Premium Members Blog – 18th June, 2018


Hi Folks

Hope You are all well and are continuing the ‘good fight’.

The Rains have been coming but only a few mm at a time. It just won’t Rain proper 🙁





has had a Week off with a Cough but no Temperature. No Cold signs. Not sure of the reason but he is back in work as of Yesterday. Pee’d Mrs. HP off no end 🙂


DULCE is firing and ready for Her Indoor Classic next Week.





Sadly, we saw an unsound Horse competing in the Boneo C.D.I. Why is it possible?



It’s on again. The South Australian Equestrian Australia Dressage Committee has suffered mass resignations. Now what?

Here is an article in Today’s Advertiser.




Tells You nothing. Again, keep the Members in the dark and don’t admit to anything. Same old. They get elected and immediately turn into Political Animals. The Mushroom syndrome. “Keep em in the dark and feed em on Bullshit” When will they ever learn.

Anyhow, they have stuffed the Industry. I speak from someone on the Coal Face of the Industry, one who see’s the economic impact and they have ruined it Folks. They hurt us all!!!!









Had the privilege this Week, of helping all sorts of People, with all sorts of problems and the first one came a very responsible Owner, who was worried about the lack of Muscle Development with his Young Horse.

Veterinary Assessment Online

and it turned out to be a Stifle issue, which would no doubt be causing the problems……..



Afternoon John,

I was seeing if you could help me out with potential fixes for a mare I have.
She is a 12 year old stock horse mare I bred and broke in, lives in an 80 acre paddock with 4 other horses, she has a great nature and temperament – my 11 year old daughter rides her.
She goes on the circle to the left nicely, but when going to the right throws her head around, ears back, tail swishing etc and also will stretch her head right down to the ground occasionally as though looking for relief. Sometimes it feels as though her back end stumbles/collapses.
I definitely want to fix her up as she is good for my kids, plus handy enough to campdraft occasionally, can leave her for months and she is good to go.
Any advice/direction would be much appreciated.





HI Tim

Your Horse is suffering from “Upward fixation of the offside Patella”

Now there are all sorts of Vet options these Days but prior to going to any of them, I would stick with and see it through, with our …..

You already had purchased running reins system.

This will likely strengthen the joint and if you follow the e-book diligintly, You will balance the horse up and strength both sides, for she would have been ‘compensating’ previously, thus making things worse. Vets’ will recommend Muscle build first often.



Regarding the Photos, well Your problem is the ‘conformation’ of course. The Horse was born with some deficiencies in that area. You would know that.

  • The Neck isn’t joined on quite right
  • If You draw 3 Circles on the Horse, one the front, the middle and the rump end, they would not be equal.
  • The Rear end falls short.

Once again, that can be seriously improved, just like this one upon arrival and now at Prix St. Georges.

Horseproblems Australia

Just work away diligently and You will improve this Horse markedly and probably fix the Veterinary issue.

Well done for being a good Owner




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Hi Portia,

Firstly the good news is that he looks sound and even. And a lovely boy as well!

What I see the problems are ……..

1) He needs to be sharper on your leg aids. That is from both a forward and a lateral view point. To achieve not necessarily a faster horse but a quicker to react with a snappy response to your leg aids. You achieve this by asking only once with a soft leg aid and then if the response isn’t sharp, give a big spur immediately and demand response ,even if it means initially he throws his head up, which he will do in protest and surprise. If you are consistent with this, he will start to listen to the light leg and not dare slow in any lateral work etc, as he will know what follows if he doesn’t. You also need to ride more transitions especially within the pace and even during lateral movements and counter canter. This will keep him thinking forward. The forward is important to get a quick hind leg and to get him more into your contact.

2) By getting him sharper to the leg, you also need to do more leg yield exercises. Pushing him left and right often. Like in and out from the long side for about a metre but four times per side. On a circle bring him in and out at least twice etc. Change his position from shoulder in to renver. Change his flexion within travere etc. Never leaving him at one tempo or flexion for too long. He needs to be ready and alert for the next command. This in turn will make him supple and elastic. Suppleness is what creates the soft swinging back. Horses tend to hold a posture and then tighten so if you can move him from left to right often he can’t brace into a position.

