Horseproblems Australia – Blog 24th Sept, 2019


24th September, 2019


Hi Folks. Wonderful Week for us. 28mm of Rain and the Crops around here are completely assured! A very nice thing in these unstable times!

I knocked over Mrs. HP’s Saddlery Room and got the Gutters and Pipes up just hours prior to the start of the Rain, so caught more than usual 🙂


Mrs. HP says “we should be paid $10,000 for the risks we went through Today”

You all know what it’s like to run into the unknown on a Trail Ride. God knows, the ‘Sky is the Limit’. 

Of course we have seen most of it but not as much on one ride as we met a couple of Days ago. Yep, nice quiet Country Road, what in the Hell could go wrong?????…….why plenty!

We decided that rather than take out a quiet Horse with the Young Horse, we would ride both Young Horses out Together, getting them both done at once. Fine I said 🙂

  • We only got 50 Metres and we see the Neighbor, down behind the Bank, throwing stuff on a Fire and waving a long handled Shovel around……..
  • The Next Property on the Left, the lonesome Horse suddenly pops it’s Head above the Bank on the low side, just the Head in the Grass 🙂
  • Next Property ( every 100 metres)……wow ok, the Bobcat throwing Bark Chips into Gardens….survived that albeit it on the other side of the road with both Horses now losing it…….
  • 100 metres further on…….the big black bounding Dog from the Bobcat House behind, leaping and wrestling with Boof, in between us!!!!!!!!!!!!!……….survived that one too although the Neighbor lost his Dog as it disappeared into a House about 500 metres further on lol
  • Next Neighbor on the Right…..the two Kelpies who “set You’ and one dying to charge You, creeping on their Guts, closer and closer……..”get off” the Boss yells, I am walking down to the Dirt Road until we get off this Bitumen…….”Ok Love” 🙂 
  • Phew, onto the lovely Gravel quiet Road. Only saw one Car but Cars were the last of our problems.
  • Next Property…..the Neighbor who suddenly has free range Brown Hens, 500 of them and they all run towards the boundary fence in front of us 🙂
  • Then the 14 Black Sheep who lose their Wool and look like they are half eaten by Dogs, come running at us as well. Hell friendly Animals in this District. Even the Magpies don’t swoop 🙂
  • The Roo on the left
  • but then total peace, for at least 300 metres…..the half scrub on the left that runs another 400 metres and we hear cracking sticks….so do the Horses. Guess what?…..50 Black Angus Yearlings, Bucking, fighting, snorting, hiding, appearing, stampeding and more……….

Well that was it. My Horse totally lost his Mind and indeed, for a fleeting second, thought Bolt…….”Get off” yells the Boss 🙂 Hell, I have never walked on a Trail in my Life and now twice in one Day hahahahaha Now he has lost the Plot on the Ground as well, trying to run off so I let him run, circling around me as we walked but then the Moo Cows disappeared as fast as they had appeared. Amazing.

So back on we get.

There can’t be any more….can there????……..we turn around and go back, we know what’s there and so do the Horses but hang on, on the right, comes galloping at the Fence, a 6 Month Old Jersey Heifer, screaming at <rs. HP’s Chestnut and charging at the Fence for 200 Metres ….”where is my Mum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” You must be my Mum!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never mind, the Horses are basically over it by now and I have a Handle on my Horse but wait….up ahead, another helpful Neighbor has put a Windsock on a Stick, out at the front Gate, in the colours of the Adelaide Crows and with a Star hanging off the end of it, blowing in the Wind 🙂

So what says my Horse. Who cares that we are going to now go right past 3 other Neighbors who must go to Clearing Sales and stack all their Crap along the Fence Line 🙂 Not a problem and we made it home alive 🙂

So much for the quiet Country Road Folks. cheeky



The Boy is being turned into a Pony Dressage Horse as he is being sold. The Old Fulla finally realizes he is too small and he is impulsive hahahaha


1-IMG_1179 THE CHESTNUT MARE FROM HELL…….well….she’s been to Hell and back 🙂

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” What you manufacture on the Ground, you inherit under Saddle, however, unless You enforce Ground expectations, 100% of the time, forget it, for 99% is not good enough”


Why is that Equestrian Australia and Pony Club, don’t teach the subjects that matter to Horses????……don’t tell me……..




