Horseproblems Australia Blog 14.1.20

Hi Folks

The Bush Fires still Rage on and we do hope that You are all safe. Our Heart goes out to all of those poor Native Animals. I wonder if the ‘Greenies’ will take any responsibility for that? 😖

Things have been pretty quiet here as we haven’t really got back into the swing of things yet. Still carrying on the Bush Fire Prohibition. It seems like a shame, cutting down 60 foot high Gum Trees (18 metres from the Home but height equals increased risk) but we know they will grow back and look even better later.


Here is another, that I did last Year. Amazing, isn’t it?

Equestrian SA

The Body has not instituted a new rule that for anyone to win the “Horse of the Year” in any discipline, they have to NOMINATE for the privilege. This comes on the back of having to nominate for the State Dressage Squad. It just takes the shine off things in my opinion. Next it will be that everyone in the Field gets a Ribbon 🤣


Halter Starting the Foal with our system..


Hi John,

I purchased a Horse from Gary Baddeley and Mia Humphreys, for $6,000. A Thoroughbred off the Track.

Sold Horse and it died shortly after

Vet Report

Dear Belinda,

Please find below a report on Jed as examined at Megan Jones’s property in hahndorf last week.

Clinical examination:

Indications of marked EOTRH in both mandibular (lower) and maxillary (upper) incisors. Lack of topline musculature with moderate pain on palpation of the thoracic and lumbar regions. Moderate effusion (joint swelling) of both intercarpal and radiocarpal joints in both carpi (knees).

Trot up: 1/5 L hind lame in straight line. Wide based gait in front limbs.

Positive reaction to carpal (knee) flexion in both front limbs, inducing a grade 2 out of 5 lameness. No reaction to hind limb flexions was noted.

Jed was radiographed with these findings:

  • osteoarthritic changes in both the radiocarpal and intercarpal joints in both the left and the right knee (arthritis in the knees)
  • impingement of 4-5 dorsal spinous processes of the back in the thoracic region (“kissing spines”)
  • changes indicative of EOTRH in the maxillary incisors

Given Jed is demonstrating difficult behaviour under saddle, my opinion is that the findings of this examination are likely to be causing pain and are linked to this behaviour.

If you wish to pursue Jed as a riding horse I would recommend the following steps:

  • bring to the clinic for full radiographs of the incisors and canine teeth (not possible in the field as requires different equipment), with a view to extracting to painful teeth. This step should be completed even if Jed is to be retired from riding
  • block the impinging dorsal spinous processes and assess Jed’s response under saddle. If a favourable response is seen, medication of this region can be undertaken. Surgical procedures are also available for treatment of kissing spines
  • medicate the four knee joints which have arthritic changes with cortisone and hyaluronic acid
  • start Jed on a systemic joint treatment such as Pentosan or Epiitalis

I hope this answers your questions. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Dr Ruth Taylor BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MANZCVS (Equine Medicine)

From the Owner

Hi I unfortunately have to get Jed put down as he is in lots of pain. Can I still go forward with legal action on Mia and Gazz who sold me the horse if the horse gets put down ? And what is the costs regarding taking them to court ?Cheers Belinda 

Golden Grove Horse Trails

First Ride out along, during starting, but look at these wonderful Trails!!!……well sadly, the 25 Years of work it took to get them, is lost now. Read below 😴



The late Jeanette Fletcher of the Pegasus Pony Club, Secretary of the first Pony Club in Australia to be,  formed and by none other than RM Williams, Tom Roberts and Margaret Clarke, at Golden Grove in Adelaide, worked tirelessly to talk the Tea Tree Gully Council into designating a Horse Trail, that extended from the Pony Club, all the way around Seaview Road, down One Tree Hill Road, around Golden Grove Road and then to finish the loop down Greenwith Road, back to the Pony Club, in the hope that more Riders who didn’t have Hose Floats and who kept their Horses at the major Equestrian Centres on One Tree Hill Road, could ride there.