3) He isn’t into the bridle enough as a result of being behind the leg ,mentioned above. Hence he is in a frame and sits slightly behind the bit. This is why he isn’t consistent in his outline. He needs to hold and take the contact forward and out. He also needs to come out with the nose and lift his poll. Just because a horse comes into an higher poll outline doesn’t mean he isn’t over the back. I assess over the back by the softness I feel in the back when I sit on it and the acceptance of my seat aids without resistance. Not by the outline! And of course the elasticity of the steps. When you ride him over the trot poles at the end of the session it  is actually a good outline. He is lifting his shoulders then. A couple of moments when you lengthen him across the diagonal, also looked good and he lifted his shoulders. So you have been riding him to over bent and onto his forehand. That’s fine for a warm up but not for whole sessions. You need to be able to change him in any direction up and down and laterally. So practice lengthening and shortening his outline too.

4) Now about you. I noticed that you have the tendency to want to put your hands a little low at times. This decreases your feel to the horse mouth. Always try to keep the straight line from the horses mouth through your hand to your elbow. So if the frame is higher so are your hands. Keep that line. This will help with the coming behind the bit that he does. I also saw you sit trot a lot. I would be rising more and only sitting when his back feels soft. The instant you feel tightness ,go back to rise trot even whilst riding lateral work. He can’t soften and come over the back  if we are bouncing on his tight back. When you raise your hands you will also start to sit taller and engage your core more which will also help him. In saying that your hands are soft which is good. He needs to create the contact with the quick hind leg and pull into your hand. The outline and feel you get in a contact is a result of what the hind leg is doing. By doing more lateral work you can influence where the hind legs are placed and it is positioning of the hind legs that creates collection. ( Under the centre of gravity)

He looks a lovely willing boy! You’ve done a great job so far. His mind and attitude are great which is a product of patient and fair training. Just the little issues above to iron out and he will be a better horse. He also looks very capable and should go up the levels. Lovely type.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or ring me to discuss further.

I would still contact my cousin Cynthia as she does clinics in different parts of Victoria and should also be able to help you. Her number if your interested is 0414445129

Kind regards





I am gradually getting this sorted. Most time consuming indeed but getting there now. No more email addresses etc. Great.



Watch the Fox at work. I didn’t realize what a Mongrel this bloke was until I saw this footage. I flew Him and his Wife from Perth and he spent the Weekend ‘Dudding me” Grrrrrrrr. Check out the Foxy looking around to see if I was watching.


You may learn from his actions…….. watch the Horse.




Watch the Video above. Watch the Grey Filly after I hand Her to the Guy in the White Shirt. Tell me what You observe.

FIRST PRIZE  a new Girth.





Please have a go at it.

Hi all,

I am a PhD research candidate at CQ University Australia and I am researching the Topic: Exploring WHS as a framework to reduce horse-related human injuries and fatalities in a work and non-work environment. This research is very unique and has not been looked at previously.

Study 1 is  survey which is currently up on-line (surveymonkey) and it would be so valuable for this research to hear what your clients, members or audience have to say. Currently the survey is attracting interest from 10 different countries worldwide and 40 different horse-related disciplines and horse-related interests. The survey is scheduled to finish on 27.08.2018, and your assistance in capturing the views of those you know (a wider audience) would be appreciated.

Please see a copy of the survey link below:

A copy of the wording up on facebook:

We welcome your opinion about “Human Risk Perception and Safety when interacting with HORSES”.

This PhD survey aims to find out what humans think and know about ways to reduce horse-related injuries and fatalities when interacting with horses in a work and non-work environment.

Please complete this 10-15 minute questionnaire and have your say.

I plan to make available access to the Research Findings in the form of a one-page Fact Sheet, however a final academic paper will also be published in a peer review journal.

Attached is an outline of my research (3 studies), my Bio and a copy of an article published by the ASH Society. I have also been a guest speaker at the recent Horse SA Conference in Adelaide in May 2018, spoken at ISES in Wagga Wagga 2017, New Zealand Risk Conference 2015 etc

If you require any further information please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

Kind Regards,  I look forward to your reply and support.