Hi John,

I came across these emails whilst looking for something else and was reminded of my search for a horse and my dealings with Wayne Brown. Whilst initially I was a bit nonplussed at your advice I am so glad you provided the advice. It did make me look more into Wayne Brown and subsequently I have found that he is everything that you say he is. Wayne Brown told me that he was a personal friend of Pat Parelli of some 30 year standing. As a result I emailed the Parelli foundation in the United States and was pleased and surprised to actually receive a response from one of Mr Parelli’s head trainers advising that Mr Parelli had never heard of Wayne Brown and he had no such personal friendship. So thank you, I had a lucky escape. I did end up finding my ‘beginner’s horse’ who almost a year on has been the perfect horse for me and I’ll pay him back by ensuring this is the last home he has.

Thank you again.

Kind regards

Chrissy OÇonner

Glad You were able to corroborate my words Chrissy. Best of Luck. Regards 




The term ‘freak accident’ is used more often than it should but the incident that left the wife of Tasmanian trainer Gary White fighting to retain her sight certainly fits into that category.

In true Tasmanian racing spirit, Belinda White was helping a strapper from another stable to saddle a horse at a Devonport meeting in late July when her world changed, possibly permanently.


db-file-img-1086-540x405 As Mrs White was adjusting a horse’s girth and surcingle, the elastic gear slipped out of the strapper’s hand and the buckled end of it hit her directly in the eye, puncturing her iris.

“The eyeball took the full impact,” Gary White said.

“There was no mark around the eyeball, but it was a penetrating injury and the eye fluid was leaking out of the eyeball.

“If you had have seen how it happened, you wouldn’t believe it. It’s incredible.”

Paramedics rushed Mrs White from the Devonport track to the Launceston Hospital where thankfully, a top eye specialist was available to perform emergency surgery to stop the leakage.

The Tasmanian Hall of Fame trainer said surgeons had to remove part of Mrs White’s iris to repair the wound in order to save the eye.

However, the surgery was one of several operations performed on her in both Hobart and Launceston, but Gary said his wife still has a long battle ahead of her to keep her vision.

The priority is to install a shunt and tube in the back of the eye to drain fluid that causes dangerous levels of pressure.

“To do the back of the eye, believe it or not, there are surgeons that only do certain parts of the eye and specialise in that, so they need to put together a team to do that,” he said.

“She’s on a major amount of medication but the problem is, if you rely on it for the long term, it’s actually harmful for you so the quicker they get her off that the better.

“She has been on the medication for a while because of the enormous pressure in her eye, especially on the retina, which causes damage to the retina and that is irreversible.

“If the pressure keeps up, it’s not going to be a great outcome.

“They have to get a donor tissue to help repair it. They used to get it through animals but because of bureaucratic changes, she can’t get what she needs so she is going to have to get the tissue from a deceased person.”

The trainer said Mrs White had to wear dark sunglasses and sit in a dark room most of the time to ease the pressure on her eyes while she awaits her next date in the operating theatre.

“Her pupil is always dilated and massive, she has got nothing to help her with the sensitivity of the light because her pupil doesn’t contract,” he said.

White marvels at the courage of his wife in her battle but the reaction of the Tasmanian racing community has also stunned him.


gary-white-tasmania1 Mrs White was the stable’s only track rider, riding 12 of the 14 horses the trainer has in work but the couple’s business ground to a halt without a trackwork rider.

But two riders immediately put up their hands to help White in his desperate time. White said he would have been in a dire situation without their efforts.

“I was so lucky that Craig Luttrell and Sarah Cotton came to the rescue for me,” White said. “They are riding between 24 and 26 horses in work every morning just to fit me in.

“Craig Luttrell is 57 years old and riding a huge number of horses of a morning just to fit me in. He and Sarah are fitting me in because they said, ‘well Belinda would be the first one to help anybody else’.

“Trackwork riders are just under-valued and not given the respect they deserve. This industry would be screwed without them.

“There’s never enough kudos given to trackwork riders.”

The heartbreaking episode has taught the Whites there’s a dangerous practice that happens hundreds of times at every meeting each day that is taken for granted by most participants.

It’s something that isn’t thought of in either the euphoria of a win or during the inquiry of defeat in every race, but Mrs White’s injuries have shown can have disastrous consequences.

“I watch these guys undo the surcingle and let it flick off and we all take it for granted and we’re all blasé about it but it’s such a simple thing,” White said.

“I see it on television all the time. The jockeys just let it fly over but it’s just the done thing where it flies off and nobody gives it a second thought.

“Now I’ve seen the damage that can be done first-hand, it can’t be under-estimated.

“The amount of people that have been hit in the groin, shoulders or hands when doing these up is huge.”

While his wife has a serious injury, White has kept in touch with the strapper involved with the accident, who he said was inconsolable.

“The poor young guy that let it slip through his fingers; we can’t imagine how he feels. I’ve spoken to him a few times and tried to play it all down a bit,” White said.