Egon Shaw was his name. The Council ‘Yes Minister’ and he played Jeanette for a fool, daily, for 10 Years and when she went to Her Grave, she still didn’t have a Horse Trail. Then I came to the District.

A lovely Bloke called James Thompson, (ex league footballer) became President and we teamed up for the next 15 Years of Hell, lies, deceit, crookery and more, to try and complete Jeanette’s work. Try 10,000 Emails?????

Egon Shaw carried on with his games, with me but of course I saw through Him in 5 Minutes, having met hundreds of them in prior Life and besides, I knew, as a Risk Assessor and Horseman, that to get Novice Horse Owners around that route in the future deteriorating traffic, was going to be too dangerous. I didn’t tell Him that though. We had bigger Plans.

At the time, there was a rabid Greenie, living at the top of One Tree Hill Road and she had taken it upon Herself, to Tree Plant all the Council Verges, not just in front of Her own 10 acres, but she not only Planted the Horse Trails, but both sides of the Road and extending 300 Metres down further, from Her property. I complained to Egon Shaw, regularly but of course nothing ever happened. Of course it wouldn’t for this was his gleeful out and so it was that that was the end of Jeanette Fletchers dream.


Delphin Properties and the City, commenced the construction of Golden Grove and of course as they do, wanted to use Horses as the oh so wonderful dream for selling blocks of Land and so it was that we even supplied the Horses and Riders, down Cobbers Creek, for their TV Adverts. Of course, I knew that they were conning the Public for Developers and Local Government had been doing that since 1836 in King William Street and now we were all the way out at Golden Grove.

Indeed, Jim and I decided to pursue, the Cobblers Creek Walking Trail as the Horse Trails of the future, traveling all the way through the Suburbs, all the way to Salisbury and we gain the promises, word and handshakes of many luminaries, including the Lord Mayer, an ex-Jockey) Bernie Keane. (yes, you would thing we were a shoe in with Bernie, wouldn’t You……..not to be. He had other devious plans)

Then one Day, I was riding the ‘Breaker’ in the Video, out through the Lands (100 acres of Land zoned Mining) and came across in the Bushes, a Bloke in a Suit, with a Surveyor. I waltzed straight up to them and asked them who they were and what were they doing. Michael Gallagher is the name and I am the Managing Director of Land SA.

“So You are obviously going to put houses all over this Land” I asked, to which he replied  “yes, that was the Plan.”

So I did a deal with Him, right there and he shook my Hand. I promised to not have the Horse Industry complain about their activities within a Horse precinct, if he promised to work with me and guarantee the extension of the Cobblers Creek Trails, through their Land, to keep the Horses from all the Equestrian Centres, off the Road. Great I thought

Whilst I was with Him, I took Him to a couple of Truck Loads of Blue Asbestos that had been dumped in the Bushes, alongside a giant hole where they had Mined and warned Him about it.

He obviously remembered it for they got it Bulldozed into the Hole and covered it up.


and in the process, the local Koalas died


Over the next few Years, Jim and I were given many promises by the Lord Mayor ( Bernie Keane), Councillor Barry Winter, the Manager of City Assets David Murray, the Chief Designer of the Development and others. Regularly on site and always with the Hand slaps. All agreed. No problems at all. We walked the Trail and they all agreed it would be just inside the Gum Trees on One Tree Hill Road. ( Roll onto 2019 and see the Fence)


Bernie Keane

I had some victories. They went along with my idea of Rubber footpaths entering Spring Hill and at the Road Crossing which is now near Woolworths, opposite Crouch Road.

Rubber footpaths for Horses

We rode hundreds of newly started Horses down these Trails, without ever an incident. Many of the Agistees around the District rode there too. It was wonderful.