Meredith Chapman

PhD Candidate Science, Engineering & Health
(CQ University – Appleton Institute)

WHS Advisor/Master-Safety Science/Rehabilitation Counsellor/Accident Investigation



Hi Meredith.

I filled it in.

for what it is worth, take a read of the links I placed within, regarding Academics and Scientists being too prominent in this subject. You only have to do one thing. Put HORSEMANSHIP in all your Curriculum’s and the problem is solved. Horsemanship does not reside with the former.



Morning John

I do agree totally with what you are saying from the perspective that horsemanship is the key. However, I must say, I am now also an academic, but with 35 years of horse breeding, competition and horsemanship skill. So there are some of us around fortunately enough to have both sides of the coin. J

Thanks for your support and please continue to share this survey with as many as you can until it closes in 27.08.2018

Kind Regards

Meredith Chapman










” When I was Younger, I met lot’s of ‘Problem Horses’…….now, I don’t meet any. I wonder what happened to them?”






The case of the Horse that arrives, with a ‘Club Hoof’ after being Vet checked InterState. The Matter will proceed……..










 Old Reynella woman pleads for return of her horse taken from an Onkaparinga Hills property



AN OLD Reynella family is pleading for the return of their beloved 18-year-old horse Sammo, after he was stolen from an Onkaparinga Hills paddock.

Carol Riley said Sammo, a thoroughbred Arab gelding, was stolen from Piggott Range Rd sometime between 7pm on Wednesday, June 13, and 8am on Thursday, June 14.

Ms Riley said Sammo’s blue halter and lead rope were also stolen.

“He is a special part of my life,” Ms Riley said.


Horse SA executive officer Julie Fiedler said it was important to make sure horses were microchipped.

“Make sure they are identifiable in some way and always have recent photos,” she said.


Anyone with information on Sammo’s whereabouts should contact Ms Riley’s daughter, Samantha, on 0422 256 717.




Prince Georg-Constantin of Saxe-Wiemar-Eisenach has tragically died after being thrown from a horse while riding with a friend in the UK.

The Prince was with his friend Jean Christophe Iseux, Baron von Pfetten when the accident occurred.

The pair were riding around the French professor, diplomat and former adviser to the Chinese government’s home in Apethorpe Palace, Northamptonshire.

An emergency call was placed at around 8.30pm on Saturday and police and ambulance crews arrived soon after.

Moments later, his death was confirmed.

A friend of the late Prince’s made a statement:

“From what I have been told from friends is that Con (Prince Georg-Constantin) was visiting Jean Christophe and they went out for a hack (horse ride).

“Con was a brilliant jockey, he raced at Cheltenham and wherever he went he rode.

“On Saturday he and Jean Christophe went for a ride. He was wearing a helmet and was riding in the grounds.

“It was soft and flat and, from what I understand, was with Jean Christophe when he fell.

“I don’t know the exact details of what happened. I understand his wife was not there at the time,” Alexander Fiske-Harrison said, as reported by Daily Mail.

The 41-year-old Prince had relocated to England after marrying a British woman, Olivia Rachelle Page.

Prince Georg-Constantin’s was the successor of the German House of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach – the oldest branch of the House of Wettin.

His family is one of the oldest documented noble families in Germany and has connections to many other high-profile royal families including Queen Elizabeth II and King Philippe of Belgium.












Campaigners working to protect the last remaining herd of wild Spanish mustangs in Northern Carolina, US, have urged motorists to take more care after a mare was killed in a collision with a vehicle

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund says the mare died after she was struck by a four-wheel drive vehicle on Saturday night (9 June).

In a statement, the campaign group said it wanted to inform people of the accident and remind everyone to be mindful as they drive on the beaches of the Outer Banks area. It added that the mare’s mate stayed with her body after the accident.

“She died instantly and her stallion stayed over her body all night even after she was covered with a tarp,” the statement read. “There are no words to describe the heartbreak and frustration we are feeling…What a senseless loss.”

