse and worse. 
I am happy to consider vet, etc, but don’t even know what to ask them to check out. Do I get X-rays, ultrasounds, spell him for a bit, continue with chiro. I ask because I respect your knowledge with STB and also the wisdom that comes from your experience with horses over many years. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  
regards Meagan

Hi Megan,

This sounds like a difficult case and one that we personally would not refer to second level practitioners’.

Indeed, when it comes to investigation of any unknown affliction, we only use the Vets’. The Physio’s and so on, do a good job but are not geared for diagnosis and remember, they have zero chance of finding Bone Chips and so on.

Having said that, the reason why we started offering this service…..

because if You can lead the Vets’to the general area, first up, You save a lot of money. You may consider that.

Regarding your particular Horse, as I said, this may not be straight forward but nothing beats Video, like this that we found Yesterday, for a Client who has spent Thousands.

2 thoughts on “Horse Problems Advice

  1. Thank you John for your insight. This horse has had sacroiliac issues in the past. Unfortunately, the gentleman who normally treats him is not working during Covid 19.
    Thank you also for the offer of an assessment with Mrs HP. I am not very good with technology. Perhaps she could guide me through the process in an email.
    Regards
    Robyn

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