Then things progressed further. At a full Council Meeting one evening, the Trails were designated by Council, as shared Trails, with Bicycle SA, Walking SA and some other body. Finally, Horses were accepted!!!!!, but all along, in the back of my Mind, I always wondered why there was a Concrete entrance point built, into the Paddocks Housing our Trails entry from the Equestrian Centre but I now know, that all along, the Bustuds knew that they were going to approve a big Woolworths Store, opposite the entry and exit to the Trails and yes, the Concrete work became the entrance to the Shopping Centre.

Now hang on, how could You build a major Shopping Centre on a Site with Significant Trees???? when we can’t light a BBQ??????

No problems, just cut them down. Throughout the Years, they had conspired to cut off the promised access from the major Equestrian Centres and worse.


Guess what Folks?????……they called it “The Stables”

Well, I knew then that we were dealing with deceitful Public Officers and Developers, but it gets worse Folks….much worse!!!!!

Remember the Asbestos????  They built a Residential Retirement Village upon it. Estia Health Golden Grove. Easy.


Meanwhile, Jim and I were still fighting the good fight, because the Development on the 100 acres, was nearing an end and so it was for the Koalas and Significant Trees as well.


We couldn’t see anything being done to link the Equestrian Centres to the Trail and by this time, THEY HAD CLOSED CROUCH ROAD because of Woolworths of course, much to the Rate Payers distress. So we had yet another meeting, with the Chief Designer of Land SA, Bernie Keane, Barry Winter, David Murray and others, on site.

Not a problem they declared, we shall run the Trail linkage, just inside the big Gums along One Tree Hill Road, have a crossing at the Church and an exit up near the Gainsborough Equestrian Centre and Pinegrove Stables. Wonderful we thought, but trouble was brewing.

Jim was starting to slow up in his speed of thought processes and one Day at the last Minute, I heard that Jim had been invited to the City of Tea Tree Gully Head Offices, for a Meeting regarding the Pegasus Pony Club. I couldn’t believe it. I rushed down there and caught Him on the way in and when we walked into the Room, ( to his astonishment as I was there) was Dear old Bernie Keane, the self appointed Chairman of the Meeting and acting on behalf of the Council, not us as our Councillor) Surrounding Him were various Council Operatives, with Pens poised and note pads at the ready

“We need to move the Pegasus Pony Club, to make way for a Water Filtration Plant and have some wonderful News, we have Land for You at the top of Para Valley Road.”

What they didn’t tell Jim, was that had secret Plans to sell Para Valley Road, to Land SA, to be added to their Development and that any future intent to get to the location they were proposing, was to drive through the back streets of an entire Suburb, with no possibility of riding there. Sure enough, we now know that this is exactly what occurred


Well, the proposed Site ( vacant Land next door to a Dirt Bike Club and on a 6% slope suitable for Billy Goats) was of course to con the Club to move there and then not have any way of getting there because they were closing the Para Valley Road, which used to run all the way down to near Woolworths, off Golden Grove Road.


So here we had our own Councillor, an Ex Jockey, conspiring on behalf of the Council, to destroy the first and oldest Pony Club in Australia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ….not over my dead Body you little Bustud!!!!!, and so it was that a full sitting of Council, at a Public Meeting, including the entire Pony Club Membership was to be held over the matter. The ‘Natives were getting restless !!

This inspired the Manager of City Assets ( the real one calling the shots and who Bernie was working for) to escort us around the District, to view a number of alternative Sites for the Club, if it was to be moved but in the end, the full Council went weak at the knees and a compromise was found that included the Water Filtration Plant buying some Hallet Brick Land next Door and Pegasus was saved. Not so the Blackhill Pony Club which was also being deceived from within!!!!!