The fund urged motorists to take greater care when driving through the area, known to be frequented by the wild horse.

“Please, please, please pay attention when you are driving on the beach at night,” the statement read.

“Slow down and expect that a horse could be on the beach or running over the dunes at any given moment. While the speed limit changes based on the presence and proximity of people on the beach, we simply ask that drivers be aware that lower speeds are safer for everyone.”





Olympian Jonty Evans is in intensive care after suffering a “significant brain injury” when he fell from his horse.

scc The international eventer, who grew up in North Wales, remains unconscious and in intensive care following a fall during the Tattersalls International Horse Trials earlier this month.

Horse Sport Ireland, the national governing body for equestrian sport in Ireland, has confirmed the 46-year-old suffered a “significant brain injury” after falling from Cooley Rorkes Drift, also known as Art, during the cross-country phase of the CIC three-star competition in Co Meath, Ireland.

A statement read: “We can confirm that Jonty has not yet recovered consciousness after his fall.


“Although no longer under heavy sedation, further tests in the past few days have shown that it is a significant brain injury and it may take Jonty many months to recover.”

The 46-year-old, who is formally from Trefriw, was a former pupil of Trefriw and Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Secondary School, and grew up in North Wales “riding hairy ponies” with Aberconwy Pony Club.

He still has family here.

Horse Sport Ireland added: “Jonty continues to be in a stable condition in intensive care in the Beaumont Hospital under the care of the hospital’s neurological team.


“Jonty’s family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful staff at the hospital and for all the best wishes and kind messages of support that have poured in over the past days.

“The Beaumont Hospital medical team continue to emphasise that every case has to be treated individually and people’s recovery rates vary case by case.

“Once again, please do not contact the hospital for information, if there are any changes in Jonty’s condition, further updates will be issued in due course through Horse Sport Ireland.”

Cooley Rorkes Drift, which was uninjured, was considered for sale by its owner last year.

However, Evans, who finished ninth on the horse at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, launched a crowd-funding campaign to keep the ride, and a target figure of £500,000 was successfully raised.





June starts out on a tragic note in Fillmore County with a fatal motorcycle accident. On  June 1, at 11:31 a.m., the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office emergency Communications Center (911) received a call of a motorcyclist striking a horse in the 40000 block of Highway 44. This area is west of Mabel and east of the junction of Highway 44 and 52. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputies, Minnesota State Patrol, Mabel Fire, and Mabel Ambulance all responded. It was found that a single motorcyclist that was eastbound on Highway 44 struck a horse that was in the east bound lane of the highway. The victim was driving a 2000 model Harley Davidson. The victim, a 60-year-old male from Decorah, Iowa, was pronounced dead at the scene. The horse also died in the accident. This fatality accident is being investigated by the Minnesota State Patrol.

During this busy motorist season, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office asks all motorists to drive with care. Additionally, motorcyclists please wear protective clothing and most importantly, helmets.





Horrifying moment race fan is seriously injured when he steps out to take a photo and is crushed by oncoming horses at Brazilian festival

sd This is the horrifying moment a spectator suffers life-threatening injuries after being trampled by a galloping horse during a race in Brazil.

Miguel Arcanjo Pacheco, 42, wandered onto the racetrack at the Camarão Festival on the island of Marajó, north Brazil, to take a head-on photo of the stallions at full tilt.

Footage taken from the event shows the cameraman and several others invading the track to get a better view.

But as the speeding horses come closer and closer the crowds slowly start to get out of their way.





A police chief has branded travellers flocking to Appleby Horse Fair every year a ‘problem’, saying ‘if I could stop it, trust me, I would’.

Cumbria’s police and crime commissioner Peter McCall was addressing fed-up residents in Kirkby Stephen when he made the remarks.

op5 Townsfolk were seething over their village becoming an unofficial horse fair while the main Appleby event takes place.

Mr McCall was holding a surgery inside a small office when villagers gathered and turned it into a full-blown public hearing, reports the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald.

vf He said: ‘If I could stop it, trust me, I would. We would all like to just be rid of the problem but my view is that we have got to manage it the best we can.

mk ‘What we don’t want is pitched battles in our street.’

ji It comes as the annual influx was branded ‘the worst year that [residents] can remember’.