White said his phone has run hot with calls from well-wishers and offers of support while folks have dropped by his place with practical offerings like prepared meals and other cherished acts of assistance.

“It’s overwhelming. I’ve really found the response humbling,” White said. “We’ve had calls from everywhere, even from people like Brian Hancock, the pacing guru. It’s been amazing.”

While the Whites are fighting their own enormous battle, the trainer was getting ready to head off to Launceston to help somebody else when contacted by Racenet for this story.

White was heading north to attend a fundraiser for fellow Tasmanian trainer Terry Roles, who is doing it tough in his fight against the dreaded motor neurone disease.

Tasmania-born Brisbane trainer Robert Heathcote and former Carlton AFL coach Brendon Bolton also attended the function.

Helping others – it’s just what Tasmanians do.


A horse rider from Gloucestershire is calling for better riding routes after a serious accident almost ‘killed him and his animal’.
Jacques de Wit was riding his Spanish stallion General in Redmarley D’Abitot when the animal became trapped and fell to the floor with a metal gate post lodged against his stomach.


stream_img-2 The 65-year-old said it happened when he attempted to ride with General through an old steel gate on a public bridleway.

He’s now asking for the gate to be replaced with a more accessible one, so that horse-riding in the area is made safer and easier.

Describing what happened, Mr de Wit said his horse “reared up and jumped” when he got to the old gate.

Luckily the 65-year-old was able to free himself but said the situation could have been much worse had he fallen the other way.
West Country has second most dangerous roads in the UK for horse riders
General was stuck between the gate post and a sandstone bank, with his head completely stuck against the bank and a tree.stream_img-1


Mr de Wit said he was in a ‘big panic’ and couldn’t use his phone.

He said, “I panicked and went to get help from a nearby house but nobody answered. Finally I was able to use my phone and dialled 999 – 23 minutes later three fire crews arrived.”

A vet was forced to sedate the horse when they arrived to get the horse out of the spot it was lodged in.
It’s a gate with a sliding bolt that is impossible to use on horseback. It only swings open one way, it is dangerous. It should at least be a gate that goes both ways… In my mind the gate doesn’t serve a purpose, there is no need for it -there are no livestock. We need a horse friendly gate…


Only one type of whip will be allowed at British Showjumping (BS) competitions from next year in a major change to BS rules, made to promote horse welfare.
From 1 January 2020, only cushion-type whips will be allowed, while changes have also been made to the governing body’s spur rules.

 BS said the changes, which apply to all members, came about as a result of discussions between the officials’ working groups, and the BS national sport committee, which have also looked at rules in place in other equestrian disciplines and in racing.

BS chief executive Iain Graham said: “As a national governing body of equestrian sport one of our primary objectives is to ensure equine welfare is always paramount and we see the introduction of this rule as a positive way of meeting this”.

The new rule also states: “Only one whip may be carried and no substitute for a whip may be carried. A whip, if carried, must be held in the hand by the handle with the handle at the top.”

Zebra Products is the UK distributor for Fleck, one of the companies making whips that will be allowed under the new BS rule.

Managing director Simon Middleton told H&H he thinks the change is positive.

“They’re cushioned, so they’re kinder,” he said. “They’re thicker and padded, and I think this is a good decision — a lot of eventers use them already.”

Mr Middleton added that Fleck is to look at manufacturing a whip aimed at being more attractive to showjumpers while complying with the new BS rule.


BS is also making changes to its spur rules, so only dummy, rollerball, rowelled, hammerhead and Prince of Wales spurs will be allowed. This new rule states that the overall length of any spur may not exceed 4cm for seniors, while rowels must have a diameter of between 1cm and 2cm.

In pony competitions, spurs must not be longer than 2.5cm and rowelled spurs are forbidden.


A man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison after the Scottish SPCA found a deformed and emaciated pony in his care — described by a vet as the worst case he had seen in 34 years of practice.

Gary Stevens, 53, of Hallmoss Farm Inverugie, pleaded guilty at Peterhead Sheriff Court on Tuesday (September 10) to causing unnecessary suffering to the Shetland mare, as well as failing to provide adequate care for the Shetland and a donkey.

The SSPCA seized 45 other animals during the investigation, including horses, pigs, sheep, lambs, cats, dogs and terrapins.

The charity’s inspectors visited Hallmoss Farm near Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, in June 2018 after concerns were raised by a member of the public.

Stevens and his family were warned to improve the welfare of the animals in their care but later “hid” some of them, claiming they had been rehomed.


The charity investigated the animals’ disappearance and found them at another address where more ponies, including Shetland mare Itsy, were also discovered.