Horse SA had not been involved at all……ever……. The work was all done locally by Jim Jeanette and I. We were within view of the perfect completion with the best City Horse Trails system in Australia, not just through Golden Grove but all the Way to Globe Derby, for I had already gained permission from the Salisbury City Council to continue our one, which extended all through way past The Grove Way, to Kings Road and then on wards. The Council knew we had them and that we were not going to fall for any of their deceitful plans.

over the Hill to Salisbury

So all we had to get sorted, was the agreed Track, to Link the Equestrian Centres, to the entire Trails system. Just 300 metres. All agreed, on site, all smiling faces and shaking Hands by the those who would serve the Rate Payers…….


but!!!!!!!!!………..the then Owner of one of the Equestrian Centres was continuing his Vendetta against all Neighbors, that had spanned 20 Years. ….”THE NEIGHBOR’ …….The Owner of the Equestrian Centre directly behind Him, had already committed Suicide over it, he had already terrorized the Golden Grove Equestrian Centre, shot a Young Local Male in the Face, with a Shotgun that he had removed the Lead from and filled the cartridge with Rock Salt after he caught Him raiding his Drug Crop and was entering his second Year of terrorizing us.

One of his Tactics, had already been to place 2 metres wide of Wood Chips, down the entire Council verge on One Tree Hill Road, in front of his place, to stop Horse Riders heading towards the Cobblers Creek Trails. Especially us. He approached the Council and demanded that they Police this…..we won that fight, but this Bloke was one of the most inventive strategists I had met across my Career. He was a Master. We and several others had restraining Orders on Him.

So he approached the Messenger Press Newspaper to do a story on the dangers of the Trails and he was successful in getting an Executive of Horsesa, to attend for the Photography session, where he dragged his Wife’s Appy out that never got ridden, for the Pics on the Trail.

The Horsesa Operative featured in the Story and did this BEHIND OUR BACKS. 200 metres from my House!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Horse SA fell for the lure of the Media exposure and indeed, “the 3 Card Trick” by the Master Manipulator!! ( see the full story on Life’s Stories)

The Story was run in the Press, the Council seized upon it as a fractured Industry that couldn’t agree, saw their chance and built a 200 Metre GALVANIZED IRON Fence, around the entire Buffer Zone that you see in the Photo, and locked us all out unless we were willing to risk Death on an 89k City Road with B Doubles roaring past all Day, servicing Hallet Brick with Clay and Sand.

Council had been waiting for a chance and they got it the Day that Horsesa fell for the “three card trick” to be Photo Stars in the Local Media, now knowing that they were dealing with a Criminal.



25 Years of work, up in smoke, because of one secret visit by Horsesa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They still don’t know that we know.

That was the end of it Folks. We all walked away. They fenced it off, looking wonderful among the Significant Trees in a Rural area, they closed Para Valley Road, gave it to Landsa, Woolworths was built and the Cement cutout became their entrance and at the request of Woolworths, shut Crouch Road as well. The Asbestos is beneath Estia Health.

Jim and I had already got approval, to FENCE a Trail from the Equestrian Centres, through the Sand Mines, to the Pegasus Pony Club and indeed, Jim had already purchased the Posts. Jim Died, the Posts lay useless and I walked away in disgust.


The Mongrels I have met

The Mongrels I have met

I ran into this old footage of Trevor Jennings from Western Australia, sticking it up me at my own Clinic. Indeed, later, he tried to get me Bucked off one.

VIDEO BELOW but here is rough story…….


When it came to the Melbourne Clinic, I was more aware of his activities and demanded of His Wife, a deal, whereby if I paid Her Air Fares from WA, as well as his, and gave Her a new Saddle ( which I did) that she would ‘Baby Sit’ him and ensure Professionalism for the massive task of dealing with 30 Horses over 2 Days, in front of a big Crowd. She agreed.

We drove 12 Hours from SA, towing the Float, arriving in Victoria at about 5pm and I almost ran off the Road when we approached the Gate of the Equestrian Centre for there he was AND HIS WIFE, he sitting on a new Carton of Beer and drinking. I held my Lip for all concerned but could have killed the Wife.

Later, I took everyone to a Local Pub, for Dinner and noticed that his Wife was sitting with our Group but Jennings, was up and down the Bar, drinking Bourbons and meeting all the Locals. Dinner was served about an Hour later and eye brows raised, when he came to the Dinner Plate, both eating their Meal with their bare Hands How embarrassing? Again, I held my Lip.