Mr McCall added he would be talking to the Home Office because Cumbria needs additional funds to police Appleby Horse Fair – which he says ‘cost a fortune’.

‘I don’t believe it’s a fair charge to local Cumbrian people. This is a national thing and it happens every year on our patch,’ he said.


op Marion Birbeck, who lives close to a school in Kirkby Stephen, said police did nothing after travellers arrived on her land.

She said: ‘They were in the field racing around, they had broken our padlocks, they had smashed the fence.’

Police had received just 20 calls to the 101 number as of Tuesday, but residents believe many crimes were going unreported.

Pub landlord John Alexander said: ‘People are not reporting these crimes because when the gypsy communities are involved we really believe the police won’t do anything about it anyway, so why bother ringing?’

He added: ‘It’s called Appleby fair, it’s not Kirkby Stephen fair, but it is becoming more and more Kirkby Stephen Fair. We have not got the policing that we should have.’

A town council meeting heard residents were subjected to intimidating behaviour and all police had done was ‘stand around in pairs watching it’.




COLUSA — Police say a man was arrested Friday after his horse injured a boy at a Colusa parade.

The signature dancing horses are a staple at the Colusa County Fair and on Friday they were putting on a show once again.

Then one of the horses was filmed throwing its rider, Armando Ruiz, off its back and galloping right into the crowd of parade-goers.

Colusa Police Sgt. Elden Tamez was a few blocks behind the horses when it happened. He says the crowd got control of the horse but not before it trampled on an 8-year-old boy’s leg, breaking bones above his ankle.

Ruiz has been accused of felony DUI.

“I’ve been here 20 years and this is my first time charging somebody for this,” Tamez said

ddddddd Ruelas has been organizing the dancing horses in Colusa for 17 years. He says riders have to be alert and react to the horse’s movement. Pushing a horse to dance too aggressively can cause the animal to act erratically.

“We’re just thankful it wasn’t bigger than it was and I’m sure we’re probably gonna take a look at including horses into our future parades,” Tamez said.

Ruelas regrets what happened but says he hopes the county continues with the horses, adding that what happened Friday is the rare exception.

“To end this tradition this way is the wrong way,” Ruelas said.

xxl FOX40 tried to reach the boy’s family. Police say he’s recovering. FOX40 also tried to reach out to the man arrested, who is no longer in jail.




The four-star event horse Sligo Luckyvalier has been put down following a fall while competing in the eventers’ grand prix at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show last night (14 June).

The 16-year-old gelding, ridden by Ivy Freeman-Attwood, fell during the cross-country phase of the pairs competition, in which Ivy had teamed up with her sister, showjumper Lily Freeman-Attwood and 11-year-old mare Topspin. The horse received immediate on-site veterinary care, and was taken in a horse ambulance for further assessment, but was later put down. Ivy was uninjured in the fall.

“Organisers of the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show announce with a deep sense of regret and profound sadness that the 16-year-old gelding Sligo Luckyvalier has been put to sleep,” said an official statement from the show.

Nina Barbour, president of the show, said: “We offer our heartfelt and sincere condolences to Ivy, her support team, the Freeman-Attwood family and all connections of the horse.”

The eventers’ grand prix is a relay-style event in which event riders team up with showjumpers. First, the showjumper tackles a course in the main international arena, before the eventer takes over to jump a series of cross-country fences out in the grounds of Bolesworth Castle, before returning to the international arena to finish with a showjumping round, including a final joker fence. Sligo Luckyvalier’s fall took place outside the main arena, in the castle grounds.

Sligo Luckyvalier, who was by Lucky Valier and out of Fassadianin Diana, is owned by Emily Rothschild. He has been partnered by Ivy since September 2015, having previously been competed at four-star by Gary Parsonage. He and Gary completed at Burghley twice, finishing 29th in 2013, and also finished 20th at Luhmühlen CCI4* that same year.

Under 19-year-old Ivy, the horse competed up to CIC3*; they finished 29th at Chatsworth last month.