Itsy was found to have “severe issues” including being abnormally small with a “weak and deformed” back end. Her front hooves were so badly deformed the attending vet considered them beyond correction.

Her body condition was also poor as a result of pain and stress and she was put down immediately to avoid further suffering.

A donkey who was missing from Hallmoss Farm was also found at the address. She had not received the corrective farriery or veterinary attention demanded by an earlier care notice.

The donkey was taken into the ownership of the Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeenshire animal rescue and rehoming centre, where she was given corrective trimming, dental treatment and medicated baths for a skin condition. She made a full recovery and was successfully rehomed.

“In my 12 years as a Scottish SPCA inspector, this is one of the worst cases I have dealt with and I have never seen such disregard for animal welfare,” said inspector Fiona McKenzie, who investigated the case.



Funeral services have been announced for the 23-year-old Fairfield County resident and Long Island high school graduate who was killed in a horse-riding accident in the Hudson Valley.

Samantha Calzone was killed around 10:45 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16, at a Dutchess County family farm on Byrds Hill Road in Dover Plains, when a horse reared and fell on top of her, according to the New York State Police.

According to her death notice, Calzone passed away doing what she loved most in this life: riding horses.

Born in Redding, Calzone’s passion for horses bloomed throughout elementary and middle school. She began riding at age 9 and quickly rose as a top competitor, winning blue ribbons in show jumping all along the East Coast, her obituary said.

She then moved to East Islip in Suffolk County where she graduated from East Islip High School with honors.

In 2014, the skilled horsewoman was accepted into the Animal Science program at the University of Connecticut and joined the equestrian team and served as the team captain for two years.

She graduated magna cum laude from UConn in June 2018.

Following graduation, she enrolled at Hartpury University in England to complete her Master’s Degree in Equine Science with a focus on rehabilitation.

“She had just returned stateside in July of 2019 and was happy to be reunited with her family and boyfriend Michael,” her obituary said. “Samantha was quickly hired by Takoda Farm and it was there, pursuing her passion, that a horse reared and fell on top of her. She did not suffer.”

Calzone is survived by her mother, Ruthann Pritchard, father Peter Calzone, older sister Brittany Calzone, grandparents Jean and Rocco Calzone, family members James Holodak, Jr. and Kathy Palmer, boyfriend Michael Iranpour, countless aunts, uncles, cousins, and wonderful friends.

Services will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home on 2900 Summer St., in Stamford.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the EQUUS Foundation. Please indicate that the donation is being made in Samantha Calzone’s memory as a memorial award is being created in her honor.


A teenage horse rider died after being crushed by her own pony in a jumping accident, an inquest has found.


108299316_cap3 Iona Sclater, 15, who died at her Cambridgeshire home on 11 August, was considered one of horse riding’s bright stars, British Eventing said.

The inquest into her death heard the pony clipped a hay bale while jumping, somersaulted and landed on Iona. Paramedics were unable to save her.

Assistant coroner Simon Milburn recorded her death was accidental.

The cause of death was given as a crush injury to her chest.

Iona had been on the British Eventing team’s long list for both the 2017 and 2019 European Championships for Ponies.

She won a British Eventing Under-18 competition at Stratford Hills in Essex in June.

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captionIona’s final post on her Instagram account showed her with a horse she rode called Swatchy

The inquest hearing in Huntingdon was told the accident happened at Iona’s home, in Abington Pigotts, as she attempted to jump a bale on her pony Jack.

Mr Milburn said she had had Jack for four years and the pair were “used to riding together”.

“I’m told Iona attempted to jump and Jack caught the bale at the start of the jump,” he said.

He said Iona “landed on the floor on her stomach” and that Jack “somersaulted and landed on top of her”.

Mr Milburn said Jack was 14.2 hands (4ft 10in) and the hay bale was 1.32m (4ft 3in) tall.

Image copyrightADAM FANTHORPEImage captionIona Sclater had achieved several impressive results this season
He said Iona lived with her family, who were “avid pony and horse riders”, and that she was an “accomplished horse rider”.

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Mr Milburn extended his condolences to Iona’s family, who were not present at the hearing.


Six young horses caused a motorway to grind to a halt when they ran loose across the lanes.


The M23 near Crawley and Gatwick Airport was closed in both directions when the yearlings were spotted.

Sussex Roads Police said on Twitter a number of horse-loving motorists “with more expertise than us”, who were caught in the traffic, helped them to round the herd up and keep them calm.

They were loaded into a horse box and taken home. The road has been reopened.

The force said some of the horses had sustained injuries after “running a very long way” .

It took a while to get them off the carriageway as they were “frightened and skittish”, the force said.


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