When I had booked the Equestrian Centre, I also booked 2 Holiday Units, one for us and one for he and his Wife. The MASTER Unit for us and the smaller one for them.

We arrived back and upon arrival at the Units, found that they had already moved into the Master Unit, so again, we held our Lip and settled in for an extremely important Night, to be able to face so many unbroken and ‘Problem Horses’ the next Day, in front of 300 People and desperately needing all the sleep we could get.

I haven’t probably mentioned this before but I have extreme Tinnitus, caused by being on the end of a Sniper’s Rifle for 2 Years ( without any Ear protection) I don’t wake up once asleep BUT I DID ON THIS NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…1am, from the noise of a Party, coming from their Room. I could not believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!

I asked Mrs. HP to text ring the complimentary Baby Sitter, the Wife but received no response, so a few Minutes later, I burst out of Bed and into their Room. There she was, sitting on the Bed, looking at the Mobile Phone, whilst Hubby Partied, still drinking but worse still, he had corralled another Trainer, Justin Halling from SA ( my Brothers apprentice) , who I had also brought across, to replace  another South Australian who had been injured. Justin had flown in at around 9.30pm and He too could not get to Bed, he must have been shocked indeed.

I read the ‘Riot Act’ to He and Her and sent them to Bed. The Clinic proceeded successfully, amazing really, although extremely tiring and drained with it all. No more Clinics I declared to my Wife and NO MORE Apprentices.  She happily agreed!

Not long after our return Home, I was contacted by a Lady who has been a big supporter of ours over the Years and she owns a big Horse Stud in Rural NSW. I didn’t realize it but at the Clinic, she had approached this WA Trainer and offered to fly Him from WA to work on Her string of Young Horses, which he did.

She contacted me shortly afterwards, beside Herself and severely traumatized, as were Her Horses, one being injured and requiring the Vet but there was more.

She actually had to move out of the Station after a few Days, staying with Her Mother in Town as she could no longer put up with the Drunken abuse to the Family, the physical abuse to the Horses and indeed, having to regularly clean Human Faeces off the Walls of the Toilet.

I just found this Video footage, from the Clinic and you can watch Him in action Yourself.





The three Horse Angle


I am having problems floating my horse on our 3-horse angle load float.

He walks on fine, up to nearly the front of the float, to get him into a single bay he needs to rotate his body onto the angle and move up slightly more, the minute you try and close the bay he walks off backwards ( he knows exactly how far he needs to be on to have the bay closed.

The minute the person is about to close the bay he knows and walks out (cheeky )

To float him we have had to take a divider out and give him a double bay so that closing the divider is easier, it’s still very hard to do but as I have him up the front I start turning him which puts him on the angle and the 2
nd person has to very quickly close the bay.

Any ideas on how to get him to stay put and let me move him around in there to float him in a single bay?



Hi Casey…..the naughty Boy 😁

The simplest way to achieve that is for you to train Him on the ground, with a Dressage Whip, to react and learn the tap tap tap IN A TRAINING MANNER, following the scales of 0-10 and adding ‘Reward and Relief” for every try during the training.

Train the Horse in the Yard or arena, on the Fence, to walk forward via the TAP TAP and then also train, the Rear of the Horse to be moving over SIDEWAYS, using the fence to help you train, if you desire.

Then, You walk up to with Him, just behind his Shoulder facing backwards and requesting his forward movement with the TAP TAP should there be hesitation……BUT…….for any attempt to walk backwards, you INSTANTLY up the scales of training of the Tapping, Just in front of the Tail, on the Rump.

Walk Him up, into place and then use your new found training tool of moving the Rump over sideways, to place Him in the correct position to shut the Divider.

I am not a Fan of Diagonal Float and nor are Horses so I had better point out to You that Your Horses is just trying to communicate to you, that he agrees with me. Listen To Your Horses!!


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