Andrew Nicholson has criticised the decision not to stop him after he was chased by a loose dog during his showjumping round at Bramham.

yyo The New Zealand eventer was contesting the CCI3* showjumping on Yacabo BK on Sunday (10 June) when he became aware the dog was at his horse’s heels.

“It must have been very close to his hind legs because he was trying to kick it,” Andrew told H&H. “It amazed me that the judges didn’t ring the bell to stop me.”

The combination lowered one pole in the final line, but the judges removed the penalties.

“The treble was the last fence and as I landed from the second-last one, there was at least one man running round inside the ring trying to catch the dog,” Andrew said.

aq “I presumed he’d caught it because there was a lot of cheering and clapping, and I turned to the treble – and then the dog appeared between the horse and the fence.

“Yacabo had to canter over the dog and jump a big oxer into the treble, and that was the fence he had down.”

Andrew said he understands that “dogs get away”, and it is the fact he was not stopped that concerns him more.






Horse Riders are bitterly complaining about Push Bike Riders who are blatantly frightening Horses and even hitting them.


No event warning on road

I would not have been out on the road in any form had I known there was a sporting event on. I saw no signs alerting the local that an event would take place on the road I was on and when, hence why I went out like any normal early Sunday morning this time of year.

Hit and run cyclist
Nobody stopped and the cyclist that hit me seemed to show no remorse by what looks like him lifting his middle finger at me whilst riding off as I screamed. I’m very thankful to the event officials for their prompt investigation into identifying the individual and the sincerity in which they are taking the incident. As mentioned, police are also investigating and both aim to work together.

Lack of road awareness

Although one cyclist hit me, I am surprised there wasn’t more. Many individuals on this stretch of road at this time had passed dangerously and irresponsibly – too fast and too close. They also put other road users at risk by putting themselves between my horse and oncoming vehicles.

Ongoing concern

It was terrifying being on a spooked horse and knowing that these individuals weren’t willing to stop. I am lucky to ride such a calm animal but there are other horses that really wouldn’t have tolerated the speed and proximity of those cyclists, risking everyone. I am genuinely concerned. There are many amazing road users that pass safely (and who should always be thanked by horse riders) but there does seem to be a growing lack of awareness of how to pass horses safely on the road and indeed with other vulnerable road users such as cyclists. I think that is what is more shocking in this instance as I felt victimised by many of the individuals on bicycles on that road at that time and particularly by the one individual that hit my horse and I.

Damaging incident

My horse was on the defence with every cyclist he met from then on after the hit and didn’t calm until we got away from cyclists on that road. I strongly hope there are no long term effects associated with cyclists coming up behind him from now on. I have had amazing support from the cyclist and triathlete community – so much so that some have offered to do some desensitisation work with my horse if he has picked up a new fear of cyclists. I want to pass my deepest and sincerest gratitude and respects to everyone involved in this sporting community for their support and consideration. I realise it is a few select individuals and not in any way a reflection of the majority of cyclists out on our roads.

Mutual ground

I am in full support of our want to all get home safely and enjoy our sports peacefully. I hope this doesn’t divide us but makes us stronger in raising awareness of what seems like an ongoing and escalating issue regarding the lack of safety awareness from some individuals when passing vulnerable road users. Pass slow and wide should apply to both of us from everyone and anyone out on the road – as is stated in the highway code.

Edit: Under investigation with police and the Human Race officials. Grateful to everyone for their support and kind words. Horse and I are OK.

No warning to local residents, signs, etc… Went out at 7:30am to our other farm down the road and came back on same road 9am. I have lived here all my life and never had a problem with cyclists – as with my horse, who is bombproof on the road. I am wearing a yellow hi-vis hat silk, coat, gloves and gilet. My horse is wearing a yellow hi-vis rug and breastplate. The cyclist smashes along the side of my horse, taking my stirrup in the handlebars and bruising up my ankle. My horse rears and bolts forward, taking off one of his back shoes.

Not a lot I can do I think but what should I do? I had no knowledge of the event and repeatedly had near misses where cyclists failed to slow down and put themselves, me, my horse and drivers at risk. No one stopped to see if I or the horse was ok after this hit. I’m still in shock and feeling very sore along one side of my ankle.










Hi Mr and Mrs HP

I’m currently working a friend’s horse that has been on holidays for several months (owner is inexperienced rider).

I’ve discovered the horse is quite ‘one-sided’ at the trot in that he is more comfortable on the right rather than left diagonal. In fact he  currently throws me off the left diagonal after about 7 strides…I change back to it and he throws me off again after several strides. I have found though that well into the ride I can rise trot to more strides on the left diagonal before he throws me off again (I believe that most likely the owner has only ever ridden the trot on the right diagonal as she does not know about diagonals).

At the moment I’m just trailriding him on a pleasure rein at all strides but mostly between walking and trotting – occasional bouts of canter – but not too much as he is pretty unfit and the bushtracks are quite sandy and a bit of a workout. Will start to ask for periods of collection/on the bit work as part of the trailriding soon as well.

Just thought it would be interesting to get your view on the topic of diagonals and the importance of working both sides (outside of the dressage arena) and how best to approach the issue I’m facing. Also the importance of working both diagonals for all horse disciplines not just for dressage/showing etc Perhaps a good blog/Article idea?



Hi Sally

Good question and no doubt at all that uneven riding patterns…..or lunging, directly and negatively influences the Bodily ability to carry a Rider and not have to compensate, which leads to degeneration.

I touched on it in this article so perhaps I shall just add to it. Well done and thanks

The real causes of Sacroiliac damage in the Performance Horse





Hi John, just wondering what you use for electric standoffs in your paddocks? I have to run hinge joint as we have a goat stud but want to keep horses as far from it as possible with 40mm tape. I was thinking 45cm pigtails with tensioners as needed?


In 1975, I invented this and have used it on every single property since and NEVER one accident, where previously, many.. Let me find photos.


In 1975, I invented this and have used it on every single property since and NEVER one accident, where previously, many.. Let me find photos.

40mm rural poly pipe off cuts. Drill hole one inch from end.

If using wider tape than shown ( which we just did, you can cut a large hole than I and even though at each standoff ( where the tape goes through the hole) it will diminish in width, as soon as the tape heads off down the fence, it is quickly back to it’s full width look.

Width however, has no effect upon shock value. I have 8,000Volts on 40mm tape for this one

They look great, I wonder if I could get pin lock insulator in the end to hold the big tape? How do you go with weight/sagging?

No problems. You will see roofing nails in my 2004 effort… I use tek screws AND EVEN washers if you want more grab









Hi John,

Here is a short vid showing a bit of improvement-I think anyway, on my mare
Improvement on the first trot video I sent for the assessment anyway!

She wants to stay fairly close to me when she’s on the lunge, so I’m encouraging her to move out with pressure on the shoulder zone.

Apart from the very challenging weather at the moment, she is going along well.





Looks good Sarah. Well done and yes, give Her   a  flick on the shoulder if necessary. This nis simply a sign of the past, when a Horse has not been off the Leg and balanced.




2 thoughts on “Premium Members Blog – 18th June, 2018

  1. diannegirven says:

    Hi John
    In the vid above – the guy in the white shirt basically undoes all your good work in the matter of a minute. Upsetting the horse around the head again by being rough and not patient and gentle and then not taking control of the horses head when removing the bridle. He should also have putt his hand firmly on the nose and letting the bridle drop over the ears and onto his arm to prevent the bit knocking against the horses teeth. Instead he basically did what would have caused horse to be bridle shy in the first place by pulling the bridle off and hanging onto it while giving the horse a whack in the mouth with the bit as the horse hadn’t opened his mouth to release the bit. If he is the owner there is the reason for the problem.

  2. Hi John and Linda,
    My answer for the quiz, regarding the grey filly.
    She at first looked like she was going to walk through the gate to you. Then the man in the white shirt she doesn’t trust him. When he was massaging her poll she was staring at you, willing you to turn around. The second he got the bridle off and let her go she left him. Whereas in the next clip, she kept coming closer and closer to you.
    Cheers a Lizzy

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